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Week of:
 November 9
Bell Schedule

Monday -Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I/Bell T
(Career Day)
Wednesday - No School
Thursday - Bell III
Viking Time
Friday -  Bell I
Upcoming High School
Open House Dates
McKinley Technology HS
Saturday, November 21 at 10:00 am
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Friday, November 20 at 1:30 pm
Friday, December 11 at 1:30 pm
Wilson HS
Friday, November 20
Friday, December 4
Friday, December 18
Friday, January 8
Friday, January 29
Friday, February 5
Friday, February 19
Friday, March 5
Friday, April 9
Wilson's Open Houses will be held from 9:00 am - 11:00 am in the Wilson Library.
Columbia Heights Educational Campus HS
Friday, November 13 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon.
Saturday, December 5 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm High School Fair.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Santiago. 
Upcoming Dates
November 9
Team Timbuktu goes on "We the People Trolley" Tour

November 10
Career Day
(adjusted bell schedule)
Mix It Up Day 
Team Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm
November 11
Veteran's Day Holiday (no school)

November 12
Viking Time
Family Math Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
Deal Information Night @ Maury ES, 6 pm

November 13
Portrait Day with Blanton Studios
 Report Cards Issued (students  return to homeroom at 3 pm)

November 17
Deal Open House #1;
9 am - 3 pm
Deal Information Night @ Bancroft ES; 6:30 pm
November 18
Buddy Day - Murch ES
 Department Chairperson Meeting; 3:30 pm (conference room)
Deal Information Night @ Shepherd ES; 6:30 pm

November 19
Faculty meeting; 3:20 pm

November 20

Buddy Day - Lafayette
 International Night;
6 - 9 pm
6-8 pm, Food served in Cafeteria
8-9 pm, student entertainment in the Gym

November 24
Buddy Day - Janney ES  

November 25

Thanksgiving Assembly (Bell III)

November 26 & 27
Thanksgiving Holiday, No School

December 3
Word Language international trip information meeting, 6 pm
Deal Night, 6:30 pm

December 5&6
Deal Holiday Greens Sale

December 7

Parent Teacher Conference Day 
from 12 - 3 and 4 -7
   (students not in school)

December 8
Picture Make-up Day with Blanton Studios

December 10
Winter Concert

December 12 & 13
Final Weekend of the Deal Holiday Green Sale

December 15
Deal Open House #2;
9 am - 3 pm

December 17

Faculty Meeting

December 21
1st day of Winter Break

January 4
1st day back from Winter Break

January 9
Deal Open House #3; 9 am - 12 pm

January 15
Professional Development Day (no school for students)

January 18
Martin Luther King Holiday

January 22
End of 2nd advisory (students dismissed at 12:15 pm)
January 27
Team La Paz's trip
to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art

Wilson SHS
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Read 180 Begins!
Ms. Wylegala has tested a number of students to determine their eligibility for Read 180.  Selected students will begin the program on Thursday.  Parents will be notified of their student's participation by telephone and email.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Wylegal at .
Human Growth and Development Workshops
Ms. Irene Addlestone, MA will be supplementing the PE teachers and providing classes in growth and development for both the 6th and 8th graders this year. 
Workshop Dates

6th grade
November 9 and 10

8th grade
November 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 21, and 25

Zeroes Aren't Permitted

ZAP! runs all week during all 3 lunch periods. Teachers and parents should feel free to suggest that students visit ZAP! to catch up on late homework.

ZAP! provides students a chance to get one-on-one help, approach a problem from a new angle, or work with peers on group work. Remember to remind students that they should come directly to ZAP! with their books at the beginning of their lunch period. Students will be given a pass to get a fast lunch and then  return to ZAP! refreshed and ready to work!

Explorer Time Comes to Deal!!

