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April 20, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."

Thought for the Week  
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

 -- Thomas Jefferson

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Bell Schedule
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday- DC-CAS
Wednesday -
Thursday - DC-CAS
Friday - DC-CAS
Register Your Child Now!

Deal families,

You should have received a registration packet in the mail.  Please fill out all of the forms (lunch, residency, after school, etc.) and bring them to Deal between the hours of 9am & 3pm. 

This will be a BIG help to us for planning for next year & you don't have to come in during the summer!

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Baxter.

[email protected]

Upcoming Activities!

Tuesday - Friday
DC CAS Testing (students are reminded to bring their calculators and #2 pencils!)
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30
PTA meeting elections, 7 pm
April 27
DC CAS Testing
 (students are reminded to bring their calculators and #2 pencils!)

April 30
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30
Mary Cheh hosts a discussion about Education issues for Ward 3 in the Deal cafeteria, 6:30 pm

May 6, 7, & 8
Deal Book Fair
Come meet Deal's new media specialist!

May 7
Chancellor Rhee's Meeting
4:30pm, 825 N. Capitol St.
9th floor
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30 

May 8
Braveheart to Gettysburg

May 15
Parent Teacher Conference (12:00 noon - 7:00), No school for students
Last day for 8th grade promotional activity payments

May 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm

May 25
Memorial Day Holiday

May 26
Reception at Smithsonian Museum of American Art for Team Braveheart art/writing stories books

May 28 & 29
Deal production of "Once Upon a Mattress"

May 29
Final Student Awards Assembly

May 30
Annual Bikes for the World Collection, 10-1pm

June 3
8th grade class trip

June 5
8th grade dance, 7-10 pm

June 11
8th grade promotion, 9:15 am
7th grade trip to King's Dominion

June 15
Last day of school for students

June 17
Last day of school for teachers
The rehearsal schedule has been added to the after-school activity section of the bulletin.  However, you should check your email since these are subject to change.

If you cannot attend rehearsal, please let Ms. Bronstein know:

Harriet Bronstein
( 202) 363-0213 or (202) 256-2811

[email protected]
Nurse Melissa Lewis-Pringle!!!
We would like to welcome our new nurse to Deal.
Nurse Lewis-Pringle recently relocated to the D.C. area with her husband and one year-old daughter.  She is originally from the New York City metro area where she was a Registered Nurse for 11 years.  She graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.  She has worked in various areas of nursing that range from Oncology, Neuroscience, Mother-Baby, Private Duty, and Gynecology.  She is also a Board Certified Maternal-Child Nurse.
She truly enjoys working in the health field and especially with children.  It has been the most rewarding area of healthcare for her.  She looks forward to a positive working relationship with all you. 
Feeder School Math Placement Test Dates
Tuesday, May 5 @ Eaton ES, 9 AM
Wednesday, May 6 @ Lafayette ES, 9 AM
Wednesday, May 6 @ Shepherd ES, 9 AM
Tuesday May 12 @ Murch ES, 9 AM
Wednesday May 13 @ Janney ES (5th grade), 9 AM
Thursday May 14 @ Janney ES (6th grade), 9 AM
Friday-May 15th (parent Teacher Conference Day) @ Deal MS, 10 AM
Oyster, Key, Mann, and all other non-feeder school students
Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim First, Saturday's Open House was a HUGE success!  The cafeteria, our hallways, and our classrooms were buzzing from 8:30 - 1 pm.  We counted over 375 names on the sign-in sheets!  Families often stop me to thank me for doing such a great job.  My response is a hearty thank you and a statement about the wonderful staff members at Deal who really do the hard work.  Our teachers and staff care deeply, and it shows in their daily work with kids.  It also shows when they rearrange their lives to be present and to contribute to building our larger community at events like these.  The teachers and the staff are the ones who draw out the best in our students, so that they become such enthusiastic spokespersons for our wonderful middle school!  And we cannot overlook the incredible parent support that we have through the Deal PTA!  The winning combination of dedicated staff members and parents is what has made Alice Deal the only middle school in the city to be eligible to be an autonomous school!!

