Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018

Dear parents and community members:
Thanks for taking a look at our latest High School News.  As with other times of the year, January was a busy month for us. Below are a just a few of the things that happened.  Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or comments.  

If your child is encountering any problems, please let us know.  We have very dedicated and caring staff that is here to help.  A couple of good sources for contacts are our Guidance Department page or our Staff Directory.  You can also check our communication guide, which is linked from both the middle school and high school home pages. Thank you very much for your support. 

Tim Houseknecht, Principal

Congratulations To Our Wrestling Champions

Congratulations to all our wrestlers on a great season, especially Keagan Carmenatty and Quinton Wormuth-Mundell. 
Keagan (left) is the Section 5 Class B 220 lb. champ. 
Quinton (right) is the 285 lb. champ. 
Great job guys!

Support for Hannah Podgorny
Hannah Podgorny, a senior, is challenged with some health issues. The senior class is selling some  tee shirts in her honor.  Please see the post here, which is on the school website.

School Anxiety and Avoidance Summit
The Racker Center in Ithaca is holding this meeting.  Family members, students, school staff, providers and community members are encouraged to attend. Please click here for more information. They still have a few spots available. 

Testing and Project Days - January 22 to 24

Students work in Auto Systems with Mr. Gilfus
During our midterm and Regents testing days, several teachers had special events for students.  The special schedule allowed us to have some longer times that usually wouldn't be available. 

Shown is one of Mrs. Copp's guest artists.
Art students enjoyed two 3-hour sessions on January 24. In the morning, we had painter Kari Ganoung Ruiz with the Drawing & Painting students and in the afternoon we had potter Mary Ellen Salmon with the Ceramics students.

Our Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) class had a 3 hour project. Shown here is sophomore Brandon Vanselow.

Ms. Guinan and Mr. Ovenshire ran some team building activities.

2 Calendar Issues

If you have a printed calendar, please fix these 2 issues. Sorry for the errors.

  • March 7: This date should be listed as "Early Dismissal" only.  On an early dismissal day, students in the middle and high schools are released at 12:45, and students in the elementary school are released at 1:45.  
  • May 16: The middle and high schools only have one parent conference day on May 8, not two as the printed calendar states.  If you have a printed calendar, please label May 16 as PK-5 only. 

What is Yorkers Club?

Yorkers Club is South Seneca’s international travel club in the high school.

The club has traveled to many destinations, including Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Wales, England & Costa Rica. In March of 2018 the club will go to Germany, Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic! Anyone can join and start fundraising!

A few key points:
  • Students must be in Grades 9 - 12 to travel.  
  • Students vote on the next destination in the Spring, so ballots will be coming soon!
  • 8th graders will be eligible next year, and can vote on the ballot this spring.
Please review this valuable article that covers advantages of student travel experiences.

If a student is interested in traveling, he or she can see Mrs. Sanchez in room 218 to find out more.  Parents can contact her at

Five SS Students Earn Awards

Five South Seneca students received the highest honor from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, announced January 30, 2018.

See the post here from our website.  

Once again, Mrs. Copp's art students are shining.  

Thanks to Mrs. Copp and others for organizing our latest Falcon Flyers events.  Please see this document.  

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15

Hi folks,
I hope the winter is treating you well. This edition of our High School News focuses on testing.  Our schedule for January 22 to 24 is below, and I've also posted some good links in my first section concerning studying for Regents exams.  

Thanks for your support of our wonderful South Seneca students!

Tim Houseknecht, Principal

Tips on studying for Regents Exams

With our Regents and Midterm testing week approaching, here are some great resources for students:

  • Castle Learning  - Students at South Seneca have accounts to this powerful study tool. 
  • Khan Academy - Khan has quickly become a powerful learning tool for students worldwide. 
  • Past exams on the NYS Education Department site
    • I made a quick video on how to access past Regents exams (linked above). By reviewing old exams and using tools such as Castle Learning and Khan Academy, success on exams can be greatly enhanced!

Regents and Midterms - January 22 to 24

From Monday, January 22 to Wednesday, January 24, we will be holding Regents exams, mid-term exams, and special classes/projects for students in the High School.  The overall schedule is below, and students are currently receiving their individual schedules. 

Monday, January 22:
  • Exams and one US History review session. 
  • No regular classes at the Ovid campus. 
  • Breakfast and lunch available as usual.
  • BOCES classes are in session. Students are expected to attend unless testing. 
  • Regular bus transportation will be provided, including service at the half day point for those who need it.
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 23 and 24:
  • Exams (Regents and midterms).
  • Breakfast and lunch available as usual.
  • BOCES classes are in session. Students are expected to attend unless testing.
  • Regular bus transportation will be provided, including service at the half day point for those who need it.
  • All 9th and 10th grade schedules are full. This includes special classes and project time.
  • Many 11th and 12th graders are scheduled for Regents, midterms, and special projects or classes. 
    • Students in 11th and 12th grade do not have to be in school during unscheduled times
    • 11th and 12th graders should speak with their teachers if they would like to arrange meetings for review or work completion. 
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, we have taken advantage of the testing schedule to hold some special projects, classes, movies and even speakers. I am excited that these days will provide us some opportunities we would usually be unable to offer. For example:
    • 9th and 10th grade skill building sessions such as ELA camp and Math camp.
    • Workplace lectures for 9th and 10th graders. 
    • Special class project sessions (all grades depending on individual schedules):
      • Studio Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Auto Systems, Computer Assisted Drafting, Wood Production, Digital Media
      • 2 movies for 10th graders that are intended to enhance classroom learning without costing valuable classroom time. 
Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26:
  • Regular class schedules
The general schedule file is located here and on the high school web page.  If you have any questions about the week, please let me know.

If a student is studying for the SAT test, here's a great way to enhance scores.  Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to help students.  Khan Academy is always offering new ways for students to enhance their knowledge and scores.  Check it out! 

Martin Luther King
On this remembrance day for Dr. King, I've included a link to his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.  He was a great example for all of us, no matter our color.

School Anxiety and Avoidance Summit
Family members, students, school staff, providers and community members are encouraged to attend this event, which is sponsored by the Racker Center in Ithaca