Alice Deal Middle School

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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...

I hope that everyone had an amazing Spring Break - whether you stayed home and rested or traveled to distant places. Above all, last week was designed as a time to put your thoughts elsewhere. Tomorrow, the fourth advisory starts and we begin to focus on the remaining nine weeks of school and what they have in store for us.

This coming week will be intense, with a need for students to shift back into their regular academic patterns. Please make sure that they are at school on time - 8:45 is a very friendly starting time and shouldn't be abused. Students have a long weekend right away (what with professional development and Emancipation Day) and then we jump into DC CAS testing. After this, only a month will remain until promotion and the end of the school year. In spite of the distractions, Deal teachers remain committed to the best instruction and learning until the day summer vacation starts.

There are a number of items to update you on, and I will do so in brief. Our Internet redo is well-underway, with new devices being installed and new lines being pulled as we speak. This is timely, as we will be doing some of our testing (Health) on-line. A bigger story is the Mayor's budget committing full funding for the Reno/Rose School. We are still in line for an August '14 completion at this point; the project is heating up as the picture has clarified.

Finally, during this time we should recognize that our 6th graders are now almost 7th graders, our 7th graders almost 8th graders, and our 8th graders, well, they are almost in high school. These prospective changes will have them all a bit antsy and ready to try on their slightly older selves. Remind them that we are just as excited as they are for progress, but that they still are in the grade they started in August (sometimes they forget!).

Take care.

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 

April 9
Team Leaders

April 10
Math Dept Meeting, 3:30 pm

April 12
LSAT, 7:30 am
Marks Due

April 13
Saturday Detention 9 to noon

April 15
Professional Development
(no school for students)

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

April 18 
Department Chairs, 3:30 pm
Faculty Meeting
CAS Prep Rally

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

May 1
Math Dept Meeting, 3:30

May 2
6th Grade Awards Assembly

May 4
Musical Rehearsal, 10 am

May 5
Musical Rehearsal, 10 am

May 6 
Musical Rehearsal until 8 pm

May 7
Team Leaders
Musical Rehearsal - until 8 pm 

May 8 
Musical Rehearsal 8:45 - 4 pm

May 9
Deal Musical 

May 10 
LSAT, 7:30 
Deal Musical

May 11
Deal Musical Matinee
Saturday Detention
9 am - 12 noon 

May 14
Team Leaders
PTA Meeting

May 16
NJHS Assembly
Department Chairs
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm

May 17
8th grade Gettysburg Trip

May 21
GeoPlunge Spring Tournament
PTA Speaker

May 23
Faculty Meeting: 3:30 pm

May 25
Saturday Detention
9 am to 12 noon

May 27
Memorial Day
(No school for students or staff)

May 28
Team Leaders

May 30 
Bingo Night, 6:30 pm 


Monday: 4/8
Music Full Company
3:15 - 4:30
Scenework Act 1 Sc 1/2
Drake, Ida, Family Ducklings, Cat, Maureen, Ugly, Henrietta, Grace, Turkey, Boy, Girl
4:30 - 5:30
Staging Play With Your Food
5:30 - 6:15 

Tuesday 4/9
Music Blizzard Ensemble 3:15 - 4:30 

Staging Poultry Tale  Drake Ida, Maureen, Henrietta, Turkey, Cat

4:30 - 5:30 

The Joy of Motherhood Reprise, Drake  

5:30 - 6:00 


Wednesday 4/10   

Dance Full Company
Poultry Tale
3:15 - 5:00
Dance Troupe
5:00 - 6:00
Music Look at Him
Family Ducklings, School Ducklings, Ugly, Ida, Drake
5:00 - 5:30
Drake, Ida, Ugly
5:30 - 6:00

Thursday 4/11
Music Full Company
3:15 - 4:30 
Ugly, Greylag, Dot, Goose Ensemble
4:30 - 5:15
Bullfrog, Frog Ensemble, Dance Troupe, Ugly
5:15 - 6:00
Scenework Act 1 Sc 3
Ida, Drake, Jaybird, Maureen
4:30 - 5:00 

Friday 4/12
Dance Warts and All
Bullfrog, Ugly, Frog Ensemble, Dance troupe 3:15 - 5:30
Dance Troupe
5:30 - 6:15 
Any questions or concerns??
Message from the Nurse - Immunization Compliance

Parents- We need your help!! We have several students who are overdue required immunizations. Letters and/ or phone calls have been sent/done and Deal Schools compliance rate is still low. Please make appointments with your Doctor to have these immunizations done ASAP.  Remember -those students overdue for HPV- need 3 doses or an opt out form may be completed in lieu of the vaccine. All immunization forms must be

stamped, signed and dated to be accepted by the Immunization Registry.


