Think Globally. Listen Compassionately. Act Inclusively.

 


Welcome Vikings!

The Deal family creates an atmosphere where every student is expected to reach their full potential academically, physically, and socially. We are able to push our students to high levels thanks to our accomplished and dedicated staff, our thoughtful and involved parents, and our positive and responsible students. Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.

The Alice Deal Student/Parent Handbook is designed to serve as a guide for students and families. Please read it with your child and discuss any questions they may have. The administrative team maintains an “open door” policy of assistance. Please do not hesitate to speak with us. We look forward to a beneficial and lasting relationship.

James Albright
Principal


INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE: MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM

Also referred to as “the MYP,” the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program guides instruction at Deal. With a focus on building the skills necessary for academic and social success, the MYP provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.

The Learner Profile

The characteristics of the Learner Profile, define our expectations for all students’ academic and social engagement. The Learner Profile defines 10 attributes that express the values of the MYP. These attributes are infused in to the learning at Deal and students are expected to exhibit these attributes in school and at home. Students are expected to be:

  • Inquirers – We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
  • Knowledgeable – We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Thinkers – We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible  action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators – We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • Principled – We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • Open-Minded – We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring – We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
  • Risk-Takers – We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • Balanced – We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
  • Reflective – We thoughtfully consider the world and our ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

Approaches to Learning

Through approaches to learning, students are provided with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning. These skills are essential as students build their independent ability to learn. The approaches to learning include:

  • Self-Management
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Thinking

Throughout the year, students will receive direct instruction on the approaches to learning and will receive feedback to help them grow.

Learn More

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program guides instruction, assessment, and culture at Deal. To learn more please visit: www.ibo.org/myp/.


HOW CAN YOU FIND SUCCESS AT DEAL?

At Deal, the academic program has been carefully worked out to be the most interesting, challenging, and meaningful we can provide. In your years here, you will take a series of classes that are designed to prepare you for anything you will face when you leave Deal. Key things to keep in mind include:

  • Work hard and give your best at all times! No child is born smart or successful; this takes a lifetime of effort. Your work begins right here, right now, at Deal. Make your time here count!
  • Be positive! At some point during your time at Deal you may feel challenged or frustrated. It’s completely normal. These struggles are an important part of your growth in to a successful adult. Meet each challenge with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Know that you have teachers and Deal staff who will be happy to help you work through these challenges.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning! You are not in elementary school any longer so there are no excuses for not knowing what to do. Pay close attention to each class’ outline, expectations, and grading policy. As a young adult, more responsibility will fall on you to know what is expected.
  • Take advantage of the International Baccalaureate program and all its classes provide! As a student at Deal, you will take classes in English, Math, Science, Individuals and Societies, Art and Music, PE, and Language Acquisition. Design class is integrated in to these subjects.
  • Show what you know! Your work will be evaluated in many ways and at many different times. Some of these are familiar to you, and some ways will be new. You should always do your best on every activity and assignment.
  • Ask questions! You can find out how you are doing in a class by asking your teacher, checking the online grading system (EdLine), by reflecting on your unit assessments, and reviewing your interim, advisory, and final grade reports. To be successful, you need to own your grade.
  • Have fun! Remember that students at Deal are fortunate to be exposed to such a talented group of teachers and such a wide breadth of experiences. Be sure to enjoy your learning (even when it gets difficult) and explore your interests.

As previously stated, students are expected to exhibit the attributes of the IB Learner Profile in their words, work, and actions at Deal. Additionally, the Approaches to Learning should serve as a roadmap to success at Deal.


HOW AM I DOING? HOW WILL I KNOW?

There are many different forms of assessment at Deal – grading, tests, the use of rubrics, and many others – but what you need to focus on is that teachers see all of these as ways of helping you learn. A test or final isn’t the end of learning – it is a way to see where you are in your growth. What do you still need work on? What have you been able to master? What does how you take the test say about your work? And, most importantly, how can this information be used to help you? Let’s look at some of what makes up assessment at Deal.

What are rubrics and why do we use them?

