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:

Unbelievably, our first advisory ends in just a few, short weeks. The process at the end of the advisories follows a set pattern: Teachers will let your students know what is the last day for assignments to be counted in the advisory; students and parents should check to make sure that work is submitted before then. On the last day of the advisory, students will have a half day (leaving at 12:15). Teachers will use the following week to finalize marks for the advisory (November 7) and then report cards will be mailed out the following week. A parent-teacher conference day is scheduled on November 10th; it is early and may take place before the final advisory reports are received - so just be aware. We will follow a similar pattern each advisory - although snow days have a tendency to take the last conference day out of the schedule.

There have been a number of questions about the shift in some of our assessment practices this year. There will be additional information posted here and on our website, but I wanted to take a moment to answer some big questions here. One important feature is to note that IB assessments and practices are fully implemented in the 6th grade, but being piloted in certain subjects in the 7th and 8th grades.

1) The biggest shift is in more effectively using the IB Middle Years Program assessment process to give feedback to students, primarily at the 6th grade. While the MYP always uses a district's own standards, the program uses carefully designed subject objectives to give students direct feedback on performance. For example, student work in mathematics is still in Math 6 or Pre-Algebra, and it still uses the Common Core math standards. The MYP Mathematics objectives, however, provide a way for students to better understand where they need to improve. In the first six weeks of its implementation, teachers report very different conversations with students, telling us that the objectives are more direct about student work and give all a better way to talk about growth. 

2) The use of the new objectives and criteria has led to a redesign of many of our assessments (e.g., tests, projects, quizzes, assignments). These are intended to allow students to work more explicitly on certain skills or areas of knowledge, and have greatly improved our methods of evaluating your students.

3) As a DCPS school, we will report DCPS grades (A - F) on regular report cards. You can expect these at the end of each advisory as usual. During the advisory, however, we have continued a pattern from the last few years of not identifying a "grade" for work that is formative (used to guide further learning). An A - F grade doesn't tell a student what they don't know or how they can grow on an individual assignment. At the first mid-advisory report, we informed families if their student was struggling in getting work in, getting it completed, or being ready for class. We believe these are better indicators of success or struggle than a letter grade based on a few weeks' work. At the end of the first and second semesters, an MYP report card will be sent home with the DCPS report card, providing much more information than has been available in the past.

4) Students in the 6th grade will receive grades matched with how they are doing against the MYP objectives and the course standards. Rather than just one assignment leading to a letter grade, the entirety of the student work over the advisory will be evaluated, and an MYP mark and DCPS letter grade determined. If students are doing excellent work, that will be reflected. Low- to mid-level MYP marks do not necessarily translate into low DCPS grades; the connection between MYP marks and DCPS grades changes as the year progresses to ensure that students are recognized for their work over time and are challenged every day.

5) MYP objectives and criteria are being piloted in some 7th and 8th grades subjects this year. Where rubrics are being used, they are not being used to determine actual DCPS grades. Over the last year, all of our 6th grade teachers received training in assessment design, use of rubrics, feedback conversations and practices with students, and other intrinsic elements of the MYP. We are currently working to bring that professional development to those 7th and 8th grade teachers who are not fully trained in the approach.

I am sure I haven't answered most of your questions. I encourage you to check with your students (in particular 6th graders) and talk to them about their experience and understanding of the process. We are in a growth mode ourselves, seeking to learn from feedback and making necessary adjustments to the overall approach. In addition to materials being added to our website, we will host an IB Assessment evening for parents on October 21. Feel free to touch base before then; we hope to see you there!

Enjoy the week.

James Albright

PS - This Saturday, we will host our first Global Cardboard Challenge at Deal - starting at 10am. This event is free and intended to be fun for everyone. Students have been building all sorts of contraptions and games with cardboard and are looking forward to sharing their creations with the Deal community. And be sure to bring the kids as well!

