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Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell 1 
Tuesday - Bell 1
Wednesday - Bell 1
Thursday - Bell 1
Friday - No School (Professional Development)
Student Early Dismissal Procedures
Parents, if you know that your child will be leaving school early please send a note with your child with the time that you will be picking them up.  The student will show that note to the teacher at the beginning of the class and the teacher will dismissed the student to report to the main office at the proper time.
Students who need to leave school after 3:00 pm will be called to the Welcome Center during the afternoon announcements at 3:10 pm.  Thank you for your cooperation as we work to minimize disruption.


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Thanks so much for sending those yummy sandwiches from the Broad Branch Market on Back-to-School night!  We really appreciated it!!!!

The Deal PTA continues to be our most valued partner!!!

. And don't forget to use Deal's account number: 507655.
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Support Deal! Buy Sally Foster!
Who wants to buy Sally Foster??

Our first Deal PTA fundraiser is underway and if you're trying to figure out who wants to buy gifts, candy, and wrapping paper from the Sally Foster catalog, here are some suggestions:

* Ask your teachers. They put the "T" in PTA.
*  Your family who doesn't live in the area. Tell them to check out and designate Deal as the beneficiary.

*Families from your feeder schools that may no longer be conducting the Sally Foster fundraiser. There may be parents who would like the opportunity to buy quality items that they have purchased in the past as well as support their local middle school.
Remember, the deadline for turning in Sally Foster orders is Tuesday, Sept. 29. Thank you for your efforts!
Questions? Contact Anita Seline at [email protected] or 202-237-5505.
Lost your catalog or never saw it? Check out

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H1N1 ready?

Deal custodians are cleaning highly used spaces more frequently with appropriate cleaning solutions.

If your child is sick, please keep them at home to avoid spreading illness to others. 

Also, please notify Principal Kim directly if your child is diagnosed with H1N1.

Thanks for your support in keeping us healthy!

Upcoming Dates
 September 15
SCAC; 7:30 am 
September 16
Department Chairperson Meeting; 3:30 pm
September 17 
 Constitution Day

Faculty meeting, 3:20 - 4:30 pm 
September 18
Professional Development Day (no school for students)
September 21 - 25
Spirit Week
September 23
Deficiency Notices submitted to homeroom teachers
September 24
Woodson SHS cross country invitational meet
September 25
1st Advisory Midpoint
Deficiency Notices to grade-level administrator
September 30
Department Chairperson Meeting; 3:30pm
October 9
Hispanic Heritage Assembly (Bell III)
October 15
Faculty meeting; 3:20 - 4:30pm

October 16
8th grade trip to Jamestown; 6:30am - 7:30pm

October 20
Portrait Day

October 21
NHD workshop for families; 7pm

October 22 & 23

IB Authorization Visit

October 28
Halloween Party
3:30 - 6pm

October 29

End of 1st Advisory
October 30
Professional Development Day - No school for students
Wilson SHS
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ZAP begins!!
Any students who want some extra assistance or need a place to finish up late homework assignments, should drop into ZAP!, held every day during your lunch period. 6th grade - N103 (Ms. Kinzer's room)
7th grade - E205 (Mr. Kirschenbaum's room
8th grade - E304 (Ms. Sweeney's room) 
Remember to come straight to ZAP! before lunch begins. We will give you a ZAP! pass to speed you through the lunch line, and then you head back to the ZAP! room after you eat. We are waiting for you!

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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 if I was the president of my own United States of possibility?  What if I turned learning into a personal revolution?  What if I declared independence from modest expectations?  What if I pledged allegiance to the lifelong pursuit of knowledge?  What if I had equal access to the technologies of my generation and liberated the when and where of education?  What if I made the realization of my true potential an inalienable right?  What would happen then?"
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Message from Principal Kim

Back-to-School night on Friday was fantastic!  It was fun to watch parents go through their child's schedule to meet each of the teachers and hear about the academic programs that are planned for this year.  If you are new to Deal, you now have seen our top-notch team of teachers in action!

