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:

On this beautiful Sunday, our hometown baseball team closes out their final game against the competition and the city anticipates another playoff series. Three years ago, before the first magical Nationals season, pitcher Gio Gonzalez came to Deal for a couple of hours to meet with students and to help a friend in her anti-bullying campaign. His visit, right before his phenomenal '12 season, made a difference to many of our students. He probably doesn't remember the visit - but there are many of us who do. He was a great, soft-spoken athlete-ambassador who wasn't too impressed with himself to hang out with middle school students. It mattered.

Service takes many forms. Gio Gonzalez made a connection and thus a difference. At Deal, we encourage our students to learn how to make a difference to others. Part of that process is understanding the world around them, part is learning what is needed, and part is learning how to make the change happen. There are many service activities at Deal; as we start into fall the actions heat up. Some activities are big and splashy and some are more subtle, but all follow the goal of teaching caring individuals how to give back to their world.

We have started off with our Cardboard Challenge - an activity to bring awareness to the need to encourage creativity. On the 11th of October, we will bring community members to Deal to see what has been created as part of this challenge.  Each grade will be selecting a major theme for the year around which to build activities and goals. Our sixth grade continues, for example, to pursue the topic of homelessness, building on the connections and meaningful activities from last year. Our #socktober challenge  kicks off of the sixth grade theme. We continue to find out about other interesting service opportunities - our PTA heard from the Rock Creek Conservancy this past week with another exciting possibility - and hope to connect them to our curriculum and to our students' lives. If you know someone who has some particular insight (or involvement) in service, we are eager to hear how we can harness that potential to help our students become experts in serving the world around them. We shouldn't expect any less. I will give you more information about our activities as they happen.

Our 8th grade teams are already rolling busily. This weekend, our 8th grade parents are invited to learn about how writing is being taught at Deal. It is important for our students that you know how to support them; to do that, you need to know what is expected and planned for them. We hope to see you here on Thursday at 6:30. We will have an 8th grade family barbeque here at Deal on the 18th of October - something new for us and for you. Soon after, we will have our annual High School Night - schools from around the area will be present for you and your 8th grader to get a chance to see what is going on at each of them. October promises to be a busy month!

I am also very excited for the upcoming 7th grade science field trips; these were designed by our own excellent teachers and supported by the PTA. Students are doing stream sampling work - the same work that scientists do in the field. There is no better way to learn than by doing.

Enjoy the week.

James Albright

PS - Thoughout the year, the school nurse (Ms. Whitlock) and the administration work to reduce the number of students without full immunizations at school. As of this week, only 70 percent of our students are fully immunized. Unlike in the past, we aren't able to get a traveling immunization clinic; we need families to take care of this. One area of concern for some families is the HPV vaccine; I am told that if a family opts out of this vaccine they won't receive further reminders during their time at middle school. I recognize that the process of getting these forms in is fraught with the potential for confusion; please be patient with us as we make sure that everyone is fully immunized. This past week, immunization reminders were sent out to the 6th grade; this coming week they will be sent out to the 7th and 8th grades. Thank you for taking care of this (if you have already) and, if not, let us know if there is additional information you might need to get this done.
Week of September 29
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
      Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell - SSR  
Friday - Bell I 
Students of the Month
Congratulations to the hardworking students who are featured on Student of the Month Bulletin Board outside of the Welcome Center. The IB Learner Profile represented this month is Risk-Taker. These students "...approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs."
Timbuktu - Julien Maury and Anastasiia Semerianova 
Seoul - Seth Roane and Dynasty Murphy 
Shanghai - Patrick Smith and Zoey Lewis 
Baku - Ernestine Lwangu and Minh Dao 
Istanbul - Alexis Mundle and Spencer Fridie 
Buenos Aires - Alik Schier and Kelly Han 
Kyoto - Sebastian Limo and Marina Pariser 
Athens - Maya Canaday and Samuel Toggas 
Brussels - Kelly Blanco and Frank Sheffield 
Addis Ababa - Jordan Davis-Rivera and Yeremaiyah Allen 
Dublin - Joseph Lezama and Aleisha Hopkins 
Marrakesh - Felipe Lira and I'Keyza Ingram 
Tokyo - Ryan Yorra and Kaleb Gezahegn

Upcoming Dates  

September 30
Speech/Debate Parents Mtg.
6:30 pm

October 2
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
8th Grade Writing Night 6:30 pm
October 3
Local School Advisory Team (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
Professional Development Day
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 

Go Nationals!
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. Go Nationals. 


