A community gathers in support of Langley Secondary School

Snipperts from the LSS Community Consultation Meeting – Feb 10, 2015

Approximately 200 people turned out to listen to what everyone had to say about the potential impact that would be seen if Langley Secondary School saw its school close down and it’s community disrupted. There were 6 School Trustees in attendance at the meeting.The following are snippets that were taken from the speeches that various students, teachers and parents had during the meeting that was open to everyone:

Karin – Student:

“We see education as a way to a better future. But Canadian education has not been easy; learning English, supporting themselves, etc.”

Johnathan Dyck, teacher & parent:

“Democracy is more than voting…it is this stuff.”

Shelly Rand, metal teacher, Langley Secondary School:

“I feel education in the trades open many doors for students, such as LSS (Langley Secondary School) can offer. Students need access to these trades.”

It seemed that everyone present at this special meeting was hoping to keep LSS (Langley Secondary School) open or were in support of having LSS represented in their community in some shape or form.

EdCamp35 Is Coming Soon

Our second annual EdCamp35 is being held on Saturday April 18, 2015 at RE Mountain Secondary in Langley, BC. Join other passionate educators for a day of connecting and learning! 


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Long Term Facilities Plan Update, Nov 26, 2014

Langley Schools


* Community Consultation & Information Meetings
* Video Message from Superintendent of Schools
* November 24 Small Group Consultation Meeting
* November 24 Small Group PowerPoint Presentation
* Long Term Facilities Plan and Five Year Capital Plan



Long Term Facilities Plan Community Consultations:
Langley Secondary and R.E. Mountain Catchment Communities

December 2 & 3, 2014
Langley School District is reviewing options for the implementation of the Long Term Facilities Plan that affect the Langley Secondary and R.E. Mountain catchment communities and are therefore holding information sessions.

For the LSS family of schools:

Tuesday, December 2 at H.D. Stafford Middle School and start at 3:30 & 6:30

For the REMSS family of schools:
Wednesday, December 3 at R.E. Mountain Secondary School and start at 3:30 & 6:30

The purpose of the information session is to provide the community with an overview of the Long Term Facilities Plan recommendations and the implications of possible scenarios upon implementation.

To provide written input on the Long Term Facilities Plan and its implementation please address correspondence to:

Office of the Secretary Treasurer
Langley School District
4875 222 Street,
Langley, BC V3A 3Z7

or email


Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Hoffman provides introductory remarks about the consultation process (3mins):


November 24 Small Group Consultation Meeting

Small Group Consultation MeetingSmall Group Consultation Meeting

Small Group Consultation Meeting

About 60 representatives from DPAC and the most-impacted communities assembled for a small group consultation meeting on November 24th. The process stems from an October 2nd meeting with DPAC that suggested a small group meeting precede a larger group meeting in order to provide feedback. Feedback is to be incorporated from the November 24th meeting into the presentations on December 2nd and 3rd in the affected communities. After the large group meeting, the information will be distilled back to the smaller group to help formulate a recommendation that can be presented to the Board of Education.

Examples of valuable input so far in preparing for the larger group meeting include:

  • More information needs to be made available on financial impacts.
  • More information needs to be made available on transportation options and impacts.
  • Reduce the use of ‘lingo’ and abbreviations in order to make the information more accessible and clear.
  • What is the timeline for completion of the options provided?
  • Connect the options so that the effect of one option on another option is clearly indicated.
  • Address what will happen in the short term once an option has been decided upon?

Feedback from this meeting and from the greater District community is continuing to arrive – send us your input via email at


PowerPoint Presentation from November 24 Small Group Consultation Meeting

PowerPoint Presentation from November 24 Small Group Consultation Meeting

To read the complete PowerPoint presentation, click here or on the image above (PDF).


