The Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) implements curricular-related enrichment programs in the elementary and middle schools throughout Newton. These programs are solely funded by the PTO in each school. Each program aligns with Newton curricula, Massachusetts’ curricular frameworks, system-wide goals, and core values. Programs enhance art, English, language arts, history, social sciences, music, physical education, and the sciences curricula. To learn more visit the NPS website or view these CAS posters. We also invite you to view this video about our CAS programs.
If you have any questions about the programs at Cabot, please contact our CAS co-chairs, Anna Sicam & Ginny Richmond. Each year, about 3 CAS programs occur per grade, and one city-wide program is presented to all students. Here is a list of programs scheduled for our school this year to-date:
Thursday, September 26th – IllStyle & Peace: “Become Your Dreams”
IllStyle & Peace, is a Young Audiences group from Philadelphia. This high energy presentation will take students on a joyous journey from the beginnings of hip hop to all of its variations. “Become Your Dreams” celebrates the art and movement of hip hop and includes a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap and house dancing, vocal percussions, D.J.ing, and modern and traditional dance forms. Students are invited on stage to learn a bit of hip hop and then share their creative movements with the audience. With incredible energy and personalities to match, the dancers of IllStyle & Peace demonstrate that with perseverance and focus, goals can be reached. The group reinforces the positive message: “Think it – Do it – Become it.”
Wednesday, October 30 – Grade 3 CAS Program – Eric Olson: The Canopy Guy
Eric Olson (aka the “Canopy Guy”) is a Brandeis biologist, an advisor to the Newton Conservators, and a member of the Newton Citizen’s Commission on Energy. As a field ecologist he has conducted research on trees and the insects that feed on them, and now studies ticks in Weston and mangrove restoration in Nicaragua. During his presentation, he puts on his tree climbing gear and uses props and puppets to give a “tour” of the New England and Costa Rican treetops. Key topics in this presentation include how trees make a living from soil, air, and light, an exploration of trees’ below ground and above ground parts, and how different trees carry their seeds far away with either winged or fleshy fruits.
Storyteller Kemp Harris brings his experience as composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher to the classroom. His storytelling program includes developmentally appropriate stories that incorporate music and audience participation. He enjoys keeping the oral tradition of “telling” alive. Stories range from traditional tales, African folk tales and original stories.
A former Newton Public School teacher, Mr. Harris taught Kindergarten 1st grades for 38 years. He wrote the children’s book/song, “Snow” and has performed as a storyteller and musician at festivals, schools and libraries across the country, performing on stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron and blues artist, Koko Taylor
June 10, 2020 – Wingmasters – World of Owls – Grade 5
This program shows that owls are highly specialized birds of prey, very different from other raptors. They are superbly equipped nocturnal hunters. This presentation shows how owls use their specialized adaptations of sight, hearing, and flight to survive and thrive. A wealth of fact and folklore is presented separating myths from reality. Five live owls of different species provide the focus for this presentation.