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 the heels of another great weekend, our first advisory comes to an end this week. We will schedule additional Edline updates to reflect the need to get lots of grading done (as well as late student submissions). The schedule for these is posted below. Teachers have been communicating with students about end-of-advisory submissions in their classes and in their team bulletins; I ask that families support their students in getting first advisory work on time. Our first parent-teacher conferences of the year will take place on the 10th of November, sandwiched between Sunday and Veteran's Day; below we also tell you how to sign up for these conferences online or, if not able to access the system, by contacting the team. All of these efforts are intended to provide you with as much information as possible about your student's progress.

Last week, we held a parent information night for our IB assessment approach, implemented fully in the 6th grade this year. This was a well-attended meeting. As we feel the information is essential, we will hold three more similar presentations on the Nov. 10 parent-teacher conference day. We will announce the schedule next week, but it should allow 6th grade parents (and curious 7th and 8th grade parents) to see how the process works. The meeting last week provided us with excellent parent feedback, and we seek more.

November 3rd is extra important for us this year. First, it is the start to our second advisory; 6th grade students in arts and music will be shifting classes with the help of their teachers. A note below indicates how they should prepare for the shift. In addition, it is the day of our enrollment audit - the meeting with the central office to verify the number of students at Deal. While we don't normally do this on a Monday, the spate of trips our students are taking leave us little choice. Given that, I ask that on a day that tends to have a slightly higher absence rate, parents work with us to make sure that their students are in school that morning. Enrollment equals funding in DCPS; be sure to avoid scheduling doctor's visits, late arrivals, or any of the many events that might interrupt the day. Your children will appreciate it.

This last week we have kicked off our Proving What's Possible (PWP) student satisfaction activities with some stellar events. Our ARTWard Bound evenings continue - with one almost every week for the next couple of months. Please check your inboxes for the ticket announcements; you don't want your child to miss out. This week, Team Seoul (6th grade) headed over to Dave and Busters for a family fun event; it was a blast! Each 6th grade team will have one of these over the next month. Our 8th graders are heading off to challenge themselves this week at the Harper's Ferry Adventure Center; 7th grade will not be far behind. Team and grade t-shirts are underway, and other fun things are planned. In general, Deal students report a high degree of satisfaction through surveys about their time on Fort Drive. Even with that, however, creating opportunities for students to connect with other students, families to connect with other families, seems like the right thing to do in our large school. So, keep an eye out for these events as well - I hope to see you there.

Finally, we have enjoyed the first week of our exchange students from Liceo Pino Verde in Colombia (and I know they have as well). When they are not in our classes, they are visiting sites all across DC; this weekend they headed up to Baltimore to see the Aquarium. Our host families have been amazingly generous, from the opening welcome to including them in family activities and trips over the two weeks here. Our students will be returning the favor by traveling to Colombia in late February. Our goal is to build not only a friendly relationship that teaches us about each other, but also to work together on shared curricular ideas and teaching. We are just getting started! Check out their blog linked on our website to see how they see us.

Enjoy the week.

James Albright

PS - Two other fun things this week: Deal Read Week runs all week long, with many activities focused on supporting the student reader. On Tuesday, we will also have Mix-It-Up Day - we encourage students to sit at different tables. Be sure to support their efforts at home by asking them about their participation in both of these great activities.
Week of October 27
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -  Bell  I 
Friday - Half Day Bell 
Upcoming Dates
October 27
Team Addis Ababa on Adventure Trip

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

October 29
Team Marrakesh on Adventure Trip

October 30
Team Tokyo on Adventure Trip

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

November 1
Saturday Detention 9 am - noon
Team Shanghai @ Dave and Busters
ARTWard Bound Event

November 2
Deal-o-Ween Frisbee Tournament,
10 am - 2 pm

November 3
Enrollment Audit
6th Grade Birthday Party 

November 4
Pino Verde students depart
Team Leaders, 3:30

November 5
Deal Open House 9 - 12
ELL Parent Night, 6:30 pm
ARTWard Bound Event

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

November 7
LSAT, 7:30 am
Buddy Day - Lafayette
Visiting Deal, 10 am 

November 8
Team Baku @ Dave and Busters

November 10
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students 

November 11
Veterans Day
No school for staff or students
ARTWard Bound event

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
World Language Trips 2015 Meeting, 6:30 

November 15
Saturday Detention 9am to noon
Team Istanbul @ Dave and Busters

November 17
Tm Buenos Aires to Holocaust Mus. 

November 18
Tm Kyoto to Holocaust Mus.
Deal @ Janney

November 19
Buddy Day - Bancroft
Tm Brussel to Holocaust Mus.
International Night, 6:30 pm

November 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30
Deal @ Eaton 

November 21
Visiting Deal, 10 am
Tm Athens to Holocaust Mus.
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

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.

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]



 International Baccalaureate


"Learning happens in the minds and souls, not in the databases of multiple-choice tests."

