The Saints Scoop! – May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018


  • New! Ceremony and Dinner/Dance Ticket Information is Here! 
    • Grad Ceremony Tickets:  Your three complimentary tickets will be available for pick up in the Main Office starting at Lunchtime on Monday, May 14th.  
    • Grad Dinner Dance Tickets:  Dinner Dance Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, May 15th at lunchtime in the Main Office.  Tickets will be $65 each and we will be accepting CASH ONLY.  Students wishing to sit together MUST come to the office to purchase tickets at the same time to ensure you will be assigned the same table number.  Tickets will be sold every day from Tuesday, May 15th – Friday, May 18th at LUNCHTIME ONLY.
    • Grads are reminded that you must be in position to graduate, have all fees paid, as well as all overdue textbooks/library books either returned to the Library or fines paid prior to picking up Ceremony Tickets or purchasing Grad Dinner Dance Tickets.
    • A list of approved Guests for the Dinner Dance is posted in the Main Office.
    • Request Forms for Additional Ceremony Tickets are available in the Main Office and are due by Friday, May 18th, along with CASH ONLY.  Additional Ceremony Tickets are $10 each.
  • New!  Scholarship Opportunity:  The Confratellanza Italo-Canadese is again offering several $1,000 scholarships to assist eligible students in their post secondary studies.  Please see the attached application form, below.   The Confratellanza Italo-Canadese was founded in 1904 and is committed to the preservation of Italian cultural heritage and contributing to the enrichment of the multicultural community in the Greater Vancouver area.
  • General Info from “Scholarship Tree”:  With the school year quickly winding down, most people don’t realise there are still many scholarships available to students. has over $330,000 worth of scholarship who deadlines will be closing in May and June alone.  We are continuing to improve our products for students, we have recently added a way for students to track applications that they have started and a summary of the scholarship they have already completed the applications.
  • BigSun Scholarship Deadline:  The deadline for the BigSun scholarship is less than a month away.  Please encourage your students to apply.  Deadline – June 19, 2018.  Amount of Award – $500.00.  Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.
  • UPDATED – LETTERS MAILED ON FRIDAY! GRAD LIST INFORMATION – We have now started meeting with students who are getting letters, outlining what they need to do to get on the grad List!   Students will be in one of four categories:
    • Graduating:  Students who have enough credits and who are currently passing their courses comfortably will be on the Grad list.  There will NOT be a letter home with this information.  Instead, we will post this list outside the school office.
    • Not Graduating: Students who do NOT have enough credits, either because they dropped classes and/or are failing classes with little hope of recovering will receive a letter that they are NOT graduating, and will not cross the stage.
    • Close, but…: Some students will have enough credits to graduate IF they pass their current courses, and are at least 80% completed any courses from outside LSS; however, if a student is currently NOT passing a course or does not have enough of an outside course completed, they will receive a letter that they are CLOSE, but not crossing the stage, AT THE MOMENT.  If these students work hard and are passing their classes within a few weeks, then they still have a chance to be added to the Grad List.
    • Passing, but barely…: Some students ARE passing their classes at the moment, but are VERY CLOSE to NOT passing.  We will send a letter home to these students letting them know they need to FINISH STRONG.  If there are attendance problems or missing assignments before the end of the year, they may be taken OFF of the Gad List and NOT cross the stage.  This letter is meant to be an encouragement to STAY FOCUSED until the end of the school year!
  • REMINDER – RUNNING OUT OF TIME! Grad Stage Comments – It is time to start thinking about what your Grad wants said as she/he crosses the stage!  If you are in a 2nd Semester English 12 or Comm 12 class, you will be doing this exercise in class.  If you are NOT, then please go to the link below – Under “News” for April 6, 2018, please click on the  link there to read more about the criteria, and to write your Grad Stage Comment!
  • FINAL REMINDER – SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – RC Garnett’s PAC is once again pleased to offer graduating students the opportunity to apply for our scholarship.  This is open to any student who has previously attended RCG for at least two years.  The application deadline is May 25th. Please see the attached application: RCG PAC Scholarship Application 2018
  • FINAL REMINDER – SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The deadline for the annual Lisa Huus Memorial Bursary is approaching. I’m hopeful that you will help spread the word about this funding opportunity to students who may be eligible.
    • Deadline: May 31, 2018
    • Eligibility: Students with significant physical disabilities living in British Columbia and completing post-secondary education in an accredited program
    • Bursary Amount: Up to $5,000 per student
    • Application and information about applying:
    • Please see the attached poster for more information: Lisa Huus Bursary 2018
  • FINAL REMINDER – SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is asking for your assistance in promoting our clean energy scholarship. The $1000 scholarship is available for students who are interested in pursuing a future in clean energy at a post-secondary institution. The recipient must be a BC secondary student (full-time, currently enrolled) that is graduating in 2018.
    • Application Materials:
      • Applicants must submit a 1-2 page paper (500 words) responding to the question “Why is clean energy important to me as a young person in BC?” Please explain why clean energy is important, cite any relevant experience with projects, volunteering, or community work, and indicate any future plans for involvement (please indicate the post-secondary institutions you have applied to and any acceptances).
      • Applicants must also provide one letter of reference (not a relative). This could be from a teacher, a community representative, a pastor/religious teacher or a coach. The reference letter should speak to your character as a person.
      • Applicants must provide there contact information – address, phone number and e-mail.
    • The deadline for applications is May 27, 2018.  Please submit applications by mail or email to: Anitra Paris, 354-409 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2,
  • REMINDERS:  Dry Grad Update:  Dry Grad is in full swing as the end of the year gets closer…  Please see below for the latest information and fundraisers!
    • Dry Grad Night Info Flyer (click on the following link): 2018 dry grad night INFO
    • Bottle Depot Fundraiser (ongoing):  Please take bottles to the recycling depot on Industrial Ave behind Save on Foods and mention that you would like to donate the proceeds to LSS Dry Grad (account # 750)


