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February 16, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child;
it is whether we can afford not to."
-- Marian Wright Edelman
Bell Schedule
Monday - Holiday 
Tuesday- Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell II
(8th Graders - NAEP; 7th Graders- BCR)
Friday - Bell I

IB Middle Years Program



International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
 
On Thursday, February 19, Deal Middle School will host a large group of special education teachers for a half-day networking activity. The networking, sponsored by the regional group of IB schools, MARC, will be attended by teachers from Maryland, DC, and Virginia. They will be looking at IB instructional units, sharing work on differentiation and assessment, and collaborating on effective special education practices. Participating schools are either fully authorized or candidate IB MYP schools. The program will run from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
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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

Academic Advisor

Last week's instructional walk-through was rescheduled for this week - Wednesday during 4th period. Teachers who normally plan during 4th period will be observing other teachers who are engaged with classes during that time. Observations will be tabulated and shared with the whole school. Teachers at work during 4th period should be expecting an observation, although the exact schedule has not ben finalized. Observers will be looking for student engagement and questioning strategies. Teachers on the visiting teams should meet in the Conference Room at the beginning of 4th period.
 

Upcoming Activities!


Tuesday 
Teachers send home progress reports with students this week
Teachers submit deficiency reports to HR teachers
Energy Auditors meet during 4th period in room 209

Wednesday
HR teachers submit deficiency reports to the main office

Thursday
IB MYP Special Populations
Networking Meeting, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
NAEP-2009 for 8th graders 
7th grade BCR (math)
 Mid-Advisory Deficiency notices mailed home
Success Academy,
room N101
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm

Friday
The Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign ends
ALL teachers who are not on Ed-Line should have passed out Grade-Quick reports by today.
 
February 21st
Deal Auction:  A Night at the Museum!
  
February 24th
Ms. Kim meets with Shepherd ES @ 6pm
February 26th
Focus Walk - pd. 5

February 27th
Parent Teacher Conference Day

March 3rd
DCBAS - Reading
 
March 4th
DCBAS - Math

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

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

March 19th
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm

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 10th - 13th
No School

April 14th
School Begins

April 15th
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm

April 16th
Emancipation Day Holiday

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 Yay!  Saturday is our annual PTA auction!  For the first time, we celebrate at the Katzen Arts Center, hence, the event is called, "Night at the Museum."  This may be the best Deal community event of the year, so be sure to join us to purchase a vacation get-away, sports tickets, creative baskets, wine tastings, and gourmet treats.

I hope to see every Deal parent and Deal staff member for great food, music, auction items, and company!  The doors open at 6:30.

All proceeds allow the PTA to better support our school.  A few examples:
  • Annual team-building trip at Hemlock for new 6th and 7th graders.
  • IB MYP annual fees to support our work in pushing for academic rigor.
  • Teacher mini-grants that pay for supplies and materials to support creativity and enrichment in student activities.
  • Student agendas and Deal pencil cases to keep all students organized.
  • Team Incentives to recognize students within their teams.
  • School spirit pizza and ice cream parties to support groups of students who work hard to achieve a goal.
  • Teacher stipends for some coaches that DCPS does not pay for.
  • Supplement professional developement costs.
  • Support for all students to access academic trips.
  • Help in recruiting future Deal students.
  • Constant Contact, which allows for the informative weekly bulletin!  =)
  • Homework Hotline, which allows parents and students without Internet access to access homework information.
  • EdLine, which has allowed on-line grade accessing capabilities for some teams and teachers this year and will be available for all next year.
  • The monthly PTA newsletter, which gets produced and mailed to each home each month to keep everyone well informed about Deal news and celebrations.
These are just some of the ways in which an active, supportive, and generous PTA helps to enrich a school.  Please help us continue to maintain a vibrant, innovative school by coming this Saturday and generously supporting our PTA.

Principal Kim


DCPS Effective Schools Framework
Going from Good to Great!
DCPS has adopted a framework for reform.  Because we know that a great school is the result of multiple elements and not just one, we will be looking to improve the following six elements.

Element 1: Teaching and Learning
Element 2: Leadership
Element 3: Job-Embedded Professional Development
Element 4: Resources
Element 5: Safe and Effective Learning Environment
Element 6: Family and Community Engagement

This week, I wanted to simply introduce you to the Effective Schools Framework and share with you the six elements.  In the following weeks, I will discuss where Deal currently stands in relation to each element and what steps we must take to push to the next level.

