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November 17, 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week

"The habits we form from childhood make no small difference,
but rather they make all the difference."
 - Aristotle

Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I -
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 Buddy Days are back in December
Buddy Days are back in December
....a great way to start the Holiday/Winter Season!
We will be hosting more 6th grade students from area DC Public Schools who may attend Deal next school year. Visiting 'buddies' will be teamed with their caring and attentive 7th grade Deal 'buddies' for a full day of learning.
The following schools are confirmed for Buddy Day:
Oyster Bilingual Elementary-Wednesday, December 3rd
Shepherd Elementary-Tuesday, December 9th
Mann Elementary-Wednesday December 10th

Upcoming Activities!

Principal Kim visits Murch @ 6pm

Mann Buddy Day!

Faculty meeting
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm
Principal Kim visits Mann @ 6 pm

November 26
Student Council Thanksgiving Assembly

November 27-28

Thanksgiving holiday

December 2nd
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports sent home
Picture make-up day
December 3rd
6th grade transition coffee chat #2 with Ms. Kim, 9-10 am in Rm N101

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)

December 22nd & 23rd
Staff development for Deal teachers

January 5th

School resumes after Winter Break!

January 7th
6th grade transition coffee chat #3 with Ms. Kim, 9-10 am in Rm N101

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

January 30th
2nd Advisory report cards issued
Message from Principal Kim
Principal KimGood morning all.  Due to some technical difficulties with the program, we could not send this out Sunday night as usual.  Sorry for the delay!

I am proud to publish the names of the students who did so well academically during the first advisory.  We tried to publish all of the names on this month's PTA Newsletter, but space just didn't allow it!  So the individual students who made it on the Principal's List as well as Honor Roll are celebrated on this week's bulletin!  It is a pleasure to lead a school where students and teachers are constantly working to improve!

On Monday, we will send home team conference scheduling forms for 2nd advisory.  Please get that back to your team leader to ensure a spot for the conferences.

Also, if you have not yet sent back Impact Aid forms, please do so today.  They are important for our annual budget.  The first homeroom in each grade level to return 100% of their forms will celebrate with a pizza party!

I invite you to join us this Thursday for the Parent Education Workshop with Dr. Neil Bernstein.  His dynamic talk will include topics that are essential for teens.  Details are in the body of the bulletin.  Please plan to join the Alice Deal community for what promises to be an enlightening evening for parents at 7pm.  I hope to see you there!

Principal Kim

Weekly News

  • Thanks to Ms. Sweeney, Mr. Mungai, Mr. Brandenburg, Ms. Norelli, Mr. Koplowitz, Ms. Wang, & Mr. Winn-Ritzenberg for hosting the 2008 Family Math Night!  Also, thanks to the 100+ visitors who came to participate even with the rain!
  • Thanks to Ms. Susan Ullman for organizing the Politic & Prose book sale!
  • Thanks to Ms. Seline for supporting the music department with the consession sales!
Teacher Reminders:
  • Please empty out your mailboxes - it makes it difficult to place new items in them!
  • Yahoo!  We are almost getting to the 100% daily attendance.  We were at 92% last week -  please help us get to 100%!!! Thanks teachers for being fabulous record keepers!
  • Please collect and send down Impact Aid forms.

Deal Bookfair at Politics & Prose

  • Great news!  We are the bookstore's biggest bookfair this year with over $12,600 in sales!  This translates to over $2,500 cash to Deal (doubling last year's $1,700).  And Deal received 110 new books delivered to the administration and teachers this morning.
    THANK YOU for your support!!!
Impact Aid Forms
  • All Impact Aid Forms were due to your child's homeroom teacher on Friday.  If your child has not turned in the form please make sure they submit it today.   


  • Alice Deal Middle School PTA welcomes back Dr. Neil Bernstein, a nationally recognized psychologist, author, and speaker who has worked with youth and families for over 25 years.  His dynamic talk will include topics of limit setting, entitlement, and what kids do 'under the radar screen'.  Please plan to join the Alice Deal community for what promises to be an enlightening evening for parents!
  • Thursday, 7 - 9pm

This event is free and open to members of the community

Team Braveheart Meeting on Thursday,  Periods 1-7

  • Elective teachers are asked to excuse Team Braveheart students from class on Thursday,  November 20th.  They will be the first of Deal's teams to participate in an all-day team-building session with Larry Bell.  Students will report to their Period 1 classes for attendance before being escorted to their team meeting.  Students will be reminded on Wednesday to submit all assignments to their elective teachers before reporting to the team meeting.  We thank you for your cooperation.

Deal Debates!

  • The debate team had another wonderful day on Saturday. We entered 7 teams into 4 rounds each and came away with 22 wins. Of the 28 teams competing, our Deal teams took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th places!! We also had speakers #1,2,3,5,8,10!!!  Congratulations team!

