Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
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Principal's Message...

Last year, Deal fielded its first football team (American football, for the purists) in memory. Our inaugural season was a blast, as an energized group of Vikings geared up and played into the autumn. The season was a success, with the team winning 3 games against stiff competition. Our hopes were high this year for a similar campaign, and those hopes have yet to be dashed. This Thursday is our Homecoming Game at the Wilson HS field - it should be lots of fun.

Deal has been around for over 80 years, and in that time the various school teams have amassed hundreds of trophies and awards. Closets brim with brass plaques, glass cabinets seem crammed with statements of competitive success from years past. In addition to the classic sporting trophies, Deal Vikings have set the bar high in scholastic challenges as well - debate, chorus, band, and many others. While the trophies are numerous, they should not be discounted; each trophy or plaque represents the collective effort of a group of boys and girls in an activity at which they prepared themselves diligently. In each case, they were guided by teachers who saw that middle school is a great place to learn the discipline that teamwork requires, the effort that it takes to be successful.

This year's Homecoming should be seen in a similar light. Our fall teams - football, volleyball, soccer, cheerleading, and cross-country - have been strikingly successful. Students in each sport have met almost every day for practice. Players on the football team helped usher in the school year in early August, meeting daily with the coaches and getting into shape for the season. At Deal, our head coaches (and most of the assistants) are teachers - they want to be involved in a sport they love and support students they care about.

Standing on the sidelines at a football game, in the stands at a volleyball game, or in the woods at a cross-country meet, one can't help be impressed by the sheer number of Deal students who take a significant time out of their days for our "varsity" sports. We could easily field two or three teams in each sport - and there is a lot of heated discussion about how many students from which grades can be on the team. No one wants to cut a team down in size (nor be cut from a team), and our coaches struggle with this every season. Thus we field a number of non-"cut" sporting activities (frisbee and fencing come to mind this fall) to give more and more students a chance to play.

But this Thursday we will all get the chance to savor crisp autumn weather in a stadium resounding with cheers as the Vikings take on Langley with the goal of finishing the year at 5-1. In the stands will be the teachers who have come to every game since August, the parents who wait patiently each day in their cars for practice to end, and the families that have to cope with the frustrations of a scheduling process that, in trying to respond to changing circumstances, makes them run around the city more than enough. All of us should enjoy coming home to this game. Homecoming isn't just for our football team; it is for all of us to gather and cheer together for the collective efforts of our children and students.

Don't forget to wear your Deal gear on Thursday and to the game. See you in the hall and in the stands.


Principal Albright


NB. Family High School Night on Wednesday is a can't-miss event for 7th and 8th grade families. Check below for more on this informational night targeted at Deal families. 

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Bell Schedule

Monday - Parent-Teacher Conference
(No School for Students) 
Tuesday -Bell I  
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday Bell - IB
Friday - Bell I 
Find out about Deal with...

Deal Tours

Please join us for a tour. All tours start at 9:30 and meet outside the Welcome Center.

October 26
November 9
November 30
December 11 

Upcoming Dates 

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

October 24
Literature to Film Festival
High School Night
8th Grade Trip to Mount Vernon

October 24-29
6th Grade Trips to National Mall

October 25
Homecoming Football Game
Deal v. Langley
Wilson HS Field

October 27
Saturday Detention, 9-12

October 30
Homeless Dance-a-thon

October 31
Buddy Day - Janney ES

November 1
New to Deal meeting, 3:30
Career Day

November 2
End of 1st Advisory
Records Day
(students dismissed at 12:15)
Detention 12:15 - 3:15

November 6
Attendance Committee Mtg: 9:35
Team Leaders

November 7
Math Dept Meeting, 3:30
Buddy Day - Bancroft

November 8
Dep't Chairs, 3:30pm
Curriculum Night

November 9
LSAT, 7:30am
Deal Tour, 9:30am
Grades Due
ELL - Trolley Tour
HR Attendance Lunch Rally

