The Saints Scoop! – September 15, 2019

September 15, 2019


The Grad Gab is the first section of the Saints Scoop, and, as the name implies, has information that is especially important to our Grade 12 students, such as scholarship opportunities and grad-related events.  If it has something to do with “Graduation” at LSS, there is a good chance that you will find it somewhere in the “Grad Gab!”

  • Post-Secondary BC!  Mark your calendars:  This years PSBC day (aka PSI day) will be held on October 29th from 8:35 – 11:30am.  For all Grade 11 and 12 students, to meet people from different BC post-secondary schools and other post-secondary opportunities, such as the Armed Forces.  After all presentations are completed, students will have an opportunity to visit and speak to all other Post Secondary REP’s during the Mini Fair.


  • This past week, LSS students met with their admin in “grade assemblies,” so that Mr. Howlett, Mr. Palichuk, and Mr. Moino could help our students start their year with purpose, and to remind them of all of the ways that they can be successful at LSS this upcoming school year.  We also referenced the school’s Code of Conduct from a place of reminding students what behaviours will help them find their success, and which behaviours create obstacles.
    • Mr. Howlett speaking to the Grade 12 students in their Grade assembly.  Just before, they signed the “Commitment to Graduate” banner…

      …then, they gathered for their first grad group photo of the school year!

      Mr. Palichuk surveys the crowd before he speaks to each grade, as well!

YOUR CHANCE TO “MEET THE TEACHER” – Thursday, September 26!

  • LSS is pleased to announce that our “Meet the Teacher” evening is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 pm until 8 pm!  This will be your opportunity to meet with your student’s teachers, and to walk the halls of an LSS building that is “In Transition” as we work towards the completion of the final phase of construction for next September 2020!


  • “WEX” BECOMES “W.A.V.E.”!
    • The old Work Experience course (WEX) has now changed, allowing for more opportunities for students to earn credits!  W.A.V.E. (Work and Volunteer Experience) is a course where students can do paid or unpaid work to earn 4 credits while gaining valuable skills for future jobs, and building experience to put on their resume.  Classes have begun.  If you are enrolled, you are to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays during flex in room A113.  If you have any questions about WAVE please talk to or email Ms. Kiers We look forward to seeing where our new WAVE students land!
    • Mark your calendars grade 9 familiesTake Our Kids to Work Day is Wednesday, November 6th, 2019.   This annual event gives students a chance to step into their future and get a glimpse into the working world spending the day in the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host, where they experience and learn about the world of work. More information to come!
    1. On October 17th from 8:15 – 2:30 there will be a First Responders Workshop for interested students in grades 10-12.  Here you will see and interact with Members from the Township Fire Department, Langley RCMP and BC Ambulance who together will respond to a simulated car crash.  Please see Mrs. Blessing near the Learning Commons at lunch for more details.  Applications are now available!
      1. See the attached poster for more information: FIRST RESPONDERS TOURV3
    2. The Township of Langley FIRE HALL is once again offering Work Experience Placements.  If you are in grade 11 or 12 and interested in becoming a Fire Fighter please see Mrs. Blessing near the Learning Commons at lunch for more details.  Applications are now available.
      1. See the attached poster for more information: WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTERV3
    3. For all those already Waiting and asking… YES… Langley Memorial Hospital -Work Experience Placements are set and ready to go.  If you are in grade 11 or 12 and Highly interested a Health Care Profession, Please see Mrs. Blessing for an application.  You can find her office next to the Learning Commons.  Spaces are limited so be proactive!
      1. See the attached poster for more information: Health Care Poster
    • Students interested in the First Responders Workshop, The Township of Langley Fire Hall and Langley Memorial Hospital,  applications are DUE to Mrs. Blessing no later than September 26th  3pm.  Spots are limited. Late applications will not be accepted.


  • Also, we are very proud to introduce the new LSS App, for both students and parents!  The app has the daily block rotation and the daily bell schedule, as well as the ability to allow you to enter your own personal course schedule, notes and homework for each class, and a “To Do” list for each class; it even has various school policies for your convenience. You can download the iPhone and iPad apps for free from the iTunes store and from the Google store- search “My School Day.”
  • In our opinion, this app is much more user friendly than our previous app.  To help our students get started on it, we will be helping students with devices to install the app at our Grade assemblies this week!


  • Are you interested in joining the school trip to Japan?  Experience a new culture!!  See amazing temples, shrines, gardens…  ride the bullet train…..   spend time in the fashion and electronic districts of Tokyo …..
  • Open to any LSS students.    Some room for grads and parents too!
  • Come to the info meeting on Thursday Sept 19 at 6PM in the Japanese class (A112), to provide more details about this opportunity, answer any questions you may have, and give you everything that you need to get signed up.  More information is available from Mr. Janzen.
  • See the poster for more information: Japan trip 2020 meeting poster Sept 2019[1]


  • The Cross Country team practices on Thursdays at 3 pm.  See Mr. Nicol in Portable 7 for more information!
  • The team’s first race of the season is on Monday, September 23.  See Mrs. Paganini in Room A202 or Mr. Nicol in Portable 7 for more information, and for forms!


