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 I urge you to read all the way through the lists of names below as we congratulate many of our middle school students. Their participation this week in the US Finals cheer competition, National History Day, Model United Nations, and Scrabble speak to the breadth of what is available for them here at Deal. Their success arises from their drive, their support at home, and the adults at school that challenge them. Beyond these events, our Vikings are exemplifying the best of what it means to be an IB learner this week in other, meaningful activities. From food drives to visiting wounded veterans to book clubs to countless other activities - your children are leading us.

On June 4, we will culminate our yearlong service learning activities with our annual Deal Gives Back. This will take our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and share their effort and ideas with many groups and individuals. Planning has been underway for many months, and it promises to be another great opportunity for students to reflect on what it means to work with others. Service is a critical part of the IB, especially service that arises out of classroom learning. The 6th grade, for example, has spent the whole year exploring homelessness; their Deal Gives Back experience will approach this head-on. Keep an eye out for more announcements and tweets!

This week I was able to tour the Reno Building construction site. At the most recent School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting, the progress to date was reviewed and next steps outlined. The construction team and the Department of General Services (DGS) are anticipating the final permit for the new building (located between Reno and the Deal gym) sometime this week; in the meantime, the work on the Reno Building itself has been going strong. Exterior walls are being removed for replacement; interior walls are being abated for lead. Ductwork and drywall studs are being put up. Once the final permit is in place, MCN (the construction contractor) says that the number of workers on the site will double. They assured us that workers will not be able to park beyond the rough perimeter of the work area (about half of Howard Road); public transportation will have to be used. The next SIT will be in late May.

Finally, as you might note in the PTA message below, this is Teacher Appreciation Week! Our ever-supportive PTA will be providing breakfast on Wednesday for the staff, and the administration has a few plans up our collective sleeves. I hope that you take the time to speak with your Deal students about an important teacher in your life - they might realize that some of their current teachers might be the ones they remember forever.

Take care.

James Albright

For three shows this week, the Wizard of Oz will light up the boards in the Deal auditorium. The show runs Thursday and Friday at 7:30 with a matinee at 2 on Saturday - plenty of chances to see it more than once! The characters, songs, and incredible spectacle that are the Wizard of Oz are sure to delight. Note that tickets are $5 per child and $10 per adult with no advance sales. As with any evening event at Deal, parents must accompany their children at the show - please don't drop them off! The shows will be heavily attended, so come early for your spot in the audience.

Week of  
May 5 
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - IB
Friday - Bell I 

 

Feeder School Math Assessment Schedule

 

The Deal Counselors will be visiting our feeder schools to administer the Deal Math Assessment.  The schedule for our visits is as follows:


Hearst  ES     

Tuesday, May  6th

Eaton ES  

Thursday, May  8th

Shepherd ES        

Tuesday,  May 13th

Janney ES  

Thursday, May 15th

Bancroft ES    

Tuesday,  May 20th

Murch ES         

Thursday,  May 22nd

Lafayette ES   

Wednesday, May 21st

 

Non-feeder schools are scheduled for May 15th and May 28th at 4:00PM.

Make-up for feeder and non-feeder schools are scheduled for June 2nd at 4:00PM.

Register Now!

 

All students must be registered for the 2014-2015 school year by June 20th.

 

Current 5th, 6th and 7th graders should bring their completed enrollment papers and proof of residency to Deal. We have scheduled evening hours every Thursday until 7 pm for families who are not able to come to the school during day. 8th graders should take their enrollment forms and proof of residency to the high school they will attend. 

Upcoming Dates  


May 5 - 9

Access for ELLs Test 


May 7
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)

May 8
IB Assessment Workshop (staff)
Wizard of Oz, 7:30 pm

May 9
8th Grade Movie Day
Wizard of Oz, 7:30 pm 

May 10 
Saturday Detention, 9 - Noon
Mulch Sale
Wizard of Oz, 2 pm

May 13
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

May 15
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm

May 16
SCAC, 7:30 am 

May 17
Mulch Sale 
Hands on DC Volunteers at Deal

May 21
7th Grade Utopia Night, 5:30 pm
PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

May 22
Faculty Meeting

May 23
Music in The Parks Festival
Hershey Park 

May 24 
Saturday Detention 9 - noon
Fun Run 8 - 9:30 am

May 26
Memorial Day
No school for students

 
May 27
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm
7th Grade Science Field Trip

