The Saints Scoop! – May 26, 2019

May 26, 2019


  • IMPORTANT GRAD LIST UPDATE:  As per below, Grade 12s are STILL ABLE to make it on to the Grad List… but we are RUNNING OUT OF TIME! Students who are behind in course work or currently not passing a course MUST be caught up BY MAY 31, THE END OF THIS WEEK. It is up to students to ask their teachers to email the Main Office once they are caught up.
  • Grad DINNER & DANCE Tickets are STILL available!
    • To purchase your tickets, you MUST be on the Grad List (see below) AND all your student fees must be paid/library books returned.  Dinner & Dance tickets are $70 each.
    • If you want be at the same tables as friends, be sure to come together and sign up for the same table!  We will NOT reserve spaces for people who have not yet bought tickets.
    • ***Parents are able to buy “Dessert Tickets” to attend AFTER dinner, and still hear speeches and be a part of those first dances.  Parents will get access to coffee/tea and selection of desserts.  Dessert Tickets are $20 each.
      • ***Please note that, because of our contract with the Coast Hotel, we are only able to release “Dessert Tickets” to parents AFTER we have achieved a minimum number of “Dinner and Dance” ticket sales.  We apologize for not making this more clear earlier.
  • If you are NOT on the Grad List and are hoping to still make it on… Only those students who are in a position to graduate will be permitted to participate in the Graduation Ceremony in June.  The Criteria are:
    • Student must have completed or have a reasonable expectation of completing 80 credits (48 credits for required courses, 28 elective credits, and 4 credits for Graduation Transitions). 16 of these credits must be at the grade 12 level.
    • Any courses in progress outside of Langley Secondary, must be 80% complete with a passing grade as of May 1
    • Any courses in progress at Langley Secondary must have a passing or near passing grade as of May 1st
    • Graduation Transitions 12 must be complete by May 1st
    • ***Please note that students CAN get back on the Grad List if they QUICKLY fix whatever problem is holding them back!
  • NEW! SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: My name is Jennifer and I am the Program Coordinator at the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC). We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a $1,000 student scholarship this year, which will be awarded at our Annual General Meeting on June 13th. This scholarship is for grade 12 students who are graduating in 2019. To apply for the scholarship, we ask that students submit a reference letter as well as a 500-word essay answering the question, “Why is clean energy important to me as a young person in BC?” The application deadline is Thursday, May 30th and we will be contacting the winner in early June. You can find more information on our website here:
  • KPU UPDATES!  In late June, the Future Students’ Office is joining with Academic Advising to offer Registration Workshops for students who are starting at KPU this September. At these workshops, incoming students will learn how to access the course calendar, navigate the timetable, select their courses, and secure seats in classes. Students are encouraged to register online for the workshop date, time, and campus that is most convenient for them.
    • KPU is still accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester! Note that the earlier students apply, the earlier their registration date will be.
    • August 1 is the deadline to apply for Open Intake programs.
    • The following Limited Intake programs have extended deadlines:
    • Information sessions will be held throughout the summer for various programs, and prospective students are encouraged to attend. Browse our offerings and register at
  • SAVE THE DATE!  Grad Breakfast – Monday, June 17, at 7:15 am in the Cafeteria – any grade 12 parents able to volunteer are welcome to email me at and I will forward your email to the Grade 12 parent coordinator!
    • “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.
    • 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.”
    • 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!


