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...

It is hard to imagine that our weather forecasters are calling for snow this week (and perhaps harder to imagine that it will actually snow) but something is likely mid-week. As usual, Deal will do its best to keep things going forward - especially the ski trip set for Thursday.

I hope you are able to take the time to read the items below - there are some hidden surprises. Our first Speech and Drama Competition takes place on Tuesday, and Pasamos La Voz culminates the efforts of our 8th grade Spanish Humanities students on Wednesday. We have also included notices about spring break and summer (yes, summer!) camps that are starting to get going.

But off to the left is an item that I must ask you to look at closely - the message from our nurse about immunization compliance. While it is true that a number of our 6th graders are newly eligible for the HPV vaccine, there is little excuse for the large number of Deal students that remain incompletely immunized. We are now working with the Department of Health to get this resolved - well, actually, to get YOU to get this resolved. There are no longer vans of doctors bringing vaccines to schools - you will need to arrange for this on your own. But, you might say, when can we do this without missing school? Spring Break! Please make sure that your children are fully immunized as soon as possible - do it during the day if you have to but let's get it done by the end of Spring Break. This request isn't going to go away - and we will be reaching out to families that have yet to do this on a regular basis.

Thanks to the huge numbers of you that came to Parent-Teacher Conferences - you kept up your end of the bargain!

Principal Albright
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Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday Bell - Pause
Friday - Bell I 
Deal Sports Game Schedule

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to see what's up! 

Upcoming Dates 

March 4
Tm Mecca to American Art

March 5
LSAT Meeting (new!)

March 6
 Math Department Meeting, 3:30

March 7 
New to Deal, 3:30
6th Grade Ski Trip  

March 8
LSAT 7:30am (moved to 3/5)

March 9
Saturday Detention, 9am
Scrabble Tournament 9 - 3:30 pm
March 11 
8th Grade Art Field trip 

March 12
Team Leaders
8th Grade Art Field Trip 

March 13
Literature to Film Festival

March 14
PI Day
Department Chairs, 3:30 pm
6th Grade Awards Assembly

March 15
World Language Trip meeting

March 18 
National History Day Registration

March 19
NHD Judging 

March 20
NHD Viewing
EAP - Sydney

March 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

March 23 
Saturday Detention 
9 am to noon

March 26
Team Leaders
Tm Mecca to Portrait Gallery

March 27

March 28
Costa Rica Trip Departs

March 29 
Records Day/ End of 3rd Advisory
(students dismissed at 12:15)
China Trip Departs 

March 30 
France Trip Departs 

April 1 - 5 
Spring Break 
No School for Students and Teachers 

April 9
Team Leaders

April 10
Math Dept Meeting, 3:30 pm

April 12
LSAT, 7:30 am

April 13
Saturday Detention 
9 am to noon

April 15
Professional Development for Staff
(no school for students)

April 16
Emancipation Day
(No school for staff and students)

April 18 
Department Chairs, 3:30 pm

April 19
Reports Cards Issued
Spring Dance

April 22 - 30

April 25 
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

April 27
Saturday Detention
9 am to 12 noon
Musical Rehearsal 
10 - 5

April 28
Musical Rehearsal 
10 - 5 

April 30
Team Leaders

Message from the Nurse - Immunization Compliance

We are asking for your assistance in ensuring your child is up to date with their immunizations.  

Each time a student receives a vaccination - please obtain a signed and stamped form indicating the vaccine was administered and send to the School Nurse. The Immunization Registry only accepts stamped and signed documentation.


For all 6th grade students- once you turn 11 years old- the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine is required. This consists of 3 doses  or you may opt out for this vaccine. Opt out forms are available online or through the School Nurse.  A one time opt-out form must be completed and sent to the Nurse if you want to delay or refuse the vaccine. See HPV Information Sheet.


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

Elements Fitness and Wellness Center

Discount Vacation Rentals for Deal Families

 Capitol Language Services 


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 D31 or 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 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.

Community Information

  (Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)


Spring Tennis for Alice Deal Students at Lafayette


Tennis is a great sport you can play all your life with friends and family.  If you want to learn how to play tennis or develop you tennis game with your friends at Deal, we have classes for teens at 5:30 on Monday through Thursday starting April 8th right after Spring Break.  Check it out at .  Classes are for beginners and advanced players.  If you have questions you can call or text Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925 or email to [email protected]



Summer Tennis Camp for Alice Deal Students at Lafayette July 15-19


You can spend a week starting or improving your tennis game during the summer at our tennis camp.  We are setting July 15-19 as the week for Alice Deal students.  So come with your friends or meet other Deal students during this week of fun in the sun.  Check it out at   Camp is open to beginners and advanced players.  If you can't make it that week, you are welcome to join any of the other camp sessions.  If you have questions you can call or text Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925.    


