Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 11, No. 15 *** April 7, 2015

Tonight: Parent Professional Development - Twitter 101

It's not too late to join me at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, April 8) as I host a Twitter 101 opportunity for our Case families. Sign up for an account here. We will highlight some of Twitter's functions, model how to Tweet, and finally how to view your child's digital footprint. We will gather in the lobby at 6:25 p.m. before heading up to the lab on the second floor.

Term III Report Cards

Term III report cards will be published electronically via X2 Aspen at the close of the school day on Friday, April 10. The high school's ineligible list for sports and activities will be published simultaneously. Please check your student handbook for eligibility requirements or speak to a guidance counselor. Joseph Case High School has a multi-layered verification system that triple checks each report card for accurate eligibility status.

Girls & Women in Sports Celebration

The 2015 Massachusetts celebration of Girls and Women in Sports took place at Fanueil Hall last Friday. Juniors Kaitlyn Kopecky and Riley Nascimento were recognized as model student athletes from Joseph Case High School at the event. My thanks to Case teacher and coach Michaela Goncalves for bringing some of our female student athletes to Boston on Good Friday so that they could share in the joy of this statewide event (and for lending me this great picture). From left to right: Madison Rowland, Riley Nascimento, Kaitlyn Kopecky, and Julia Bushell.
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Regional science fair winners

Congratulations to two Case student scientists who were recognized last month at the regional science fair. Freshman Michael Bisbano received third place in the senior division for his project What Foam is the Best in a Football Helmut? and received additonal recognition for an outstanding physics-related project from UMass Dartmouth's Physics Alumni Council. Sophomore Evan Surette took first place in the senior division with his project Doping Daphnia and received the David R. Vito Award in Micro-Molecular Biology and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps. The boys will compete in the state science fair next month.

Student Government Day

Juniors Branden Cordeiro and Matthew Dumont will represent Joseph Case High School this Friday at the State House in Boston as part of the Commonwealth's 68th annual Student Government Day. This program encourages students from Massachusetts public and private high schools to learn about the structure of state government, to become engaged citizens, and to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that we share in a democracy. Students will assemble at the State House where most will replicate activities of the General Court (Massachusetts State Legislature), while others will meet as constitutional officers and as members of the Supreme Judicial Court. History teacher David Silva will accompany the Case reps for this awesome authentic learning opportunity.

Deadline approaching: Course registration 2015-2016

Students in grades 9-11 have until Friday, April 17 to pre-register on their X2 account for classes next year. One important point of reference is Case High's annual Program of Studies that you can access as a PDF of the document from a tab on the left side of the homepage. It's also an Information Item on From the Principal's Desk. New this year are expanded AP offerings, honors options in English for grade 9 and 10, and an expanded career pathways section that reflects student voice culled during our advisory program.

Important dates

Monday, April 13 - In-service Day for Swansea teachers; no school for students
April 20-24 - April vacation
May 28 - Junior-Senior Prom
June 7 - Graduation
June 18 - Last Day of School

Final reflection: AP Initiative

High school is a great time to take academic risks with difficult classes. I am a great believer that one can be successful through hard work. This grit is an important part of the formula of success in Advanced Placement courses. Since the high school is expanding its AP offerings by 25 percent for next year, please speak with your student and discuss the possibility of taking at least one of these college level classes in grades 11 and 12. I will be hosting two class assemblies on Tuesday, April 14 for all students in grades 10 and 11 about making a commitment to academic challenge for the next school year. As well, Case High AP Family Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium. All students who plan to enroll in our expanded AP program are invited to bring their families to this one-hour event, sponsored by Mass Insight Education. This evening is also open to all interested students in grades 8-11 and their families who want to know more about the future of AP at Joseph Case High School.

Sometimes you need to take a chance in order to grow.

Cheers!
Brian
(progress to date on Tolstoy’s War and Peace: 91% complete – p. 1181 out of 1275 pgs!)

Brian McCann, Principal
Joseph Case High School