Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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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... 

It was wonderful to see our halls filled with your children once again - even though it had been just a couple of weeks since we last saw them. Teachers and students came back refreshed and smiling. In spite of the bitter cold that started the week off we were able to get back to business as usual - students on track, a busy schedule of activities, and fun stuff to look forward to.

As we discussed before the advisory started, there is much that is disjointed in the calendar this month. With two weeks to go, it is more important than ever that students finish up their 2nd advisory work on time - our push to clear up old assignments before the break seems to have been successful, so let's encourage everyone to keep on track.

There are some great things to celebrate over the next couple of weeks. This Thursday at 6:30 we are celebrating Dr. King's legacy with an event that promises music, spoken word, and dance on the Deal stage - all performed by Deal students. This is a new and exciting event for us - and promises to be very moving. I hope to see you there.

This week I had the absolute pleasure of finishing up the details for our three World Language trips over Spring Break. With the support of the PTA, 17 students have received a range of scholarships for their trips to China, Costa Rica, or France. This is a wonderful tribute to the direction and support of the PTA. The very successful International Night helped raise the funds necessary to support our students. In addition, for the second year in a row, EF Tours (the tour company that organizes the tour) chipped in $4,000 to support our trips. An anonymous donor also very generously provided $5,000 for the trip. Our final tally (with some families still joining in this month) is at least 195 8th grade students, parents, and staff traveling over Spring Break. This is a tribute to the belief of our families and the community that these trips are an important part of their children's experience at Deal. Thanks to all of you.

Please note that the Deal Auction (a Motown Party!) is just a month away - and provides significant funding for the scholarships. Last year, the auction raised enough money on the spot to purchase a new iPad cart, and was tremendously successful in supporting the many, many Deal activities that you and your children value. I will write more about these in the coming weeks. Please be sure to be there on February 8!

Finally, be sure to check out the many activities that are new in our bulletin - and that you should read about below. We are starting a significant composting effort during lunch this Tuesday - imagine how much compostable material 30 percent of DCPS middle school students can generate! We have a new community service activity - Teens for Jeans - that aims to topple last year's outstanding results. Our science fair needs judges - and in the Deal community I expect we have many, many of you that would love to help in this endeavor. So, along with History Day workshops, our 2014 ski/snowboard trip, and Science field trips, there is much to read here in the bulletin!

Take care - I hope to see you Thursday evening.

James Albright

The Magic of Motown Party and Auction 
 Hey Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch! In just a month, the Deal PTA will open the Deal "lounge" to the Magic of Motown Party and Auction. On February 8th, from 6:30 to11 pm, dance to Motown tunes, come dressed as your favorite Motown star, dance in the Soul Train line, and bid on a fabulous selection of auction items. It's a great way to have fun and help your school, too! 


Tickets are only $25 (until Feb. 5 and then the price doubles) for food, open bar, and a chance to mingle with Deal parents and teachers. For tickets, click: You will also have an opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution to the event with a donation of as little as $25 to sponsor a teacher's ticket to Magic of Motown.


New items are added every day to our online auction catalog. We are looking for more donations to the auction and hope you will help us. Show us some Baby Love and donate an item, service, or gift certificate to the Magic of Motown. Here are the auction categories for the Feb. 8 party:

  • Supreme Silent - vacation homes, interesting experiences, art.
  • Out on the Town - restaurant gift certificates and performances in theater, dance, and music. 
  • Sports and Fitness - tickets to local sporting events, both collegiate and professional, and fitness equipment, training, and classes.
  • We're Cooking - homemade treats by Deal cooks from gourmet meals to soup of the month, from tea parties to specialty cakes, from wine to kitchen accouterments.  

Please email [email protected] if you have a donation and an auction organizer will respond.


Remember, check out our auction website at: to buy your ticket, sponsor the event, and peruse the auction catalog. See you at the Magic of Motown Party and Auction February 8!  

Week of  
January 13
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I

Upcoming Dates  

January 14
Team Leaders, 3:30

January 16
Geography Spelling Bee
Vocal Music Concert, 6:30 pm
6th/7th Grade Ski Trip Meeting, 3:30 pm 


January 17 
LSAT, 7:30 am


January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No school
January 21

8th Grade Ski Trip Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 22 

School-wide Spelling Bee, 12:30 pm

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 1
Open House, 9 am - 12 noon

February 5  

Science Fair Judging

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 - English   


February 13
PIA 3 - Math 


February 14
Professional Development Day
No school for students 


February 17
Presidents's Day
No school for students or staff 


 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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The library, our teachers, and Deal kids all benefit!     

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. 

IB Learner Profile Students of the Month

Congratulations to the hardworking students who are featured on the "student of the month" bulletin board outside of the welcome center. The IB Learner Profile represented is reflective. Reflective students "thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience. They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development."

