Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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Principal's Message...

Back-to-School Night, coming up this Tuesday at 6:30 pm, is the traditional end of the start of the school year. We have now successfully navigated the first couple of weeks - all of us together. Your students know their teachers and their classes, and they have given you enough information for you to be intrigued about what you will find. Deal's teachers eagerly await you on Tuesday - they, too, are intrigued by who will come through the door. For some of you, there will have already been phone calls, exchanged emails, and perhaps a friendly meeting or two. For most of you, however, this is your best chance to put a face to your child's day. Take advantage of it.

Of course, Deal veterans know that you have to get to school early - parking is particularly hard to come by. Feel free to practice the journey to school that your own children take - walk, ride a bike, go on skateboard, or take the bus. Remember, it is always downhill from Deal (the highest spot in the District), so save yourself the hassle of parking by using an alternative.

The schedule for Back-to-School Night is just as tight as the parking. The first "class" starts at 6:40, after which you will cycle through each period of your child's day. You won't have a chance to spend quality time one-on-one with your child's teachers - that will have to wait for another day. You will get to move through the halls, hear what the curriculum has in store for the year, and meet teachers and other parents. Each period lasts about 13 minutes with 4 minutes for passing - we really want you to get a sense for what middle school is like in 2012!

Parents interested in Deal's ensemble music programs should come even a bit earlier than 6:30 on Tuesday. Our three music teachers will give important information to interested families starting at 6:00. Once you find out what will make this program sing this year, you can then head over to your child's first class. A great two-for-one deal.

We are really testing our 6th grade parents this month. This past week, Deal hosted two full nights of workshops designed to answer the many questions that arise for new Deal parents. Almost a third of our staff was there to provide answers and to help navigate the Deal world, including Ms. Law, Ms. Wisniewski, Ms. Popadich, Mr. Gueltig, Ms. Burnham, Ms. Philip, Ms. Clements, Ms. Glick, Ms. Zanelli, Mr. Garza, Mr. Martini, Ms. Quinn, Ms. Ruiz, Ms. D. Jackson, Ms. Campozano, Mr. McDowell, Mr. Haller, Dr. Pough, Ms. Purcell, Ms. Kinzer, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Pavy, Mr. Washington, Mr. Downing, Ms. Ortiz, Mr. Ngwa, and Ms. Mills. Special thanks also to my whole administrative team who pitched in. Around 300 parents took advantage of these workshops, a great turnout.

Let me close by encouraging everyone to join the PTA this year. Last year, we increased the percentage of the community that was supporting Deal's efforts - we want to add to that this year. Look below for news about their 2nd Annual Dues Week. This year, we are trying something new to end Dues Week. Friday evening, the PTA will host a Party on the Plaza - bring a picnic lunch and a blanket and some hunger for ice cream. We will gather in our Plaza area, then spread the blankets in the cafeteria to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) on the big screen. This is just a fun night for the family so be prepared to relax - and maybe the ice cream truck will swing by?

See you this week at Deal!

Principal Albright
Clubs & Activities for 1st Semester
- Preliminary List

Here is an updated list of our planned clubs and activities for the 1st semester. This list will be included on the website once it is finalized. There are still a few clubs and activities to be added this week. Clubs starting this week are described below in the "This Week at Deal" section. Additionally, the dates for the clubs are subject to change this week - we will note any such changes in the next bulletin. All activities run from 3:30 until 4:30 unless otherwise indicated. (Items in red are updates from last week.)

Tennis Club

Monday - Location TBD


Music Workshop

Tuesday, Wednesday - Music Rm.

French Club

Monday - CG07

Parlons Franšais

Wednesday - C308 

Ultimate Frisbee 

Monday, Tuesday - C130 

Painting for the Soul

Wednesday - 7:45 am - C224

Scrabble Club

Monday - E100

Transitions - High School Edition

Wednesday - C117

Girl Up

Monday - E305

Recycling Club

Wednesday - C206

Outdoor Open Court Basketball Club

Monday - Outdoor Court

Chinese Calligraphy

Wednesday - N111

International Cooking Club 

Monday - Staff Lounge 

The After School Sports Rap.