Also, please note that the date of the next Principal's Coffee has been moved from October 15 to October 22. Coffee will still be available!
Week of October 6
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Activity Bell 
Friday - Professional Development Day
No school for students 

Service and Action @ Deal
At Deal, we want our students to learn how to leave the world a better place than they find it. This week we will start highlighting some of the efforts underway here that align with that belief.
International Day of Play
Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10-12 @ Deal
Join us as we celebrate students' cardboard creations, including arcade games, vending machines, and costumes. Materials will be available for you to make your own cardboard masterpiece, too! 
Lemonade will be sold and donations are accepted. All proceeds will go to Girl Up.
Upcoming Dates
October 6
Team Athens on Science trip
English Unit 1 Test  

October 7
Team Buenos Aires on Science trip
 English Unit 1 Test

October 8
Team Kyoto on Science trip
English Unit 1 Test
PTA Meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm
October 9
Team Brussels on Science trip
English Unit 1 Test

October 10
Professional Development Day
No school for students 
October 11 
Cardboard Challenge, 10:00 am

October 13
Columbus Day
No school for students or staff
October 14
Buddy Day - Hearst 
October 15
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 21
IB Parent Workshop on Assessment at Deal, 6:30 pm

October 22
Principal's Coffee, 9 am

October 23
High School Night, 6:30 pm

October 24
Buddy Day - Murch 

October 27
Team Addis Ababa on Culture Trip

October 28
Mix-It-Up Day
Team Dublin on Culture Trip

October 29
Team Marrakesh on Culture Trip

October 30
Team Tokyo on Culture Trip

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

November 1
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon

November 3
Enrollment Audit
6th Grade Birthday Party 

November 4
Career Day
Team Leaders, 3:30

November 6
New to Deal, 3:30 pm
Deal @ Lafayette, 6:30 pm

November 7
Buddy Day - Lafayette
Visiting Deal, 10 am 

November 10
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students 

November 11
Veterans Day
No school for staff or students

November 12
Principal's Coffee, 9 am 
Deal @ Murch, 6:30 pm

November 13
Family Math Night, 6:30 am

November 14
Buddy Day, Eaton 

November 15
Saturday Detention 9am to noon

November 17
7th Grade Holocaust Museum Trip

November 18
7th Grade Holocaust Museum Trip

November 19
Buddy Day - Bancroft
7th Grade Holocaust Museum Trip
International Night, 6:30 pm

November 20
7th Grade Holocaust Museum Trip
Faculty Meeting
Deal @ Eaton 

November 21
Visiting Deal, 10 am
7th Grade Holocaust Museum Trip
8th Grade Humanities Guapos Trip

November 25
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

November 26
Thanksgiving Assembly

November 27 - 28
Thanksgiving Break
No school for staff and students
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.


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] 

PTA General Meeting - 10/8 at 6:30 

Mark your calendar for this "don't miss" event: the PTA General Meeting & Guest Speaker "How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs & Alcohol"


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in 

the Deal cafeteria (6:30pm) 


The PTA meeting (covering revised PTA bylaws and a name change) will be immediately followed by the first of our "Parenting for Prevention" series speakers: How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol. The guest speaker will be Caroline Lee, LGSW of Washington, DC. Caroline Lee is a specialist with the Caron Student Assistance Program, a leader in providing alcohol and drug education. She will share information on the effects and consequences of gateway drugs and other drug trends as well as some helpful tips for talking with our kids about drugs and alcohol.

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: World Language trip scholarship information

Three separate groups of students will be traveling with teachers to Costa Rica, China, and France over Spring Break 2015. In 2014, almost 40 percent of Deal 8th graders made the journey with their peers. We are excited to be able to partner with EF Tours and our Deal families, and hope that as many students as possible can make the trip.


These tours, however, are expensive. The PTA has generously provided scholarship funding in the past - and continues to do so this year - to pay up to 50 percent of the cost for students in families of limited means. What does this mean? Any student who receives financial assistance through the Free and Reduced Meal (FRM) program, is in good academic standing in the language of study, and submits an application with essay, is eligible for a 50 percent scholarship. In the past two years, every student who met these criteria received support funding from the PTA (and additional support from the tour company and Deal). In addition, families that are not eligible because they do not receive FRM support can still apply for a reduced charge (up to $500), by applying directly to the school.


Students who are potentially eligible for the scholarship are currently being identified, and will receive a letter with further directions in the next two weeks. Families who have registered, or plan to register, and want to apply for the reduced charge, should reach out directly to Principal Albright ([email protected]). If a family is intending to send their child but has not yet registered, now is the time to take care of that. Please contact the tour contact at Deal (listed in the box below to the left) for information on how to register. All scholarship and support funding will be applied before the trip departs.


New: ELA (English) Unit 1 Assessment

This week, all students will take the first DCPS Unit Assessment in their homerooms. This computer-based assessment has both multiple choice and performance-based questions. Please read the DCPS Unit Assessment Letter or visit the DCPS website for more information.

