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Week of:
 October 19
Bell Schedule

Monday -Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell III
Viking Time
Friday - Bell I
September Students of the Month
Team Addis Ababa
Admir DelCid
Sofia Laguarda
Team Nairobi
Nathalie Scharpf
Thomas Bruce
Team Cairo
Erika Ventura-Castellon
Camden Sikes
Team Beijing
Ernest Henderson
Angela Montero
Team Athens
Tiphennie Johnson
Dang Phua
Team La Paz
Anna Pomper
Henry Sorto
Team San Francisco
Emma Walsh-Alker
Francis Dragulet
Team Rome
Mikre-Ab Abera
Lindsay Cunningham
Team Singapore
Daniel Dulaney
Fenice Thompson
Congratulations to our Students of the Month for the month of September.
Student selection was based on the IB Learner Profile.
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, 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 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 19
Team Addis Ababa to Hemlock

October 20
Team San Francisco to Hemlock

October 21
Team Beijing and Team Timbuktu to Hemlock
SST/ 504 Coordinator Meeting; 2 pm (cafeteria)
NHD Workshop,
7 - 8 pm (gymnasium) 

 October 22
 Viking Time (Bell III)
IB Authorization Visit
October 23
IB Authorization Visit
October 24
Deal hosts the Debate tournament, 9-3pm

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 am - 3 pm
November 18
Department Chairperson Meeting, 3:30 pm (conference room)

November 19
National Junior Honor Society Assembly

Faculty meeting; 3:20 pm

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. 
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)  
GW's Healthy Homes
Asthma Project
Do you have children in your home ages 7-17 who have been clinically diagnosed with asthma?
Have these children experienced an asthma attack within the last 12 months?
If you answered yes, you and your family are invited to take part in the Healthy Asthma Homes Project.
Learn how to manage your child's asthma, and how to maintain your management program.  You will have two visits from a health worker who will show you the things you can do keep your home free from environmental asthma triggers.
Please call Healthy Homes at George Washington University Center for Science and Public Health - 202-994-9544 for more information.   

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
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

Message from Principal Kim

This week, is an important step in Deal's quest to become an IB-authorized school.  On Thursday and Friday, Deal hosts a delegation from the IB community that will decide whether we are eligible for IB MYP Authorization.  Our visitors will observe teacher practices and student actions in our classrooms.  They will also meet with teachers, students, and parents.  This is the final step in a journey that Deal started in 2005.  Since then, our teachers have worked hard to get us ready for this moment.  I am confident that our visitors will be impressed with what we have created for students.

Also this week, the three 6th grade teams travel to Hemlock!  I know they will have a great time while gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and others.

Principal Kim
This week at Deal. . .
6th Grade Hemlock Trip
Please plan ahead for your Hemlock field trip.  On the day of your trip, students must bring a packed lunch with a couple of battles of water, wear warm clothes, and do not wear any open-toe shoes.  Students need to arrive at school by 8:00 am so that we can leave on time.  Dress warmly because we will be outside the entire day (rain or shine).  Parents/guardians should be at Deal to pick students up between 6:30 and 7:00 pm.
After School Tutoring with Ms. Popadich
Stay after school on Mondays - Thursdays from 3:15 - 4:30 pm and get your work done in RM E105.  Hope to see you there! 
Cheerleading Tryouts
The final day to try out for Deal's Cheerleading team is Monday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  The cheerleading team and pep squad member's names will be posted outside Ms. Baxter's door by 3:15 pm on Tuesday.   
There are two away volleyball games this week -Monday at Lincoln at 4:30 pm and Wednesday against Oyster-Adams played at Walker-Jones.  Players will be dismissed at 2:45 pm from class on both days to prepare for the bus arrival.  Practice will be on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:45 pm.
Afternoon Studio Club
The Afternoon Studio Club will meet on Tuesday 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 at [email protected]
Halloween Party
Come and have fun at the Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 28.  Tickets will be sold during your lunch period starting on Wednesday this week.  Tickets are $4.
Robotics Club
The Robotics Club will meet Wednesday this week from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room E301.  Remember to bring your signed permission slips (along with your enthusiasm for robotics!).
National History Day Workshop for Students and Parents
Find out more about Deal's award-winning National History Day program at Wednesday night's special Humanities Department workshop for parents and students.  Check out examples of exhibit boards, watch two documentaries from last year, and see a live group performance.  Deal welcomes Kim Fortney and Noah Shaw, program directors for NHD from the national office, who will be here to answer your questions. 
The workshop begins promptly at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium.
6th Grade Art Students
A reminder to 6th grade art students that you are to bring a digital camera (with parent permission) for the technology unit on Thursday and Friday.  Again, this is for the students who have access to a camera that you can bring to school with parent permission.

Viking Time!
Students and staff will participate in Viking Time this Thursday.  Students will report to their activity after 7th period.  Students who have questions about their activity must see Ms. Neal before Thursday.
IB Visit
Visitors representing the International Baccalaureate will visit our school on Thursday and Friday.  They will tour the school, talk to students, teachers, and parents, and observe classes in action.  Their goal is to see what IB looks like at Deal. 
DCIAA Developmental Cross Country Meet
On Saturday the Deal Cross Country Teams will participate in the DCIAA Developmental Meet.  The meet begins at 10:00 am.  Race times are to be announced.  All members of the Cross Country Team should pick up a letter about the meet details on Friday, October 23 from Mr. Jenkins or Mr. Geremia.

