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Bell Schedule
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Monday - Bell 1
Tuesday - Bell 1
Wednesday - Bell 2 (Bell 2 Activity)
Thursday - Bell 2 (Stakeholder Survey)
Friday - Bell 1
Upcoming Dates
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May 18
National Junior Honor Society Induction
 
May 19
Step Up Day #2
 
May 20
 Staff completes 2009 Stakeholder Survey; Step Up Day #3
 
May 21
Students complete 2009 Stakeholder Survey;
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm
Spring Concert/Art Show and Ice Cream Social; 6:30 

May 22
Team Aztecs to the Zoo
 
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 29
 Diversity Assembly

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

June1 - 5
Teacher Final Evaluation Conferences

June 3
8th grade class trip

June 5
8th grade dance, 7-10 pm

June 11
8th grade promotion, 10:15 am
7th grade trip to King's Dominion

June 12
DivMay7th Grade Awards Assembly 
June 15
Last day of school for students

June 17
Last day of school for teachers
 
Order your  2008-2009 Alice Deal MS Yearbook now!!
$45
yearbook
The 2008 - 2009 yearbooks are on the way!  Don't miss out on this opportunity to purchase this keepsake of your memories!

Please return checks in the amount of $45 and order forms to Ms. Baxter.  Please contact Mr. Mungai or Ms. Baxter with your questions!
 
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Step Up Days For Rising 6th Graders 

The Deal students and faculty will be hosting Step Up Days for the rising 6th grade students that have already enrolled in Deal for School Year 2009-2010. The program will run from 9-11 am.  Students will learn about academics, what life is like at Deal, extracurricular activities, and tour the new building.  We are hoping that our future students will have all their questions answered and leave with a positive impression.  Student Council representatives and officers will be leading the discussion groups, tours, and information sessions.

 

Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20

Tuesday, May 26

New Educator Evaluation System
  
Staff members are invited to attend the work session below that relates to their position.
 
May 18
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: ELL Teachers

May 19
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: Library Media Specialists

May 20
4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Focus: Counselors

May 20
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Focus: Principals

May 21
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: Related Service Providers

May 26
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: Specialty Teachers

May 26
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Focus: Principals

May 27
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: Early Childhood Teachers

May 28
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: Professional Developers and Mentors

May 29
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus:  Deans, Coordinators, and other positions

 
Community Information
 
American University's College of Arts and Sciences is offering a variety of summer programs to enhance the reading and speed reading skills of younger children and teenagers.  The program for entering 6th-8th graders, and entering 9th-11th graders is to help students improve comprehension one to two grade levels while doubling reading speed. Students also learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes, and study for tests.  As a result, students complete homework more quickly and easily, get better grades, and enjoy reading more.  All programs meet once a week for approximately a month, and have two options for program dates.
 
Please come by the counseling office if you are interested in picking up a flyer with more information on this program.  You may also call (800) 978-9596 to receive more information or to register.


Alice Deal Weekly Bulletin
"Think Globally.  Listen Compassionately.  Act Inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
 James Baldwin
Message from Principal Kim

Welcome home to our amazing choir and band!  Thanks to Mr. Frye and Mr. Jackson for their hardwork and dedication.  Thanks to all the parent chaperones who joined our students on their trip to the Music Festival in Cleveland. 
 
Ms. Neal has shared with me that the building was buzzing with both current and future students and parents on Friday.  In addition to our Parent-Teacher Conferences, 82 of our incoming 6th and 7th graders were at Deal in the morning to take the Math Placement Test.  Thanks to Ms. Hernandez and Ms. McFarland for administering the test to our new Vikings.  Thank you parents for attending the final Parent-Teacher Conference day for this school year.  Your presence reminds our students to continue to work hard in order to end the school year well.
 
Finally, there are many exciting events taking place this week.  Our scholars will be inducted into the National Jr. Honor Society on Monday; our athletes will compete in the championships in both softball and track; and our artists will dazzle us with their talent during the Spring Concert/Art show.
 

Principal Kim
This week at Deal...
 
The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
The National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony will be held today to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.  It will begin at 9:00 in the gym.  An announcement will be made directing teachers and classes to the gymnasium. 

A brief reception will follow in the cafeteria for parents and inductees. 
 