Johns Hopkins

  • A reminder to parents who are planning on having their children participate in the Johns Hopkins Talented Youth program. that the deadline to mail in your application is December 1st.  Students who qualified for the program were given the applications by their grade level counselors.   If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Santiago or Ms. McFarland. 

Eighth Graders Tour DC with the DC Trolley Tour

  • All of Deal's eighth grade students will participate in the DC Trolley Tour of the three branches of our federal government and the National Archives.  This special program is offered free to DC students through their US History classes.  The schedule for tours is listed below:
    Team United Nations      November 5
    Team Odyssey              November 20
    Team Olympians/
    Team Braveheart           December 3  (Ms. Mostoller's Period 1 class)
    Team Braveheart           December 4  (Ms.; Mostoller's periods 2, 3, 6, 7 classes)
Students will visit the grounds of the Capitol Building,  the White House,  the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials,  and the Charter Documents in the Rotunda of the Archives.  Lunch is provided through the grant that funds this project.
Indoor Track Sign Ups
  • Any students interested in joining the Deal Boys and Girls Indoor Track Teams please attend an informational meeting today, Monday from 3:30-4pm in the Gym.  Any questions, please see Mr. McDowell.

Peer Mediators

  • Peer Mediators will have a lunch meeting on Tuesday during 5th period in Ms. Mostoller's room.  This is an important meeting to practice skills. 

Stress Reduction Activity

  • Stress Reduction Activity students you are to meet this Wednesday in Mr. Ngwa's room N101 for your Bell II activity period.

Locker Clean-Up and Move

  • The following homerooms will be cleaning out their lockers and moving to their new lockers in the west wings on Monday, November 24 during and extended homeroom period:
    • Mr. Brandenburg
    • Ms. Hampton
    • Ms. Wells
    • Mr. Kirschenbaum
    • Mr. Winn
    • Ms. Kinzer
    • Ms. Hovancsek
    • Ms. Norelli
    • Ms. Mostoller
    • Ms. Simpson-Wayne

While this is going on, the rest of the school will be cleaning out their lockers.  Homeroom teachers please inspect all student lockers individually.  Non-homeroom teachers should assist with the locker clean up. 

Half (1/2) Bell Schedules
  • Please note the following Half (1/2) Day Bell Schedules for record keeping days in January and April are:
    • January 23 - Periods: 1,2,6,4,5
    • April 3 - Period 1,3,7.45

January 23, 2009

Period 1 - 8:45 - 9:16 am
Period 2 - 9:20 - 9:55 am
Period 6 - 9:59 - 10:40 am
Period 4 - 10:44 - 11:25 am
Period 5 - 11:29 - 12:1- pm
Homeroom - 12:10 - 12:15 pm
Dismissal - 12:15 pm
April 3, 2009
Period 1 - 8:45 - 9:16 am
Period 3 - 9:20 - 9:55 am
Period 7 - 9:59 - 10:40 am
Period 4 - 10:44 - 11:25 am
Period 5 - 11:29 - 12:1- pm
Homeroom - 12:10 - 12:15 pm
Dismissal - 12:15 pm
Horace Mann Companies Offers College Course Scholarships for K-12 Educators
  • Deadline: March 12, 2009
    The Horace Mann Companies are offering $30,000 in total scholarships for public and private school K-12 educators to take college courses.
    One recipient will receive $5,000 in scholarship funds payable over four years, while fifteen other recipients will receive  $1,000 each in scholarship funds payable over two years. Twenty  additional recipients will each receive one-time awards of $500.
    Awards will be announced in May 2009.
    Scholarship money will be paid directly to each recipient's college or university for tuition, fees, and other educational  expenses.

     Visit the Horace Mann Companies Web site for complete program  information.
     RFP Link:


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

Monday PM

  • Indoor Track Meeting, 3:00 - 5 pm
  • Debate team, 3:20 - 4:30 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
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5 pm 
  • Boys/Grirls' Basketball Practice 3:30 - 5:00
  • 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
  • MathCounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, Room 105
  • Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Tuesday AM
  • Jazz Combo, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Grou, 7-8:30 am
Tuesday PM
  • Student Government meeting, 3:20 pm, RM 207
  • Human Rights Club meeting, 3:15 pm, RM N101
  • 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
  • Art Club, 3:20-4:20 pm, Ms. Washington's classroom
  • Boys/Girls' Baskeball Practice
  • Indoor Track Meeting, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday AM
  • Jazz  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
  • Volleyball playoff game, 5:30 pm
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • MathCounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, Room 105
  • Cheerleading Practice
  • Boys/Girls' Basketball Practice

Thursday 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
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Drumline 3:30 - 4:20 pm
  • Boys/Girls Basketball Practice
Friday AM
  • Rock Choir, 7:45 am 
Friday PM
  • Boys' Soccer Game, 4 pm, Deal vs. Friendship Edison 
  • Field Games with Mr. Brecher
  • Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Boys/Girls Basketball Practice
  • Indoor Track Practice 3:30 - 5 pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

High Expectations in Action

            In this Principal Leadership article, University of Colorado/Boulder professor Neal Cross suggests some indicators of high expectations that principals might look for in classrooms:

            Teachers explicitly state their expectations for student achievement. Fuzzy expectations can't be high expectations.