Thanks to the following staff, families, and student tour guides for their support on Saturday:
  • Students
  • Mohamed Ahmed
  • Jamie Ashby
  • Madeleine Ciszewski
  • Ricardo Figueroa
  • Nora Hand
  • Abby Israel
  • Johnathan Hill
  • Briana McAdoo
  • Eva Monroe
  • Daisha Myers
  • Ross Pendergast
  • D'Mani Porter
  • Nathaniel Remez
  • Sage Ryan
  • Sonia Schlesinger
  • Zuri Selden Jordan
  • Lena Shapiro
  • Madeline Taub
  • Courtney Vaughn
  • Lane Washington
  • Kara Winstanley
  • Parents
  • Beth Allaben (Parent of Anne Chambers)
  • Ruth Ernst (Parent of Abby Melick)
  • Jane Feller (Parent of David Feller)
  • Sally Greenberg (Parent of Joe Greenberg)
  • Karen McAdoo (Parent of Brianna McAdoo)
  • Emily Myers (Parent of Billy Shuldiner)
  • Audrey Nwanze (Parent of Caroline, Maria and Nicholas Nwanze)
  • Michael Remez (Parent of Nathaniel Remez)
  • Beryl Voigt (Parent of Evan Katz)
  • Alison Wylegala (Parent of Ruthie Lewis)
  • Staff
  • Mr. Albright
  • Ms. Baxter
  • Mr. Brecher
  • Ms. Bronstein
  • Ms. Brooks
  • Ms. Brown
  • Mr. Dacoba
  • Mr. Geremia
  • Mr. Gibson
  • Mr. Harris
  • Ms. Hernandez
  • Mr. Hughes
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mr. Jenkins
  • Ms. Kinzer
  • Mr. Kirshchenbaum
  • Mr. Mbayu
  • Ms. McFarland
  • Ms. Mostoller
  • Ms. Neal
  • Mr. Ngwa
  • Mr. Simmons
  • Ms. Simpson-Wayne
  • Ms. Spann
  • Ms. Streeter
  • Ms. Sweeney
  • Mr. Turner
  • Ms. Wang
Second, I am happy to announce that our new Spanish teacher has arrived!  Mr. David Stemper began with us on Friday.  Students and parents in his class will be receiving a letter of introduction from him later this week.  Mr. Stemper is an accomplished Spanish educator on the university level and has extensive experience working with NGOs in Latin America.  We are very happy that he has joined us for the rest of the year to share his enthusiasm for the language with our students!  Thanks to Ms. Wolfe and Mr. Albright for supporting the students during the gap between teachers.

Finally, students, this is your time to show the city and the nation that we are indeed a fabulous school.  Although the DC CAS is one of many ways to demonstrate your knowledge, it is the the measure that is viewed by many.  I know that you are more than ready to perform on this test, since it is a breeze compared to the work you have done for your teachers throughout the year.  All I ask is that you do your best and remain focused during the next week.  Make us proud.

Principal Kim

DC CAS This Week

DC-CAS Test-Taking Strategies

  • Answer Every question
  • If you don't know the answer, cross out the answer choices you know are definitely wrong. If you're still not sure, TAKE AN EDUCATED GUESS. Pick the one that sounds the most right to you.
  • Even if you think you know the answer, read all of the answer choices carefully before you make a decision.
  • Answer the questions in any order you like.
  • After you have finished, go back and answer any question you left blank.
  • Remember to use the RACE strategy for BCRs.
  • Don't leave blanks!
DC-CAS Schedule


Reading Session 1 & 2

Bell 1

Test periods 1-3 then students report to periods 4, 5, 6, 7



Reading Session 3 & 4

Bell 1

Test periods 1-3 then students report to periods 4, 5, 1, 2



Mathematics Session 1 & 2 (bring your calculator)

