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October 27, 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
-- Carl Bard

Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I (extended HR for enrollment audit)
Tuesday - Bell II (DC BAS)
Wednesday - Bell II (DC BAS)
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I


Peer Mediators 

Congratulations to the following students who are Peer Mediators this year.   Diane McFarland and Marsha Blakeway are the Peer Mediation Coordinators.
Peer Mediators will meet this week on Tuesday during 5th Period in Ms. Mostoller's classroom.  Mediators should eat lunch and then go to the meeting. 
Toni Bethea
Lily Cortez
Monica Diaz-Lopez
Erica Floyd
Brejanee Gray-Wms
Cara Kilgore
Mayuri Luis-Medina
Monique Ndagha
Emma Noel
Lupin Rahman
Sherma Ramakrishna
Sasha Rickard
Lena Shapiro
Nnedimma Ugochukwu
Mohamed Ahmed
Daniel Bell
Edward Bent
Kevin Goode
A.J. Harris
Oscar Herrera
Johnathan Hill
Noah Howard
Sean Kelly
Kevin Maldonado
Corey Payne
Ahn Pham
Adam Tempchin
Max Walker

Eat Armand's Pizza for Lunch or Dinner on Tuesday!  Or for both!!
Deal Night at Armand's Pizzeria is this Tuesday.  With Armand's generosity, the World Language Department will receive 20% of purchases by Deal families & friends.  You must present the flyer to receive the discount.  This offer is for dine-in or carry-out orders only -- no delivery

Please ask your friends and neighbors to support our trips to France and Costa Rica!  The coupon was emailed to you last week and it will be emailed to you again Monday!  Please pass it along to others!
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Upcoming Activities!

DC BAS testing

DC BAS testing 
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Jefferson at Deal, 5:30 pm

Wilson night, 7 pm

Record keeping day -  students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm
Student Leadership Conference Day 1, 9-noon
6th grade transition team meeting, 1pm
Girls' Soccer Game,
Deal vs Kelly Miller, 4 pm
Boys' Soccer Game,
Deal vs Kelly Miller at Kelly Miller, 4 pm
Student Leadership Conference Day 2, 10 - 2:30 pm
Cross Country Meet
East/West Championship
Ft. DuPont Park, 9:30 am

November 3rd
Student Council non-perishable food drive begins

November 4th
HD Cooke Buddy Day!
November 5th
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Hart
at Hart, 5:30 pm

November 6th
Career Day
 "New to Deal" Teachers Meeting
Deal Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
November 7th
Report cards issued
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
Boys' Soccer Game,
Deal vs Friendship
at Deal, 4 pm

November 8th & 9th
Politics & Prose Book Store sale!
November 8th
Cross Country Meet
DCIAA Championship
Ft. DuPont Park, 9:30 am

November 11th
Veterans Day (Holiday)
November 13
Department Chairs Meeting
Family Math Night 
November 19th
Mann Buddy Day!

November 20th

Faculty meeting
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm

November 27-28
Thanksgiving holiday

December 2nd
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports sent home
Picture make-up day
December 4th
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting 

December 5th
Geography Bee competition
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

December 8th
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)

December 11th
Department Chairs Meeting
Winter Concert, 7 pm

December 13th
Holiday Greens Sale

December 16th
Deal Open House #2

December 18th
Faculty Meeting

December 19th
Student Council Winter Assembly
Last Day of School for Students (Winter Holiday)

January 5th
School resumes after Winter Break!

January 9th
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

January 14th & 15th

January 15th
Faculty Meeting

January 16th
End of 2nd Advisory
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly

January 19th
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 20th
Inauguration Day Holiday

January 22nd
Student Council Awards Assembly

January 23rd
Record Keeping Day,
12:15 dismissal

Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim
Last week was busy!  Thanks to all the parents who came to our first IB MYP community information night.  It was encouraging to have so many future families come to learn about our progress!  And on Friday, we had our first dance in the new cafeteria, and it was a blast!  Students were in creative costumes and I will not forget Mr. Winn-Ritzenberg as the Recycling Dracula. Ms. Lerum as the glittery butterfly, and Mr. McDowell as Homer Simpson!

