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...

A remarkable difference from my own experience in middle school is the sheer number of opportunities for students today. Just crossing my desk was the notice of the success a number of our students at the National School Scrabble Championships - where Sam Masling (Deal) and a friend, Thomas Draper (New Jersey) took second place, and another local team (Ali Bauman (Deal) and Chloe Fatsis (Janney)) finished in the top ten. These teams (and there were other Deal teams right up there as well) show that today's students have amazing chances to be well-rounded - and we have a responsibility to give them those chances.

In today's bulletin, we see the continued success our National History Day effort with a significant number of our students moving on to the National competition in June. This week, over 100 students hit the stage for Honk!, Jr. for three nights total. Baseball, softball, and soccer are all in their final week or so. In the list of accomplishments we also see 2nd place in the city's geography bee. There is a lot going on and our students are showing their best. What is distinct about competition at the middle school level is that, while it can be intense, most participants are in it because they just love what they are doing. This sense of joy is matched by teachers, sponsors, and parents as well.

Let me close with a business item: please come in and register for next year. It isn't as much a need to really get a handle on who will be here; we have a pretty good sense of our overall numbers. It is important, however, for us to get this paperwork out of the way for scheduling. We are a big school and it takes us some time to get the new school year set properly. You can help by registering as soon as possible. Eighth grade students and their families should be registering in the school where they will be in ninth grade - this is a shift from the last few years. Also, eighth graders who are not sure whether they owe money or not (books, fines, lunch, etc.) it is better to take care of this earlier rather than later. Don't forget that we have extended Thursday evening hours for registration!

Have a great week.

Principal Albright

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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.  

Upcoming Dates 

May 7
Team Leaders

May 9
Deal Musical 7:00

May 10 
LSAT, 7:30 
Deal Musical 7:00

May 11
Deal Musical 6:00
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/Bingo/Ice Cream

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

June 1
Saturday Detention
9 am - Noon

June 6
Deal Gives Back - Bell III
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Deal Embassy Fair
Team Mecca - 
Civil Rights Field Trip

June 7
Deal Gives Back

June 10
Team LaPaz - 
Civil Rights Field Trip
Deal Poetry Slam, 3:30 pm

June 11
Team Firenze - 
Civil Rights Field Trip

June 12
Mecca Humanities 
Portfolio Night

June 13
8th Grade
Kings Dominion Field Trip
6th and 7th Grade Talent Show

June 14
Deal Day
8th Grade Dance

June 18
8th Grade Promotion. 10 am
7th Grade Kings Dominion Trip
6th Grade Cameron Run Trip

June 19
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Aftercare Ends

June 21
Last Day of School
(Students dismissed at 12:15)


Monday 5/6 
3:15 - 9:30

Tuesday 5/7
3:15 - 9:30
1st Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 5/8
8:45 - 3:15

Thursday 5/9

Friday 5/10

Saturday 5/11

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

  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.

 Rising 6th Graders - Math Assessment Schedule 


Deal Counselors will be visiting our feeder schools to  give a math assessment to our rising 6th grade students. Here are the scheduled dates:
  • Tuesday, May 7th: Hearst              
  • Wednesday, May 15th: Lafayette        
  • Thursday, May 16th: Shepherd          
  • Tuesday, May 21st: Murch   
  • Wednesday, May 22nd: Eaton           
  • Wednesday, May 29th: Janney              
  • Thursday, May 30th: Bancroft            
  • Monday, June 3rd: non-feeder schools 10 am
  • Friday, June 21: Make-up day  
Honk! Jr
Alice Deal Middle School presents "Honk Jr.," a modernized retelling of the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale of "The Ugly Duckling." Shows are Thursday, May 9; Friday, May 10, at 7:30 pm; and Saturday May 11 at 6 p.m. 

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and may be reserved at [email protected]. Performances are in the Deal auditorium.


Audiences of all ages will be delighted by this poultry tale. A mother duck hatches five babies but one of her brood is different and not particularly good looking. Little Ugly becomes separated from his family under the wiles of the evil barnyard cat intent on eating his prey. Through his journey to get back to the nest, Ugly is assisted by some marching geese, encouraging bull frogs, a beautiful swan named Penny, and a well-timed blizzard. But will Ugly ever return to the duck pond alive? And will the barnyard animals ever learn to tolerate someone who is different? 


