Alice Deal Middle School


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Week of:
January 9, 2012
Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday -Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell (SSR) 
Friday - Bell I
 Interested in Deal? 
Deal Open House
January 21: 9 - 12
Visiting Deal (10 am)
January 27
February 10, 24
Or just get a pass and walk around Deal!




January 10
Team Leaders (all)

January 11
Dep't Chairs, 3:30 pm

January 13
Common Application are Due

January 16
MLK Holiday (No School)

January 19
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 20
End of Second Advisory
12:15 pm dismissal 

January 23
MYP Masters
World Language Trip Meeting - 6:30
PIA Test

January 24
Team Leaders (part)
PIA Test

January 25
Dep't Chairs, 3:30 pm

January 27
Grades Due
Deal Tour, 10 am 

February 3
PD Day for Staff
(No School for Students)

February 6
Parent Conference Day
(No School for Students)

February 8
Dep't Chairs, 3:30 pm

February 10
LSAT, 7:30 am
Deal Tour, 10 am

February 16
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

February 17
Deficiencies to HR Teachers

February 20
President's Day
(No School)

February 22
Dep't Chairs, 3:30 pm

February 23
Deficiencies to APs

February 24
Third Advisory Midpoint
Deal Tour 10 am
Announcing the 2012 Alice Deal PTA Auction!  Saturday, February 25, 2012

This year's theme is New York, New York, and just like the Sinatra song, you'll want to be a part of it!  Here's how you can help right now:    


- Volunteer to co-chair an auction category.  We have a couple of categories left to fill and we need you!  Whether you're an auction veteran or this is your first one, we want your skills and talents on our team.

- Offer to help solicit donations from restaurants in a local neighborhood.

- Purchase a gift card at a restaurant you frequent and donate it to the auction.

- Share any New York contacts you have with the auction co-chairs.

- Mark your calendar for February 25 and plan to attend.


Contact auction co-chairs Kim Bayliss ([email protected]) and Linda Geen ([email protected]) to volunteer!


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Library Media Center Hours   


Before School

8 am - 8:40 am

After School
 3:30 pm - 5 pm

*Students must have parent permission to stay after school


The Alice Deal Library welcomes students for reading and homework after school! Students must have a permission form on file in the library to use the space after school. Students may pick up a form in the library, or may download it from the library website (Library Pass).  The library is open until 5pm, and can hold 35 students.

 Community Information


 (Items in this section are not endorsed by Deal) 



SquashEmpower Scholarship Program

SquashEmpower was established in 2004 to help disadvantaged students reach their potential through the game of squash and academic tuition. SquashEmpower is offering scholarships to Deal students to help achieve their educational goals. Scholarships include learning to play squash and academic tutoring for those who otherwise could not afford to participate in this programming. We are based at Chevy Chase Athletic Club (opp Friendship Hts metro). This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to play squash which can help get them into college and also take advantage of academic tutoring. Please contact

Connie Barnes for further details. 


Alice Deal's Promotional Sponsors for SY 2011-2012:

1. Steve Agostino of Taylor Agostino Group, Long and Foster Real Estate

2. Bertin Radifera, of Radifera Design Group, LLC

3.  Kimberly Cestari, of W.C. & AN Miller Realtors

4.  Broad Branch Market

5.  Pete's New Haven Style Apizza 

6.  Eldad Moraru, Long and Foster Real Estate

Interested in being a Deal Sponsor for SY 2011-2012?


Please contact Diana Rojas, [email protected] or Lisa Oakley, [email protected] 

The Weekly Bulletin 

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"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 



"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas; I'm frightened of the old ones."


- John Cage


Interim Principal's Message...


A beautifully, uncommonly warm January hello to all.


The last couple of weeks before the end of the first semester are upon us. As I mentioned previously, the schedule becomes a bit convoluted, so it is important to keep students on track. After a full five-day week, the following week has us celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday as well as a half day on Friday with an early dismissal.


A collective sigh of relief arose from the students on the 8th grade floor as the deadline for the High School Common Application was extended until the 13th of January. This new process is aimed at streamlining student applications to several DCPS high schools (among them School Without Walls, Duke Ellington, Banneker, and McKinley). The advent of next school year helps our "senior" students become increasingly focused on who they are as students, how they are perceived by their teachers, and what they hope to accomplish down the road.


Our sixth graders are wrapping up their first semester after next week, and will shift to a new class for the beginning of the second semester. Those sixth graders who have had PE and Health will start on art/music rotation; those who have been in the art/music rotation will move into PE. Teachers in those subjects do a great job in preparing their charges for the change, but it helps parents to be aware of what is coming!


