The Saints Scoop! – May 5, 2019

May 5, 2019


  • GRAD LIST WILL BE POSTED THIS WEEK:  Only those students who are in a position to graduate will be permitted to participate in the Graduation Ceremony in June. Counsellors and Admin met this past week to determine who is in a position to graduate.  From this meeting, we have made a list of who will be allowed to cross the stage; this list will be posted in the Main Foyer.  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!
  • DUE THIS WEEK!  CLA Scholarship/Bursary – As part of the LSS 110th Legacy Fund, Christian Life Assembly has sponsored a $1000 Scholarship/Bursary.  To be considered for this award, please answer the following question in an essay, DUE MAY 10 in the Counselling Centre:
    • Christian Life Assembly believes in giving back to the community and in paying good deeds forward.  One example is the “Boxes of Love” initiative, where students in various elementary schools receive a gift as an act of kindness from CLA.  With this example in mind, how do you give back and pay good deeds forward in the Langley community?  Why is it important to you to do so?  Please give specific examples.  (350-500 words)”
    • “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!


  • LSS is still looking for volunteer parents of students in grades 9-11 to collect the food and organize it for the Reception at the Grad Ceremony on June 14.  If you are able to volunteer, this includes arriving at CLA by about 5:45 pm, collecting food from Grad parents, and then organizing and staying until about 10 pm (or any part of the evening at all – early or late shift). Please email me at – and thank you to the parents who have already volunteered!
  • We are also looking for a parent who will take the lead in organizing the parent volunteers, as well as taking care of a few details in advance of the Grad Ceremony.  As per above, please email me at if you are able and interested to help coordinate!


  • Congratulations to LSS’ three Finalists for this year’s Sassy Awards!  Each Finalist received an award of $500 from Rotary.  The work they have done in Langley and at LSS is exemplary and worthy of recognition.  Thank you to Elise Mozaffari, Sophia Woitowitsch, and Sara Humberstone for their service to our community in the different categories recognized by Rotary – they truly exemplify the purpose of SASSY:  Service Above Self!
    • 04/25 – SASSY finalists impress judges
    • A video of each finalist was shown! Here is Sara…

      From the video of Sophia Woitowitsch.

      You guessed it! From Elise Mozaffari’s video.

      Thanks to Mrs. Pagnanini, who along with Mr. Moino, attended the Awards evening in support of our LSS Saints!

      The 18 Finalists in six different categories from across Langley!


  • The latest Mood Walk, run by Mr. Greeff and Mrs. Thornburn in the FOCUS Program, went to Brae Island.  This is the first year of the Mood Walk, which originally came from Ontario and was adapted to work with secondary school students by Mr. Greeff and Mrs. Thornburn. Our students are learning to use connections to nature and physical exercise to better cope with anxiety and other challenges.  This has been a transformative program for these students.
    • The calm of Brae Island…

      Ms. Kercher and Mrs. Thornburn, two of our staff supervisors on this school trip!


  • The LSS choir performed at the KPU International Music Festival on April 29.  They received a bronze rating and excellent coaching from Dr. Joel Tranquilla (TWU) and Gail Suderman (KPU).  You can hear this choir on our final concert, Tuesday, June 4 and at the 110th Anniversary celebration on June 8th.
    • Some of our choir students, modelling their sharp black and green attire!

      A smiling duet!

      The LSS choir with Dr Tranquilla

  • On a related note, the Langley Children’s Choir rehearses at LSS from September to April and they will soon be auditioning for new singers, grades 3-8.  For information or to register for an audition, email

VIDEO: Langley Children’s Choir is looking for singers


  • Congratulations to Pe Lay Sar and Hannah Newson for coming in 1st place in the girls doubles category in Langley!  Anna Lin and Matthew Peebles came in 3rd place in the mixed doubles category. Both teams will compete in the Upper Fraser Valleys next week.
    • Battling in pairs!