Wednesday - W104

Board Games

Monday - W106

Digital Media Studio

Thursday - C224

Swim Club

Tuesday/Thursday (starts in October) 

International Culture Club

Thursday - C310

Gay-Straight Alliance

Monday - W206


Thursday - E106

8th grade science tutoring

Monday - W301


Thursday, Friday - E301

C-Span Student Cam 2013

Monday - W304

Theater Production


Digital Photography

Monday - E104

Spanish Book Club


African Drumming Club

Monday - CG21


Wednesday - W100 

Garden Club

Monday - School Garden

Golf Club

Tuesday - C128

Bocce Ball 

Tuesday - Front Lawn 

Girls on Track


Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation

Tuesday - C116

Socratic Club


Fantasy Football Club

Tuesday - C203

8th Grade Writing Workshop


Meditation Club

Tuesday - C213

Viking Quarterly (VQ)

Monday - N116 

Site-Specific Art Studio

Tuesday - C224

Fencing Club

Wednesday - W207 

Reader's Theater

Tuesday - E205

Girl Talk


Young Men & Women In Training

Tuesday - E206

Student Council

Monday - W205

Girls' Running Club

Tuesday - East Entrance

Volleyball, Football, Cheerleading

Gymnasium, Field 

Student Librarians

 Wednesday (first meeting) - Library 

Girls Excelling in Math and Science

Thursday - W103  

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Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday -Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday Bell  - SSR 
Friday - Bell I 

Upcoming Dates


September 11
Team Leaders
Music Info Night 6 - 6:30 pm
Back-to-School Night 6:30 pm

September 13
Dept. Chairs, 3:30 pm

September 14
Party on the Plaza: Movie/Ice Cream Night, 6:30 pm

September 18
SCAC - 7:30 am
Principal's Coffee - 9 am

September 19
Hemlock Trip - Team Sydney
Team Mecca - Air and Space Museum

September 20
Faculty Meeting 3:30
Hemlock Trip - Team Santiago

September 24
Hemlock Trip - Team San Francisco

September 25
Team Leaders

September 26
Deficiencies to Admin

September 27
Hemlock Trip - Team London

October 2
New to Deal Meeting
Parent- Teacher Conference letter distributed 
Custodian Appreciation Day

October 3
National History Day Workshop 6:30 pm

October 4
Picture Day
High School Night, 6:30 pm

October 8
Columbus Day
No school for students or staff

October 9
Team Leaders

October 10 
Paced Interim Assessments

October 11
Dept. Chairs, 3:30 pm
PTA International Night 6:30 pm

October 12
World Language Trip Meeting

October 13
Saturday Detention, 9-12

October 15
8th Grade Art History Trip

October 16
8th Grade Art History Trip

October 17
Math Family Night
 6:30 pm

October 18
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
8th Grade Trip to Mount Vernon

October 19
Professional Development Day
(No school for students)
Detention 9-12

October 22
Parent-Teacher Conferences
(No school for students)

October 24
Literature to Film Festival

October 27
Saturday Detention, 9-12

October 31
Beginning French Trip to NGA
Library News

Library Media Center Hours   

 Before School 8 - 8:40 am

After School  3:30 - 4:30 pm

Beginning Tuesday, September 4th, all students who want to use the library after school must have their Library Permission Form turned in. The form is available in the library or through the link in this bulletin.

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). 
PTA Sponsors
The following are the Deal PTA 2012-2013 business sponsors.

The Broad Branch Market

Taylor Agostino Group

Radifera Design Group

W.C. & AN Miller Realtor

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Second Wind CrossFit

edCount, LLC

Community Information

  (Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)  


Youth Fitness 


September 22, 8am - 1pm, Wilson Senior High School

Competitions:  Obstacle course Shuttle Run Push ups  Sit ups 400M run Hula Hoop  competition  


I wanted to invite you to participate in a one day fitness challenge.  We will have exciting activities and games for youth ages 8-13.  The YMCA will also be there to provide health and fitness activities for the youth.  There will be prizes donated to the schools/organizations and each participate will receive a jump rope, water bottle, participate in the filming of the fitness video and lots of prizes and giveaways.


