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School Day Schedule

Scholars who arrive at school before 7:20 a.m. must report to the cafeteria or the library. The first tone sounds at 7:34 a.m., at which time scholars are allowed to go to their lockers and first period classrooms (classes begin at 7:40 a.m.).

Instructional Day begins at 7:40 a.m.

Regular Schedule
1. 7:40 – 8:35
2. 8:40 – 9:28
3. 9:33 – 10:21
4. 10:26 – 11:14
5. 11:19 – 12:33
1st Lunch   11:19 – 11:39
2nd Lunch   11:44 – 12:04
3rd Lunch   12:09 – 12:33

6. 12:38 – 1:26
7. 1:31– 2:20

HAWKS Schedule-Once every month

Hawks  Schedule
1. 7:40 – 8:25
Hawks 8:30 – 9:10
2. 9:15 – 9:57
3. 10:02 – 10:44
4. 10:49 – 11:31
5. 11:36 – 12:46
1st Lunch   11:36 – 11:56
2nd Lunch   12:01 – 12:21
3rd Lunch   12:26 – 12:46

6. 12:51 – 1:33
7. 1:38 – 2:20

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Seneca Bookstore

Scholars are encouraged to purchase a variety of school accessories and spirit clothing.  The Seneca Bookstore is open before school, during lunch, and after school.

Meals

All Seneca scholars receive free breakfast and lunch.

Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

PTSA memberships are $5.00 per person. PTSA members get special discounts and privileges throughout the year.

Bus Schedules

These are available at all JCPS schools or on the JCPS Web site (Busfinder). For more information, call Asst. Principal Greer at 485-8323.

Lockers and ID Cards

All scholars must have a locker and ID. Locker rental and ID card fees are included in the general fee.  Scholars are not allowed to share lockers or give their locker combination to anyone else.  Replacement ID cards are $5.

Scholars must carry their Seneca ID card at all times.

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Textbooks

There is no charge for textbooks; however, books checked out to a scholar are his/her responsibility. Lost or stolen book fees range from $5-$85 depending on the cost of the book.

Fees

Many courses require instructional fees for consumable materials. Fees will be assessed at RedHawk Day and during the first week of school. Unpaid fees can result in denied privileges. All debts, including lost book/textbook fees, must be settled prior to receiving a diploma. Fees may be paid online - spsezpay.com/JCPS - with a credit or debit card.

School Property

Once scholars arrive at school, they are not permitted to leave without permission. See Behavior Expectations for information about consequences.

Drinks/Drink Containers

Drinks brought in from outside of school must be sealed and unopened. Drinks from a restaurant and open cans or bottles are not permitted. These are to be disposed of prior to entering the school building.

Hall Passes

There are no hall passes. Each champion has an official pass used at their discretion for official business. No hall passes will be issued during lunch periods. Scholars have a set number of restroom passes in the agenda book. Once passes are used for the month, scholars will not be allowed to use the restroom during classes. Scholars who have leftover restroom passes each month will be eligible for prizes to reward time management and decision making skills!

Smoking Policy

JCPS policy forbids smoking by anyone – staff, scholars, and families – at any time on any JCPS property. This policy is inclusive for all extracurricular activities that occur outside the regular school day and at all school functions. (E-cigs and chewing tobacco are included in this policy.) See Behavior Expectations for consequences of violating this policy.

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Lunchroom Etiquette

The RedHawk Family shares the cafeteria and each scholar is expected to practice general rules of good behavior.
Simple rules of courteous behavior that make the lunchroom pleasant and relaxed include:

  1. Observing good dining room standards at the table
  2. Leaving the table and the surrounding area clean and orderly
  3. Putting trash in the proper container
  4. Remaining seated until the bell or a cafeteria supervisor dismisses your table

Signs in the School

Any activity being advertised in the school needs administrative approval before posting.

