Alice Deal Weekly Bulletin
January 19, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
|Thought for the Week
"I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential - schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them."
-- Barack Obama
Monday - Holiday
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Half Day Schedule
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
|The next session of the IB professional development class, Building an IB Middle Years Program, will be meeting on Wednesday, January 21 at 3:30. In our two class sessions so far, this dedicated group of Deal teachers has begun to explore the foundations of the IB as a prerequisite for supporting IB instruction. Starting with class on the 21st, participants will be crafting IB MYP teaching units for the 3rd advisory. This will be an extensive yet exciting project, involving teacher teamwork and reflection.
Teachers: each grade-level department team and all electives will be required to submit and implement IB MYP unit plans for the 3rd advisory. Departments should meet to determine which units will be the subject of the IB MYP unit development process and convey that information to the IB Coordinator, Mr. Albright by January 30. There must be at least one full IB MYP unit (including unit planner, assessment task, and identified criteria) from each grade level and subject (i.e., - 7th grade Humanities, 8th grade English). As the first step is to identify the units, please send that information (just the name and timing of the unit) by January 30 with some suggested times for meeting with Mr. Albright to plan the unit. Important: it is critical to get these first units right. Once the plan has been made, all materials to be handed out should be shared with the coordinator to make implementation as smooth as possible.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Inauguration Day - Holiday
Students return to school.
Deal Ski Trip to Ski Liberty
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Oyster-Adams at Deal, 3:30 pm
Student Council Awards Assembly
Periods: 1, 6, 4, 5
Apple Demo at 1:00 pm
6th Grade Transition Meeting at 1:00 pm
Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Deal Spelling Bee at 3:30 pm
Chinese Club trip to Uptown Cathay
School visit with a school team from AZ
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Takoma at Takoma at 3:30 pm
field trip to Smithsonian
"WPG Trio" performance during 6th & 7th periods
Deal Vision Meeting, 3:30 pm
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Francis at Deal, 3:30 pm
Attendance Committee Meeting during 2nd period
2nd Advisory report cards issued
Council Pennies for Patients campaign begins
2009 Deal Science Fair Setup
Girls/ Boys Basketball Game vs Hardy at Hardy, 3:30 pm
2009 Deal Science Fair Judging Day
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting, 3:30 pm
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Lincoln at Deal, 3:30 pm
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
Game vs Takoma at Takoma
Focus Walk - pd. 4
Department Chairperson's Meeting, 3:30 pm, RM 101
Valentine's Day Party, 3:30 - 6 pm
Presidents' Day Holiday
Teachers submit deficiency reports to HR teachers
HR teachers submit deficiency reports to the main office
Mid-Advisory Reports mailed home
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm
NAEP-2009 for 8th graders
The Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign ends
Periods: 1, 3, 7, 4, 5
Reception at Smithsonian Museum of American Art for Team Braveheart art/writing stories books
8th grade promotion
Last day of school for students
Last day of school for teachers
|Message from Principal Kim
|I hope everyone was able to participate somehow in the commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the inauguration of our 44th president this weekend.
In his speech at the Capitol, President Obama challenged us to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and dig in for the hard work of building our communities and country. This message is one that all persons, including our students, should take personally.
This week ends the second semester of the school year, and I urge everyone to rededicate themselves to excellence. Half the year remains, and there is much to do. Teachers can teach with more passion. Parents can be more supportive of their children and more committed to the school. Students should focus on learning and achievement. All of us in the Deal community should join to create a rigorous and inclusive space, where each person is holding themselves to the highest standards.
Our journey to success will not be easy. In fact, we should anticipate moments of struggle and disappointment. But excellence is within reach. We have half a year to grasp it.
|IB Model UN
|Thanks go to Adam Kirschenbaum, 7th grade Humanities teacher, for leading the first Deal students to the IB Model United Nations, this past weekend. Congratulations to Anne Chambers, Charlotte Hovland, Molly Charles, and Ulysses Campbell on their participation in the IB Model UN Competition this past weekend. These Deal students met with IB students from Middle Years and Diploma programs across the mid-Atlantic to look at global issues through a political forum. The IB MUN was hosted by Garfield High School, in Prince William County, Virginia.
In coming years, we can expect to send a much larger contingent of students as we become more familiar with the expectations and process for the activity. As a candidate MYP school, it is rewarding to be able to participate in activities hosted by IB World Schools!
High School Applications Update
Deadlines are fast approaching please get on track if you wish to apply to any of the following high schools.
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Phelps Architectual Construction and Engineering
Cardozo Trans Tech
Deal Students and Teachers are Champions!
As we go for the "green" (proficiency in math and reading) it was gratifying to observe students focused while taking the DC-BAS Test B. We encourage you to keep up the effort and to strive for accuracy and efficiency.
Let us continue to train our minds and exercise our learning as we start the second half of this school year.
