Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 12, No. 13 *** February 10, 2016

Last Day of School

With our two recent snow days, the last day of school in Monday, June 20. This will be a half-school day for all students in grades 9-11.


Any subsequent snow day will move forward the exam schedule and our last day of school.


As presented to you in my August 2015 newsletter, no family should make vacation plans before June 23.

Recent snow day impacts Learning Commons

A pipe burst in the new Learning Commons this past Monday, flooding the new area while there were no students in the building. Thanks to the quick response of Athletic Director Andrew Crisafulli, Swansea Public Schools was able to contain the problem with only minimal damage resulting.


We are grateful to our diligent Central Administration and Maintenance Staff who were hands-on to troubleshoot the problems under the direction of Superintendent Bob Monteiro, Assistant Superintendent John Robidoux, Director of Finance and Technology Randi Arruda and the team of Tom Santos, Eric Hajder, Lance Machado, Steve Almeida, Gilbert Pereira, Tony Abreu and John Cavaco.


We have closed the space for the rest of the week to dry out under the professional supervision of ServePro.



We have rescheduled students to other spaces in the building while moving ahead our timeline for the Program of Studies to accommodate teacher information sessions to students and a parent/family information night.

UPDATE: Program of Studies 2016-2017

The snow days and water damage to the Learning Commons have impacted the release of our 2016-2017 Program of Studies.


The Joseph Case High School Program of Studies will be now be released electronically on Wednesday, March 2 during our advisory period.


Parents and families who want more information on how to use this document to help clarify the course selection process at Joseph Case High School are invited to attend a Program of Studies Information Night in our Learning Commons on Wednesday, March 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Among the highlights will be some new courses for grade 9 students, our post-secondary business pathway for students thinking of pursuing business in college, and some exciting new changes to our offerings, including two new Advanced Placement courses.


Please consider joining me for an informative evening. This is part of our Parent Professional Development initiative this year.

21st Century Learning Expectations

The school's latest report on our 21st Century Learning Expectations is now published electronically on the school's website. With this report, we have completed 11 cycles of reporting to all stakeholders in our community.


Click here for the report.


Data was shared today with all Joseph Case High School students in their advisories.

REMINDER: Parent Professional Development: Google

With the high school transitioning to an all-school Google platform, parents and families of Case students have an opportunity to learn more about Google, including:

Gmail

Google Docs

Google Drive

Google Sheets

Google Slides

Google Classroom


I will hold three parent events on Thursday, February 11 to accommodate the many different schedules in our community:


  • 7:30 a.m.
  • 2:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.


Parents and families that are interested must register by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10.


Please consider joining me for a one-hour overview of Google Apps for Education. Please register for the event using the following links. This opportunity is part of the high school's initiative to include parents and families in our professional development plan.

1Parent PD: Google Apps for Education

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 7:30-8:30am

Joseph Case High School, Room 202

A one-hour overview of the core suite of the Google platform for parents and families at Joseph Case High School.


PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.

2Parent PD: Google Apps for Education

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 2:45-3:45pm

Joseph Case High School, Room 202

A one-hour overview of the core suite of the Google platform for parents and families at Joseph Case High School.


PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.

3Parent PD: Google Apps for Education

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6:30-7:30pm

Joseph Case High School, Room 202

A one-hour overview of the core suite of the Google platform for parents and families at Joseph Case High School.


PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.

Important Dates

Some upcoming dates:
  • February 15-19: Winter Break
  • February 23: School Council, 6 p.m.
  • February 27: Drama Preliminary Festival, Attleboro HS
  • March 1: District In-service Day
  • March 5: AP Math and Computer Science session, Westport HS
  • March 11: Term III Progress reports
  • March 17: University of Michigan survey for seniors, 9 a.m.