Seneca Township High School
307 E. Scott Street
Seneca, IL 61360
Telephone: (815) 357-5000
Fax: (815) 357-5050
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IF YOU ARE GOING TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
Apply for as many scholarships as possible.
If you applied for financial aid (FAFSA) you should look closely at all of your financial aid offers to help make your final decision on what college/university you will attend
Make your final decision on which school you will attend
Read through all documents and emails you have received from that school to learn what your next steps need to be
Apply for room and board (if you plan on living on campus) - there is typically a Housing Deposit that goes with this step.
VERY IMPORTANT - Final decision day is May 1 - this means that by this date you have to accept your school’s admission (usually there is an Enrollment Deposit) and financial aid package (if you qualified) by this day. If you do not do this step, your spot could be given to another student, and you may not receive your financial aid!!
IF YOU ARE GOING TO A TWO-YEAR COLLEGE (IVCC or JJC)
1. If you haven’t already, click apply
2. Due to COVID-19, IVCC is not offering placement testing at this time.
IVCC Assessment Center is closed until at least April 30th due to the Illinois mandate to shelter in place. All Assessment Center services are not available at this time. You may make an appointment at www.registerblast.com/ivcc for May 18th or later. Please know that this is only a tentative date for our services to be available once again.
3. After you have applied make sure to reserve a counseling appointment here.
Make sure to be checking your IVCC email. If you have forgotten that, contact one of the two ladies I mention in the next number. At this time, placement testing before your FCR appointment will not be required. IVCC is currently working on implementing multiple measure policies that may allow for you to register for coursework without placement testing.
4. If you have more questions feel free to contact Gracelyn (gracelyn_Quesse@ivcc.edu) or Aseret (Aseret_Loveland@ivcc.edu) for any specific questions they may have.
1. If you have not applied yet, the free online application is available at JJC.edu/Applynow. Once you have applied, your JJC account will be created within 24-72 hours.
2. In order to access your JJC email, you will need to retrieve your Username then you will need to create a password. If you need assistance please contact the Student 24/7 Tech Support Hotline: (866) 281-3638. Please check your email account frequently, as this is the method the college will communicate important information.
3. If you have taken the SAT or ACT test you may be exempt from taking placement exams at JJC. At this time, JJC is not offering placement testing until April 30, 2020. Feel free to email JJC to check if your scores have been received and/or if you are exempt from taking placement tests. SAT scores are Reading and Writing of a 480 and Math of 530.
4. Complete the New Student Presentation located in MyJJC.
5. If your ACT or SAT scores exempt you from placement testing, please schedule
your one-on-one advising appointment with Student Advising. This is when you will choose your classes and register.
6. Apply for scholarships at www.jjc.edu/scholarships.
7. If you have more questions, feel free to contact Rosa Salazar (Seneca High School’s JJC representative) at email@example.com
IF YOU ARE GOING TO A TECH SCHOOL
IF YOU ARE JOINING THE MILITARY
IF YOU ARE GOING STRAIGHT TO WORK
The laptop buyout program is for Graduating Seniors only. If you are a graduating senior and would like to purchase a laptop at the end of your senior year, you will need to do 2 things - Both must be completed or you will not be on our list of buyouts:
Please note: Both the form and payment must be completed prior to picking up the laptop.
Things to Note:
Rules of the Road Link:
2020 SUMMER SCHOOL DRIVER’S EDUCATION
Driver’s Education Class
Summer school Driver’s Education will be taught online using Zoom.
Class will be from 8:00am to 10:00am Monday through Thursday each week beginning on Monday June 1st and ending on Thursday June 25th. No class on Fridays.
Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) driving will begin as soon as the State of Illinois allows us to start. So as of now, that date is yet to be determined.