  • This Wednesday is the last day for drop off!  If you have time this weekend to clean out your closets please feel free to bring any donations you have to school!  We have bins located in the front lobby and up by room 213. Kids can also carry it in from your car!  The school with the most pounds of items can win a school wide BBQ put on by the Langley Firefighters!


  • The Langley Hospice Society will be offering a 4-week drop-in journaling and art-based support group at LSS for students who are experiencing loss. The group will take place in room 128 on Wednesdays just after FLEX, beginning on May 16th at 10:35.  We ask that students be on time. To ensure sufficient supplies for the group, students must register through one of the LSS Counsellors. Students do not need to commit to the entire 4 week period. * 1:1 grief Counselling with a Langley Hospice Facilitator/Counsellor is also available at LSS.  Students should see one of the LSS Counsellors to set up this support.


  • Mental Health Week this past week at LSS was hugely successful in creating awareness and reducing stigma.  Students and staff participated throughout the week in the various events, with momentum growing, and the the culminating “Let’s Talk Lunch” being a full house in the library! Thanks and appreciation go out to the Me to We student group, as well as to staff sponsors Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell!  See below to get a sense of the participation and energy created by our students in support of student and staff Mental health Awareness!


  • This past Tuesday, the Langley District hosted an IDEA Summit, where students from around the District (elementary, middle, and secondary) showed off their entrepreneurial skills as wells their philanthropic intentions in the form of information booths, and hundreds of more students then toured the booths, getting a sense of the cutting edge of what student learning can look like.  It was an inspiring demonstration of some the engaged and meaningful educational taking place around the District – congratulations to District Staff Ms. Tomlinson (sound familiar?!) and Ms. Yun for coordinating an outstanding day!  See photos below for some ways LSS participated, including as videographer, volunteers, and more!



  • (Courtesy of Mr. McCarthy) The LSS Saints had their hockey game on Friday against the Brookswood Bobcats. To say they played an awesome game and that they had a successful result would be an understatement!
  • In goal for the Saints was Gray Pennington, who when tested, made some amazing saves, but for the most part, he didn’t see a lot of action due to the Saints defensive core, and the work of the forwards helping out by back checking.
  • The Saints dominated the Bobcats for the entirety of the game and held them off of the scoreboard for half the game. The first period saw the Saints ahead of the Bobcats by a score of 7-0. Goals were scored by Ayden Power, Landon McArthur (2 goals), Corbin Genge, Colton Wellburn, Ethan Schmor, and Tyler Piluso.
  • In the second period, the Saints kept to their game plan of playing a passing game and successfully moved the puck amongst each each and found the back of the net ten more times to finish off the second period with a score of 17-1. Goals were scored by Landon McArthur for another 4 to make his game total 6 goals, Justin Ralph for 3, and Colton Wellburn, Corbin Genge, and Ayden Power, who all scored their second goals of the game.
  • In the third period, the Saints backed off and tried to just move the puck around and let the clock run down, but in doing so, they still found the back of the net four more times. Scoring for the Saints were, Ethan Schmor (2 goals total), Corbin Genge (4 goals total), Hollander Thompson, and Sean Bertram. The Bobcats also netted their second goal of the game in the third to make the final score 21-2 for the Saints.


  • LSS PAC AGM and Elections – The PAC will be holding our AGM and 2018-2019 Elections on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 7pm
  • Positions available are:
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • DPAC Representative
  • Currently the PAC is running at the minimum with only a President, Treasurer and Secretary and our Treasurer is moving on. We need these three positions in order to exist and receive the Gaming Grant from the government. The money (approx. $16,000) received from the Gaming Grant is used to help fund many non-academic activities at the school. Some of this years recipients are:
    • Sports team Uniforms (Hockey and BB)
    • Athletics banquet awards
    • Avid
    • Makerclub (3D printers and supplies)
    • Music (bus for Kelowna trip)
    • PE (bussing)
    • Board Game Club
    • Musical Theatre (rental of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car)
    • Applied Skills / Trades (work boots, competition entries)
    • Metal shop (laptop for CNC mill)
    • iPads
    • Debate Club (conference fees)
    • Drag Racing Club (helmets, tubes, tires)
    • LSS Awards night (rental of CLA)
  • For more information, please contact: Michael Hyland, LSS PAC President at



  • DUE THIS WEEK!  Our Career Centre has an exciting field trip coming up!  20 spots available on a First Come, First Served basis!
    • Justice Institute of BC on May 23 (forms due May 18)
    • Please pick up Permission Forms in the Main Office.