You will find that teachers at Deal use a lot of rubrics. A rubric is a detailed way of telling you what you need to show you have learned for a particular grade. One reason we use so many rubrics is because, as an IB World School, we are comparing our work with students and teachers all over the world. A second reason is that rubrics allow students to know exactly what is expected from each assignment. So how do these rubrics work?

At the beginning of an assessment or an activity, your teachers will give you a rubric. The rubric has scores on the side and descriptions of how to get that score on the other side. It is very important that you understand what the expectations are for your work – and the rubric is the best way to get that. Each of your subjects uses different rubrics, but if you can use a rubric all the way through your assessment or activity, you will be in a better position to show what you really know.

What about my grades?

Your progress will be reported by DCPS four times a year – at the end of each advisory. The last advisory report card will also include your final grade for the year. These grades follow the DCPS grading scale. This year, 6th graders will also receive an IB grade that tracks the student’s level of mastery for each IB Objective. Letter grades (A-F) are used in each subject. To receive a passing grade, you will have to demonstrate that you have reached some level of mastery over the subject. You will do this through assessments and activities. You can check your grades every week on EdLine. EdLine provides a running account of where you are – what you have earned so far, what is missing, and where you stand. At the end of the advisory, your teacher will review your grades on EdLine and put the letter on a report card. At the end of the year, DCPS looks at all your letter grades and averages them for your final grade.

Honor Roll

Our students recognize that high academic achievement will serve them throughout their lives. However, the staff at Deal loves to celebrate the hard work of our students while they are still in our care. The Honor Roll is for students who earn a grade of B- or higher in all classes. The Principal’s Honor Roll is for students who earn a grade of A- or higher in all classes.

Approaches to Learning

The Approaches to Learning will be a helpful tool for students as they work in class and at home. These skills focus on teaching students how to learn now and as adults. Students will be assessed based on:

  • Self Management – This includes time management, keeping to deadlines, setting personal goals, and organization
  • Social Skills – This includes ability to work in groups, share responsibility, resolve conflict, accept conflicting points of view, negotiating goals, and respecting cultural differences
  • Communication – This includes using reading strategies, interpreting meaning and terminology, preparation, and sharing ideas with others
  • Research – This includes accessing information from a variety of sources, selecting and organizing information, and referencing sources
  • Thinking – This includes generating new ideas, planning, inquiring, applying knowledge, identifying problems, and creating solutions

WHAT WE ASK OF YOU

This handbook represents an agreement between our students and the adults that support them. Students can expect to learn and grow a great deal during their time with us. Students can expect to experience new things and meet new people in a safe, respectful environment. In return, students are given certain responsibilities and expectations:

Give Your Best Effort

Take advantage of every second of instruction while at Deal. Do your best on every assignment, be creative and open minded, and encourage those around you to do the same. Your time here is meant to prepare you for a lifetime of learning. It is important that you arrive to school each day prepared to focus on your education.

You should expect to be challenged in all your courses while at Deal. This is an important part of your growth as a young adult and we ask all students to meet each new task or assignment with willingness to learn new things and overcome obstacles.

Be Punctual

There are two things you need to remember about attendance. If you do these two, you will be setting yourself up to be very successful:

1)   Instruction begins every day at 8:45. This means that by 8:45 you have eaten breakfast, gone to your locker to put away your book bag and coat and to gather what you need for the first few periods, used the restroom, greeted your friends, and sitting at your seat working on warm-up. So in short, you must enter Deal’s front doors no later than 8:30 to get to class on time by 8:45. Students who are tardy to school will serve lunch detention for the 1st three offenses and then serve a Saturday detention for the 4th. Because we take punctuality seriously, students will serve increasingly more severe consequences with each repeated offense.

2)   Be on time to all of your classes. Teachers plan very hard to make sure that each class is interesting and worthwhile for you – respect their work.

Don’t be a bystander!

History shows us again and again that we have frequent opportunities to take a stand against what is wrong. You have the power to not stand by and watch quietly as things happen to others. If your friends are acting rudely to student who is not in your group, you have the power to express your disappointment in their actions. If your friend is acting like a clown in class and trying to distract the teacher from teacher, you have the power to let them know that it is annoying. If you see a younger student looking nervous in school, you have the power to approach them to give them a friendly smile. Our school’s motto is “Think Globally.  Listen Compassionately. Act Inclusively.” Do your best to live those words.