Permission to Attend School Events

A Seneca scholar requesting to bring a guest to an event such as a school dance or senior activity who is not a current Seneca scholar must have an approval form completed before purchasing a guest ticket.  The minimum grade level for guests is 9th grade and 12th grade is the maximum.  For Senior Prom, guests not currently enrolled in school must have a high school diploma and be 20 years old or under – these guests are subject to a background check. Guest identifications must be shown for admission.    All guests must be approved by a Seneca principal and/or assistant principal before an event ticket may be purchased. Refunds for unapproved guests are not granted.

Restaurant Food Restrictions

Due to Federal Guidelines, scholars cannot order or have outside food delivered to the school during school hours (7:40 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.) – even by a parent. If a club or activity plans a special event involving outside food orders, this must be approved with the administration prior to the order being placed. At no time should a scholar leave school grounds during the day to pick up food items.

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Authorization to Give Medicine

Scholars are not permitted to carry medication at school, neither prescription or non-prescription. Medication should be given at home when possible. If your child needs to take medication during the school day, we must have a signed affidavit on file giving your permission for us to do so. The medicine must be in its original container with a current prescription label attached. Non-prescription medicine must be in its original container, also. You may pick up an AUTHORIZATION TO GIVE MEDICINE FORM from the counselor’s office. You will then return this form and the medication to the counseling office for dispensing. Unused medicine should be picked up by the parent when no longer needed. Any medications not picked up before summer break will be destroyed by the nurse.

Telephone

Scholars cannot have an excused tardy to class because of making phone calls.  Scholars are not permitted to use phones in the classrooms unless authorized by the classroom champion or an administrator. Scholars must have a note from a champion to use the phone in the counseling office. Cell phones are not to be used for phone calls while on school property during the school day, including on the school bus. If parents need to contact your children, please call the office.

Fundraising

Non-school fundraisers are not permitted on campus. All school fundraising activities must be cleared through the bookkeeper, principal, and/or athletic director at the beginning of the school year.

Public Displays of Affection

Scholars are to refrain from engaging in unreasonable displays of romantic affection. Overt displays such as kissing and hugging in a school setting or at a school event will be considered discipline problems.

Elevator Key

If it is necessary for you to use the elevator, you may obtain a key from the principal’s secretary by submitting a deposit of  $5. If a key is lost, the scholar must pay $30 for a replacement.

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Scholar Parking

All scholars who drive to school must park in the designated scholar parking lot AFTER purchasing a permit. Unauthorized cars will be towed at owner’s expense. If a parking permit is lost during the year for violation of any rule below, the scholar must pay for a new permit.

Regulations and Procedures

  • Parking passes are available first to juniors and seniors for the cost of $20.(Remaining passes will be sold to eligible sophomores.)
  • All vehicles must be registered with the administration. Students must possess a valid driver's license and license plate.
  • A parking permit must be hung from the rear-view mirror and visible through the front windshield at all times.
  • Failure to display a school permit where visible from outside will result in a $10 fine and/or an immobilization device.
  • Students must enter school immediately after parking and are not permitted to hang out in the parking lot.
  • Any illegal substance or object found in vehicles while on school property will result in legal and/or JCPS disciplinary actions.
  • Co-op scholars may not return during the school day without permission from administration.
  • Scholars shall not go to cars during school hours without permission from the administration.
  • Seneca High School is not responsible for any damages/theft that may occur while at school. Park at your own risk.
  • The maximum driving speed on campus is 9 miles per hour.
  • Permits may not be loaned to other students.
  • Vehicles parked illegally and/or with no permit are subject to be towed at the owner's expense.
  • Seneca reserves the right to revoke privileges for any parking-/driving-related offenses or misbehaviors.
  • Student drivers are responsible for the behavior of others and anything in their vehicle.
  • Music must be at a volume where it cannot be heard from outside the vehicle.
  • Scholars are not permitted to leave without permission once they have arrived on school property.

