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Interim Principal's Message...albright


Meeting 8th graders in the halls as they returned from their Deal Gives Back activities on Wednesday prompted thoughts of who they were as 6th graders. This first middle school class is on the cusp of leaving for other pastures. Did the journey they traveled on take the shape we intended or expected when we began to plan for their arrival four years ago, or have they managed to find their way through in spite of our efforts? Have we learned lessons from their time at Deal that should be applied to future cohorts of students?

Three years ago, we began to implement the IB Middle Years with great fidelity; we hired over 30 new staff to anticipate the expansion of the school with 6th grade, and we started a process of examining our assessments and grading policy to align more with our belief in expectation-setting. A large 6th grade class made this journey with us - taking languages for three years, moving into an accelerated math program, getting arts/music and PE every year - and in a week and a bit they stand up and get promoted in their beautiful auditorium. Deeper and more connected units, new opportunities to demonstrate mastery of learning, greater connection with what they are learning and the real world - these students have had it all. We have increased community service activities and stressed the development of the student as learner. We have tried some approaches that worked and some that didn't.  But through it all, this 8th grade class has learned, grown, and prepared for the next stage of their academic lives.

So what do these last three years say to our current and future students? Even in the face of continued growth, we know to hold dear what has worked best: a healthy team system, lively extracurricular activities, and a clear focus on growing as learners and scholars. Change comes in big and small ways. Clearly (to me) there is a need to make the student's own path one that they understand and help manage: they should know what the purpose behind a Hemlock trip, increasing academic challenges, and Deal Gives Back is - and what it means to them. There are tools in place to manage their work, but they need to own their academic progress. This might mean student-led conferences, portfolios, and a three-year plan. It also might mean understanding the academic expectations over three years, not just advisory by advisory. Students should be able to see their own growth as they balance their academics with other activities - an 8th grader should be in a position to lead in many ways that a 6th grader is not. Every student at Alice Deal Middle School should know where they are going over their three years here - and be in a position to get themselves to that point.

As a school, we are already anticipating this need for coherence. Our plans for next year, in academic goals, facility design, and hiring of teachers, are intended to build on the clear successes over the last few years and to point Deal to an even stronger place in the future. We will definitely miss our 8th graders, but they will be leaving a legacy for the next generations by what they have taught us in their time at Deal.

Enjoy the week. 

Interim Principal Albright 

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Bell Schedule

Monday -Bell I 
Tuesday -Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Bell I 
Friday - Bell I + Deal Day 

Upcoming Dates


June 4
PIA - English
8th Grade Textbook Collection


June 5
PIA - Math
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
 Deal Guest Grilling at BD's Mongolian BBQ

June 6
7th Grade Textbook Collection


June 7
8th Grade Trip to Kings Dominion 


June 8
8th Grade Dance
Deal Day 


June 11
6th Grade Textbook Collection
The Amazing MogaRace 


June 12
8th Grade Promotion - 10am 


June 13
Faculty Meeting


June 14
Last Day of School
End of Fourth Advisory


Get your 

2011 - 2012

Alice Deal MS Yearbook Now!!! 


The 2011-2012 yearbooks ARE HERE!  Don't miss out on the opportunity to purchase this keepsake of your memories!

Please bring in cash or a money order in the amount of $35.00 made out to Alice Deal to Ms. Baxter in the Welcome Center during your lunch period or after school.  

There are a limited number of yearbooks so don't miss out!



 Wilson Senior High School Update for Rising 9th graders    

Earlier this year, 8th grade students worked with their counselor to create a 4-year plan for high school on the Bridges' Individual Graduation Plan (IGP). Courses were selected for next year, as well as tentative course work for the entire four years of high school. 


On May 18, 2012, students' course selections for 9th grade were automatically transferred electronically into the Wilson High School scheduling computer from the IGP. 


Parents can expect to receive from Wilson High School (by the week of June 18th) an Option Verification Letter which will show the specific courses that their children are signed up to take in 9th grade, as well as directions and deadlines for what they should do if there are errors in their children's course selection. 


