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January 26, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes."
-- Andrew Carnegie
Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday- Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I
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Upcoming Activities!

School visit with a school team from AZ, 9am
Deal Spelling Bee at 3:30 pm
Chinese Club trip to Uptown Cathay
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Takoma at Takoma at 3:30 pm
Attendance Committee Meeting during 2nd period
Team Braveheart
 field trip to Smithsonian Museum of American Art
"WPG Trio" performance during 6th & 7th periods
Deal Vision Meeting, 3:30 pm
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Francis at Deal, 3:30 pm
PTA meeting 7pm
2nd Advisory report cards issued
February 2nd
The Student    
Council Pennies for Patients campaign begins
2009 Deal Science Fair Setup

February 3rd
Girls/ Boys Basketball Game vs Hardy at Hardy, 3:30 pm
Indoor Track Championship
February 4th
2009 Deal Science Fair Judging Day

February 5th
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting, 3:30 pm
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Lincoln at Deal, 3:30 pm
World Language Trip Meeting for students and families, 6:30pm
February 6th
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

February 9th
 Girls/Boys Basketball
Game vs Takoma at Takoma
February 11th
Focus Walk - pd. 4

February 12th
Department Chairperson's Meeting, 3:30 pm, RM 101
February 13th
 Valentine's Day Party, 3:30 - 6 pm

February 16th
Presidents' Day Holiday

February 17th
Teachers submit deficiency reports to HR teachers

February 18th
HR teachers submit deficiency reports to the main office
School-wide BCR 

February 19th
Mid-Advisory Reports mailed home
Faculty Meeting,3:20 pm
 NAEP-2009 for 8th graders
February 20th
The Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign ends  
February 21st
Deal Auction
February 24th & 25th

February 26th
Focus Walk - pd. 5

February 27th
Parent Teacher Conference Day

March 5th
World Language Trip Meeting for students and families, 6:30pm

March 12th
PTA Parent Workshop, 7pm

March 19th
Faculty Meeting, 3:20pm

March 23 - March 27th
Spring Break

 March 30th
School starts!

April 3rd
Record-keeping day,
12:15 dismissal
Periods: 1, 3, 7, 4, 5

April 9th
Awards Assembly #2
Report Cards Issued

April 20-24th
DC CAS Testing

May 26th
Reception at Smithsonian Museum of American Art for Team Braveheart art/writing stories books

June 11
8th grade promotion

June 15
Last day of school for students

June 17
Last day of school for teachers
Message from Principal Kim
Principal KimI had so much fun skiing with the Deal ski club last Thursday.  It was a great day to watch students learn to ski for the first time, see a new side of other students as they expertly maneuvered the slopes, and watch many push themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of doing.  We are so lucky to have teachers who sponsor such wonderful activities for students.  The adults at Deal are committed to supporting the developing adolescent!  Thanks to Ms. Sweeney and Mr. Koplowitz for leading this trip and to the many other Deal teachers who share their passions with students.

Unfortunately, I was unable to be present for the first awards ceremony on Friday, due to an important modernization meeting involving Allen Lew of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization.  I want the students to know I would not have missed it for much else.  And, afterward, I did hear all about it!  I heard about the striking images of the many students rising for honor roll and perfect attendance recognition; I heard about the team spirit as students of the fall teams received awards from their coaches; and I was excited to receive this year's snazzy Deal Fencing Club t-shirt!

Big thanks to Mr. Kirschenbaum and his work with the student council to organize these celebrations.  Thanks to Ms. Baxter for preparing the academic honors certificates.  And a special thanks to our fall coaches, Mr. Mbayu, Mr. Ngwa, Ms. Ortiz, Ms. Spann, Ms. Lerum, Mr. Jenkins, and Mr. Geremia for your dedicated work to develop students beyond your classrooms.

I know I am leaving out the other club sponsors who continue to work with kids throughout the year - with rugby, MathCounts, debate, exercise club, band, choir, art club, cheerleading, movie club, knitting club, etc. ... but the list goes on too long to mention in this small reflection today.

