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February 2, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science."
-- Carl Sagan
Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday- Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Science Fair Judging
Thursday - Bell I
Science Fair Open to Parents for Viewing
Friday - Bell I
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Students of the Month

 

Team Odyssey
Hassan Asraful  
Christina Harn
 
Team Braveheart
    Ana Martinez
Anatol Steck
 
Team Olympians
 Andrew Parsons
Yolanda Andrews 

 Evan Katz
Xenia Karlsson
 
Team Aztecs
 Nathan Davis
Pooja Duleep
 
Team Green Scholars
 Zachary Lief-Paul
Jana Korn

These students represent good character and commitment to do well in our school community.  Congratulations!
 



Upcoming Activities!


Monday
The Student    
Council Pennies for Patients campaign begins
2009 Deal Science Fair Setup

Tuesday
Indoor Track Championship
 
Wednesday
Deal Science Fair Judging Day

Thursday
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting,
3:30 pm
Girls/ Boys Basketball Game vs Hardy at Hardy, 3:30 pm
World Language Trip Meeting for students and families, 6:30 pm
 
 Friday
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

February 9th
 Girls/Boys Basketball
Game vs Takoma at Takoma
 
February 11th
Focus Walk - pd. 4

February 12th
Department Chairperson's Meeting, 3:30 pm, RM 101
 
February 13th
Black History Month Assembly
 Valentine's Day Party, 3:30 - 6 pm

February 16th
Presidents' Day Holiday

February 17th
Teachers submit deficiency reports to HR teachers

February 18th
HR teachers submit deficiency reports to the main office
School-wide BCR 

February 19th
Mid-Advisory Reports mailed home
Faculty Meeting,3:20 pm
 NAEP-2009 for 8th graders
 
February 20th
The Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign ends  
 
February 21st
Deal Auction:  A Night at the Museum!
  
February 24th & 25th
DC BAS

February 26th
Focus Walk - pd. 5

February 27th
Parent Teacher Conference Day

March 5th
World Language Trip Meeting for students and families, 6:30pm

March 12th
PTA Parent Workshop, 7pm
 
March 13th
DCIAA Cheerleading Competition

March 19th
Faculty Meeting, 3:20pm

March 23 - March 27th
Spring Break

 March 30th
School resumes!

April 3rd
Record-keeping day,
12:15 dismissal
Periods: 1, 3, 7, 4, 5

April 9th
Awards Assembly #2
Report Cards Issued

April 20-24th
DC CAS Testing

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

June 11
8th grade promotion

June 15
Last day of school for students

June 17
Last day of school for teachers
Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim Congratulations to the new students of the month!  We honor you for your good citizenship and scholarship.

This week, we celebrate the work of our student scientists at the Alice Deal Middle School science fair.  The students who compete on the school level have been selected to represent their classes through class presentations.

Reaching the school competition is an achievement in itself.  Students selected a topic, conducted initial research, designed and implemented an inquiry process, collected and analyzed data and findings, reflected on findings, and pondered future steps.  Finally, they developed a strategy for presenting their work to their peers and teachers and made the presentation.

I am immensely proud of all of the students who did a project this year.  And I hope it sparked even more questions than answers, so you will be motivated to begin setting up a project for next year!  Winners at the school level will carry on Deal's outstanding tradition in the citywide competition, held in March.

None of this happens without sound instruction and support from teachers at every step of the process.  Thanks to Ms. Hampton for her steady leadership and to the rest of the science department for their work with students to ignite the love of inquiry and research!

Principal Kim


High School Applications Update
Deadlines are fast approaching please get on track if you wish to apply to any of the following high schools.
  
Dunbar Pre-Engineering
February 28
 
Cardozo Trans Tech
March 15
Weekly News

 
Thanks & pat yourselves on the back!
Last week we hosted a team of about eight teachers and administrators from Valencia Middle School, Arizona.  Those educators got a lot out of talking to the teachers and the students about what makes Deal so unique and so high performing.  They were impressed by our school practices and will be borrowing many of our ideas to improve their school.  Nice work everyone!

Science Fair
The science department would like to thank the staff in advance for their flexibility with scheduling for our Deal Science Fair.  We would not be able to host our annual fair for our budding scientists without the understanding and support of the wonderful Deal staff! Each student will have a green pass to excuse them from class during the judging period. 

We also ask that the staff understand that the Science Department is experiencing "tight times" and the food purchases are solely for the judges.  We will not have any extras this year to share with the staff. 