To Sign Up contact:

Coach Downing


Danita Doleman


T 202.906.0532  

Wilson HS 1st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament 
The Wilson PTSA is hosting a benefit golf tournament on Friday, September 14, at the University of Maryland Golf Course. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:00 am.  Deal parents, staff, and friends are encouraged to participate in this Fall fundraising event. The $115 per player entry fee includes player gifts, prizes, dinner, and more. For more information on participating, volunteering, or sponsorship, please visit, or contact David Williams at [email protected] 

Join Wilson Crew!

Did you know that 8th Grade Girls and Boys are eligible to join Wilson Crew for our Novice Learn to Row program?  This is a two week program beginning September 17, and running Monday through Thursday, from 4:30- 6:30 p.m., at the Thompson Boathouse on the Georgetown Waterfront.  Beginning rowers will learn rowing safety, boat handling and the basics of the rowing stroke, and will be introduced to the rigor and teamwork that characterizes Wilson Crew.  After the preliminary two weeks, eighth graders will have the option of participating in the Novice Fall program which begins October 1. For more information about Wilson Crew in general and Learn to Row in particular, please visit the Wilson Crew website,, or contact Page Kennedy at [email protected]t 


Information of interest to the Deal community may be emailed for consideration to [email protected]  


Dress Code in Effect

Parents are reminded that no students can wear flip-flops or hats in the building. Girls cannot wear leggings in place of pants, shorts or skirts less than fingertip length, shirts that do not have a full back, or tank tops that are less than two fingers' width or show bra straps. Boys' pants must not "sag" below their waists.
Lunch Application

Complete Lunch Form online at   

(All families regardless of eligibility must complete a lunch form.) This is important and helps determine some funding for the school.


Celebrate DUES WEEK with the Deal PTA! Sept. 10-14

Donate before the week is over and be eligible to win prizes!

Join the crowd Monday, Sept. 10 for Deal Family Night at Pete's Apizza, 4940 Wisconsin Ave., from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Deal families receive a 20% discount on orders.

Take a walk in your child's shoes at Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and meet the school's fabulous teachers. The fun starts at 6:30 pm!

Plan to be a part of the Party on the Plaza - a free family picnic & movie night on Friday, Sept. 14 from 6:30 - 9 pm.

And most importantly, take some time out to pay your dues and make a donation to the Deal PTA's efforts to raise some $160,000 to help fund everything from sports, after-school clubs, the annual musical and the sixth grade team building trip, to professional development, the directory, the website, books for the library, technology, parent education workshops and so much more! Your dues mean a GREAT Deal!

Student and parent information...   

New: Hemlock Field Trip - 6th Grade Teams

All 6th grade students will participate in our 10th annual community-building outdoor educational enrichment activity at Hemlock Overlook Center in Clifton, Virginia this month. At Hemlock, students will participate in physical activities designed to help them form relationships with their peers and teachers. Through these activities, students get to know each other better, gain trust in each other, and learn to respect and appreciate our community's diversity.

On the day of the activity, students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that they won't mind getting dirty and sneakers or footwear that is appropriate for a day in the woods. Students are also encouraged to bring a poncho or raincoat in case of rain. Flip flops, sandals, large earrings, long necklaces, and accessories will not be allowed. Students should pack a lunch with a couple of bottles of water.  

On the day of their trip, students should arrive to school by 8 am so that our buses can leave on time. Students will return to Deal between 6:30 and 7 pm.

Team Sydney - Wednesday, September 19
Team Santiago - Thursday, September 20
Team San Francisco - Monday, September 24
Team London - Thursday, September 27

If you have any questions, please contact your child's team.    


New: Congratulations to the 6th Graders!

Congratulations to our 6th graders for receiving 20 incentive points for their cafeteria decorum.  We are well on our way to the 100 points needed for the ice cream party.  Keep up the good work! 


