Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 13, No. 5 *** October 19, 2016

Level One School

At the end of last month, Massachusetts released its Accountability Data for its public schools and districts across the Commonwealth. Joseph Case High School was deemed a Level One School because we are meeting out gap narrowing goals. We received our highest Progress and Performance Index scores to date with 111 points. This exceeds our former high of 104 in 2013 when we celebrated as a Commendation School in the state.

What the latest report and its copious amount of granular data doesn't reveal is that Joseph Case High School is the only comprehensive high school in southeastern Massachusetts that began as a Level One school when this system was implemented in 2012 and has remained a Level One School every year since.

We are the only consistently Level One School in the South Coast Conference. The only other comprehensive high school in the state's southeast reporting area to sustain this status are Duxbury, Falmouth, Hingham and Norwell high schools.

Statistically, it is difficult for a school to continue upward growth. Many 2015 Level One schools hit that ceiling this year. Our day may come in the future.

But until then we will celebrate this accomplishment. Often. Loudly. And with great passion.

Congratulations to all stakeholders. I will be blogging about my reflections on this soon.

Martin House

Congratulations to our high school historians who completed docent training during the summer and spent hours in September at the Martin House, a working 18th century farm in North Swansea. Our community connection with this living history museum affords students with an authentic learning experience while modeling a love for learning to Swansea elementary school classes. Congratulations to the following Case High students who were docents this year: Billy Brodeur, Wilber Anderson, Julia Bushell, Alyssa Furtado, Mitchell Nizalowski, Henning Anderson, Alyssa Sousa, Marissa Paiva, Katherine Soper and Ellen Fitzsimons.

Case sports

Just a few things happening this week at Joseph Case High School in fall sports:

  • Case has secured its first league football championship since 1992 with last Friday's win over Fairhaven. If the Cardinals beat Wareham this Friday night, the boys will be the sole possessors of this title. Game begins at 7 p.m. in Wareham.
  • Boys and girls soccer played in the Cabral Cup this past weekend honoring Officer Bob Cabral who was killed in 2005.
  • Field hockey celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness with a Pink-Out at its game against Seekonk.
  • Girls volleyball received a special Educational Athletics Award from the MIAA for its community service project with Best Buddies earlier in the year.

Marching Band

Best of luck to the award-winning Case High Marching Band as it competes this weekend for US Bands in Southington, Conn., and in Somerset for NESBA. Last weekend, the band won two first place and All Caption awards in Vernon, Conn., and New Bedford!

Increasing social media presence

Joseph Case High School's social media presence will grow this year when the high school will begin contributing to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat in our ongoing efforts to stay connected to our stakeholders in the venues that people are using. The high school's Facebook page is scheduled to roll out by November 1. The roll-out will be concurrently announced on Twitter @josephcasehs.
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Addams Family tickets on sale next week

Tickets for the Case High Theatre Company's Halloween production of the musical comedy The Addams Family, based on the classic cartoons, television show, and films, will be on sale during all three lunches starting Monday, October 24. Reservations continue to be accepted via phone (508-675-7483 ext 4626) and email ( The Addams Family will be presented on Saturday, October 29 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and again on Sunday, October 30 at 4 p.m. A children's costume contest will be held prior to the event on Sunday! A Halloween chorus of 40 Swansea elementary students, under the direction of Amy Hubbard, will be part of the production's pre-show in the lobby. General admission is $10, with children under 12 $5. The Addams Family is directed by Neil Jeronimo