Alice Deal Middle School

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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...

I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy Memorial Day as best suits you: thinking of the sacrifices of others; remembering family members who served; or spending time with those closest to you. While we enjoy the extra day off to be with family, it did come at a cost.

These next couple of weeks culminate some pretty big activities here at Deal, especially when we think of creating the next generation of leaders.
  • Bikes for the World, sponsored by Mr. Winn-Ritzenberg, will once again collect bicycles for distribution to the needy. This annual event will be in the Deal parking lot on Saturday morning (June 1). Bring a bike to give away; it won't go to waste. Take a moment to talk to Mr. W about where the bikes are going. The story will be very heart-warming.
  • Our Girl Up! club has grown and prospered, and on June 12 will sponsor the movie "Girl Rising" here in the Deal auditorium. Recently shown at the World Bank, this movie has generated a lot of attention about the girls whose lives are depicted. The movie will be shown twice (at 3:30 and 5:30) and should be an inspiring event. Great thanks go out to the girls and Ms. Mostoller for bringing this to us.
  • Deal Gives Back hits the ground on June 7. This all-day activity sends Deal students across the city and around our building, providing service in a dozen different ways. Every student and adult is involved - all 1,200 of us working for someone else. Students have been preparing for some of the activities, with a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on with teachers as well.  
(As our school has grown, we continue to look for meaningful activities for some of our 7th grade homerooms - we are still a couple short. If you are involved with an organization that could use 20-25 incredible kids (with sufficient adult supervision) for a one-day service project, please get in touch right away with Ms. Alieze Stallworth ([email protected]). We need just a couple more to put us over the top. The time commitment from us is from about 9:30 until 2:30 on that Friday. Hope to hear from you!)

Have a great week.

Principal Albright

PS - Rather than taking English and Math paced interim assessments the week of June 3, I have decided that we will only take the Algebra 1 assessment at that time. Watch this space next week for a schedule for our Algebra 1 testing. The same test will be administered to our 7th and 8th grade Algebra students and will be a useful measure of their success with the new standards.
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Bell Schedule

Monday - Memorial Day
(No School for Staff and Students) 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday Bell - Viking Time  
Friday - Bell I
Register Now!


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 28
Team Leaders
Festival de Cine del Mundo
(all week)

May 31
Spring Dance/Party 3:30pm

June 1
Saturday Detention 9 - 12
Bikes for the World Collection
10 - 1pm

June 6
Deal Gives Back prep - 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)

Get your 

2012 - 2013

Alice Deal MS Yearbook Now!!! 


The 2012-2013 yearbooks will arrive soon!  Don't miss out on the opportunity to purchase this keepsake of your memories!

Please bring in cash or a money order in the amount of $35.00 made out to Alice Deal to Ms. Baxter in the Welcome Center  during your lunch period or after school starting Thursday May 30.    

There are a limited number of yearbooks so don't miss out!

Library News
   All Deal library books are due for the end of year inventory.
  Please return all library books, and see Mrs. Allen or Ms. Redekopp if you have any questions.

  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:                     
  • Wednesday, May 29th: Janney              
  • Thursday, May 30th: Bancroft            
  • Monday, June 3rd: non-feeder schools 4 pm  
  • Friday, June 21: Make-up day 1:30 pm  

Student & parent information


New: Register now for Period 8 

The catalog for our first set of Period 8 classes is available at! These innovative, partially-online courses, created by our teachers, will be offered during the 2013-14 school year. Students can learn about topics ranging from philosophy to computer programming to immigration, each with a one-advisory commitment of one afternoon per week and outside-of-school time online. Registrations for the first advisory of 2013-14 are due by this June 3 - don't miss out! Period 8 sessions will be limited in size to no more than 15 students. 


New: GeoPlunge Challenge Tournament!

Last Tuesday Alice Deal's three GeoPlunge teams excelled at the Fall tournament held at Arent Fox Law Firm in Farragut North. Our players flexed their geographic knowledge and cunning strategy against 49 other teams. Congratulations to Zach Lordan, Jacques Nissen, and Oscar Lee for placing 1st in the first-ever advanced tournament, Meg Buzbee, Shayna Brotzman, and Olivia Viorst for placing 4th, and Ellika Edelman, Ethan Fingerhut, and Lizzie Brennan for placing 6th in the intermediate category.


New: Girl Up Shows "Girl Rising" at Deal on June 12

Save the date for this important film event. The Deal Girl Up Club invites all students and staff and families to join with us in one of two showings of the United Nations film  "Girl Rising" on Wednesday, June 12. Showing are planned for 3:30 and 5:30pm in the auditorium. This important new documentary follows the lives of nine girls from Asia, Africa, and the Americas who struggle against economic and cultural restrictions in hopes of a brighter future for themselves and their families. 


New: 9th Grade Wilson Orientations

The schedule for Wilson orientation in August for rising 9th graders is as follows:

August 12: 8:30 - 2:30 - Orientation for students with last names A-D
August 13: 8:30 - 2:30 - Students E-K
August 14: 8:30 - 2:30 - Students L-R
August 15: 8:30 - 2:30 - Students S-Z
August 16: 8:30 - 2:30 - Make Up Session for all students
August 21: 7 pm - New Parent Orientation
Sept 12: 6 - 9 pm - Back to School Night.


New: Voyage Culturel et Linguistique en France 2014

Registration for the France trip (Spring 2014) is still open for current 7th graders taking French. The tour number is 1344248. To register, go to and click on Have a tour number? Enter tour number "1344248."

If you have any questions, please contact Mr.Mbayu ([email protected]) or Mr. Ngwa ([email protected]). Merci!


