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...

On Friday, thanks to the efforts of dozens of schools, city agencies, organizations, parents, and literally every adult in the Alice Deal building, our 4th annual Deal Gives Back went off with nary a substantive hitch. I am excerpting something written by one of your 6th grade teachers, Michael Gueltig, because it says so well what the day was and should be about.

Today was our annual community service day. I pushed for our 6th grade theme to be homelessness (and it's something I've spent the year talking with my 110 students about through mentor texts and writing exemplars). Some went to a food bank, some made sandwiches for an organization that delivers food to those who need it. 

The most amazing event, though, took place for a group other than mine. We had collected items homeless folks need: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer, and other small necessities. They then went downtown and were given a tour by a homeless gentleman of a neighborhood where they could pass out the baggies of collected materials. As the man was walking, he stopped at a storefront, pointed, and said, "This was my home for a year." He talked about how he moved there from across the street where the city had cut down the bushes he used to live under. 

The gentleman then taught the students how to respectfully pass out the baggies of supplies: "Hi. I'm from Deal Middle School and I was wondering if you might know anyone who could use these supplies?" He also shared with them that sometimes just having someone look him in the eyes and smile means more than any money that someone might give him.

These students (or teachers) weren't reading about something abstract. They weren't watching a documentary. They were spending a few moments in this man's shoes. It's days like today that inspire me, push me, and make me hopeful for the work that I do. I'm teaching tomorrow's leaders and I have only a year to get them to see not only the problems the world faces but that they are the ones to start solving those problems.  And to start solving them today.

The organization for the day was overwhelming but handled with grace by the teachers. Led by our IB Assistant Principal, Ms. Stallworth and our grade-level Assistant Principals, but really designed and implemented by our amazing teams of teachers, nearly 1,200 students participated in community service activities. Even in the rain, they persevered (although a couple of groups that we were partnering with wisely cancelled some of the more risky ventures) and had some wonderful experiences. Since we added eight homerooms this year, more places needed to be called upon, and many were happy to host. It was a great day.

This week is detailed below, but highlights include a couple of field trips, some wonderful 8th grade activities and, as always, lots of learning. By this time next week, our 8th graders will be almost promoted and on their way to high school. It promises to be both an exciting and sad week, in equal amounts.

Principal Albright

PS - 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. 

PPS - Girl Rising movie
I really hope to see our community at one of the two showings of Girl Rising on Wednesday. Our energetic GirlUp! group actually purchased the movie for showing because they believed it was very important to share. I can't wait to see it.
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Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Bell III 
Friday - Bell I 
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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 

June 10
Team LaPaz - 
Civil Rights Field Trip

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 15
Saturday Detention 9 - 12

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 are in!  

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

The library will be closed after school Tuesday-Thursday.

   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.

IB Learner Profile -  May

Students of the Month


REFLECTIVE: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.


Sydney -  Mauricio Orellana, Elsa Pirozzi          

Santiago - Montana Barbarin, Marney Harris

San Francisco - Oscar Lee, Natalia Thomas

London - Killian Cervino, Fern Zechiel

Sparta - Langley Custer, Abelina De Leon  

Alexandria - Jack Gretchel, Maiah Moody

Rome - Benjamin Wallach, Hannah Docter-Loeb         

Mumbai - Leo Canty, Mariah Randriambolona         

Mecca - James Sarokin, Story Sullivan

Firenze - Jonathan Kutz, Johanna Horvarth

La Paz - Mathew Dulaney, Pearl Strand

Timbuktu - Auriane Martin, Kaleb Gezahegan

Student & parent information



DCPS Teacher of the Year Nominations

Has your child had an exceptional teacher this year?  If so, then nominate him or her for DCPS Teacher of the Year. Click the link below to show support for your child's teacher: 

Nominate a teacher for an award


New: 6th grade Math Parent Information Meeting

Parents who are interested in their Math 6 student taking Algebra in 7th grade must attend an information session on Monday, June 17 at 6:30 pm.


New: 6th Grade Birthday Celebration

Monday, June 17 at 3:00


New: 6th Grade Meetings

Ms. Neal will meet with Team San Francisco and Team Sydney during homeroom on Tuesday and Team London and Team Santiago during homeroom on Wednesday. Homeroom teachers are asked to send students to the auditorium with their materials after the morning announcements.


