Newton Public Schools Creative Arts and Sciences, an organization within each school’s PTO, brings high-quality, highly relevant and carefully planned arts and sciences programming to students in Newton’s schools. CAS was founded in 1960 when a group of dedicated parents recognized the need to make quality enrichment programming more accessible to Newton students. In the 55 years since, CAS has provided hundreds of special programs to students in our schools through the combination of contributions from each school’s PTO, a part time director on the NPS staff, occasional grants, and countless hours of parent volunteer time.
- CAS is hands-on learning. Programs engage students by getting them involved in exploring, analyzing and creating. These experiences are powerful, sparking students’ curiosity with unique, participatory and exciting experiences.
- CAS is cross-curricular. Students can explore the concepts of geometry while creating a functional piece of cultural art. A theatrical reenactment allows students to intellectually engage with history, issues of human rights, and the concept of justice. This approach engages and inspires the whole student.
- CAS is culturally diverse. Programs expand students’ knowledge of cultures other than their own, their appreciation of the diversity of human expression, and engage them in cross-cultural activities.