May 28 
7th Grade Science Field Trip
8th Grade Civil Rights Trip

May 29
Battle of the Bands
7th Grade Science Field Trip
8th Grad Civil Rights Trip

May 30
7th Grade Science Field Trip
8th Grade Civil Rights Trip 

June 2
NJHS Ceremony, 10 am
Feeder School Math Makeups

June 3
SCAC, 7:30 am 

June 4
Deal Gives Back 

June 6
LSAT, 7:30 am 

June 7
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon

June 9 
PIA 5 - ELA

June 10
PIA 5 - ELA
8th Grade Locker Clean Up
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm 

June 11
8th Grade Book Collection
7th Grade Locker Clean Up

June 12
PIA 5 - Math
8th Grade King's Dominion Trip
7th Grade Book Collection

June 13
Deal Day
8th Grade Dance

June 16
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3:00
6th Grade Locker Clean Up 

June 17
8th Grade Promotion
6th Grade Book Collection
7th Grade King's Dominion Trip

June 18
6th Grade to Cameron Run

June 19 
Talent Show
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

June 20
Last Day for Students

June 23
Last Day for Teachers

June 30 
First Day of Summer School
Summer Bridge Begins 


National History Day - May 3
 

Congratulations to the Deal students who participated at the National History Day competition at the National Archives on Saturday! Deal had a very strong and impressive showing!

 

First and Second place winners will advance to the national competition, third place will advance if the first or second place winners are unable to participate.

 

The national competition will be at the University of Maryland the week of June 15! Kudos to students, parents, and teachers!

 

A special congratulations to Ms. Simpson-Wayne who was awarded the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award!

 

Special Prizes:

Surina Goel: Best Use of Primary Sources

Philip Wright: Best use of Oral History

Eliza Zizka: Most Remarkable Variety of Sources

Nicholas Levy: Exceptional Annotated Bibliography

 

Exhibit Board

Individual

2. Meredith Ellison: "Women's Fight for Equal Rights: Title IX"

3. Isaac Frumkin: "The Dust Bowl: Learning the Hard Way to Respect Our Land"

 

Group

1. Peter Dart and Owen Hanson: "The Barbary Pirates vs. Responsibility to Protect Maritime Rights"

2. Alex Harris and Joshua Emanuel: "Child Labor: The Crusaders Against the Exploitation of Children"

3. Billie Evans and Hannah Harrison: "Rights of Disabled People and the Responsibility of the Government to Protect Them"

 

Documentary

Individual

1. Zola Bzdek: "Watergate: The Rights of a President and the Responsibilities of the Press"

2. Daniel Nugent: "The Rights and Responsibility of the Removal Act of 1830"

3. Eliza Zizka: "We Can Do It!: Rosie the Riveter and Women Factory Workers During World War II"

 

Group

1. Eli Moraru and Jacob Weitzner: "The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire"

2. Connor Yu and Andrew Tam: "Rights and Responsibilities: How Asian Americans Reacted to Their Internment During World War II"

3. Rebecca Simon, Calia Christie and Nerissa Tunnessen: "The Keating-Owen Act of 1916: Rights Concerning Child Labor and Responsibilities to Protest the Rights of Children"

 

Website

Individual

1. Dylan Hurst: "African Americans' Right to Vote: A Long Journey"

3. Sofia Geislinger: "Homesteading: Rights and Responsibilities"

 

Group

2. Isabelle Johnston and Emilia Majersik: "China's One Child Policy"

3. Fatimah Fair and Nasirah Fair: "The Persecution of Homosexuals and Gypsies in the Third Reich"

 

Papers

1. Georgia Smiles: "Horrors of Japanese Prison Camps: A challenge to Prisoner of War Rights and Prison Guard Responsibilities"

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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 

 

 

***REMINDER****

ACCORDING TO THE DCPS ATTENDANCE POLICY, ONLY ABSENCES DUE TO THE FOLLOWING REASONS ARE EXCUSED:

 

ILLNESS

 

MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

 

EMERGENCIES

 

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

 

COURT SUMMONS

 

DEATHS IN THE FAMILY

 

HIGH SCHOOL VISIT 

  
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. 

Teachers Appreciation This Week!

Please encourage your student to create a card/cards sharing their appreciation of their teachers and have your child give the teachers their cards any day this week!  

