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. 

Ron Brown HS Speakers Series

RBHS Speakers Series

Ron Brown College Preparatory High School will launch a weekly speakers series as part of its College and Career Exploration Program.  It is designed around the three core pillars of the school – to develop a young man’s character, academic curiosity, and service toward his community.

Sign up to share your story by visiting http://bit.ly/RBHSspeaker, emailing rbhs.speaker@dc.gov, or calling 202-729-4343.

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Ron Brown HS June Meeting

Ron Brown HS June Meeting

Cabinet members heard updates on the school’s enrollment, facilities, and hiring plans, learned about DCPS’ 500 for 500 mentoring program in order to apply lessons learned when considering RBHS’ mentoring program concept, and provided feedback on the role of the Community Cabinet moving forward.

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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!