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:

It is hard to believe that we have arrived at the mid-point of the 1st advisory this week. If you are the parent of a 6th grader, they have figured out the school by now - hidden shortcuts, how to get in line to go out to lunch, how to make sure they are prepared for all six of their classes. 7th graders are over the fact that they aren't in 6th grade anymore! 8th graders have finally earned their legs - there was a lot of huffing and puffing as they came up those stairs several times a day. So many Deal experiences are already underway - the Hemlock trip for 6th graders is now in the past, our 7th grade science trip is coming up, and the 8th graders are deep into Science Fair and, soon, National History Day. The mid-point of the first advisory is a chance to take an early look at our progress and see what we need to do to tweak our performance.

For 7th and 8th graders, the mid-advisory report will focus on graded performance for the first 5 weeks. Families will receive a print-out of their child's Edline report, a starting point for a year's worth of discussion and support. The impetus behind the report is to note whether a student is having significant difficulty in a subject or two; we send all the grades so that you can put this performance in perspective.

The 6th grade mid-advisory report will be different than that of the 7th and 8th graders. The focus for their first mid- advisory report is on the academic behaviors necessary for academic success. Early this year, our 6th grade teachers identified the following skills (defined as approaches to learning (ATL) in the IB):
  • taking responsibility for one's own actions
  • meeting deadlines
  • bringing necessary equipment and supplies to class, and
  • practicing focus and concentration.
All 6th grade teachers (team, world language, arts/music, and PE) will determine if a student needs support in these areas to perform to their best level; continuing struggle might lead to lower performance on the 1st advisory report card in late October. You and your child(ren) will get feedback about these skills. These were selected in part because they are skills that you can work on at home as well. (These same ATL skills will be addressed throughout the year by teams.)

The 7th and 8th grade have also chosen ATL skills for the year. The complete set of skills will be placed on the Alice Deal website this week and you should see them in team and grade activities throughout the year as well. These are academic skills and will not be graded in a traditional sense. They are, however, what our teachers think would be the most useful for your student to grow. They fall into five categories: communication skills, social skills, self-management skills, research skills, and thinking skills. I look forward to the ATL becoming more useful over time as we help your student grow as a learner.

Enjoy the week!

James Albright

PS - This Tuesday at 9am will be my first Principal's Coffee. It is a chance for those of you who like strong coffee and a spirited discussion to gather and meet with me. It will run about an hour. There will be one a month this year; don't feel as though you have to make this one, just pencil me in for later on if you can't make it. I won't have an agenda, just a desire to talk with you.

Week of September 22
 Bell Schedule

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

Upcoming Dates  

September 23
Principal's Coffee 9 am
Team Dublin on Science Trip  
Team Leaders (grade level) 
3:30 pm 
October 2
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
8th Grade English Night 6:30 pm
October 3
LSAT, 7:30 am
October 4
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon

October 6
Team Athens on Science trip
October 7
Team Buenos Aires on Science trip
October 8
Team Kyoto on Science trip
PTA Meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm
October 9
Team Brussels on Science trip
October 10
Development Day for staff
No school for Students 
October 11 
Cardboard Challenge

October 13
Columbus Day
No school for students or staff
October 14
Buddy Day - Hearst 
October 15
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
Peer Mediation Training, 3:15 pm 
October 16
Peer Mediation Training, 3:15 pm
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

October 18
Saturday Detention 9 am - Noon
8th Grade Family BBQ - 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 

Tutoring at Deal...

Team Tutoring

Team teachers will be available after school on the following days:


6th Grade Teams

Seoul: Monday (C128)

Shanghai:Tuesday (W103)

Istanbul: Tuesday

Baku: Tuesday (E101)


7th Grade Teams

Buenos Aires: Wednesday 

Athens:Wednesday (E205)

Kyoto: Wednesday (W207)

Brussels: Wednesday


8th Grade Teams

Marrakesh: Tuesday

Dublin: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

Addis Ababa: Tuesday. Wednesday, and Friday

Tokyo: Wednesday


ELL Tutoring

ELL tutoring Mondays and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in room C213.


