Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


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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... 

Our first sizeable field trips take off this week, with our 6th graders heading over to Hemlock in Virginia for team activities, each team taking one day. A science field trip on Team Geneva lands at the Air and Space Museum, and more are in the making. Each field trip is vetted by the administrative team to ensure that it meets the particular extra- or co-curricular goals of the team, the class, the club, or the school (with the exception of our end of the year celebrations!). The reason we take these trips seriously is because living in Washington DC provides some significant opportunities for students. Not being in school has a cost, of course, and thus the review process.

This raises another issue, attendance. Far down this bulletin to the left is a description of the new DCPS attendance policy. Like last year, students can only be excused from school for medical or religious reasons (with some other reasons, far less frequent, itemized as well). We take attendance with all the seriousness it deserves, and the penalties for students missing school is severe. We are talking about unexcused absences at this point - family trips, keeping a child at home as caregiver or for some other familial purpose, or not ensuring that the student actually gets to school at all. Our job, collectively, is to educate children to be tomorrow's adults and leaders. If they are not at school, or not at school on time, this will not happen.

It is remarkable the number of children in DCPS that miss school. Although the numbers are much lower at Deal, there are a number of students that don't make it in. Attendance is the single greatest predictor of dropping out in high school. This year, the school is required to have teachers (or the school) call with each absence; the third absence will get a call from the Chancellor (or designee), the fifth absence will require a family meeting with social worker and attendance counselor, the police send out a letter on the seventh absence, and by the tenth absence, child and family services are called. This is the procedure and we will follow it.

But my promise is that we aren't going to sit around and wait for a student to be unserved. If we are moving up the absence "ladder," my team will be reaching out early to let families know what is coming. The correct thing to do is to not let it get to a point where you are having your child leave school or not show up for just any reason - but we are here to help remind you how serious that charge is.

And why would someone want their child to miss school? Look below to the right - the incredibly rich array of activities that accompanies our strong curriculum and teaching staff. This year there are 11 distinct music clubs or ensembles, not counting performances. Debate, sports, robotics, homework help - well, you can read the list yourself. We need to keep every child focused on learning while they are here in the building, loving their time here, and preparing for it when they are home. With our addition of Period 8 this fall, we are even seeking ways to give interested students and families a way to interact with some of our most dynamic teachers online. All this for those who attend Deal!

Thank you for doing your part - we will keeping working on ours.

James Albright
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PTA Goings On


Thanks to all for their support during dues week as well as our Pete's Apizza event!  


The next PTA Meeting is Wednesday, October 2. 

          Week of 
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Bell Schedule

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

Upcoming Dates 

September 16
Teams Sydney/Timbuktu to Hemlock

September 17
Team London to Hemlock

September 18
Team Rio to Hemlock

September 19
Team Santiago to Hemlock

September 21
Saturday Detention, 9 -12 noon

September 23 - 27
Spirit Week

September 24
Principal's Coffee 9 - 10 am
Team Leaders 3:30 pm

September 25
8th Grade Parent Workshop
6:30 pm

September 26
Faculty meeting, 3:30

September 27
Family Movie Night, 6:30

October 3
Grade Level Chairs, 3:30
Paced Interim Assessments

October 4
LSAT, 7:30 am
Paced Interim Assessments

October 5
Saturday Detention 9 -12 noon

October 7
Paced Interim Assessments

October 8
Picture Day
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

October 9
Paced Interim Assessments

October 10 
Paced Interim Assessments

October 11
Paced Interim Assessments

October 14
Columbus Day
No school for staff and students

October 16
Buddy Day

October 17
8th Grade Trip to Mount Vernon
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

October 18
Professional Development Day
No school for students 

October 21
Parent-Teacher Conferences
No school for students

October 22
Principal's Coffee 9 -12 noon
6th Grade Humanities Field Trip
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

October 23
6th Grade Humanities Field Trip
Literature-to-Film Festival
8th Grade Writing Workshop

October 24
Grade Level Chairs, 3:30 pm
6th Grade Humanities Field Trip
High School Night

October 25
Visiting Deal 9 - 10 am

October 29
Mix it Up Day

October 30
Buddy Day
Library News
The Deal Library will be closed after school September 18-19 as librarians chaperone Hemlock field trips.

