Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell I - (Career Day)Friday - Bell I - with a return to HR at 3pm to distribute report cards.
October Students of the Month
It is time to honor those who have merited the coveted distinction of Student of the Month for October!
Team Green Scholars
Congratulations to you! Thank you for your good work!
This week we look a bit closer at the IB standard of
"international-mindedness on the part of the adults and the students in the school community."
Each school does this in a different way, reflecting its community. At Deal, we want to build on a very solid foundation - world language options, travel to other countries, clubs that address human rights and other topics, and an International Night. For our students, this standard will bring global concerns and issues directly into the classroom through instruction. But what does it mean for the school to promote "international-mindedness" on the part of adults in the community? Could it be that we have to find additional ways to connect to the many embassies and consulates, as well as the larger international institutions, that populate the DC area? What would it look like to have a school that played a role in expanding the understanding of the adults in its community? These questions are being explored and we welcome suggestions and ideas from parents, teachers, and students.
Student Council non-perishable food drive begins
HD Cooke Buddy Day!
6th grade transition coffee chat #1 with Ms. Kim, 9-10 am in Rm N101
Deal vs Hart,
at Hart, 5:30 pm
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting, 3:30 N101
Deal Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
Report cards issued
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
Boys' Soccer Game,
Deal vs Friendship,
at Deal, 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday
Politics & Prose Book Store sale! Please come support our school!
Cross Country meet
Ft. DuPont Park, 9:30 am
Veterans Day (Holiday)
Deal Open House #1
Department Chairs Meeting
Family Math Night
Principal Kim visits Murch @ 6pm
Mann Buddy Day!
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm
Principal Kim visits Mann @ 6 pm
Student Council Thanksgiving Assembly
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports sent home
Picture make-up day
6th grade transition coffee chat #2 with Ms. Kim, 9-10 am in Rm N101
"New to Deal" teachers meeting
Geography Bee competition
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
Parent Teacher Conference day
(students not in school)
Department chairs meeting
Winter Concert, 7 pm
Holiday Greens Sale
Deal Open House #2
Student Council Winter Assembly
Last day of school for students (Winter Holiday)
December 22nd & 23rd
Staff development for Deal teachers
School resumes after Winter Break!
6th grade transition coffee chat #3 with Ms. Kim, 9-10 am in Rm N101
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
January 14th & 15th
DC BAS #2
End of 2nd Advisory
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Inauguration Day Holiday
Student Council Awards Assembly
Record Keeping Day,
2nd Advisory report cards issued
|Message from Principal Kim
This week a group of students began to develop their leadership skills by attending a Student Leadership Conference on Friday and Saturday. It is hard to describe in a few sentences how intense these sessions are. During this time, the students begin to make deeper connections to each other and really get to question their stance on their own humanity, empathy, and courage. On Friday, we had about 60 students participate, and on Saturday, we had 16 students who completed their training. Those students were:
Jewel Addison, Tyler Jackson, Toni Bethea, Sherma Ramakrishnan, Richard Randolph, Richard Escalante, Jonathan Hill, Sasha Rickard, Indigo Butler, Lena Shapiro, Lily Cortez, Mohamed Ahmed, Nnedimma Ugochukwu, Mackinley Byrd, Emma NoŽl, & Cara Kilgore.
This workshop was possible because of our very own faculty advisor, Mr. Ngwa, who stepped up to make sure we grow our student leadership focus. Also, special thanks to Ms. Overby, who supported this workshop on both Friday and Saturday. And all this would not have been possible without the skillful facilitation from Larry Bell.We spend a lot of time on ways to improve our curriculum and raise the level of rigor in each class. I am glad that we are also spending time to raise the bar on our expectations for how we value ourselves and others.
