Archive for the “Business” Category
Personal & Business Law students from Melissa Cacioppo and Vivian Sheen’s classes attended a taping of The People’s Court in New York City recently. Judge Marilyn Milian presided over the cases, which included contract violations and insurance settlements related to a car accident. Curt Chaplin, the In-Court Reporter, talked to the students about his job, and answered questions about the cases.
Arguments presented in the cases paralleled in-class discussions related to current events.Tags: Field Trips
Students from a variety of Newtown High School Business Education courses recently shared a special opportunity with Mr. Duane Giannini, a VP of Newtown Savings Bank. Mr. Giannini spoke about the importance of making a good first impression, and used a combination of media, lecture and interesting stories to help students enhance their abilities to interview well. Attire, grooming, eye contact, facial expression and a firm handshake were just a few of the elements discussed. Mr. Giannini stayed for a question and answer session with students afterwards. Vivian Sheen’s Business Ed. students agreed their time was well spent.
This presentation was organized by Mrs. Ragaini and Mrs. Latowicki in the NHS Career Center. Special thanks to them, to Mr. Giannini, and to Newtown Savings Bank for their ongoing commitment to our students.
Students in Jolene Thompson’s Marketing 2 class are learning how marketing plans are developed with data collected from a variety of research processes. When developing a marketing plan for foods, a Blind Taste Test is often implemented. Read the rest of this entry »
Lillia McEnaney and Tressa Scott presented their plans for a business trip to Africa during a recent class in Ms. Jolene Thompson’s Intro to Business course.
The presentation included an itemized budget covering the cost of ground transportation, air fare, meals, lodging in two locations, and expenses for entertaining potential customers. Critical facts regarding currency, exchange rates, GDP and per capita earnings, as well as system of government, religious influences and political climate were also shared.
Ms. Thompson’s students understand that their business world will be one of international commerce,and that success begins with understanding.
Representatives from Newtown Savings Bank visited the Newtown High School Business Education department recently. Mr. Thomas Lutz, VP of Mortgage Banking, and Ms. Disha Daminia, Customer Service Representative, presented to several classes. They gave PowerPoint presentations on topics such as savings & checking accounts, sources of credit, factors that affect your credit score, and more. They also played an interactive Internet based game to survey students’ understanding of financial matters, and stated they were impressed with what students had already learned in their NHS studies.
Students from Mrs. Vivian Sheen’s Financial Management classes as well as Mrs. Melissa Cacioppo’s Accounting classes attended.
This visit was a part of the ongoing partnership between NHS and Newtown Savings Bank, with a goal of improving students’ ability to understand and manage personal finances.
Thank you NSB, Mr. Lutz, and Ms. Daminia.Tags: Guest Speaker
Students from Business Education, Financial Management and Marketing courses spent a day in New York City recently. They visited NBC Studios where a tour guide explained the workings of the main performing, production and marketing areas. Students were also taken on a guided tour of the NYC financial district.
The students were very interested in the manner in which classroom theories play out in the actual world of business.
Business Education Department Teachers Vivian Sheen and Jolene Thompson arranged and supervised the trip.Tags: Field Trips
Melissa Cacioppo’s Personal & Business Law class recently hosted Officer Len Penna from the Newtown Police Department. Officer Penna spoke with students about his job as a School Resource Officer (SRO), about Field Sobriety testing, and consequences that accompany a DUI arrest.
All students were given an opportunity to attempt walking a straight line with their vision impaired by Fatal Vision goggles. When students realized the difficulty of this simple challenge, Officer Penna reminded them that alcohol impairs all senses.
Officer Penna is pictured giving instructions to Chris Bochino, just prior to administering the Fatal Vision test.
Mrs. Cacioppo invited Officer Penna to help her students understand how relevant the law is to them, and to inform them of their rights and responsibilities.
Thank you Officer Penna!
The DECA club recently held a Meet & Greet (& Eat) event in the Newtown High School cafeteria to introduce potential new members to the group.
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America, Delta Epsilon Chi at the college level), is an extra-curricular activity that allows members to experience a variety of business challenges. Marketing skills were very apparent in the decision to attract potential members with a variety of tasty foods offered during the time between the ending of school and the beginning of sports practices.
All attendees agreed the event was worthwhile – and fun!