The Deal PTA will be providing a hot breakfast for all of the teachers, administrators and staff on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 with a Cinco de Mayo theme! A small token of our appreciation will also be given to each of them!

Your support means a great Deal!

Cathy House and Addy Schmitt,
Co-PTA Presidents
PTA Offices for 2014-2015 
 

It's that time of year, as we draw closer to another successful school year.  The Deal PTA Executive Board, although have individual roles, collectively make decisions on behave of the Deal Parent Community in the best interest of the students and parents.  The following offices of the 2014-2015 Deal PTA Executive Board are available for election.  *denotes vacancy

 

President: Provide effective leadership to the executive board. 

 

*Vice President Auction (Solicitation): Create and oversee a small committee to solicit items within 4 to 5 categories for the 2015 Auction/Party

 

*Vice President, School Musical Liaison: Parent Liaison to the Musical Director; coordinating the parent support

 

*Vice President of Sponsorship: Maintain and establish business community/donor relationships

 

*Vice President of Speakers for PTA Meetings: Invite Speakers to cover topics applicable to Middle School Parents and Students

 

*Vice President of Alumni Database creation: Create a database of alumni as a gift to the Alice Deal Middle School

 

Vice President of School Directory: Coordinate the 2014-2015 School Directory

 

*Vice President of Community Building: Maintain and execute events that unify the Deal parents and students of the seven feeder schools

 

*Treasurer: Assist in budget creation and management, write checks for school expenses, work closely with bookeeper

 

*Recording Secretary: Record the minutes at the minimum of four executive board and four general PTA meetings to be placed on the Deal Website

 

*Correspondence Secretary: Send out constant contact messages to the Deal Community; Assist in the management and updating of the Deal Website

 

*LSAT Representative (2):  The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exist in every DCPS.  The team consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, and a community member to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students.  The Local School Advisory Team was previously called the Local School Restructuring team (LSRT).

 

If you would like to be part of what makes Alice Deal Middle School successful, please send your brief biography to, [email protected] by Friday, May 9, 2014. The elections will take place at the final General PTA Meeting, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.  If you should have questions, please send them to [email protected].

 

Your support means a great Deal!

 

Cathy House and Addy Schmitt, Co-PTA Presidents

 


Student & parent information

 

New: Congratulations Viking Cheerleaders

The Viking Cheerleaders won first place in the ADvanced Junior High Category at the U.S. Finals in Virginia Beach. They move on to the Champion Challenge, where judges will view their performance and rank them against cheerleaders in their division all over the country. Go Vikings!

New:

Congratulations Scrabblers! 
Congrats to all of the Janney and Deal Scrabblers who competed at the National School Scrabble Competition at Hasbro Corporate HQ in Providence, RI, over the weekend. Our 20 players had a blast and made their coach very proud.

 

Thank you to all of our parents for their continued support. Your generosity made it possible for a team of 5th grade girls from J.O. Wilson Elementary School to attend the event. The girls, Jessi Thompson-Brown and Ariel Jackson, and their families were incredibly grateful for the opportunity.Big kudos, too, to 6th-graders Ryan Cheney and Charlie Smiles, who put two Deal teams in the top 10 (and in the money) thanks to their fantastic record of 5-2 +404 and 8th-place finish.

 

Three other Deal teams, 6th graders Eliana Rosenthal and Lucy Levenson, 8th graders Nathan Wagner and Philip Wright, and 8th graders Ethan Rosenthal and Isaac Rosenblum-Sellers, finished in the next 10 in the standings. Our Janney team of Charles Lee and Avey Anderson (of the Anderson Scrabble dynasty-in-the-making) wound up 28th with a 4-3 record; a wonderful performance for a 4th-grade team.  

 

Here's a link to full standings, results, team pix and a bunch of photos.

 

Thank you for all of your support. Let's do it again next year!

