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October 20, 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week

"Work is either fun or drudgery.  It depends on your attitude.  I like fun."
-- Colleen Barrett

Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I

Teachers are hard at work aligning DCPS curriculum with the objectives of their respective subjects - a daunting task, but one made easier by the talent and determination of Deal teachers.  As a result of their work, we should see great results.

As we have discussed, this is a critical step on the road to MYP authorization but, more importantly, on the road to building an inquiry-based, real-world curriculum.   I will continue to brag about you as we go forward. Deal teachers are knowledgeable about their curriculum and their work.

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Message from Dean Spann

Reminder to Teachers:
Please remember to give students a written pass to see you during lunch.  Or send a list of the students you need to see to Ms. Spann.  Students will not be sent out of the cafeteria without this.

Ms. Spann needs your eyes and ears to assist students moving in the hallways & stairwells before and after school. If you see students in areas they should not be, please address it and also contact  Ms. Spann immediately.

Please reduce the number hall passes for students.

Students traveling without a pass will become subject to disciplinary action.

Reminder to Students:

Students are expected to travel with a pass. Students traveling without a pass will become subject to disciplinary action.  Please do the right thing.

Student will not be allowed to take lunch out of the cafeteria -  please eat only in the cafeteria.
Academic Advisor Update

Our myriad support programs continue to thrive. We are adding the after-school support from the Latin American Youth Center to our offerings of in-school teacher support, as well as lunch-time ZAP. We are building an impressive array of activities to keep students on track - but it takes a lot of work and effort on the part of all. While teachers may, on occasion, bear the brunt of concerns about student failure, what we are doing should be recognized as key to helping students succeed - and it is teacher effort that is driving this. Teachers continue to drop into ZAP and other activities to keep an eye on their charges. Deal is a caring community of teachers.
In the next couple of weeks, we will have an additional supporting document in the form of our Top Ten lists, which we hope proves invaluable. Our next big assessment activities are around the corner, with the DC-BAS and the end of the first advisory. We will have a lot of information to work with to support our students.

Upcoming Activities!

Murch Buddy Day!
IB Community Meeting for current & future Deal families, 6:30 - 8 pm

Lafayette Buddy Day!
 Volleyball Game
Deal vs Browne
at Johnson, 4:30 pm

Sally Foster Pick-up Day
Student Portrait Day
Deal hosts 10 US school administrators for a school visit
Department Chairpersons Meeting
Ms. Kim visits with Lafayette ES families, 6:30 pm

End of 1st advisory
Halloween Party,
 3:30 - 6 pm
Girls' Soccer Game
Deal vs Cesar Chavez
at Deal, 4 pm
Boys' Soccer Game
Deal vs Jefferson
at Jefferson, 4:00 pm
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Hardy
at Deal, 5:30 pm
Cross Country Meet
DCIAA Developmental
Ft. DuPont Park
at 9:30 am

October 28th & 29th
DC BAS testing

October 29th
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Jefferson at Deal, 5:30 pm

October 30th
Wilson night, 6:30 pm

October 31st
Record keeping day -  students dismissed at 12:15 pm
Girls' Soccer Game
Deal vs Kelly Miller, 4 pm
Boys' Soccer Game
Deal vs Kelly Miller at Kelly Miller, 4 pm
November 1st
Cross Country Meet
East/West Championship
Ft. DuPont Park, 9:30 am

November 3rd
Student Council Non-perishable food drive begins

November 4th
HD Cooke Buddy Day!
November 5th
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Hart
at Hart, 5:30 pm

November 6th
Career Day
 "New to Deal" Teachers Meeting
Deal Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
November 7th
Report cards issued
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
Boys' Soccer Game
Deal vs Friendship
at Deal, 4 pm

November 8th & 9th
Politics & Prose Book Store sale!
November 8th
Cross Country Meet
DCIAA Championship
Ft. DuPont Park, 9:30 am

November 11th
Veterans Day (Holiday)
November 13
Department Chairs Meeting
Family Math Night 
November 19th
Mann Buddy Day!

November 20th

Faculty meeting
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm

November 27-28
Thanksgiving holiday

December 2nd
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports sent home
Picture make-up day
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)

January 5th
School resumes after Winter Break!

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

Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim
I have been getting such great responses from elementary parents during my feeder school visits.  I know this is because of our fabulous buddy days where our teachers and students welcome our guests and because of the word-of-mouth news passed from one parent to another.  But most of the great buzz about Deal is directly the result of our skillful staff and teachers who do great work teaching and build supportive relationships with our students.  These days, I spend most of my time beaming with pride.  I am so excited about our future.

