Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 14, No. 9 *** November 30, 2017

This Afternoon: Staff vs Student Volleyball

Looking forward to this afternoon's first Staff versus Student Volleyball Game. Included in this tournament is a match with a Grade 8 cohort. The event is sponsored by the junior class, under the direction of its advisor, Melissa Crosson. All proceeds will benefit the 2018 Junior-Senior Prom. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Tonight: Fall Sports Assembly

The annual Fall Athletic Awards Assembly will be held tonight, Thursday, November 30. The event begins with traditional pot luck supper hosted by Friends of the Cardinals at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria, followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m., in the auditorium. All fall athletes are encouraged to attend.

The following requests for sport-specific donations for the traditional pot-luck:

  • Football - main dishes
  • Boys & Girls Soccer - side dishes (salads, etc.)
  • Volleyball - drinks (preferably individual bottles of water, Gatorade, etc.)
  • Field Hockey & Cheer - desserts
  • Golf - paper goods (plates, utensils & napkins)

Annual Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is up in the high school's main lobby and adorned with donation requests. Please consider having your student take an ornament and return an unwrapped present for a child at the Cranwood Italian Home for Children for the holidays. The Case High Student Council under the supervision of teacher Adam Palmisciano oversees this opportunity to celebrate kindness as a community while helping children who may be less fortunate than some. Please returned all unwrapped gifts to the high school by Wednesday, December 20.

Cardinal Night for Grade 8 Students

Joseph Case High School will present its annual Cardinal Night geared for grade 8 students who will be part of our Class of 2022 on Thursday, December 14, beginning at 6 p.m., in the auditorium. Interested families should register here. The night begins with an overview of the high school experiences, transitions to facility tours by National Honor Society members, and culminates in a student-led Activities Fair in the cafeteria.

New this year will be an exciting, rapid-fire presentation by the high school curriculum-based leadership team that celebrates the best of their department at Joseph Case High School. The presentation will ignite families' interest in the vast educational programming at Joseph Case High School.

We anticipate School Choice will again be offered this year so that students outside of Swansea may attend Joseph Case High School. This would be a perfect event for any family who is looking at secondary school options in the region.

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Next weekend: Case Theatre presents 'The Miracle Worker'

The Case High Theatre Company will present William Gibson's classic American drama "The Miracle Worker" on December 8 and 9 at 7 p.m, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on December 10.

"The Miracle Worker" is the story of Helen Keller as a child seen through the journey of her teacher, Annie Sullivan. This production also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first Case High production of the play in 1977, which was the late Tom Marcello's first show in Swansea. Case Drama Boosters are planning a reunion event around the Sunday matinee for the 1977 cast and crew.

General admission is $10. Tickets can be reserved via email at

Holiday Concert

Please join us in the auditorium on Tuesday, December 12 for the Joseph Case High Music Department's annual holiday concert. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Third Annual Mr. Joseph Case High School - February 2

The third annual Mr. Joseph Case High School has been finalized for Friday evening on February 2. This special "Groundhog's Day" edition of Mr. JCHS will be more fun than ever! Mark your calendars for the fundraising event -- hosted by the Case High Student Council -- that benefits all of the clubs and activities at our high school as well as helps us celebrate many students inside and outside of the classroom. More details in the coming weeks!

Finally: Principal Leadership magazine

I was humbled to be asked this summer to write an article about our school's priority on ed tech for Principal Leadership, a publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. I was honored to be part of its November issue. Here's the article if you are interested in reading it. Thank you for helping me celebrate my first national publication.