If parents have any other questions, they can email Wilson High School Assistant Principal Ms. Mary Beth Waits at  [email protected]


   Math Assessment Exam for Incoming Students for 

SY 2012-2013


Non-Feeder School Math Assessment for incoming 6th and 7th students will be June 15 at 10 am.  


Rising 6th Grade News   


  Summer Bridge 


Certain incoming 6th graders will be invited to participate in Deal's Summer Bridge. Summer Bridge is a three-week summer program that will provide math and reading support, as well as strategies for organization. Parents will be contacted by June 4 if their child should attend Summer Bridge. Summer Bridge will be held from  

July 2 - July 20 (not July 4)
Mondays - Thursdays from
8:30 am - 12:00 noon.
Library News

All Library Books Due  


All library books are due back at this time in order to be inventoried.


Library Media Center Hours   

 Before School 8:00 a.m. - 8:40 am

After School  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 pm
Students must have parental permission to stay after school


The Alice Deal Library welcomes students for reading and homework after school! Students must have a permission form on file in the library to use the space after school. Students may pick up a form in the library, or may download it from the library website (Library Pass).  The library is open until 5pm, and can hold 35 students.

Alice Deal's Promotional Sponsors for SY 2011-2012:

1. Steve Agostino of Taylor Agostino Group, Long and Foster Real Estate

2. Bertin Radifera, of Radifera Design Group, LLC

3.  Kimberly Cestari, of W.C. & AN Miller Realtors

4.  Broad Branch Market

5.  Pete's New Haven Style Apizza 

6.  Eldad Moraru, Long and Foster Real Estate

Interested in being a Deal Sponsor for SY 2011-2012?


Please contact Diana Rojas, [email protected] or Lisa Oakley, [email protected] 

Community Information

  (Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)  



Summer Creative Writing Workshops


Writopia Lab (, a Tenleytown-based nonprofit organization, invites all aspiring Deal writers to join us for our creative writing workshops this summer, offered every week from June 11 - August 31.  Our workshops are small (3-6 writers) and are led by published writers.  This year, through Writopia Lab, 4 Deal writers had their play produced by professional actors Off-Broadway in New York, and 2 more will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall as National Medalists in the Scholastic Writing Awards.  Join us!  We welcome all writers, regardless of writing experience, and we operate on a sliding scale tuition system.  Contact Kathy at [email protected]

or 202-629-9510 for more information.


Lafayette Tennis Summer Camp


Full / Half Day Tennis Camp

Tennis Players Ages 6 -15

Lafayette Park, Chevy Chase, DC

(On M-4, E-1, E-2, E-6 Bus Lines)


Eight Weekly Sessions 

First Session  June 18 - 22

Special Alice Deal Teen Week is July 9 - 13          

Last Session  August 6 - 10 

This is a small, friendly tennis camp that focuses on improving the skills of all players.  The camp will be using the two upper tennis courts at the Lafayette Recreation Center at 33rd and Quesada Sts., NW.  In addition to developing their tennis skills on the courts, kids can cool off in the refreshing Lafayette Water Daisy and with ice cold slushies from the delicious Broad Branch Market.  We will also make frequent trips to the Wilson Aquatic Center on hot days.  We will take advantage of kids' programs with The World Team Tennis Washington Kastles this July and at the new Citi Open Tennis Tournament July 28 - August 5.  Camp goes 9-4.  For families with working parents we offer optional Pre-Camp Care and Post-Camp Care. 

A 10% discount is available on the second or third child in the same family signing up for the same camp session.  Weekly fee for full day camp week is $300 and half day camp week is $200. Go to 

to get the registration form, space availability and additional information.  Camp registration is through the Lafayette Tennis Association, a USTA Community Tennis Association. 

Paul Rosenbaum

(Lafayette, Deal, Wilson Parent) 

Camp Director

Lafayette Tennis Association 



Register Now for the  

2012-2013 School Year 


All students (even 8th graders) must register here at Deal for the upcoming school year. We have scheduled evening hours every Thursday until 7 pm.  Please remember to bring the required proof of residency when you come in. Student registration affects our budget for the upcoming school year, so please register your child NOW. Thank you! 

