Cardinal Notes

information and reflection about Joseph Case High School

Volume 13, No. 13 *** January 11, 2017

Quarterly/Mid-Year Exam Schedule

The Leadership Team at Joseph Case High School agreed to conduct Term II quarterly/midyear assessments by academic discipline on the following dates. There will be no change to the regular class schedule this year to accommodate these midyear assessments.

  • Wednesday, January 11: foreign language
  • Thursday, January 12: English
  • Friday, January 13: math
  • Tuesday, January 17: electives/fine arts/computer
  • Wednesday, January 18: science
  • Thursday, January 19: history and social sciences
  • Friday, January 20: makeup exams

Second term closes on Friday, January 20, with report cards published electronically in the Aspen X2 portal on Friday, January 27.

Annual Science Fair

All members of the Case High community are invited to come celebrate Joseph Case High School's science students tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, January 12) with our annual science fair. This exciting event triumphs innovation and research at Joseph Case High School. Please join us in the Learning Commons from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Late bus passes are available in advance for this opportunity. We will celebrate projects and winner in an upcoming Cardinal Notes.

Mr. Joseph Case High School

Who will be the 2017 Mr. Joseph Case High School? Come find out on Friday night at 7 p.m. when the student council presents our annual fundraiser to benefit student activities at Joseph Case High School.Tickets continue to be sold at all three lunches this week for Mr. Joseph Case High School. Tickets are $5 in advance; $7.50 at the door. This event was a fantastic evening last year and will prove to be bigger, better and funnier this Friday night. You don't want to miss this event!

Last year, Billy Brodeur was crowned Mr. Joseph Case High School. Who will be honored this year?

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Student Government Day

Letters of intent from any junior or senior student wishing to be Joseph Case High School's representatives in the state's annual Student Government Day this April in Boston are being accepted through the close of the school day on Wednesday, January 18. Details are available in the main office or from any history teacher. A school-wide election will be held during all three lunches on Thursday, January 19.

Spotlight at School Committee

This past Monday, three senior students in math teacher Chris Kenyon's new Entrepreneurship class presented to the Swansea School Committee on this courses pilot year and implementation of the gradeless classroom. Congratulations to Mr. Kenyon and students (left to right) Max Furtado, Elizabeth DeSousa and Nick Bello for their outstanding presentation and advocacy of this innovative, collaborative elective class. How proudly they represent some of the best of Case High School.
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Another Reminder: Winter Sports Schedules

Click here to access the South Coast Conference website that contains all sports schedules for the upcoming winter season. Click on the Case school calendar.

A "welcoming" community

Earlier this week, I emailed the following to all faculty at Joseph Case High School:

Yesterday, I happened to venture into the copy room and saw that Kendra Brooks had posted an event on the Pineapple Chart. Realizing it was occurring at that moment, I re-prioritized my TS 5 and went in the classroom.

How joyous to find her AP Lit class in a student-led discussion about a poem I was unfamiliar with. In fact, I don't think I've really discussed a poem in about 17 years since I left the classroom. I tweeted about the visit immediately.

Good teaching can be creating a class culture where students facilitate and are encouraged to take risks. Thank you, Kendra.

The Pineapple Chart is here for you to welcome fellow educators into your classroom. It's a medium for teachers to share an open door with other adults in the building. Sometimes my schedule and the events that transpire in the day thwart my plans to visit classes that have invited me through the Pineapple Chart.

Please consider one class this week that you would like to share with your peers and post it on the chart. Even if you posted before and no one came, try it again!

Finally, in honor of yesterday's Pineapple visit, I am wearing pineapple socks today!

Thank you for this consideration and taking risks.


The Pineapple is a universal symbol of welcoming. What a joyous way to welcome in the New Year at Joseph Case High School and celebrate all the wonderful events that occur each day in our classrooms.