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:

Veteran's Day coincides this year with the 25th anniversary of that day when the Berlin Wall was opened. Each year at this time, educators make a point of weaving in instruction that reminds us of the contributions of those who serve to protect our country. Veteran's Day was initially intended to celebrate Armistice Day, the day of the "end" of World War One - November 11, 1918. The horrors of World War One have since been eclipsed, however, by a long century of wars that seemed to come one after the other; Veteran's Day is now about those who served, not when or where they served.

This weekend, I read an interview with the East German border guards about how they experienced that moment when their citizens gathered at the Berlin Wall and crossed over to West Berlin - without bloodshed. This followed a confused German minister's mistake indicating that the borders were open for free travel. For many of us, what had seemed impossible became at first surreal and then eventually real. We watched in shock as first one people then another threw off an almost incomprehensible oppression.

Twenty-five years later, the Cold War itself has receded like World War One, and we struggle with how to teach it to those who never knew its fears - crawling under desks for civil defense practice, maps of the world that implied a permanent division, and the "balance" implied by MAD: mutually assured destruction. How can we explain to children the unique natures of that terror? Today other terrors and fears crowd in to their lives, and history seems if not just distant, but even sometimes quaint. Students hear the passion in the teachers and families who lived through it but the events remains distant, unfelt.

As a school, one of our challenges is how to grow students using the power of these experiences. We are preparing students for a world we can't anticipate, but our strongest teaching examples keep receding into the past. So rather than focus solely on the events, we have to help them get ready for events yet to come. We can't of course know what is coming, but we do know that it is coming - there is always something down the road. We must therefore grow student capacities for thinking, for reflecting, for working together, for persevering, and for communicating. A belief we share is that we expect students to learn these characteristics through their work in all of their courses at Deal. So we honor our veterans and our own memories by building a next generation to confront future challenges.

A prime example of this focus will be next week, as our 7th graders travel to the Holocaust Museum in connection with their work on Night. They study the past through memoir, reflect on how this could have happened, and ask what it means for them as individuals making choices. Don't forget to ask your 7th grader about their reading and the visit itself.

On a more immediate note, Family Math Night (this Thursday) is a great chance to engage with your student over a great subject: math! There will be plenty of games, a chance to meet the Deal math teachers, and an even better opportunity to meet other Viking families. This popular event starts at 6:30 and takes place throughout our building. Be sure to attend (bring your student, of course!) and experience the fun of math.

Finally, this week, I ask you to turn your attention to your child's attendance. We greatly appreciate the efforts you make in having your students ready to learn. Our regular daily attendance has slipped slightly below 95% - and we want your help in keeping it up. Ninety-five percent attendance means that on any given day we are missing about 66 students from our regular rosters. Please try to use non-school days for appointments where possible - and note that we try to make good use of every period every day - even half-days. To support this effort, we are going to be starting 100% Mondays (beginning this Wednesday due to the holiday) and reward those first period classes with every student in their seat. So, spread the word.

Take care.

James Albright

PS - I hope to see many of you at tomorrow's Parent-Teacher Conferences. Note that while the team teachers are available only through scheduled time slots, non-team teachers (arts, music, language acquisition, and PE) are available on a drop-in basis. Also, we will be repeating the presentation on IB assessments at 11, 1, and 3pm (location TBD). This primarily affects 6th grade families, but the presentation will be open to all (just follow the signs!).
Week of November 10
 Bell Schedule

Monday - No school for students
Parent Teacher Conferences 
Tuesday - No school 
Veterans' Day 
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -  Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

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 

November 13
Family Math Night, 6:30 pm

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

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.

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 ([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: Edline Support Available at Parent-Teacher Conferences

Need help logging into Edline? Still looking to add your email address to your Edline account in order to receive messages from your students' teachers? Stop by the Edline Support table near the Welcome Center during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday for help!