If you feel that you have been harassed in any of the ways listed, or if you have seen harassment toward someone else – tell an adult. We take these misbehaviors seriously.

Do the Right Thing

No handbook can capture every little thing that you should or should not do. But now that you are in middle school, you are already experts on school and school expectations as well as parents and parent expectations. So, simply, do the right thing. You know what that is. You know it in your mind, your gut, and in your heart. By this point of your development, you should be able to rely on your past experiences as well as your goals for the future to guide you in making good decisions. Make us all proud and just do the right thing!


GETTING TO AND FROM SCHOOL

 Arrival

The start of each school day is an exciting time for students and staff. With so much to look forward to each day, it is important that we start each day on the right foot. Students should arrive to school prepared to move quickly through security at their designated entrance. Students should place all electronics in their book bags and throw away all trash before arriving at the metal detectors. Students are not permitted to enter the building with glass bottles/containers or metal eating utensils.

Each grade enters the building through a designated door. 6th grade students enter the building though the West door on Fort Drive. 7th grade students enter the building though the main door on Fort Drive. 8th grade students enter the building through the side door by the gym. 7th and 8th grade students who enter the building before 8:35 AM will wait in the gallery until they are directed to move to class. 6th grade students will remain in the cafeteria until after the 7th and 8th grade students clear the gallery. 7th and 8th grade students who wish to eat breakfast may do so quickly in the cafeteria before moving to the gallery.

Departure

The school day ends at 3:15 pm. Many students stay at Deal after this time to take part in clubs, tutoring, athletics, aftercare, and other school-sponsored activities. Students who are not involved with a school-sponsored activity must leave the school grounds by 3:30 pm. Students are not permitted to wait outside the school after this time. If parents must pick up their child after 3:30 pm, we ask that the student enroll in aftercare to ensure that students are under adult supervision at all times.

Attendance

You can’t do well in school if you are not in school. Most academic troubles come from students missing classes or school days. We want you to be in school for every class. We commit to you that our classes will be interesting and challenging, and you will not want to miss a single minute.

The rules of the Board of Education require that a written excuse for absences and tardiness be provided by the parent/guardian. Absences are serious and can cause students to fail.

Chapter IV, Section 411.3 of the Rules of the Board of Education delineates the following as valid reasons for absence from school:

  • Illness of the student.
  • Illness or other family emergency which requires the presence of the student in the home.
  • Death in the student’s immediate family.
  • Necessity for a student to attend any judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant, witness or juror.
  • Observance of religious holy days by the members of a religious group.
  • Lawful suspension or exclusion from school by school authorities pursuant to the provisions of the Chapter 25.

Tardiness

School starts at 8:45 a.m. Students who are not in class, in a seat at 8:45 a.m. are late. Students reporting to school after 8:45 a.m. must pick up a tardy pass to enter class. The student should present a note from a parent/guardian documenting they are aware of the student’s late arrival. Students will be assigned lunch detention as well as Saturday detention for being tardy to school following Deal’s Tardy Protocol.

It is the student’s responsibility to collect and make up any missed work.

Early Dismissal

Students who request to leave school before 3:15 p.m. must have a written explanation from a parent/guardian. The note must contain a telephone number that can be called for verification of the student’s request to leave early.

All requests should be brought to the Welcome Center at the beginning of first period and must be given to the Welcome Center. With parental consent, students at least 14 years of age may be given a walking pass. A parent or guardian must collect students under the age of 14.

Buses and Metro

Deal Middle School is a short walk to both the Tenleytown Metro and several bus lines. Many students rely on public transit to make their way to school safely each day. While on public transportation, students are representative of their school and are expected to exhibit the same maturity and responsibility they display at Deal. Any student who displays negative behavior while on their way to or from school will be given a school-based consequence and may lose the privilege to ride DC Metro buses.

