Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 13, No. 19 *** April 4, 2017

Case High Theatre Company: State Drama Champs!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of THE WHITE SNAKE. Over the weekend , Case was one of 14 schools to vie for the state title and emerged victorious on Saturday night. Led by our theater director Mr. Neil Jeronimo, THE WHITE SNAKE company will represent the Commonwealth at the New England Drama Festival on April 20-22 at Norwood High School.

Case won three awards at the state finals. Sophomore Gabriella Bello was selected to the All State Cast for her role as the White Snake. Senior Ryan Lewis was also awarded for his original musical composition for the show.

Case's third award went to the show's ensemble. This was the largest group award from Saturday night presented to the following Case actors: Noah Santos, Tyler-Lynn Tavares, Gabrielle Hunt, John Garcia, Jazmyn Pacheco, Nick Lannigan, Nathaniel Leboeuf, Lorelei Barcelos, Abagael Buckborough, Casey Frazier, Maylin Raymondo, Sydney Rutkowski, Stephanie Baxter, Emma Teves, Kylie Howard, Samantha Rigo, Alexandria Dube, Derek Alexander, Derek Rivera, Mathew Macy, Taylor Sarnecky, Brayden Fanti, Slade Alves, Makenna Beaudoin, Nolan McKenzie, Alexa Rodrigues, Devin Proulx, Nick Bello, Rebecca Hetherson and Daniel Garcia.

The road to the New England festival is costly. Just to feed the 80+ students journeying back and forth to Norwood over April vacation will cost approximately $5,600.

In order to defray this unexpected expense, THE WHITE SNAKE will have a special encore performance this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. All seats for this performance are $10. Please consider attending to support our students on the road to Norwood.

Girls Volleyball State Champs Celebration

Joseph Case High School's state championship volleyball team will be celebrated this Friday evening, April 7, at Swansea's Venus de Milo Restaurant. The banquet, which includes a dinner buffet and DJ entertainment, will begin at 6 p.m. Congratulations to Coach Goncalves and her volleyball team who will be recognized by many VIPs at the event.

Program of Studies Night: Wednesday, April 5

Case families with students currently in grades 8 through 11 are invited to join me in the Learning Commons on Wednesday evening, April 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Principal McCann will provide families with an overall picture of curricula offerings for 2017-2018, class-specific selection strategies, and the unveiling of some new, exciting courses being offered in Swansea beginning in the fall.

Course Selection Sheets

Today's advisories reviewed the overall course selection process for students in grades 9-11. On Wednesday, April 4, Principal McCann will lead YOG-specific assemblies for these important student decisions. Course selection is the primary data point used by the high school to determine if a course will run next year and how many sections are needed. All selection sheets must be returned to guidance by Tuesday, April 11. Guidance counselors will review each sheet to ensure that these choices will help propel students on their road to post-secondary success.

The Tweets are coming next Wedenesday!

Please consider joining us as Case High history is made next Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m., in the auditorium for the first ever TWEETS. On this evening, the Case High community will celebrate its media students' yearlong efforts with a film festival and Oscar-like awards show. We will also premiere two class films that include Case faculty and staff as actors. One of the highlights of the evening will be Best Foreign Film: an award given to a film made at another school. Mr. Whalen continues to receive inquiries from across the state about schools submitting their work. Tickets are on sale at all three lunches for $7. All seats at the door are $10.

Sock Drive: April 3-7

Joseph Case High School is helping a junior high student involved with a Cradles to Crayons initiative to collect 2,000 pairs of new socks this week for needy and homeless children across Massachusetts. We are accepting donations of any new infant through teen pair of socks in a dedicated container housed in front of the main office through the close of school on Friday, April 7. This community service event is part of the state's Project 351.

Reflection: April 10's Teacher In-Service Becomes FedEx Day

At my opening meeting with teachers in August, I had just finished George Couros' THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET. I told our collected faculty and staff that I yearned for us to be innovators for our students,

I had no idea how I was going to do this until I finished reading Daniel Pink's DRIVE during one of our recent snow days.

So, although there is no formal school for students on Monday, April 10, the learning will be infectious at Joseph Case High School when all case faculty and staff take part in our first FedEx Day. Inspired by Couros and Pink, the day is all about teacher innovation.

FedEx Day inspires autonomous, non-commissioned work by educators on any project of their own design: a new idea, a prototype, or a better internal process. The proposal reflects something new rather than a task that a teacher was endeavoring to do. The event is a FedEx Day because all product deliveries must be made 24 hours later at an April 11 faculty meeting where all teams will present their innovations in the auditorium beginning at 2 p.m.

As I told teachers a month ago when I proposed this idea: how can we expect our students to take risks if teachers don't. We must model our expectations!