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Bell Schedule
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Monday - Bell 1
Tuesday - Bell 1
Wednesday - Bell 1
Thursday - Bell 2 (Bell 2 activity)
Friday - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conference #4

Announcing Students of the Month
 
Team Aztecs     
Rio Osborne       
Taylor Kelly
 
Green Scholars 
Luke Trinity    
Ellie Edgell
 
Olympians 7       
MacKinley Byrd   
Zoe Frumin
 
Olympians 8        
Kevin Turley    
Maya Woldehawariat
 
Braveheart        
Vincent Femia    
Toni Bethea
 
Odyssey  
Alex Morales-Sanz   
Tepa Holder
 
United Nations    
Amal Elsayed     
Brenda Villeda
 
Congratulations students for your efforts and virtues!
Upcoming Dates
calendar
May 11 & 12
Quality School Review site visit for Deal's Autonomy
ACCESS for ELLS test
 
May 12
ELL trip to Duke Ellington & Georgetown

May 13
Step Up Day #1
ACCESS for ELLS test
 
May 15
Parent Teacher Conference (12:00 noon - 7:00), No school for students
Last day for 8th grade promotional activity payments
LSRT parent rep elections

May 18
National Junior Honor Society Induction
 
May 19
Step Up Day #2
 
May 20
 Step Up Day #3
 
May 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm
Spring Concert/Art Show and Ice Cream Social; 6:30 

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
They are on the way!  Don't miss out on this opportunity to purchase this keepsake of your memories!

Please return checks and order forms in the amount of $45 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.

 

Wednesday, May 13

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 12
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: General Education Teachers
 
May 13
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Focus: General Education Teachers

May 14
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Focus: Special Education

May 14
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Focus: Principals

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
 
5th and 6th Grade Math Placement Test for Students Who Attend Non-Feeder Schools

When: 
Friday, May 15 at 10:00 am

Where:
Deal Cafeteria

Alice Deal Weekly Bulletin
"Think Globally.  Listen Compassionately.  Act Inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
 Andrew Carnegie
Message from Principal Kim

Thanks to Anne Pasmanick & her crew of book fair volunteers for organizing this year's Deal Book Fair.  This was our first in awhile, since we have not had a library.  I thank all of the students and parents who bought books.  The proceeds of this fundraiser will go to restock our library this summer.

Last week, I had the opportunity to drop in on the Cleveland Choir's morning rehearsal.  Their sound was amazing!  Although the room was warm, I got goose bumps as they sang.  I know the band has progressed tremendously as well.  Their musicianship has grown exponentially and it will develop further as they listen to other musicians and interact with them this week at the Music Festival in Cleveland.  Deal's instrumentalists and vocalists leave Thursday for their competition trip under the supervision and guidance of Mr. Jackson & Mr. Frye.  Thanks to all the parent chaperones who are joining them.  We wish you a safe and successful journey!  See you when you get back on Monday!

Finally, for the next two days Deal will host four visitors who are serving as members of the Quality School Review team from DCPS.  They will be conducting focus groups, observing classes, reviewing curricular documents, and just getting a sense of Deal through the QSR lens and rubric.  This is an essential step in Deal's path to being recognized as an autonomous school.  Thanks in advance to the teachers, parents, and students who will be part of the focus groups and observations.  I am confident that we will do well on this review.

Have a productive learning week.

Principal Kim
This week at Deal...
 
ELL Annual ACCESS for ELLs Testing Begins 
The annual ACCESS FOR ELLS testing begins this week.  The speaking test will be given on Monday and Wednesday, May 11 and 13.  Nine levels of the reading, listening, and writing tests will be given during the week of May 18-22.  Every effort is being made to administer these tests during ELL class time.  However, some ELL students will need to be excused from non-ELL classes for testing.  There are also 12 non-ELL students who are required by NCLB to take all 4 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.
 
ELL Field Trip - Tuesday, May 12
Most ELL students will be on an all-day field trip on Tuesday, May 12.  They will attend Duke Ellington's Spring Dance Concert, take a walking tour of Georgetown University and Georgetown, including the C&O Canal, Potomac River and the Old Stone House.  Teachers will receive a list of participating students.  Please allow students to make up any missed work.
 
Eighth Graders
Please remember that all promotion fees are due by this week. Your designated team teacher will be collecting on Thursday and a parent will be collecting in the lobby on Friday. Any questions, see Mrs. Sweeney.

Debate Team
Monday will be the last practice for this season. We will have a guest speaker helping you to prepare for Saturday's championships at Watkins Mill MS. All teams must sign up on Monday.