Library Media Center Hours   


 Before School 8:00 - 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). 
Bus Information '13-'14
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. Jacqueline Smith, at 202-962-5860 as soon as possible. Her email is [email protected]. 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 Ms. Priscilla Alston. She can be reached directly at 202-309-0783. Her email is [email protected].

As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to j[email protected]

Here is a link to the bus route schedule.


Immunization News 


Thanks to the parents who have been sending in immunization information. Please continue to send in  documentation every time your student receives new immunizations. It is important to have all students immunized to prevent the spread of childhood diseases.


All 6th graders 11 years or older must have the following:

Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis)

Meningococcal (meningitis)  

HPV (human papilloma virus)


For the HPV vacine, three doses are required for females or you may complete an opt out form.


All immunization forms must be stamped, signed and dated before the Immunization Registry will accept them.


If there are any questions, please call Nurse Dickens at (202) 939-2009.

PTA Sponsors
The following are the Deal PTA 2013-2014 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 


Important Changes Made to DCPS Attendance Protocol


1) The Office of Youth Engagement now identifies students who accrue 10 unexcused absences as "chronically truant."


2) Students must be referred to court once they have reached 15 unexcused absences.


3) Students must be at school 80% of the entire school day in order to be considered "present".   



The only excusable reasons for a student's late arrival and/or absence from school are:

  • Illness or medical cause (a doctor's note is needed for 5 or more absences)
  • Medical or dental appointment 
  • Death in the student's immediate family
  • Summoned to attend in judicial proceeding 
  • Religious holiday
  • Lawful exclusion or expulsion from school
  • Failure of DC to provide transportation  
  • Emergency or circumstances approved by LEA

In order to be acknowledged as "excused" the student must provide a note to the attendance counselor (written or electronically) from the parent and/or guardian relaying at least one of the reasons listed above.  


If you have any questions please contact the Welcome Center and ask to speak to the Attendance Counselor, Ms. Johnson. 

DCOne cards
The Government Printing Office (GPO) sent an email out mid-week that they were having printing difficulties completing the DCOne Card orders. By the end of the week, they were back to normal and reported that they would be aiming at 2-day turnarounds. By the end of last week, Deal had about 100 6th graders who had yet to receive their cards.

I again ask that you make sure your child has bus fare until they receive their DCOne card from school. Although some buses have let students on without a fare and in the absence of a card, this has not been universally true (especially on the M4). Cards are immediately distributed the day they are received at Deal.

Student & parent information


New: Deal Directory 

Please return information sheets to school for your student(s)/family to ensure that your information appears correctly, or email it by 9/20 to  

[email protected] If you did not receive an information sheet, please send a note to the same email address. 


New: Cross Country

Our first meet of the season will be the Lafayette Invitational on October 1st. All forms must be submitted and cleared in order for your son or daughter to run in this meet. If you have any questions, please email Coach Helsabeck ([email protected]) or Coach Parrish ([email protected]). We are finalizing the meet schedule for the year and will be distributing it at practice on Monday.


New: Swim Team

Planning continues with area schools to schedule dual meets in preparation for the inaugural season of our Deal swim team! If your student is interested in joining the swim team, please email Coach Helsabeck ([email protected]) to join the email list. No try-outs or experience are necessary to compete.


New: Robotics Club and Investment Club

Come one, come many! Sign up for the Robotics Club and Investment Club! Both clubs will begin on Monday, September 30th. The clubs will meet on Mondays and Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room E207. 


New: From the Music Department

We are excited to announce the start of the Instrumental and Choral programs for the 2013-14 school year. This year, Deal students will have the option of participating in the following ensembles or music activities:


Deal Madrigal Chorale

String Ensemble
Symphonic Band
6th Grade Concert Band
All School Choir
Percussion Ensemble
Jazz Band
Music Workshop

The Big Deal Acappella Choir
Digital Recording Club
String Club

Ensembles will begin rehearsing this coming Monday, September 16th. Students should register for an ensemble at The ensemble rehearsal schedule is posted on the website. We are excited to see all new and returning student musicians!


General music students will rotate on Tuesday, September 17th. Classes will rotate alphabetically through the music instructors: Mr. Lewis, Ms. Myers and Mr. Washington. For more information, please email your music teacher.


Student librarians wanted

If you would like to volunteer as a Student Librarian (shelving books and helping students find books), see Ms. Redekopp this week. You can choose the day that best fits your schedule!


