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:

The holiday weekend, backed up with last Friday's professional day, leads to another short week. It is important as families work through the busy fall months that students be supported when school schedules are disrupted by various events. Although a long month or more of uninterrupted school weeks can be exhausting for all, it does allow us to get into a bit of an academic rhythm. Everyone looks ahead to holidays, but they can be tricky for students to navigate, as their timing can get thrown off. Something to keep in mind, and make sure that you are helping them keep an eye on the calendar to avoid unpleasant surprises!

At the end of this week, our guests from the Pino Verde School in Pereyra, Colombia, come for the first round of our exchange program. These middle school students will be staying with host families here; we will return the favor when we see them in Colombia in February. This has been a new event for us, as our former Spanish Humanities teacher, Ms. Ana Cadavid, is now on faculty at Pino Verde and is managing the other side of the leg. The Colombian students will be sitting in classes for a few days, taking some classic DC trips, and in general getting to see what life is like here in the capital of the United States. They will be arriving this weekend, and staying for two weeks. Watch our twitter feed for additional updates!

This coming weekend is also our first grade-level family event, courtesy of our PTA and the 8th grade team of teachers. From 10 until 12 on Saturday, 8th grade families will be sharing food together at Deal, meeting others whose names they have heard about for three years, and generally just having fun. We think it is a good idea to get together; we hope they agree! Our 6th grade has a series of family events organized by team coming up in a few weeks; 7th grade is still in the planning stages.

On Friday, we will finally have our Picture Day, postponed from last week because of a conflict with the scheduling for the first round of our English Unit Assessments. Students will be called down during their science class, and can provide the payment envelopes at that time to the picture vendor.

Enjoy the week.

James Albright

Please note that the date of the next Principal's Coffee has been moved yet again from October 22 to October 21. Please pardon the shifting schedule!
Week of October 13
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Columbus Day
No school for Staff and Students 
Tuesday - Bell I
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates
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 17
Picture Day

October 18
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon
8th Grade Family BBQ - noon - 2pm

October 21
Principal's Coffee 9am (New date!)
Parent Workshop on IB Assessment, 6:30 pm

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
Deal @ Janney

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.  


Chinese Tutoring 

Chinese tutoring will be held on Wednesdays from 3:15 - 4:30 pm.

Media Center News


The Deal Library will be closed on Friday, 10/17 (due to DCPS professional development meetings)


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]).


Deal PTA Update 


Politics & Prose Book Fair 11/1 and 11/2
Our great Politics and Prose Book Fair is coming up soon.  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.

Wednesday November 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Mark your calendars and check your recipe boxes as International Night is coming November 19th! You can sample delicious foods from around the globe with the rest of the Deal community and help support PTA International Trip scholarships. We need your help make it a success!


Sign up TODAY using the link below to bring a dish to share - your favorite dish from any region of the world, including family favorites from the USA.



OR you can volunteer to be a Table Chair and help coordinate and decorate the table for each region. We still need more chairs for Europe, Africa/Middle East, Latin America and the US Regional tables. For further details contact International Night Co-Chairs: Neha Shah [email protected] and Silvia Dinale [email protected].


At International Night foreign language groups will be showcasing their past trips and any donations you generously offer will go toward the PTA's international trip scholarships that fund students' travel to China, France and Latin America. Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Deal community, the PTA was able to help 15 students afford this life changing experience!    

Student & parent information


New: Parent Workshop on IB Assessment
Next Tuesday evening, there will be an evening presentation on how the IB Assessment process works. This process is being implemented in the 6th grade at this time. If you have questions about what this looks like in class, what you can do to support your student, or how to interpret Edline or other class information, this session is for you. Please meet us in the cafeteria at 6:30pm.