Human Sexuality Workshops for 8th Graders
The Deal PTA will again sponsor the Sexuality Workshops for 8th graders at Deal this week.  We are fortunate in having Mrs. Irene Addlestone, who was the Health & Sexuality Educator and Program Director at Children's Hospital, to again conduct these tremendously successful and beneficial experiences.

The Human Sexuality Workshops provided for the 8th grades will focus on (1) developing an environment where teens feel safe, speak up, and are confident in asking questions and debating important issues; (2) providing a better understanding and reassurance of their development as adolescents - emotionally, socially and physically; and (3) creating opportunities for youth to gain information and explore their values around many of the issues they are confronting.
 
The first workshop will:
  • Create a class working contract so that behavior is appropriate and respectful, and privacy is upheld.
  • Explore adolescence by helping them better understand the developmental tasks and challenges they face.
  • Explore sexual decision-making and how it affects their life plans.

The second workshop will:

  • Reaffirm the class contract.
  • Provide a basic review of male/female anatomy and physiology.  There will be a very general overview of STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and protection.
  • Provide an opportunity for the students to write (anonymously) questions on index cards.
  • Obtain feedback about the workshops with the students sharing what was most valuable.

These workshops are geared towards not only getting correct information to our teens, but also providing an opportunity for honest, thoughtful dialogue from adults.  This format allows teens to be challenged by their peers and learn from each other.  Young people need to know how to become effective communicators and know about their bodies and understand healthy relationships in order to take control over their lives.

Parents can certainly opt-out their child from these sessions.  Please indicate that by returning your opt-out form.

Cleveland Bound
The Music Department Leaves for Cleveland on Thursday.  The cost of trip is $425 per person which includes hotel, judging, some food, and all activities. The cost of transportation is $150 per person in addition to the trip cost. Please forward your payment in full as soon as possible as we depart this Thursday!
 
Participating members should report to Deal at 6:15 am on Thursday morning. We should be back in DC on Sunday afternoon around 3 pm. 

Lost and Found Textbooks
Safara Bemah - English
Dennis Centeno - English
Nicholas Contreras - English
Vanessa Flores - French
Delta Ford - Science
Antonio Gallorini - Spanish
Elishua Greenwood - English
Terry Hedgepeth - Science
Nhat Hoang - English, Chinese
Michael Kusnet - Science (Interactions)
Yannick Mefane - English
Sherridan Mitchell - English, Science
Dhae Sha Myers - History
Jamal Noland - English
Jalyn Robinson - Science
Oscar Romero - Math
Christopher Shepherd - Spanish
Peter Vo - French
Samuel Wright - Spanish 
 
Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!
Student Information

DCPS SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS 
Applications for DCPS Summer School for both 7th and 8th graders were due May 1, 2009. Please see your grade-level counselor for an application if you are interested in summer school and have not already completed an application.
 
Participation in Summer School 2009 Middle School Program is for academic support and it will be aligned with DCPS' learning standards. Students will receive support in reading, writing, and mathematics. The reading program will focus on comprehension, and teachers will foster higher level thinking by modeling practices of good readers. An important portion of the program will assist transition and prepare students for the next grade level.
 
The Summer Program will operate Mondays through Fridays from June 29, 2009 to August 5, 2009 for middle school students. Middle school students can choose to attend summer school at Columbia Heights Education Campus, Kelly Miller Middle School, Stuart Hobson Middle School, or Johnson Middle School. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
 
National Junior Honor Society Ceremony
The National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony will take place Monday, May 18th.  The program will start during period one and will be followed by a reception for inductees and parents.
 
Wilson SHS Course Offerings Forms 
All 8th grade students who received an Academic Course Offerings form for Wilson High School, please return the completed  form with your parent signature to Ms. McFarland. If you have any questions, see Ms. McFarland during your lunch period.
 
Financial Aid for 7th Grade Class Trip
As is the practice for all trips, if you are in need of a financial stipend for the 7th Grade Kings Dominion trip, please write Ms. Kim with your request.

4TH 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 two more workshops in connection with agencies that have partnered up with DCPS.
May 22, 2009 - AM Workshop
May 26, 2009 - Time 1 pm (Wilson HS Music Department Workshop at Wilson)
Teachers you already have a list of students who should be excused for each of these events, thank you.
 
Music Department Rehearsals Next Week
As we prepare for the trip to Cleveland, there will be two mandatory rehearsals, the Jazz Band on Tuesday and the Concert Choir on Wednesday. Please be advised, if you miss your rehearsal then you forfeit your spot on the Spring Trip. Also, it is important that everyone is on time.  This is the last rehearsal before the competition.
 
