Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 14, No. 7 *** November 7, 2017

Power of student voice

Congratulations to Case senior Noah Couitt who effectively used student voice at last week's Special Town Meeting. His advocacy and passion helped convince town voters to unanimously fund track upgrades at Joseph Case High School. The project consultant’s cost is estimated at $287,800.
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MCAS results

Results from student-specific state assessments taken last year in Swansea in grades 8, 9 and 10 were mailed home to Case families last week. The state and district's annual report card is slated to be released next month with more detailed information about our high school remaining as a Level One school in Massachusetts. We are the only high school in the area that was ranked as a Level One school when the accountability system was changed in 2012 and have remained ever since.

Third annual experimental film festival

Congratulations to Case teacher Tommy Whalen and his Fundamentals of New Media students for their exciting, innovative and original first forays into the world of video. For the third consecutive year, Case classes had an open invitation to view these student film debuts. This year, we transitioned to the auditorium to accommodate the many students and teachers who bear witness to these innovations. My continued gratitude for providing students with opportunities that celebrate risk-taking.

Term I Report Cards

Term I report cards will be published electronically via the Aspen X2 family/student portal at the close of the school day on Thursday, November 9. Please contact your student's teacher directly with specific questions.

No School Friday, November 10 for students

Although school will not be in session for students on Friday, November 10, all teachers in Swansea Public Schools will be part of our second professional in-service of the year. The high school will host more than 40 hour-long PD offerings in four hour-long blocks. Sessions will be led by Swansea teachers and administrators with many sessions devoted to social-emotional learning as well as technology infusion.

New Swansea Public Schools website

Check out our new website via We will be refining the Joseph Case High School site over the next month. Among the new features is the high school's live Twitter feed. We are grateful to the district's Technology Director Randi Arruda for this upgrade!

November calendar


8 MCAS Retest: ELA Composition

9 MCAS Retest: ELA Reading Comprehension

9 Report cards published electronically

10 In-Service Day

14 MCAS Retest: ELA Reading Comprehension

15-16 MCAS Retest: Mathematics

15 Powder Puff Football, Cardinal Stadium, 6:30 p.m.

16 School Council, 5:15 p.m.; Parent-Teacher Conference, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

17 Homecoming Dance, 7-10 p.m.

20 Parent-Teacher Conference, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

22 Thanksgiving Pep Rally, 9:15 a.m.; Early release: 11 a.m.

23-24 Thanksgiving Recess

30 Fall Athletic Assembly, Dinner 6 p.m., Awards, 7 p.m.

An updated copy of the school's calendar for the remainder of the year can be accessed by clicking here.

Food Drive kicks-off a month of 'spirit' at Joseph Case High School


Wednesday, November 8 - Wednesday, November 15

Each class will have its own food bins in the library. All proceeds from this food drive will go directly to the St. Anne’s Food Pantry. For every item donated, your class will receive 1 point towards your Spirit Week total. Additionally, this year there will be a creative element. Once the food drive is concluded, class officers will spend the bubble creating a sculpture using exclusively the food boxes and cans that were donated. Judges will then rank the class sculptures. First place receives 400 points, second place receives 300 points, third place receives 200 points and fourth place receives 100 points. All points are awarded to your class' Spirit Week total.

Reminder: Spirit Week begins November 15


Wednesday, November 15 thru Wednesday, November 22

Wednesday, November 15 Black Out Day (Wear All Black)

  • 1 point per article of clothing – 5 points max
  • The Powder Puff Football Game (Rain/Alternate Date: Tuesday, November 21) Game at Cardinal Stadium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($5) sold at the gate.

Thursday, November 16 America Day (Show Your Patriotism)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion

Friday, November 17 Pajama Day (Dress in Comfort!)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion
  • Homecoming Dance, 7-10 p.m. Student permission forms and guest forms available in main office. Tickets $7 in advance, $10 at door.

Monday, November 20 Character Day (Dress Like Your Favorite Character)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion

Tuesday, November 21 Rainbow Day (Channel Your Inner Rainbow!)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion

Wednesday, November 22 Maroon and Gold Day (Spirit Rally Attire!!)

**Each day 3 students from the entire school will be selected for their outfits through November 21. First place outfit winner will be awarded 300 points for their grade, second place 200 points and third place 100 points.

*For specific information or details, please see Mr. Coulombe.

Time Capsule

Case students and families can check out the contents of two time capsules from 2000 that were opened recently in Swansea. The capsules' contents are found in the Learning Commons. Among the treasures is a Fall 2000 article on Brian McCann becoming the high school's new assistant principal.
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Gentle reminder: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our annual Parent-Teacher Conference nights will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 16 and Monday, November 20. No appointment needed. Teachers will be prepared to provide perspective on your student's progress since the beginning of the year. All guidance counselors will be available as well both evenings.

Marching Band to defend national title

Good luck to the Case High Marching Band this weekend as these talented musicians defend their national title at the USBands Group 1 Open National Championships, heldat MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, NJ.

In closing: Veteran's Day

Please take a moment this weekend to remember of those Americans, especially Case High graduates, who have defended our nation. Freedom is something we must continually be mindful or and never take for granted. Above are reminders of two tribute walls that are centrally located in the main foyer of Joseph Case High School.

In gratitude to all who serve,