Student and parent information...   


New: Baseball Team

Baseball Team: Please turn in your jerseys to Coach Downing.  


New: Results of the Deal Library Survey   
The library/media center plays an integral role in the academic life of a school; at Deal we know our librarians have been important to student success because of how the students respond. Over the last month we surveyed Deal students about their library.  The results, along with statistics about usage of the Deal Library and its resources, are very good news indeed. Here is snapshot of the results:

  • 25.3% of students report coming to the library daily, with an additional 20% who come a couple of times a week.
  • The primary reasons students come to the library are to research (60%), check out books (58.9%) and study (53.7%).     

Statistics of library usage also indicate the growth of the library program at Deal. Last year, the library checked out 3,788 books; this year the library checked out 7,523 books!
The library staff began giving students access to tools like EBSCO research databases and Noodletools (a research tool that provides a framework for online notecards & bibliographies). In our first year using Noodletools, students logged in 6,106 times and created 1,892 bibliographies. We look forward to another year of growth in Deal's library program in 2012-2013!  

New: 8th Grade Promotion Our annual promotional exercises will be held on Tuesday, June 12, at 10am. We will begin promptly, so please arrive on time; parking will be extremely limited. Students should arrive, as usual, by 8:45. Boys must wear collared shirts, ties, and long pants (no jeans); girls must wear the equivalent dressy clothes. Students will receive two tickets for their families in advance; no additional tickets or seating will be available. Congratulations to our 8th graders and their families! 

New: Deal Gave Back!

Return Borrowed Books to Ms. Wylegala

Ms. Wylegala continues to collect all books borrowed from her classroom library.  Is there a Manga book at home or in your locker with WYLEGALA written along the top and bottom?  If so, please return it, or any other books you might have, to room C130 or to Ms. Wylegala's mailbox. 


This week at Deal...   


Monday, Tuesday: Paced Interim Assessments  

Deal students will complete the first year of paced interim assessments on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Students will be tested in their English classes (for the English PIA) and in their mathematics classes (for their Math PIA), rather than following a school-wide testing schedule. Because the PIAs reflect learning over the previous six weeks in English and Math classes, the tests will serve as unit assessments. Algebra students will be taking the Algebra PIA rather than the 8th grade Math PIA. Students with testing accommodations will have those needs met appropriately.  


Monday (8th grade), Wednesday (7th grade):  Textbook Collection

8th grade textbook collection is Monday, and 7th grade textbook collection is Wednesday. Make sure to bring all of your textbooks in to school! Sixth grade textbook collection is next Monday, June 11. 


Monday:  Madame's Beginning French Classes 

Attention students from Madame Lang's Beginning French classes: All quiz and test make-ups should be done by next Monday before or after school.  Please be sure to check Edline for any missing assignments and turn them in at that time.   


 Monday: Alexandrian Scholars Listen Up! 

Alexandria Library (Team Tutoring) is held every Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 in W207! Come to get help or get work done! 

Tuesday: Guest Grilling at BD's Mongolian BBQ in Bethesda 

On Tuesday, Team Deal will be raising money for Deal Gives Back by Guest Grilling at BD's Mongolian BBQ in Bethesda! The address is 7201 Wisconsin Ave and the event will be held from 5 - 9:30 pm. It will feature Mr. Otterstatter, Ms. Meserole, Mr. Martini, Mr. Assael, Ms. Woods, Ms. Gill, Ms. Ofodile and MANY more teachers behind the grill at Mongolian BBQ! Please stop in anytime between those hours, as a percentage of each order will go towards money for a DC charity initiative that will be decided on by our students. We would like to make an impressive donation and present this to the charity from our entire school so please put it on your calendar and come out and support! And besides, WHEN else will you get to enjoy the pleasure of having the ever-so-fantastic Ms. Law, Ms. Purcell or Ms. Philip grill your meal for you?! Join us!


