Ellen Goethel is a marine biologist. In a low-key approach, she shows the students live animals from the sea. The animals differ depending on what the commercial fishermen net the night before. She has three stations, two with animals’ remains (shark jaw and teeth, whale vertebra, starfish, shells etc.) and one water table with the live specimens. After her explanations, the students are free to have a hands-on experience at each table. Ellen emphasizes that these animals are borrowed from the sea and that in the evening she will return them to their habitat.

The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (CASC) implements curricular-related programs at elementary and middle schools in Newton. The PTOs at each school fund these programs. The programs align with Newton curricula, the Massachusetts’ curricular frameworks, system-wide goals, and core values. Programs enhance Art, English/ Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, and Science curricula.

Learn more about other programs coming to Cabot this year here.