Two seniors at the Seneca Learning Center (SLC) passed the HiSET exam in January and February.

Josh Hulsey and Bailey Farmer will be graduating under the Missouri Options program for passing this exam.

“The HiSET exam consists of five categories including reading, writing, social studies, math, and science,” said John Wyrick, SLC principal.

Students who are eligible and have completed all of the required courses prepare for the HiSET at the SLC. Practice assessments are given and students are enrolled in tutorial classes and individualized assignments based on what the data indicates.

“Our expectations are for our all-day students to gain a minimum of eight percent completion in one or a combination of courses per day. Our half-time students have a minimum expectation of four percent completion,” said Wyrick.

Each student has an individualized program and work at their own pace, but the SLC sets weekly goals for their progress. Parents are either sent a copy or an email to keep them informed weekly on their student’s progress.

“We currently have 20 students. This consists of eight all-day students, seven morning students, and five afternoon students,” said Wyrick.

The SLC has also recently purchased a 3D printer, which has enhanced the engineering design class at the school.

“Google SketchUp is using a computer aided drafting program to create 3D designs that students have developed,” said Wyrick.

This report was given to the school board during its February meeting at central office. Each school completes a monthly report about academic updates, activities, and accomplishments that happened during the month.

At the early childhood center, the staff attended the Ruby Payne Seminar in Kansas City that focused on the information from her book, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” and research related specifically to boys in poverty.

“Our staff members also visited the Eastern Shawnee Early Childhood Learning Center for a collaborative meeting with the directors and teachers,” said Dedra Cornett, Seneca Early Childhood Center director.

Interactive TVs were recently installed in the early childhood classrooms. The TVs are similar in both size and function to a SMARTboard.

“The students are having a great success using them, and they can already complete activities for attendance, calendar, weather, letters, numbers, colors and shapes,” said Cornett.

They can also complete rhyming and vocabulary activities that go along with the book of the month.

The January book of the month was “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, and the February book of the month was “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” by Stephen Carpenter.

Kindergarten screenings will be March 7, 8, and 10 for any student who will be five before Aug. 1. Parents can call (417) 776-2785 to make an appointment.

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