The Saints Scoop! – November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020

This past Wednesday, on Design and Assessment Day, LSS and Focus Staff worked on our School Goals for the 2020/21 School Year.  While we continue to work on all off the positive and productive actions that make up LSS and Focus, we will be focusing on two specific goals for this year:

  • Developing a Positive Culture through Connections and Care.
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of Literacy in both Staff and Students.

By choosing these goals, LSS Staff will be focussing on connecting students to the school and building student skills that will open doors for opportunities throughout their lives.

The first goal is based on the huge body of research that concludes that the more connected a student is at school, the more likely the student is to regularly attend school, engage in school, and be successful in school. This connection is especially important in this time of pandemic, when it can be easy for people to isolate themselves in unhealthy ways. Thus, LSS Staff have committed to finding uncountable ways to ensure that LSS students feel physically and emotionally safe at LSS, want to be at LSS, and will be successful at LSS.

The second goal is a commitment to grow in our understanding of Literacy and in the skills that make up Literacy.  Literacy is difficult to define in a few words, but we know that the more Literate a student is in whatever her/his field of interest, the more options and opportunities exist.  In short, Literacy opens doors. Thus, by taking time to focus on Literacy skills and understanding in ALL of our classes (not just English), we are helping our students to better access the world around them.

GRAD GAB!

  • Post-Secondary Institution Selections Using the StudentTranscripts Service
    • About the StudentTranscripts Service (STS)
      • Students can get their transcript from their school or online using the StudentTranscripts Service (STS) at www.studenttranscripts.gov.bc.ca. Students can also view their Unofficial Transcript of Grades and can send transcripts directly to post-secondary institutions using STS.
    • How can students send their official transcripts to Post-Secondary Institutions (PSIs)?
      • Current students can pre-order interim or final grades to be sent to PSIs directly from the Ministry of Education. They may also be able to authorize select PSIs to retrieve ongoing transcript updates.
      • How and when the transcript information is sent will depend on the PSI and option selected by the student (see Help Videos for more details). Interim pre-orders for eligible PSIs must be placed by April 23 and final transcript pre-orders should be placed by July 10 – per the 2020/2021 Chart of Important Dates.
      • Students may make up to 25 PSI selections free of charge within six months of completing their last course. After six months, all STS users are charged $10 per transcript.
    • How do students get their own copy of a final, official transcript? 
      • The Ministry of Education no longer automatically mails a student’s final transcript to them after graduation. Students must first confirm their current address by placing an order through the STS website and choosing the “Send a Printed Transcript by mail” option. The $10 fee is waived for the first printed transcript order placed within six months after the student has completed their last course.
      • Schools are still responsible for signing and distributing original graduation certificates to students. Chapter 6 – Student Credentials in the BC Graduation Program Handbook of Procedures provides more detail. Students can also order replacement certificates through STS for a $10 fee.
    • More information on the StudentTranscripts Service
      • Three how-to videos provide detailed walk-throughs of service registration and ordering options:
        • Registering for a BCeID and Accessing the StudentTranscripts Service
        • How to order and send a transcript to a Post-Secondary Institution
        • How to send a transcript to an employer, yourself or anyone.
      • For a detailed resource, please also see the STS Help Manual.
  • LAST WEEK!: BC Excellence Scholarship – Students who want to be considered for this, please fill out the nomination form and submit to the Main Office by November 30.  Schools are only allowed to make one nomination. .  Below is the link for the nomination form:
  • REMINDER: DO I BUY A DRESS/TUX FOR GRAD??? – We have has some phone calls from parents asking this question…  Our answer is that if you are buying something specifically for the Grad Banquet, then you are probably better off waiting, as the rules limiting group gatherings to only 50 still exist.  As long as this rule still exists, then venues cannot host a Grad Banquet.  
  • REMINDER: GRAD PHOTO WEEK! – For grade 12s, Grad Portrait Week will be February 22-27, 2021 – Be sure to “Save the Date!”

PAC MEETING THIS WEEK!

  • THIS WEEK! Just a reminder that the next PAC Meeting will be on Monday, Nov 23 at 7 pm, in the Library Learning Commons.  You can park in the back parking lot, and come in through the Library learning Commons doors, which will be propped open for you.

GRADE 9 IMMUNIZATIONS UPDATE

  • The District has been advised by Fraser Health that school immunizations are expected to take place in January. As in previous years, students in grades 6 and 9 will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. Fraser Health will also provide catch up immunizations to students who did not complete their immunizations last year or over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact the Langley Health Unit 604-539-2900.