Spanish Humanities 

Spanish Humanities tutoring will be in room C212 every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Spanish Tutoring

Spanish tutoring will be every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room CG07.

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). 
Buddy Days are Coming!

Every year, Alice Deal Middle 6th grade students and teachers host a day for each feeder schools' 5th grade students and teachers to visit during the school day. This is our chance to proudly present Deal to our future middle school students. We make every effort to ensure our visitors have a wonderful "Deal" experience.

The following schools will visit from 8:50 to noon.

Hearst ES
Tuesday, October 14
Murch ES
Friday, October 24
Lafayette ES
  Friday, November 7
Eaton ES
Friday, November 14
Bancroft ES
Wednesday, November19
Shepherd ES
Wednesday, December 3
Janney ES
Tuesday, December 9



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]

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]



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!  


China Trip for 8th graders

Registration for the 2015 spring trip to China is open for current 8th graders. To learn more about the trip, plesae visit or speak with anyone who attended last year's trip. If you have questions, please email Mr. Zhi at [email protected] 


The trip will visit Beijing, the capital of China; Xi'an, the historical city with terracotta warriors; Shanghai, the famous economic center; and Guilin, one of the most scenic places in the world.


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.

International Baccalaureate


We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.

Thomas Merton


Making independent choices is one of the parts of growing up that children love the most. At Deal, students are often given the opportunity to choose a topic of individual interest for an assignment. Last week in Mr. Zhi's Chinese class, students created a floor plan for a home of their design. Some students drew plans for one-bedroom apartments with restaurants attached, while others designed ten-bedroom mansions with patios and indoor pools. Mr. Zhi also required the students to write the Chinese symbol for each of the rooms, choose the location for the home, and to choose the price. Students presented their work using the target language as a realtor would for a homebuyer.


Allowing students to choose one component of an assignment develops their skills to inquire deeply about something that they value. This practice also allows students to express their interests and creativity while building their content skills and mastery. As we develop our students to be lifelong learners, we want them to continually make academic choices that not only deepen their understanding of content, but also broaden their view of the world.

8th Grade Corner

Open Houses

Mckinley Technology
This year, McKinley Technology High School will be hosting three Open House events for prospective students and their families. During the Open House, attendees will meet Principal Louise Jones, current teachers and students, and learn more about the STEM-based and experiential learning opportunities at our school. Tours of McKinley will also be available during the Open House. The event dates are listed below.

McKinley Tech Open Houses:
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10am-12pm
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10am-12pm

Building Community w/ PTA 

Get Your Viking Swag This Week!

The Viking Ship will be open for students this Thursday and Friday during lunch hours. We accept cash, credit cards, and check made out to "Alice Deal PTA."   


T-shirts - $12

Hoodies - $30

Pajama Bottoms - $30

Magnets - $5

Bumper Stickers - $1

Water Bottle - $1

Change Wallet - $2

Pencils - 4 for $1

Gym Bag - $5


Package Deal - Get a hoodie or pajama bottoms, t-shirt, gym bag, and change wallet for just $45! 

Join the PTA! 


September is our PTA Dues Month! You can help your student win a PIZZA PARTY for their homeroom. The Deal PTA will give your student's homeroom a PIZZA PARTY if they have the most parents contribute their dues before the end of the month. There will be one PIZZA PARTY per team. 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; you may of course give what you can or simply set up a payment plan online.  



Student & parent information

New: The 1st Mid-Advisory is Here

This Thursday marks the midpoint of 1st advisory. All families are encouraged to make use of Edline as a tool to monitor and reflect on academic progress. The mid-advisory reporting process will vary by grade level. If you receive a printed report, please review it and then sign to return to your child's homeroom teacher. For support with Edline, please email [email protected].

New: Follow Us on Twitter
Do you want to know more about daily life at Deal? Follow us on Twitter @DealVikings.  Mr. Albright has generously offered to buy dinner for the millionth follower so act fast; with over 530 followers, we could have a winner any day!

New: Deal Directory Art Contest

The PTA needs your help to design the cover for this year's directory! Artwork must be submitted on white paper with pen or black marker drawings (no color). Submit your artwork to Ms. Kouri (C205), Ms. Lombardo (C217), or Ms. Kim (C224) no later than Friday, October 3rd. Go Vikings!


