Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 11, No. 17 *** May 26, 2015

College Day

Last Friday, Joseph Case High School celebrated College day with seniors wearing t-shirts and hats representing their next journey after high school. It was also an opportunity for underclassmen to visualize the schools in which our teachers graduated. Below is senior Hannah Cabral who plans to attend Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall with her principal who is a Boston College (shirt) and University of Michigan (hat) graduate.
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Junior-Senior Prom

The annual Junior-Senior Prom will be held this Thursday, May 28, at Lake Pearl Luciano's in Wrentham. All students will be bussed 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.

Daisy Chain

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2016 who have been selected by seniors to escort the graduating class to Class Night and Commencement:
Stephanie Cantin
Tayla Chaput
Samantha Coffey
Allyson DiCesare
Kaiulani Ennis
Kaylie Furtado
Lauren Michaud
Riley Nascimento
Hannah Santos
Haley Souza

Freshmen to take Science MCAS

All freshmen will take their Science MCAS on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3. I will be visiting grade 9 science classes on Thursday and Friday to orient freshmen as to how standardized tests are administered at the high school. This state assessment is important since it is one component of competency determination necessary for graduation from Joseph Case High School. The science and technology exams are also part of the Adams Scholarship criteria with eligibility based on students' first-time scores. Freshmen families should make sure that students are in school on these dates and on time.

Last Day of School - June 18

As announced on numerous occasions this year, the final day of school in June 18. Attendance will be taken through this date. Final exams will look different this year with the schedule being released to students and families during the next advisory on Friday, June 5.

Calendar of Events for May and June

May 27: Senior Final Exam; Ice Cream Social and Yearbook Distribution, 12:45-2:15 p.m.

May 28: Senior Final Exams and Makeup Exam; Senior lockers must be cleaned out by this date; Junior-Senior Prom, Lake Pearl Luciano’s, Wrentham, Mass., 6-11 p.m.

May 29: Senior grades finalized: All responsibilities must be completed.

June 1: Senior Class Outing, Six Flags Amusement Park, Agawam, Massachusetts

Seniors will be bused to the amusement park. Admission includes lunch in park. Students will be subject to the Breathalyzer and its protocol. Permission forms to be turned into Mrs. Lucca.

June 2: Senior Graduation Rehearsal – 8:30-10:30 a.m. in gym, auditorium and football field. Attendance is mandatory at all senior graduation rehearsals. PARK IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING. USE GYM ENTRANCES.

June 3: Spring Athletic Assembly – Dinner, 6 p.m.; Assembly, 7 p.m.

June 4: Senior Graduation Rehearsal - 8:30-10:30 a.m. in gym, auditorium and football field. Attendance is mandatory at all senior graduation rehearsals.

PARK IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING. Caps, gowns, tickets distributed.

Class Night – 7 p.m., seniors must be in gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

Graduation gowns will be worn. All seniors should attend this event. Parents are invited guests.

June 7: Graduation – 1 p.m., Cardinal Stadium; Please be at school at noon in gymnasium. Please dress appropriately. All financial commitments must be at closure. Caps and gowns must be returned to the cafeteria before official diploma is issued.

June 8: Case’s Little Faces End-of-Year Assembly, 11:00 a.m., Auditorium

Parent Professional Developing: Navigating Naviance

If you are a parent of an underclassman and you are interested in using the summer months to help your child in the college search, I will be hosting an information night on how you can maximize your access to Naviance from your home computer. Naviance is an on-line guidance resources that allows your child to make informed post-secondary decisions through its detailed college search mechanism and career bank. I will host an hour-long evening on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. No previous knowledge of Naviance needed. Reserve your spot below.

Parent Professional Development: Navigating Naviance

Wednesday, June 10th, 7-8pm

Joseph Case High School (Room 202), 70 School St., Swansea, MA 02777

Space limited to 21 participants.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Final reflection: prom safety

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 another safe prom night filled with the possibility of positive memories,


Brian McCann, Principal
Joseph Case High School