            Teachers give equal time to low- and high-achieving students. Research shows that many teachers unconsciously smile more often at high-achieving students, are more pleasant toward them, praise them more often, give them more challenging questions and tasks, and give them more wait-time after asking questions. It takes a conscious effort to convey the same warmth and expectations to all students.

            Teachers are explicit about the relationship between effort and achievement. In other words, they teach that students are not just born smart but can get smart by applying effective effort. Low-achieving students often attribute school failure to factors beyond their control - a lack of innate intelligence, unfairly difficult assignments, or bad luck. It's vital that teachers "retrain" them, helping them attribute failure and difficulty to things they can control: studying hard enough and applying the correct learning strategy. "Teachers can help students understand that in most classes, students achieve good scores by listening, trying, trying again, reading, asking questions, paying attention, asking for help, being serious, and reading critically," says Cross. [Jeff Howard and his colleagues at the Efficacy Institute have done some excellent work on this subject. See for resources, including Jeff's paper, "An Attribution Primer."]

            Teachers convey a powerful three-part message: This is important. You can do it. I won't give up on you (Saphier et al. 2008).


"The Power of Expectations" by Neal Cross in Principal Leadership, November 2008 (Vol. 9, #3, p. 24-28, Middle School Edition), no e-link available; the author can be reached at



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7th grade Academic Honors!

7th grade Principal's List

Students earned only As!

7th grade Honor Roll

Students earned only As & Bs!

