The Saints Scoop! – March 10, 2019

March 10, 2019

110th Langley Secondary School Anniversary – Saturday, June 8th at LSS – SAVE THE DATE!!!

Walk the hallowed halls of the SAINTS for the last time, before most of the original building is torn down this summer to make way for the New Building! All students, teachers, administrators and support staff are welcome to attend the 110th Anniversary of Langley High School and Langley Secondary School. Be there to connect with old friends, teachers, office staff, principals, vice-principals, custodians, coaches, old girlfriends, old boyfriends, the nerds, the cool kids and the jocks. Eleven decades of memories. Don’t miss it! SATURDAY, JUNE 8. Activities throughout the day and chances to re-visit your graduating year both virtually and in real-life. See you there or be SQUARE!


  • THIS WEEK!  BCIT ENGINEERING INFO SESSION – We are hosting an information session on March 13 for students interested in engineering. From electrical to mechanical, and mining to marine, our engineering programs can help transform students’ affinity for solutions-based design into a career that lets them do what they love. Programs covered include: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering, and more. For the full list of programs covered, visit here. It’s not too late to encourage your students to register and attend. BCIT Engineering Info SessionDate: Wednesday, March 13, 2019Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus, Building SE2, Room 212A/B
  • THIS WEEK!  UBC Pharmacy Open House – In celebration of the upcoming Pharmacy Awareness Month in March, we are hosting a Pharmacy Information Event (PIE Night) on March 15, 2019, and we invite your students to attend. This is great opportunity for prospective students, particularly those in Grades 11 and 12, who are interested in pursuing Pharmacy as a potential career. This event will feature 4 speakers from all aspects of the profession, including hospital, community, academia, as well as a current 4th-year pharmacy student. Students will hear about each of their experiences as well as get a chance to network with all the speakers. The Faculty’s admissions advisor will also be present to give helpful information on the Entry-to-Practice PharmD Program, admission requirements, and the application process. Interested students can also stay behind for an optional tour of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building. Below are the event details:
    • Pharmacy Information Event (PIE Night)
    • March 15th from 5:45 PM – 7:45 PM (Optional building tour afterwards)
    • UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building
    • 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
    • **Complimentary pie is available during the event**
    • Please forward this email to teachers or interested students and fill out this RSVP Google Form by March 14th:
    • SASSY is once again giving away $14,000 to 21 deserving students; the vast majority are SD35 Grade 12 students.  The deadline to submit applications is Friday March 15, 2019. The SASSY Awards show is Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Chief Sepass Theatre.  The Red-Carpet reception begins at 6pm (an informal time to meet the ‘top 21’ and their families as well as the presentation of certificates) and the show starts at 7pm.  Please download this attachment for a nomination form:  2019 SASSY AWARDS LANGLEY NOMINATION FORM
    • “Greetings from the Dry Grad Committee:
    • Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the dry grad so far. Now that we are into the second semester, the crunch is on, and we couldn’t do it without you. To that end, there are a few dates to pencil in on your calendar.
    • May 11: POKER NIGHT. We are still working out the details but are looking forward to bringing a little slice of Vegas to Langley and hosting a poker night fundraiser.
    • June 9: PRESTON DRIVE IT EVENT. Preston will bring a selection of their vehicles and will give us $25 for every test drive (and just around the parking lot counts). Even “N” drivers can participate. We are hoping to make a whole event out of this. Car Wash, BBQ etc.
    • Make sure to follow our Facebook page “LSS Dry Grad 2019” to stay up to date with both these events
    • “We now have an account open at Willowbrook recycling (19641 60 Ave.). Bring in your cans and bottles and just tell them you’d like to credit the LSS Dry Grad 2019 account #606.”
    • NEW!  “If you ever shop at M and M Meats be sure to mention LSS Dry Grad. We will get a percentage of the sale to put towards the Dry Grad event. Every little bit helps!”
  • REMINDER! Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have any questions!


  • On Monday, LSS hosted university students from the Kansai region of Japan. Our Japanese 9 and Japanese 12 students had a chance to use their language skills as they interviewed the students and played various games together. They were also treated to cultural presentations by the university students, including ones on Japanese onsen (hot springs), and how to fold an effective paper airplane with origami!


  • LSS students went on a tour of the Justice Institute to learn about public service-related careers such as policing, paramedic, and fire-fighting.  If you want to learn about Careers tours put on by the Langley School District, be sure to see Mrs. Blessing in the Counselling Centre about upcoming opportunities!