The DCPS Office of Out-of-School Time and Deal MS are offering a new after school program open to all Deal students. "Explorer Time" will run from 3:30-6:15; Monday through Friday and features:
  • Participation in Deal clubs, sports, and tutoring support
  • Nutritious snacks
  • Academic Power Hour with homework help and instruction from teachers
  • A structured approach to organizing assignments and getting work done
  • Supervised fun, recreational, social, and skill building activities
  • Partnership with Latin American Youth Center  (LAYC)
Participation in the program requires a formal application and co-payment of $5 per day, with free and reduced options based on family income.  Families may enroll for a regular schedule of less than 5 days a week (e.g., Mon, Wed & Fri) however the program cannot accept students on an emergency drop-in basis.
Enrollment forms are available on the Deal website.  The program coordinator for our school is Margot Berkey, a former Deal parent with extensive knowledge of our community, as well as with managing programs for diverse groups of adolescents.  For more information, e-mail or call the school and Ms. Berkey will return your call between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.   Ms. Berkey is available to receive your enrollment application with necessary documents, and discuss payment between the hours of 3:00-6:00 pm.   Enrollment in the after school program is similar to the annual proof of residency process that you've already completed.  Have your child become a Deal Explorer!
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Boy Scouts of America
The Washington, DC District of the Boy Scouts of America is creating a fun and interactive camping demonstration on the grounds of Fort Reno Park, directly across from Deal Middle School just south of Fort Dr NW.  The 6th grade boys of Deal are invited to walk through the display and interact with scouts from a few of the neighborhood Boy Scout troops between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm on Tuesday, November 10.  By partnering with the National Park Service, we hope that introducing youth to camping and outdoor activity will not only peak their interest in Boy Scouts, but attract them to outdoor recreation and the National Parks. This is a free event. 

The Weekly Bulletin

"Think Globally.  Listen Compassionately. Act Inclusively."
Our mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
Thought for the Week
 "Differentiation is defined as a response to the cognitive, affective, social, and physical characteristics that distinguish what and how students learn. A classroom where learners are provided with equal opportunity to learn, but are not expected to learn the same curriculum in the same way at the same time is the context that exemplifies differentiation. Respect for individual differences among and between learners is a definition of differentiation."
Sandra Kaplan
Message from Principal Kim

As we enter November, we take a moment this week to focus on life beyond middle school with our annual career day.  Students, this is an opportunity for you to meet adults from our community and ask them about the classes they took and the life choices they made to build a career.  This is a good time to begin thinking about college and life beyond college -- how can you channel your passion into a career?

Parents, we also remind you to focus on getting your children to school on time.  Plan for the morning routine as well as traffic.  We have noticed that the large number of students who get to school late are the ones who get dropped off by parents.  Please make the necessary adjustments so that your morning and theirs can start smoothly.  Additionally, please plan for the time that it will take to turn the car around at the end of Fort Drive close to the water tower.  Some drivers have attempted to turn around at Howard Drive, which creates a hazard and delays for others.  We are concerned that these turns also create conditions that could lead to an accident.  Please do not let your rush to cut through become a tragedy for children.

Finally, please look for report cards on Friday afternoon.  We will be sending them home with your children.

Principal Kim
Everyday is a Buddy Day at Deal and everyone at Deal is a Buddy.......

Buddy Day Dates
Wednesday, November 18--Murch
Friday, November 20--Lafayette
Tuesday, November 24--Janney
Friday, December 11--Shepherd 

6th grade teachers, please review the responsibilities of Deal Buddies with all students.
This week at Deal. . .
Picture Day
Blanton studio will be at Deal to take portraits pictures on Friday this week. An announcement will be made when English teachers should escort their students to the gym for the portraits. Faculty and staff will have the chance to take their portraits from 8:00 am to 8:40 am. All students, faculty and staff must have their picture taken for 2010 school year to be included in the yearbook!  Please take your picture now to reduce the workload for Mr. Mungai later!

Mix It Up Day
Mix It Up Day is Tuesday.  Students will mix it up and sit with someone new at lunch.  We encourage teachers to come to the cafeteria on Tuesday to eat lunch so that you can mix it up as well.

