Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 13, No. 23 *** June 16, 2017

Last Days of School: June 19 and 20 -- Passion Days

After agreeing to four profound quarterly assessments in lieu of midyear and final exams for 2016-2017, the faculty and staff will conduct two Passion Days on June 19 and 20.

Joseph Case High School prioritizes student relationship-building. This is our charge when the year begins and we like to continue to make connections with students in the final days of the year a well.

The school has put together more than 40 event proposals for each day. The idea was introduced at our final faculty gathering, rolled out to students by the principal in class assemblies, and clarified in small advisory groups. Students chose two activities: one for each day in most cases.

Why is it called Passion Days? Strong interpersonal relationships result when adults model their passions to students. These interests can be related to their Case High academic area or have more to do with hobbies and activities outside of a teacher's school life.

Our activities have a wide range from cooking to dancing, whiffle ball to building a wooden bow tie. Some students will work in community service areas like helping at an elementary school to a beach clean up with a chance to start your summer reading on the sand. We have meditative hikes, knitting for a charity, scavenger and treasure hunts, and geocaching. Some students will put on a musical in two days; others will restore the weight room.

Best of all: every student had the chance to choose something.

It was a tremendous undertaking with very quick turn around time. But the notion of Passion Days has ignited an excitement at the end of School Street and Cardinal Way like no other school year.

We believe not only in taking risks at Joseph Case High School for the betterment of children, but believe that we must model this expectation as well.

Follow us on Twitter (@josephcasehs) on Monday and Tuesday. We'll be using the hashtag #casepassion.

Case Theatre 2017-2018 to open with the razzle dazzle of 'Chicago'

Under the direction of our award-winning drama teacher and Case alumnus Neil Jeronimo, the Case High Theatre Company will open its 42nd season with the long-running musical Chicago. The Kander and Ebb musical will be presented Saturday, September 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m.
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Final report cards

Final report cards will be posted electronically to the X2/Aspen portal on Wednesday, June 21. Summer school and credit recovery information will be mailed as well to students who could benefit from these options during the summer months. The portal will remain open until approximately July 7.

School-wide Summer Reading 2017

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Penultimate issue

I hope to share with you some pictures from our Passion Days next week for my final issue of the year. I will also include more details about our summer reading selection and other choices you child has.

Be safe and stay passionate!