Kids Ride Free Initiative

All DCPS students who live in DC can ride Metrobus routes for free between the hours of 5:30 AM – 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Students simply need to present their DC One Card to the bus driver to receive free fare. Any student who has misplaced or does not yet have a DC One Card can obtain a card at a Metro Sales Office. These offices are located at Metro Headquarters, Metro Center Station, Pentagon Station, and Anacostia Station. For questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Transportation School Transit Subsidy Program at (202) 673-1740.

Bicycles and Skateboards

Thank you for being green! If you ride a bicycle or skateboard to school, please be cautious as you near school property. During arrival and dismissal, the driveway becomes busy with pedestrians and cars. Students are encouraged to approach the school slowly and aware of the people around them. There are two bike racks in the front of the building and one in front of the gymnasium. Students, be sure to secure your locks before entering the building. If the use of your skateboard causes a distraction to learning or a safety concern, the skateboard will be confiscated and you will lose your privilege to bring it to school.

DC One Card

The DC One card helps our students identify themselves when they arrive to the building and allows students to ride on Metrobus for free. Students who are tardy to school will use this card to check in with the attendance counselor. Returning 7th and 8th grade students are asked to use their card from last year. New students and all 6th grade students will have your pictures taken soon after school starts. Replacement cards cost $5. If there are any questions regarding the DC One card, please contact Ms. Stokes in the Attendance Office.

Visitors

Parents/Guardians are always welcome to visit Alice Deal Middle School. When visiting, please be sure to collect a visitor’s pass from security and check in with the Welcome Center before moving though the building.


IN SCHOOL (DAY TO DAY)

Books, Instruments, Materials and Equipment

Students are responsible for all lost or damaged books, instruments, materials or equipment that have been issued to them. Students can be fined for any lost or damaged items assigned to them. Any outstanding fines will need to be taken care of before a student may participate in any non-academic activities (end of the year trips, promotional activities, etc.). Please take good care of school materials. Final report cards will not be issued until all fines have been cleared.

Lockers

All locks and lockers are the property of Alice Deal Middle School, not the students. Locks and lockers are assigned to individual students. Students may not bring their own lock to school. Students are responsible for their lockers and will be charged a replacement fee if they are damaged. Alice Deal Middle School is not responsible for any items stolen from a student’s locker. Students may access their lockers before school, transitioning to and from lunch, and after school.

If a student forgets their lock combination, they should contact their homeroom teacher. Changing lockers is not allowed and students are directed not tell anyone their combination. If the lock is lost, the replacement cost is $5.

Lost and Found

Some small lost and found items will be kept in the Welcome Center (eye glasses, cell phones, keys, etc.). Clothing items, books, and lunch containers often left in the cafeteria during lunch will be placed in a storage room if not claimed within a reasonable period. Students should ask the adult on lunch duty about left items. Any item that is not claimed by the end of each quarter will be donated to charity or discarded after 1 month.

Media Center

The Media Center is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Students can obtain library passes to use the Media Center before school and during lunch. To use the Media Center after 3:15, students must have a signed permission slip from their parents. These forms can be found in the Media Center.

Respect for others requires that YOU take proper care of materials and return checked out materials on time. Failure to follow Media Center rules will result in disciplinary action with possible loss of Media Center privileges. Replacement cost will be charged for Media Center materials that are lost or damaged. Students with unpaid fines may lose non-academic privileges and will not receive their final report card.

 Cafeteria

All students must secure a breakfast/lunch application from the Welcome Center. Breakfast/lunch applications must be filled out each year by every student. Last school year’s application is only good for the first few days of school.

Breakfast is served daily from 8:00 – 8:30 AM and is free to all students. The lunch period is separated by grade level. All students must use their DC One Card to pay for lunch. Students who qualify must submit a FARM form to receive free or reduced lunch.

The lunch period is a part of the school day, and therefore students must follow all school rules during the lunch period. The grade-level administrator and school staff will be present during lunch.