New: 1st Annual Day of Play a success!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who came out to support Deal's 1st Annual Day of Play this past Saturday. There were games and activities for all to enjoy. A special thanks to those students who created the games through the Cardboard Challenge: Savannah Dial, Shane Butler, Isabel Rosenberg, Jamir Greer, Jonah Doctor-Loeb, Frannie Jensen, Liam Kennedy, Maya McDaniel, Lucy Rosenthal, Peter Milius, Brenda Cruz, James Paul, Brendan Klein, Candace House, Marney Harris, Max Wix, Keonte Jones

And thank you to the teachers and their families who came to support as well, including Mr. Schick, Ms. Kinzer, Ms. Jackson, Mr. Lewis and family, Ms. Kouri, Ms. Kim, Ms. Clements, Ms. Law, Ms. Dziato, Mme. Brown and family, Mr. McDowell and family

New: Results from 1st Deal Speech and Debate Team
The debate team sent a small cadre of five seventh graders and one eighth grade student to their first tournament of the year at Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia this weekend and walked away making history.  Deal debaters went head-to-head against a field of 62 HIGH SCHOOL debaters and succeeded by not only being the first 7th in the history of the league to compete against high school students-but also the first to ever earn the right to participate in the HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL qualifier this March.  Individuals award winners include:
  • Alex Holmes (7th grade-Tokyo) finished the tournament with a 4-0 record and received second place!  
  • Josh Landweber (7th grade-Buenos Aires) was recognized as one of the top three speakers in the tournament; finished with a 3-1 record and was 11th overall.
  • Levi Berger (7th grade-Tokyo) finished with a 3-1 record and placed 15th overall.

Congratulations Deal Viking debaters on a great start to the year!


New: Socktober!

Want a simple way to make a huge difference? One word: socks. We are collecting new socks and new or gently-used blankets and jackets to distribute to those in DC experiencing homelessness. Items can be donated in homerooms through the end of October. Each homeroom is challenged to donate 100 pairs of socks, 10 blankets, and 5 jackets. Questions can be directed to [email protected]


New: Service Club

The Service Club would like to request your assistance in helping us to collect gently used or new toys, harnesses, leash, unopened food and other supplies for cats/dogs.  The collected items will be donated to the Washington Humane Society. The items will be collected until October 24th. The service club would like to express our gratitude for helping us support this cause.


New: Deal-O-Ween Frisbee Tournament

Frisbee Players: Mark your calendars, our annual Deal-O-Ween frisbee tournament will take place on Sunday, November 2nd from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm on the turf fields. Permission slips will be distributed during practice on Tuesday, October 14th. See Coach Reynolds, Martini, or Kouri with any questions.


New: 8th Grade Field Trip Club

8th Grade Field Trip Club has its next outing on Friday, October 24th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm to the Signers of the Declaration Memorial. See Ms. Trenkle in C308 if you are interested in attending.


New: Swim Team

In order to sign up for Deal's swim team, please see Mr. Helsabeck or Ms. McCarron to obtain the necessary paperwork. There are some exciting changes in store for us this season since swimming is becoming a DCIAA-endorsed sport, thanks in part to Deal paving the way!


There are a few dates to put on your calendar. There will be a parent and swimmer meeting in W204 at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 15th. If you are interested and cannot attend the meeting, please email [email protected] and seek out one of the coaches to speak to them. 


Additionally, there will be a swim clinic for any DCPS student who is interested in joining a swim team at Deanwood Aquatic Center on Saturday, October 18th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Coach Helsabeck and Coach McCarron will both be there, and we hope that you will join us!


New: Girl Up

Girl Up will not meet this week because of the school holiday. We look forward to seeing you on October 20th! 

New: Children's Grief Awareness Day

Paint the Town Blue!! Children's Grief Awareness Day is  November 20th. Join the nationwide cause to Wear Blue in honor of grieving children and teens in your community.

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.


Peer Mediation Training!
Training began this 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 15th,  3:15 - 6:30 pm
October 16th, 3:15 - 6:30 pm

Please contact Camille White by phone (202-939-2012) or via email ([email protected]) with any questions.