Violation of any of the above and/or other related school policies may result in forfeiture of parking privileges and/or other disciplinary actions.

Note: JCPS has the authority to search automobiles parked in school parking lots.

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Guidance and Academic Information

Guidance

Guidance services are available for every scholar in the school.  These services include assistance with scheduling, career information, college/scholarship information, help with social problems/concerns, or any issues scholars feel necessary to discuss with their counselor. 

Graduation Requirements

A scholar must earn a minimum of 22 credits to graduate:
English                                4 credits
Mathematics                         4 credits *                
Science                                3 credits
Social Studies                        3 credits
Health and Physical Education 1 credit
Humanities                             1 credit**
Electives                                6 credits
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Total credits to graduate          22 credits

*One of the six required elective credits must be in the discipline of Mathematics during the scholar’s fourth year.  This fourth year of math could be an approved equivalent math credit that is integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, occupational, or technical that meets the content standards in the state’s Program of Studies and prepares a scholar for a career path based on the scholar’s Individual Learning Plan. 
**Scholars can satisfy the 1-credit required in Arts and Humanities by either completing the course, History Appreciation of Visual and Performing Arts (HAVPA), or by successfully pursuing a fine arts specialization.  By specializing in a fine art, scholars must complete a minimum of 3 consecutive years in one of the following areas:

  • Visual Art
  • Orchestra
  • Band
  • Choral music
  • Theater

Promotion Requirements

Scholars successfully completing a high school course will earn a half credit for each semester of work.  Placement of scholars in high school is determined by the number of credits earned at the beginning of the school year:
Freshman                                 promotion from 8th grade
Sophomore                                5 credits earned
Junior                                       11 credits earned
Senior                                      16 credits earned

Scholars will take all assessments required of their grade level at the time the assessment is administered. There are no mid-year promotions.

*All AP and World Language classes are 1 year (both semesters) long and will either result in 1 or 0 credits at the end of each school year.  There are no part As or part Bs for these classes.

The Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

All scholars must complete the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) via the Internet each school year. The ILP affords the scholar the opportunity to explore careers and colleges, to match interests and skills with careers and colleges, to align high school coursework with college and career preparation, and to create a resume of experiences, education, and activities for future use in scholarships and job applications. Scholars can access the website, Career Cruising, through a link on JCPS Online. Scholars must use their JCPS user ids and passwords to access JCPS Online. If a scholar does not know his or her username and password he or she should check with an English champion or his counselor as soon as possible. The completion of the ILP is required for promotion to the next grade level.

Basis of Academic Grades

Academic grades will be based on the following:
Student Engagement (with standards) – 20%
Student Progression (towards standards) – 20%
Student Mastery (of standards) – 60%

End of Course (EOC) State Assessment Exams constitute 20% of the student’s overall mastery grade in the semester the exam is taken.

Explanation of Academic Grades

The assignment of the following letter grade is based upon the following numerical averages:
A              90% - 100%………Outstanding Performance
B              80% - 89%  ………Above Average Performance
C              70% - 79%  ………Average Performance
D              60% - 69%  ………Below Average Performance
U              Below 60% ………Unsatisfactory

* Advance Placement courses use the same grading scale as above, however grades are weighted differently .

STANDARDS BASED GRADING

Letter

Standards Based Grade

Grading Scale

Performance Description

A

4

90-100

Above Standards

B

3

80-89

Meets Standards

C

2

70-79

Approaching Standards

D

1

60-60

Below Standards

U

-

Below 60

Substantially Below Standards

 

Honor Roll

Honor Roll is calculated at the end of each semester. To be on the Honor Roll, scholars must have no grades (academic or conduct) below a B.  Scholars on the Principal’s Honor Roll have received all A’s.

Need Extra Academic Support? 

