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February 9, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"Character is power."
-- Booker T. Washington
Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday- Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell II (Black History Month Assembly)

Students of the Month

Have you found yourself looking at the Student of the Month Bulletin Board asking"What does it take to be student of the month at Alice Deal Middle School?"

A Deal student of the month:

  • Shows initiative.
  • Does the right thing.
  • Puts forth academic effort!

"A little consideration,  

a little thought for others, makes all the difference"

---Winnie-the -Pooh


This could be you!

Academic Advisor 

Teams, teachers, and departments presented a blinding array of student-support activities that are ongoing at Deal at the most recent Team Leader's Meeting. It is exciting and commendable that the Deal teachers take pride in their ability to help students in whatever ways they need. Parents, please be aware if your child is being recommended for an after-school remediation or support session, it helps greatly to have your encouragement and your positive voice to help make sure that the students attend.
There will be a focus walk on Wednesday, February 11th during 4th period. Select staff will be observing specific instructional practices of their peers, then discussing and reflecting on those observations. Teachers: please be aware of the planned walk and continue your instruction as normal. An announcement will be made on the morning of the 11th to confirm the activity.
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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

IB Program

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Teachers in the IB class, Building an IB MY Program, are in the midst of unit planning and development.  Soon, they will be designing individual lessons and both directly observing and videotaping the lessons.  Each group of teachers will target particular instructional goals in the lesson and then review and refine the lessons afterwards.  It is exciting to have so many teachers in the class participating in these important activities.  The next class will be on Wednesday, February 11, at 3:30 pm.

Upcoming Activities!

 Focus Walk - pd. 4
LSRT mtg, 7:30 am

Braveheart trip to the Smithsonian
Vision/Mission Planning Meeting, 3:30
 Black History Month Assembly
 Valentine's Day Dance, 3:30 - 6 pm

February 16th
Presidents' Day Holiday

February 17th
Teachers send home progress reports with students this week
Teachers submit deficiency reports to HR teachers

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

February 19th
NAEP-2009 for 8th graders   Mid-Advisory Reports mailed home
Faculty Meeting,3:20 pm
February 20th
The Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign ends  
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 Mtg, 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 Mtg, 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 As you may know, the Deal faculty worked collaboratively on writing a new mission statement to reflect our school values and purpose for being.  From that work, two possible mission statements were developed.  We shared them at the PTA meeting two weeks ago, we shared them at the LSRT meeting last Friday, and we will receive input this week from the student council.  This morning, I am asking all HR teachers to share it with students as well.  We are sharing the two mission possibilities with the larger Deal community so that you can comment.

The two options are:

1.  Alice Deal Middle School educates our community with forethought, optimism, and rigor through a culture that strengthens individuality, citizenship, and excellence.

2.  Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.

We are excited to coalesce around a mission statement this year as we embark on our new middle school journey as a full 6, 7, & 8 middle school!

Thanks to the entire Deal faculty and staff for your part in developing and commenting on this mission statement.  A special thanks to Ms. Kinzer, Mr. Kirschenbaum, Ms. Hernandez, Mr. Geremia, Mr. Frye, and Ms. Neal for crafting the two choices for consideration.  We welcome student and parent feedback!

Principal Kim

Weekly News

DC One Card
 Deal students will receive their DC One Card today.  The DC One Card will allow students to:
  • buy meals in the cafeteria
  • access DC recreation centers
  • access Metro trains and buses
  • check out books at DC Public Libraries

Please note that students will be solely responsible for loading funds to their cards, as well as registering their cards with the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA).  Students will be charged a $5 fee for a replacement card.  For more information, please visit

Spelling Bee Winners
 Congratulations to the winners of the Alice Deal 2009 Spelling Bee.                                              
First Place:  Sonia Schlesinger
Second Place:  Caroline Nwanze
Third Place:  Darcy Shevlin
Our first and second place spellers will progress to the regional competition.  Thank you to all students who competed in the Bee and to staff for your support. 

