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...

This week at Deal we are turning our attention in the morning's to a smooth administration of the DC CAS tests, assessments that measure student progress in reading, math, science (8th grade), composition (7th grade), and health (8th grade). This is the last year we will take the DC CAS, as the plan is for it to be replaced with a new assessment, aligned with the Common Core standards, known as the PARCC test. I detail below the plan for the next two weeks; please give us a hand by doing what you are already doing: getting them ready for school each and every day. We will do our best to keep the atmosphere focused. We will not, however, drop everything for the test - most activities will continue with minor changes.

Last week I hinted at the success of our students at the DC STEM fair over at HD Woodson. The list of winners (below) is outstanding - every student who moved past the Deal Science Fair received recognition at DC STEM. Before you say "this always happens" let me point out that it doesn't always happen. The field is very competitive and while our Vikings usually take home something, this week's success was truly remarkable. Caroline Katzive and Jacob Weizner won the 1st and 2nd place Grand Prize Awards - earning the absolute highest honor for their work. The work students do for the Science Fair is reflective of our goals in each subject: students do meaningful work within a setting that approximates what professionals in the field do. I couldn't be prouder of all of our students for this powerful effort.

For many of you, the cheer squad has been a bit below the radar - they are a focused team and not necessarily preparing to be on the sidelines at games. Their work takes place in competitions, where they do exceedingly well. They recently took first place at the DCIAA cheer championships. On Saturday, they won first place in the Advanced Junior High Division at the Maryland Regionals - and in so doing won a bid to Nationals in Virginia Beach on May 2. The cheer squad, by the way, is coached by the entire Baxter family!

Take care.

James Albright

Week of  
March 31
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell T
      Wednesday - Bell T
Thursday - Bell T
Friday - Bell T

Upcoming Dates  

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 8
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm 

April 10
Family Fit Night, 6 - 8 pm

April 11
France trip departs

April 12
China, Costa Rica trips depart

April 12 - 21
Spring Break

April 22
Principal's Coffee, 9 - 10 am

April 24
Faculty meeting, 3:30 pm

April 25
SCAC meeting, 7:30 am

April 26
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon
Musical Rehearsal, 9 to 4 pm

April 27
Musical Rehearsal,  9 - noon

April 29
Grade Level Chair, 3:30 p.m
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)
Model UN Conference. 
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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. 

DC CAS Testing Schedule
The next two weeks are when DCPS administers the DC CAS assessments. The overall schedule is as displayed in the chart - all students test on reading and math for the first week, and then 7th and 8th graders have content-specific assessments in the second week. We will be doing make-up tests throughout the period (as needed); students with special needs will have their assessments administered per their accommodations. 

Monday 31st
Wednesday 2nd
Thursday 3rd
Friday 4th
No testing
Reading/ Math
Reading/ Math
Monday 7th
Wednesday 9th
Thursday 10th
Friday 11th
Science (8th)
Health (8th)

Each testing day will follow a Bell T schedule: testing in the morning then a modified schedule. Testing starts at 9 in the morning, with two rounds (reading, a break, then math). Since both reading and math tests have four sections, we cover these over four days. Each testing period lasts around an hour, the break is about 15 minutes with snacks, and students can take breaks with proctors as needed. The rest of the day really gets going around 11:15; we will have 5 periods a day (with a little rotation so none are missed too much). Students are encouraged to bring books to read when they are done with testing, but they may not bring e-readers.

We have followed this testing schedule successfully over the last few years and made adjustments as necessary. On your side, please:
  • make sure your child is well-rested and well-fed
  • send them in with a book (if they don't have one at school)
  • make sure they get in the building on time. Otherwise, they have to wait through a section and retake during the afternoon.
  • do not schedule any appointments that aren't absolutely necessary.
We are really proud of the learning that has taken place at Deal over the year and are looking forward to moving through this assessment cycle with success.

Please check in with any of the staff at school if you have a question about any part of this.
DC STEM Awards

Grand Prize Junior Division

1st - Caroline Katzive (Alexandria) - "Shampoo: Does it hurt the environment?" Caroline tested multiple types of shampoo to see if it affected a flatworm's rate of movement.


2nd - Jacob Weitzner (Geneva) - "Autonomous Navigation." Jacob designed, programmed, and built a robot that could sense the world around it.


Category Awards

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Honorable Mention - Ellie Hart (Mumbai) - "The Connection Between Smell and the Reaction to a Noise."



1st - Lillian Keller (Alexandria) - "Temperature and Enzyme Rates."



1st - Aidan Trinity (Dubai) - "Surface Tension and Temperature: Does it matter?"



1st - Jacob Weizner (Geneva) - "Autonomous Navigation."

2nd - Tobias Severin (Alexandria) - "Electrolysis of Water."


Environmental Sciences

1st - Caroline Katzive (Alexandria) - "Shampoo: Does it hurt the environment?"

