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: Fill the Stage!

At Deal, students learn to act on needs they identify in their community. For example, our 6th grade is focusing on the nature of homelessness in our city - learning why it arises, what forms it takes, and what they can do to help those in need. Like last year, we have had different efforts to provide material goods for those in need; we just concluded, for example, #Socktober, in which warm clothing was collected for the winter months. We are also nearing the end of a canned food drive - that staple of the holiday season - to help fill local food banks. This is the time of year that food banks rely on for the rest of the year, and collection is desperately needed.

Each day, I have the pleasure of reading morning and afternoon announcements to all the students. Included in these of late are requests for donations of canned goods to support the drive. The other day, however, one of the 6th grade teams challenged the other teams to "out-provide" them on donating canned goods. When I looked more closely at the numbers raised so far that led to this challenge, I was shocked. Very few goods have been provided - a number so low that I am somewhat embarrassed to read the totals. In some classes there are only a few cans!

How can this be? We have an active student population, a caring and committed community, and our teachers are beating this drum every day. Many of us have canned and non-perishable food waiting for just this occasion in our pantries. Others of us are waiting for these goods so that they can get the food they need. While providing cans of food and socks for others is not the most glamorous of service actions, it is perhaps the most direct. Every can that does not find its way into a drive - and that no one is eating from at home - serves no one. I ask that each of us takes the few minutes necessary to put together that bag of goods and makes sure it gets to school this week. It reminds our students (and ourselves) that sometimes actions are just the sharing of what we have with others. There are many hundreds of Deal families that can take this simple action - and we should be able to fill the stage with food.


I want to also take a moment to celebrate the hard work outside of the class of so many of our students. Deal students have set a high mark for success in organized competitions this fall. Our speech and debate team has been recognized as the #7 middle school team in the country - a tribute to the hard work of coaches and students. In the DCIAA (our MS athletic conference) our fall athletes are blazing a trail for their peers. Our cross-country team took both the boys and the girls DCIAA MS Cross-Country Championships at Colmar Manor Park a couple of weekends ago; our Viking volleyball team reclaimed the DCIAA MS Volleyball Championship, defeating Johnson MS 2 games to none and ending the season undefeated. This coming weekend our American football team, undefeated in our conference, will battle for the MS Championship in the "Gravy Bowl." That final tilt of the fall season, set to take place at 10am on Saturday, November 22, could be the capstone for a great fall for Deal competitors. I hope to see you there.

And finally, special thanks to our amazing Deal Math teachers for another family-friendly Family Math Night. They were joined by our 8th grade Individuals and Societies teachers, and many happy Deal Vikings and their families. Math is serious business at Deal, but it should also be seriously fun - so thanks to those who gave their evenings to their students and community!

Take care.

James Albright

Don't forget that this Wednesday is International Night (check out the notice right below these words!). While many schools have dinners and celebrations, Deal's International Night is a wonder to behold and is a landmark evening in our school year. The evening is extremely well-attended, and I promise you that you will eat something that you haven't tried before. A few years ago the ADCA changed the event from a "ticketed" event to a donations-only evening so that families could give what they wanted to a great cause - our World Language scholarships. I hope you will attend, eat well, and donate generously! 
Week of November 17
 Bell Schedule

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

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
Academic Leadership Team 3:30

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.

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
Professional Development 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



"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."


Henry Ford


Alice Deal Middle School is more than just students and teachers. Parents play an important role in our "coming together" to make a great school. Thanks to all those who attended last week's IB session on grading and provided quality feedback to Ms. Brown, our IB coordinator. As we work together to refine the process, please know that your student's needs are at the forefront of the conversation.

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]).


International Night - this Week!

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


Don't forget to come join us next Wednesday, November 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 at this wonderful free Deal Community event! There will be many delicious foods from around the globe to share.

Don't have the time to cook a dish to bring? Don't worry - bring pre-prepared food from your favorite grocery store or take-out place! It's a potluck, so subs, pizza, fried chicken and Chinese noodles are welcome! We still need more dishes so just sign up below:

At International Night the foreign language groups will be showcasing their past trips to France, China and Costa Rica and any donations you generously offer will go toward the ADCA international trip scholarships that fund students' travel. Last year your donations helped 15 students afford this life changing experience! 

