Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 15, No. 11 *** January 17, 2019

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Tonight: Dancing with the Teachers

Please consider joining us tonight for a fun-filled evening when the Case High Dance Company presents its first "Dancing with the Teachers," on Thursday, Janaury 17 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The evening will feature seven Case educators who will be paired with a Case High student much in the style of the popular television program.

Tickets will be sold at all three lunches during the week of January 14. General admission seating is $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Case victorious at its first DECA competition

Congratulations to DECA, the newest activity at Joseph Case High School, for its victories at a recent District A competition with other Massachusetts high schools at a two-day event on Cape Cod. Formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA is part of more than 3,500 high schools across America and describes its focus as "DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe."

Case High has six placing members. Hollie Paquette and Rebecca Rodrigues placed 10th in the district, Cameron McCoombs placed 7th, and Ashley Reynolds placed 6th. Other Case High contribuors included Aiden Emerson, Michaela White, Gabriella Bello, Riley Burgess and Jennifer Rodrigues.

Juniors Sydney Hajder and Shaili Ollerhead placed second in the team Marketing Travel and Tourism competition while senior Henning Anderson took home first place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management.

Henning Anderson, Ashley Reynolds, Shaili Ollerhead and Sydney Hajder have now qualified for Boston's state tournament in March. We are blessed for the coordination, facilitation and guidance of Adam Palmisciano to evolve this Swansea pilot program into a success!!

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Science Fair winners

Congratulations to the follwing Case High science students who were recently recognized in our local science fair:

First Place, grade 10: Noah Pagliaroni, How Does Multitasking Affect a Person's Reaction Speed?

First Place, grade 9: Lauren Lloyd, How do Nanoparticles Affect Sunscreen?

Second Place: Jason Vasconcellos, Do Antibacterial Cleaners Work Better Than Natural or Other Cleaners?

Nicole Basset and Emily Graham, Do Storm Drains Stop Plastics from Going into the Oceans?

Honorable mentions: Juliana Heaton and Eva Michaels, Luke Escobar and BrennanThacker, Natasha Malone, Tyler Gaspar, Jake Silveira, Adam Podesky and Meghan Soper.

Many thanks to Peter Brock , science teachers at Joseph Case High School, all student and faculty judges, and the event's coordinators Sarah Cookson and Kathleen Golden-Bernier.

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Fourth Annual Mr. Joseph Case High School - January 31

The third annual Mr. Joseph Case High School has been finalized for Thursday evening, January 31. Mark your calendars for the fundraising event -- hosted by the Case High Student Council -- that benefits all of the clubs and activities at our high school as well as helps us celebrate many students inside and outside of the classroom.

Ticket sales begin during all three lunches on Monday, January 28.

Term II Report Cards

Term II report cards will be published electronically at the close of the school day on Friday, January 25, 2019. Student progress on achieving our school's 21st Century Learning Expectations will be noted in each class on this official document.

Please refer any questions you have to the specific classroom teacher or your student's guidance counselor.

Rescheduled: Parent-Teacher Conferences

The new date of our second Parent-teacher Conferences has been scheduled on Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the high school.

This event is a makeup date for our annual November event that was rescheduled when a winter weather event occured.

Case parents and families are encouraged to speak with the children's teachers in brief five minutes conversations. Conferences are first-come, first-served. Schedules and report cards will be available in guidance beginning at 6 p.m.

Online Winter Sports Schedules

As winter sports finish its first full week of games, click here for the most recent sports schedules. You can choose to view the schedules by week or by month.

For the boys co-op hockey team with Somerset Berkley (S-B), click here for a schedule.

For the girls co-op hockey team with S-B and Bishop Stang, click here.

Upcoming dates

Please keep in mind the following dates for January and February:
  • Term II closes on Friday, January 18
  • Term II report card published electronically, January 25
  • Mr. Joseph Case High School: the high school's annual fundraiser, Thursday, January 31
  • Seniors: BCC's Enrollment-Palooza, Thursday, February 7
  • P-T Conference rescheduled, Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • CPR Make-Up Day: Friday, February 8

January advisories: 1/30

February advisories: 2/13; 2/27

And finally: Term III starts Tuesday, January 22

At the close of school tomorrow, the 2018-2019 school year is half complete. Students in some semester-based courses will switch on Tuesday.

As I have reminded stakeholders in the past, it's also a great time to look at successes of the first semester and plan to build on them, while iterating in other areas that might need a tweak or some additional growth.

Commit to a growth mindset that hard work will reap many benefits. You will have a better second half of the school year no matter what your entry point is when you embrace this.