New: Family Math Night - Celebrating the Joy and Beauty of Mathematics

The event of the season is HERE! Yes, Deal's Family Math Night will take place on Thursday, November 13 from 6:30 until 8:00 pm. Moms, dads, and siblings are encouraged to join us in celebrating the joy and beauty of mathematics. Activities will include: Code Breaker,  Cranium Crunch, Origami, Tangrams, BattleGraph, Einstein's Riddle, the Symmetry Behind Beauty, Prisoner's Dilemma, Speed Drills, Math(pre)Midnight Madness, Lady Liberty Math, Ancient Egyptian Mathematics, Rubiks Cube, and the Guess the M & Ms Challenge.

New: Parent Information Session - IB Math Assessment and 6th Grade Math 2.0

If you missed the parent workshop session on the IB assessment process in math, come join us a bit earlier (6 rather than 6:30) and hear what you missed. (This will be a repeat of that earlier September session). We will discuss the IB math objectives and how students use these to improve their performance. This session will end before Family Math Night starts!


New: 7th Grade Field Trip

Next week, the 7th grade English department will sponsor a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of their ongoing study of Elie Wiesel's Night. Students should bring a metro card preloaded with at least $5 and a bagged lunch in a disposable container. Teams will travel on the following dates:

Buenos Aires - Monday, November 17th 

Kyoto - Tuesday, November 18th 

Brussels - Wednesday, November 19th 

Athens - Friday, November 21st 

New: Fall Glow/Neon Dance and Party

Student Council is sponsoring our fall dance and party Friday, November 14th from 3:30 to 5:30! We'll have dancing, open gym, a movie, ping pong, reading, board games, and more dancing! There will be also be food and drinks for sale.


Our theme is glow/neon - we will have glow necklaces and students can wear neon colors or white t-shirts that they can decorate with highlighters (which will be available).  Tickets are $3.00 at lunches Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Tickets will be $4.00 at the door. We hope to see many students there!

New: Alice Deal Coffee House 

Calling all student and staff performers: Alice Deal's first-ever Coffee House will take place December 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Gallery. Students can sign up for five minute slots outside Ms. Neal's office on the first floor. We currently have musicians, poets, comedians, and dancers signed up, but we'd love to have you join! Any visual artists who would like to donate work to be sold at the coffee house should contact Ms. Lombardo in Room C217. All proceeds from the sale of art will benefit arts in DCPS schools.

New: Colombian Exchange
Thank you to Ms. Diaz and all of the 7th and 8th grade teachers for accommodating our 18 Colombian students during their two weeks here - and to the staff who helped chaperone their trips in the area. And a special thanks to the Deal families that hosted the students from Liceo Pino Verde - your warmth made a huge difference in their Washington DC experience.

New: Politics & Prose Book Fair Success

Deal Readers and the Deal Library are grateful to the families who made purchases at the Politics & Prose book fair last weekend. Deal Readers are currently devouring the 79 brand-new books we received! Thank you! 


New: All City Band

The Music Department would like to congratulate the following students for representing Deal in the All City Concert Band: 


Benjamin Pugel - 8th Grade, Baritone Saxophone 

Catherine Hammes - 7th Grade, Flute 

Mauricio Orellana - 8th Grade, Percussion 

Mikayla Hill - 8th Grade, Flute 

Savannah Waymer - 7th Grade, Bass Clarinet 


The All City Band Concert will be on November 15th at 6:00 pm on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mrs. Myers ([email protected]) in room CG04. 


We are very proud of our student musicians!


New: Speech and Debate

Upcoming Tournaments 

The speech and debate team are busy preparing for two upcoming tournaments. We will attend a speech and Lincoln-Douglas debate tournament competing against the regions best high school debaters on November 22nd. We will also attend a middle school speech tournament in early December so that all of our old and new team members can continue to work on their acting, public speaking, and Lincoln-Douglas debate skills.

Speech and Debate Team is Nationally Ranked
The Vikings speech and debate team is currently ranked in the top 10 (#7) in the United States in terms of participation and excellence as recognized by the National Forensic League and the National Speech and Debate Association! Deal's chapter is one of over 300 middle schools across the country that are considered for this recognition. Last year the team finished the year in 10th place. Keep on climbin' Vikings!

Parent Judges for Speech and Debate Tournaments
A big shout out goes to our parent judges who help make it possible for our students to participate in our monthly tournaments. We will have a training for interested parent judges in December. Keep an eye on the bulletin for more details.