November is Career Development Month 
This year's theme is "Bridges to a Brighter Future:  Imagine Your Career, Empower Your Life".  Our Career Day Program is Tuesday.  We will follow a modified Bell schedule.  Speakers will arrive at 8:15 am for a reception in the library.  At 8:45 am, they will be escorted to the assigned homeroom.  Speakers will remain in homeroom and present again during 2nd period.
We expect that our students will give a warm welcome to all our guest speakers and come ready to learn about different career opportunities.
Career Day Schedule  
1st period -   8:45 - 9:35 am (Career Day Presentation)
HR           -   9:35 - 9:50 am
2nd period -  9:54 - 10:44 am (Career Day Presentation)
3rd period - 10:48 - 11:21 am
4th period - 11:25 - 12:00 noon
5th period - 12:04 - 12:39 pm
6th period - 12:43 - 1:18 pm
1st period -   2:01 - 2:36 pm
2nd period -  2:40 - 3:15 pm

The girls have had a very successful season and we're finally coming to the end of the road.  Our first play off game is today at 5:30 pm in the gym.  Please support the team as we fight for the City Championship!
Cross Country Uniform Return and Pizza Party
All members of the Cross Country teams are invited to an end of the season pizza party today in the gym at 3:30 pm.  You must return your clean uniform and warm-ups to get your first choice of pizza.  Both teams had an excellent season.  We'll see you during the Winter Indoor Track season.
Geoplunge Practice
Geoplunge practice will be held today from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Ms. Buerkle's room (W205). We only have two weeks left before the DC competition.  Please plan to attend!
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Team Addis Ababa study hall will meet on today in room N103.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Afternoon Studio Club
The Afternoon Studio Club will meet Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 pm in room C224. Come to explore different materials and possibilities in art making! All levels of artistic skills and grade levels are welcomed! Email Mrs. Bustos for further information or questions at [email protected].
Girls' Basketball Tryouts
The Girls Basketball tryouts will continue this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:45 pm in the gymnasium. Tryouts are being extended to accommodate students playing other sports and students that were out sick. Please see Coach Downing if you have any questions. GOOD LUCK!!!
Boys' Basketball Tryouts
Boys' Basketball 6th & 7th grade try-outs will be Tuesday and tryouts  for 6th, 7th, and 8th will begin on Thursday.
International Cooking Club
Please note that due to Veterans Day, the International Cooking Club will be canceled on Wednesday. We will resume on Wednesday, November 18 with Group B. 
Indoor Track
The Indoor Track team is forming!!! On Thursday, there will be an interest meeting after school for those students who would like to join the indoor track team. The meeting will last from 3:30 to 3:45 pm. Come out and join the indoor track team.
Additional Academic Support
Worried about your grades?? Need to catch up or just keep up with your school work!!!  Please feel free to take advantage of the following opportunities for support provided by team Rome from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  Anybody is welcome, you do not need to be on Team Rome!  The following is our schedule!
Tuesdays - Mr. McDowell in RM E204
Wednesdays - Mrs. Washington in RM C212
Thursdays - Miss Milikin in RM E206
The Photography Club
The Photography Club will meet this Thursday in W204 from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Don't forget to bring your camera. Weather permitting, we will go outside and photograph the Deal campus.  If you have been unable to come to a meeting and are still interested in joining, please stop by C215 for a permission slip.
our students will be collecting used (not abused) shoes for this worthy cause. Please place shoe donations in the collection bins located in front of the welcome center and by the gymnasium. We look forward to your donations. If you have questions please contact the Physical Education Department at or Coach Downy at [email protected] .
Deal Soccer - Still the BEST!
Deal's soccer teams have the best standing in the Middle School League.  Our boys and girls teams both have 4 wins and 0 losses.  Go Deal!

High School Brochure Available
Students interested in Duke Ellington School of the Arts or McKinley Technology HS should see Mr. Santiago.  Brochures/applications are now available.  
Double Dutch Anyone?
Students who interested in joining the Deal Double Dutch team should sign up in the gallery on Monday or Tuesday.  If you have questions, please see Ms. Neal.
Reading Romans Challenge
Team Rome, remember to fill out your Reading Summary Cards for each book that you read during our challenge.  10,000 pages of text to go. . . so start reading.

