Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


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:

When speaking to a parent in the hall last week I noticed that a student in the 6th grade had left their locker without its lock. I opened the locker and found the lock, neatly placed with its combination written on a piece of tape attached to the lock. The locker had books and PE equipment - all unsecured for the evening. I placed the lock on the outside of the locker, but left it unclosed so as not to confuse the student. I looked down the hall and saw several others in a similar state - no locks, stuff in their lockers, gone for the day.

The world of 6th grade is complicated enough without the added pressure of having to remember your combination quickly enough so you can be on time to your next class. I thought of the risk calculation the student made: better to lose something than to be late because of difficulty with his locker. There is a lot wrapped up in that calculation (much I don't know of course): is the student having trouble with the lock, memorizing the combination, worried about their classes, forgetful about the lock, or making a statement about the nature of possessions (here today, gone tomorrow)? It is most likely a combination of these. At Deal, I like to think that we work with your children, in whatever way they need, to ease through this transition to 6th grade. 

I saw the child's teacher in the hall. Our team structure is designed to allow much greater connections to occur - and this was a case in point. The teacher knew the student, knew that the student was not in her first period (thus, not her locker) and told me that she would help the student the next morning. All done with a big smile at the end of the day. These are 6th graders, and our job is to help them grow - whether it is solving math problems or securing their locker.

Come this Thursday you will get to experience the hallway transitions that perhaps challenged this student at our Back-to-School Night. Come early for 8th grade Math Night or Parent Music Night (both at 6:00pm) - stay to meet your child's teachers. This is an important night for all of us - it gives us a chance to review the curriculum already underway and gives you a chance to connect a face to a name. This is a critical step in communicating between school and home - so I hope to see all of you at Deal!

Last week and this week we are doing classroom assessments around reading and mathematics, respectively call the SRI and I-Ready. Each is an adaptive assessment, meaning that your student will encounter progressively more challenging questions until their individual level is determined. This is a big improvement over methods used just a couple of years ago as it allows us to really know where your child is performing. These are diagnostic tests and will be given a couple of times in the coming year so we can track growth and find ways to be more supportive. These assessments differ from the PARCC test in April and June, but should be almost immediately useful for student learning. 

I hope you have found the first couple of weeks to be as smooth as we have - your children are always ready to learn and that makes the job of teaching that much more rewarding. Please let me know if you have encountered any challenges or if you have any remaining questions. I will use this space to provide more information (on many topics) as the year progresses, but feel free to reach out to me when necessary.

James Albright

Back - to - School Night

Thursday, September 11 at 6:30pm


This week we welcome Deal parents to our annual back-to-school night - a chance to walk through your child's schedule, learn about the curriculum, and meet their classroom teachers. 


The evening begins at 6:30 - when you enter and get directed to your child's homeroom class. Your student will bring home a copy of their schedule for you to follow - and we will have copies available in case they don't (in their first period class). Our staff will greet you at the door to also help orient you.


The first class starts at 6:40 and runs for 10 minutes. You will then have 5 minutes to make it to the second class, which will also run for 10 minutes. We will follow this all the way through their full schedule. We should be done by 8:25 or so.


Please remember that parking is tight and to try and arrive at the start. I would like to discourage you from bringing your children, but understand if that is the only way you can come; we do want you here. Other program staff will be here as well to answer any questions you might have.


Parent Music Night/8th Grade Math Information Nights

Thursday, September 11 at 6:00pm


Right before the Back-to-School Night event starts, there will be a Parent Music Night in the cafeteria - where you can meet our music teachers, learn about our ensembles, and find out about rehearsal schedules and shows.


At the same time, 8th grade parents are invited to meet with 8th grade Math teachers for a math information night (half-hour length) to discuss how those classes will be taught and evaluated. This will give interested parents a bit more time to talk with their math teachers than will be available later in the evening.


(If you are a parent interested in both 8th grade math and music, materials will be available from both so that you only need to attend one.)