Science Fair Results

The Science Department would like to extend thanks to Ms. Baxter, Mr. Brecher, Ms. Stanley, Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Simmons, Ms, Washington, Ms. Kelly, Mr. Greenhill and the custodial staff for their assistance with the science fair.  Your help and generosity were immeasurable in making our science fair a success.  You are all amazing!
Congratulations to the students who placed in the science fair!

1st Place Winners

Ruthie Lewis, Alex Cooper, Jena Wade, Katherine Borrazzo, Sasha Pfeiffer, Liam Kerwin, Chandler Baxter, Adriahna Foster, Even Katz, Nathan Davis, Sarah Ulstrup, Sebastien Navidi-Kasmai, Jamie Finucane, Eli Ferster, and Vincent Femia

2nd Place Winners

Alexie Pereyra, Christina Harn, Parris Washington, Sumika Davidson, Clara McGinn, Desmond O'Brien, Leo Wackler, Anna Allard, Alex Morlaes-Sanz, Freya Bernado, Peter Barrows, Michael Kusnet, and Billy Shuldiner

3rd Place Winners

Emma Lalley, Abbie Israel, Lena Shapiro, Isabel Albee, Natasha Timmons, Kelly Sherman, William Church, Maddie Conover, and Jacob Bresica-Weiler

The judges were very impressed with your enthusiasm, innovation, and ability to clearly present your ideas!
Team Green Scholars Adopted a Cheetah!!
Team Green Scholars 7B students raised $250 to adopt the endangered Cheetah from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.  Their contribution to the Adopt a Species program supports conservation programs to save endangered species, funds medical care, equipment, and habitat improvements for animals that live at the National Zoo and its 3,200-acre Conservation and Research Center.  We are excited to welcome this new member to our team!
Student Council
Student Council Representatives should attend a mandatory meeting Tuesday after school to discuss the upcoming Valentine's Day Dance and Valentine's Day gift sales.  Also, bring your Homeroom's Pennies for Patients boxes so that we can count our coins.  The meeting will be in Mr. Kirschenbaum's room.

Valentine's Day Dance and Gifts  
Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  Remember to buy your Valentine's Day gifts during lunch this week - $1 for a lollipop or $2 for a teddy bear. 
The Valentine's Day dance is this Friday after school.  Purchase your ticket ($4) during lunch this week or outside Mr. Kirschenbaum's or Ms. Mason's classrooms after school. 
Deal Staff - Please see Mr. Kirschenbaum if you can help chaperone the dance.

Pennies for Patients

Remember to collect and to donate your coins this week for our Pennies for Patients campaign.  Help find a cure for blood cancers.  The homeroom with the most donations will win a Domino's pizza party.

Instead of playing outside on a warm winter Saturday morning, the Deal MathCounts team spent the time attacking a lot of ingenious math problems and appears to have beaten most, but not all, of the other schools in DC at a recent city-wide competition.

According to unofficial reports from a source in the grading room at the contest, the Deal team came in second place, behind St. Alban's School for Boys, at a contest that featured teams from fifteen different DC public, private, charter, and parochial schools. The source said that Sidwell Friends school came in third place, followed by Lafayette and St. Patrick's in fourth and fifth place.

Deal's Derek Levinson was the second-highest scorer in the entire competition, losing by one point to a student from Jefferson Middle School.  Most of the top six students were from St. Alban's, but it appears that Deal's Thuy Nguyen came in 7th place out of well over 100 students who completely filled the Lafayette Elementary School cafeteria.  Nice work!

Brown Bag lunch on Building Self Esteem
A Brown Bag lunch on Building Self Esteem will be held during 4th period on Thursday, February 12 in the Counseling Suite. All 7th graders are welcome to sign up in the Counseling Suite at anytime.  Cookies will be provided, but don't forget to bring your own lunch!

