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... 

As I write this I am anticipating another difficult call by DCPS on the weather - the variables of this Sunday-to-Monday storm are too complex. Either way, we will roll with it - and hope you are rolling right along with us. 

We are coming in to the last two weeks of the 3rd advisory. Mid-advisory reports have gone home and students are putting their finishing touches on assignments to be counted in this grading period. Immediately following the end of the advisory we will begin our DC CAS testing window. The schedule is included below. There will be four days in sequence of Reading and Math blocks (in the morning) and then three more tests the following week. This is very similar to the tests we took last year (no additional testing planned) so we will expect to do as well as we did at that time, too! 

Throughout the next couple of weeks we will try to strike a balance between stress-inducing focus on the standardized tests and being unprepared. We believe that our teachers have been working with your students all year on what they should find on these assessments. In general, we want your students to feel prepared and ready, and know that we are eager for them to show what they can do. Please remind your children that the tests are measures of their learning this year, and we think we have done a good job with that. No student should feel that they have additional responsibility above and beyond showing what they can do. 

What is more exciting than testing are the academic and extracurricular activities that continue unabated. For example, National History Day (the school-based version) concluded this week in the 8th grade; Wizard of Oz rehearsals are heating up; and Pi Day was this last Friday. It is very important for Deal students to remember and cherish these events (or others like them) as the signposts for their middle school experience, rather than just testing.

Finally, this Monday I will meet with the LSAT to review the proposed budget for 2014-15. For a variety of reasons (a focus on middle schools, for example, and an anticipated increase in students) our base budget increased from $11.2M to $12.1M (approximately), which we will use to deepen our commitment to the academic program here at Deal. As always, I expect a spirited discussion on what the community expects from their middle school and how we can make that happen.

Take care.

James Albright

(And don't forget to sign up and join Deal families at the DC United - Chicago Fire match at 4pm on March 29 (done through our PTA). Last day to purchase tickets is this Friday!)
Week of  
March 17
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -Viking Time Bell
Friday - Bell I

Upcoming Dates  


March 17
Girls Soccer Tryouts

March 18
Girls Soccer Tryouts

March 19
PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Girls Soccer Tryouts

March 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

March 22
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon
Saturday Institute, 9 - 12 noon

March 24
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)

March 25
Principal's Coffee, 9 - 10 am
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm 

March 26
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)

March 29
Saturday Institute, 9 - 12 noon

March 31
DC CAS window starts
6th Grade Birthday Party

April 1 -11
DC CAS window

April 4
World Language Trip meetings
6:30 pm

April 5
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon

April 10
Family Fit Night
6 - 8 pm

April 11
France trip departs

April 12
China, Costa Rica trips depart

April 14 - 21
Spring Break

The Alice Deal PTA is Building Community

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Media Center News

The Deal Library will be closed on Thursday for the faculty meeting

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: Congratulations National History Day Participants

Congratulations to the 8th graders who participated in the school-wide competition of National History Day on Tuesday, March 11th. Students registered their projects on Monday and met with judges on Tuesday. The results are in and many students are moving on to DC's Citywide Competition on Saturday, May 3rd at the National Archives! Many thanks to the parents, volunteers, administration, and staff for a successful competition.


Group Exhibit:

Carl Morrison, Theo Shapinsky, Sam Himmelfarb

Noah Kim, Caleb Murphy, Tsega 

Peter Dart and Owen Hanson

Alex Harris and Josh Emanuel

Billie Evans and Hannah Harrison     


Individual Exhibit:

Kyle Clemente

Meredith Ellison

Paul McCoyer

Ben Korn

Isaac Frumkin


Individual Documentaries:

Eliza Zizka

Danny Nugent

Alexandra Tomkins    

Philip Wright

Zola Bzdek    

John Gretschel


Group Documentaries:

Jacob Weitzner and Eli Moraru

Maddy Walsh and Olivia Barr

Andrew Tam and Connor Yu

Rebecca Simon, Calia Christie, and Nerissa Tunneson

Didi Hoyt and Grace Stohr



Georgia Smiles

Alexandra Goodnow

Surina  Goel

Nick Levy


Individual Websites:

Tala Anderson

Dylan Hurst

Sofia Geislinger

Anasuya Lyons

Alana O'Brien


Group  Websites:

Sophia Diggs-Galligan and Ella Weiner

Fatimah Fair and Nasirah Fair 

Shiloh Coleman and Jackson Dolge

Emilia Majersik and Isabelle Johnson

Regan Johnson and Kayla Miller


New: Period 8 Classes for 4th Advisory 

Fourth advisory Period 8 classes will begin after Spring Break (week of April 21st) and run through the week of of June 9th. We anticipate offering Forensic Science, Computer Programming, Storytelling in Video Games, Mapmaking, and perhaps others. More detailed course information will be available on the Period 8 Course Catalog ( and online registration will open on Monday, March 24th (  Questions? Email [email protected]


New: DC CAS Testing Schedule




April 1


April 2 (Wed)

April 3


April 4











April 7


April  8


April 9 (Wed)

April 10


April 11



Make Ups

Science (8th)

Composition (7th)



Final Packing












New:  Movie Adaptation Celebration in the Library

The Deal Library will celebrate the movie adaptation of the book Divergent on Wednesday, March 19th (3:30-4:30). Free tickets will be available on Monday and activities will be arranged by faction:


Abnegation, meant for the selfless;

Amity, meant for the peaceful;

Candor, meant for the honest;

Dauntless, meant for the brave;

Erudite, meant for the knowledgeable.


New: Pi Day Was a Success!

Thank you to all the students, staff, and parents for a fantastic Pi Day last week.


New: 7th Grade Math Students

First in Math is due March 21st. Please make sure you are doing the correct section. Please review the updated requirements:


- Skills Sets: 4

- Just the facts (must score >85% on the post-test)

Fractions (+, -, x, )
Decimals (+, -, x, )

- Measurement World Category (Play round one of US Customary only)





- Know and Show Category 5 and 6 (Play round one, Silver Star only)

Number Zoo

Yakkity Yak

Chances Are

Missing Link

What's My Angle?


Please do not wait to the last minute to practice your skills! 

New: Results of Deal Scrabble Tourney this weekend
A total of 56 students from 4th through 8th grade from 10 schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia competed in a School Scrabble tournament in the Deal cafeteria on Saturday. The 28 teams (School Scrabble is two against two) were split into four divisions based on experience and ability. Each team played four games of Scrabble. 
Deal was represented by 19 students. Deal 6th graders swept the podium in Division A. Caleb Anderson and Chloe Fatsis finished first with a perfect record of 4-0 and a point spread of +381. Lucy Levenson and Eliana Rosenthal were second (2-2 +123) and Ryan Cheney and Charlie Smiles finished third (2-2 +88). In Division B, 6th graders Michaela Bauman and Zara Hall finished first with a record of 4-0 +422 and 6th graders Conor McHugh and Logan Meierhoefer finished second (3-1 +270). 
Deal players made some great "bingos" - words using all seven tiles at once - in the tournament: WHEELING (8th graders Isaac Boris and Michael Edgell), TROLLED (Lucy and Eliana), EVENERS and MARTINI (Zara and Michaela), ROADIES and DANGLING (Caleb and Chloe), ENTITLE (Ryan and Charlie), EATINGS and PAYMENT (Conor and Logan), RETINTED (8th grader Yusuke Fukuda).
Next month, 17 members of the Deal Scrabble Club will participate in the National School Scrabble Championship in Providence, R.I., on April 26 - 27. 
More info on School Scrabble here:

New: March is Music in Our School Month!

This month, schools and communities around the country are participating in activities and initiatives to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music and the ways music empowers and enriches lives.


The music department has a variety of things planned, including special musical performances and workshops, weekly music challenges and daily music trivia. Students who complete the weekly challenges will receive special recognition and a prize on the Friday of each week!


Yearbook/Newspaper pictures are requested!

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


New Issue of School Newspaper

Be sure to check out The Vikings Quarterly for Deal news, human interest pieces, reviews, and more! You can find us at:

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! (We are up to and over 250 followers - remember that Mr. Albright has promised to cook dinner for the lucky millionth follower!) 

Spring Sports are coming!
Please click on the following Athletics Calendar Link for any changes to the sports schedule.   
Track- Coach Turner, Coach Downing & Coach Helsabeck
Outdoor track practice will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45pm. 
Please dress warm as we will make every attempt to be outside. Practice will be in the gallery
if weather is a factor.

Lacrosse- Coach Downing
Lacrosse Season is here. To register for lacrosse go to the following link and click TEAMS.
Girls practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Boys will practice on Mondays
and Fridays. Contact Coach Downing with any questions. [email protected]

Softball- Coach Spann
Softball will practice everyday after school from 3:30 - 5:00pm 

IRLS Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts for girls soccer will take place on March 17th, 18th, and 19th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Only those who have turned in the necessary forms will be allowed to try out and must attend at least two sessions to be considered. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Coach Ngwa at [email protected] or [email protected].


Baseball- Coach Monaco & Coach Downing
Tryouts will continue through this week.

Spring Sports Coaches

Ultimate Frisbee - Ms. Kouri & Mr. Martini

Girls Soccer - Mr. Ngwa

Outdoor Track - Mr. Turner & Coach Downing

Lacrosse - Coach Downing

Softball - Ms. Spann

Baseball - Mr. Monaco


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.

 The Wizard of OZ!
 May 8th, 9th and 10th

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday 3/17 MUSIC

3:15 - 4:00: Dorothy, Glinda, Munchkins, and Munchkin Soloists

4:00 - 4:45: Jitterbug Ensemble

4:45 - 5:30: Optimistic Voices

Tuesday 3/18 MUSIC    

3:15 - 4:30 Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy 


4:15 - 5:45 Scenes 2 and 3: Dorothy, Professor Marvell, Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry 

Wednesday 3/19 DANCE   

3:15 - 5:30: Dance Troupe, Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, Jitterbugs 

Thursday 3/20 BLOCKING 

3:15 - 6:15 Scenes4, 5, and 6: Dorothy, Glinda, Wicked Witch, Scarecrow, Crows, Apple Trees, Tin Man  

Friday 3/21 DANCE

3:15 - 5:30 Dorothy, Glinda, Munchkin Soloists

Questions or Concerns? Email Director Jill Roos [email protected]

This Week at Deal...


(If there are weather-related delays or closures, announcements will be made at school for when activities will be held.)  


Monday: Ultimate Frisbee Club

All interested frisbee players both experienced and new must fill out their athletic forms and hand them to Mr. Martini (C130) or Ms. Kouri (C205) prior to playing. Practice is on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm and we will meet in Mr. Martini's room (C130) to sign in before practice. Wear athletic clothes and bring water. Cleats are optional. All levels of experience are welcome to join.


Tuesday: The After School Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Tuesday, March 18th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, snow, ice, or extreme cold, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E-204.


Tuesday: Gardening Club

Gardening Club will meet on Tuesday between 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Please be sure to wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty!


Tuesday: Photography Club

Photography club will be meeting Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 pm in W204.


Tuesday and Thursday: After School ELL Math and English Enrichment

There will be after-school ELL math and English enrichment classes from 3:30 - 5:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday in room C206.  


Thursday: French Peer Tutoring

French peer tutoring will take place in rooms N112 and N111 on Thursday between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


IB Learner Profile Students of the Month


Congratulations to the hardworking students who are featured on Student of the Month Bulletin Board outside of the Welcome Center. The IB Learner Profile represented this month is Principled. These students "act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences."- IB definition IB WORLD


Timbuktu - Hugo Cornejo and Yirui Zhao


Rio - Ryan Cheney and Kaitlin Hunter

Sydney - Jahi Guise and Katherine Bouker

London - Madeleine Shapiro and Alexander Diaz-Lopez

Santiago - Aidan Ward and Destiny McPherson


Babylon - Robert Kovar and Evelyn Smyth

Dubai - Brenden Smith and Sarah Closser

Alexandria - Usha Hippensteil and Dasarath Kiridena

Mumbai - Chris Bond and Layla McEwen


Geneva - Abelina DeLeon and Nicholas Ortiz

Toronto - Josselin Hernandez and Jacob Rubin

Kiev - Nerissa Tunnessen and Boghdon Green





Eighth Grade Corner



8th grade students planning to attend Wilson High school please click on the following link for 


High School application deadlines are fast approaching!  


8th Grade Mock High School Interviews

If you plan to interview for high schools and would like practice and feedback, contact Ms. Redekopp in the library to schedule a mock interview.  They will be held during lunch periods and after school, and appointments last approximately 15 minutes.


High School Common Application Schedule: 


March 31st: Results released.

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


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.

Staff information ...  


Monday: LSAT Budget Meeting

The LSAT will meet to review the proposed budget from 4 until 6pm.


Wednesday: PTA Meeting

The PTA will meet in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm


Thursday: Faculty Meeting

All faculty are asked to meet in the cafeteria at 3:30 pm 


Friday: PD

There will be a Friday PD session "Grading in the MYP" Conversation - Ms. Kouri Room C205


Friday: Mindsets and Motivation PLC

The PLC will meet at 8:10 am 

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






 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)





Music Workshop
 Alexandria Library E205
Art from the Heart 
 Cheerleading practice - gym
New to Deal Transition Workshop
Chinese tutoring
Cheerleading practice - gym
Cooking Club Group B CG03
Swim Team Practice to 5:30 pm
Team Santiago study hall C130

Team London study hall


The Big Deal Acappella 
Investment Team 
Photography Club
Music Workshop
Field Hockey practice
Student Council meeting
GSA club
N116 or
Team Babylon tutoring 

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

Model Un

Scrabble club
Science Olympiad Team W200

Meditation Club C213


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 

Let's Get It Together

Artist Journaling
Outdoor Basketball Club 

African Drumming CG21


Please click the following link for the: 


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


Spring Tennis for Alice Deal Students at Lafayette


Tennis is a great sport you can play all your life with friends and family.  If you want to learn how to play tennis or develop you tennis game with your friends at Deal, we have classes for teens at 5:30 on Monday through Thursday starting March 16 right.  Check it out .  Classes are for beginners and advanced players.  If you have questions you can call or text Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925 or email to [email protected] 

Announcing "Future Filmmakers" Scholarship Workshop 


An invitation is extended to your youth to attend our first "Future Filmmakers" Scholarship Workshop. This event is free! There will be tons of great information that will be presented to the young people who are interested in filmmaking and acting. We provide scholarships for those who decide to enter into our Film Festival which will take place this summer!


 Our theme this year is "Hello Future" focusing on youths goals and dreams for their future and or community. We believe in youths' visions and voices that should be seen and heard with the proper guidance and mentorships from local film university graduates.


Registration is located below, along with our website. Open to all, Hope to see your students here


March 22, 2014


Shaw Library,

Washington DC

Food and giveaways will be provided, we ask that all register. young-future-filmmakers- workshop-tickets-10379562551? aff=rss 


Kind Regards,

Amanda J. Washington

Workshop Coordinator

Blessed to be a Blessing




DC STEM & Green Career Expo


Learn about green & STEM jobs! Discover internship opportunities! Participate in workshops! Learn from organization's employees that are sharing career paths opportunities in their field. They will add value to your student/young adult by assisting them in making connections between their current studies and applying them to future career opportunities. Find out about opportunities to gain community service hours. Ideal for 8th - 12th graders.

Saturday March 22, 2014

10:00AM - 2:30PM

H.D. Woodson STEM HS

540 55th St. NEWDC 20019



STEM is Everywhere Youth Summit

The Gwendolyn E. Boyd STEM is everywhere youth summit will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Registration is free, but required.  register online at Stem-is-everywhere-youth summit

Exposing Today's Youth to Tomorrow's Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. 

Asian American Lead Program is Recruiting

The program offers bi-weekly sessions during the school year, Monday through Saturday, and the summer months, Monday through Friday. The program is designed to provide comprehensive programming for our youth. Youth are incorporated into the program's design and decision-making, ensuring that they are empowered and invested in their program. Programming covers academic needs, leadership and team skill building, positive social engagement and healthy active lifestyles. Programming sessions include Youth Council, SAT prep, College prep, ESL, tutoring, peer process discussion groups, enrichment workshops (i.e., yoga, dance, cooking), and gender specific groups. 

Right now, our recruitment is targeted specifically to Vietnamese American students.
Any  student who you think would benefit from this program, please refer  to: 
My Nguyen
DC Program Coordinator 

2100 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009
P: 202-884-0322 ext. 110 | E: [email protected] 
CFC# 88412 / United Way# 9613


 Squash Team  


Would you like to try the new cool sport in town? Dealsquash team is open for spring registrations!

Where - Chevy Chase Athletic Club, Barlow Building, Friendship Hts (opp Wholefoods)
Equipment - loaner equipment provided, need to wear non marking shoes.
Activities - we will have training days and play other MS teams in a friendly competitive league and work on fitness.

Financial assistance available

Contact Connie Barnes directly at [email protected] with any questions. 

Bancroft Elementary School 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.