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...

Happy Mother's Day to all. For all of us who are celebrating the incredible work of the mothers in our lives, remember that the original idea arose from a woman in West Virginia who wanted to honor her mother. I suppose that might be the best (and least repeatable) Mother's Day gift of all. Let's all keep that effort in mind as we try to cram our love and respect into this beautiful Sunday.

Right below my message is the annual request for leadership support for the Deal PTA. It is a long list. During the most recent electoral campaign, among the many features of Alice Deal that were believed to be unique to our community was the unparalleled support provided by the PTA. In fact, this support was considered by some to be THE decided difference. Based on the hard work of our current PTA leadership and the tone they have set with the parent community, I am nothing but complementary of their efforts. The teachers and I love you, the members of our PTA, for all that you help us do. But who are we really speaking to?

Based on current year membership rolls (those who donated financially), only 18 percent of all Deal families are members of the PTA. Membership is highest at the 6th grade, with 28 percent of families, but falls off dramatically at 7th and 8th grades, with 12 percent each. What is going on? I try to draw a clear line between what we do here at Deal and the PTA (i.e., your) support for those activities. Your involvement, as members and attending parents, is a critical concern for almost every candidate we interview for positions at Deal. It is important. A quick scan of the recent calendar reveals the following activities that depend wholly on PTA funding:
  • All Period 8 classes (open to every student at Deal)
  • The Wizard of Oz musical (150+ students involved)
  • Music directors (School Choir and A Cappella)
  • 7th grade Science Field Trip (next week) (440 students)
  • 6th grade Math Field Trip/Bowling (415 students)
  • 8th grade End of English Unit Movie (395 students)
  • Teacher Appreciation activities (all staff)
  • Summer Bridge for rising 6th graders
  • Summer curriculum work by staff

There are many others that are partially funded by the PTA. The reach of the PTA's support is across the school. Is your child involved in any one of these activities? More than one? (And this is just a sample towards the end of the year.) Did you join the PTA? Why not? We have to do better next year. (And if you are in any way moved by this information, you can go ahead and send in your membership for next year today.)   


So, the list below. One of the singular achievements of the Deal PTA has been to make the PTA about community, students, and the school itself. This is not true of every PTA. The parents who have stepped up for the school through involvement in the PTA find a group that is focused on doing the best it can, but not overwhelming the leadership. That can only happen if the positions listed below can be filled. Doing any one of them should be a straightforward, although challenging, activity. Having to do three or four of them because not enough people have stepped forward makes it pretty tough to do well.

Let's be clear - the school and your children need the PTA to continue to have the experience they are having; the PTA needs you.

Please join up and get involved.

James Albright

A quick shout-out to the amazing cast and crew (kids and parents) of this weekend's Wizard of Oz. What a tremendous, rollicking fun time - the tradition of great shows at Deal lives on. Take a moment and relive the experience (information on purchasing a DVD of the show will follow soon) or, if you missed it, make plans to see the shows we will be doing next year. Special thanks to Director Jill Roos and Producers Anita Seline and Jody Feldman.

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. 

Week of  
May 12
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Pause 
Friday - Bell I 

Upcoming Dates  

May 13
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm
8th Grade Special Education Parents Transition Meeting, 5pm

May 15
8th grade class picture, 2:30 pm
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm

May 16
SCAC, 7:30 am
8th Grade - Gettysburg

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 

June 10
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 

The Deal Moms Want You!

It's that time of year again - time for The Deal Moms' Party - also known as "The Mamas and the Tapas" !!!

Did you miss the Deal Auction this year? Or were you just unable to find the sign up sheet for the party? We are opening the party up to another 15 people - sign up with some friends, or sign up on your own and plan to meet some new friends. Toast another successful year at Deal Middle School with some delicious drinks and tapas created by your host committee. Please RSVP and send $25 payment, with check made out to Alice Deal PTA to: Anita Seline, 4329 Warren St., NW Washington DC  20016


We look forward to seeing you!


Amy Murphy

Lisa Oakley

Lisa Jensen

Kristi Teems

Kelsey Bzdek

Maria Petaros

Marissa Jacobson

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


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"



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"




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"



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"




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

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



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"



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

The Alice Deal PTA is Building Community

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Search for books through the search bar at the top of the page, and 5%
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The library, our teachers, and Deal kids all benefit!     

