Alice Deal Middle School

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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: 


I hope that by the time lunch rolls around on Monday that the mini-heat wave of the last couple of days will have cleared the school fields for recess. Every day, students plaintively ask if we are going to go outside for lunch; unfortunately the weather conspires to keep us inside.


The life of school must go on, of course, and the weather didn't disrupt everything. Although our full 7th grade team-building activity ("the Court of Dreams") couldn't go forward, our students and their families did get to watch the Wizards-Heat game on Friday evening. The Wizards failed to lose (although they came close); they showed us how well a team can function when all the parts are working together (the first half) and then what happens when you stop playing as a team (the second half). What was almost the second-largest lead ever given away in an NBA game turned into a nail-biter; that alone made the trek to the Verizon Center in the snow worth the effort. Special thanks to the 7th grade teachers who pulled it together; extra special thanks to Ms. Aileen Shaffer who came up with the idea and made us all believe it could happen!


Starting next week, we will be implementing the PARCC assessments. I thought I would share with you some of the thinking behind Deal's approach to the new assessment. There will always be some form of assessment. As a school we do not rely solely on the PARCC. We have used growth measures throughout the year (SRI (reading) and iReady (math)) that give us excellent information about where your child is today. We switched in 6th grade over to IB assessment, in which students better understand what they know and what they need to learn in order to grow. This will roll up into 7th grade with this class. At the core of all of these is a need to better know what has been working with which student and what is still needed. None of these tools is perfect, but they all play some part in figuring this out. My goal is to find the right balance of time and to never lose sight of the only reason we do this: to help grow students.


I believe that the best way to prepare for any assessment of standards is to know what those standards are, develop excellent curriculum in support of those standards, and do the very best teaching possible. With the Common Core standards in particular, the base idea is that the expectations grow over time; each standard becomes deeper as students mature. There should be, therefore, no need to prep or cram for a test if it has been the subject of instruction for several years. The only new variable is the testing design and that, I believe, is a vast improvement over excessive reliance on multiple-choice tests.


In order to minimize any potential impact of testing, I have made some decisions to keep us on track. DCPS provided Deal with 16 laptop carts (the standard ratio of 1 laptop per 3 students) to make the testing process as efficient as possible. Our test coordinator has designed a schedule that will keep any schedule disruptions to a minimum - each student will have just the right amount of time for testing, but the remaining five classes will not be any shorter. In the first week of testing, for example, our 7th graders will have all of their classes as planned, full length; the same will be true of our 6th and 8th graders during the 2nd week of testing.  My expectation is that the new test will be less disruptive of school life than the DC CAS of years past; we will see in a couple of weeks whether that is true.


Finally, what can you do reduce the concern on the part of your children? Together we need to lower stress levels associated with assessments; these only serve to skew results and hide student performance. On our end, I promise that we will approach any testing in a measured way, building student confidence, and not over-emphasizing the testing outcomes as determinants of anything more than current status. What can you do? Make sure your children are rested, feeling positive, and ready to show what they know. Check out the schedule and avoid scheduling non-emergency doctor or dentist visits. There will be regular academic expectations - arriving on time, doing one's work, engaging in learning - and we need this to be reinforced at home. The testing schedule is simple on your end: 6th and 8th graders will have the PARCC on the week of the 16th through the 20th; 7th graders will have the PARCC on the week of the 23rd to 27th. Period by period schedules will be in next week's bulletin.


This will be a different type of assessment, a model that is bound to be challenging but that will be, when all the kinks are worked out, a solid way to gauge growth and learning.


James Albright

ADCA Meeting
Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Join the Alice Deal Community Association for a meeting Wednesday, March 4th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room. From advocacy to fundraising, we couldn't do what we do without you!

Week of March 9
 Bell Schedule

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

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

March 11
8th Grade Ski Trip
PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

March 12
Black History Month Speech and Drama Competition
WTU Meeting 3:30 - 4:30
Student/Staff Basketball Game 3:30

March 14
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

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  - noon
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon
Scrabble Tournament

March 23

PARCC Assessment 7

March 24
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm (gr level)

PARCC Assessment 7

March 25

PARCC Assessment 7


March 26

PARCC Assessment 7

March 27

PARCC Assessment 7

March 28
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

March 31
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

April 2
CPE @ Deal, 6 pm
World Language Meeting, 6:30 pm
6th Grade Info Book Celebration

April 3
End of Term
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm
Detention, 12:15 - 3:15 pm

