Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 14, No. 20 *** May 18, 2018

Case High Art -- Best in Show!!

Congratulations to art teachers Janet Blair and Rebecca Hall for their students' design, construction and installation of an original project for this year's High Art installation at the Attleboro Arts Museum. Joseph Case High School was recognized as Best in Show!!! in addition to this first place award, the art program received a $100 prize.
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Senior Details for next week

Three full days of classes remain for the graduates of the Joseph Case High Class of 2018. Wednesday concludes with an old-fashioned ice cream social and yearbook distribution during Timeslot 7 on May 23. FYI: there are only 19 yearbooks left for purchase as of this morning's announcements.


Seniors will have their first graduation rehearsal on Thursday, May 24 at 9 a.m., beginning in the auditorium. Seniors will sign-up for the senior stroll at this rehearsal. All seniors are dismissed at 10 a.m.


Friday, May 25 is the final day for seniors to submit permission slips for Six Flags. please note the senior outing is for a graduating senior in good standing in the class.


Tuesday's Six Flags adventure kicks off in the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. on May 29. ETA back to Swansea is approximately 7 p.m. Lunch is included in the student's admission ticket.


Please be prompt for your graduation rehearsal on Wednesday, May 30. Rehearsal begins at 8:30 a.m. in the gym. Please use the spectator's entrance on the "girl's side" of the gym. A reminder: no drinks or food are allowed in the gymnasium. Rehearsal should last until approximately 10:15 a.m. Students will return from Cardinal Stadium to pick up their cap and gowns as well as four (4) tickets to Commencement -- to be used only in the event of an indoor graduation due to inclement weather.


Thursday, May 31 is the final graduation rehearsal -- again beginning at 8:30 a.m. The senior stroll will begin around 10:30 a.m. See below for more details.


Graduation rehearsal is mandatory.


Class Night begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. Seniors must arrive by 6:30 p.m. to the gym.


Sunday, June 3 is Graduation Day. Seniors must report by noon to the gym. If you have questions regarding the venue for graduation (indoor vs outdoor), timely announcements will be made via the high school's Facebook and Twitter accounts: @josephcasehs.

Prom preceded by 'Prom'-menade

Joseph Case High School is kicking the pre-prom experience up a few notches this year by adding in a 'Prom'-menade before motor coach check-in.


We will be decorating the auditorium as a beautiful venue for parents and families to take pre-prom pictures in an arena especially designed for pre-Prom magic.



All prom guests must park or be dropped off in the rear of the building and use the "boys gym" entrance that leads to the shop hallway. Phase 1 of the check-in process will begin at the end of the hallway. Prom guests will fill out an announcement card of their names and proceed to the stage door. After guests turn in their cards, they will be announced onstage, Prom guest will promenade downstage and proceed to the stage right staircase and exit the rear of auditorium for Phase 2 of the prom check-in process.



Parents may park in the teacher's lot and use the music door for access to the auditorium. This will be the only entrance way available to Case families so our established safety protocols are not compromised.


Phase 2 will check bags and belongings as well as breathalyze all student guests.


The 'Prom"-menade begins at 4:30 p.m. Students self-selected buses with specific departure times of 5 p.m., 5:10 p.m., and 5:20 p.m.


We hope this evolves into a tradition at Joseph Case High School. I am grateful for Chris Costa, Melissa Crosson and Neil Jeronimo for their help and input in designing this event.

New in 2018: Senior Stroll

Graduating seniors will be given the opportunity to celebrate their graduation and say thank you to some of their former teachers in Swansea Public Schools on Thursday, May 31. Following our final graduation rehearsal, seniors have an opportunity to board a bus to the junior high followed by a trip to their respective elementary schools.


Seniors will sign up next Thursday, May 24. Each student will choose to visit Gardner/Brown or Hoyle/Luther as their destination after the junior high school.


We will encourage all seniors to wear representative Case High apparel / maroon and gold to inspire students in the lower grades. The event should conclude with a return to the high school by 12:30 p.m.


I hope that seniors will take advantage of this pilot opportunity to celebrate and give thanks to those who may have helped them along the way in Swansea Public schools.

Senior Calendar of Events (as of May 18, 2018)

May 21 -- Annual Town Meeting, Auditorium, 7 p.m.

May 22 -- Child Care Banquet, Venus deMilo, 6 p.m.

May 23 -- Senior Ice Cream Social and Yearbook Distribution, 1:30-2:15 p.m.

May 24 -- Last day for Seniors - graduation rehearsal; senior dismissal at 10 a.m.; Junior-Senior Prom, Lakeview Pavilion, Foxboro, Mass., 6-11 p.m.

May 25 -- Senior grades finalized: All academic and financial responsibilities should be completed.

May 28 -- No School: Memorial Day

May 29 -- Senior Class Outing, Six Flags Amusement Park, Agawam, Mass.

May 30 -- Senior Graduation Rehearsal – 8:30-10:30 a.m.

May 31 -- Senior Graduation Rehearsal - 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Senior Stroll - 10:30-12:30 p.m.; Class Night, 7 p.m.

June 3 -- Graduation, 1 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

June 7 -- Spring Athletic Assembly – Dinner, 6 p.m.; Assembly, 7 p.m.

June 8 -- Case's Little Faces family event and luncheon

Free Sports Physicals

Students in grades 9-11 can sign up in the Nurse's office for a FREE sports physical that will cover next year's athletics. The physical will be offered during school hours on Tuesday, May 29.


A sports questionnaire is required in addition to the signature of a parent or guardian before the appointment is finalized.


See Mrs. Pettey for details or more information.

Annual Town Meeting

Please consider exercising your civic right and attend the annual town meeting on Monday, May 21 in the high school auditorium. A special town meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. The annual school budget will be voted on at this event.

And finally: the joy of Case Music

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to Case musicians last night at their annual concert. It was the only home performance of the Show Choir this year and I enjoyed the robust selections from the Case High orchestra, especially their marches.


Many thanks to Amy Hubbard for leading the students this evening.


The event's highlight came early in the evening with our ARCH students performing in a bell ensemble they have been working hard at over the course of the year. It was truly a beautiful moment in connectivity and inclusivity for Joseph Case High School, and a perfect complement to our second year in Unified Sports.