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Week of:
January 16, 2012
Bell Schedule

Monday - No School
(Martin Luther King
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday -Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell (Viking) 
Friday - Half Day 
 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 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 2
6th Grade Writing Celebration (6-7 pm)

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

March 1
New to Deal, 3:30 pm

March 2
LSAT, 7:30 am

March 7
Dep't Chair, 3:30 pm

March 12
National History Day Week

March 14
PI Day

March 15
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Bell II - Music in Our School Assembly

March 16
France trip Final Meeting
Peru Trip Final Meeting

March 21
Dep't Chair, 3:30 pm

March 23
PD Day for Teachers
(No School for Students)

March 24
Saturday Detention
9 am - 12 noon

March 30
End of Third Advisory
(Students Dismissed at 12:15 pm)
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 News

The library will be closed after school on Tuesday for a presentation by Spanish Humanities students and Thursday for the faculty meeting.


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) 


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 



"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Interim Principal's Message...


Happy Monday! I hope that all that receive this were able to enjoy this day, free to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Because of the holiday and the end of the advisory, we face another short week. Some students are anxious that their efforts for the first semester will pay off; others are concerned that they still have more to do. On top of this, many high school applications have gone out (with recommendations being finalized by teachers and administrators) and everyone waits to find out the results. Let's all remember to be patient with each other and to remind ourselves that, wherever we are going, it is a long road. Breathe!


We close the week with a shortened day for students, with some very special activities. On that Friday, Deal will be taking a good, long look at bullying and teasing. Students will be working in homerooms with their teachers and student supports, learning how to identify bullying and what to do about it. They will reflect on their histories - and write about the different perspectives these offer. Rather than just a one-off event, this will be the beginning of a monthly series of activities. 


In this vein, I have included a "Food For Thought" at the end of this bulletin that talks about moral education. As an IB school, we use the IB Learner Profile as one way to define what it means to be a student; the article included below looks more specifically at actions that reinforce building our students' moral backbones.


Have a wonderful week.


Interim Principal Albright  

This week at Deal...

Tuesday - Thursday:  Physical Education

All students in health and physical education classes will complete the following; PE uniforms are optional this week. 

 a. Fitnessgram make-ups, which include pacer test, curl-up test, push-up test, trunk lift, sit and reach, flex-arm hang, etc.

 b. Missing and late assignments

    * Reflections (6th grade)

    * Shopping for a family (7th grade)

    * Solving A Nutritional Problem (8th grade)

    * Make-up quizzes or test with low test scores (Ms. Spann only)


Tuesday and Wednesday:  Indoor Track
There will be track practice on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, from 3:30-5:00pm.  All team members are expected to attend.  


Tuesday:  Team Seoul Study Hall and Lunch Tutoring

Team Seoul Study Hall takes place on Tuesday only this week due to the faculty meeting. Tuesday Study Hall will take place in W103 (Dr. Pough's room) and will focus only on Mathematics. In addition, lunch time tutoring will be held with Ms. Kinzer on Tuesday in W105 and with Dr. Pough on Wednesdays and Thursdays in W103. 


Tuesday:  Debate Team

The Debate Team practice is on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. 


Wednesday: Basketball Games

Deal vs. Shaw at Deal. The girls' game is 3:30 pm and the boys' game is at 4:45 pm. There is a $1 admission fee for all Deal home games.


Wednesday: After School Book Group  

The After school Book Group will meet this Wednesday to continue our discussion of Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld. Last week, Ms. Ofodile stopped by to share her enthusiastic love of the entire Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras).  Perhaps another 'celebrity' reader will stop by to join the conversation this week!  Grab a copy of the book, and plan to join us for a lively hour of discussion and delicious treats!  We meet in room C130 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.   


Thursday:  Teachers and Geographic Students (TAGS) in DC Deal Chapter

Sixth grade students, if you are interested in promoting Geography and Geographic programming in our school, please join the Deal Chapter of TAGS every Thursday, in lunch. We will be working on creating a geography website. Our goal is to finish the website by Friday, February 10. We will also be planning a GPS outing for one day after school. If you are interested, please meet in room W105 at lunch this Thursday.


