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September 22, 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week

"Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion."
 
-- Christian Friedrich Hebbel

Bell Schedule
 
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II (student council induction ceremony)
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell II  (Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly)

High School Planning

 
It's not too early to start thinking about high school!  The following schools have already scheduled open houses:
 
McKinley Tech SHS
December 1st,
10 am
 
Banneker SHS
 November 1st,
9 am
 
School Without Walls
November 4th,
10 am
STAY INFORMED!
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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) at Deal!
IB Parent Information Night October 21st,
6:30 pm, in the cafeteria.

See you there!

Deal MS will be working with an experienced consultant to get us through this "candidate" year.

Using consultants is a relatively new approach for the IB, to ensure that schools that become MYP world schools are putting their very best feet forward.

The consultant will be visiting the school and providing some observations about our planning and implementation process.

Deal teachers will be developing IB MYP units of learning for the end of the 1st quarter or the start of the 2nd quarter.

These will be identified as IB MYP Units and students will be bringing home information that explains the assessment process for the units.

Keep an eye open for these!

Back to School Night is this Thursday!

THURSDAY,
6:30 PM!

Please get to school on time!  You don't want to be late for class!

5:30PM

International Trip meeting for interested parents!

Upcoming Activities!



Monday
Spirit Week begins!

Wednesday
Mid-Advisory Progress/ Deficiency Reports sent home
Student Council induction ceremony

Thursday
Back to School Night
6:30 - 9 pm
International Trip parent meeting, 5:30 pm
Sally Foster Collection Day!

Friday
Hispanic Heritage Assembly

October 2nd
Peace Month Assembly with Larry Bell (Bell 2)
Math Night, 6:30 - 8 pm

October 3rd
LSRT mtg, 7:30 am
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)

October 7th
National History Day Workshop for parents and students, 7 pm

October 13th
Columbus Day (Holiday)

October 16th
Faculty meeting
International Night,
7-9 pm

October 17th
Jamestown/ Williamsburg Trip for 8th graders

October 21st
IB Community Meeting for Deal families

October 23rd
Sally Foster Pick-up day
Student Portrait Day

October 24th
End of 1st advisory
Halloween Party,
 3:30 - 6 pm

October 28th & 29th
DC BAS testing

October 30th
Wilson night, 6:30 pm

October 31st
Record keeping day -  students dismissed @ 12:15pm

November 3rd
Student Council Non-perishable food drive begins

November 6th
Career Day
Deal Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
 
November 7th
Report cards issued
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

November 8th & 9th
Politics & Prose Book Store sale!

November 11th
Veteran's Day (Holiday)
 
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 3rd
Deal Open House #1

December 5th
Geography Bee competition
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

December 8th
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)

December 11th
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
DC BAS #2

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
Back-to-School-Night is this Thursday at 6:30.  Here is a little preview of what to expect...

  • 6:30 - 6:40  Welcome in the Gymnasium
  • 6:45 - 8:50  Parents will go through a truncated version of their child's daily schedule, meeting the child's teachers.  Learn about what the year holds in each of the classes!
Back-to-School night has always been a great way for parents to meet teachers and for teachers to meet families.  Students thrive when their two worlds of school and home meet successfully.

See you on Thursday night!


Principal Kim
Alice Deal Middle School

PS - All parents interested having their child participate in international trips should plan on coming to school at 5:30 to meet with the World Language teachers.


Weekly News

 
Thank You!
  • Thank you to homeroom teachers for reviewing Bell II activity descriptions.  We would also like to thank Ms. Ortiz, Ms. Washington, Mr. Frye, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Jenkins for assisting students with the selection process.
  • Bell II activities will begin on Wednesday, October 1.
Deal Spirit Week is THIS WEEK!
  • Make sure to show your Deal Spirit!
  • Monday - Top Hat/Crazy Hair Day
  • Tuesday - Shadow Day (Dress in ALL Black)
  • Wednesday - Twin Day
  • Thursday - Sports Day
  • Friday - Deal Spirit/Viking Day
Teacher Reminders:
  • Mid Advisory dates:
    • Deficiency notices should be placed in HR teacher mailboxes by Tuesday, noon.
    • Deficiency notices (prepared for mailing) sent to the office by Wednesday, 3:30 pm.
    • Hand out GradeQuick reports to each student in class by Thursday.
  • Substitute Folders are due today.
  • There is a faculty meeting on Wednesday.
  • HR teachers, please turn in a copy of your locker list and locker money to Ms. Baxter by the close of business Tuesday. 
  • HR teachers, please send down PTA envelopes.
  • Any teacher with a concern for discussion in SCAC should see or talk to their nearest SCAC member.  SCAC will meet with the Administration today.
News from the Academic Advisor

  • Students completed the first round of DCBAS testing. These are benchmark assessments used to assess student development throughout the year. Even though it was a new experience to do it so early in the year, the testing went very smoothly and results are now being evaluated.
  • ZAP (Zeroes Aren't Permitted) will begin next week. Students who have fallen behind in their homework completion may be asked to attend ZAP. ZAP provides a quiet environment with support for students to complete those necessary homework assignments. ZAP will be held in room N103 above the gym.
  • Teachers ZAPping students: Please place the list of ZAPees in Mr. Albright's box by the end of the day (4 pm) before students are asked to attend.

