Alice Deal Middle School

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Principal's Message...

For all of us here in the northern hemisphere, the end of the calendar and the shortest days of the year are appropriately matched. It is cold, it is dark, and we are ready to put behind us the trials of the past. A new year speaks to so many hopes - resolutions allow us to make fresh starts; holiday celebrations focus on messages bigger than ourselves; and we get to think of the our world as new. In college, the first semester has typically ended and students are home for extended breaks, looking for work, reconnecting with friends, and starting back with a clean slate in mid-January. At Deal and most other schools, our first semester is still oddly chugging along - with our "mid-year" happening at the end of January. While in our hearts we know that we are sort-of halfway, our student agendas remind us that we need to remember what was happening during that last week in December.

When our students walk back on Monday, they will find themselves reminded that there was a purpose for the rest - there is much to do. So many big things are happening - National History Day, Science Fair, high school applications - that our students will be swept up right away in the tide. In three weeks, we will close the books on the first semester and the second advisory. I encouraged students and teams to get December work in during December and avoid the late-semester cramming that is so ineffective. Think of January 7 as the first day of a three week course - keeping up will be easier if we break our work into pieces.

Our office staff (Ms. Baxter, Ms. Mills, Ms. Berry, Ms. Streeter), our ISS coordinator (Mr. Turner), our school nurse (Ms. Dickens), and our custodial team worked throughout the break. The building was given an extra shine, paperwork was tackled and addressed, and we start anew in great shape.

Please keep in mind that while we are eager to have you come in to Deal, we are going to be extra diligent to ensure that all visitors come in the main door, sign in with our security team, and then check in the front office. From there, you will be either picked up or directed to your destination.

While we all recognize that a clear protocol is part of a consistent safety approach in any school, I think it is also important to recognize that teachers and classrooms are not generally available to the public. Parents are encouraged to make appointments with teachers, and not hope to catch them in the hall. Each teacher has 15 unencumbered minutes in the morning before class starts, and then four minutes between classes for everything else. During class, they only have attention for your children. After school, their day runs another 15 minutes - so a total of 55 minutes broken up into 7 small segments. When appointments are made, teachers are using their planning periods or, on occasion, their lunch times. I want them available (and they want to meet with you), but it does require all of us to be a bit more aware of all the demands. Let's be together on this.

Wishing you luck in your resolutions . . .

Principal Albright



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Monday - Bell I 
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Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday Bell - Pause
Friday - Bell I 
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Open House January 12 9 -12

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

January 15 
February 12 

Upcoming Dates 

January 7
School Resumes 

January 8
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

January 9
Math Dept. Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 11
LSAT, 7:30 am
Geography Bee Preliminaries 

January 12
Open House 9 - 12 

January 14
American Art Museum - La Paz
Air & Space - London

January 15
Deal Tour
Air & Space - San Francisco 

January 16
Embassy Adoption Prgm - London
Track Championships
Air & Space - Santiago
January 17
Dept. Chairs, 3:30 pm
School-wide Spelling Bee

January 18
8th Gr. "We the People" Mock Trial
Air & Space  - Sydney

January 19
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon

January 21
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
No school for students or staff

January 23
Literature to Film Festival 

January 24
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
School-wide Geography Bee

January 25
Students Dismissed at 12:15 pm
Detention, 12:15 - 3:15 pm Records Day
Last Day of 2nd Advisory

January 28
American Art Museum - Mecca
2nd Advisory 6th Grade Bday Party, 3 pm 

January 29
Team Leaders

January 31
Embassy Adoption Prgrm. - Sydney

February 1
American Art Museum - Firenze

February 4
Science Fair Set Up

February 5
Science Fair Prep
PIA Testing
Team Leaders

February 6
Science Fair Judging
Math Depart Meeting
PIA Testing 

February 7
New to Deal Meeting, 3:30 pm

February 8
 LSAT, 7:30 am
Report Cards Issued

February 9
Saturday Detention
 9 am - 12 noon

February 12
NAEP Testing
Deal Tour
6th Grade Writing Night, 6 pm

February 13
National Portrait Gallery - Firenze

February 14
Department Chairs, 3:30 pm
Winter Dance
3:30 - 6 pm 

February 15
PD Day
No School for Students
Detention 9 am - 12 noon

February 18
Presidents Day
No School for staff and students

February 20
Literature to Film Festival
Embassy Adoption Prgm - London
8th Grade We the People Mock Trial

February 21
Faculty Meeting 3:30 pm

February 22
Deficiencies to HR
World Language Trip Meeting

February 23
Deal PTA Auction - 6:30 pm
Saturday Detention; 9 - 12

February 25
Parent-Teacher Conference
No School for Students

February 26
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm 

February 27
Deficiencies to Admin

February 28
Third Advisory Midpoint
Hoops for Heart 
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.