Ken Robinson


Quality assessment allows students to demonstrate content and skill mastery while reflecting upon the process of learning. Last week sixth grade students received their "Model of the Solar System Pamphlets" from science teachers and had the opportunity to review exemplars with the assessment criteria. Mrs. LoFaro noted that students left with a strong understanding of how they could improve the next time they were asked to complete a like assessment. When conversations like these surround assessment, students become empowered to take responsible action in their learning.

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]).


Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA) Update 


Politics & Prose Book Fair 11/1 and 11/2

Saturday, November 1st: 9am - 10 pm
Sunday, November 2nd: 10 am -8 pm

Politics and Prose will donate 20% of the money received from your Book Fair purchases to Alice Deal. Come and purchase books, magazines, CDs, gift wrap, cards and stationery. All proceeds from the sale will directly benefit the Deal Library. There will be coupons for Deal at the register. Just mention that you want your purchase to benefit Deal.


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 ASCA 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 ADCAs international trip scholarships that fund students' travel to China, France and Latin America. Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Deal community, the ADCA was able to help 15 students afford this life changing experience!    

Student & parent information


New: Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences 

The first round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, November 10th from 12:00 - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers are by-appointment-only. Beginning TOMORROW, Monday, October 27th, families can visit to sign up for appointments with team teachers. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, etc) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process will be posted on Edline and Deal's website. Note: you will need an email account to use the online process. If you will be unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment. 


New: End-of-Advisory & Edline

Due to the end of the advisory, Edline progress reports will be uploaded twice per week this week and next. This will allow students and parents to view updates more rapidly as teachers work on end-of-advisory record keeping. Reports will be updated before school opens on the following dates:


Monday, October 27th

Thursday, October 30th

Monday, November 3rd

Thursday, November 6th


Please be reminded that these dates do not reflect deadlines that teachers may have for accepting work.


New: Socktober

This is the last week we are collecting new socks and new or gently-used jackets and blankets. These items will be donated by students directly to those experiencing homelessness in DC. The goal is 100 pairs of socks, 10 blankets, and 5 jackets from each homeroom. Ask your homeroom teacher how many you have to see where you stand.


New: Mix It Up at Lunch Day

On Tuesday, October 28th, students at Deal Middle School will join more than one million other students across the country to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in the 12th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day. This event launched by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project in 2002, encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day. Cafeterias are the focus of Mix It Up because that's where a school's social boundaries are most obvious. Please help us encourage our students to sit with someone new at lunch today.

New: 8th Grade Trip to Harpers Ferry

This week, 8th grade teams will push their limits and build their team trust at the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center! On the day of their trip, students are asked to arrive at the auditorium promptly at 8:00 am; they will return at 4:00 pm. Students should bring a lunch, attire to stay outside all day, closed-toe shoes, and their sense of adventure! Students will travel on the following dates: 

Monday (10/27) - Team Addis Ababa

Tuesday (10/28) - Team Dublin

Wednesday (10/29) - Team Marrakesh

Thursday (10/30) - Team Tokyo 


New: Deal Needs YOU!

Have you ever served your community by working with the homeless? If so, we need you! The 6th grade language arts students are in need of people who would be willing to respond to email interview questions about their experience! If this sounds like you, please send your email contact information to [email protected], stating that you are willing to respond to emailed questions for the homeless project.Thank you for your support!


New: Girl Up

Girl Up will be selling Halloween Grams this week during 3rd and 4th period lunch! Send a message and Halloween treat to a friend for only $1. All money will be donated to helping girls in developing countries get an education. Grams will be delivered during Homeroom on Halloween!


New: Coffee House

Save the date and look for the sign-up on November 4th! The first ever Deal Coffee House will take place on Thursday, December 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Gallery. Musicians, poets, artists, students, and staff are all invited to participate!


New: Attention 2nd Advisory 6th Grade Art and Music students:

You will need the following materials on Monday, November 3rd for the first day of your new class:

6th Grade Music - Please bring a one-subject spiral notebook, a two-pocket folder, and pencils.

6th Grade Art - Please bring a 50-page spiral-bound sketchbook and pencils.


New: Ultimate Frisbee Players:

Turn in your Deal-O-Ween tournament waiver and fee to one of the coaches as soon as possible. Our tournament is Sunday, November 2nd, on the turf fields from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm. See Coach Martini in room C130 if you need a tournament waiver. FYI: Practice is cancelled on Tuesday, October 28th, due to a teacher meeting.


New: Speech and Debate Results

On Saturday, 40 Vikings represented Alice Deal and DCPS in the first WACFL (Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensics League) speech and Urban Debate League debate tournaments of the year.


In speech, the five students who competed were the first to represent Deal in a competitive speech event in over 40 years! Competing as the only middle school among a sea of high schools from around the metro area, all of our students not only held their own, but excelled as well!


Of particular note was Zach Crouch, presenting an original oration examining intolerance in society and calling for greater awareness and understanding. Zach placed in the tournament and qualified for the metro-final championships in March. The metro-finals is a very elite tournament that selects the representatives who will attend the high school nationals to be held over Memorial Day in Chicago! Way to go Zach! 


In debate, the team of Layla Behbehani, Paige Evans, and Jonah Docter-Loeb finished the tournament with a 3-1 record and placed among the top of the 66 teams in attendance. 


