Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


The Weekly Bulletin 

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

Ms. Alieze Stallworth joined the Deal administrative team this year, with a focus on managing our IB program, professional development activities, and other critical needs. I have asked her to update the Deal community on a regular basis about the Middle Years Program (MYP) and this, our evaluation year. One of the "lenses" of the MYP is the IB Learner Profile; my goal as principal is for this to continue to be a foundation for how we understand students. Ms. Stallworth's comments on the curriculum and the Learner Profile follow:

The students at Alice Deal, with the support of the staff members, have demonstrated through their actions that they embody the IB Learner Profile attribute of Caring. They have participated in the Alice Deal Homeless "Dance-a-thon" and the members of Girl Up held the "Girl Up Dollar Campaign" to send girls to school in the Congo. In addition to showing that they care about the world around them, these students are also demonstrating a commitment to community service.


Each month, students who demonstrate that they embody one of the IB Learner Profile characteristics are selected from each team, and their pictures are posted on the bulletin board next to the Welcome Center. Open-minded is this month's featured characteristic. The students selected to have their pictures on the board this month understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of others. Please, take a minute to look at the bulletin board and, when you see the students around the school, celebrate them.


There is also evidence in classrooms throughout the school that teachers work to develop students who embody the ten IB Learner Profiles. In Ms. Trenkle's class, there is a bulletin board on which students have placed post-its above the Learner Profile they most represent at this time. As you walk in and out of English classrooms, you can hear teachers asking their students to identify the Learner Profile attribute the characters in the books they have read demonstrate. The staff at Alice Deal is doing an excellent job of reaching the goal of developing our students to be individuals who exemplify all of the IB Learner Profile attributes.


IB MYP This Year


This year Alice Deal celebrates its third year as an IB school. This means that the IB organization will be sending evaluators to the school in the fall of 2013. For the school community, it means that it is time for us to demonstrate the Learner Profile of being reflective. The students, staff, and community will engage in a self-study of the school's implementation of the IB MYP. This process is already underway with the staff. Other members of the school community will be asked to participate in the coming months.


As many of you know, I was first brought to Deal to help implement the IB program. My belief remains unshaken that this school, this community of students and parents, and this group of teachers, has the potential to be a model institution as we grow into the program. While we have come far, we still have a long way to go; many students still struggle with the basics, others require widely varied, individualized services, and still others meet every challenge and hunger for more. We continue to work to get better at meeting these needs and others that present on a daily basis. I hope we all agree that nothing can be done, however, unless we do it together.


Principal Albright


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Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday -Bell I  
Wednesday - Bell III
Thursday and Friday
No School - Thanksgiving Break
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Deal Tours

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

November 30
December 11 

Upcoming Dates 

November 19
Mecca - Newseum Field Trip

November 21
Thanksgiving Assembly

November 22 - 23
Thanksgiving Break

November 27-30
7th Grade Trips to Natural History Museum

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   

December 1
Saturday Detention
9 am - 12 noon

December 4
Team Leaders
Attendance Committee Mtg

December 5
Math Dept. Meeting

December 6
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
Deficiencies to Admin
Midsummer Night's Dream Play

December 7
LSAT, 7:30 am
Deal Geographic Bee
Second Advisory Midpoint
Midsummer Night's Dream Play

December 8
PTA Holiday Green Sale
Midsummer Night's Dream Play 

December 9
PTA Holiday Green Sale 

December 11
Deal Tour, 9:30 am
Shepherd Buddy Day 

December 12 
Open House 9 - 12 am  

December 13
Department Chairs, 3:30 pm

December 14
PD for Teachers and Staff
(No School for Students)
Detention 9 am - 12 noon

December 15
PTA Holiday Green Sale 

December 16
PTA Holiday Green Sale 

December 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm

December 21
Spanish Field Trip to Guapos

December 24 - January 4
Winter Break

January 7
School Resumes 
Library News

The library will be closed after school on Wednesday, November 21.


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). 


A Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal Schedule 
(3:30-5:00 Auditorium)

 Week of November 19

Monday - Act IV, 2; Act V

Full Cast

Tuesday - Act IV, 2; Act V

Full Cast

Wednesday - Act I, 2

Quince, Bottom, Snug, Flute, Snout, Starveling


Week of November 26

Monday - Act 1, 2; Act III, 1; Act IV, 2; Act V

Quince, Bottom, Snug, Flute, Snout, Starveling, Puck

Tuesday - Assorted Scenes

Lysander, Hermia, Helena, Demetrius

Wednesday - Assorted Scenes

Oberon, Puck, Titania

Thursday - Full Cast

Friday - Full Cast


Week of December 3

Monday - Wednesday - Full Cast

Thursday - Preview Performance

Friday - Performance

Saturday - Performance


Stage Crew:

Monday and Tuesday Afterschool this week.  Be prepared to paint.

