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:

With Thanksgiving 2014 becoming a tasty memory in our past, we are now moving into three intense weeks in December. There are a number of activities to keep your eyes on before the Winter Break. Student mid-advisory reports will be coming out in a couple of weeks, there are some large field trips (8th grader Trolley Tour, 7th grade Natural History Museum), and our second round of Unit Assessments in English. Science Fair and National History Day (in 8th grade) continue as well over the next few weeks. The goal is to have rich instruction continue daily with all of this going on - and to let our students know that our goal is to challenge them with our best.

The school-focus of these weeks is tempered by some other great Deal events. We have held auditions for our latest Shakespeare Festival, schedule for the weekend of January 16. This will be the first time Deal students get to use the brand-new microphones purchases by the ADCA (nee PTA) from the proceeds of last year's Deal Auction. The first Deal Coffee House will take place fem 5 till 7 this Thursday, with many different types of acts on the stage. And next week will be the first concert of the season (new date: December 10) highlighting our choir and instrumental ensembles. Over the weekend we host another Scrabble tournament; if you have never seen one, it is especially exciting to watch. There will also be another debate competition on Thursday as well - our students are getting some excellent opportunities this year to practice their oratorical skills. Finally, we will participate in the Hour of Code next Monday, challenging as many students as possible to join our coders in the media center. Are your children in involved in one or more of these? If so, be sure to come out and watch them participate - you will always be glad that you did.

We are starting our registration for our winter session of Period 8 (see below). These classes have proven to be a successful addition to the world of Deal. We just completed a course called the Science of Happiness in which your middle school students participated in a college-level online class with the EdX program. The students who worked on this class were enrolled in the open course online and were supervised and supported by a Deal teacher. My guess is that there are many courses out there that are both appropriate and challenging for our students; this will be a rich area to continue to explore. This coming session we repeat our Forensic Science class. For this class, we team up with students at Kelly Miller Middle School to create virtual lab groups, with a culminating activity taking place at one or the other of the schools. This was a very popular class last year. If your child has never signed up for one of the Period 8 classes, this session starts at the beginning of January (we've stretched the season so that the schedules work for our students). If your child has already done a course, bring them back for another one! And, for the first time this year, Period 8 courses are open to 6th graders. Join in!

See you around the building!

James Albright

PS - Our appeal for the canned food drive paid off! Thank you to all who gave to their larger community. Our students brought in over 10,000 canned or non-perishable items as of Monday afternoon! These will be assembled by volunteers and delivered in the next week or so. Thank you for helping your children remember to bring in this food for someone else; it is surely and sorely needed.

Alice Deal Community Association

Holiday Tree Sale  


The Deal Holiday Tree Sales will happen the weekends of

December 6th - 7th and 13th - 14th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 


The sale is held at the school by the school's front doors; all

proceeds go to support Alice Deal students through the programs

of the Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA).


On sale will be a great selection of fresh cut trees in a variety of sizes.

Your choices will include fraser firs, balsam firs, and blue spruce from

5 feet to 10 feet tall. Wreaths, candle rings and garland are also available.


Cash, credit, and check are accepted. The earlier the better for best selection!

Jonathan McHugh

[email protected]

Week of December 1
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Bell 1 
Thursday -  Thursday Bell  
Friday - No School for Students
Professional Day for Teachers 
Upcoming Dates

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

December 2
Deal Open House 9 -12
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
8th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Grade Teams Buenos Aires and Kyoto
December 9
Buddy Day - Janney
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
8th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Grade Teams Buenos Aires and Kyoto
December 10
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
Advisory 2 Midpoint
6th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Grade Teams Athens and Brussels
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm 
December 11
8th Grade I&S: After School Film
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
6th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Grade Teams Athens and Brussels
December 12
LSAT, 7:30 am
Brussels Breakfast
6th Gr Sp Humanities to Guapos
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 - 5
Staff Holiday Celebration
ELA Unit Assessments Make-ups

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

January 5
Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 pm

January 6

Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 pm


January 7

Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 pm


January 8

Deal School Spelling Bee

New to Deal, 3:30 pm

Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 pm


January 9

LSAT, 7:30 am

Shakespeare Rehearsal, 3:30 pm


January 10

Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon

Shakespeare Rehearsal

9 am - 3 pm


January 11

Shakespeare Rehearsal

9 am - 3 pm 


January 12

Shakespeare Rehearsal

 3:30 - 7:15 pm


January 13

Team Leaders, 3:30 (all)

Shakespeare Rehearsal

3:30 - 7:15 pm


January 14

PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

Shakespeare Rehearsal

3:30 - 7:15 pm


January 15

Shakespeare Rehearsal

3:30 - 7:15 pm


January 16

Visiting Deal, 10 am

Shakespeare Production

6:30 pm


January 19

Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday

No School for Staff and Students


January 21
Principal's Coffee, 9 am

January 22
Deal Geography Bee
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 23
End of Term
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm

 January 24
Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon

January 26
6th Grade Birthday Party

January 27
Team Leaders, 3:30 (gr level)

January 30
Visiting Deal, 10 am

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 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C103.  


