By Alison Wang ’17 and Jiayin Lin ’17
Senior Seminar is an elective in which seniors utilize their free time to provide service to the school and gain service and class credits in return.
The purpose of this class is to meet the graduation requirements of seniors, according to Ms. Stephanie Gluck, guidance counselor.
Seniors are required to take six classes a semester, which includes English, physical education, math, science, and government/economics. To meet class requirements, they can take another elective such as Anatomy, Senior Seminar, Knowledge for College, AP Independent Study, or Community Service.
“Senior Seminar is a pass or fail class,” said Karen Cruz ’16. “It’s either you have the required hours or you don’t.”
According to Ms. Gluck, for every marking period, at least 15 hours of service is required, 45 hours in total, to pass the class. Since this is a pass or fail class, there is no highest or lowest grade one can receive.
Unlike Community Service, an elective where students are graded based on volunteer hours outside of school, Senior Seminar requires seniors to monitor in school.
“It’s like a mini job in school, you need to dedicate some of your time to help a staff member get things done and make their lives a bit easier,” said Sabrina Chan ’16.
There are many ways to earn the service credits. Some examples include selling snacks in the school store, working in the attendance office, and monitoring for a teacher or guidance counselor.
“This course has helped me connect with teachers that I never knew I could bond with,” said Shirley Li ’16. “Before this class, I usually never had the chance to help teachers because of work.”
Taking this class requires dedication, and there are many advantages and disadvantages that comes along with this.
“One challenge of this class is that it takes commitment, the deadlines come quicker than most might expect,” said Artem Zinkin ’16.
One advantage is that seniors feel more involved in school. Additionally, students can have an “easy go to” for college recommendations, according to Li.
However, one disadvantage is that the school shouldn’t have a class to bring out students to help, according to Zinkin.
One should not just do it to get a teacher’s signature on a meaningless piece of paper just to pass the class.
“I would recommend this class for any seniors not really active in teams or clubs because colleges actually want to see your participation in those areas while picking potential candidates for their school,” said Skye Li ’16.
Mr. Richard Francese, Mr. Alan Stack, Ms. Kathleen Farrell, and Mrs. Fern Bern require students to submit timesheets at the end of the marking period to receive the grade they deserve.