DCIAA Middle School Softball City Championship
The DCIAA Middle School Softball City Championship will be held today at 6:00 pm at the Upshur Street Softball Field located at Arkansas Avenue N.W.

We are asking parents, staff, students, friends and relatives to cheer the Lady Vikings on to VICTORY!
The softball coaches (Ms. Spann and Ms. Ortiz) wish to thank everyone for their support and well wishes.
Hope to see you at the game.
 
ELL ANNUAL ACCESS FOR ELLS TESTING CONTINUES
The annual ACCESS FOR ELLS testing continues this week.  The listening, reading, and writing tests will be given on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Every effort is being made to administer these tests during ELL class time.  However, most ELLs will need to be excused from some non-ELL classes for testing.  There are also 12 non-ELL students who are required by NCLB to take these tests.  The students to be tested and their teachers will receive a testing schedule prior to testing.  The ELL Department apologizes for any inconvenience this testing may cause and appreciates your understanding and cooperation.
 
Spring Concert Dress Rehearsals Wednesday
2nd Period - Show Choir & Rock Choir
3rd Period - Concert Choir
6th Period - Jazz Band & Concert Band
7th Period - Jazz Combo & Drumline
A list of students will be provided for each teacher.
 
2009 Stakeholder Survey
Deal students, staff, and families will take part in the 2009 Stakeholder Survey this week.
May 11 - Passive Consent Form sent home
May 20 - Staff completes survey (in room N103 at
             8:10 am) and parent surveys
             sent home (7th period distribution)
May 21 - Students complete surveys during Bell 2
 
Feeder School Concert Thursday
The Department of Music will be hosting the musicians from the schools that feed directly into Deal on Thursday at 9:30 am. Students should be allowed to check into 1st period and then report directly to the gym. Please use the same list that was provided for dress rehearsals for the Music Department. 
 
DCIAA Track Championship 
The Deal Track Teams will travel to Anacostia SHS on Thursday to compete in the DCIAA City Championship.  This will be our last meet for the season.  The bus will leave at 12 pm.  Eighth grade athletes will eat during the seventh grade lunch period.  A list of participating students will be placed in teacher mailboxes by Tuesday.  Thank you to the entire Deal community for supporting our track teams this year. GO VIKINGS!
 
2009-20010 Student Council 
Interested in a Leadership Position at Deal?  See Mr. Kirschenbaum for an application to run for Student Council President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary.  You can make a difference.  There will be a mandatory meeting for all candidates on Thursday in Mr. Kirschenbaum's classroom after school.
 
Music Outreach at Deal on Friday
The members of the Jazz Combo will participate in a Music Outreach Workshop on Friday at 9:00 am. Please note, this is not the regular Jazz Workshop; a list of participating students will be placed in each teacher's mailbox.
Student Information

Aztecs
Please remember to turn in your permission slip for this Friday's field trip to the Zoo.  Do not miss this opportunity to put your science knowledge to use.

Deal Track and Cheerleading Uniforms 
ALL TRACK UNIFORMS are due back to Mr. Geremia and all CHEERLEADING UNIFORMS are due back to Ms. Baxter by Thursday, May 28, 2009.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  If uniforms are not received by May 28th, athletes will be excluded from upcoming field trips, promotion activities, and award ceremonies.  Please return a clean uniform as soon as possible.  Any part of the uniform that is missing will require payment.  See Mr. Geremia or Ms. Baxter if you have questions.
 
The Annual Bikes for The World Bicycle Collection
Team United Nations is happy to announce its 4TH annual BIKES FOR THE WORLD bicycle collection.  This year's collection will take place in front of the school from 10 am - 1 pm on Saturday, May 30.  If you have a bicycle that is not being used, please consider donating it along with $10 to help defray the shipping costs.  These bikes are sent to partner organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where they are repaired for use by people who depend on them for transportation to work, school or to deliver healthcare services.  All donations are 100% tax deductible and appreciated.  Volunteers to work on May 30 are needed and welcome.  Please contact Mark Winn-Ritzenberg at (202) 363-6769 or Jihong Wang at school for more details.
 
Musical Workshops
The Music Department will be sponsoring more workshops in connection with agencies that have partnered with DCPS.
May 22, 2009 - AM Music Outreach Workshop (a new list of names will be provided for this event)
May 26, 2009 - 1 pm (Wilson HS Music Department Workshop at Wilson and a list of names will be provided for this event)
June 2, 2009 - PM Jazz Workshop
Teachers already have a list of students that should be excused for each of these events. 
 