  • “Contratulations to the Saints hockey team on a big win over the Brookswood Bobcats!! The Saints controlled the game and were successful in scoring 15 goals!  Kylie Mebs had a stellar game shutting out the Bobcats for 2 ½ periods before they were able to net 2 of their own to make for a final score of 15-2 for our Saints! Scoring for the Saints were, Jamie Hylands who had 4, and getting hat-tricks were Landon Walter, Colton Wellburn, and Carson Preston. Rounding out the scoring was Ayden Power who netted 2 for himself. Way to go Saints. Their next game is next Wednesday against the Aldergrove Totems. Come out if you can.” (Wrte-up and photos courtesy of Mr. McCarthy)


  • AVID 11s head North! AVID Family Road trip to Kamloops and Kelowna to explore what TRU and UBCO have to offer!  Students attended classes, toured campuses, and previewed what post-secondary life is really like!
  • AVID students continue to develop their personal awareness, while providing service to other LSS and AVID students.  Here, AVID 11 students are mentoring the AVID 9 class and acting as peer tutors in tutorials!
  • Congratulations to the AVID students of the month for April!


  • The iconic LSS crest, with the the Golden Ears, Nicomekl River, and fields of Langley prominently displayed, has gone through an update as part of the 110th Anniversary celebration and as we move to the New Build in September.  A huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS go to Mrs. Turpin, who came up with the original redesign/update, and to Chris from BeastVan Designs for additional redesign work and for digitally rendering Mrs. Turpin’s work… it is a STUNNING update that both respects the past and moves us forward into the future!
    • The iconic LSS crest, with the Golden Ears, Nicomekl River, and the golden fields of Langley!

      Crest updated! Notice the reverse green and yellow… and the Nicolmekl in the shape of an “S” for Saints… and the sun’s halo in the background… I hope you agree that this is a stunning modernization of our crest that both respects the past, and leads us into the future!


  • Please see the attached calendar, recently approved by Langley Trustees: Secondary Semester 2019_20 Approved 2019Apr30
  • Please note that the collaboration model the District has utilized in the past few years is not included in next year’s school calendars.  Although the District values collaboration, there has been significant feedback received from our communities that the number of early dismissal days is causing a significant hardship for our families.  In addition, there was also feedback from staff that 80 minutes was not a long enough timeframe for collaboration to be fully effective.  As a result, the time used for collaboration returns to three full non-instructional days in the school year – a School Improvement Day and two Design and Assessment/Report Card Preparation Days.  These full days are easier to manage for our families and significantly reduce the number of early dismissal days throughout the year.  It is anticipated that collaboration will continue in various forms in our schools throughout the year.


  • Saturday, June 8th at LSS
  • WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Now that you have had the chance to SAVE THE DATE! in your calendars, the Steering Committee needs some assistance from our community with some of the details.
    • One of our events for the day is to hold a Raffle, with net proceeds going to the “110th Legacy Fund” for bursaries and scholarships for LSS students.  What we are looking for are some ideas for a Grand Prize that will capture people’s attention and create some buzz worthy of the 110th Anniversary of the oldest, most connected high school in Langley!  Please email me at with your ideas or if you know anyone who might be able to help with this; tax receipts from the Langley School District Foundation can be issued for most donations.
    • Additional prizes for the Raffle and/or a Silent Auction at the Wine and Cheese:  If you or someone you know is able to donate some items with a value in the $100-$200 range, please contact me at my email address at to discuss.  Like above all net proceeds from these events will go to the “110th Legacy Fund” for bursaries and scholarships for LSS students, and are eligible for a tax receipt from the Langley School District Foundation.
    • Thank you in advance for your support.  The most important detail is that everyone come to the June 8th event and enjoy the conversation, the company, and the memories.  If we are able to create a positive legacy from this event to support LSS students of the present an future, then all the better for helping our students attain their educational dreams!
  • Here is the Facebook page link the 110th Anniversary Event:
  • To see the postcard above in PDF, please click the following: postcard


  • 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!


  • Our Japanese 12 class completed a taste test survey, completely in Japanese!

    Each student had to use language specific to the sense of taste!

    The New Curriculum focus on “hands on” and authentic learning experiences – there is no doubt these students learned a great deal by DOING in a real-life situation!

    After an impromptu tour of the school for about 5 of the Grads of 1955 and their spouses, I got a picture of two of our attendees. This letterman’s sweater is an original, 65 years old!


  • 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!
    • 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.