Student & parent information  


New: Deal City-wide National History Day results

Congratulations to the more than 50 Deal students who participated at the National History Day competition at the National Archives on Saturday! Deal had a strong and impressive showing. First and second place winners will advance to the National Competition, third place will advance if the first or second place winners are unable to participate. The National competition will be at the University of Maryland the week of June 9. Kudos to students, parents, and teachers!


Special Prizes

Jack Nugent: Best Use of Primary Sources

William Davis: Best Use of Oral History

Natalia Greene: Best Connection to Theme

Sophia Claman: Most Remarkable Variety of Sources

Molly Berman, Sofia Fekade-Sallaisie, and Lily Cooper: Exceptional Annotated Bibliography


Exhibit Board, Individual

3. Ross Brandon

Exhibit Board, Group

1. Ayelet Drazen and Allison Schwalb

2. Emily Durr and Hope Stonner

3. Michael Foose and Liam Sims

Performance, Individual

2. Eva Brickman

Performance, Group

1. Molly Berman, Sofia Fekade-Sallaisie, and Lily Cooper

Documentary, Individual

1. Alex Joyce-Johnson

2. Clara Edmonds

3. Jack Kurtz

Documentary, Group

1. Keith Newman, Murphy Hagerty, and Jake Mezey

Website, Individual

1. Jack Nugent

3. Alex Dorosin

Website, Group

2. Coleman Ayers, Ian Emlet, and Amir Barnett

3. Kyra Hamerling-Potts and Annie Brennan


1. Teo Topa

2. Lucy McCurdy

3. Sophia Claman

New: Music Competition and Concert 

Our student ensembles are preparing vigorously for the competition at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania on Friday, May 24. Students should turn in the permission slip and fee for the field trip as soon as possible to a music director. Please also note that our spring concert will be May 16 at 6:30 pm.


New: Congratulations Aidan Saccocio - State Geography Bee Runner Up

Deal students Aidan Saccocio won second place in the citywide Geography Bee competition. Great job, Aidan! 


New: Registration for the 2014 Spring Break Trip to Costa Rica is Open!!

All 7th grade Spanish students interested in traveling to Costa Rica during the 2014 Spring Break can register now by going to and typing in tour #1365514. There you can find information about the tour and itinerary. Benefits of registering early include locking in prices at their current rate, setting up a payment plan that allows a longer payment period, and securing your students spot on the tour. Please contact Ms. Henderson at [email protected] if you have any questions/concerns.


New: Eighth Graders Go to Gettysburg Next Week

The entire 8th grade class will study the Civil War on site at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Friday, May 17. Teachers have written lessons with Civil War content for English, science, math and history classes to reflect the interdisciplinary focus of this trip. We will tour the Visitors' Center's outstanding museum of the Civil War, see the film "A New Burst of Freedom" and the historic Cyclorama painting of Pickett's Charge, take a guided tour of the battlefield, and also stop at the Civil War Wax Museum for their displays and a little souvenir shopping. Students and chaperones should plan to arrive at Deal by 6:45 a.m. with a packed lunch, plenty of beverages, a clipboard and pen, a camera, and some pocket money for souvenir shopping. Students will receive their itineraries and bus assignments from their history teachers later this week.


New: Summer Community Service and Leadership Opportunity

Spark the Wave is an organization where youth leadership is fostered. Their mission is to empower, train, and mentor the next generation of leaders who will impact the world through a lifelong commitment to community service. A 6-day overnight camp "Wave Week 2013" is being held at Villanova University in Villanova, PA from July 14-19. 40 hours of Community service can be earned during this week. Those interested must be at least 13 years old. Please see Ms. White for contact information and a flyer.


Safe Routes to School Online Parent Survey 

We would like to learn your thoughts about children walking and biking to school. This survey will take about 5 - 10 minutes to complete. We ask that each family complete only one survey at the following link: Safe Routes To School Parent Survey 


8th Grade Students & Parents: Save the Date!