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           under Get Started
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Travelers can also enroll by phone:
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If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Santiago at (202)939-2012
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 .
Student information...
Peer Mediator Training - October 30
Deal students who have formerly been trained as mediators (at any school) and who would like to participate in the Peer Mediation Program this year are invited to attend a training for mediators on Friday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. A pizza lunch will be provided.  Ms. Blakeway will provide the training.  (Friday, October 30 is a professional development day for teachers, so students will not miss any class.)  Peer mediators who would like to participate in the training should pick up a permission slip from Ms. McFarland in the guidance counselor's office and return to her by Monday, October 26.  
Walking Club
All 6th graders who are in the Walking Club for Viking Time should submit their permission slips to Mr. Geremia as soon as possible. 
The Human Rights Club
Are you interested in fostering equal opportunities for everyone in our school and community? Are you interested in cultural diversity and peace initiatives at Deal? Have you ever been discriminated against or deprived of your basic rights? Consider the Human Rights Club as your Viking Time activity. Please contact Mr. Ngwa in Room CG21 on the lower level. There is also a sign up sheet in front of his room for all 7th and 8th graders who are interested.

Band & Choir Students
It is imperative that students check with their director, Mr. Frye or Mr. Jackson, to assure that their name is on the official Music Department roll and spelled correctly. 
Parents /guardians who are planning to send their children to the Madrid, Cordoba & Seville trip, please remember that some of the deadlines are fast approaching:
*  The $95.00 deposit is due by October 31st. (The price will increase after this date.)
*  Parents/guardians who plan to choose the monthly payment plan must sign up by October 19.
*  For parents/guardians who do no choose the monthly payment plan, payment is due by December 7.
To enroll online:
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Staff information...
Library Orientation:
All teams who have not scheduled a time for the Media Center Orientation, please see Mr. Humes.  Ms. Brown is eager to show all the great things that the Alice Deal Media Center has to offer.

Classroom Usage
On Saturday, October 24 we will be hosting the Urban Debate League and will be using many classrooms. Please make sure your personal items are secured. Be assured that the students will be closely supervised. Visitors are welcome to watch between 9 and 3.
DC One Cards are Arriving!! 
DC One Cards are arriving daily.  The cards will be placed in homeroom teachers' mailboxes 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.  We would really appreciate your support.
Period by Period Attendance
All teachers must complete Period by Period attendance daily.  If you are having difficulty with DCSTARS please see Ms. Baxter.
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]
Architecture 101
Bringing Architecture to the Classroom
Architecture 101 is a District of Columbia Public Schools Department of Art Education workshop provided by the Washington Architectural Foundation.  The workshops will be held on Monday, November 9, November 16, and November 23 from 4 - 7 pm at the Washington Architectural Foundation 1777 Church Street, NW WDC 20036 (Dupont Circle).  Teachers in all subject areas K - 12 will receive 9 hours for OSSE license renewal and a free architectural resource kits.  Please fax your name, school, telephone number, fax number, email address, the grade and subject area you teach to 202-667-4327 by Friday, October 30.  Call Beth Judy at 202-667-5444 or email [email protected] for further information.    
Before & after school activities this week...
Monday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am - RM CG17
Beginning Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01
Spanish tutoring, 8:10 am - RM C310  
Monday PM
Girls' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Scrabble Club, 3:30 - 4:30 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
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
Boys' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Tutoring with Ms. Popadich, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105

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, 3:30-4:30 pm - 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
Girls' Soccer practice, 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
Tutoring with Ms. Popadich, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105

Thursday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am -  RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01 
Thursday PM
Team Beijing Tutoring, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E103
Fencing Club, 3:20 -  5 pm - RM C217
Volleyball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm - gymnasium
Boys' Soccer practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Cross Country practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
Deal Dispatch, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E204
Girl Power, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - cafeteria
Tutoring with Ms. Popadich, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E105

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
Instrumental Music Help, 8:00 am
Friday PM
Girls' Soccer game vs Oyster Adams @ Deal, 4:00 pm
Cross Country members please picked up meet papers, 3:30 pm
Boys' Soccer game vs Oyster Adams @ Deal, 5:00 pm
Food for thought...

Statistics on the Fate of High-School Dropouts

            In this New York Times article, Sam Dillon reports on a Northeastern University study that used census and other government data to conclude that 9.4 percent of young male high-school dropouts are in jail or juvenile detention, compared to 2.8 percent of young high-school graduates and 0.2 percent of college graduates under 25. The situation is worst for young African-American male dropouts: 22.9 percent are incarcerated or otherwise institutionalized on an average day, compared to 7.2 percent of Asian dropouts, 6.6 percent of white dropouts, and 6.1 percent of Hispanic dropouts. The study estimates that the total lifetime cost to the nation of each high-school dropout is $292,000 in lost tax revenues, food stamps and other aid, and incarceration for those who turn to crime. "This report makes it clear that every American pays a cost when a young person leaves school without a diploma," says Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League.


"Study Finds That About 10 Percent of Young Male Dropouts Are in Jail or Detention" by Sam Dillon in the New York Times, Oct. 9, 2009

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