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...

Each week, cool and exciting events come up at Deal; these are quickly followed by something else cool and exciting. The bulletin serves as a record of these events, but is not able to really capture the spirit behind each of them. Last week, for example, each grade participated in unique field trips - 8th grade to civil rights places here in DC, 7th grade to a stream valley in Montgomery County, and the 6th grade to the National Portrait Gallery. For any one of these to happen, planning starts months in advance. As most trips center on the curriculum, the subject teachers take the most responsibility for arranging the trips. Once the idea crystalizes and the plan is approved by administrators, the organizing teacher sets out to build a great student experience. Keep in mind that our expectation is that every student participates in each field trip. Our size dictates that we break down our grades by team for these trips. Thus, each field trip is really three or four field trips, right down to supplies, buses, chaperones, lunches, and anything else that makes the trip work.

For example, our 7th grade science field trip to Little Bennett has been in the works for months. Based on last year's trip to Great Falls, Virginia, in which an outdoor company made the arrangements and families paid for the trip, we were ready for the same this year. We found out, unfortunately, that although we had scheduled our trip in advance, we were going to be bumped to some dates that wouldn't work. Rather than give up on the trip, the 7th grade science department decided to recreate the same trip, but without the company. Ms. Rhoads visited a number of sites that could provide the same stream sampling opportunity in the area - traveling all the way to Camp David to find a place. After numerous weekends out, she settled on the stream near here in Montgomery County. Since we were just using a public park, we arranged the pavilion and the buses; the rest was up to Ms. Rhoads.

Each element of the trip was designed by Ms. Rhoads - handouts, maps, sampling equipment, instructional content. This was done in conjunction with her 7th grade colleagues, but they were at pains to emphasize that Ms. Rhoads was the driver of this project. She traveled to the site in Maryland five times to make sure that everything was perfect. And it was. This week, all 440 students (minus a couple) traveled on four separate days to Little Bennett, hiked to stream sampling sites, evaluated their findings in the park, and returned - slightly muddier but very refreshed.

Of course, Ms Rhoads does have other responsibilities here at Deal - providing excellent and challenging instruction for her five science classes, giving them timely feedback, and encouraging their excitement about the life sciences.

I highlight Ms. Rhoads in this instance, but by doing so I have slighted the many teachers and staff members who go this same distance to make Deal what it is week after week. The two other field trips last week were also phenomenal undertakings. The week before, our music ensembles traveled to Hershey Park and had their most successful festival in recent memory. Our clubs and activities are still going on, even as the year winds down. And your students are still working in their classes, every day. While I can't give a detailed summary of what everyone is doing at all times, let it be enough for you to know that every activity or event that happens at Deal has a determined and committed staff behind it. There is no magic, just hard work.

Enjoy the week.

James Albright

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. 

2013 - 2014


The Alice Deal 2013 - 2014 yearbooks will go on sale on Tuesday, June 3 for $35.00. 


Please stop by Ms. Baxter's office during your lunch period or after school to purchase your yearbook. Note: purchase yours early before we run out of books!
Week of  
June 2
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell I 
Friday - Bell I 

Upcoming Dates  

June 2
NJHS Ceremony, 10 am
Feeder School Math Makeups

June 3
SCAC, 7:30 am 

June 4
Deal Gives Back 

June 5
PIA 5 - 8th grade Algebra
Faculty Meeting

June 6
LSAT, 7:30 am 

June 7
Saturday Detention, 9 - 12 noon

June 9 
PIA 5 - English

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

June 11
PIA 5 - English
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 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

The Deal Library will be closed Thursday, June 5th for the faculty meeting  


Center Hours 


Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am

 After School  3:30 - 4:30 pm

Students must have parental permission to stay after school


The Alice Deal Media Center welcomes students for reading and homework after school! Students must have a permission form on file in the library to use the space after school. Students may pick up a form in the library, or may download it from the library website (Library Pass). 
Bus Information '13-'14

Metrobus Contacts for Schools


If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are contacts at Metro who can help.


For emergency issues or time-sensitive questions (i.e., safety, late buses, missed stops, etc.), contact the Bus Operations Communication Center at (202) 962-1825.


For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Brooke Fossey at (202) 962-5203 or [email protected].


As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to [email protected]

Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

Immunization News 


Thanks to the parents who have been sending in immunization information. Please continue to send in  documentation every time your student receives new immunizations. It is important to have all students immunized to prevent the spread of childhood diseases.


All 6th graders 11 years or older must have the following:

Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis)

Meningococcal (meningitis)  

HPV (human papilloma virus)


For the HPV vaccine, three doses are required for females or you may complete an opt out form.


All immunization forms must be stamped, signed and dated before the Immunization Registry will accept them.


If there are any questions, please call Nurse Whitlock at (202) 939-2009.

PTA Sponsors
The following are the Deal PTA 2013-2014 business sponsors.