New: #socktober

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: Seventh Grade Science Trip

The seventh grade science trip to Little Bennett's Park is coming up this week! Students will survey macroinvertebrates from the creeks and calculate the creek's speed. Students need to come to school on time and sit in the auditorium according to the period of their science class. They should pack a lunch, several bottles of water, closed-toe shoes, a raincoat or poncho (if applicable), and a pencil. Students may not bring their phones, but may put them in their lockers before coming down to the auditorium. Teams travel on the following days:


Athens - Monday

Buenos Aires - Tuesday

Kyoto -Wednesday

Brussels - Thursday


New: 8th Grade Humanities Colonial Days

Thank you to those parents/guardians who volunteered to assist with our colonial days.  The 8th grade Humanities teachers are working on the date and will be in touch with you shortly about our plans! Thank you for reaching out! 


New: Humanities Classes

Humanities classes should remember to continue reading the book you got from the library this week!

New: Peer Mediation Training Begins this Week!
Training will be held this week and next week for our new mediators. Deal Mediators who were trained last school year are also encouraged to attend. All training sessions will take place in room W100:

October 9th,  3:15 - 6:30 pm
October 10th,  9:00 am - 5:00 pm (teacher professional development day)
October 15th,  3:15 - 6:30 pm
October 16th, 3:15 - 6:30 pm

Light refreshments will be provided with a pizza lunch on Friday, October 10th. Please contact Camille White by phone (202-939-2012) or via email ([email protected]) with any questions.


New: Swim Team

The Deal swim team will begin its second season the week of November 3rd! We will have practices in the mornings before school twice a week. Swimmers may sign up by visiting either Mr. Helsabeck (W204) or Ms. McCarron (E207) to collect paperwork. We have already scheduled two competitive dual meets and are working on scheduling more! We can't wait to get started!


New: Model UN

The next Model UN meeting is on Wednesday, October 15th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C308. Thank you for a successful meeting this past Wednesday!

New: Sailing Club
The sailing club had a blast on the water last week and we look forward to another great trip to join DC Sail this Wednesday, October 8th. If you already turned in a permission slip and can no longer attend, please contact Ms. Law or Mr. Rottman.

New: Speech and Debate

Six members of the Deal speech and debate team will attend their first tournament of the year in Ashburn, Virginia, this weekend. Seven of our most capable and experienced 7th and 8th graders will debate using the Lincoln-Douglas format against some of the region's best high school students! Go Vikings!


All students wishing to go to the Urban Debate League tournament or speech tournament on October 25th must have their entries in to Mr. Stroud no later than Wednesday, October 15th by 3:30 pm.  Debate team pairings will be posted outside W206 on Friday at 3:15 pm. 


New: Robotics Club 

Some members of the Robotics Club will participate
in the Second Annual Academia Day (Hands-On
Workshop & Robotics Competition ) on Wednesday,
October 8th in Arlington Virginia form 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

New: Yearbook Photos 

Requesting photos of Deal events and students for yearbook! Email [email protected] or come see Mr. Klauber in W207.


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.


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! 
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.  

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 
10/8    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

The Deal cross country team has now run in two super-fun invitational meets, The Ron Jenkins Invitational and The Lafayette Invitational. We have been extremely successful in both! Yesterday, we participated in the first DCIAA Developmental meet, which was the first qualifying event for the City Wide Championships, which will be held on October 25th. The second DCIAA Developmental meet will be on Saturday, October 11th. Any runners who have ambitions to run at the championship but were unable to run at yesterday's developmental meet MUST be at this second meet. This is a DCIAA rule and no exceptions will be made.



Volleyball schedule of games and practices.  Please note that the schedule is subject to change.







3:30-5:00 PM




5:00 PM




3:30-4:45 PM




6:00 PM




3:30-5:00 PM




5:00 PM




3:30-4:30 PM




3:30-4:45 PM




6:00 PM




3:30 - 4:45 PM




5:00 PM




3:30 - 4:45 PM




6:00 PM




5:00 PM 

Quarter Finals



3:30 - 4:45 PM      




5:00 PM




6:00 PM

MS Championships






Winter Sports

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

This Week at Deal...


Monday: B.Dog

B.DOG meets on Monday at 3:30 pm. This is a Boys Discussion Only Group and is dedicated to helping boys discuss any important issues, topics, or concerns. We also do activities such as kickball or pick up basketball games or help with homework.


New: Journalism 

Interested in contributing? Come to Journalism on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 in W207.


Monday: Girl Up

Monday, October 6th Girl Up will meet at 3:30 pm in E306. We will finish watching Girl Rising and discuss the movie. See you then!! 