May 19 - Permit Applications, Rules of the Road Test, and Eye Tests
Parents - Summer school students have been placed into 5 different groups with 5 different times in order to complete their permit application, take their Rules of the Road Test, and take their Eye Test at the high school on May 19th. Students must bring their computers and make sure they are charged. Please bring your student to the high school at the assigned time and wait in the parking lot for your student to finish. Before leaving, all parents will need to sign the permit application. Students will take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete everything.
Permit Application – Will be completed online. Students should know their address, height, weight, eye color, and hair color. Please bring $20 cash for the State of Illinois permit fee.
Rules of the Road Test - Read and study chapters 1 thru 11 in the Illinois Rules of The Road book which can be found online at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf
Paper copies of the book can also be picked up from Seneca High School on between 10:00 am and noon on 4/29, 5/1, 5/6, and 5/8. Only 1 book per student!
Eye Test – After completing the permit application and rules of the road test, students will take their eye test as well. If a student needs to wear contacts or glasses, please make sure to bring them.
May 22 – Make-up Date
If May19 does not work out, students will have to complete their permit, Rules of the Road Test, and Eye Test on Friday, May 22nd, after their freshmen locker clean-out time. Again, parents will need to sign the permit application.
Groups and Times for May 19 - this information was emailed out to students enrolled for this Summer's Drivers Ed Class
If May19 does not work out, students will have to complete their permit, Rules of the Road Test, and Eye Test on Friday, May 22nd, after their freshmen locker clean-out time. Parents will need to sign the permit application before the student leaves.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Baxter via email - firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Jackson via email - email@example.com
Seneca Township High School District 160
Board of Education Meetings
Public Participation Protocols During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Board Members and Administrators will observe Social Distancing Requirements via proper spacing or by electronic participation.
Governor Pritzker has prohibited public and private gatherings of 10 or more people through April 30. As such, Seneca High School is limiting the number of public participants to 10.
Only Door A will be open members of the public. Door A is located at the main entrance on the south side of the building.
Members of the public will be restricted to one seat prepositioned in the commons and will observe social distancing requirements of at least 6 feet of separation.
Restrooms will not be available during the meeting.
Those in the commons will be able to observe the meeting using Zoom on a commons television.
Members of the public wishing to address the Board are asked to submit their questions or comments on paper provided by the district prior to the beginning of the Board meeting.
Members of the public should leave immediately after the conclusion of the board meeting via Door A.
Members of the media with questions following the Board meeting may submit questions via email to the superintendent.
We will continue to update this site with our newest article at the top (each article is dated). Please check back for any new postings.
Dated April 3, 2020
Schools in Illinois are now closed through April 30. Governor Pritzker stated that he’d make a decision about what will happen with schools in the month of May later in April.
Thus far, we have had solid participation by students – thank you teachers, staff, students and parents. E-Learning is mandatory. There are lessons and assignments to complete in each class every day. All assignments are graded. To avoid any issues or delays with having credit awarded for the courses, students should compete the lessons in a timely manner. Remember, quality work is very important and impacts the grade as well. It is not just about completion.
We have created an e-Learning tab on our website as a repository of e-Learning resources. Resources include the SHS e-Learning plan, teachers’ office hours, zoom protocols, breakfast and lunch information, and a calendar for e-Learning.
There will be no e-Learning activities on Good Friday, April 10 or on the Monday after Easter, April 13. E-Learning will resume on Tuesday, April 14 a B Day.
While we will not have e-Learning on Monday, April 13, we will still offer breakfast and lunch on Monday, April 13, for M-W for those students who have signed up. Remember breakfast and lunch pickup is from 11 AM- 12:30 PM. Please be prompt.
Guidance Counselors, the Student Success Support Counselor, and the School Psychologist are available for students and parents by appointment. Virtual office hours and email addresses for the Guidance Counselors are posted under the e-Learning tab. Guidance Counselors will also be available at SHS for students to turn in scholarships and to answer questions once each week. Please keep your social distance. That information is emailed out to students.
Anyone experiencing technology issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, please remember that if you are having any problems or concerns, that impact e-Learning please contact us for assistance. We are here to help.