There will be a reception on May 23 to celebrate our year-long project about Heritage and Identity and our partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. The reception will be in the Deal Library from 5 - 6 pm. There will be another reception on May 30, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrating the publication of "Our American Stories." A formal invitation will arrive home with students shortly.


2nd Annual Mulch Sale (Athletic Department)
The 2nd annual mulch sale starts now!  Only $5 per 2 cubic foot bags of hardwood mulch.  Order now and support our athletic programs! You may conveniently place your order online or fill out this form and drop off your payment in the school office or the athletic office.  Please place order form and payment (cash or check made out to Alice Deal PTA) in an envelope addressed to Coach Downing.  Please place orders and make payments by May 10. Pick up will be on Saturday May 18 from 8 a.m. until 12:00 noon, at Deal.  See flyer below for more information.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program: Parent Survey 



This November, the International Baccalaureate will be evaluating Deal's IB Middle Years Program. Part of this evaluation is a survey of parents on their perceptions and experiences with the program at their child's school. Please take the time to complete the survey by going to the following site:


Deal IB Parents Survey 


Please help us be completing the survey; we will be using the information to improve the quality of the program here at Deal.

This Week at Deal...  


Monday: The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, May 6 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.


Monday: Group: Parents of Students with ADHD 

The next group will be Monday, May 6, 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]


Tuesday: Model UN 

6th and 8th graders participating in Model UN will travel to the State Department on Tuesday, May 7 for the annual Global Classrooms DC Conference. Students, don't forget your student ID, your notes, research, and position paper. We will meet at the school by 7:15 am and return between 5 and 5:15 pm. Be sure to review the handout given on Friday to make sure you're prepared!


Tuesday-Thursday: Girl Up Sells Mother's Day Gifts this Week

The Deal Girl Up Club will sell handmade jewelry and other small items produced by the Amani Project during the lunch periods on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. The Amani Project features original work from girls and women in 13 African countries. Purchasing one of these items will help to support girls' economic independence in areas where a small amount of income can translate into significant social and political opportunities. Remember moms on Mother's Day with a gift made by a woman for a woman.


Wednesday: Bocce

Join Ms. Zanelli and Ms. Wellersdick for Bocce on Tuesday, May 7th at 3:30pm! We will meet in room E106 before heading outside to play! All are welcomed!


Wednesday-Saturday: Honk Jr.  

Students participating in Honk Jr. will be rehearsing all day on Wednesday. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 6pm. Come join us! 

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.

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. 
Staff information ...

PLUs for No-Nonsense Nurturing 
All staff should be able to login to PD Planner and print their PLU certificates for the online No-Nonsense Nurturer program. If you do not know how to login to PD Planner, please contact Ms. Peltason.

Reminder: CSC updates are due to grade-level administrators, and TAS assessments should be finalized in Gradequick, by May 24. 

Friday PD
Friday's PD is "Dysgraphia: Defining and Dispelling".  It will be conducted by Ms. Wilson in room E205. 

Monday AM


Chinese tutoring
8:00am/Rm N111  

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Cadavid 

8:10 am/RM C314


Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson

8:10am/Rm C212 


Tuesday AM


String Ensemble

Jazz Band 
7:45 am/Rm CG20


Concert Choir

7:45 am/Rm CG04
Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212




Wednesday AM


Concert Band (6)

7:45 am   



Concert Band

7:45 am

Young Men's 


7:45 am 


Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson

8:10am/Rm C212





Thursday AM


String Ensemble
Jazz Band 
7:45 am/Rm CG20


Concert Choir

7:45 am/Rm CG04
Chinese tutoring
8:00am/Rm N111  


Spanish tutoring with Ms. Cadavid 

8:10 am/RM C314

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212

French tutoring 
8:10 am/Mr. Ngwa

Friday AM


Peer Mediators

8:00/Rm C116


Concert Band (6)

7:45 am   



Concert Band

 7:45 am  



 Monday PM

(All at 3:30 

unless otherwise noted)  