 

New: Model UN Conference at State Department

Congratulations to all delegates who participated in the Model United Nations Conference at the State Department on Tuesday, April 29th! Student delegations worked hard to deliver opening speeches, discuss global issues, and collaborate with other students to draft and vote on resolutions. A special shout-out to the following students for winning awards:

 

UNICEF - Access to Universal Primary Education

Position Paper Honorable Mention:  

Hungary (Nico Snotherly and Sophia Ahmad) 

Papua New Guinea (Cece Nogueira and Zoe Zitner)

 

ECOSOC - Human Trafficking

Best Delegation: Russian Federation (Jonah Winchell, Owen Hansen, Jacob Weitzner)

 

UNDP - Access to Clean Water

Best Position Paper: Argentina (Blyss Swan, Samantha Watson, Olivia Bock)

Honorable Mention: China (Jackson Frame, Elie Salem) 

 

UN Security Council - Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Best Delegation: Chad (Levi Berger, Rowan Gjersvold) 

Best Position Paper: Rwanda (Ella Weiner, Sophia Diggs-Galligan)

Best Position Paper: Republic of Korea (Asher Friedman-Rosen)

Position Paper Honorable Mention: United Kingdom (Nicholas Spasojevic, Joshua Landweber)

 

New: 
Wounded veterans visit Team Santiago

Last Thursday, two of America's finest visited the classrooms of Team Santiago to share their inspiring stories of bravery and courage, pain and suffering, and, ultimately, of hope and joy. Please take a moment to read the article and view the newscast of Marine Sergeant John Peck's visit here. A huge thanks goes to Amelia Myre and Michaela Herdoiza for organizing the event from start to finish - they truly exemplify what it means to be an IB learner at Deal!

 

New: Sailing Club

Ahoy, mateys! During our last meeting we watched All is Lost and played with some knots to become more familiar with sailing. Next week, May 9th, we look forward to going to the Wilson High School Aquatic Center for a lesson in water safety. We will leave Alice Deal at 3:30 and return by 5:00. On May 15th we will travel to the DC Sail Marina for a boat trip to Alexandria, VA chartered by certified sailing instructors from the DC SAIL organization. We will return to Deal at 7:30. Our last trip will take place on May 23rd to the DC Sail Marina. There we will sail on 19ft Flying Scot boats with certified instructors. Please make sure your permission slips are turned in for these events. We look forward to our trips with our sailors!

 

New: Access for ELLs Test 5/5 to 5/9

The annual Access for English Language Learners (ELLs) test will be administered from 5/5 to 5/9. ELLs in three tiers and six groups will take tests in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Group tests in listening, reading, and writing will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Individual speaking tests will be on Thursday and Friday. A test schedule has been placed in staff boxes.

 

New: GirlUp Mother's Day Sale This Week

The Deal GirlUp Club will sell handcrafted items this week during the lunch periods - just in time for Mother's Day! These items are produced by young women through the Amani project, a program designed to empower women in five African nations. Proceeds from our sale will be re-invested in the Amani workshops in Kenya, Burundi, Liberia, Uganda, and Tanzania. 

 

Look for our table during periods 3, 4, and 5 on Monday.  All items will be sold on a first come/first serve basis. We can only accept cash. We will sell cloth bags, jewelry, keychains, and other colorful, useful items. Honor your mother and honor women everywhere by supporting their work. "You see a girl;  we see the future."

 

New: Deal Book Review

The Deal Library will publish the inaugural issue of the Deal Book Review this June. Written by students, for students, and edited by students! Student reviews (100-300 words, more review than summary) can be emailed to Daniel Chineme, student editor at [email protected]

 

New: Team Santiago's "I am Malala" Book Club

A huge shout-out to Blyss Swan, Nicholas Spasojevic, Clare Brandes, and Amani Wheeler for participating in a book club discussion on "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai. These students took our discussion DEEP into an analysis of universal primary education, human rights for all, and the courage and bravery exhibited by one 15-year-old individual and how it continues to change the world. Mr. Martini looks forward to hosting another book club discussion before the end of the school year!

 

New: Author Visit

Award-winning author Kekla Magoon will visit Deal on May 20th. She will speak to all 6th graders and conduct a reader's theatre based on her book Camo Girl. Students in 7th & 8th grade who have read at least 2 books by Kekla Magoon will have a chance to have lunch with the author. See Ms. Redekopp for for details.

 

New: 7th Grade Deal Gives Back

Some of our seventh grade students will be doing our Deal Gives Back community service project at Ronald McDonald's houses in the DC area. The houses have asked that we prepare and bring grab and go bags to the houses. As such we are looking for the below items:

 

- Non perishable food items in individual packaging: Soup, pudding packs, bottled water, peanut butter, applesauce, juice boxes, trail mix, or other similar items.
- Activities for children and adults: Coloring books, sketch pads, activity, notebooks/journals, card games, or other similar items. 