Media Center News

Center Hours 


Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am

 After School  3:30 - 4:30 pm

Students must have parental permission to stay after school


The Alice Deal Media Center welcomes students for reading and homework after school! Students must have a permission form on file in the library to use the space after school. Students may pick up a form in the library, or may download it from the library website (Library Pass). 


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:

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.

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. 

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 they 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] as soon as possible. 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: Girl Up Action for Nigerian Kidnapping Victims on Tuesday

The Deal Girl Up Club stands with the world in shock that more than 276 teenage Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their school on April 14th. A militant group claimed responsibility for this deed and announced it intends to sell the girls into marriage. So far, the Nigerian government and world media have failed to locate the girls.


On Tuesday, Girl Up will sponsor a day of silence to show our support for these missing girls. Participating students will attend classes, but all communication will be written. Students will write their questions or their answers or their contributions to group projects. Our club members have vowed not to speak in class, in the hallways, in the restrooms, or in the cafeteria.  Let our own silence stand in for the silence of these missing girls.


We ask that teachers and staff allow us to take this simple stand of solidarity without academic penalty.  We are eager to learn - just like the girls who were taken - but we want the Deal family to know we are thinking of these silent girls. It's just one day. Please help us; please join us.


New: Parents of 8th Graders with IEPs: Wilson HS Transition Meeting with Dr. Peagler

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.


New: Service Activity: Hands On DC at Deal

Dozens of volunteers will visit Deal on Saturday, May 17th from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm with local organizer, Hands On DC. The volunteers will generously share their free time to plant flowers, spread mulch, repaint the four square courts, and help beautify the grounds for spring. Although Hands On DC will provide their own volunteers, any community member or student is welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to get some community service hours for National Junior Honor Society before the May 20th deadline! 


New: National Portrait Gallery Reception

Our National Portrait Gallery Heritage and Identity reception will be held May 22nd at 5pm in the media center. More information will be sent home in the next week. Students, parents, and community members are invited.


New: Smithsonian American Art Museum Reception
Our Smithsonian American Art Museum reception at the museum will be on May 28th from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  Student and family invitations were sent home with students this past week. Students, parents and community members are invited.  

New: Spring Concert this Thursday! 

The music department cordially invites you to attend our Spring Concert on Thursday, May 15th at 6:30 pm.  The concert will feature a variety of vocal and instrumental groups.  Come and enjoy an evening of great music and impressive student performers!


Other important dates:

Wednesday, May 14th - Dress rehearsal for all instrumental and vocal students.

Friday, May 23rd - "Music in the Parks" festival in Hershey, PA.


New: Exciting 7th Grade Science Field Trip:

During the week of May 27th - 30th, the 7th Grade Science Department will take your student on a field trip to Little Bennett's Creek Park in Clarksburg, Maryland. Students will receive their permission slips with additional details on Monday. Permission slips are due back to science teachers by Friday, May 16th. On the trip, students will hike to one of five creeks, calculate the speed of water flow, and collect samples of aquatic invertebrates. We'll then meet back as a large group to see if there is a correlation between the speed of the water and the quantity and diversity of animals found there. We'll also enjoy a nice picnic lunch at the park's amphitheater. If you would like to chaperone the trip, we welcome you! Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in accompanying your child.


Students will go on the field trip with their team (rain or shine) on the following dates:


Tuesday, May 27: Alexandria (Ms. Rhoads)

Wednesday, May 28: Dubai (Ms. Giron)

Thursday, May 29: Babylon (Ms. Schuettpelz)

Friday, May 30: Mumbai (Ms. D'Antonio)


New: Sailing Club

Ahoy, mateys! Last week, club members voyaged all the way to Wilson Pool for a lesson in water safety. This week on May 15th, we hit the open waters of the Potomac on a 65 ft schooner with DC Sail! There is still space available so be sure to stop by room E200 to pick up your permission slip from Mr. Donlon.


Students will leave the building at the end of the school day and metro to the Southwest Waterfront. They will return to Deal about 7:30 pm. Please back a snack and drink for the trip, wear close-toed shoes, and get ready to set sail! This event is open to all students so sign up soon! 


