Color block logo of Deal Alice Deal Weekly Bulletin

April 27, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent Van Gogh
Join Our Mailing List
Bell Schedule
Monday -DC-CAS (Periods 4, 5, 6, and 7)
Tuesday- Bell I
Wednesday -Bell I
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I
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!

DC CAS Testing
 (7th graders are permitted to bring a dictionary)

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
Aztecs on the Mall
Odyssey & 8th grade Olympians on a Scavenger Hunt at the Smithsonian

May 11 & 12
Quality School Review site visit for Deal's Autonomy.
May 13
Step Up Day #1
May 15
Parent Teacher Conference (12:00 noon - 7:00), No school for students
Last day for 8th grade promotional activity payments

May 19
Step Up Day #2
May 20
 Step Up Day #3
May 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm
Spring Concert/Art Show and Ice Cream Social; 6:30 

May 25
Memorial Day Holiday

May 26
Step Up Day #4
 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 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

Community Resource

(*This does not mean endorsement by Deal*)
Yoga Camp
Circle Yoga's opened in 2003 as the first and only kids yoga studio in Washington DC.  Budding Yogis offers playful and mindful yoga and meditation classes to kids, teens, and families in a safe and peaceful studio space.  At Budding Yogis, kids and teens come together to stretch their imaginations as well as their bodies, and find relaxation, joy and a deeper connection to life.
Register on-line at

2008 - 2009 Yearbook

If you think last year's yearbook was the best, think again, because you have not seen 2008-2009 yearbook! It is a great book filled with lots of memories from this school year.  What a wonderful keepsake to have around for later years about Deal experience! And this is truly a historical year especially with the 2008 general elections that is fully covered in the yearbook world-beat section.
We would hate to have any of our student body miss out on an opportunity to relive the memories of their middle school years.  Yearbooks will arrive in June just before school gets out.  Extra copies will be limited, so reserving a copy now is your best assurance. 
Don't let your student miss out on this chance to guarantee him/herself a copy of the 2008-2009 yearbook.  Fill out the order form (will be sent home through HR this week) and send it back immediately with a check or money order for $45.00.  Orders must be received no later than Friday, June 5th to reserve a copy of the yearbook.  Make checks payable to Alice Deal Middle School.  Hand deliver to Ms. Baxter in the welcome center.
REMEMBER:  Deadline for reserving copies is Friday, June 5th.

Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim Great job students and teachers!  The first week of DC CAS testing went really well.  Today we will finish the school-wide testing with the DC CAS science exam for 8th graders and DC CAS composition exam for 7th graders.  I appreciate the focus and attention you have placed on the test.  Students who were absent for any part of the test will finish it during make-up sessions this week.

I invite all of you to join us at the Ward 3 Education Forum this Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Deal cafeteria.  Our council member, Mary Cheh, will be hosting her annual forum to discuss education issues for the students who live or attend school in Ward 3.  Please come join the discussion.

I have received many comments in support of last week's Food for Thought article about finding fashion-forward choices other than saggy pants!  Glad you are reading and discussing!

Finally, I missed thanking the following staff members last week for their help and presence at the Deal Open House last Saturday.  A BIG THANKS to Ms. Philip, Ms. Washington, and Ms. Wells.  Your presence was certainly felt and appreciated at the Open House!

Principal Kim

This Week At Deal
DC-CAS Testing Continues
On Monday, April 27 7th graders will take the Composition section of the DC-CAS, and 8th graders will take the Science section of the DC-CAS.  7th graders are permitted to bring a dictionary to assist with their writing.  Students who missed any portion of the DC-CAS will do make-up testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Eighth Grade Council Elections
Eighth grade homeroom teachers are asked to have an election in your homeroom this week for a representative to the 8th grade council. The council will meet each Monday at 5th period in room 105 to plan the promotional dance.
Also remind the students that the first collection day for class fees is this Friday, May 1st.
Any questions, ask Ms. Sweeney
Ward 3 Education Forum
Council member Mary M. Cheh is hosting the Ward 3 Education Forum this Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Deal's cafeteria  
The purpose of this event is to provide our Ward 3 community with an opportunity to discuss important curricular, policy, and facility issues with leaders from the District's education agencies.  The following people will be attending next Thursday's event:
-- Mary M. Cheh, Councilmember, Ward 3
-- Laura Slover, Member, State Board of Education
-- Jesus Aguirre, Director of School Operations, DCPS
-- Jeff Ross, Interim Ombudsman for Public Education
-- Representative from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education
-- Representative from the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization
The Ward 3 Education Forum is a great opportunity for our community to ask questions and have concerns addressed related to public education in Ward 3.
Diversity Appreciation Event
On Friday May 1, the students of the Human Right's group will be partnering with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) to host a Diversity Appreciation event at Deal. The goal is to celebrate and appreciate the diversity that makes up our great school. In preparation for this day students are encouraged to participate either as individuals or as a group through their clubs.  Please let Mr. Ngwa know that you are interested.  Parent and faculty volunteers are needed to donate ethnic dishes during the two lunch periods for students and staff to share. Should you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mr. Ngwa in Room 205.  This will be our first time sponsoring this event, and we are open to your suggestions!
Staff Information
Unpacking ATL Scope and Sequence
During the week of May 4 - 8 coverage will be provided to allow teachers to meet by departments to "unpack" the ATL Scope and Sequence documents that were drafted in December. 
Monday - Science
Tuesday - Social Studies
Wednesday - Math
Thursday - English/ELL
Friday - Electives
Department Chairpersons will meet in the afternoon on May 14 to draft a school-wide ATL Scope and Sequence.
Student Information
Deal Students Win Big at the Citywide National History Day Contest

