Archive for the “Fine and Applied Arts” Category
Newtown High School Automotive I students learned the proper way to use power tools within a shop environment from their instructor, Mr. Steve George. Students were instructed on the safe use of air tools and the ramifications of using them improperly. A strong sense of pride in doing the job right is stressed throughout the course.
Newtown High School students enrolled in Kristin Violette’s Connecticut Innovation Academy class have begun brainstorming ideas for this year’s challenge, to design a mobile application that lends itself to this year’s theme, responsible design. The purpose of creating the mobile application is to build something that improves the life of the user. Students shown here are completing mind maps, first as individuals, then in groups. This collective brainstorming produced several viable options, and helped to solidify ideas.
These Newtown High School Connecticut Innovation Academy students will compete with their final product/mobile application at the Connecticut Innovation Expo in May. There are many schools competing from all over the state.
There are many other aspects to the Connecticut Innovation Academy class as well. Newtown High School students are required to complete an individual project as well as a team project. Each student is required to develop a lo-fi and hi-fi mobile application prototype, a design document, and develop a presentation for the prototypes.
Newtown High School students enrolled in Kristin Violette’s, There’s An App For That class received their first exposure to mobile applications created by others by visiting the community gallery (gallery.appinventor.mit.edu). Students were able to analyze mobile applications posted and then live test them on their Galaxy Nexus devices. The next step for Newtown High School students will be to create mobile applications of their own. This class is open to all students and involves mobile application development for the Android platform. No programming experience is required.
Students from grades 3-12 are invited to submit a photograph reflecting on their interpretation of this year’s theme, which aligns with the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a Dream speech: In what ways do you see your dreams of freedom, courage or kindness manifested in your world today?
A panel of famed photographers, creative directors, and art collectors will jury submissions. Selected work will be exhibited at a special event on December 7, 2013 at Arethusa Farm in Litchfield, where participants will be recognized for their outstanding work.
Last year ASAP received 133 entries from 24 schools.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 21, 2013. Registration forms are available here – ASAP CYP Prospectus 2013 & ASAP Photo Release Form. Please contact ASAP with questions – firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.868.0740.
Newtown High School’s Mixed Media Design class is in need of a sewing machine. If you have one that you would like to donate, please contact Mrs. Carol Skolas. Thank you!
Tags: Mixed Media
Newtown High School students in Mr. Steve George’s Automotive class learn to safely lift cars on three different types of vehicles
Newtown High School receives Carl Perkins funding annually. This funding is used to provide equipment and instructional supplies for the Career and Technical Education classes. As a stipulation to receiving Carl Perkins funds for Career and Technical Education classes, the State Legislature and State Board of Education have embraced the commitment to performance measures and accountability. Through this commitment Connecticut monitors and improves the quality of local career and technical education programs.
All Connecticut high schools receiving funding from the Act must participate in a statewide assessment. The following are results from the Spring 2013. Thank you to the 144 students that participated in this assessment and congratulations on a job well done. (Items below marked with a double asterisk are not ranked because fewer than ten students participated in the assessment)
Newtown High School Ceramics teacher Mrs. Carol Pelligra recently received a congratulatory copy of The Scholastic National Catalog featuring examples of the finest artistic offerings from students across the US. Along with the catalog came some additional exciting information.
Newtown High School Ceramics student Meagan Foy (12) is now a published artist! And the original honor announced for her work – National Silver Medal – was not accurate. Meagan has actually been awarded a National Gold Medal! The award will be presented in New York when the touring exhibit arrives.
Congratulations, Meagan! And to you, Mrs. Pelligra.
The very talented Meagan Foy (11) was recognized earlier this year by the The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as a National
Silver Gold Medalist for her creation, ‘The Red Pitcher.’ That piece is currently on display in Manhattan, along with others identified as the top 1% of the 230,000 submissions from across the country. Meagan and her Ceramics teacher, Mrs. Carol Pelligra, were recently notified of additional recognition.
Program Administrator, Ms. Lisa Feder-Feitel wrote: “. . . I’m delighted to tell you that Meagan’s 2013 National Scholastic Award-winning work, The Red Pitcher, will appear in our National Catalog!”
Meagan Foy – already a national award winner, and now a published artist.
The employment programs at Newtown High School: Career Center, Cooperative Work Experience (CWE), the Transition Program, and The Afternoon Program (TAP), hosted an Employer Appreciation Breakfast to honor and thank employers who display outstanding leadership and commitment to the school community by supporting internship and employment opportunities for students. The Newtown High School Culinary Department catered the event which was well attended by area employers and school administration.