New: Model UN

Model UN Club's next meeting will be Wednesday, November 19th from 3:30 - 4:30 in C308. Those who have been working through the position paper writing process should continue to do so. Those who have buddied up with another student will continue in the same way. If you missed a meeting and want to stay up with what we've been doing, please have a typed position paper (from your position paper worksheet) to use at our next meeting. The position paper is on your self-selected topic of either international terrorism or climate change.


Students participating in the PAHO conference on November 24th will be able to choose their countries after November 14th when we receive our options from the conference director. Background guides for the topic of cybersecurity will be sent to your homeroom teachers on Wednesday morning.


New: Low Cost, High Interest Books

Any parents wishing to find out about ways to purchase low cost, high interest books at all levels should stop by Room CG03 on Monday, Parent Teacher Conference Day, for more information.


New: Girl Up

Girl Up! will sell baked goods during Parent Teacher conferences on Monday from 2:00 - 6:00 pm in the foyer in front of the Auditorium. Stop by to pick up a treat or water! All proceeds go to the UN Foundation in an effort to educate girls in developing countries.


New: BDOG (Boys Discussion Only Group)

BDOG will not meet this week as we do not have school on our normal meeting day. However, we will meet up the next week. Join our next meeting to learn more about our upcoming field trips! 



Here are the current standing after 9 weeks of fantasy football:


1 - Graham's Team

2 - DC Dominators

3 - Acraxian Warriors

4 - Silver Stripes

5 - Kaleb's Team

6 - The Ligers

7 - Shayna's Swaggy Team

8 - Luke

9 - Evan's Boss Squad

10 - Dylan M.


A lot has changed over the last few weeks: Silver Stripes have been on a three game winning streak, moving them into 4th place from 10th, Graham's Team continues to dominate the league with an 8-0 record, and Kaleb's Team and DC dominators continue to move up with back-to-back wins!


Week 10 match-ups are:


Silver Stripes vs. Luke's Team

Dylan M. vs. Evan's boss squad

Shayna's Swaggy Team vs. DC Dominators

Graham's Team vs. Kaleb's Team 

Acraxian Warriors vs. The Ligers


GOOD LUCK!!!  Playoff are coming soon...

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!


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.


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
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 620 followers, we could have a winner any day! 
Students of the Month

Congratulations to the hardworking students featured on the Student of the Month Bulletin Board outside of the Welcome Center! The IB Learner Profile represented this month is Balanced. These students "...understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives-intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for themselves and others. They recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live."- IB definition

Timbuktu - Donovan Daniels and Gertruda Granickaite

Seoul - Seth Smith and Amelia Wolfire
Shanghai - William Reynolds and Sabina Lordan
Baku - Spencer Shapiro and Delanie Rodriguez
Istanbul - Lacey McEwen and Wibb Marzilli

Buenos Aires - Steele Downing and America Williams
Kyoto - Levi Berger and Rasheda White
Athens - Jeremy Jensen and Mai Graves
Brussels - Amartya Eswaran-King and Catherine Hammes

Addis Ababa - Jane Kelly and Kedar Mitchell
Dublin - Jordyn Pradd and James Landy
Marrakesh - Lucas Leijon and Jennifer Villeda Mejia
Tokyo - Isabella Pino and Jack Darnell

Deal Athletics ...


Basketball Tryouts will take place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday:

All 6th graders and 7/8th grade girls, 3:30 - 4:45 pm
7/8th grade boys, 4:30 - 5:45 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 turn in your forms to Coach Downing or Coach Turner to try out.

Emergency Treatment Form 


Consent to Participate Form


Universal Health Certificate Form


Football Practice
Monday, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Wednesday 3:30 - 5:15 am

Football Playoffs
Deal Football vs Browne 
Thursday, Nov 13th @ Coolidge, 6:00 pm


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


Winter Sports

Basketball, Cheer, Indoor Track, and Swimming are underway.

This Week at Deal...

Wednesday: Dance Club

We will meet next Wednesday and the following Wednesday. The Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving we will not meet. Apologies for previous cancellations.


Wednesday: TAGS Geography Club is back!

