April 21, 2019
I hope you had a delightful Spring Break! During our time away, many of our 8th graders traveled abroad. Nearly 200 eighth graders traveled to China and France. I am so appreciative for the nearly 30 Deal staff members who agreed to chaperone the World Language trips this year. We are looking forward to the return of our world travelers this week.
On Wednesday, our 7th graders will begin PARCC testing. At Deal, we use the data from the PARCC Assessment to improve instruction and provide support for students. I am confident that we are more than prepared for this assessment. It is our hope that our students and staff are approaching the next few weeks as an opportunity to demonstrate all of the hard work we have done all year.
Our focus at Deal is growth. The PARCC Assessment is simply a method of checking students' growth so that we can be better informed about our instruction. We are doing all we can to support our students during this final advisory at Deal. Please continue to remind your child to be responsible by checking ASPEN, going to GRIT and Team Tutoring, and asking his or her teachers and counselors for help. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2019Thursday, April 25 is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (TODSWD). DCPS and Deal join the national campaign to provide opportunities for parents and other adults to showcase their places of employment, explain their job responsibilities, introduce their coworkers, and present the various career choices that are available in the workplace. Students who are absent on this day and provide a letter with the following information will have the absence excused:
The name of the parent/guardian they went to work with (and relation to that adult);
The name of the business where they spent the day;
The type of work the parent/guardian/adult they observed does;
Identify the three things they noticed the most about the work they observed;
Identify what they think is the hardest part of doing that work;
Identify what they think is the most rewarding part of doing that work; and
Identify two steps that anyone interested in getting a similar job must do before they can apply.
A student's absence on TODSWD will only be excused if the student turns in a completed TODSWD Student Log and Activity Form to the Attendance Counselor/Attendance Designee within 24 hours of TODSWD.
As a reminder, 7th grade students have ELA PARCC testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings this week. Any student who misses testing to attend work with their parent/guardian must be scheduled for make-up testing. We encourage families to consider this impact on a student's schedule as you make your plans.
This Week's Tier 1 RTI Focus - Maximizing Instructional Time
At Deal, students must have a signed hall pass (Deal Agenda) prior to leaving class.
Hall passes are provided to students during 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th periods.
In an effort to maximize instructional time, hall passes are not provided during first period, or during the first 10 or last 10 minutes of class.
Grade-level administrators or deans will contact the families of students who are found in the hallway, stairwell, or bathrooms during class time without a pass to notify them that their student will serve after school detention (3:15 - 4:00).
I am ready for another exciting week at Deal!
Onward and Upward!