Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II (1st Bell II activity)
Thursday - Bell IIFriday - Parent Teacher Conference Day - No School for students.
(Peace Month Assembly)
Deal is a Buddy School
Have you ever thought about what makes someone a good friend?
Here are some clues:
A warm, welcoming, friendly and attentive personality.
Someone who watches out for you.
Someone who wants the best for you.
Someone who is trustworthy, responsible, respectful to others and themselves.
A caring, kind, fair, thoughtful individual.
Can you think of other important character traits?
Are you a good friend?
We will have Buddy Days coming soon, with invited guests in the building. Let's join together in creating a friendly atmosphere.
|International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) at Deal!
IB Parent Information Night October 21st,
6:30 pm, in the cafeteria.
See you there!
Peace Month Assembly with Larry Bell (Bell II)
Math Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
LSRT mtg, 7:30 am
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)
National History Day Workshop for parents and students, 7 pm
Columbus Day (Holiday)
Eaton Buddy Day!
Janney Buddy Day
Jamestown/ Williamsburg Trip for 8th graders
Murch Buddy Day!
IB Community Meeting for Deal families
Lafayette Buddy Day!
Sally Foster Pick-up Day
Student Portrait Day
End of 1st advisory
3:30 - 6 pm
October 28th & 29th
DC BAS testing
Wilson night, 6:30 pm
Record keeping day - students dismissed at 12:15 pm
Student Council Non-perishable food drive begins
Deal Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
Report cards issued
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
November 8th & 9th
Politics & Prose Book Store sale!
Veterans Day (Holiday)
Mann Buddy Day!
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports sent home
Picture make-up day
Deal Open House #1
Geography Bee competition
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)
Winter Concert, 7 pm
Holiday Greens Sale
Deal Open House #2
Student Council Winter Assembly
Last Day of School for Students (Winter Holiday)
School resumes after Winter Break!
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
|Message from Principal Kim
Last week was a busy one for us!
On Wednesday, we proudly inducted student council leaders at our first school assembly of the year. On Thursday, Deal was packed with parents for Back-to-School-Night, and we had a special visit from Mayor Fenty. On Friday, our Spanish department and our students led us in the Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly with poetry reading, informational Powerpoint presentations, and a merengue dance contest! And we showed school spirit by dressing up each day in different colors and themes for Spirit Week.
I am also incredibly proud of the students who have been Zapping themselves during lunch! It was impressive to see you at work with Mr. Albright and the counselors the other day! I admire your tenacity and focus on getting the work done!
Parent Teacher Conferences are this Friday! This is a great time for parents and teachers to talk about the progress reports all students received last week. These conferences are scheduled in the middle of each advisory so that the student still has time to make changes in work habits. Parents will be receiving scheduled appointment slots for conferences with core teachers. If you do not receive your appointment time by Wednesday, please contact your team leader. Although you cannot "drop-in" for appointments with your team teachers (English, Math, Social Studies, Science), you are asked to drop-in to meet with your elective teachers (World languages, PE, Art, Music, Video, ELL, Special Education). Also, please be prompt for your scheduled appointments. If you are not there for your appointed time, you will not be able to meet with teachers, as they will have moved on to meetings with other parents.
Have a wonderfully productive learning week!
- The Student Council would like to thank the Flute Ensemble and the members of the Drum Line that participated in the Student Council Induction Assembly.
- Thanks to the following Student Council members and Deal students, who were great hosts and tour guides at Back to School Night: Jewel Addison, Savannah Babino, Richard Escalante, Sabrina Ford, Asha Gardener, Sharmen Hettipola, Johnathan Hill, Mia Nicholson, Sage Ryan, Antoneisha Robinson, Kara Winstanley.
- Thanks to the students and teachers involved in the Hispanic Heritage Month assembly!
Australian Educators to Visit Deal Today
- This afternoon, Australian educators will be visiting Deal Middle School. They note that they are particularly interested in observing the relationship between high expectations and high results, data-based decision-making and teaching, and how American teachers engage students. Our visitors are heavily involved in school improvement and one of the methods they use is an emphasis on non-fiction writing. It is an honor to have visitors from the other side of the world. Please welcome them warmly if you see them Monday afternoon - they will be visiting classrooms and getting a feel for how we do things on this side of the Pacific.
October is "PEACE MONTH" in DC Public Schools
- "If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children" -- Gandhi
- Peace Month activities at Deal will be lead by Mr. Ngwa, the human rights club, and the Peer Mediators. Teachers who have suggestions or would like suggestions for Peace Month activities should contact the Peer Mediation coordinators, Ms. McFarland or Ms. Blakeway. Look for more information to come about these specific events:
- Peace Month Assembly, Thursday
- Conflict Resolution Day
- Red Ribbon Week
- Pledge Against Gun Violence
- Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Peace -- Homeroom teachers will receive a packet for their students on Monday, October 6, for the Yellow Brick Road to Peace designs.