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 570 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
10/15  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

This Wednesday the cross country team will be running in the Landon Invitational. It is our penultimate meet of the season, followed only by the DCIAA championship meet on October 25th. Wish our runners well when you see them.

If cross country runners are still interested in purchasing a commemorative t-shirt from the Ron Jenkins Invitational, they are still available. You may purchase one by emailing your coaches at [email protected] 


Scheduled Volleyball Games and Practice for the week of October 14th -17th

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (Double Header Home Games)
5:00 PM   Oyster Adams vs Browne at Deal
6:00 PM   Deal vs Hart  at Deal

Thursday, October 16, 2014 (Double Header Columbia Heights Education Campus (aka Bell) Games
5:00 PM    Deal vs Johnson  at Columbia Heights
6:00 PM     Hardy vs Lincoln at Columbia Heights  

(Bell's new school name has changed) 
Columbia Heights Education Campus
Address: 3101 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Winter Sports

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

This Week at Deal...


Wednesday: Workout Warriors

Workout Warriors is for athletes who want to improve in their sport of choice on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in W103. 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

The next Model UN meeting is Wednesday, October 15th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C308.  Students attending the conference should come with their position statements per the email/site directions.  All students should go online to vote for their preference of a topic for discussion for this week's coming meeting.  Check your email and respond by Sunday!


Wednesday: Sailing Club

After last week's postponement, the Sailing Club will take their last trip of the fall this Wednesday after school. Students who already turned in forms, but are no longer able to attend are asked to notify Ms. Law or Mr. Rottman to free up space for other sailors. If you missed the fall trips, don't worry! We'll be back on the water as soon as the weather gets warm. 


Wednesday: Deal Gay/Straight Alliance

The Deal GSA meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in room W204. The Deal GSA has one singular mission: to make Deal a comfortable and safe place for everyone who walks through its doors. Please join us if you feel passionate about this mission and want to see what we're all about!


Wednesday: DIY

DIY (Do It Yourself) club will meet in E105 with Ms. Dziato this Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Thank you to all members who participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge! Through the end of October we will learn how to crochet and make scarves to donate to #Socktober. Bring any yarn you wish to use to E105 this Wednesday. Supplies will be provided for those who do not have yarn of their own. See you then!


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 snack or any desired material!


Wednesday: Comic Book Club

Comic Book Club with Mr. Siddiqui will meet this Wednesday, October 15th in room E 103. Our next meeting will be October 29th.


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.

If you want to contribute food, please bring:

Last name A - F: Beverages
Last name G - J: Salad
Last name K - R: Dessert
Last name S - Z: Sides

If you plan to bring food, please drop it off at the Athletic Fields between 10 and 11:45 am. 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 for Ellington
Dec. 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 ...
Thursday: Faculty Meeting  
This month's faculty meeting will take place Thursday at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria.

Friday: Picture Day
Picture day is this Friday and will take place in students' science class periods. 6th grade students will come at the beginning of each period, 7th grade students will come 10 minutes into each period, and 8th grade students will come 20 minutes into each period. Teachers are expected to accompany their students in the auditorium. No announcements will be made in order to reduce disruptions. 

Saturday: 8th Grade BBQ
All staff who teach 8th grade students are invited to attend the 8th grade BBQ Saturday from noon - 2:00 pm.

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
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)

Study Buddies at Janney Elementary

Janney Elementary is looking for some positive role models who are interested in mentoring 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade students by playing math and reading games,  helping with some homework, and explaining and guiding students to understand basic math and reading challenges.


If you are interested in this service opportunity, please read over the attached information page, complete the application form, and return it to Janney (either in person or by scanning and sending it to Assistant Principal Linda Sell at [email protected]) no later than Wednesday, October 22.  You can also contact Ms. Sell  via email with any questions you may have.

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 25th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm


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]