Staff Art Show On Display

Check out the many different artistic works made by your teachers and Deal staff members in the first floor display cabinets through the beginning of October. Artworks include photography, beadwork, bookbinding, painting, ceramics and a special artifact made by Principal Albright when he was six years old!


New: Donations Needed for the Art Department

The Visual Arts department is in need of your newspapers and National Geographic magazines to repurpose for student projects. Donations can be dropped off in the Welcome Center with a label for the art department.  


New: Sailing Club 

Ahoy! The sailing club is back and ready to hit the high seas this fall. We will hold our first meeting on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:30 pm in room E101 with our first sailing trips taking place in the coming weeks. We accept any experience level from land-lubbers to salty dogs. See you soon!  


New: Model UN Club 

Model UN Club for 7th and 8th grade students will have their first meeting on Wednesday, October 1st at 3:30 pm in C308.


Students who completed the interest form should have received access to the Model UN Club Web Page and an email about an upcoming conference at Holton Arms. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]


New: Calling All Parents! 

The 8th grade humanities department will sponsor a Colonial Day for 8th graders during their history class on Friday, October 17th. If you are able to help run a station highlighting colonial life (ice cream making, games from the colonial period, stitching, etc.) please let us know. We also need parents who will help facilitate the students and move them from group to group. Please email Ms. Trenkle at [email protected] if you are interested and able to participate. Thank you in advance!


New: Team Dublin Science Trip 

Team Dublin with join the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Aero Club of Washington at Ronald Reagan National Airport this Tuesday, September 23rd to experience Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom launch and Aerospace Career Fair. Students should arrive at Deal no later than 8:00 am. If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected]


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. Please reach us at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

New: Thank You from the Volleyball Team 
The volleyball teams and coaching staff wish to extend a heart-felt thank you to the staff members who challenged the Lady Vikings last Friday. Team A won the first match, but the teachers were victorious in the second and third match. Wow! Thank you! The Lady Vikings would like a rematch! 

7th Grade Science Field Trip

The 7th Grade Science Department will be hosting an aquatic macro invertebrate 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. The teams will go on the following dates:


Team Athens - October 6th

Team Buenos Aires - October 7th

Team Kyoto - October 8th

Team Brussels - October 9th  


We still need chaperones from Team Brussels. Please email [email protected] with your name, your child's name, and your child's team name if you can help out. Thank you!


Turkish Festival

Team Istanbul's adopted Embassy this year is Turkey. They have graciously invited Team Istanbul, and all Alice Deal students and parents, to their annual Turkish Festival. The festival will be held on

September 28th from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. For more information, check out


8th Grade History Film Club 

8th grade students are invited to join the History Film Club. Once a month we will watch a movie related to our curriculum. Sign up with your Humanities teacher. This month, we will show Freedom Riders. This film about the Civil Rights Movement is connected to our Leadership and Legacy National History Day theme. Participants will meet in W305 at 3:30 and should plan to stay until the end of the movie at 5:45 pm. Feel free to bring snacks!


Deal Peer Mediation Program Applications 

The Peer Mediation program here at Deal is now accepting applications for newcomers. Completed applications must be turned in to Ms. White by Monday, September 29th for consideration in the program. Students who participated in the mediation program last school year or who have been trained as mediators are asked to attend one of this week's meeting on Friday.  


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.


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]

Deal Athletics ...


Fall sports offered are Cheer (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


Deal Football Schedule 
9/24    Deal vs. Browne 5:50pm @ Cardozo
10/1    Deal vs. McKinley 6pm @ Wilson
10/8    Deal vs. Hardy 6pm @ Wilson
10/15  Deal vs. Whittier 6pm @ Wilson
10/22  Deal BYE
10/29  Football Playoffs 6pm @ T.B.A.
11/5   Semi-Finals        6pm @ T.B.A.
11/22  Football Championship 11am @ Eastern HS


Cheer practice will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.