November 12
Veteran's Day
(no school for students or staff)

November 13
Open House 9 - 12
Team Leaders
 Thanksgiving Food Drive Beginning

November 14
Buddy Day - Eaton ES

November 15
Picture Day Make Up

November 16
Report Cards Issued
8th Grade Common Application Process Begins

November 17
Saturday Detention 9 - 12

November 19
Mecca - Newseum Field Trip

November 21
Thanksgiving Assembly

November 22 - 23
Thanksgiving Break

November 27
Team Leaders
DC Trolley Tour 8th Grade
Buddy Day - Lafayette ES

November 28
DC Trolley Tour 8th Grade
Literature to Film Festival 

November 29
DC Trolley Tour 8th Grade

November 30
Deficiency to HR Teachers
Deal Tour, 9:30 am   
From the PTA . . .
 Many thanks to those in the Deal community who came out to support International Night on Thursday, October 18. Despite a very important and exciting Nat's game, and a Deal football game scheduled for the same night, we had an impressive turnout and earned some $3,200 towards the PTA's annual fundraising goal. As usual, the food was fantastic, as was the company. Many thanks to the dozens of families who donated dishes and volunteered their time to make the event a success. Special thanks go to International Night co-chairs Betsy Anderson and Lisa Edwards who work for weeks to plan and execute this fundraiser.
Congratulations to Monica Hammock and Edwin Castillo, parents of Rocio Castillo (6th grade, Team London) and to Lynda and Mark Hall, parents of Keegan Hall (7th grade, Team Rome) who won the International Night drawings for $50 gift cards to Deal PTA sponsor Broad Branch Market.

We invite the Deal community to support our next fundraising effort: a Politics and Prose book fair on November 3-4 to benefit the Deal library.Remember, your donations and support mean a great Deal!
Library News

Library Media Center Hours   


 Before School 8 - 8:40 am

 After School  3:30 - 4:30 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). 
PTA Sponsors
The following are the Deal PTA 2012-2013 business sponsors.

The Broad Branch Market

Taylor Agostino Group

Radifera Design Group

W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtor

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Second Wind CrossFit

edCount, LLC

 Math Medics

(More information at 

Community Information

  (Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)  


No School, No Problem!!

Teacher Conferences are 22nd for DCPS Schools...Join the exciting HoopEd staff these upcoming off days!

You can choose from One Day All Sports and Games OR Hoops Camps!

Keep the kids busy ALL day with HoopEd playing kickball, tag games, dodgeball, hoops and so much more! Camp is for boys and girls ages 5-13 and runs from 9:00am-3:00pm with after care available until 5:30pm. All skill levels and abilities are welcome to join. The camp fee is just $60 for the day or $70 with after care, and you can register for just one day or for both. There are three locations to choose from Lafayette, Stoddert and Adams, just pick the location that works right for YOU! Registration is easy - visit our website at


First Touch Soccer  


First Touch Soccer is conducting 2012 Winter Indoor Soccer clinics for boys and girls ages 7 and older. Four clinics will be conducted on Sundays and four on early weekday evenings at an Upper NW DC school. The sessions will begin the week of December 2 and go through early March. Each  session is designed to improve your technical skills and then apply them in game conditions. Come play the "beautiful game" with us. We teach "total futbol." Your skills and tactical understanding of the game will definitely improve. Come have fun with coaches who understand the game. For registration and further information, visit  


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


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.


Buddy Days at Deal are coming!


Every year the Alice Deal 6th grade students and teachers host a day for each of our feeder school 5th grade students and their teachers to visit for part of our school day. This is our chance to proudly present our school to future middle school students. We want to make every effort to have our visiting Buddies have a super positive experience.


The following schools are scheduled to visit from 8:50 to noon:



Wednesday, October 31


Wednesday, November 7


Wednesday, November 14


Tuesday, November 27


Tuesday, December 11


Non-feeder school students and their families should feel free to attend one of the upcoming Deal Tours or visit the school at any time. 

Student and parent information...   