  • The LSS Re-Build has now been signed off for occupancy, and the Langley Education Centre is now moving in for the next 3 1/2 months.  During this time, the current LEC building will go through its own seismic upgrade, with this work scheduled for completion before the start of classes in September 2019.
    • Student furniture going into the New Build… hopefully in time for LEC rot start classes on Monday!

      A new teacher desk, chair, and filing cabinet…

      The new computer lab, build filled with LEC equipment!

      The Canuel Catering crew tour the new cafeteria servery!


  • Interested in getting a taste of post-secondary courses, without having to pay tuition?  The Kwantlen XCEL Program offers this opportunity to a limited number of grade 11 students in the Langley School District.  If you would like to find out more, please attend the Information Session at the Langley School Board Office.  Details below:
    • WED, APRIL 3, 2019
    • 7pm to 8pm
    • Langley School Board Office Boardroom


  • The AVID program is always on the go, challenging and connecting its students in a myriad of ways.  See below for the latest activities of this past week:
    • AVID Math 10! Ms. Courchene is implementing vertical learning spaces (where students work in groups to solve problems while showing their work on white boards) and math excellence awards:
    • AVID 11 celebrates accomplishments, community contributions, and areas of improvement with our February monthly awards, and “appreciation station”!
    • The magic of Socratic seminars 💫AVID 11 students create levels of questions based on article/documentary to guide the discussion, then facilitate dialogue & share their understanding & critical thinking in inner/outer circles:
    • In AVID we work as a team to challenge each other to rise to new heights and build each other up with support and encouragement!  Sometimes that involves a little bit of AVID family bonding to kick off the day! The Grade 11’s organized and hosted this weeks Fun Friday activity, partnering with the Grade 9 class to build community and connections:
    • And AVID 12 students volunteering at James Hill elementary, followed by monthly AVID 12 awards!


  • Fierce Saints Leaders setting up posters/displays to educate and raise awareness for International Women’s Day tomorrow!
  • Saints leaders building community and celebrating “SWINTER” with @HDSMSskyhawks last week. You’d never know there was snow, with the activities these kids planned and facilitated! KoolAid chugging, Melon Smashing, free popsicles, hula hooping and a photo booth!
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  • GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN TO MRS. BLESSING!!!  We have a whole new set of Careers Tours for the start of 2019!  Please see the attached below for more information… and then be sure to have your student sign up/apply for one or more that may be of interest! (Note that the last one below is for parents and guardians and is THIS WEEK!!)


  • Langley Secondary PAC is selling Panago Certificates to raise funds to support school initiatives.
  • For each $12 Panago certificate you buy, you can get ANY MEDIUM PIZZA at ANY PANAGO LOCATION. More than one certificate can be used at one time, making these certificates ideal for birthday parties, team parties, Friday night hangouts, etc… The only restriction is that the certificate should be used within 90 days of the date stamped on the certificate.
  • There are 50 certificates available each month. Certificates will be distributed “first come, first served” based on when payment is received. You will receive an email to confirm that your payment has been received and when your certificates will be delivered to the school office.
  • Orders can be placed through this link: LSS Panago Pizza Certificate Order Form
  • If you have any questions, please contact Christine Hylands at or at (604) 514-8373.  Thank you in advance for your support!



  • Mr. hank puts the teaching staff through the “Marshmallow Challenge,” getting staff to think about prototyping, and the importance of feedback in formative assessment in classrooms.

    Staff is very engaged in the process…

    … working to achieve the goals of the challenge…

    …while also conscious of the applications to their teaching practice.

    A very happy Mr. Labine at the end of the challenge!

    Madison Guy from GrantMe presenting to almost 30 students and parents this past Wednesday evening.

    It was also Grad Trans presentation week at LSS, with Superintendent Gore Stewart interviewing grade 12s on Thursday afternoon…

    Joined by Assistant Superintendent Woody Bradford!

    Twin day for Navid and Mr Fauteux?!

    This past week, Mrs, Blessing and Mrs. Turpin were honoured by the District for 20 years of service in Langley – congratulations, and thank you for enriching the experiences of Langley students!


