Alice Deal Middle School

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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...

Middle school is full of independence "markers" for children: their first dance, getting dressed up for a debate or a basketball game, or having their first locker. Another marker, especially in cities, is that first time riding the bus - not the school bus, mind you, but the city bus. At Deal, we add the subway to the list, but the idea is the same. Parents wave farewell and a child enters the transportation system with thousands of other independent neighbors.

That independence comes with responsibility, of course, and the need to maintain vigilance. The reason we are cautious with having our children on public transportation is that, once on the way to school, they occupy a nebulous ground between adults who care for them. Bus and subway drivers do care for our children, of course, but they don't share the commitment that parents and teachers do for each and every ward. When dealing with our transit system, I am reminded how much has changed since my sister, a kindergartner in Tokyo, walked to the Tokyo metro and crossed the city by herself on her way to school. While we aren't in that same position anymore, we do want our children to be able to safely and efficiently use the DC transportation system.

Last week, the two bus superintendents who manage our D31, D32, D33, and D34 bus lines came to speak with students who ride these buses each day. They had asked to meet out of concern that some students had reportedly not paid their fares. As I noted last year (and earlier this year), bus behavior is a concern, and Deal stands with WMATA in insisting that students know what is expected of them on the buses. What was remarkable about the meeting this week, however, is that the concern demonstrated by the superintendents was matched by that of the students.

In a question and answer period that followed the superintendent's presentation, Deal students complained that buses on occasion passed them by when they were waiting at regular stops; that buses came earlier than expected on some days; and on other days not at all. They reported that when they were left without the expected bus ride, parents had banded together to drive a group to school. A number of students felt the keen reliance they have on WMATA being a consistent provider of services - the students don't like being late to school.

With aplomb, the WMATA superintendents (Ms. Neils and Ms. Coleman-Hill) took it all in (the atmosphere was, of course, polite). They expressed their concern about the missing buses and the lack of stops, and gave their direct phone lines to me to give to the community. They want to know when there is a problem - the sooner the better. I have added information about the bus service here - you can find the phone numbers and a link to the route information. I appreciated both sides in this discussion - the WMATA staff for expressing their concern for both riders and the system, and students for standing up for what they are concerned about.

Let me conclude by asking families to ensure that you remind students to follow safe traveling practices before and after school. Students should travel as a group, when possible; they should have expected times to be home; and they should be going straight home when dismissed. Tell them to always pay attention to their surroundings whether it is the Deal parking lot or the subway, and to take steps to avoid being vulnerable. For example, they should keep phones, Kindles, and laptops out of sight when possible. Above all, they need to be smart about being safe - people are worried at both ends of the travel route.

Principal Albright


NB. In the main body of the bulletin you will find some pleas for parental support. Being an involved parent in middle school looks different than it does at the elementary level; there aren't as many room parents and classroom volunteer positions. What we do have in abundance is the need for your expertise and time in pursuit of the curriculum. For example, our science fair needs judges. Do you work in a science-related field? Here is your chance to help. If you work in the technology field, our art teachers are pioneering a unit on building an iPad app - and they need judges as well. Part of many of our IB activities is reflective feedback from informed audiences. This is Washington, DC; we have a LOT of people who are informed around here. Let's set you and them up in support of our educational mission. 


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January 21
Martin Luther King Holiday
No School

January 22
SCAC - 7:30 am
Deal Geography Bee

January 23
Literature to Film Festival 

January 24
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

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

January 29
Team Leaders

January 31
Embassy Program - Sydney

February 1
American Art Museum - Firenze

February 5
PIA Testing
Team Leaders

February 6
Math Dept Meeting
PIA Testing 

February 7
New to Deal Meeting, 3:30 pm

February 8
 LSAT, 7:30 am
Deal Science Fair
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 Program - 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 
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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). 
Bus Information
If your child travels on the 4 bus routes that WMATA makes available for Deal students, here are some important phone numbers for you.

If the D32 bus is late, misses a pick-up, or never shows up, please call the Western District Superintendent, Ms. Peggy Neils, at 202-962-5860 as soon as possible. Students who are passed should try to get the bus identification number. If your child rides the D31, D33, or D34, the Northern Division contact is Sophia Coleman Hill, and she can be reached directly at 202-568-1446.

As always, please send an email about a bus problem or concern to [email protected]

Here is a link to the bus route schedule.
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

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Community Information


 (Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)  


No announcements this week!


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


Student and parent information...   


New: We Need Science Fair Judges!

Deal's annual Science Fair will be held on Friday, February 8 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm). The Deal Science Department is asking for your help in identifying community members to serve as project judges. Judges should have no direct relationship to a Deal student and be available for at least two hours during the morning of February 8. More detailed information is available by contacting Ms. Rhoads ([email protected]). Please ask your neighbors, friends, or colleagues. 


New:  CSPAN StudentCam Congratulations

A HUGE congratulations to Ben Korn, Nadia Tewolde and Greta Jelen who submitted their mini-documentary to the CSPAN StudentCam project this week! StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. This year students were asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme. This year's theme was "Message to the President": What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013? Students chose their own topic, researched it, took a stand, and then created their movie. Students have been meeting on Wednesdays afterschool since September. Our last session will be this Wednesday when we convene to watch and celebrate each other's final movies and successes!  