Bell 2

Test periods 1-3 then students report to periods 4, 5, 2, 3



Mathematics Session 3 & 4 (bring your calculator)

Bell 2

Test periods 1-3 then students report to periods 4, 5, 3, 1


Monday, April 27

Bell 1

Test 1-3

Science 8

Composition 7

Bell 1
Test periods 1-3 then students report to periods 4, 5, 6, 7 
DC CAS Test Directions
Teachers, to get a preview of the Test Directions and other information on the DC-CAS visit (click on ancillary materials).
Staff Information

Test Security
All staff is responsible for maintaining test integrity by:

  • Preparing and maintaining appropriate and secure testing environment;
  • Completing and signing the test security forms and submitting them to Ms. Hernandez;
  • Signing out for the test materials on the day of testing;
  • Returning all test materials to the appropriate counselor immediately upon completion of testing (make sure answer booklets are separated from answer documents); and
  • Signing in as you return test materials.

During testing both test administrators and proctors must walk around the room quietly encouraging students and circulating frequently to ensure that students:

  • Receive additional sharpened pencils when needed;
  • Follow instructions;
  • Are working on the appropriate content-area section of the assessment;
  • Mark their responses in the appropriate area of the answer booklets;
  • Use only allowable materials;
  • Do not give or receive help from other students; and
  • Are not using a calculator except on approved sections of the mathematics test.

Anything on view in your classroom that constitutes "Content" must be covered during testing.  This may include:

  • Math Formulas
  • English rules
  • Words and/or definitions
  • Any student work
  • Examples of constructed responses
  • Clues to Correct Response
  • Anything that my provide an answer

Anything on view in your classroom that constitutes "Strategy" is allowed to remain posted during testing.  Appropriate strategies include:

  • Rubrics
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Test Strategies
  • Other strategy suggestions provided in the "Test Taking Strategies" list.

If you are unsure whether anything in your classroom is a strategy, cover it.

Teaching & Learning
Reminder to all teachers to lower the amount of homework for students this week, but NOT lower the amount of classroom teaching!  Please keep the level of rigor and engagement high in your classrooms all week.  Videos should not be a part of your teaching and learning unless approved by Ms. Kim.  The students need you to engage them even during testing week.  Their "break" comes when they get home.  Thanks!

Administrative Meeting
There will be an Administration Meeting on Monday during Period 2 in the Conference Room.  Expected to attend:  Mr. Dacoba, Ms. Neal, Ms. Spann, Mr. Turner, Ms. Brooks, Mr. Albright, Ms. Campbell, and Ms. Baxter. 

Department Chairpersons Meeting
There will be a Department Chairperson Meeting on Thursday, April 23 at 3:30 in the conference room. 
Student Information
Mount Olympus Monday
Ms. Spann-Goode's/ Mr. Harris' 7th graders will be dressing up as Greek Gods today to celebrate the study of the Greek Gods, Myths, and Monsters.  If today's study is successful they will also dress up on Monday, April 27th.  Please be advised some Gods and Monsters may be in your class. 
National History Day Help Today after School
Today is your last opportunity to polish your process papers,  annotated bibliographies, and performances in preparation for Saturday's citywide National History Day competition at Howard University.  See Ms. Neal in room N101 for help with performances.  See Ms. Mostoller in room 253 for help with exhibits,  documentaries,  and research papers. 
Advice for Saturday's competition:
Remember to dress up a little, have sufficient copies of your paperwork,  and to be on time for your interview. 
Think about the sources that were most useful to you.  Be prepared to discuss these.
Practice answering questions.  Get a parent or older sibling to quiz you so you're on the top of your form at the contest. 
Good luck to everyone!  
The First Ruby Game this Saturday
The rugby team will play its first game ever this Saturday against Hyde Charter School.  The game will kick off at 2:00 pm at Gallaudet University.  
Musical Workshops
The Music Department will be sponsoring more workshops in connection with agencies that have partnered up with DCPS.
May 6, 2009 - PM Workshop (7th grade 5th Period and 8th Grade 6th Period)
May 22, 2009 - AM Workshop
May 27, 2009 - Time TBA (Wilson HS Music Department Workshop)
Teachers you already have a list of students that should be excused for each of these events, thank you.
Cleveland Trip Next Payment Due
Department of Music Listserv
The Music Department uses a listserv in order to communicate information to its students and parents. All students involved with the Department of Music should sign up to be a member of this listserv. To become a member send an email mail to [email protected] 