Mr. Dacoba, Ms. Neal, and I enjoyed meeting with all of the teachers last week during PPEP conferences.  It is a pleasure to work with so many outstanding, motivated teachers.

It is hard to believe, but Monday already begins the first day of the 2nd advisory!  This means that students can begin with a fresh start - by this advisory, students should be able to use their improved organization skills to be even more successful with school work.  Teachers, you also get to begin anew - this time, with no schedule changes and with a better knowledge of your students and their learning styles.  The administrative team looks forward to beginning structured observations.

Speaking of the future,
I invite you to come and meet the Wilson SHS team this Thursday to learn about our neighborhood high school!  Middle school is such a unique time -- once you get here and start getting comfortable, it's already time to think about future steps. 

Enjoy your last few days of October!

Principal Kim

Weekly News

  • The Deal Cheerleaders would like to thank all the parents who donated items to sell at the Halloween Dance. We would also like to thank the parents who volunteered their time at the table!
  • Mr. Kirschenbaum, Mr. Aguilera, and the Deal Student Council would like to thank all the parents who helped make the Halloween Party a great success!  They were: Ms. Akers, Mr. and Mrs. Baxter, Mr. Cahall, Ms. Ciftca, Ms. Edwards, Ms. Hand, Ms. Hodgson, Mr. Ido, Ms. Imotichey, Ms. Jennings, Ms. Mackey, Mr. McKinney, Ms. Nwanze, Ms. Orloff, Ms. Robers, Ms. Tanen, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Thornhill, Ms. Tom, Ms. Trabue, Ms. Washington, Ms. Wade, and Ms. Wilkerson.

  • We would also like to thank all the administrators, teachers, and staff who helped, including:  Ms. Baxter, Mr. Brecher, Officer Blunt, Officer Campbell, Mr. Dacoba, Mr. Geremia, Ms. Hovancsek, Ms. Kim, Ms. Kinzer, Mr. Koplowitz, Ms. Lerum, Ms. McFarland, Mr. McDowell, Ms. Mostoller, Ms. Neal, Ms. Norelli, Ms. Spann, Ms. Simpson-Wayne, Ms. Wang, Officer Ward, Ms. Washington, Ms. Wells, Mr. Winn-Ritzenberg, and a special thanks to all of the custodial staff.
  • Thanks to the parents and teachers who attended our very first IB MYP community night.  Special thanks to Mr. Albright, Ms. Neal, Ms. Simpson-Wayne, Ms. Kinzer, Mr. Geremia, Mr. Kirschenbaum, & Mr. Hughes for also coming out to learn and support IB practices at Deal!
Official Enrollment Student Count is Today!
  • The auditors will be completing our official enrollment count today at 9 am.  The audit will begin promptly at 9 am, and students will remain in 1st period until the auditors finish their count.  Please prepare for a longer period 1 class.

Teacher Reminders:

  • Please take attendance each period and enter into the STARS system each period.
  • Please enter all grades, along with two comments for each student, by 4 pm on Friday.
  • Teachers who have expressed interest in the 6th grade transition team will meet in room N101 on Friday afternoon at 1 pm.  So far, the Deal team members are: Ms. Hernandez, Ms. Neal, Mr. Geremia, Ms. Sweeney, Mr. Hughes, Mr. Kirschenbaum, Ms. Kinzer, & Ms. Overby.  We will be welcoming teachers and parents from feeder schools to be a part of this team to prepare a great transition.  Lunch will be provided. 

Homeroom Teachers!

  • Mr. Santiago and Ms. McFarland have placed in your mailboxes a roster of the students who qualified for the 2009 John Hopkins Talent Search program.  Please review the list and ask the students to remain in the cafeteria after lunch today.
 Buddy Day Feedback
  • The visiting 6th grade Buddies agree that the students and staff at Alice Deal are awesome!  So far, we have hosted 255 students from our neighborhood schools. The visiting "Buddies" have let us know how happy and impressed they were with what they saw, heard, and learned on their special day at Deal. Way to go Vikings!! Keep up the good effort to be caring and principled.  An enthusiastic and very special thank you goes out to all the assigned Buddies, Student Council officers, peer mediators and hosting teachers.