Wednesday:  After School Book Group

The very last meeting of the After School Book group will take place Wednesday, June 6 at 3:30 pm in room C130.  We'll look back at all the wonderful books we've read this year and will discuss our reading plans for the summer break (so much many books!).  As always, we'll enjoy delicious treats, as well.    


Wednesday:  Track Team Pizza Party

The track team will have their end of the season pizza party on Wednesday after school. Make sure you have returned your uniform & warm-ups. No UNIFORM....NO PIZZA!

 8th Grade Trip to Kings Dominion
The buses to Kings Dominion will leave at 8am; be on time! Buses will return to Deal at approximately 8pm. Girls may wear two-piece bathing suits, but they may not wear string bikinis; bathing suits may only be worn inside the water section of the park. Students not going to Kings Dominion will complete missing work at school.


Friday: Deal Day 

The afternoon of Friday, June 8 will be the Student Council-sponsored Deal Day, an afternoon of games, music, food and general fun! There will be grilled foods, snacks, snow cones; soccer, ultimate frisbee and basketball games; relay races; music and dancing and more. Other highlights include a dunk tank - students will have chances to dunk their teachers - and lottery for chances to pie your teacher in the face. Admission to Deal Day is free, but there will be charges for all the food and drinks.  Also, students who wish to try to pie their teachers need to buy tickets at lunch Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  They will then place their tickets in the envelope for the teacher they wish to pie.  Winners will be drawn from the envelopes on Deal Day. We hope everyone has a great time!


Friday: 8th Grade Dance

 The annual 8th grade dance will be Friday from 7pm to 10pm. Our theme this year is the Deal Academy Awards; dress ready for the red carpet! No students will be admitted without a ticket, and no guests are allowed. Parents, please pick your children up promptly at 10pm. We're looking forward to the fun!   

8th Grade Students

Jump Start Your High School Career 


To better prepare students to transition from 8th to 9th grade, DCPS will offer a five-week Summer Bridge program for eligible students. The goal of the HS Summer Bridge program is to provide academic enrichment in English and mathematics as well as an advisory program focusing on social-emotional support and high school success skills. Successful participants will receive 0.5 elective credits towards graduation. 


The HS Summer Bridge program will be offered at two sites. Students in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) can be placed at one of the Summer Bridge sites. SYEP applicants will not receive the 0.5 elective credit. Summer Bridge is June 25 - July 27, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.- 2p.m. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided for attending students. 


How to Enroll

Enrollment forms are available from Ms. Hernandez or Ms Coleman, and also available at DCPS Summer SchoolFax all completed forms to Derek Brown at 202-535-2337. The program site for Deal students is at McKinley Technology High School, located at 151 T Street NE. The other Summer Bridge site is at H.D. Woodson High School, located at 540 55th NE. 

The Deal Soccer Season
Viking Girls 11-12
By Nora Charles, Helen Malhotra, and Maggie Iapalucci
The Deal soccer season was a blast.  We were officially undefeated, only losing in a scrimmage to the Wilson JV team. We even scrimmaged
some of our own player's travel teams and beat them! The eighth graders who have been on the team since sixth grade remember practicing on a different field. It felt like a dustbowl in the heat,
and a mud pit whenever it rained. Even so, they practiced every Monday and Wednesday. Now we have a beautiful new field, which is much easier to play on.

We thought it was really fun getting to know kids from other grades through the team. As a result, we played better on the field. We played the boys soccer team several times. At the beginning of the
season we lost, but by the end our teamwork paid off and we beat them.

Maggie Iapalucci, Helen Malhotra, Erin Doherty, and Sangeeta Goel have been coached by Mr. Ngwa on the Deal soccer team for three years.
Other departing eighth graders include Nora Charles, Juliana Borrazzo, Tosca Dibella, Asha Pappajohn, Laura Schwartz, and Eden Elam. We will all miss playing for our school team. Best wishes for the future Deal team!

Staff information. . . 


8th Grade Meeting Monday

All teachers of 8th graders will meet at 8:10 in Ms. Meserole's room, W305, to discuss final plans for promotional activities.


