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Week of:
 October 12
Bell Schedule

Monday - Columbus Day (no school) 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I
Message from
Nurse Pringle
In an effort to maintain a healthy school environment, let us all 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, October 17 at 10:00 am
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, October 16
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Santiago. 
Upcoming Dates
October 12
Columbus Day Holiday (no school)

October 13
Team Nairobi to Hemlock
 Parent Education Workshop: Making a Successful Transition to Middle School; 7-8:30 pm (cafeteria)

October 14
Team Rome's trip to the National Archives
Department Chairperson Meeting, 3:30 pm (conference room) 

October 15
National Conflict Resolution Day
Team Athens' trip to the National Archives
Faculty meeting; 3:20 - 4:30 pm
Deal information night @ Lafayette ES; 7 pm

October 16
Everybody Reads; 8:00 am (cafeteria)
Team Nairobi's trip to the National Archives
8th grade trip to Jamestown; 6:30 am - 7:30 pm

October 19
Team Addis Ababa to Hemlock

October 20
Team San Francisco to Hemlock

October 21
Team Beijing and Team Timbuktu to Hemlock
NHD Workshop, 7 - 8 pm (gymnasium)
October 22
 Viking Time (Bell III)
IB Authorization Visit
October 23
IB Authorization Visit
October 26
Team Rome to Hemlock

October 27
Team Athens to Hemlock

October 28
Halloween Party, 3:30 - 6 pm

October 29
End of 1st Advisory, students dismissed at 12:15 pm
October 30
Professional Development Day - no school for students
November 3 and 4
November 4
Department Chairperson Meeting, 3:30 pm (conference room)
November 5
New to Deal Meeting, 3:30 pm

November 6
 Grades due
November 10
Career Day
Deal Information Night @ Bancroft ES; 6:30 pm

November 11
Veteran's Day Holiday (no school)

November 12
Viking Time
Family Math Night; 6:30 - 8pm

November 13
Report Cards Issued

November 17
Deal Open House #1; 9 - 3 pm
November 18
Department Chairperson Meeting, 3:30 pm (conference room)

November 19
National Junior Honor Society Assembly

Faculty meeting; 3:20pm

November 20

International Night; 7 - 9 pm

November 25
Thanksgiving Assembly

November 26 & 27
Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
Wilson SHS
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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. Students will bring home permission slips this week.
Workshop Dates

6th grade
October 26 and 28
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!
Community information...
(items on this list are not endorsed by Deal)  
New Teen Space
Grand Opening  
October 20th
at 3 pm
at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Cupcake Decorating
Wii Game (contest)
Homework Help Demonstrations
The New Space Features 24 Mac Computers, 40" Flat Screen TV with Gaming System, and 5,000 Books CDS and DVDs
The Event is hosted by WKYS featuring Jeannie Jones.   

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
"Teaching is an act of faith.  We throw pebbles into the stream not knowing
how they will alter the flow of the water, but we do it anyway because we
know eventually they will."

Cynthia Mostoller
Message from Principal Kim

Please join us at 7 pm this Tuesday for the very first PTA-sponsored Parent Education Workshop.  Throughout the year, the Deal PTA sponsors workshops on topics that are essential to parent and student support.  This school year has been really successful, but we know that, in some homes, completing homework or keeping the student organized has created family tensions.  Please join us this Tuesday evening as we offer concrete tips for maximizing independent student work at home while minimizing stress.  This workshop will be facillitated by our very own Ms. Hernandez and educational consultant Stephanie Owens.

Also, on Tuesday, Team Nairobi kicks off our annual team-building outdoor education trips to Hemlock Overlook.  This experience is critical to academic achievement, as it has proven successful in helping us forge strong bonds among classmates and with their teachers.  I hope you support our work by sending in the permission slips along with $20.  Your price is reduced 50% thanks to the commitment of the Deal PTA, which offsets half the expense.  Thank you, Deal PTA -- we appreciate your genorosity!