I close with a preview of some important activities that are just down the road. We will be starting a school-wide Anti-Teasing/Anti-Bullying Initiative with time on our short Friday. Our 3rd round of Paced Interim Assessments (PIA) will be held on January 23 and 24th. In February, we will be celebrating Black History Month throughout the school - moving beyond an assembly to a broader, more inclusive range of activities. Teaching and learning happen in many different ways and in many different settings - these are just a few that both include and extend beyond our curriculum.


Have a great week.


Interim Principal Albright  

This week at Deal...

Monday: Basketball at the King Greenleaf Rec Center

There will be a boys basketball game at 3:30 against Stuart-Hobson followed by a girls basketball game at 4:45 against Stuart-Hobson as well.


Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:  Indoor Track
There will be track practice on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. Team members are expected to attend all practices. Remember to bring your cold weather gear and be ready to work hard!  


Monday:  GirlUp

The fabulous Deal GirlUp Club meets this afternoon from 3:30-4:30 pm. We will review the United Nations club materials,  discuss our March fundraiser, and begin our discussion of Kashmira Sheth's Keeping Corner. Bring your copy of the book for reference as we talk about it. New members are welcome. Snacks will be served.


Tuesday and Thursday:  NHD Help Is Here!

Students looking for help with their National History Day projects have lots of opportunities for assistance. Deal offers after-school sessions this week and next in E307 from 3:30-4:00 pm:


Documentaries and Performances: Tuesday, January 10

Websites and Research Papers: Thursday, January 12

Process Papers/Annotated Bibliographies: Tuesday, January 17

Workshop II for Exhibit Boards: Thursday, January 19


You can also get Saturday assistance at the National Archives Education Center. Contact DC NHD Coordinator Missy McNatt at 202-357-5235 or email her at [email protected] to set up an appointment.


Wednesday:  The After School Book Group

The After School Book Group has chosen The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld for their next reading selection. If you haven't already read this science fiction exploration of the meaning of beauty, now is your chance. With 3 million copies in print, and translated into 27 different languages, The Uglies is an international bestseller so we're thinking that it must be a great read!  Please borrow a copy from your local library and join us this Wednesday at 3:30 pm in room C130 to discuss the book and enjoy delicious treats. The after school book group is open to students in all grades and meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C130. 

Thursday: Basketball at Maya Angelou.

There will be a girls basketball game at 3:30, followed by the boys at 4:45 - both against the team from Maya Angelou.


Student and parent information...
Tasty Recap: Sandwich Marathon
Our first Sandwich Marathon was a smashing success - Deal students made approximately 2,600 sandwiches, sandwiches that were distributed each day to the hungry across our city.
Each day, each lunch, a new group of students learned how to participate in the world's fastest assembly line. The first picture is of the beginning; the second is when the sandwiches are ready to be picked up.
The assembly line Boxes ready to go
Special thanks to every single student and every single homeroom teacher for cheerfully making this happen. Extra special mustard to the MYP Masters, in particular Robert Otterstatter, Rufus McDowell, and Hillary Mason who provided leadership. Mr. Otterstatter, in particular, gave up much of his time for these three weeks to make it happen. Ms. Abrams, our 7th grade administrator, stepped in to keep the food flowing when I (Mr. Albright) was out. Finally, DC Central Kitchen, (Christina Brown, Ed Kwitkowski) and their dynamic kitchen staff, were fabulous to work with, unstinting in their help, and genuinely happy to help our students grow. 

New:  High School Common Application Deadline Extended

The High School Online Application due date has been extended. All applications must be submitted by January 13, 2012 at 5pm. If you or your students are having difficulty with the application, please see the troubleshooting tips at Online Application Help


New:  Volleyball Save the Date!

Want to improve your skills or just like to play volleyball? Volleyball conditioning will begin in March. This year conditioning will be open to boys and girls! Former Deal students and current St. John's volleyball players will be helping during sessions to review, refine, and teach skills. All ability levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate!


Missing Books

If you've borrowed a book from Ms. Wylegala's class library, please return it as soon as possible. She is in search of her collection of Diary of a Wimpy Kidbooks, Bone books and Walter Dean Myer novels. Please check at home and in your locker! Thanks.


New: Online Resources

Many students have been using online resources in school that can also be accessed from home. Log-on information is below, and is only for DCPS students.