Week of September 8
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell I 
Friday - Bell I 

Upcoming Dates  

September 8
PTA Donation Week Starts

September 11
Parent Music Night, 6:00 pm
8th Grade Math Night 6:00
Back to School Night, 6:30 pm

September 15
Team Istanbul to Hemlock

September 16
Team Baku to Hemlock 
UK Trip Parent Meeting, 6:30

September 17
Team Shanghai to Hemlock

September 18
Team Seoul to Hemlock 
Faculty Meeting 3:30

September 19
Movie Night, 6:30 pm 

September 20
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon

September 23
Team Leaders (grade level) 
3:30 pm 
September 24
Principal's Coffee 9 am 
October 2
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
8th Grade ELA Night 6:30 pm
October 3
LSAT, 7:30 am
October 4
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon
October 8
PTA Meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm
October 10
Professional Development 
for Staff
No school for students 
October 11 Cardboard Challenge

October 13
Columbus Day
No School for students and staff
October 14
Buddy Day - Hearst 
October 15
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
October 16
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

October 18
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon

October 23
High School Night, 6:30 pm

October 24
Buddy Day - Murch 

October 28
Mix-It-Up Day

October 31
End of Term
Students dismissed at 
12:15 pm 

Media Center News


Center Hours 


Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am

 After School  3:30 - 5:00 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 2014 - 2015

Here is a link to the bus route schedule.


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


Northern (D31, 33, and 34) (202) 962-5800

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808 (direct)

Assistant Superintendent Frank Machado: (202) 962-5809 (direct)


Western (Morning D32s, one of the afternoon D32s)

Superintendent Jackie Smith: (202) 379-8787; mobile: (202) 962-8785

Assistant Superintendent Amit Tonse: (202) 379-8787 mobile: (202) 570-6728


For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Kristine Marsh at (202) 962-6088 or[email protected]

As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to  [email protected]
Bus Information '14-'15

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 Kristine Marsh at (202) 962-6088 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.

The DCPS Attendance Protocol 


 DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember


1. Students that miss two class periods will automatically be counted as being absent for the entire school day.

2. Students must submit a note from their parents to excused from being absent from school (please refer to the list of authorized excused absences)


Excused Absences According DCPS:

  • Death in the Family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical Appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious Holiday
  • Court Summons
  • School Activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School Visit (tours, interviews, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Counselor:


Krystle Johnson

[email protected]



Alice Deal PTA News

Welcome to September 2014, PTA Dues Month!  


Help your student win a PIZZA PARTY for their Homeroom!!!!!


The Deal PTA will give your student's homeroom a PIZZA PARTY when they have the most parents contribute their dues.  


There will be one PIZZA PARTY per team, given in one homeroom for each Team for each grade! 


Parents if you have already donated for the iPad mini, you have already helped your student's homeroom win!


Go online and donate today! The suggested donation is $150.00 per family. However, you may give what you can or simply set up a payment plan online.  


Thank you for your support!




Deal PTA

Student & parent information


New: Global Cardboard Challenge

Alice Deal has a long history of engaging and meaningful community and service-learning activities. We start off the year with the Global Cardboard Challenge. This is a different approach to raising awareness (and funds) through emphasizing the innate human capacity to create. The culminating Day of Play is October 11 - just a month away. All students are learning about the activity in homeroom - and are being challenged to join up. What can you and a your friends make out of a few boxes of cardboard? A golf course? A pinball machine? Come find out! There will be an interest meeting this Wednesday, September 3rd in the auditorium at 3:30 pm. 


New: Attention Parents!

Please take a look at DCPS' new attendance brochure: "Attend Today." It relays important information regarding the DCPS Attendance Policy and Protocol that you and your child should know to start this school year on the right track.


Visit the DCPS website and download your personal copy today!


New: Team Brussels Parents

If you have not filled out the Google survey at http:/ please do so as soon as possible. The survey allows us to have the correct information for all parties. Critical information will continue to be sent out. If you have not received any emails and you have filled out the survey, please email [email protected] as soon as possible and let us know. And remember, team tutoring is every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. 