DECA meets every Wednesday from 2:00-2:45. The club is supervised by Business Ed. Teacher, Jolene Thompson.Tags: DECA
Twenty-five students from the Business Education Department travelled to Danbury to visit Cartus, “. . . the industry leader in global mobility and workforce development support to organizations worldwide.” Cartus specializes in relocation services for employees of corporations as diverse as; Burger King, NY Jets, CVS, and Lowes. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Field Trips
Students in Melissa Cacciopo’s Personal & Business Law class are engaged in a spirited discussion centered on individual privacy rights. Under consideration is a video posting on YouTube of the recent Killer Whale attack in Sea World. Sea World and the victim’s family want the video removed. The photographer wants the video published to inform the public of the dangers of holding these animals captive. The case is currently in court. Several other cases were also discussed.
These sessions are a regularly scheduled component of Mrs. Cacciopo’s course. Students bring articles or reports on contemporary legal cases that relate to classroom sessions. The 90-minute discussions are held during the extended lunch period, allowing students ample time to discuss and debate relevant ideas. Mrs. Cacciopo knows that student learning is enhanced when they make connections between learning inside the classroom and the world outside.
Order In The Court!Tags: Law
Business Department teacher Vivian Sheen took her Financial Management students on a road trip to the school cafeteria today. Mrs. Sheen made arrangements with Chartwells’ cafeteria management team to allow her students an opportunity to track cash flow from the point of sale. Each student got the opportunity to run the cash register and make change for at least one customer, while the rest of the class worked with Mrs. Sheen to answer a variety of related questions.
Mrs. Sheen knows her students master vocabulary and concepts much more readily when they can actually participate in the process being studied. Gabby Kalinowski, Freshman, and Elizabeth Tarshis, Senior, are pictured on the register. Chartwells’ staff member Karen Collins is assisting.
Special thanks to Chartwells for their cooperation in this learning experience.
Officer Stinson, Newtown’s K-9 Officer, conducted a demonstration on K-9 training, handling, and tracking methods. Classes involved included Personal and Business Law as well as PE/Health classes. Students viewed Officer Stinson commanding Baro to attack Officer Penna, who was wearing a training sleeve over his arm. Many students asked questions and were amazed at the strength and abilities of Baro.Tags: Police
Tom Lutz, V.P. of Mortgage Banking, and Bill Hart, Mortgage Banker, both from Newtown Savings Bank, visited the Newtown High School Business Education Department today to talk with the Personal Finance, Financial Management, and Accounting classes about credit and financial responsibility. Business Department teachers Vivian Sheen, Jolene Thompson, and Melissa Cacioppo have been discussing elements of these topics in their classes, and this was a great opportunity for the students to talk with local business people and hear real-life stories from banking professionals. This is the third year Newtown Savings Bank has partnered with NHS to educate students about credit and financial responsibility in this way.Tags: Guest Speaker
Thirty Newtown High School students attended “Cool Fun 101″ at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. The students listened to speeches by the President of the Sound Tigers, General Manager of the NY Islanders, General Manager of the Rock Cats and a professor from Manhattanville College. Topics of discussion included sponsorship, marketing, the benefits of internships and general business topics. Students were then able to watch the Sound Tigers take on the Adirondak Phantoms.Tags: Field Trips
The NHS School Store has recently added four new items to the catalogue. In response to student requests, the traditional ‘Newtown’ hoodie is now available in White, and stocked in the full range of sizes. The store can also keep you prepared for inclement weather with a new style baseball cap ($15), a knit cap ($12), and a collapsible umbrella with case ($15).
The store is now open for business most periods every day. Stop in and see these items for yourself.Tags: School Store
The ongoing relationship between Newtown Savings Bank and Newtown High School continues to pay dividends. Business Teacher Jolene Thompson’s Marketing class was the most recent beneficiary. Mr. Dan Long, Senior Vice President and Strategic Planning and Marketing Director for the bank, visited the class Monday and presented a lesson about the importance of focus groups in developing a marketing plan. Read the rest of this entry »
Newtown High School students visited the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Capitol with teachers Melissa Cacioppo and Candace Dietter. Students learned about the history of the courtroom and toured the museum. Students were also able to listen to oral arguments for a case involving forgery and bribery (the case was about a CT DMV employee creating false licenses and receiving payments). Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Field Trips
Randi Jackson and Ryan Manion check the books as they end their shift in the school store. Increased student interest has allowed the store to be open all day, most days of the week. Orders have been placed for interesting new clothing items and new Nighthawk accessories.Tags: School Store
Twenty four students attended the inaugural meeting of the Newtown High School Chapter of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America, Delta Epsilon Chi at the college level), “an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service.” Read the rest of this entry »
Ricky Grosso is unpacking a recent delivery of items for sale in the school store. Student participation in this enterprise has grown to the point that the store will be open at least 6 of our 8 periods. Adviser Jolene Thompson says that 8 periods of operation is a possibility in the near future. Students interested in participating should contact Miss Thompson.