Connecting art & emotional responses: Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors field trip

Last week, Ms. Mills took a group of students on a field trip to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum. Artist Yayoi Kusama’s avant-garde pieces are known for their ability to evoke various emotional responses based on her unconventional use of space, color, light and reflection. In her Infinity Mirrors exhibit, Kusama created six rooms of wonder on the beauty, stereotypes and evolution of the human condition. Students viewed the rooms as well as her earlier creations such as “Works on Paper.” Students then analyzes the six rooms and critically discuss Kusama’s perspective on the “incredible beauty of humanity.” Check out photos from their day below:

If you are interested in this exhibit, information on their free timed-passes is here. 

MacFarland Community Cabinet Notes 5/26

MacFarland Principal Aqueelha James and Assistant Principal Mark Sanders met with the MacFarland Community Cabinet last Thursday to discuss how members can continue their engagement around MacFarland as it becomes a functioning DCPS school next year. Some key quotes:

  • AP Sanders: “The beginning of the school year next year once we get school started there’s two campaigns we’ll be running…One will be getting another class of 6th graders and pulling more 7th grade students too…The longer term campaign will be…MacFarland is a neighborhood community school and I want everyone to hear that message loud and clear. We want everyone to be there.”
  • Principal James: “So when we do open with a comprehensive program both schools will have something in common that we are a global studies school. And we want there to be a beautiful vertical articulation, and that’s part of why Mr. Sanders will oversee…the high school dual language part. And phase 2, after MacFarland moves into its own building and opening that comprehensive part. I can’t wait to see what it will be for a graduating 8th grader in dual language or comprehensive to make that decision to go to Roosevelt especially with that vertical articulation”
  • AP Sanders: “The difference between reading about the Mexican American War from an American and a Mexican author, it’s a bit of a different spin on that. And if they’re studying that in the dual language track, we want there to be alignment with the comprehensive program”
  • Cabinet member: “Keeping that line between MacFarland and Roosevelt. I love how you guys have merged that. It’s not the same school but the program is basically one in the same. If you have a parent of a 10th grader who can talk to an incoming 6th grader that’s great. It’s easier to have one source than to have to go to a variety of separate meetings”

Full notes here. Happy June!

Enrollment Fair for Roosevelt and MacFarland — May 21st

Principal Aqueelha  James and MacFarland Assistant Principal Mark Sanders will host an enrollment fair for both Roosevelt High School and MacFarland Middle School on Saturday, May 21st from 10am to noon in the Roosevelt Gym.  Registration will happen on site, so make sure to bring your proof of DC residency. Flyers in English and Spanish are below, please contact with any questions.

Note: this event is tailored to prospective families. We look forward to hosting many more events for our Ward 4 neighbors in the future, but will not be able to offer building tours on the 21st.

5 Reasons to Choose MacFarland Dual Language

My School DC Lottery results will be out April 1st. If you applied and your child attends a DCPS Dual Language Elementary School Program, your spot is already guaranteed! Here are five reasons to enroll at MacFarland on April 1st.

#1: Research-based benefits of dual language: Research shows students who continue dual language after elementary school do better than students who don’t. Make sure the years your child has invested in bilingual education continue to pay off in middle school. Check out the graphs on page 7 of our presentation to parents for more.

#2: A proven model: MacFarland will replicate the Oyster Adams middle school model. Students take English Humanities, Spanish Humanities, Math in English, and Science in Spanish. Students have the opportunity to get better at each language, or even learn a third during an enrichment block.

#3: Aligned programming: In addition to a bilingual program, DCPS is also implementing a global education focus at MacFarland next year. Roosevelt High School will also have dual language and global education next year, so students can continue to build on their middle school education in high school.

#4: Guaranteed spots for DCPS DL students: Students from DCPS Dual Language programs at Bruce Monroe, Bancroft, Powell, Cleveland, Tyler, and Marie Reed have a guaranteed seat as long as they apply through the lottery by Tuesday, March 1st. Apply now!

#5: Help start something big: Today’s dual language 5th graders have a chance to be part of the hottest startup in town. Submit your application now and lock in bilingual education in middle school!

Questions? Contact or 202.821.6557.

Edited Children


Abajo son cinco razones para elegir a MacFarland Dual Language:

#1: Los datos estan de acuerdo: Las investigaciones muestran que estudiantes que continuan con educacción bilingue después de la escuela elementaria tienen mas éxito que los estudiantes que salen de educacción bilingüe. Este seguro que los años que ha invertido su hijo/a en educacción bilingüe pueden continuar en la escuela intermedia. Mire a los gráficos ennuestra presentación a padres para más.

#2: Un modelo probado: MacFarland va a replicar el modelo de Oyster Adams. Estudiantes toman clases de Humanidades en Ingles e en Español, Matemáticas en Ingles y Ciencias en Español. Estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de mejorar en cada idioma, o aprender un tercer idioma durante otra clase de enriquecimiento.

#3: Programación Alineado: MacFarland tendrá un foqués en estudios globales, en adición a su programa bilingüe. Roosevelt High School también tendra un programa bilingüe y tema de estudios globales, pues estudiantes pueded continuar con sus estudios en el colegio.

#4: Puestos Garantizados Para Estudiantes de LD en DCPS: Estudiantes de programas bilingües en DCPS en Bruce Monroe, Bancroft, Powell, Cleveland, Tyler, y Marie Reed tienen un puesto garantizado con tal de que apliquen entre la lotería por Martes, el 1de Marzo. ¡Aplique ahora!

#5: Empezar un Gran Programa: Los estudiantes del quinto grado tienen la oportunidad de ser parte de un gran programa nuevo. Haz su solicitud ahora para asegurar su espacio en escuela intermedia bilingüe.

Preguntas? Manda correo a o llama a 202.821.6557.

Roosevelt Community Cabinet 10/22 Meeting Notes

Cabinet members spent time at last Thursday’s meeting talking about what they and their community wanted to see at Roosevelt. Meeting notes are below.

102215 Roosevelt Community Cabinet Meeting Notes