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.


French Tutoring

French tutoring wil be held every Wednesday from 3:30pm- 4:30pm   Room C103.  

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]). Vamos Nacionales! 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. Go Nationals! 


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


"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

- African Proverb


Collaboration is a key focus for learning experiences at Deal. When students work in small groups, they have the opportunity to practice negotiation, self-advocacy, and consensus building. Teaching students to work together improves their confidence and develops their ability to fulfill team roles. We want our students to understand that lifelong learning is not an individual venture, but a quest taken with those who have similar interests and goals.

Building Community w/ PTA 
Join the PTA! 
Dues Month 
September is our PTA Dues Month! This week is your last chance to help your student win a pizza party for their homeroom. 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.


Last Chance for Directory Updates

The contact information submitted during registration has been entered in to the AtoZ Directory database and will be used to print the Deal Directory. If you have not logged into AtoZ to verify your information/make changes, please do so at You can also remove contact information that you do not want in the directory. The deadline to verify/make changes is October 10th. Questions? [email protected] 

New: Politics & Prose Book Fair 11/1 and 11/2
Our great Politics and Prose Book Fair is coming up soon. Please volunteer and come out and shop!
The Book Fair is on Saturday, November 1 (9a - 10p) and Sunday, November 2 (10a - 8p). Politics & Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  
To volunteer at the Book Fair, use this link to sign up to work a two-hour shift:
To shop at the Book Fair:
The Deal PTA will receive 20% of the proceeds from sales made to Deal supporters on the two days of the Book Fair. This money will directly fund Deal's library collection. Visit Politics & Prose either day of the fair, stop by the Deal table on the lower level and get a coupon to present at check-out. It's that easy, so start your holiday shopping early and support our wonderful school!
Please call Camille Martone at 202.362.7555 or Jennie Bonney at 202.492.9141 with any questions.

Student & parent information

New: No supervision for early arrivals

Parents, please keep in mind that the staff does not arrive at Deal until 8:00 am. Therefore we can't be responsible for children who arrive to school before that time. 


New: Team Kyoto

Team Kyoto invites parents to the first parent club meeting at 5:00 pm on October 1st in room W200.


Team Kyoto welcomes their students to come to tutoring on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room W207. Come to get help, have a quiet workspace, or work on your science fair projects.


New: #socktober is Back!

As the kickoff to 6th Grade's year-long focus on homelessness, #socktober asks all Deal families to donate new socks, new or gently-used blankets, and jackets. Many 6th graders will have the opportunity to work with the National Coalition for the Homeless in donating these items to local people experiencing homelessness. Please join us in donating these items in your homeroom throughout the month of October!

New: Viking Quarterly 

New issue of Viking Quarterly Available! Visit 

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 550 followers, we could have a winner any day!

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!


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.  


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!


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. 


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!


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 
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, was a huge success! Don't forget about this week's meet on Tuesday! 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!



Team A Volleyball Practice
Monday, September 29th from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, September 30th from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 1st from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Team B Volleyball Practice 
Wednesday, September 30 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday, October 2nd from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Winter Sports

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

This Week at Deal...


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: Journalism 

Want to contribute? Come to Journalism on Mondays at 3:30 in W207 and/or email articles to [email protected]


Monday: Spelling Bee Club

Interested in becoming less reliant on spell-check? Join the Spelling Bee Club and get a leg-up on others for the school spelling bee. We will meet on Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Mr. Gueltig's room.


Monday: Book Club

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


Monday: International Cinema Club

International Cinema Club meets on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm Room N112.