"On Pins & Needles"

Spring Break Sewing Camp


"On Pins & Needles" will introduce beginners ages 8-13, to the basics of machine sewing.  Beginners will learn how to thread the sewing machine and bobbin, read a pattern envelope, lay out fabric and pattern and mark and cut fabric.  Participants will complete a sewing project by the end of the one week session. Please click on link for more information. 2013 Spring Break Sewing Camp 

Student and parent information...   


New: Honk, Jr! Cast Selected

The full cast list will be posted on Tuesday at Deal; the first full company meeting will this Wednesday.  


New: March Math Madness

During the month of March we will highlight mathematics at Deal. In addition to celebrating Pi Day on March 14, we will have a drawing for students who correctly solve and submit the solution to the problem of the week (each Wednesday).  Additionally, we will highlight two of the Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Weekly Bulletin.  The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice describe the varieties of expertise that are math teachers are developing in our students.


This week's Standards for Mathematical Practice:


1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution.


2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations.

New: Pasamos la Voz 2013

On Thursday March 7th, the 8th grade Humanities class will present Pasamos la Voz 2013. This project will spread the word about the immigration phenomenon in our country, specifically in Washington, DC. The presentation will include our documentary Todos Somos America, the presentation of El Tablode, a bilingual newspaper about our project, the connection with the IB program, and the importance of teaching global competences in our school. Finally, students, teachers, administrators and parents will have the opportunity to navigate our own website, which features our project, our classwork, which includes poetry, essays, art work, reflections, research, our opinions, a gallery of pictures and a bilingual blog with the events and situations that as a class we faced while working on the project. We extend our deep gratitude to the Deal Media Center, Ms. Clara Rodas, Mr. Jorge Garcia, Ms. Isabel Vigil, Mr. Roberto Brodsky, and members of the Latin American Youth Center and our community for their great contributions to our project.


Join us in the library on March 7th at 5:00 PM. You can't miss this! No te lo puedes perder!

Nat'l Junior Honor Society Members 
8th grade students who were inducted last year are encouraged to submit a "returning members" application. Details about this application are below:


1. The application is available outside of Ms. Hampton's classroom (W301). 

2. Documented hours of community service are not required but encouraged.

3. You must include your current report card.

4. Academic integrity will be verified with your team.

5. Good behavior will be verified with assistant principal Abrams.


Students that submit a "returning" application will be recognized in May during the induction ceremony.


Change: StepAfrika! Workshops at Deal

The dates of the StepAfrika! workshop have changed.  The new dates are March 21, March 28, April 11, April 18, and April 25.  The workshops will meet in the auditorium from 3:30 until 4:30.  Interested students should see Ms. Neal.


Spring GeoPlunge Challenge Tournament

GeoPlunge is back!  The spring tournament will take place on Tuesday, May 21. Sixth grade students interested in training for the tournament will meet during recess on Mondays and Fridays in C130.


8th grade Visual Arts Research Trip to the National Gallery of Art 

Students will need to turn in permission slips to their art teacher as soon as possible. Ms. Kouri's students are traveling on Monday, March 11. Ms. Bustos' students are traveling on Tuesday, March 12. Chaperones are needed for both trips. Please email Ms. Kouri at [email protected] for information.

(All 8th graders who are NOT in either Ms. Bustos or Ms. Kouri's classes will be included on one of the two trips.)

Deal Lacrosse Registration

Please register for Deal 's Lacrosse online via the Winners Lacrosse website.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.


Attention all 7th Grade Spanish Students

If you are interested in traveling with Alice Deal to Costa Rica during Spring Break 2014, please log on to and type in tour #1365514. There you will find information regarding the tour itinerary, cost, and helpful suggestions on how to plan for the trip. If you are planning on traveling, I encourage you to register as soon as possible in order to lock in the lowest possible price. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please email Ms. Henderson at [email protected]


National History Day Judges Wanted

The 8th Grade Humanities program is looking for historians, journalists, archivists, librarians, documentarians and museum curators to help evaluate student projects on Tuesday, March 19. If you have expertise in any of these fields and would be interested in spending a day working with students and their National History Day projects, we invite you to contact Cynthia Mostoller at [email protected] at your earliest opportunity.