Extended School Days (ESD)/Extended School Services
We provide opportunities for scholars to participate in interventions or enrichment for their classes.  Scholars not meeting state benchmarks or content standards in class are expected to attend after school sessions to recover unmet standards.  Champions refer scholars to support learning of standards and to support proficiency on End of Course assessments (English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and U.S. History).  Transportation is provided after each Extended School Day session if needed by bus for scholars in our resides area.  Your scholar will also get the opportunity to eat a meal if they stay for Extended School Day. Extended School Days are Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:50.

Seneca Summer School
Our summer school courses are standards based and offered to scholars for recovery needs.  If a scholar needs to recover a course, he/she may enroll in summer school.  Information about summer school is normally distributed prior to the second to last week of school.

Schedule Changes

A scholar or parent request for a schedule change must occur within the first five school days of the course and schedule changes are only made for the following reasons.

  • Incorrect placement
  • Repetition of graduation requirement
  • Removal from an elective to fulfill graduation requirement

Pre-College Curriculum

 

English

4 Credits

Mathematics

4 credits (including Algebra I & II, Geometry) 

Science

3 credits (Life Science, Physical Science, Earth/Space Science)

Social Studies

3 credits (U.S. Hist., World Hist., Economics, Government, Geography)

World Language

2 credits of same language

Humanities

1 credit (or Fine Art specialization)

Computer Course

1 credit

Elective Courses

5 credits of rigorous study

The Advance Program

To graduate with an Advance program diploma, scholars must officially test into the program by fall of sophomore year. See your counselor if you are interested in being tested. As an Advance Program graduate, you must earn 12 credits in Advance Program or Advanced Placement classes in at least three of the following areas: English, Science, Math, World Language, and Social Studies.  Scholars are required to take a minimum of three Advance Program (or Advanced Placement) classes each year.  An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in the program and to graduate from the program.  Advance Program scholars must also earn elective credits in Advance Humanities or Fine Art Specialization and 3 years of a World Language.

Advanced Placement Classes

Advanced Placement classes provide scholars the opportunity to take high school courses using college level curriculum and to earn college credit.  Scholars who pass exams in these classes may receive college credit, placement, or both from over 2,900 colleges and universities participating in the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program.  An added benefit of taking AP classes is that the grade earned for these high school courses is weighted in the GPA and also for the KEES scholarship. Advanced Placement courses make substantial academic demands on scholars requiring them to do considerable outside reading, complete college level assignments and demonstrate the analytical skills and writing ability expected of first-year scholars in a strong college program.  Seneca has consistently been one of the top three schools in the district regarding pass rates on Advanced Placement exams. Once a scholar has chosen to enroll in an AP course, he/she will not be removed.

Seal of Biliteracy

The criteria for a Seal of Biliteracy on one's diploma are sucessful completion of the school's required English classes and a score of Intermediate-Mid on the AAPPL test for world language studied. English Language Learners must demonstrate academic proficiency in their home language while demonstrating a mastery of English with a minimum score of 4 on the ACCESS test.

Weighted Grades

 

Grade Quality Points

A-5.0

B-3.75

C-2.50

D-1.25

U-0

 

Early Graduation

Scholars have two early graduation options.  One is performance-based, and the other is credit-based.  Scholars and families should declare their intent to graduate early as soon as possible.  The deadline to declare each school year is October 1st. 

                                                

 

Performance-Based Early Graduation

Credit-Based Early Graduation

Minimum Required Courses

All End of Course (EOC) Exam courses (currently English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and U.S. History)

All courses described in the “Graduation Requirements” section of this document

Test Requirements

Must take and meet KDE-established benchmarks in all EOC courses and CPE Benchmarks on the ACT2

Must take all EOC courses, ACT, and any subsequent required college/career readiness assessments

Steps to Declaration

Student, family, counselor/principal conference

  • Review of course/assessment performance to date
  • Review student education goals (short- and long-term)
  • Review impact of extra/co-curricular participation
  • Review early graduation options

Declaring Intention

Must declare intention using the letter of intent form found in the back of the SPP&G Handbook

Recommend a graduation plan or contract mutually agreed upon by student, family, and counselor/principal

Additional Notes

Must complete all requirements in three years or less of high school enrollment

Deadline to Declare Intent

October 1 of the projected year of graduation

Within the first 30 school days of the academic year of projected graduation

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) Money

Eligible students enrolled in high school for three years will earn a prorated fourth year of KEES scholarship money.
Eligible students enrolled in high school for two years or less will earn KEES money only for the years enrolled in high school.

