Class of 2024 - Frequently Asked Questions
Senn High School
Class of 2024
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is SennConnects*?
SennConnects* is a program that allows incoming Senn students to preview what life is like as a Senn student. The program includes a campus scavenger hunt, team-building activities, counseling and project-based academic sessions, and a service learning component (this is a graduation requirement you can start to fulfill over the summer!)
*Program availability is pending developments in the COVID-19 outbreak response. Dates and other details will be announced as they become available.
- When is the first day of school?
The first day of school is currently scheduled for Tuesday, September 8. Class schedules and ID/Ventra cards will be distributed in the cafeteria starting at 7:30 a.m. Students should be in the building by no later than 7:45 a.m. so they can get to 1st period by 8:00 a.m. CLICK HERE to access the school floor plan.
- What are the school entry procedures?
Students will enter Senn High School at Door #4 in the center of the large courtyard off Glenwood Ave. The door opens at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Once inside students will go through the metal detector and scan their ID to be checked into the building. Student IDs are required to enter Senn High School. Student who forget their ID can purchase a temporary ID for $2.00 in the attendance office located next to the metal detectors. All belongings including keys and phones should be put in your backpack before entering the metal detector. Parents should also use Door #4 when visiting Senn High School. All parents will be asked to show a government issued photo ID before gaining access to the building.
- When will I receive my schedule and ID/Ventra?
Student schedules and ID/Ventra cards will be distributed in the cafeteria on the first day of school. Students with an active Student Portal account can login to view their schedule sometime in mid-August. ID cards at Senn High School include the school ID (picture, schedule, etc.) and a Ventra card. Students can add money using the kiosk at the station or create an online account that can be linked to a credit card. Reduced fare is $0.85 for the first ride and $0.15 for a transfer. Please note that if a student loses their ID/Ventra card they will be required to buy a new card for $6.00. Cards can be ordered in the attendance office and will arrive 2 business days after they are ordered. All Ventra money will transfer over when the new card is ordered but parents will be responsible for Ventra fare until the card arrives.
- When do I get my textbooks?
Textbooks will be distributed during the first week of school. A schedule will be posted in the lunchroom on Tuesday, September 8.
- What does a day look like at Senn High School?
The bell schedule can be found on the Senn website under Student LIfe. Students will attend school from 8:00 a.m to 3:16 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Friday students will be released at 2:22 p.m. so teachers can participate in professional development. Students are expected to be in their 1st period class at 8:00 a.m. It is recommended that students arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. so they can go to their locker and walk to their 1st period class. Breakfast is free for all students and will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.
- What is the Senn Dress Code?
Senn High School is a community of interesting and creative individuals spanning across all programs. As a collective of curious and invested students who have worked hard to make the school what it is today, we believe that we should be able to freely and respectively express ourselves through our clothing. Though uniform shirts are absolutely appropriate they are no longer a requirement. Students are to dress in clothes that promote a safe and respectful learning environment. Proper dress, grooming, and respectful behavior is important in preparing for future success. Students are responsible for understanding the Senn High School dress code guidelines. Clothes that create an unsafe or disruptive environment are not appropriate and not acceptable in school. Specifics of the dress code can be found on page 22 of the Senn Family Handbook.
- Where will my locker be located?
Students will be a assigned locker outside of their 1st period classroom. Teachers will provide students with their locker assignments by Wednesday, September 9. Teacher will write down the lock number and combination in the event that the a student forgets their combination. Students can also stop by the main office to ask for their combination.
NOTE: All students are required to purchase locks from Senn High School.
Students in PE will need a second lock for the gym locker room. It is very important that students ALWAYS lock their locker. Senn High School is not responsible for stolen items if you do not lock your locker
- When is breakfast and lunch served?
All CPS students receive free breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. Students will be assigned a lunch period - 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th period. Students will be expected to show their ID when they enter the lunchroom. Students can stay in the lunchroom the whole period, get a pass to the library, the GEAR UP room, or another student space.
- What fall sports can I join?
All students are required to pay the $100.00 sports fee and have a sports physical on file before they can participate in sports. Please note that a sports physical is different than a school physical so please make sure you ask your doctor to complete the correct form.
Coach Brian Benson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Steven Brewer - email@example.com
Visit the boys’ soccer page for the tryout form and more details.
Co-Ed Cross Country
Coach Michael Meadows: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Todd Gross email@example.com
- Who is my counselor and where can I find them?
Your counselor is determined by the first letter of your last name. Students are allowed to meet with their counselor during lunch periods only. We suggest sending an email to set up an appointment.
Ms. Dolores Green Last names A to Col
Ms. Kathy Farrell Last names Com to Hi
Ms. Wendy Castro Last names Ho to Mor
Mr. Daniel Connor Last Names Mos to Sag
Mr. Alexander RoiLast Names Sal to Z
- What is Student Portal/Parent Portal and how do I use it?
Student Portal/Parent Portal is a unique web-based tool that allows student and parents to securely view real time grades and attendance online. New students will receive their username and password the first week of school. Students already enrolled in CPS can use their login credentials from elementary school. Parents can request a pin number at the beginning of the school year to set up their accounts. We suggest that parents and students meet on weekly basis to discuss grades and attendance. Students should be checking Student Portal on a daily basis to check their progress and ensure that attendance is entered correctly. Both parents and students can set up a text message or email alert to track changes in grades and/or attendance.
- What should I do if I am sick or have an appointment?
If you are sick or unable to attend school you should call the attendance office at (773)534-2365 to report your absence. Students are also required to submit a note or official form from a doctor's office detailing the reason for the absence the day they return from their absence. The absence slip will only be accepted if it lists the date of the absence, reason for the absence, and a signature of a parent/guardian or doctor. If an absence note is not turned in the absence will be listed as unexcused (UNEX) in Student Portal.