This Week at Deal...  


 Monday: Team Mecca Field Trip to the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Students will depart Deal at 9 am and return no later than 3 pm. For the field trip, transportation is provided. Students must bring a bagged lunch and two pencils. This is part of our partnership. All students will be published in a student book as a part of this program. 


Monday: GirlUp Meeting Canceled Today

GirlUp raised more than $400 at last week's bake sale. These monies will be donated to the Education for Girls in Developing Countries Fund as part of our on-going effort to provide girls with the important tools of literacy and skills for work. We extend our deep gratitude to all who supported us in this project.


Today's meeting is cancelled but we will meet on March 11 to discuss our newest book club selection.  All students and staff are welcome to join us at 3:30 p.m. in E305.


Monday: Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club 

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, March 4 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: The International Cooking Club

The International Cooking Club will meet on Monday, March 4th after school in room C216 (the teacher's lounge). Meetings will take place from 3:15 until 5 pm. This meeting will include members from both Groups A and B. Please consult the list below.


Zarina Carpenter

Rykah Bell

Surina Goel

Naejia Piper

Manny Scherif

Youssef Youssef

Shakaliah Smalls

Shrabonti Turna

Jordyn Wright

Sofia Geislinger

Calia Christie

Nastia Webber

Matilda Jensen

Clara Edmonds

Robert Graves

Lalita Kohls

Anna Joos

Ariana Wehoz

King Cambell

Olivia Howard

Leo Saunders

Kendra Brown

Emilia Menjersik

Alexandra Tomkin

Madeliene Yando

Jaednee Ramirez-Rivera


Tuesday: Speech and Drama Competition 

The Deal Speech and Drama Competition will take place on Tuesday, March 5 in the auditorium. The following students should report to the auditorium at 1:00 pm:

Zachary Crouch

Elika Edelman

Fatimah Fair

Nasirah Fair

Sophia Diggs-Galligan

Sierra Johnson

Anaya Patterson

Damani McAdoo

Ilana Samuel

Claire Schmitt

Sophie Weich


Tuesday: The Jewish Culture Club

The Jewish Culture Club will be meeting this Tuesday in E105 during lunch. Please bring your favorite Jewish item to share.   


Wednesday: Deal Science Fair Grand Prize and Alternate Blue Ribbon Winners

Students who registered for the DC STEM fair are invited to attend a pizza party and a question and answer session to prepare for the DC STEM Fair. Afterschool in W301, Ms. Hampton's classroom. 


Wednesday: Attention Deal Scientists 

Discovery Club will meet this Wednesday, from 3:30 - 4:30 in E101 with Ms. Law and Ms. Purcell.


Thursday:  6th Grade Ski/Snowboard Trip is this Thursday, March 7.  

(Any change to the ski trip based on weather concerns will be announced no later than 1 pm on Wednesday. A snow date has been scheduled, if necessary).  

Students were given an information sheet at the 2/19 meeting. The most important parts are that students must be at school dressed appropriately no later than 7:30 AM. They must bring a water bottle, a watch, a bagged lunch and 2 snacks.  We should be returning to school by 6:00 PM.  If your child is sick the day of the trip, you must call the school to let us know.  No reimbursements will be made after the trip for unexcused absent or late students. Please review the following link for more information: Ski Trip Information


Thursday: Team London Study 

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


Friday: Wilson HS Music Ensembles

The Wilson High School music department will be presenting their music ensembles on Friday, March 8th during 1st period in the auditorium. All 7th and 8th grade band students who are in good academic standing should attend this assembly. Students are responsible for making up any missed assignments. A list of students will be sent to staff by Wednesday.


Saturday: Scrabble Tournament

Deal will host a multi-school Scrabble tournament on Saturday, March 9, in the cafeteria. At least 60 students in the 4th through 8th grade from schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia-including some 20 players from the Deal Scrabble Club-are expected to attend.

International Baccalaureate at Deal


Communication is the key to being understood and understanding others. This skill includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These skills are the major components of collaboration. The development of communications starts with parents/guardians. They are the first to introduce children to reading, speaking and listening in their native language. Families can support the development of these skills by asking children questions about what they did at school, having the child read books to them, checking their written assignments, and practicing oral presentations with them. They should also encourage their child to share their responses and thoughts in class.


At Deal all teachers are language teachers. Teachers support the development of students' communication skills by providing them with the opportunity to lead discussions, share their opinions verbally and in writing on a variety of topics, and to read a diverse selection of material related to the subject being studied. Students are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary in all subjects.