Staff Meeting Tuesday 

We have a staff meeting Tuesday, focused on end-of-year closing. We will meet promptly at 3:30pm in the auditorium. 


Deal Day

You should have received a link to a Googledoc from Ms. Diaz last week. Please make sure to sign up for an activity; all staff members are needed to continue this great tradition!


Our First 6th-8th Grade Class is Moving On!

During the promotion rehearsal on Monday, June 11, there will be an opportunity for 6th and 7th grade teachers to bid farewell to the 8th graders. We will be in the auditorium during 3rd and 4th periods. Please consider coming to wish them well, or, with other teachers at your grade level, plan some reflective remarks (yes, they are much taller than when you taught them!).


Classroom Sets - Books

Teachers, please e-mail Ms. Streeter to let her know when you are ready to have your classroom sets of books (novels, dictionaries, textbooks) picked up. She will then let you know what day and time she will collect them.


Before and Afterschool Activities





Chinese tutoring

8:00 - 8:40  - N103





Monday  PM  


Aftercare to 6 - Cafeteria

Drama Club to 4:15 - N103

International Cooking Club Group B-C216

Deal Garden ClubAfrican Drumming Club to 4:30 - E204 

Gay- Straight Alliance  to 4:30 - W206

Girl Up to 4:30 - E307

Scrabble Club  - E100 

Step Team practice - Gallery  

Do the Right Thing to 4:30 - C116 

Homework Help to 4:30 pm - C213 

Alexandria Library to 4:30  - W207

Ultimate Frisbee club until 4:30 pm.   

Northwest Current meeting - C130

Boys Lacrosse

6 - 7:30

Outdoor Girls' Up meeting   

Tuesday  AM


Chinese tutoring 8:00 - 8:40 - N103





Tuesday PM


Aftercare to 6 - Cafeteria

Staff Meeting - No Clubs Meet 

GAGA (Girls/Guys Against Gossip Alliance) 

- Counselor Suite

 Student Council meeting - E205

GLEE to 4:30  

Pep Band to 4:30 

Debate Team to 4:30   - E104

Math Rappers- W305  

Team Dubai Math Help & Retakes -W305 

Beading Club 

Boys and Girls' 

Homework Help to 4:30 pm - C213

United Against Bullies - N103  


Girls Lacrosse - 

6 - 7:30

TOPS tutoring - C308

Team Seoul Study Hall to 4:30 -W103   

Bocce Ball to 4:15 pm




Wednesday AM








Wednesday  PM


Aftercare to 6 - Cafeteria

The Viking Journal - C104

MathCounts to 4:30

Digital Recording club to 4:30

Girl Talk  - C217  

Team Dubai Math Help & Retakes - W305  

Yoga Club - W305 

The Poets' Society to 4:30 pm - C314

Invisible Children's Club to 4:15  - W306 

Girls in Real Life Situations to 4:15  - Ms. White's office 


Guided practice for music students to 4:30 pm 

Boys Lacrosse - 

6 - 7:30

Team Mogadishu Study Hall to 4:30   -  W100  

Spartan Barracks to 4:30 - W205 






Thursday AM  


Chinese tutoring 8:00 - 8:40 - N103  




Thursday  PM 


Aftercare to 6 - Cafeteria  

Girls Lacrosse - 

6 - 7:30

International Soccer Fan Club to 4:30 - CG07

Dance Club to 4:30  - E206

Roman Holiday to 4:30 - E204 

Team Sparta Tutoring to 4:30   - W205 

Step Team  - Gallery

Team Geneva Math Tutoring to 4:15 - E304 

Team Seoul Study Hall to 4:30 - W105

DCTAGS to 4:30 pm






Friday AM


Chinese tutoring 8:00 - 8:40  N103  




 Friday  PM   


Aftercare to 6 - Cafeteria

Deal Yearbook Team - E304 to 4:30 

Volleyball Conditioning to 5:15 pm     

DCTAGS to 4:30 pm