EBSCO Research Databases

user id: dealms

password: library


Britannica Online Edition  

user id: dcps

password: library


Noodletools (Citation and Research method tool) 

*Must sign up for account at school, then can access from home*

See Ms. Redekopp in the library if you need an account.


New: Eastern SHS Open House
Eastern Senior High School will host an open house on Wednesday, January 11th from 9:45am- 10:45am. Come hear details on their college-preparatory academic programs including International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Advanced Placement, Honors, the Health and Medical Sciences Academy and the Law and Public Policy Pathway. Eastern also has a diverse set of extracurricular offerings which include the performing arts, sports and academic, community service, and leadership clubs. This open house will also be a chance for you to ask questions and take a tour of their $77 million dollar campus renovation while school is in session. They are a short walk from the Stadium-Armory Metro station; street parking is available in front of the school. Please call them at (202) 698-4500 for more information. 


Wilson SHS Academy Information

All students who successfully complete the 8th grade at Deal are guaranteed places at Wilson, regardless of their home address. Feeder and in-boundary students do not need to apply to an Academy to enroll at Wilson.

Some students may choose to apply in the 8th grade so that they can begin participating in Academy activities or begin a 4-year course of study as soon as they enter Wilson. However, this is optional.

Students can join academies anytime before the 11th grade. There is no "right" time to join an academy. Students should reflect and decide with their families when they are ready to commit to an academy's elective courses and extracurricular activities.

If you choose to apply to an academy as an incoming 9th grader, obtain an academy application from Ms. Hernandez or the Wilson website, www.wilson.orgApplications are due January 25, 2012.

Staff information. . . 


New: Plans for January 20 (Short Friday) 

For our second advisory records day, we will have a different schedule for special whole-school and grade-level activities. 

1) There will be a school-wide Anti-Teasing/Anti-Bullying Initiative Kick-off held from 8:45 until 10:00; students will remain in their homerooms.

2) Between 10:00 - 12:15 we will have the 6th, 7th, 8th grade lunch periods and grade-level specific activities (see following items for more information).


New: Seventh Grade Meeting Wednesday
Ms. Abrams will meet with seventh grade teachers Wednesday morning at 8:10 to discuss plans for the shortened Friday, January 20. The meeting will be held in Mr. Hughes' room.
New: Eighth Grade Meetings Wednesday 

Mr. Rodberg will meet with eighth grade teachers on Wednesday: electives teachers in the conference room during 1st period (starting promptly at 8:50), team teachers during planning periods. Please read the book excerpt that was in your box on Friday in advance of the meeting.

Teacher-Based Action Research Committee
Are you interested in improving your teacher practice, experimenting with different learning techniques in your classroom, or examining how you can reach struggling learners better?  Teachers will design their research plan with fellow teachers, conduct their action-based research during third advisory, and then share their findings with other teachers. The first meeting will by Friday morning at 8:10 am in Ms. Lerum's classroom. 

New PD: Smartboard - Navigating the Toolbar

The second in a series! This week, learn tricks and tools to make your presentations more interactive and engaging: the capture tool, the properties menu, the item drop down menu, locking, grouping, cloning, linking, and embedding. Friday morning at 8:10 am in Ms. Meserole's classroom.

Team La Paz at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art

Team La Paz students will tour the Smithsonian Museum of American Art on January 31. Elective teachers are asked to excuse students from their classes on that day. A list of participating students will be sent to you by the end of next week.


Students, I want to applaud you for your outstanding attendance this week! Every 6th, 7th and 8th grade homeroom had at least 95% on-time arrival. The second advisory will end in ten days; finish the advisory strong by attending school everyday.  Students, on-time arrival and regular attendance help us to achieve more in school and life. Good habits today foster good futures tomorrow.


On-time arrival and regular attendance are critical to your success. Parents, please reiterate our shared expectation with your child today! Let us strive to learn the "Viking Way": at school, on time, everyday!  


Before School Activities


Monday AM


Chinese tutoring7:45 - N103

6th Gd. Choir 7:45

Concert Band 7:45

Percussion Ensemble 7:45 



Tuesday  AM


Chinese tutoring7:45 - N103

Concert Choir 7:45

Jazz Band 7:45

Woodwind Ensemble 7:45


Wednesday AM


Chinese tutoring7:45 - N103

Concert Choir 7:45

Jazz Band 7:45

Woodwind Ensemble 7:45


Thursday AM  


Friday AM

After School Activities

(All after school activities will begin promptly at 3:30 pm) 



