Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 11, No. 14 *** March 30, 2015

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Course registration 2015-2016

Students in grades 9-11 will receive details on how to pre-enroll in classes for next year. during our next advisory on Wednesday, April 1. Students should pay particular attention to this year's Program of Studies when choosing courses. Case High's annual Program of Studies has been published in two places on the high school's website. You can access a PDF of the document from a tab on the left side of the homepage, or as an Information Item on From the Principal's Desk. New this year are expanded AP offerings, honors options in English for grade 9 and 10, and an expanded career pathways section that reflects student voice culled during our advisory program. Students will be registering for classes electronically through April 17.

Virtual High School 2015-2016

Students interested in pursuing an online course through Virtual High School (VHS) for the 2015-2016 school year should see Mrs. Lucca in the library for a VHS course catalog as well as information how to initiate enrollment in these classes. VHS is open to students in grades 11 and 12, with seniors getting priority in accessing these classes. Additional AP classes are also available. Case high presently subscribes to 25 VHS slots per semester. Pre-enrollment is limited to one VHS class per semester for each junior and senior in order to ensure equity in accessing this digital opportunity.

Case High's AP Family Night date finalized

Case High AP Family Night is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium. All students who plan to enroll in our expanded AP program are invited to bring their families to this one-hour event. The high school also welcomes all interested students in grades 8-11 and their families to see how Joseph Case High School's Advanced Placement offerings plan to expand in scope and membership in the next three years. Check out this recent article in the Herald News by clicking on this link.

Parent Professional Development - Twitter 101

As a parent, would you like a keener awareness of your child's social media? Interested in seeing how your child portrays him/herself on Twitter? Please join me at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 as I host a Twitter 101 opportunity for our Case families. You can sign up for an account here. We will highlight some of Twitter's functions, model how to Tweet, and finally how to view your child's digital footprint. Pre-registration is limited to 21 families. RSVP with Pauline Simmons at by April 7. Don't be left behind -- become a connected parent.

Term III and Term IV rolling dates

We are in that gray area of the year! Term IV for seniors began today. Term III for underclassmen closes Thursday, April 2. All Term III report cards will be published electronically at the close of the school day on Friday, April 10.

Another reminder: Last day of school - June 18

June 18 is the last scheduled day of school this year. As stated multiple times this school year -- beginning with the August newsletter -- no family should make vacation plans before June 19.

Important dates

Friday, April 3 - No School, Good Friday
Monday, April 13 - In-service Day for Swansea teachers; no school for students
April 20-24 - April vacation

Final reflection: Haiku of the Day

I am suspending the high school's Word of the Day during April to celebrate National Poetry Month. In its place, I will publish a Haiku of the Day during morning annoucements. I encourage all Case students to try their hands at creative writing by submitting an original work in this traditional Japanese poetry form (three lines: 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables) via the hashtag #casehaiku. Students should include their names and grade on submissions. This local ELA initiative encourages school pride, creativity, authentic application of knowledge, and responsible use of social media.

Let's tell our story in 17 syllables!

(progress to date on Tolstoy’s War and Peace: 85% complete – p. 1087 out of 1275 pgs!)

Brian McCann, Principal
Joseph Case High School