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: 

The IB Learner Profile describes ten characteristic approaches or ways of being that define the "student." Here are some suggestions about how the profile can be used as more than just a work of the school but of our shared community.
  • Communicators: Work with your child to know what is going on in her school and friend life. Share with Deal what you know that will help us both help her succeed.
  • Risk-takers: Encourage your child to try something different - regularly. Getting out of his most comfortable places helps him grow. Risks can be found in the classroom, the lunchroom, walking on the way home; help him take appropriate risks.
  • Balanced: Keep your eye on how your child looks at her life. Are friends all important? Schoolwork or activities overwhelming? How can she balance her interests so she can enjoy all that she is doing?
  • Open-Minded: Help your child see the world from different perspectives, different lives. How would his actions and choices change from a better understanding of these perspectives? Knowing this, how can his actions and choices change in his own life?
  • Principled: Share your principles with your child as a guide to helping her sort out her own. What do you believe, and how does that affect your life? Children struggle with connecting values with actions; you are your child's best guide.
  • Inquirers: Ask your child questions about her life, and listen closely. Find ways to help explore her innate curiosity about the world through responding fully to her questions.
  • Thinkers: Challenge your child to explain his thinking with logic. Ask him about assumptions he makes, about his basis for a decision, or whether the opposite is true.
  • Knowledgeable: Validate your child's knowledge in whatever she is expert. Enable her to pursue that understanding, regardless of topic.
  • Reflective: Discuss daily events and ask your child to reflect on his role, his experience, or what he might do differently (or again). Talk about something in the recent past and see if he has changed his mind - and why or why not.
  • Caring: Talk about caring as an action that brings a feeling to life. Ask your child how he was caring to a friend, a family member, or someone he doesn't know. Check in with him regularly to keep this an important part of how he interacts with others.
There remain just two weeks until we part (temporarily) with your children for the Winter Break. As a school, we will not be giving assignments over the break for our students - teachers and students all need a chance to reconnect with family and friends without homework hanging over their heads. In order to do this it is critical that your children complete all assignments due before they leave the building on the 19th. This means that missing work, unfinished assignments, or reading expectations need to be completed over the next two weeks. Student assignments are intended to connect with the daily learning; turning in something weeks later is both frustrating for the teachers as it is ineffective for learning. Let's all work together to make sure that on January 5th we rejoin the Deal school community with an eagerness for new work!

A special shout-out to the Art and Music Departments (Ms. Lombardo, Ms. Kouri, Ms. Kim, Ms. Myers, Ms. Suslov, and Mr. Lewis) at Deal for hosting our first-ever Deal Coffee House last Thursday. The gallery was filled with families and students watching their friends perform in a true coffee-house atmosphere. Students were able to show their many talents, including dance, singing, comedy stand-up, musical performances, among others. Artwork was available for sale; all proceeds are going to help support an art department in a DCPS school purchase needed art supplies. Special recognition goes out for the rap stylings of our own Mr. Schick!

Have a great week.

James Albright
PS -  I hope to see many families at the Annual Winter Concert this Wednesday at 6:30pm. This is the first chance many of the students have to perform the pieces they have been working on; I hope you will join me as we celebrate their musical accomplishments.  

Alice Deal Community Association

Holiday Tree Sale  


The Deal Holiday Tree Sales continues the weekend of

December 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]


Auction Donations


Please consider giving back to Alice Deal by donating to this year's auction on February 7th. Funds raised at the auction will be used to support community service, fund arts, music, and athletics, and continue to assist teacher training. There are many ways to give: 
  • Donate tickets to sporting events, theater, and concerts!
  • Consider donating a getaway. Everyone needs a vacation!
  • Are you famous our know someone who is? Autographed items are a hit!
  • Throw a party! Gather some friends and host a fun event!
  • Can you cook? Donate a dessert a month or host a meal for donors!

Finally, as you shop for the holidays or visit your favorite restaurant, ask store owners if they would consider donating a gift certificate. It's that easy!


