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NMS Student Showcase Highlights Student Creativity

Published: May 06, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Newtown Middle School seventh graders Jessica D'Amico, left, and Sarah Adams hold copies of the school's literary magazine Opus Optima, which were on sale at the April 25 Student Showcase. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Newtown Middle School seventh graders Jessica D'Amico, left, and Sarah Adams hold copies of the school's literary magazine Opus Optima, which were on sale at the April 25 Student Showcase. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
NMS eighth grader Connor Matthews feeds filament into the school's 3-D printer outside the Technology Education classroom. The printer ran throughout the evening.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
NMS eighth grader Connor Matthews feeds filament into the school's 3-D printer outside the Technology Education classroom. The printer ran throughout the evening. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
NMS music teacher Keith Hedin, center, plays a piece with his Chamber Orchestra students during the Student Showcase. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
NMS music teacher Keith Hedin, center, plays a piece with his Chamber Orchestra students during the Student Showcase. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
"Cut-Paper Molas" created by eighth grade students were on display along one wall at NMS. According to a description for the lesson, "Students did research to discover what their spirit animal was, and set out to create a mola inspired by the women…
"Cut-Paper Molas" created by eighth grade students were on display along one wall at NMS. According to a description for the lesson, "Students did research to discover what their spirit animal was, and set out to create a mola inspired by the women of the Yucatan. Molas are traditionally made out of fabric and are hand-sewn panels that are sold to tourists." (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Newtown Middle School hosted its annual Student Showcase on April 25. For the evening event, student works of art were on display and many demonstrations were offered to highlight student creativity and gifts.

The event ran for an hour and guests were invited to walk through the school to see artwork on the walls or set up on display. Musical performances by the school's Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Improv Club, and Jazz Band were held in the school's auditorium.

Areas of the school were also open for students and family members to wander through to see examples of student lessons and projects. The physical education department also offered "Family Fun Night" activities in the school's gymnasium, and the Technology Education room was open with student projects on display.

NMS art teachers Leigh Anne Coles and Kristen Ladue said they finished installing the projects for display earlier in the day with the help of volunteers.

"We were really impressed with the [students'] work this year; really high quality," said Ms Coles.

Both Ms Coles and Ms Ladue said their art students were up to challenges this year and responded well as the teachers pushed them to try new things.

"I think they did really well," said Ms Ladue.

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