Principal Kim
This week at Deal. . .
Conflict Resolution Week
Each morning this week, students from the Peer Mediation Program will read announcements about peer mediation and conflict resolution.  We will recognize National Conflict Resolution Day on Thursday.   
Team Nairobi - Hemlock Information
Students must arrive to school by 8:00 am on Tuesday for the Hemlock Adventure.  Students should be prepared to spend the entire day outside, so please dress appropriately.  No sandals, flip-flops, large earrings, or long necklaces.  If a student has an inhaler or other medication that needs to be taken during the day, please bring it on the trip and let Mr. Mungai know that you have it.  Students must have a bag lunch and a couple of bottles of water.  There is no place for students to purchase food for lunch.  Students will arrive back at Deal between 6:30 and 7:00 pm.  Parents should be at Deal to receive them upon their return.
Parent Education Workshop
All parents are invited to join us for the Parent Education Workshop: Making a Successful Transition to Middle School on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.

Eighth Graders Tour Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg on Friday
All eighth graders will experience early American life at Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg this Friday. 
Students are required to bring clipboards, pens, clothing appropriate for the weather, beverages, snacks, bag lunch, and pocket money for souvenirs.  Cameras are encouraged.
Students will not be permitted to carry IPods or MP3 players.  Cell phones must be turned off during site tours and instruction. 
Report to Deal - 6:00 am (no refunds for late comers or no-shows)
Return to Deal - 7:30 pm 
Parents are asked NOT to double-park in front of the school on Friday evening.  It is impossible for the buses to enter the school lot to unload students when parents block the drive.  Safety must be our first priority.  If the parking lot is already filled with cars, please park your car across the street or along Nebraska Avenue. 
Students who are not touring the sites are expected to report to school for a regular school day.
We give a big shout-out to the following staff members who will work a double shift on Friday when they chaperone the 8th grade trip to Jamestown.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you!  Your dedication is priceless.
Ms. Hampton                             
Mr. Otterstatter
Ms. Simpson-Wayne                     
Ms. Mazzone
Ms. Mostoller                              
Mr. Reich
Ms. Hutter                                 
Ms. Johnson
Ms. Bartels                                 
Ms. Epstein
Mr. Barr                                     
Mr. Santiago
Ms. Hovanscek                            
Mr. Roose
7th Grade Trip to the National Archives
This week the 7th grade teams (Rome-Wednesday; Athens-Thursday; Nairobi-Friday) will visit the National Archives to learn more about primary source research and to practice their scale time line skills.  Students should arrive to school at their normal time and will return to school before the end of the normal school day.  Students must have a bag lunch, drink, and a metro card with $4 on it for the trip.  School dress code is in effect for this trip. 

Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Study hall will not take place this week due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 12.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected]
Volleyball Practice 
Volleyball practice will be Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5 pm. We have a home game Wednesday at Deal against Francis. The game starts at 5:30 pm.  All are invited to attend and show us support!
The Ultimate Frisbee Club
The Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Learn about one of the fastest growing sports in the US! Please see Ms. Kouri in room C205 if you have any questions.
Lunch and Humanities Help
Team Cairo, are you behind in your Social Studies homework?  Are you looking for some extra help or a quiet place to get some work done?  Please join Mrs. Bartels and Ms. Mazzone on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room W305 during lunch.  Be sure to get a pass before you go to the cafeteria!
Afternoon Studio Club
The Afternoon Studio Club will meet on Tuesday from 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 at [email protected]
Teams Addis Ababa, San Francisco, Beijing, Rome, and Athens.
Tuesday is the FINAL day to turn in your Hemlock Permission Slips.  Please
make sure that you return these forms to your homeroom teacher.

International Cooking Club
Group B will meet after school from 3:30-4:30 on Wednesday in the faculty lounge (2nd floor). Please note that due to the upcoming Halloween Dance, the International Cooking Club will be canceled on Wednesday October 28. Moreover, to ensure fairness to all participants the A group will also be canceled on Wednesday, October 21.

