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January 5, 2009
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week
"Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right!"
-- Oprah Winfrey

Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
 Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I
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 December Students of the Month  

 Team Aztecs 

 Jonah Gigli
Mwazo Mbewe
Team Green Scholars      
 Daniel Dulaney 
Blair Brown

Team Olympians 7    
Joseph Abrego 
Diana Lara
Team Olympians 8
Elvis Guerrero   
Lanniyah Elam
Team Braveheart
Jordan Howie   
Maggie Menditto
Liam Kerwin
Yoselin Penas
We congratulate these fabulous individuals for there character and accomplishments!
We are very proud of these students and what they represent.

Upcoming Activities!

School resumes after Winter Break!
 Staff Meeting, 8:10 am, RM N101
6th grade transition coffee chat #3 with Ms. Kim, 9-10 am, RM N101
Deal Mission Finalization, 3:30 pm

Focus Walk - period 7
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting at 3:30 pm
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Francis at Francis, 3:30 pm

LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
January 13th
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Hardy at Deal, 3:30 pm

January 13th & 14th

January 15th
2nd Semester schedules distributed 

Faculty meeting, 3:20pm
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Jefferson at Deal, 3:30 pm

January 16th
End of 2nd Advisory
Martin Luther King, Jr., Assembly

January 19th
Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

January 20th
Inauguration Day - holiday

January 22nd
Deal Ski Trip to Ski Liberty
Student Council Awards Assembly
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Oyster-Adams at Deal, 3:30 pm

January 23rd
Record-keeping day,
12:15 dismissal
Periods: 1, 2, 6, 4, 5
Janaury 26th
 Team Braveheart
Smithsonian Museum of American Art
January 27th
School visit with a school team from AZ
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Takoma at Takomal, 3:30 pm
January 29th
Team Braveheart
 field trip to Smithsonian
Girls/Boys Basketball Game vs Francis at Deal, 3:30 pm
January 30th
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
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
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

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

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 KimHappy New Year!  I hope everyone enjoyed the winter break!  I am excited to see everyone back at school for the beginning of 2009!

A HUGE thank you to Mr. Greenhill and his team who worked to clean up the school during the break.  I love that sparkling hallway!

Parents and students, we need your help in implementing a new attendance directive.  Starting today, your child's homeroom teacher has to make a phone call home to you on the very first day of an unexcused absence.  Our teachers are very busy and should be focused on instruction, rather than attendance-related phone calls.

Attendance and punctuality are important and it is everyone's responsibility.  If a student comes in late, they disrupt the flow of learning for others.  If you miss school, not only do you have to make up the work, but the teacher also has to work with the individuals and make sure they do not get behind.  Your choices about punctuality and attendance have an impact on the larger group. 
I want to convey my respect for the hard work and passion of parenting.  Your job is the most important in the world.  The second most important job is teaching.  They need to focus on planning quality lessons and then teaching to students.  They cannot do this if they have to stop and deal with students who arrive to class late.  They cannot do this if they have to spend their planning periods making attendance phone calls.  Please take your child's time in school as seriously as we do.  I recognize that there will be emergencies.  Please send a note with your child the day the very day he or she comes back to school, so that the homeroom teacher does not have to make a phone call home.  The student is expected to take this note to each teacher for their review and signature, and then bring it to the office at the end of the day.  The official Deal Attendance Excuse Form is on our website  Click on Download forms and then on Absent Note.

Thanks so much for your support in helping to make sure that students get to school each day and to keep our outstanding teachers focused on teaching and planning!

Principal Kim

Time is Running Out!

High School Applications Update 
8th grade students may pick up applications for the following schools from Ms. McFarland's office (RM113)
January 16 
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
January 20 
McKinley Technological
January 23
Phelps Architectural Construction & Engineering
January 28
Banneker Academic
January 30 
January 30

Dunbar Pre-Engineering 
February 28

Cardozo Trans Tech
March 15

Reminder please request recommendations from your teachers. If you are applying your teachers would like the recommendations in a timely manner. Teachers need at least two weeks to complete your recommendations.
If you have any questions see Ms. McFarland during lunch or after school
Weekly News

Thank You!