For the comfort of all, the following procedures are to be observed:

  1. Enter the cafeteria in an orderly and timely manner.
  2. Make quick lunch choices and handle only the food you choose for your tray.
  3. Know your student ID/ and have your DC One Card.
  4. Find a seat to eat your lunch.
  5. Maintain suitable quiet conversation while eating your lunch.
  6. Pick up trash around your chair and table when you finish your lunch.
  7. In order to remove dishes and trays from the table and place in proper container, you have to raise your hand.
  8. Glass bottle and containers should not be brought to school. If glass shatters, it creates an unnecessary hazard for students and adults.
  9. Metal eating utensils are not allowed.
  10. Students are not allowed to bring sunflower seeds in their shells to school.
  11. Proceed to recess for relaxation and fresh air. Weather permitting; students are required to go outside after eating.
  12. Cash cannot be used to purchase lunch and is not permitted in the cafeteria unless the student needs to load money on their lunch account. There is to be no exchange of money between students in the cafeteria for any reason.

Comments regarding your student’s lunches may be directed to the cafeteria manager.

Passing Periods

Passing periods at Deal are four minutes long. Between the bells, students are expected to move with purpose to their next class and begin their assigned warm-up activity. Four minutes is more than enough time to travel between even the furthest two points in the building. Students who are not working in their seat by the end of the passing period will be assigned an in-class consequence and may be assigned a lunch detention. 

Thursday Schedule

  • 1st Thursday of each month – SSR: Sustained silent reading
  • 2nd Thursday of each month – IB MYP: International Baccalaureate related learning
  • 3rd Thursday of each month – Viking Time: Teacher-led enrichment activities
  • 4th Thursday of each month – PAUSE: a time to focus on logistical needs

Viking Time

At Alice Deal Middle School, every student has the opportunity to explore a variety of topics and activities through Viking Time. Teachers will provide the title and description of an activity at the beginning of the school year, and students will have the opportunity to choose an activity that interests them.

Textbooks

Books are issued for most subjects. Books are issued directly to the students during the first week of school. There is no initial charge for the use of books, but each student is financially responsible for immediate replacement if the books are lost or damaged. Remember, the student is the caretaker for books on loan.

Write your name in space provided on the inside cover of your book. Students are not to make notes, underline, or write in textbooks. Students must cover all textbooks and keep them covered for as long as they have them. Textbooks must be brought to class each day, unless otherwise directed by a teacher. Failure to bring your book to class is an indication that the book is lost; therefore, immediate payment will be expected.

At the end of the school year, students will return the books to the Business Manager. Returning your books with your specific scan code is your only proof that the book was returned. Books with the bar-code removed or altered will not count toward the return of items that were scanned out to you. It is in your best interest as well as in the best interest of the school community for you to take good care of your books. Finally, student records will not be passed on to the high school nor will report cards be sent home unless your account is financially cleared of missing or damaged books. 

Student Council

Deal’s Student Council provides students with an opportunity to improve the Deal community and student life. Its members organize student activities, including Deal’s annual Thanksgiving Food drive, two student parties, and participate in student leadership training on a variety of issues, including student mentoring and citizenship. Deal students elect their homeroom representatives during the First Advisory of every school year.  


DRESS CODE

Students at Deal have traditionally shown a high degree of maturity when deciding what to wear in an academic setting. As such, students at Deal are not required to wear a school uniform. Students should use the following guidelines when making choices about what constitutes appropriate attire for an academic setting:

  • Students have the right to choose their manner of dress and personal grooming unless it presents a clear danger to the student’s health and safety or interferes with the educational environment of the school or classroom.
  • Clothing with lewd or vulgar expressions, with offensive expressions, depicts violence, or advertises products that are illegal for minors or prohibited on school property will not be allowed.
  • Students are prohibited from wearing or carrying caps, hats, hoods, jackets, coats, and gloves in school except when they are arriving or departing from the building.
  • Students are prohibited from wearing any attire, including jewelry, symbols or “colors”, which signifies or is likely to be interpreted as signifying membership in gangs or offensive clubs.
  • Students are also not allowed to carry bags or purses at school, with the exception of small, drawstring bags for their PE uniform. Other bags and purses must be kept in lockers.
  • Flip flops, or any other shoe without a back strap, are not permitted.
  • Tops must have a strap width of 2 inches. Tops must have a full back and must be long enough to tuck in when sitting, standing or reaching. Boys may not wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts.
  • No leggings or jeggings may be worn unless worn with a skirt or top that is fingertip length.
  • No pants with holes may be worn.
  • Undergarments must not be visible at any time when standing, sitting, or stretching. Trousers must be kept high enough so underwear does not show.
  • Shorts and skirts must be long enough so that all undergarments are covered when sitting, standing, or reaching. Clothing should extend as far as fingertips when arms are extended along the side of the body.