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)  





"Thanksgiving is Right Around the Corner and HoopEd is Thankful for November 23rd, 2012!

After all the thanks, lots of turkey, and maybe some travel the kids NEED to Get Movin' and HoopEd is ready to do what we do best PLAY!

Parents if you have work or want to hit those Black Friday Sales or just want to be thankful for a bit more quiet time then let HoopEd entertain the kids from 9:00am to 3:00pm w/aftercare until 5:30.

Children ages 5 - 13 are welcome to spend the day with us, whether your child is a basketball lover or just loves to be active at any playground game; our energetic coaches are prepared for your CAMPER! We have Hoops Camp at Blessed Sacrament School & All Sports and Games Camp at Lafayette Elementary School as well as Annunciation Catholic School!

HoopEd Hoops and All Sports and Games Camps are always filled with the best families and campers from the Deal community and we, at HoopEd, are thankful for your continued support!

The more campers the better, so tell your Deal friends or invite someone new!

Please visit for location details, price and of course... TO REGISTER!"



I Trained U Basketball Clinics


Basetball Clinics will be held in November and December on

Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Sundays from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Bethesda Sports and Health Club

4400 Montgomery Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814


Kids will learn from guaranteed improvement in the Roots of basketball - ball handling, shooting and passing, and defense. Learn from former college and professional basketball players.

1 session is $35. Four sessions is $100. For girls and boys ages 8-15 years.

Register today at or call 202-497-9574 or you can email [email protected]



Wilson Crew Holiday Wreath Sale 

Support Wilson Crew and get ready for the holidays buy purchasing wreaths.  Wilson Crew is selling fresh, fragrant 24-inch Frazier fir wreaths decorated with red velvet bows hand-tied in the USA.  You can purchase wreaths for $25 each from your favorite rower or by logging on to  Be sure to enter the name of your favorite rower when you purchase online so that he or she gets credit for the sale. Wreaths will be delivered the first week in December.  Wilson Crew is the only rowing program in DCPS and is open to all DCPS high school students and relies on the generosity of supporters like you to keep this sport alive for public school students in our city.  Pull for Wilson Crew!



Community Service Opportunity at Janney Elementary


Janney Elementary School is looking for 7th and 8th grade students who would be interested in partnering with Janney students as academic buddies, helping with basic math and English language skills as part of a supervised after school activity. This would require a regular commitment between 3:30-4:30 one or two days a week and would count towards community service hours. We are looking for students who are reliable and conscientious, enjoy working with younger kids and who love learning. If you are interested please contact Pippa Trench at [email protected].  202-724-8950.


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:



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...   


New: Cafeteria Payments

Some families have begun to receive notices from Deal that money is owed for student lunches. These notices are invoices for meals already purchased by students; rather than turn students away, we have decided to invoice families for what is owed. What needs to be done? If you receive an invoice, please follow the directions and make payment as noted. If you feel that your family should be exempt, please fill out the FARMS application that accompanies the invoice. If you would like to make advance payments on your child's lunches, there are directions below in this bulletin as well as on the invoice. Please remember: any debts NOT paid are paid by the general Deal school fund. If we are not able to recoup most of the outstanding invoices, we will have to change our policy regarding turning students away. Let's work together on this.


New:  Alice Deal Viking Soccer in Stoddert League

The  Alice Deal Viking soccer team had a first foray into the world of Stoddert travel soccer this season. We played games against established teams in the league on Saturdays. Deal won the majority of its games in style. In all we scored 14 goals and conceded 6. We are proud of our positive season. Congratulations from Coach Mbayu to the team and the parents who brought the players to the games every Saturday.


New:  Golf Club

The golf club will suspend for the fall/winter season. Thanks to all those students who came out and participated and I look forward to seeing you in the spring. 


New:  Cross-Country Team Members

Wednesday is the deadline for ordering Cross-Country Hoodies and Championship T-Shirts. See Coach Jenkins to place your order.

New:  International Cooking Club

All students from Groups B and C who are attending the Whole Foods Field Trip on Monday, November 26, need to return their forms to Ms. Kinzer

this week.


