Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 12, No. 6 *** November 6, 2015

Experimental film students to be highlighted at school committee

The spotlight shines on Joseph Case High School on Monday, November 9 at the school committee meeting when Case teacher Tommy Whalen will highlight three of our recent student-produced films followed by a brief discussion of the students' film-making processes.

For this project, video students had to write, storyboard, shoot, and edit their first experimental film. Each project had to be strictly visual with the only audio being one track of sound in addition to conveying an idea, concept, theme or feeling to the audience based entirely on shot and music choices.

Students selected their top three choices to be presented Monday evening:

  • Brian Dion - "Speedom" (Run Time: 1:09): an intense chase sequence with fast-paced edit;
  • Taylor Chaput - "First Date" (Run Time: 1:35): an upbeat film that follows a girls perspective of a first date with excellent camera work;
  • Blake Rutkowski - "Revelations" (Run Time: 2:49 ): a cerebral film in black and white accompanied by an original score created by the student.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the school administration building at One Gardners Neck Road. The public is invited to attend.

Tech-Know Tuesday Shout-Out

I am grateful to the following Case teachers who have taken advantage of our weekly, free professional development series, Tech-Know Tuesday. Many sessions are built around Google Apps. Others may introduce teachers to a new website to collect information from students. My thanks to the following who have embraced this opportunity:

Janet Blair, Deb Pimento, Chris Costa, Joanna Pettey, David Singletary, Frank Murphy, Melissa Radevicz, Tom Harris, Andrew Crisafulli, Pam Alexander, Sarah Cookson, Catia Periera, Keith Mello, Mark Fairchild, Amy Hubbard, Chris Fennelly, Tommy Whalen, Craig Rosen and Nathan Beit-Aharon.

Many sessions build on the needs established in our 30-minute gatherings. Teacher voice influences upcoming sessions.

We continue on Tuesday, November 10 with Google Forms (Part III). We usually begin with a review. Thirty minutes could change the way you think about using technology in the classroom. Please consider joining in the learning (and fun)!

Important Dates

Some upcoming dates:
  • November 9 - Term II begins
  • November 11 - No School: Veteran's Day
  • November 12 - Academic Awards Ceremony, 9 a.m.
  • November 13 - Report Cards published electronically at the end of the school day
  • November 19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • November 20 - Homecoming Dance. 7-10 p.m.
  • November 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Volleyball in MIAA Tournament

Joseph Case High School will host the next level of Division III volleyball tournament play when the number-one seeded Lady Cardinals take on Rockland (8) at home beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10. Please join us in the Birdcage and support Coach Goncalves and her girls.

Spirit Week Activities

One of the highlights of each school year comes annually in mid-November when Joseph Case High School highlights its school pride with theme days and events that lead up to Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 17 – Powder Puff Football Game

  • Game at Cardinal Stadium beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets ($5) sold at the gate.

Wednesday, November 18 – Black Out Day (Wear all black)

  • 1 point per article of clothing – 5 points max

Thursday, November 19 – Throwback Thursday (Wear clothes of previous decades)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion

Friday, November 20 – Pajama Day (Wear your favorite pajamas)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion

Monday, November 23 – America Day (Show your Patriotism)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion

Tuesday, November 24 – Character Day (Dress like your favorite character)

  • 5, 3, or 1 points – based on judge’s discretion

Wednesday, November 25 – Maroon and Gold Day

Spirit Week - Food Drive

The food drive is a traditional class competition that ultimately benefits Swansea families. Each class will have its own food bins in the library. All proceeds from this food drive will go directly to our local community.

Event begins on Wednesday, November 18 and concludes Friday, November 20.

  • Any non-listed canned food items are worth 1 point.
  • Each gift card is worth 1 point per dollar (example: $5 gift card is worth 5 points)
  • Each of the following item is worth 10 points:


Trail Mix
Parmalat Milk (Lasts without refrigeration)
Snack foods
Canned Fruit

Microwave Soups
Chef Boyardee Meals
Barilla Italian Entrees

Minute Ready to Serve Rice
Uncle Ben's Ready-to-Microwave Rice
Hormel Sandwich Makers
Hormel Compleats
Velveeta Mac and Cheese

Microwaveable Dinners

Spirit Week - Penny Wars

Each class gets its own container for this event which will be placed in front of the office during the Spirit Week event. All proceeds from this will go directly to our local community. Event begins Monday, November 23 and concludes Tuesday, November 24.

Each penny is worth 1 point.

Points are deducted for the following reasons:

  • A nickel is used (minus 5 points)
  • A dime is used (minus 10 points)
  • A quarter is used (minus 25 points)
  • A dollar is used (minus 100 points per dollar)

Term I Report Cards

Joseph Case High School will electronically publish Term I report cards at the close of the school day on Friday, November 13. These report cards will establish immediate eligibility for sports and extra-curricular activities through Term II. Please see the student handbook for the school's policy on Incomplete grades.

November reflection - grateful in the season of Thanksgiving

As Term I closes, I am grateful for many things in my professional life at Joseph Case High school:

  • for a supportive faculty and staff who value relationships with students
  • for students who will work hard to achieve goals
  • for the outstanding athletic coaches and extracurricular advisors and directors
  • for the many laughs we have at school each day
  • for the trust to empower students to be risk-takers by expanding programs
  • for the autonomy afforded to me by central office and the school committee
  • for a community that welcomes positive change in their children's education
  • for the calm and strength of a compassionate assistant principal
  • for the professional camaraderie of my fellow district administrator
  • and for the support of a community that in which I was I was raised and schooled.

We will post in the cafeteria what faculty, staff and students are most grateful for at Joseph Case High School. Stop by the cafeteria in the next few weeks and take a look.