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March 2, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing and math? The 'back-to-basics curricula,' while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system - absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring - indeed requiring - self-discipline, may be more 'basic' to our nation's survival than traditional credit courses."
-- Paul Harvey
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Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday- Bell T (DC-BAS - Reading)
Wednesday - Bell T (DC-BAS - Math)
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I
Good Work Deal Debaters!

The Deal debate team continued its winning ways at the tournament we hosted this past Saturday. Deal entered 6 teams to the 35 team competition.  Four of those teams placed in the top ten!

Debaters Lena Shapiro, Jamie Loney, Derek Levinson, Clara McGinn and Daniel Dulaney  went undefeated and their teams finished #1 and #2.

One hundred debaters from private, public, and parochial schools from DC and Maryland competed for individual speaker points and Deal placed 9 speakers in the top 20.

Lena, Jamie, and Derek were 1,2,3 respectively. Deal won another Sweepstakes award meaning we won more individual debates than any other school. Way to go debaters!

Big thanks to coach Sweeney and coach Hughes for their part in the success!  Thanks also goes to the many Deal parents, Mr. Greenhill, Mr. Pendelton, Ms. Kim, and Mr. Dacoba who came to support the kids and the tournament!
High School Applications Update
Deadlines are fast approaching. Please get on track if you wish to apply to any of the following high schools.
Cardozo Trans Tech
March 15
The principal of Phelps Architecture,
 and Engineering High School will meet with 8th graders during the lunch period on Thursday, March 5 in Room 102.

Upcoming Activities!

City-wide Science Fair Workshop in room 301; 3:15 - 4:00
NHD workshop in rooms 253 and 102; 3:30 - 4:30 
Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20
Success Academy in room 102; 3:30 - 4:30
Mandatory Cheerleading Practice in the gymnasium; 3:30 - 5:00
DCBAS - Reading
(Testing Bell Schedule)
Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20
Cheerleading Practice in the gymnasium; 3:30 - 5:00
DCBAS - Math
(Testing Bell Schedule)
Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20
Cheerleading Practice in the gymnasium; 3:30 - 5:00
IB Class Cancelled

Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20
Success Academy in room 102; 3:30 - 4:30
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30
Cheerleading Practice in the gymnasium; 3:30 - 5:00
World Language Trip Meeting for students and families (Costa Rica in room G3 and France in room 206); 6:30 pm
Jazz Workshop in the band room
Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20
Cheerleading Practice in the gymnasium; 3:30 - 5:00

March 9
NHD Project Registration in the gymnasium
Auditions begin for "Once Upon a Mattress"
March 10
NHD Judging
March 11
View NHD Exhibits (during history classes)
March 12
School-wide BCR during Bell II activity period
Take NHD Exhibits down
Department Chairpersons Meeting, 3:30 pm
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30
PTA Parent Workshop, 7:00
March 13
DCIAA Cheerleading Competition
March 16
Jazz Combo Performance at the Kennedy Center at 5:30
March 17
Jazz Workshop at Hardy MS at 11:00

March 19
School-wide BCR during Bell II activity period
Faculty Meeting, 3:20
March 20
NCA & TSU Vocal/Jazz Ensemble Performance in the cafeteria; 10:00 - 10:50
Steel Tears performance in the afternoon in the gymnasium
March 23 - March 27
Spring Break

 March 30
School resumes!

April 2
School-wide BCR during Bell II activity period
Mandatory Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30
April 3
Record-keeping day,
12:15 dismissal
Periods: 1, 3, 7, 4, 5

April 9
Awards Assembly #2
Report Cards Issued

April 10 - 13
No School

April 14
School Resumes

April 15
Faculty Meeting, 3:20 pm

April 16
Emancipation Day Holiday

April 20-24
DC CAS Testing (students are reminded to bring their calculators)
April 23
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30
April 30
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30
May 7
Competition Choir Rehearsal; 3:30 - 4:30 

May 26
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 Kim
The administrative team, following the example of our teachers, has begun twice-a-week tutoring sessions with 7th and 8th graders.  It has been a lot of fun for us to get back into the groove of teaching students.  The students in our Success Academy have been coming each week with a lot of excitement!