The Broad Branch Market
Taylor Agostino Group
Radifera Design Group
W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtor
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
Second Wind CrossFit
edCount, LLC 

Discount Vacation Rentals for Deal Families

 Capitol Language Services  


Acacia Bistro 


The DCPS Attendance Protocol 



















In order to be acknowledged as "excused", parents must provided a note (email or written) to Ms. Johnson, the attendance counselor, indicating the reason for the child's absence.  


Ms. Johnson's email address is [email protected]. If you have any questions, please contact the Welcome Center and ask to speak to the Attendance Counselor, Ms. Johnson. 

Student & parent information


 New: PIA Testing 

Math Testing


Date Testing

Students Testing

Time Period/ Schedule


Location & Notes

Thursday, June 5th

8th grade Algebra students


1 & 2

Two team classrooms - Math 8 & Geometry students will remain in other team classrooms during 1st & 2nd

Thursday, June 12th

All 7th graders

In math classes throughout the day

Math classrooms

*Students with accommodations will test during 1st and 2nd periods.

Thursday, June 12th

All 6th graders


1 & 2

Homerooms - Students will remain in homeroom for all of periods 1 & 2

Note: June 5th and June 12th will run on a Bell I schedule.


ELA Testing - Online in Homerooms  

(6th and 7th only) 


Periods 1 & 2
Periods 4 & 5
Periods 6 & 7
Monday, June 9th
Tuesday, June 10th
June 11th




New: Congratulations Greer Marshall 

Congratulations to Greer Marshall who represented all of DC at the Scripps' National Spelling Bee. Greer tied for 47th place out of 285 students from across the country, correctly spelling 'scherzo' and 'conchitic' and missing the semi-finals by two points based on a computerized test used to quickly narrow the field before the semi-finals.


New: Forensic Science Period 8 Final Class 

This is a reminder that our final class is a 2-hr class meeting on Monday, June 2nd from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. You must bring your folder with all weekly activities completed to this final class to earn your certificate. If you missed more than 1 class and have not made alternate arrangements with Ms. Giron to make up missed work, you do NOT need to attend.


New: Deal Sailing Club

Ahoy! The Deal Sailing Club will sponsor their final sailing adventure for the year this Friday, June 6th. This voyage will take place on a fleet of 19' Flying Scots at the Southwest Waterfront. We will depart during 7th period and will be back to Deal by 7:00 pm. Please see Mr. Donlon, Ms. Azimi, or Mr. Rottman for additional information. 


New: Deal Book Review

Deal Library will be publishing the inaugural issue of the Deal Book Review this June. Written by students, for students, edited by students! Student reviews (pick up a template from Ms. Red) can be emailed to Daniel Chineme, student editor at [email protected] All submissions are due by Wednesday, June 4th.


New: Band and Choir Recognition Breakfast

There will be a recognition breakfast for all Band and Choir students on Monday, June 2nd during homeroom. Students should wait for an announcement to report to the breakfast. Thank you students for an awesome year of music!


New: Sixth Grade Soccer Club Canceled this Week

The Sixth Grade Soccer Club will not be meeting this Monday, June 2nd. We will return to our Monday afternoons on June 9th.


New: Whole Food Chopped Competition

The Chopped Championship round will be held on Saturday, June 7 starting at 10:30 am at Whole Foods.

Books for Deal Gives Back!

Seņora Cadavid's homeroom is collecting children's books to donate to Nalle Elementary School, a school in Southeast DC, where we will visit for Deal Gives Back. Our goal is to promote reading by donating at least 100 books to their school library. We need your help! If you have any books that you enjoyed in elementary school, please bring them to Seņora Cadavid's room by June 4th.


Viking Ship Store Open June 3

Get ready for the Deal Gives Back (June 4) by purchasing your Deal gear on Wednesday, June 3rd during every lunch period! For sale are comfy Deal zip-up hoodies, handsome Deal IB Viking t-shirts, a newly designed car magnet and gym bags, and our popular pajama pants. Check the website for prices (search: Viking Ship). Cash or check to Deal PTA accepted.


Wizard of Oz DVDs for Sale! 

Now that another spectacular ADMS musical performance is in the books, it's time to place an order for a DVD of the show. For the low price of $12, you can revisit the production again and again. Please contact parent volunteer Kurt Fritts ([email protected], 202.834.6581) to order your copy today!


Free Audio Books (all summer long!) 
Each week from now until August 13th, two free audiobooks will be available though Each duo is a contemporary Young Adult novel paired with a more "classic" title (some may be appropriate for mature readers--check to make sure the title fits your reader). See or e-mail [email protected] with any questions. Happy listening!


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!  


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!


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 370 followers - remember that Mr. Albright has promised to cook dinner for the lucky millionth follower!) 

International Baccalaureate


"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."