Students will be given an opportunity to correct their attire. Students in question can be sent to the office where a counselor or administrator will determine acceptability. If there are repeat offenses by a student, parents will be contacted. Continued violations will result in detention and/or suspension.

These guidelines apply to all students during school hours or at any school event. If you have questions or are offended by any individual’s attire please contact your grade level administrator. Do not allow something as minor as attire get in the way of learning and building good relationships with adults at the school. Do the right thing.


OUTSIDE SCHOOL TIME

Dances

The Alice Deal Student Council sponsors all dances. Middle school dances are planned for Alice Deal Middle School students only and normally run from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Dances are a fun, social activity and all school expectations regarding behavior and attire apply. Students are responsible for finding their own ride home and should depart promptly at the end of the dance.

Clubs, Activities, and Sports

All students are encouraged to participate in athletic and academic extracurricular activities. There are many interesting extra-curricular activities and organizations in which you may participate. Consult your homeroom teacher and coaches to see how you would go about joining. The following is a partial list:

  • African Drumming
  • Band
  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Boys Outdoor Track
  • Boys Soccer
  • Cheerleaders
  • Chess Club
  • Chorus
  • Cooking Club
  • Debate
  • Drama Club
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • GeoPlunge
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Girls Outdoor Track
  • Girls Softball
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Girl Up
  • Indoor Track
  • Math Counts
  • NJHS
  • Robotics
  • Peer Mediators
  • Student Council
  • Ultimate Frisbee

As research shows that participation in extracurricular activities is linked with academic success, all Alice Deal students are encouraged to participate. Our teachers have traditionally been unselfish in devoting time outside of the classroom to activity sponsorships. Social, physical, and academic developments go “hand-in-hand.”

These activities are privileges, not rights. Remember, poor behavior, poor attendance (without proper excuse), poor participation, and failing grades are legitimate reasons for exclusion from participation in extra-curricular activities. Major violation of School Board rules, as well as repeated minor violations, will result in exclusion from extra-curricular activities, such as talent shows, dances, games and non-educational trips.

All suspensions from activities are accompanied by a period of restrictions/exclusions. In all cases of restriction/exclusion, school personnel will notify parents/guardians. No student will participate in a non-academic activity while on suspension. Such restrictions may also become effective if a pattern of negative behavior threatens the success of an activity.


HEALTH AND SAFETY

Emergency Evacuation

Every evacuation, including fire drills, is an exercise in school safety. Order must be maintained at all times. Students are expected to pass to and return from every evacuation silently and with urgency. Please familiarize yourself with the following evacuation expectations:

  • Be calm and follow directions quickly
  • Remain in line throughout the evacuation process
  • Stay silent at all time
  • Walk briskly
  • Do not run
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself
  • You will not be permitted to obtain clothing or any possessions after the alarm sounds

Change of Address/Telephone Number

Students/parents/guardian should provide change of address information and new telephone numbers to the Welcome Center. It is important that the school has accurate contact information at all times.

Guidance Department

The Guidance department offers students an opportunity to receive assistance with academic and/or personal problems. Parents are also encouraged to call or set up an appointment with the student’s grade level counselor if they have academic or other concerns/questions about their student.

  • 6th grade students – Christopher Gray
  • 7th grade students – Camille White
  • 8th grade students – Ana Hernandez

Immunizations

Immunizations must be current according to District Government Law. Those who are not in compliance will be notified by the nurse.

Medications

All medication (prescription and over-the-counter) should be brought, by an adult, to the nurse’s office. Inhalers used for asthma are the only exception. Students may carry them after reporting to the nurse and filling out the necessary paperwork.