Cross Country

Deal's first cross country meet, the Lafayette Invitational, is this coming Tuesday! Runners should have come home from practice with information regarding the meet. Additionally, your coaches have sent out an informational email. If you are not receiving emails from your coaches, email them at [email protected]! Go Vikings!



Practice Dates: Team A 
Monday, Sept. 22nd, Tuesday, Sept.23rd, & Wed., Sept. 24th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Site: Gymnasium 

Practice Dates: Team B
Wednesday, Sept. 23rd & Friday, Sept. 26th
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:45pm
Site: Gallery or gymnasium

Winter Sports

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

This Week at Deal...


Monday: Girl Up!

Girl Up will meet in in Ms. Huber's room (E306) on Monday. We will watch the movie "Girl Rising" and discussing girls' empowerment, child marriage, lack of access to education, MDG goals, and other topics. Snacks will be provided. See you there!


Monday: The Deal Nature Lovers Club

The DNLC, the Deal Nature Lovers Club, will meet  at 3:30 pm in Ms. Hyatt's room (W300). If you are interested in hiking field trips, environmental speakers, and raising awareness about environmental issues, the DNLC is for you! All are welcome!


Monday: Conditioning Club

Do you want to add some variety to your fitness? Join the conditioning club and get a chance to experience a variety of workouts ranging from circuits to Pilates and stretching. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. We will meet on Monday's from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in E101.


Monday: Deal Creative Writing Club

Come one, come all to the Deal Creative Writing Club. We have a plethora of writing contests for our members. Come join in the fun every other Monday in Ms. Smith's class, room W307. Our second meeting will be Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. All are welcome!


Monday: Boys Discussion Group

6th grade boys: Are you eager to have a boys only group?  Here is your chance with BDOG. This is a Boys Discussion Only Group. We will meet on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in E100. We will not only have discussion groups but also activities and opportunities for young men to spend time together and learn from one another. We will focus on academics, leadership, team building, as well as the questions and concerns that may arise as young adolescent men.


Monday: African Drumming

The Alice Deal Middle School African Drumming Club will meet Monday afternoon in CG20 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Mr. Assael apologizes for the late cancellation last week, but please bring your permission slip for the club to this week's meeting.


Monday: GeoPlunge!

New and returning sixth grade students interested in participating in GeoPlunge are invited to Mr. Martini's room (C130) during 3rd period recess on Monday. After eating your lunch, please wait for an announcement from Ms. Neal in order to be dismissed from the cafeteria.


Monday: Bocce Club

After school bocce on Monday! Interested in learning and playing this awesome Italian game? Come to room E300 on Mondays at 3:30 pm to play. Ci vediamo li!


Monday: Open Studio Club

8th grade students! Are you thinking about applying to Duke Ellington for the Visual Arts? It's not too early to start thinking about your portfolio. Come to the Open Studio Club 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: Intramural Volleyball Club

Come one, come all and join the Intramural Volleyball Club. We will meet on Monday at 3:30 pm in Ms. Acharya's room (E305) before heading to the gym. Please make sure to wear appropriate clothing (gym clothes, sneakers).


Monday: The After School Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday 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: Scrap-booking and Collage Club

Come join Ms. Nakamura's Scrapbooking and Collage Club on Mondays after school from 3:30 - 4:40 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; some materials will be provided. Don't miss out on this opportunity!


Monday: Spelling Bee Club

Anyone interested in spelling words correctly without the assistance of auto-correct and earning a fast-pass entry into the Deal Spelling Bee should join the Spelling Bee Club! We will meet this Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Mr. Gueltig's room, E104 to continue practicing our rapid-fire correct spelling abilities!


Monday: Chess Club

Chess Club will meet on Mondays, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C315. Students of any experience level are welcome to join and learn more about chess while playing friendly games.


Monday: Cooking Club

Group B will meet on Monday at 3:30 pm in C216. Class ends at 5:00 pm.