We are so proud of this collaborative effort between NHS and area employers that brings meaningful work experience to our students.
Thank you to the following participating employers:
Newtown Public Works – Town Garage
Caldwell & Walsh
Church Hill Road Citgo
A Bead of Roses
The Newtown Bee
The Involvement Practice
Newtown Savings Bank
Thin Air, LLC
Newtown Police Department
The Taunton Press
Brookfield Michael’s Arts & Crafts
The Black Swan
Newtown Youth Academy
Newtown Dunkin Donuts
Sunoco / NJK Automotive
Sugar Hill Automotive
Newtown Parks & Rec
Danbury Burger King
Newtown Stop & Shop
Newtown Town Clerk’s Office
Students enrolled in the advanced levels of the Newtown High School Culinary program take pride in meeting Principal Dumais’ challenge to redefine traditional ‘Final Exams’ with creative, rigorous alternatives. Their response this year was something very special.
Students began prepping by 6am Wednesday and Thursday in order to meet their 6pm Thursday deadline. The included images show the many hands and much work necessary to produce a professional finished product. All attendees at the presentation agreed that overwhelming success was apparent throughout.
Wondering what was so special? Inspired by their work with the Connecticut Food Bank, which resulted in our supplying 800-1,000 meals to area shelters each week, the Advanced Culinary students decided to present a display of fine dining options produced entirely from food donated to the food bank as “un-sellable”.
Evidence of success is apparent in every picture, and all attendees agreed with CT Food Bank CEO, Mr. Paul O’Leary when he said, “This is amazing!”
More images of the event are available here.
Congratulations to all NHS Culinary students, and to their creative leaders, Chef Lori Hoagland and Chef Brian Neumeyer.
Preschool graduation is an important event for our little ones, their high school buddies, and for program director Stephanie Gacso. Our 4 year old graduates wore their dressy clothes and put on their graduation caps, then entered the cafetorium to Pomp & Circumstance as they took their seats on stage. A welcoming message from Miss Gacso was followed by the presentation of diplomas, and then the young graduates performed a song and dance for their guests.
Parents and 3 year old preschoolers in the audience applauded often during the ceremony, and then everyone moved to the preschool classroom for a reception and some cake and juice. Miss Gacso told all in attendance that this was the “kindest class ever.”
We will welcome back our 3 year old preschoolers in ten weeks to begin their final year of preschool.
We will welcome back our graduates in ten years when they return as freshmen for the NHS Class of 2023!
A few slots are still available for the fall 2013 preschool class. Info is available here.
Good Luck Graduates!
Newtown High School Senior Class Council member Stephanie Roman (12) and Senior Class Advisor Mrs. Jolene Swann are pictured with DECA Club Secretary (3 years), 2013 Prom Queen, Class of 2013 President, and “all around amazing person” Rachel Divanno as she prepares for her new career as a Toga Model.
Good luck in your exciting new career!
Newtown High School’s Emily Berube (11) is pictured with a copy of this year’s student generated literary publication, Roast, for which she produced the cover art. Emily was proud to have her work selected for the limited production book, and even more proud because of the quality of work it contains – all generated by NHS students.
Emily has enrolled in a variety of Art courses at NHS, most recently in the new Mixed Media Design Studio class. She has also explored career connections through the NHS Career Center, leading to a paid internship at Taunton Press, where she assists with the publication of Threads, a magazine dedicated to textiles and sewing. This was a perfect match for a young artist considering a possible career in fashion design.
We encourage all students to make smart choices while at NHS. Explore a wide variety of elective options. Visit our Career Center to arrange job shadows, site visits, internships, and employment. Use the many resources available to help you make quality informed choices for your present and future.
Molly Emmerthal (12) has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest mechanics on the Newtown High School campus. Many people may not be aware that her hobbies also include restoring vintage tractors. Participants in this lucrative hobby often place their completed projects on display, but Molly is among the group that puts their completed projects to work.
Molly recently brought one of her restorations to campus in order to spread topsoil for the new organic garden planned by our Greenery enterprise. Program director Mr. George Bachman had solicited a donation of a plot of land adjacent to the faculty parking area, and the district maintenance department delivered several yards of topsoil to the space. Molly’s skills as a mechanic and equipment operator allowed her to combine the land and soil into a plantable area.
