Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 15, No. 9 *** December 21, 2018

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Bridging the Generation Gap

I was blessed last week to coordinate 20 Case High students to visit with Swansea senior citizens at the town's Council on Aging (COA) building in Ocean Grove.

It was a joyful event where new freindships were forged. After some small group introductions, students modeled their technology acumen by playing some online memory games tailored for senior citizens and then together participated in an exercise class.

This is the first partnership between the high school and the Council on Aging. We are very grateful for Laurie Pimental and her COA staff and look forward to hosting our new friends for lunch at the high school in the New year!

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Case seniors finished a five-day CPR course this week in conjection with the Swansea Ambulance Corps. This is Year #5 of our partnership. CPR certification is a graduation requirement at Joseph Case High School, the first school in our state to require such certification.
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Seniors caps and gowns

Senior class hosted this annual rite of passage in conjunction with Robert's House of Formals so that seniors are measured for their traditional graduation gowns.

Commencement 2019 will be held at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 1 p.m.

Superintendent's Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Rylan Costa who received the Superintendent's Award for Excellence at a luncheon last week with students from Somerset Berkley, Seekonk, Dighton-Rehoboth, Apponequet and Taunton. Presenting the award and scholarship to this top-ranking senior was Superintendent of Schools John Robidoux, representing both Swansea Public Schools and the Southcoast Educational Collaborative. We were honored to be joined at this year's event hosted at Stonehill College by Rylan's mom, Stephanie Santos.

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Cardinal's Nest

Check out the awesome new marketing poster designed by senior Kyle Furtado for our school store, the Cardinal's Nest. The store is run by a student-volunteer staff under the guidance of teacher Chris Kenyon and assisted by teacher Jennifer Rochette.
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Online Winter Sports Schedules

As winter sports finish its first full week of games, click here for the most recent sports schedules. You can choose to view the schedules by week or by month.

For the boys co-op hockey team with Somerset Berkley (S-B), click here for a schedule.

For the girls co-op hockey team with S-B and Bishop Stang, click here.

Upcoming dates

Please keep in mind the following dates for January and February:

  • Early release from school: Wednesday, January 9, 11 a.m.
  • Science Fair: Thursday, January 10
  • Dancing with the Teachers: the JCHS version of Dancing with the Stars, Thursday, January 17
  • Term II closes on Friday, January 18
  • Term II report card published electronically, Janaury 25
  • Mr. Joseph Case High School: the high school's annual fundraiser, Thursday, January 31
  • Seniors: BCC's Enrollment-Palooza, Thursday, February 7

January advisories: 1/9; 1/30

February advisories: 2/13; 2/27

As 2018 comes to a close...

I recently wrote a blog for the NASSP website with some suggestions on professional renewal for building administrators. One of my suggestions is that leaders need to frequently recalibrate thier intentions ==> and that I seek recalibration by being with my most important cohort of stakeholders, students.

Not only do I find joy in watching them grow, mature, clarify, risk, fail and succeeed, but I find great joy in bearing witness to their modeling, empathy, excitement, innocense, and hope for the future.

My one word for 2019 is rejoice. I choose the verb since I think joy can be both a choice and can be actionable. I hope to continue to see the joy in learning at Joseph Case High School and concurrently be the catalyst for joy in others.

A happy holiday and blessed New Year to you and yours,