  • Attached is the information for TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU’s upcoming Fall Saturday Morning Lectures: SML_Poster_Fall2019_final
  • As Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, we hope to inspire the next generation’s leaders in physics through our outreach initiatives. This lecture series is free and covers various physics, astronomy, science and technology topics at a level appropriate for high school students and members of the public. If you can please pass along the information in the attachment to the appropriate departments, it would be much appreciated.
  • For more information and registration, please visit:


  • This past Friday, the LSS Saints Senior Football team celebrated a 28-7 victory against the Terry Fox Ravens of Port Coquitlam.  LSS’ defence played tough, holding the Ravens to just one touchdown, while the LSS Offensive Line dominated and the quarterback (Josh Goesen) and two of the running backs (Kai Thomas and Trenton Warren) all scored rushing touchdowns.  This was a strong team effort by all the players and coaches!


  • Langley Secondary will be participating in this year’s Terry Fox School Run for cancer research. From the Leadership class:
    • “Thank you so much for your support so far in helping the AVID 12 students collect funds for our Terry Fox Run happening on September 26th! We’ll be collecting right up until the day of the run and any/all donations are appreciated! Just a reminder that we do have an online fundraising page as well (shout out to Mrs. Pagnanini for being the first to donate digitally!!) feel free to share the link with friends/family as well! It is: “
    • #terryfoxliveshere @theterryfoxfoundation #terryfoxschoolruns


  • Socratic Seminar in English12, diving in to essential questions and practicing how to structure responses by using evidence to support reasoning and insights.

    Socials 9 students analyze popular films…

    … looking for characteristics/ingredients that lead to “revolution” and identify qualities in those who create change.

    SS9 students also take on the role of detective to solve a Bank Robbery!

    Using critical and historical thinking skills to analyze clues/evidence, they come to a conclusion!

    Social Justice students engage in their own Socratic seminar!

    AVID 9 students use the hallways to create…

    …JUMBO Cornell notes for AVID!

    Finally, we say farewell on Tuesday to Mrs. Battistel, who will be going to Brookswood to take on a new role as an International Student Program Education Assistant! Best wishes, Mrs. Battistel – and as the background implies, always remember: “Once a Saint, Always a Saint!’


  • LSS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) – meeting’s 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


  • FROM THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION:  Student and Teacher Exchange and Mobility Scholarship Applications
    • Applications are now being accepted for the Student Exchange and Mobility Award to support BC students on exchange or mobility activities to help them develop intercultural skills and global competence, and strengthen relationships with foreign partners. Please click on the blue link for more information.
  • Transportation Update – Information and FAQs:   Attached is an information sheet for parents regarding bus transportation from your community: Transportation Update FAQ 2019Sep10

    Socratic Seminar in English12, diving in to essential questions and practicing how to structure responses by using evidence to support reasoning and insights.

  • REMINDER! Kids Plus Voluntary Insurance Plan has been changed to Family Accident Reimbursement Plan
    • In the past, every year the District sends enrolment forms to schools for coverage under the Kids Plus Voluntary Insurance Plan unfortunately this plan has been cancelled by the supplier and replaced by the Family Accident Reimbursement Plan Voluntary Insurance.  The plan is voluntary but I would encourage you to share the following information (and in the FARP newsletter attached) with the parents of your students as soon as you can so they have an opportunity to enroll as early in the school year as possible.  There are significant benefits of this accident insurance coverage and every year it seems we have a student or two who lose teeth for example and have no coverage. FARP newsletter copy-Aon BC
      • Please note that going forward, enrolment in the program will be done online only, through http:  This information can be provided to parents through the school’s/District websites, e-newsletters and social media.  The website provides information about the program including pricing and coverage. Parents and students should be able to locate all of the information they need online to make an application for coverage.



  • Sept 18:    School Photo Day
  • Sept 19:    PAC Meeting (First one of the year!), Old Library/Main Office, 7 pm
  • Sept 20:    School Improvement Day, Students NOT in Session
  • Sept 26:    Terry Fox Run, a.m.
  • Sept 26:    Meet the Teacher Evening! 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Oct 7:        Photo Retake Day
  • Oct 14:      Thanksgiving Day, School CLOSED
  • Oct 15-18: Interim Report Week (expect a contact home from each teacher)
  • Oct 15-21: Grad Photos!
  • Oct 25:      Provincial Professional Development Day, Students NOT in Session
  • 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
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Phone: 604-534-4171
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