information and reflection about Joseph Case High School
Volume 13, No. 2 *** September 12, 2016
Open House this Wednesday
You can copy your students' schedule from the Aspen X2 portal. Counselors will be in front of the guidance office at 5:45 p.m., to distribute schedules if necessary.
Open House is perhaps the most important evening of the year. It is an opportunity for you to meet teachers face-to-face, received an understanding of the classes' academic adventures for the year, and begin to build relationships between these two important groups of stakeholders.
I'm hoping it's the best 150 minutes of your week.
Class Rings on sale
I try to wear my high school ring each year to the ring assembly. It is a Balfour product that lasted almost 40 years -- and still fits!
New banners in the gym
AP Kickoff on Wednesday
Friday's Interdisciplinary Day: September 16
After the successes of our 2013 school-wide pilot event focused on Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer prize-winning 1927 classic The Bridge of San Luis Rey followed by the 2014 study of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and last year's controversial non-fictional work Zeitoun by Dave Eggars, Friday's annual interdisciplinary day is almost here.
For the fourth consecutive year, faculty members at the high school volunteered to read Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven over the summer in preparation for an interdisciplinary event in September. Teachers were challenged to come up with an activity linked to this dystopian fiction account of what the world may be like after a fast-moving plague decimates the world's population -- and its luxuries that we take for granted along with it. The novel also focuses on the role of the arts to bring relief in troublesome times. Some classes will spend the period focusing on the work; others looked for supplementary or complementary activities to be done in class, ranging from an entire lesson to one question within the given period.
By the end of the school day, Joseph Case High School will provide students with multiple opportunities to participate in and bear witness to a true, varied, collaborative and profound interdisciplinary experience.
Follow us @josephcasehs on Twitter using the common hashtag #CaseST11.
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Last Friday night...
My heart left me. This usually is the way in which bad conversations have begun in the past.
The post was from a Swansea father who bore witness to a private cookout taking place at the tennis courts prior to the game. He cited their manners, the absence of foul language, and how they left the venue cleaner than when they arrived.
The post thanked the students, their families, and me, for raising such fine gentlemen.
The weekend brought a plethora of reposts, comments and retweets about this incident. I responded on Twitter that I was proud that #casepride extends beyond School Street.
How proud I am that good deeds can provoke a social media firestorm of positivity, that there is joy in celebrating when young people make the right decision, and that all stakeholders in Swansea benefit when relationships are prioritized at their high school.
Congrats to all!