This is especially exciting in light of the fact that we had our first 6th grade transition meeting on Friday. Although we have been planning for the 6th grade transition for the last three years, we have invited a parent and teacher from each of the feeder schools to join us in planning the last steps of this transition. The meeting was able to connect the parent/teacher communities of Deal, Lafayette, Eaton, Murch, Mann, Shepherd, and Janney with the shared purpose of making sure that we do our best to ensure a successful transition for the first 6th grade class at Deal next fall. This group will be meeting regularly for the rest of the year. I am so excited about our future!
I will be hosting the first 6th grade coffee chats with future 6th grade parents this Wednesday at 9 am. Please encourage current 5th grade parents to join me for an informal conversation. Thanks to the Deal PTA for sponsoring this event.
Also, Deal Night is this Thursday at 6:30 pm. Please invite all of your friends and neighbors who are interested in learning about Deal to join us!
|Shop at Politics & Prose
Go this weekend!
Support Alice Deal and its neighborhood bookstore this weekend! Get a jump on your holiday shopping!
Principal Kim, 7th grade teachers, 8th grade teachers, and special subjects teachers have all created "wish lists" of books the school needs -- you can purchase those books and donate them to the school. In addition, take this opportunity to purchase books, CDs, stationery, etc. for yourselves, friends and family.
The Book Fair will take place at Politics and Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Avenue) on Saturday (November 8th), 9 am-10 pm, and Sunday (November 9th), 10 am-8 pm. Politics & Prose will donate to Deal Middle School 20% of the purchase price for all sales to the Deal Community those days.
When you make your purchases, simply tell the cashier that you are at the bookstore to support Deal. There will be Deal "coupons" located next to the registers which the cashier will staple to the store's receipt. Questions? Contact Susan Ullman at 966-8178 or [email protected]
Also at Politics & Prose on Saturday (10 am-2 pm), the Music Department will sell baked goods to raise money for their spring trip to Cleveland.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL!
- The deadline for PTA newsletter submissions is this Friday.
- Please enter student attendance each period. It cannot wait until the end of the day.
- Please post recent student work in your classrooms.
H.D. Cooke Buddy Day
- Tuesday is a very special day! It is not only a national election, but 24 6th grade students from H.D. Cooke Elementary School will be at Deal for their Buddy Day. Please welcome our guests.
- Students throughout the city took the second DC-BAS test last week. Generally, Deal students approached this exam with focus, seriousness of purpose, and confidence. You are encouraged to continue this can-do spirit with all things. Your teachers, counselors, and administrators will be analyzing your results in the coming days and sharing them with you. Your promptness and ability to follow directions closely were duly noted. Keep up the good work!
Johns Hopkins Talent Search Program
- Parents -- applications/registration forms were given to all 7th and 8th grade students who qualified to participate in the Johns Hopkins Talent Search Program. To qualify, students had to score "Advanced" in Reading or Math on last year's DC CAS test. If you want your child to participate in the program, please follow the instructions in the Johns Hopkins pamphlet that was given to your child. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Santiago or Ms. McFarland.
Career Day Activities
- We will have our Career Day activities on Thursday during periods 1 and 2. Speakers will arrive at 8:15 am for a reception. At 9 am, they will be escorted to the 1st period assigned homeroom. Speakers will remain in the homeroom and present again during the 2nd period class. We expect that our students will give a warm welcome to all our guest speakers and come ready to learn about different career opportunities!
2008 Shadow Elections at Deal
- The Student Council officers will meet in Room 207 Monday after school.
- Student Council representatives will meet in Room 207 Tuesday after school.
ELL Students Study the Constitution
- On Wednesday, 28 ELL students will be taking the "We the People Constitution Trolley Tour." They will have an opportunity to visit several famous landmarks in D.C. and learn about the three branches of government. Finally, they will stop at the National Archives to view the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Student Council Non-Perishable Food Drive
- The Student Council begins its annual non-perishable food drive this week. Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to your homeroom for collection. We can all help make a difference in our community.
