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:

Our second advisory opens on Monday following a very successful first advisory. With the first advisory, we welcomed our new 6th graders, set school-wide expectations, and managed an ever-expanding program of opportunities. Our Viking teachers worked hard to bring in new and more challenging assessments and create a welcoming environment for our city's children. Your students responded in kind, eager to learn and ready for more. We are all probably a bit exhausted, but we did it and are ready for the next three advisories.

Second advisory poses its own challenges. Each year, I ask families to work with us to help reduce the interruptive effects of the "holiday" season - there are many breaks in the schedule between now and the end of January. Next weekend is four days long; Thanksgiving is four days long, and the Winter Break is two weeks long. The level of effort needed to be successful in second advisory also rises - science fair at all grade levels and National History Day in the 8th grade are at their peak during this time, for example. The best piece of advice I can give is for students to start on their work as soon as it is assigned and set internal/family deadlines that allow you to enjoy the breaks as they are meant to be enjoyed. Keep an eye on Edline and your team bulletins - know what is coming up in your child's academic life.

Last week I noted that this coming Monday (tomorrow) is our annual Enrollment Audit. We need your children at school - on time and ready to go. This is the final count of our enrollment and serves to justify our budget - and lay the groundwork for next year's budget. This matters to all of us.

Our first Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC) day is next Monday (November 10) - sandwiched between the weekend and the holiday. Many of you have already signed up - check the note further down in the bulletin if you have not yet done so. (If you have any problems with signing up, reach out to your team first.) Parents have asked me what to expect and, with only short opportunities to meet with teachers, how can we use the time effectively? Here are my suggestions of what to do before you come in to Deal:
  • Review your child's Edline page this week (it will be updated more than usual to accommodate late submissions.). Review the page with your child - have them describe their progress, what they are not clear about, and what they understand to be their goals for the next advisory.
  • Identify specific areas of questions or concerns (if you have them). For example, if you are not clear about the policy on multiple opportunities, make a note to ask about this. Also, ask your child about particular assignments that they struggled with and see if you can determine a pattern before you come in.
  • Ask the teachers specific questions that you need answers to. It is better to get a detailed response about something you can work with your child on, than to try and cover every possible grade. The teachers are prepared to talk to you about your child and will appreciate the chance to give you meaningful information.
  • Visit the non-team teachers to get a different perspective on your child. Art, music, PE, and language acquisition teachers experience your child in a different way than team teachers - and are eager to share what they know with you.
  • If you are not able to get a scheduled conference, or the time you had was insufficient, know that you can contact the team to work on any concerns after the conferences. Our teachers will be meet or communicate regularly with families at times other than the PTC; it is just one way to discuss your concerns with a teacher, not the only one.
To help explain the new assessment practices in the 6th grade, Ms. Brown, our IB Coordinator, will hold three sessions on Monday that repeat the presentation given in the evening two weeks ago. One session will be at 11:00am, one at 1 pm, and one at 3:00pm. There are also further PTCs scheduled; they coincide with the end of each advisory.

This week we have our first Open House of the year (Wednesday, November 5) from 9 until 12. While you may already have your child here at Deal, let your friends or elementary school partners know that all are welcome to tour the school and see us in action. Special thanks to our Student Council and Alice Deal Community Association (formerly the PTA) in advance for their help. We will have two other open houses - one on December 2 and one on a Saturday at the end of January. In addition, every couple of weeks there will be a "Visiting Deal" event, where smaller groups can get an introduction to Deal and have a group tour - the first of these is this Friday. Check out our calendar below for more dates.

Enjoy the first week of November!

James Albright

PS - Don't forget to sign up for our Twitter feed - a timely way to get pictures and reports of the day-to-day Viking experience. We are @DealVikings.
Week of November 3
 Bell Schedule

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

November 3
Enrollment Audit
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3:30 

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

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

November 8
Team [email protected] 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 

November 13
Family Math Night, 6:30 am

November 14
Buddy Day - Eaton
World Language Trips 2015 Meeting, 6:30 

November 15
Saturday Detention 9 - 12
Team [email protected] and Busters

November 17
Tm Buenos Aires to Holocaust Mus.
Shakespeare Auditions 3:30 - 5

November 18
Make-Up Picture Day 
Tm Kyoto to Holocaust Mus.
Shakespeare Auditions 3:30 - 5

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

November 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30

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

December 1
8th Grade I&S: Trolley Tour
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5

