Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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

Along with gardening, spring sports, and Spring Break, this is budget season in DCPS. Tuesday morning, I met with the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) to prepare for the 2013-14 budget allocation that was expected last week. We discussed the enrollment projection (1285 students) for the coming year and ways in which I anticipated that we could address programmatic and student needs with the budget. Although we had yet to see the budget, the increase in enrollment presumed an increase in total overall funding. Our plan was that once the budget was released and I had a chance to evaluate the funding in light of our program needs, I would convene a subcommittee to review the allocation and see whether it aligns with our expectations.

On Thursday, I received the initial budget allocation (attached here). This two-pager describes the source of the Deal funding, provides information on the number and type of full-time equivalents (FTEs) that DCPS expects are needed, and in general shows how DCPS arrived at these numbers. Based on the expected increase in students at Deal, our allocation rose $1.6M from last year's allocation to $11.2M. A portion of the Deal budget is provided through the "Per Pupil Funding Minimum" - in essence, an equalization so that we receive a $8,739 per-pupil baseline. Please note that the costs that are listed by employee reflect not only total costs (salary + benefits) but also are a system average (not every teacher receives the $96K indicated!) These figures are used to help generate an expected cost for the staffing model we use.

By Thursday of the coming week, I will have worked through the budget allocation and presented my findings to the very-capable LSAT subcommittee. Together we will determine whether the budget provides what Deal and its community need to go forward. The timeline is pretty tight and I appreciate the LSAT's willingness to be flexible.

One more note: this budget is essentially the operating budget. The Reno/Rose School process is using the capital budget; that process is proceeding on a separate timeline.

Principal Albright
PTA Auction News

There's Still a Chance!
Due to technical difficulties, we have one auction item that was not sold: a stunning monotype print by neighborhood artist/gallery owner Kiu Kavousi. From his "Horses and Carousel Fantasies" series, this framed 19"x23" print speaks of the artists' fascination with the noble horse and pays "homage to their joyful plays and indomitable spirit." It is valued at $550. The Deal PTA is offering to sell it to the parent who makes the best offer for it. To put in an offer, please email Diana Rojas at [email protected] by close of business on Tuesday, March 12.

Let the Deal administration, staff, and students thank all those listed below for their unparalleled efforts in making this one of  (if not the) best auctions ever. Without any one of these community members, it wouldn't have been what it was. We thank you.
  • Diana Rojas - Sue Longo Wright - Linda Geen - Dori Gillman - Claudia Tassara
  • Lisa Oakley - Maria Petaros - Kathy Crawford - Jenny Nachbar-Seckel
  • Karen Morrissey - Anita Seline - Karen McSweeney Contreras - Dianne Torresen
  • Anne Schwartz - Cheryl Morse - Colette Marquez - Pamela Garlick
  • Christy Strazzella - Suzanne Veith - Jeff Custer - Ms. Kouri & the Deal Button Club
  • Nick Alten - Mark Lindblom - Rick Nogueira - John Nickerson - Kim Bayliss
  • Sam Corrigan - Terri Heinrich - Cindy McClure
  • Cheaper than Therapy, many of them Deal parents, who donated their services
  • Tracy Stannard and John Fielding of the Broad Branch Market (a Deal promotional sponsor)
  • All of the people who donated an item to the auction, agreed to host a party, made a fund-a-need donation, sponsored the event beforehand, attended the event and bought items. And thanks to the custodians who were there from start to finish.
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Bell Schedule

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

Click on Live Sports Calendar
to see what's up! 

Upcoming Dates 

March 11 
8th Grade Art Field trip 

March 12
8th Grade Art Field Trip 
Team Leaders

March 13
Literature to Film Festival

March 14 (3.14)
Pi Day
6th Grade Awards Assembly
Department Chairs, 3:30 pm

March 15
World Language Trip mtg, 6:30

March 18 
National History Day registration

March 19
National History Day judging 

March 20 (Singapore Day)
National History Day viewing
Embassy Adoption Prgm - Sydney

March 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

March 23 
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon

March 26
Tm Mecca to Portrait Gallery
Team Leaders

March 27
Paced Interim Assessment 4

March 28
Paced Interim Assessment 4
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/teachers)

April 9
Team Leaders

April 10
Math Dept Meeting, 3:30 pm

April 12
LSAT, 7:30 am

April 13
Saturday Detention. 9 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
DC CAS testing window

April 25 
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

April 27
Saturday Detention, 9 to 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: Cheerleading Competition

The cheerleaders will be competing this Saturday at Coolidge High School at 11:00 am.  Come out and support your Viking cheerleaders.  