Forward Cleveland Balance
Please be aware that any balance due from the Music Department's trip to Cleveland, must be paid in full by June 1, 2009.  Failure to resolve this matter will result in the holding of records and report cards. 
 
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
Safara Bemah - English
Dennis Centeno - English
Nicholas Contreras - English
Vanessa Flores - French
Delta Ford - Science
Sabrina Ford - French
Te'Von Greene - Science
Elishua Greenwood - English
Terry Hedgepeth - Science
Isis Jones - Math
Yannick Mefane - English
Sherridan Mitchell - English, Science
Dhae Sha Myers - History, Science
Jalyn Robinson - Science
Oscar Romero - Math
Christopher Shepherd - Spanish
Peter Vo - French
 
Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!
Staff Information
 
DCPS E-Mail Account
Every employee should have a DCPS e-mail account.  If you do not, let Mrs. Streeter know by putting a note in her mailbox.  Once she has gotten an e-mail address for you, she will show you how to access it.
 
PPEP End-of-the-Year Portfolio
Final Evaluation Conferences will be scheduled for all teachers during the week of June 1.  Teachers should continue to compile data for the PPEP end-of-the year portfolio.  If you have questions regarding the portfolio please speak with your colleagues or members of the administration.
 
DCPS Teacher Recognition Ceremony
If you have won or been nominated for any awards/grants this year, please share this information with Ms. Streeter. This includes, but is not limited to:  National Board Certification, Teacher of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Agnes Meyer, Fulbright, Milken, or any scholarships or grants.  DCPS would like to recognize teachers for their achievements.

PeopleSoft Has Arrived
All staff members were invited to attend a PeopleSoft training a few weeks ago.  The PeopleSoft presentation is available at:  http://www.k12.dc.us/peoplesoft/doc/DCPS%20PeopleSoft%20Launch.pdf.
 Alice Deal Middle School English Students
Celebrate Essay Success
 
The English Department is proud of its winners and runner-ups in several city-wide contests.
 
Celebration of You Essay Contest
Deal Aztec student Nathaniel Remez was announced as the winner of the twenty-first Celebration of Youth Essay Contest for his essay about friendship entitled "Under His Sleeve".  Students entering the city-wide competition were asked to write about a quality they value in themselves and others.  Nathaniel will receive $300, a certificate, and the opportunity to read his essay at the awards celebration at the historic Sumner School Museum on May 22.  Other Deal winners who will read their prize-winning essays include Mr. McDowell's student, Evelyn Cahall, who won third place; Ms. Spann-Goode's student, Chloe Ashford, fourth place; and another student of Mr. Hughes's, Rosie Cohen, who won seventh place .  Honorable Mentions from Deal include Jordan Davis, Richelle Lopez (Mr. McDowell) and Anna Pomper, and Hannah Joelle Taub, (Ms. Spann-Goode and Mr. Jose). They will receive $100 each and a certificate at the awards ceremony. Congratulations to these students and their proud teachers and families.
 
Youth Fiction category of Larry Neal Writing Contest
Chloe Patricia Smith Ashford
- 2nd Place Winner
 
Teen Fiction category of Larry Neal Writing Contest
Timothy Valentin
- 2nd Place Winner
 
JWL Poetry Contest 
Jana Korn's 7th Grade entry of the  poem "Friend" was the winning entry 
Before & After School Activities This Week...
 
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 - 5:00 pm
Once Upon a Mattress - Full company music rehearsal, 3:30 -5 pm
 
Tuesday AM  
Concert Choir, 7:45 am
All Instrumental Students, 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
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
Concert Choir, 7:45 am
 
Wednesday PM
LAYC tutoring, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mathcounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
CAPS, Counseling Session, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Ms. Mason's Running Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Once Upon a Mattress, 3:30-4:30 - Full Company - Music  
 
Thursday AM
All Instrumental Students, 7:35 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  
Once Upon a Mattress, 3:30-5pm - Full Company - Dance
 
Friday AM
Rock Choir, 7:45 am 
 
Friday PM
Field Games with Mr. Brecher, 3:30 pm
Knitting with Ms. Wells, 3:30 - 4:30

 
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