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
 
Bell 2
This week's Bell 2 activities will take place on Thursday, May 14.  The final Bell 2 activity day for this year is Wednesday, May 20.
 
Staff Information
 
QSR-
Teachers please check your email to see the list of students who will be needed during pd 1 and pd 3 for student focus groups.  Also, teachers on Braveheart, Odyssey, Olympians, & Greenscholars are asked to come to the conference room during your pd. 2 & pd. 4 planning periods today to be a part of the teacher focus groups.  Any other interested teacher who is open on pd. 4 is invited to come join as well.

DCPS E-Mail Account
Every employee should have a DCPS e-mail account.  If you do NOT, then 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.
 
Department Chairpersons Work Session
All department chairpersons will meet on Thursday, May 14 during 6th and 7th periods in the conference room to discuss school-wide Approaches to Learning for SY 2009 - 2010.
 
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 award/grant 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 your 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.
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  
Show Choir, 7:45 am
Cleveland Band, 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
Mandatory Competition 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
 
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
 

 

Food for Thought...

How to Develop Digital Literacy - In Students and Ourselves
    In this Educational Leadership article, writer/speaker and University of Alaska professor Jason Ohler explores the meaning of digital literacy. In the new era, he says:
Being literate means the ability to use a number of new media forms, including sound, graphics, and moving images as well as text.
It means being able to integrate material into a single narrative or "media collage" such as a Web page, blog, or digital story.
The new literacy of Web 2.0 is largely participatory and social - MySpace, Google Docs, and YouTube.
Actively creating media (rather than passively consuming) teaches valuable literacy and job skills, says Ohler, and it develops media literacy. This, he says, is "the ability to recognize, evaluate, and apply the techniques of media persuasion. The act of creating original media forces students to lift the hood, so to speak, and see media's intricate workings that conspire to do one thing above all others: make the final media product appear smooth, effortless, and natural."
    Ohler proposes eight guidelines for teachers as they navigate this new world:
     Shift from text centrism to media collage. This means fearlessly experimenting to help students develop the bundle of skills involved in creating Web pages, digital stories, mashups, stand-and-deliver PowerPoint presentations, and games and virtual environments.
     Value writing and reading now more than ever. "When we write, we think," says Ohler. "We slow down and reflect as we struggle to synthesize, clarify, and communicate. This struggle has always been a part of writing, but it is amplified within the context of the social Web, in which we must also become active readers and editors of one another's materials and mindful contributors to group expression." The pressure is on for students to think and write clearly and succinctly.
     Adopt art as the next R. As we shift away from text centrism, says Ohler, color, form, and collage become part of everyday narrative.
     Blend traditional and emerging literacies. The hallmark of a truly literate 21st-century person, Ohler believes, will be blending DAOW: Digital, Art, Oral, and Written. He believes speaking and listening deserves much more focus than they currently get; they are needed for storytelling, narrated documentaries, movies, PowerPoint presentations, and games.
     Master reports and stories. Reports are linear, informational, based on objective research and critical thinking. Stories non-linear, creative, with elements of tension, transformation, and resolution. Both forms are important to digital literacy, says Ohler.
     Jump into the pool. Ohler says Web 2.0 has brought humans full circle to a kind of  literacy that can include pretty much everyone, regardless of technical skill, as a producer as well as a consumer of information. "It requires all of us to express ourselves clearly as individuals, while merging our expression into the domain of public narrative," he says.
     Teach responsibility. Young people should learn to use the new media wisely as well as creatively, addressing issues such as security, environmental degradation, digital equity, and living in a networked, multicultural world.
     Pursue fluency. Ohler believes that the world of Web 2.0 demands fluency - being able to practice literacy at the advanced levels needed for sophisticated communication within society and the workplace. In the new era, he says, "The fluent will lead, the literate will follow, and the rest will get left behind." For teachers, this means using the new tools for lesson plans, assignments, and projects that immerse students in the new world. Students are "fearless adopters" of the new technology.
Teachers don't need to be technicians, concludes Ohler. What they need to do is "become advanced managers of their students' talents, time, and productivity. Teachers need to be able to articulate standards of quality and provide feedback that students can use to meet those standards... Now more than ever, students living in the overwhelming and often distracting world of technical possibility need the clear voice of a teacher who can help them develop literacies that will be important to them for a lifetime."

"Orchestrating the Media Collage" by Jason Ohler in Educational Leadership, March 2009 (Vol. 66, #6, p. 8-13); Ohler can be reached at [email protected]; article available at
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/mar09/vol66/num06/toc.aspx

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