Molly’s act of caring for our program is more than a demonstration of good citizenship, it is a lasting reminder of the importance of giving back.
Well done, Molly! Good luck with your future plans.
Peter Buck (9) displays his art work created for Drawing and Painting classes instructed by Mrs. Diane Dutchick.
Peter paints what he loves: fishing, nature and trains.
Great job, Peter!
High school students have been the perennial focus of technology marketing campaigns because they happen to be the greatest consumers of technology. This year, Newtown High School launched a program that promotes changing the student role from consumer of technology to producer of technology.
Funding acquired through collaboration with Education Connection, and support from the MIT Center For Mobile Learning, has allowed us to introduce ‘An App For That’, a course that teaches students programming skills sufficient to produce mobile applications (apps) for all Android-based devices. As we conclude our first year’s experience with this course, and see enrollment requests quadruple for the coming year, it is clear that students are eager to become producers of original technology for their own use and for the benefit of others.
District-funded professional development and countless hours of personal time have allowed classroom teacher Kristin Violette to absorb volumes of new information in order to effectively present the course content to her students in grades 9-12. This initiative is already showing positive outcomes.
Joe Calbo (11) designed and developed a “Make a Quiz” mobile app that allows the user to create, edit, and store multiple quizzes which can be accessed by mobile devices running his ‘Take a Quiz ‘ app. Joe plans to advance his work in an Independent Study arrangement for next year.
Alex Strzelecki (12) and Jay DeStories (12) are already enjoying financial reward from their quality work. Dr. Frank Labanca of the Center for 21st Century Skills @ Education Connection recently awarded the students with a $1,700.00 commission to produce an app that converted a paper-based teacher evaluation tool to a mobile device-based model.
Alex will be attending McGill University in Montreal, Canada to study Chemical Engineering, and Jay will be attending Tufts University in Medford, MA to study Computer Science. Good luck to both of you!
The “visual blocks-based” programming language used in our course, App Inventor, is available for free from MIT, and a growing archive of instructional resources is available online already. Miss Violette encourages students of all ages to give programming a try, and interested NHS students to give her course a try.
Newtown High School students enrolled in Kristin Violette’s Web Design course spend the final several weeks of the semester making very real connections between classroom learning and the world outside NHS. Every student is expected to cultivate a relationship with a business or organization in need of a web presence. The designers then interview their client, beginning an extended process leading to a proposal, a site sketch, client meetings, and weekly goals that result in the successful completion of a published web site.
Clients this semester included lawyers, school clubs, independent contractors, a nail salon and a trucking company. All sites have been uploaded to the internet and are being used by the clients. This authentic challenge allowed students to experience the work of a professional web designer, and see their skills published for viewing by the world. Pictured displaying their creations are Amanda Kahn (9), Chandavy Kim (10), Holden Turk (9), Jessica Coughlin (10), Josh Bailey (11), Mike Ziluk (10), Tyler Coleman (12), and Tyler Remillard (9).
Web design classes are open to enrollment by students in grades 9-12.
The final days of preschool are very special for everyone involved. Our little ones are eager to show their skills in painting and drawing, as well as counting, reading, and more. And our high school students are happy to share their own children’s books created specifically for the preschool students. Good manners and listening skills are always on display, even when we visit our enclosed outdoor play area for some tricycle riding and other exercise.
Newtown High School Preschool Program Director, Stephanie Gacso and the high school students/teachers enrolled in her Child Development II and Early Childhood Education courses have done an excellent job preparing their preschoolers for a successful start in Kindergarten next fall. Everyone involved is excited to honor our young learners at Preschool Graduation this Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 10:00am.
Watch the blog for pictures of this exciting event!
Students enrolled in our Computer Assisted Design (CAD) courses are always looking for the next challenge to their 3-dimensional modeling skills. Adam Hufziger (11) and Tim Drotar (10) came up with a formidable test of problem solving and persistence when they chose to model the rotating assembly from an ATV engine.
For items this complex, simply figuring out how to measure the parts can be an ordeal. Adam is almost finished with the crankshaft, and Tim has completed the bearings and bearing cage that become part of the crankshaft support bearing.
There is an excellent job market for men and women who possess advanced CAD modeling skills. Adam, Tim, and the rest of Mr. Daly’s CAD students have a career option if they choose.
Several Newtown High School students enrolled in our Culinary II course are pictured planning for their final exam. The are challenged with designing a restaurant!