Donate now or direct donors to our website here: Alice Deal Auction 

Week of December 8
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Bell 1 
Thursday -  Bell I 
Friday  - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

December 8
8th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Gr Teams Buenos Aires & Kyoto 
December 9
Buddy Day - Janney
8th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Gr Teams Buenos Aires & Kyoto 
December 10
Advisory 2 Midpoint
Indoor Track Meet 
6th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Gr Teams Athens & Brussels 
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm 
December 11
8th Grade I&S: After School Film
6th Grade ELA Unit Assessment & 7th Gr Teams Athens & Brussels 
December 12
LSAT, 7:30 am
Brussels Breakfast
6th Gr Sp Humanities to Guapos
ELA Unit Assessments Make-ups

December 13
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale
Sat Detention 9 -12

December 14
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale

December 16
8th Grade I&S: Mock Hearings

December 17
Principal's Coffee 9 am
8th Grade I&S: Mock Hearings

December 18
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

December 19 
Winter Assembly
Visting Deal, 10 am
7th Gr Sp Humanities to Guapos 
Tm Kyoto Breakfast 
December 22 - January 2
Winter Break - No school for teachers and students

January 5
School starts again!

January 6
Period 8 Winter classes begin


January 8

Deal School Spelling Bee

New to Deal, 3:30 pm


January 9

LSAT, 7:30 am


January 10

Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon

January 13

Team Leaders, 3:30 (all)


January 14

PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm


January 16

Shakespeare Festival - 6:30 pm


January 19

Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday

No school for staff or 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. 8
3:15-5:30 Blocking
"As You Like It" Sc 2 and Sc 8: Celia, Duke Fredrick, Lebeau, Charles, Rosalind, Orlando, Priestess, Duke Senior, Audrey, Touchstone, Jacques, Phebe, Silvius

Tuesday Dec 9
3:15-5:30 Scene Work
"Macbeth" Sc. 1 Macbeth, Banquo, Ross, Three Witches; Sc. 2 Lady Macbeth; "As You Like It" Sc. 3 Duke Frederick, Celia, Rosalind

Wednesday Dec 10
3:30-5:30 Scene Work
"As You Like It" Sc 4 Orlando, Adam, Duke Frederick, Jacques, Ensemble; "Macbeth" Sc 4 Macbeth, Macduff, Lady Macbeth, Lennox, Donalbain, Ross, Malcom, Ensemble

Thursday Dec 11
3:30-5:30 Scene Work
"As You Like It" Sc 5 Rosalind, Orlando, Celia, Touchstone; "Macbeth" Sc 3 Lady M and Macbeth            

Friday Dec 12
3:30-5:30 Scene Work
"As You Like It" Sc 6 and 7
Silvius, Phebe, Rosalind, Celia, Rosalind, Orlando, Audrey Touchstone; "Macbeth"Sc 5 Lady Macduff, Son and Murderers

Schedule subject to change! Contact [email protected] with any questions.


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 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.

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


It is today we must create the world of the future." 


Eleanor Roosevelt 


This week Geography 6 students finished the International Relations unit by presenting their findings on one Millennial Development Goal set by the United Nations in 1990. Not only were the students asked to share the world's current progress, but they were also asked to make proposals for the future. After each group completed the presentation, fellow classmates shared one "glow" and one "grow" with the group.  


Activities like these introduce students to real-world challenges and show students how their thoughtful contributions matter.  


For more information on the Millennial Development Goals our students investigated, please visit 

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: English Unit Assessment 2

Students will complete the online portion of ELA Unit Assessment 2 in their English classes over a two-day period this upcoming week. All 8th graders will complete the assessment on December 8th and 9th along with two 7th grade teams (Buenos Aires and Kyoto). Sixth graders will complete the assessment on December 10th and 11th along with the other two 7th grade teams (Athens & Brussels).


New: Embassy Adoption Program & Cuareim 1080
As part of our EAP, the Afro-Uruguayan group Cuareim 1080 will be performing their candombe music for the 6th grade! The event will take place in the auditorium during 7th period on Wednesday, December 10.

New: Winter Concert this Wednesday at 6:30 

The Alice Deal Music Department's Annual Winter Concert is this December 10, at 6:30pm, in the Deal Auditorium. Come hear our many student ensembles perform musical selections in the theme of "A World of Traditions." Performances by the string quartet, percussion ensemble, string ensemble, symphonic band, jazz band, all-school chorus, and the a cappella ensemble are scheduled. We hope you can join us for this wonderful musical presentation. All students intending to watch the show must be accompanied by a parent. 