December 2
8th Grade I&S: Trolley Tour 
Team Leaders, 3:30 (all)
Shakespeare Rehearsal , 3:30 - 5 

December 3
Buddy Day - Shepherd 
8th Grade I&S: Trolley Tour
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
December 4
8th Grade I&S Trolley Tour
New-to-Deal, 3:30 pm
Coffee House, 5 - 7 pm
December 5
PD Day - No School for Students 
December 6
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale
Deal Scrabble Tournament 
December 7
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale
December 8
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
December 9
Buddy Day - Janney
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
December 10
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
Advisory 2 Midpoint
December 11
8th Grade I&S: After School Film
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm
December 12
LSAT, 7:30 am
Brussels Breakfast
6th Gr Sp Humanities to Guapos
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
Staff Holiday Celebration

December 13
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale
Sat Detention 9 -12

December 14
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale

December 15
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5

December 16
8th Grade I&S: Mock Hearings

December 17
Principal's Coffee 9 am
8th Grade I&S: Mock Hearings
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 pm

December 18
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5

December 19 
Winter Assembly
Visting Deal, 10 am
7th Gr Sp Humanities to Guapos 
Tm Kyoto Breakfast
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 pm 

December 22 - January 2
Winter Break - No School for Teachers 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 in room C103.  


Chinese Tutoring 

Chinese tutoring will be held on Wednesdays from 3:15 - 4:30 pm in room N101.   

Media Center News

The library will be closed after school on Friday, November 7th for the GSA party.  Check out their announcement for more info!

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


"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

Dr. Seuss


A major focus of IB instruction is to develop lifelong learners who are caring, principled, and knowledgeable. Our sixth grade students visited the Newseum as an introduction to their Ethics, Community, and Communication unit just last week to discover media issues surrounding bias and ethics. Teaching our students to care about what they see in media will make them responsible decisions about their actions in the community.

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 (britney.cuffe[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
Wednesday, November 19th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Mark your calendars and check your recipe boxes as International Night is coming November 19th! Come 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, world language groups will be showcasing their past trips; any donations you generously offer will go toward the ADCA's international trip scholarships to fund student travel to China, France and Costa Rica. Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Deal community, the ADCA helped 15 students afford this life-changing experience!    

Student & parent information


New: 6th Grade Birthday Party 

6th graders who had birthdays in July, August, September, or October are invited to celebrate on Monday, November 3.  Students should bring their invitations to the cafeteria at 3:00 pm.   


New: 7th Grade Science Department

The 7th Grade Science department needs paper towel rolls for their next engineering lab. If you have any to spare, please send them to your child's science teacher. Ms. Newman, Ms. Schuettpelz, Mr. Smith, and Ms. Rhoads thank you!


New: English Language Learner (ELL) Parent Night

Parents of students in Deal's English Language Learner (ELL) program are invited to attend our ELL Parent Night this Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 pm. Come meet our ELL teachers and learn about the ELL program. We will discuss the ELL classes, goal setting, and strategies to use at home. The ELL department will provide pizza for everyone.


New: Period 8: MapMaking!

Our final meeting and presentations will be this Wednesday. Thank you and congratulations to the following students for a geo-tastic mapmaking class: Graham Cunningham, Mia Gualtieri, Tait Salzman, Ale Jorge, and Aidan Ward.


New: Looking Towards Your Future

Although our annual Career Day won't take place until March 3rd, November is Career Awareness Month. During this month, the counseling department would like for all students to do some career exploration on their own using the website below. For eighth grade students, this website serves an additional purpose of being the high school course planning site for DC public high schools. Just follow the directions and begin opening your eyes to the career possibilities for your future.


Step 1: Visit:

Step 2: Log into your account using your portfolio name (DCPS followed by your student ID. For example, DCPS9876543) and enter "DCPS" as the password.

Step 3: Select and record your new password. 

Step 4: Select "Choices Explorer" under "Your Tools". 

Step 5: Select "Start with a Quick Quiz" 

Step 6: Complete the quiz

Step 7: Begin to explore some of the career suggestions by clicking on their links.

Step 8: Surf the site to find other information and tips

Step 9: Make an appointment with your counselor to discuss your many career and educational options.


