Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 12, No. 18 *** May 20, 2016

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Alternate school schedule for the week of May 23

All Case High students will follow this alternate schedule (above) during the week of May 23. Senior classes will be involved with final exams.

Protocol for senior exams

All senior students will take a final exam in each class, with the exception of students who have maintained at least an “A-” for the term grade in all four terms of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Your attendance requirement for that class is satisfied upon completion of your final exam. DO NOT BE LATE FOR AN EXAM.

If you are exempt from an exam, you still must attend the class or it will count as an absence.

The exam make-up day is by appointment only. Students may makeup an exam if the principal is notified by parent via telephone by 8 a.m. on the specific exam date. A doctor’s note, court document, or bereavement excuse will be required to make up any exam. Only the principal or his designee may excuse a student from the regular exam date.

Failure to take a scheduled exam will result in the grade of “0.” This might severely jeopardize graduation status.

All financial obligations in a specific discipline for cafeteria charges, lost books, materials, etc., must be paid for in full before a student can receive credit for a class. Students should pay in the main office and receive a receipt.

Students are expected to arrive at school promptly at the regular school time. If the attendance requirement has been met in a time slot one class, you must check in with your time slot 1 teacher before 8:15 a.m. After 8:15 a.m., you need to get a blue slip in the main office upon arrival to be marked present for the day.

Lunch will be available on all exam days. Seniors taking exams during Timeslots 4 and 5 will eat third lunch.

If you leave school early at any time, you must be dismissed in writing by a parent/guardian. This does not apply to senior privilege. Seniors complete all regular classes at 9:44 a.m. on Thursday, May 26. Special situations may apply.

Proper behavior and decorum is expected during exam time.

All exams will count as 10 percent of your final grade.

Junior-Senior Prom

The annual Junior-Senior Prom will be held on Thursday, May 26, at Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro. All students will be bused to and from the event. All students are subject to the Breathalyzer. Check-in is at the high school, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Students should park in the rear of the building and use the custodian's entrance for check-in. Parents and families looking to take pictures are asked to remain in the front of the building in order for the check-in process to go smoothly.

All prom tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 20. Case student permission forms as well as guest forms are available in the main office.


Senior Calendar of Events (as of May 20, 2016)

May 23 -- Senior Final Exams

May 24 -- Senior Final Exams

May 25 -- Senior Final Exams; Ice Cream Social and Yearbook Distribution, 12:45-2:15 p.m.

May 26 -- Senior Final Exams and Makeup Exam; Junior-Senior Prom, Lakeview Pavilion, Foxboro, Mass., 6-11 p.m.

May 27 -- Senior grades finalized: All academic and financial responsibilities should be completed.

May 30 -- No School: Memorial Day

May 31 -- Senior Class Outing, Six Flags Amusement Park, Agawam, Mass.

June 1 -- Senior Graduation Rehearsal – 8:30-10:30 a.m.

June 1 -- Spring Athletic Assembly – Dinner, 6 p.m.; Assembly, 7 p.m.

June 2 -- Senior Graduation Rehearsal - 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Class Night, 7 p.m.

June 5 -- Graduation, 1 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

Donations sought for June Teacher Appreciation Events

A teacher appreciation luncheon (6/14) and breakfast (6/16) is currently being planned by a group of Case parents. Any family willing to help with the following would be appreciated:
  • gift cards for Dunkin' Donuts to help with breakfast expenses
  • gift cards to BJ's to help with paper goods, drinks, etc.
  • any hot dish, salad or dessert for the luncheon on June 14th
  • raffle gifts or gift cards for teacher raffle

Any questions or concerns, please contact Kim O'Donoghue at or Ellen Deschenes at

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Gentle reminder: Last Day of School - June 21

As announced on numerous occasions this year, the final day of school is Tuesday, June 21. Attendance will be taken through this date.

RT: Prom Safety

This morning, I reread this posting I wrote last year. After realizing this week that we safely transported students to the prom for a decade now. I hope the following resonates with you as well.

In 2007, Joseph Case High School decided to include in the prom ticket round-trip transportation to and from the event in a private motor coach. Having stayed local for more than a decade, I was only comfortable agreeing to a more distant venue if we transported all students attending the prom. The decision was not initially popular: it made local headlines and was the topic of the day on various talk radio shows. The most pressing concern was safety: I wanted to remove variables that could compromise the integrity of the event, like peer pressure, inexperienced drivers, and inconsistent supervision in privatized vehicles. Adding to my decision is that I could keep the overall price of the prom down by using motor coaches as compared to renting private transportation. Year one began in controversy but ended without a single negative incident, other than temperamental air conditioning on one bus. Eight years later, the prom bus is an expectation that students look forward to. The implementation certainly adds to the unity of the event: we arrive together, we celebrate together, we return together.

Every year, students and parents thank me for keeping them safe and saving them money. I am happy that I stuck to my original intentions.

Here's to a prom night filled with magic, memories and safety,