New: Register for Period 8's Winter Session
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 - Wednesday
Computer Programming - Ms Wellersdick -Wednesday

Registration for the Winter Session of Period 8 is now available online at If the link does not work or if you have any additional questions, please email [email protected]

Commitment to Service and Action

New: Origami Crane Project

The origami crane is a symbol associated with the idea of world peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki. The 6th graders invite the entire Deal community to help us reach our goal of creating 2015 cranes by Friday, December 19. Completed cranes should be placed in the container near Ms. Neal's office (C114).


New: Teens for Jeans

Our next great collection effort is to collect as many jeans (all colors, all sizes, without holes, only jeans) to donate to local area homeless shelters.

The actual collection of them won't start until January 5, but we know that many families give items away before the end of the year. Please hold on to any jeans so we can make a strive to be a top-ten ranked middle school for jeans donation!


New: Food Loaded, En Route to Hungry People

Over the past month, students collectedover 10,000 donations weighing in at over 4,800 pounds! After some help from the Girl Scouts, teachers, and students, the food was delivered to  three food programs in Stafford, VA: Aquila's Table, Feed His Sheep, and S.E.R.V.E.   

THANK YOU to all involved in this huge project, from the families who donated the food to the plethora of folks who helped move this food into the hands (and bellies) of hungry people.  These small organizations couldn't accomplish their missions without our help.


New: Team Buenos Aires

The teachers on team Buenos Aires are impressed by our students' performances so far this year and are looking forward to starting off the new year with our amazing students! We would like to urge all students to make sure that they are caught up on all work before they go home for the holiday break. 


New: 8th Grade Individuals and Societies Department 

The 8th Grade Individuals and Societies team would like to say thank you to the staff, parents and students for a successful field trip week! We will put our experiences to good use as we delve into the Constitution!  


8th Grade Individuals and Societies will have their monthly history movie on Wednesday, December 10th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in room W305.  We will watch The Loving Story, a documentary about the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.  We hope to see you there!


Lastly, we need your help! We will have Congressional Mock Hearings in our classes on December 16th and 17th. We need parent volunteers. Volunteers will be required to judge student hearings for the full day(s) that they are available. Judges will receive an orientation the morning of the mock hearing and should be comfortable asking students questions about the Constitution and the students' presentations and providing feedback.  If interested, please email Amy Trenkle at [email protected] 

New: Deal Swim Team

The deadline to join the Deal swim team has passed. We are excited about how large our team has grown and we have enjoyed getting to know all of our super awesome swimmers! Swim team parents should email [email protected] to get the latest news.Go Vikings!


New: Deal GSA

The GSA at Deal has had a very productive year so far! We organized ourselves, developed a mission statement, and hosted a social gathering in order to ask more allies to join us in our mission to promote peace and tolerance at our school. In January, we will host a book club and film screening with the Deal library.  


New:  Passport to History 

There will be no Passport to History on December 12th or 13th. Students will use their field trip experience as their site visit for the month.  Students should talk to their history teacher to receive their photo(s) from the trip.


New: Volleyball Team Members

Volleyball team members, if you have not turned in your volleyball jersey please do so by Tuesday, December 9th. Thank you!


New: Fantasy Football!

Drum roll.....current standings are:


#1 Graham's Team

#2 DC Dominators

#3 Acraxian Warriors

#4 Kaleb's Team

#5 The Ligers

#6 Shayna's Swaggy Team

#7 Silver Stripes

#8 Dylan's Team

#9 Evan's Boss squad

#10 Luke's Team


This is the last week for our teams before playoffs! Kaleb's team went all out and defeated the DC Dominators 148 to 98, sealing Kaleb's spot in the playoffs. Still in the hunt are $Dylan$, Silver Stripes, and Evan's team. Week 14 match-ups are:


Silver Stripes vs. Kaleb's Team

$Dylan$ vs. Acraxian Warriors

Evan's Team vs. Graham's Team

Luke's Team vs. Shayna's Swaggy Team

DC Dominators vs. The Ligers 


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 660 followers, we could have a winner any day! 


