The Saints Scoop! – October 6, 2019

October 6, 2019


  • McGill University Open House – Sunday, October 20, 2019

    • We are pleased to inform you that McGill University will be hosting its annual Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 20, 2019. 
    • Faculty, students and administrative staff from all units, including academic departments, Admissions, Recruitment, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Student Services, and members of McGill’s student societies, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about academic and student life at McGill. Tours of campus, residences, libraries and the athletics facilities will be offered.
    • We expect to welcome approximately 6,000 visitors from across Quebec, Canada, the U.S. and other international locations and we encourage students to register online to attend the event at: Should you have questions, please consult our website or contact the Open House Team  We invite you to visit our website at for current information throughout the application and admission cycle.
  • THIS WEEK! LSS Grad Cruise Info!
    • Permission forms, info sheets, and guest pass forms are all available at the office. Mrs. Naples will be making announcements to let grade 12s know.
    • We will be selling tickets $65/each lunch time only Oct 7-11.
    • Students need to pay grad fee and student fees and have completed permission slip to purchase tickets.
    • Guest forms were due Oct 3 and approved guest form is needed to purchase guest ticket.
    • Please see the attached form for rules, dates, and expectations: GRAD CRUISE 2019 OVERVIEW and reminders


  • Congratulations to the LSS Varsity Football team for a 46-6 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders!  The team scored 7 touchdowns – 4 by Kai Thomas, 2 by Harshaad Jouhal, and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown by Jordan Bowes.  The defence also did an outstanding job of limiting Holy Cross to only 6 points.
  • This night was special also because it was our Homecoming Night, with parents of the players being recognized, and a few special guests gracing the Saints stadium, as well!
    • Mr. Palichuk (LSS Admin), Mr. Wyse (LSS Coach), Mr. Stewart (District Superintendent), Mr. Roberto (former LSS Admin), and Mr. Pulice (retired LSS teacher) at the game!

  • One additional story is how Josh Goesen‘s mom was not able to be there on Friday night, so Josh asked his AVID teacher (known as an “AVID mom” here at the school), Ms. Sewell, to stand in for his mom.  Both Josh and his mom were grateful to Ms. Sewell for standing in for her!


  • Twenty ambitious international students took on the challenge of the Grouse Grind this past week… and they learned that this challenge was more difficult than many had expected!  In the end, there were seventeen successful finishers and 20 students who were a bit more in awe of the beauty and power of nature in BC.  Thanks to Mr. Janzen and the ISP Department for your work in organizing this event!
    • On the Grouse Grind!

      A warm and sunny day at the top!

      Group photo!


Each week, we will highlight different classes throughout the school that have students being more active, and that help make the students’ learning more visible – one of our three big goals for this school year  See below for this week’s highlights:

  • Students in Mr. Kuo’s Science 10 doing the Electrolysis of Copper II Chloride
  • Chemistry 11 chromatography lab in Mrs. Synychych’s Chemistry 11 class
  • In Mr. McGovern’s Pre-Calculus 11 class, we witnessed our very first “Parabo-chuk” as students worked on different parabola equations (graphing where y=x squared), using people as coordinates! (see the picture and I think you’ll know why).  From Mr. McGovern: “A huge thank you to Ms. Li, Mr. VanBergen, and Mr. Palichuk for helping make the activity go so well!”
  • In the first PHE field trip of the year,  all PHE classes worked on their balance and concentration at Hi-Knoll, working on swings and having fun at the driving range and mini golfing.  PHE teachers love exploring physical fitness activities in or not far from our own community!
  • English 12 students create Jumbo Cornell Notes after reading and analyzing an article! They then discuss essential questions and synthesize ideas!
  • AVID 12 students utilize the learning commons green screen to record and film informational videos about AVID strategies for success that they will be sharing with the grade 9s!
  • AVID 9s designing their AVID family tree projects – their challenge is to include EVERY AVID 9 classmate and 2 unique facts about each of them #teambonding #gettoknowyourneighbor.
  • Leadership students present on leadership competencies and Sharing goals for growth this year!


  • Our second meeting is this Thursday and we encourage new members to join!


  • (Courtesy of Mr. Fauteux) “Natalie Hagyard, Alexa Adams, Gurleen Gill were amazing representatives of LSS at the BCPVPA Student Voice Conference. The sessions included the following topics: Mental Health in schools, student access to Mental Health, local environment and sustainability, vaping in schools, and effectiveness of the BC curriculum for student success. Nearly 40 student leaders from 12 BC school districts were asked to discuss these topics and create ways to be leaders, and develop new leaders, in their respective communities. The goal of the weekend is to develop and promote leadership and student activism on meaningful topics in local districts.
  • We stayed at the River Rock Hotel Resort and took a field trip to Science World to explore, view a private screening, and to discuss and collaborate on sustainability. The venues were great and the ideas were even better.”  Thanks to Mr. Fauteux for representing LSS and allowing these students to have this opportunity!


  • Please note that information on language challenge exams is now available from the LSS  Counselling department.
  • Challenge exams will be offered in the following languages through Delta School District at the end of January 2019:
    • French 11/12                      Japanese 11/12
    • Korean 11/12                      Spanish 11/12
    • Punjabi 11/12                     Mandarin 11/12
  • Please see your Counsellor for application details ASAP.  Deadline for completed applications to be submitted to LSS Counsellors is October 16th
  • See link below for more information:



  • Thanks to all the staff who joined our first Saints Staff Bookclub. Staff left with some new “must reads” and felt rejuvenated for afternoon classes.  LSS Staff are learners, too!