Girl Up

Rm E305



Rm N116


Student Council

Rm E205


Viking Quarterly

Rm W103


French Club 

Rm CG07  


Rm C130


Board Games

Rm W106


Deal Relief 


Rm E104


Comic Book 


Rm C203 

Tuesday PM

(All at 3:30 

unless otherwise noted)  

Reader's Theater
Rm E205



Resolution& Peer Mediation

McFarland's office


Bocce Club

Front lawn


Music workshop   




Wednesday PM 

(All at 3:30

unless otherwise noted)  


Student Librarian


Team Mumbai
Rm N113

Alex. 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


Ms. White's office



Roman Holiday 



Deal Scientists 

Rm E101


Team Alexandria

Rm E200  


Santiago Study 



Rm C130


Parlons Franšais

Rm C308 

Film Festival

Discovery Club
Rm E101

Salva Las Focas/Save the Seals
Rm C314

Creative Writing
Rm C305

Thursday PM 

(All at 3:30 

unless otherwise noted)  

MWIT club
Rm E206


Team London

Rm E104



RM E106  



Rm E206



Rm C130 

Writing club
Rm W305

Friday PM 

(All at 3:30 

unless otherwise noted)  


Type Faster Now

Rm W204 

8th Grade Model UN
Rm W304

Tennis Club

Rm E300

Outdoor Track 

Vikings Soccer

Ultimate Frisbee
Rm C130


Girls on Track

Rm E103


After School 

Outdoor Hoop

Rm W205

Tennis Club
Rm E300
Weight Area 
Outdoor Track

Ultimate Frisbee

Rm C130

Girls' Running
Rm E304 


Girls on Track

Rm E103 
Outdoor Track
Outdoor Track

Outdoor Track


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


AFS Intercultural Programs

Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students to the US. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in US high schools and are eager to experience what it's like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to bring more understanding into the world. Local AFS Volunteers will support you and your hosted student throughout your experience to help you both receive the most from your time together. You provide a bed and meals for your student, but most importantly, you should be eager and excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support, and comfort as you would to your own child or family members. AFS welcomes all kinds of families. Host an AFS Exchange Student and build bridges of intercultural understanding. It's a gift you'll give and receive. Most families have no idea how much they'll gain until they say yes! School Without Walls hosts more students than any other school in the region. Be a part of the excitement. Start the process at, or call Chana Hays 202 265 8744 or email [email protected] 


5-Day Field Hockey Day Camp 

Interested in playing field hockey? Wilson High School will be hosting a 5-day camp, Academy International, this August 5-9.  The energetic and knowledgeable coaches come from England, Spain, Holland and elsewhere.  One or two families may have the opportunity to host the coaches. The camp will be 3 hours a day, the exact time and place, at or near Wilson, to be determined.  The price is $215 per player. We need at least 20 players to hold the camp.  If you are interested, please email Sarah Whitener, head coach of the Wilson Field Hockey Team, at[email protected]. Visit the camp website at Tell your friends!

Play travel soccer with CapitalFC  

CapitalFC is holding tryouts for the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 season on May 19 for new teams (U9 boys and girls and U12 girls) and June 1 for existing teams (U10-U15 boys). Please sign up online at CapitalFC is a travel only soccer club that fields teams from U9 through U15. CapitalFC teams play in area travel leagues including NCSL and ODSL. All of our team coaches are professionally licensed with personal, professional, and travel team experience; please visit their bios on our website. CapitalFC teams practice on lighted turf fields in the Capitol Hill area, accessible from Metro and I-395/695.
2013 Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing will be hosting its 15th camp for grieving children and teenagers (ages 6-16) who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp will be held Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Arlington Echo Educational Center in Millersville, MD. It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet other grieving kids, explore their own grief in a safe supportive environment and have a really fun time. All campers are matched with an adult "buddy" for the weekend. All buddies are trained and screened volunteers.  The weekend blends traditional camp programming (swimming, confidence course, camp fires, canoeing) with grief focused activities including support groups, therapeutic art, drumming, drama and a memorial boat ceremony.
Applications for campers are available on the website 
Deadline for application has been extended to Friday, May 3.

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!

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.