The Homework Hotline will begin operating on Sunday, October 5.
- Teachers: The Homework Hotline date input forms should be submitted by the close of business on Thursdays. Please place the completed data form in the Homework Hotline mailbox. The forms are on the counter in the main office. Please use only black or blue pens to fill out the forms. No pencils, please!!!
PTA Newsletter Deadline
- Teachers and Staff: The deadline for the next edition of the Deal PTA newsletter is Friday. Please leave hard copy submissions in the PTA drawer in the main office or check the drawer for information on how to submit to the newsletter by email. Many thanks.
PPEPs due at 8:30 am, on Tuesday, October 14
- Electronic versions of the PPEP form will be emailed to team leaders and department chairs.
ZAP Sizzles with Success!
- As the year gets seriously going, our students find themselves in the thick of assignments, projects, homework -- and a need to keep these sorted and current. Our ZAP program (Zeroes Aren't Permitted) has been underway for a couple of weeks now and is a resounding success if judged by the number of students in attendance. ZAP is a non-punitive environment in which students who have fallen behind in submitting homework have an opportunity to make up that work. A teacher may "ZAP" a student; that student will then come to the ZAP room instead of the cafeteria. They eat lunch while working on their overdue homework assignments. Supporting students are the academic coordinator and our great Deal counseling staff, in particular Ms. Overby (7th grade) and Ms. Hernandez (8th grade), along with several counselor-interns. Teachers often drop in to check on student progress. Over the first two weeks, more than 50 students have worked on assignments during ZAP. We hope this continues! We care that our students need additional support for completing homework assignments.
Sally Foster Sales Help Deal!
- Remember to turn in your Sally Foster orders this week! We're trying to raise $4,000 in the sale and we're about one-third of the way there. Please look over the catalog and find something you can use or give this holiday season. If every family purchases $16 worth of items, we'd meet our goal. Sally Foster orders will be collected today. Because we want to squeeze out the most sales possible, we have extended the final collection day to Thursday. You also can order on the Internet, through the dealpta.org website at any time and have the goods delivered to your door.
- The homeroom classes of Ms. Hampton, Ms. Mason, and Mr. McDowell are currently the leaders in the race for top selling class. The class with the most sales wins a lunchtime pizza or taco party, so keep those sales coming! All sales from catalog and Internet orders through Thursday will credited to homerooms. Questions about the sale? Contact Anita Seline at or 237-5505.
Family Math Night
- All teachers planning to participate in Family Math Night, please email Ms. Neal today with your topic or activity.
Cleveland Music Competition
- The Department of Music will be competing in a national competition in Cleveland, Ohio during the month of May. The exact dates are May 14 -17. The Department will be taking the Concert Choir, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. The second deposit of $100 is due on or before November 6.
Stop by the Music Department Bake Sale
- Stop by the lobby during Parent-Teacher Conference Day on Friday. Band and choir students will be selling delicious homemade baked goods, apples and bottled water. Proceeds will defray costs for their spring trip to the annual Heritage Festival competition in Cleveland. Please support our wonderful music program!
- The debate team will meet today at 3:30 in Ms. Sweeney's room. All students planning to compete at George Washington University on Saturday must attend.
The Film Society
- The Film Society will meet on Wednesday from 3:20-5 to watch and discuss the film, "Akelah and the Bee." Please see Ms. Norelli in Room 303 for a permission slip.
Department of Music Listserv
- The Music Department uses a listserv to communicate information to its students and parents. All students involved with the Department of Music should sign up to be a member by sending an email mail to .
7th Grade Physical Examinations
- Attention 7th grade Students: REMINDER! Your Physical Examination is past due. Please bring proof of this school REQUIREMENT to the nurse's office. Parents may download the School Health Certificate form at http://www.k12.dc.us/schools/immunization.htm. Please don't hesitate to call the school nurse for any assistance at 202-282-0252. Thank you.
IB Update for Teachers and Parents
- Teachers were able to share their IB course outlines with parents during last week's Back-to-School night. These outlines will continue to be refined over the year. The IB Coordinator is starting to work with Deal subject departments on a major effort to connect the IB Middle Years Program framework with DCPS standards, as well as beginning to identify our first IB MYP units of work.
Don't forget - IB Parent Information Night is October 21 at 6:30 in the Deal cafeteria. Communicating the program to parents and students is an important part of the Middle Years Program. The program is intended to reflect the community in which it is located, so community support is critical. We hope to see you there for an activity-focused evening.
Deal Cross Country
- The Deal Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams will compete Thursday at the Lafayette Invitational at Colmar Manor. The bus will pick up the Deal team at 2:30 pm. Teachers, these students will miss part of Period 6 and all of Period 7 on Thursday. Also, teachers, a list of participants will be placed in your mailbox this week. Runners, make sure you touch base with your Period 6 &7 teachers ahead of time to make up missed work. Any questions, see Mr. Geremia. GO VIKINGS!