Spring Trip
Parents who plan to send their children to the Madrid, Cordova and Sevilla trip and have not enrolled with EF Tours, please remember that deadline is soon approaching. Students who enroll now will have to pay the initial $95.00 enrollment fee, $450.00 thirty days after, and the remaining balance by December 7.  Please contact EF Tours if you have any questions or concerns at Customer Service 1-800-665-5364 ( or Mr. Santiago 202 939-2012.  Our tour number is 924196.

Excessive Tardiness Due to Parent Drop-off
Many students are arriving late to class due to parents/guardians dropping them off at 8:45 am. First period begins at 8:45 am sharp, please make sure your child is at school by 8:30 am so that he/she will have time to go to his/her locker and get to first period on time. 
Band & Choir Students
It is imperative that you check with your director, Mr. Frye or Mr. Jackson to assure that your name is on the official Music Department roll and spelled correctly.
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 .
Lost and FOUND Textbooks
Christopher Askew - Social Studies
Aram Barnett - Social Studies
Michael Bayliss - Reading
Jordan Belton - Pre-Algebra
William Bowman - Pre-Algebra
Aaliyah Bradford - Math
Boshaad Butler - Reading
Mendiany Cadet - Social Studies
Alexander Conte - Spanish
Naim Collins - English
Nelson Davies - French
Reuben Dubester - Spanish
Whitnee Epps - English
Breyouna Evans - Reading
Keron Gaines - Science
Fabiola Garcia - Social Studies
Weldon Henson - Science
Natika Jackson - Chinese
Evonne Lidoff - English
Jared Marshall - Spanish
Rahsaan Martinez - Social Studies
Akil Mondie - Science
David Nguyen - Science
Minh Nguyen - Social Studies
Virginia Reed - French
Kareema Soweels - English
Students, please see Mrs. Streeter in the Welcome Center as soon as you realize you've lost your books.  Also, please take better care of your books!
Student & Parent information...
Thanksgiving Food Drive 
Students remember to bring in your non-perishable food to support Deal's Student Council Food Drive.  Teams will compete against each other to build the largest "food" pyramid in our gallery.  Teams, please select 2 students from each homeroom that are willing to stay after school on Monday, November 16 and Monday, November 23 to help construct your team's "food" pyramid.
As part of our community and global outreach, we are collecting used tennis shoes and cleats to help eradicate poverty and support rainforest preservation. In conjunction with the Perpetual Prosperity Pumps Foundation
Staff information. . .
Come Work for "Explorer Time" Our New Afterschool Program!
Teachers and aides who are  interested in working for Deal's new after school program should see Ms. Berkey in Room C113 for an application.  We will start with a small staff that will grow as enrollment grows.  Openings exist for facilitators (teachers) and aides.  Teachers will work from 4:30-6:30 (up to 3 days a week) at a rate of $30/hour. Aides may work from 3:30-6:30 (up to 5 days a week) at a rate of $15/hour.  The program runs Monday through Friday and staff will be needed on all days.  Applications are due on tomorrow.  Dr. Kim will review applications and select staff for the program.  We hope to start as early as November 16 and continue through the end of the school year. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Audio-Visual Request
Audio-visual request (video taping, microphones, LCD projector, etc.) should be made on the appropriate form at least five days prior to the assembly/event. Teachers should make arrangements to test CDs prior to performances. Additionally, all CDs should be clearly labeled. Please see Mr. Simmons if you have any questions.
Duplication Request
Duplication requests should be placed in the Duplication Box prior to 3rd period for next day delivery.

Supply Request
Supply request should be made on the proper form. Items will be delivered as quickly as possible. If an emergency need arises, complete the form and see Mr. Simmons in person. The form can be found on the table next to the copier in the Welcome Center.

After-School Activities and Tutoring
All after-school activities are going great! The number of students that participate is encouraging. It's important that students who stay after-school are supervised at all times. Once your activity is over, teachers must escort students to the 1st floor lobby for departure.
Notes for Student Absences
Teachers this is just a reminder that all notes for student absences and early dismissals should be brought to the main office. Students cannot be excused for tardies or absences without a note. If you have any notes from students from earlier in the year, please bring them to Ms. Mills in the Welcome Center.
Safety and Security
Teachers who remain at school after hours must use the center doors when leaving. PLEASE STOP USING THE SIDE DOORS AS WELL AS STAIRWELL DOORS! Thanks for keeping our school secure!