This Tuesday evening (6:30 - 8 pm), we will be meeting as the Deal parent community to discuss IB MYP -  the entire meeting will be modeled as an MYP unit/lesson led by Mr. Albright.

The guiding question:
How does the development of an IB Middle Years Program at Alice Deal affect the local community?

There will be an activity to assess prior knowledge, several activities based on the overall program, the Learner Profile, and the Areas of Interaction. The culminating activity will involve community members identifying features of the MYP and the community that effect and reinforce each other. There will be a concluding activity and a chance for parents to express themselves on a "Community Wall" which, we hope, can be posted prominently in the building for all to see.  I do hope that this meeting will have high participation.

If there are any teachers who can be involved with this (and that means staying on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 pm and assisting with the process), please let Mr. Albright know -  we'd love to have your support.

I hope to see many parents with us as we lauch IB MYP with the larger Deal community.  If you have friends and neighbors who will potentially have students at Deal in the future, please bring them along.  The more voices we can integrate into the creation of our program, the stronger we will be!

Principal Kim

Weekly News

  • To all teachers, students, and the counseling team (including our fabulous interns) for making the beautiful yellow brick road to peace!
  • Thanks to Ms.Wells, Ms. Van Hanswyk (Sarah McCreary's mom), Ms. Feller (David Feller's mom), Ms. Wendt (Lily Cortez' mom), and Ms. Coykendall (Ethan Canon's mom) for organizing our fabulous international night.
  • Thanks to Mr. Aguilera, Ms.Kelley, Ms. Ge, Ms. Wang, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Frye, and their students for putting together such energetic performances for International Night!
  • Thanks to Ms. Hovancsek, Mr. McDowell, Ms. Mostoller, Mr.Klein, Mr. Aguilera, Mr. Santiago, Ms. Neal, Ms. Brooks, Mr. Aguilera, Mr. Kirshenbaum, Ms. Wells, Mr. Geremia, Ms. Sweeney, Mr. Dacoba, Ms. Streeter, Ms. Kelley, Ms. Wang, Ms. Bruce, Ms. Baxter, Ms. Ge, Mr. Brecher, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Frye, and Ms. Kinzer for their presence during International Night!
PPEP Conferences
  • All teachers will meet with a member of the admin team for the PPEP target conference this week.
Buddy Days Continue
  • Murch Elementary School's 57 Buddies will be visiting us Tuesday.
  • Lafayette Elementary School will send 67 Buddies to spend the day with us on Wednesday.
  • Let's welcome our buddies and make them comfortable!

Homeless Walk-a-thon

  • Presentation: today
    Site: Gymnasium
    Time: All Day in PE/Art/Music classes
    Teachers: Ms. Ortiz, Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Frye, Mr. Jackson, Ms. Washington, and Ms. Spann
    Students will receive permission letters to return to their teacher.
  • Walk-A-Thon:  Wednesday

Jazz Combo Performance this Tuesday

  • The Jazz Combo will be performing downtown for DCPS on Tuesday for the city's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Students will be absent from 9 - 2:30 pm on that day. Students will be given excuses that should be signed by all their teachers.

Student Council Halloween Party

  • Buy your tickets for the party this week at lunch, in the cafeteria, and after school, in Room 207.  Tickets are $4.  The Party will be held this Friday from 3:30-6.  It will be a Boo-rific experience.  Remember to wear your costumes.
  • Teachers - Please let Mr. Kirshenbaum know if you will be able to join us for the Halloween Party on Friday.

Yoga Club

  • Yoga is a great way to stretch and strengthen your body and relax your mind!  If you are interested in joining the yoga club, please sign up with Ms. Kelley in G3.  Yoga club will meet on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:15 in room G3.


  • Mathcounts will not be meeting after school this week. 

DCIAA Developmental Meet

  • The Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams will participate this Saturday, October 25th, at the DCIAA Developmental Meet at Fort DuPont Park.  The bus will leave Deal early Saturday morning. Stay tuned for time details.  Approximate race times will be around 10:30 am.

DC BAS testing on October 28th & 29th

  • You will have another opportunity to hone your test taking skills and practice improving your DC-BAS scores.  Visualize success!