Monday  PM 


Explorer Time to 6 - Cafeteria

7th Grade Movieto 5:15   - E206

Drama Club to 4:15 - N103

Mogadishu Math Academy to 4:30   - E106 

International Cooking Club -C216

Deal Garden Club - Garden

African Drumming Club to 4:30 - E204 

Gay- Straight Alliance meetingto 4:30 - W206

Girl Up to 4:30 - E307

Scrabble Club  - E100  

Northwest Current Journalists - C130

Digital Photography Clubto 4:15 - W104

Step Team practice - Gallery  

Do the Right Thing to 4:30 - C116 

Boys and Girls' Basketball game vs Stuart Hobson MS @ Stuart Hobson, 3:30 pm  

Homework Helpto 4:30 pm - C213 

Indoor Track practice



Wednesday  PM


Explorer Time to 6   - Cafeteria

The Viking Journal - C104

MathCounts to 4:30   

Citizen Volunteers club to 4:30 - N101

Digital Recording club to 4:30

Team Mogadishu Study Hall to 4:30   -  W100     

Girl Talk  - C217  Team Dubai Math Help & Retakes - W305  

Yoga Club - W305 

The Poets' Society to 4:30 pm - C314

Alice Deal Invisible Children's Club to 4:15  - W306   

Girls in Real Life Situations to 4:15  - Ms. White's office 

Boys' and Girls' basketball game vs Maya Angelou MS @ Maya Angelou, 3:30 pm  

Indoor Track




 Thursday  PM


Explorer Time to 6   - Cafeteria

Team Seoul Study Hall to 4:30 - W105

International Soccer Fan Club to 4:30 - CG07

Dance Club to 4:30  - E206

Alexandria Scholars Listen Up to 4:30  - W207

Roman Holiday to 4:30 - E204 

Spartan Barracks to 4:30 - W205

Cheerleading Practice to 5   

Team Sparta Tutoring to 4:30   - W205 

Step Team  - Gallery

Deal Spelling Bee to 4:30 pm - W104  

Team Geneva Math Tutoring to 4:15 - E304  

Boys and Girls' Basketball practice 







 Friday  PM   


Explorer Time

to 6 - Cafeteria

Food for Thought . . . 

The Writing Road to Reading Proficiency

            In this Harvard Educational Review article, Steve Graham and Michael Hebert of Vanderbilt University note that major initiatives over the last ten years to improve reading achievement (No Child Left Behind, Reading First, the National Reading Panel) have produced disappointing results: while NAEP math scores improved significantly, reading scores have flatlined and large numbers of students are far from being proficient readers.

            Why? Graham and Hebert believe it's because the instructional practices identified by the National Reading Panel in 2000 and pursued with gusto across the nation were "too narrow and not complete." In this article, they report on a meta-analysis of research on one of the underemphasized factors: the impact of effective teaching of writing on students' achievement in reading. Here are their three research questions and what they found:

            * First, when students write about material they have read, does their comprehension improve? Graham and Hebert found there is significant positive impact in grades 2-12 when students are asked to write about literature and material in science, social studies, and other expository texts. Students did extended writing, summary writing, note-taking, and answering and generating questions. The positive impact of this type of writing was greatest in middle school and with students who were weakest in reading and writing. Why is writing about reading so helpful?

-   It fosters explicitness, as students must select which information in the text is most important.

-   It encourages the writer to organize ideas from the text into a coherent whole and establish explicit relationships among the ideas.

-   It fosters reflection because it's easier to review, reexamine, connect, critique, and construct new understandings from written text.

-   It gets students personally involved by requiring them to engage in active decision-making about what they will write and how they will treat it.

-   Students must transform or manipulate the text's language to put it into their own words, which makes them think about what the ideas mean.


            * Second, does explicit teaching of writing skills strengthen students' reading skills? Again, Graham and Hebert found positive results in this research, which covered grades 4-12 language arts classes.

            * Third, does increasing the quantity of student writing improve how well they read? Yes, say Graham and Hebert, reporting on studies of students in grades 1-6 language-arts classes.

            The authors end on a cautionary note: "Just because a writing intervention was effective in improving students' reading in the studies included in this review does not guarantee that it will be effective in all other situations," they say. "As a result, the safest course of action for teachers implementing research-based practices is to directly monitor the effects of such treatments to gauge whether they are effective under these new conditions." They suggest these key components:

-       Frequent student writing;

-       Explicit skill instruction;

-       Starting small and measuring the impact of each initiative before embarking on others.


"Writing to Read: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading" by Steve Graham and Michael Hebert in Harvard Educational Review, Winter 2011 (Vol. 81, #4, p. 710-744)



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