Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 14, No. 16 *** March 20, 2018

Sophomore science success

Congratulations to sophomores Logan Martelly and Zachary Brown who earned three separate recognitions at the recent 57th annual Massachusetts Region III Science and Engineering Fair. The young men were awarded the following for their project "How Far Away from a Tesla Coil Can a Light Bulb Be Illuminated?":

  • first place in senior division
  • BCC/Rensselaer Region III Science COmmittee Award
  • Bad Dog Tools Innovation award

Both Martelly and Brown have been invited to present their project later this spring at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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Spring sports begin

Despite snow on the ground, spring sports began officially this week at Joseph Case High School. Athletic Director Andrew Crisafulli has scheduled a spring sport informational opportunity for all Case spring athletes and their families on Tuesday, April 3, beginning at 6 p.m.

Good luck to Case Theatre's NEW EVERYMAN at METG state drama finals

Joseph Case High School is one of 14 Massachusetts schools competing for the state title in the annual Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild's drama festival. Case will perform at John Hancock Hall on Saturday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m., as part of this three-day event.

Congratulations to Neil Jeronimo and 89 Case thespians for your success this year!

State testing for sophomore students


Sophomore students will take their English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS next week (March 27-29). After last week's organizational meeting with the Class of 2020, Case families can reiterate to their students the need to be in school ON TIME during these testing days. Cell phones are not allowed in the testing areas. Students are strongly urged to keep them in their lockers during the scope of the three-day exam.

The ELA MCAS consists of a one-day Composition session, followed by a two-day Reading Comprehension assessment.

This is the final year the state will have a written exam. Effective with the Class of 2021, the Next Generation MCAS will be totally digital.

The state has randomly selected 25 percent of the current sophomore class to pilot a new exam online. Local dates are in the process of being solidified. Students and families affected by the state-mandated pilot will be notified of the pilot's specifics that will be completed at the end of April/beginning of May.

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness month. On behalf of our ARCH program, Swansea Public Schools' teachers and staff have the opportunity to purchase Autism Awareness T-shirts. Each shirt would cost $10 and the money would go to the ARCH program. Here's a great way to build a sense of community, to raise awareness and to show support to our ARCH students.

Many thanks to staff member Katelyn Dawson who is helping to coordinate this event.

Shirt orders can be placed by filling out the form in the main office with Pauline Simmons The cost is $10.

Course selections and AP Night

Course selections for the 2018-2019 are in full swing with all current Case students in grades 9-11 selecting their newest academic adventures online via the Aspen X2 portal. Students meet with their guidance counselors to solidify choices. The process is complete when students return a signed receipt of desired courses for next year.

All students who elect an Advanced Placement course for next year are invited to bring their families for AP Informational Night on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. We will have important information -- including cost perspective -- and guest speakers from Mass Insight Education. We will be communicating directly with students and families who have indicated AP interest in the next week.

REMINDER: Last Day of School update

A gentle reminder that with no school on Tuesday, March 13, the last day of school has been moved to Monday, June 18. Any additional day will made up during this week. Please be careful in making early summer vacation plans.

Case Scholarship Trust, Inc.

Scholarship application for the Case High Scholarship Trust, Inc., are available in guidance. Students are required to set up an interview time with the Trustees Committee for April 30 or May 1. Interviews can be scheduled in guidance.

Finally: World Down Syndrome Day on March 21

One of my favorite students arrived in my office this morning and presented me with a ribbon to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). After a little digging, I discovered that "World Down Syndrome Day is annually observed on March 21 to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by having an extra 21st chromosome."

Your awareness can be more than a ribbon.

Coordinators of this global event are asking people to "Join us wearing brightly colored socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock… even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes." The point of this #lotsofsocks movement is to wear something that others will ask you about so that you can tell them all about WDSD.

I will proudly wear my two craziest socks I own. I hope you can as well tomorrow in our district-wide quest for #inclusivity and #connectivity.