Do you love geography and maps? Then join the TAGS (Teachers and Geography Students) club for our first meeting of the year next Wednesday, November 19th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Mr. Martini's room (C130). New and returning students of all grades are welcome!


Wednesday: Comic Book Club

Comic Book Club with Mr. Siddiqui will meet on Wednesday, November 12th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room E103. Mr. Siddiqui will bring in some of his comic books to share with students.


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!


Friday: Book Club

Book Club will start a NEW book on November 14th! It's the perfect Friday to join! Head to room C128 at 3:30 pm on Friday.


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

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:

  • 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.


Wilson 9th Grade Parent Course Selection Night 

Attention 8th grade parents: Wilson High School will have a parent course selection information night at Wilson on January 27th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the auditorium.


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 


Ellington School of the Arts

November 12th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

November 18th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

December 3rd, 3:00 - 4:15 pm

December 13th, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm 

RSVP to 


Eastern Senior High School 

To schedule an individual or group tour, contact

[email protected]


McKinley Technology High School 

November 8th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

December 10th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

January 24th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

RSVP to 


Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering School 

December 12th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

January 16th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

February 20th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

March 20th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

May 15th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

May 29th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 


School Without Walls High School 

November 13th, 10:00 - 11:30 am and 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University


Wilson High School 

November 14th, 9:00 - 11:00 am

December 12th, 9:00 -11:00 am

January 9th, 9:00 - 11:00 am

February 6th, 9:00 - 11:00 am

March 13th, 9:00 - 11:00 am 


Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering HS

December 12th, 11:00am - 3:00 pm

January 16th, 11:00am - 3:00 pm

February 20th, 11:00am - 3:00 pm

March 20th, 11:00am - 3:00 pm

May 15th, 11:00am - 3:00 pm

May 29th, 11:00am - 3:00 pm

Staff information ...

Monday: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday: 7th Grade Team Meeting
7th grade teachers will meet in E200 at 8:10 am.

Friday: Friday PD 
Join us Friday morning at 8:10 am.
Schedule of Before School Activities

(all activities begin at 7:45 am unless otherwise stated)





Symphonic Band - CG20String Orchestra - CG04Percussion Ensemble
String Orchestra
Peer Mediators
Concert Choir
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir

Percussion Ensemble


Schedule of After School Clubs & Activities

(all clubs and activities end at 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted)




Au Cinema
National Junior Honor Society
Book Club
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
French Tutoring
Cottage Comic Book 
Open Art Studio
Debate Team
Music Workshop
East Asia Studies
Science Tutoring
Gay Straight Alliance
Board Games
Bocce Ball
Ultimate Frisbee
E307 (to 5pm) 
Peer Mediators
Conditioning Club
Tennis Club
Spanish Theatre
Yo-Yo Club
Corner Nurse & Neal
Team Shanghai
Study Hall
DIY Club
8th 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)


Wilson Theater Arts Presents 

INTO THE WOODS, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine.


Favorite Grimm's fairy tale characters take a journey to make their wishes come true. INTO THE WOODS explores getting your wish and what happens after happily ever after.


Performances are Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday Nov. 15 at 7:30 pm, and Friday Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm


Meet the Characters for Autographs after the Saturday, November 22, 2:30 pm  Matinee in the Wilson Auditorium Lobby


Tickets:  Student/child - $5 all performances

                  Adult - $15 ($10 for the Saturday, Nov. 22 2:30pm matinee)


Tickets may be purchased before each performance or reserved at: [email protected]


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Open House

Genna Kohlhardt, Scholastic Art & Writing Submissions Coordinator for Writopia DC, will be on hand at an Open House to introduce you to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, show you how to submit, explain the judging process, and answer any questions you have. This is a free event!   


When: Tuesday November 11th, 2014, (Veteran's Day) 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Where: Writopia Lab DC, 4000 Albemarle St, Suite 308, Washington, DC, 20016 



Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Half-day Workshop

What: Join us at our half-day workshop to start a piece you might submit, work on one you've already started, or refine and submit one you've completed! Open for grades 7 - 12. 
When: Tuesday November 11th, 2014, (Veteran's Day) 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM ($137)
Where: Writopia Lab DC, 4000 Albemarle St, Suite 308, Washington 


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.  


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]