  • Thank you to all the students who purchased "candygrams" to support the World Language Department!  The fundraiser was a big success!  Many kind messages were sent along with the candy canes to students and teachers.  Thank you also to Mr. Ngwa, the World Language Fundraising Chair, for coordinating the event.  Thank you to all the student and parent volunteers who made it a success, especially Ruth Ernst and Dana Cooper and her family.
  • Thanks to the Deal faculty and staff for their dedication to constantly improving our school through their mindfulness and hard work.  We are many steps closer to formulating our mission!
  • Thanks to Ms. Alison Wylegala for stepping in to provide long-term instruction for our students while Ms. Simpson-Wayne was out.  The students really enjoyed learning from her and we were lucky to have such a trusted and skilled member of our school community step in!

Teacher Reminders:

  • Welcome back!
  • HR teachers, please conduct a quick survey of your students this morning.  The survey sheet is in your mailboxes.
  • Please remember to hang the "School Emergency Procedures Guide" on your new desk.  Also please be sure to use it as it was designed.
  • Please remember to follow the new attendance guidelines.  The changes begin today.  Thanks for your cooperation and support.
  • Please remember to return keys to the main office each afternoon!  
  • We will meet on Tuesday in RM N101 to review DCCAS preparation strategies.  8:10 am
  • Deal Mission Team:  Meeting on Wednesday in the conference room to finalize our mission!  3:30 pm

World Language Trip's Partial Scholarships

  • The World Language Department is happy to announce that they will be funding two partial scholarships for this year's abroad trips.  The scholarship will be awarded based on need, academic performance, and an essay expressing your interest.  Please talk to your Spanish or French teacher immediately to find out more information about the scholarship.

Attention Staff Members

  • Staff Members please note that you are to never put money in people's mailboxes.  If you have money for a particular event, please give the money (cash or checks) to the sponsor.  This way, you will receive a receipt and your money will be in safe-keeping.  

Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Metro Bus Transfers
  • After January 4, students who travel to school by bus and previously used school tokens plus paper transfers will be unable to use paper transfers to change buses.  From now on these students will have to use two tokens (one for each bus) or use a special issued Student SmarTrip card.
The Student SmarTrip card, which will be made available only during the current school year to students who travel only by bus, will cost $6.26 - the current price of a pack of 10 school tokens.  Each student would be allowed only one registered Student SmarTrip card, which will allow the student to board one bus and transfer to a second (or even a third) bus within a three-hour transfer period at no additional cost.  The card is reloadable; that is, fare value can be continually added to the card at any WMATA fare vendor or bus farebox.  Student SmarTrip cards will be sold at all METRO sales facilities including bus garages, METRO Center, Anacostia Station and the Jackson Graham Building.   
 Lost and FOUND Textbooks
  • Aimee-Nicole Allen - History
    Diona Boler - Science
    Rahela Dulan - French
    Vanessa Flores - French
    Adriahna Foster - Spanish
    Aisha Gardner - Chinese
    Karen Herrera - History
    Michael Kusnet - Science (Interactions)
    Marvin Mata - Spanish
    Kali Murphy - Literature
    Jose Reyes - Science
    Please take better care of your books - they are critical resources for our learning community!

The Write Stuff

  •  As we continue our efforts to improve students' literacy skills, we will begin administering school-wide writing prompts this month.  Teachers will engage in collaborative scoring of all student responses and provide feedback to students.  The first school-wide writing event will take place on Thursday, January 15th.

Attention Student Energy Auditors: Join the audit today!

Any student that participated in the Student Energy Audit Training (SEAT) is encouraged to see Ms. Lerum or Mr. Koplowitz to sign up for an after school audit today.  We will be visiting a number of the new classrooms to analyze their efficiency.  We hope to be able to present our results to Mrs. Kim and Chancellor Rhee sometime shortly after the winter break.  Please come help!

Write an essay and go to the inauguration!