6th Grade - Reflective students
Shaw Honarker, Sydney Weisman, Gregory Jones Jr., Greer Marshall, Alejandro Jorge, Isabel Gretschel, Quentin Anderson Watson, and Jailyn Broughton

7th Grade - Reflective students
Kaleb Gezahegn, Maddy Vieth, Yacob Lingo, Epiphany Miller, Dominic Conte, Maya Wilson, Jasmine Quiroz, Wenbin Zhou, and Jamie Landy

8th Grade - Reflective students
Eli Austin, Olivia Barr, Connor Yu, Jocelyn Schulman, Laith Najjab, Sara Kheder, and Gabriela Barahona

Student & parent information


New: Vocal Music Concert - Thursday at 6:30

All members of the Deal community are invited to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King through music, spoken word, and dance on Thursday, January 16th, at 6:30. This special event will take place in our auditorium. As with all evening activities at Deal, all students must be accompanied by a parent. Join us! 


New: All School Choir

Rehearsals this week are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:45 am. All choir members must remain after school on Thursday, January 16. 


New: National History Day Workshops

The 8th grade humanities team will offer a series of after-school workshops to help students finish their NHD projects successfully by February 25th. Each workshop is geared toward one of the five categories of projects students can choose to complete.  The workshops begin promptly at 3:30 pm in room E305 and will end at 4:00 pm. All are invited!

Wednesday, January 15: Exhibit Boards

Wednesday, January 22: Performances

Wednesday, January 29: Documentaries

Wednesday, February 5: Papers

Wednesday, February 12: Websites 


New: Composting in the Cafeteria Starts! 

Beginning Tuesday, Deal students will be able to compost a wide variety of materials from their lunches. Students from Sra. Cadavid's 8th grade Spanish Humanities class are leading the charge and will be stopping by homerooms on Monday and Tuesday to help announce the expansion of composting into the lunch periods and explain the process. Students are encouraged to help compost any and all food waste and paper products. In addition, we'll be working to increase the amount of material that is properly recycled. Help Deal become an even greener school by joining the Deal composting movement!  

New: Ski/Snowboard Trip Meeting

If you are interested in going on the trip, you must attend the mandatory meeting for your grade. The first informational meeting will take place in the cafeteria on the following dates:

  • 6th/7th grades: Thursday, Jan. 16 @ 3:30
  • 8th grade: Tuesday, Jan. 21 @ 3:30

Do not skip this meeting! We will cover a lot of important information and you will not be able to get a permission slip unless you attend! If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


New: GirlUp January Campaign for Education and Information

The fabulous, motivated members of Deal's GirlUp Club are planning a January campaign to raise awareness and inspire action toward helping girls around the world.Come join us on Monday, January 13 in E305 from 3:30-4:30 pm to finalize our plans.Refreshments will be served.

New: Parenting Children with ADHD

Our next group meets Monday, January 13th from 6 - 7:30 pm. This session will feature a guest speaker who will discuss treating ADHD with Neurobiofeedback. There will also be time for regular group processing. Please contact [email protected] for more information or just arrive that evening ready to share and learn.

Calling all Ultimate Frisbee Players!

The Washington Area Frisbee Club (WAFC) is looking to begin a middle school recreational league in the DC metro area but they need players and parents! All games and activities will be organized by WAFC and are not Deal sponsored. If families are interested in registering please visit or email Coach Martini ([email protected]) for more information!


New: Yearbook/Newspaper pictures are requested!

Please email any pictures for the yearbook and/or the newspaper to Mr. Klauber at  [email protected] 

New: Physical Education Department
The physical education department will begin the process of selling uniforms for the second semester students entering into physical education. Uniforms will be sold in the morning in the cafeteria and after school in the PE office starting January 13th, 2014. Shirts cost $7 and shorts cost $13. Students may purchase a uniform with cash or check. Please make checks payable to Alice Deal Middle School. Remember, all students enrolled in physical education must have a PE uniform for the second semester.


New: Book Trailer Contest

Calling all readers with a cinematic vision! Get ready to celebrate Digital Learning Day on February 5th by entering the first Book Trailer Contest! Listen up for the announcements this week and pick up more information in the library. The deadline for all entries is January 31st and trailers should be 90 seconds or less.