New: Bus Issue Update

Thanks to those of you who have mentioned an issue with the WMATA buses that serve Deal. This week, we responded to an avoidable problem when a bus driver reacted to student behavior by putting them off the bus. This was a dangerous error on the part of the driver. While we dealt with this, it became apparent that parents need to make sure that their children have a back-up plan for missing the bus or if something goes awry. Finally, remind your children that riding the bus is a privilege and that proper Deal behavior is expected at bus stops and on the bus at all times. Their behavior is their choice!   


New: Deal Swim Club

The Deal Swim Club will begin going to the Wilson pool in October. Currently, we have scheduled two sessions and there is space for 30 students in each session. Interested students should see Ms. Neal during homeroom on Monday to pick up the appropriate forms. Ms. McCarron and Ms. Rhoads will sponsor the club.    


8th grade Visual Arts Students

Thank you to all the students who have brought in the studio fee of $10.00. We are still collecting; please bring in cash or a check made out to Alice Deal Middle School.


New:  Student Council 

Student Council is gearing up! Homerooms have elected their representatives, and the entire student body will be electing their officers this week. Candidates will be posting their campaign posters and making speeches outlining why they would be good for the job. Our first full student council meeting will be Monday, September 20 at 3:30 pm.


New:  Soccer is Alive at Deal

There are three different soccer activities happening at Deal this fall. Check each of these opportunities to participate in the beautiful game: 


(1) New: DC Scores - Soccer Afterschool 

If your child is interested in joining the Soccer afterschool activity, please come to talk with Mr. Buda from LAYC at the Back-to-School Night this upcoming Tuesday, September 11th. I will have a table and will be answering any question parents or students might have. Soccer practice will start this upcoming Thursday, September 13th from 4:30-6:00 following LAYC tutoring. If you have any questions about Soccer or LAYC you can email me at: [email protected] or you can reach me at 202-658-9481.

(2) New:
 Soccer Intramurals

Team sign-ups for intramural soccer take place this week. League play begins the week of the 17th and will continue until a champion is crowned. In order for your homeroom to participate, each member must return the intramural participation slips this week. You cannot play without one. Your homeroom teacher has the permission slips.  


(3) New: Deal/Stoddert Team

This is a new effort for us. Information and signing up for this Fall version of Deal soccer will be on Monday - in the Gallery at 3:30 pm. 


New: Updated Information for 2013 Spanish World Language Trip to Costa Rica!

This year during Spring Break our 8th grade Spanish students will be given the opportunity to travel with the school to Costa Rica. The trip's purpose is twofold: we intend to increase our student's global awareness while providing them with an immersion setting in order to improve their language learning. Global awareness and second language acquisition are now more essential than ever for our children, and the best way to accomplish both is by traveling abroad. Experiencing new cultures not only opens students' eyes to the world, it also prepares them for the future.


The tour is operated by EF Educational Tours. You can learn more online and register for the tour by going to and entering the tour #1187626. There are a limited number of spots available and the tour is sure to fill up quickly, so please register or contact Ms. Henderson ([email protected]) if you are interested. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we truly love!


New: 2013 World Language Trip to France !

This year during Spring Break our 8th grade French students will be given the opportunity to go on a "French promenade" through France. This trip extends the immersion style teaching in French language classes and provides an opportunity for our learners to hone their linguistic proficiency and cultural competence.


The trip cost covers round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, all ground transportation, breakfast and dinner daily, a full-time local Tour Director, guided sightseeing tours of all the major sites, the chance to earn high school, and much more. The only things that are not included are lunches and beverages, tips for the guides, and spending money for free time activities and souvenirs.


Here is our itinerary, price, and enrollment page:


If you enroll with the $95 you lock in the lowest program and monthly payment. 

If you have any other questions, please let me know ([email protected]) or reach out to EF customer service at 1-800-665-5364 and reference tour # 1187927.


DC One Cards

6th graders will be taking their pictures for their DC One Cards over the next week and a half, and with the DC One Card office temporarily locating at Deal, we hope for a quick turnaround in getting the cards to their owners. Each day, 7th and 8th graders who have yet to get their cards may also take their pictures during lunch. 