Monday: Scrabble Club

Can you make a seven-letter word out of the letters W  M  O   E   E   S   A? If you can, then you are AWESOME, and you should strongly consider joining the Deal Scrabble Club. The club meets every Monday after school in the cafeteria. All Scrabble experience levels are welcome to join. We'll be E  X  C   I   T  E  D  to have you!


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 in 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 building your very own scrapbook!


Monday: Socratic Club

Over the last two and a half years, Deal students have engaged in philosophical discussion, read philosophical texts, and learned about the history of philosophy in Socratic Club. The Socratic Club is a place for students to engage in philosophical dialogue in all its forms. Socratic Club is open to students of all grade levels. This year, we hope to see more students represented from the sixth and seventh grades in addition to those eighth graders who have been Socratic Club members since its inception. All are welcome. The only requirement is an open and curious mind. We will meet on Mondays at 3:30 pm starting on October 1st in room E304.


Monday: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room (E306) on Monday at 3:30 pm. We will finish watching Girl Rising and discuss Emma Watson's most recent UN speech about the HeforShe campaign. See you there! 


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, pilates, to 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: After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, September 29th at 3:30 p.m. behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room W-204.


Monday: Student Council

Student Council will meet Monday after school in Room E205. All homeroom representatives and officers need to attend so we can begin planning all our exciting and fun fall projects!


Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee Cancelled

There is no practice this Tuesday (9/30) due to a meeting. We will meet again on October 6th.


Tuesday and Wednesday: Science Olympiad 

There are still a few spaces left for our first ever competition Science Olympiad team. If you are interested please see Ms. Schuettpelz in W200 or email her at [email protected]. Practices are on Tuesdays or Wednesdays; whichever work best for you.


Wednesday: Sailing Club

Our first trip to the water will take place after school this Wednesday. Permission slips went out last week and space is limited. Students will be notified which trip they should expect to attend. If you miss this trip, don't worry! We have another trip planned next week and plenty more as the year continues!

Wednesday: Workout Warriors

Workout Warriors will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in W103.This club is for athletes who want to improve in their sport of choice. General and sport specific training will be provided to all participants to help get them to their optimal performance level. This includes cross training, weight training, cardio training, sports specific training, and much more.


Wednesday: Model UN

Model UN will have its first regular meeting on Wednesday, October 1st from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C308. Please plan to attend the full meeting. We will set the agenda for their rest of the year, work on an awareness campaign, and discuss the HAMUN conference (for those who are participating).


Wednesday: Art from the Heart

Interested in learning how to knit scarfs and sew clothing and dolls? Come join Ms. Kim and the rest of the club 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! During this advisory, students will knits 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: Global Cardboard Challenge

It's not too late to join in on the fun! Bring your creative ideas and some friends to see what you can create out of some imagination, cardboard, duct tape, and scissors. We've got sports, arcade games, a small town, and robots all being made. See you Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the Gallery.


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 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 in room W104.


Friday: 8th Grade Field Trip Club 

The 8th Grade Field Trip Club will have its first outing on Friday, October 3rd from 3:30 - 5:30 pm to the Columbus Statue at Union Station. Students should plan to wear good walking shoes, bring a camera (or have a phone with a camera), and a working subway card (or $6.00 to purchase a round trip ticket). Students should bring a snack as well!  See Ms. Tremble in C308 for a field trip form.

          8th Grade Corner

8th Grade BBQ
Join us at Deal for an afternoon of community building on Saturday, October 18th at noon! We'll provide food, fun, games, and a chance to get to know your teachers outside of the classroom. See you there!

High School Night
Mark your calendar for our High School Night on October 23rd at 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the transition to high school and here about the options available to Deal students.

Open Houses
Mckinley Technology
This year, McKinley Technology High School will host three open house events for prospective students and their families. During the open house, attendees will meet Principal Louise Jones, teachers, and current students to learn more about the STEM-based and experiential learning opportunities at the school. Tours of McKinley will also be available during the open house.

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

Staff information ...
Tuesday: Academic Leadership Team
The ALT will meet at 3:30 pm.

Wednesday: 6th Grade PD for ALL 6th grade teachers - Pattern of Performance 
All 6th grade teachers (core and non-core) will participate in PD on Wednesday, October 1, at 8:10 and during their planning periods.