Thanks: Math Department and supportive Deal teachers

A wonderful mathematical evening was held last Wednesday. Our great math team provided evidence that math learning is a fun way to spend an evening; our special education, humanities, and ELL teachers, among others, showed that math isn't just the domain of mathematicians! Most families stayed to the end to find that there are a lot of M&Ms in a single jar. Thanks to all who helped and visited.


New: Student Council Events 

The Student Council is getting ready for two major events this fall. Our first event is the Deal Food Drive that begins on Monday, October 29! Get your food cans ready to be collected! The second event is the Fall Fest Party on Friday, November 9. Get ready to have a blast with a good movie, awesome music, and so much more!


New: Homecoming Thursday 

Be sure to wear your Deal gear on Thursday to show school spirit! Our homecoming game (see below) caps our foootball season. We need everyone there to cheer on the Vikings. We can end the season 5-1 with a victory - and victories need fans!


High School Night
You do not want to miss Family High School Night this Wednesday at 6:30. Come out and hear brief presentations and talk to school representatives, current students and parents who will share their perspective on each school. This event is a great complement to attending the individual high school Open Houses. You might be impressed by a school that wasn't on your radar. Walls, McKinley, Ellington, Banneker, Phelps, and Wilson High Schools should be in attendance. 7th & 8th grade students and parents are encouraged to come out for this informative evening.  The common application process will also be discussed.


New: Girl Up Dollar Campaign Kicks Off on October 29

The fantastic dedicated members of Deal's Girl Up are hoping to raise $1,800 - enough to send ten girls to school in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a full year's education.


Homeroom teachers will find small paper bags in their mailboxes on Monday morning, 10/29. We ask that you assign a responsible student the task of collecting donations during homeroom and send those bags directly to Ms. Mostoller in E305 before Period 2.


Girl Up will count the donations on Monday afternoon, announce the current totals on Tuesday morning and will continue this process throughout the week. Our goal is to have at least enough to pay all school fees, uniform costs, and books and supplies for ten middle school girls in Eastern Congo.


We won't stop at $1,800, though, so if we raise more, then that means more girls can go to school.


The homeroom that donates the most money will be treated to a cupcake party, but the more important prize is knowing that we have done something important to make a difference in the life of a girl. Checks can be made payable to Deal MS.


New: Politics and Prose Book Sale

Support our school library and get started on your holiday shopping. Please come to the Politics and Prose book sale Saturday, November 3 and 4 organized by the Alice Deal PTA. Proceeds from the sale benefit our school library. The process is easy: shop for books for yourself, your family, and friends. At checkout, identify yourself as a Deal supporter and 20 percent of the sale's proceeds will be credited to Deal. Here's another way to help: visit our volunteer table at Politics and Prose and select a book to buy from the library's wish list. Politics and Prose is located just a few blocks from Deal at 5015 Connecticut Ave. The sale runs 9 am to 10 pm Saturday, November 3 and 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday, November 4. 


Thank you to all the volunteers who signed up to help with the Politics and Prose sale. We had 28 volunteer slots at the beginning of the week, now all but one are filled!


New: Upcoming Volleyball Games and Practices

10/23 - Practice 3:30 - 5:00

10/24 - Game vs. Langley @ Deal 5:30

10/29 - Game vs. Jefferson @ Deal 5:30

10/30 - Practice 3:30 - 5:00

10/31 - Game vs. West @ Deal 5:30


If you are interested in attending a game, spectators should arrive by 4:30 to avoid missing games due to last minute changes.


New: Deal Debate 

Our Debaters are preparing for their first D.C. Urban Debate League Tournament of the 2012-2013 season. On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Sidwell Friends, (8:30 am - 4:00 pm), the Deal Debaters will argue the following topics:


1. Single-gender classrooms do more harm than good.

2. An assault weapons ban should be enacted.

3. Professional athletes should be banned from competing in the Olympics.


We thank you for your help and support. Please feel free to come and cheer us on at the October 27 tournament.