  • Now that we are back from Spring Break, that can only mean one thing – Summer is not far away! That also means Langley’s Summer Session is not far away, and registration actually starts online and in-person Monday, April 9th.  Attached is a digital copy of this year’s Secondary brochure.  SS 2018 Secondary Brochure. The brochures and other basic information are also available on the district Summer Session site:
  • Secondary Changes for 2018
    • Along with the previous year’s class options, we are offering a couple of new options and changes this year
      • Language Skill Builder classes – 3 week, non-credit skill building classes
      • French Immersion at BSS – for current French Immersion students in grade 7 & 8 to help them improve their skills
      • ELL 8/9/10 at WGSS – for English Language Learners who could use some extra support
      • Academic Remedial – Humanities 8 & 9
        • You will notice on the brochure that we are not offering a separate EN8/9 and SS8/9 this year. Instead if a student needs credit for English, Social Studies or both at the grade 8 & 9 level, they will be taking the Humanities 8 or 9, a single course that will focus more on skill building (not just re-teaching the content) to help them succeed next year with you. In talking with a few other districts that have taken this approach they have found greater interest and success for students, especially at the grade 8/9 levels which don’t impact students transcripts for future years.
    • Need More info?  See the attached brochure above!


  • Students in Ms. Sewell’s AVID class work on Teamwork and Communication in the Word/Body Spelling Challenge!

    Students from French 11 and 12 and Grade 9-12 Dance students went on a field trip to Downtown Vancouver on Thursday May 10th. The students watched a Contemporary Ballet from Ballet BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, then had an authentic French dish at Cafe Crepe.

    Construction Update Photo #1: The eastern edge of the addition.

    Construction Update Photo #2: The western side of the addition, the hallway next to the Main Gym. (a bit more complete than Photo #1!)

    Construction Update Photo #3: One of the classrooms on the western side of the construction.


Throughout the school year, we will have important information on students clubs and teams in this section of the Scoop!  If you want to meet new people and have fun while learning something new, then read below… and join an LSS club or team!

  • Makerspace Club:  Now meets on Mondays, at lunchtime, in the Makerspace room (across from Woodwork).  Please see Mr. Powell for any questions.
  • Track & Field:  Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15pm at the Track.
  • Boys Rugby:  Practices already started – see Mr. Howlett for more information re: after school practices next week!
  • LSS Book Club: Attention all book lovers.  On Thursdays, the LSS Book Club meets in Room 220 at lunchtime to discuss new books we’re reading, talk about our love of literature and challenge each other to try new books.  Feel free to join us!
  • LSS Debate and Model UN Club: Join us every Friday 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.
  • Geeky Hang Out Days:  Please join Ms. Hajdecki for Geeky Hang Out Days in Room 123!
    • Magic the Gathering Mondays
    • Wii U Wednesdays
    • Tabletop Thursdays
    • Featured Anime Fridays
  • 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.
  • Youth Unlimited Hangar 17:  Wednesday’s at the Langley Airport!  Creative life & drop in (free art program and drop-in centre) from 3:30-5:30pm.  Community meal (free supper!) from 5:30-6:30pm.  Spiritual life (a safe space to discuss life, faith and deeper questions) from 6:30-7:30pm.  Shuttle bus pick-up at Langley Secondary at 3:25pm.  Shuttle rides home are offered at 6:30pm and 7:45pm (waivers are required and are available in the school office!).  For more information:  604-557-6507 or
  • GSA Alliance:  The LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance will be meeting on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Drama Room. All students are welcome to attend!
  • LSS Dance Team:  Would you like to try out for the LSS Dance Team and perform jazz and hip hop?  The Dance Team practices at lunchtime twice a week and performs at various events!  All dance levels are welcome!  Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch in the new Dance Studio.
  • 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 meetings are on Wednesdays at lunch in Room 213 with Ms. Wood and Ms. Sewell.




May 13-15: Music Field Trip to Kelowna

May 16:     Numeracy Assessment Review, Fixed Flex

May 16:     District Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Church in the Valley, 5 pm

May 21:     Victoria Day, Schools CLOSED

May 22:     PAC Meeting and AGM, Rm 128, 7pm

May 23:     Fire Drill, in the afternoon

May 24:     Kindness Rocks Concert, Main Gym, All Day

May 25:    District Athletics Celebration, Langley Events Centre, 5 pm

May 27:    Dry Grad Car Wash, at LSS

June 20:    Last day of regular classes

June 21:    I Day – Teachers invite students who still have a chance of passing a course

June 21:    LSS Grad Ceremony, CLA

June 22:    LSS Grad Dinner and Dance, Coast Hotel

June 27:    LSS Awards Night

Langley Secondary School

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