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 to Deal students and families: 

This is one of those amazing weeks at Deal - so many fun and interesting and thoughtful events that it is hard to know where to start. First, check out the Student and Parent Information below - many of the items are new. Grades will be coming home on Friday afternoon (look for them!), but a lot is happening before then.

Let me start with something that comes after grades are out on Saturday night - the Annual Deal Auction and Dance. At several of the Deal open houses, prospective parents have asked me how involved is our community and what can I do? A great place to start is the Auction/Dance. The event itself is tremendously fun - we realized that people want a place and time to get to know each other, support the school, and maybe exhaust themselves dancing. The work that has gone into the Auction is astounding; by showing up and bidding/purchasing items, you are letting the hard-charging members of the ADCA know that you support their work.

So much of what we do at Deal is funded by the ADCA. Each week, teachers request materials for pushing science to its limits, to buying books for their own professional development, for recognizing student work and teams for excellent results, for getting a copier when none is to be had, for getting a bus to an event that was unexpected, to supporting curriculum development, teacher recognition, student supplies, and so much more. I identified 18 items/events funded by ADCA efforts in the bulletin below with just a quick glance; you may not know it, but so much of what we do relies on you. I didn't mention the $20,000 that was already used to support our student trips to Costa Rica, France, and China - for students who have never been out of the US, or never had the chance to travel. This year, I am going to request funding to support our very busy athletic program so we can spread ourselves out in our crowded gym - we can't add a new gym (much needed) but we CAN build a climbing wall that will give our students another way to stretch themselves. I hope to see many of you at the auction; it is one of the great highlights of our year.

Black History Month gets started with energy this week with a viewing of Selma by our 7th and 8th graders. This outstanding movie, capturing the period up to and including the historic American march from Selma to Montgomery, is a difficult one to watch. The violence and traumatizing injustice of the events around the march will be difficult for students to see, but we think that the message of perseverance, courage, and commitment to confronting injustice with non-violent protest and action are worthy subjects. We have sent home a field trip form; if you would prefer that your student not participate in viewing the movie, please let us know on the form. We will have activities for those who opt not to see the movie (with their peers); we respect any parent's concern about the movie and are seeking merely to open eyes and hearts with this opportunity.

In the middle of the week, we will continue our school-wide education around identifying and preventing bullying. Deal has been selected by Jaylen's Challenge to host a presentation about Jaylen's experiences and get to meet the Brady Brothers, actors on the Disney Channel. Check out the youtube clip below to get a better sense of what is going on that day.

In a great example of cross-cultural immersion, about 15 Chinese students from our sister school in Beijing will visit our classes on Thursday and Friday. A breakfast to welcome them will kick off the morning, and then they will join classes for those two days - Disney Channel stars, motivational speakers, and American history as well. After this week they will travel to Orlando to see the iconic Disneyworld. It will be fascinating to hear about their experience of this country and this school! The Yu Cai exchange is the second of our exchange efforts; some of our Spanish Humanities students will be traveling to Colombia in a couple of weeks to return the favor when Pino Verde students visited us in October.

These are busy times - let's hope for clear weather!

James Albright

Alice Deal Community Association


Rock and Roll Forever!

The Alice Deal Auction Party

Saturday, February 7th,

6:30 - 11:00 pm





Saturday, February 7, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
The Auction is just 1 week away so buy your tickets now! Tickets are $35 until 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 5th and $50 at the door. There will be Famous Daves BBQ, DJ Shelt, 8th grade bands AXIS and Urban Kebab House, a silent auction, a "Fund A Need" to raise money for a climbing wall and, of course, the $100 raffle to win Maroon Five tickets and a "meet and greet" with the band. You have to be present to win!
ONLINE AUCTION IS HAPPENING NOW - Bid on an exclusive selection of fabulous items such as a Savannah or Maine Getaway, restaurant certificates, spa treatments and more! Bidding closes at 5PM on Friday, February 6.
DONATE AN ITEM - It's never too late! Donate online now!
SIGN UP TO HELP - Be an Auction roadie and help out on Friday or Saturday(Feb 6/7) Click here to sign up:


SPONSOR THE AUCTION - No extra time? Be a rock star and sponsor!
Grammy Level $1000, Platinum Record Level $500, Gold Record Level $250, Billboard Hit $100
Sponsor a Beverage $175
If you have any questions please contact Annie Bennett or Kristin Willsey at [email protected] 
Annie Bennett