New: Registration hours at Wilson for 8th graders

Wilson's office is open to complete residency verification Monday through Friday 9:00 until 3:00 and we have extended hours on Tuesdays until 6:30 in room 102.

New:  Wilson Summer Running Training  

Coach Dunham and Wilson SHS invite rising 9th grade runners (girls) to a 2013-14 interest meeting as well as to invite all serious middle and long distance runners to our summer training program. Our interest meeting for girls will be held at 4pm Tuesday, June 11th in room 406. Coach Dunham will meet Deal students at the front gate at 3:55pm in case any students have trouble getting into the building.  Parents are welcomed! 


If you are a parent of a cross country and/or middle/long distance boy you should reach Coach O'Steen at: [email protected]


Also, during the summer we will have a Summer Training Program (for middle, high school, and collegiate athletes of all abilities). If you are interested please email [email protected], Coach Beliveau at [email protected], or Coach O'Steen at the above email. Our starting date will be held Thursday, June 20th at 6pm on the track at Wilson.

New:  Summer Reading Opportunity

SYNC YA is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads - a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title - each week from May 30 - August 21, 2013. Check all book selections may not be appropriate for all ages. (Ms. Redekopp especially recommends The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Enchanted, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.)

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 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!


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 and Tuesday: Team La Paz and Team Firenze Study Civil War to Civil Rights in DC  

Team La Paz (Monday) and Team Firenze (Tuesday) will tour DC to explore the theme "From The Civil War to Civil Rights" here in our hometown. Students will visit the Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, the African American Civil War Memorial and U Street Corridor and stop for lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl for a bite of local history. We depart at 9:00 am and will return in time for afternoon dismissal. 


Monday:  Dr. Who Viewing

On Monday afterschool there will be a Dr. Who viewing in Ms. Venezia's room, W300. (Dr. Who is the classic science fiction show from the UK.)


Monday:  The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club

The Afterschool Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, June 10 at 3:30 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:  Peer Mediator Lunch Meeting

As a thank you to the work of the peer mediators helping to resolve disputes this year,  all peer mediators are invited to an end-of-the-year lunch meeting during 4th period on Tuesday, June 11.  The location will be announced on Tuesday. Pizza is on the menu! 6th and 8th

grade mediators need to check with their teachers to be excused from 4th period classes to come to the lunch meeting. See you then. 


Wednesday: Girl Up Shows "Girl Rising" on Wednesday

Students, staff, and Deal community members are invited to join us for one or both showings of "Girl Rising." This film was produced with assistance from the United Nations to support education and equal opportunity for girls around the world. The film is appropriate for audiences from nine to ninety, so bring the whole family. The cost is free, but we will request donations as you leave. All donations will be sent directly to the Girl Up project to support schools, medical care, and legal representation for girls in developing nations. 


Students who stay after school must have their parents' permission.  Students who come for the later showing must be accompanied by a parent or adult.


Show times:  3:30 pm -5:00 pm  Deal auditorium

                   5:30 pm -7:00 pm  Deal auditorium


Wednesday: Outdoor Track Banquet

On Wednesday, the outdoor track banquet will be held in the cafeteria. Students should bring $5 for pizza.


Thursday: Team Mecca Parents and Students:

Humanities night is on Thursday, June 12 from 7-8 pm in the Deal library. We will have a short introduction and then an opportunity to peruse final projects. Hope to see you there!


Thursday:  8th Grade Kings Dominion and 6th/7th Grade Talent Show

While 8th graders celebrate at Kings Dominion, the 6th/7th Grade Talent Show is this Thursday at 2:15 in the Auditorium! Good luck to our performers.


Friday: Deal Day and the Deal Dance

This Friday we will have the last major activity for our amazing 8th graders. 8th graders and their families have received information in their weekly team bulletins about the dance. 

Deal Day will be held on June 14th from 1 to 3. The Deal Day Committee has been planning a great day for our students. There will be a lot of the same activities from last year along with some new ones. Activities include Soccer, the 50 yd. dash, Teacher Dunk Tank, Ultimate Frisbee, Dancing, Basketball 3 on 3/Hot Shot, Football Challenge, Sidewalk Chalk, Face Painting and more!!!!   This will be a great event for all. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please contact Mr. White at [email protected].


Staff information ...

Summer Check-Out
Summer check-out forms were distributed at last week's staff meeting. Grade-level department chairs need to check in with Ms. Stallworth this week. Make sure that you are on top of your closing responsibilities! 

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) 






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!