Friday: Anti-teasing/Anti-bullying Activity (8:45 - 10:00 am)

This Friday, each homeroom will participate in a series of activities that support our school's anti-teasing/anti-bullying efforts. Peer Mediators and members of our GSA will be assigned to 6th and 7th grade homerooms. Wilson SHS students who are currently enrolled in their Peer Mediation class will be assigned 8th grade homerooms. These students' primary role is to encourage real and relevant conversations with their peers and to support our students in developing strategies to stop teasing and bullying.


Saturday: Basketball Games

Deal vs Johnson @ Johnson. The girls' game is 1:30 pm and the boys' game is 3:15 pm.

Congratulation to the
January "Students of the Month"
The students selected for the month exemplify the IB Learner Profile characteristic of "Principled".  They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.  They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Grade 6
Team Johannesburg: Taylor Watson and Leonardo Manzo
Team Mogadishu: Zoe Roberts and Ernesto Fritts
Team Seoul:  Anna Wilson and David Bernard

Grade 7
Team Alexandra: Kayla Stewart and Joshua Valdez
Team Rome:  Maddie Parsons and Joseph Rosas
Team Sparta:  Kimberly Manalang and Quinn Heinrich

Grade 8
Team Dubai:  Ashley Dickerson and Ademir Delcid
Team Geneva:  Juliana Borazzo and Jeffrey Pingshaw
Team LaPaz:  Susanna McGrew and Luc Nikiema

Team Timbuktu
Jazba Igbal and Evgeny Pototskiy

Student and parent information...

New: Dress Code Reminder 
Please remember: boys' pants must be worn high enough that their underwear does not show; girls' skirts or dresses must be fingertip length; pants may not be ripped; and leggings do not count as pants. Students who do not follow the dress code will receive disciplinary consequences.   
New:  Paced Interim Assessments Coming Up Next Week

The third round of Paced Interim Assessments will take place on Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24. As on any other day, please make sure that your child gets enough rest and sleep, comes to school on time, eats breakfast, and is focused on doing their best. By ensuring that your child participates in these assessments, you are directly supporting his or her education.


New:  Second Advisory Physical Education Students

All students in health and physical education classes will complete the following assignments this week; PE uniforms are optional. 

 a. Fitnessgram make-ups

 b. Missing and late assignments

    * Reflections (6th grade)

    * Shopping for a family (7th grade)

    * Solving A Nutritional Problem (8th grade)

    * Make-up quizzes/test with low test scores (Spann only)


New:  Third Advisory Physical Education Students 

1. All students transitioning from art or music to physical education for the second semester will report to the gymnasium on Monday, January 23, 2012

2. Students wishing to pay for their gym uniform may submit check of $20.00 to their PE teacher or cash. All checks should be payable to Alice Deal Middle School.  T-Shirts are $7.00 and Shorts $13.00-$20.00. Sizes include extra small, small, medium, large, extra large.   

3.  The appropriate attire for all PE classes are the gym uniform, socks and tennis shoes.


New: Deal 12 & Under Rec League Basketball Schedule

1/20/12      7:00 PM     Deal vs Walker Jones @ Lamond Rec 

1/27/12       6:00 PM     FT.  Davis vs Deal @ Lamond Rec 

2/3/12        7:00 PM     Deal vs #14 @ Lamond Rect 

2/10/12       8:00 PM     Beacon House vs Deal @ Lamond Rec 

2/17/12       7:00 PM    TBA VS Deal @ Lamond Rec 


NewInternational Cooking Club 

The International Cooking Club will be beginning the second semester session Monday, January 23rd (Group A). We meet from 3:30 - 4:30 in Room C216 on the following dates:  


Jan 23 (Group A) and Jan 30 (Group B)

Feb 13 (Group A) and Feb 27 (Group B)

March 5 (Group A), 12 (Group B), 19 (Group A), and 26 (Group B)

April 23 (Group A) and April 30 (Group B)

May 7 (Group A) and May 21 (Group B)