Before & after school activities this week...
Monday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310
Monday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Girls' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm,
Cross Country end of the season party, 3:30 pm - cafeteria 
Scrabble Tournament, 3:30 - 7:00 pm, cafeteria
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Volleyball play-off game
GeoPlunge, 3:25 - 4:30 pm - cafeteria
Debate Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E304
Run for Fun Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM  W101
National History Day Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM C308
Team Nairobi Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM E207
Ms. Hampton's Science Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - W301
Cafe con Leche Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM CG06
Tutoring with Ms. Popadich, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105
Cheerleading practice, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, cafeteria
After School tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 to 4:30 pm  
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Gallery
Tuesday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01
Tuesday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Drumline practice, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM CG01
Science Tutoring, 3:20-4:15 pm - RM C315
Afternoon Studio Club, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM C224
Rugby, 3:30-5 pm - RM C104
Team Nairobi Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 - RM E201
Team Athens Tutoring/Homework Help, 3:30-4:30 pm - Team Athens Hallway
Gardening, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM C309
Video-Audio Visual Club, 3:30 pm - gallery
The Ultimate Frisbee Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM C205
Boys' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Tutoring with Ms. Popadich, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105
Math tutoring with Ms. Hutter,
3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E307
After School tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 to 4:30 pm 
Future Educator's Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM W304
Knitting Club, 3:30-4:30 pm, RM E306
Team  Rome Tutoring/Homework Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm E204 
Girls' Basketball try-outs, 3:30-4:45 pm -Gym
6th and 7th grade Boys Basketball try-outs. 3:30 - 5:00 pm - Gym
No School - Veterans Day  
Thursday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am -  RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01 
Thursday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Boys' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5 pm, cafeteria
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E103
Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm - RM C217
Ruby, 3:30 - 5 pm - RM C104
Deal Dispatch, 3:30 - 4:30 - cafeteria
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM E103
 Team  Rome Tutoring/Homework Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm E206
Girls' Basketball try-outs, 3:30-4:45 pm, Gym
Boys' Basketball try-outs, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Gym
Indoor Track informational meeting, 3:30 to 3:45pm
Photography Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM W204
Friday AM
Peer Mediator meeting, 8:00 am, RM E103
Team Cairo tutoring with Ms. Mazzone, 8:10 am - library media center
Friday PM
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Soccer Playoffs 
As always, students should have parent permission to stay after school for any activity!
Food for thought...

State of Mind:  The Characteristics of Idealistic, Contented, and Disheartened Teachers

            In this Education Week article, Andrew Yarrow reports on a study by Public Agenda and Learning Points Associates, "Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the Profession Today." According to its analysis, American teachers fall into three categories:

            Idealists - About 23 percent of teachers; more than half are 32 or younger; they went into teaching to help disadvantaged students; 54 percent think that all their students can go to college with the right support; they believe their teaching has a positive impact on students' test scores, and say that good teachers can lead all students to learn, even those who don't get as much support at home; 93 percent say their principals give them good support.

            Contented - About 37 percent of teachers; they are almost all 33 and over and have more teaching experience; 30 percent believe their students can go to college with the right support; they mostly work in middle- or higher-income schools, report excellent working conditions and principal support, and believe their teaching has a lot of impact on their students' test scores,

            Disheartened - About 40 percent of teachers; they are mostly 33 and over; 39 percent believe their students can go to college with the right support; they tend to be concerned about their working conditions, student behavior, and testing, give their principals low ratings for supporting teachers, and are concerned about burnout. Yarrow closes with a question: are some disheartened teachers trapped in dysfunctional schools, and could they be motivated to be effective by a better setting and strong school leadership - or "would it be better for some portion of them and their students if they found another line of work?"

"State of Mind" by Andrew Yarrow in Education Week, Oct. 21, 2009 (Vol. 29, #8, p. 21-23) - the article has excellent graphs comparing the three groups of teachers.

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