Let's show the city, the country and the world what Alice Deal Middle School students can achieve. Intelligence and achievement are the results of discipline and diligence.
The team work, cooperation, and enthusiasm exhibited by the staff is to be commended. Your effort and commitment is inspiring.
Four Deal Students View History in the Making
On Tuesday, January 13th, Channel 5 news featured a wonderful story about one of our 7th grade students, James Coleman. James and his brother submitted an essay responding to the question: "How can I contribute to my neighborhood through community service?" in hopes of being one of 100 DC middle and high school students who would be selected to sit in the viewing stand for the Inaugural Parade. The essay shared information about the valuable lessons the two young men have learned by seeing past their own hardships and reaching out to others.
James and his bother were selected as the winning contestants will receive tickets for their entire family to witness a memorable and historical event on Tuesday, January 20th as President Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
On Friday afternoon, we were informed that Gabrielle Hansford, Erika Hinkle, and Sean Kelley submitted winning essays and were also selected to receive tickets to the inauguration.
The Administration and staff are very proud of these four students and their families. Congratulations!!
The Deal Ski Trip takes place on Thursday, January 22nd. The bus will leave Deal at 6:30 am and will return at 6:30 pm. Students on the trip will be provided with lunch, but they may bring money for snacks. Parents, please be sure to meet your children at 6:30 pm exactly.
Half Day Bell Schedule
Friday is a half day for students (record keeping). Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm. The following bell schedule will be used:
Period 1 8:45 am - 9:16 am
Assembly Period 9:20 am- 9:55 am
Period 6 9:59 am - 10:40 am
Period 4 10:44 am - 11:25 am
Period 5 11:29 am - 12:10 pm
Home Room 12:10 pm - 12:15 pm
Note: If the assembly program runs over, the bell schedule will be adjusted.
6th Grade Transition Team Meeting
The Awards Assembly will be held on Friday at 9:20 am in the gymnasium.
The Deal Transition Team will meet on Friday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm in room N101. Joining us will be representatives from our feeder schools. Teachers will be sharing exemplars. Light refreshments will be provided.
Apple Demo of New Software and Hardware
On Friday at 1:00 pm Apple will have a demonstration of parallels and bootcamp. Apple will demonstrate the uses and interface with our Grade Book program and other programs Deal uses. Expected at this meeting/demo: Mr. Dacoba, Mr. Mbayu, Mr. Simmons, Ms. Lerum, Ms. Wells, Ms. Mostoller, Mr. Mungai, Ms. Hovancseck and Mr. Jackson.
The demonstration will take place in Mr. Simmon's Room - Room # C-163. If others are interested, please contact Mr. Dacoba.
Note: Time correction from last weeks bulletin. 1:00 pm not 2:00 pm
Movie Club will start next week on Monday, January 26th with Ms. Ortiz. Each Monday we will meet to watch a movie, we will also decide what movie to watch for the following week. We will meet in room N103, drinks will be provided, make sure to bring your own snack. The movie we will be watching is Swing Vote.
Lost and FOUND Textbooks
Jordan Blagburn - Spanish
Diona Boler - Science
Antonio Dawes - English
Rahela Dulan - French
Vanessa Flores - French
Kevin Goode - History
D'Mani Harrison-Porter - English
Karen Herrera - History
Nhat Hoang - English
Terence Jones - English
Michael Kusnet - Science (Interactions)
Yannick Mafame - English
Marvin Mata - Spanish
Kali Murphy - Literature
Mia Nicholson - Spanish
Travon Parker - Spanish
Jose Reyes - Science
Danielle Thomas - Spanish
Camille Titzell - French
Cordell Wright - History
Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!
Opportunity for Teachers
The Jordan Fundamentals Program's Innovation Grants are available to teachers working in innovative ways to improve classroom instruction. Visit the program's web site -http://www.nike.com/jumpman23/features/fundamentals/overview.html
for guidelines and application procedures.
Opportunity for Students
The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives middle school student teams the opportunity, tools and inspiration to become agents of change by creating sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities. Top prizes will include a chance to appear on Discovery Network's Planet Green, a share in thousands of dollars in savings bonds, a once-in-a-lifetime Discovery Adventure trip and more. Students are encouraged to visit http://wecanchange.com for more information.
Before & After School Activities This Week ...
- Concert Choir, 7:45 am
- Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am
- LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Boys/Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Show Choir, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Mathcounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
- Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
- Ms. Simpson-Wayne's Video Exercise Class, 3:30 -4:30 pm
- Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
- LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Oyster Adams at Deal, 3:30 pm
Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
- Rock Choir, 8 am
- Flute and Clarinet Ensembles, 8 am
- Field Games with Mr. Brecher
- Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
- Knitting with Ms. Wells, 3:30 -4:30 pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
|Food for thought...
President Obama's Inaugural Address
My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.