  • Clubs and teams are an important part of life at LSS.  Getting involved is one of the ingredients to a successful school year…  So, take a moment to see what your student what might be interested in, and encourage him/her to go these rooms below to find out more!
    • The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) will be meeting at lunch time in Ms. Lee’s room, 218. This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend!
    • Manga Club:  Are you interested in Manga, anime of Japanese-style art?  The Manga Club will be meeting Wednesdays after school in the Library.
    • After School Dance Club! Dance club is currently on hiatus.  Dance Club will be starting again Feb. 19th Tuesdays at Lunch in the Dance Studio.
    • KnitWits Club:  Would you like to relax and learn a new skill?  Would you like to learn how to knit?  Please feel free to join us on Thursdays at lunch in Room 145. (Ms. Lee’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
    • WEX (Work Experience) Wednesday Flex:  Students who are registered or interested in Work Experience, please join us on Wednesdays during Flex Block in Room 136.
    • Grad Council meets every Tuesday at lunch in the small gym – Grade 12s are invited to impact their grad year, and make it the best grad year ever!  See Mrs. Thornburn if you have ay questions!
    • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Thursday at lunchtime in Room 220. Members will learn how to debate, examine current events, and prepare for upcoming MUN conferences and debate tournaments. New members are always welcome.
    • Tabletop Thursdays with Mr. Nicol in Room 111 Thursdays at lunch and after school – come and find out what different tabletop games and activities are being offered!
    • ME to WE Club:  If you are looking to volunteer, give back to your community and learn more about local and global issues, join ME to WE Club!  ME to WE Club runs Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213.


  • TEDxLangleyED poster for this year’s event taking place on April 6, 2019. Information is available and tickets can be purchased on our website at Tickets cost $75 each.  We are excited about our line up of speakers and performances and look forward to another outstanding event that will push thinking and empower those who are a part of it!  Our Speaker alignment came out today and includes a strong contingent of Langley educators and other notable speakers, like:
    • Alan Mallory
    • Scott Sampson
    • Kristin Carter
    • Alan Mallory was a Keynote at the recent BCPVPA Issues Forum. His talk was engaging, interesting and impressive. We are pleased to have him join us. Kristin Carter (aka Kristin Bunyan) recently sang the anthems at a Canucks game and is an up and coming artist who graduated from Langley Fine Arts School.
    • Please share and purchase tickets through the website above.
  • 14th Annual Grand Prix Gala – Sunday, May 26th at Thunderbird Show Park
    • This is a premiere event taking place during an International Horse Jumping Competition. Guests arrive, decked out in splendid hats and rural chic garb – anything from jeans to summers frocks. You are shown to tables on a sunlit patio, just inches away from the magnificent beasts and their riders and from 1 to 4 pm you are treated to an endless array of Milner cheeses, savory hors d’oeurves, wine and craft beer tastings and decadent desserts all while watching an international horse jumping competition.
      • Please see the attached poster for more info! posterS
    • Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District.  So where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather?  If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or  Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at  If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you.  Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.
    • Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required.  Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am.  As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances.  If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.


  • THIS WEEK! Parents “IN THE KNOW”: Substance Use: Relationship before Responsibility 
    • Please note, this group is intended for parents and caregivers whose children face mental health and/or substance use challenges, and professionals are welcome.
    • Being a parent or a caregiver of a young person with substance use challenges is hard. What do I do? What can I say? How can I stop them? These are all things that many parents ask themselves. This ItK is a facilitated discussion to help share some practical ways to move through the challenges.
    • The presenters of this webinar are:
      • Judith Bertholm, Mother with lived experience
      • Dan Reist, Grandfather, Father, Associate Director, CISUR
      • Keli Anderson, President/CEO of FamilySmart®, Moderator
    • Please note: this group is not suited for children or youth, and childcare is not available.
      • DATE: Tuesday, March 12th @ 6:30pm-8:30pm
      • LOCATION: Langley Civic Facility- 20338 65 Avenue (Yorkson Creek Meeting Room)
  • Student Success Magazine is now published quarterly in the Langley Advance Times. The first edition is out!  We are on pages 41 to 52. I’ve also attached the pdf version.
  • Any students interested in the “Teen Digital Media Summer Camp July 8-19, 2019″ – The camp is designed for students entering grades 9-12 with artistic or technical interests who want to explore educational and career opportunities in the games and digital media industry. Click on the link for more info:

Mar. 13 – Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, 1:45 pm

Mar. 14 – Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, 1:45 pm

Mar. 15 – Last Day of Classes Prior to Spring Break

Apr. 1  –  School Re-Opens after Spring Break (This is NO joke!)

Apr. 3 –   Grade 12 Math Contest

Apr. 11 – Fire Drill, p.m.

Apr. 12 – Collaboration Afternoon, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm

Apr. 15 –  PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

Apr. 19 – Good Friday, School CLOSED

Apr. 22 – Easter Monday, School CLOSED

May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm

June 8 – LSS 110th Anniversary Event, at LSS, times TBD

June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm

June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518