Some students need to take medicine during the school day. A note stating the name of the medication, dosage, and the time it should be given must accompany the medicine. This note must be dated and signed by the parent/guardian and physician. Prescription medication must be in a prescription bottle from the pharmacy with the student’s name on it. Medications must be dropped off by parents. Students are not allowed to carry medication with them during the school day.


TECHNOLOGY

Cell Phones

Alice Deal has a ZERO TOLERANCE cell phone policy. If a student carries a cell phone into the school, the cell phone must be turned off, in your book bag, and stored in the student’s locker. Turned off means off – not on silent or vibrate. Students may not use a cell phone inside the school building, during lunch/recess, or during after school activities. Students are welcome to use the phones in the main office or in teacher classrooms with teacher permission to contact parents as needed.

Unauthorized cell phones – either being carried or used by a student inside the school building – will be confiscated. Any cell phone that is visible while in the school building will be confiscated.

1st offense – The cell phone will only be returned to the student after the student pays a $15 fine. Students may collect confiscated cell phones from Ms. Stokes in the Welcome Center.

2nd offense – Parents/ Guardian will be contacted and the student will no longer be allowed to carry a cell phone to school. A parent must collect the confiscated phone from the Welcome Center.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss their student’s vulnerability to theft and/or physical harm when they carry expensive electronics. In addition, cell phones, iPods, iPads, and other electronic devices, increase the chance of locker break-ins. School administrators and resource officers cannot take the time from other instructional duties to investigate missing cell phones and other electronic devices that are not allowed on school grounds. The school will not be responsible for the loss, damage, or theft of cell phones and other electronic devices.

Remember, all electronic devices are to be turned off, in your bookbag, in your locker.

Electronics and other nuisances

You are not allowed to use them in classrooms, the cafeteria, or the halls. If you are using an iPod or iPad on the way to or from school, be sure to turn them off before you enter the building. Store the turned-off devices in your locker while in school. All these devices are subject to confiscation if you are found with them. If the problem is serious, it will involve a parent conference as well as other consequences.

Laser pens and other similar nuisances are definitely not allowed at Deal and will be taken away immediately and discarded.

Internet Use

Computer (including handhelds and peripherals), network, and Internet access are privileges available to students at Deal Middle School. Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These guidelines are provided so that students are aware of the responsibilities required to use technologies. The right to use computers at school may be revoked if a student does not adhere to the guidelines below.

Acceptable Use: Students’ use of computers, the Internet, and the school network must be in support of education and research within the educational goals and objectives of Deal Middle School. Transmission of any material in violation of any US or local regulations is prohibited. This includes copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material restricted by school policy or staff. Unauthorized access to any network or computer is strictly prohibited.

Personal Responsibility: As a member of this school community, students accept responsibility for proper use of school technology and for reporting misuse of technology. Student use of school technology will meet the guidelines:

  • Computers will be used for academic purposes only. The use of technology to play music/games or to serve any purpose outside of a class activity is prohibited.
  • Respect the privacy and dignity of students and teachers at all times. Do not use, copy, or delete another user’s files, folders, or passwords.
  • Keep your passwords private.
  • Use appropriate language by refraining from the use of profanity or insulting language. Offensive messages that originate outside of school, but disrupt the school’s educational process may be subject to school consequences.
  • Respect school equipment, including an absence of vandalism or computer viruses.
  • Only use approved software.
  • No online chatting.

Internet Safety: The Internet provides opportunities to access new resources, but it also provides unique risks to students. Alice Deal Middle School provides filtered access to the Internet, but to ensure safety on the Internet, students will follow the guidelines below:

  • Only access sites appropriate for school classes or activities.
  • Do not give out personal information, such as my full name, address, or telephone number.
  • Do not correspond or meet with someone through the Internet.
  • Report immediately any technology use that makes the student uncomfortable or violates school policies.

E-Mail/Communication Safety: E-mail and other online communication services provide opportunities for students, but they require careful use. Students follow the guidelines below when using computers/accounts:

  • Use only an e-mail account at school with the prior permission of a teacher. Instant messaging and chat rooms are prohibited.
  • Adhere to all of the aforementioned guidelines in the Acceptable Use Policy when using a school provided e-mail account or other school provided computer service at school.