Week of February 2
 Bell Schedule

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


February 3
Selma: Addis Ababa & Marrakesh

February 4
Science Fair Judging

February 5
6th Grade Assembly:
Faces of Homelessness 
Selma: Brussels, Athens & Dublin
DCPS Speech League
3:15 - 7 pm 

February 6
Selma: Buenos Aires, Kyoto & Tokyo
Report Card Distributed 

February 7
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon
Deal Auction 6:30 - 11:00

February 10
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm (all)

February 11
6th grade Mid-Year SRI

February 12
Black History Month Program 

February 13
PD Day for Teachers
(No school for students)

February 16
President's Day 
(No school for students or staff)

February 17
Musical Auditions, 3:30 - 6 pm 

February 18
Musical Auditions, 3:30 - 6 pm

February 19
Musical Auditions, 3:30 - 6 pm
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

February 20
Musical Auditions, 3:30 - 6 pm 

February 21
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon

February 23
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
(No school for students)

February 24
Team Leaders, 3:30 (grade-level)
6th Grade Ski/Board Trip

February 25
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
7th Grade Ski/Board Trip

February 26
8th Grade Ski/Board Trip
World Language Meeting, 6:30 pm

February 27
Visiting Deal, 10 am

March 3
Career Day

March 5
New to Deal, 3:30 pm

March 6
LSAT, 7:30 am
Visiting Deal, 10 am
7th Grade Wizards Game

March 7
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon

March 10
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm (all)

March 11
PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

March 14
International Language Fest 

March 16
PARCC  Assessment 6/8

March 17
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm
PARCC Assessment 6/8

March 18 
Principal's Coffee, 9 am

PARCC Assessment 6/8

March 19
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

PARCC Assessment 6/8

March 20
Visiting Deal, 10 am

PARCC Assessment 6/8

March 21
Saturday Detention, 9  - 12 noon
Science Olympiad

March 22

PARCC Assessment 7

March 23
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm (gr level)

PARCC Assessment 7

March 24

PARCC Assessment 7


March 25

PARCC Assessment 7

March 26

PARCC Assessment 7

March 31
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

Y After School Program

We are very happy to announce that the YMCA has been selected to lead our aftercare program. The YMCA is a well-known provider of youth programs, has a long and distinguished history in our area, and is eager to ensure that our aftercare program transitions to a new provider with a minimum of hitches. We are glad to partner with them and look forward to having their presence in our building.

Contact Nick Knauer (YMCA Program Director) at (P)202-23BOWEN (202-232-6936) ext. 1726 for more information.
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 CG06.  


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). 
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]



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  or Ms. Thompson at [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: Speech and Drama Competition

Deal's 3rd Annual Black History Speech and Drama Competition will be held on Thursday, March 5.  The first place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $75, and the 3rd place winner will receive $50.  6th, 7th, 8th graders who are interested in competing MUST see Ms. Neal and Ms. Red during their lunch period this week.


New: Jaylen's Challenge and the Brady Brothers

On Thursday, Feb. 5 Jaylen's Challenge Foundation National Tour ( will visit Deal.  Jaylen and the Disney Channel's Brady Brothers will do a presentation for 6th graders in the cafeteria during their lunch time and a presentation for 7th and 8th graders during the Thursday activity time.  7th and 8th graders will report to their homerooms after 7th period.  An announcement will be made for teachers to escort students to the gym.  Please contact Ms. Neal if you have any questions or concerns.

New: Speech and Debate results

This Saturday, eight hardy speech and debate team members attended their first invitational tournament.  Asked to attend by the organizers of the Broad Run Spartan Invitational, in Ashburn, Virginia.  Deal was the the only middle school out of 15 schools from throughout Virginia in attendance and our speakers and debaters continued to excel.


Special recognition goes out to:

Alex Holmes - 10th Place, Lincoln Douglas debate

Jonah Docter-Loeb - 1st place, Storytelling and 5th place Impromptu Speaking


New: 6th Grade Birthday Celebration

6th graders who had a birthday during the second advisory are invited to a celebration in the cafeteria at 3:00 on Monday, February 2nd. Students must bring their invitation. 


New: Geography Bee Results 
Kudos to all students who participated in the school wide Geography Bee this past week! A special congratulations to Eddie Dong, 7th grade, who won and will represent Alice Deal at the Citywide Bee in April. Ale Jorge took second place in the bee. 