New: Edline is Back!

All Deal students and parents should once again be able to access their Edline accounts to view class pages, calendars, and progress reports - the first of which will be posted at the beginning of this week. Returning Edline users: you will use the same screen name and password you used last year to log in to Edline. New Edline users: you should have received account activation codes in homeroom to set up your Edline account.


For support with your Edline account, please email [email protected]


New: Period 8 Registration Continues 

Sign up now for the fall session of Period 8. These extra-curricular blended-learning classes will meet in-person once a week after school beginning in September and run through mid-November. In addition, students will spend 1-2 hours outside of class each week engaged in online coursework and activities. The following courses will be open to 7th and 8th grade Vikings this fall (6th graders will be able to enroll in with winter session of Period 8):


Understanding Comics - Ms.Redekopp - Mondays

Computer Programming - Ms. Wellersdick - Mondays

The Stock Market - Ms. McCarron - Tuesdays

Mapmaking -  Mr. Martini - Wednesdays

Philosophy - Mr. Custer - Wednesdays

The Science of Happiness - Mr. Martis - Fridays


New: Student Council Elections

Student Council will start soon, so elections are coming next week!  All students running for school-wide office (Student Council President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) MUST attend a brief meeting after school this Monday, September 8th, in room E205. Candidates will make speeches to the student body this week and elections will be held Friday during homeroom. Students who are interested in representing their homeroom on Student Council should stay tuned - elections will happen in homerooms next week. The first regular meeting of Student Council will be the week of September 15th.


New: 7th Grade Science Field Trip

The 7th Grade Science Department will be hosting an aquatic macroinvertebrate field trip in October to support our Ecology Unit. We will go to Little Bennett's Creek Park in Clarksburg, Maryland and need your help. If you can chaperone, please email [email protected] with your name, your child's name, and your child's team name. The teams will go on the following dates: Team Athens on October 6th, Team Buenos Aires on October 7th, Team Kyoto on October 8th, and Team Brussels on October 9th. Thank you!


Deal Peer Mediation Program

If teachers or students are having a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, they can refer the situation to Ms. White, the Peer Mediation coordinator. Mediation referral forms can be picked up from the bookcase outside the counseling suite and can be left with a counselor or in Ms. White's box. Parents can refer a conflict situation by calling Ms. White (202) 939-2012.


Team Athens Families

Please visit and fill in your student's information so that you will receive our weekly email. Thank you!


8th Grade Parent Writing Workshop

The 8th grade English department will host a parent  workshop on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm in room E304.  This workshop is open to all parents with 8th grade students interested in learning the writing  methodology taught this year.


Hemlock Field Trip - 6th Grade Teams
All 6th grade students will participate in our 12th annual community-building outdoor educational enrichment activity at Hemlock Overlook Center in Clifton, Virginia this month. At Hemlock, students participate in physical activities designed to help them form relationships with their peers and teachers. Through these activities, students get to know each other better and gain trust in each other.

On the day of the activity, students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that they won't mind getting dirty and sneakers or footwear that is appropriate for a day in the woods. Students are also encouraged to bring a poncho or raincoat in case of rain. Flip flops, sandals, large earrings, long necklaces, and accessories will not be allowed. Students should pack a lunch with a couple of bottles of water.

On the day of their trip, students should arrive to school by 8:00 am so that our buses can leave on time. Students will return to Deal by 6:30 pm.

Monday, September 15 - Istanbul ([email protected])

Tuesday, September 16 - Baku ([email protected])

Wednesday, September 17 - Shanghai ([email protected])
Thursday, September 18 - Seoul ([email protected])

Students will be given the permission slip for the trip on the first day of school.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's team.
Speech and Debate Team

Welcome back to another great season of speaking and arguing!  Last year the Deal speech and debate team was the TOP middle school debate team in DCPS and ranked 22nd nationwide!


