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Week of:
 November 2
Bell Schedule

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Monday -Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell T
Wednesday - Bell T
Thursday - Bell I
(Enrollment Audit) 
Friday -  Bell I
Initiation to Animation Program
 
This Friday, the Embassy of France will sponsor a workshop called "Initiation to Animation" for 24 sixth grade students and Ms. Popadich.  The program will run from periods 1-2 in the Library Media Center. The workshop is in collaboration with the DC Public Schools' Embassy Adoption Program and the Washington Performing Arts Society.  Students will learn about various aspects of animation.    If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Geremia, Ms. Kinzer, or Ms. Wadsworth.
The following students have been selected to participate:
 
Addis Abba 
Sophie McDowell
Tianxin Chen
Emily Morin
Helene Douglas
Meru Kush
Mark Custer
Zetis Nguyen
Reuben Dubester 
 
San Francisco 
Antonio Fratto
Alex Irby
Anaka Johnson
Ransom Kennelly
Susanna McGrew
Janet McLamb
Oto Njovu
Carl Stewart
 
Beijing 
Whykahl Warren
Leah Bender
Nora Douglas
Isaac Bergfalk
Andrew Mahaffie
Johanna Siegel
Tyler Hinton
Lucas Lindo
Urjii Tahir
 
Staying Healthy!
 
In an effort to maintain a healthy school environment, please remember to continue proper hand washing techniques with soap and water especially before eating.  If you are coughing or sneezing use a disposable tissue or the inside of your sleeve.  Parents, if your child is sick with a fever please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without taking medication to reduce the fever. 
 
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
 
Benjamin Banneker HS
Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
 
School Without Walls
Wednesday, November 4 from 10:00 am - noon
and from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Lisner Auditorium
 
Wilson HS
Friday, November 6 
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
calendar
November 2
1st day of the 2nd advisory

November 3
 DCBAS - Reading

 November 4
DCBAS - Math
Department Chairperson Meeting, 3:30 pm (Conference Room)
 
November 5
Enrollment Audit  
New to Deal Meeting; 3:30 pm
 
November 6
Buddy Day - Eaton ES
 Grades due by 3:30 pm
 
November 7 & 8
Politics & Prose Book Sale Fundraiser for Deal
Saturday 9 - 10 pm & Sunday from 10 - 8 pm


November 9
Team Timbuktu goes on We the People Trolley Tour

November 10
Career Day

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
 ES
 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
WL international trip information meeting, 6pm
Deal Night, 6:30pm

December 5&6
Deal Holiday Greens Sale

December 7

Parent Teacher Conference Day (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; 9am - 12pm

January 15
Professional Development Day (no school for students)

January 18
Martin Luther King Holiday

January 22
End of 2nd advisory (students dismissed at 12:15pm)
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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 2, 4, 5, 6, 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!

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
"What we share in common makes us human. How we differ makes us individuals. In a classroom with little or no differentiated instruction, only student similarities seem to take center stage. In a differentiated classroom, commonalities are acknowledged and built upon, and student differences become important elements in teaching and learning as well ....students have multiple options for taking in information, making sense of ideas, and expressing what they learn. In other words, a differentiated classroom provides different avenues to acquiring content, to processing or making sense of ideas, and to developing products."
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Message from Principal Kim

Today begins the first day of the 2nd advisory.  I challenge each of you to do even better in this advisory than the last.  Forward progress and constant learning should be at the crux of learning.  Take some time today to reflect in your writing journals or agendas about your successes as well as your struggles with the 1st advisory and set a goal for yourself.  Will your goals be to be more organized and reduce the number of trips to your locker?  Will your goal be to go to ZAP twice a week to reduce the amount of work you have to do after school?  Will your goal be to join an extracurricular activity?  Whatever your goal may be, stick to it and develop the habit of attaining it.  As always, you are not alone in this quest, connect with your peers, teachers, counselors, or administrators so that we can support you.  Sixth graders, you will be switching from art to music or from music to art today.  Your HR teachers will remind you of this shift this morning.

Students and parents, each year all DC schools go through an enrollment audit to physically count the number of students who attend our schools.  This is an extremely important exercise since our school's budget is dependent on the accuracy of this count.  To this end, please make sure to send your child to school on time this Thursday.  For each absent child, the school has to do a lot of work to prove that the child actually attends Deal so that we can get the funds that follow each student.  Thanks for your cooperation in this important annual count.

Finally, please support Deal by going to Politics & Prose Bookstore (don't forget to bring a friend with you!) this weekend to buy books for your children, yourself, people on your holiday gift list, and for Deal teachers and administrators!  A portion of the book you or your friends buy will be given to Deal!  This is a wonderful way to help build our book collection for our library as well!  Please help to make this fundraiser a success!

Principal Kim
Everyday is a Buddy Day at Deal and everyone at Deal is a Buddy.......
 
This Friday is our first "Buddy Day" for this school year. We will host fifty 5th grade students from Eaton Elementary School. This is a great opportunity to show our visitors our best behavior and our high academic standards.
 