Calling All Student Artists!

Are you creative? Do you want more art in your life? Join one of our amazing Visual Arts clubs: Painting for the Soul, Digital Media, Deal's Public Art Project. Speak with Mrs. Bustos or Ms. Leikin in room C224 for more information!


Student Council

Student Council would like to welcome all Deal students and staff, and give a special shout out to our incoming 6th graders. Homeroom teachers will be holding elections for student council representatives and we would love for you to participate. We look forward to a fun and productive school year. 


This week at Deal...   


Monday: International Cooking Club 

We are happy to announce that there will be three groups this year thanks to the dedication and generosity of Whole Foods - Tenley, our club partner! Please consult the dates for September and October, as well as the lists below to plan accordingly. Remember meetings take place in room C216 (The Teacher's Lounge) and go from 3:30-5 pm. 


Group A

Group B

Group C

Monday, 9/10

Monday , 9/17

Monday, 9/24

Monday, 10/1

Monday, 10/15

Monday, 10/29




Clarke Paty

Zach Crouch

Alexis Anderson

Erica Serrano

Sydney Forman

Elena Bagnoli

Mattie Melnyk

Caleb Bush

Surina Goel

Tahaje Tomlinson

Ariana Wehoz

Anna Joos

Isabella Jacobsen

King Cambell

Fiona Martone

Ilana Samuel

John Pollack


Haines Corrigan

Olivia Howard

Jacob Boss

Marjorie Albert

Zigmund Annaville

Shrabonti Turna

Meghan Dayton

Myles Duncan

Ella Buring

Lily Chanine

Leah Pearcy

Sofia Geislinger

Lukas Leijon

Cyrus McDowell

Calia Christie

Ceceia Sneed

Avi Faber

Nastia Webber

Mabel Malhotra

Leo Saunders

Claire Contreras

Gabby Anifantis

Ellika Edelman

Matilda Jensen

Lena Kohls

Isabella Rhein

Lindsay Harper

Marney Harris

Zenon Melynk

Clara Edmonds

Natalia Facchinato

Sarah Desta

Jisca Adigo

Leela Yadav

Madeliene Yando

Sophia Pouros

Camille Ortiz

Vanessa Castillo

Perri Hollar

Ariana Daly

Kendra Brown

Lalita Kohls

Britney Rivera-Martinez

Emilia Menjersik


Athena Swiceder

Alexandra Tomkin



Monday: Girl Up Begins Today

The Deal Middle School chapter of Girl Up begins this afternoon in E305. Our club is dedicated to raising both awareness of and funds to support girls' education and health issues in the developing world. This club will welcome guest speakers, watch short films, read books, and sponsor fundraising projects to support our goals. Everyone is welcome. The meeting begins at 3:30 pm and ends at 4:30 pm. Please join us.


Monday: Attention Santiago Stars!

On Monday you will be given Chilean Passports that should be kept in your Agendas at all times. When you are a stellar Santiago Star, your teacher will stamp your passport. This passport will be Team Santiago's way of providing an incentive for all students to strive for excellence. The specific behaviors and rewards will be discussed during homeroom - Ms. Jackson, Mr. Martini, Ms. Quinn, Mr. Custer, and Ms. Ruiz. 


Monday: Newspaper Club

Newspaper Club will be meeting in N116 on Mondays after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. All are welcome!


Monday: Calling All Gardeners!

The Deal Garden club invites any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student interested in helping plan, grow, or maintain our school garden to join the Deal Garden Club. We will meet weekly on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 pm in the courtyard/garden area starting this week. We hope to see you there! 


Monday: Student Council

Students running for office (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) must come to a mandatory meeting Monday in E205 @ 3:30 pm.


Monday: African Drumming Club

In this club, students will be introduced to the role music can play in everyday life. We will explore specific musical types and styles, with emphasis on basic vocal and instrumental performance techniques of West African music. The African Drumming Club will be hosted on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room CG21. This Monday we will have an informational meeting that will include the distribution of the permission slip for the club.