Once again,  Deal proved itself to be a powerhouse of talent at this year's District of Columbia National History Day competition.  Deal students dominated in every category they entered,  defeating rigorous  competition from Hardy and Stuart-Hobson Middle Schools. The citywide contest was held Saturday at Frederick Douglass Hall at Howard University.  

Two projects in each category will advance to the national contest held annually on the campus of the University of Maryland on June 14-17.  Those listed with an asterisk below qualify to move on. 

Congratulations!  Deal is proud of you and of the Department of Social Studies for sponsoring so many successful student projects.

Group Performance:
*1.  Luke Trinity, Jonah Gigli, & Nathan Davis 
"J. Edgar Hoover:  Powerful FBI Director"

teachers: Mr. Kirschenbaum and Mr. Geremia

Individual Performance: 
*1.  Emma Johnson  "Charles Darwin:  The Man with Big Ideas" 
teacher:  Ms. Simpson-Wayne

*2.  Ruthie Tabaku  "Elizabeth Cady Stanton: 
Planting the Seed for the Elective Franchise for Women"   
teacher:  Ms. Mostoller
3 .Sharmen Hettipola  "Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Suffrage" 
teacher:  Ms. Mostoller

Individual Documentary:
*1.  Emma Murdock  "  The Legacy of One and Many" 
teacher Mr. Kirschenbaum

*2.  Sumika Davidson  "Howard Baker and the Watergate Scandal: 
A Legacy of Statesmanship"

teacher: Mr. Kirschenbaum

Group Documentary:
*1.  Vincent Femia and Eli Ferster 
"Albert Einstein and the Legacy of E=MC2" 
teacher:  Ms. Mostoller

*2.  Grant Albee and Gabe Kohrman 
"Satchmo:  The Musical Legacy of Louis Armstrong" 
Ms. Kinzer and Ms. Mostoller
3.    Antonia Brown and Chandler Baxter 
"Alvin Ailey:  Pioneer in the Dance World" 
: Mr. Geremia and Mr. Kirschenbaum

Individual Exhibit Board:
*2.  Abby Melick  "Good Grief Charles Schulz:  You're Everywhere!" 
teacher:  Ms. Mostoller

3.    Macrina Wilkins  "William Phelps Eno:  The Father of Traffic Safety" 
teacher Ms. Mostoller

Group Exhibit Board:
*1.  Katherine Borrazzo & Jenna Wade 
"Margaret Sanger:  Do not Kill,  Do not Take Life, but Prevent" 

teachers:  Ms. Simpson-Wayne and Ms. Mostoller

*2.  Drew Cave and Roe Hodgson 
"Keter Betts:  The Bassist Who Taught Children the Language of
teacher:  Mr. Geremia

3.    Sasha Pfeiffer and Isabel Albee 
"Mathew Brady:  The Father of Photojournalism" 

teacher: Ms. Mostoller

Research Papers:
*1.  Sasha Rickard  "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History" 
teacher:  Ms. Mostoller

*2.  Lena Shapiro  "Edward R. Murrow and the Battle that Shaped Television News"
teacher:  Ms. Mostoller

Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grader?
Four of our Mathletes - Sumika Davidson, Daniel Dulaney, Thuy Nguyen, and Diego Ramos-Meyer - participated last Thursday in the official kickoff of a new website featuring math strategy games.
The website is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (or NCTM), and can be found at
The Thursday event took place at the annual NCTM convention being held at the Washington, DC Convention Center and featured a match called "Are You Smarter Than A Seventh Grader?", which pitted Daniel D against the head of the NCTM. Daniel did very well, but a slight computer glitch - not his fault - caused him to lose a turn and fall behind by a couple of points. Realizing that, the older competitor awarded the trophy cup to Daniel anyway.