Chinese Tutoring 

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

Shakespeare Festival Rehearsal Schedule 


Monday Dec. 1

3:15-3:30 Full Cast Meeting

3:30-5:30 BLOCKING


Orlando, Adam, Oliver, Rosalind, Celia, Duke Frederick


3 Witches, Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, Lady M


Tuesday Dec 2

3:30-5:30 BLOCKING


Jaques, Duke Senior, Orlando, Adam, Corin, Touchstone, Celia, Rosalind, Audrey


Wednesday Dec 3 

3:30-5:30 BLOCKING


Porter, Macduff, Lennox, Macbeth, Lady, M, Banquo, Donalbain, Malcom, Lady Macduff, Ross, Son, Messanger, First Murderer, Second Murderer


Thursday Dec 4

3:30-5:30 BLOCKING


Silvius, Phebe, Rosalind, Corin, Celia, Orlando, Duke Senior, Jaques, Touchstone, Phebe, Adam


Friday Dec 5



Media Center News

The Deal Library will be closed after school on Wednesday, November 26th.

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 almost over!

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.

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]).


Student & parent information


 New: Announcing Period 8 Winter Session Course Offerings & Registration

Period 8 is Deal's unique blended-learning enrichment program, offering academic courses on a variety of exciting topics. Period 8 courses meet once per week for an hour after school. In addition, students work online to complete additional course activities and assignments. The Winter Session of Period 8 will begin the week of January 5th (immediately following Winter Break) and run through the end of February.The following courses will be open to ALL Deal students:


Architecture through Minecraft - Mr  Donlon - Tuesdays

Forensic Science - Ms Giron - Wednesdays

Storytelling through Video Games - Mr Eckel - Wednesdays

Mapmaking - Mr Martini - Wednesdays

Computer Programming - Ms Wellersdick -Wednesdays


Registration for the Winter Session of Period 8 is now available online at  


Want to know more about Deal's FREE blended-learning enrichment courses?  Check out the Period 8 website:

New: Alice Deal Coffee House

The Alice Deal Coffee House will be held December 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Gallery.The sign up sheet for the Alice Deal Coffee House posted outside Ms. Neal's office on the first floor is nearly full! 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 arts in DCPS schools.


New: Hour of Code

On Monday, December 8th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Deal will hold its 2nd annual Hour of Code in the library. 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 for students to enjoy and no experience is necessary! For more information visit or see Ms. Wellersdick in room C215.


New: 8th Grade Field Trip: Constitution Extravaganza 

8th grade students will take a trip to various federal buildings this week as part of their study of the Constitution. They will visit the US Capitol, the White House, the Federal Courts and the National Archives. 


Please note the following:

  • Students should dress nicely for our day in the city (Wear comfortable walking shoes, but no t-shirts or no jeans.) 
  • Students will need to have $7.00 on a Smartrip card for round trip subway fare (the cost is $9.00 for a paper fare card).  If students are adding money to their DC One Card, we ask that it be added BEFORE our field trip to prevent congestion in the station. 
  • Students will meet in homeroom at 8:45 am and leave shortly thereafter; they will return to Deal by 1:30 pm for their lunch and to work on their projects.
  • Phones/Cameras are not permitted on the trip. If students bring phones they must not be on and should not be seen. Each homeroom teacher will take a picture of the group at each site and share it with the History teacher to share with students for their passport assignment.
  • Students must bring a bagged lunch. Eat a hearty breakfast; we will eat lunch on our return to Deal.
  • When students return they will work in small groups to create a presentation about their field trip. They will present it in History class on an assigned due date.
  • We will need all chaperones from 8:30 am until we return to Deal.  
  • Students need to bring paper to take notes on and a pencil (students should not bring pens).

New: Attention Team Brussels Parents

Team Brussels teachers would like to invite their team parents to join us for breakfast at 7:30am on Friday, December 12th in the cottage. We will provide bagels, doughnuts, fruit, and coffee. This will be an opportunity for fellowship amongst families and teachers. We are looking forward to building on our relationships with you!