Monday, set up tables in the gym
Tuesday, registration of projects during science classes
Wednesday, judging of projects from 8:30-12:30
Thursday, public viewing of projects 8:45-2:30

Deal Debates
On Saturday the Deal Debate team continued its winning tradition. There were 44 teams in the tournament, 7 of them from Deal. Four of our teams won top 10 trophies with the undefeated team of Luke Trinity, Nathan Davis and Ross Pendergast taking second place and just one half of a point behind first. Overall Deal won more debates than any other school, taking home the Tournament Trophy yet again. Also recognized with individual medals for outstanding speaker points were Derek Levinson, Sasha Rickard, and Liyana Ido.  Nice work debaters!  Thanks to fabulous Coach Sweeney!

Pennies for Patients 
The Student Council is proud to announce the beginning of Deal's Pennies for Patients campaign.  Our campaign runs from February 2 - February 20.  Pennies for Patients raises money to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its mission to find a cure for blood cancers.  Please bring in your pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to support this cause.  You will donate your coins in your homeroom.  Stay tuned for fun rewards based on the homerooms that collect the most money to support finding a cure.
 
Eighth Grader Vision Screening
On Wednesday morning the Lyons Club will return to conduct vision screening in the cafeteria from 9:30 to 11:30 only. Students are asked to test with their eye glasses on (glasses should not be left in the lockers or homes). Parents will be informed if further vision testing is needed. Any concerns or questions, please call the school nurse at 202- 939-2009.
  
Student Council
Student Council members please remember to attend this Tuesday's meeting after school so that we can plan for our Valentine's Day celebration.
 
Attention all Deal Students Interested in Hispanic Culture! 
Join Ms. Sonick's Spanish club.  In the Spanish club you will have the opportunity to learn Spanish without being concerned with what grade you receive, make food and drinks such as sangria and guacamole, create crafts, and watch movies.  Any Deal student can join, even if they are not enrolled in a Spanish class.  If you are enrolled in a Spanish class, this is a perfect time to receive extra help.  If interested, come to room G-5 on Wednesdays, starting at 3:20.  Hasta miercoles!"
 
Costa Rica & France Trip Meetings
There will be two pre-departure trip meetings for the 8th graders traveling to Costa Rica & France during spring break.  The meetings will be on February 5th and March 5th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.  Please mark your calendars!  It is very important for every traveler to be present at both meetings with a parent/guardian. 
 
National History Day Help Is Here!
Got questions about how to put together a process paper?  Unclear about how and where to buy materials for a successful exhibit board?  Help is here!  Ms. Mostoller will meet with students after school today in room 253 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Come with your questions.  No appointment necessary, but please make sure your parents have given you permission to remain after school.

DCIAA Indoor Track Championship
The Deal indoor track team will be competing in the DCIAA Junior High School Championship meet this Tuesday from 9-5 p.m. Therefore participating students will need to miss the entire day of school. A list with students' names will be placed in mailboxes today.
 
Please see Coach McDowell if you have any questions or concerns or if there is anyone you do not feel should miss the class time. All students will be responsible for getting assignments ahead of time.
 
Capital City Jazz Project Continues
Alice Deal Middle School is participating in The Capitol Jazz Project.  The Capitol Jazz Project is a partnership between Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) and DCPS in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center.   This collaboration supports the study of music through jazz instruction, drawn from the new DC Music Standards and a jazz curriculum created by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
New dates will have to be determined and posted as soon as possible. There will be two workshops on each day, the first during 5th period and the second at 6th. Students have been instructed to get their work completed early. Teachers, please keep the list of students that was placed in your mailbox for all Jazz project related events.
 
Mid-Year Conferences
Mid-Year Conferences for most teachers will be scheduled this week. 

Joe Corbi's at Deal
The Music Department sold Joe Corbi's in order to raise money for their trip to Cleveland, Ohio. All items must be picked on Feb. 11, 2009 before 3:30 pm. There is no place to store food so it is vital that everyone picks up their orders. Thank you for your support!
 
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
Jordan Blagburn - Spanish
Diona Boler - Science
Jackson Conley - English
Vanessa Flores - French
Kevin Goode - History
Te'Von Greene - History
D'Mani Harrison-Porter - English
Karen Herrera - History
Nhat Hoang - English, Chinese Workbook
Michael Kusnet - Science (Interactions)
Yannick Mafame - English
Robin Martin - Science
Marvin Mata - Spanish
Kali Murphy - Literature
Mia Nicholson - Spanish
Travon Parker - Spanish
Jose Reyes - Science
Danielle Thomas - Spanish
London Thompson - English
Cordell Wright - History
 
Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!
 

 

Before & After School Activities This Week ...
 