Your care, graciousness and talents will be remembered for a long time to come.  Please keep up the great work for our upcoming Buddy Days and Open Houses!

DC-BAS days are here again
  • Yes! On Tuesday and Wednesday, we take the next version of the DC-Benchmark Assessment.  Students, this is your opportunity to show off your preparation and "Go Green"!  Please be prompt, focused, and confident.

Wilson Night at Deal this Thursday!

  • Wilson Principal Pete Cahall and other Wilson administrators and students will speak to Deal parents and students about Wilson High School this Thursday at 7 pm.  Come learn about academies, academic programs, sports and extracurricular activities.  Get the details on academy applications, the out-of-boundary process and more!!  Have your questions about Wilson High School answered!!

Undefeated Girls' Volleyball Team!

  • Our undefeated girls' volleyball team will finally get a chance to show their skills at home! On Monday and Wednesday, we will host two doubleheaders. The scheduled games are:
    Lincoln vs. Hart - 4:30 pm
    Deal vs. Hardy - 5:30 pm
    Winston vs. Hart - 4:30 pm
    Deal vs. Jefferson - 5:30 pm

    Coach Ortiz and the team would like to see the stands packed with fans showing Deal spirit at its best. Come join with us as we march toward the championship! 

Leadership Workshop

  • All students are invited to join us Friday from 9 am to noon, and Saturday from 10 - 2:30 pm, at our student leadership workshop.  It will be facilitated by the director of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) in Washington, DC, Mr. Larry Bell. All participants register in advance with Mr. Ngwa or Ms. Kim.  The following groups have been identified for participation by their teachers:
    > The Human Rights Club
    > Teaching Tolerance
    > Student Council
    > Peer  Mediators
    > Peer Mediation Club
    On the 1st day, students will learn to:
    • Identify and express pride in their individual cultural identity groups;
    • Learn how stereotypes are developed and ways to unlearn them;
    • Learn how groups other than their own experience mistreatment and discrimination;
    • Develop listening skills for creating peace;
    • Practice non-violent skills for de-escalating tense encounters with peers; and
    • Learn about the power of appreciation.
    On the 2nd day, students will study and practice techniques for beginning dialogue and facilitating the workshop and programs for welcoming diversity and peace, based on the experience of the first day.

    The leadership program will not only enhance the college profile for students in the area of Community Service and Cultural Competency, but also be the catalyst for shifting the culture in our local community as students begin to see themselves as global leaders and communicators.
    Parents are encouraged to return permission slips for students to attend this workshop.  The workshop is limited to the first 40 students who return the permission slip.
    Teacher-sponsors, please let Mr. Ngwa know if you can attend the workshop on Saturday.

Mark Entry Training

  • Please see Ms. Baxter during your planning period on Tuesday if you need training to enter grades into STARS.  All grades, along with two comments, must be entered by 4 pm Friday, for 1st advisory report cards. 
Audio Visual Form
  • There is now a mailbox for the audiovisual request forms. The blank forms are located in a folder.  After you've completely filled out your request, you can place it back into this same box.  As always, please allow five to seven days lead time.  Bulb request can also be placed in this same box.

Presenters Needed for Career Day

  • Parents who are interested in being a presenter at our Career Day activity, please contact Mr. Santiago at the Guidance Office at 373-4435 or [email protected]
    The activity will take place Thursday, November 6.  The schedule will be: 
                  Reception:         8:15 - 8:50 am
                  Presentations:    9 -9:50 am
                                         9:55 - 10:44 am
We hope that many of you will be available to help our students increase their awareness of the world of work by sharing your career experiences.  THANK YOU.
Team Leaders Meeting Cancelled for Nov. 4th 
  • The team leaders meeting on Nov. 4th will be cancelled so that teachers can get to the polls and cast their votes in the presidential election.


  • "KEEPING YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS OUT OF TROUBLE" THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, at 7 pm. Deal's PTA is pleased to welcome back Dr. Neil Bernstein, a psychologist, author, and speaker. He is a nationally recognized expert who has worked with youth and families for more than 25 years. He will speak on "Keeping Middle Schoolers Out of Trouble" -- limit-setting, entitlement, what kids do under the radar (online experimenting and risk taking) and whether or not parents should spy on them. It promises to be an informative evening.  Mark your calendar!!