New: Group: Parents of Students with ADHD.

The next group will be Tuesday, May 28, 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] (These group meetings are offered to parents of students currently at Deal.)  
Deal's Final Chopped Competition 
Deal's Final Chopped Competition will take place on Saturday, June 8th from 10:30 - 12pm at Whole Foods (Tenleytown). Competing students are asked to arrive at 10 am. The following students will be competing:


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 E
1. Clara Edmonds
2. Matilda Jensen
3. Anna Joos


Wilson Academy Application - Extension 
Students interested in the Woodrow Wilson High School Academies can obtain an application from Ms. White. Ms. White will be collecting applications until the end of the school year and will transfer them to Wilson by the end of June.


Transcripts for 8th Grade Students 
If your child is attending any other high school besides Wilson next school year, please let Ms. White know as soon as possible so that transcripts are sent to the correct place. This would include private schools, public charter schools, schools which are out of state or specialized public high schools. Email [email protected] or call 202-939-2012.


Bikes for the World Collection at Deal Sat., June 1, 2013

The ELL Department is sponsoring its 8th annual BIKES FOR THE WORLD bicycle collection on Saturday, June 1, from 10 am - 1 pm. This year our bicycles will go to The Wheels of Africa partner program in Kenya. If you would like to support this project, please volunteer on Saturday or donate that tax-deductible used bicycle and $10 to help defray the shipping costs. Sewing machines, usable bike parts, accessories and tools are also gratefully accepted. For more information please see or call Mark Winn-Ritzenberg at (202) 365-2926 or see Ms. Wang. Visit Bikes For The World at



This Week at Deal...  


Tuesday: Talent Show Try outs

Talent Show Try outs will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 3:30 in the Gallery! Come ready to show off your skills!


Tuesday - Friday: World Film Festival

The World Languages Department will be conducting its second annual World Film Festival beginning next week, May 28- 31st. We encourage you to allow your child to stay after school Tuesday through Friday of next week to view films from around the world in Spanish, Chinese, and French. Each film will begin promptly at 3:20p.m in the library. Here is the schedule of films: 


Tuesday: Los Colores de la Monta˝a (The Colors of the Mountain), Colombia
Wednesday: The King of Masks, China
Thursday: El Viaje de Carol (Carol's Journey), Spain
Friday: Le Jour des Corneilles (The Day of the Crows), France (Trailer:

We remind students that it is necessary to have permission from their parent(s) or guardian(s) in order to say at school after classes have ended. We look forward to seeing you there.


Wednesday:  Attention Tennis Club Members  

Tennis club is back! We will meet Wednesday, May 29, right after school in room E300. The club expects to meet every Wednesday thereafter until the end of  school (June 5, June 12, and June 19). Bring your racquets, a can of balls, water bottle, sunscreen, and please dress for the weather!


Wednesday: Track Team

The 2013 Boys & Girls Championship Track Teams will take their team picture on Wednesday, May 29th. The picture will be taken in the gym, right after school. You must have your uniform to be included in the picture. Do not forget your uniform.


Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday:  Teachers and Geographic Students (TAGS) DC  
Sixth- and seventh-grade TAGS students will meet in room C130 after school on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday of this week to complete our preparation for the final presentation on Saturday, June 1. To accommodate student schedules, students may come to any or all of these sessions. Parents and other community members are welcome to join us at National Geographic (1145 17th St., NW) from 10 till noon on June 1 for the final presentations!


Thursday: 8th Grade Humanities Students 
8th Grade Humanities students and families are invited to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's reception for the "Creating Our Stories" partnership program. It is on Thursday, May 30, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from 6:30 - 8 pm. We hope to see you there!


 Girls Soccer
The girls soccer team will host Wilson JV on Thursday in a friendly encounter to celebrate the end of the 2013 season. The game will start at 4:00 pm and end with an award of trophies. Come out and enjoy an exciting soccer game.


Friday: Student Council 
Our Spring Party is here! This Friday, May 31, we want to end the month in style. We will have our annual Spring Party with dancing, games in the gym, board games, and a movie! The party will be held from 3:30 to 5:30. Tickets are $3.00 and they will be sold during lunch and Friday before the party. Come have a great time with your friends.


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.

Summer Bridge Meeting
All teachers who have agreed to be a part of Summer Bridge 2013 are asked to meet at 8:10 on Monday, June 3 in Room C114.

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


Spartan Barracks

RM W101


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) 





Team London

Rm E104



Rm E106  



Rm C130 

Writing club
Rm W305

Friday PM 

(All at 3:30 

unless otherwise noted)  

8th Grade Model UN
Rm W304

Tennis Club

Rm E300

Vikings Soccer

Ultimate Frisbee
Rm C130


Girls on Track

Rm E103


After School 

Outdoor Hoop

Rm W205

Tennis Club
Rm E300

Weight Area 

Ultimate Frisbee

Rm C130

Girls' Running
Rm E304 


Girls on Track

Rm E103 


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



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. 


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] 



Wilson Field Hockey Camp  *** New Dates! *** and Pre-Season Meeting
Wilson High School will be hosting a 5-day camp, Academy International, from July 29 - August 2. Middle schoolers are welcome.  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, from 4 - 7 pm, on the turf field in the Wilson stadium. The price is $215 per player.  If you are interested, please email Sarah Whitener, head coach of the Wilson Field Hockey Team,
[email protected].  Visit the camp website at Tell your friends!


Also, rising 9th graders interested in playing field hockey at Wilson are invited to attend a pre-season meeting next Tuesday, May 21, from 6-7 pm, in the Wilson cafeteria.  Parents, please come with your players if possible.

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.