Soccer Teams
The boys and girls soccer teams will play scrimmage games against the Wilson JV soccer teams on Thursday. The games will played at Ft. Reno Park. The girls game begins at 4:00 pm and the boys follow at 5:00 pm. Come out and cheer the teams as they battle against the Tigers of Woodrow Wilson.
Cheerleading Try-outs
There will be cheerleading try-outs on Thursday and Friday from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Please stop by Ms. Baxter's office after school for a permission slip if you are interested in being on the 2009-2010 Cheerleading Team. Only students with a signed permission slip will be able to try out.   
Team Cairo Tutoring
Ms. Mazzone will be holding homework help on Friday mornings at 7:30 am in room W304 for all members of Team Cairo.  If you're behind in homework, this is a great opportunity to get some help.  Please remember to get a pass from Ms. Mazzone on Thursday.
Student information...
After-school Conflict Resolution Groups
Ms. Hernandez and Ms. McFarland will meet with students after school on Thursday, October 22 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm to work on conflict resolution skills and processes.  Students who are interested in ways to manage conflicts peacefully or who are having conflicts with peers can sign up to participate in the guidance offices.  Teachers and parents may also refer students who they think would benefit from participation.
Spring Trip to France Autopay
The last day for students to enroll in the monthly payment plan is October 19!  Otherwise, students will need to be paid in full by November 31!
Please go to and register on tour number 699371-G1 (French Promenade)
Feel free to email questions to
Parents /guardians, who are planning on sending their children to the Madrid, Cordoba & Seville trip, please remember that the deadlines are fast approaching:
     * The $95.00 deposit is due by October 31. (The price will increase after this date)
     * Parents/guardians who plan to choose the monthly payment plan must sign up by October 19.
     * Parents/Guardians who do not choose the monthly payment plan, payment is due by December 7.
To enroll online:
1.  Go to
2.  Click on student in the top right corner
3.  Go to the bottom right corner of that page under Get Started
4.  Click on enroll in your teacher's tour
5.  Enter the tour number:  924196
6.  Click GO
To enroll by phone:
1.  Contact customer service at 1-800-665-5364
2.  Enroll with credit or debit card by providing the tour number 924196

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Santiago at (202)939-2012.
Help!  I Have a National History Day Project Due!
Parents and students are invited to the annual National History Day workshop here at Deal on Wednesday, October 21 from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Deal gymnasium and atrium.  This is your first opportunity this year to see some of last year's outstanding documentaries, performances, and exhibit boards.  Kim Fortney, Assistant Executive Director of National History Day will be here to answer questions and offer advice.
This is typically a standing-room only event, so arrive on time.  
Future Educators Club
Students, have you ever thought of becoming a teacher?  Want to know what it takes?  If you're interested in learning more about becoming an educator and taking part in various teaching opportunities, including peer-tutoring, then join the Future Educator's Club with Mrs. Bartels.  Our next club meeting, open to all those who are interested, will be held on Tuesday, October 20 in room W305.

Special Number Projects on Display at Paul Public Charter School
Special thanks to Luke Wallis, Lalibela Temple, Andrew Mahaffie, Ryan Frey, and Margot Trouve from Team Beijing for allowing their projects to be used as examples for students at Paul Public Charter School, who were doing the same project.
6th grade scientists will be starting their Science Fair research in class this week as classes visit the media center, so be sure to ask your 6th grader how his or her research is going. Each student is responsible for submitting an annotated bibliography so that research teams have several sources. Rough copies of the annotated bibliographies are due Friday, October 23 and final drafts are due Wednesday, October 28 for Ms. Mason, Ms. Bordogna and Mr. Hyun students.  
Join the October Book Club and Read Fantasy!
6th grade book -  The Magic Thief by Sara Prineas
Is a thief really a lot like a wizard?  Follow along with Conn who picks the pocket of a wizard and finds himself on a journey to become a wizard in The Magic Thief. 6th graders will meet on Thursday, October 22.

7th grade book - The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Can Will Stanton accomplish his task of creating a force strong enough to match or perhaps even overcome that of the Dark in The Dark is Rising?  7th graders will meet on October 20.
8th grade book -  The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron
Find out what young Merlin's life was like and learn the truth about his origins in the adventurous tale of The Lost Years of Merlin.  8th graders will meet on on Tuesday, October 27.