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)  


Futsal Clinics 


Register now for Futsal clinics on Saturday and Sunday afternoons starting in January at the Bethesda Sport and Health Club. The program is directed by Allison Diaz, previously a 4-year varsity player at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, and a former Division I soccer player at Canisius College. The sessions are divided into boys and girls. Sundays groups from 1-2 and 2-3 are for 10-13 year olds. There are three five-week sessions planned, and the cost of each is $150. To register, go to: or call 301-530-5472, or e-mail the director at [email protected]


Writing Contest for Students in Grades 4-10


It's time for the 21st Annual Letters About Literature Writing Contest for students in grades 4-10. The contest challenges young readers to write a personal letter to an author explaining how that author's work somehow changed the reader's view of the world. Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book. Prizes are awarded on both the state and national level at grades 4-6 and 7-8.  



for details.  Submissions must be mailed and be postmarked by January 11, 2013.  State winners will be notified in April, 2013; national winners will be notified in May, 2013.


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


Student and parent information...   


New:  National History Day Workshop/Tutorials Start Next Week

Students seeking help with NHD projects can get some on-site assistance on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in E305. Ms. Mostoller, the teacher trustee on National History Day's board of directors, will provide tutorials on the dates below:


Wednesday, January 16:  documentaries

Wednesday, January 23:  exhibit boards

Wednesday, January 30:  research papers

Wednesday, February 6:  web sites

Wednesday, February 13:  performances


Students must have parental consent before electing to stay after school for help.


Students are also encouraged to contact Missy McNatt, the DC coordinator for NHD, who offers assistance at the Education Center of the National Archives and Records Administration every Saturday. You can reach her at [email protected] to make an appointment.


Final projects are due February 19.


New:  Girl Up Gears Up for 2013

The fabulous members of Deal's Girl Up Club raised $2043 to send 11 girls growing up in eastern Congo to school for a year. What will we do next to show our support for girls in the developing world?  Come to today's meeting in E305 to help shape our second semester agenda.


New:  Attention All Seventh Grade Spanish Student!

The 2014 Spanish Language Spring Break tour has been announced and Deal is looking forward to returning to beautiful Costa Rica in 2014!

If you are interested in finding out more about the tour or registering please go to I hope your son or daughter can join us for an experience that will open their eyes to the world. If you have any questions please email me at henders[email protected].


New:  International Cooking Club

The International Cooking Club Group A will meet on Monday, January 7 after school in room C216 (the teacher's lounge).

Group B will meet January 14 and Group C will meet on January 28. Meetings will take place from 3:15 until 5 pm.

Please consult the group list below, as several changes have taken place.



Group A

Group B

Group C

Monday, 1/7

Monday , 1/14

Monday, 1/28




Clarke Paty

Zach Crouch

Zarina Carpenter

Erica Serrano

Felicia Klimpacher

Rykah Bell

Mattie Melnyk

Caleb Bush

Surina Goel

Tahaje Tomlinson

Ariana Wehoz

Naejia Piper


King Cambell

Manny Scherif

Ilana Samuel

John Pollack

Youssef Youssef


Olivia Howard

Shakaliah Smalls

Marjorie Albert

Zigmund Annaville

Shrabonti Turna

Meghan Dayton

Myles Duncan

Jordyn Wright

Lily Chanine

Leah Pearcy

Sofia Geislinger

Lukas Leijon

Cyrus McDowell

Calia Christie

Cecelia Sneed

Viren Kiridena

Nastia Webber

Mabel Malhotra

Leo Saunders

Claire Contreras

Gabby Anifantis

Ellika Edelman

Matilda Jensen

Lena Kohls

Isabella Rhein

Lindsay Harper

Ashan Kiridena

Zenon Melynk

Clara Edmonds

Natalia Facchinato

Sarah Desta

Robert Graves

Leela Yadav

Madeliene Yando

Sophia Poulos

Camille Ortiz

Jaednee Ramirez-Rivera

Perri Hollar

Ariana Daly

Kendra Brown

Lalita Kohls


Emilia Menjersik

Anna Joos


Alexandra Tomkin

Alexis Anderson



New: Scholastic Book Clubs

Sometimes the right book is all it takes to nurture a child's love of reading. That's why we are pleased that our school will be participating in Scholastic Book Clubs this school year. Starting in January, Scholastic Book Club fliers will be available through Ms. Kinzer each month. These fliers contain just-right, affordable books and Storia™ eBooks for every age and reading level. In addition, orders can now be placed online. Ordering online is fast and easy! In order to order online, follow the steps below:


1) Register at

2) Use LWMM6 as the Class Activation Code

3) Choose from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks.