See you there!

Silvia Dinale and Neha Shah

[email protected] , [email protected]



Student & parent information


New: Make-Up Picture Day

Make-Up Picture Day is Tuesday, November 18th. Students who did not take pictures or would like to retake pictures should report to the auditorium when an announcement is made.  


New: Socktober Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who donated socks, jackets, and blankets during Socktober this year! We had a great response from the Deal community and are grateful for the chance to positively impact others' lives.


A special thank-you to Adam Watkins, Colyar Trimble, and Margaret who spent several hours of their Monday off of school to sort out all of the items for quicker distribution!


New: 7th Grade Field Trip

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: 8th Grade Field Trip

8th Grade Individual and Societies have a field trip related to the Constitution the week of December 1st - 4th. The team dates are as follows:


Addis Ababa - Monday, December 1st

Marrakesh - Tuesday, December 2nd 

Dublin - Wednesday, December 3rd 

Tokyo - Thursday, December 4th 


Parent chaperones are needed for all four teams from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. If you are interested, please contact the team teacher to let them know! We appreciate it!


New: Congrats Fall Period 8 Students!

The Fall Session of Period 8 officially comes to a close this week. Congratulations to all students for their work learning to write computer code, interpret comics on a deeper level, create interactive digital maps, track and trade stocks, delve into philosophical issues, and apply recent scientific research to improve their happiness. Students who successfully completed a fall Period 8 course can expect to receive their certificate of course completion by the end of the week in homeroom. Course offerings and registration for the Winter Session of Period 8 will be announced during the first week of
December. Stay tuned to the bulletin or check out the Period 8 course catalog. (


New: Shakespeare Festival Auditions
Come audition for Deal's Shakespeare Festival! This year we will perform an abridged version of "Macbeth"and "As You Like It!" Auditions will be held on Monday, November 17th and Tuesday, November 18th from 3:15 - 5:30 pm.
No previous experience is necessary. Contact Director Jill Roos at [email protected] with any questions.


New: Hour of Code

On Monday, December 8th from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Deal will hold it's 2nd annual Hour of Code. In honor of Computer Science Education week, our Deal coders will try to recruit as many students as possible to participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is an international event held to show students what computer coding is all about. Last year, 15 million students from over 180 countries participated. There will be coding games and activities that students can participate in. Come join us in the cafeteria on December 8th to participate in this exciting event! To learn more, visit or see Ms. Wellersdick in room C215.


New: Reusable Bags

If you have any extra reusable bags that can be donated for students to use to deliver items on our upcoming homeless outreach runs, we would greatly appreciate it. They can be left in the Welcome Center for Mr. Gueltig.


New: Canned Food Challenge!

Team Baku would like to challenge all teams to collect at least 750 cans for this year's Thanksgiving canned food drive! The winning team gets serenaded by the up-and-coming a capella group, Mr. Albright and the APs (Their legal team is working out the details, so the winning prize may be substituted)!



Drum roll.....current standings are:


#1 Graham's Team

#2 DC Dominators

#3 Kaleb's Team

#4 Acraxian Warriors

#5 The Ligers

#6 Silver Stripes

#7 Shayna's Swaggy Team

#8 Dylan's Team

#9 Evan's Boss squad

#10 Luke


Last weeks biggest win was Dylan vs Evan, with Dylan winning by 63 points. DC Dominators continue to amaze with their 6 game winning streak! With the playoffs soon approaching, the bottom 4 teams continue to battle it out for a spot as only the top 8 teams advance.  


Week 11 match-ups are:  


Silver Stripes vs. Shayna's Swaggy Team

$Dylan$ vs. Luke's team

Evan's Boss Team vs. The Ligers

Graham's Team vs. DC Dominators

Acraxian Warriors vs. Kaleb's Team


New: Sign Up for a Table at the Janney Winter Market
Hello Deal artists, crafters, cooks, and other entrepreneurs: Are you interested in selling your wares at the Janney Winter Market on Saturday, December 6th, from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm? Tables are only $10 (half) and $20 (full) for students and $30 for all other vendors. Registration for tables is now open, so please visit to download a form or register online. Register soon to guarantee your spot!