We appreciate anything that you are able to donate. Please send items into your student's homeroom class.  Thank you for your support! 

 

New: Art From The Heart Fundraiser:

The Art from the Heart club will sell handmade cards during the Wizard of Oz performances to raise money for Martha's Table, a charity dedicated to helping DC's vulnerable populations. Cards are Wizard of Oz themed and made by club members using printmaking and mixed media.

 

Student Council Food Drive

Student Council is sponsoring our second annual Spring Food Drive. Please send in any non-perishable food items (canned goods, boxed foods such as pasta and cereal, jars of peanut butter) to your student's homeroom teacher. One in eight households in DC is struggling against hunger and spring is usually the time of year when food banks receive the fewest donations. Please help Student Council contribute to our community!

 

National Speech and Debate Honor Society

Please ensure that you have turned in to Mr. Stroud all supplemental point recording forms by May 10th. New inductees will be notified via a formal invitation to the induction ceremony distributed by May 25th. See Mr. Stroud or Ms. Darkjian for additional information.

 

Middle School Novice Speech and Debate Tournament

Have something to say?  Are you an actor or actress that loves the spotlight? Want to try speech or debate without dealing with all the pressure? Great! Deal will be hosting a small novice speech and debate tournament on May 23rd. Events will include duo acting, storytelling, current event talk, impromptu, 2-person fairy tale debate, and TEDtalk! If you are interested in attending, please see Mr. Stroud or attend a short informational meeting after school on Thursday.

 

7th grade First In Math Update
Seventh grade students' First In Math independent project will be a little different for the 4th advisory. Each student will be responsible for earning an extra 1,000 stickers from 3rd advisory. Each child will need to check on their beginning sticker amount to calculate what they will need to get 100 percent of the grade. Students can earn these points through any of the games, skills sets, bonus rounds, etc.  This will be due May 30th. There is no extension for this project so make sure your student gets off to a strong start now!

Example:

Joe Student's end of 3rd advisory sticker counts was 3,589. To earn the top score, Joe would need to have 4,589 stickers by May 30th. 

 

Scholastic Reading Clubs
Books and ebooks are available online for students at a discounted rate. Go online, register, and order today! Ms. Kinzer will process your order and have books delivered to your child at school. To order:

1. Register at scholastic.com/readingclub
<http://scholastic.com/readingclub>
2. Enter the Class Activation Code: LWMM6
3. Choose from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks

Orders should be placed no later than Friday, May 2nd. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ms. Kinzer at [email protected].

 

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: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6042415.

    
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: http://alicedealvq.org

  
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 310 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 from 3:30 - 4:45 pm.

Deal Track Email List Serve

If your child runs track at Deal, please send an email to [email protected] in order to sign up for the track list serve. 


Lacrosse - Coach Downing
http://www.winnerslacrosse.org
Girls practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Boys will practice on Mondays and Fridays. Contact Coach Downing with questions ([email protected]).

Softball - Coach Spann

 

New: Alice Deal "Lady Vikings" Softball 2014

Softball Games

5/5 Deal vs Browne EC, 4:00pm @ Deal  

5/6 Deal vs Sousa, 4:00pm at Kimble

Practices: Wednesday, May 7th & Thursday, May 8t, 3:30 - 4:45pm

 

Girls Soccer - Coach Ngwa

There will be practice on Wednesday for 3:30 - 4:30PM. Remember to bring your participation fees for the DC United game.

 

Baseball - Coach Monaco & Coach Downing

The Deal baseball teams will practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.  

 

DC Scores Boys and Girls Soccer

Practice this week on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm with 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, Ms. Rosenthal 

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!
PERFORMANCE DATES
 May 8th, 9th and 10th

Rehearsal Schedule

 

Students interested in stage crew  for the show should check in with Ms. Roos on Monday or Tuesday of this week.

 

Monday 5/5 FULL COMPANY 3:15-9:30

 

Tuesday 5/6 FULL COMPANY 3:15-9:30

 

Wednesday 5/7 FULL COMPANY 8:45-3:15

 

Thursday 5/8 1st PERFORMANCE

Call Time 5:30

Show Time 7:30

 

Friday 5/9 2nd PERFORMANCE

Call Time 5:30

Show Time 7:30

 

Saturday 5/10 MATINEE PERFORMANCE

Call Time 12:00

Show Time 2:00

 

Monday 5/12 STRIKE

 



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

This Week at Deal...

