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...

On Thursday last week, I submitted Deal's budget to the DCPS administration for approval. Deal received an increase of $1.6M for the coming year's budget. I met with our LSAT twice - once before the budget was prepared and once prior to submission - and believe that what we propose for next year lays the groundwork for continued success in academics, focuses additional resources in critical areas of need, and anticipates needs further down the line. Here are some highlights of our plan:

Academic focus: Additional positions in mathematics, English, Science (technology), World Languages (Spanish, .5 Chinese), Visual Arts, and PE. These will strengthen our current offerings and give us increased flexibility in scheduling. Additionally, these will prepare us for having four 8th grade teams in 2014-15 when our space increases.

Critical needs: Adding two social workers, an additional inclusion teacher (special education), another reading teacher, and an administrator to manage these targeted student services. Some of these changes reflect a system-wide commitment to engage more with students on a daily basis; others reflect our belief that Deal Middle School needs to meet student needs with adequate resources.

Other resources: We have made a large commitment to grow our technology. Over the next few months, DCNET will be completely reinstalling our Internet/wireless system; for 2013 we will contract again for an onsite OCTO staff person to address these needs. As we shift into an online assessment model for the future, we need to refresh our hardware and expand the inventory; our PTA has made a real dent in what we need but we need to keep pushing this.

I am now moving forward with fulfilling the commitment that the budget makes. We have great teachers at Deal; we need to bring in more of the best. Our students and their families deserve the highest quality education possible and with this budget I feel that we are continuing on a path towards that reality.

Principal Albright

NB. There are so many good things happening at Deal that aren't about the budget that I need to draw your attention further down this page. National History Day is huge for us and will take a place of pride this week in our halls; sports and activities roll on and are now joined by our big Spring musical; and cool activities like Pi Day, Singapore Day, March Math Madness, the Model United Nations, and the Deal 7th Grade Olympics all deserve shout-outs. And more amazing things are planned for release shortly - it is tough to keep up, but I know you will try!
March Math Madness

During the month of March we have been highlighting mathematics at Deal. In addition to celebrating Pi Day on March 14, we will continue to have Ms. Reynolds and Pie (pi)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.

Problem of the Week
Sixty-seven students submitted correct responses to last week's Problem of the Week.  7th grader, Taylor Watson was the winner of the drawing!  We are looking forward to having over 100 students solve this week's problem correctly.

This week's Standards for Mathematical Practice:
3.  Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures.

4.  Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace.  

A special thank you to all of our math teachers and students for an awesome Pi Day! 
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Bell Schedule

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

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

Upcoming Dates 

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

Monday: 3/18
  • Full Company 3:15 - 4:30
  • Ugly 4:30 - 4:45
  • Bullfrog 4:30 - 5:15
Blocking Act 1 Sc 3 and 5 4:30 - 5:30 (Maggie Pie, Ida, Drake, Station Manager, Fluff, Beaky, Downy, and Billy)

Tuesday 3/19
  • Dot, Greylag, (Ugly), Goose Ensemble 3:15 - 4:30
  • Bullfrog, (Ugly), Frog Ensemble  and Dance Troupe 4:30 - 5:30

Wednesday 3/20 

Dance Dance Troupe 3:15 - 5:30

Thursday 3/21
Dance Dance Troupe 3:15 - 5:30

Music Cat 3:15 - 4:00

Friday 3/22
  • Act 1 Sc 4 3:15 - 4:30 (Greylag, Dot, Ugly, Barnacles, Snowy, Pinkfoot, and Cat)
  • Act 1 Sc 6 4:30 - 5:45 (Penny, Ugly, Mother Swan, Bullfrog, Cat, and Farmer)
Any questions or concerns??

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 

The library will be closed after school on Thursday, March 21 for the faculty meeting.


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)
Tiger Elite Summer Basketball Camp 
Please take a look at our Tiger Elite Summer Basketball Camp that will be held at the newly renovated Woodrow Wilson SHS in Northwest DC! It's for rising 1st-8th grades of all levels and abilities. There is a focus on the development of basketball skillls; however, each camper will also experience fun camp activities, such as arts and crafts, games, speed and agility drills, etc...  We hope to see your kids there! 


Shake Up Your Spring Break on Barracks Row! 
The Shakespeare Theatre Company has organized a week of kid-friendly events on Barracks Row in Washington, D.C., to take place during spring break for D.C. Public Schools, April 1-5, 2013. As a part of "Shake Up Your Spring Break on Barracks Row!: Spring Break Activities sponsored by the Shakespeare Theatre Company," many businesses in this Capitol Hill neighborhood will host activities that give children a chance to think outside the box, free of cost, during their week off of school. Participating businesses/ organizations include: Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC-3, Hello Cupcake, Marine Barracks at 8th & I, Hill Center and the Corner Store. A full list of the activities can be found here: The recommended ages for the activities vary, but most of them are designed for elementary and middle school students. All activities are free, but we do require participants to sign up in advance. Registration can be done online or by calling the Education Hotline at 202.547.5688.

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.    


Student and parent information...   


New: Congratulations Cheerleaders
The Alice Deal Middle School Cheerleaders came in first place in the Advanced Division of the DCIAA Cheerleading citywide competition. Their score of 239 points was the highest score in the competition. They hit a perfect routine that had the crowd standing on their feet. Special thanks go to our Cheerleading coaches, Ms. Baxter, Tiffany Baxter, and Stephanie Baxter for motivating and challenging their cheer squad. Go Vikings! 
New: Group: Parents of Students with ADHD.

The next group will be Tuesday, March 26, 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, Deal's Social Worker, at [email protected].