Students are required to determine a location (urban/suburban/etc), a style (formal/informal/etc), a theme (Italian, Sea Food, Mexican), and the challenge does not stop there. They must also produce a menu with a variety of offerings for each meal served, and determine a name and a logo for the establishment. A successful design will also include a floor plan showing kitchen layout, as well as seating arrangements in the front of the house.
The young restaurateurs will then prepare a presentation of their design for their peers, and include a sampling of authentic menu items from their proposed establishment.
Grading these exams will be a challenging but tasty task for Chefs Brian Neumeyer and Lori Hoagland.
Microsoft recently introduced their in-store summer camp for mobile app game design for the Windows platform, and four of Miss Violette’s CTIA students have enrolled in the first session.
The students have already successfully prototyped apps for the Android and iOS platforms, and have decided to follow Miss Violette’s example of extending their learning through resources outside the classroom. Ellie Nikitchyuk voiced the group opinion, “I hope to expand my knowledge of computer science by taking this course at Microsoft. I realize that I have to keep up with the ever changing technology.”
Pictured with Ellie are developer camp classmates: Paul O’Leary, Brandon Qiao, and Rilind Abazi. The camp is being offered through the Microsoft store in Danbury, CT July 8, 2013 – July 12, 2013 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Good Luck Campers!
The very talented Meagan Foy (11) was recognized earlier this year by the The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as a National Silver Medalist for her creation, ‘The Red Pitcher.’ That piece is currently on display in Manhattan, along with others identified as the top 1% of the 230,000 submissions from across the country. Meagan and her Ceramics teacher, Mrs. Carol Pelligra, were recently notified of additional recognition.
Program Administrator, Ms. Lisa Feder-Feitel wrote: “. . . I’m delighted to tell you that Meagan’s 2013 National Scholastic Award-winning work, The Red Pitcher, will appear in our National Catalog!”
Meagan Foy – already a national award winner, and now a published artist.
A recent visit to the Newtown High School Culinary Department kitchen found students and staff displaying a variety of cooking skills. Steaming dumplings, pan-frying dumplings, stir-frying rice and veggies, baking. If you look closely you can see Chef Brian Neumeyer taking filets from some fresh water trout.
The trout had been swimming in a Brookfield stream just two days earlier when EA Ryan Eberts harvested them for a treat. Three hours in our smoker and a few minutes under Chef Neumeyer’s talented knife made the treat a reality.
It’s easy to see why students in our culinary program often become the most popular people on camping trips or in campus dorms.
Newtown High School student Chris Liotta (12) has almost completed his independent study project in Greenhouse Management. Chris learned the skills necessary to produce QR (Quick Response) codes and refined the multi-step process for producing them in a consistent manner. Customers visiting the greenhouse will be able to scan the code for any plant with their smart phones and immediately receive complete growth and care information.
Chris will call his project complete after he instructs Newtown Greenery and Greenhouse Management students in the process of producing the codes independently. NHS Greenery director Mr. George Bachman tells us the project was begun to offer an additional service to our customers, but Chris and the other student ‘plant experts’ will still be available for questions and assistance.
Stop by the greenhouse this weekend to see Chris and to take home some of our gorgeous plants. The greenhouse will be open Saturday, June 1, 2013, between 9:00am and 2:00pm.
Yearbook I students are pictured in the process of self assessment and peer review using a form developed in class to guide their critical reflection on two-page spreads for this year’s version of The Newtown Book. This process is the final review before the proofs are sent off to publication, so thoroughness is essential.
The book is a limited-run original publication produced by the students as evidence of their learning this semester, and more importantly, evidence of their readiness to assume editorial responsibility for the Class of 2014 yearbook next year.
Each yearly issue of the book presents a unique, themed overview of our town, and the limited run makes each copy a prized possession. If you see one, be sure to take a look inside. The art, the humor, and the insight into our community is always worthwhile.
The editorial staff of The Nighthawk, our Newtown High School yearbook, recently took delivery of the physical publication they have been working all year to create. A few volumes were taken from the shipping cases for a final review (and some admiration) before distribution to students. The yearbook staff should be very pleased. The 2013 edition is quite special from cover to cover, including more pages, more sections, more color, and fresh features never seen before.
Yearbooks will be distributed as follows:
- Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the senior picnic for seniors only
- Thursday, June 6, 2013 after school for all juniors and seniors in A104
- Friday, June 7, 2013 after school for sophomores and freshmen in A104
- M-F (June 10, 2013 – June 14, 2013) all grades after school in A104
Congratulations to the NHS Nighthawk Staff and their teacher, Ms. Kristin Violette.
