Seneca has a vast array of events and activities that are available to our students and families. The descriptions below are intended to give families an understanding of the events that occur each year. More detailed information will be available regarding the specifics for the current year's events through the Thunderblast Weekly (Mr. Cottone's weekly message to families), morning announcements, and links on our school's website.
Rising 6th grade students attend a summer experience of 4-5 mornings during the summer at Seneca. Activities during this time are intended to help students build friendships, learn about Seneca, and become familiar with the staff and our building. This allows our 6th graders to become more excited and comfortable with the transition to middle school. Open for rising 6th grade students. Final morning includes a family day with presentations & information helpful for parents.
Families are invited to visit Seneca with their children, typically during the week or days before school opens. Thunder Day is like an open house, where families can explore the facility, place personal items in lockers, and familiarize themselves with our school. There are usually a wide variety of events and activities, food, and fun that helps all of our students feel more connected to student life at Seneca.
Our students experience an advisory class most Wednesdays throughout the year. STORM groups typically have 4 students from each grade level, and remain together throughout the students' Seneca experience. Dominion High School has a similar program for students at DHS. Advisory time is spent doing team building activities, learning about our CORE (Confidence, Ownership, Respect, and Empathy), and lessons cover everything from character building to digital citizenship.
DEAR stands for Drop Everything and Read. During first-block (except on STORM days), students and staff devote the first 20 minutes of our day to reading. Students may read a book of their own choosing, catch up on Newsela reading assignments, or in some classes, enjoy a read aloud experience.
Usually occurring every day for a full week, students and staff have fun dressing in similar fashion. Pajama day is a favorite, but other spirit days involve dressing in a team jersey, dressing like a book character, or even rocking 1980's gear.
Our annual fundraiser provides revenue that is used to support activities, events, clubs, field trips, enrichment items for classrooms and more. The fundraiser usually begins during the first month of school, involves a student assembly and some incentives for our students to participate. Participation in fundraising is voluntary.
Dominion High School's Homecoming Parade and football game are celebrated at Seneca with a tailgate that involves food, fun, music and opportunities to socialize, play games and hang out with friends and teachers. Students and families can attend the tailgate and then walk to Dominion's stadium to watch the Homecoming game.
Battle of Route 7
Our friendly, yet competitive anual soccer game pits Seneca staff and students against staff and students from Sterling Middle School. The game is divided into 4 quarters, with each grade level playing the same grade level from the other school, and staff playing staff from Sterling Middle. The game alternates in location between Park View High School and Dominion High School's turf soccer fields. Seneca students try-out for the team and spend several weeks being coached by DHS soccer players. On game day there is always a huge turn-out of families, students, and staff.
Hispanic Heritage Month Potluck
Celebrate Hispanic heritage and sample dishes prepared by our families, staff, and students. This popular event occurred for the first time in October of 2019. Food, music, and a cooking competition makes for a fun event that celebrates Hispanic culture. This event is open to all Seneca families.
Want to burn off a few calories before your Thanksgiving feast? Join us for the Turkey Trot, a fun 5K where participants run, jog, or walk together. This event occurs during the Thanksgiving break at Seneca.
African American Heritage Community Dinner
Seneca families and staff join together to celebrate African American heritage. Bring a dish to share, and enjoy an evening of socializing and fun that celebrates African American Heritage. This event is open to all Seneca families.
Our library hosts a book fair each year. This event gives families the opportunity to purchase books with their children, and provides additional funding for our school's library. Each student attends during the school day during their English class, and there are after-school hours available for families.
All students take a MAP test 3 times each school year. These tests in Reading and Math document a student's progress, which help teachers tailor instruction to meet student needs and provide remediation and enrichment as needed.
Field Day is a fun event that usually takes place during the last week of school, often on the last day of school. Students enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, indoor creative & social opportunities, music, and general fun. Typically each grade level rotates through the opportunities. This is a student only event, but parents are welcome to volunteer.