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Week of:
 October 26
Bell Schedule

Monday -Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Half Day  
(Teacher Record Keeping Day)
Friday - No School for Students
(Professional Development)
Slow Down!
Traffic Alert!
Parents!  Please be very aware of the children crossing the street in front of the school and surrounding areas.

The correct traffic pattern is to drop you child off in the front of the school and proceed driving very slowly to the cul-de-sac at the end of Fort Drive.  Please turn around only at the cul-de-sac. 

Do not make broken K (three point) turns or a U turn in front of the school or at any other point.  These turns are dangerous to students and also slow down traffic.

If you need to park, please park in a designated parking spot. 
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 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 26
Team Rome to Hemlock
Deal hosts the scrabble club tournament,
3:15 -7pm

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 7 & 8
Politics & Prose Book Sale Fundraiser for Deal!
Saturday 9 - 10 pm & Sunday from 10 - 8 pm

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 - 8 pm

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
Faculty meeting; 3:20 pm

November 20

International Night;
6 - 9 pm
6-8 pm, Food served in Cafeteria
8-9 pm, Student entertainment in the Gym

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 should have taken home permission slips on Friday.
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)  
DPR Play Day  - October 30
The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is working with DC Public Schools to offer programming for youth in grades K-8 in many recreation centers on Friday, October 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (There is no school on October 30 because it is a professional development day.) 
In order to guarantee a spot for your child, you must register in one of two ways.  Space is limited so register soon! 

Complete a registration/parent consent form that you can download from the Deal website.  Turn the forms in to the front desk attendant at the recreation center you would like your child to attend. 
Register online at
All programs include organized games, academic enrichment, and fun activities.  Breakfast and lunch will be available, but youth may also bring their own bagged lunch and/or snack.  Children should come dressed appropriately for indoor and outdoor play. Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes are recommended.

Since it's almost Halloween, all sites will also host a costume party in the afternoon!  Children are encouraged to bring a costume to change into, and parents are welcome to donate candy and snacks. (Please no items with peanuts.)  Some sites will also take children on a field trip to another recreation center for special activities during the day.

For more information visit the Department of Parks and Recreation website, or call 202-445-3562.

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 main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!'
Steven Covey
Message from Principal Kim

Last week's visit by the IB authorization team went very well.  Our visitors toured the school, observed classrooms, and met with teachers, students, administrators, parents, and community members.  They were impressed!  The common denominator in the different stakeholder groups is that we are passionate about our school and about our kids!  The teaching staff deserves particular praise -- they are collaborating effectively in their instructional teams and delivering great classroom instruction.  A huge thanks also to all the parents who were able to leave work in the afternoon to accommodate our guests' schedule.  This is a wonderful school, and we can be proud of what we showed the International Baccalaureate community!

Our October PTA meeting was another highlight of last week!  So many parents came!!  Thanks for staying connected with us as the year progresses!

This week is busy and unusual.  Team Rome and Team Athens are traveling to Hemlock to close out Deal's outdoor team-building experience for this year.  On Wednesday, Deal students will be grooving at our first school dance of the year.  Thursday is the last day of the first advisory and students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm.  There is no school Friday, as teachers across the district engage in professional development. 

Have a wonderful week & a fun, safe Halloween!

Principal Kim
Buddy Days are Coming in NOVEMBER 
Although EVERYDAY is a Buddy Day at Alice Deal.......
Every year we host "Buddy Days" for our incoming students. This gives students a chance to show off our school and hospitality. This year we will showcase our 6th grade!  Fifth grade students from our feeder schools are scheduled to visit us on the following dates:
Eaton Elementary School        Friday,November 6
Murch Elementary School        Wednesday,November 18
Lafayette Elementary School    Friday, November 20
Janney Elementary School       Tuesday, November 24
The 5th grade buddies will stay with us until the end of 4th period.  Teachers, please prepare yourselves for the addition students in your classrooms.