  • (Courtesy of Mr. McCarthy) To recap the Saints hockey team’s last 2 game against the Aldergrove Totems… LSS won their last game of the regular season by a score of 9 – 3, with the Saints last 2 goals scored against 6 attackers, since ACSS’ goalie was injured with 4 minutes to go and couldn’t continue; and in the Saints semi-final game against the Totems, LSS won by forfeit because the Totems couldn’t field a team they felt would be competitive to win.
  • The LANGLEY FINALS: (also courtesy of Mr. McCarthy) “To say the Saint’s Championship Finals hockey game was a high energy, high paced nail biter of a game would be an understatement; there were very few whistles and stoppages of play, which added to the intensity of the game. Both teams came with their best game, which made for some very entertaining hockey. The first five minutes of the game saw the Saints outplay and out-chance the Gators, but they weren’t able to capitalize; the rest of the period would see chances come from both teams. Kylie Mebs had a phenomenal game and made outstanding saves to shutout the gators in the first period, which ended with a score of 0-0.
    • The second period was more of the first all over again with equal chances on both sides, but at the 5:41 mark of the period the Gators finally scored in this deadlocked game. The Saints would rebound 40 seconds later with a stretch pass from Jaydon Atkins to Carson Preston who go one-on-one with the goalie and score to tie the game, 1-1; the period would end with that score.
    • The high pace continued in the third period and there were opportunities on both sides, but at the 11:16 mark of the period, Sean Bertram would catch the Gators goalie off guard with a quick release shot as he was making a move around the defenseman; Colton Wellburn would get the assist. The Saints maintained their 2-1 lead until the 5:56 mark of the period when the Gators had pressure on the Saints and were able to capitalize and tie the game, 2-2. Thirty-seconds later the Gators scored again with a pass behind the net that deflected off a stick and into the net; 3-2 Gators. The Saints didn’t concede to defeat and put the pressure on Gators and out-chanced them, but were unable to get their tying goal to push the game into overtime. The score would remain 3-2 for the Walnut Grove Gators.
    • The LSS Saints should be very proud of themselves for the game they played and the season they had. This will be my last hockey update for you as I am passing the reins over to Mr. Fauteux next year. I’ve really enjoyed the last 10 years of coaching and have had many memorable moments. Thanks!”
    • I think it is fair to say that LSS and its athletes thank YOU, Mr. McCarthy, for your dedication to volunteering to coach our Saints!


  • Ms. Turpin and the LSS Fine Arts Department gathered students from the LSS Family of Schools together to dedicate last Thursday and Friday to Fine Arts at Crescent Beach.  On Thursday, the focus was on Film, with students from elementary and middle school being mentored by Mr. Hantke, Mr. Howlett, and LSS Film students, on how to use cameras and create powerful and memorable images and video.  On Friday, the focus shifted to Visual Arts, with students able to explore and sketch the visual “treasures” that they discovered on the day.  On both days, all of the students, both younger and older, experienced some of the magic of being outdoors and connecting to what they experienced through the lens of the Fine Arts…  Thank you to Ms. Turpin and all of the staff involved who helped to create two days that our LSS Family of Schools students will not soon forget!
    • An interesting story… for this student, new to Langley, this was the first time that he had ever seen the ocean… and he liked what he saw…!


  • Thank you to the Me to We club for hosting Mental Health Awareness at LSS.  Some of the week’s events included (courtesy of Ms. Wood):
    • Tuesday: When life gives you lemons make lemonade and then share it with everyone to spread kindness
    • Mindfulness Yoga on Wednesday – practicing grace gratitude and compassion for ourselves.
    • Friday: And a full house at this week’s Mental Health forum. Thank you to Jessica Pham and Taylor Fischer for putting together an amazing lunch, and to the rest of Me to We club members for helping!  Finally, a big thank you to Mr. Lewis for delivering such an insightful, passionate, engaging and heartfelt speech on mental health.
  • Thank you to everyone who attended for showing their support, and helping to break stigmas surrounding self care and health!


  • This past week, LSS’ very own Ms. Kercher was honoured as one of 11 “Hidden Heroes” at Newlands!  Ms. Kercher, the school’s Family Support Worker, was recognized for all of her tireless, behind-the-scenes work with some of LSS’ most vulnerable students and families.  It was noted that Ms. Kercher goes above and beyond any job description by dedicating herself to her work and to her students.  Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Kercher – the LSS community is a better place because of the work you do, and most importantly, because of the care you bring to your work!
    • Ms. Kercher accepting her award, and saying a few words of gratitude to the organizers.

      Langley’s Hidden Heroes of 2019 (and some friends and family, too!)