First prize: $50

Second prize: $20 iTunes gift card

Third prize: $10 iTunes gift card

New: Scholastic Reading Clubs

Books and ebooks are available online for students at a discounted rate. Go online, register, and order. Ms. Kinzer will then process your order and have books delivered to your child at school. To order:
1. Register at
2. Enter the Class Activation Code: LWMM6
3. Choose from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks
4. Submit the order online by the due date
Orders should be placed no later than Friday, January 31st, 2013. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Kinzer at [email protected]


New: Teens for Jeans

The number one most requested item at homeless shelters is a pair of jeans. Do you have any that you've outgrown? Any that are no longer your style? Any that you think would brighten someone else's day if they could wear them? If so, please bring them in and donate them to Teens for Jeans in your homeroom. Last year, Deal students and staff collected 1,423 pairs of jeans. Our goal this year is 1,600. We will collect through February 13.


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 17th at 7:30 am. This is a week later than originally scheduled.

New: Getting Organized Club
Are you interested in getting your life more organized?  Learn how to use Edline, your agenda, your notebook, and even your locker more effectively. We will meet on Tuesdays in C113 (Mr. Kirschenbaum's office) starting Tuesday, January 21 from 3:30 - 4:10.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Kirschenbaum at [email protected]  


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 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

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 
3:30 3:30 3:30 3:30 
BB - 6th Girls v. Whittier @ Deal

BB - MS Girls v. Fr-Stevens @ Deal 
BB - 6th Girls v. LaSalle @ Deal  
 BB - MS Boys v. Sousa @ Deal 
Track Practice 
Track Practice 
4:45 4:45 4:45 4:45 
BB - 6th Boys v. Whittier @ Deal 
BB - MS Boys v. Fr-Stevens @ Deal 
BB - 6th Boys v. LaSalle @ Deal 
BB - MS Girls v. Sousa @ Deal 

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.

6th Grade Science Field Trip

The 6th graders will be taking a field trip to the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum and Air and Space Museum this week.  We are asking all 6th grade students to arrive at Deal MS no later than 8:30 am because we will depart at 9:00 am in order to take Metrorail to the National Mall. We will return to Deal MS by 3:00 pm so that students can be dismissed at 3:15 pm. The cost of the metro fare is $6.50. Students MUST have a farecard (SmarTrip) or money loaded onto their DC One Card prior to the field trip.

Team Santiago - Monday (01/13/14)
Team Rio - Tuesday (01/14/14)
Team London - Wednesday (01/15/14)
Team Sydney - Friday (01/17/14)

This Week at Deal...


Monday: Cooking Club Group A

Group A will meet Monday, January 13th in Room 216 from 3:30-5:00 pm.

Grace Kowal

Colyar Trimble

Hannah Dorosin

Sahara Trask

Blyss Saron

Margaret Goletiani

Kaitlyn Hunter

Maddie Breeden

Jalen Anthony

Candace House

Chandler Mabry

Refal Bahabri

Stella Magee

Edvin Leijon

Torin O'Brien

Jaidyn Campfield

Avery Dunn

Murphy Harllee

Brittany Diaz

Alexandra Garcia


Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, January 13th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the cottage. Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E204.

Monday:  Art Journaling Club
Art Journaling Club will be meeting Monday after school in Room C217 from 3:30 - 4:30. Bring your ideas for our collaboration with the literary magazine!

Wednesday: Art from the Heart Club

The Art from the Heart Club will meet every Wednesday this winter in Ms. Kouri's room (C205) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Bring ideas for causes and issues we can raise awareness about through art. All are welcome! Email [email protected] with any questions.


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

Thursday: Vocal Music Concert
Join us at 6:30 for a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Staff information ...  


New: 8th Grade Meeting  

The 8th grade team will meet January 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM in E307.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss plans for the 8th grade promotional activities.

New: Washington Teachers Union Meeting

We will have a Washington Teachers Union meeting in Mr. Gueltig's room, E104, at 3:30 on Monday, January 13. 


Future meeting dates are:

Feb. 10, March 10, April 22, and May 12



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.


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)



All School Chorus

All School Chorus 

 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)






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)
Wilson Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) presents:
 Wilson High School Mental Health Speaker Series and Dialogue

The goal of this speaker series is to allow parents and guardians to learn from
experts about the latest developments in adolescent mental health:

We would also like to encourage a dialogue about the role of parents, students,
and schools.
Mark you calendars for these upcoming events and dates. All events will be held
in the Wilson Library from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Parenting Tools for Keeping Teens Out of Trouble Tues, Feb 11th
Neil Bernstein, PhD      
Dr. Bernstein is a practicing clinical psychologist, based in Washington, DC (around the corner from Wilson). He is a nationally recognized expert who has spent over 25 years guiding teens and their families through difficult times. He also serves on the advisory board of the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Dr. Bernstein's latest book is There When He Needs You: How to Be an Available, Involved, and Emotionally Connected Father to Your Son. His previous books are How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can't and Treating the Unmanageable Adolescent.
Bullying: How to Intervene    Tuesday, March 11th
Speaker and Details TBD


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.