Team Braveheart Has a Very Busy Week Ahead
Please note the following schedule:
  • Mathalon on Tuesday
Braveheart students will work in small teams to improve DC CAS math skills during Periods 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 in the cafeteria on Tuesday.  Teachers have received a list of students effected by this project. 
  • Pizza Party on Wednesday
Sixty-five Braveheart students will enjoy a pizza party during Period 5 on Wednesday in room 253 to celebrate high and improved test scores on the last battery of DC BAS tests.  Students will report to the party at the beginning of Period 5 and will be released to go outside (weather permitting) or to the cafeteria 20 minutes before the end of the period.  Nice work, kids!
Rescheduled Field Trip to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art on Thursday
Braveheart will travel on Thursday to study art at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.  This trip was rescheduled as a result of inclement weather on January 29.  Students will leave at 9:00 a.m. and return to Deal at approximately 2:30 p.m.  Teachers should refer to the list of Braveheart students left in their mailboxes on Monday.  
Green Scholars After School DCCAS Prep and Additional Tutoring
Green Scholars are holding DCCAS prep and additional tutoring every Monday in room 109 and Thursday room 303 after school from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.  If you would like to join our fun group and receive additional help, please contact Mr. Geremia, Ms. Spann-Goode, Ms. Philip, Ms. Mason and/or Ms. Stanley. 

After-School Chinese Club Meets Every Tuesday
Attention, students - if you want to join the after-school Chinese Club, you need to see Ms. Wang for a permission slip. The club meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30.  There will be many fun activities for you to enjoy. 
Calling all Artists!
Please see Ms. Washington if you are interested in submitting your artwork to the Deal Auction.    
Parent Institute of Quality Education
Attention Parents!
Would you like to get more involved in your child's education?
Would you like to like to learn how to help your child succeed in school?
Would you like to learn how to better navigate the school system?
Sign up for PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education)  PIQE is a FREE nine week program for parents of Alice Deal Middle School and Wilson High School that:
  • will begin on Wednesday, February 11
  • will meet every Wednesday (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
    at Wilson High School (3950 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC 20016, near the Tenleytown Metro).
  • will provide FREE childcare and refreshments          

Contact Jeanette Rojas at (703) 933-9877 or [email protected] to sign up or for more info. Se habla español.
PIQE es un programa bilingue. Llame si usted quiere aprender a mejorar la educación de su hija o hijo.
Update from the LAYC After-School Program at Deal
The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) After-School Program currently has openings for new students!
The LAYC After-School Program runs 3:30-5:30; Monday-Thursday at Deal, and is open to all Deal students.
The first hour (3:30-4:30) is dedicated to homework and academic assistance with our team of tutors.
The second hour (4:30-5:30) is dedicated to enrichment activities, which currently include: Chess & Financial Literacy, Graffiti Art, Athletics and Games, and Focus on Kids.  Focus on Kids is a class that teaches students to live healthy lifestyles, and lets students earn volunteer hours and a stipend for their participation.
If you'd like to enroll your child or get more information about the program, please contact Tim Gibbon, LAYC After-School Coordinator, at 202-747-8920 or [email protected] (Se habla español).

After School Opportunity - FLAME
Students are invited to join a fun and educational after school program here at Deal.  The program is made possible by the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation - Project My Time.  Financial Literacy Activities Made Easy (FLAME) uses chess and the Cash Flow 101 game by Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) to teach students about budgeting, investing, real estate, and business.  FLAME meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 until 5:30, immediately after LAYC's academic/homework session.  For more information or to register, contact Cheryl Richardson at or (202) 332-6011/265-2375.
2009 Youth Law Fair
The Youth Law Fair is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 9:00 am - 4:15 pm. It is an annual community outreach event targeted at teens in DC.  The overall goals of the Youth Law Fair are: 
  • Teach DC area youth about their rights and responsibilities and the justice system. 
  • Encourage DC area youth to form and voice opinions about important legal and social issues.
  • Empower DC area youth to believe that they are capable of pursing legal careers through the use of role models.

The topic this year is "OMG!! Can U Say that? IDK..." which will focus on how teens communicate through music, internet use, and text messaging.  The event includes exhibits; tours of courtrooms, Judge's chambers, and holding cells led by Superior Court Judges; speak out; mock trials; a quiz that will be handed out; free lunch; and door prizes.  Parents are welcome to accompany their children.

To register email your name and contact information to:  by February 25, 2009. This free event is sponsored by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar, and is co-sponsored by various other sections of the Bar. 