Girls and Boys Basketball DVDs

If you were a member of any of the 2012 - 2013 basketball teams, Coach Jenkins would like to give you DVDs of your games. Please stop by his office or see him in the hall to order these DVDs at no cost to you!


New: Nat'l History Day Competition Next Week

Selected projects from Deal's Humanities 8 classes will present their National History Day projects for judging next week in the annual National History day contest. Students will register exhibit boards, research papers, documentaries, performances and web sites during their humanities classes on Monday, with scheduled appointments on Tuesday for the judging. Teachers: Students will be released from classes with passes. 


New: Parents of Students w ADHD Group  

The next group will be this Monday, March 11, 5:30 - 7pm in the Conference Room. The group will focus on providing parents a forum to exchange support and parenting advice for all settings of the child's life. Please RSVP to Mr. Chang, School Social Worker, at [email protected].


New: Music Students

Students in music will rotate on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013. On Tuesday, students should report to their current teacher and will then be directed to the appropriate classroom. Classes will rotate alphabetically through the music teachers approximately every fifteen school days. For more information, please check your music teacher's page on Edline.


New: WINNERS Lacrosse Spring 2013 

The new season starts this weekend. Practices start this week after school, and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 until 7:15 at our home field.

The first scrimmage is next Sunday, March 17, against PG Pride in College Park, Maryland (check the sports calendar to see when students play). The complete schedule will be released to families whose children are in WINNERS.


New: DC Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fair

The Deal Science Department would like to wish the students representing Deal in the DC STEM Fair good luck! These budding young scientists developed outstanding projects that allowed them to advance to the citywide competition.

  • Julius Ball Hellman - Environmental Management
  • Ella Buring - Environmental Sciences
  • Emma Buzbee - Engineering 
  • Henry Lent -Engineering 
  • Jack Nugent - Microbiology
  • Lauryn Donahue - Mathematics
  • Jonah Merriam - Plant Sciences
  • Zola Bzdek - Earth & Planetary Science
  • Kian Sablad - Chemistry
Here is some critical information for parents:
  • All project backboards must be checked-in and dropped-off at Wilson High School on Friday, March 22, from 4-7 pm (main entrance)
  • Students must plan to arrive at Wilson between 7:30-8:00 am on Saturday, March 23.
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.

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 if they have not already done so. 


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.


This Week at Deal...  


Monday and Tuesday: 8th Grade Art Field Trip Reminders
All students taking art with Ms. Bustos (3, 4, 6, and 7th periods) will be traveling to the National Gallery of Art East Wing on Monday, March 11th. Ms. Kouri's 2nd period art class will travel on Tuesday, March 12th. Students will miss periods 1 - 4 of the instructional day and are expected to communicate with their teachers regarding any missed assignments. Students will return to Deal for lunch during their regular 5th period time. Students will travel via Metro and will
need $5.00 preloaded onto a SmarTrip or DC One card. Purchasing paper tickets at the metro station will cost $7.00.
Student Council

Homeroom teachers, please remind your Student Council representatives to come to E205 Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30. We are now planning activities for March and April!



Girl Up Meeting this Week

Girl Up will meet this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in E305.  Join us to discuss women's history month and our final fund raising project for this school year. All Deal students and faculty are invited to attend.


Monday: Girls Soccer Practice 

Girls soccer practice will take place on Monday from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Please contact Coach Ngwa  at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Monday: Garden Club

Garden Club will be meeting on Monday at 3:30 out at the garden. Bring your play clothes and let's get ready to plant some seeds and till the ground. We do need bamboo sticks, so if you have any extras please label them "Garden Club" and drop them off at the welcome center. Thank you.


Monday:  Afterschool Outdoor Basketball 

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, March 11 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 Group A will meet on Monday, March 11th after school in room C216 (the teacher's lounge). Meeting will take place from 3:15 until 5 pm.


Monday: Softball Practice 

Softball practice will continue everyday until the season officially begins.


Wednesday: Literature-to-Film Festival in the Library 

The Literature-to-Film festival presents The City of Ember, based on the same-titled novel by Jean DuPrau. Come see this post-apocalyptic film, and check out the book or audiobook!  All are welcome, and popcorn will be served.