Deal Faculty Art Exhibition

Want to see the many hidden talents of the faculty at Deal? Swing by the first floor display cases near the Counseling Suite to see amazing photography, sculptures, needlework, pottery, and more! Artwork will be on display through the month of September.


The new Shakespeare Club is here!! 

Please join Ms. Smith on the second Tuesday of every month to learn about Shakespeare, his plays, his life and the contribution he made to our language and world. You don't want to miss this club as we read about "The Bard," watch movies of his famous plays, and create some of our own works modelling his dynamic style. For more information, please see Ms. Smith in room E306. Our first meeting will be held this Tuesday, September 17th, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. (This first meeting is actually the 3rd Tuesday of the month due to Back to School Night.) Ms. Smith is excited to explore the fascinating life of this important person - won't you join her?


Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation

Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student (or adult) mediators assist disputants to discuss and resolve a conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student (and adult) disputes on a referral basis. If teachers or students are having a conflict or want to let someone know about a conflict situation, they can refer the situation to Ms. McFarland, the Peer Mediation coordinator. Mediation referral forms are available on the bookcase outside the counseling suite and can be left with a counselor or Ms. McFarland's box. Parents can refer a conflict situation by calling Ms. McFarland at (202) 939-2014. All previously trained mediators from any grade  are invited to participate in the mediation program and to attend our weekly meetings on Friday mornings at 8:00 am in Ms. McFarland's office. 


2014 World Language Trip to France 

To register an 8th grader (taking French) for the cultural and immersion trip to France, please go  to and enroll with the following tour number: 1344248K. You can also click on the following link in your browser: EF Tours France trip 

Questions/Comments? Feel free to contact M.Mbayu at [email protected] or M. Ngwa at [email protected] 


Period 8

Deal's inaugural Period 8 classes continued last week. This pilot program combines a one-day-a-week session with online work. The classes meet as follows: 

  • Monday - Journalism & Nature Around the World
  • Tuesday - Philosophy & The Stock Market
  • Wednesday - Storytelling in Video Games & Traveling Our Nation's Past
  • Friday - Immigration

Not enrolled in this session? Stay tuned for future session enrollment information. If you have questions about Period 8, please email [email protected].


The Deal Library is OPEN for business!

The library keeps adding exciting new books for our students - have your child ask about our newest additions! Students can come to the library before school, during recess, or after school until 4:30. 


Afterschool permission forms are available in the library or can be downloaded:


Target's 2013 Give with Target campaign

We need your help! Target's 2013 Give With Target Campaign is providing schools with an easy opportunity to raise money.  All it requires is a Facebook account and a minute of your time. We have the potential to raise up to $10,000 for Alice Deal MS.  


To participate: Visit the Give With Target Facebook page and vote for Deal Middle School once per week through September 21st. Once Deal receives 25 votes, Target will donate $1 per vote to the school, with a maximum donation of $10,000. Go to your Facebook Account, search for the Give With Target  application, search for DEAL MIDDLE SCHOOL, and vote!  Please vote once per week - each vote raises $$ for Deal!


2014 World Language Trip to Costa Rica

If you are the parent of an 8th grade Spanish student and are interested in traveling with Alice Deal to Costa Rica over Spring Break, visit and type in tour #1365514 in the box provided. You can register and find information about the itinerary, destinations, and accommodations. If you know you are interested in having your student participate on this tour, please register as soon as possible to avoid an increase in price. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Henderson at [email protected].


Aftercare at Deal: Early Stages

Early Stages Learning Center aftercare program is a fee-based program and has an on-site manager. The program runs from 3:30 until 6:00 pm. Please check out this link for more information:


Fall Sports

Students who wish to participate in Fall Sports (Football, Softball, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Fencing, and Cross Country) must turn in the required forms. The required forms are: Consent for Athletic Participation 2013, Emergency Treatment Form 2013, and a DCPS Universal Health Certificate Form.
The Universal Health Certificate must be signed and stamped by a doctor. All forms should be turned in to Coach Downing. Questions should be directed to [email protected] 

New: Wilson Crew Learn-to-Row is Starting!

