Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 12, No. 4 *** October 6, 2015

College Night at Joseph Case High School

Please join us this Thursday - October 8, 2015 -- for College Night At Joseph Case High School, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Learning Commons. More than 60 colleges, universities and post-secondary opportunities will be represented. The event is co-sponsored with Somerset-Berkley Regional High School.

Anna Maria College ** Assumption College Nichols College **Bay State College **Becker College ** Benjamin Franklin Institute ** Boston University Bridgewater State University ** Bristol Community College ** Bryant College ** Cape Cod Community College ** Community College of RI ** Curry College ** Dean College ** Eastern Conn. State Univ. ** Elms College ** Emmanuel College ** Endicott College ** Fisher College ** Fitchburg State College ** Franklin Pierce College ** Husson University ** Johnson & Wales University ** Keene State College ** Lasell College ** Lyndon State ** Marist College **

Mass. College of Pharmacy ** MA Air National Guard ** Massachusetts College Of Art ** Massachusetts Army National Guard ** Massasoit Community College ** Massachusetts Maritime Academy ** Mitchell College ** Mount Ida College ** Newbury College ** Northeast Maritime Institute ** Pine Manor College ** Providence College ** Rhode Island College ** Rivier College ** Roger Williams University ** Sacred Heart University ** Saint Anselm College ** Saint Joseph's College-Maine ** Salter School ** Salve Regina University ** Suffolk University ** UMass Amherst ** UMass Boston ** UMass Dartmouth ** UMass Lowell ** United States Army ** United States Marine Corps Recruiting ** Unity College ** University of Maine ** University of Rhode Island ** University of Vermont ** Wentworth Inst. Of Technology ** Western New England College ** Wheaton College ** Worcester State University

This is an excellent chance for Case families to begin to visualize where your child's next adventure might be after Joseph Case High School. My thanks to Karen Fisher and Pat Cronin for their coordination and event oversight.

PSATs at Joseph Case High School

Tickets are on-sale in guidance through Friday for the October 14th PSAT at Joseph Case High School. Please note that this is the last scheduled PSAT that will reflect the current SAT format (like the test scheduled to be given in January 2016). The redesigned SAT begins in March 2016.

Why Take the PSAT/NMSQT? Six Good Reasons from the College Board:
1. To open the door to college. The PSAT/NMSQT may be a student’s first official step on the road to college. It can prompt some to consider college as an option and others (who already know they’re going) to jump-start their search.
2. To practice for the SAT. On average, those who take the PSAT/NMSQT earn higher scores on the SAT than those who don’t. One reason: The tests have the same formats, directions, sample questions, and question types.
3. To earn scholarships and academic recognition. By taking the test, juniors may be
eligible to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s scholarship competitions, as ~well as programs that give special recognition to high-achieving Hispanic and African-American students.
4. To begin the college search. The Student Search Service gives PSAT/NMSQT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies.
5. To see how one’s academic skills compare with those of other college -bound students. PSAT/NMSQT test results will give most students their first chance to see how their skills compare with those of others planning to go to college.
6. To help direct a learning plan for high school. Test results in the PSAT/NMSQT
Score Report give students feedback on their important college-related verbal, math, and writing skills. Students can use this information to fine-tune learning plans, including appropriate course selections, that will get them ready far college-level work.

For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, go to

Parent Professional Development opportunties

After the success of last year's even, I will be hosting other information sessions on how you can maximize your access to Naviance from your home computer. Naviance is an on-line guidance resources that allows your child to make informed post-secondary decisions through its detailed college search mechanism and career bank. I will host three 45-minute sessions on Wednesday, October 14 to accommodate different family availability: 7:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. No previous knowledge of Naviance needed. Reserve your spot below.

Navigating Naviance: morning session

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 7:30am

Joseph Case High School (Room 202), School Street, Swansea, MA, United States

Space limited to 21 participants.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Navigating Naviance: afternoon session

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2:30pm

Joseph Case High School (Room 202), School Street, Swansea, MA, United States

Space limited to 21 participants.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Navigating Naviance: evening session

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 6:30pm

Joseph Case High School (Room 202), School Street, Swansea, MA, United States

Space limited to 21 participants.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Martin House: Living History Project at Joseph Case High School

Today was the final living history day for our student docents at Swansea's Martin House. Congratulations to the following Case students who elected to pursue study of local history and then shared their knowledge with Swansea elementary students. We call this an authentic learning opportunity: Aidan Fitzsimons, Allison Jacome, Billy Brodeur, Wilbur Anderson, Julia Bushell, Henning Anderson, and Kathryne Soper.

Tech-Know Tuesday

Tech-Know Tuesday continues today with Part II of Folders in Google Drive. I will review last week's highlights of how you add folders, etc., before moving on to more specific Google Drive topics. Faculty and staff should join me in Room 202 at 2:45 p.m. for 30 minutes of tech training.

Lee Denim Day

October 16 is Lee Denim Day at Joseph Case High School. Joseph Case High School will celebrate Lee Denim Dress Down Day on Friday, October 16, to celebrate Kris Lucca's 15th year as a cancer survivor. Teachers who would like to participate, please give a $5 donation to either Sharon or Pauline in the main office. If you donate, feel free to sport your denim jeans to support this annual charitable day.

Important Dates

Some upcoming date:
  • October 9 - Progress reports published electronically at the end of the school day
  • October 21 - Early release from school for student, 12:37 p.m.
  • October 30 - In-service Day. No school for students.
  • November 6 - End of Term I
  • November 11 - No School: Veteran's Day
  • November 13 - Report Cards published electronically at the end of the school day.

NEASC's Showcase of Model Schools

Joseph Case High School was selected to represent New England high schools next week at NEASC's annual Showcase of Model Schools. Case will model how to effectively collect and report out on a school's 21st Century Learning Expectations. I will be leading the team along with Superintendent Bob Monteiro, Assistant Superintendent John Robidoux, and History Chair Adam Palmisciano on October 15 in Westford, Mass. Case last presented at this Showcase in 2012.

Progress Reports

Term I progress reports will be published electronically via the Apsen X2 portal at the close of the school day on Friday, October 9. Please refer specific question s to classroom teachers or your child's guidance counselor.

MIE Update

Math, science, computer science and English Advance placement teachers will be engages in two-day professional development this month as part of our commitment to AP via Mass Insight Education. Our first Saturday class will be on Saturday, October 31 at Durfee High School for students who are enrolled in AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition. School bus transportation will be available.

Reflecting on the past month

I have been working as an adult at Joseph Case High school since 1987. Without a doubt, this year has been my favorite opening of school to date. Summer brought us a renewed sense of positivity as well as the possibility to positively impact a child each day. After prioritizing relationships this year, I have used the beginning of school each Thursday morning to remind students of their power to effect positive change each day and to thank them for their strength and talents. Here are some pictures to share with you.

I am also including visual documentation of some of the awesome activities that our school-wide summer reading of Dave Eggers' Zeitoun inspired last month.

Here's to the power of being positive and taking risks in the classroom.

That's how we learn. That's how we grow.