District Long Term Facilities Plan and Five Year Capital Plan

At a Special Meeting on October 9, 2012, the Board of Education approved the District Long Term Facilities Plan which represented the beginning of an ongoing dialogue with our school communities. The plan contains sixteen recommendations (see summary below) and was used to inform the District’s Five Year Capital Plan for 2012-2013 which was approved at the October 23, 2012 Regular Meeting of the Board. The complete plan and appendices are available for download below.

District Long Term Facilities PlanAppendix A – School Facilities

Appendix B – CP3 Summary Enrolment Projections

Appendix C – Headcount Enrolment Projections by School, by Grade, and by Program

The Board also requested that staff develop a plan to implement the recommendations of the Long Term Facilities Plan which includes a process to update the plan on an annual basis in support of the District’s Annual Five-Year Capital Plan submission to the Ministry of Education.

Summary of Recommendations

The following is a summary of recommendations in the Long Term Facilities Plan.
It is recommended that School District No. 35 (Langley):

1. Engages the appropriate stakeholders in processes to determine the preferred long term enrolment, grade configuration, and site locations of District, Alternate, and Career programs, and that the outcome of the reviews be incorporated into future capital planning.

2. Commences a stakeholder consultation process to discuss middle grades education with a potential follow-up process on middle grades configuration for the Brookswood, D.W. Poppy, and Walnut Grove areas.

3. Initiates a process to explore possibilities on the use of underutilized classroom space at Aldergrove Community Secondary School.

4. Engages the Langley Secondary community and other stakeholders in a process to develop a Strategic Plan to determine the preferred long term educational programs, enrolment, and site location.

5. Explores potential School / Community Services relationships / partnerships in schools that have surplus space as well as in planned new schools.

6. Develops a Strategic Plan to determine the preferred long term location for Glenwood School based upon the Brookswood / Fernridge Community Plan update.

7. Considers the number and location of schools required for the Brookswood Secondary area based upon the Brookswood / Fernridge Community Plan update.

8. Plans for schools in the Willoughby area based upon evolving development trends and their location.

9. Plans to relocate Willoughby Elementary School to a more appropriate site to accommodate proposed development in the area and develop an expression of interest for redevelopment of the existing site.

10. Plans to build an elementary school on the James Anderson Learning Centre site in the Five Year Capital Plan and plan to relocate the James Anderson Learning Centre to a different location.

11. Plans for an addition to R.C. Garnett Elementary in the Five Year Capital Plan.

12. Plans for a new secondary school in the Willoughby Area in the Five Year Capital Plan and with the intent to convert the existing R.E. Mountain Secondary School to a middle school upon completion and occupancy of the new secondary school.

13. Plans for four (three elementary and one secondary) new school sites in the Five Year Capital Plan.

14. Undertakes further investigation in consideration of Ministry of Education Mechanical System Upgrade Program applications for some schools.

15. Determines if the old Bradshaw, County Line and Murrayville schools, and the undeveloped Route 32 school site, are required for educational programs and / or services and, if not, dispose of the facilities and sites.

16. Uses the Long Term Facilities Plan as a strategic framework and support document for the Five Year Capital Plan, as per Ministry of Education capital planning requirements, with consideration for regular updates as required.


Vision Statement

As an integrated component of the Board of Education’s strategic planning process, the Long Term Facilities Plan will enhance student learning by supporting educational programming initiatives and addressing changing demographics within an equitable and financially sustainable framework.

Long-Term Facilities Guiding Principles

Board Strategic Planning Principles and Priorities:
Enable implementation of the Board’s goals and priorities in the Long Term Facilities Plan.

Educational Program:
Enhance student learning by creating and / or supporting viable and effective programs in appropriate locations.

Enrolment – Capacity – Utilization:
Maintain appropriate sized facilities that will accommodate changing enrolment and educational programs over the next 10 to 15 years.

Facility Costs:
Strive for increased efficiency in operational and capital costs.

