Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 13, No. 22 *** May 22, 2017

Third Term Progress reports

Term III progress reports were issued digitally via Aspen X2 on Friday, May 19. Please address any question or concern to specific classroom teachers or your student's guidance counselor.

Spring Calendar of Events (as of Monday, May 22, 2017)

May 24 -- Senior Ice Cream Social and Yearbook Distribution, 1:30-2:15 p.m.

May 25 -- Last day for Seniors - graduation rehearsal; senior dismissal at 10 a.m.; Junior-Senior Prom, Lakeview Pavilion, Foxboro, Mass., 6-11 p.m.

May 26 -- Senior grades finalized: All academic and financial responsibilities should be completed.

May 29 -- No School: Memorial Day

May 30 -- Senior Class Outing, Six Flags Amusement Park, Agawam, Mass.

May 31 -- Senior Graduation Rehearsal – 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Spring Athletic Assembly – Dinner, 6 p.m.; Assembly, 7 p.m.

June 1 -- Senior Graduation Rehearsal - 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Class Night, 7 p.m.

June 4 -- Graduation, 1 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

June 5-6 -- MCAS Science for freshmen

June 9 -- Career Day at Joseph Case High School

June 20 -- Last day of school

Gentle reminder: dress code

With warm weather (hopefully) around the corner and pockets of hot days pending, it's a good time to review the dress code. The best rule of thumb is to dress for school, not the beach.


Please take a moment to review some highlights from the published dress code on page 30-31 of this year's student handbook:


DRESS CODE: The primary responsibility for appropriate dress lies with the student and his/her parents or guardians. However, in the interest of maintaining the required school climate essential to meaningful teaching and learning, the principal may ban dress that is inappropriate due to health, safety and/or disruption to the educational process.


Standards of dress for students shall comply with the following guidelines:


  1. Attire must not interfere with the educational process or the rights of others to secure an appropriate education. (examples: see-through garments, low-cut blouses, clothing combination which allows an exposed midriff, beach tank tops, shorts or micro miniskirts with a revealing hemline, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, backless tops, low-cut pants that display the top of the buttocks, exposed underwear)
  2. Attire should not be destructive of, or damaging to, any person or property. (examples: cleats, steel-toed boots, chains)
  3. Attire or jewelry with offensive / profane symbols, language or pictures is not to be worn.
  4. Attire or jewelry with pictures or logos that promote or advertise alcohol, drugs, or tobacco is not to be worn.
  5. Any clothing or apparel item that a student wears to identify himself/herself with a particular gang is not to be worn.
  6. Headwear is prohibited. Hats should be removed when entering the building and stored in a locker.

Dismissal on prom day

Seniors will be dismissed at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, following our first graduation rehearsal and senior class meeting. No note is needed. Seniors need to arrive to school on time.


Underclassmen who need to be dismissed are reminded that they must be in school for five periods: arrive on time for school and stay until the end of TS 5 which ends at 12:37 p.m. All signed dismissals must be in writing and include a phone number to confirm the note. Notes should be brought to the office at the beginning of the school day.

Finally: my 30th Case High prom

On Thursday night, May 25, I will attend my 30th Case High prom. This includes my own junior and senior proms in 1979 and 1980. In some respects, the prom has not changed very much in five decades. In other ways, it is an entirely different world.


Parents still stop me to this day and want to thank me for the Prom Bus. What started as a battle in 2007 has evolved into decade-long Swansea expectation that their children will be transported safely to and from the prom venue in a private motor coach.


The transportation adds about $15 to each ticket, and is included in each sale. Believe me as a parent who recently spent $50 for my daughter's prom transportation in addition to the $70 prom ticket, I would have preferred the ease and safety of our local protocol.


Students will begin arriving after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday using the custodian's entrance near the cafeteria. Check-in includes breathalyzer and bag check. Students then proceed through the main lobby out the front doors to the buses.


The ride takes about 45 minutes to Foxboro's Lake View Pavilion. Pictures on the terrace and gardens overlooking the water, followed by a formal meal, lots of dancing, and the crowning of the Prom King, Queen and their Court. I haven't even mentioned the chocolate fountain!


None of this can happen without the many selfless volunteers from the Case staff under the leadership of junior class advisor Kristine Lucca.


Proms should make beautiful memories for all involved. We do it "right" at Joseph Case High School by prioritizing safety in our event planning.


Now if only I could find a prom picture of me in 1979! Yikes!!


Here's to a safe 30th event!

Brian