Sports Physical Examinations

  • Today at 5:30 pm, Dr. Karl Hammonds will come to Deal to conduct physical examinations for students who still need this service.  The cost for this exam is $25.  This is an excellent opportunity for your child to get a physical exam if he/she plans to be a member of an athletic team this school year.  Students were given permission slips by their coaches last week.
Cash or checks will be accepted as payment and receipts will be issued.  Checks should be made out to Dr. Karl Hammonds.  We must have a minimum of 10 students confirmed in order for Dr. Hammonds to come to our school.
 
Students taking a physical will assemble in the gymnasium after school, where they can watch cheerleading and volleyball practice, or do their homework until the exams begin.  They will be supervised by Mr. Jenkins.

Student Council Induction Ceremony

  • We are on a Bell II schedule on Wednesday.   During the Bell II Activity Period, students will attend the Student Council Induction Ceremony in the gymnasium.  Please escort students down without their books.  Thanks!

Spanish & French Spring Break Trip Parent Meetings!

  • Please mark your calendars for the Spanish & French Spring Break Trip Parent Meetings on Thursday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm (shortly before Back-To-School Night).
    The Costa Rica trip meeting will be in Room G-3.
    The France trip meeting will be in Room N-101.  
    Only 8th grade world language students are eligible to travel, but 7th grade parents who are interested in sending their students next year are welcome to come to the meeting to learn about the trip and ways to start saving for next year!
Cleveland Deposit and Permission Form Due
  • The Department of Music will be competing in a national competition in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 14-17.  The Department will be taking the Concert Choir, Concert Band, and Jazz Band.  Students, please remember that the first deposit of $40 and the official DCPS permission slip forms are due on or before Friday.  Information can be picked up in the band room, CG01.


Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg Scholarship Deadline on Friday

  • Parents in need of some scholarship assistance for the annual eighth grade field trip to Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg should submit requests to Ms. Kim by this Friday.  These funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come/first served basis.  Every eighth grader is expected to attend this one-day journey into the early years of the colonial past.  Permission slips and full payment are due to the US History teachers by October 3.

Student Council

  • Student Council Officers will meet today in Room 207 immediately after school.
  • Student Council Representatives will meet in the Cafeteria on Tuesday immediately after school until 4 pm to rehearse for this week's induction assembly.  Please attend.

Mathcounts

  • The first practice session for Mathcounts is today.

International Cooking Club

  • Come join Ms. Kinzer and Ms. Hovancsek's International Cooking Club and put your talents to good use. Our first meeting is Tuesday from 3:20 pm to 4:30 pm. The meeting will provide further details about club activities and fees.  Come check it out!

Lawn Games With Mr. Brecher

  • Join Mr. Brecher for a fun-filled (and active!) after-school program full of some of your old favorite games such as Kickball, Flag Football, and Wiffle-Ball, as well as some new ones, such as Bocci Ball (from Italy) and Cornhole (Mid-Western U.S.).
     
    "Lawn Games With Mr. Brecher" will meet Fridays from 3:20 pm to 4:25 pm beginning Friday.  Please pick up your permission slip from Mr. Brecher in room 107 on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after Period 7.

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 this week in G3.  Yoga club will meet on Mondays from 3:20 to 4:30 in room G3.

Film Society

  • The Film Society will meet for its first viewing next Wednesday afternoon from 3:20-5:00 pm.  We will be viewing "Akeelah and the Bee."  Please see Ms. Norelli in room 303 for a permission slip.
Buddy Days are Coming
  • Every year, we host 6th grade students from our feeder schools who may attend Deal next school year. Visiting "buddies" will be teamed with their 7th grade Deal "buddies" for a full day of classes and lunch.
    Students, this is your chance to proudly represent yourself and your school to others.

    The following schools are confirmed for Buddy Day:
     
    > Eaton E.S.          October 15
    > Janney E.S.        October 16
    > Murch E.S.         October 21
    > Lafayette E.S.    October 22
    > Mann E.S           November 19

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 .  
Learning to play a stringed instrument?   Want to play with others at Deal?
  • Attention all students interested in joining a string ensemble at Deal.  While Deal no longer offers orchestra as part of its music curriculum, a new string group will be forming this Fall, with rehearsals at Deal once per week after school from 3:30-4:30 (either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, to be determined based on availability of those interested).  Students must have studied violin, viola, cello, or bass for at least a year, and they must be able to read music.  A professional music teacher will be hired to work with our young musicians.  Students will audition with the teacher to determine placement and appropriate musical pieces for performance.  There will be a modest contribution expected to cover the costs of the program (estimated at $100 each term per student musician, based on an assumption of 10 students, but the contribution would be lower if there is greater participation).  If interested, or if you want more information, please contact Brigid McCarthy at [email protected] (ph. 364-2857) or John Borrazzo at [email protected] (ph: 537-0633).   If sending email, please include:  name of student, grade, instrument, years played, and day of week available from 3:30-4:30 (either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday).