Monday: Girls on Track

Girls on Track is a middle school version of Girls on the Run. This structured program incorporates training for a 5k event as a means to teach essential life skills. Each individual lesson plan is based on the "whole person concept" which stresses the importance of equally developing the emotional, mental, social, spiritual and physical part of the individual to create a well-balanced, healthy person. The lesson plans are designed to encourage independent thinking, problem solving and community building.


To sign up please see Ms. Hernandez (C115), Ms. Wisniewski (E103), Ms. Purcell (W101). Join us on Monday at 3:30 pm in E103 for a fun informational session and to sign up.


Monday:  Deal Boys Stoddert Soccer Team Sign Up

Sign up will be held in the gallery at 3:30 pm.  Games will be on Saturday mornings.  


Monday: Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club

Afterschool Outdoor Hoop club begins this Monday from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. We will meet on the court next to the cottage behind the school with Mr. Namian. Dress accordingly. In the event of rain, we will meet in Room W205. Boys and girls, come and have a blast working on your fundamentals while learning new drills, new games, new offenses, and new defenses. Whether you are a veteran player, just starting to play, or simply interested in the greatest game ever invented, this is the club for you!


Monday and Tuesday:  Ultimate Frisbee Club is Back!

There will be TWO informational meetings this week for any Vikings interested in joining Deal's Ultimate Frisbee Club (UNDEFEATED three years running!). Interested students both experienced and not are invited to Mr. Martini's classroom (C130) Monday or Tuesday at 3:30 sharp. We will talk about required forms, practices, equipment, and the season schedule. Interested students only need to attend ONE of the sessions. See Mr. Martini or Ms. Kouri for more details.

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: Volleyball Practice

Volleyball practice will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week from 3:30-5:00 pm.


Tuesday: Music Information Night

There are very exciting performance opportunities for students this year in various instrumental and vocal ensembles. Join us at 6pm in the auditorium (before Back-to-School night) for a brief informational meeting.   


Tuesday: DC Scores - Afterschool Soccer Meeting - Boys and Girls

There will be a DC Scores soccer meeting on Tuesday after school; location TBA.    


Tuesday: Readers' Theater

Interested in improving your reading skills? Join Reader's Theater! This club is for students who enjoy performance and also need to hone in on their reading and fluency skills. Reader's Theater meets on Tuesday's after school in E205. Please see Ms. Wellersdick or Ms. Wallace for more information.


Wednesday: Painting for Your Soul

Calling all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Deal students....

Do you need a club to place your creative energy? 

Are you not taking art class this advisory but wish to have paints and a brush in your hand regularly? 

Or does your soul call for you to paint? 

Mrs. Bustos' Painting for the Soul in for you! Mrs. Bustos will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday at 7:45 am. Yes, 7:45 AM in room C224. We will go through the goals of the club, your goals and get permission slips. 

Hope to see you there! Be creative!


Wednesday: Deal Student Librarian

If you are interested in becoming a Deal Student Librarian (helping organize the library and assisting fellow students), come to a informational meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at 3:30 pm in the library.


Wednesday: Team Mumbai Tutoring 

Team Mumbai Students team tutoring will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm in N113. If you have any questions, please email the team at [email protected].


Wednesday: Fencing Club 

The Deal Fencing Club begins this week after school in room W207 on Wednesdays, from 3:20 until 5 o'clock. Deal supplies all the equipment: weapons and protective uniforms. You need no experience. The club is open to all boys and girls, grades 6, 7, and 8. You must have a signed permission slip to attend, which you may pick up from Mr. Hughes in room W207 any day after school.


Wednesday: Alexandria Library Time 

Students are invited to attend Deal Alexandria Library Time on Wednesdays in E200 with your teachers from 3:30-4:30 pm to receive help on their homework assignments. We look forward to meeting our students' families on September 11 at Back to School night. All students' books should be covered at this point. 


Wednesday: Spartan Barracks

Spartan Barracks will be held on Wednesdays.