Thank you to all of our top participants:

Chris Bond

Adam Burch

Ryan Carnota

Jared Cohen

Zora Colleye

Peter Coviello

Jack Darnell

Jamir Grier         

Ellie Hart

Thomas Huitfeldt

Max Karp

Caroline Katzive

Isabel Laguarda

Josh Landweber

Greer Marshall

Wibb Marzilli

Matthew O'Toole

Claire Schmitt

Lucas Suarez-Findley

Noblie Thornell

Alex Togneri-Jones


New: Trip to View Selma
This week, all 7th and 8th grade students will walk to the Avalon Theater to see the critically acclaimed film, Selma. Students are asked to pack a lunch and dress for the weather as we will walk rain, shine, or cold! Students will leave Deal to view the film at 9:00 am and spend the afternoon in their homeroom reflecting on, discussing, and writing about their experience. Teams will travel on the following dates:


Tuesday (2/3) - Addis Ababa & Marrakesh 

Thursday (2/4) - Athens, Brussels, & Dublin 

Friday (2/6) - Buenos Aires, Kyoto, & Tokyo


Permission slips should be turned in to homeroom teachers ASAP. We look forward to sharing this powerful experience with our students. 


New: Deal's Annual Science Fair

The Alice Deal Science Fair will be held this Wednesday from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Media Center. Approximately 120 7th and 8th grade students will present their projects to panels of scientists from the community. All student participants have been assigned a specific judging time and will have a printed pass to travel to and from the Media Center. If you know someone who may be interested in serving as a judge for the fair, please contact Elyse Lerum ([email protected]).


New: Announcing February Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, February 23rd from 12:00 - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers are by appointment only. Beginning Monday, February 9th, families can visit Alice Deal Conference Schedule to sign up for appointments with team teachers. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, and Music) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process is posted on Edline and Deal's website. Note: you will need an email account to use the online process. If you will be unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment. 

New: Summer Youth Employment Program
If your student will be 14 years old by June 29th and they are interested in working with DC's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), please stop by Ms. Giron's office (C116) to pick up an information packet. For more information or to get started on your online application, please go to

New: Jazz Band 

Jazz band members, please make sure to turn in your permission slips for the Blues Symphony concert on February 4th as soon as possible. Return forms to Mrs. Myers or Mr. Lewis.  


New: 6th and 7th Grade Music Students 

Welcome to all of our 2nd semester general music students! Please make sure to have your single-subject music notebooks and 2-pocket folders by Monday.


New: Outdoor Track 

Outdoor Track is fast approaching! If you are interested in participating this season, please fill out the Google form at the link below prior to attending Tuesday's informational meeting: 

Outdoor Track Participation Link


New: DC Public Schools App Design Challenge

Have you ever wanted to build your own App? If so, this challenge is your chance! Teams of 2 - 4 students will develop a small-scale app and compete for an app design summer internship.Teams must register by 5:00 pm Tuesday, February 3rd here:  

See Ms. Wellersdick or Ms. Redekopp if you have any questions.


New: Girl Up Fundraiser

This February, Girl Up will hold their annual Dollar Campaign to raise money for the Malala Foundation, which supports girls' education worldwide. Each student is asked to bring in at least $1 in the month of February to add to their homeroom's donation envelope. The homeroom in each grade that brings in the most money will win a donut party!


New: 8th Grade Dance Parent Help Needed 

It's time to start planning the student event of the year: the 8th grade promotional dance! Although students are still selecting the theme, please mark your calendar for Friday, June 12th. We need parents to help us set up the cafeteria, as we will transform it in to a wonderful venue for our students. If you are willing to help, we will only ask for an hour and a half of your time that evening. To help with this memorable event, please email Ms. Smith at [email protected] or Nicole Wilson at [email protected].


New: 8th Grade Mock Hearings

The rescheduled Congressional Mock Hearings will take place on Monday, February 2nd. All 8th grade team unit winners will present their prepared statement to judges on Monday. Students received passes on Friday from their Humanities teacher.  Good luck to all! 


New: Team Addis Ababa's Field Trip 

Team Addis Ababa's field trip to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum will be on Thursday, February 5th (rescheduled due to last week's 2 hour delay). Students should report to homeroom on time at 8:45 and will return to Deal by 3:15 pm. Students need a bag lunch and two sharpened pencils. 