New: Congressional Mock Hearing Congratulations

Congratulations to the 75 8th graders who participated in the school-wide level of the We the People Congressional Mock Hearings on Friday, January 18. Students demonstrated their Constitutional knowledge through a prepared written statement, followed by six minutes of questions from the judges.


In December, each 8th grade team sent forward to the school level their best student representatives for each of the six units. This past Friday, the best of each unit were heard and the top team for each unit was selected. The winning students will move on to the citywide competition at Georgetown Law on February 20, 2012 where they will compete against other schools throughout the city.


Congratulations to all students! Your Constitutional knowledge is impressive!






Ali Bauman, Julie Dao, Chad Hoyte-Hayes, Lexy Medina, Tosha Skolnik

La Paz/1

Jordan Carpenter, Natalia Greene, Jake Mezey, James Stewart


Alexis Adams, Kyra Hamerling-Potts, Annie Brennan


Ezona Haile, Kayode Lampkin, Anya Navidi-Kasmai, Max Rubin

La Paz/4

Ameenah Arter, Amara Jerome, Louis Lane, Johanna Pereyra


Lidia Solorzano, Ayelet Drazen, Carolina Shea,

Clara Edmonds, Alexandra Radifera




New: Spelling Bee Congratulations 

Congratulations to all 89 participants in our annual Deal Spelling Bee! Our top three advance on to the Cluster Bee, which will be in February.

First Place: Justin Atwood

Second Place: Alex Togneri-Jones

Third Place: Sam Loussef


New: Summer Employment Opportunities

The District of Columbia Summer Youth Program is hosting a "Midnight Madness" Kick-Off Event for DC youth aged 14-21. This event is a great opportunity to learn about summer employment opportunities. For more information about the event you may visit


New: Swimming

This week is the last week of swimming for Session 2. Session 3 of swim club will begin in February and will meet on Tuesdays only. Please sign up with Ms. Rhoads in W200.


New: For Parents of Children with ADHD

If you are interested in participating in an on-going parent group to share and learn about the challenges of managing your household of children with ADHD, please contact Terence Chang, School Social Worker, at [email protected] to learn about this new opportunity.


New: Team London is looking for Londoners "caught in the act of caring!"

The prize: a field trip for our most caring students to the National Zoo January 31st. We are spotlighting our most caring students on our hallway bulletin board. The field trip is in collaboration with the New Zealand Embassy to learn more about their national bird, the Kiwi! 


New: 7th & 8th Ski & Snowboard Trips are here!

Interested in attending the 7th and 8th grade ski & snowboard trip this February? Come to the interest meeting! The interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 22 in the auditorium. If you do not attend the interest meeting, you will not be able to go on the trip. If you have a conflict with the meeting, come see Ms. Glick (C104)  as soon as possible.


New: Pasamos la Voz (8th grade Humanities)

La clase de Humanidades en Español en octavo grado de Alice Deal Middle School esta trabajando en un proyecto informativo de caracter social que consiste en informar al publico sobre el fenómeno de la inmigración en Washington D.C. Después de leer y analizar Cajas de Cartón por Francisco Jimenez, y una sección de Senderos Fronterizos por el mismo autor, los estudiantes continúan aprendiendo sobre los orígenes y el impacto de la immigracion en los Estados Unidos y específicamente en Washington D.C. Para la ejecución de este proyecto de aprendizaje y divulgacion, La clase ha creado un proyecto llamado "Pasamos La Voz". dividiendose en tres grupos, desde donde los estudiantes estan trabajando con el objetivo de   pasar la voz sobre el fenómeno de inmigración en los Estados Unidos, las causas y consecuencias de este fenómeno y la responsabilidad de nosotros, los estudiantes de Alice Deal Middle School para cambiar esta realidad que tiene un gran impacto en la sociedad en general.

Volunteers Needed for "Deal App" Prototype Presentations!

The Art Department is in need of parents and community members to informally evaluate students' prototype presentations on Wednesday, January 23. Volunteers will provide feedback regarding the features, marketability, usability, etc. of students' prototypes. If you are interested in joining us for part of the day or one class period, email [email protected] for more information. Your feedback will help students complete their final unit evaluations.


Capitol Jazz @ Deal  

Our Capitol Jazz Project students will be attending a Jazz 4 Young People Concert with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (tentatively scheduled for 10:30 am to 11:30 am), with the location yet to be determined. The event also includes a performance opportunity for select students with the JALC Orchestra.


There will also be a Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert with Wynton Marsalis that Tuesday evening at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (8 pm). This will include  

a chance to meet Wynton Marsalis!


National History Day Workshop/Tutorials Start This Week

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


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.


This Week at Deal...   


Tuesday: The Jewish Culture Club

The Jewish Culture Club will be meeting bi-weekly. The next time we will meet will be on Tuesday, January 22 during 6th grade lunch. Please bring your favorite Jewish dish and bring plenty to share!