New: Noodletools Research & Citation Platform

Students will be using Noodletools in many classes to help with the research process. Students who would like to create accounts immediately can create an account at (School username: deal, school password: library). See Ms. Redekopp ([email protected]) in the library if you have any questions.


World Language Trips Scholarships

During the recent parent meetings on the spring 2013 World Language trips (France, Costa Rica, and China), some exciting scholarship opportunities were announced. The collective efforts of the Deal PTA and the Deal World Language Department, in conjunction with funds provided by a new agreement with EF Tours (the trip provider). have been very successful.


We are pleased to announce that there will be ten $1,500 scholarships for students whose families are identified as economically disadvantaged. These scholarships will be provided based on several criteria: financial need, academic and behavioral progress, and a student essay. World Language teachers will provide specific directions in the coming week for these scholarships.


Additionally, for families who do not legally meet the standard for economically disadvantaged but have significant financial hurdles, such as changes in employment status or unexpected medical bills, "gap" scholarships will be made available. These  scholarships will be made on a case-by-case basis by appeal to Principal Albright. Up to $500 is available to families in need through this approach until the total funding pool has been expended.  


These scholarships represent the commitment of many members of the community to support what continues to be an exciting opportunity for our students. Thank you!


Alice Deal Dance-A-Thon For The Homeless - Give Back to the Community

  • Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • Place: Alice Deal Middle School Gymnasium
  • Time: All Day
  • Invitees: Alice Deal Art, Music and Health & Physical Students
  • Ticket: Homeless Walkathon Form submitted to your Art, Music or Physical Education Teacher
  • DJ's: DJ Ortizzy & DJ Pump Fake (Downing)
  • Benefactors: Friendship Place Residents

Every year, Alice Deal students give back to the community as we participate in a walkathon for the homeless. This year, we're not just walking - we're dancing! All students of art, music and physical education, this is a reminder to submit your Homeless Walkathon form to your teacher. Please note, the elective teachers have offered incentive points for each form returned by the students. Thanks to the art teachers, music teachers and physical education teachers for their continued support each year. Let's make this the best year ever!


GeoPlunge is Back!

Which state is the 23rd largest, nicknamed the "Yellowhammer State," and has a population of 4.7 million residents? You guessed it: Alabama! GeoPlunge is a fun and exciting geography-based card game played by students across the country. If you are a 6th grade student interested in training to compete at the DC GeoPlunge Tournament on January 9, please see Mr. Martini in room C130.


Basketball Tryouts

Boys and girls basketball tryouts will be starting soon. Please sign up for basketball tryouts during your lunch period. A sign-up sheet will will be posted and announcements will be made. 


Deal-Stoddert Boys Soccer Schedule

Date          Field   Start        End             

10/27/12    Jelleff  1:00 PM     2:15 PM      

11/03/12    Jelleff  1:00 PM     2:15 PM       

11/10/12    Deal    11:45 AM   1:00 PM      



This week at Deal . . .   


Tuesday: TAGS for 8th Graders

TAGS will have their monthly meeting in W304. This is for any interested 8th graders. Hear what was discussed at our kick-off meeting and help to decide our project for the year. Using geography and GIS, students will help solve a problem in our city and/or community. The research and proposed solutions will be shared with local officials. Come learn how geography and mapping are being used to solve community issues by being a part of TAGS! See you Tuesday! Questions?  Please see Ms. Trenkle in W304.


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: Fall Play Auditions 

A Midsummer Night's Dream auditions will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday with callbacks on Friday. All students who audition should be prepared to present a poem that is no more than 30 seconds long. Stay tuned for more information about stage crew and costume design. The performances will run December 6, 7, and 8.


Wednesday: 8th Grade Field Trip to Mt. Vernon

The 8th grade class will travel to Mount Vernon on Wednesday to visit the estate of our nation's first president.