Interested in trying Wilson Crew? The swim tests are Tuesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 19th, 4 - 5:30 at Wilson Pool. Rowers can choose one day to come. Rowers will swim 100 yards (any stroke) and tread water for 5 minutes. Wear a bathing suit and a tee shirt and pants over it. (We suggest lycra or light weight athletic pants.) Bring a towel, goggles and a lock.  We need your forms! Please go the website (  to download the required forms.  Questions? Contact Anne Morin ([email protected]) or Jane Meroney ([email protected]


International Baccalaureate


This year, teachers will be working with students to develop the Approaches to Learning (ATL). ATL is a set of skills that provide students with the necessary tools to take responsibility for their own learning. The skills are organized into five categories: Communication, Self-Management, Social Skills, Research, and Thinking. There are ten developmentally appropriate skill clusters related to the five ATL categories.


IB ATL Skill Categories

MYP ATL Skill Clusters










 Information Literacy

Media Literacy


Critical Thinking

Creative Thinking



Throughout the school year, these skills will be incorporated into teachers' unit and lesson plans.  


Learner Profile of the Month



We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


IBO 2013 

This Week at Deal...


Hemlock this Week

Hemlock Field Trip - 6th Grade Teams

All 6th grade students will participate in our 11th annual community-building outdoor educational enrichment activity at Hemlock Overlook Center in Clifton, Virginia this month. At Hemlock, students participate in physical activities designed to help them form relationships with their peers and teachers. Through these activities, students get to know each other better and gain trust in each other. On the day of the activity, students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that they won't mind getting dirty and footwear that is appropriate for a day in the woods. Students are also encouraged to bring a poncho or raincoat in case of rain. Flip flops, sandals, large earrings, long necklaces, and accessories will not be allowed. Students should pack a lunch with a couple of bottles of water. On the day of their trip, students should arrive to school by 8:00 am so that our buses can leave on time. Students will return to Deal by 6:30 pm. 

Monday, September 16th  - Sydney ([email protected]) and Timbuktu 


Tuesday, September 17th - London ([email protected])


Wednesday, September 18th - Rio ([email protected])


Thursday, September 19th - Santiago ([email protected])


Monday: Celebrate International Dot Day (6th graders)

Monday is International Dot Day! During recess, 6th graders are invited to the library for a multimedia presentation of The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, and a chance to "make their mark on the world."
Check out for more information!


Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday at 3:30 pm on the court behind the school next to the "cottage." In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E204.


Monday: Literary Magazine Club - New Location

We will meet in Room E104 on Monday at 3:30 pm.


Monday: Ultimate Frisbee Club

Students interested in joining the Ultimate Frisbee Club must turn in their health forms in order to practice. Health forms can be found on the school website under Student Activities then Athletics. Ultimate Frisbee will meet on Mondays in C205 from 3:30 - 4:30.


Monday: Chess Club

There will be a chess club interest meeting on Monday in the cafe at 3:30 pm for anyone interested in joining. 


Monday: Girl Up Gets Going Monday!

The Deal chapter of Girl Up officially begins Monday afternoon in E305 at 3:30 pm.  Our club is an offshoot of the United Nations project to help educate and empower girls all over the world.  We watch documentaries,  read books,  raise funds, and raise awareness of the unique challenges girls face.  All Deal students and staff are welcome to join us each week.  We have an ambitious agenda for the next ten months, so all help is much appreciated.  "You see a girl; we see the future."


Monday: Board Games Club 

Monopoly, Yahtzee, Trouble, Scrabble, Cranium, Hit or Miss, Connect Four, Scattergories, Othello, Checkers, Uno, Taboo, Chess, Twister and more!  If you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a game that you've played a thousand times or challenging yourself to learn a new one, please come to W106 (Ms. D. Jackson's classroom) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Monday.


Monday: Knitting Club!

Please join Ms. Nakamura and Ms. Winkowski every Monday in W103 for the Knitting Club! Bring circular bamboo needles and yarn and we will start working on our first project. 


Monday: Artist Journaling

Artist Journaling will be held on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C217.


Monday: African Drumming Club

Every Monday, Mr. Assael will host the African Drumming Club in CG21 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  In the club, we will explore specific musical types and styles, with emphasis on basic vocal and instrumental performance techniques of authentic African music. We start drumming on Monday, September 16, 2013! Students, at this point, should have already picked up a permission slip in order to participate and must return it to Mr. Assael no later than 3:30 pm on Monday.


Monday: Team Rio Study Hall 

Team Rio will host study hall this Monday and every following Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Mr. Martis' room. 