Updated Group B

Updated Waitlist

Mauricio Orellana


Ilana Samuel

Sarah Sabbatou

Hannah Dorosin

Margaret Goletani

Candace House

Jenelle Bethea

Cecilia Noguera

Niamh Brennan

Rosalia Inglima

Dallas Hardee

Olivia Bock

Kylie Thomas

Madeline Kessler

Katherine Visco

Zoe Walls

Avery Dunn

Lara Gillingham

Anna Lea Raziwill

Britney Rivera- Martinez

Anna Wehebrink

Jennifer Villeda

Ally Han

Brenda Cruz


Sabina Harrison


Sahara Trask


Lukas Leijon


Milan Haight


Katherine Bouker


Cordelia Stanton


Quinn Freeman


Raegan Crowe



Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee Club

It's not too late to join the Ultimate Frisbee club! Turn in your athletic forms to Coach Martini, Coach Reynolds, or Coach Kouri to participate. The club meets on Tuesdays in Mr. Martini's room (C130) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Tuesday: Photography Club

Photography club will meet on Tuesday after school in room E301.


Tuesday: Science Olympiad Team

Are you interested in competing in Deal's first ever Science Olympiad team? Join us for an interest meeting on Tuesday in Room W200. If you can't attend, please contact Ms. Schuettpelz at [email protected]


Wednesday: Sailing Club 

We will hold our first meeting on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:30 pm in room E101 with our first sailing trips taking place in the coming weeks. We accept any experience level from land-lubbers to salty dogs. See you soon!


Wednesday: The Sports Rap
Are you a big sports fan?  Do you like shows like Pardon the Interruption and Sports Center?  Then The Sports Rap is the activity for you! In Sports Rap, students will engage in Socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan! Sports Rap Viking Time alumni are encouraged to attend, but all are invited. Meet Mr. McDowell on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room W104. 

Wednesday: 3D printing returns to Deal!

Come hear a 3D printing expert from the DC Public Library, see Deal's MakerBot 2 in action, and see what all the fuss is about on Wednesday, Septebmer 24th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Ms. Reynold's room (E307). See Ms. Redekopp or Ms. Reynolds with questions. All are welcome!


Wednesday: Dance Club

Dance Club will meet from 3:30 - 4:30 pm every Wednesday. Please meet in front of the auditorium wearing appropriate dance attire that is still school appropriate and allows you to move! We can't wait to see your moves! 


Wednesday: Art from the Heart

Interested in learning how to knit scarfs and sew clothing and dolls? Come join Ms. Kim in room C224 on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. This club will not only teach you how to learn those skills but also give back to the community! This advisory, students will knit scarfs for the homeless and create dolls for the Children's hospital! Feel free to bring light snacks, yarn, or any kind of fabric.


Wednesday: History Film Club

8th grade students are invited to join the History Film Club. Once a month, we will watch a movie related to our curriculum. Sign up with your Humanities teacher. This month, we will show Freedom Riders. This film about the Civil Rights Movement is connected to our Leadership and Legacy National History Day theme. Participants will meet in W305 on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:30 pm and should plan to stay until the end of the movie at 5:45 pm. Feel free to bring snacks!


Wednesday: Global Cardboard Challenge

Looking for a creative way to entertain yourself, your friends, and your community? Join the Global Cardboard Challenge! We will meet once again in the Gallery on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Bring your designs, your creative energy, and a couple of friends!


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: Book Club

Book Club takes place in Ms. Culp's room (C128) on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Our first novel is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Join us!

Staff information ...

Monday: 6th grade meeting at 8:00am

All teachers who instruct 6th grade students are asked to attend a meeting at 8:00 am. 

Team Shanghai - E100
8:00 - 8:10; Art
8:10 - 8:20; Music
8:20 - 8:30; World Languages
8:30 - 8:40; PE

Team Seoul - E106
8:00 - 8:10; Music
8:10 - 8:20; World Languages
8:20 - 8:30; PE
8:30 - 8:40; Art

Team Istanbul (Room TBD)
8:00 - 8:10; World Languages
8:10 - 8:20; PE
8:20 - 8:30; Art
8:30 - 8:40; Music

Team Baku (Room TBD)
8:00 - 8:10; PE
8:10 - 8:20; Art
8:20 - 8:30; Music
8:30 - 8:40; World Languages


Friday: Professional Development at Deal 

No-Nonsense Nurturing - Room E106

Teaching Students with Hearing Challenges - Room W307


New: Upcoming Dates
The ELA Unit Assessment will take place from October 6th - 9th. 