  • A late-breaking opportunity.  This occasion provides you an opportunity to reflect on your own role in history and possibly get to view some history in the making. Your goal is to write a 500-word essay that answers the following question, "How can I contribute to my neighborhood through community service?"
  • As reported in Sunday's Washington Post, 100 D.C. middle school and high school students will be selected to sit in a viewing stand in front of the White House for the January 20th Inauguration Parade.  The students must be D.C. residents who attend public or private school (That is YOU).  A parent or legal guardian who resides in the District must submit your essay.  Winners will receive 3 tickets to attend the event.  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM, January 11th.  For more information visit,

Science Fair Display Boards

  • The Science Department would like every student to be prepared for science fair.  Science fair display boards are available for purchase from any science teacher.  White display boards with labels are $6, blue or black display boards with labels are $10. Supplies are limited, see any science teacher if you are interested in making a purchase. 
Faculty Members Needed
  • The athletic department is looking for staff members who can assist with operating the scoreboard clock at basketball games.  If you are interested, stop by the gymnasium or put a note in Mr. Jenkins' mailbox.


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

Monday PM

  • Indoor Track Practice, 3 - 5 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
  • Boys/Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm Student Council officers 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 & Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:30 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
  • Indoor Track Practice, 3 - 5 pm
  • Human Rights Club meeting, 3:15 pm, RM N101
  • 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 - 5:30 pm
  • Boys/Girls' Basketball practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Wednesday AM
  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  • Small Choral Ensemble, 8 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 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

Thursday AM

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

Thursday PM

  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • LAYC tutoring, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Girls/Boys Basketball Game vsFrancis at Francis, 3:30 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

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

How Changeable Are People's Personalities Over Time?

            In this thought-provoking Newsweek column, Sharon Begley attacks the widespread belief that people's dispositions are genetically programmed and don't change. True, people seem to retain the same basic temperament from childhood. And true, research has shown that certain traits (neuroticism, risk-taking, resilience, ruthlessness, and social awkwardness) are linked to genes. But this doesn't mean personality can't be changed. "Just because it seems stable over the years doesn't mean it's immutable," says Begley. "Instead, maybe we just haven't identified what changes it."
            She offers a medical analogy: habitually sedentary people's blood pressure, heart rate, weight, and other body indicators are very stable over time. "The numbers hardly change," she says, "so you conclude that they're unchangeable. Unfortunately, you neglected to test whether a little thing called aerobic exercise might change them." And of course, it does.
            In a recent study at Yale, a group of students took a brief course on social skills and fitting in. Compared to the control group, they became more resilient and motivated and more likely to reach out to professors and take part in campus life. "Something that seems like a small intervention can have cascading effects on things we think of as stable or fixed," comments Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck. "... More and more research is suggesting that, far from being simply encoded in the genes, much of personality is a flexible and dynamic thing that changes over the life span and is shaped by experience." This includes how we perceive ourselves and others and how we act in everyday situations.
            Research on animals is making clear that "DNA is not an inert set of blueprints," says Begley. "It responds to life experiences. In baby rats who are licked and groomed by their mothers, brain genes linked to neuroticism and fear of the unknown are turned off. In zebra finches, hearing the song of a strange male increases the expression of a brain gene that triggers defending its territory from the interloper."
            But erroneously believing that personality traits are unchangeable can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example, if a girl's parents believe her shyness will never change, she will probably remain shy for life. But if her parents gently encourage her to get into the sandbox and play with other children, she is more likely to outgrow her shyness by the age of twelve.
The same is true of beliefs about intelligence. In a study conducted by Carol Dweck, junior-high-students were taught that intelligence was malleable and that the brain makes new connections throughout life and grows in response to intellectual challenge. These students were significantly more conscientious and diligent than students who didn't hear this message. "Beliefs about yourself play a causal role in how likely you are to seek out challenges and in how resilient you are," says Dweck.
            "No one claims that genes play no role in shaping personality," concludes Begley. "But it's time to junk the old idea that only the part of a trait under environmental, not genetic control is malleable: the life we lead and experiences we have reach deep into our double helix."
"When DNA Is Not Destiny" by Sharon Begley in Newsweek, Dec. 1, 2008 (p. 14)

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