Dated: March 30, 2020 @ 3pm
Seneca High School’s E-learning Plan
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, students of Seneca High School will participate in an E-learning Orientation to prepare for e-Learning days. E-Learning days are simply student attendance days where students participate in educational experiences in an online format rather than in person. During the orientation, students will become acquainted with the Seneca High School E-learning plan and expectations.
Seneca High School’s e-Learning plan will utilize PowerSchool Unified Classroom, district technology, district email accounts and telephone service, and a new online video conferencing and communication platform called Zoom.
We’ve set up a schedule to help provide structure and consistency. Mondays and Wednesdays will be used as A Days. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be used as B Days. Fridays will be used as days for students to get real-time help from their teachers through an online program called Zoom. We are calling Fridays teachers’ office hours.
Teachers will create daily lessons in PowerSchool Unified Classroom. For maximum flexibility, students are not required to be online at any certain hour of the day to complete the daily assignments. We expect that the total amount of time spent in each class to take about 30 minutes per class, however, it may occasionally run longer.
Our plan expects that student assignments be aligned to the learning standards and reasonable in nature given the novelty of online learning for most of our students. It is, however, very important that students complete work in a timely manner. Grades will be taken for the assignments.
Students will be able to ask questions of their teachers and request extra help in a variety of ways. First, teachers are always available via email, however, teachers will not be monitoring their emails 24 hours per day. Second, teachers will be available for a Zoom video conference session each day for 30 minutes. Third, on Fridays, each teacher will hold office hours for one hour in a Zoom conference for students to meet electronically to ask questions and receive extra help. A Zoom schedule will be developed and shared tomorrow. Finally, if significant help is required, teachers will be able to schedule additional assistance as needed.
As always, your health and safety are our primary concern. If at any time during e-Learning days students and their families experience difficult circumstances, please contact the school immediately.
Dated: March 29, 2020 @ 2:00pm
Late Friday evening, Illinois public schools received notice from the Illinois State Board of Education that during the school closure period beginning March 31 all school days will be e-learning days or remote learning days. The State Board also provided written guidance to schools.
Seneca High School is developing its own plan for e-learning based on this guidance. Students and parents will be notified on Monday, March 30 of the details on how SHS will conduct e-learning.
E-learning days are not optional. Students are required to do the work, but SHS staff will work to assist all students be successful during this difficult time.
Students should expect that on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 they will be required to do some sort of e-learning obligation. You can also expect to engage in e-learning for all of the days that school is closed.
We hope you and your family are well. This is certainly a confusing time. Please stay tuned for additional updates on e-learning from Seneca High School and please take care of yourselves.
Dated: March 20, 2020 5:00pm
Parents and Students of Seneca High School,
Today, March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced a statewide “stay at home order” for all residents until April 8, 2020. By this order, he extended the current school closure through April 7. In the Governor’s message, he stated that schools would be able to continue to provide school meals. During the school closure this week, Seneca High School provided lunches to approximately 30 students. Next week, our designated Spring Break, we will work on a plan to continue to provide lunches beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 to ANY student that requests one. These meals will be provided at no cost. To request a meal be prepared for your student, please help us plan by emailing the name of the student to email@example.com.
You should anticipate additional communication coming from the school regarding school meal details next week. Additionally, we are awaiting direction from the Illinois State Board of Education regarding e-learning requirements. Teachers have posted assignments on PowerSchool that all students should be working to complete.
Dated: March 20, 2020
First and foremost, our heartfelt thoughts, concerns, and prayers are with our ill student and the family of that student. Second, we extend those same concerns and prayers to all SHS students and families. Seneca High School is not merely some educational institution where kids come to have knowledge and skills implanted, but rather, an extension of all of our families where we work to provide an environment of care, concern, belonging, and well-being as we pursue our educational mission: Preparing and supporting ALL STUDENTS for success and post-high school opportunities through a challenging, rewarding, and engaging educational program, while developing Irish Pride.