Group A

Group B

Ella Buring  

Samantha Holmes

Saron Setoqu

Laita Kohls

Sarah Desta

Nguyu Nguyen

Madeleine Yando

Matilda Jensen

Layla Stewart 

Hannah London

Tijara Smith 

Alexandra Kostovski

Alexandra Tauzin

Chris Engvall

Kendra Brown 

Molly Wackler

Lauren Brown 

Emma King 

Isabel Johston

Juliana  Holmes

Naejea Piper

Sangeeta Goel 

Sarehti G 

Zennon Melnyk

Preston Evans

Billie Evans

Milan Kinnemore

Rebecca Simon

Eliza Caldwell

Joaquin Hill 

Nerissa Tunissen

Elena Remez

Elena Bagnoli

Maddie Walsh

Jasmine Barrow 

Surina Goel

Clare Messina-Fitzgerald

Sean Pendegast

Manny Scherif

Calia Christie

Jake Rubin

Emily Colleye

Keyana Smith

Jonas Clarke



New:  Debate Team

The next debate tournament will be on Saturday, February 11, 2010 at the Walker Mill School in Prince George's County. Debate topics are:


1. School Topic: All public school students should receive free lunch.
2. US National Topic: Social media should not be allowed as evidence in the US Court system.
3. International Topic: The United States should ratify the Kyoto protocol.


All debaters who intend to participate in the Feb. 11 tournament MUST determine their teams by Tuesday, Jan. 17 and inform Ms. Henderson or Ms. Ruiz during practice.  Also, debaters MUST indicate a specific date and time when they intend to practice together outside of team practices, before the Feb. 11 tournament.


If anyone in the Deal community knows something about these topics, feel free to forward information to our debaters and/or Ms. Henderson or Ms. Ruiz.  Thanks - and happy debating!


New: Literature on Film Series

The Literature on Film series is back in 2012! Sponsored by The Library Media Center and the After School Book Group, we watch a favorite novel come to life on the big screen one Wednesday a month.


On January 25 we will watch Flipped, based on the novel Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.  A he-said/she-said romance that asks the question: "Is there hope for happiness in junior high?"  Come early to get a good seat and popcorn!


New6th Grade Writing Celebration

All parents of 6th graders are invited to join us as we celebrate the publishing of our Informational Books on Thursday, February 2 from 6 - 7 pm.  Students will be here to give author talks and answer questions about the subjects of their books.  Light refreshments will be provided.  


New:  Battle of the Bands
Due to popular demand, Battle of the Band auditions will be held on Wednesday, February 1 at 3:30 pm in the gallery. So start practicing and putting your band together unless you already know who you will be playing with. See you at auditions! 


Staff information. . . 


Item Bank Training - English and Math 

We're gaining access to online test items, from the PIA company, to build skills and prepare for the CAS! To learn how to use this item bank, English and Math teachers (including Special Education teachers) will meet at 8:10 am in C104 on Thursday. Please bring your laptop.

Apple Assistance and Professional Development Bob Densmore from Apple will be at Deal on Thursday and Friday to provide technical assistance and training. The following are available to teachers and staff:

* Thursday 11am-2pm and 3-5pm (before and after faculty meeting), Friday 8am-9am: "Helpdesk" in the teachers' lounge - get your questions answered and laptops looked at!
* Friday 12:30-2pm PD workshop: Using Podcasts in Your Classes. We are working to get "seat hours" for you to use towards recertification. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

PD: Field Trip Planning 
The nuts and bolts of a successful (and low-stress) field trip! This is mandatory for all teachers planning a second-semester field trip. Friday at 8:10 in Ms. Mostoller's classroom.

PD: Smartboard Skills 
The third in a series - but you can come for the first time too! This week, we focus on using the lesson activity kit (including image arrange, category sort, vortex sort, and image match) and the resource exchange. Friday at 8:10 in Ms. Meserole's classroom.

Action Research Committee Thank you for your interest in action research at Deal. Please check in the Staff Lounge this week for information about topics and team sign up. If you have additional topics that you are interested in working on, please let Mr. Kirschenbaum know. Once your team is complete, please let Mr. Kirschenbaum know so that he can provide you with information about next steps.  


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.

Attendance This Week

Did you know that on-time arrival and regular attendance are two of the top indicators of whether you will pass your classes? It is the end of the advisory; we must all strive for on-time everyday. Good habits today foster good futures tomorrow. Congratulations to the following 6th, 7th and 8th grade homerooms for on-time arrival of 95% or above! All other homerooms start fresh on Monday with a new attitude and commitment to improve.