Last week, I received several emails related to our proposed Mission Statements.  I am excited to have these elements and our Mission guide us as we continue on the journey from good to great!
 Weekly News

 
Valentine's Day Dance 
The Student Council would like to thank the following parents/guardians for their help with the Valentine's Day Dance:  Mr. Ashford, Ms. Crouch, Ms. Edelin, Ms. Hand, Ms. Hoyte, Ms. Jennings, Ms. King, Ms. Lewandowski, Ms. Maxwell, Ms. Panesgrouw, Ms. Sledz, Ms. Tanen, Ms. Wade, and Ms. Wackler.  We could not have done it without you.
 
The Student Council would also like to thank the following Deal faculty and staff for their help with the Dance:  Officer Blount, Mr. Brecher, Officer Campbell, Mr. Dacoba, Ms. Ge, Mr. Geremia, Ms. Jones, Ms. Kelley, Ms. Kinzer, Mr. Koplowitz, Ms. Mason, Mr. McDowell, Ms. McFarland, Ms. Mostoller, Mr. Mungai, Ms. Neal, Mr. Ngwa, Ms. Philip, Mr. Santiago, Ms. Spann, Ms. Spann-Goode, Mr. Turner, Ms. Wang, Ms. Washington, and Mr. Winn-Ritzenberg.  Thank you.
 
Pennies for Patients
This is our final week for our Pennies for Patients Campaign.  Please remember to bring in your pennies.  
 
Congratulations to Scot Beumel for his Science Success!
Congratulations to Scot Beumel for his second place win in Science Fair.  The science department and Green Scholars are proud of you!!!  We apologize for not listing you on last week's bulletin!
 
Attention Energy Auditors!
Seventh grade students who trained as energy auditors are asked to join us as we begin our lunch meetings each Tuesday.  We will meet TODAY in Ms. Lerum's room (209) during 4th period.  If you didn't get to train with us but are interested in helping make Deal a greener school, please join us to find out how you can become involved.

Graphing Calculator Training
On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, the Department of Mathematics will be hosting its first WebEX training.  The focus of the training will be on using the TI-84 Plus calculator.  Participants only need a computer, internet access, telephone, and graphing calculator.  Please register at http://dcps.schoolnet.com <http://dcps.schoolnet.com/>.  Once your registration is received, you will be provided with instructions on how to access and ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements.  Professional Learning Units will be provided to each participant that engages in this training.
 
Ms. Mason's Homeroom Challenges other Green Scholar's homerooms in Pennies for Patients
Ms. Mason's homeroom would like to challenge the other Green Scholar Homerooms in the Pennies for Patients contest.  Ms. Mason's students dare Mr. Geremia, Ms. Spann-Goode, and Ms. Philip to collect as many donations!
 
Success Academy
Students for the Success Academy have been notified, and the first class will start Thursday after school in room N-101. These invited 7th and 8th grade students will meet for an hour at least once a week (a schedule has been developed) and focus on particular strands of the DC-CAS and BAS tests. Students were selected because of a particular deficit in one or more math strands, but with the expectation that only a minor improvement in scores could help them achieve DC-CAS success. A full list of students will be distributed this week.
 
ZAP (Zeroes Aren't Permitted)
ZAP enjoys steady success week after week. Typically, 12-15 7th graders join us during lunch each day (we have a capacity of about 20). Our 8th grade participation is much lower, either because those students are getting their work in or they are working with specific teachers. All 8th grade teachers should feel free to remind students of the ZAP opportunity.

National Assessment of Educational Progress
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will be given to our 8th graders on Thursday, February 19.  The assessment will take approximately 90 minutes.
                                                     
7th Grade BCR
On Thursday, February 19, all 7th graders will remain in their homerooms to complete a math BCR during the activity period. 

Baseball Team
The Deal Baseball Team will be holding an informational meeting on Friday, February 20th @ 3:30PM in room N101.  If you are interested in trying out for the baseball team please attend this meeting with Mr. Brecher and Mr. Jenkins.

 
Outdoor Track Meeting/Sign-Up
Any student interested in joining the Deal Outdoor Track team should attend a meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 3:25pm in the gymnasium.  Please bring a pen or pencil to the meeting.  Also, if you have NOT already submitted a copy of your Birth Certificate or Health Form to Mr. Geremia or Mr. Jenkins this year, please bring copies of those items.  Any questions see Mr. Geremia or Mr. Jenkins.
 
Rugby
The spring rugby season has begun, and we already have a game scheduled.  Any interested parents or students should contact Mr. Koplowitz.  Practices are Monday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00.
 
"Music! Just Imagine!" Coming in March
March is "Music in Our Schools" month. The Music Department has put together a list of events in celebration of "Music in Our Schools" month. It is the hope of the department to promote this year's theme, "Music!  Just Imagine."