Students must be pros with multiplication facts.  They will struggle with all levels of math unless they can manipulate math problems with a solid understanding of fact families for addition/subtraction as well as multiplication/division.

Kids, take the time to rely on your brain for those basic skills, instead of punching numbers on the calculator!  A little time invested now will pay big dividends for the rest of your life.

Finally, please travel safely to school tomorrow!  Although the roads may be clear, the sidewalks and the path between Wilson and Deal was quite icy last time.  Please allow for extra time and use caution in the morning!

Principal Kim

DC - BAS Version C This Week!

Students prepare yourselves for the fourth DC-BAS this Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4 (Come to school on time, well rested and make sure you eat breakfast.) 
Be prepared to do well; bring at least 2 sharpened #2 pencils and your calculator.
We are expecting you to continue to perform your best and demonstrate your progress this year.
Our next standardized test will take place in late April.  The DC-CAS will be the one that will be part of your transcript.
Take this opportunity to improve your results and study skills.

DC-BAS Testing Schedule




Warning Bell



Students report to Homeroom



Students report to alternative testing sites






Return testing material

Students who need extended time - escorted to cafeteria



2nd period



3rd period



4th period



5th period



6th period



7th period



1st period


 Weekly News

Teachers and Staff Members
  • Teachers, please only use masking tape (no clear tape) and only tape posters to tile walls.  Remember to remove your posters and tape once the deadline has passed.
  • Teachers were given the Social Work Counseling schedules last week.  Please mark students excused when they are meeting with a Service Provider.  We recognize that this direction is different from how we have done it in the past.  If you have questions about STARS please see Ms. Baxter or Ms. Neal or if you have questions about the whereabouts of students, please verify the student's attendance with Ms. Brooks.
  • On Wednesday there will be a custodian meeting at 11:00 am in the conference room. 
Pennies for Patients
Congratulations to Ms. Mason's homeroom for raising over $200 and winning the Pennies for Patients contest!!  Way to go.
Help with NHD Today 
This is your last chance to get some help refining your NHD project before next week's school competition.  Bring questions, problems, concerns to the resident experts so you can do your BEST work.  Help will be available from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Please be prompt.
Performances:  with Ms. Neal in room 102 (bring scripts, questions, and ideas)
Documentaries, Exhibits, Papers:  Ms. Mostoller in room 253
NHD School Competition Next Week
Deal will hold its annual NHD school competition the week of March 9.  Here is the schedule:
Monday:  Project registration all day in the gym  (done during history classes only)
Tuesday: Judging (all day in sites TBA)
Wednesday:  View exhibits (during history classes)
Thursday:  Take exhibits down (during history classes)
Students must have their exhibit boards, documentaries, research papers and process papers with them to register their projects on Monday.  No exceptions!
Foreign Language Trip Meeting
Spring break is drawing near and it's only a few weeks until Deal students represent their school and their country by traveling abroad to Costa Rica and France!
There will be one final meeting to prepare our student travelers and their parents before the trips.  Please mark your calendars and come to the meeting this Thursday, March 5th, from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  The Costa Rica trip meeting will be in room G3 and the France trip meeting will be in room 206.  We will be finalizing paperwork, doing some cultural activities, and answering last minute questions.  Please arrive on time!
Deal Documentary 
In an effort to document our many exciting instructional activities, Mr. Simmons and the AV crew are interested in videotaping students and staff.  All teachers are encouraged to contact Ms. Simmons to arrange times for the AV crew to videotape you and your students "in action." 
Please give us as much time as possible, but if something REALLY exciting pops up at the last minute please share it with us and we'll try to record it.
2009 Deal Play
We have come up with a show for this year. It is ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and is an updated spin on The Princess and the Pea. We plan on auditioning the week of March 9.
Music! Just Imagine!"
March is "Music in Our Schools" month. The Music Department has put together a list of events in celebration of "Music in Our Schools" month.  It is the hope of the department to promote this year's theme, "Music! Just Imagine."
  • Jazz Workshops - March 6 & 9 (one more possible date, 3, 12, or 13) - Band room - Jazz Workshop Students
  • Kennedy Center & Wynton Marsalis Concert - March 16 - Performance Time 5:30 pm  Jazz Combo