If you log onto the CalculationNation website, you can play these games against any competitor anywhere in the world, and learn a little math along the way! 
7th Grade Trip to Kings Dominion 
On Tuesday, each student will receive a permission slip for the 7th Grade field trip to Kings Dominion on June 11.  Please review the information and return it to Mr. Kirschenbaum or Mr. Aguilera as soon as possible.
Musical Workshops
The Music Department will be sponsoring additional 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 26, 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
The Cost of trip to Cleveland is $425 per person which includes hotel, judging, some food, and all activities. The cost of transportation is $150 per person. Please forward your payment in full as soon as possible.
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]  
Lost and FOUND Textbooks
Donovan Barnes - Science
Safara Bemah - English
Dennis Centeno - English
Nicholas Contreras - English
Nora Elshafey - History
Vanessa Flores - French
Delta Ford - Science
Antonio Gallorini - Spanish
Ariel Garay-Flores - English
Kevin Good - Science (Interactions)
Joseph Green - English, Spanish
Te'Von Greene - Spanish
Elishua Greenwood - English
Terry Hedgepeth - Science
Nhat Hoang - English, Chinese
Michael Kusnet - Science (Interactions)
Khyle Link - Science
Yannick Mdfane - English 
Sherridan Mitchell - English, Science
Dhae Sha Myers - History
Jamal Noland - English
Jalyn Robinson - Science
Christopher Shepherd - Spanish
Peter Vo, French
Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!

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
Girls' Softball Schedule




Game Site



Kelly-Miller vs Deal





Jefferson vs Deal

Tyler Field




Lincoln vs Deal





Coaches meeting





Play-off game



Play-off game






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
  • Yoga with Ms. Kelley, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Track Practice, 3:30 - 5:00pm
  • 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
  • Jazz Combo, 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 meet
  • 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
  • Team Aztec - A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, Cafeteria
  • 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
  • Once Upon a Mattress, 3:30-5pm - Full Company - Dance
  • Rock Choir
 Friday PM
  • Field Games with Mr. Brecher
  • Knitting with Ms. Wells, 3:30 - 4:30
  • Once Upon a Mattress - 3:30-4:30pm - Full Company - Dance; 4:30- 5:30 - Dance Troupe/ Solo Singers    
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for Thought...
A Better Way to Teach a Textbook Chapter
    In this Reading Today article, rural Missouri reading coach Angela Edgar describes how she and a sixth-grade teacher tried a different approach with a lesson on Egypt centered on a social studies textbook that many students considered "boring." Rather than following the usual procedure of round-robin reading, the teacher broke students into three groups, each of which had a job:
     Story Mappers read the chapter and then each student added an idea or statement to a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting Upper and Lower Egypt. The group then prepared a chart to present to the whole class.
     Vocabulary Finders chose words from the chapter they thought their classmates should know. Each member of the group wrote at least one word and its definition on a colored index card.
     Summarizers had each group member sum up something important from the chapter and then agreed on an overall summary of the entire chapter.
    As the groups worked, the teacher circulated, looking to see that all students were fully participating. She then pulled the whole class back together and each group made a presentation and took questions. The teacher then led a discussion about what was learned.
    Edgar says that students were much more engaged in this lesson than in the standard approach to the textbook, and low-achieving students seemed to benefit the most, feeling "empowered and motivated." The teacher was enthusiastic: "I love it," she said. "They're not just sitting there listening to me read or listening to the tape of the lesson. The students are being held responsible for pulling out information and presenting it to the class. This is a great way of assessing what the students know rather than by a pencil/paper assessment." Here are comments from several students:
-    "It's fun because I like teaching, and you can get up and teach it to the teacher and to the students. You don't have to sit down the whole time. It helps me better understand it, too."
-    "When we need help, there's someone in the group who can help us."
-    "It's a cool way to learn more about stuff. You can pair up and show everybody what you made. Studying together will help you out. Everybody has different jobs."
-    "It gets the shyness out of you."

"No More 'Boring' Textbooks" by Angela Edgar in Reading Today, April/May 2009 (Vol. 26, #5, p. 38), no e-link

Copyright 2009 Marshall Memo LLC

Safe Unsubscribe
This email was sent to [email protected] by .
Alice Deal Middle School | 3815 Fort Drive, NW | Washington | DC | 20016