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September 29, 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week

"In this cooperation [between home and school] there is a kind of reciprocal accountability, of school to parent and parent to school."
~ Teach Them, 1976, p. 7

Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II (1st Bell II activity)
Thursday - Bell II
(Peace Month Assembly)
Friday - Parent Teacher Conference Day -  No School for students.
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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!

Upcoming Activities!

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)

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

October 13th
Columbus Day (Holiday)

October 15th
Eaton Buddy Day!

October 16th
Janney Buddy Day
Faculty Meeting
International Night,
7-9 pm

October 17th
Jamestown/ Williamsburg Trip for 8th graders

October 21st
Murch Buddy Day!
IB Community Meeting for Deal families

October 22nd
Lafayette Buddy Day!

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 at 12:15 pm

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
Veterans Day (Holiday)
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 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

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
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!

Principal Kim

Weekly News

Thank You
  • 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.

Homework Hotline
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 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!

Debate Team

  • 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 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!


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
  • Boys Soccer Practice

Wednesday AM

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

Wednesday PM

  • Show Choir, 3:30 - 4:30 pm 
  • Girls' Soccer practice
  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 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
  • Volleyball practice, 3:30 -5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Boys Soccer Practice
  • Cross Country Meet at Colmar Manor.  Bus leaves at 2:30 pm


  • No School for Students - - Parent-Teacher Conference Day.
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

Your Middleschooler: Make Your Parent-Teacher Conference Count!

by Christina Lorenzen

It's that time of the year again. Suddenly those lazy, hazy days of summer are gone and you find yourself alongside the other frenzied parents sorting through notebooks and supplies that fill your child's supply list. For the parent of a middleschooler, those supply lists have changed considerably. Gone are the glue and crayons, replaced by the newest needs of the technologically inclined world we live in: graphing calculators, PDAs and more. Thankfully, some things don't change and technology can't replace the one thing that can help your child have a successful year: the parent-teacher conference.

Many middle schools hold their parent-teacher conferences at the very beginning of the year, giving parents a chance to see their child's daily environment and meet their teachers. This is often a parent's only chance to really get a feel for the middle school, as the daily contact of the elementary years changes dramatically with the start of middle school. The parent-teacher conference is a first step toward cooperation between you and your child's teachers.

Prior to the conference, you may want to keep a folder about your middleschooler with work samples, any notes from teachers and any tests results you have. This will give you a good foundation and idea of how your child is doing in his/her classes. Most importantly, ask your child about school. It's important to be aware of what his/her favorite subjects are, what his/her troublesome subjects are, how he/she feels about his/her teachers and who his/her friends are. Many parent-teacher conferences involve the parent being given an "assignment" by filling out a paper telling the teacher about their child. This will help your child's teachers get to know your child's strengths, weaknesses, hobbies or any important matters going on in your child's life. In addition to talking to your child, a parent should write down any questions they have for their child to make the most of the parent-teacher conference.

When you arrive at the conference, offer a positive impression to the teachers. Walk in with a smile and be on time, as middle school parent-teacher conferences are very time constricted and there are often more students than at the elementary level. Be attentive to what the teachers are saying and feel free to ask questions when unsure of anything. Asking open-ended questions about your child's academic progress, social relationships and behavior will open the way to a more in depth conversation with teachers. This will also help you in developing an action plan with the teachers to help your child succeed in the new school year. Ask what you can do at home to reinforce what your child's teacher will be doing at school and plan to follow up with the teachers at regular intervals.

There's no better way to keep your child at the forefront of your teacher's attention than to write or email their teachers a thank you note, thanking them for their time and suggestions. Discuss the conference with your middleschooler and explain the plan you and their teachers have come up with in order to make this a great year for them. Lastly, and most importantly, put the plan into action: monitor homework, check up on classwork and stay in touch with both the teachers and your child!!

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