If you are new to Deal or thinking about joining the speech or debate team now is the time to get involved.  In order to make sure that everyone--experienced and inexperienced folks--have an understanding of what our year looks like and what it means to be involved in either speech or debate activities we will be offering three information sessions open to ALL students!  Students will learn what representing Deal on the speech and debate team entails, find out from last year's team members 'what it's really like,' and pick up the necessary paperwork for participation.  All information sessions will be held in W206 from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.  


Information Session Dates:


6th Graders - September 9th, 2014

All-Comers ("I couldn't make it on the day my grade met") - September 12th, 2014  


Our first competitive opportunity in speech and debate events are in early October! The team is looking forward to ALL interested folks getting involved!


Speech and Debate Team Parents

Mark your calendars now! You won't want to miss it! We will be holding a face-to-face meeting of all parents whose children are a part of the Deal speech and debate team on September 30th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in room W206.


Yearbook Pictures

Have pictures you want in the yearbook?

I need YOUR pictures! Please send your first day photos, trips, events, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING Deal related to: 

[email protected]

International Baccalaureate

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."


-Sidney J. Harris


Inquiry, a key component of IB teaching, begins with reflection, but leads to investigating ideas, testing theories, and experimenting with possibilities. Here at Deal, we build upon students' prior knowledge and experience when developing our activities and assessments. For example, Science 6 is studying both obsolete and current models of the solar system and investigating future models based on today's scientific findings. Art 8 classes are practicing watercolor painting techniques to ultimately create an abstract enlargement that is reflective of style and mastery of techniques. Our goal is to develop students who are curious and capable of viewing the world through different perspectives. 


Deal Athletics ...


Fall sports offered are Cheerleading (Ms. Baxter), Volleyball (Ms. Spann), Cross Country (Mr. Helsabeck), and Football (Coach Downing). Soccer has been moved to spring for both boys and girls as it is now being offered by DCIAA as a complete sport.


Athletic forms need to be submitted before a student can try out for an interscholastic sport. The Consent Form, Emergency Treatment Form, and DC Physical Form, signed and stamped by the doctor, should be turned in to the coach of each sport. If the nurse has a copy of your child's physical, please obtain a copy and submit it to the respective coach. Forms can be found on the school website or at the following links: 


Emergency Treatment Form 


Consent to Participate Form


Universal Health Certificate Form


Football Practice
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Friday: 3:30 - 5:00 pm


Cheerleading try-outs will be this Monday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Practice for returning girls will be held on Wednesday.

Please make sure you have your athletic forms. 


Cross Country

There's still one more week for those who would like to join the cross country team! If you would like to run with us, please come to one of our practices with your completed paperwork in hand. If you need to get

a physical, you can turn in the consent form and emergency treatment forms at your first practice and give us the third form ASAP. Practices are on

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoon from 3:30 - 5:00 pm and our first meet is on September 23rd, so let's get running!



On Monday, September 8th from 3:30 - 4:00 pm there will be a volleyball team meeting in the gymnasium.

Volleyball Practice from 3:30 to 4:45 pm               
September 9th, 10th, & 12th                   
September 15th, 16th, & 17th           
September 22th, 23th, & 24th    


Winter Sports

Basketball, Cheerleading, Indoor Track, and Swimming will all begin November 1st. Forms are being accepted now.

This Week at Deal...


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will meet on Monday, September 8th. Group B will meet on Monday, September 22nd. We will meet in C216. Students on the wait list will be notified when slots open.


Group A

Group B


Jamir Grier

Mauricio Orellana

Ilana Samuel

Ajatopp Hapju

Abby Gorman

Sarah ?