1.        Allen-Gifford, Todd

2.        Angel, Brian

3.        Aristide, Anaise

4.        Ashford, Chloe

5.        Bayliss, Nell Murphy

6.        Bell, Noah

7.        Beumel, Scot

8.        Brown, Blair

9.        Cahall, Evelyn

10.      Cave II, William

11.      Chambers, Anne

12.      Charles, Molly

13.      Connor, Eileen

14.      Davidson, Sumika

15.      Davis, Jordan

16.      Delos Santos, Dana

17.      Dulaney, Daniel

18.      Eigsti, Megan

19.      Epps, Whitnee

20.      Fischer, Liam

21.      Frumin, Zoe

22.      Gigli, Jonah

23.      Hambric, Eden

24.      Horvath, Laura

25.      Hovland, Charlotte

26.      Keshishian, Helen

27.      Korn, Jana Rose

28.      Lalley, Emma

29.      Lauritsen, Jesse

30.      Mahaffie, James

31.      Marwell, Tao

32.      McCreary, Sarah

33.      Mendoza, Ana

34.      Merriam, John

35.      Miller, Jacinda

36.      Monroe, Eva

37.      Monteilh, Katherine

38.      Nakamura, Robert Cody

39.      Navidi-Kasmai, Sebastien

40.      O'Brien, Desmond

41.      Paolisso, Corina

42.      Paolisso, Tasiana

43.      Pendergast, Ross

44.      Pomper, Anna

45.      Randolph, Richard

46.      Reuther, Rachel

47.      Riegel, Janet

48.      Roberts, Maren

49.      Rumelt, Paige

50.      Ryan, Sage

51.      Scarlett, Dysis

52.      Schwab, Nicole

53.      Smith, Destini

54.      Taub, Hannah

55.      Taub, Madeline

56.      Thompson, Fenice

57.      Timmons, Natasha

58.      Trinity, Luke

59.      Tsai, Anna

60.      Wackler, Leo

61.      Yu, Maya


1.             Albamonte, Isabella

2.             Ashby, Jamie

3.             Ashley, Michael Lavau

4.             Brooks, Tynell

5.             Brown, Antonia

6.             Burton, Tymara

7.             Canan, Ethan

8.             Ciszewski, Madeleine

9.             Cohen, Rosemary

10.          Contreras, Iliana

11.          Crawford, Imani

12.          Davis, Nathan

13.          Domingo, Andrew

14.          Dulan, Rahela

15.          Duleep, Pooja

16.          Dunbar, Maya

17.          Edgell, Eleonore

18.          Edwards, Monique

19.          Elsayed, Amal

20.          Evans, Dominque

21.          Gray-Flores, Ariel

22.          Green, Joseph

23.          Guill, Victoria

24.          Hand, Nora

25.          Harrison-Porter, D'Mani

26.          Hinkle, Erika

27.          Hobbs, Julian

28.          Hodgson, Roe

29.          Hyatt, Janael

30.          Iourienen, Agnes

31.          Khalil, Youssra

32.          King, Caitlin

33.          Klein, Rebecca

34.          Knapp, Michael

35.          Kumarra, Solane

36.          Kutos, Amara

37.          Lara, Diana Stephanie

38.          Lawson, Justin

39.          Lewis, Maxwell

40.          Lomotey, Aidan

41.          Lopez, Antonio

42.          Lopez, Julian

43.          Mallin, Jacob

44.          Maxwell, Fabian

45.          Maxwell, Kyra

46.          Mcadoo, Brianna

47.          McGrath, Alexander

48.          McLaughlin, Clare

49.          Morales Tzul, Karen

50.          Murdock, Emma

51.          Neamo, Khali

52.          Noland Jr, Jamal

53.          Nwanze, Nicholas

54.          Pansegrouw, Ruben

55.          Ramos-Meyer, Diego

56.          Remez, Nathaniel

57.          Robinson, Jalyn

58.          Schroeder, Hugo

59.          Seldon-Jordan, Zuri

60.          Shevlin, D'Arcy

61.          Smith, Anya

62.          Solberg, Matthew

63.          Spalding, Astrid

64.          Spalding, Sophie

65.          Spriggs, Noah

66.          Stone, Robert

67.          Trouve, Nolan

68.          Ventura-Castellon, Erika

69.          Villeda Mejia, Brenda

70.          West, Monet

71.          Whitehead, Emma

72.          Winstanley, Kara G A

73.          Witman, Yonina

74.          Xiong, Weiyang

75.          Zeitler, Jeremy

Congratulations to these students, their teachers, and their families!
8th grade Academic Honors!

8th grade Principal's List

Students earned only As!

8th grade Honor Roll

Students earned only As & Bs!

1.           Addison, Jewell

2.              Ahmed, Mohamed

3.              Albee, Grant

4.              Albee, Isabel

5.              Bailey, Jasmine

6.              Borrazzo, Katherine

7.              Bramble, Josh

8.              Devillasee, Janay

9.              Dirosa, Isabel

10.           Femia, Vincent

11.           Ferster, Elii

12.           Glasener, Christina

13.           Hettipola, Sharmen

14.           Johnson, Emma

15.           Joseph, Lily

16.           Karlsson, Alexandra

17.           Karlsson, Xenia

18.           Lopez, Richelle

19.           Melick, Abigail

20.           Menditto, Frances

21.           Nguyen, Thuy

22.           Penas, Yoselin

23.           Pfeiffer, Sasha

24.           Rickard, Sasha

25.           Rochon, Georgia

26.           Shapiro, Lena

27.           Torresen, Anne

28.           Truong, Katherine

29.           Ulstrup, Sarah

30.           Wade, Jenna

31.           Wilkins, Macrina


1.            Abrego, Joseph

2.            Allard, Anna

3.            Barrows, Peter

4.            Bell, Daniel

5.            Bemah, Safara

6.            Bloom, Andrew

7.            Bouaichi, Walid

8.            Brescia-Weiler, Jacob

9.            Brown, Nicholas

10.         Church, William

11.         Conover, Madeleine

12.         Copeland, Lucas

13.         Diallo, Leila

14.         Elam, Laniyyah

15.         Feller, David

16.         Golden, Matthew

17.         Greenberg, Joseph

18.         Gutierrez, Adela

19.         Haile, Christian

20.         Harn, Christina

21.         Holder, Imhotepa

22.         Howard, Noah

23.         Howie, Jordan

24.         Hoyte Hayes, Christie

25.         Hudson, Camara

26.         Ido, Liyana

27.         Interiano, Jilmar

28.         Jackson, Tyler

29.         Jensen, Isabelle

30.         Katz, Evan

31.         Kelly, Sean

32.         Kerwin, Liam

33.         Kohrman, Gabriel

34.         Levinson, Derek

35.         Lewis, Ruth

36.         Loney, Jaimie

37.         Mackey, Ciara

38.         Martinez, Brandon

39.         Martinez-Ruiz, Ana Frenessy

40.         Mathieu, Marcus

41.         Morales-Sanz, Alexander

42.         Myrick, Kelli

43.         Nwosu, Amarachi

44.         Pereyra, Alexandra

45.         Rahman, Lupin

46.         Sherman, Kelly

47.         Sherry, Atena

48.         Shuldiner, William

49.         Tabaku, Ruth Zade

50.         Tanen, Seth

51.         Tempchin, Adam

52.         Utiger, Samuel

53.         Valentin, Timothy

54.         Washington, Parris

55.         Wiramidjaja, Annalis

56.         Yoo, Lois


Congratulations to these students, their teachers, and their families!
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