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 of this listserv. To become a member send an email mail to [email protected]
Staff information...
DC One Cards are Arriving!! 
DC One Cards are arriving daily.  The cards will be placed in homeroom teachers' mailbox for distribution.  Homeroom teachers please give out the DC One Cards as they arrive. 
Halloween Dance
Deal faculty are you interested in helping chaperone the Halloween Dance on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm?  Please sign up in the faculty lounge if you can assist.
Period by Period Attendance
All teachers must complete Period by Period attendance daily.  If you are having difficulty with DCSTARS please see Ms. Baxter.
Team Hemlock Information  
1.  Please check with your students to see if any of them require a Deal-supplied bag lunch for Hemlock.  We will need their student identification number and their name and any dietary restrictions (no meat, etc.) by COB today.   We now have to give the cafeteria 1-2 weeks notice for this.
2.  Also, as of now, each team will have 8 sub-teams while at Hemlock.  You will need to create 8 packets of the Hemlock student information forms with the list of your students per group. 
3.  Team permission slips must be given to Mr. Kirschenbaum by the beginning of 7th period on Wednesday to send downtown. 
Thanks for your help with making this a successful trip for the students.
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 to the Welcome Center.
Safety and Security
Teachers who remain at school after hours must use the center doors when leaving.  All other exits are for emergency use only.  Thanks for keeping our school secure!
DC Teacher Night at the United States Botanic Garden - An Evening Reserved Just for You
All teachers are invited to attend DC Teacher Night at the US Botanic Garden on October 28.  There will be (40) environmental organizations set up throughout the Conservatory ready to share resources available to you in and outside of the classroom.   
The evening is free.   Please R.S.V.P. no later than October 23 to:
Kevin Schabow
D.C. Environmental Education Consortium
[email protected]

Before & after school activities this week...
Monday - Holiday
Tuesday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01
Tuesday PM
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
Deal Dance Team, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM W201
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
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 
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, 3:30-4:30pm - RM W101
Team Athens Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Team Athens hallway
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 - RM E105 
Volleyball game, 5:30 pm- gymnasium
Boys vs Girls Scrimmage, 3:30-5 pm
Show Choir practice, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM CG17
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
International Cooking Club (Group B), 3:30-4:30 pm - Teacher's Lounge (2nd floor)
Fencing Club, 3:20-5 pm- RM C217
Science Tutoring, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM C315
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 - RM W304
Thursday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am -  RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01 
Thursday PM
(Faculty Meeting)  
Boys and Girls Scrimmage vs Wilson, 3:30 - 5 pm
Cheerleading try-outs, 4:30 - 5 pm 

Friday AM
Everybody Reads; 8:00 am - cafeteria 
Peer Mediation, 8:00 am, - RM C104
Team Cairo tutoring with Ms. Mazzone, 7:30 am -
RM W304
Concert Choir, 7:45 am  
Friday PM
Girls' Soccer game at Friendship-Edison, 4 pm
Boys' Soccer game at Friendship-Edison, 5 pm
Cheerleading try-outs 4:30 - 5 pm
Cross Country practice 3:30 - 5 pm
Food for thought...
This piece discusses the power of team and department!  Please look to each other to improve your practice, as you are doing by visiting your colleagues' classrooms.  The best way to be prepared for Impact is to use the rubric as you observe each other.  Department leaders:  Please speak with your grade-level assistant principal if you need help with classroom coverage while you observe.

The Influence of Effective Teachers on Their Colleagues

            Good teachers have a positive effect on other teachers who work on the same team with them, says a new study described in this Education Week article by Debra Viadero. Researchers looked at grade 3-5 teacher teams that were joined by a highly effective colleague. The value added in student achievement for the other teachers was significant and long-lasting, especially for rookie teachers. It was more robust than gains from formal mentoring programs. What caused the improvement? The researchers believe it's because the other teachers learned better pedagogy from their more effective colleague who shared their grade level and curriculum, not because they were motivated by having a star player on the team.

"Effective Teachers Found to Improve Peers' Performance" by Debra Viadero in Education Week, Sept. 16, 2009 (Vol. 29, #3, p. 12-13); the full study, "Teaching Students and Teaching Each Other: The Importance of Peer Learning for Teachers", is available at

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