We will host a few additional Buddy Days in December. 
This week at Deal. . .
Students must arrive to school by 8:00 am on their scheduled Hemlock day (Monday - Team Rome; Tuesday - Team Athens). Students should be prepared to spend the entire day outside, so please dress appropriately - no sandals, flip-flops, large earrings, or long necklaces.  If you have an inhaler or other medication that needs to be taken during the day, please bring it on the trip and let your homeroom teacher know that you have it.  Students must have a bag lunch with their name on it 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.  Please be at Deal to receive them upon their arrival.
Scrabble Club Tournament! 
The Deal Scrabble Club will host its first tournament today from 3:15 - 7:00 pm, in the Deal cafeteria.  Please contact Mrs. Clements in room E104, or Stefan Fatsis at [email protected], if you have any questions.
Halloween Party
Wednesday is Deal's Halloween Party from 3:30 - 6:00 pm.  Students may bring a costume to wear during the party.  We cannot wait to see your creative costumes! But remember that students may not wear a mask that covers their face.  During the school day, students must keep their costumes in their lockers.  At the end of the school day, students may change into their costumes and will leave all other items in their lockers during the party.  Once the party is over, the students will be able to return to their lockers to collect their belongings before they leave the building.
Halloween Party Tickets - Student Council will sell tickets ($4) outside the nurse's office and the Welcome Center each day after school.  Students will not be able to purchase tickets on the day of the party.
John Hopkins University Talent Search Program  
On Thursday during homeroom, applications/registration forms will be given to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who qualified to participate in the John Hopkins University Talent Search Program.
To qualify, students had to score "Advanced" in Reading or Math on last year's DC CAS.  Please see your grade level counselor if you have any questions.
Geoplunge Players
You must attend today's 3:30 pm meeting in room W205 if you are interested in competing in November.  We will do official sign-ups and team selection. 
Team La Paz Math Tutoring
Need help with pre-algebra, algebra, or geometry? Ms. Hutter cordially invites any and all La Paz students to room E307 for tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Students must bring a note from your parent/guardian giving permission to stay after school.
International Cooking Club
Please note that due to the Halloween Dance, the International Cooking Club will be cancelled on Wednesday. We will resume on Wednesday, November 3 with Group A.
Peer Mediator Training
Deal students who have formerly been trained as mediators and who would like to participate in the Peer Mediation Program this year are invited to attend a training for mediators this Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. A pizza lunch will be provided.  Ms. Blakeway will provide the training.  (Friday is a professional development day for teachers, otherwise students will not be in school that day.)  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 it to her by Wednesday.
DCIAA/West Championship Cross Country Meet
On Saturday the Deal Cross Country Teams will participate in the DCIAA East/West Meet.  The meet begins at 10:00 am.  Race times are to be announced.  Practice is cancelled for Wednesday because of the Halloween Dance.  However we will have practice on Thursday from 12:30 - 2:00 pm because of the half-day schedule.  In addition, all members of the Cross Country Team should pick up a letter about the meet details on Thursday from Mr. Jenkins or Mr. Geremia.

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]

Student & parent information...
Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Team Addis Ababa study hall will meet on Monday, November 2 in room N103.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected]
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]  
Band and 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. 

Knitting Club
Ms. Wadsworth and Ms. Brown would appreciate any donations of extra knitting needles or yarn to Knitting for Peace.  This club teaches 6th graders knitting and then donates projects to local charities.  Please contact Ms. Wadsworth for additional information.
Lost and FOUND Textbooks
Christopher Askew - Social Studies
Aram Barnett - Social Studies
Michael Bayliss - Reading
Jordan Belton - Pre-Algebra
William Bowman - Pre-Algebra
Boshaad Butler - Reading
Alexander Conte - Spanish
Naim Collins - English
Reuben Dubester - Spanish
Whitnee Epps - English
Keron Gaines - Science
Fabiola Garcia - Social Studies
Jared Marshall - Spanish
Minh Nguyen - Social Studies
Kareema Soweels - English
Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!
Staff information...
Read 180
This week, Ms Wylegala will be testing specific students to determine their eligibility for Read 180.  The list of students and a schedule has been placed in all teachers' mailboxes.  Please see Ms. Wylegala for additional information. 
Make your book wish list!
The Politics & Prose fundraiser is coming up (November 7 & 8)!  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 & send it to the PTA!  This is also a great time for you to do some early gift shopping since the proceeds will benefit Deal!

