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Department Vision Statements
The vision of the Alice Deal Middle School Mathematics Department is to provide all students with relevant mathematics concepts appropriate for their grade level and to further provide the skills and concepts necessary for success in high school mathematics. The teachers in the Math department also strive to foster a positive attitude and strong work ethic for ourselves and for our students. We seek to encourage students to communicate math concepts clearly both verbally and in writing.
The math department meets this need by using manipulatives, games and real world problems that will help students derive meaning from abstract mathematics. The department will strive to have one common assessment for all students taking the same course regardless of their grade level. The math department will also meet the needs of all students by providing remediation in the form of a math resource class to our struggling students and Algebra and Geometry classes to our advanced students. The math department plans collaboratively with the Special Education and ELL departments to meet the unique needs of these students. The math department will strive to have vertical team meetings with elementary school teachers to discuss the needs of incoming students, and with high school teachers as well to discuss the preparation of our students for their course work.
The Math department will provide additional mathematical opportunities for our students by participating in various mathematics programs and fun activities e.g., Math Counts, American Math Competition, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Family Math Night, and Pi Day.
The vision of Alice Deal Middle School is to prepare scientifically literate citizens. The school provides a science program that encourages students to acquire knowledge of scientific facts, concepts, and skills which will enable them to process and apply information logically, solve problems, and make judgments based on evidence. Students will use inquiry and hands-on explorations to gain experience in skills and processes such as observing, describing, classifying, measuring, interpreting, organizing, hypothesizing, and making predictions. The focus of science education at Deal Middle School is to prepare students for advanced study and or comprehension of societal issues related to science. Each student is stimulated to think critically, creatively, and analytically to reason through specific problem or situations. Students are given an opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including whole group instruction, small group collaborations, and independent inquiry. Creative projects and activities provide learning experiences that encourage the application of scientific concepts and problem-solving skills of students at all levels.
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Who doesn’t love social studies? All of us are interested in others, in their cultures and their values and choices. We are, in our very natures, social creatures, so Deal’s Department of Social Studies takes good advantage and seeks many opportunities to expand our students’ world beyond the familiar and into the larger historical communities of humankind.
Our Social Studies program offers two courses in history and geography. As seventh graders, students learn more about the ancient world from the beginnings of our species through the fall of Rome. Eighth graders study American History from the foundations of Native American, West African, and medieval European cultures through the rise of industrialization in the post-Reconstruction era.
In each course, students will work with the geography, literature, music, art, technological innovations, political institutions, and social and cultural values of the various communities. Our department strives to integrate skills from math and language arts so our students are able to confidently interpret data and express themselves in written form. We use the common themes that cross the disciplines and work collaboratively with colleagues in other departments to write unit plans that build on those themes.
In addition, all Deal students complete research projects through the National History Day program. This project provides them with a content-rich exposure to the stacks of our local university libraries, the National Archives, the National Geographic society, various local and national museums, and the Library of Congress. Deal’s faculty is justifiably proud that our program ranks among the strongest in the nation for fostering student success beyond the textbook and prescribed curricula.
Walk into the classroom of anyone in our department and you will see educational bulletin boards and numerous samples of student work. Who doesn’t love social studies, indeed!
English Language Learning (ELL) Department
The mission of Deal’s ELL Department is to help English Language Learners (ELLs) become academically and socially successful in school. We strive to provide a comfortable, non-threatening learning environment in which new arrivals can acclimate to a new educational system and culture.
Students with very little English proficiency are more sheltered and receive four English as Second Language classes. They are only mainstreamed for math and physical education, art or music. As the student’s English proficiency improves, he or she is gradually mainstreamed into more mainstream content area classes based on need and ability. The most advanced ELL student is completely mainstreamed with the exception of one ESL English class. All ELLs receive two English Language Arts classes, they may be both ESL English or one ESL English and one mainstream English class depending on their level. This practice focuses instruction on targeting the area of greatest need. At all levels of mainstream inclusion, the ELL department collaborates with mainstream teachers to help develop strategies for success in academic achievement and social and cultural adjustment.
Each spring, all ELL students take the Access for ELLs English proficiency test to measure their progress. Upon achieving a designated score on Access for ELLs, students are exited from all ELL classes starting the next school year. Students exited from our ESL program are monitored for two years to ensure continued success in the mainstream. We also maintain special assessment portfolios on all ELL students.
The English Language Learners at Deal are a true microcosm of Washington’s international community. Refugees, immigrants, children of diplomats, embassy employees, representatives of international organizations and people simply seeking a better life make up our ELL community. From year to year, 10-20 different languages and 15-25 countries are represented by these fascinating students. They contribute immeasurable cultural flavor and texture to the greater Deal community.
The Music Department at Alice Deal Middle School is dedicated to excellence and success. Everyone loves music in some way, shape, or form. Music has the power to transform a life for the better of society. Students in the music program are introduced to the Seven C’s: Commitment, Communication, Competence, Concentration, Confidence, Consideration, and Cooperation. Here at Deal, we foster the mutual welfare of all our students by exposing them to music in some fashion.
Students have the opportunity to be a part of a program that has proven itself worthy of competition. The Department of Music has something for all the music lovers. In the Choral Department, there is the Concert Choir and the Show Choir. When it comes to the Instrumental Department, students can elect to be in the Beginning Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Drumline, or be a Solo & Ensemble student. All students must take a General Music class that will explore the different musical periods, the family of instruments, creativity when dealing with music, and many more outlets to open young minds up in a musical way.
The performing groups that are in the Music Department are very visible because they perform at all of the school assemblies, two concerts a year, functions such as International Night, and even a huge spring trip. Some of the performing groups travel out into the community to create a musical experience for others that don’t have that opportunity and would like to hear some good music.
As our culture saturates its citizenry with vivid aural patterns, it is becoming increasingly necessary for students to perceive their acoustic environment sensitivity and selectively. The arts utilize basic knowledge and concepts of other subjects to most effectively direct and develop the foundation skills essential to learning: critical thinking, making connections/relationships, communicating, problem solving, personal development, and social responsibility.
-A 3-ring, 2-inch binder, with dividers for each of the five different courses
-A clear pencil case witha few pencils and pens
-loose-leaf paper for the binder
-calculator and graph paper
-colored pencils - NO markers please
-a box of tissues for your homeroom teacher
-summer reading assignment and book logs
-a positive and open attitude