Students also play a role in developing their communication skills. They can do this by speaking in class during whole class and small group discussions, asking questions, listening respectfully to their peers and the teacher, and reading on a daily basis. Students can start by reflecting on the following questions: How am I communicating with others?; How can I better communicate my understanding?; How can I improve my communication skills?; and Who can assist me developing my communication skills?


"You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere."

- Lee Iacocca


8th grade announcements  


Key Information about 8th Grade Transition

At this time of year, many DCPS families are already thinking about their enrollment plans and options for next school year '13-'14. As such, we would like to provide families with children in transition grades, with important information regarding their DCPS school options for SY '13-'14. Please Read: Next Year's Enrollment Letter for 8th Grade Students 


Wilson High School Parent Meeting Rescheduled 

 The Parent Meeting scheduled for March 5 will now take place on May 8, 2013 at 7 p.m.  The meeting date has been changed to ensure that student options for courses and Academies at Wilson High School can shared during the official enrollment period.

Free Test Preparation for Standardized Tests
Eighth grade students are encouraged to log onto their IGP 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. 

National Junior Honor Society  

New Members


The National Junior Honor Society is more than just an honor roll.  The Viking Honor Society chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character, and citizenship.  These criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.


Students are invited to apply for membership.  Letters of invitation will be distributed by the 7th and 8th grade counselors by February 28th. 


Community service hours are required for all potential inductees.  Potential inductees are students in the 7th or 8thgrade that have maintained a 3.0 GPA.  Students interested in completed the National Junior Honor Society application process must complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service.  All community service must be documented.  Forms to document the service and information about the NJHS application process are available on  A direct link is available on the side of all edline pages


Community service hours:

1.  Must be performed through a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

2.  May not result in monetary compensation

3.   May not be granted during the school day.

4.   Must be completed under the supervision of an adult at the agency, group or organization.  This on-site supervisor must be identified and is responsible for verifying the student hours and providing on-site supervision for the service activities. The on-site supervisor may not be the student's parent or close relative.

5.  Must be documented and submitted with the application by 3:30 pm April 9, 2013. 

6.  Must be completed while a student at Deal Middle School.


Where to get information:

·        Application and requirements for NJHS-online and 

·        Community Service Requirements and Documentation Form-online

·        Student community service

·        GPA calculation and eligibility-7th and 8th grade counselors at the end of 2nd advisory

·        General Questions and Concerns-Sponsor Darcy Hampton W301 [email protected]


If you were not inducted last year you must complete the application that is available online. 


Please read ALL of the information that is available online.



Staff information ...
Wednesday: 8th Grade Student Assembly in Auditorium

The 8th graders will meet seventh period, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in the auditorium.  The grade level meeting is about the 8th grade promotional activities.

Thursday: New-to-Deal Meeting There will be a New-to-Deal meeting this Thursday at 3:30pm in N116, Mr. Klauber's room in the Cottage. 


Friday:  Morning Professional Development  

This Friday's PD will be "Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary to Reluctant Readers and Speakers." The session will be held in room C315.


Before and After School Activities

Monday AM


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

Chinese tutoring 8 - 8:30am - Rm N111  


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


tutoring with Ms. Jackson - Rm C212 










Monday PM  


Girl Up

Rm E305


club  Rm N116

Student Council

meeting Rm E205

Viking Quarterly

Rm W103African Drumming


Girls on Track

- Rm E103

 school Outdoor Hoop

club - Rm W205
Ultimate Frisbee
club - Rm C130


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

meeting - Auditorium


club - Rm E300Photography Club - Rm E104 

French club  to 4:30 - CG07  

Afterschool Basketball club -

W205Vikings Soccer to 5 pm 


GeoPlunge - C130

Board Games to 4:30 - W106

Deal Relief Council - E104

Comic Book Creators Club-RM C203. 
International Cooking club, RM C216 

Comic Book Creators
to 4:30 - C203.
Outdoor 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

Football Conditioning to 4:45 pm - Weight Area 

Outdoor Track Practice - 3:30 pm 5 pm  

Outdoor 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
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

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
Creative Writing - W305
Outdoor Track Practice - 3:30 - 5 pm
Baseball tryouts - 3:30 - 5:30 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



. to 4:30 - RM E206

TAGS 6th and 7th

graders - C130 
Spanish Club 
Writing club
RM W305
Socratic Club to 4:30 pm
Outdoor 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 
Only Out door Distance Runners practice to 5 pm