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)





Symphonic Band - CG20String Orchestra - CG04Percussion Ensemble
String Orchestra
Peer Mediators
Concert Choir
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir

Percussion Ensemble


Schedule of After School Clubs & Activities

(all clubs and activities end at 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted)




Au Cinema
National Junior Honor Society
Book Club
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
French Tutoring
Cottage Comic Book 
Open Art Studio
Debate Team
Music Workshop
East Asia Studies
Science Tutoring
Gay Straight Alliance
Board Games
Bocce Ball
Ultimate Frisbee
E307 (to 5pm) 
Peer Mediators
Conditioning Club
Tennis Club
Spanish Theatre
Yo-Yo Club
Corner Nurse & Neal
Team Shanghai
Study Hall
DIY Club

Girls on the Run
Game Club
Vinyl Club

Intramural Volleyball
Film Making 101
6th Gr Comic Book

Cooking Club
Group B
Meditation Club
A Cappella

Calligraphy Club
Cultural Discovery Club
Fantasy Football 

Classic Card Games 
Tm Baku Study Hall

7th/8th Model UN

Girl Up
Learn to Swim Club
E201 (to 5:10pm)
Service Club

Student Council 
String Club 
Music Workshop 

African Drumming 
Science Olympiad
Art from the Heart

6th Gr Soccer Club
Photography Club

Japanese Culture Club (Loc TBD)

History Film Club

Chess Club

Global Cardboard Challenge

International Cinema
Club (Loc TBD)
The Sports Rap

Workout Warriors 

Sailing Club

A Cappella

Scrabble Club

Scrapbooking & Collage


After School Basketball Club

7/8 Transitions Group

Nature Lovers Club

Spelling Bee Club


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

Winners Lacross 2014 Fall Clinics

Register today for boys and girls fall lacrosse clinics at Alice Deal Middle School! Clinics will start Sunday, September 28th and will take place on 9/28, 10/5, and 10/26 (with 11/2 as a make-up day for any weather cancellations). Clinics will take place from 3:30 - 5:00 pm and will focus on game fundamentals and skills development. 


For more information click here 

To Register for Fall Clinics click here 

Player Progression Academy

PPA (Player Progression Academy) Is offering a FREE speed and agility soccer clinic to Deal students on Fridays (starting this Friday) from 5:30-6:30pm. To register go to:!academy-fall/cg98and enter the coupon code "DEAL MS" (cap sensitive). The schedule can be found here:!academy-calendar/c1t0r Hope to see you on the field on Friday!


Middle School Frisbee League Announcement
The Washington Area Frisbee Club is hosting a Middle School League this fall. The league is co-ed and is open to boys and girls, ages 10 - 13, from DC metro area. Cost is $30 per player which gets you a disc, a shirt, and 4 weeks of ultimate! Sign up as an individual; baggage is limited to pairs. Please note that a parent is needed to sign up. Registration closes on Monday, September 29, 2014. For more information about the league, contact the league commissioners at [email protected].


Deal Squash Team!

Squash is one of most popular and successful sports at DC and south MD area schools. Not only is squash great for cardio fitness (rated by Forbes magazine as the BEST cardio workout you can do in the US) and a great cross trainer, but because it is played at over 100 top colleges and so few juniors play; squash can help get your child into an excellent college. DEAL squash club trains at Chevy Chase Athletic Club , Friendship Hts (across from the metro). Beginners are most welcome.


Training is held 4 times per week and your child may do 1 or more days per week - most do 2 or 3 however Wed 4pm is now full (we also offer small group sessions on Saturday) 


Registration is open, please contact me if you have any questions. Scholarships are available for FARM students  - contact me for details.


FREE TRIAL SESSION - like to try squash? join us on Sat Sept 13 at 1pm for a free trial session - this session is free but registration is essential.


Middle School Self Defense Class
Grand Master Kim of the National Defense University is offering a self-defense class geared specifically for sixth and seventh 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 email [email protected]   

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.