 

Monday: School-level Chopped Competitions

Cooking Club is getting ready to hold its annual Chopped school-wide competition. Group A will have their competition on Monday, May 5th. Teams will be formed at 3:15 and mystery ingredients will be revealed at 3:30. We can't wait to see what Group A cooks up!

 

Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, May 5th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E-204.

 

Monday:  Art Journaling

Art Journaling will meet in room C217 from 3:30 - 4:30. This week we will sketch from life at the Deal Girls Soccer Game!  Bring your sketchbook!

 

Monday:  Spring Club: Friendship Bracelets

Anyone interested in learning to make colorful friendship bracelets to wear and share should meet with Ms. Banal on Monday, May 5th at 3:30 in room C312.  All students are welcome!

 

Tuesday: Alice Deal Photography Club

ADP, Deal's photography club, will be taking a field trip on Tuesday, May 6th, to the National Mall. We will depart between 8:45 and return after lunch. If you have not received a field trip form, please see Ms. Taylor in W204 or Mr. Healy in W300.

 

Tuesday: ELL Super Student Camp 2

English Language Learner (ELL) Super Student Camp 2 will begin this week. It will meet every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 through the end of the school year. Following the success of Super Camp 1, Super Student Camp 2 will offer after school instructional support to help ELL students improve their math and English skills before summer break. See you there!

 

Wednesday: 8th Grade US History Students:

Come and watch Amistad with the Humanities Department on

Wednesday, May 7 from 3:30-5:45 pm in W307 (note room change). Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.  Plan to stay for the entire viewing. Sign up with your 8th grade Humanities teacher this week.

 

Wednesday: Team Santiago Study Hall

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: Poetry Celebration (rescheduled)

Join poetry lovers for a celebration in the library after school Thursday, May 8th from 3:30-4:30 pm. April is Poetry Month, so our celebration (MCed by Nasirah Fair) will feature any Deal student (or staff!) who would like to perform a poem (original or by another author, memorized or read). Magnetic poetry will also be available for the kinesthetic poets among us!

  

Thursday: Embassy of Fiji visits 6th Grade

In continuation of our Embassy Adoption Program and the IB curriculum, the sixth grade will meet the Ambassador of Fiji in a special presentation on Thursday, May 8th. Homeroom classes will be escorted to the auditorium at the beginning of the IB Activity period.

 

Thursday: Eighth Grade picture

Our 8th grade teams and class will have their picture taken Thursday afternoon during the embedded period. Students have received forms for purchase of these photos. It has been a number of years since we have had this done, so we are excited about the chance to memorialize our students! 

 

Friday: Divergent Movie excursion

Eighth graders will travel over to Friendship Heights to watch the movie Divergent as a culminating activity for their "Hero's Journey" unit. Forms have been collected; parents please be aware that attendance will be taken for the field trip. 

 
IB Learner Profile Students of the Month     
 

IB WORLD Congratulations to the hardworking students who are featured on Student of the Month Bulletin Board outside of the Welcome Center. The IB Learner Profiles celebrated this month are Thinkers and Communicators. Our Thinkers "... use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. They exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions." Our Communicators "... express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups."

 

Thinkers 

Grade 6: Aaron Bridgeman, Isabel Miller, Marshall Cooperman, Dayja Burton, David Fuss, Lauren Chineme, Jeremy Jensen, Ryan Cheney, Caroline Durr

Grade 7 : Judah Engel, Jasmine Roberts, Emma Hazard, King Campbell, Yemaiyah Allen, Eamon Gill-Crouter

Grade 8: Carl Morison, Ella Weiner, Azaan Lambkin, Rebecca Simon, Fatima Qasimi

 

Communicators 

Grade 6: Ambar Alvarez, Mark-Vincent Caldona, Zachariah Haynes, Sydney Schwalb, Nicolas Mila, Mai Graves, Emma Saenz, Asher Friedman-Rosen, Aaron McMurray, Grace Kowal

Grade 7: Jacob Greene, Julia Arnsberger, Izabella Pino, John Michael Koczela, Gabby Anifantis, Sammy Solomon, Caroline Katzive and James Carline

Grade 8: Elena Remez, Eden Breslow, Saron Setotaw, Ben Korn


 

 

Eighth Grade Corner

 

Attention 8th Grade Parents

If your student has an IEP and you are interested in learning more about Wilson HS's support services for students with IEPs, please come to the Deal Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 13th at 5:00 pm to hear from Wilson's Assistant Principal, Dr. Peggy Peagler.