Constance Meredith

Hannah Dorosin

Margaret Goletani

Weston Duncan

Candace House

Jenelle Bethea

Angeline Daniels

Cecilia Noguera

Niamh Brennan

Peter Milius

Rosalia Inglima

Dallas Hardee

Alexis Mundle

Olivia Bock

Kylie Thomas

Amelia Bergeron

Madeline Kessler

Katherine Visco

Francesca Vichr

Zoe Walls


Sam Alswang

Lara Gillingham


Molly Johnston

Britney Rivera- Martinez


Jasmine Lawson Bailey

Jennifer Villeda


Hannah Darnell

Brenda Cruz


Alexa White

Sabina Harrison


Romont Randolph

Sahara Trask


Claudia Beatsch

Lukas Leijon


Jocelyn Bostic

Milan Haight


Victoria Carter

Katherine Bouker


Chiara Purificado

Cordelia Stanton



Quinn Freeman



Raegan Crowe



Monday: Bocce

Interested in playing Bocce after school??  Come to room E300 on Monday at3:30 pm to learn about and play this awesome Italian game!


Monday: Open Studio Club! 

Interested in art? Come join us on Monday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room C217 for an open studio session. Work on your own ongoing projects, experiment with new materials, or create a mixed media masterpiece!


Monday: African Drumming Club

The Alice Deal Middle School African Drumming Club will meet every Monday afternoon in CG20 from 3:30 -

4:30 pm. The club will  explore traditional West African music through drumming and discuss the role music plays within certain cultures. Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 8th from 3:30 - 4:00 pm to distribute permission slips and discuss the purpose of the club.


Monday: Scrap-Booking and Collage Club

Come join Ms. Nakamura's Scrapbooking and Collage Club on Mondays after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C104 to unleash your creative side in a fun and relaxing environment! Feel free to bring snacks, old magazines, and scrapbooking materials (photo albums, ribbons, borders, stencils, etc.) to contribute to the group, although some materials will be provided. This club begins the week of September 8th - don't miss out!


Monday: Calling all Journalists!

Journalism with Mr. Klauber is running after school in W207 on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Have your stories appear on the online newspaper - The Viking Quarterly!


Monday: Team Seoul Study Hall

Mr. Martini, Ms. Quinn, Ms. Azimi, Ms. Culp, and Ms. Jackson will be available to provide academic support to all Team Seoul students every Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room C128. Please feel free to come for help or simply for a quiet place to work.


Monday: B.O.Y.S. (Boys Overcoming Youthful Situations)

Many students experience difficult situations and uncertainty during their middle school years. The mission of B.O.Y.S. is to provide a positive group environment where they will receive encouragement and inspiration to overcome the obstacles and challenges of life as they pursue their dreams. The first interest meeting will be held on Monday, September 8th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Room E100.


Monday: Girl Up

If you want to make a big impact for girls around the world, then Girl Up! is for you! Make an impact, build your skills, and have fun working towards the mission of ensuring all girls around the world have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. We will fundraise and raise awareness in the Deal community for girls around the world. If you are interested, join Ms. Huber in E306 at 3:30 pm on Monday, September 8th. Girls and boys welcome!


Monday: The After School Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet for the first time this school year on Monday, September 8th 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 W204.


Monday: Sixth Grade Soccer Club

Sixth grade students interested in playing and discussing soccer in a casual, non-competitive setting are welcome to join on Mondays after school 3:30 - 4:30 pm beginning September 8th. We will start in room W105 to discuss club expectations then head outside to play a few games. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Hailfinger in room W105. Beginners welcome!


Monday: Transitions Group for Grades 7 and 8

In support of our new 7th and 8th grade students, Ms. White and Ms. Hernandez will host three after school sessions on Monday's during the month of September. These after school group sessions will provide the extra support and knowledge to help students build their confidence navigating this new environment. Topics will include organization/time management techniques, using Edline, and much more. The first meeting will be Monday, September 8th at 3:30 pm.


Monday: Creative Writing

Creative Writing at Deal will begin Monday, September 8th. Please join us in room W307 as we explore the world of creative writing. We will create poems and short stories and enter as many contests as we can find! We look forward to seeing all of you!


Tuesday: Join Science Olympiad!

Do you love science and technology?  Are you looking for a challenging and competitive after school activity?  Want to work with a team to solve problems?  Come check out Deal's Science Olympiad team. We will have an informational meeting for all interested students on Tuesday, September 9th at 3:30 pm in room W201. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are invited!