Monday: Student Council

Student Council kicks off this week!  We will have our first meeting on Monday, September 16th at 3:30 pm.  All homeroom representatives should attend so we can begin planning all the activities we will be doing this year!


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Football Team

Football practice will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:45 - 6:00 pm.

There will be a game at 6:30 pm on Thursday vs. Eliot-Hine @ Coolidge.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Volleyball Team

There will be a volleyball meeting on Monday from 3:30 - 4:00 pm.  Volleyball practice will be held Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 3:30 - 5:00 pm.


Tuesday: Debate

This Tuesday, from 3:30-4:30, the debate team will be meeting in room W206. Students who have parent permission forms should have them signed and be prepared to turn them in. We will be finishing up some of the informal assessments of student speaking skills and start to look at the first Urban Debate League topic.  

Tuesday: The History Club

The History Club's "DC: Then and Now" project team will meet this Tuesday from 3:30 - 6:00 pm. We will visit the Photo Collection at the Washingtonian Room.  Be sure to return your permission slip to Ms. Trenkle.  Bring a snack and round-trip subway fare ($6.00).  See you in W304 on Tuesday!


Missed our first meeting, but still interested?  Please see Ms. Trenkle in W304 on Monday.


Tuesday: After School String Workshop

The After School String Workshop's first meeting is Tuesday at 3:30 pm. This workshop will help advance the skills of current string ensemble members and anyone who would like to learn a string instrument. Open to all traditional orchestral string instrumentalists as well as anyone interested in learning or playing guitar (electric or acoustic), mandolin, and ukulele. After the initial weeks, potential "jam sessions" will occur.


Tuesday: Gay/Straight Alliance

The GSA at Deal has historically been an active group of students, gay and straight, who have had lively, productive discussions about equal rights, bullying, gender issues, and many other topics. We will have our third meeting of the year in Room W305. Bring your activist cap and be prepared to discuss your ideas for how to change the world!


Tuesday: Sixth Grade Soccer Club!

The sixth grade soccer club is having an informational meeting this Tuesday, September 17th at 3:30 pm in Ms. Hailfinger's room (E103). Any students interested in soccer (with or without experience) are encouraged to attend! We will discuss the recent World Cup Qualifier against Mexico, National Women's Soccer League trades, and discuss what the upcoming year will look like for playing soccer after school. Stop by on Tuesday or email Ms. Hailfinger ([email protected]) for more information.


Tuesday: Team Mumbai Tutoring

Team Mumbai will hold tutoring on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the cottage.  If you did not receive the Mumbai Updates email this weekend, please email us at [email protected]


Wednesday: Team Geneva Field Trip

Team Geneva students will go to the National Air and Space Museum Wednesday, September 18th. We will depart from school and return to school on buses provided by the museum. Students will return for lunch and afternoon classes. Students have been directed to contact teachers to complete missed assignments.


Wednesday: New Student Transition Workshop for 7th and 8th grade students 

In a effort to support our new 7th and 8th grade students with their transition to Deal, we are pleased to offer an after school group during the first advisory. This group is specifically designed to give students extra support and knowledge in order to build their confidence navigating this new environment. Topics covered will include organization/planning, effective communication, and academic/personal goal setting. All new 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend. We will meet this Wednesday.  


Wednesday: Model UN Conference

Calling all returning Model UN participants! Alice Deal will be sending a delegation to the Garfield High School (Woodbridge, VA) Model UN Conference on October 11th and 12th. Spots are limited to current 7th and 8th grade students. If you are interested in participating, our preparation meetings will take place from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C130 on September 18th, September 27th (optional), and October 10th.


If you would like to participate but cannot attend these meetings, email Mr. Martini at [email protected].


Wednesday: Team Santiago Study Hall

Ms. Brittingham, Mr. Martini, Ms. Nakamura, Ms. Carter, and Ms. Jackson are available to provide academic support to all Team Santiago students every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room C130.  Please feel free to come for help or simply for a quiet place to work.


Wednesday: Alexandria Library

Alexandria Library time will meet in E205 every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for tutoring.


Thursday: Speech

Some of our students are branching out and working to improve their speaking skills by preparing for several competitive speaking competitions that will take place around the metropolitan area this year. Students will begin, this week, to learn about extemporaneous, impromptu, and oratory speaking events. If there is an interest in learning more, please stop by W206 on Thursday at 3:30 pm for more information.   