Great job to everyone who bravely attended their first competitions and established the ground-work for continued excellence!  The month of November offers even more opportunities for our Viking speakers to strut their stuff! Great job everyone!

Deal Swim Team

To receive information about joining the Deal Swim Team, please email us at [email protected] so that we can add you to our email listserv.


Third Annual Scary Story Contest

It's that time again! Time to submit your submission to Mr. Helsabeck's third annual scary story contest! Prizes for this year's top three stories will be: 1st - $25 Politics and Prose gift certificate, 2nd - $15 Politics and Prose gift certificate, 3rd - $10 Politics and Prose gift certificate. You may email your submission to Mr. Helsabeck at [email protected] or place it in his box. Short stories in the form of standard prose or graphics + prose are accepted. Submissions are due by Wednesday, October 29th. 


Deal Read Week is here!

Get ready to celebrate reading during the final week in October (27th-31st)! There will be daily activities during lunch periods in the gallery, voting for the first ever Deal Book Awards, and the kickoff of the Literature-to-Film Festival.


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.


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.

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 590 followers, we could have a winner any day! 

Deal Athletics ...


New: Basketball Tryouts
Tryouts begin November 3rd. Pick up the athletic forms in the main office or print the from our school website. Deal will have four teams (15 players each). Turn in all basketball forms to Coach Downing. There will be an informational meeting for each team to give out the tryout dates and you must have all forms turned in to try out.

Girls 6th- Coach Quinn/Downing
Boys 6th- Coach Page/Downing
Girls 7/8- Coach Downing/Fuller
Boys 7/8- Coach Turner/Fuller

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
10/29  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

Congratulations to the cross country team on a hugely successful season! Please reserve October 27th as the date of our end-of-season banquet. We will be going on one final run together, though our destination will be slightly different! But don't ask us where we'll be's a surprise!


Winter Sports

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

This Week at Deal...


Monday: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet in E306 at 3:30 pm in Ms. Huber's room on Monday.


Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage". Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room W-204.


Monday: Bocce

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


Monday: Open Studio Club

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


Meditation Club

Do you want to reduce stress and relax after a busy school day? Join the Meditation Club to learn a variety of techniques to help you deal with stress. We meet on Tuesdays in Room C213 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.


Wednesday: Model UN

See you on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm with your country research and position paper worksheet! We will work on the skills of position paper writing within our topics and for our countries! See you then!


Wednesday: Art from the Heart

Come join Ms. Kim and the rest of the club in room C224 on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We are currently knitting scarves for the homeless!!!


Wednesday: Comic Book Club

Comic Book Club with Mr. Siddiqui will be meeting this Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room E103. Students can bring in a comic book to share with the group.

          8th Grade Corner

High School Night Kudos! 
Thank you to the students, families, staff, parent volunteers, and high school representatives who helped make this year's High School Night such a huge success! We had over 230 visitors in attendance and we hope that each one of them learned something new. 

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. Permission slips went home last week for this exciting adventure. Please make sure you sign both the school and venue forms before returning the slip. Funding for this trip is being paid for by DCPS and Deal!
National History Day Workshops

8th Grade Students: National History Day workshops are offered at the National Archives throughout the Fall. These workshops focus on the process of the project, topic selection, and theme. The following workshops remain:

  • Website - Saturday, November 8th - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Performance - Saturday, November 15th - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Research at the National Archives - Saturday, December 6th 10:00 am - noon

Interested students must RSVP to Missy McNatt at [email protected] by noon of the Friday before the workshop.Please contact your child's Humanities teacher if you have any questions.


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 noon
Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Saturday, January 24, 10:00 - 12:00 noon

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 ...
New: 8th Grade to Harpers Ferry 
This week, 8th grade teams will each take a trip to Harpers Ferry. Absent students are expected to make up any work missed in non-team classes. Teams will be out of the building on the following days:

Monday - Team Addis Ababa
Tuesday - Team Dublin
Wednesday - Team Marrakesh
Thursday - Team Tokyo

Tuesday: ALT Meeting
The ALT will meet at 3:30 pm. 

Thursday: Bell 1 Schedule
Please note that Thursday is our 5th Thursday of the month, and there will be a regular Bell 1 on that day.

Friday: Friday PD 
Differentiation Part 1 (Instruction) - McNeil - Room:  CR 

Friday: Half-Day Schedule
On Friday, 6th grade will be using the gymnasium for their activities, 7th grade will be using the Auditorium for their activities, and 8th grade will be following a regular rotation (Half-Day Bell Schedule). Non-team teachers should in general plan to be in their classes for the half-day schedule; if they teach only 6th or 7th grades, they should expect to participate in team activities. Specific information will be forthcoming.
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 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
Dance Club

6th Gr Soccer Club
Photography Club

Japanese Culture Club (Loc TBD)
Model Un
History Film Club

Chess Club
Babysitter's Club
Global Cardboard Challenge

International Cinema
Club E101
Minecrafters 6th 
The Sports Rap

Socratic Club
Minecrafters 7th 
Art from the Heart

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)


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!

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.  


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/cg98 and 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 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]