New: Tune in to the Deal SeoulCast!
Who's got Seoul? We got Seoul! Be sure to follow our Team Seoul podcast at to hear the sights and sounds of 6th grade! Episode 5 is posted - Team Zoe, South Korea, and 10 Days in Europe!

New: Embassy Adoption Program - Team Seoul
This Thursday representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will bring Ms. Kim, a Korean language instructor to Team Seoul geography classes to teach students to speak, read, and write important Korean phrases! 

New: Model UN Tshirts 

Anyone who is interested in purchasing an Alice Deal Middle School Model UN tshirt should email Ms. Trenkle at [email protected] Tshirts are $12 each and orders are being accepted through 2/13.


Edline Updates

In order to provide students and families with updated grading, progress reports will be changed on Monday this week. 


Important Impact Aid Forms

If you have not done so already, please remember to complete the Impact Aid form that your child brought home. All forms were due to your child's homeroom teacher by last Tuesday.  Please continue to submit the forms.


Upcoming Dates:

With 6th and 7th grade i-Ready testing successfully completed, we have a few assessment dates to bring to your attention. If possible, please schedule appointments around these dates:   

  • 2/17-2/20: ELA Unit Assessment 3

Teens for Jeans

Do you know what the number one most requested item is from homeless teens? Jeans! Over the past two years, the Deal community has donated over 2,000 pairs of jeans to local area homeless shelters.


Donate jeans of any size and any color (but only jeans and with no holes) to your homeroom teacher.


Deal Website Refresh 

Alice Deal's Website received a major update over the break! Check it out at! The new site not only looks pretty, but should make it easier to find the information you need. We would like to thank ADCA members Jenny Murray and Nicky Van for their work to make this happen. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.   


School Newspaper

Our student journalists have been busy sharing the latest in news, sports, and entertainment. Check out your school newspaper at!


Yearbook Photos 

Requesting photos of Deal events and students for yearbook! Email [email protected] or come see Mr. Klauber in W207.


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 730 followers, we could have a winner any day! 

Deal Athletics ...


Alice Deal Athletics
Please visit the Alice Deal Athletics Calendar to see our practice and game schedules.
Deal Swim Team

To receive information about joining the Deal Swim Team, please email [email protected] so we can add you to our email listserv.

Basketball Schedule This Week:
Please check the Alice Deal Athletics Calendar for the most up-to-date game schedule and locations.


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.


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



Let's play ball! Girls, can you throw a softball?  Can you pitch? Are you an excellent catcher? Can you steal bases? Can you bunt? If so, we want you on our team! 


Softball Try-Outs

Open to all grade levels!
Dates: February 3rd - 5th
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Please bring a change of clothes and a softball glove. You must submit a consent and emergency form in order to participate.

Softball Clinics 

Want to hone your softball skills? Join us for a free clinic for all skill levels. Please bring athletic wear and glove if you have one. See Coach Spann if you have any questions. Player Softball Clinic Dates:


Pitcher/Catcher - February 7th 

Site: Wilson SHS 

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Hitting Clinic - February 21st 

Site: Deal Middle School

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Pitcher/Catcher - March 7th 

Site: HD Woodson SHS, 5500 Eads Street NE

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Hitting Clinic - Date TBD 

Site: Walker Jones EC, 1125 New Jersey Avenue NW

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

This Week at Deal...


Monday: GSA
The Deal Gay/Straight Alliance is back up and running on a new day! We will meet on Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room W204. We have some great plans in store and we want you to be a part of them! Intrigued? Show up to see what we're up to.


Monday: Art from the Heart 
Art from the heart is invited to join in on Open Studios on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C224.


Monday: Open Studios  
Open Studios is on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C224. This time is set aside for you to come and explore your creativity in the art room. All the materials area available - just bring your ideas!


Monday: BDOG

BDOG will meet on Monday for oatmeal cookies and board games in E100 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. The group was sorry to cancel last week, but is looking forward to this week's enthusiastic conversation!  


Monday: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet in E306 at 3:30 pm. Get ready to distribute envelopes for the Dollar Campaign!


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will meet in the cafeteria from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the cafeteria on Monday, February 2nd. Group B will meet the following week on February 9th. All members will receive information about a special program on March 2nd.


Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, February 2nd at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr.Namian in room W204.