6th grade teachers, please review the responsibilities of Deal Buddies with all students.
 
Buddy Day Dates
Friday, November 6--Eaton
Wednesday-November 18--Murch
Friday, November 20--Lafayette
Tuesday, November 24--Janney
Friday, December 11--Shepherd
This week at Deal. . .
 
Thank You for Your Support
Thank you to all of the chaperones and Deal staff that helped make the Halloween Party a success. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!
 
The Second Advisory Begins!
Today is the first day of the second advisory.  6th grade students who were enrolled in Art during the 1st advisory, will now take Music; and 6th grades who were enrolled in Music during the 1st advisory, will now take Art.  6th grade homeroom teachers should review schedules with students this morning.
 
DC-BAS
All Deal students will take the DC-BAS on Tuesday (Reading) and Wednesday (Math) this week. Students must bring two # 2 pencils and a calculator (7th and 8th grade only).
Helpful Hints
  • Answer every question. If you are not sure of an answer, use the process of elimination to make an educated guess.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast.
  • Come to school on time and prepared to do your best.  Students must be seated in their homerooms by 8:45 am sharp.
DC-BAS Schedule (Bell T)
 
8:40
 
Warning Bell
8:45
8:55
Students report to homeroom - students must leave all items (except #2 pencils and calculator) in their lockers
8:55
9:00
Students report to alternative testing sites
9:05
10:20
Testing
10:20
10:42
Return testing material
students who need extended time are escorted to cafeteria
10:46
11:21
1st period
11:25
12:00
3rd period
12:04
12:39
4th period
12:43
1:18
5th period
1:22
1:57
6th period
2:01
2:36
7th period
2:40
3:15
2nd period
 
Please contact Mr. Santiago at (202) 939-2012 if you have any questions.
 
Enrollment Audit
Our yearly enrollment audit is scheduled for this Thursday.  Every student must be present on that day.  Students will remain in homeroom until the audit has concluded.  If you have questions, please see Ms. Baxter.

El Dia de Los Muertos
As part of our mission, we aspire to have students "Think Globally". In an effort to keep in touch with cultural events in the world, the World Language Department is taking time to explore the Mexican holiday El Día de los Muertos.
 
For those participating in the Latin American holiday of El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, it is a time for remembrance and ritual. However, it is also a time of celebration.  The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
 
Please take time to visit the Spanish classrooms this week to view actual altars that students have created in remembrance of loved ones.  Also, presentations of the history and other important facts about the holiday will be on display.
 
Girls Basketball Tryouts
Girls basketball tryouts will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:30 pm. Students should meet Coach Downing in front of the locker room area changed up and ready to run. You must have a signed parent consent form to tryout. GOOD LUCK!!!
 
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Team Addis Ababa study hall will meet on Monday. Please note that we will meet in Mr. Koplowitz's room this week only. If you have any questions, please email .

Future Educators Club
Students who are interested in signing up for the Future Educators Club and becoming a peer tutor during lunch and after school should come to the Future Educators Club meeting on Tuesday after school in W305.  Please see Ms. Bartels for additional information.
 
Singapore and La Paz Science Fair Workshops
Need to catch up on your science fair assignments?  Need some extra help on your project? If so, stop by the team Singapore/La Paz science fair workshop offered every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room E301. Mr. Roose and Ms. Epstein will help you get back on track with your science fair project. You must bring a note from your parent/guardian giving you permission to stay after school.
 
International Cooking Club
The A Group of the International Cooking Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 pm on Wednesday in the faculty lounge (2nd floor).
 
The Robotics Club 
The Robotics Club will meet Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room E301. Remember to bring your signed permission slips (along with your enthusiasm for robotics!).
 
DICAA Middle School Cross Country Championship 
On Saturday, the Alice Deal Cross Country Teams will travel to Fort DuPont Park to participate in the DCIAA Cross Country City Championship. We wish the team luck as they battle to hold their championship titles. Members of the cross country team will have practice Monday through Thursday this week. On Friday, team members need to see Coach Jenkins or Coach Geremia for a letter detailing race times and bus times for the Saturday meet. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Geremia or Mr. Jenkins.
) 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.
 
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 [email protected]
Student & parent information...
 
A Little Extra Time
Do you need a little extra time to get organized at the end of the school day?  6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to come to the cafeteria from 3:15 - 3:30 pm daily to make sure they have everything they will need to successfully complete all assignments.  Please see Ms. Neal if you have any questions.
 
School Picture Day is Coming!!!
Our first picture-taking day is Friday, November 13. In the next several school days students will receive a packet from Blanton Studios. The packet contains many options, so please review the various options carefully.
 
In order to purchase pictures, the order form must be completed with payment. Checks should be made out to Blanton Studios and handed to the photographer at the time of the picture taking. 
 
Every student will be photographed. For those students who need to take pictures over or if you are absent, there will be a make-up day on Tuesday, December 8.
 
The Photography Club/Viking Time
The photography club will not meet this week, but members are reminded to continue taking pictures that include leading lines, the rule of thirds, repetition, and/or fill the frame. Also, don't forget to post them to the group page so members of the photography club can all comment on them. The next meeting will be on November 12.  
 
