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...

This is the first of two weeks in which your children take the DC CAS - a subject-specific series of assessments that provide a measure of student learning throughout the year. The testing starts on Tuesday and runs through Friday for the math and reading portions; next week some of our students tackle composition, health, and science. At this stage in the process, the heavy lifting is up to you and your children: get rest, eat well, come to school on time, and be prepared (pencils, reading materials). A special note for some: reading materials must be in the form of books and printed in the old way: on paper and with actual ink. Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and other electronic devices are not allowed. I expect our students to do well, our teachers to comply with every state requirement, and our building and school community to function as smoothly as it does every other day. You should expect nothing less.

I am going to take the next few weeks to introduce Deal families to some plans for the coming year that will have an affect on how your children experience school. There are some very exciting developments underway that will provide new opportunities for our students. The first of these is the expansion of the Approaches to Learning pilot across the school next year.

Approaches to Learning (ATL) is a core element of the IB Middle Years, focusing on the following developmental areas: self-management, social skills, communication, research, and thinking. Over the last few years, we have approached the ATL carefully - trying to balance the need to support students in these areas with the need for a clear academic focus. Next year, we have decided to directly target student growth in the ATL areas, rather than let them be indirectly addressed. In preparation for this, we have created three optional approaches and are implementing them in some classes across all three grades. If your child is in one of these classes (there are about 15) you will receive a letter explaining the process. In a nutshell, teachers will be working in their homerooms to provide feedback to students on their growth; that reporting and process will look different depending on the option selected. Next year, this will go whole school and the full 6 - 8 continuum of growth will be explained in full detail and reported on an advisory basis. Working with three options allows us to determine the most effective and meaningful (to students and parents) way to expand the ATL.

We are excited to be making this shift. The goal is to be clearer with all what it means to be a successful student in practice and to help students grow these skills. One measure for me of the value of ATL will be that it helps students who aren't currently being successful become more in command of their own learning.

Finally, please take the time to come in and register for next school year. Deal has always done an excellent job with getting our students on our rolls; this is essential for our planning for next year. If you have a 6th or 7th grader, please bring your paperwork around during the day or on our Thursday late days. We'd love to have our numbers firmed up as soon as we can.

Have a great week.

Principal Albright



DC CAS Testing Schedule:  Deal MS


April 22  (Mon)

April 23 (Tue)

April 24 (Wed)

April 25 (Thu)

April 26 (Fri)










April 29 (Mon)

April 30 (Tue)

May 1 (Wed)

May 2 (Thurs)

May 3 (Fri)


8th (LaPaz)

  Science (8th)

Composition (7th)


8th (Mecca)


8th (Firenze)


Daily Schedule for This Week



Reading Section

60 min (9:15 AM - 10:15 AM)

Math Section

65 min (10:40 AM - 11:45 AM)

3rd Period

35 min (12:04 PM - 12:39 PM)

4th Period

35 min (12:43 PM - 1:18 PM)

5th Period

35 min (1:22:PM - 1:57 PM)

1st Period or 6th Period*

35 min (2:01 PM - 2:36 PM)

2nd Period or 7th Period*

35 min (2: 40 PM - 3: 15 PM)

*The last two periods of the day will alternate.


o  Make-ups will happen daily in the afternoons beginning at 1:00 p.m.

o   Students must bring two #2 pencils to the test site each day.

o   Students may bring a book to read quietly when they are finished testing. No electronics (including Kindles or other e-readers) are allowed.

o   Get plenty of rest, be on time (8:45 a.m.), eat a good breakfast, come prepared to do your best.

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Upcoming Dates 

April 23
DC CAS starts

April 27
Saturday Detention, 9 to noon
Music Dept. Car Wash, 9 - 1
Musical Rehearsal, 10 - 5

April 28
Musical Rehearsal, 10 - 5 

April 30
Team Leaders
Mayor's Budget Town Hall, 6:30

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 - 12

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 4/22
3:15 - 6:45
Act 1 Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4
Drake, Ida, Maureen, Beaky, Fluff, Downy, Billy, Ugly, Turkey, Cat, Henrietta, Grace, Boy, Girl, Jaybird, Stage Manager, Greylag, Dot, Barnacles, Pinkfoot, Snowy

Tuesday 4/23
3:15-4:00 Full Company Elegy (No Ugly or Cat)
4:00 - 5:00 Full Company (No Ugly or Cat)
Act 1, Scene 5
5 - 5:30
Jaybird, Drake, Fluff, Beaky, Downy

Wednesday 4/24
3:15 - 6:00
Wild Goose Chase
Goose Ensemble, Greylag, Dot, Ugly, Cat 
Thursday 4/25
3:15-4:30 Review
Ugly, Cat, Ida, Drake
Act 1 Scene 6 and 7
Ugly, Cat, Ida, Penny, Bullfrog, Swan Mother, Swan Father, Grace, Maureen, Drake, Bewick, Turkey

Friday 4/26
3:15-4:15 Poultry Tale Full Company
4:15-5:00 Warts and All  Bullfrog, Ugly, Dance Troupe, and Frog          Ensemble
5:00-6:30 Blizzard
Ugly, Cat, Ida
Blizzard Dancers: Elena R, Sarah M, Fiona M, Nerissa, Mica, Nina

Saturday 4/27
Sunday 4/28
Tech Days - Actors TBD

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 100% compliant!!!!!



Library News

The library will be open after school this week Monday-Thursday.  


Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday the library will be open until 4pm due to CAS scheduling.  


Wednesday the library will be open until 5pm for the final Literature-to-Film viewing (The Outsiders).


Friday the library will be closed after school.