Monday: Cooking Club

The next session will be Group A on Monday, October 6th. We will meet in the cafeteria (a change from our previous location) and the session will run from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.


Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, October 6th, 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.


Tuesday: Team Baku Personal Training 

All Baku students are invited to come for personal training in any or all of their four core classes every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Weekly sessions are free of charge and will result in superior academic performance! We will meet in Mrs. Law's room


Tuesday: Speech and Debate

Students wishing to participate in speech and debate should secure and return permission forms to Mr. Stroud, Mrs. Shaffer, or Mr. Conway. The team meets in W206 on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


We have close to 80 students who are currently participating in weekly speech and debate team meetings. Those students who regularly attend meetings and practice typically are the most successful when it comes to tournament participation.


Wednesday: Sailing Club

Ahoy! The sailing club is heading back to the Southwest Waterfront this Wednesday! This will be our last trip of the fall, but we have lots more fun planned for the spring. 


Wednesday: Art from the Heart 

Interested in learning how to knit scarfs and sew clothing and dolls? Come join Miss 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 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 

Join us on Wednesday for our final preparation day as we get ready for the International Day of Play on Saturday, October 11th. It's not too late to join in and create your own arcade game!


Wednesday: Dance Club

Dance Club meets every Wednesday in the auditorium. We meet from 4:30 - 5:00 pm. Students are expected to wear "moveable", school-appropriate clothing.


Wednesday: Robotics Club Canceled this Week

The Robotics Club will not meet after school
on Wednesday, October 8th due to an all-day workshop in Virginia. The Robotics Club will meet again on Wednesday, October 15th.


Wednesday: The Sports Rap

The Sports Rap will be held on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in W104. Are the Orioles and Nationals going to meet in the World Series? Do John Wall and Bradley Beal make up the best backcourt in the NBA?  Come to The Sports Rap to share your views! 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! 


Wednesday: Gay/Straight Alliance

Don't forget! GSA meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm with Mr. Helsabeck and Mr. Haller in W204. GSA is an after school club that focuses on making Deal and our community a more comfortable environment for gay and straight people to live together. GSA is a great community of people who are inviting and welcoming to all people, no matter your race, religion, or sexual orientation.


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!


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 W106 (Ms. Jackson's classroom) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Fridays. Feel free to bring a snack! 
          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 learn about the options available to Deal students.

8th Grade National History Day Parent Night
There will be an 8th grade parent night for National History Day on Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 pm, immediately preceding High School Night. Please plan to attend to learn about this mandatory 8th grade project. We will have students from previous years to answer questions about their experience, share some of the success points for the project, and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Team-building Trip to Harpers Ferry
All 8th grade teams will push their comfort-zone and build community on a trip to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center between October 27th - 30th. Students will experience a variety of exciting activities (zip-line, aerial course, and more!) while learning more about their peers.

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

Duke Ellington School of the Arts
As we are still settling into our temporary space, we will host a series of smaller Open Houses to expose students and families to the Ellington Experience:

Thursday, October 30th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Thursday, November 6th, 3:00 - 4:15P pm
Wednesday, November 12th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Tuesday, November 18th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Wednesday, December 3rd, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Saturday, December 13th, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Thursday, January 8th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Thursday, January 29th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

Duke Ellington School of the Arts has a four-part admission process: application, audition, academic assessment test, and family interview.

Application Timeline
December 15 - February 2: Complete the DCPS online application
Early February - Auditions
February and March - Academic assessment test and family interviews for students who pass their audition(s)
Late March - Admissions decisions announced

Staff information ...
Monday - Thursday: ELA Unit Assessment 
The ELA Unit Assessment will take place throughout the week. Please check your Welcome Center and email inboxes and make sure you are aware of your role. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Team Leaders Meeting
All Team Leaders will meet on Tuesday, October 7 at 3:30 in room N103.

Friday: District PD
Most staff members will travel off site for DCPS Professional Development this Friday. Please check with your grade-level administrator with any questions.

International Baccalaureate



"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." -Kofi Annan


With a month of school behind us, students are becoming more knowledgeable each day. Our goal at Deal is to ensure that students are developing knowledge within their subjects, but also across subjects. To provide context, students will engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. 

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 Gr Field Trip Club
Girls on the Run
Game Club
Vinyl Club

Intramural Volleyball
Film Making 101
6th Gr Comic Book

Cooking Club
Group A
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

Dance Club


After School Basketball Club

Spelling Bee Club 

Nature Lovers Club

Socratic 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 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]