4) Submit the order to Ms. Kinzer

5) Earn free books for you and our school, too!


For more information, contact Ms. Kinzer at [email protected]


Spelling Bee

The Deal Spelling Bee is coming! The all-school bee will be held on Thursday, January 17 for those who have won their homeroom bees. All of the excitement will take place after our return from Winter Break. Anyone interested in getting a list to study from may stop by Mr. Gueltig's room, E104 any day after school this week.  

This Week at Deal...   


Monday:  International Cooking

The International Cooking Club Group A will meet on Monday, January 7 after school in room C216 (the teacher's lounge).


Monday:  The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, Jan. 7 at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room W205. 


Monday:  Board Games After School Activity

Mondays from 3:30 in W106

Monopoly, Yahtzee, Trouble, Scrabble, Cranium, Hit or Miss, Connect Four, Scattergories, Othello, Checkers, Uno, Taboo, Chess, Twister and more!  If you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a game that you've played a thousand times or challenging yourself to learn a new one, please come to W106 (Ms. D. Jackson's classroom) from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Mondays.


Monday: Basketball Games

MS Girls' Basketball game at Jefferson at 3:30 pm

MS Boys' Basketball game at Jefferson at 4:45 pm

6th Grade Girls' Basketball game at Walker Jones at 4:45 pm

6th Grade Boys' Basketball game vs Prospect at Home at 4:45 pm


Tuesday:  Jewish Culture Club 

Come join the Jewish Culture Club on Tuesday during ZAP in E105. You do not have to be Jewish to join the club. There will be an interest meeting on Tuesday.  


Wednesday:  Team Santiago Study Hall

On Wednesday, January 9th (and every Wednesday until June 12th), Team Santiago will have a voluntary Study Hall from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm in Mr. Martini's classroom (C130). This is a great way for students to get individual or small group help from Ms. Ruiz, Mr. Martini, Ms. Quinn, Mr. Custer, and Ms. Jackson.


Thursday:  Basketball Games

MS Girls' Basketball game vs Browne at 3:30 (Home)

MS Boys' Basketball game vs Browne at 4:45 (Home) 

6th Gr. Girls' Basketball at Oyster-Adams at 3:30  

8th grade announcements 



Specialized High School Opportunities 
The Common Application Deadline has past but there are opportunities to take part in specialized programs at other DCPS high schools. Go to the DCPS website to check out some of the special programs offered within our public high schools.  To apply for these programs go to the individual high school websites and if these schools are out-of-boundary for you, enter the lottery starting January 30, 2013.   Below are three opportunities which you or your child may be interested in:
Accelerated Cohort at Eastern (ACE), Health and Medical Sciences Academy(HMSA) and BUILD. These academies provide unique opportunities to be a part of a select cohort of students who want to pursue specific interests during their time at Eastern. Students and families can learn more information about Eastern and download application materials at Application deadlines vary for the program to which you decide to apply. Please see Ms. White if you would like more information.


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

Phelps ACE - January 18 and February 22

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.

8th Grade Congressional Mock Hearings 

Test Knowledge of the Constitution


For the month of December, eighth graders studied the Constitution. To conclude our unit, students participated in a Congressional Mock Hearing on December 18 and 19 to demonstrate their understanding of the Constitution in action in the US and their lives today, as well as its importance as a democratic model in the world.


In teams, students researched, wrote and then formally presented their findings about an assigned question about the Constitution. Collaboratively, students were required to write a five-paragraph essay, provide an annotated bibliography of outside research, present their essay to a judge, and finally, field questions from the judge.


At the end of the two days, the judges for each team chose the strongest presentation for each unit. These students will present their essay in the school-wide competition on January 18 to yet another panel of judges.  The top unit from each of the three teams will move forward and compete for Deal Middle School at the city-wide competition of the We the People Congressional Mock Hearings at Georgetown Law with other middle schoolers from across the city on February 20.