New: Alice Deal Coffee House

Calling all student and staff performers, artists, actors, musicians, and poets! The first ever Alice Deal Coffee House will be  December 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the gallery. The sign up sheet for the Alice Deal Coffee House will be posted outside Ms. Neal's office Tuesday, November 4th. There will be 5 minute slots available - first come, first served! Any visual artist who would like to donate work to be sold at the coffee house should contact Ms. Lombardo, room C217. All proceeds from the sale of art will benefit the arts in DCPS schools. #DealGivesBack 


New: Fantasy Football!

 Here are the current standing after 8 weeks of fantasy football.


#1 Ewwk

#2 Acraxian Warriors

#3 dc dominators

#4 Silver Stripes

#5 Shayna's Swaggy Team

#6 Kaleb

#7 The Ligers

#8 Evan's Boss squad

#9 Luke

#10 Dylan M.


The biggest upset this past week was Shayna's team beating #2 Acraxian Warriors. 111.58 to 83.28. Way to go Shayna!!! Week 9 match-ups are Dylan v. Ligers, Evan v. Silver Stripes, Luke v. dc dominators, Shayna v. Kaleb, and Ewwk v. Acraxian Warriors. Good luck teams! 


New: Wilson High School Pasta Night

On Friday, November 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Wilson High School Atrium, friends and family of the Wilson Cross-Country and Track & Field teams will present Pasta Night, honoring Coach Ronald W. Jenkins. Proceeds from Pasta Night will benefit the Wilson XC and track programs. Admission: Students $5, Adults $10. Coach Helsabeck will be there chowin' down, and he especially urges 8th graders who are planning to run for Wilson to attend.


New: Thanks for a GREAT Deal Read Week!

This week we made bookmarks, put on tattoos, gave away 3D-printed keychains, took photos with our favorite books, and more!

With over 400 votes, the results of the Deal Readers' Choice Award are in. According to Deal Readers:

Favorite Author: Rick Riordan

Favorite Book: The Fault in our Stars

Favorite Series: Divergent


New: 8th Grade Individuals and Societies 

Reminder to all students that your National History Day topic selection sheet is due November 5th. Your I & S teachers look forward to hearing what interesting topics you have chosen!


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. 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 is posted on Edline and Deal's website. 


End-of-Advisory & Edline

Due to the end of the advisory, Edline progress reports will be uploaded twice per week this week . 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, November 3rd

Thursday, November 6th


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


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.


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.


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.


Most eligible students received a letter with further directions from Principal Albright; the remainder will receive their letter on Monday. 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
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Deal Athletics ...


New: Basketball Tryouts
Forms are due Monday & Tuesday:Turn in your forms to Coach Downing & Coach Turner
*Your name will not be placed on the tryout list without forms*

A tryout informational meeting will be in the cafeteria after school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until 3:45 pm. Please bring your forms.

The first 7th & 8th Grade Boys tryout will be Thursday in the gymnasium from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.
The first 6th Grade Boys tryout will be Friday in the gymnasium from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
Boys will be in study hall in the cafeteria until tryouts begin. Students are not allowed to leave school grounds and return to school. You must have forms to tryout.... NO EXCEPTIONS.

Emergency Treatment Form 


Consent to Participate Form


Universal Health Certificate Form


Practice Mon, Tue, & Wed 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Semi-Final Playoff Game November 13th vs. Hardy @ Coolidge HS 6:00 pm
Championship Game (The Gravy Bowl) November 22nd @Eastern HS 10:00 am        


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


Winter Sports

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

This Week at Deal...


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will meet on Monday, November 3rd from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the cafeteria.


Monday: Girl Up

Thanks to everyone who bought candy grams from Girl Up! We raised over $150 for girls education in developing countries. Our next fundraiser will be a Bake Sale at Parent Teacher Conferences on November 10th!


Girl Up will meet at 3:30 in room E306 on Monday. See you then to plan for the bake sale!


Monday: Bocce Canceled

There will be no Bocce on Monday November 3rd. See everyone the following week!


Monday: Creative Writing Club

Come one, come all  - please join the creative writing club November 3rd as we continue to create "masterpieces". We will work together to enter as many contests this year as possible. Class meets from 3:30 - 4:30 in room W307 - Ms. Smith's class. We look forward to sharing some stories and poems with one another!


Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, November 3rd 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 W204.


Monday: Open Studio Club

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


Monday: GeoPlunge!

The tournament is coming! All interested sixth grade GeoPlunge teams must meet in Mr. Martini's room, C130, during GRIT time on Monday.