New: GeoPlunge

The next round of GeoPlunge tournament games will take place this Tuesday during 6th and 7th grade recess. 


New: Period 8: MapMaking

Mr. Martini's Period 8: MapMaking class will meet this Tuesday, May 13th after school. Students are reminded to contribute to the Edline discussion boards and complete the assignments that are due!  


New: Access 2.0 for ELL Field Test 5/14

Deal has been selected to participate in field testing for Access 2.0, the new, computerized version of the current WIDA Access for ELLs. Twenty-one students will take the writing portion of the field test during their ELL classes at Periods 2, 5 and 6. The data from the field test will be used to prepare for the new Access test when it becomes online next year.


New: Blessing Bags for the Homeless: Deal Gives Back

As part of our service-learning program, 6th grade homerooms will collect items to make Blessing Bags for the homeless - small packages of helpful items and personalized messages. Items will be collected up until the first week of June. These packages will be assembled and delivered by students on Deal Gives Back day (June 4th) during an outreach run with the National Coalition for the Homeless. 


Assorted nuts

Travel Size hand sanitizer

Chap stick/lip balm

Bags of M&Ms

Travel size toothpaste

Toothbrushes (1 or 2 in a pack)

Dried Fruit (Craisins/Raisins)

Travel size tissues or wipes

Fruit Snacks

Granola Bars

Ziploc baggies (quart or gallon)

Travel size soaps and moisturizing lotions


Travel size deodorant

Granola Bars

Small gift cards ($1-5 value) to major fast food or chain restaurants/ stores

Small handwritten cards, notes, or pick-me-up messages!  


New: Art Journaling

Art Journaling will not be meeting on Monday, May 12th. Our last meeting of the school year will be Monday, May 19th. See you there!


New: 8th Grade Picture Day May 15th 

Students will take their grade and team pictures on Thursday May 15th. All students will be in the photos; students interested in purchasing copies should complete the order form (cost: $15.00) 


7th Grade IB Presentation Night

On Wednesday, May 21st at 5:30pm (immediately preceding the PTA meeting), your 7th grade students and the 7th grade English department invite you to view the final projects your children complete as a part of the most recent unit: "Utopia or Dystopia?" They are all extremely excited to share with you what they have accomplished! Come enjoy some refreshments, take a look at what is going on in your child's English classroom, and learn a little bit about the International Baccalaureate program! 


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]


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.


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! 


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!


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!


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. 

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 340 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.   
Lacrosse - Coach Downing
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
Softball Schedule for the week of May 12-16, 2014


1.  Softball Practice 3:30 -5:00pm- Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, May 12, 14, & 15


2. Softball Game
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    Deal vs Walker-Jones @ Deal
    Time: 4:00 pm


3.  Semi-Finals Play-off game @ Deal
     Friday, May 16, 2014
     Time: 4:00 pm

Girls Soccer - Coach Ngwa

Girls Soccer Schedule
Monday: Playoff Game - 3:00PM at Deal
Wednesday: Championship game - 5:00PM at Coolidge SHS


Baseball - Coach Monaco & Coach Downing

Baseball Schedule for the week:
Monday: Practice
Wednesday: Practice
Friday: Game vs. Lincoln @Deal 4:00pm.
*8th Grade team will play this game, list will be posted Tuesday morning.

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.

This Week at Deal...


Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, May 12th 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 E204.


Wednesday: 8th Grade Students

8th Grade US History Students are invited to watch the movie Lincoln with the Humanities Department on Wednesday, May 14th from 3:30-5:45 pm in W304.  Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.  Plan to stay for the entire viewing.  Sign up with your History teacher this week.


Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy AwardŽ winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.


Thursday: Go Cruising with the Sailing Club

Space is still available to join the Deal Sailing club on a cruise along the Potomac on a 65 ft schooner! Students will metro to the Southwest Waterfront after school and return to Deal at 7:30. On the cruise, they will actively participate in every aspect of the sail. Space is limited and all students are invited, so make sure turn a permission slip in to Mr. Donlon in room E200 soon!  


Thursday: Spring Concert! 