Deadline for Costa Rica Trip

  • Thanks to the many students and families who have already signed up for the 8th grade spring break trip to Costa Rica!  This is just a reminder that the deadline to sign up is October 31st.  If you sign up after this date, the price is subject to change.
    You can view our "Coast to Coast" trip itinerary, other important info, and even sign up at  You can also enroll by phone at 1-800-665-5364 or submit your paper application to Ms. Kelley or Ms. Sonick.
    Trip Enrollment Information
    Tour Number: 616887
    Group Leader Number: 15599419

AM/PM Announcement Times

  • AM       9:40 am during Bell I, 9:30 am during Bell II
  • PM       3:10pm, 3:05pm for 7th Period Distribution     
Cleveland Deposit Due November 6th
  • Students who are traveling to Cleveland, please be advised that the next deposit, in the amount of $100, is due on November 6th.

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 .  

Presenters Needed for Career Day

  • Parents who are interested in being a presenter at our Career Day activity, please contact Mr. Santiago at the Guidance Office at 373-4435 or [email protected]
    The activity will take place Thursday, November 6.  The schedule will be: 
                  Reception:          8:15 - 8:50 am
                  Presentations:     9 -9:50 am
                                          9:55 - 10:44 am
We hope that many of you will be available to help our students increase their awareness of the world of work by sharing your career experiences.  THANK YOU.
Official Enrollment Head Count
  • Teachers: the auditors will be completing our official enrollment count Monday, October 27th, at 9 am.  Please remind your students that we need everyone to be present and on time.  The audit will begin promptly at 9 am, and students will remain in 1st period until the auditors finish their count.  Please prepare for a longer period 1 class.
Team Leaders Meeting Cancelled for Nov. 4th 
  •  The team leaders meeting on Nov. 4th will be cancelled so that teachers can get to the polls and cast their votes in the presidential election.

Washington Teachers' Union

  • A meeting of the WTU Deal Chapter will be held on Wednesday at 3:35 pm in room N-101.  All ET-15s and EG-09s are invited. 

DC Teacher Night at the US Botanic Gardens

  • Please mark your calendars for DC Teacher Night at the US Botanic Gardens on Thursday, October 30th, from 6 to 8:30 pm. They will have 40 environmental organizations exhibiting, tours of the Conservatory and Discovery Carts on hand. Please R.S.V.P. no later than October 24th to:
    Kevin Schabow, D.C. Environmental Education Consortium
    [email protected]


  • "KEEPING YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS OUT OF TROUBLE" THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, at 7 pm. Deal's PTA is pleased to welcome back Dr. Neil Bernstein, a psychologist, author, and speaker. He is a nationally recognized expert who has worked with youth and families for more than 25 years. He will speak on "Keeping Middle Schoolers Out of Trouble" -- 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!!

Celebrate Solar Week -- Oct. 20-24th

  • Solar Week provides a weeklong series of Web-based educational classroom activities and games geared for upper elementary, middle and high school students, with a focus on the Sun-Earth connection. Students learn about solar eclipses, sunspots and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons.

    Solar Week is ideal for students studying the solar system, the stars, and astronomy in general. Students will also learn about solar scientists and other science career choices. The Web site is for all students, but it is especially designed to spark the interest of pre- and early-teen girls with activities and interaction with leading scientists at the forefront of Sun-Earth research.
    To learn more and to register to participate, visit

ISS EarthKAM Fall 2008 Mission 

  •  Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Fall 2008 Mission on Oct. 28-31st. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera on board the International Space Station.

    ISS EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and International Space Station. Since 1996, ISS EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the International Space Station.
    For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the ISS EarthKAM Home Page:

American Revolution Essay Contest

  • The American History Chairman for our Daughters of the American Revolution Descendants of '76 Chapter in Washington, DC, is looking for students, staff, parents, et. al. interested in entering this fall's essay contest.

The 2008-09 Topic for Grades 5-8 is, "What message did the Gettysburg Address communicate to our war-torn nation in 1863? How are the ideals articulated in the speech still relevant for our country today?"

Individual students are welcome to enter the contest, as well as entire classes.  The DC Chapter will work closely with the teachers of the participants, and they also find that reading the essays and meeting the students face-to-face to award the medals and certificates to the students is tremendously rewarding. In the DC Chapter contest, the winner at each grade level receives a bronze medal and ribbon.  Every participant receives a handsome certificate of participation.  The winner in the 5th grade at Oyster School a few years ago went on to receive a silver medal as the DC "state" winner for his grade.

To receives copies of a reading list and a list of online resources, as well as a fact sheet with the contest guidelines (300-600 words for Gr. 5; 600-1000 words for Gr. 6-8), contact Linda Ethington, American History Chair, DAR Descendants of '76 at 703-455-6007 or [email protected]  The deadline for entries is Friday, December 5.