ELL Students Study the Constitution
Beginning and intermediate ELL students on Team Timbuktu will be the first group of students to take the We the People Constitution Trolley Tour on Monday, November 9. They will tour DC in a large red trolley and visit several historic sites to learn the importance of the Constitution in the history of the United States. They will complete a study guide as part of an assessment.

Cairo Homework Challenge
Students are reminded to continue to make strides in completing their homework and winning the Team Cairo Homework Challenge in each of their subject areas. Remember, 100% homework completion earns a point towards yummy rewards!! Let's keep getting that homework in on time!!

ENVIRONMENTAL TIPS FROM THE RECYCLING CLUB
The Recycling Club would like to remind staff and students that printer cartridges can be reused, which is even better than recycling them. If you would like us to help you, simply put your empty cartridges in Mr. Winn-Ritzenberg's mailbox.

Volleyball Play Off Games
Look out for the schedule for the girls' volleyball play off games. Please come out and support the team!
 
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 (
www.eftours.com
Staff information. . .
 
Deal WTU Chapter Meeting & Elections
There will be a chapter meeting of the Washington Teachers Union today from 3:30-4:00 pm in room W201.  Agenda items will include IMPACT and building elections.  Elections will take place on Monday, November 9 before and after school and during each of the lunch periods.  
 
Opportunity to Explore Differentiation 
On Tuesday, 7th grade math teachers will meet with staff from the Office of Teaching and Learning to explore strategies for differentiation.  7th grade math teachers should meet in the conference room during their lunch period. 
 
Eigth Grade Faculty Meeting
All teachers of eighth graders will meet Thursday morning at 8:10 am in room W307 to solidify strategies and plans for DC BAS improvement.  Please come prepared with your best ideas for raising test scores.
 
First Advisory Grades Due by Friday
Marks and comments for all students must be entered into DCSTARS by Friday.  Additionally, each teacher must submit a hard copy of their Class Lists with Marks to Ms. Baxter by 3:30 pm.
 
Make Your Book Wish List - Due this Friday by 8am!
The Politics & Prose fundraiser is coming up on November 7th and 8th! Go to our local book store and make a list of books you would like to use with your students in your classroom library this year and send it to the PTA (put it in the PTA mailbox)! This is also a great time for you to do some early gift shopping since the proceeds will benefit Deal!

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 practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Scrabble Tournament, 3:30 - 7:00 pm, cafeteria
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Volleyball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
GeoPlunge, 3:25 - 4:30 pm - cafeteria
Debate Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM W205
Run for Fun Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM  W101
National History Day Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Team Nairobi Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
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 
After School tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 to 4:30 pm  
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Girl's Basketball Try-outs, 3:30 - 4:30 pm


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
Cross Country  practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
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
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM E105
Volleyball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
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
Girl's Basketball Try-outs, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

  
Wednesday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am - RM CG17 
Jazz Combo 7:45 am - RM CG01
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310 
 
 Wednesday PM 
A Little Extra Time, 3:15 - 3:30 pm - cafeteria
Group A of the International Cooking club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, faculty lounge
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4: 30 pm  
Show Choir 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Student Council, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E205
Ms. Washington's Homework Help, 3:30 - 4:30 pm RM C212
Team San Francisco After-School Academic Assistance, 3:30 - 4:30 pm-RM W101
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105
Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm - RM C217
Science Tutoring, 3:30 - 5 pm - RM E307
Improv Club, 3:30 - 5 pm - RM E307
Alice Deal Science Olympiad Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E101
Golf Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM W304
Girl's Basketball Try-outs, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Robotics Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E301


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
Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5 pm 
Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
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

 
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
Boys' Soccer game vs Lincoln at Lincoln, 4:45 pm
Cross Country members see Coaches for letter, 3:15 pm  
 
Food for thought...

Robert Marzano on Maximizing Student Learning of New Information

(Originally titled "Helping Students Process Information")

In this Educational Leadership article, Robert Marzano spells out a strategy that helps students learn essential content. "When executed well," he says, "this process dramatically increases students' understanding of new information across content areas and at every grade level."

            · Chunking - Present new information in small, digestible bites, pausing after each to allow students to process.

            · Scaffolding - Present the content in a logical sequence so that each sets up the next. This is the "keystone", says Marzano. "If the content of the chunks does not follow a logical progression to a clear goal, the rest of the process is not as effective."

            · Interacting - Have groups summarize the content of each chunk, identify confusions, work to clear them up, and predict what's next. Every student should actively participate, says Marzano. "By the time a class period ends, all students should have responded to multiple questions or been asked to explain their summaries of the content."

            · Pacing - Not too fast and not too slow, always tuned to students' understanding.

            · Monitoring - Frequently check for class-wide understanding (not just calling on students who raise their hands), figuring out why material isn't getting through and reteaching.

 

"Helping Students Process Information" by Robert Marzano in Educational Leadership, October 2009 (Vol. 67, #2, p. 86-87); article can be purchased at: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/current_issue.aspx

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