New: A "Thank You" from Team Seoul

At the end of this Thanksgiving weekend , Mr. Martini, Ms. Quinn, Ms. Azimi, Ms. Culp, and Ms. Jackson would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the parents of each of our Team Seoul students. You have entrusted us with your child's education this year and we appreciate your patience as we all learn the IB grading system. Your children are incredible!


New: Speech and Debate

On November 22nd, the speech and debate team attended their second high school tournament of the year. Over 400 students attended the tournament from throughout the DC/VA/MD metro area. Deal was the ONLY middle school in attendance and made a splash. 


Zach Crouch received 5th place in Extemporaneous Speaking and is now able to compete in the high school national qualifying tournament in two different events. Quite an outstanding accomplishment given that many of the students that he competed against were seniors in high school.


Not to be outdone, the 14 debaters that competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate also made their mark on the competition. The following students ended the tournament with a 3-1 record and placed accordingly:


Tim Berger (7th place)

Levi Berger (8th place)


This week, the speech and debate teams will travel to Thomas Edison High School for an afternoon of fun. This is the first opportunity for our new 6th and 7th grade team members to show their stuff. Go Vikings!


New: Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be Friday, December 12th in C128. Book Club students should read to the scary pig face picture in The Mysterious Benedict Society by then!


New: Fantasy Football!!

Drum roll.....current standings are:


1 - EKM

2 - DC Dominators

3 - Acraxian Warriors

4 - The Ligers

5 - Kaleb's Team

6 - Shayna's Swaggy Team

7 - Silver Stripes

8 - Dylan's Team

9 - Evan's Boss squad

10 - Luke


Last week was close for all teams! 7th place Silver Stripes almost upset #1 ranked EKM, 90 to 97. Top scores were Acraxian Warriors and DC Dominators with 112 and 136 pionts. Only 2 more weeks of regular season as week 15 starts the playoffs! Good Luck!


Week 13 match-ups are:

Silver Stripes vs. Acraxian Warriors

Dylan vs. EKM

Evan's Team vs. Shayna's Swaggy Team

Luke's Team vs. The Ligers

Kaleb's Team vs. DC Dominators


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.


Sign Up for a Table at 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 visit to download a form or register online. Register soon to guarantee your spot!


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 ...


The Football Vikings are the CHAMPIONS!!!

Thank you to all the administrators, teachers, Ms. Baxter, Ms. Baker and cheerleaders for supporting the football team last week. Deal defeated Mckinley Tech Middle School 31-13 in the DCIAA Middle School Football Championship. We are proud of our Student/Athletes. It's A Great Day To Be A Viking!


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.

Basketball Practices This Week:
6th Gr Girls: Tuesday/Wednesday 3:30 - 5 pm
6th Gr Boys: Monday 3:30 - 5pm, Tuesday 3:30 - 5:45pm, Wednesday 5:30 - 6:45, Thursday 3:30 - 6pm
7th/8th Gr Girls: Monday 5 - 7pm @ Wilson, Wednesday/Thursday 3:30 - 5pm,
7th/8th Gr Boys: Monday/Wednesday 5:00 - 6:45pm


Indoor Track
Indoor track practice will be from 3:30 - 4:30 pm Mondays and Wednesdays. We will meet in the Gallery at 3:30 pm before heading outside. If you have any questions, please email Coach Farrar at [email protected]  See you Monday!


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

This Week at Deal...


Monday: The After School Basketball Club Cancelled this Week

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will NOT meet after school on Monday, December 1st. 


Monday: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet on Monday, December 1st in room E306. See you then!


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will be meeting at 3:20 in Ms. Kinzer's room and will be walking to Whole Foods for our store tour. We will leave at 3:30 sharp and will return to Deal at 5:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather as we walk rain or shine! 


Monday: Creative Writing

Don't forget to join us for creative writing club every other Monday. We are currently working on entering two contests. See you in Ms. Smith's room (W307)!


Monday: Open Studio Club

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


Monday: GeoPlunge!

GeoPlunge will meet this Monday during recess periods in room C130.


Tuesday and Friday: Swimming

The Deal Swim Team practices on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm at Takoma Aquatic Center. The bus leaves Deal promptly at 3:30 pm and returns between 5:45 and 6:00 pm. Our first meet is Wednesday, December 17th at Stone Ridge. We have approximately 40 kids on the team and our first few weeks of practices have been really fun! Thanks to all who support us!


