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,, 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.

January 16, 2020 – Origamido – Grade 4
Origamido (LaFosse and Alexander) is a team of internationally renowned origami designers, authors, and masters. Their work has been exhibited at the Louvre, the Peabody Essex Museum, and many others. They have authored over fifty books on origami and are featured in the Peabody award-winning PBS film “Between the Folds”. Mr. LaFosse is a highly experienced, talented, and engaging presenter that has been working with us for many years. He begins by showing the students extraordinary examples of origami art. The age-appropriate, hands-on exercises relate origami to the subject area that teachers have chosen: mathematics, geometry, biology, zoology, history, and cultural topics. Once students have mastered a project they are encouraged to assist fellow students who may need help. They say, “When you teach you learn.”