The music department cordially invites you to attend our Spring Concert on Thursday, May 15th at 6:30 pm.  The concert will feature a variety of vocal and instrumental groups.  Come and enjoy an evening of great music and impressive student performers! Students audience members should plan to attend with parents. 


Friday: Gettysburg Trip on Friday, May 16

The entire eighth grade student body and faculty will travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Friday to learn more about this turning point battle of the American Civil War.


The buses leave at 7:00 a.m. sharp and will return to Deal at 5:30 p.m. Everyone needs a lunch and bottles of water, snacks for the bus ride to and from Gettysburg, a clipboard, and pencils for the assignments. Dress for the weather; rain or shine, we will be outside much of the day. Cameras are encouraged as Gettysburg is beautiful this time of year, and we will move from site to site as the day progresses. There are no refunds for late shows or no shows, so plan to arrive at Deal by 6:45 at the latest!





Eighth Grade Corner




Summer Bridge for Rising 9th Grade


Jumpstart your high school career by attending Summer Bridge. Summer Bridge will help make your transition to high school successful. Summer Bridge runs for five weeks, from June 30 - August 1. The program is free and open to all incoming 9th grade students. Use the link below to register and reserve a seat at your child's future school. DCPS Summer Bridge; Letter to Parents from Mr. AlbrightSummer Bridge Flyer



Staff information ...  


Tuesday: Team Leaders 
Team Leaders will meet at 3:30 pm.

Tuesday: ELA ALT 
All ELA teachers are invited to join the ELA academic leadership team as we plan for next year in Mr. Otterstatter's room at 3:30 pm.


Wednesday: Student Survey in Homerooms

Please distribute to students, have them fill out, and then collect the completed student survey forms. When all are completed, please collate and return to Ms. Baxter no later than Friday. 


Wednesday: 8th Grade Teachers Meeting
8th Grade teachers meeting at 8:10 AM on May 14.   Focus of meeting will be the 8th grade promotional activities

Thursday: 8th Grade Gettysburg Meeting
Thursday: 8th Grade Pictures
8th Grade Picture Day has been changed to 5/15/14 at 2:30 PM in the gymnasium.


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: May is National Mental Health Awareness Month!

This is a great time to highlight the importance of mental wellness and school-based mental health services to children's positive learning and development.  Good mental health is critical to children's success in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social-emotional and mental health support achieve better academically. School climate, classroom behavior, on-task learning, and students' sense of connectedness and well-being all improve as well. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness but also encompasses social, emotional, and behavioral health and the ability to cope with life's challenges.  As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, members of the school-based mental health team will be available in the conference room offering informal information/ Q & A about various school-related mental health topics.  Teachers are invited to attend according to the following schedule (refreshments will be provided!!):


Tuesday May 13--6th grade teachers' planning periods (4, 5, 6, 7)


Tuesday May 20--7th grade teachers' planning periods (2, 3, 6, 7)


Tuesday May 27--8th grade teachers' planning periods (2, 3, 4)

New: Union Elections
During the Faculty Meeting on May 29, we will have Union elections. Look for an email soon with ways to serve and committee descriptions.  Please see Mrs. Mostoller, Ms. Kinzer, Ms. Lerum, Ms. Hailfinger, or Mr. Gueltig if you have any questions. 
(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 
 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)






Music Workshop
Investment Team 
 Alexandria Library E205
Art from the Heart 
 Cheerleading practice - gym
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


The Big Deal Acappella 
African Drumming CG21
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



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 

Artist Journaling
The Big Deal Acappella Choir 

Let's Get It Together

Outdoor Basketball Club 


Please click the following link for the: 


Community Information
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)
Summer 2014 UCOnn application for rising Middle Schoolers

DC Public Schools is collaborating with the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut to provide DCPS students a 4-week FREE summer enrichment learning opportunity for students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the 2014-15 school year.  

Please see the attached application for more information.  Summer Enrichment Application. 

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.
Lola's Laboratory Summer Camp 

Lola's Laboratory, in partnership with The National Theatre, is offering a Reader's Theatre and Writing Camp at The National Theatre this summer for upcoming 4th - 8th grade students. Please read the attached flyer for more information: Lola's Lab Summer Camps 


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 or contact Kathryn R. Oleksiak at [email protected].

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.


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.