Creative Arts & Sciences is looking forward to another year of enrichment programming. Tanglewood Marionettes is bringing The Dragon King to elementary school students this fall. In early 2017, Tuvan throat singers Alash Ensemble, will visit middle schools. Check back for more information and updates about these and other enrichment programs taking place in 2016-'17.
Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS) provides curriculum-related enrichment programs in Newton elementary and middle schools. The PTOs in each school fund these programs. Programs align with Common Core State Standards, Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, Newton curriculum, system-wide goals and core values. Programs enrich student experiences in Art, English Language Arts, History and Social Sciences, Music, Physical Education, and the Sciences.
The committee is comprised of a citywide director who is on the staff of the Newton Public Schools and a dedicated corps of parent volunteers from each elementary and middle school. With input from teachers, CAS volunteers choose appropriate programs and make all the arrangements necessary to bring them into the schools.
THE CAS RESOURCE GUIDE
The CAS Resource Guide is a compilation of over one hundred enrichment programs approved for sponsorship in the Newton Public Schools. Each program in the guide has been carefully reviewed by the citywide director and committee members for its quality and alignment with NPS curriculum. Using this guide, CAS volunteers and teachers select programs to bring to Newton students.
Every PTO uses funds from its budget to to finance the cost of the programs. CAS applies for grants as appropriate. In 2014-1 schools received over $7,000 in grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies and The Harmony Foundation
CAS CONCERT SERIES
Each year, CAS presents the Concert Series; an outstanding performing arts program that tours the schools. The Concert Series allows students to experience performances by artists who have played at major national and international concert halls. Click on the link above to learn more about the 2015-16 program.
The CAS committee values recommendations and input from principals, teachers, and parents. Please communicate recommendations for new programs to the parent volunteers in your school.
VOLUNTEERING FOR CAS AT YOUR SCHOOL
Volunteering can mean contributing a small amount of time or playing a significant role in bringing programming to your school. Each school designs their CAS committee differently and as such, volunteer positions vary from school to school. What is consistent throughout Newton is the quality of programming and the opportunity to be part of a collaborative effort that has been part of Newton Public Schools for over 30 years. Contact your school’s PTO for more information.
Folder for committee members.