Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 12, No. 9 *** December 22, 2015

CPR Certification at Joseph Case High School

Joseph Case High School just completed its week-long CPR certification of all seniors by members of the Swansea Ambulance Corps. This is the first year that CPR certification is graduation requirement. Seniors completed the hands-on training as part of the students' Physical Education and Wellness curriculum in Swansea. My thanks especially to members of the Class of 2016 for their cooperation as well as our physical education staff (Andrew Crisafulli, Michaela Goncalves and Jason Azulay), Amy Hubbard for the sharing of the bandroom, and Assistant Principal Chris Costa for troubleshooting and support.

Case Theatre

Thank you to Mr. Marcello and the cast and crew of the classic comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner that was presented the weekend of December 11th at the high school. It was great to see the students tackle this comedy staple of the American theater lexicon. I especially was impressed with students who had their first leading roles with this production. Next, the Case High Theatre Company auditions this week for its 2016 Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild entry Way to Heaven. This will be Mr. Marcello's final festival piece and penultimate production at Joseph Case High School.
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Grade 8 Night

Our third annual Case Cardinal Grade 8 Night and Activity Fair was held in the new Learning Commons on December 10. After an overview of the high school and the Case High experience, the class of 2020 and families were treated to a student tour of the high school that culminated in an academic and activities fair in the cafeteria. Teachers, coaches, advisors and students readily promoted courses, teams and clubs that reflected a tremendous amount of Case Pride. I am grateful to all from out high school community who helped coordinate and facilitate this festive event, especially Karen Fisher, Pat Cronin, Kris Lucca and Chris Costa.

Mr. Joseph Case High School

Joseph Case High School will ring in the New Year with its first Mr. Joseph Case High School Contest for junior and senior boys who will compete for prom prizes and bragging rights as the first titled in our history. The event will take place in the auditorium on Friday, January 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Advance tickets for $5 will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday, January 6 and 7, during all three lunches. All tickets will be $7.50 at the door. Boys will be judged by a panel of high school teachers on formal wear, sports wear, interview question and talent. Adam Palmisciano and his Student Council are leading this fundraising effort that will support the Student Activity Fund in a variety of Case clubs and events. Don't miss out on being at this FIRST for Joseph Case High school.

Winter Sports Schedules

Winter athletic schedules for Joseph Case High School can be accessed via the SCC site by clicking here. Cooperative teams in ice hockey and gymnastics with Somerset-Berkley can be found here on the host school's MIAA page: scroll down to the specific sport.

Boys Ice Hockey - Prenda Cup

Congratulations to our cooperative ice hockey team with Somerset-Berkley Regional High School for capturing the Prenda Cup this year. The team beat Durfee 6-1 and Apponequet 5-1 to win the Cup. Pictured below, representing Case this year in the co-op are (l-r) freshman Jake Salema, junior Alex LePage, and sophomore Josh Salema.
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Video guest speaker

In our commitment of college and career readiness, teacher Tommy Whalen facilitated a guest speaker today at Joseph Case High School. John Whoriskey is a working professional in both the film and music industries, with many behind the scenes feature film credits. Students appreciated the opportunity to listen, learn and ask questions of a college graduate who has worked in two demanding job fields.
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Case High Arts Night rescheduled

Please note the new date of our annual Case High Arts Night: Saturday, March 12. Below are example of some highlighted student work from art classes at Joseph Case High School and the recent Holiday Concert presented by the Music Department, including a combined performance of the Case High Chorus and our ARCH Program.

Cap and Gown Measurements

It's a sure sign that the calendar year is coming to a close with graduation around the corner when the senior class is measured for its caps and gowns. The event will take place tomorrow morning in the cafeteria. Senior students must have paid at least $30 in order to be measured. Commencement is closer than you think!

Important Dates

Some upcoming dates:
  • January 4 - School resumes
  • January 8 - Mr. Joseph Case High School, 6:30 p.m.
  • January 18 - No School: Martin Luther King Day
  • January 22 - Term II ends
  • January 22-27 - Mid-Year Exams
  • January 26 - Late Start for students, 10 a.m.
  • January 29 - Term II Report Card issued electronically
  • February 3 - Early Release for Students, 12:37 p.m.

Program of Studies 2016-2017

Be on the lookout after the New Year for our updated Program of Studies. On the horizon: two exciting Advanced Placement offerings, a new science course for upperclassmen, a brand new freshman academy pathway, and new electives in fine arts.

Holiday reflections

Only one day remains before we break for our traditional December vacation. Anyone who has been teaching even a short time can tell you that it’s not ironic that today is also the longest day of the year. Tomorrow’s school day will be filled with well-wishes, wrapping paper, and a festive frame of mind to celebrate the season.

The best presents I received this year preceded our break. Last week I bore witness to students in our ARCH Program in maroon gowns with gold stoles signing holiday songs as part of the Case High Chorus. This simple act reflects not only a modeled culture of kindness, but an embracing of inclusion in the community. How proud I am of all stakeholders in this event.

My second gift was a Christmas card generated on a computer from a student who does not speak. Daily he communicates through an app on an iPad to his classmates and teachers. Today, he gave me the greatest gift: symbols reflecting words of gratitude that our most simple acts of recognition and kindness do not go unnoticed by anyone, whether we are loud, quite, or even silent.

We have the power to make or break a person each day. Let us use our power wisely and recommit to kindness to 2016. This would be the greatest gift we could give each other.

Even better than Christmas 1971 (below) when Santa brought three McCann children the brand new Milton Bradley game Voice of the Mummy. Anyone else remember this?

The joy of the season and a Happy New Year to you and yours,