Wednesday: Roman Holiday

Team Rome teachers will be hosting Roman Holiday, our team study hall, every Wednesday after school in Room E204. Team Rome teachers will be available to help with homework, review class work, or help study for tests. Come set yourself up for success!


Wednesday: The After School Sports Rap

Are you a big sports fan?  Do you like shows like Pardon the Interruption and Sports Center?  Then, the After School Sports Rap is the club for you! Join Mr. McDowell for our first session on Wednesday at 3:30 pm in room W104 for an informational meeting. Students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan! All are welcome, and Sports Rap Viking Time Alumni are extremely encouraged to attend.


Wednesday: Attention all our Team Santiago Stars! 

Starting this week, on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm, in Mr. Martini's room, C130, come join us at the "Chile'n your way to academic success Team Santiago Study Hall!" We all look forward to seeing you there. - Mr. Martini, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Ruiz, Mr. Custer, and Ms. Quinn


Wednesday: Debate Team 

Attention all Deal Vikings who love to express your opinion, talk about your thoughts or beliefs, or have a desire to be professional presenters or speakers. The Deal Debate Team is the place to be, if you like talking about what you think!!  Join us for our first Debate Team meeting on Wednesday in room W100, at 3:30 pm. If you were a Debater last year, please consider coming back. We have some new ideas and new  volunteers to help us be victorious!  We look forward to seeing you promptly at 3:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Thereafter, Debate Team will meet every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. 


Thursday: Spanish Tutoring

Sra. Cadavid will offer Spanish tutoring on Thursdays, 8:10 am at room C314.


Thursday: Team London Study Hall

Team London Study hall will start this Thursday, from 3:30-4:30 pm in E104. We will see you there!


Thursday: Calling All Mathletes! 

Do you like to do math for fun? Do you like to compete in math contests? If your answer is yes or you would like to try, come join the MATHCOUNTS team. We are looking for 6th - 8th grade students. We begin on Thursday September 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in E106. Please get a permission slip from Mr. Eckel in W306, Ms. Milikin in E207, or Ms. Philip in E106.

Staff information... 


Monday: Grade-Level Meetings

Brief meetings for all teachers will be held on Monday at 8:10am. Elective/"inner core" teachers, please attend the meeting of the grade level you teach most. An announcement will be made at 8am of the locations.


WTU Union Meeting

WTU September Union Meeting will be held on Thursday from 3:30 - 4:00 in N113. All WTU members are invited to attend. The Teacher SCAC meeting will be held on Friday at 7:30 am in N113. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Kirschenbaum.


Friday PD: Teaching Students to Preview Text 

Along with annotating and using real-world texts, previewing texts is one of our schoolwide literacy strategies this year. All teachers are expected to teach students previewing strategies. Ms. Peltason will lead a workshop on how to do so in room C130 (Mr. Martini) at 8:10am.



Teachers who are coaching must see Coach Downing this week to get the login info for your mandatory online coaches training.


DC One Card Picture Schedule

6th grade homeroom teachers will bring their students to the Gallery (or another announced location) for their DC One Card photos according to the following schedule. 


Wisniewski - Monday 9/10 - 9:30am

Campozano - Monday 9/10 - 11:00am

Martini - Tuesday 9/11 - 9:30am

McDowell - Tuesday 9/11 - 11:00am

Quinn - Wednesday 9/12 - 9:30am

Pough - Wednesday 9/12 - 11:00am

Ruiz - Thursday 9/13 - 9:30am

Purcell - Thursday 9/13 - 11:00am

D. Jackson - Friday 9/14 - 11:00am

Make-up Day - Friday 9/14 - 9:30am 


Friday: 6th Grade Team Meetings

6th grade teams will meet in the auditorium during homeroom on Fridays.


Sept. 14 - Team Santiago
Sept. 21 - Team San Francisco
Sept. 28 - Team London

Homeroom teachers are asked to escort students to the auditorium by 9:35.  Students should bring their materials with them.


Attendance at Deal 

Students' ability to learn is enhanced by attending class regularly and on time. According to a study of attendance and its impact on academic performance, "Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation."