Thursday: Field Hockey

Field hockey practice will be on Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45 pm. There will be a game this Sunday at Deal, time to be announced. 


Thursday: Deal Viking Football Game @ 6:30pm 

Join our excellent team this Thursday at Coolidge HS for our first competition of the year. The Vikings take on Eliot-Hine (a rival soon-to-be-IB school!). 


Friday: TAGS DC (Teachers and Geography Students)

The TAGS DC club will be traveling to the National Geographic Society for our introductory kick-off event on Friday, September 20th after school from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Students who are interested in attending should see Mr. Martini as soon as possible in room C130 to pick up a permission slip. Participants must bring $6 in metro fare with them on the day of the trip.


Friday: Mediators Honor International Peace Day  

On Friday, Deal Peer Mediators will make a morning announcement about Peace Day. Saturday, September 21st is International Peace Day. The focus of Peace Day this year is on global education. The priorities are: to put every child (boys and girls) in school; to improve the quality of learning; to foster the ideas and practice of global citizenship. Also, of immediate concern is that countries in conflict must make every effort to protect children from violence and to keep their education in place.  Peace Day is a day to think about ways to make peace in our relationships, families, and communities.  
Staff information ...  

Student Council news 

Thanks to everyone who gave Ms. Wickersham their ballots Friday. If you did not do so, please send them (or the results for your homeroom) Monday morning. Results will be announced on Monday. 

If officer ballots were placed in Ms. Wickersham's bpx, please send her an email letting her know. Finally, if you have not yet sent the names of your homeroom representatives, please do so as soon as possible.


Thanks for all your support of Student Council!

Thursday: SCAC Meeting
The SCAC will meet at 7:30 in the conference room at 7:30. SCAC represents a formal opportunity for teachers and administration to discuss concerns and commendations.

Thursday: Grade-Level Chairs
The grade-level chairs meetings will be moved to alternate Thursdays, starting with this Thursday. The chairs will meet in Mr. Martini's room, C130, at 3:30.

Friday: Deal Professional Development 

This Friday's Professional Development session will be Close Reading 2B. The location is to be announced. 


(all activities begin at 8:00 am unless otherwise stated)
 Chinese tutoring to 8:40 
Chinese tutoring to 8:40 am 
Chinese tutoring to 8:40 am  
 Peer Mediators Meeting 8:00  
RM C116
(all activities begin at 3:30 pm unless otherwise stated)
Yoga club
to 4:30 pm
RM E101
Football practice to 6 pm
Football practice pm
Football game vs Eliot-Hines @ Coolidge to 6 pm
Cheerleading practice to 5 pm
Computer Programing
RM E206
GSA club
RM N116
Team Babylon tutoring 
RM W207
to 4:30 
RM C130

Literary Magazine club
History club
Fencing club
RM E106
Cross Country practice to 4:30 

Board Games
to 4:30
RM W106
Debate Team
RM W206
Competitive Swim Team interest meeting RM N116
French tutoring
to 4:30
RM N111

Outdoor Basketball club
Outside Court
Volleyball practice 
Cross Country practice to 4:30
Model Un 
RM W304

Ultimate Frisbee meeting
RM C205
Jiu Jitsu
Outside Gym
Spelling Bee club to 4:30
RM E104
Art from the Heart
RM C205

Scrabble club

Team Mumbai tutoring to 4:30 
Team Santiago study hall to 4:30
RM C130
Team London
study hall
RM E104

Volleyball tryouts
to 5 in the Gym

Afterschool String workshop
Volleyball practice
Volleyball practice Gym

Team Rio study hall to 4:30 pm
Sixth Grade Soccer club
New to Deal Transition Workshop Field Hockey

Cross Country practice to 4:30

Model UN Conference 

Football practice to 6 pm

Alexandria Library
RM E205

Knitting club

Chess club to 4:30

Girl Up
RM E305

Artist Journaling
RM C217

African Drumming Club

Student Council meeting

Cheerleading practice gym

Volleyball meeting to 4 pm


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


"Young Voices" 

Calling all poets, lyricists, and spoken word artists ages 6-20!

The Woodrow Wilson High School poetry club is sponsoring "Youth Voices: A 100 Thousand Voices for Change" in front of Wilson High School on September 28th, 2013 from 11:00 - 2:00 pm. This is an open mic event where you can speak or just come and listen. For more information go to: