Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
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Principal's Message... 

I am looking forward to having Deal back to its normal hustle and bustle on Tuesday morning; it is far too quiet when the Vikings are out of the building. As usual, we will jump right into the academic life from the start. The end of the second advisory is just three weeks away and there is much to be done before then. I hope that you and your children have rested over the last two weeks; with the gloomy January ahead of us we need to feel prepared.

I am sending this out on Sunday with my eye on Tuesday morning, when we will see lower temperatures than have been in the DC area in decades. There are several issues raised by the cold. We will open the doors for the school and bring students as they arrive. In general, this is after 8am, but if we have some early arrivals rest assured that we will get them and under supervision when they show up at the door. Students who are out in the cottage (either Team Mumbai or in either of the two French classes out there) will be allowed to wear whatever they need to be warm in transit. I will assess the cottage first thing in the morning and see if more needs to be done to make sure that students can be safe in the biting cold. We will also NOT have outdoor recess, so be sure to have your students bring their reading to school - they can finish the last chapter of the book they were reading over break! Finally, make sure that your kids are bundled up and ready for the cold as they walk or ride the bus/metro to school. We'll have the building warm, but we need them to get here safely.

There will be team or grade discussions over the next couple of weeks for all of our students. This will give us a chance to make sure that we are all on track for the remainder of the year. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we start up 2014.

Take care - and Happy New Year!

James Albright
Week of  
January 6
 Bell Schedule
Monday - No school for students
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I

Upcoming Dates  

 January 6
Professional Development Day
No school for students


January 7
Students return to school 
January 9
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
ELA ALT Meeting, 3:30 pm 
January 10
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am
January 11
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon
January 14
Team Leaders, 3:30

January 16
School-Wide Spelling Bee
Vocal Music Concert, 6:30 pm
January 17 
LSAT, 7:30 am
January 18
Open House, 9 - 12 noon
January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No school
January 23
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm 
January 24
Records Day
Half-day for students
End of Second Advisory 
 January 25
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
January 27
Second Advisory 6th Grade Birthday Party
January 28
Principal's Coffee, 9 - 10 am
Team Leaders Meeting, 3:30 pm
January 31
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am
Shakespeare Festival 7:00 pm  
February 6
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
February 7
LSAT, 7:30 am
Report Cards Issued
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am 
February 8
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
PTA Auction
Debate Tournament
February 11
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm  
February 12
PIA 3 - ELA  
February 13
PIA 3 - Math 
February 14
No School for students
PD Day for teachers 
February 17
Presidents's Day
No school 
 February 18 
Musical Auditions
February 19
Musical Auditions
8th Grade Humanities Mock Hearings
February 20
Musical Auditions
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm 
February 21
Musical Auditions 
February 22
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
February 24
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students
February 25
Principal's Coffee 9 -10 
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm
February 26
SCAC, 7:30 pm
February 27
Speech and Drama Competition
February 28
Visiting Deal, 9 - 10 am 
The Alice Deal PTA is Building Community

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Media Center News
    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 Media Center 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

Metrobus Contacts for Schools


If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are contacts at Metro who can help.


For emergency issues or time-sensitive questions (i.e., safety, late buses, missed stops, etc.), contact the Bus Operations Communication Center at (202) 962-1825.


For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Brooke Fossey at (202) 962-5203 or [email protected].


As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to [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 vaccine, 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 Whitlock 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 

Discount Vacation Rentals for Deal Families

 Capitol Language Services  


Acacia Bistro 


The DCPS Attendance Protocol 



















In order to be acknowledged as "excused", parents must provided a note (email or written) to Ms. Johnson, the attendance counselor, indicating the reason for the child's absence.  


Ms. Johnson's email address is [email protected]. If you have any questions, please contact the Welcome Center and ask to speak to the Attendance Counselor, Ms. Johnson. 

Student & parent information


New: LSAT meeting date changed
In order to receive LSAT feedback on the enrollment estimate for next year, the LSAT meeting has been moved to January 17 at 7:30am. This is a week later than originally scheduled.

8th Grade Visual Arts Students

All 8th grade visual arts students should bring in headphones for a class activity Tuesday and Wednesday this week (January 7th - 8th).


"Letters About Literature" Writing Contest

Are you a voracious reader and writer? If so, the "Letters About Literature" contest is perfect for you! The theme is to write a personal letter to an author whose work (either fiction or nonfiction) has changed your view of the world or yourself. See Ms. Clements in CG10 for more information, or email her at

[email protected].


New: We the People Congressional Mock Hearings Results! 

Kudos to the 8th grade for their hard work with the We the People Congressional Mock Hearings. The judges and teachers were impressed with the constitutional knowledge shared. The following students won their units for their team and will present to another panel of judges on January 15th at Deal Middle School for the opportunity to advance to the citywide competition at Georgetown Law in February:


Team Kiev Mock Hearings Results:

Unit I:  Lauren White, Nate Bensing, Josh Moneme, Grace Stohr

Unit II:  Hannah Docter-Loeb, Jordan Barrett, Layla Stewart, Nyeri Patterson, Rachele Larkin

Unit III:  Langley Custer, Zola Bzdek, Marlon Gudiel, Liana Rubin

Unit IV:  Ryan Johnston, Natalie Seablom, Regan Staudenraus, Jericho Desalegn

Unit V:  Sierra Lewter, Sam Himmelfarb, Cameron Harrison

Unit VI:  Laith Najjab, Philip Wright, Eliza Caldwell, Nate Reistetter, Dev Hippensteil


Team Geneva Mock Hearing Results:

Unit I:  Jacob Weitzner, Michael Steele, Lucas Engvall, Sofija Baykun

Unit II:  Theo Shapinsky, Jessica Padilla, Felicia Klimpacher, Claire Medina, Ella Weiner

Unit III:  Eden Breslow, Krishna Cousins, Claire Contreras, Joseph Kahoe, Eli Moraru

Unit IV:  Jonah Winchell, Femi Witherspoon, Justice Page, Miriam Engel

Unit V:  Dominic Fantuzzo, Paul McCoyer, Elena Remez

Unit VI:  Eliza Zizka, Kyle Clemente, Willem Bouma


Team Toronto Mock Hearing Results:

Unit I:  Francesca Sewell, Simon Birnstad, Philip Rosten, Logan Botts, Julius Terrell

Unit II:  Adam Ido, Leoniva Aksyonov, Lawrence Zeffler, Aysha Nunes

Unit III:  May McLaughlin, Caleb Okechukwu, D'Angelo Gutierrez, Naya Preston, Claire Lewis

Unit IV:  Ben Page, Madeleine, Teems, Tsega-Ab Abera, Cecile Coulibaly, Alana O'Brien

Unit V:  Maria Bayon, Nicholas Wade, Michael Hughton, Shiloh Coleman

Unit VI:  Savion Murphy, Sarah Desta, Isaac Rosemblum-Sellers, Sophie Thurschwell


New: Teens for Jeans

Did you know that 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness is under the age of 18?  Did you also know that jeans are one of the most requested items at homeless shelters? We are sponsoring our 2nd Annual Teens for Jeans drive with and Aeropostale. All we're asking you to do is to bring in any pair of jeans that you no longer want--so long as they are in good condition and don't have any holes. Any size. Any brand. Only jeans.


Please drop them off in your homeroom teacher's room. All who donate will receive a 25%-off coupon to Aeropostale.  


New: Please Help Us Find Science Fair Judges!

Deal's annual Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 5th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. The Deal Science Department is asking for your help in identifying community members to serve as project judges. Judges should have no direct relationship to a Deal student and be available for at least two hours during the morning of February 5. More detailed information is available by contacting Elyse Lerum ([email protected]). Please ask your neighbors, friends, or colleagues.


New: Swim Club 

Ms. Rhoads' Swim Club (not team) has finished its fall session and will resume in early February.


New: GeoPlunge!

GeoPlunge practice will be held every Tuesday during 6th and 7th grade ZAP in room C130. Please see Mr. Martini to receive a pass to attend.  All new and returning players are welcome to practice playing this fun and exciting U.S. geography card game!


New: New "Issue" of School Newspaper

 The Vikings Quarterly had a huge update over the break! Visit our school newspaper at   

All 7th Grade Math Classes

The 7th grade math department has made some changes to the First In Math independent project assignment. Some of the previous requirements were taking an extraordinarily long time and we wanted to make this assignment less of a stressor and more of a way to keep up with your skills.


The following is what is now required for the Jan 17th due date:


Skill Sets 1, 2, 3

Just the Facts

- Whole Numbers (+, -, x, divide)

- Integers (+, -, x, divide)

- Must score >85% on the post test - You should have a silver or gold star

Equal Pay, Equal Length, Making Change

- Round 1 ONLY

- There are 15 games with 6 levels for each round.

- Equal Pay - Dollars Only

- Equal Length - Metric and Customary


Project Display Boards

Project display boards are on sale for 8th grade Science Fair or National History Day (NHD). Boards cost $6.00. Purchases may be made with Ms. Hampton in W301 or Mr. Jakubowski in E301.


Follow @DealVikings on Twitter!  

Be sure to follow, mention, and retweet Alice Deal's new Twitter account for updates and pictures from the daily happenings at Deal. If you already follow us, you know that we have been posting pictures and narratives that show what is happening during each of our Deal days. Don't miss out!

Winter Sports 

Please click on Winter Sports Calendar for this week's winter sports activities. 

Student-athletes with later start times for practice are required to be in study hall until practice starts. With permission, students may work with other teachers as needed. Students must be under adult supervision at all times. 


Please ensure that your athlete has sufficient food for snacks or meals; individual teams may make arrangements for their students. Students are not allowed to leave school to travel for food in the neighborhood, nor are they allowed to ask others to do so. 


Please speak with your child's coach if you have questions about any of these procedures.


This Week at Deal...

Please check the schedule at the bottom of this bulletin for the first week in January. 

Staff information ...  
The professional development on January 6th will be held at Deal.

Changes to Recycling at Deal

Beginning this week, recyclables at Deal should be separated based on material. New bins are now located throughout Deal for collecting bottles and cans.  Teachers and students are asked to begin using classroom recycling bins to collect only clean paper.  Clean paper is any type of paper product that is dry and has not been soiled by food.  Remember: rethink, reduce, reuse, & recycle!


New: Friday PD 

The PD session for Friday morning (January 10th) will be National Board Certification in Ms. Trenkle's room. If you are interested, please drop by at 8:10. 


New: iPad Update 

We are preparing to update our iPad management system. If you've previously used a particular iPad app in your classroom and you would like to that app to potentially continue to be available, please complete this three question form: 


New: 7th grade team assemblies

Alexandria - Jan 7th, 9:25 - 9:50

Babylon - Jan 8th, 8:50 - 9:15
Dubai - Jan 8th, 9:25 - 9:50
Mumbai - Jan 10th, 9:25 - 9:50

New: 8th grade chats
Periods 6 and 7 on Tuesday





Eighth Grade Corner


Specialized High School Open House Dates


High School application deadlines are fast approaching beginning in early December! Don't miss the opportunity to visit their upcoming Open Houses.


Duke Ellington School of the Arts 

  • January 9th, 3 - 4:30 pm  
Wilson High School
  • Jan. 10th, Feb. 7th, and March 14, 2014, 9 - 11

McKinley Technology High School  

  • Saturday, January 11th, 10 - 12 pm

 High School Common Application


This year there will be a common application and lottery system for all public schools of choice, including charters, DCPS out-of-boundary, and DCPS specialized high schools. The initiative is entitled MySchoolDC, for more information email The timeline for completing the application process is as follows:


February 3rd: Application deadline for all DCPS and most DC charter high schools

March 31st: Results released.

May 1st: Deadline to claim your seat by turning in your enrollment forms.            


The DCPS Specialized/City-Wide High Schools are:

  • Benjamin Banneker High School
  • McKinley Technology High School
  • Columbia Heights Education Campus (Bell)   
  • Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School
  • Duke Ellington School of the Arts
  • School Without Walls

Requesting Recommendations for Private Schools


1.  Who to ask? Start by thinking of which teachers can attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation so be aware of this before you ask.

2.  Gather the recommendation forms and fill out all pertinent information. Prepare an addressed and stamped envelope for each school from which you are requesting a recommendation. All recommendations will be placed in the mail by the individual teacher or by your counselor.

3.  Take the recommendation form with the envelope to the person from whom you need the request. Ask the person if they would be willing to write a recommendation for you. Remind them of the date by when it needs to be completed and mailed in. Please give the teacher two weeks to complete your recommendation. Ms. McFarland has copies of "Letter of Recommendation Request Forms" and "Student Profile Sheets" that are helpful for  this process.


If you need a transcript to send to a private school, please provide Ms. McFarland an addressed and stamped envelope to use to mail your transcript.

(all activities begin at 7:45 am unless otherwise stated)

No School for Students 


Deal Madrigal 

All School Chorus 

 Deal Madrigal 

 All School Chorus

All School Chorus 
Percussion Ensemble
String Chamber Ensemble  
Percussion Ensemble  
String Chamber Ensemble Jazz Band 
Symphonic Band 
Jazz Band 
Symphonic Band 
Peer Mediators Meeting 8:00 am
RM C116 
 6th Grade Concert Band  6th Grade Concert Band  
(all activities begin at 3:30 pm unless otherwise stated)

No School for Students 



Outdoor Basketball 
Outside Court
  Space Time
Art from the Heart 
 Girls in Real Life Situations
 Cheerleading practice - gym
New to Deal Transition Workshop
Chinese tutoring
Cheerleading practice - gym
Cooking Club Group A CG03
Swim Team Practice to 5:30 pm
Team Santiago study hall C130

Team London study hall


6th Grade Transitions Workshop
Investment Team 
Photography Club
Music Workshop
Field Hockey practiceRobotics/Investment 
Computer Programming
GSA club
N116 or
Team Babylon tutoring 
The Big Deal Acappella 
Literary Magazine club CG07 
History club
Vinyl club
Speech Club

Board Games
Debate Team
  Art From the Heart C205
French tutoring

Chess Club
Jiu Jitsu
Outside gym
Alexandria Library E205
Model Un

Scrabble club
Science Olympiad Team W200

Team Rio study hall

 Digital Recording Club

Yoga club RM E101

Team Mumbai tutoring

Knitting Club
After School String workshop

Illustrator's Club C224
DIY club 

Chinese tutoring
The Big Deal Acappella Choir 


Artist Journaling

African Drumming CG21

Student Council meeting

Music Workshop

Please click the following link for the: 


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


DC Youth Orchestra    

Join the DC Youth Orchestra Program for music classes and ensemble rehearsals this Spring at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill. Most classes and rehearsals are on Saturdays, but some beginning classes are offered on Tuesday evenings. Students at all levels and from the entire DC/MD/VA area are welcome. Students who already play an instrument need to schedule an audition to determine the appropriate class and ensemble. The Spring semester begins on January 25 (the Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra begin January 18). The last day to register is January 18. For more information and to register go to 


Advanced students may schedule an audition for the DCYOP's top orchestra - the Youth Orchestra - for January 11. The YO will be traveling to Bogotá, Columbia in late June to a side-by-side residency and concert tour with the Orquestra Metropolitana Batuta, part of the second-largest youth orchestra system in the world. The 120-piece American-Colombian youth orchestra will perform three concerts, including a finale concert in Bogotá's 1700-seat concert hall. All members of the Youth Orchestra, including those who audition in January, are invited to participate.


Great community service activity still looking for students! 

Janney Elementary school is STILL looking for Honor Roll students from 7th and 8th grade who are interested in working with Janney students to provide homework help and support basic math and English language skills as part of a supervised after school activity, "Study Buddies."  This requires a regular commitment on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, 3:40 - 4:40 pm from November - January, and would count towards community service. 


Contact Pippa Trench at [email protected] if you need more information.

Bancroft Elementary School is Starting a Chess Program.
Bancroft is looking for middle school chess players to help 3rd-5th grade beginners.   The program meets every Tuesday from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at Bancroft Elementary. 
Interested students may contact Devon Bartlett at [email protected] 
or 202-288-0009.