Please take a moment to read this week's "Food for Thought" article, as it emphasizes the importance of these extracurricular activities for students.  Students, if you are not involved in one, get involved!!!  You are certainly missing out!

Lastly, thanks to all the parent volunteers and parent contribuitors who made this weekend's Deal Phone-a-thon such a success!  I love being a part of a community where everyone goes above and beyond for our students!  I hope to see many of your at the PTA meeting this Thursday!

Principal Kim

High School Applications Update
Deadlines are fast approaching please get on track if you wish to apply to any of the following high schools.
Mckilnley Technological
January 23
Phelps Architectual Construction and Engineering
January 28
January 30
Dunbar Pre-Engineering
February 28
Cardozo Trans Tech
March 15
Weekly News

Congratulations to Anne Chambers, Charlotte Hovland, Molly Charles, and Ulysses Campbell on their participation in the IB Model UN Competition this past weekend.  Congratulations on a job well done.

Student reminders:
  • Get to ALL classes on time!  There is too much lingering between classes especially after lunch periods.  Punctuality is important!
  • This is the toughest time of the school year.  You are juggling multiple assignments and projects and the teachers have raised the bar for rigor.  You must be organized and adhere to time lines to stay successful.  If you are struggling, please see one of your teachers, a counselor, or Mr. Albright!
Teacher reminders:
  • Thank you for your thoughtful comments to my email inquiry.  If you have not yet responded, please do so by today.  As usual, the Deal teachers continue to impress me with your knowledge of your students and how to support them for success. 
  • Teachers, please continue to follow the attendance directive to make a phone call home to all students on their 1st day of non-excused absence.  This also needs to be documented in STARS.
  • The Deal Vision team will  meet this Thursday at 3:30PM in the conference room.  All interested teachers are invited to attend.
  • Thanks to the teachers who attended the 6th grade transition meeting (Ms. Kinzer, Mr. Kirschenbaum, Mr. Brecher, Mr. Hughes, Ms. Sweeney, Ms. Hernandez - I'm sorry if I'm missing others!)
  • Thanks to the teachers who attended the Apple presentation (Ms. Lerum, Mr. Mungai, Mr. McDowell, Ms. Washington, Ms. Mostoller, Ms. Wells, Mr. Mbayu, Ms. Hovanscek -  I'm sorry if I am forgetting someone!)
Visitors from Valencia Middle School at deal on Monday

Several school leaders from Valencia Middle School in Tucson, Arizona, will be visiting Deal on Monday, January 26th. While in town for an education conference, they have asked to see a school they have heard much about. The visit will run from 9 until 11; teachers should expect these visitors to walk the building to get a flavor for what happens here at Deal. Thanks for your support and cooperation in supporting other schools learn from what we do!
Braveheart Tours the Smithsonian Museum of American Art on Thursday
Classroom teachers are asked to excuse Braveheart students from classes on Thursday in order to allow them to tour the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.  Students will leave at 9:00 a.m. and return to school at approximately 2:30 p.m.  A list of participating students has been distributed in staff mailboxes this morning.
National History Day Help Today in Room 253
Students who need help with process papers, with performances, and with documentaries are invited to a special after-school tutorial this afternoon in room 253 from 3:30-4:30.  Bring your scripts, your rough drafts, or your questions along with you.  Special assistance with exhibit boards and research papers will be available next Monday.
After-School Chinese Club Starts this Week.
Attention students:   Do you know that the Chinese New Year is today, January 26?  Do you also know that it is the year of the ox?  If you want to be a young China expert, come to the after-school Chinese Club.
It will meet every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room G4.  Please see Ms. Wang for a permission slip.   
Brief Constructed Response Items
As we continue our efforts to reinforce literacy across the curriculum, all teachers will incorporate a weekly Brief Constructed Response (BCR) into their classroom instruction.  Each department has been assigned a day to focus on BCRs:
Monday - Social Studies
Tuesday - English
Wednesday - Math
Thursday - Electives
Friday - Science
Movie Club
Movie Club will start today with Ms. Ortiz.  Each Monday we will meet to watch a movie, we will also decide what movie to watch for the following week.  We will meet in room N103, drinks will be provided, make sure to bring your own snack.  The movie we will be watching is Swing Vote.


Before & After School Activities This Week ...
 Monday AM
  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Monday PM

  • Debate Team, 3:20 - 4:30 pm
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 5pm
  • Boys/Girls Basketball practice
  • Student Council officer meeting, 3:20 - 4 pm
  • Tutoring with Ms. Mason, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM 211
  • Science tutoring with Ms. Hampton, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • LAYC tutoring 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • MathCounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
  • Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Jazz Combo - Mon & Thrus, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • NHD support with Ms. Mostoller, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
  • Movie Club with Ms. Ortiz, 3:30 - 5 pm

Tuesday  AM

  • Jazz Band, 7:45 AM
  • Concert Choir
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7-8:30 am

 Tuesday PM

  • Student Government meeting, 3:20 pm, RM 207
  • Human Rights Club meeting, 3:15 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Drumline, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • International Cooking Club, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
  • Art Club, 3:20 - 4:20 pm, Ms. Washington's classroom
  • Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Takoma at Takoma, 3:30 pm
  • LAYC turoing 3:30
  • Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Chinese Club, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Wednesday AM

  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Wednesday PM

  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Boys/Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Cheerleading practice
  • Show Choir, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Mathcounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
  • Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Cleveland Band 7:45 am

Thursday AM

  •  Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am
  • Jazz Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am

Thursday PM

  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Ms. Simpson-Wayne's Video Exercise Class, 3:30 -4:30 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Frances at Deal, 3:30 pm
  • Jazz Combo
  • Indoor Track practice, 3:30 - 5 pm

Friday AM

  • Rock Choir, 8 am
  • Flute and Clarinet Ensembles, 8 am

Friday PM

  • Field Games with Mr. Brecher
  • Tutoring with Ms. Brown & Ms. Bruce, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Knitting with Ms. Wells, 3:30 -4:30 pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

Are Extracurricular Activities the Secret Weapon of American Schools?

            Mike Petrilli argues that extracurricular activities in American schools explain the fact that, despite our students' mediocre test-score performance on international comparisons, U.S. economic growth is still impressive. "That's right," says Petrilli, "Our athletic programs, student councils, debate clubs, school newspapers, orchestras, theater troupes, Future Farmers of America, [Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church youth groups], and the rest of the panoply of after-school activities might be boosting America's economic output. While Asian kids are cramming at 'exam cram schools' and European youngsters are smoking Gitanes in sidewalk cafes, our students are engaged in activities that give them the confidence to achieve in myriad ways - a taste of achievement they then carry into the world of work."
            Petrilli points to indirect evidence that extracurricular activities correlate with stronger social self-concept and increased cultural capital. "This is no secret," he writes; "It's why elite colleges want to see extracurricular activities on applicants' resumes - fueling an extracurricular arms race in some elite high schools."
            As further proof, Petrilli asks us to conduct a thought experiment. "Think of the skills you use on a daily basis in your job... Now ponder: back in school, did you get to practice these skills more often during class time or during extracurricular activities? I strongly suspect it was the latter." Here's his list:
-         Setting goals and working toward them
-         Collaborating with colleagues
-         Speaking publicly
-         Organizing time effectively
-         Designing and leading projects and project teams
-         Listening to the concerns of others
-         Competing against other organizations
-         Juggling multiple duties.
All the more reason to encourage students to get involved in extracurricular activities, concludes Petrilli. And all the more reason for small schools, which can't afford as many extras, to team up with other schools or universities to make sure students have access to the broadest possible range of enriching choices.
"The Genius of American Education" by Mike Petrilli in The Education Gadfly, July 17, 2008 (Vol. 8, #27, p. 2-4)

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