Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 15, No. 7 *** November 20, 2018

Beginning with Gratitutde

Thank you for your kind thoughts, words and prayers as this community continues to heal from a loss.

I appreciate your patience last week as we navigated through unchartered territory during Homecoming Week coupled with a surprise snow storm right during the scheduled time of the frist night of Parent-Teacher Conferences.

We continue to keep the family of Jacob Lord in our hearts.

UPDATE (11/20 at 1:30 p.m.): Powder Puff

Due to last night and this morning's rain, the football field is in no condition for Powder Puff this evening. In addition to a high water table, there was standing water on the field after lunch.

After meeting with organizers of tonight's event, we felt it better to postpone it AGAIN rather than risk student safety and well-being.

We will meet after Thanksgiving to begin to look at viable alternatives to tonight's scheduled match between junior and senior girls.

Parent-Teacher Conference date to be rescheduled

Thank you for your understanding in cancelling our first night of Parent-Teacher Conferences last week. We will confer post-Thanksgiving to determine an additional evening for Case families to meet with teachers after the New Year.

Thanksgiving Game ticket sales

Tickets for the annual Case -Somerset Berkley Thanksgiving football game will be on sale during all three lunches on Tuesday, November 20 as well as in the main office on the morning of Wednesday, November 21. Advance sales are $6 adults and $4 students.
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Academic Awards Ceremony

The high school's annual Acadmeic Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 29, beginning at 9:15 a.m., in the auditorium. We will honor those students who made final honor roll at the end of June as well as this year's John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients for high MCAS achievement.

Case Theatre: The Dining Room

Join us in December for the Case High theatre Company's second mainstage show of the year, A.R. Guerney's THE DINING ROOM. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. All tickets are $10 general admission.
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Closing with Gratitude: A Thanksgiving blog

My good friend and co-author of the book LEAD LIKE A PIRATE Beth Houf published a beautiful blog over the weekend. I asked her permission to reprint in our school's Cardinal Notes:


Exhausted educator, I see you.

In your classroom teaching, working hard to meet the needs of all your students. Engaging, motivating, educating, empowering all the while being thrown obstacles that could easily derail your best laid plans.

I See You

Pouring your heart into the mental and emotional needs of your students. Intervening, worrying, researching to figure out how to help in situations you had no part in creating.

I See You

Struggling to keep your sanity and calm. Smiling bravely even though you want to cry at times. Volunteering to help, even though you are behind because you know our kids need it. Staying positive even though you feel anything but.

Exhausted counselor and student support personnel, I see you.

Seeing and hearing things that take your breath away. Balancing multiple responsibilities while being ready to handle an emergency at any moment. Barely keeping up with the endless demands and expectations.

I See You

Putting your needs behind others. Helping families navigate systems of support. Sitting in endless meetings. Putting together plans of support and then tweaking and then tweaking again until it’s just right. Leading with a smile, every single day, although you feel the weary slipping in.

Exhausted nurse, I see you.

Some days running triage that resembles an ER. Taking care of the physical and emotional well being of so many.

I See You

Smiling through the sickness. Caring and loving our kids. No matter what.

Exhausted custodian, I see you.

Getting to school before everyone and staying after, just to make our building shine. Creating a warm and safe environment that you know becomes home to so many.

I See You

Seeking out that student at lunch that was alone. Checking in and developing relationships with students.

I See You

Never complaining, no matter which call you may receive. Cleaning messes you didn’t create, with a smile.

Exhausted paraprofessional, I see you.

Helping students that need that little extra. Having patience beyond measure.

I See You

Staying positive when times get tough. Trying any strategy at all to find student success.

Exhausted food service staff, I see you.

Keeping our kids nourished. Smiling and greeting students, even when manners aren’t returned.

I See You

Making a difference and building relationships outside of the classroom. Seeking out those students sitting alone and ensuring they have a connection.

Exhausted administrative assistant, I see you.

Answering the phone, the door, the buzzer and walkie talkie in rapid fire mode at times.

I See You

De-escalating the concerned parent, teacher, student, principal. Trying to support everyone.

I See You

Keeping our school going by doing all the behind the scene things that most people don’t realize get done. With a smile. All day, every day.

Exhausted bus driver, I see you.

Getting our kids to school safely, no matter the weather. Managing behaviors while driving. Noticing when things aren’t quite right and letting us know.

I See You

Celebrating our students. Developing one more positive relationship so our kids know that they are supported. Going above and beyond.

Exhausted speech/language pathologist, OT, PT, school psychologist, therapist, I see you.

Trying to support and find your niche. Working to always find ways to help kids be successful. Attending PD that doesn’t always quite apply, and making it work.

I See You

Being flexible and doing whatever it takes for all students to be successful.

Exhausted administrator, I see you too.

You give your all every day. Trying so hard to be everything to everyone. Staying strong when times get tough, to help be the strength for others.

I See You

Responding to support students when they may be at their worse. Loving them through it. Realizing that fair and equal aren’t the same.

I See You

Staying calm in difficult situations. Smiling when you want to scream. Saving the tears until the door closes. Learning that sometimes people are just angry, and you are the one receiving the message.

I See You

Trying to find that balance between instructional leader and manager. Giving feedback. Showing appreciation. Finding ways to bring positivity into the schoolhouse. Realizing you are the emotional guide for others. And trying to ensure you are being that positive model. Even when inside you aren’t feeling it.

We are all one team.

We are all trying our hardest and bringing our best each and every day.

Realness? Struggle? Frustration? Heck yes, but life is too short and our work is too important for blame, shame and negativity.

Our kids matter.

Our staff matter.

You matter.

Take time in the spirit of Thanksgiving to be giving to yourself.




Thank you for being a life-changer!


Here's a link the Beth Houf's published blog:

I appreciate Beth's gratitude to the many stakeholders in our building. I echo her sentiments, and would like to include the exhausted parents and families that do so much for our students and our community.

I hope all of our Case community takes a few moments to refresh and rejuvenate over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Blessings to you and your family,