Speech and Debate 


Tournament Results


Last Wednesday, 23 students traveled to Thomas Edison High School to participate in a Northern Virginia Speech and Debate League tournament. With 15 high schools and only one middle school (Alice Deal!) in attendance, our students once again out-powered the high school competition with the following students recognized during the awards ceremony:


1st place (Declamation): Alex Holmes 

3rd place (Lincoln-Douglas Debate): Owen Cain 

5th place (Lincold-Douglas Debate): Anaily Acosta 

3rd place (Humorous Interpretation):  Amanda Lugo 

5th place (Prose Interpretations): Aidan Moorehouse 

4th place (Poetry Interpretation):  Isaiah Bowen 

5th place (Impromptu Speaking): Iona Volynets  

4th place (Impromptu Speaking): Savanah Waymer

2nd place (Impromptu Speaking): Skyler Clay

6th Place (Extemporaneous Speaking): Iona Volynets

5th Place (Extemporaneous Speaking): Levi Berger 

4th Place (Extemporaneous Speaking): Alex Holmes 

3th Place (Extemporaneous Speaking): Jamie Stewart 

2th Place (Extemporaneous Speaking): Josh Landweber


Congratulations on another impressive showing!


Deal Athletics ...


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 Schedule This Week:
- Girls (both) 3:30 - 5:00 pm
- Boys (6th) 5:30 - 7:00 pm
- Boys (8th) 5:00 - 7:00 pm
- Girls 3:30 - 5:00 pm
- Boys (6th) 3:30 - 5:45 pm
- Boys (8th) game @ Kramer 4:45 pm
- Girls (6th) game vs. Walker-Jones @ Deal 4:45 pm
- Boys (6th) game vs. Walker-Jones @ Deal 6:00 pm
- Boys (8th) game vs. Eliot-Hine @ Deal 4:45 pm
- Girls (both) 3:30 - 5:00 pm
- Boys (6th) 3:30 - 5:00 pm
- Boys (8th) 5:00 - 7:00 pm


Indoor Track
Greetings Tracksters! The track team email is now [email protected] Please send us an email if you would like to receive emails and updates about indoor track meets. Our next track meet is Wednesday, December 10th. Any athlete who DID NOT participate in the meet on December 2nd MUST compete in the December 10th meet in order to be eligible to participate in the City Championship meet in January. Track practice will be held Monday & Friday next week from 3:30-4:30. As the weather changes, please listen carefully to both the morning and the afternoon announcements about whether practice will be inside or out on the field. Email your coaches at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Cheer practice will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.  This Wednesday, December 10th, there be a parent meeting at 5:30 pm.   

This Week at Deal...


Monday: GeoPlunge Challenge Tournament!

Students participating in GeoPlunge must meet for practice during recess this Monday in room C130. In addition, students attending the Fall Tournament at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday, December 11th must arrive to school by 8:30am with $6 in metro fare.


Monday: Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is here! Come join Ms. Wellersdick and Ms. Redekopp in the Library this Monday, December 8th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm to celebrate Computer Science Education Week by coding with your friends. There will be games and activities for students who are unfamiliar or familiar with coding. This is an international event that students across the world will be participating in, so come join in on the fun!


Monday: Open Studio Club

Open Studio Club will meet on Monday, December 8th in room C217. This is our last meeting of 2014 as wewill not meet on Monday, December 15th. We will reconvene the 1st Monday in January in room C224, our new meeting space.


Monday: The After School Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, December 8th at3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for

cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr.Namian in RoomW204.


Wednesday: Art from the Heart

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


Friday: 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!

          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.

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 ...
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.

Wednesday: Advisory Midpoint 
This Wednesday is the advisory midpoint. Homeroom teachers should collect their class progress reports from their grade-level administrator.

Thursday: Bell 1 schedule for testing 
This Thursday, we will be using the Bell 1 schedule to accommodate our testing needs. Thanks for you flexibility.

Thursday: Staff Yoga 
Last month's staff yoga session was a huge hit! Come join us in the gym from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for some healthy relaxation.

Friday: LSAT 
The LSAT will meet at 7:30 am in the old conference room. 
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
Babysitter's Club
History Film Club

Chess Club
Minecrafters 7th 
Jazz Band

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


After School Basketball Club

Spelling Bee Club 

Socratic Club

Nature Lovers 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]