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.


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 630 followers, we could have a winner any day! 

Deal Athletics ...


Basketball: Basketball Practice Schedule
Boys and Girls 6th Grade Basketball Teams:
3:30 -5:00 pm Tuesday & Friday.
Girls 7th/8th Grade Basketball Team
3:30 - 5:00 pm Monday & Wednesday
Boys 7th/8th Grade Basketball Team:
Monday & Wednesday 4:45 - 6:00 pm


Emergency Treatment Form 


Consent to Participate Form


Universal Health Certificate Form


Football: Football Championship Game

The Deal Viking football team will be playing in the city championship game, "The Gravy Bowl," Saturday, November 22nd at 10:00 am. The game will be played at Eastern HS vs. McKinley Middle School. Admission is $5.00 LET'S GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!

Football Practice:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 3:30 - 5:15 pm

Indoor Track
Practice Begins Monday, November 17th. Meet Ms. Farrar in the gallery at 3:30 pm. Bring your forms if you have not done so already. A schedule will be passed out at practice.

Congratulations to the Viking Volleyball team for winning the City Title! Deal defeated Johnson MS in two sets. Thanks to everyone that showed support this season.


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...

Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group B will meet on Monday, November 17th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the cafeteria.


Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, November 17th at3:30 pm on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress forcold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr.Namian inroom W204.


Monday: GeoPlunge Challenge Tournament!

All GeoPlunge teams interested in attending the Fall tournament in December must report to Mr. Martini's room (C130) during their recess period. All three team members must be present!


Monday: Creative Writing

Creative writing is the place to be! We are completing our first contest entries and writing letters to authors who have impacted student lives. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 17th. We hope to see you there as we look at our next contest and create more writing magic!  We meet from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Ms. Smith's room W307.Check out this new contest:  


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 Wednesday, November 19th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Mr. Martini's room (C130). New and returning students of all grades are welcome!


Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee Season Wrap Up

We will meet in Mr. Martini's room at 3:30 pm this coming Tuesday to bring the fall season to a close. The Viking Narwhals had an excellent season, incredible plays, and great spirit against area teams during our Deal-o-ween tournament on November 2nd and are looking forward to another competitive spring season to come!


Tuesday: Meditation Club

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


Wednesday: Model UN

We will see you for our meeting this Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C308. Bring your position paper if you have one for our mini sim!


Wednesday: Literature-to-Film Festival

Come to the Deal Library this Wednesday, November 19th to see the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events." All are welcome for this playfully, bleak adventure. The show starts at 3:30 pm.


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 begin reading The Mysterious Benedict Society this Friday in room C128 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

          8th Grade Corner

High School Application Season is Here
Although the DCPS Common Application won't open until December 15th, you should be aware of the following key points as you gather materials for applications:
  • Transcript requests should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of deadlines
  • Please provide addressed, stamped envelopes for any documents you need sent to schools
  • Recommendation requests should be given directly to teachers with all supporting documents and an addressed, stamped envelope
  • When requesting recommendations for multiple schools, please provide the information for all schools at one time with clear deadlines

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:

  • 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 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 

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 

December 12th, 9:00 - 11:00 am 

January 9th, 9:00 - 11:00 am 

January 30th, 9:00 - 11:00 am 

February 6th, 9:00 - 11:00 am 


Wilson High School 

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 

Staff information ...

Tuesday: Academic Leadership Team 
The ALT will meet at 3:30 pm
Wednesday: International Night 
Hungry? Come mingle with students, families, and colleagues as this fun, well-attended event!  
Thursday: Faculty Meeting 
All staff are asked to attend the faculty meeting in the cafeteria at 3:30 pm.
Friday: Friday PD 
Effective Co-Teaching - Ms. Quinn - Room W100
MYP Unit Planning Basics: Ms. A. Brown - Room N101
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.


Remaining performances are 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]


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]