New: Frederick Douglass Exhibit 

Stop by and see a special exhibit on Frederick Douglass on the first floor near the office! This exhibit joins us from the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York City ( Please encourage your children to stop by and view it. The exhibit is at Deal through March 26.


New: Singapore Day

DCPS will celebrate Singapore Day on Wednesday, March 20. As part of our Embassy Adoption Program, we are expecting Singapore's Ambassador to share lunch with our 6th graders on that day. Additionally, representatives from the embassy will conduct workshops for students on Team Sydney during 4th period. Special thanks to Ms. Campozano and Team Sydney for their efforts to prepare for this special day.   


StepAfrika! Workshops at Deal

The StepAfrika! workshops start up this week!  The  workshop dates are on Thursdays (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. 
Students should report to the auditorium by 3:30 and be ready to move!


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 - Thursday: Deal MS National History Day Competition

Eighth grade students will present their National History Day projects to panels of judges this week. Students involved in this nationwide program started their research last November and will finally submit their work for evaluation with the hopes of winning a coveted slot in the citywide contest in early May. 


Monday: Registration (during history classes)

Tuesday: Judging

  • performances:  cafeteria
  • exhibits:  gallery
  • web sites:  media center computer lab
  • group documentaries:  library
  • individual documentaries  conference room

Wednesday: View exhibits (all day)

Thursday: Take exhibit boards home

Monday, March 25: Announce Deal finalists


Deal welcomes the 30 community volunteers who have agreed to devote a good chunk of their day toward helping our students improve their work. Good luck, Deal scholars! Represent well!


Monday: The Afterschool Basketball Club

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, March 18 at 3:30 behind the school on the court next to the cottage. Dress for COLD weather. In the even of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room W205.


Monday: Girl Up Meeting on Monday

Join us on Monday in E305 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. as we begin our plans for our last fundraiser of the school year. Our goal is to raise another $500 to send to support girls' education in the developing world. Everyone is welcome!


Monday: The International Cooking Club

The International Cooking Club Group B will meet on Monday, March 18th after school in room C216 (the teacher's lounge). Meeting will take place from 3:15 until 5 pm.


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.


Wednesday:  Team Alexandria

Alexandria Library is held every Wednesday in room E200 from 3:30 to 4:30. All team teachers are available!


Wednesday:  8th grade TAGS 

8th Grade TAGS meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 3:30-4:30 pm in W304. We will finish the map layers and begin our analysis and interpretation. NGS Mentors will be present! See you there!


Wednesday: SIP Model UN Workshop
20 6th grade Model UN students have been invited to participate in a peace building workshop with the United States Institutes of Peace. It will take place on Wednesday, March 20 in room C130 from 3:30-5:30.

Wednesday:  International Food Day

The Singapore Ambassador will be making a visit to Deal to celebrate International Food Day! All DCPS students will be receiving Singaporean food and Deal sixth graders will each get a Singaporean goody bag filled with treats. There will be a fashion show during lunch, performed by students from Team Sydney. During fourth period, Team Sydney students will participate in a special activity with events like a "Chopstick Challenge," a "Teh Tarik Challenge," and Rangoli and Henna Painting. They will be playing Singaporean games and interacting with the Ambassador! It will be a fun-filled day. 


Friday: The Olympics are coming to Dea

Attention all 7th Graders, are you prepared to compete in the Olympic Games?  This Friday, team will compete against team for gold and the title of Olympic Champion.


Friday: 8th grade Model UN

Students in the Model UN will meet at 3:30 in W304. Make sure you have read your background guide and have completed the research guides on your country and your topic (in the handouts provided). If you need another copy, please stop by W304 to pick one up.  We will begin writing position papers on Friday.

8th grade announcements  


Wilson High School Visit with 8th Graders

On Friday, March 22 (9 - 9:50) we will welcome representatives from Wilson Senior High School to speak with the eighth grade class. The presentation will cover high school expectations, academy choices and other course options available at Wilson High School next year. All eighth grade students will attend.


S.T.E.M. High School Option for 8th Grade Students in DCPS

The TransTech Academy is an exciting place to be for the 2013-2014 school year!  It will be housed in the newly renovated Cardozo Senior High School with state of the art classrooms and enriching and exciting career pathways in engineering, aviation and robotics/Electro-mechanical technology training! Our 8th grade students will have an opportunity to apply. Anyone who is interested should contact Mrs. Shirley McCall by email at [email protected] or by phone at 202-673-7753.


Key Information about 8th Gr Transition

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

Free Test Prep 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. TestGear is offered to students beginning in 8th grade. 

National Junior Honor Society  


Returning National Jr. 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 ...
New: Friday PD: Executive Functioning
Want to understand why some people struggle with keeping track of their homework, their classwork, or deadlines? Want to help students learn to plan for projects and balance multiple activities? Join Mr. Rodberg and your colleagues for this PD session, Friday at 8:10 in room C217.

New: Discovery Education

* Teachers received e-mail and print instructions about creating accounts.

* Students may follow these instructions to create their own account (with access to thousands of instructional videos, tutorials, and math overviews)


To login in to Discovery Education, make sure the student has their DCPS Student ID number and birth date ready.


1.      Go to

2.      Username: 7-digit student ID # (Ex. 1234567)

3.      Password: 8-digit birth date (Ex. September 24, 2008 would be 092408)

4.      If your student is having trouble logging in, add a zero after their student ID (Ex. If 1234567 does not work try 12345670)


Period 8 Applications

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



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


No Afternoon Activities

(Faculty meeting)


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











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
Outdoor Track practice to 5 pm