Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Since 1960, each Newton Public School PTO has had a Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS) committee – , 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 CAS 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 about the CAS program, visit the NPS website or view this CAS poster.

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

The following programs are being offered at Bigelow in the 2020-2021 school year. Stay tuned for more exciting events!

All Grades –  “New Kid” author Jerry Craft virtual visit

11/04/20 – Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author/illustrator Jerry Craft takes Bigelow students behind the scenes of his bestselling graphic novel New Kid and the upcoming Class Act.  Jerry  will give a look into his writing and drawing process. The Bigelow PTO funded this program through One School, One Book and Creative Arts and Sciences programs


8th Grade – Virtual Visit with Civil Rights Leader Ruby Bridges

03/18/2021 – Ruby Bridges is living history. She was the first African American child to enter the newly desegregated New Orleans school system in 1960. During Ruby’s virtual program, 8th graders will have a live discussion with Ruby about the civil rights movement in the 1960’s as well as her ongoing commitment to the idea that if all of our children refuse to allow hatred and racism to be passed down to them, social justice for all will be the outcome. This is a closed session for Bigelow 8th graders.


7th grade – Virtual Visit with Corey DiPena – TBC


6th grade – Virtual Visit with Julie Berry – TBC



The following programs happened in 2019-2020:

  • All Grades –  CAS Authorfest 2019! Author & Illustrator Visits with Greg Mone and Sheela Chari
  • All Grades – Women in the World of Jazz: “A Tribute to women artists around the world”
  • 8th grade – Theatre Espresso: “Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre”
  • 7th grade – Tanglewood Marionettes: “Perseus and Medusa”
  • 6th grade – Author Greg Mone: “Writing Process”

The following programs happened in 2018-2019:

  • All Grades – MassLEAP: “Louder than a Bomb” 
  • 6th Grade – Author Greg Mone: “How we got here”
  • 6th Grade – Starlab: “Night Skies”
  • 7th Grade – New England Aquarium: “Engineering and Erosion” 
  • 7th Grade – Tanglewood Marionettes: “Perseus and Medusa”
  • 8th Grade – Theatre Expresso: “Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre”
  • 8th Grade – Shakespeare Now!: “Power Play”

The following programs happened in 2017-2018:

  • All Grades –  New England Percussion Ensemble
  • 6th Grade –  Author Greg Mone
  • 6th and 7th Grades – Gabriel Bol Deng’s “The Power of Hope: To Move A Mountain”
  • 7th Grade –  Tanglewood Marionettes – “Perseus and Medusa”
  • 8th Grade – Theatre Expresso: “Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre”
  • 8th grade –  Shakespeare Now! “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”