8:10 am - N101
1st Period - N104
4th Period - C104
5th Period - C128
6th Period - W101
7th Period - C114

Thursday: Washington Teachers Union Meeting

We will have our first meeting of the school year on Thursday, October 2nd in Mr. Gueltig's room (E104) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Check your inbox for the agenda.  


Friday: Local School Advisory Team (LSAT)

The LSAT will meet at 7:30 am. 

Friday: ManageBac PD
Ms. Brown will lead a training on ManageBac in room N112 at 8:00 am.
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
8th Grade Field Trip Club
Girls on the Run
Game Club
Vinyl Club
Go Nationals!
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)
Model Un
History Film Club

Chess Club

Global Cardboard Challenge

International Cinema
Club N112
The Sports Rap

Socratic Club

Sailing Club

A Cappella

Workout Warriors

Scrabble Club

Model UN

Scrapbooking & Collage


After School Basketball Club

Spelling Bee Club 

Nature Lovers Club

Socratic Club


Community Information
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)
Free Tickets to The Good Life Screening
Oxfam, Sudan Sunrise, The Enough Project, and Sojourners invited students at Deal to attend a screening of The Good Life October 2nd at 7:00 pm at Regal Cinemas Gallery Place. For more information and tickets, please visit

Winners Lacross 2014 Fall Clinics

Register today for boys and girls fall lacrosse clinics at Alice Deal Middle School! Clinics started 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 


Great News from Writopia

Writopia DC began five years ago with just a handful of writers. Now, along with Tenleytown, we run thriving workshops in Capitol Hill, Falls Church, and Rockville, too. With more and more writers joining us, we need bigger spaces!

 *   Beginning October 16th, our new Tenleytown location will be in the Wisconsin Building at 4000 Albemarle Street, Suite 308. We are so excited to show off the brand new renovation and decor. Stop by to see our new Tenleytown location on October 16th during our Open House from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. We will have festive fall treats, a tour, and a "pop-up" style reading.

If your writer has a busy schedule during the week, we now have a wider selection of weekend workshop times to better accommodate our families:

 *   Tenleytown, Saturdays at 10:30am and at 12:30pm.
 *   Tenleytown, Sundays at 10:30am.
 *   Capitol Hill, Saturdays at 10:30am.

Writopia Lab is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization that fosters joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing. Each of our workshops has a maximum of six students and is led by a published author or produced playwright who has been extensively trained in our time-tested methodology.  


M.O.M.I.E's TLC Presents: The Great Persons Ball

Washington, DC- Mentors of Minorities in Education's Total Learning Cis-tem (a.k.a. M.O.M.I.E's TLC) is a DC-based non-profit with the mission of "nurturing the genius" of children through a transformative learning experience. M.O.M.I.E's offers year-round programs that address the tremendous and critical need for high-quality, holistic educational services for low to moderate income children and youth. M.O.M.I.E's teaches an award-winning curriculum, The Great Persons Series, as a means to ground our children in their culture, celebrate their stories, and meaningfully connect them with the world in which they live.


The Great Persons Ball is family-friendly event invites you to dress up as your favorite Great Person, past or present, and celebrate history as a unique alternative to the traditional Halloween trick-or-treating. The Ball will include a night of pizza, dancing, and fun!


All proceeds will go directly towards supporting M.O.M.I.E's unique education programs. The Ball is currently sponsored by Custom Fuel Pizza and American University. If you would like to participate as a sponsor please contact Jess at [email protected] for more information.


WHO: M.O.M.I.E's TLC youths, clients, supporters, funders

          Local community members and families


WHAT: The Great Persons Ball


WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 6-9pm


WHERE: Custom Fuel Pizza

             2301 Georgia Avenue NW Washington, DC



In advance: $15 per adult; $5 per child (ages 3-12); $25 per family of 3+; $10 per student; purchase online at

At the door: $20 per adult; $10 per child, ages 3-12; $30 per family of +3; $15 per student


For more information about the event and our organization please visit:

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]   


Go Nationals!