TLC Lifestyle Makeover Show

TLC's hit lifestyle makeover show, Home Made Simple, is casting its fifth season in the DC area! Home Made Simple is the show with simple and easy solutions to your everyday domestic challenges. Our series is based on the easy principles featured on the popular website

  • Our goal:  To create homes families love to live in.  Our handyman, interior designer, and chef can help.
  • Do you know a friend or family member who could use help in her home?
  • Does she face obstacles that make it hard for her to get ready for a big event?
  • Is she so generous that she deserves someone taking care of her for a change?
  • Does she need to organize clutter? Or creating time-saving and healthy, nutritious, and yummy meals?
  • Does she have an unusual career getting in the way of her home?

 If you have a friend who could use a hand at home, tell us about her, and be a part of Home Made Simple! Nominate her and if we choose her, she'll be the star of an episode of the show. You and a friend can also join our Home Mavens and help her simplify, beautify and organize her home life.

Nominees should own their homes, have an interesting story to tell, and be between the ages of 25 to 45.  Please email us at: [email protected] and include snapshots of your friend, her family and house, and rooms that need help.  Please make sure we can see all faces in the photos!


Before & After School Activities This Week ...
Monday AM
  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  •  Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Monday PM

  • Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Debate Team, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading Practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Girls' Soccer Game, 4:30 pm,  Deal vs Lincoln at Deal
  • Yoga, 3:30-4:30 pm, RM G3
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5 pm 
  • 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

Tuesday AM

  •  Jazz Combo, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • 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, RM N101
  • Volleyball practice, 3:30 -5 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
  • Boys' Soccer Practice
  • Video Crew information meeting, 3:20 pm - Mr. Simmon's classroom
  • Art Club, 3:20 - 4:30 pm -  Ms. Washington
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday AM

  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  • Show Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Wednesday PM

  • Show Choir, 3:30 - 4:15 pm 
  • Girls' Soccer Game Practice
  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Deal vs Browne, 4:30 pm at Johnson
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Thursday AM

  • Jazz Band, 7:45 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
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Friday AM

Friday PM

  •  Girls' Soccer Game, 4 pm, Deal vs Cesar Chavez at Deal
  •  Boys' Soccer Game, 4 pm, Deal vs Jefferson at Jefferson
  •  Volleyball Game, Deal vs Hardy at Deal, 5:30 pm
  •  Field Games with Mr. Brecher
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

Websites for Classroom Study of the Presidential Election

            In this Education Week article, Kathleen Kennedy Manzo describes the way some secondary history teachers are using online tools to enliven the study of the presidential election. "We are looking at the presidential election not as passionate individuals, but as historians," says Gamal Sherif, a Philadelphia high-school teacher. "The aim is to get a better understanding of the political process they are witnessing and to employ scholarly strategies to present information in a clear and organized manner."

The goal is to help students digest information from the Internet, analyze issues, and put this election in historical context. Sherif's ninth graders have been viewing online footage of candidates on the campaign trail and in the debates, using text-mapping to analyze speeches, interviews, and campaign websites, working with interactive maps of electoral vote projections, and drawing on impartial sources like to document each side's positions on major issues.

            One difficulty is security firewalls that sometimes prevent the use of YouTube and other sources. Some teachers have created their own Web pages to collect useful resources for easy access. Among the sources that have proved useful:

            The Living Room Candidate, sponsored by the Museum for the Moving Image, provides clips of campaign commercials from 1952 to the present, also background and historical information on campaign advertising:

            National Association for Media Literacy provides suggestions for teaching about the election:

            Glassbooth has an online quiz to analyze a user's positions on various issues and see which candidate is the closest match:

            A presidential election Wiki, with resources and Web links, administered by Joyce Valenza of Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania:

            YouTube has a channel dedicated to the election with clips of candidates in action and commentary by a variety of pundits:

            Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns from Project Look Sharp at Ithaca College has a detailed teacher's guide and downloads for units on media issues in campaigns since 1800:

            Access, Analyze, Act was created at Temple University as part of A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement from the Public Broadcasting Service. This site has teacher's guides for teaching media literacy, critical thinking, communication, and technology skills:

   is a searchable website at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. It monitors the factual accuracy of presidential campaign statements, advertisements, interviews, and debates:

            eLections is an online multimedia game from Cable in the Classroom in which players are candidates and choose their party affiliation and positions, then analyze polling maps and devise campaign strategies:

"Historic Election and New Tech Tools Yield Promising Vistas for Learning" by Kathleen Kennedy Manzo in Education Week, Oct. 8, 2008 (Vol. 28, #7, p. 1, 9)

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