We're excited to share that after a year of collaborating with parents and guardians, students, school leaders, educators, and community members, District 15 is launching a districtwide plan to increase middle school diversity and equity. As part of this plan, all district middle schools in District 15—including ours—will now use an open admissions method, and some applicants will have priority for 52% of seats at each school. This means:

· Our school will no longer screen or use applicants’ academic records to evaluate or admit students. If we have more applicants than available seats, we will match with applicants by random selection.

· We will give the following applicants an admissions priority for 52% of seats at our school: students from low-income households (who qualify for the federal free and reduced price lunch program), students in temporary housing, and English Language Learners.

These changes will be in place for current fifth grade students who will be applying to middle school this fall. This will not affect your ability to select and rank schools or the way in which you can apply to middle schools.

To learn more about the D15 Diversity Plan, visit d15diversityplan.com.

AuthorDaniel Aguilar

The Dewey Gem

Editor’s in Chief- Emerald Carrion and Xiomara Vazquez (with a little help from Ms. Rappaport) -- Download English PDF Version

Dewey is Off to Spain!

It’s that time again! Our principal, Mr. Sackler, will be taking a group of 24 students to Spain this year. 7th and 8th graders in good standing were invited to apply to join “The Global Affairs Club.” To join, students submitted an essay explaining their interest in learning about other countries and their commitment to learning about history and other cultures. 38 students who were selected are now part of “The Global Affairs Club” with Mr. Sackler, where they will learn about the history and culture of Spain. Being a member of this club involves hard work and dedication, but the rewards are bountiful. The 38 students will further compete for a place in the final 24. During our winter break, 24 members of “The Global Affairs Club” will have the opportunity to explore Spain firsthand, where they will witness history at their fingertips.

The Arts at Dewey

by Emerald Carrion and Xiomara Vazquez

At Dewey we are very proud of our art program and the multiple partnerships we have with local artists. Emerald Carrion and Xiomara Vazquez interviewed Ms. Conte about the art talent at Dewey.

Emerald/Xiomara: What are you doing to have the kids express their inner thoughts? Ms. Conte: I teach children to connect themselves with their art. I feel that everything we paint is part of ourselves.

Emerald/Xiomara: What are you doing to make the kids be more creative with their artwork? Ms. Conte: I only let them use red, blue and yellow and white paint and they have to create their own colors.

Emerald/Xiomara: What are you making the kids draw and paint? Ms. Conte: The 8th grade is exploring there own personal interest in painting, and the 7th grade is learning to paint landscapes impressionist style.

Emerald/Xiomara: Can you tell us about the RUSH partnership? Ms. Conte: The RUSH partnership lasted for 3 years it was a wonderful experience now we have a gallery and our students learned a lot.

Emerald/Xiomara: Can you tell us more about the talent program in our school? Ms. Conte: Our goal is to become recognized within our community as a premier arts destination in the NYC educational system.

Student Lighthouse Team

by  Aden Broome

When you hear about the Student Lighthouse Team, what do you think? Do you think of a group of kids from around the world using their special set of skills to help out around our beloved school, MS.136? If not, then you are wrong. The Student Lighthouse Team is formed of 6th,7th, and 8th graders with specialty skills that help improve the environment for the students in the school. For example, I am the technology person, Ismael, Melissa and Rosemary are the idea brainstorm team members, Ashley is the artist for the team, Yousef is the silent thinker, we are all the speakers, and we shall see what our new team members (Diana, David, and Alayiah) are strong at.  Every year we have a special group project that the team members decide what to do or fix for the school. For example, last year in 2017 we reworked and created a new mural on the left side of the building, with colorful bottles of water. This year we are already having discussions with Mr. Sackler about the cleanliness of the bathrooms and how to improve them. As of now, the team is full, however, if a new team member does not make it, then we will put out the applications for the team again on our board on the second floor with the blue shirt. Sign it and hand it into a team member or  Mrs. Monteleone. You will know who we are as we are wearing our blue shirts every Wednesday. Thank you and feel free to let us know what else we can take to the principal about improving the school.

Dewey’s Chess Club

by Xiomara Vazquez

So its was May 5, 2016, the third time P.S.131 went to Tennessee. There were a total of 14 kids. It was 8:35 a.m. We got to the airport, got in, and that's where my adventure started. I was so happy being one of the strongest chess players, and I was ready to compete. When the day came, all I could think about was that I was scared not knowing where I was going and what if I got lost or something else happened. As the plane took off, I was freaking out telling myself what did I do??!! Eventually, I calmed down, and l saw the most coolest thing I've ever seen. It was so cool there (the hotel was Gaylord Hotels). We got our rooms and we got a balcony!  We got up early, went to eat, and after that we got to the chess room. It was huge and cool. We got our assigned chess boards and found out if we were black or white. I was so excited. I came really close to earning a trophy, but sadly, I lost. Even so, I was happy to be part of something huge. That's why I want to open a chess team at Dewey. I want people to have the same experience as I did. Please join us on Tuesdays in room 105 for chess club. Contact Xiomara from 616, Mr. Lee, or Ms. Rappaport if you are interested.    

Holiday Recipe given to us by Mr. Taylor

Caramelized Winter Squash  ——-  Serves 4 to 6

2 tbsp pine nuts
2 tsp minced rosemary
2 tsp minced lemon zest
1 ¼ tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs peeled winter squash, cut into roughly ½ cubes (5 cups diced)
1 tsp salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 Toast the pine nuts in a small skillet over low heat until lightly browned, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Set aside.
2 Combine in the rosemary, lemon zest and garlic in a small bowl and add just enough lemon juice to moisten.  Stir together with a spoon, crushing and smearing to make a thick herb paste. 
3, Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  When it is very hot, add the squash.  Sprinkle with salt.
4 Cover tightly and cook without stirring for 2 minutes.  Remove the lid and stir the squash.  
5 Reduce heat to medium, stirring occasionally, until the squash cubes are just tender enough to pierce with a small sharp knife, about 5 minutes.  The squash should appear somewhat browned but should not be so cooked that it falls apart.
6, when the squash is cooked, sprinkle with the herb mixture and the remaining lemon juice.   Scatter the pine nuts over the squash and transfer to a bowl.

AuthorLuis Reino


This year, our school is fortunate enough to be traveling to Italy.  We will be visiting Venice, Florence, Pisa, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Rome.  We will be posting pictures on our blog and Instagram accounts:

Blog:                MS136Italy2017.blogspot.com

Instagram       ItalyMS136


Piazza Della Republica

Piazza Della Republica

AuthorLuis Reino