These are very uncertain times. One can feel overwhelmed and helpless. Helplessness may lead to fear. In turn, fear can turn to anger and anger to misguided response. While there is much that may be out of our control, there is still much over which we can control. The most important things we can do is follow the advice of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus. Another important choice we have is to adhere to the recommendations and orders coming from our state government officials https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx.
Finally, below, we offer just some of the guidance taken from the previously mentioned resources for your consideration. We can take control over the situation in the following ways.
Seneca High School officials continue to work with the LaSalle County Health Department (LCHD) to ensure we are taking and communicating the appropriate actions during this pandemic. The following is a statement from the LCHD on this matter.
Our overall goal is to prevent the spread of illness. We need your assistance in following local, state and federal messaging regarding social distancing. We understand our community is on high alert and we are following guidance from the CDC and our partners at the Illinois Department of Public Health.
We at LaSalle County Health Department are trying to be as transparent as possible with the information we can share. With that being said, in regards to this patient, you are at minimal risk as a member of the district. This patient was not symptomatic when attending school. Per state and federal disease investigation protocols, LCHD has worked with the patient to identify and contact medium to high risk individuals. Those individuals have been given appropriate guidance.
Thank you for taking this situation seriously and helping us to reduce the spread of illness in our communities.
This afternoon, we received a call from the LaSalle County Health Department informing us that one of our students tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus. Public health officials deem that students and staff are at a low risk and are not recommending any additional measures be taken by the district. Additionally, because the student did not exhibit any symptoms while at school, the Health Department is not commencing with contact tracing. In fact, due to privacy laws and the low risk for members of Seneca High School, the name of the student was not shared with district officials. Because of the uncertainty and novelty of this virus, we are urging you to follow the recommendations of the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health regarding ways to protect yourself.
As you know, Governor Pritzker has closed all Illinois schools beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Monday, March 30, 2020. During this time, SHS custodial staff deep cleaned and sanitized the school. Once again, the LaSalle County Health Department is advising us of a low risk; however, following the guidelines of the CDC, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Our deepest concerns are for all of our students and their families and their well-being. Please take care of yourselves.
School Lunches - March 17th - 20th
Seneca High School will continue to offer lunches to our students throughout the school closure time period March 17th-March 20th. Lunches will be “grab and go” and can be picked up at Door “L” in the vestibule at the Student North Parking lot entrance from 11 AM to 12 PM on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Two days’ worth of lunches will be prepared at a time and handed out to our students. Lunch will be provided free of charge, but students must sign up via email today by 5 PM to receive the lunches for the week. To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the student’s name, number of lunches needed, and any food allergies. Thank you.
Monday, March 16th School Schedule
In the best interest of our students to prepare for e-learning on Monday, March 16th, students will meet with teachers in all of their classes. We will still dismiss at 2 PM. Breakfast is available and Lunch will be served.
The schedule we will follow is listed below:
1A 7:55 - 8:30
2A 8:34 - 9:09
3A 9:13 - 9:48
4A 9:52 - 10:27
1B 10:31 - 11:06
2B 11:10 - 11:45
3B 11:49 - 1:19
1st lunch 11:49 - 12:19
2nd lunch 12:19 - 12:49
3rd lunch 12:49 - 1:19
4B 1:23 - 2:00
We will have 35 minutes each class with a 4-minute passing period. Our lunches will be 30 minutes back to back.
The impact of this issue is new to all of us. Information changes rapidly. We will continue to do our best to communicate as quickly and accurately as we can. Thank you for your understanding.
Per the announcement of Governor Pritzker, all Illinois Schools, Seneca High School included, will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30. Seneca High School will be in session Monday, March 16, an A day, to prepare students and staff for e-learning days during the closure. SHS will use a 2:00 PM dismissal schedule on Monday, March 16. We expect school to resume on Tuesday, March 31, also an A day.