EVENTS:

  • Washington Performing Arts Society and Washington National Opera - Performing a small Opera at Deal, title "Let Freedom Ring", The Marian Anderson Story
  • Steel Tears - Performing the genre of Rock & Roll at Deal
  • North Carolina A&T State University Vocal Jazz Ensemble - Performing the genre of Jazz at Deal
  • Kennedy Center Performance - Selected Deal students perform at the Kennedy Center
    Winton Marsalis Performance - Students will be special guests at a concert featuring Marsalis
    Capitol City Jazz Project Continues - Students will participate in a workshop with Marsalis and/or some of his band members

Joe Corbi's a Huge Success
The Music Department would like to thank everyone for your support with the Joe Corbi's fundraiser. The Music Department raised approximately $1900.00.
 
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] 

IB Class
Teachers in the "Building an IB MYP class" are spending these next two weeks in class on IB assessment practices.  Class members are working in groups and preparing IB MYP units for submission as homework and, eventually, for implementation and observation.  This energetic group of teacher/students has been diligent in attendance, participation, and enthusiasm.

Lost and Found
Donovan Barnes - History
Edward Bent - English
Jackson Conley - English
Vanessa Flores - French
Kevin Goode - History
Te'Von Green - History
Karen Herrera - History
Nhat Huan - English, Chinese Workbook
Terence Jones - English
Michael Kusnet - Science (Interactions)
Ciara Mackey - Algebra
Robin Martin - Science
Travon Parker - French
Jose Reyes - Science
Cordell Wright - History

Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!
 
6th Grade Teacher's Editions
Ms. Streeter has copies of the 6th grade teacher's editions.  Teachers are encouraged to use these resources as we continue backwards mapping in preparation for our incoming 6th graders.
 
Conferencing with Teachers
Our teachers work collaboratively each morning to plan instruction.  Please contact teachers in advance to schedule conferences.   
 
DC-CAS Calculator Count
We will provide calculators for students during the April administration of the DC-CAS.  Team leaders are asked to let Ms. Neal know how many calculators are needed for each homeroom. 
 

 

Before & After School Activities This Week ...
 
Monday AM 
  • Holiday

Monday PM

  •  Holiday

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 tutoring 3:30 pm
  • Chinese Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Team Olympians Study Hall with Ms. Kinzer, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Wednesday 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
  • 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
  • Team Aztec - A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 5 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
  • Success Academy, 3:30 - 4:30  pm

Friday AM

  •  Rock Choir, 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
  • Baseball information meeting,3:30pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for Thought...

Getting Students Involved in Self-Assessment and Self-Improvement

            "[M]ost students get little informative feedback on their work," say University of Albany researchers Heidi Andrade and Anna Valtcheva in this article in Theory Into Practice. Why? Because "few teachers have the luxury of regularly responding to each student's work." The solution? Getting students involved in assessing their own work rather than relying entirely on their teachers for evaluative feedback. "Research suggests that self-regulation and achievement are closely related," say Andrade and Valtcheva. "Students who set goals, make flexible plans to meet them, and monitor their progress tend to learn more and do better in school than students who do not."
            For the process of self-assessment to work effectively, say the authors, teachers need to follow these steps:
            Articulate clear expectations. The goal is for the student to have the same criteria for quality work as the teacher. Simply handing out a rubric is not enough; co-constructing rubrics with students is ideal, but not always possible. The most important thing is for students to have a thorough understanding of the criteria for success before they begin work.
            Directly teach students the steps of self-assessment, showing them models of how it works and explaining its benefits.
            Have students self-assess. Students create a rough first draft of an assignment (for example, an essay, word problem, lab report, speech, or volleyball serve) and check its quality against the criteria. Andrade and Valtcheva suggest that students might use a marker to highlight key phrases of the rubric and examples of this criterion in their draft; for example, in a rubric for persuasive essays, highlighting in blue clearly states an opinion and then highlighting their essay's opinions in blue.
            Have students revise. Students use what they learned from the self-assessment to improve their draft, with guidance from the teacher. It's important that students are given enough time for this process - perhaps two class periods. These self-assessments are formative, not for final grades.
            Most of the research on self-assessment has been done in two curriculum areas: writing and mathematics. In writing, studies show the benefits are not in mechanics and usage but in other areas, including plot development. In math, the benefits are mainly in solving word problems.
 
"Promoting Learning and Achievement Through Self-Assessment" by Heidi Andrade and Anna Valtcheva in Theory Into Practice, Winter 2009 (Vol. 48, #1, p. 12-19), no e-link; Andrade is available at [email protected]





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