Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 14, No. 11 *** January 10, 2018

Last Day of School update

With the two snow days from last week, the last day of school as of January 10 will be Friday, June 15. Any subsequent "no school" day this year will move the close of the year to the week of June 18. Please be careful in making early summer vacation plans.

SBIRT screening begins next week

In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted an Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention (STEP Act) which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use screening and education. This is a mandated screening that needs to be implemented this year by all Massachusetts Schools.


This year Swansea is initiating a screening program in grades 7 and grades 9 related to the use of alcohol, marijuana and other substances. The goal of this program is to let the students know that we are available to reinforce healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining support if needed for substance use related problems.


Twenty-eight percent of teenagers reported in a national survey that drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are the most important issues they are facing.


The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program will be incorporated into our annual state-mandated protocols. All screenings will be conducted confidentially by our school nurse or guidance counselors in private

one-on-one sessions.


The high school screenings will begin January 17 and are scheduled through the end of February. A detailed letter from Swansea Public School's Director of Nursing was emailed to all freshmen parents this morning.

Opioid Literature

The 2016 legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents/guardians of high school student-athletes receive educational materials on the dangers of opioid use and misuse.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has developed educational materials on opioid misuse prevention and is partnering with schools across the state to share this information with students, parents and school personnel. Because of the risk of injury and the subsequent need for pain management, student athletes may be at risk for opioid misuse.


Here's a link to a set of fact sheets that the Massachusetts Department of Health with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) have developed for the school sports community on prescription opioid misuse prevention:


  • Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Student Athletes
  • Injury Management: A Key Component of Prescription Opioid Misuse Prevention
  • What to Know About Prescription Opioids
  • Guidance on Communications After a Non-Concussion Sports Injury



I thought all stakeholders at Joseph Case High School could benefit from timely information.


Please take the time to read and review this information with your student-athlete, as our main goal is to keep our kids safe!

Annual Science Fair

The annual Joseph Case High Science Fair will be held in the Learning Commons on Thursday, January 18, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Over 80 students have worked diligently since September, researching, designing and testing their own experiments. Please join the Case High community to celebrate them as they showcase their projects in this year’s Science Fair.
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Third Annual Mr. Joseph Case High School - February 2

The third annual Mr. Joseph Case High School has been finalized for Friday evening on February 2. This special "Groundhog's Day" edition of Mr. JCHS will be more fun than ever! Mark your calendars for the fundraising event -- hosted by the Case High Student Council -- that benefits all of the clubs and activities at our high school as well as helps us celebrate many students inside and outside of the classroom. More details in the coming weeks!

Winter Sports Schedules

Here are three resources to access winter sport schedules at Joseph Case High School:


South Coast Conference games

Boys Hockey Co-Op

Girls Hockey Co-Op

And finally: in gratitude

Thank you for the many emails and social media posts that celebrated our recent snow day video. In addition to almost 15,000 YouTube views in the first five days, we were picked up by a syndicated talk show that plays in 47 television markets across the country ( none however in the northeast). It was truly a labor of love that included multiple students from the video and theater programs at Joseph Case High School. The bulk of the work was done by teachers Tommy Whalen and Neil Jeronimo. Plans are in place for a follow-up video as well as a behind-the-scene mini-documentary of how "All That Snow" came together. Thanks for supporting innovation. We hope this video brought you a smile.
http://youtu.be/K8nx9vxZINg