Tuesday: Geography Bee

Tuesday will be the annual school wide Geography Bee competition. All students participated in the grade level competition through their social studies classes. The top two high scorers for each team are advancing to the school-wide competition. They are:





Vincent Graham, Henry Lent

La Paz

Elly Beckerman, Helene Gusman


Hannah London, Quinn Heinrich


Rory Latifullah, Eliza Zizka


Aidan Saccocio, Carl Morison


Jacob Weitzner, Phillip Rosten


Ernesto Fritts, Leo Canty


Lukas Leijon, Susanna Strauss


Alex Togneri-Jones, Brendan Smith


Lily Chahine, Jack Darnell

San Francisco

Claire Schmitt, Simon Rosenthal


The competition will be held during 7th period and will be moderated by Mr. Albright. This is a great opportunity to share what our students know about location, place, region, human-environment interaction and the movement of people, goods and ideas - the five themes of geography. Good luck to all participants!


Wednesday: National History Day Exhibit Boards Tutorial

Students seeking a little extra help putting together a successful exhibit board project for National History Day are invited to attend a workshop on Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in E305. Bring your topic ideas and questions with you! Be sure your parents know you are staying after school for this event.


Wednesday: Literature-to-Film Festival: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Everyone's favorite film series is back, with this star-studded adaptation of the "playfully bleak" story of the orphaned Baudelaire siblings and their villainous relative Count Olaf. The movie will start promptly at 3:20 on Wednesday January 23rd in the library. Popcorn will be served.


Friday: 6th - 8th grade TAGS Leadership Members

6th-8th grade TAGS leadership members will have a meeting at National Geographic on Friday. We will leave school (on our half day) at 12:30 and return by 5 pm to school. See Mr. Martini or Ms. Trenkle with any questions.  


Friday: Teens for Jeans

1.7 millions teens are homeless in America. The number one item they ask for at shelters is a pair of jeans. YOU CAN HELP. Friday will be Jeans Day at Deal. Bring any extra jeans to school on this day. All jeans donated will go to local homeless shelters and all sizes (even larger ones) are needed. Skinny jeans, boot cut jeans, jeans with small holes, long jeans, your dad's jeans--so long as they're jeans, they will be accepted. Jeans will be collected in homerooms. Our goal is 2,500 jeans donated on this day alone. 


International Baccalaureate  

Middle Years Program at Deal 


This month grade-level teams will be identifying students who embody the IB Learner Profile attribute of Thinkers. Thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.


You can help students develop as Thinkers.

  • When problems arise, encourage the child to come up with a solution independently.
  • Discuss real-life problems you face at home with your child and ask them questions about possible solutions.
  • Ask your child questions when they are working on problems for school.
  • Encourage your child reflect on their answers to questions critically. This will help them determine if the answers are reasonable and complete.


IB in the Classroom


All of the teachers are hard at work implementing their unit plans and collecting students work samples as we prepare for the school's IB evaluation visit in the fall. The Visual Art, Health and Physical Education, French, and seventh grade Science departments are working with their students on IB technology units.


Ms. Bustos, and Ms. Kouri, our Visual Arts teachers, have a display of their eighth grade students' technology planning work on the wall outside of their rooms on the second floor. The "unit question" that guides the units is "How can technology help me succeed?" Here are two pictures that capture the type of work the students are doing:


8th grade announcements 



Free Test Preparation for Standardized Tests
Eighth grade students are encouraged to log onto their Individual Graduation Portfolios (IGP) at  to utilize TestGear which can help in preparing them for standardized tests like the PSAT. Test Gear is offered to students beginning in 8th grade. Students can access their IGP by using their username(DCPS followed by ID#, such as DCPS12345678) and their password (DCPS for students who have never logged on before). Students needing assistance logging on should see Ms. White.


Schedule Mock HS Interviews

If you are preparing for a high school interview, contact Ms. Redekopp in the library to schedule a mock interview (including feedback and interview tips).  Appointments last about 15 minutes and are scheduled during lunch and after school.


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.

Staff information ...

Faculty Meeting  

This Thursday, a faculty meeting will be held in the cafeteria at 3:30 pm. 


Friday - Anti-Bullying/Teasing Activity  

On Friday, January 25, students will participate in a school-wide anti-bullying/teasing activity from 8:45 until 9:59. Students will remain in their homerooms for the activity.  


January 25 - Half Day Schedule



Warning Bell



Period 1 - Activity 



3 (Lunch for 6th) 



4 (Lunch for 7th) 



5 (Lunch for 8th) 




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.


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

Deal Relief Council - E104


Comic Book Creators to 4:30 - C203.





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

Indoor track practice to 5 pm 

Football Conditioning to 4:45 pm - Weight Area 


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 Français Club, to 4:30 - C308 

Literature-to-Film Festival to 5 pm - Library
Discovery Club - E101
Salva Las Focas/Save the Seals club - C314
MS Boys' Basketball game
MS Girls' Basketball game
Creative Writing - W305
Indoor track 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 

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 
6th grade Boys' Basketball game

6th grade Girls' Basketball game

Writing club RM W305
Indoor track practice to 5 pm 











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 



Type Faster Now to

4:15 -W204