CODE OF CONDUCT

We strive to maintain a school climate in which our students can live, learn, and flourish. Our school-wide expectations are direct and clear: respect for self, for others and for the environment. We encourage students to connect our expectations to the Learner Profile to demonstrate appropriate behaviors. All students must comply with the school’s academic honesty policy.

IB Learner Profile

Use of the Learner Profile provides a uniform language for all when seeking to adjust student’s behavior. By internalizing the Learner Profile, students can authentically self-regulate and assume responsibility for their own behaviors. When students demonstrate behaviors inconsistent with our expectations or the Learner Profile, logical consequences will apply. The District of Columbia Municipal Regulation (DCMR), Chapter 25 code serves as the guide for consequences when guided self-reflective adjustments do not yield desired outcome or whenever warranted.

Classroom Rules

At Alice Deal, expectations for behavior are clearly articulated to students. Classroom rules include:

  • Follow directions of all staff
  • Arrive on time
  • All communication should be positive and constructive
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself
  • Respect self, others, and property
  • Remain actively engaged in learning at all times

Classroom Consequences

Students who choose to follow these rules will receive a variety of classroom-based, team-based, and school-wide incentives and rewards. Students who choose not to follow those expectations will be subject to the following consequences for each infraction:

  1. Formal warning
  2. Move student seat to complete behavior reflection
  3. Student conference and parent contact
  4. Administrator Referral; restorative conversation

Administrative Referral

The consequences resulting from an Administrative Referral for disruptive behavior are:

1ST Administrator Referral

  • Administrator-student conference
  • Family contact
  • Follow-up relationship-building intervention with student by teacher and administrator
  • Make up lost instructional time with teacher

2nd Administrator Referral

  • Administrator-student conference
  • Family conference
  • Follow-up relationship-building intervention with student by teacher and administrator
  • Make up lost instructional time with teacher
  • Saturday Detention

3rd Administrator Referral

  • Administrator-student conference
  • Follow-up relationship-building intervention with student by teacher and administrator
  • Make up lost instructional time with teacher
  • In-School Suspension with family contact
  • Initiate behavior intervention plan

Saturday Detention

Saturday detention is a logical consequence used at Deal as an alternative to suspension. Saturday detention occurs with an administrator on set dates and parents will be notified if their student must attend Saturday detention.

Students who cut class, refuse to leave the building at the end of the day, do not go to tardy detention, or do not go to an appointment with a teacher will receive a Saturday detention. The student must also make up the missed time (i.e., instructional time, tardy detention, appointment with teacher). Students who do not attend Saturday detention will have a family conference and In-School Suspension

Suspension

Behaviors classified in Tier 3-5 of the DCPS discipline code may result in immediate in-school or out-of-school suspension. Behaviors classified in Tier 5 of the DCPS discipline code may result in expulsion.


BELL SCHEDULES

2014 – 2015

 

Regular (Bell 1) Bell 2 Bell 3
8:40 Warning Bell 8:40 Warning Bell 8:40 Warning Bell
8:45 9:35 1 8:45 9:28 1 8:45 9:28 1
9:35 9:50 Homeroom 9:28 9:38 Homeroom 9:28 9:38 Homeroom
9:54 10:44 2 9:42 10:25 Activity 9:42 10:24 2
10:29 11:13 2 10:28 11:10 3
10:48 11:38 3 11:17 12:01 3 11:14 11:55 4
11:42 12:32 4 12:05 12:49 4 11:59 12:41 5
12:36 1:26 5 12:53 1:37 5 12:45 1:26 6
1:30 2:20 6 1:41 2:25 6 1:30 2:11 7
2:24 3:15 7 2:29 3:15 7 2:15 3:15 Activity

 

Thursday Bell
8:40 Warning Bell
8:45 9:30 1
9:30 9:35 Homeroom
9:39 10:24 2
10:28 11:13 3
11:17 12:02 4
12:06 12:51 5
12:55 1:40 6
1:44 2:29 7