 Sally Foster Gift Wrap Sale

  • There is about a week to obtain orders for the Sally Foster gift wrap sale, going on through the end of the month. Order forms will be collected Thursday at Back-to-School night and again on Monday, Sept. 29th.  You can also order online by clicking on the Sally Foster link on the Deal website (https://dealpta.org). As an extra incentive, the  PTA is offering to the homeroom class that brings in the most sales a lunchtime pizza party or taco party. Thanks for your support of Deal Middle School and the PTA. For questions, contact Anita Seline at [email protected] or 202-237-5505.

Teachers and Staff:  LIKE TO RUN?

  • Then come run with the Alice Deal Cross Country Teams.  We'll host one teacher run a week.  This week you can run with the teams on Wednesday.  Just change into your running gear and meet us outside of the locker rooms by 3:30 pm.  We'll jog over to Fort Reno Park to warm-up for 15 minutes and then begin our work out.  Any questions?  See Mr. Geremia. 

PTA Envelopes

  • HR Teachers, please send all the PTA envelopes you have down to the office today.  I know that teachers are waiting to have 100% return, but we now need what you have sent down to the office.  Please keep track of who still did not return their envelopes.

Creative Response to Conflict (CRC) Training

  • Wilson HS and Alice Deal MS educators are invited to participate in 30-hour Creative Response to Conflict (CRC) Training in a program focusing on teacher education funded by the JAMS Foundation in partnership with the CRETE program from Temple University in Philadelphia. The class will be held at Alice Deal MS on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 - 6:30 pm for 10 weeks, beginning October 1.  Participants can receive 30 Professional Learning Units (PLUs) from DCPS or a $400 stipend from the grant program. The content will focus on conflict resolution themes and skills for school and classroom use and will include information on the research effectiveness of CRE.  The instructor is Marsha Blakeway, MSCM, Adjunct Faculty for Conflict Resolution in Education at GMU.  To register, or if you have questions, please contact Ms. Blakeway by email at [email protected] or call 202-547-9522.

 

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 am
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Girls' soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Yoga, 3:30-4:15 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Student Council Officers,  3:20 - 4 pm, RM 207
  • Tutoring with Ms. Mason, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM 211

Tuesday AM

  • Jazz Band, 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, Cafeteria
  • 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

Wednesday AM

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

Wednesday PM

  • No after-school activities today.  Faculty meeting.

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
  • Volleyball practice, 3:30 -5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Friday AM

Friday PM
  • Girls' soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Lawn Games with Mr. Brecher, 3:25-4:30 pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

Alfie Kohn on Teaching and Learning

            In this Education Week article, author/consultant Alfie Kohn reflects on a teacher's statement, I taught it, but the kids didn't learn it. The belief system here is that teaching consists of presenting information and learning consists of absorbing it. Kohn says this approach is most common in college and high school lectures, and quotes George Leonard on lecturing being the "best way to get information from teacher's notebook to student's notebook without touching the student's mind." Surely, says Kohn, teaching is more than a performance and the main focus should be on whether students learn what's been taught. "It's the message that's received," he says, "not the one that the adults think they are sending, that counts." Kohn goes on to describe three school contexts where this tension plays out:

            Classroom grading - When a teacher gives low grades because students haven't met a standard, students may interpret that as saying that if they don't understand, it's their own fault (and they aren't very smart). When this happens, students are very unlikely to become excited about what's being taught, and meaningful learning isn't going to happen.

Disciplinary interactions - A teacher may believe that giving a punishment for an infraction is fair and justified, but what if the student thinks: "That's not fair!" or "Next time I won't get caught" or "I guess when you have more power you can make other people suffer if they don't do what you want"? The teacher may be right, but if the student doesn't hear the message, things won't get better.

Giving tests - "It's tempting, when students are given some kind of assessment, to assume the results primarily reveal how much progress each kid is, or isn't, making," writes Kohn, "rather than noticing that the quality of the teaching is also being assessed."

Kohn believes we should focus on deeper learning, not just discrete bits of information and test scores, and worries that the current focus on "data" trivializes learning. "Ideally," he says, "attention to learning signifies an effort to capture how each student makes sense of the world, so we can meet them where they are - the willingness to imagine the student's point of view." He then quotes Deborah Meier: "Teaching is mostly listening."

Kohn feels the pain of a student trying to write an essay or solve a problem and being subjected to continuous evaluation. "Many teachers who expect their students to bear up under, and even benefit from, a constant barrage of criticism are themselves often extremely sensitive to any suggestion that their craft could be improved," he says. "[E]ducators ought to make a point of trying something new in their own lives, something they must struggle to master, in order to appreciate what their students put up with every day.  It's best to see what we do through the eyes of those to whom it's done."

 

"It's Not What We Teach, It's What They Learn" by Alfie Kohn in Education Week, Sept. 10, 2008 (Vol. 28, #3, p. 32, 26)

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/09/10/03kohn_ep.h28.html

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