The Saints Scoop! – November 12, 2017

November 12, 2017


This past Thursday, LSS hosted two Remembrance Day Assemblies in the small gym, one for grades 9 and 10, and one for grades 11 and 12.  Students heard a few words about the significance of Remembrance Day from Mr. Moino before listening to Ms. Thorpe and the LSS Choir sing the moving ballad “After the War” (from the movie Passchendaele).  They also watched a video compilation of clips put together by Mr. Hantke before watching another clip made by a Langley District student.  Finally, LSS student Alex Kerry played the Last Post and the Rouse/Reveille, interspersed by a moment of silence, before students and staff silently exited the small gym to the sounds of the bagpipes, played by LSS student Aiden Fowler.

Mr. Palichuk said it well when he wrote, “Thank you to everyone who attended the powerful Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday for preparing yourselves and your students for the emotions that the events of the assembly brought about.  A huge heartfelt thank you to Fine Arts for creating, facilitating and delivering such a meaningful assembly. Big thank you to Ms. Thorpe and the music students for delivering the wonderful music and singing embedded into the assembly.  Very special thanks to Ms. Turpin for taking on the “event director role” and to Mr. Hantke for utilizing his video prowess to coordinate and create the multimedia involved.”

As students entered the small gym, they saw the names of Langley High School students who served in World War II written on poppies on the floor, to remind them of LSS’ historical connections to Remembrance Day.

On the back wall of the small gym, facing the audience, were the words from the poem, “In Flanders Fields”

Students and staff filled the bleachers…

… with extra seating on both sides of the bleachers.

As students streamed out of the first assembly, Aiden played the bagpipes.

A group photo of Assistant Superintendent Mr. Bradford, and LSS staff Ms. Piorecky, Ms. Thorpe, Ms. Turpin, and Mr. Hantke, along with our bagpiper, Aiden.


  • This past Thursday, report cards were published for LSS and Focus students; parents/guardians were sent a separate email with log-in instructions this past Thursday, as well.  Be sure to log into the Parent Portal to see your student’s Semester 1, Term 1 Report Card.
  • Conversely, we also printed report cards for all of our students and had them do a reflection exercise to think about what was positive in their report card and what they want to improve for the 2nd term and the rest of the school year.  Please ask your student about how they are progressing at LSS so far this year!


  • Dry Grad Meeting:  This Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm, in the LSS Library – Grade 12 parents are welcome!
  • THIS WEEK!  McGILL COMES OUT WEST – Greetings from Montreal!  Our team has been busy finalizing our travel plans for the fall, and we are looking forward to the many opportunities to connect with you and your students as we travel out to the West Coast next month. We will be visiting schools on Vancouver Island and in the Greater Vancouver area. While we are still working to finalize some school visits, we are pleased to be able to share with you the date of the nearest information sessions:
    • Surrey, BC:  Thursday, November 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Location: Southridge Secondary, The Great Hall in the Senior School – 2656 160th Street, Surrey, BC V3S 0B7
  • Mr. Camara Scholarship:  Djiba Camara was a remarkable man who devoted the latter part of his life to humanitarian work.  During his time at HD Stafford Middle School, his ‘Drop Off to Africa’ initiative fostered a culture of care throughout the school and community.  He was also a retired professional soccer player and enjoyed an illustrious coaching career. The Djiba Camara Memorial Scholarship was created in his memory.  It will be awarded to a recipient(s) who excels in academic achievement and community/school service, combined with soccer aptitude; this scholarship is only for LSS students.  To learn more about the scholarship and how to apply, please see the attached: Djiba Camara Memorial Scholarship


  • The LSS Holiday Craft Fair is Saturday, November 18th in the large gym at LSS.  The doors open at 9am and admission is by donation.  There will be approximately 70 vendors with a wide variety of goods, lots of free parking, door prizes, and a concession to help support the girls basketball program.  This is the PAC’s one big fundraising initiative for the year.  All proceeds will help support the amazing students and wonderful programs at LSS.  See you there! 


  • You may recall the PSI (Post-Secondary Institutions) day a few weeks ago for Grade 11 and 12 students.  This past week, AVID students had their own PSI Day for grade 9 students!  AVID students researched different post-secondary options and created various presentation for grade 9 students.  In this way, AVID students did a great deal of in-depth research into a university, college or other option that they are very interested in potentially pursuing, AND they also got grade 9 students to start thinking about their own plans for life beyond secondary school.  A huge thank you to Ms. Sewell and her AVID students for this thoughtful and enriching activity – as you can see below, students, both presenters and audience, were engaged in the exercise!