CAREERS CORNER

  • Interested in a Career in Health Care? Career Education Spotlights: Health Care Services Panel Discussion:  On November 25 at 3 pm, “Meet the Masters” in a virtual panel discussion and have an opportunity to find out about careers in the Health Care Profession. Find out about: types of professions, education requirements, programs and stories of career journeys. There will be a Q & A session as well.  Registration is required.  Please the attached poster for more information: career spotlight session (4)

LSS DANCE CLUB STARTS!

  • There will be an After School Dance Club on Mondays, from 2:15-3:15pm in the Dance Studio for Quarter 2. Open to all students at LSS.  To sign up, please come to the dance studio Monday after school. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Lidemark!

SASSY AWARDS ARE BACK!

  • SASSY (Service Above Self Student Youth) Awards – The four Rotary Clubs of Langley are once again holding SASSY Awards Langley; the awards aim to recognize and celebrate the leadership achievements of Langley youth who make a positive impact in our Langley communities. Prizes of $1000 in each of the seven categories and each of the two runners up in each category will receive $500, for a total of $14,000 to worthy youth in Langley. Last year, 59 applications were received and over the past five years close to $65,000 has been awarded to Langley students.
  • Attached you will find the SASSY Application Package: 2021 SASSY LANGLEY_Nomination Final
  • The criteria for the seven categories are listed on pages 2 and 3 of the application. More information can be found at HERE.
  • Please distribute the attached application package to your senior students and encourage them to apply!

COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS

  • REMINDER: Family & Community Support Webpage
    • District and school staff are continuing to provide support for our families during this challenging time. The District website has a new Family & Community Support page to help parents/guardians cope with the impacts of COVID-19. This page includes links to resources including a comprehensive guide developed by the Langley Children Committee, containing health, housing, and financial support information. On this page you will also find a new weekly blog launched by Gail Markin, who is our District Teacher for Social Emotional Learning. She will be covering a new health and wellness topic every time. Thank you to our community partners for their ongoing support. Visit the page here

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

  • This past week, Mrs. Pagnanini’s students had a little fun with properties of water in Anatomy & Physiology 12. See below for more photos!

  • On Friday, LSS staff had a “pick me up” as the LTA Staff Committee at the school purchased samosas and pakoras for lunch!

    Mr. Tupper introduces some key ideas to his new Careers class in Quarter 2!

    Mr. Sheppard channels Bob Ross, in the “Family Guy style” drawing!

    Mrs. Brown watches closely as her students practice their kitchen knife skills!

    A huge thank you to AVID 9 students, who took a few minutes out of their day to thanks the Main Office staff for all of their hard work over the past few months!

    We end our Photos of the Week with an announcement: Congratulations to Jordan Phonmixay for earning the Governor General’s Bronze Medal for the 2019/20 school year. Jordan earned an average of OVER 97% in all of her grade 11 and 12 courses, earning her the Award for the highest academic average in the school. Congratulations, Jordan!

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Langley Community Services Society – Briefly, to overview the program, Parent Outreach is a free counselling program for families in the Langley area with children up the age of 14. There are 6 to 8 meetings total and they vary in time, about 1 to 1.5 hours each. In these meetings, we work on the goals that were collaboratively framed at the start. Sometimes goals are about improving family communication, parents wanting more parenting strategies, or to strengthen a parent-child relationship. Please see the attached flyer for more information: PO Flyer 2020
  • Information About School Status During Inclement Weather
    • 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 www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. 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.
  • 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! https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/

CALENDAR

  • Nov 23 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Nov 25 – Quarter 1 Final Report Cards Issued
  • Nov 27 – Aboriginal Christmas Drive Thru/Walk Thru Family Gathering – CANCELLED
  • Dec 18 – Quarter 2 Midterm Marks Issued
  • Dec 18 – Last Day of Classes before Winter/Christmas Break
  • Jan 5 – First Day Back after Winter/Christmas Break
  • Jan 5 – Quarter 2 Classes “Flip”: A.M. classes become P.M. classes/ Vice versa
  • Jan 5 – Parent-Teacher Interim Week
  • Jan 6 – 1 Hour Early Dismissal
  • Jan 25 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • Feb 22-27 – Grad Portrait Week
  • Apr 19 – PAC Meeting, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • May 17 – PAC Meeting and AGM, 7 pm, Library Learning Commons
  • June 16 – LSS Grad Ceremony, Tentatively Booked at CLA, 7 pm
  • June 29 – Final Report Cards Issued

Langley Secondary School

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