Wednesday: Comic Book Club

Comic Book Club with Mr. Siddiqui will meet Wednesday, December 3rd from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room E103.


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!

          8th Grade Corner

Like Basketball?
Georgetown is offering a free student ticket (with purchase of an adult ticket) to two games for any 8th grade student with an "A" on their report card! The games are December 20th against Charlotte and January 3rd against Creighton. To participate:
  1. Visit
  2. Select the Charlotte or Creighton game
  3. Enter code "AGAME"
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:
  • Ms. Giron ([email protected]) has graciously volunteered to help with high school applications!
  • Please sent transcript requests to Ms. Giron 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

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: Open House
We will have another Open House, from 9m until 12pm on Tuesday.

Tuesday: Team Leaders 
All team leaders will meet at 3:30 pm.
Thursday: Period 8 teacher open house
All Period 8 teachers (Fall & Winter Session) and any teachers interested in learning more about Periohd 8 are invited to attend a Period 8 open house on 
Thursday, December 4th beginning at 3:30 in room C116.


Thursday: New to Deal Meeting
New-to-Deal Meeting will be held on Thursday at 3:30pm in Room E100.

Friday: Professional Development Day 
All teachers will take part in professional development on Friday. Please check with your content administrator for your department's details. 
New: Washington Teacher's Union
On December 11th, President Liz Davis will join teachers to answer questions and share the latest on issues facing teachers in DCPS. Please make the time to attend. We will meet in E104 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
Schedule of Before School Activities

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





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

Percussion Ensemble


Schedule of After School Clubs & Activities

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




Au Cinema
National Junior Honor Society
Book Club
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
French Tutoring
Cottage Comic Book 
Open Art Studio
Debate Team
Music Workshop
East Asia Studies
Science Tutoring
Gay Straight Alliance
Board Games
Bocce Ball
Ultimate Frisbee
E307 (to 5pm) 
Peer Mediators
Conditioning Club
Tennis Club
Spanish Theatre
Yo-Yo Club
Corner Nurse & Neal
Team Shanghai
Study Hall
DIY Club
8th Gr Field Trip Club
Girls on the Run
Game Club
Vinyl Club
Intramural Volleyball
Film Making 101
6th Gr Comic Book

Cooking Club
Meditation Club
A Cappella

Calligraphy Club
Cultural Discovery Club
Fantasy Football 

Classic Card Games 
Tm Baku Study Hall
7th/8th Model UN

Girl Up
Learn to Swim Club
E201 (to 5:10pm)
Service Club

Student Council 
String Club 
Music Workshop 

African Drumming 
Science Olympiad
Dance Club

6th Gr Soccer Club
Photography Club

Japanese Culture Club (Loc TBD)
Babysitter's Club
History Film Club

Chess Club
Minecrafters 7th 
Global Cardboard Challenge

International Cinema
Club E101
Minecrafters 6th 
The Sports Rap

Socratic Club

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 Crew Wreath Sale Extended
The Wilson Crew Wreath sale is extended until Friday, December 5th.  If you have not had a chance to place your order, please do so now!  They are beautiful 24" inch fresh cut wreaths with a big red bow for just $25.  Go to and select your favorite rower or 'any rower' from the drop-down lists.  Look at the novice squads to find the Deal rowers.   A rower will deliver the wreath to your house.

Join Fit to Inspire for Holiday Power Walk on Saturday, December 6th at 9:30 am

Fit to Inspire, the women's wellness community, is holding a "Holiday Waddle" (power walk) here in Chevy Chase (meeting point is Lafayette School).  The walk is FREE, but any optional donations raised will go to Operation Smile, the medical charity that repairs facial deformities in needy children around the world.  Sponsored by Athleta and Somersault Snacks, participants will be in the drawing for many great prizes.  Join Alice Deal mom, Rebeca Plantier, for this simple and fun event!  Register on or contact Rebeca on [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!



Do you have a story, poem or essay you still want to share? 

There is just one month left to submit to the DC Metro Regional 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!


You're invited to join us for a 5-hour intensive Scholastic Art & Writing Workshop.

Come and work with Genna Kohlhardt, Writopia Instructor and Scholastic Submissions Coordinator. You can start a piece to submit, develop one you've already started, or refine one you've been working on while learning more about the submission and judging process.


WHEN: Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

WHERE: Writopia Lab, 4000 Albemarle Street, Suite 308, Washington, DC, 20016

COST: $228

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]