3rd - Julius Ball-Heldman (Toronto) - Does the color of a recycling bin affect how much a group of people will recycle?



Honorable Mention - Owen Hansen and Johan Winchell (Geneva) - "Aerodynamics in Rockets."

Honorable Mention- Mauricio Orellana (Alexandria) - "Cell Phone Radiation: Does the age of the phone matter?"


Special Sponsor Awards


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

2nd: Owen Hanson and Jonah Winchell


Commissioned Officers Association of the US Public Health Service

1st: Julius Ball-Heldman

2nd: Caroline Katzive


Federal Water Quality Association

3rd: Caroline Katzive


IEEE Cash Award

Jacob Weitzner


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pulse of the Planet Award

Julius Ball-Heldman


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Jacob Weitzner


The Aerospace Corporation

1st: Jacob Weitzner

HM: Tobias Severin

HM: Jonah Winchell and Owen Hanson


Tots to Teens Expo Invitational Award

Eleanor Hart

Aidan Trinity


Student & parent information


New: National Junior Honor Society

Last Wednesday, Deal invited seventh and new eighth grade students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average to apply for membership in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). This organization serves as more than just an honor roll; it honors students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. We are pleased to invite 168 students to apply for this phenomenal program and look forward to the induction of our students into NJHS later in the spring.


New: GirlUp News

Deal's fabulous GirlUp Club has three exciting announcements:

  • The top five homerooms for our dollar campaign will enjoy donuts next Monday morning! We congratulate the following homerooms for their outstanding efforts to help us raise funds to send 15 girls to school in the Republic of Congo: Mr. Siddiqui, Ms. Venezia, Ms. LaFaro, Ms. Cadavid, and Ms. Mostoller. Woohoo!
  • Club members will take a field trip after school this Friday to visit the Amani Africa store in Mount Pleasant in preparation for our annual Mother's Day sale. Club members who wish to go need to see Ms. Mostoller for a permission slip. Come to this week's meeting at 3:30 pm in E305 for more details.
  • Everyone is invited to leave an inspirational message in our GirlUp Garden of Hope. Club members will be in the cafeteria on Monday, April 7th during the lunch periods to help you add your own message of support for girls around the world.

New: Edline Updates

Due to the end of the advisory, there will be an additional update to progress reports on Edline mid-week. Updated progress reports for 3rd advisory will be available online early Thursday morning.


New: Period 8 Sign Up Continues

It's not too late to sign up for Period 8! Deal will offer the following classes 4th advisory: Computer Programming, Forensic Science, Map Making, Storytelling in Video Games, The Civil Rights Movement, and Philosophy.

Check out the Period 8 promotional video: (within DCPS network)


For more detailed information or the link to register for classes, please visit:


New: Shop at AmazonSmile

Shop at AmazonSmile now through 3/31/14 and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the Alice Deal PTA. Click on this link to get started:


New: 6th Grade Model UN Participants

The position paper deadline has been extended to April 15th for those 6th grade students selected to participate in the Model UN Conference. Students should continue researching their countries and topics and working with their humanities teacher for support. All instructions and rubrics for writing and submitting your position papers are in the packets you received.


New: Santiago Study Hall cancelled this week

Ms. Brittingham, Mr. Martini, Ms. Nakamura, and Ms. Jackson are normally available to provide academic support to all Team Santiago students every Wednesday from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm in Room C130. However, during the week of DC CAS, there will be no Study Hall.


New: Parenting Children w ADHD Support Group

Our next session session meets Monday, March 31st at 6pm. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


New: First In Math 

For their 4th advisory independent project, each student will be responsible for having an EXTRA 1000 stickers from 3rd advisory.  Each child will need to check on their beginning sticker amount to calculate what they will need to get 100% of the grade. Students can earn these points through any of the games, skills sets, bonus rounds, etc...  Their points will be due May 30th.  Get started early as there will be no extensions this advisory!  


New: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club cancelled this week

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will not meet this week. Rest up and make us proud on the DC CAS!


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, April 4th, 2013. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Kinzer at

[email protected].


New: Sailing Club at Deal
Keep an eye on the horizon for Deal's first sailing club! Starting after spring break, Deal will partner with local nonprofit, DC Sail, to bring the excitement of the seven seas to a classroom near you. After learning some safety and skills, active club members will have opportunities to get out on the water in the spring! No experience is necessary and all land-lubbers are welcome. Please reach out to [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

Are you so excited you can't wait to get started? Check out for more information on classes and affordable summer camp opportunities.

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
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 - 4:45 pm. 
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 practice will be held three (3) days a week.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Time 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Site: Gymnasium or Softball Field

Please dress appropriately for the weather indoors or outside.

All softball team members must report to practice on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 for a team photo after school.

Girls Soccer Tryouts - Coach Ngwa 

Girls Soccer Schedule for the Week of 03/31-04/04

Monday: Deal vs Oyster-Adams at Deal - 4:00 PM

Wednesday: Practice from 3:30-4:30 PM

Thursday: Browne vs Deal at Spingarn - 4:00 PM


Students must attend at least two sessions to be considered for the team. Please address all questions to [email protected] or [email protected].