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



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Before and Afterschool Activities



Monday AM


No School

Martin Luther King



Chinese tutoring 7:45 - N103

6th Gd. Choir 7:45

Concert Band 7:45

Percussion Ensemble 7:45 



 Monday  PM  


Explorer Time to 6 - Cafeteria

7th Grade Movie to 5:15   - E206

Drama Club to 4:15 - N103

International Cooking Club -C216

Deal Garden Club Garden

African Drumming Club to 4:30 - E204 

Gay- Straight Alliance meeting to 4:30 - W206

Girl Up to 4:30 - E307

Scrabble Club  - E100  

Northwest Current Journalists - C130

Digital Photography Club to 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 Help to 4:30 pm - C213 

Alexandria Library to 4:30  - W207

Tuesday  AM


Chinese tutoring 7:45 - N103

Concert Choir 7:45

Jazz Band 7:45

Woodwind Ensemble 7:45



Tuesday PM


Explorer Time to 6   - Cafeteria

GAGA (Girls/Guys Against Gossip Alliance) 
- Counselor Info

Garden Club -Courtyard

Cheerleading practice to 5 - Gym

Student Council meeting - E205

Student Council officer meeting -E205 

GLEE to 4:30  

Pep Band to 4:30 

Team Seoul Study Hall to 4:30 -W103 

Debate Team to 4:30   - E104

Math Rappers- W305  Team Dubai Math Help & Retakes -W305 

Beading Club 

Boys and Girls' Basketball practice to 5:15  

Homework Help to 4:30 pm - C213

Indoor Track practice 

Wednesday AM


Chinese tutoring 7:45 - N103

Jazz Band 7:45

Woodwind Ensemble 7:45




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 Shaw @ Deal, 3:30 pm  Indoor Track



Thursday AM  


Concert Choir 7:45








Thursday  PM


Explorer Time to 6   - Cafeteria


No Afterschool Activities (Faculty Meeting) except Cheerleading practice to 5 


Team Seoul Study Hall to 4:30 - W105

International Soccer Fan Club to 4:30 - CG07

Dance Club to 4:30  - E206


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

Team Geneva Math Tutoring to 4:15 - E304  

Boys and Girls' Basketball practice 





Friday AM










Friday  PM   






Food for Thought . . . 

Moral Education in Schools

            In this thoughtful Harvard Education Letter article, Richard Weissbourd asks, "How can schools inspire and teach students to be moral people, to care about and take responsibility for others, to think clearly about and pursue justice, to sacrifice for important principles?" Parents want schools to do this work, but are schools up to the job? Few character-education programs have any measurable impact. Weissbourd's suggestions:

            * Don't patronize. Most children know about honesty and respect by the time they are five, and lecturing adolescents doesn't work. A jaded student responds: Do you want me to tell you what you want to hear, or do you want me to tell you the truth?

            * Walk the talk. Schools post their values, but children are quick to spot hypocrisy. "I've been in far too many schools that tout respect for others," says Weissbourd, "yet not uncommonly adults in hallways ignore children repeatedly saying 'that's so gay' and 'no homo,' boys make lewd comments to girls, or some students are openly ostracized."

            * Be moral mentors. "Teachers don't choose whether they want to influence children's characters," says Weissbourd. "Teachers are always influencing moral attitudes and capacities..." Good sports coaches can get through to teenage boys about respecting girls.

            * Teach by actions. Do teachers report a colleague who isn't performing well or is acting unfairly? Adults can "morally progress and regress at every stage of their lives," says Weissbourd, "and adults' own unfolding moral development can deeply affect children's unfolding moral development."

            * Analyze data. Ask students: Do you feel emotionally and physically safe? Are there adults you can talk to if you feel harassed or isolated? Does the school care about you? Are there hot spots - hallways, gyms, buses - where problems occur?

            * Teach. Moral discussions naturally occur in the regular curriculum and in teachable moments: Should I back up my best friend in a fight even though I know he's wrong?

            * Put students to work. They can help formulate rules and policies and do community service.

            * Involve parents. Students look first to their families for guidance, and adults need to be enlisted in the moral-education community.


"Promoting Moral Development in Schools" by Richard Weissbourd in Harvard Education Letter, January/February 2012 (Vol. 28, #1, p. 8, 6-7)


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