  • With the Piping and Plumbing students at BCIT for several weeks, the Piping and Plumbing shop is available for a short window of time; Mr. Dickson and his Trades 1 students took full advantage of this opportunity to practice some bigger projects, including doing some framing and drywalling work, all requiring varying levels of teamwork!


  • Congratulations to our first Gym Class Heroes for the school year!  Each month, PE teachers select students who have fulfilled different criteria and, in the process, have helped to make themselves healthier and more active, and their classes better places to be.  Each winner is presented with an official “Gym Class Heroes” t-shirt!  Please see the attached for the list of Heroes: G Y M C L A S S H E R O – Sept. – Nov. – 2017


  • This past Tuesday, Ms. Thorpe and the schools’ bands and choirs gathered together to perform in the school’s Fall Concert in the newly renovated small gym.  From the Beginner Band, with most members only playing an instrument since September, to the larger and more experienced Concert Band, LSS students did an excellent job of mastering their music, all while having an obviously good time working as a team.  The choirs also performed beautifully with their array of sad and sombre songs.  The students in both the bands and the choirs were clearly passionate about their work, and Ms. Thorpe kept the students focused and the music playing… and you knew that were all having fun performing for the audience.  Congratulations to all involved for a successful evening and a wonderful program!

    The greeters, who also happened to be taking the entrance fee (by donation) and selling raffle tickets for delicious Purdy’s chocolates!

    The audience of LSS music faithful, being addressed by Ms. Thorpe!

    The choir, accompanied by Ms. Thorpe on the piano!

    The band, conducted by Ms. Thorpe! Man, she sure was busy… Band teachers are pretty dedicated and talented people, aren’t they?!


  • One aspect of the Redesigned Curriculum is how learning can be more “hands-on” – and when students are doing for themselves, they are so much more likely to remember important content and to think deeply about that content.  In Law 12, Mr. Michaux designed a “mock crime scene” in the school, with Law 12 students having to put themselves in the place of police investigators, while also learning about important principles of criminal law and policing.  In Mr. Michaux’s own words, “I am really impressed by their creativity and it provided lots of learning opportunities for the other groups as well.”  I can’t wait to see of the students solve the crime next week!

    Do NOT be alarmed! This is only a MOCK crime scene (and yes, that is a comfortable mat he is lying on)! A group of Law 12 investigators is on the case!


  • Congratulations to the latest LSS student-athletes to sign Letters of Intent to their chosen Post-Secondary schools!  in September, Sydni Kemper will be playing softball at Grand Canyon University, Kalyn Hartmann will be playing volleyball at Simon Fraser University, and Jordan Daniel will be playing lacrosse at Tusculum College, one of the top-ranked colleges in Tennessee.  To see photos, go to:


  • THIS WEEK!  Girls Exploring Physics: SFU is hosting a workshop for girls in grades 9 and 10 interested in learning more about physics and the amazing career opportunities available:  
  • BE SURE TO APPLY!  Interested in Engineering at UBC?  Registration for Geering up’s highschool-only winter workshops is now open! Our winter workshop season runs from January 22nd to April 27th, during which we host 1-1.5 hour long STEM-themed workshops for groups of up to 30 students. We are very excited to have the opportunity to run workshops at nearby Brookswood Secondary!  The registration form attached below is a file that, should you be interested in booking workshops with us, will need to be completed! Once you have filled in all the necessary information, email it back to us at: Booking is on a first come first serve basis, so please complete and send back the form as soon as possible to ensure your preferred schedule.  We have attached a poster below describing the workshop content.  Let us know if you have any further questions, we look forward to hearing from you!  Scientifically yours, Geering Up UBC Engineering & Science for Kids, 1120E – 2332 Main Mall Lane, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4 Winter Workshop Poster – Winter Workshop Registration Form 2018


  • (Via Mr. Wejr and James Hill Elementary) Aboriginal Veterans Day: On Wednesday, we also acknowledged the importance of Aboriginal Veterans Day. Over 12 000 Indigenous People represented our country in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.  “At the time, Aboriginal men were expected to serve –despite the fact they were not treated as full citizens of Canada. After returning from service, many Aboriginal veterans experienced the same unequal treatment they experienced prior to the war. Aboriginal veterans were not awarded the same benefits as their non-Aboriginal counterparts, and Aboriginal women did not receive the same opportunities as non-Aboriginal women on the home front.  This is our history…we should know it and remember it.” (via Pam and Larry Goldsack)


The four pie-in-the-face volunteers (from the left): Ms. Piorecky, Mr. Hantke, Mr. VanBergen, and Mr. Calderon.  Yes, the taste of revenge is SWEET!