Let's make Deal School 100% compliant!!!!!



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 Deal Library will be closed after school at 12:15 on Friday, March 29th.


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.

Student and parent information...   


New: Free Girls Basketball Clinic - April 11

There will be a girls basketball clinic right after school (3:30 - 5:15) at Deal on Thursday. The clinic is hosted by the coaches and team from Walt Whitman HS in Montgomery County. There are only 20 slots available - please sign up with Coach Downing to reserve your spot! 


New: Sixth Grade Model UN (MUN) 

Congratulations are in order for the 15 sixth-grade students who were selected by their teams to represent Deal at the Spring Model United Nations Conference on May 7. Starting this week, every Tuesday and Thursday, MUN students will report to their geography classrooms to begin preparations and write their position papers. Students can visit the MUN webpage ( for more information. Please contact your geography teacher if you have any questions.


New:  Parent Volunteers Needed for the DC CAS

If you are the parent of a Deal student and are available to help out as a test monitor on any of our upcoming test dates, please contact Ms. McFarland  at 202 939-2014 or via email at [email protected]. The DC CAS will be held Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, April 26 and Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2.


New: Multimedia Resource for Students   
Students may follow these instructions to create their own account in Discovery Education to access thousands of instructional videos, tutorials, and math overviews.


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


1. Go to  
2. Username: 7-digit student ID # (Ex. 1234567) 
3. Password: 8-digit birth date (Ex. September 24, 2008 would be 09242008) 
4.  If you have trouble logging in, add a zero after your student ID (Ex. If 1234567 does not work try 12345670)

This Week at Deal...  


Monday: The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, April 8 at 3:30, behind the school on the court next to the 'cottage.' Wear warm clothing. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room W205.


Monday:  Photography Club

We will have our next meeting after Spring Break on Monday, April 8. Bring your cameras!


Monday and Friday: GeoPlunge 2.0

The GeoPlunge card game is back and its better than ever! The format of the game has been redesigned for the Spring tournament on May 21! Students interested in learning the new game and preparing to compete must attend practices during ZAP on Mondays and Fridays in room C130. Our tournament to decide who will represent Deal begins next Monday!


Tuesday: No Swim Club

There will not be swim club on the Tuesday after Spring Break.


Tuesday and Thursday: Cheerleading Practice

There is mandatory cheerleading practice Tuesday and Thursday. 

Friday:  Teachers & Geographic Students (TAGS)

After school on Friday, April 12, TAGS will be traveling to National Geographic for our last meeting before final map presentations on Saturday, June 1. Please keep your calendars clear for both dates! Students should bring metro fare and be prepared to return to Deal around 6:30 pm.

Evaluation for the IB Middle Years Program

In the fall of school year 2013-2014 representatives from the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization will visit Deal to evaluate our implementation of the Middle Years Program. Over the last several months, we have been preparing for this evaluation. The evaluation process requires the school to conduct a self-study of the program implementation. The school staff has already completed the self-study survey. After spring break, parents/guardians will be asked to participate in this survey. The evaluation process also requires student work samples from each of the subject areas to be submitted for monitoring. The administrative team would like to thank teachers for their hard work in having students complete IB assessments that were submitted last week. The final phase of preparation for the evaluation will be submission of the self-survey analysis and supporting documents by June 1, 2013.


Once again thank you to the wonderful Deal teachers for their hard work.

8th grade announcements  


Wilson High School Academy Selection and Upcoming Parent Meeting


Eighth grade students had the opportunity to receive a greeting from Principal Cahall and the counseling staff of Wilson hS recently and should have shared with you an Academy Course Selection Sheet. Students who are interested in being a part of a Wilson Academy should fill out the sheet and turn it in to Ms. White by May 10.


There is a parent meeting scheduled to take place on May 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Wilson. Parents of rising 9th grade students are encouraged to attend in order to find out more about what Wilson has to offer your student.

