Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 14, No. 4 *** September 29, 2017

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CHICAGO opens on Saturday at Joseph Case High School

This weekend is the southeastern Massachusetts high school premiere of the long-running Broadway "killer" musical CHICAGO. Performances are Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. Limited seating is available at the door. Having experienced CHICAGO at its final dress rehearsal last night, I can easily say this production ranks among the most ambitious and professionally executed I have seen on this stage in more than 40 years. Congratulations to director Neil Jeronimo, his adult staff, and the 100+ students that are involved on- and off-stage in bringing this Kander and Ebb classic to Swansea.

Progress Reports

Term I progress reports will be published electronically via the Aspen X2 portal at the close of the school day on Thursday, October 5. Please refer specific questions to classroom teachers or your child's guidance counselor.

College Night at Joseph Case High School

Join Joseph Case High School when it co-hosts this year's College Fair with Somerset-Berkley Regional High School. The event takes place at Case this year with more than 70 colleges and universities available on Thursday, October 5 from 6-8 p.m. For parents and families, this is not an event solely for seniors. Underclassmen are encouraged to start formulating initial post-secondary plans as early as grades 9 and 10. Click here for a link of schools that are scheduled to attend this year's event.

In-Service Day for Teachers: October 6

The school district's first all-day professional development day for faculty and staff is scheduled for next Friday, October 6. The high school will be involved in various department-based meetings in the morning, followed by speaker Chad Hymas in the afternoon.

Some intended outcomes from the morning include:

  • General ed teachers and guidance counselors will work by department on best practices in the delivery of curriculum and new interdisciplinary opportunities
  • All special education teachers (including in CACE and ARCH) and school adjustment counselors will be at Central Office with Mrs. Garell
  • EverFi will conduct financial literacy training to identified teachers in this grade 11/12 pilot program
  • Departments will have the option of attending an overview of Flipgrid. Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled "grid" display.

PSAT Exams Scheduled for October 11

Joseph Case High School will host the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during school on Wednesday, October 11. The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Tickets for the event are $18 and can be purchased in guidance during all three lunches. Last year, we sold out prior to the test date so get tickets early! Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. See your guidance counselor for more details.