Tuesday: Team Baku

Team Baku study hall will be held in E101 Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Tuesday: Team Shanghai Study Hall!

Team Shanghai teachers will be available after school on Tuesdays this year, starting on September 9th. This is a great opportunity to meet with individual teachers or get some work done in a quiet environment. If you would like to contact our team, please email us at [email protected]


Wednesday: Fantasy Football Club

Football! Football! Football!

The second annual, Alice Deal, fantasy football club has begun. We had a very living and interesting, live draft this past Wednesday. All 10 teams are looking strong! We will meet on Wednesdays in Ms. Burnham's room (N103). On those days we will discuss past games, update our team rosters and share advice. Looking forward to a great season!!!


Wednesday:  Service Club

Service club will meet on Wednesdays.  Students will explore the importance of civic engagement through arranging opportunities to participate in service activities (tutoring, visiting nursing homes, working with homeless population, etc). The group will meet in room C203.


Wednesday: DIY Club

DIY (Do it Yourself) Club will meet this Wednesday in E105 at 3:30 pm. We will meet to take attendance and then all walk down to the gallery to participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge! Come prepared with creative ideas to DIY out of cardboard. See you Wednesday!


Wednesday: 7th and 8th Model UN

There will be a 7th and 8th grade Model UN interest meeting on Wednesday, September 10th from 3:30 - 3:45 pm in room C308 with Ms. Trenkle.


Wednesday: Deal Spanish Theatre Club!

Attention all Spanish students (or any interested student): This year is the inaugural year for the Alice Deal Spanish Theatre Club! Join and practice your Spanish by reading, rehearsing and performing a play entirely in Spanish! We will read several works and explore the cultures and societies of various Spanish-speaking countries through the theatre. We will also be traveling to the Gala Hispanic Theatre to learn from professionals! The Deal Spanish Theatre Club will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm beginning September 10th. Location is TBD.


Wednesday: Fencing Club Begins Wednesday

The Deal Fencing Club begins Wednesday, September 10th after school in room E106 from 3:30 -5:00 pm. Deal supplies all the equipment: weapons and protective uniforms. You need no experience. The club is open to all Deal students. You must have a signed permission slip to attend, which you may pick up from Mr. Hughes (E206) or Mr. Martis (E106) any day after school. 


Friday: Book Club

Book Club meets on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30pm in Ms. Culp's room (C128).


Friday: Board not Bored

Monopoly, Yahtzee, Trouble, Scrabble, Cranium, Hit or Miss, Connect Four, Scattergories, Othello, Checkers, Uno, Taboo, Chess, Twister, and more!  If you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a game that you've played a thousand times or challenging yourself to learn a new one, please come to Ms. Jackson's classroom (W106) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Fridays.


Friday: Peer Mediation Interest Meeting!

The peer mediation program is recruiting students from all three grades who were trained to be peer mediators at Deal last year or in their elementary school. Students can also sign up with their counselor during lunch. Special training for mediating disputes at the middle school level will be provided. Peer mediators will have two meeting opportunities on Friday to choose from each week. The first two interest meetings will be held on Friday, September 12th from 8:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m. - location TBA. This is a great opportunity for students to contribute to their school community by helping others resolve problems that cause conflicts in relationships with peers and adults in our school.


World Language Trips 2015 and UK Trip 2015 


France Trip for 8th graders:

Registration for the 2015 spring trip to France is open for current 8th graders. To learn more about the trip, please visit and enter the tour number 1538201VB. If you have questions, please email Mr. Mbayu ([email protected]), Mr. Ngwa ([email protected]), or Ms. Brown ([email protected]). Merci! 


Costa Rica Trip for 8th Graders:

Registration for the 2015 spring trip to Costa Rica is open for current 8th graders. To learn more about the trip, please visit and enter the tour number 1610673CH. If you have questions, please email Ms. Cuffee ([email protected]) or Ms. Thompson ([email protected]). Gracias!  


