Creative Arts and Sciences (CASC)

Since 1960, each Newton Public School PTO has had a Creative Arts & Sciences Committee – CASC, that sponsors visiting programs to enhance students’ education.

Presenters typically include award-winning authors, accomplished musicians, artists, scientists, Museum of Science, etc. Programs can be an adjunct to art, English, library, mathematics, music, physical education, science, or social studies curricula.

Bigelow’s Creative Arts & Sciences Committee brings several programs to the school each year.  Many of them are teacher favorites that are requested every year, others are new and different. To learn more abou the CASC program, visit the NPS website or view this CASC poster.

The CASC programs, funded solely by the PTO, are made possible through PTO fundraising. Thank you for you support!

We are scheduling the programs for the 2018-2019 school year! Stay tuned

The following programs happened in 2017-2018:

All Grades: New England Percussion Ensemble

The entire school will be treated to a performance by the unique New England Percussion Ensemble. They are nationally known for their highly energetic, educational and entertaining presentations. In their program, “Language of the Ancients”, the New England Percussion Ensemble will present a multicultural blend of music on percussive instruments from around the globe. With recreations of prehistoric log drums to the electric vibraphone the ensemble reaches across time and continents with a collection of rhythms and instruments from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.

6th Grade: Author Greg Mone

Gregory Mone, science journalist and the author of four published novels, will visit the 4th grade students. He will review some of the more interesting assignments he has had as a writer and stress the importance of becoming an expert in whatever subject a student chooses to write about. The presentation will continue with a discussion of his most recently published novels, Fish and Dangerous Waters. He takes students through the entire process of writing a book, from the initial idea or inspiration through the planning, the creative writing, the revisions and on to the final, finished, published work.

6th and 7th Grades: Gabriel Bol Deng’s “The Power of Hope: To Move A Mountain”

During this riveting assembly presentation, Gabriel Bol Deng discusses how he overcame unbelievable obstacles. Gabriel lived with his family in the village of Ariang in the South Sudan, tending to their herd of cattle. In 1987, North Sudanese Murahileen militiamen led a violent attack on his village. At the age of ten, he fled into a forest, not known the fate of his parents or siblings. The presentation speaks to students about his life before and after the attack, his struggles and survival. The message is about resiliency and the story also encompasses the differences between education in the United States and the South Sudan, the importance of literacy and cultural shocks experiences by immigrants to this country.

7th Grade: Tanglewood Marionettes – “Perseus and Medusa”

Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theatre, with highly skilled puppeteers and they feature hand-made marionettes. In this performance students take a trip back in time to the ancient world of Greek mythology. Students will follow Perseus through personal trials and glorious quests.

8th Grade: Theatre Expresso: “Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre”

Theatre is used to teach students critical thinking skills. They believe that student participation is the key to intellectual engagement with history and the concept of justice. In “The Boston Massacre” students play the role of the jury in the trial of British Captain Preston, who was in command on the night when five soldiers clashed with citizens in front of the Customs house. Students watch a reenactment of the events leading up to the Boston Massacre, and then attend the trial, with John Adams as the defense council. Students weigh the conflicting testimony they hear, and then debate whether Preston is innocent or guilty before rendering their verdict.

8th grade: Shakespeare Now! “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Follow four young Athenian lovers and six Rude Mechanicals into Oberon’s enchanted woods in which all things, even the impossible, are possible. Shakespeare’s glorious comedy is filled with mischief, magic, and mix-ups! How does it all resolve?
Shakespeare Now! is a professional theater company which brings exciting, live performances of the playwright’s great works to elementary, middle, and high schools in southeastern New England. The Company also leads interactive student workshops in kinesthetic experiences with the richly meaningful language of Shakespeare.