 

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


Staff information ...  

 

New: Mid-Advisory is Approaching

Tuesday, May 13th will mark the middle of fourth advisory. Mid-advisory reports for all students will be generated using gradebook data from the Sunday, May 11th upload. Gradebooks will be temporarily unavailable on Monday (5/12) and Tuesday (5/13) while reports are printed and reviewed.

 

New: ELL Testing this Week 

The ELL department will administer the ACCESS for ELLs assessment all this week. Thank you for your understanding as some students are pulled from classes for testing.  

 

Tuesday: Smartboard Training

All teachers who received a new SmartBoard this year and any teachers interested in learning how to best use this tool in their rooms next year should attend this training from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. This is the second and final training. Teachers who missed the first training are encouraged to attend.  

 

Wednesday: Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

The PTA will provide breakfast Wednesday morning to say thank you for all your hard work so make sure to skip your visit to the doughnut shop! 

 

Wednesday: 8th Grade Meeting 

8th grade staff will meet Wednesday morning at 8:10 AM in E300.  We will discuss Deal Gives Back and 8th grade promotion activities.

 

Thursday and Friday: Teacher Appreciation Week activities! Stay tuned for a couple of different activities that will chill you out.

 

Friday: Mindsets and Motivations

The Mindsets and Motivation PLC will meet at 8:10 am on Friday, May 9. Locations will be announced later in the week.   

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


Monday   

  


Tuesday

Wednesday 
Thursday
Friday
 

  

  

   

 All School Chorus

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

Monday


Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Music Workshop
Robotics/
Investment Team 
E207
 Alexandria Library E205
Art from the Heart 
C205 
Robotics/Investment 
Team
E207
 Cheerleading practice - gym
GeoPlunge
E105
New to Deal Transition Workshop
Meditation Club C213
Cheerleading practice - gym
Cooking Club Group B CG03
Swim Team Practice to 5:30 pm

Team Santiago study hall C130

Team London study hall

E104

The Big Deal Acappella 
Choir
African Drumming CG21
Photography Club
W204
Music Workshop
Field Hockey practice
Student Council meeting
GSA club
N116 or
W305
Team Babylon tutoring 
W207
TAGS DC
C130

Literary Magazine club CG07 
History club
W304
Vinyl club
C203
Speech Club
W206

Board Games
W106
Debate Team
W206
  Art From the Heart C205
French tutoring
N111

Chess Club
Cafeteria
Jiu Jitsu
Outside gym

Model Un
W304 

Scrabble club
Cafeteria
Science Olympiad Team W200

 

 


Team Rio study hall

 Digital Recording Club



Yoga club RM E101

Team Mumbai tutoring


Knitting Club
W103
After School String workshop
 

Illustrator's Club C224
DIY club 
E105



Artist Journaling
C217
The Big Deal Acappella Choir 


GirlUp!
E305
Let's Get It Together
C113



Outdoor Basketball Club 
Cottage 













 



Please click the following link for the: 

  


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

Summer Community Service/Leadership Opportunity

 

The Spark the Wave Organization is hosting WAVE Week 2014 once again this year. WAVE Week is a weeklong service leadership camp help in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC for students ages 12-17. For more information please visit the website at sparkthewave.org or contact Kathryn R. Oleksiak at [email protected].



Mark your calendars for Wilson ArtsFest  2014!  

Wilson High School would like to invite all Deal Middle School families to its ArtsFest Open House on Thursday, May 22nd from 4 to 8pmAdmission is free! The Open House will feature visual art exhibits, as well as dance, musical and dramatic performances that showcase the talents of Wilson students and the excellent arts programming at Wilson High School.  In addition, the whole family can participate in interactive art projects and games, shop at the student marketplace and sample delicious selections from our food vendors (no need to race home for dinner).  Look for more details in the coming weeks, or e-mail[email protected]
 with questions.

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 http://education.gsfc.nasa.gov/sister/index.html 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.

 


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 
AALEAD

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

  

 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.

 www.aussienicksquash.com 

www.chevychaseathleticclub.com 

 
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.