Wednesday: Literature-to-Film Festival

The Literature-to-Film festival will kick off this week on Wednesday in the library. From 3:30 - 5 pm, we will screen Coraline, the film adapted from the Neil Gaiman book and graphic novel. This creepy tale is the perfect way to prepare for Halloween! 

(During this time, the library will not be available for after-school homework and reading.)


Wednesday:   Team Santiago Field Trip

Team Santiago will be taking a field trip to the National Mall on Wednesday. Students will be using geographic clues and map skills to navigate the mall and complete a scavenger hunt. Students must submit permission slips and $5 payment to Mr. Martini this week. Don't forget to bring a bagged lunch and warm clothing. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] so we can be of assistance.


Thursday: Team London Study Hall 

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


Thursday:  Team San Francisco Field Trip

Team San Francisco will be taking a field trip to the National Mall on Thursday. Students will be using geographic clues and map skills to navigate the mall and complete a scavenger hunt. Check with [email protected] if there are any questions.

Thursday:  Teachers and Geographic Students (TAGS) DC - 6th & 7th Graders

6th and 7th grade TAGS students will meet Thursday in Mr. Martini's room (C130) to plan this year's community action project. TAGS DC is a group of students and teachers who use GPS technology to solve community issues by making maps of our city. We meet once a month and are always looking for new members!


Thursday: Author Jasper Ffordre visits Deal! 

Jasper Fforde, author of the Thursday Next Series, has just completed his first book for young adult readers and he is coming to Deal to talk to our students about it! The comical book, The Last Dragon Slayer, features a female protagonist and carries readers away to a world of pure fantasy. The event will take place on Thursday at 2:30 pm in the Deal Media Center. If you are interested in participating, please email Ms. Kinzer at [email protected] and indicate the name of your English teacher.


Thursday: Homecoming Football Game

This Thursday it is homecoming at Alice Deal! the football game will be at 6:30 pm, as Deal takes on Langley at our Wilson  HS "home field." See you there! 


Thursday and Friday: Spelling Bee Club

We will meet during 6th and 7th grade ZAP on Thursday and Friday. Be sure to come get a ZAP pass from Mr. Gueltig before heading to lunch.


Friday:  Team Sydney Field Trip

Team Sydney will be taking a field trip to the National Mall on Friday. Students will be using geographic clues and map skills to navigate the mall and complete a scavenger hunt. Check with [email protected] if there are any questions. 


Sunday: Deal-O-Ween 2.0 Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

The Ultimate Frisbee Cub will be hosting their second annual Halloween-themed tournament at Deal on Sunday, October 28th, from 10 am - 1 pm. Players should see their coaches about permission slips and tournament fees. Costumes are MANDATORY and players will be competing in a variety of challenges for fabulous prizes! Fans and spectators are welcome to dress up, too, and join in on the sideline fun! 


Attention 8th Grade Students

Specialized High School application process opens on November 16! 

Don't miss the opportunity to visit these upcoming Open Houses:


Duke Ellington School of the Arts
  • October 24 & December 4 @ 3 p.m. 
Benjamin Banneker High School
  • November 3 @ 8 a.m. - 
School Without Walls High School
  •  November 14 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.  
  •  November 15 from 10 - 12 noon  

Wilson High School -
  • October 26 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • November 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • January [email protected] 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • February 1 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • February 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • March 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 


Attendance at Deal 



Every day, strive to learn the Viking Way!


Congratulations to the following 6th, 7th and 8th grade homerooms for on-time arrival of 95% or above! As a reminder at the end of the advisory we will hold an attendance raffle to recognize students with stellar or most improved attendance for each grade. Let us strive to learn the "Viking Way": at school, on time, everyday!


6th Grade                                7th Grade                    8th Grade

Clements                                Assael                            Dillon

Garza                                      D'Antonio                     Eckel

Law                                         Diaz                                Hovancsek

Pough                                     Helsabeck                     Mostoller

                                                Kirschenbaum              Wang






Staff information... 


Monday: Parent-Teacher Conferences This important day serves to provide key information to parents about student progress near the end of the first advisory. Note: Lunch for all staff will be provided according to the schedule available at the Welcome Center.