New: Deal Relief Council

The Deal Relief Council would like to continue our response for helping Hurricane Sandy victims in New York City.  We have identified a school, Coney Island Prep, whose students lost nearly everything. Some needs have been identified and we want to collect items through homerooms as follows:


* English homerooms: books that middle schoolers would like to read for classroom libraries

* Math homerooms: notebook paper, graph paper, pencils

* Humanities homerooms: binders, backpacks, notebooks

* Science homerooms: board games or activities for students 


We understand that at this time of year, people are asked to give often.  Please give what you can by Tuesday, November 20. 


Fall Production Assistance

Parents/guardians interested in helping out with the Fall Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, please email [email protected] We are looking for help with set building, costume design, and general production assistance. Please indicate in your email if you have a preference for where you can provide support.


This Week at Deal...   



Monday:  The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will resume Monday at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, the club will meet with Mr. Namian in Room W205.


Monday:  Indoor Track

Indoor track practice starts on Monday for those students who have completed their eligibility paperwork. All forms must be submitted before you can begin practice. See Coach Jenkins if you have any questions


Monday:  Photography Club

We will meet in Mr. Gueltig's room at 3:30 pm on Monday with cameras and cords in hand to begin editing and uploading our photos in preparation for our winter show. 


Monday:  Tennis Club

Tennis club will continue to meet on Mondays unless the temperature drops below 45, or the weather is inclement. Dress for the weather, including gloves! Make sure to record a tennis match for us to watch and analyze on tennis club days during the winter months.  


Tuesday:  Bocce

Bocce on Tuesday! All are welcome to play this fun lawn game! Join Ms. Zanelli and Ms. Wellersdick on the front lawn at 3:30 pm for one of our last games before the weather gets too cold!


Tuesday:  Swimming Club Canceled

Swimming will not be held this week.


Wednesday: Thanksgiving Assembly
One of everyone's favorite Deal traditions - the Thanksgiving Assembly! We'll join together in the gym during the PM activity period (Bell III) to show gratitude for the important things in our lives. Students will go to the gym with their 7th period teachers.

8th grade news and announcements 


Requesting Recommendations for Private Schools


1. Who to ask?- Start by thinking of which teachers can attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation so be aware of this before you ask.

2. Prepare- Gather the recommendation forms and fill out all pertinent information. Prepare an addressed and stamped envelope for each school which you are requesting a recommendation for. All recommendations will be placed in the mail by the individual teacher or by your counselor.

3. Ask- Take the recommendation form with the envelope to the person who you need the request from. Ask the person if they would be willing to write your recommendation. Tell them when it needs to be completed and mailed in. Ms. White has recommendation request slips available to help with this process.

4. Grow- Use the experience of asking for a letter of recommendation to help you grow your communication skills which will come in handy when advocating for yourself in high school.


For all transcript requests for private schools, please also provide an addressed and stamped envelope for the mailing of these items as well.


Specialized High School Open House Updates

Columbia Heights EC- December 5
Duke Ellington School of the Arts- December 4 @ 3pm
Phelps ACE - December 21, January 18, and February 22

Additional High School information may also be obtained through the DCPS website under the tab "Plan for College and Careers"

High School Common Application 

The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools becomes accessible on Friday, November 16. Parents, please make sure that all of your contact information is correct in STARS so that the pre-loaded information on the application will be accurate. If you have changed addresses, phone numbers or email addresses please provide Ms. Baxter with updated information as soon as possible. For all students who are in need of assistance in working on the application, Ms. White will be available in the Media Center Computer Lab on the following dates after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m.- November 19, 20, 26 27, 28.


Planning for Your Future: Individual Graduation Portfolio (IGP)


The IGP provides students with a road map to the future and a record of the past. Staying on course empowers students to reach the destination-graduation- with all the courses, skills, and experiences needed to make informed decisions about education and career. Grade level milestones and guideways lead students through the program. Learning opportunities available through the IGP include Career/College Major Exploration, High School Course Planning, Goal Setting/Journaling, Interest/Skill Inventories.


Please encourage your student to explore options for their future at home using the following steps:

1.      Go to

2.      Login  with DCPS+studentID and the password the student has created (If it's the students first time logging in, the password is simply DCPS)

3.      Click on Choices Explorer

4.      Click on the Your Portfolio Tab

5.      Click Your Plans and get started on the path


Should there be any questions regarding the Choices explorer, please contact your grade level counselor.

Mental Health Matters!