Administrative Costs:
Optimize administrative costs within the available funding

Collaboration Day Tomorrow – Please note

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, October 26,2014 is a collaboration day within the School District of Langley. All schools will start 80 minutes later so that teachers may begin their collaboration time together. Enjoy the extra time with your children!

Update for Rivermen reading/phys. ed program next week…..

Reading with the Rivermen or Hockey Rules with the Rivermen

Hello all,

I have received the following from the team regarding getting this program started next week.

“I have spoken to my boss and we are very excited to get the program up and running next week.
Ideally we would like to keep this on a similar weekly schedule to accommodate the players’ schedule (please note that some weeks will change due to the Rivermen game schedule).

We are however hoping to go with Mondays & Tuesdays 9-11am. It is not necessary for the player to stay with one class for the entire two hours, they are able to go to other classes as long as this has been arranged with me prior to the visit. So what I am saying is we can hit more than one classroom in a visit.

It appears as though we are unable to provide the equipment for Phys Ed. but we would still like to run this program at schools that are able to provide their own equipment (plastic sticks, nets, floorballs etc).

I think we would like to have Monday 9-11am be for Phys Ed. Visits and Tuesday 9-11am for reading visits.
I am just waiting on confirmation from the team that they will be available on October 14th but if so we will move forward with this date.

Ideally what I would like to happen is for interested teachers to email you the following information (I’m hoping eventually we can have a link on the web site but as of yet we do not)

Program: Reading with the Rivermen or Hockey Rules with the Rivermen
Date & Time Requested: Mondays 9-11am Phys Ed or Tuesdays 9-11am Reading
Teacher(s) Name(s):
Contact Info:
Grade level:
Number of Students in Class:

Additionally we would bring tickets for each of the classes we hit that day for an upcoming home game.”

Please check with your schools and let me know ASAP for next week.



The Grass Roots of the Langley DPAC

The Grass Roots of the Langley DPAC



The Grass Roots of the Langley DPAC…..

In order for the Langley DPAC to be a voice for it’s members, we need to know what is going on with the members. This is a fact.

We do get snippets from the DPAC reps and parents if they speak up at our meetings but we collectively, are wanting more information on what is really happening at a PAC level within each of the District’s many schools.

To achieve this goal, Langley DPAC is hoping to get invitations to attend PAC meetings within the School District.

By doing this, we can see first hand what ‘really’ matters to you at a PAC level as well as providing assistance if you require it from a DPAC level.

We are also hoping to use some of the information we get to monthly showcase a particular school within the District and let others know what dedication and perseverance can really achieve.

Don’t be shy! Send us an invitation.

Langley Rivermen hockey team and their proposed literacy/phys. ed program in our schools

Langley Rivermen literacy/physical education program details

PAC presidents and principals:

Please check your inbox as I have just sent out details surrounding the literacy/physical education program being proposed by the Langley Rivermen who are interested in becoming involved in elementary schools within our district schools.

There is a literacy component involved as well as a physical education component.

If you do NOT receive an email invitation, kindly contact me directly at



Langley students attend the Rivermen season opener

number oneStudents attend the season opening game of the Langley Rivermen

Lots of fun tonight at the season opening game of the Langley Rivermen. The team lost in the 2nd period of overtime but an amazing game none the less.
The Langley Rivermen are now working with the Langley DPAC in an initiative that encourages our elementary school students to read.  Local players will be arriving at various schools in their hockey bus and in uniform and they will read to and be read by Langley students.

The hockey players will also be playing scrimmage hockey with the kids in school gyms to encourage physical education within the school district of Langley.

Langley DPAC received 1000 FREE hockey tickets to give out to schools in the district to attend the first game of the season. I recognized lots of the kids and PAC members as well.

I am so in love with Frasier, the team mascot. He was very engaging with the kids and was a huge hit with them as well.

More to follow soon on our teaming up with the Langley Rivermen.

Frasier Langley Rivermen

Hope to see you guys at the next game as well.