I would also like to highlight the grade-level assistant principals and counselors who are critical in supporting children.  This grade-level duo is in constant communication with instructional teams to rapidly identify and resolve issues.  Please contact them as necessary with academic or behavioral concerns.  Their contact information is listed below:

6th grade
Assistant principal:  Ms. Neal  [email protected]
Counselor:  Ms. Hernandez  [email protected]

7th grade
Assistant principal:  Mr. Humes   [email protected]
Counselor:  Ms. McFarland  [email protected]

8th grade
Assistant principal:  Mr. Dacoba   [email protected]
Counselor:  Mr. Santiago  [email protected]

Finally, you will notice that teachers have started to announce their extracurricular activities.  Each teacher at Deal sponsors a club to share their passion with students.  Please encourage your child to get involved with at least one of these opportunities.  Students who are involved in extracurricular activities are the ones who excel in academics and in life!

Principal Kim

Volleyball Practice
Volleyball practice will be Monday - Thursday 3:30-5 pm.  Players please continue to bring in the necessary documents to receive eligibility to play.

Show Choir
Any interested student is encouraged to join the Deal Show Choir.  Our first rehearsal is this Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm in the choral room.  If you haven't done so already, see Mr. Frye for the permission slip. 

Mr. Aguilera's Science Tutorial Program
Do you need help in Science or Math?  Do you want some enrichment to go beyond what you learned in the classroom? Please join Mr. Aguilera's Science Tutorial Program!
Mr. Aguilera is available in room C315 to help Team La Paz students or any 8th grade students at lunch from 1:00 - 1:25 on Wednesdays and Thursdays or after school from 3:20 - 4:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  All students must get a pass from Mr. Aguilera for the lunch sessions and need a note or phone call permission from parents for after school sessions.  Please sign up with Mr. Aguilera to take advantage of this great opportunity!
This week at Deal. . .

The counseling department would like to thank all the teachers and proctors for a job well done with our DC BAS testing.   We would also like to thank all the students for arriving to school on time ready to do their best.
A special "thank you" to our retired counselor Varnell Washington for volunteering as a proctor during the testing period.
Student Council
Thank you to the Student Council representatives who helped make Back-To-School Night a success:  Rebekah Armstrong, Zawadi Carroll, Collin Escribano, Sabrina Ford, Ben Garrett, Nora Hand, Erika Hinkle, Helen Malhotra, Camryn McCarthy, Carter Mundy, Asha Pappajohn, Taris Pittman, Richard Randolph, Martin Sakanson, Joshua Schmidt, Joshua Sims, Taylor Stenhouse, Avi Taylor, Zahra Wadrick, and Adam Young.
Student Council will meet on Wednesday after school in Mr. Kirschenbaum's classroom.  Please remember to turn in your signed permission slip to Ms. Bartels or Mr. Kirschenbaum this week.  
Spirit Week is Coming Soon (Week of Sept. 21) 
Monday (Crazy Hair/ Hat Day)
Tuesday (Twin Day)
Wednesday (Shadow "Dress in All Black" Day)
Thursday (Sports Day)
Friday (Viking Spirit/Team Colors Day).

Team Addis Ababa Study Hall
Study hall will begin today in Room N103. If you have any questions, please email
GeoPlunge Team
Attention 6th Graders: Ms. Buerkle will hold an informational meeting for all 6th graders interested in playing on the GeoPlunge team today at 3:20pm in room W205.  GeoPlunge is a U.S. geography quiz game that is played in teams.  We will be playing in the DC tournament for 5th and 6th graders later this year!  Join for fun, learning, friendship, and a little healthy competition.  After the tournament, the GeoPlunge team will open up membership to all Deal Middle School students.

Deal's Scrabble Club Starts Today
Starting today, the Deal Scrabble Club will meet after school on Mondays in the cafeteria from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and is open to all students.  It will be led by Stefan Fatsis (the author of the New York Times bestselling book Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players), Douglas Goralski (better known as Mr. G, an instructor with the 
Douglas Goralski, better known as Mr. G, an instructor with the U.S. Chess Center who teaches chess in D.C. schools), along with Deal teachers Ms. Wadsworth and Ms. Clements.

The International Cooking Club
The International Cooking Club will begin meeting after school from 3:30-4:30 on Wednesday in the faculty lounge (2nd floor).