STEM HS Option for 8th Grade DCPS Students

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 Ms. 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

This application is due April 12th 3:30 pm. The application MUST  be given directly to Ms. Hampton in W301. Late applications will not be considered. An application is considered late if it is not submitted to Ms. Hampton by 3:30 pm, April 12th, in W301.


New Applicants for National Junior Honor Society

Students are reminded that they must be considerate of teachers time when requesting signatures. Teachers are very busy during the school day. Please be aware that the most convenient time for obtaining teachers signatures may be after school.


This application is due April 10th 3:30 pm.  Ms. Hampton will return from the French trip April 9th and will be available to accept applications. Applications should not be left with the substitute or another staff member. The application should be collated as directed on the front cover and MUST be given directly to Ms. Hampton in W301. Late applications will not be considered. An application is considered late if it is not submitted to Ms. Hampton by 3:30 pm April 10th in W301.

Staff information ...

Team Leaders Meeting 
Usual time, usual place - see you there! 


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 W103
African 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 E300

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


club to 5:15 pm - canceled


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 Franšais Club, to 4:30 - C308 

Literature-to-Film Festival to 5 pm - Library
Discovery Club - E101
Salva Las Focas/Save the Seals club - C314
Creative Writing - W305

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 
8th Grade Model UN to 4:30 pm W304
Outdoor Track practice to 5 pm




Community Information
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)


Mayor Gray's Youth Budget Town Hall Meeting

Mayor Gray's Youth Budget Town Hall Meeting is scheduled to occur on Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11:00pm - 1:00pm. This Town Hall will take place at the Historic Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives located at  1201 17th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036. (More Information)


Last Minute Offer!

The Wade's Annual Billiards Party has a few last minute openings. If you didn't get a chance to sign up for this coveted party, this is your opportunity!

Remember how much you used to love playing billiards? Dust off that old pool cue in your attic and bring it to Wade's Billiard Hall (a.k.a. Bill and Susan's basement on Northampton Street) on Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. (If you don't own your own cue, we'll provide one). Couples will compete in a "winner takes all" eight-ball pool tournament. An engraved trophy goes to the winning team. Co-hosts Susan and Bill Wade, Sarah Buscher, Paul Ruppert, and Carol and Haisam Ido will dish out beer, wine, pool hall finger food, and raucous music - just like in the old days when you used to hang out at the bars and play pool. $80 per couple/$40 for single player. Adults only event; no kids or pets.


Please contact Anita Seline at [email protected] to sign up for this event.


Summer Jazz Camp with the Blues Alley Jazz Society

Your kids can swing into summer with our internationally renowned jazz educators at the Blues Alley Summer Jazz Camp, to be held July 8-19, 9:30 am-3:00 pm, at Carton Barron -- with an end-of-camp student concert on July 21st at Glen Echo. Campers bring their own lunch (refrigeration available). We provide drum sets, amplifiers, keyboards, and music stands. The cost of the two-week session is $350. Please contact director Michael Bowie at [email protected] to register. NO AUDITION REQUIRED!

Wilson Crew Plant Sale
Spring is Just Around the Corner Support Wilson Crew by buying plants from the Wilson Crew Plant Sale! We have a wide variety of plants for sale that may be purchased online at, and you can give credit for the sale to your favorite rower. Plants will be delivered to your home on April 28, 2013.  
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Summer Arts Intensives

Looking for something fantastic to do this summer in the arts? Duke Ellington School of the Arts may be the place for you. Ellington will be offering summer arts intensives in Literary Media & Communications, Instrumental Music, Dance, Vocal Music, and Theatre. Each will have a component specifically for incoming students, with the exception of Literary Media and Communications which are open to current 6th through 8th graders.  These are great programs for any child who is motivated in the arts, especially current 7th graders that are eyeing Ellington as a high school choice.  Any interested students/parents should contact the program coordinators listed below for more details: For Dance- Charles Augins- [email protected] or 202-337-7958; for Literary Media & Communications- Mark Williams- [email protected]; for Instrumental Music- Isaac Daniel- [email protected]; for Vocal Music- Mary Jane Ayers- [email protected]; for Theatre- Dawn Naser- [email protected] A flyer for these programs is also posted outside of Ms. White's office on the first floor.

Tiger Elite Summer Basketball Camp
Please take a look at our Tiger Elite Summer Basketball Camp that will be held at Wilson SHS! It's for rising 1st - 8th graders of all levels and abilities.There is a focus on the development of basketball skills; 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!


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.