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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Deal 8th grade promotion - June 18th at 10am - the Deal Auditorium

Principal's Message...

I just finished reviewing the extensive list for Deal Gives Back 2013 (far below). It is an impressive list of sites and activities. As Deal has grown, we have moved from trying to build a day of service for 800 to the point where we need work for nearly 1,200 - with extra teams and homerooms. Special thanks to those Deal parents and members of the community (including the Mayor's and Councilmember's offices) for giving us significant support in identifying activities. Many teachers also found places for their students in what has become a much bigger event than perhaps I ever imagined. Swing by on June 7th and see what we are doing!

This week we submitted our self-study report on our IB program in anticipation of our evaluation in 2013-2014. Thanks to the many of you who participated in the survey; the results of all this year's work go into planning for our future. The IB will be sending an evaluation team out in early November of 2013; they will love our school.

This is an exciting time for our students - for the 8th graders as the begin to disconnect from Deal, to the 7th graders as they wonder what next year is like, and to the 6th graders who have just figured it all out. As usual, please work with us to make sure that your student does focus on our continuing work at school - we will work to the very end with meaningful activities. Keep them coming to school on time, keep them dressed for the "student professional" environment, keep reminding them that by this time of the year they know what the expectations are and their job is to keep living up to those expectations.

Have a great week.

Principal Albright

PS - Our Algebra 1 testing starts on Monday with the schedule below, so wake them up on time, feed them a good breakfast, give them a hug, and wish them your best. This year every Algebra 1 student (7th and 8th grade) takes the same online test. We are very excited to see the results.

PPS - Register!
We need to know who is coming next year, and we need to know by June 20. You have had two months so far, and only 40 percent of you have re-registered. Please take the time to make this happen in the next couple of weeks - my staff will be glad to assist you. 

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Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday Bell - Deal Gives Back (prep)
Friday - Deal Gives Back
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 

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. 

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:                     
  • Monday, June 3rd: non-feeder schools 4 pm  
  • Friday, June 21: Make-up day 1:30 pm  

Student & parent information


New: Deal Gives Back 2013


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -       Winston Churchill


Serving others is an important part of the IB philosophy. Here at Deal we are dedicated to preparing students to become caring agents of change in the community. This year students have engaged in a variety of community service activities. They have collected food for needy families, jeans for teens, and provided funding for girls in Africa to attend school. Currently, they are collecting school supplies for students, and bikes for the needy. The major event of the year is a day of service. Deal Gives Back, the school's day of service, will take place on June 7, 2013. Deal students and staff will be going out into the community to serve others. Here is a list of locations or activities for our students:

Baking Cupcakes at Grand Oaks Assisted Living

Barnard ES

Capital Area Food Bank

Casey Trees

Chevy Chase Public Library

Common Goods City Farm

Deal Garden Work

Four-Square Mural

H. D. Cooke ES

Hains Point Clean-up

Hearst ES

Homeless Outreach Run

Hyde-Addison ES Library

Conversation about Education with Students in Peru

Latin America Youth Center

Letters, Cards, and Friendship Bracelets for Oklahoma School Children

Living Classrooms

Marie Reed ES

Maury ES

Mid-Atlantic Network - Gleaning (several homerooms)
Ronald McDonald House

Moten ES

Murch ES

Orr ES

Patterson ES

Pay it Forward Car Wash

Plummer ES

Reading with Elementary Students

Rock Creek Park Clean Up

Sandwich Making

Shepherd ES

Smothers ES

Stoddert ES

Thomson ES

Tubman ES

Turner ES


Weeding and Planting Flowers at Deal


6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be involved in different activities (with 6th graders mostly staying at Deal to work on theirs). 7th and 8th grade activities are organized by homerooms or teams. As you can see from the list, our nearly 1,200 students on in 12 teams and 34 homerooms will be all over the area, putting into practice what you have taught them about service.


New: Attention 8th Grade Students and Parents

Your teachers are busy planning the end of year activities.  The dance decoration committee is looking for artistic students to create some decorations for the Luau themed dance.  Students interested in helping should come after school to E300 June 5, 6, 10, or 12 to help create some fun backdrops for the dance.  Any parents interested in helping set up before the dance on June 14 should contact Ms. Reynolds at [email protected].  Thanks for all of your support!


New: Congratulations Band Students 

We would like to congratulate all students who participated and competed in the Music in the Parks festival trip.  The students performed wonderfully, placing 1st in Concert Choir with a "Superior" performance, 1st in Jazz Band, 2nd in String Ensemble and 3rd in Symphonic Band.  We appreciate students' dedication and hard work all year long!


New: Congratulations Zola Bzdek 

A special congratulations to Zola Bzdek of Girls Outdoor Track team. In the outdoor championship meet, Zola broke the girls triple jump record with a jump of 30' 0". The previous record of 27' 91/2 " was set in 2003. Way to go, Zola!


New: Swim Club

Swim club is done for the 2012-2013 school year. Thank you to all of the swimmers who have participated this year.


New: GirlUp Shows "Girl Rising" on Wed., June 12. 

The entire Deal community is invited to join us for one of two screenings of the United Nations film "Girl Rising" here in the beautiful Deal auditorium on June 12. "Girl Rising" is a stunning investigation of the special challenges girls face around the world as they enter and navigate their teen years. The underlying theme is the deep desire of each of these girls to get an education and some kind of opportunity within their culture. The film is appropriate for audiences from nine to ninety, so bring the whole family. The first showing is at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 5:30 p.m. We hope to see parents and siblings join with our students as we consider the potential that lies within our girls.

There is no cost, but we will gratefully accept cash donations to help support the GirlUp campaign for education and opportunity for girls everywhere. (As with all evening events, students must be accompanied by a parent!)


New: Outdoor Track Team Members

Outdoor Track team members, please turn in your uniforms this week to Coach Jenkins. He also needs your T-Shirt sizes so he can place the order for your championship T-Shirts.


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. 


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.


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!


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.


This Week at Deal...  


 Monday: The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, June 3 at 3:30 p.m. 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: Student Council

Student Council thanks all staff that helped during our Spring Dance!


Representatives please remember to come Mondays to E205 from 3:30 to 4:30 for our meetings.


Thursday: Team Mecca Field Trip

Team Mecca students have their Civil War to Civil Rights field trip on Thursday, June 6.  Students do not need to bring any money, transportation and museum fees are covered.  Students MUST HAVE a bagged lunch with them.  We will depart school by 9 am and return by 3:15 pm.


Friday: Deal Gives Back - All-day

Staff information ... 


Faculty Meeting

Our first June Faculty meeting will take place at 3:30 this Thursday. We will review the close-out needs for the end of the school year. (Wait! Is it June already?) 


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. 
8th grade Teacher Meeting

8th grade teachers will meet Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013 at 8:10 in W300 (Ms. Reynold's classroom). We will discuss upcoming 8th grade activities: Deal Day, King's Dominion, Dance and Promotion Day.


New: Algebra 1 Test (June 3 - 6) Administrator, Proctor, and Room List


Algebra 1 End of Course Exam (online)


Test Administrator

Test Proctor


Monday, June 3

Team La Paz



Computer Lab




Team Mecca







Tuesday, June 4

Team Firenze



Computer Lab




Team Rome







Wednesday, June 5

Team Mumbai







Team Sparta



Computer Lab




Thursday, June 6

Team Alexandria



Computer Lab




(Changes to room assignments still possible.) 

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

Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson - RM C212




Wednesday AM


Spanish tutoring with Ms. Jackson

8:10am/Rm C212





Thursday AM

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






 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) 





No activities - 

Faculty Meeting

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.