  • Marsalis @ Hardy MS  - March 17 - Jazz Workshop starting around 11 am - Jazz Workshop Students
  • Opera - March 19 at 9:30 am - Cafeteria (set-up 8:40 am) - All General Music Students and classes that want to attend
  • NCA&TSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble - March 20, Workshop 9 am - 9:45 am in both the Choir and Band rooms, Performance 10 am - 10:50 in the Cafeteria - All Choir and Band Students and class that want to attend (concert only)
  • Steel Tears - March 20 - Performance in the Gym (set-up 12 pm) - Entire School
Attention all Cleveland Competition Choir Members
We will begin mandatory after school rehearsals in this month for all choir students going to Cleveland.  All rehearsals will be on Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the choral room.  Here are the dates.  Please plan accordingly.
March 5
March 12
April 2
April 23
April 30
May 7
Cleveland Trip Next Payment Due
The Cost of trip to Cleveland is $425 per person which includes hotel, judging, some food, and all activities.  Please note that transportation is not included at this time, but will be at a later date. As of 2/1/09, everyone should have paid $340.  Please forward your payment of $85 as soon as possible.  If you have question or concerns about payment, please see Mr. Frye or Mr. Jackson.
Department of Music Listserv
The Music Department uses a listserv in order to communicate information to its students and parents.  All students involved with the Department of Music should sign up to be a member of this listserv. To become a member send an email mail to .  
Baseball Tryouts
Baseball tryouts will take place on the following days the week of March 2nd:
March 2nd at 3:20 pm (meet in gym)
March 3rd at 3:20 pm (meet in gym)
March 5th at 3:20 pm (meet in gym)
March 6th at 3:20 pm (meet in gym)
All students interested in trying out for the Baseball Team should bring their signed permission slips and Athlete Data and Emergency Treatment Information forms to tryouts.
Deal Outdoor Track
The Deal Outdoor Track practices begin this week. Please have all required paperwork to begin practice. No paperwork, no practice.  All paperwork, including Health Forms, must be received by March 18th.  Any questions see Mr. Geremia.
There will be mandatory practice everyday for the next two weeks from 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm.
Registration for the 2009 Young Women's Conference
Registration has been extended to March 3, 2009!  The 2009 Young Women's Conference on Non-Traditional Careers will offer young women in DC, ranging from eighth grade to the first year of college, a professional conference experience and opportunities to discover and explore non-traditional career fields. The conference will take place Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at American University's Mary Graydon Center. Conference participants will network with successful female role models from the biomedical, aerospace, engineering, building, automotive, technology, and other fields.
Approximately 200 pre-registered young women will attend five 30-minute workshop sessions, learn about the importance of 'Growing Green,' view a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, interact with robots, meet agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and engage in helpful workshops to prepare them for a successful, green future. Keynote speakers include Katherine Szarama, neuroscientist and research fellow at the National Institute of Health, and Allyson Wilson, news reporter and anchor at WTTG FOX 5.
The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information on the conference, please contact Julia Martas, Civil Rights & Gender Equity Coordinator at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, at (202) 741-0279 or  <mailto:[email protected]> .
Sally Ride Science Festival
Join the fun at George Mason University for the Sally Ride Science Festival!

Place: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Time: 11:00 am to 4:15 pm

The Science Festival, sponsored by Exxon Mobil, includes
An inspiring talk by cosmo-chemist Laurie Leshin
Workshops for girls, which can be given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists, and more
Workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls' interests in science
A street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food, and music 

GSFC SISTERS Program - Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research
The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is offering a five day Summer Institute for the purpose of increasing the awareness of and providing opportunities for middle school girls to explore non-traditional career fields with research scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Middle School girls entering grades 7 & 8 with at least a B average in science or math are eligible to attend. Students must be U. S. citizens. There is no cost to participate in the program.  However, lunch and
transportation to and from the Goddard Space Flight Center must be provided by the student.