Lost and FOUND Textbooks

Jordan Blagburn - Spanish
Jackson Conley - English
Rahela Dulan - French
Vanessa Flores - French
Kevin Goode - History
Te'Von Greene - History
D'Mani Harrison-Porter - English
Karen Herrera - History
Nhat Hoang - English
Terence Jones - English
Michael Kusnet - Science (Interactions)
Robin Martin - Science
Marvin Mata - Spanish
Mia Nicholson - Spanish
Travon Parker - Spanish
Jose Reyes - Science
Henry Sorto - Spanish
Danielle Thomas - Spanish
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 - 5 pm
  • 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
  • Yoga with Ms. Kelley, 3:30 - 4:30 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 tutoring 3:30 pm
  • Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Chinese Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

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
  • Team Aztec - A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 5 pm, Cafeteria

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...

An Alternative to Ruby Payne's Approach to Teaching Poor Children

            In this Kappan article, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities professors Mistilina Sato and Timothy Lensmire applaud the increasing willingness of educators to learn new approaches to teaching diverse students. But they decry the way low-SES children are being labeled with "grossly overgeneralized, deficit-laden characteristics that put them at risk of being viewed as less capable, less cultured, and less worthy as learners." The authors are especially critical of Ruby Payne, whose company, aha! Process, Inc., conducts 800-1,000 workshops a year in the U.S. and Canada, and whose book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty (2005) has sold more than a million copies. While Payne claims she wants to help people living in poverty, say the authors, her stereotypical descriptions actually contribute to "the larger effort to persuade society that the poor are undeserving of society's help."
            Sato and Lensmire present a three-part alternative to Payne's approach based on respecting all children's competence, teachers rethinking their cultural identity, and a professional development model based on teacher collaboration:
            · Children's competence - "Rather than dwelling on children's perceived deficits," say the authors, "we believe teachers should be encouraged to focus instead on children's competence as cultural and intellectual people." Teachers need to become skilled at understanding cultural mismatches based on race, ethnicity, poverty, and beliefs and providing instruction that reaches all children. They quote multicultural expert, Geneva Gay, who suggests:
-         Using the cultural heritages of different ethnic groups in the classroom;
-         Bridging home and school experiences;
-         Making connections between academic abstractions and children's lived realities;
-         Using instructional strategies aligned with students' learning styles;
-         Incorporating multicultural information, resources, and materials.
They encourage educators to make periodic home visits, which helps them see students' environment as "robust, historical, and worthy."
            · Teachers' cultural identity - "Payne offers educators the role of savior," say the authors, providing a certain "guilty voyeuristic pleasure" as we affirm our normalcy against an image of the pathological poor. "It is an offer we need to reject," they say, "and to reject it, we need to bring the same sorts of assumptions and concepts to bear in relation to ourselves that we bring to our rewriting of who we imagine the poor to be." Teachers are "complex, cultural, and historical beings... human actors born into a web of meanings and values of which we are only partially aware and not in complete control." Given that most American teachers are white and middle-class, an important professional development activity is engaging in "critical whiteness studies" by forming study groups centered around "re-imagining ourselves as educators and our relationships to students living in poverty." The authors recommend Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White edited by David Roediger (Schocken, 1998).
            · Teacher collaboration - Teaching is a "complex and uncertain endeavor", say Sato and Lensmire. "To imagine that we can create a list of strategies and assign them to whole groups of children because of who their parents are or where they live is a gross oversimplification of what it means to teach or to be a teacher... Teachers will need support in developing a better understanding of themselves and their own worldviews in order to better engage with children who bring different experiences, cultures, values, and ways of understanding the world into the classroom." Teachers need "new ways of being," ways of being "present in the moment with students, while listening to them and respecting their ideas. Part of that being is a willingness to ask students questions, to get to know them as thinkers, as children, and as people."
"Poverty and Payne: Supporting Teachers to Work with Children of Poverty" by Mistilina Sato and Timothy Lensmire in Phi Delta Kappan, January 2009 (Vol. 90, #5, p. 365-370); this article can be purchased for $5.00 at

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