Newtown High School students enrolled in Ms. Stephanie Gacso’s Child Development and Early Childhood Education classes are often challenged to create an original instructional resource as a final assignment for a unit. This allows students to produce authentic original work, as well as contribute to the success of their class.
Students pictured are constructing presentations in PowerPoint, but Ms. Gacso has supplemented previous units with instruction in alternative presentation tools such as Prezi, Glogster, and Smore.
Many student offerings are linked to Ms. Gacso’s web site for use as resources by future students and by parents of preschoolers. Students take particular pride in knowing their work will have meaning to future users. They also appreciate learning skills in new technologies to enhance their work in other classes.
Student members and friends of the Newtown High School Art Club, under the guidance of ceramics teacher Carol Pelligra, recently completed a memorial mosaic dedicated to everyone impacted by the 12/14/12 tragedy.
Every tile was carefully rolled to a standard thickness, then cut to fit a master template. The shaped pieces were than fired in the kiln, and placed on the template to check for fit. Glazing was then applied and the tiles were fired again. Border tiles had detail added in gold leaf, fired again, clear-glazed and fired again.
Finished tiles were then attached to plywood backing (carefully because no extra tiles were made), grouted, polished, and framed. Every piece was created and handled many times by students and staff, working with great respect and care as they created a unique legacy piece with tremendous meaning for so many people.
A high resolution version is attached.
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Newtown High School students enrolled in Ms. Kristin Violette’s CTIA and App Development classes recently traveled to the Microsoft store in the Danbury Fair Mall. The store is intended to be an eduction center and employment gateway, as well as a distribution outlet for company products.
Students learned about the Microsoft corporate history, entry-level job and career opportunities at the corporate and retail levels, as well as current products and those intended for future release. The timing of the visit was perfect in that it coincided with the official live, streaming global announcement of the ‘X-Box-One’ from Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA. Our students witnessed the formal announcement along with Microsoft employees worldwide.
Store managers also introduced the topics of Marketing and Sales, setting up a few scenarios with different ‘customers’ entering the store, and challenging our students to find appropriate store products, and present them to those ‘customers’. Timing for this challenge was also perfect in that our CTIA student’s extemporaneous speaking skills are finely honed following their win at this year’s Innovation Expo. Store managers were very impressed.
The store is finalizing plans for a free course introducing app development for the various Microsoft Windows 8 platforms. The class will run from June 8, 2013 through June 12, 2013 and be held at the store from 3pm-5pm. Interested students should contact Ms. Violette to reserve a slot.
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The Newtown Greenery and Greenhouse Management students are proud to announce their ‘Late Bloomers Sale’.
We are offering a variety of annuals, perennials, patio tomatoes and hanging baskets that meet our high quality standards, but have been a bit slow to mature as we dial-in the automated climate control system in our new facility.
As one of our GHM students said,”Customers should take advantage of these low prices, because as the plants grow, so does the price.” Good advice.
All plants were grown by students enrolled in the ‘NHS Greenery’ enterprise and Greenhouse Management courses.
Friday: May 24, 2013 – 9am-1pm
Saturday:May 25, 2013 – 9am-2pm
Monday: May 27, 2013 – 9am-2pm
At our greenhouse, on the NHS campus.
Because this is the weekend that traditionally begins the “safe to plant anything” season.
Hope to see you there!
Newtown High School Video Production teacher Miss Staci Stamm has her finger on the pulse of the freshest generation of tuned-in and tech-savvy directors. Students pictured here are completing final edits on original interpretations of existing tunes.
Students were allowed to select a tune from any musical genre, by an original or cover artist, and then create a video to offer a fresh interpretation of the piece. ‘School Appropriate’ and ‘Professional Standards’ are primary considerations, but beyond that students have a great deal of creative latitude.
One student, Brianna Caberson (12), has promised to release her project on this blog next week.
We can’t wait!
Students enrolled in any of Mr. Dave DeFeo’s Graphics Technology courses quickly realize that there is always something more to learn. Our last visit to the Graphics Lab produced excellent examples.
Screen printing with modern materials and equipment is a complex, multi-step process that many students master with Mr. DeFeo’s expert guidance. Considerable complexity is added to the challenge when more than one color is required for the design. Each color must be printed separately, requiring two screens, and perfect alignment of each with the item being printed upon. Evidence of success is visible on the cotton t-shirt pictured above.
