I hope our students enjoyed their three-day weekend and are ready to return to school in the morning. During the month of May, DCPS has challenged our students to have perfect attendance. The "Every Day in May" initiative is a great goal for all of our students to strive to achieve. As usual, we expect see every student, every day, ALWAYS.
Our first week of PARCC was quite successful. Due to the planning and hard work of our testing team, our 6th and 8th graders were able to complete the Mathematics portion of the assessment. Kudos to Ms. Westover, Ms. Lerum, Ms. A. Brown, Ms. Brandt, Mr. Oliver, and Mr. Clark for their organization, technological support and assistance throughout the opening days of PARCC. A special shout out to our 6th and 8th grade test administrators and proctors for monitoring our students throughout the assessment, and providing engaging activities for our students when they completed their test. This week, 6th and 8th graders will complete the ELA portion of the PARCC.
In addition to administering the PARCC Assessment to approximately 1,000 students, we continued to provide well planned teaching and learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. On Tuesday, a few of our 7th graders were able to see an excerpt of "Bernstein Tap & Rap" prior to the world stage premiere on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. This opportunity was the result of our partnership with Bridges Arts Exchange Initiative and NEWorks. Our students and teachers truly enjoyed this opportunity to see a "hoofers" interpretation of the classic West Side Story.
On Wednesday, our "No Place for Hate" Club was inducted into the national organization as an official chapter at the Anti-Defamation League's ceremony at the Navy Memorial Heritage Center. Luke Cohen, a seventh grader on Team Merida, founded the chapter and has led the group through the creation of activities to promote kindness and acceptance at our school. The students in the "No Place for Hate" Club were responsible for creating our most recent school-wide advisory activity. A special thank you to Ms. Newman for volunteering to serve as the sponsor of this club!
Also on Wednesday, our fabulous Book Club students, Saleem Lee, Kimberly Cisneros, Alysia Underwood, and Juan Ortitz were absolutely incredible during their morning taping of their podcast on the book "Garvey's Choice" by Nikki Grimes. The podcast will air in a few months on Book Club for Kids. A huge thank you goes out to Ms. Redekopp and Ms. Thomas for working with our bookworms!
This week promises to be an exciting, noteworthy one at Deal. We are truly looking forward to a visit from Deal alum, "Bill Nye the Science Guy", on Friday evening at 6:30 pm in celebration of his Jack and the Geniuses series. This event is free and no RSVP is required. To guarantee a copy for signing, pre-order books online for pickup at the event. Books will also be for sale at the door. This event is in partnership with Politics and Prose and the DC Library.
I am looking forward to another great week at Deal! Onward and Upward!