Two years ago we implemented an attendance protocol that raised our overall attendance. Last year, our average daily attendance was over 95 percent. Our annual attendance goal for this school year is 97 percent. Our goal for on-time arrival to school is also 97 percent. We hope our attendance and tardy protocol will increase the amount of time students have with teachers to receive valuable instruction.


We believe that on-time arrival and regular attendance are critical to student success. Various incentives will be provided to students for improved or stellar attendance. Please reiterate our shared expectation with your child today! Let us strive to learn the "Viking Way": at school, on time, everyday! We will implement the attendance protocol for all students on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.


Daily Attendance Protocol

* Absences can ONLY be excused with a note from the parent which should be turned in to the Welcome Center the day your child returns.*


Days 1-3 of unexcused absence

Parent will be notified via phone call and a letter will be sent home on the 3rd day of unexcused absence

Day 5 of unexcused absences

Parent/guardian conference will be held

Student will be placed on an attendance contract for the remainder of the advisory

If the parent does not attend conference, a home visit will be conducted

Days 6 - 10 of unexcused absences

Parent/guardian will be notified via phone of each additional absence

Attendance contract will be revised 

Attendance Specialist for DC Public Schools will be contacted

Days 25 of unexcused absences

Parent/guardian will be notified via phone of each additional absence

Child and Family Services will be contacted

Suspected Educational Neglect will be filed with DC Superior Court























Tardy Protocol

* Medical appointments and illness are the only reasons for which late arrival will be excused.*

Days 1-3 of unexcused tardiness

Student loses recess privileges for each tardy for a total of three

Parent/guardian will be notified by student

Days 4-5 of unexcused tardiness

Parent/guardian will be contacted

Student will be placed on an attendance contract

Student will serve Saturday Detention 

Days 6-7 of unexcused tardiness

Parent/guardian conference will be held

Attendance contract will be revised 

Student will serve in-school suspension

Days 8 and more of unexcused tardiness

Students will serve out of school suspension, the number of days will be determined by administration



Before and After School Activities

Monday AM











Monday Pm 


Girl Up to 4:30 pm - RM E305

Newspaper club to 4:30 pm - RM N116

Deal Garden club to 4:30 pm - Garden 

Student Council meeting RM E205

Viking Quarterly to 4:30 pm RM - N116

African Drumming club to 4:30 pm 

Girls on Track - RM E103

Afterschool Outdoor Hoop club to 4:30 pm - RM W205

Ultimate Frisbee club - RM C130

Volleyball practice to 5:00 pm  

Cross Country practice to 5 pm  

Football practice to 5:45 pm  




Tuesday Am


Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30am - RM N111 








Tuesday Pm


Football practice to 5:45 pm 

Cross Country practice to 5 pm  

Fantasy Football club - RM C212

Volleyball Tryouts
 to 5:15

Reader's Theater - RM E205

Cheerleading practice to 5 pm  




Wednesday AM


 Painting for Your Soul club 7:45 am - C224







Wednesday Pm


Football practice to 5:45 pm 

 Cheerleading tryouts to 5 pm 

Spartan Barracks to 4:30 pm 

  Deal Student Librarian - RM Library 
Team Mumbai tutoring to 4:30 pm - RM N113
Fencing club to 5:00 pm - RM W207

 Alexandria Library to 4:30 pm - RM E200

Roman Holiday - RM E204

After School Sports Rap - RM W104

Team Santiago study hall to 4:40 pm RM C130

Debate Team to 4:30 pm - RM W100



Thursday AM


Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30 am - RM N111 

Spanish tutoring 8:10 am - RM C314






Thursday PM


Football practice to 5:45 pm 

Cross Country practice to 5 pm 

Cheerleading practice to 5 pm  

MWIT club to 4:30 pm - RM E206

Team London study hall to 4:30 pm RM E104

Mathletes to 4:30 pm - RM E106  

Cross Country practice to 5 pm  

Friday AM


Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30 am - RM N111


7th & 8th Grade Peer Mediators meeting at 8 am - RM C116 




Friday PM