Of course, there is more. Only after mastering multi-color prints on cotton can students consider applying those prints to synthetic fabrics, and after that – textured synthetics. Clear evidence of success is also evident above on the textured synthetic athletic pinny. See it? The one with the multi-color print?
What’s next, Mr. DeFeo?
Mrs. Carol Pelligra’s Ceramics lab is always home to a range of activities related to clay. A recent visit allowed us to see several clay vessels in different stages of development. One student is pictured working a lump of clay into alignment on the potter’s wheel, while Ms. Pelligra discusses finishing details with a student nearby. Pots can bee seen sun-drying in an adjacent space, while other students are “burnishing” dried pots with smooth stones in preparation for a natural firing and finishing process using wood coals and foliage.
Additional students are seen using engraving or glazing techniques to decorate other pots in preparation of final firing in the NHS kiln.
Students in grades 9-12 are invited to enroll in our Ceramics classes.
For some problems in some courses in high school there is only a single correct answer. For other courses, there is no such thing. Mrs. Carol Skolas’ Mixed Media Design Studio (MMDS) definitely falls into the second category. There are as many approaches to the current creative challenge as there are students in the room. Students have developed skills and techniques working with a wide variety of materials during the semester, and now have the option of drawing from that entire pool of knowledge when composing their solutions to the last few projects.
These works in process may look a bit chaotic now, but we can’t wait to revisit after a few sessions and see the creative expressions that evolve from that chaos. MMDS is a new course for us this year, and was introduced this semester only. Interested students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to consider enrolling.
Tags: Mixed Media
Newtown High School Culinary Chef Brian Neumeyer is pictured meeting with a small group of his Advanced Culinary students to begin planning their end-of-year extravaganza. Responding to Principal Chip Dumais’ encouragement to ‘explore rigorous creative alternatives to traditional final exams’, the Culinary Dept. will be producing a spectacular showcase of high quality offerings produced from food items donated to the CT Food Bank as “un-sellable”.
The event will be attended by district leaders, media, representatives from area shelters/soup kitchens, and teachers and student representatives from area culinary programs. The plan is to make others aware of how valuable a program can become when students are engaged in authentic creative work that has identifiable value to others.
This is a very lofty and commendable goal, and everyone on our campus is confident that success is well within the grasp of our outstanding Culinary Dept. students and their teachers, Chef Brian Neumeyer and Chef Lori Hoagland.
Young artists enrolled in Diane Dutchick’s Drawing class enter with a sense of their own creative process, and leave with much more. Their process evolves with coaching and practice, and evolves even further as they invest in critical self-reflection on each project, and present their work to the class in a formal critique session.
Photos from a recent session showed evidence of every step in this process. Some students were completing the creation of authentic work in response to a challenging prompt. Other students were completing a self-assessment with the Common Art Standards Rubric developed by our NHS Art teachers, as their neighbors wrote a brief reflection on their solution to the creative challenge at hand. Meanwhile, Mrs. Dutchick is leading two students through a peer-critiquing session.
When students think critically about their creative process they are more likely to retain new information and to realize important connections with their learning in other disciplines.
Joe Chabot, Director of High School Admissions for Porter and Chester Institute, presented Newtown High School Senior Jack Zahansky with a Snap-on Cordless Drill for winning the spark plug replacement contest at the recent Connecticut Construction Career Day Expo (8 plugs taken out and replaced in 38 seconds!).
The Newtown High School Humanities class is discussing the essential question How are individuals defined and perceived? Through understanding Surrealism in art and literature, students read Jean Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, designing sets, acting and producing in front of their peers. The artistic component will be an artwork depicting their interpretation of heaven or hell using a surrealistic device of their creation.
Forty Newtown High School students recently attended the Connecticut Construction Career Day Expo held at the Durham Fairgrounds. The expo offered an introduction to a variety of industry careers, the skills required by them, and the training methods and institutions available for those interested.
Many techniques and demonstrations offered strong visual and conceptual connections that go beyond classroom learning. The expo also proved to be a great networking opportunity to foster business relationships for future field trips and guest speakers at NHS.
Students enjoyed speaking directly with industry professionals, but the favorite part of the day was the opportunity to get hands-on experience with several tools and large pieces of power equipment!
This trip was offered by the Career Center staff, Peg Ragaini and Kitty Latowicki, Business Education and CWE teacher Vivian Sheen, and Technology Education teacher Steve George. Student reflection on the bus ride home indicated this was a very worthwhile day.
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