This year we will be making recipes from the following countries: Italy, Japan, India, Lebanon, Belgium, Germany, China, United States, Tunisia, Thailand, France, Mexico, Vietnam, Canada, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. If you have any connections to restaurants that serve food from these countries and are willing to help arrange a field-trip at the end of the year please contact Ms. Kinzer at [email protected]

In addition, the International Cooking Club is always looking for donations to help enhance our program. The following supplies would help us greatly:
- Antibacterial kitchen wipes, Mixing bowls, Cutting boards, Measuring cups, Wooden spoons, Box grater, Pans, pots, baking sheets, large skillet, Utensils, Parchment paper, Ladle, Zester, & Pot holders
"Café Con leche" Club
Quieres hablar español?  ¿Quieres aprender más español?  Do you want to speak Spanish?  Do you want to learn more Spanish?   If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the "Café Con Leche" Club is right for you.  This club is sponsored by the Deal Spanish Department and will have its first meeting on Tuesday from 3:20 - 4:30 in room CG06.  It is a conversation club designed for students who already speak Spanish and for those wishing to learn more.  We will meet and speak only Spanish while enjoying a treat or doing a fun activity.  If you would like to join, please speak with Ms. Kelley, Ms. Henderson, Ms. Cadavid, Ms. Hawkins, or Ms. Ratliff.  ¡Nos vemos el 17 de septiembre!
Constitution Day - Thursday, September 17
This Thursday all 7th grade students will study how the constitution impacts their lives as we celebrate Constitution Day.

The Deal Fencing Club
The Deal Fencing Club begins this week after school in room C217 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 3:20 until 5 o'clock.  Deal supplies all the equipment: weapons and protective uniforms. You need no experience. The club is open to all boys and girls, grades 6, 7, and 8.  You must have a signed permission slip to attend, which you may pick up from Mr. Hughes in room C217 any day after school. Students who can only make one day a week are still welcome.
Cross Country Team
Cross Country runners, be sure you submit all necessary paperwork including birth certificates, health forms, emergency treatment forms, parental consent forms, and report cards by this Tuesday, September 15th to be eligible to run in the first meet.  If you have any questions, please see me Mr. Geremia or Mr. Jenkins.

Deal 8th Graders Invited to Join Wilson Crew's Learn-to-Row Program
Wilson Crew will be hosting its annual Learn-to-Row program during the first two weeks of October.  This drop-in program is open to all Wilson students as well as Deal 8th graders and is completely free.  In order to participate students are required to have a number of athletic forms completed.   To learn more about Wilson Crew's Learn-to-Row Program or participation requirements, please attend the Fall Informational Meeting on Tuesday, September 15th from 7-9pm in the Wilson SHS library.  You can also find the team online at
Student information...

Hispanic Heritage Festival
Any students with suggestions or ideas for the Hispanic Heritage Festival held on October 9 are asked to visit their Spanish teacher to discuss their ideas. We would also like to encourage any students willing to volunteer to help organize the assembly to see Mrs. Kelley, Ms. Henderson, Ms. Hawkins or Señora Cadavid. 

Los Angles Dodgers Batting Practice at Nationals Stadium
Students who would like to attend the Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice at Nationals Stadium on Thursday, September 24 at 5pm should see Coach Downing by Tuesday.  In addition to watching batting practice, students will get to meet All Star 2nd Baseman Orlando Hudson.
Viking Time
All students will select their Viking Time activity during homeroom on Monday, September 21.  Viking Time activities will take place on the following dates:  October 8 and 22, November 12, December 3 and 17, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18, March 11 and 25, April 15, and May 6 and 20.  
Everybody Reads
The Matthew effect as it relates to reading refers to the idea that good readers read more, and therefore become even better readers. Conversely, poor readers shy away from reading, and therefore the gap between good readers and poor readers widens.  In an effort to reduce this "reading gap", we will implement Everybody Reads! before school each Friday in the cafeteria.  Beginning on Friday, October 2, 6th grade students must bring an age-appropriate book to read during breakfast.  Parents and staff are invited to come read with us.
Staff information...

DC BAS results are in!
Please check out our results on thinklink!

Master Educators visit Deal today
Master Educators will be observing in classrooms throughout the city as part of the IMPACT's orientation process.  These observations will not count towards teachers' final ratings, but will allow both teachers and Master Educators to get acclimated to the observation process.  Master Educators will be visiting Deal today and observing classes in pairs.

Student Attendance

We must increase the accuracy of attendance data that is captured in STARS. 
If you have any questions about the DCPS attendance policy, please see Mr. Sheldon or Ms. Baxter.