Action shot – the pie JUST missed Mr. Hantke… but don’t worry, gravity took over and made sure he got some on his head!

Now THAT is a wind-up!

Out of pie crusts?!?! No worries – Morgan improvises with some whipped cream directly from the can to the head of Mr. Hantke!

Oh, the paparazzi never rest!

And the last word (or sprinkle) goes to Ms. Pagnanini, who decide to “top off” the activity with some yummy coloured sprinkles!


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!

  • Jr. Boys Basketball:  Tryouts on Tuesday at 3pm in the Small Gym.
  • Field Lacrosse:  Students interested in playing field lacrosse, please sign up in the Main Office ASAP!
  • Debating Club:  Come on out to the LSS Debating Club every Friday at lunchtime in Ms. Lee’s Room 218.  Members will practice PF (Public Forum) and CNDF (Canadian Debating Forum) and if possible, will participate at a few debate tournaments.
  • Makerspace Club:  Please see Mr. Powell!  Their goal is to define a school Makerspace Club by its purpose and simplest of terms: it is a place where young people (both girls and boys!) have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual, and develop creative projects.  All students are welcome to attend.
  • 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
  • LSS Book ClubThursdays at lunch in room 220. All students are welcome to attend. Snacks and tea will be served at each meeting, along with talking about our book of the month.
  • 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.
  • Grad Council:  Usual meetings of Grad Council take place on Tuesdays at lunchtime in Room 132.  All grads are welcome!  Get involved in Grad 2018!
  • 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.


  • SAVE THE DATE!  Langley DPAC EdCamp – January 18, 2018 – Please see the attached flyer; more details to come! 

  • THIS WEEK! Anxiety Presentation for Parents: Ted Leavitt spoke to approximately 80 parents about ADHD last week and did a similar presentation for about 30 staff on Thursday after school.  Both were very well received.  He is doing another set of presentations in November but this time on Anxiety.  The parent workshop is on Wednesday November 15th.  All presentations will be at Yorkson Creek Middle SchoolHere is the link to the parent presentation information and how to register
  • THIS WEEK!  That’s the Spirit Shopping Night – Tuesday, November 14th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Willowbrook Shopping Centre.  This exclusive ticketed shopping event represents an opportunity for schools and PACs to raise funds for school programs and initiatives.


  • THIS WEEK – Langley Hospice has some upcoming events that we would like to share with the school district:
    • 1)      November 16th is Children’s Grief Awareness Day and we will be holding an Open House at the Langley Hospice house from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. We invite anyone to drop by to see the house and look at resources; please find attached more information about the event and to forward on!  CGAD_LHS_OPEN HOUSE_2017
    • 2)      We are also offering free drop-in yoga classes for grieving teens on Tuesday night. Please find attached a flyer: Langley Hospice_Teen Yoga_Fall 2017
  • THIS WEEK! Anxiety Workshop for Parents and Caregivers – Ted Leavitt – LYFS:  Please see the attached poster on an upcoming event that will be of interest to families.  “This presentation aims to assist people in understanding the root causes of anxiety and anxiety-based coping behavior. Using a good deal of humor and real-life stories, Ted’s goal is to make science of anxiety accessible and relatable. He also wants to make it applicable, so that attendees should not only leave the presentation with more knowledge, but with more concrete tools to put that knowledge into action”.  November 15th, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm – Yorkson Creek Middle School. Registration required. Anxiety Workshop for Parents and Caregivers 2017
  • 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!


  • Nov. 13:     Remembrance Day Observed, Schools CLOSED
  • Nov. 14:     PAC Meeting, Room 128, 7pm
  • Nov. 18:     LSS Craft Fair, Large Gym, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Nov. 21:     Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Nov. 24:     Aboriginal Department Christmas, HDSMS, 5 pm
  • Dec. 22:     Last Day of Classes before Christmas/Winter Break
  • Jan. 8:       School Re-Opens
  • Jan. 15:     Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Jan. 16:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • Jan. 17:     LSS Piping Orientation for Students and Parents, Library, 7 pm
  • Jan. 24:     Last Day of Classes – Semester 1
  • Jan. 26:     Taste of LSS for Grade 7 and 8 students from HDSMS
  • Jan. 29:     Semester 2 Classes Begin
  • Feb. 7:       Staff Collaboration, Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm
  • Feb. 9:       Semester 1 Report Cards Issued
  • Feb. 12:     BC Family Day, Schools CLOSED
  • Feb. 20:     PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • Apr. 16:      PAC Meeting, Rm 128, 7pm
  • May 22:     PAC Meeting and AGM, Rm 128, 7pm
  • 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