-       Maya Angelou


Serving others is an important part of the IB philosophy.  Here at Deal we are dedicated to developing young people who embody the Learner Profile attribute of "Caring" through a commitment to community and service.  Sixth graders at Deal have spent this year focused on homelessness, seventh graders have focused on hunger, and eighth graders have led food drives.  This year's Deal Gives Back, the school's day of service, will take place on June 4th.  Deal students and staff will be going out into the community to serve others.  Eighth graders will spend the day at elementary school across the city. Sixth and seventh graders will engage in a variety of service activities in school and throughout the city.  Ms. Cadavid's eighth grade homeroom is collecting children's books to donate to the Nalle Elementary School library, sixth graders are collecting travel size toiletries for care packages, and some seventh graders will participate in gleaning at two local farms to provide food for those in need.  


School Mission Statement


Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.  


This Week at Deal...


Monday: Ultimate Frisbee

Great Season Narwhal Vikings! The ultimate frisbee coaches would like to congratulate Deal's ultimate frisbee team for a well-played tournament on Sunday, June 1st. There were great plays, bids, catches, and spirit of the game. A big thank you to our administrators, Deal parents, and of course players for an exciting tournament and season! We will meet Monday, June 2nd in Mr. Martini's room for our final practice at 3:30.


Monday: The After School Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, June 2nd 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.


Tuesday: Photography Club

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


Wednesday: Deal Gives Back

Every Deal student will take part in a service activity at Deal and throughout the region. Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for their homeroom's service activity and bring a packed lunch if they are leaving the building. The weather is expected to be hot! 


Wednesday: Model UN New York Trip

There is a MANDATORY meeting on Wednesday, June 4th  for 6-8th graders going to New York City on June 11th. Final logistics for the trip will be given. We will meet in Mr. Martini's room, C130 at 3:30 pm for 15 minutes.  


Friday: Sailing Club

Join the Deal Sailing Club for their final outing of the year. We will leave Deal during 7th period to get some practice on DC Sail's fleet of 19' Flying Scots. We will return to Deal by 7:00 pm. See Mr. Donlon, Ms. Azimi, or Mr. Rottman for additional information. 



Eighth Grade Corner



8th Grade Dance Volunteers  

Deal's 8th Grade Dance is Friday, June 13th.  We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Alice Deal MS 8th Grade Dance - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

   3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. 


Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. Thank you. 


Maria Emanuel

8th Grade Dance Parent Volunteer Coordinator


Summer Bridge for Rising 9th Grade  

Jump start 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: ELA ALT

The ELA Academic Leadership Team will continue their planning for next year this Tuesday at 3:30 pm. All ELA teachers are invited to attend. 


Thursday: Faculty Meeting

The faculty meeting will be held at 3:30 in the cafeteria. 

(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 Reading at the DC Library

Kids, teens and even adults. Everyone can get in on the fun with Summer Reading at DC Public Library.  The Library offers four age-specific themes:


·  Read With Me - a special program for children birth to age five and their parent or caregiver.

·Fizz, Boom Read - for ages 6-12. Enjoy STEM-related activities and win prizes for reading.

·Spark a Reaction - for teens 13 to 19 years old. Win prizes by earning badges!

·Literary Elements - for adults. Win prizes for reading and learning new skills.

This year, DC Public Library is teaming up with The Washington Nationals. All kids and teens who reach their summer reading goal will win two tickets to catch a Nationals baseball game. Kids, teens and adults also can win a coupon for free Chipotle.

Sign up begins June 1. Kids can sign up at any library. Teens and adults can sign up online.


The Library has tons of great STEM-related events and activities planned for all ages.


Summer Field Hockey Opportunity 
Summer Field Hockey Opportunity for rising 8th graders who played on the Deal KOA Field Hockey Team. Brookewood School and Wilson High School are hosting two FREE field hockey play days at Wilson HS on Saturday, July 12th and Saturday, July 19th from 9:30 - 11:30 am.  The emphasis will be on scrimmaging, not drills.  Come out and shake off those cobwebs - the hockey season is right around the corner!  If you are interested, please email Sarah Whitener, Head Coach at Wilson, at [email protected], or call at 202-841-0499.

Deal Squash Team 

Deal Squash Team is up and running at the home of Deal Squash at Chevy Chase Athletic Club. Like to try Squash over summer and try and make the Deal squash team for the Fall? Chevy Chase Athletic Club is holding camps throughout the summer.

Details can be found at Financial assistance available. Contact Coach Connie for more information: [email protected] 



Field Hockey Camp for rising 8th grade girls who participated in the Deal KOA Field Hockey team this year! 
Last summer, 16 Deal and Wilson players had a great time together at the first ever Wilson Field Hockey Camp, and this summer we expect that KOA Sports will provide an even better experience. The camp will be held at the Wilson stadium July 28-31st, from 5:00-7:00 pm.  A limited number of Wilson and experienced Deal students will be able to attend the camp for free, so sign up early! Register at and enter the promocode "WilsonFH". For Grade, enter "9" even if you are/have a rising 8th grader.  If you have already registered and paid, you will be refunded.

If you are interested in the camp but have no experience, please email Sarah Whitener at [email protected]For all other questions, contact Koa Sports CEO Tony Korson at 301-213-8669 or at
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.  

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.

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
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.