  • PSAT Information – Interested in going to the US to go to school, but still not yet in Grade 12?  This is a test given in preparation for the SATs.  If you are interested, please see the link and information below.
    • Wed. Oct. 16, 2019
      3:15 pm
      3:30 to 8:00 (this is a timed test)
      R.E. Mountain Secondary School
      7633 – 202A Street, Langley, B.C., V2Y 1W4
      0112 / 0114 / 0116
      Kleenex, 2 HB lead pencils, calculator, water bottle, and a snack $40.00 (please pay using School Cash Online)
      Spots are filled on a first come, first paid basis. No Refunds.
      For more information on the test, go to:


  • You may recall the story just below, from last week’s Scoop… well, under the category of “There is always more to the story…”, I learned that Mr. VanBergen’s son was in that class!  Keep reading even further below for more of the story, from Mr. VanBergen himself!
    • (The story and photo from last week) “One of our LSS grade 12 students – Tanner Komzak – plays for the Langley Rivermen and spent his free afternoon reading to learners at Langley Meadows Elementary, and then playing outside with them!  Nicely done, Tanner – you make us all proud to be LSS Saints!  Thant’s Tanner in the middle!”
  • (From Mr. VanBergen):  “Two or three days later, more Rivermen came and helped with the Terry Fox RunDaniel O’Neill is another LSS student that helped out that day, and thrilled my son with knowing his name (prearranged by me and Daniel in math class).”
  • I have to admit that I love a good story!  Thanks Mr. VanBergen!


  • Congratulations to LSS SAINTS graduate Sam Colby for making the football roster of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues!


Langley Secondary Saints storm over AAA football opposition


  • More active and visible learning, this time from foods… believe me, it smelled DELICIOUS!

    Trades 2 students show that they can build walls! Next comes the drywall and mudding…

    AVID 9 September awards! Congratulations to: Trinity – queen of Cornell’s
    Avery- outstanding focus and organization
    Marcus- amazing engagement in school and extra curricular activities
    Zoë- AViD student of the month!

    AVID 12 build community and celebrate their successful Terry Fox Run initiative and awesome start to the semester with pizza lunch 🍕🤩

    Trinity, designer of the Aboriginal Orange Shirt Day LSS t-shirt, autographs her work for Mr. Howlett!


  • NEW! Join the Alliance for Sustainability Club! – Monday’s at lunch, this alliance will work towards creating a greener school and spreading environmental awareness. Come support the movement and share your ideas. Everyone is welcome! Come to room A202 Monday at lunch! This can also count towards your volunteer hours!
  • Athletics and Physical Health and Education – Interested in keeping up-to-date with what is happening in the world of Athletics and Physical Health and Education (PHE) at LSS?  Then be sure to follow @langleysaints on Instagram!
  • LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) – meetings at lunch every Tuesday in Ms. Lee’s rm. #A112– This is a safe space for students to hang out and have open discussion. Anyone is welcome to attend 
  • Grad Council:  Meeting every Tuesday at lunch in the Small Gym.
  • Dance Class: Free open dance class Tuesdays at Lunch in the dance studio. All Students Welcome. Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Zumba (Starts Sept 24th).
  • 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 253 (above old library/office). A great place to share your
  • Wii Wednesday: at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki Rm # A183
  • Tabletop Thursdays; Thursdays at lunch in Rm # A183 with Ms. Hajdecki
  • 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 184 (Ms. Decambra’s Foods Room).  The club is open to anyone, beginners to advanced knitters are welcome.
  • Model UN Club: the LSS Model United Nations Club is starting. New members are encouraged to join us this Thursdayat lunch in Room A215 (Ms.Cunningham’s).
  • Anime Club Friday is in Room #A183 at lunch with Ms.Hajdecki



  • The KidSport Langley Committee is hoping that school administrators will help spread the word to parents regarding the financial assistance available to Langley families who would like their children to participate in organized sport but may not have the funds for registration.  KidSport Langley provides grants of up to $300 per child for a season of sport.  The funds are available and the application process is quite simple.
    • Please see the attached PDF with the basic KidSport Langley information:
  • FREE Community Workshop for Children’s Grief Awareness Day – Langley Hospice Society is hosting a free workshop in honour of Children’s Grief Awareness Day. November 14 at HD Stafford from 12-3 pm. Poster is attached.
  • 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!


  • Oct 7:        Photo Retake Day
  • Oct 14:      Thanksgiving Day, School CLOSED
  • Oct 21:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Oct 15-18: Interim Report Week (expect a contact home from each teacher)
  • Oct 15-21: Grad Photos!
  • Oct 21:      Federal Election – LSS Small Gym will be hosting a polling station
  • Oct 24:      Grad Cruise!
  • Oct 25:      Provincial Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Oct 28:      Post Secondary BC Day
  • Oct 29:      Parent-Teacher Conferences, 2 – 4:30 pm
  • Oct 30:      Parent-Teacher Conferences. 2 – 5 pm; 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Nov 12:     PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Jan 20:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Feb 24:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • Apr 27:      PAC Meeting, 7 pm
  • May 25:     PAC AGM, 7 pm
  • June 17:    Grad Commencement Ceremony, CLA, 7 pm
  • June 19:    Grad Dinner & Dance, Coast Hotel, 6:30 pm

Langley Secondary School

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