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 techniques to help you deal with stress. We meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 in Room CG06.

Wednesday: Dance Club  

Dance club will meet on Wednesday between 3:30 - 4:30 in room E100. We are excited to be perform in the Black History Month performance at the end of February!


Wednesday: African-American Film Festival 
Join us in the Deal Library every Wednesday in February for a film celebrating African-American experiences. This Wednesday, February 4th we will kick it off with The Watsons Go To Birmingham, adapted from the award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. All are welcome at 3:30 pm in the library for these films.  
          8th Grade Corner

Wilson Course Selection
Last week, most 8th grade students created a draft schedule for Wilson High School (Team Dublin will create their draft schedules on Tuesday). These schedules will be delivered to Wilson to help them plan hiring and schedules for next year, but they are not set in stone and changes can be made by contacting the counseling staff at Wilson. If your child does not plan to attend Wilson or is unsure of their next step, we hope the experience taught them more about the course-selection process. Parents are encouraged to discuss high school courses with their students and reach out to Wilson with questions.

Key Dates
Mark your calendar for the following big dates! We have so much to look forward to this year:

June 3rd - Deal Gives Back
June 11th - 8th Grade Kings Dominion Trip
June 12th - Deal Day
June 12th - 8th Grade Dance
June 15th - 8th Grade Promotion Rehearsal
June 16th - 8th Grade Promotion

Please expect a letter this week with additional information, prices, and volunteer opportunities.

NHD Workshop 
The last NHD workshop for 8th graders will be on Wednesday, February 4.  This workshop will be for those who are interested in learning more about the research paper.  Students will meet in RG03 from 3:30-4:00.  Bring your rule book and your questions!

DC Common Application Closes February 2nd   

Applying to a DCPS application high school? Please be advised that the DC Common Application closes February 2nd. Get those application in today!  


High School Application Season is Here
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.

High School Open House Dates

Open houses are a great way to learn more about prospective high schools. High school visits are an excused absence (with a parent note, of course) and we encourage our students to explore their options. Please be sure to RSVP when requested: 


Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering School 

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 


Wilson High School 

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

March 13th, 9:00 - 11:00 am 

Staff information ...


Kudos: Open House
Thank you to the amazing staff members who
helped make Saturday's open house such a huge success. Our visitors were very impressed!

New: Selma Trip 
The following teams will travel to view Selma this week. Students will leave the building at 9:00 am. Chaperones received an email last week. Please dress for the weather as we'll walk rain or shine!

Tuesday - Addis Ababa & Marrakesh
Thursday - Brussels, Athens, & Dublin
Friday - Buenos Aires, Kyoto, & Tokyo

Tuesday: ALT Meeting 
The ALT will meet at 3:30 pm.

Thursday: New to Deal 
New to Deal will meet at 3:30 pm.

Friday: Report Card Distribution 
Report cards will be distributed from homerooms this Friday. 


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 -W304
Book Club
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
French Tutoring

Cottage Comic Book 
Open Art Studio
Debate Team
Music Workshop
East Asia Studies
Science Tutoring
Babysitter's Club
Art from the Heart
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 - C308
Girls on the Run
Game Club
Vinyl Club
Nature Lovers 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
Workout Warriors

Japanese Culture Club
Minecrafters 6th 
History Film Club

Chess Club
Minecrafters 7th 
Jazz Band

International Cinema
Club E101

The Sports Rap

Socratic Club

A Cappella

Scrabble Club

Scrapbooking & Collage


After School Basketball Club

Spelling Bee Club 

Socratic Club



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

City-wide Children's Marimba Ensemble
Music, camaraderie, performance, exploration.  These are things you'll experience in Sticks & Bars: A DC Youth Marimba Ensemble.  Started this past fall for the children of DC in 5th to 12th grade, Sticks & Bars meets Tuesdays and Thursdays to reherse at the Gala Hispanic Theater in centrally located Columbia Heights.  This marimba ensemble focuses mainly on the lively, get-up-and-dance music of Zimbabwe!  The ensemble is made up of students from schools around DC -- public, private, charter and home school. The students will perform in various venues in the metro area.  A new session starts Feb. 3, but join at any time.  Fees run $10/lesson.  For more information, to attend a practice, or merely to observe, contact Premila Mistry at:  [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>.  View video of our students playing at 


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. The price of the class is extremely affordable.

For more information and to reserve a spot email [email protected]