Department Chairpersons Meeting
There will be a department chairpersons meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 3:30 pm in the conference room.  Please be prepared to share pertinent information about your department.
Faculty Meeting
We have a faculty meeting this Thursday at 3:20 in the cafeteria. 
Professional Development Day
All staff will participate in Impact Training on Friday, September 18.  Training will begin at 8am in the cafeteria.
Extracurricular Information
Thanks to all teachers who have started extracurricular activities.  This is an important way to connect with students and a point of pride and distinction for Deal.  Please post information for your extracurricular activities on the Bulletin.  All activities are expected to begin this month.  Please see Ms. Kim with any concerns.
Before & after school activities this week...
Monday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am
Spanish tutoring, 8:15-8:30 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, RM N103
Volleyball practice, 3:30-5 pm
GeoPlunge, 3:30 pm - RM W205 
Tuesday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am
Jazz Band auditions, 7:45 am
Tuesday PM
Drumline practice, 3:30-4:30 pm 
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
Science tutoring, 3:20-4:15 pm - RM C315
"Café Con Leche" Club, 3:20-4:15 pm - RM CG06
Wednesday AM
Concert Choir practice, 7:45 am 
Spanish tutoring, 8:15-8:30 am - RM C310 
Wednesday PM 
Student Council, RM E205
Ms. Washington's Homework Help, 3:30-4:30 pm - RM C213
Team San Francisco After-School academic Assistance, 3:15-4:30pm, RM W101
Debate Team, RM E304
Volleyball practice, 3:30- 5 pm
Girls' Soccer practice, 3:30-5 pm
Show Choir practice, 3:30-4:30 pm
Cross Country practice, 3:30-5 pm
International Cooking Club, 3:30-4:30 pm - Teacher's Lounge
Fencing Club, 3:20-5 pm
Science Tutoring, 3:20-415 pm - RM C315
Thursday AM
6th Grade Chorus, 7:45 am
Jazz/Concert Band, 7:45 am  
Thursday PM
No Activities (Faculty Meeting)
Friday AM/PM
No School
Food for Thought...
One of the Areas of Interaction within IB MYP is Community & Service.  This component expects students to take an active part in the communities in which they live, thereby encouraging responsible citizenship.  How will you plan a service learning component to make sure that it "sticks" to our students?

Making Civics Education Stick
    Two-thirds of Americans are unable to name all three branches of the U.S. government, reports Mary Ann Zehr in this Education Week article. Only 32 percent of high-school seniors scored Proficient or Advanced on the 2006 NAEP civics test, and in 2009, a mere 3.5 percent of Arizona high school students passed a citizenship test designed for immigrants to the U.S. Were things better in the past? "Some people start with the story line 'Back in the day we used to do civics and now we don't,'" says Peter Levine, a Tufts University civics expert, "and it's not really true." Civics courses have been a fixture in the curriculum for more than 80 years, but for some reason, students aren't retaining key information.
    Is the problem that insufficient time is being devoted to civics education? Some educators blam.e No Child Left Behind's emphasis on reading and math for reduced emphasis on history and civics, but Zehr reports that cutbacks were occurring before NCLB. Lack of materials don't appear to be the problem, since Congress funds textbooks and professional development every year, sometimes overriding the President's cuts. Then why are many Americans so ignorant about basic civics concepts? "If you ask thoughtful people, 'Shouldn't schools prepare students to be thoughtful participants in democracy?,' everyone thinks so," says Lee Arbetman of Street Law, a Maryland-based organization promoting civics education, "but we haven't connected the dots."
    The real problem appears to be the instructional methods used in civics courses. Some educators are casting about for ways to jazz up the subject, including the use of technology (computer games and websites) and celebrities promoting civics education, including Richard Dreyfuss, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, and former Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter. O'Connor recently made a pitch on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for interactive games about the judicial system - see "As a member of the U.S. Supreme Court," she said, "I was very much aware of criticisms of judges by some members of Congress and state legislators - expression by some people that judges were just secular, activist humanists who were trying to impose their will on the people.  If people don't know the system of government we have, about the three branches of government and what citizens are expected to do, we won't succeed."

"Celebrities Lend Weight to Promote Civics Education" by Mary Ann Zehr in Education Week, Aug. 26, 2009 (Vol. 29, #1, p. 8), article available to subscribers only; to see Justice O'Connor on The Daily Show, go to (free registration required).

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