  • REMINDER!  HELP NEEDED! Did you graduate from LSS? Do you have some memorabilia that is LSS-specific?  Or maybe something that is quite old from decades ago, that is simply a reminder of what existed in that decade?  We have yearbooks and photos that go back decades, but we are still looking for more items from decades past!  Perhaps a letter-man’s sweater or jacket?  ?  Or a tool or device specific to long ago?   Please lend it to us for the weekend!  Any items can be dropped off at the office in the next two weeks or so, and will be labelled to ensure you get it back after June 8th!
  • Saturday, June 8th at LSS
  • OPEN HOUSE – at LSS – 11 am to 4 pm
    • Come to LSS and experience the Decade Rooms (sponsored some of our different Departments), see student demonstrations and work in the Open House, witness soccer and volleyball games between students and alumni, and enjoy the amazing talents of LSS students past and present in performances throughout the day.  Finally, the most important detail is that everyone come to the June 8th event and enjoy the conversation, the company, and the memories – see you there!
  • WINE AND CHEESE – at  Sandman Signature Hotel, at 88th Ave and 200th St – 5 pm to 7pm
    •  Interested in a glass of wine and tasty hors d’ouevres?  Want to see the draw for the 50/50  and Raffle winners, live?  Want to hear some of the student stories of who the LSS 110th Legacy Fund will benefit?  If so, then you are invited to our Wine and Cheese VIP after-event.  Tickets are $40, with net proceeds going to the LSS 110th Legacy Fund.
    • To buy tickets:
      1. Click on the link below.
      2. Scroll down and on the right side of the page, you will see the 110thAnniversary poster/info.
      3. Under the poster, you will find a link to the “VIP Reception Tickets” – click that link and the rest should be easy!
    • Please know that if you are looking to donate to the 110th Anniversary Legacy Fund, any donor who donates the “Honour Roll” level and above will get two complimentary tickets to the Wine and Cheese.  Please do not take this as any pressure to donate… The Steering Committee simply wants to make sure people are aware of this detail.
    • Thanks again and see you at the 110th on June 8th!
  • Here is the Twitter link to a video on the 110th Anniversary Event:


  • 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!


  • Virtual field trip to WWI battle fields of France in social studies 9, all with the help of virtual reality!…

    …We immersed ourselves in history and explored Vimy Ridge in 360 with Peter Mansbridge!

    English 12 students work collaboratively to discuss and analyze paragraph structures using peer samples…

    This process helps students to develop and improve their own writing!

    On Wednesday, French 11 and 12 students went on a field trip to Anny’s, a Quebec restaurant in New Westminster, featuring poutine, Montreal Smoked Meat and their famous Maple Twist Ice Cream.

    Students were able to experience the tastes and sounds of Quebec! Thank you to the parent and student drivers for driving. Bon Appétit!

    Congratulations to Riley Geiger, the focus of this article this past week in the Langley Times Advance!

    Congratulations also to Eh Hser Moo, who recently signed with TWU to play soccer!  Here, he is being interviewed by the District Communications team!

    Another visit to Douglas Park Elementary by Grade 11 AVID students…

    As you can see, Wednesday’s are quickly becoming AVID’s favourite day of the week 💕as AVID 11’s had another great afternoon with their little buddies at Douglas Park playing, reading, and learning together!

    In a recent article, the CBC published a list of jobs that had the fewest applicants (and, hence, the best prospects for applicants!)

    Finally, two of our Breakfast Club volunteers helping out. Without our volunteers, Breakfast Club just doesn’t work! Interested in volunteering? Come see Mr. Moino and he can set you up with Carol in the Cafeteria!



  • 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!
    • Senior Boys Open Gym: Every Tuesday after schoolin the Small Gym.
    • 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.
    • Dance Club!  Tuesdays at Lunch in the Dance Studio. All Students Welcome. Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Zumba.
    • 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. Brown’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!
    • 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.


  • THIS WEEK! “Keeping our Children Safe From Gangs” –  Parent Presentation – May 28, 2019 – The District is sponsoring an informative parent presentation on gang awareness.  Expert speakers from Safer Schools Together will be sharing current information as well as strategies for preventing gang involvement for parents of school aged children.  This event is being advertised through all of our social media channels, community pages etc. GRIP Parent Flyer Langley



  • May 27-31 – “Tell Them From Me” student surveys
  • May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • May 29 – Earthquake Drill, p.m.
  • May 30 – MMRV Vaccinations
  • June 4 – Final Band and Choir Concert, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • June 5 – LSS Athletics Banquet
  • June 6 – Evening of Dance, Small Gym, 7 pm
  • June 8 – LSS 110th Anniversary Event, at LSS, 11 am – 4 pm
  • June 14 – Mandatory Grad Ceremony Rehearsal, CLA, 10 am
  • June 14 – LSS Grad Walk (right after rehearsal)
  • June 14 – LSS Graduation Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 19 – Last Day of Regular Classes
  • June 20 – I Day
  • June 21-27 – Provincial Numeracy Assessment, 2 sittings per day (Schedule in June)
  • June 21 – LSS Graduation Banquet, Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 6:30 pm
  • June 24 – English 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • June 26 – Communications 12 Provincial Exam, Small Gym, 8:30 am
  • June 26 – LSS Awards Ceremony, at CLA, Time TBA

Langley Secondary School

21405 - 56 Avenue, Langley
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Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518