Monday AM
  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Monday PM

  • Debate Team, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5pm
  • Boys/Girls Basketball practice
  • Student Council officer meeting, 3:20 - 4 pm
  • Tutoring with Ms. Mason, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM 211
  • Science tutoring with Ms. Hampton, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • LAYC tutoring 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • MathCounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
  • Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • NHD support with Ms. Mostoller, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
  • Movie Club with Ms. Ortiz, 3:30 - 5 pm

Tuesday  AM

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

 Tuesday PM

  • Student Government meeting, 3:20 pm, RM 207
  • Human Rights Club meeting, 3:15 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Drumline, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • International Cooking Club, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
  • Art Club, 3:20 - 4:20 pm, Ms. Washington's classroom
  • Girls/Boys Basketball practice, 3:30 pm - 5 pm
  • LAYC turoing 3:30
  • Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Chinese Club, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Wednesday AM

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

Wednesday PM

  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Boys/Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Cheerleading practice
  • Show Choir, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Mathcounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
  • Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Cleveland Band 7:45 am
  • CAPS, Counseling Session, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Spanish Club, 3:20, RM G-5
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
  • Girls/Boys Basketball game vs Hardy at Hardy, 3:30 pm
  • Jazz Combo, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm

Friday AM

  • Rock Choir, 8 am
  • Flute and Clarinet Ensembles, 8 am

Friday PM

  • 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.... DCPS PD Calendar:  February

Unless otherwise noted, please register with PD Planner at dcps.schoolnet.com



DATE

ACTIVITY

TARGET AUDIENCE

LOCATION

TIME

2

Constructed Response

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

8:00 - 10:00 am

3

Classroom Management - Module 2:

Behavior Management:  Tailoring Interventions for Your Classroom

Office of Professional Development

 

All Grades

Logan Annex

1:00 - 3:30 pm

4

Constructed Response

2 Administrative Premium Hours or 2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

4

Creating Effective Lesson Plans

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

5

Reading - Module 2:  Phonics

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

5

Teaching Self Discipline

Office of Teaching and Learning

All Grades

Center for Inspired Teaching

4:30 - 7:30 pm

7

Connected Mathematics Training

24 Admin. Premium Hours or 24 Professional Learning Units for Completion

January 24, February 7, March 7, May 9

Mathematics Department

Grades 6-8

Garnet-Patterson

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

9

Literacy Tools for the Classroom

3 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Instructional Technology

Grades 4-8

Webb-Wheatley

Room 209

4:00 - 7:00 pm

10

Classroom Management - Module 1: 

Procedures and Routines for an Engaging and Productive Learning Environment

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

10

Literacy Tools for the Classroom

3 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Instructional Technology

Grades 4-8

Webb-Wheatley

Room 209

4:00 - 7:00 pm

10

Reading - Module 2:  Phonics

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

8:00 - 10:00 am

11

Literacy Tools for the Classroom

3 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Instructional Technology

Grades 4-8

Webb-Wheatley

Room 209

4:00 - 7:00 pm

11

Constructed Response

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

8:00 - 10:00 am

12

Literacy Tools for the Classroom

3 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Instructional Technology

Grades 4-8

Webb-Wheatley

Room 209

4:00 - 7:00 pm

12

Teaching Self Discipline

Office of Teaching and Learning

All Grades

Center for Inspired Teaching

4:30 - 7:30 pm

12

Reading - Module 3:  Fluency

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

12

Hands on Photosynthesis:  Sensory Ways to Teach Photosynthesis

2.50 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Science Department

Grades 7-12

USBG Classroom

100 MD Ave., SW

Washington, DC

20001

4:00 - 6:30 pm

17

Classroom Management - Module 3:

Behavior Management:  Building Student Investment

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

1:00 - 3:30 pm

17

Reading - Module 3:  Fluency

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

8:00 - 10:00 am

18

Classroom Management - Module 3:

Behavior Management:  Building Student Investment

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

19

Reading - Module 4:  Vocabulary

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

19

Teaching Self Discipline

Office of Teaching and Learning

All Grades

Center for Inspired Teaching

4:30 - 7:30 pm

23

Shakespeare and Media

3 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Teaching and Learning

Grades 10-12

Folger Shakespeare Library,

Cafritz Lab

4:30 - 7:30 pm

23

Reading - Module 4:  Vocabulary

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

8:00 - 10:00 am

25

Creating Effective Lesson Plans

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

25

Constructed Response

2 Administrative Premium Hours or 2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

25

Classroom Management - Module 1: 

Procedures and Routines for an Engaging and Productive Learning Environment

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

1:00 - 3:30 pm

25

Songs to the Rescue!

3 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Music Department

Grades PreK-5

Fillmore Arts Center

4:15 - 7:15 pm

25

Classroom Management - Module 2:

Behavior Management:  Tailoring Interventions for Your Classroom

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

26

Teaching Self Discipline

Office of Teaching and Learning

All Grades

Center for Inspired Teaching

4:30 - 7:30 pm

26

Classroom Management - Module 4:

Balancing Authority and Student Relationships

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm

26

Reading - Module 5:  Comprehension

2 Professional Learning Units for Completion

Office of Professional Development

All Grades

Logan Annex

4:00 - 6:00 pm







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