Lafayette Recreation Center

  • The staff at Lafayette Recreation Center would like to inform you of winter activities that have been created to better serve the students of the community.

    Adolescent youth will participate in leisure activities, social, educational and community service experiences, as well as workshops involving leadership skills, role play, and issues that confront them in their daily lives. These activities help students grow, develop self-acceptance, and discover untapped talents. Members are able to participate in teen night events where they meet other students from the community. Teen Night is a social event that brings teenagers together involving them in team building activities.
    Lafayette offers more sport activities on the website.
    For more information or questions call Justin Rouse or Rachael PremDas
    Lafayette Recreation Center (202)282-2206
    Email: [email protected] or


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

Monday PM

  • Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Debate Team, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Girls' Soccer practice
  • Yoga, 3:30-4:30 pm, RM G3
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Volleyball Game, Deal vs Hardy at Deal 5:30 pm
  • Student Council Officers meeting,  3:20 - 4 pm, RM 207
  • 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

Tuesday AM

  •  Jazz Combo, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • 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, RM N101
  • Volleyball practice, 3:30 -5 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
  • Boys' Soccer Practice
  • Video Crew information meeting, 3:20 pm, Mr. Simmon's classroom
  • Art Club, 3:20 - 4:30 pm, Ms. Washington's classroom
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday AM

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

Wednesday PM

  • Show Choir, 3:30 - 4:15 pm 
  • Girls' Soccer Practice
  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball, Deal vs Jefferson, 5:30 pm at Deal
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Thursday AM

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

Thursday PM

  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm, RM 215
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Boys' Soccer Practice
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Friday AM

Friday PM

  •  Girls' Soccer Game, 4 pm, Kelley Miller at Deal
  •  Boys' Soccer Game, 4 pm, Deal vs Kelley Miller at Keller Miller
  •  Field Games with Mr. Brecher
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

How Content-Area Teachers Can Motivate Students to Read

In this article in The Reading Teacher, professors William Brozo and Sutton Flynt suggest how we can motivate students to read in science, social studies, and math classrooms. Research has shown that motivation and engagement are linked to reading more and becoming a lifelong reader. This makes it critical, say the authors, "that at an early age we capture students' imaginations with print that sustains their attention and keeps them reading into adolescence and beyond." It's especially important that students read in the content areas. If they don't, they will miss out on important background knowledge and vocabulary - the foundations of academic success - and they won't practice their reading skills on more challenging, content-rich material, which will handicap them as they move through the grades.

Here are the authors' six evidence-based principles for increasing reading motivation in the content areas:

            Boost academic self-efficacy. This means students' belief and confidence that they can accomplish meaningful tasks and produce a desired result in the classroom. Students who have high self-efficacy are more engaged and motivated, regardless of their socioeconomic background, so it's vital for content-area teachers to create conditions where students feel competent and are willing to work hard.

            Spark interest in the content. Student interest is key to a willingness to read content material, and the best content-area teachers find ways to stir up interest. Multiple forms of print and electronic media, multiple sources of information, and student choice are all helpful.

            Connect school to the outside world. Students who struggle when reading school textbooks and workbooks can be surprisingly proficient reading graphic novels, e-mailing, instant messaging, participating in chat rooms and blogs, and reading computer and video game magazines to pick up new strategies. The teacher's challenge is to link these two worlds and find ways of using students' strengths to learn content material.

            Give students access to lots of interesting texts. If they are going to become engaged and proficient readers, students need to be able to get their hands on a wide variety of engaging print materials in a range of genres.

            Expand choices and options. Students should have some say on what they read, the ways they respond and show proficiency, and even the kinds of learning experiences they have, say Brozo and Flynt.

            Maximize collaboration. Students like well-organized team collaboration on academic projects, and working in groups also increases their sense of belonging. Teacher-student collaboration is important too, say the authors: "Student motivation increases when teachers are their allies in the reading and learning process."

"Motivating Students to Read in the Content Classroom: Six Evidence-Based Principles" by William Brozo and Sutton Flynt in The Reading Teacher, October 2008 (Vol. 62, #2, p. 172-174), no free e-link available; the authors can be reached at and .

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