Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 11, No. 18 *** June 5, 2015

Getting ready for graduation

Last night's celebration of the Class of 2015 at our annual Class Night set the stage for a joyous graduation this Sunday beginning promptly at 1 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium. In addition to academic awards, the Case High Scholarship Trust, Inc. gave more than $52,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. Below are some pictures from this week's rehearsal and last night's event.

Underclassmen Final Exam Information


1. Every class at Joseph Case High School – with the exception of phys ed – will have a final exam with a scheduled period. All final exams are worth ten (10) percent of the final grade.

2. Teachers will proctor their own exams. No exam may be given outside of the testing period, with the exception of Math Explorations and Grade 9 Health. Details will be given to students during the week of June 8 for these two classes.

3. Under no circumstances are students to be dismissed prior to the conclusion of the exam period.

4. Teachers design exams to be completed within the appropriated time period. No extra time should be given to students (unless pre-determined by IEP, 504, or other pre-approved formal plan). All tests should be administered within consistent, enforced testing parameters.

5. Make-up Protocol prior to June 19 when a student misses a single exam day: The exam make-up day is by appointment only. Students may make-up an exam if the principal is notified by parent/guardian via telephone by 8 a.m. on the specific exam date. A doctor’s note, court document, or bereavement excuse will be required to make up any exam. Only the principal or his designee may excuse a student from the regular exam date.

6. Students Failing To Take Exam: Any student who fails to take a final exam will receive a zero for the final exam. This zero will be calculated into the student’s final grade.

7. Lunch Schedule: Lunch will be served in the cafeteria through June 15.
Lunch will not be available June 16-18. Breakfast is available through June 18.

8. Transportation: Buses will be available for student transportation. The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, June 12 -- 2:15 p.m.
  • Monday, June 15 -- 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 16 -- 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 17 -- 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 18 -- 11:15 a.m.

9. Students are dismissed at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17. Bus transportation is not available until 11:15 a.m. on that day.

10. The library's transition will begin during the final exam period. The facility may be used while it is being packed up, depending on the day's activity. Students may always use the cafeteria as a quiet space when lunch is not being served.

11. Lockers must be cleaned out by 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 18.

12. Any absences through June 18 may affect eligibility for fall sports and activities. See student handbook for detail.

13. Students must meet all class financial obligations with all books/materials either returned or paid for.

Final Exam Schedule

Here's a link to the exam schedule from June 12 through June 18.

Makeup Exam Schedule for Students not in school week of June 15:

  • Make-up by appointment only. Principal will arrange makeups after a written request is made by a parent or guardian.
  • Make-ups will be week of June 22-26. Leave copy of exam in main office. Exams will be given in library/conference room during that week.
  • No final will be given in advance.
  • Absences may affect eligibility for fall sports and activities.
  • Attendance will be taken in Timeslot 1 each day thru Thursday, June 18. Absences may affect eligibility for fall sports and activities.
  • Students who do not take an exam receive a zero for the exam; students who schedule a make-up will receive an Incomplete for the course. Incompletes affect eligibility.
  • Since teachers are contractually finished for the year on June 18, makeup exams will be graded at their convenience. Students who makeup exams will receive an Incomplete in that course until the grades are formally submitted. Again, incompletes affect eligibility.

REMINDER: Parent Professional Developing: Navigating Naviance

If you are a parent of an underclassman and you are interested in using the summer months to help your child in the college search, I will be hosting an information night on how you can maximize your access to Naviance from your home computer. Naviance is an on-line guidance resources that allows your child to make informed post-secondary decisions through its detailed college search mechanism and career bank. I will host an hour-long evening on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. No previous knowledge of Naviance needed. Spots are still available. Use the link below to register.

Parent Professional Development: Navigating Naviance

Wednesday, June 10th, 7-8pm

Joseph Case High School (Room 202), 70 School St., Swansea, MA 02777

Space limited to 21 participants.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Final reflection: school-wide summer reading

I make no excuse that I am an avid reader. To this point, I take our school-wide summer reading initiative very seriously. I spend the fall, winter and spring months carefully reflecting on a proper school-wide selection. In 2014, the events of the Boston Marathon bombings became the catalyst for Thorton Wilder's Bridge of San Luis Rey, a Pulitzer prize-winning fictional story focusing on the randomness of tragedy. Last year's The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho looked at life's journey and the choices we make. This summer Dave Eggers' Zeitoun commemorates Hurricane Katrina's effect on New Orleans one decade later and how this was the first natural disaster since the Dust Bowl to reshape America, physically and spiritually. It is also reflective of an undercurrent in America today of the perception of racial profiling. From at least historical and sociological view, Zeitoun will give Swansea high school students and teachers a perspective on American life that they may have not considered to date.

Nine copies of Zeitoun will be raffled off to each freshman, sophomore and junior class at our final assemblies of the year. Slips are available in the main office, one per student. Other summer reading requirements will be posted closer to the end of school. Other summer reading requirements will be posted closer to the end of school.

Zeitoun will be the springboard for our annual interdisciplinary day on September 12, 2015, where Case students have the potential of seeing this non-fiction work form at least seven different perspectives during the course of the school day. During the past two years, this day has ranked among my favorites for authentic student learning in more than 25 years at Joseph Case High School. I hope that this year, the day will be awesome, enlightening and inspiring.


Brian McCann, Principal
Joseph Case High School
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