Eligible students will earn KEES money only for the years enrolled in high school (if meeting the annual 2.5 grade point average [GPA] and credit-hour requirements).

Early Graduation Certificate (EGC)

Eligible for the EGC, which includes a one time scholarship to any Kentucky Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited college/university the fall immediately after graduation

 

Not eligible

Early Graduates must complete all state testing requirements including the ACT.

Testing

Required State Assessments

* As of the spring of 2017, the state of Kentucky is entering a new accountability system. Test requirements have not been announced or released.

Grade Eleven
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is required for all Advance Program juniors and highly recommended for any college-bound sophomore or junior.  This test helps scholars plan for college, practice for college admission tests, select a college, and compete for scholarships.  This test is required in the junior year in order for the scholar to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Juniors are also required to take the state-offered ACT.  In order to be considered “College Ready”, scholars must meet ACT benchmarks.  These benchmarks are as follows:  English (18), Math (19), Reading (20). 

It is recommended that the ACT be taken at least three times by December of a scholar’s senior year.  The ACT is a required entrance exam for most Kentucky colleges and universities.  Check with the college of your choice for their minimum accepted ACT score. If a rising junior intends to apply for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars program, s/he should take the ACT prior to or early in the fall of the junior year.

Grade Twelve
The senior is encouraged to retake the ACT until s/he reaches his/her desired score for college admissions or scholarships.  A minimum score is also required to meet NCAA/NAIA eligibility. Scholars who have not yet met their ACT benchmarks will be enrolled in CCR English or Math classes and be assessed through another measure that is yet to be determined. *

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NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA requires prospective scholar athletes wishing to play a sport at Division I or Division II institutions to supply ACT and/or SAT scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center directly from the testing service. This means that as scholar athletes register for the ACT/SAT, they must choose the NCAA Eligibility Center (9999) as one of their choices where their scores are sent. If you have any questions, consult the website at www.eligibilitycenter.org or ask your counselor. NCAA also requires scholar athletes to take 16 core classes. The NCAA often will not accept an online credit as one of these core credits.  Visit their website for a list of accepted core classes. This process should be started at the beginning of the junior year.

Sport/Activities Eligibility

All scholars must be eligible in order to participate in any type of competitive sport or activity.  The following are academic requirements as mandated by JCPS:
1. There are no eligibility guidelines for incoming 9th graders.  If scholars were in the 8th grade and promoted to the 9th grade, they are eligible to participate in high school sports.
2. All tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade scholars must be on grade level the first day of the school year.  Failure to be in the proper grade on the first day of school will result in being ineligible to compete.  For a scholar to regain eligibility, they must pass all seven classes in the first semester and have earned enough credits to be placed in the proper grade level.  Upon gaining reinstatement, the scholar must continue to pass all classes for the remainder of the school year.  In order to be classified a 10th grader at the beginning of the school year, the scholar must have earned five credits.  In order to be classified a junior, the scholar must have earned 11 credits, and to be a senior, a scholar must have 
earned 16 credits. As a reminder, there are no mid-year promotions at Seneca.
3. Per the KHSAA, all scholar athletes will have weekly grade checks during their season. The Athletic Director will check grades on Friday afternoons. Any scholar athlete with a U in any class will be declared ineligible for the following week from Monday to Saturday. Scholar athletes may practice at the discretion of the Athletic Director, but not play any game or be in uniform on the bench or sideline.  Each Head Coach may have stricter academic standards for their team. 

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