An Attitude of Gratitude: 

Tips for Fostering Gratitude in Children


How often do we remind our children to appreciate what they have or be thankful for the good things in their lives?  Parents and teachers should make it a point to encourage the experience and expression of gratitude in our children.  Research has shown that people who experience gratitude have more positive emotions, fewer negative emotions, higher levels of connectedness, improved relationships, improved achievement, and greater progress toward goals.  Factors that promote gratitude include positive thinking, empathy, humility, and problem-solving skills, whereas factors that inhibit include a sense of entitlement, preoccupation with materialism, lack of self-reflection, and lack of resiliency. Fostering gratitude can help students become more mindful of the positive aspects of their lives, engage in more pro-social behaviors, and become more aware of strengths in themselves and others.  Gratitude is a learned behavior, thereby one which parents and teachers can foster through a variety of simple acts:

  1. Model gratitude.  Allow your child to see you behaving gratefully to family, friends, neighbors, and others.  Explain why you are saying thank you, not just because "it's the right thing to do."
  2. Encourage your child to write thank-you notes after receiving gifts or special assistance from a friend, family member, or teacher.  Have them reflect on why they are grateful and include it in the note.
  3. Reinforce grateful behavior.  Identify when you see your child behaving gratefully and reinforce it. 
  4. Make time daily to share gratitude.  Whether at breakfast, the dinner table or before bed, make time for the family to share at least one thing for which each person is thankful.  Starting or ending the day with gratitude can reinforce positive connections.
  5. Have your child keep a gratitude journal.  Regularly have your child write down 3 or 4 positives that they are grateful for and why.  Encourage your child to think of experiences, people, and events, not just material possessions. 
Attendance at Deal 




Congratulations to the Winners of the 1st Advisory Attendance Raffle!


Be on the lookout during your homeroom and lunch period for your award; keep up the great work!


6th Grade: Maxwell Coan, Cyrus McDowell, Layla McEwen, Benjamin Spaeth


7th Grade: Lindsay Husbands, Henry Le, Rosa Villeda, Medgar Webster


8th Grade: Anne Brennan, Vincent Graham, Avery Nolan


Congratulations to the following 6th, 7th and 8th grade homerooms for on-time arrival of 95% or above! All other homerooms start fresh on Monday with a new attitude and commitment to improve.


On-time arrival and regular attendance are critical to student success. Please reiterate our shared expectation with your child today! Let us strive to learn the "Viking Way": at school, on time, everyday!



6th Grade                                      7th Grade                           8th Grade

Garza                                             Assael                                  Eckel

Glick                                              Lerum                                   Mostoller

Jackson                                        Kirschenbaum                     Wang

Pough                                           McCarron

Purcell                                          Parish




Staff information... 
New: Team Leaders Meeting - Cancelled
This Tuesday's team leaders meeting is cancelled. 
New: 8th grade Teacher Meeting
There will be an eighth grade teacher meeting this Wednesday morning, November 21, 2012, at 8:10 am in Ms. Mostoller's classroom, E305.
New: Deal PTA Newsletter
Teachers and Staff:  The deadline to submit an article for the first issue of the Deal PTA Newsletter is November 27th.  Please send your newsletter submissions to
[email protected]. Thank you!  Questions? please email Kim Gross at [email protected].
Calendar Updates The week back from Thanksgiving will be a busy one! We'll have Viking Time on Thursday - prepare for fun. As well, we have added a 7th grade trip to the calendar: one team each day, Tuesday through Friday, will go the Museum of Natural History for an interdisciplinary field trip. Thanks to all for your flexibility!

Staff Email List We have created a new staff email list, using official email addresses. If you did not receive the "Key Information" emails from Mr. Albright last week at your address, please contact [email protected] All staff members must check their addresses daily and use those addresses or team emails for official business.

Before and After School Activities

Monday AM


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

Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30am - Rm N111  

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Cadavid 8:10 am - RM C314

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - Rm C212









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 Eliot-Hine @ Lincoln- 4:30 pm 

International Cooking club Group C 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 

GeoPlunge - C130

Board Games to 4:30 - W106

Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule

Indoor Track practice to 5 pm 


Tuesday Am


8th String Ensemble - Auditorium 

Jazz Band 7:45 am - Rm CG20

Concert Choir 7:45 am - Rm CG04

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212










Tuesday 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 

Mural/Public Art club

Swimming club to 5:15 pm

Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule 

Indoor Track 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 

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212









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

Parlons Franšais Club, to 4:30 - C308 

Literature-to-Film Festival to 5 pm - Library
Discovery Club - E101
Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule

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 

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212 

French Tutoring Mr Ngwa 8:10 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 

TAGS 6th and 7th graders - C130 
GEMS meeting
Spanish Club 
Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule 











Friday AM


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 


Midsummer Night's Dream Rehearsal - see above for schedule