Before & After School Activities This Week ...
Monday AM
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7-8-30 am

Monday PM

  • Rugby, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Debate Team, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Student Council Officer meeting, 3:20 - 4 pm
  • Tutoring with Ms. Mason, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM 211
  • LAYC tutoring 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • MathCounts, 3:35 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
  • Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Yoga with Ms. Kelley, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Track Practice, 3:30 - 5:00pm
  • Green Scholars DC CAS Prep, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, RM 109
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Full company music rehearsal, 3:30 -5pm

Tuesday AM

  • All Instrumental Band Members, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7-8:30 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
 Tuesday PM
  • Student Government meeting, 3:20 pm, RM 207
  • Human Rights Club meeting, 3:15 pm
  • Drumline, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • International Cooking Club, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
  • Art Club, 3:30 - 4:20 pm, Ms. Washington's classroom
  • LAYC tutoring 3:30 pm
  • Chinese Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Team Olympians Study Hall with Ms. Kinzer, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Jazz Combo, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
  • Once Upon a Mattress - 4:15 - 5:30 pm - Blocking  - Act 2, Scenes  1, 2, 3, 4, 6 7, 8, and maybe 9 Queen, King, Larken, Harry, Maybelle, Jester, Minstrel, Dauntless,   Winnifred, Wizard, Ladies in Waiting 1-4, Nightingale, Lady Rowena, Sir Studley

Wednesday AM

  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am

Wednesday PM

  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Show Choir, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Mathcounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
  • CAPS, Counseling Session, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Track practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Ms. Mason's Running Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Once Upon a Mattress, 3:30-4:30 - Full Company - Music   

Thursday AM

  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am
  • Cleveland Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am

Thursday 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, RM 303
  • Jazz Combo, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Team Aztec - A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, Cafeteria
  • Green Scholars DCCAS after school tutoring, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, RM 303
  • Team Olympians Study Hall with Ms. Kinzer, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Competition Choir, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Track practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Once Upon a Mattress, 3:30-5pm - Full Company - Dance
  • Rock Choir
 Friday PM
  • Field Games with Mr. Brecher
  • Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30
  • Knitting with Ms. Wells, 3:30 - 4:30
  • Once Upon a Mattress - 3:30-4:30pm - Full Company - Dance 
  • Once Upon a Mattress - 4:30- 5:30 - Dance Troupe/ Solo Singers    
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for Thought...

The President Speaks Out on Saggy Pants
In this Miami Herald news story, Hannah Sampson reports on a high school that rustled up 200 donated belts and organized "Pull Up Your Pants Day" to get male students to deal with their saggy trousers. The school was spurred into action by a TV interview with President Obama on the subject (see the link below). Asked if he thought there should be legislation against saggy pants, Obama said, "You don't have to pass a law. But that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and respect for other people and, you know, a lot of people may not want to see your underwear. I'm one of them - brothers should pull up their pants."

Other forces are at work that may be pushing this prison-inspired fashion statement into obscurity. Many hip-hop artists have taken to wearing business suits, and peer influence may be following along. A 15-year-old Florida freshman recently stopped affecting the saggy-pants look. Asked why, he said, "I asked a girl if she liked it and she said not no more."

"Plantation High Students Get Hand Pulling Up Their Pants" by Hannah Sampson in The Miami Herald, Apr. 4, 2009,

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