Congratulations to all students for their hard work.  They truly are Constitutional scholars!  The students below will be participating in the school wide competition later this month.




Team Firenze

Team La Paz

Team Mecca





1:  What were the Founders' basic ideas about government?

Liam Murdoch

Craig Washington

Ava Zechiel

Ayesa Akhter


Ali Bauman

Julie Dao

Chad Hoyte-Hayes

Lexy Medina

Tosha Skolnik


Emily Durr

Will Hamlin

Walter Riley Edward Rodas

Reid Hobson-Powell

2:  What shaped the Founders' ideas about government?

Jarrah May

Jacob Siegelman

Rayne Ramsawak

Nicholas McGrew


Molly Berman

Isaiah King

Cara Lowengrub

 Pearl Strand

William Davis


Jordan Carpenter

Natalia Greene

Jake Mezey

James Stewart

3:  What happened at the Philadelphia Convention?

Alexis Adams

Kyra Hamerling-Potts

Annie Brennan

Reece Bland Mapp

Michael Foose

Ursula Hedlund

Ben Solberg

Krista Ross


Jisca Adigo

Vincent Graham

Reid Hobson-Powell

Kelila Weiner

4:  How was the Constitution used to establish our government?

Martin Marquez

Jorge Garcia

Ngoc Nguyen

Caleigh Bartash


Ezona Haile

Kayode Lampkin

Anya Navidi-Kasmai

Max Rubin


James Sarokin

Anneliese King

Jakira Tucker

5:  How does the Constitution protect our basic rights?

Patrick Mulderig

Hannah London

Mike Grimes

Matias Cano


Joe Bloom

Khaleb Coleman

Gus Marrakand

Teo Topa


Ameenah Arter

Amara Jerome

Louis Lane

Johanna Pereyra

6:  What are the responsibilities of citizens?

Lidia Solorzano

Ayelet Drazen

Carolina Shea

Clara Edmonds

Alexandra Radifera


Matthew Dulaney

Paul Weaver

Jakob Hegewisch-Allen

Adam Tarfur


Alex Dorosin

Adam Kramer

Ben Schwartz

Staff information ...

New:  Understanding ADHD in the Classroom

Beginning in January, Ms. Banal and Ms. Scott will meet with grade-level team teachers to offer strategies and support for understanding and working with students who have ADHD.

Sessions will be offered during team planning periods on the following dates:

6th Grade Teams: Friday, January 11

7th Grade Teams: Friday, January 18

8th Grade Teams: Friday, February 1

Teams should confirm with Ms. Banal or Ms. Scott by Wednesday, January 9.


New:  Recycling Printer Cartridges and Batteries

Wondering what to do with your used printer cartridges and batteries?  The Recycling Green Team will make sure they are recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. Please send all types of printer cartridges and batteries to Mr Winn-Ritzenberg or place them in his mailbox. Thank you for recycling.


New:  Photos from Winter Assembly

If you have great photos from the Winter Assembly - or any other good time at Deal - please share them with Mr. Rodberg for use in the bulletin and elsewhere!


New:  Differentiating Classroom Materials PD 

Ms. Zanelli will be doing a PD on Differentiating Classroom Materials on Friday in room C222.  


New:  LIFT PD 

LIFT PD will take place in Mr. Assael's room E204 on Friday.


Ethics training completion

All staff should have completed the DC ethics training by now. If so, please complete the process by going into Peoplesoft and agreeing to the DC Ethics Pledge.

o Log into Employee Self Service (
o Click "Self Service"
o Click "Personal Information"
o Click "DC Ethics Training"
o Click "DC Ethics Training" link on the bottom of the page 


Please check with Ms. Baxter if you need further assistance.  


Unblock Websites for Your Classes

Teachers can now unblock specific websites from the DCPS filter. For instance, if you want students to watch a video on laptops, this is the way to do it. To unblock a website, send a message with the URL (not just, for instance, but the specific video) to [email protected]


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

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 6 

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


Indoor Track practice to 5 pm 

Deal Relief Council - E104

Boys' Basketball practice

Girls' Basketball practice


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


Boys' Basketball practice

Girls' Basketball practice 

Indoor track practice to 5 pm 

Wednesday AM


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
Salva Las Focas/Save the Seals club - C314
Boys' Basketball practice
Girls' Basketball practice

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 
Boys' Basketball practice 
Girls' Basketball practice
Writing club RM W305











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 



Boys Basketball practice