November is Homeless Awareness Month
- Our mission is to heighten the awareness of homeless issues. Students recently participated in a mini-walk and engaged in discussion sessions regarding homeless concerns. Hallways are displaying messages and posters that encourage assistance to the homeless. Upcoming activities are planned, and we want to be supportive. Remember the homeless!
History Workshop at the National Archives
- Students and parents are encouraged to participate in the one-hour workshops offered by the National Archives and Records Administration. These sessions are designed to help students understand what materials are available at the Archives and how to use both on-line and primary source documents for their National History Day projects. Reservations are a must, however, so contact the District National History Day Coordinator, Missy McNatt, at [email protected] or at (202) 357-5121 to register. Some sessions are already filled, so don't delay!
Workshop Dates and times:
Saturday, November 8: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00
Saturday, December 6: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00
Students must be accompanied by an adult with a photo ID.
Team Leaders Meetings
- The Team Leader's meeting for the next two weeks will be shifted to Wednesdays, instead of Tuesdays. This week's Team Leaders Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday to allow time for voting. Next week's meeting will also be on Wednesday because of the Veterans Day holiday. Thanks for making the adjustments.
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting
- The "New to Deal" teachers meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 3:30, in Room N103.
- First advisory report cards will be issued during PM Homeroom on Friday. Students will return to homeroom at 3 pm.
Boys' and Girls' Basketball Tryouts
- Try-outs for the boys' and girls' basketball teams begin this week. The schedules are as follows:
Boys - Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 pm
Girls - Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 5 pm.
You must have a signed permission slip in order to try out. See Coach Turner or Coach Jenkins for your permission slip.
Save The Date: Deal Parent Education Workshop
- Deal's PTA is pleased to welcome back Dr. Neil Bernstein, a psychologist, author, and speaker. Dr. Bernstein will speak on "Keeping Your Middle Schoolers Out of Trouble," on Thursday, November 20, at 7 pm. He is a nationally recognized expert who has worked with youth and families for more than 25 years. His talk will focus on 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!!
|ZAP! News and Update
|Lots of excitement in the ZAP room these days. As the end of the advisory approached, ZAP hit 25 students one day! Since the program is intended to give students a chance to make up late homework assignments, it is clear that both teachers and students were taking advantage of it when the advisory came to an end. Teachers who are ZAP-ing are doing a great job in providing lists of students and their assignments ahead of time -- keep it up. Remember, ZAP is not lunch detention, it is lunch recovery! There are always at least two Deal staff (sometimes more) working with students, answering questions, keeping them focused on the assignment, and helping them reflect on their work (and why they are in ZAP to begin with!). Keep sending students, and preferably when they start to fall behind, not at the very end of the advisory. We can be more effective that way in changing practice.
Because we have some students that self-ZAP (they just show up and do work as in a study hall) we have had to modify our lunch policy somewhat. To this point, all students in ZAP have been served lunch by ZAP staff who go and get their lunches from the cafeteria (if they need one). You can imagine what that looked like on the day of 24 students! To smooth the process, we are now getting lunches ONLY for those students who have a formal ZAP pass from their teacher. If a student chooses to self-ZAP -- which we *encourage* -- they need to get their lunch and bring it to ZAP. We will try and get them to the front of the line to speed the process. The reason we do lunch at all is that we encourage the students to focus for the whole 45 minutes and not be distracted by having to get their meal and talk to friends. Come by one day and see students eating, working, and studying - it warms the cockles of the heart!
|IB MYP and Deal Teachers
|Deal teachers have been working to align DCPS standards with IB standards and finished on Friday. Next, we will move to articulate what kids must learn in 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade. All teachers need to know what other teachers in their departments are working on across the years, so that student work builds on past successes. For the grade-by-grade articulation process, departments will look at their pacing guides and the MYP objectives and lay out the progression of learning for all to see. This will be accompanied by development of the first IB MYP units of learning developed with the new MYP unit planner. By the end of January, all teachers will have completed their first (this year) official IB MYP units!