Baseball - Coach Monaco & Coach Downing

Both Deal Baseball teams will practice next week
Monday 3/31, Tuesday 4/1, and Wednesday 4/2 from 3:30-5.


DC Scores Boys and Girls Soccer

Practice this week on Monday and Wednesday, 3:30-4:30; Games on Friday. Be on the field by 3:30 ready to play.


Spring Sports Coaches

Ultimate Frisbee - Ms. Kouri & Mr. Martini

Girls Soccer - Mr. Ngwa

Outdoor Track - Mr. Turner, Mr. Downing, & Mr. Helsabeck 

Lacrosse - Mr. 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

This Week's Rehearsal Schedule

Monday 3/31 MUSIC
3:15 - 4:00 Emerald City Chorus, Ozians & Tin Man, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion

4:00 - 4:30 Optimistic Voices

4:30 - 5:15 - Lion, Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow

5:15 - 6:00 Staging "Over the Rainbow - Reprise" Dorothy and Auntie Em


Tuesday 4/1 MUSIC

3:15 - 4:00 Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Crows, Apple Trees Witch, Glinda, Auntie Em


4:30 - 6:00 Scenes 14 and 15 Dorothy, Oz, Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Glinda, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry


Wednesday 4/2 DANCE

3:15 - 5:30 All Munchkins, Dorothy and Glinda


5:30 - 6:30

"If I Only Had A Brain" Scarecrow and Dorothy


Thursday 4/3 SCENE WORK

3:15 - 6:00 Scenes 1, 2, 3,4, and 5 Dorothy, Uncle Henry, Auntie Em, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, Oz, Wicked Witch, Munchkin Soloists, Crows


6:00 - 6:45 Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch


Friday 4/4 DANCE

3:15 - 5:00 Jitterbugs, Dance Troupe, Lion, Tin Man, Dorothy, Scarecrow and Witch


5:00 - 6:30 "If I Only Had a Heart," "If I Only Had the Nerve"Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, Scarecrow


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.)  


Tuesday: Photography Club

Photography club will meet Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 in Ms. Taylor's room. Please bring your flash drives/SD cards with your photographs that have yet to be uploaded so they may be added to our slide show!


Wednesday: National History Day Support

Students whose projects are advancing to the citywide competition for NHD in May are welcome to get a little extra advice and guidance at our last after-school workshop this Wednesday in E305. We can help you refine your research, revise your presentation, finish your registration, or just talk through the competition process. We start at 3:30 and will end at 4:30 sharp.




Eighth Grade Corner




New: 8th Grade Health Test

All 8th grade DCPS students will take a Health test this year on April 9th. The attached letter was sent home with students for informational purposes with an understanding that "participation in the age-appropriate questions regarding sexual health is optional." Parents who wish their student to opt out of answering the sexual health questions please return the signed letter to Ms. McFarland. Health Test Opt Out Letter



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

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 ...  


New: Testing Environments 

Administrators will complete a walk through of the building Monday morning to make sure all testing rooms are ready.


New: SmartBoard Training

Mark your calendars for the upcoming SmartBoard training on May 1st and May 6th from 3:30 to 5:30. Teachers who received a new board are required to attend, but this training is open to all teachers hoping to make this learning technology in their rooms next year.


Thursday: There will be a class and team photo session on Thursday for the 8th graders. Detailed plans will be forthcoming.

Friday: International Trip Meeting

All faculty chaperoning an international trip over spring break are asked to attend this meeting at 6:30. 


(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
No Swim Club this week
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)


Summer Program

Middle School Girls at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - July 2014 


NASA is sponsoring a summer program for middle school girls, July 14-18, 2014, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).  SISTER (Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research) will introduce the students to non-traditional career roles for women and increase their awareness of the educational preparation and job opportunities.  The objectives will be met by exposing them to "hands-on" activities, bonding and interaction with current students and professionals in these roles, and fostering a learning environment with scientific and mathematic enrichment.

Visit the website for more information and contact resources.

Additional program information includes: 

The SISTER program is designed to increase awareness of and provide an opportunity for female middle school students to be exposed to and explore nontraditional career fields with GSFC women engineers, mathematicians, scientists, technicians and researchers. The objectives of the program include introducing young women to a technical working environment; acquainting students with GSFC missions; providing an awareness of educational programs and internships available during high school, undergraduate and graduate study; providing observations and experiences with real hands-on projects researched and developed by women at GSFC. The SISTER program components include such activities as women scientist, engineers, technicians, researchers, and mathematicians as mentors; women speakers in various fields at GSFC; women entrepreneur role models; multicultural experiences; a tour of facilities; building and launching rockets; hands-on science experiments; and written communication experiences; and interpersonal and human relations skills building.

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] 

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.