United Kingdom Trip for Current 7th Graders Summer 2015:  

Registration for the 2015 summer trip to the United Kingdom is open for current 7th graders. To learn more about this trip, please visit and enter the tour number1605005AT. If you have questions, please email Mr. Otterstatter ([email protected]).


There will be a parent meeting for the United Kingdom trip on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm in room E304. Please RSVP with [email protected] 



Information about world language trip scholarships will be provided soon in the bulletin. Students will also hear about these in their classes.

Staff information ...

I-Ready testing: This week 

6th grade students will be assessed using the adaptive model I-Ready program in their math classes from Monday through Wednesday. We will maintain current bell schedules. Accommodations for students with disabilities will be met throughout the testing.


Tuesday: ALT Meeting

The Academic Leadership Team will meet at 3:30 pm. Location TBA.


Wednesday: 7th Grade Teacher Meeting 

7th grade teachers will meet in E200 at 8:10 am.


Thursday: Training

All staff are invited to join the ELA department for a webinar on the use of on September 11th at 3:30 pm in room E104. This highly adaptable resource has applications in any content area so everyone is welcome to join! Please email

[email protected] with any questions.

New: 2nd Annual Faculty/Staff Art Show

Attention staff: show off your artistic side at the 2nd annual art show! You can bring paintings, printed photos, sculptures, knit crafts, drawings, etc. to Ms. Kouri in C205. All artwork will be put on display in the 1st floor glass cabinets through the beginning of October.

Schedule of Before School Activities

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






Peer Mediators




Schedule of After School Activities

(all activities begin at 3:30 pm unless otherwise stated)




Au Cinema
Book Club
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
French Tutoring
Cottage Comic Book Club
Open Art Studio
Debate Team
Music Workshop

East Asia Studies Club
Science Tutoring
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Board Games
Bocce Ball
Ultimate Frisbee
3:30 - 5:00 E307
Peer Mediators
Speech Team
Tennis Club
Spanish Theatre
Yo-Yo Club
Corner Nurse & Neal
Lego Club
Media Center
DIY Club

Girls on the Run
Game Club
Vinyl Club

Intramural Volleyball
Film Making 101
6th Grade Comic Book Club

Cooking Club
Teachers Lounge
Meditation Club
A Cappella

Calligraphy Club
Cultural Discovery Club
Fantasy Football 

Classic Card Games 
Model UN
7th/8th Model UN

Girl Up
Learn to Swim Club
3:30 - 5:10
Service Club

Outdoor Basketball Club
String Club 

African Drumming 
Science Olympiad

6th Gr Soccer Club
Tm Baku Study Hall

Chess Club
Team Shanghai Study Hall

International Cinema
Club (TBD)

Japanese Culture Club (TBD)

Workout Warriors (TBD)

A Cappella

Cooking Club 
Group A

Scrapbooking & Collage


After School Basketball Club

7/8 Transitions Group


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

Tenley-Friendship Library Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will have a fall book sale at the Tenley Library at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Saturday, September 13th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Members are welcome to come early at 10:00 am. There will be fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks, books on gardening, crafts, art and much more.  Prices range from 50 cents to $2.00.  Special prices for collectibles.


Learn to Row 
There will be a Learn to Row information meeting on Thursday, September 4th at Wilson HS, Room 416, 7:00 p.m. Parents/Students can visit for more information.


For questions, please contact me at [email protected] 

or (202) 607-8642.

Middle School Self Defense Class
Grand Master Kim of the National Defense University is offering a
self-defense class geared specifically for 6th and 7th grade
students. The class will stimulate simple, real life situations and teach
self defense techniques for children. Students will gain confidence,
learn respect and discipline in a safe environment.

The class will be held at a martial arts studio just across Fort Reno
Park from Deal Middle School. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday
from 4-5 pm for ten weeks starting September 23rd. The price of the class
is extremely affordable.

For more information and to reserve a spot (there will only be 10
students) please email: [email protected]