  • 14th Annual Grand Prix Gala – Sunday, May 26 from 1 pm to 4 pm at Thunderbird Show Park!
    • The much anticipated 14th Annual Grand Prix Gala is on the horizon – in other words it is imminent and this is both good and excellent! For those of you who have already registered – thank you. We look forward to seeing you. For those of you who tried to register but ran into difficulties with our online registration, it is now up and running. So sorry for any inconvenience. Technology is both good and less than excellent. And for those of you who are still considering, please keep in mind that this is one of the Foundation’s premiere fundraising events. Featuring a day at Thunderbird Show Park (an equestrian track that has been rated as one of the top two in North America and one of the top five in the world), attendees are immersed into a thundering competition among the best riders and most exquisite horses in the world. And that’s not all. There’s an endless array of hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches and desserts delivered to your patio tables, a silent auction, wine and craft beer tastings and chances to win a weekend package that surpasses any that has been previously offered. You HAVE to see it to believe it.
      • And most importantly, your attendance and/or sponsorship ensures that the Foundation can continue to support and provide essential programs to our students including breakfast, lunches, snacks, backpacks filled with food, counselling, literacy programs, garden towers and so much more. The Foundation exists with a mission to make learning UNFORGETTABLE for every Langley student. Our mandate is to provide and support programs and initiatives that are not funded or fully funded by the Ministry of Education and our goal to ensure that EVERY Langley student receives the maximum benefit of the education to which they are entitled?
      • packages
      • posterS


  • THE LANGLEY YOUTH HUB – Please find attached the Langley Youth Hub and Friends of Dorothy May 2019 calendars, as well as the poster for our LGBTQ2S+ Youth Wellness Clinic.
    • Hub programming will be open in May on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 6 pm. Tuesdays will remain open from 6pm-7pm on dates when the doctor is here for any youth who are booked to access medical care. 30 Youth Calendar May 2019
    • We also continue to have our Friends of Dorothy LGBTQ2S+ drop in group on Wednesdays from 4PM-6PM! The LGBTQ2S+ Youth Wellness Clinic will be available May 22nd from 5pm-7pm. FOD Calendar May 2019 – lgbtq2s+ Wellness Night Current
  • PREGNANT AND PARENTING – Please find attached the Pregnant and Parenting Youth May calendar of events. May 2019
  • LCSS New Poverty Law Program
    • We are excited to announce our new program to the Langley Community!  April 1st Langley Community Service launched the newly established Poverty Law Program.  The goal is to ensure fair access to income support and services through information, referrals, supports and one-on-one advocacy in the following areas:
      • Income assistance
      • Housing
      • Federal Income benefits
      • Public Legal Education (PLE)
      • Resource and referrals
    • The advocate will work directly with clients to educate them about their legal rights, explain options for legal problem solving and, where appropriate, assist with dispute resolution and/or representation at hearings before boards and tribunals.  The advocate will also promote awareness of the legal advocacy program and its activities. The program aligns with our core mission to assist individuals and families to enhance their lives through the provision of information, programs, and services.
    • Client’s can access the program by personal or professional referrals.  Please note; the services provided through the Poverty Law program will be by appointment only. Please call 604-534-7921 to make inquires or setting an appointment.
  • Community Bulletin Board – SD#35 Langley: To find out more about the different community events happening in our District, consider making it a habit to go to the District’s website, and you will certainly be in the know!


  • May 8 – IDEA Summit at the Langley Events Centre
  • May 7 – BC Youth Week!
  • May 8 – I.D.E.A. Summit – Langley Events Centre
  • May 9 – Collaboration Afternoon, Students Dismissed at 1:30 pm
  • May 12 – Mother’s Day
  • May 13-17 – Grad Ceremony Tickets available, three tickets free per Grad
  • May 15 – Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Church in the Valley, 5 pm
  • May 17 – Grad Ceremony Tickets: Additional Tickets Request DUE to Main Office
  • May 20 – Victoria Day, School CLOSED
  • May 21-24 – Grad Dinner Dance Tickets on Sale
  • May 24 – FANDA Presentation for Grade 12s, Library, 11:45 am
  • May 24 – District Staff Athletics Banquet, 5 pm
  • May 27 –  PAC AGM and Regular Meeting, Room 128, 7 pm
  • June 4 – Final Band and Choir Concert, 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
BC, V2Y 2N1
Phone: 604-534-4171
Fax: 604-534-9518