Wednesday: 8th Grade TAGS 

8th Grade TAGS will meet on Wednesday, March 13 from 3:30-4:30 pm in W304 to finish adding the layers to our map!  See you there!

Congratulations to the February
IB Students of the Month


Every month Team teachers will select 2 students that exemplify an IB learner profile. The profile characteristic for February is Knowledgeable


Knowledgeable individuals explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Grade 6


Team Sydney: Aidan Jennings-Cashman. Zoe Miller


Team Santiago: Aaron Rosenthal Lena Khols


Team San Francisco: Miles Diego Maxwell, Britney Rivera-Martinez


Team London: Bruno Mila, Jacquelne Kadi-Hanifi


Grade 7

Team Sparta: Dylan Hurst, Diarra Wilson 


Team Alexandria: Julius Ball-Heldman, Claire Medina


Team Rome: Anthony Thomas, Eliza Ziska


Team Mumbai: Quinten Gueory, Alexa Gudiel


Grade 8

Team Mecca: Will Hamlin, Jisca Adiago  


Team Firenze: Amilcar Hudson, Dorotea Debelack


Team La Paz: Calvin Wagner, Shu Phua   


Team Timbuktu: Anh Pham, Hanjing Huang

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  


Returning National Jr.r Honor Society Members

8th grade students who were inducted last year are encouraged to submit a returning members application. This application is due April 12th 3:30 pm to Ms. Hampton in W301. Here are details for returning members application: 

  1. See Ms. Hampton for an application
  2. Documented hours of community service are not required but encouraged.   
  3. You must include a copy of your report card for this school year.   
  4. Academic integrity will be verified with the team leader.    
  5. Good behavior will be verified with the 8th grade assistant principal, Ms. Abrams.

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


New Applicants for Membership in NJHS


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.   


Community service hours are required for all potential inductees. Potential inductees are students in the 7th or 8th grade that have maintained a 3.0 GPA. Students interested in completing 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 


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 10, 2013.    

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


Note: Ms. Hampton does not match students up with community service opportunities. Parents and students should research opportunities and are encouraged to use


The application and community service forms are only available online.

· Application and requirements for NJHS: 

· Community Service Requirements and Documentation Form online:

· Student community service opportunities online: 

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

· General questions and concerns: Sponsor Ms. Hampton (W301) [email protected] 


Please read ALL of the information that is available online. Only complete applications will be considered. Students must give Ms. Hampton the application in hard copy format by April 10th at 3:30pm. Applications that did not follow the format will not be considered.

Approaches to Learning in the IB Middle Years Program

"Education is knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get." - William Feather (1889 - 1981)


Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills continue to be the focus of the IB at Deal. The goal of ATL is to prepare students to apply the seven skills in a variety of learning situations. The skills previously discussed were organization, collaboration, and communication; this week we look at "information literacy."   Students are being taught to use these skills on a daily basis. They gather information from a variety of sources including textbooks, library books, field trips, other people, and the Internet for assignments. Once they collect the information it is the job of teachers and the library staff to assist them in determining if it is valid. Teachers and the library staff help students to develop this skill by showing them how to cite the sources properly for reports and research papers.  Students are also learning how to organize, communicate, and collaborate with their classmates on the information they collect. Parents/guardians can assist students in developing information literacy skills by checking assignments, and reviewing their sources to ensure that they are valid. They can also provide students with suggestions on how to refine their work.




Students have a major responsibility in the development of their information literacy skills. They need to reflect on the following questions: What information do I need? What resources can I use to access information? How can I determine if the information is reliable or valid? What will I do with this information? How do I acknowledge the intellectual property rights of others? Who is my audience?


Staff information ...
Ides of March Celebration 

Remember that it is not too late to make your reservation for our

Ides of March celebration.  Please fill out your reservation form and staple your "reservation" monies to that form and return it to Colleen Smith, no later than March 12. You don't want to miss out!!


New: Period 8 Applications

Reminder: Period 8 applications are due Monday, March 25. The application is at Please contact Mr. Rodberg with any questions.


Tuesday: Team Leaders Meeting


Thursday: Thursday Bell schedules 

  • 6th grade: Awards Assembly in the auditorium
  • 7th grade: Silent Sustained Reading (SSR)
  • 8th grade: Grade-level meeting in the cafeteria 

Friday: Morning Professional Development

Mr. Chang presents "Self-Care" in a location yet to be determined. 




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 

Social Justice Printmaking to 4:30  - W304

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

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 
8th Grade Model UN to 4:30 pm W304