Monday: Scrap-booking and Collage Club 

Come join Ms. Nakamura's Scrapbooking and Collage Club on Mondays after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C104 to unleash your creative side in a fun and relaxing environment! Feel free to bring in snacks, old magazines, and scrapbooking materials (photo albums, ribbons, borders, stencils, etc.) to contribute to the group; some materials will be provided. Don't miss out on building your very own scrapbook!


Monday: Conditioning Club

Do you want to add some variety to your fitness? Join the conditioning club and get a chance to experience a variety of workouts including  circuits, pilates, and stretching. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. We meet Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room E101.


Monday: Deal Nature Lovers Club.

The DNLC will meet at 3:30 pm in room W300. Look for a table during recess next week to support the Nature Conservancy #elegrams project. You can make or photogram an image of an elephant to post on the Nature Conservancy webpage to save an elephant.


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: Model UN

Model UN will meet this Wednesday, November 5th.

Students should have their Position Paper worksheet complete (using their research and our discussion from the last meeting). We will meet every other Wednesday, but are changing the schedule so as to not conflict with National Junior Honor Society. Our remaining meeting dates for 2014 are: 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, and 12/17. The GCDC Fall Conference will be November 24 at the Pan American Health Organization from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. Students may turn in permission slips with the $15 cash starting Monday. Both must be turned in to secure the spot. The spots will be filled on a first come-first served basis. Permission slips and further details were handed out on Friday, but can also be found on the Model UN Google Site.


Friday: Book Club

Book Club will meet on Friday in C128. This will be our last meeting for Murder on the Orient Express. Next week, we will begin a new book.


Friday: Yo Yo Club  

The Yo Yo Club will meet from 3:30 until 4:30 at the corner of "Nurse and Neal."


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 if you usually get hungry after school.


          8th Grade Corner

Harpers Ferry Kudos
This week, our intrepid 8th grade class successfully navigated the wires and trails of Harpers Ferry. The response from students and staff was overwhelmingly positive and the weather was (mostly) as good as we could hope for. Thank you to all the students who pushed their limits and supported their peers in doing the same!
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 Individual and Societies teacher if you have any questions.


High School Open House Dates

The High School Common Application opens up in December. Don't miss the opportunity to visit upcoming Open Houses.  Be sure to register or RSVP where indicated.


Benjamin Banneker High School

November 1, 9:00AM-12 noon


Ellington School of the Arts

Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov.12, Nov. 18, and Dec. 3, 3:00- 4:15PM

Dec. 13, 11:00 am-12:15 pm



Eastern Senior High School

To schedule an individual or group tour, contact

[email protected]


McKinley Technology High School

Nov. 8, 10 - noon; Dec. 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm; & Jan. 24, 10 - noon.  



Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering School

Nov. 7, 11 am-3 pm


School Without Walls High School

November 13, 10:00 - 11:30 am & 6:30 - 8:00 pm @ Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University


Wilson High School

Oct. 24, Nov. 14, & Dec. 12, 2014, 9:00 -11:00 am

Jan. 9, Feb. 6, and March 13, 2015, 9:00-11:00 am


Staff information ...

Monday: Enrollment Audit 
Please be aware that Deal's enrollment Audit will take place during 2nd period on Monday.

Tuesday: Team Leaders 
Team leaders will meet off campus at 4:00 pm.

Wednesday: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
We have all worked really hard during the first advisory.  In an effort to support a healthy work-life balance , all Deal staff members are invited to participate in a yoga class on Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 until 4:15 pm in the gym.  Please bring water, mats, blocks, straps, etc.

Thursday: New-to-Deal 
Teachers that are New-to-Deal will meet at 3:30 at a location TBD. 
Friday: Friday PD 
There will be a PD opportunity on Friday, November 7th.
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
Jazz Band


After School Basketball Club

Spelling Bee Club 


Nature Lovers Club

Socratic Club


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



Annual Winter Market at Janney

For all of you crafters and entrepreneurs at Deal ... mark your calendars now for the Annual Winter Market on Saturday December 6th from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm at Janney Elementary School. Tables are only $10 (half) and $20 (full) for students and $30 for all other vendors. The Winter Market packs Janney with eager holiday shoppers looking for everything from crafts, baked goods, and boutique accessories to second-hand toys, unique art pieces, and hot lunch fare. We welcome Deal students and families to offer items for sale at the market and, of course, to come and enjoy great food, music, and shopping. Registration for tables at the Winter Market is now open, so check out and register soon to guarantee your spot!


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]