WHEN:  July 13-17, 2009
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Download your application:

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by April 17th.



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 - 5 pm
  • Student Council officer meeting, 3:20 - 4 pm
  • Tutoring with Ms. Mason, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, RM 211
  • 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
  • NHD support with Ms. Mostoller (room 253) and Ms. Neal (room 102), 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Movie Club with Ms. Ortiz, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Yoga with Ms. Kelley, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Success Academy, 3:30 - 4:30, RM 102 
  • Green Scholars DC CAS Prep, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, RM 109
  • Track Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • City-wide Science Fair Workshop, 3:15 - 4:00; RM 301
  • Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20 pm

Tuesday  AM

  • Jazz Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • 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
  • LAYC tutoring 3:30 pm
  • Chinese Club, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Team Olympians Study Hall with Ms. Kinzer, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:30

Wednesday AM

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

Wednesday PM

  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
  • Show Choir, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Mathcounts, 3:25 - 4:45 pm, RM 105
  • CAPS, Counseling Session, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Spanish Club, 3:20, RM G-5
  • Track practice, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20
Thursday AM
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am
  • Cleveland 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
  • Jazz Combo, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Team Aztec - A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, Cafeteria
  • Green Scholars DCCAS after school tutoring , 3:30 - 4:15 pm, RM 303
  • Team Olympians Study Hall with Ms. Kinzer, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Success Academy, 3:30 - 4:30  pm, RM 102 
  • A Quiet Place, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Cheerleading practice, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Competition Choir 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Green Scholars DC CAS Prep 3:30 - 4:15 pm, RM 303
  • Track Practice 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20
  • World Language Trip Meeting for students and families (Costa Rica in RM G3 and France in RM 206); 6:30 pm

Friday AM

  •  Rock Choir, 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
  • Cheerleading practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Baseball Tryouts in the gymnasium; 3:20


As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for Thought...

Early Adolescent Students' Social and Psychological Development

            In this Kappan article, California State University/Chico professor Diana Coyl describes four areas in which early adolescent students develop. As children get older, they are less amenable to adult influence, says Coyl. As a result, the early adolescent years are prime time for effective prevention and intervention before negative effects on social and academic success take hold.

            Obesity and body image - The number of obese children in this age group has doubled since 1980, reaching 17% in 2006, accompanied by an increase in high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, and bone and joint problems, as well as teasing and low self-esteem. Some girls whose weight is within the normal range think they're fat because of the media's portrayal of ideal body types, leading to poor body image and unnecessary dieting.

            Media and technology - Increasing numbers of students have cell phones, personal computers, and electronic games. About 82 percent of seventh graders spend about 6  hours a day immersed in electronic media. Many children multitask on several devices at once, which reduces the quality of attention to any one task or person. "Although children may claim that they can work better while listening to music or using media devices," says Coyl, "research consistently shows that when individuals' attention is divided, their errors increase significantly and projects take twice as much time or more to complete." Text messaging and e-mailing reduce face time and provide less access to other people's emotions and the "rich language of nonverbal communication", and the time families spend in dinner-time conversation is much lower.

            Self-understanding - Children increasingly see themselves in terms of social comparisons and interactions - popular, nice, helpful, smart, or dumb. They also get better at taking the perspective of another person, experiencing more than one emotion at a time, and developing appropriate emotional responses to different situations. All this influences children's academic self-concept, level of effort, and actual performance.

            Social competence - Bullying, whether physical, relational, or electronic, damages children's psychological and emotional well-being and school performance. Close friendships have the opposite effect, buffering children against emotional harm, boosting academic achievement, and developing self-assurance and social adjustment through companionship, common interests, loyalty, and intimate disclosure. Students without friends are less likely to be successful socially or academically, as are children involved in friendships characterized by conflict, dominating behaviors, rivalry, and betrayal.

"Kids Really Are Different These Days" by Diana Coyl in Phi Delta Kappan, February 2009 (Vol. 90, #6, p. 404-407), available for purchase at

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