Google Now Accepting Applications for Teacher Academy
The Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is a free, application-based professional development experience designed to help K - 12 educators get the most from innovative technologies.  Interested teachers should visit
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.  All forms 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. 
Halloween Dance
Deal faculty, are you interested in helping chaperone the Halloween Dance on Wednesday from 3:30-6:00 pm?  Please sign up in the faculty lounge if you can assist.  We would really appreciate your support.
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
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 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 

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
Math tutoring with Ms. Hutter, 3:30 - 4:30 pm - RM E307
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 
No Afterschool Activities - Halloween Dance, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Boys' Soccer Game Seed vs Deal, 4 pm 

Thursday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am -  RM CG17
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am - RM CG01 
Thursday PM
No Afterschool Activities -Early Dismissal, 12:15 pm
Cross County Practice 12:20 - 2:00 pm 

No School  - Professional Development
Food for thought...
Wow!  Of course, the main idea in this article is reasonable and seems to be common sense.  What can we do at Deal to make sure our students break free from stereotype threat?  Please discuss your reactions to this article at your team and department meetings.  Also, how does reading this article provide other insights as you reflect on your data for your Friday data presentations?

The Impact of "Stereotype Threat" on Eighth Graders

            In this Harvard Educational Review article, Louisiana State University Professor Keena Arbuthnot looks at the math test performance of eighth graders through the lens of stereotype threat. "Stereotype threat is defined as a social-psychological threat that arises when one is in a situation or doing something for which a negative stereotype about their group applies," explains Arbuthnot. "This predicament threatens the individual: he or she fears being negatively stereotyped, judged or treated stereotypically, or inadvertently conforming to the stereotype." Previous work on stereotype threat by Claude Steele and others has found that evenly matched groups of college students perform differently on challenging tests when they are subjected to cues related to a rumored weakness - for example, the stereotype that females have less innate ability in math and science.

            Arbuthnot's two studies involved 257 students of different achievement levels in urban magnet schools. Students were randomly assigned to take a test in two groups, each supervised by an African-American test administrator and a Caucasian proctor. The high-stereotype group got the following directions, which closely resembled the directions usually given at the beginning of state math tests: "We are interested in studying mathematics achievement, so you will be taking a standardized mathematics test. We will also be asking questions about your test-taking experiences."

The low-stereotype-threat groups were shown a short video in which two black, two white, and one Hispanic professor explained the purpose of the study. One of the professors (a black female) said, "The purpose of this study is to understand psychological factors involved in test-taking experiences like mathematics problem-solving. In particular, we are interested in how you think about and solve mathematics problems to study these test-taking experiences. Through a joint project between UIUC and Historically Black Colleges, we have developed a special set of standardized mathematics test items. Black, Asian-American, Hispanic, white, and Native American students all perform the same on these test items."

Students in both groups were then asked to complete pre- and post-test surveys and answer the same thirty math problems.

What were the results? Black students in the low-stereotype-threat groups handily outscored comparable black students in the high-stereotype-threat groups. And what was the mechanism of this underperformance? Arbuthnot's follow-up surveys and interviews found that students in the high-stereotype-threat groups were less creative in their problem solving. They used more conventional, conservative methods to solve math problems than students in the low-stereotype-threat groups, and also experienced more cognitive disorganization. "I didn't get it," said one student. "I didn't really understand. Well, I understood, but I didn't know how to do it.  Well, I did know how to do it, but I didn't know how to do it right.  It feels kind of like I'm forgetting something."

These findings, says Arbuthnot, should help educators understand social-psychological factors that affect some students' test performance and take steps to minimize factors that undercut their showing their true potential.

"The Effects of Stereotype Threat on Standardized Mathematics Test Performance and Cognitive Processing," Keena Arbuthnot, Harvard Educational Review, Fall 2009 (Vol. 79, #3, p. 448-472), no e-link available.

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