Tuesday: Team Leaders Meeting at 3:30

Thursday: IB Activity  
Ms. Stallworth will be providing teachers with materials for the Thursday IB activity.

Friday PD: Smartboard and Teaching ELL Students 
Two for the price of free: the rescheduled Smartboard training (bring your questions!) with Mr. Lotts in W206, and teaching ELL students with Ms. Wang in C213. See you there! 

Before and After School Activities

Monday AM


Young Men's Choir - 7:45 am - Rm CG04 












Monday PM  


Girl Up Rm E305

Newspaper club  Rm N116

Deal Garden club - Garden 

Student Council meeting Rm E205

Viking Quarterly Rm W103

African Drumming club- Canceled this week

Girls on Track - Rm E103

 school Outdoor Hoop
club - Rm W205

Ultimate Frisbee club - Rm C130

Volleyball game vs Oyster-Adams at Lincoln MS - 4:30 pm 

Cross Country practice to 5 pm  

International Cooking club Group B to 5 pm - Rm C216 

6th grade Concert Band, 7th & 8th Symphonic Band and Jazz band meeting - Auditorium

Tennis club - Rm E300 

Photography Club - Rm E104  French club  to 4:30 - CG07  

Afterschool Basketball club - W205

Vikings Soccer to 5 pm 

Football practice to 5:45 pm   


Tuesday Am


Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30am - Rm N111 

8th String Ensemble - Auditorium 

Jazz Band 7:45 am - Rm CG20

Concert Choir 7:45 am - Rm CG04





Tuesday PM


Football practice to 5:45 pm 

Fantasy Football club - Rm C212

Reader's Theater - Rm E205

Cheerleading practice to 5pm 

Ultimate Frisbee club - Rm C130 

Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Ms. McFarland's office

Bocce club  - Front lawn

Music workshop    

Girls' Running - RM E304 

Girls on Track - Rm E103 

Golf club to 4:30 pm - E105

Mural/Public Art club

Swimming club to 5:15 pm

Fall Play Auditions

Volleyball practice

Cross Country Practice to 5 pm


Wednesday AM


Painting for Your Soul club 7:45 am - C224


6th Grade Concert Band - 7:45 am

Advanced Concert Band - 7:45 am


Young Men's Choir - 7:45 am 





Wednesday PM


Spartan Barracks  

Deal Student Librarian
-  Library 
Team Mumbai Rm N113
club to 5:00 pm - Rm W207

Alexandria Library  Rm E200

Roman Holiday - Rm E204

After School Sports Rap - Rm W104

Team Santiago study hall - Rm C130

Debate Team  - Rm W100

Type Faster Now to 4:15 - Rm 204

New Student Transitions workshop 7th & 8th  

Ms. White's Office

Roman Holiday - E204

Deal Scientists club - Rm E101

C-Span - Rm W304

Team Alexandria - Rm E200  

Santiago study Hall - C130

Football practice to 5:45 pm   

Parlons Franšais Club, to 4:30 - C308 

Fall Play Auditions
Literature-to-Film Festiva
l to 5 pm - Library
Volleyball practice
Cross Country Practice
to 5 pm 



Thursday AM


  Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30 am - Rm N111 

Spanish tutoring 8:10 am - RM C314

String Chamber Ensemble - 7:45 am

Jazz Band - 7:45 am

Concert Choir - 7:45 am 




Thursday PM


Cheerleading practice to 5 pm 

MWIT club - Rm E206

Team London Rm E104

Mathletes Rm E106  

M.I.T. to 4:30 - RM E206

Swimming club to 5:15 pm 

Football game vs. Langley

Wilson 6:30 pm

Fall Play Auditions

TAGS 6th and 7th graders - C130 










Friday AM


Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30 am - Rm N111

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

6th Grade Concert Band - 7:45 am   

Advanced Concert Band - 7:45 am  



 Friday PM 


Fall Play Callbacks