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 



We need you to register now for the 2013-2014 school year 


All students must be registered for the 2013-2014 school year by June 20.  Current 6th and 7th graders should bring their  completed enrollment papers and proof of residency to Deal. We have scheduled evening hours every Thursday until 7 pm for families who are not able to come to the school during day. 8th graders should take their enrollment papers and proof of residency to the high school that they will be attending.  

Volunteer Opportunity for Deal Students


In the fall of 2013, the Q?RIUS Education Center at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History will open to the public.  Youth volunteers are needed to engage visitors in the exploration of science and nature in this evolving, learning laboratory.  Students between the ages of twelve and eighteen are invited to apply.  The Center is the first to integrate a fully accessible natural history education collection with technology-enhanced experiences, both self-guided and facilitated. Please share this exciting opportunity with students, colleagues, and friends.


For a full description and application for this youth volunteer opportunity, visit 


Please send your completed application or questions to [email protected]  

Student & parent information  


New: National Junior Honor Society results announced on April 29, 2013 
News about successful applications for the National Junior Honor Society will be made on Monday, April 29. Thanks for your patience.  
GirlUp New Members Party Mon., April 29

The Deal GirlUp Club invites you to come join us for a special reception to meet and greet new members. We want to help the Deal community learn more about the challenges girls face in the developing world - and have some fun at the same time! We will offer refreshments, play games, and discuss project plans for the fourth advisory. The fun starts at 3:30 in E305 on Monday, April 29. Please join us.


New:  Music Department Update

Here is a list of important Spring season dates that you should be aware of if you are in the Music Department.

April 23rd - April 26th: No Band/Choir rehearsals

April 27th: Music Department Car wash (9 am -  1 pm)

May 1st: Band/Choir Rehearsals resume

May 16th: Spring Concert @ Deal (6:30PM)

May 24th: Hershey Park Competition


Our student ensembles are preparing vigorously for their competition at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. The trip is scheduled for Friday, May 24. All information about this trip, permission slips, and medical forms were passed out last week to students. We are looking for chaperone assistance from parents; if you are interested, please contact the Music Department for more information.


We will also be having a car wash this coming  Saturday morning at Alice Deal Middle School. Band and Choir students and parents are welcome to come out to help with the fundraiser as well as bring concessions to sell.


New: Do you love writing and acting? Do you know a young person who does? 

Join Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT) at Tenleytown Library for a free after school program. In six action-packed workshops, participants will learn about playwriting and acting through fun games and activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to create and perform an original play about our community! The program will run on Wednesdays from 4 - 5 starting April 17 at the Tenleytown Library. 

For more information, contact Laurie Ascoli, YPT Program Manager at 202-387-9173 or [email protected] or see Ms. Redekopp in the library for a flyer.



Letters about Literature - Congratulations

Congratulations to Sophia Diggs-Galligan for placing as a finalist in the Letters about Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress! 

This Week at Deal...  


Monday:  International Cooking Club 

International Cooking Club "Chopped" Competitions will take place on Monday, April 22 and April 29th. The winner from each competition and a second team with the next highest score will compete in the final competition at Whole Foods Tenley in May. Please consult the competition list and dates below.



Team A

1. Emilia Majersik

2. Alexandra Tomkin

3. Claire Contreras


Team B

1. Leo Saunders

2. Lukas Leijon

3. Robert Graves

4. Yousef Yousef


Team C

1. Ellika Edelman

2. Ilana Samuel

3. Mattie Melnyk

4. Zennon Melnyk


Team D

1. Felicia Klimpacher

2. Shakaliah Smalls

3. Madeline Yando



Team E

1. Clara Edmonds

2. Matilda Jensen

3. Anna Joos


Team F

1. Sophia Poulos

2. Perri Hollar

3. Lindsay Harper


Team G

1. Camille Ortiz

2. Brittani Rivera

3. Sarah Desta


Team H

1. Gabriella Anifantis

2. Natalia Fachinato-Sitja

3. TBD


Monday: Afterschool Outdoor Basketball

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, April 22 at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room W205.


Tuesday:  Swim Club

The last session of swim club will start on Tuesday, April 23. Please pick up an updated permission form from Ms. Rhoads (W200) on Monday in order to go this Tuesday. 


Wednesday:  Outdoor Track Team

The boys and girls track team will travel to Landon School on Wednesday to compete in the Carlos Parsons Track & Field Invitational Meet. The meet begins at 2:30pm. Go Vikings!

Staff information ...

New: No team leaders meeting this Tuesday.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program: The Next Chapter



In 2014, the IB MYP will undergo several changes. The Approaches to Learning (ATL) will be included in the change. The ATL currently focuses on seven skills including organization, collaborative, communication, information literacy, reflection, thinking, and transfer. Starting in 2014, the ATL will shift to focus on five skills including communication, research, self-management, social skills, and thinking. The goal for developing students' skills through ATL will continue to be to provide them with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning. Teachers will work to ensure that students will leave Deal with a deeper understanding of the answers to the following questions: How do I learn best? How do I know that I have learned? What resources can I use to assist me in my learning? How do I work with others? and How do I communicate my understanding of what I have learned to others?



"The worlds as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."

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.
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. 

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


practice to 5pm 

Ultimate Frisbee

 club - Rm C130

Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation

Ms. McFarland's office


 club  - Front lawn

Music workshop    

Girls' Runnin

g - RM E304 

Girls on Track

 - Rm E103 

Mural/Public Art



club to 5:15 pm - canceled


Football Conditioning
to 4:45 pm - Weight


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
Outdoor Track Meet

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)


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!

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.