April 4
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

April 6
Easter Monday, No School

April 7
Team Leaders (all)

April 9
WTU Meeting, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
6th Grade Trip - Calieva Farm
Costa Rica trip departs

April 10
Grades due from teachers

April 11
China and France Trips depart

April 13 - 17
Spring Break
No school for students and staff

April 23
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm 

April 24
Visiting Deal, 10 am

April 25
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

April 27
7th Grade Team Building
April 28
7th Grade Team Building
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm (gr level)
April 29
7th Grade Team Building
Principal's Coffee, 9 am 
April 30
7th Grade Team Building
DCPS Speech League, 3:30 pm
Library Poetry Celebration, 
3:30 pm


Guys and Dolls

Rehearsal Schedule 


Monday, March 9 (Multipurpose Rm)


Scene 1, 3:15-4:30

Sarah, Benny, Nicely, Brannigan, Harry,  Nathan, Angie the Ox, Adelaide, Sky

Scene 3 

Adelaide, Nathan, Mimi


Tuesday March 10th

(Multipurpose Rm)


3:15 - 4:00 

"Oldest Established"

Nathan, Nicely, Angie, Benny, Harry, Crapshooter (Boys only) and Guys 

4:00 - 4:45

"I'll Know" Sky and Sarah

4:45 - 5:30 

"Luck Be a Lady" Sky


Wednesday March 11th

(Multipurpose Rm)


Scene 4. 3:15 - 3:45

Benny and Nicely 

Scene 5, 3:45 - 4:30

Sarah, Abigail, General Cartwright, Calvin, Agatha, Martha, and Sky


Thursday March 12th (Auditorium)


Adelaide and Hot Box Girls 3:15 - 5:30


Friday March March 13th



3:15 - 5:00 "Luck Be A Lady"

Sky, Nicely, Benny, Harry, Rusty Charlie, Angie, Nathan, Crapshooters, Guys and Dolls

5:00 - 5:30 "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat" - Nicely 




Rehearsal schedule is subject to change!!!Any questions or concerns? Please contact Jill Roos ([email protected])

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 C217.


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 


Information Meetings 

Please join us on April 2nd at 6:30 pm for our final informational meeting before students depart. Students will receive their EF Tours backpack (which they must bring) and have a chance to ask any burning questions.



Although online registration with EF Tours is closed, last minute registrations are still accepted over the phone at (800) 665 - 5364. Please reference the following tour numbers:


Costa Rica: 1610673CH  

France: 1538201VB  



Questions about a trip? Please contact the following staff members: 


Costa Rica

Ms. Cuffee

- [email protected] 

Ms. Thompson

- [email protected] 



Mr. Mbayu  

- [email protected]

Mr. Ngwa

- [email protected]

Ms. Brown  

- [email protected]   



Mr. Zhi  

- [email protected]  


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: Deal Celebrates Pi Day 
How many digits of "pi" can you recite?!?!  All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to participate in the Annual Pi Recitation Competition on Friday, March 13 during 6th period in the library.  Last year's winner recited over 100 digits!  Additionally, all Deal math classes will celebrate Pi Day on Friday, March 13.  

New: Black History Speech and Drama Competition
Our 3rd Annual Black History Speech and Drama Competition will take place on Thursday, March 12 from 2:00 until 3:15 pm in the multipurpose room.  All participants must meet with Ms. Neal during homeroom on Monday.


New: Student/Staff Basketball Game 

Lace up those hi-tops, it's time for everyone's favorite battle between our talented students and the staff all-star squad. Last year, the students took advantage of well-timed 3-pointers and a friendly scorekeeper to come out on top. Will this year's winner be youthful exuberance or aged wisdom? Come to the gym at 3:30 pm Thursday to find out!  


New: 8th Grade Ski Trip (Update)

The 8th grade ski trip is rescheduled for Wednesday, March 11th. All other information (including the students attending and packages) remains exactly the same. If needed, additional information sheets are available in the Welcome Center. Students must arrive by 7:30 am with their packed lunch!


New: Girl Up Fundraiser

Thanks to all of the homerooms who participated in Girl Up's February Fundraiser! We exceeded our goal and raised over $3,000 for the Malala Fund! Girls around the world will be one step closer to equal access to education. Congrats to Ms. Jackson's 6th grade homeroom, Mr. Hughes's 7th grade homeroom, and Ms. Simpson-Wayne's 8th grade homerooms, winners of our Dollars for Donuts challenge! They each get a donut party next week!


New: NHD School-Level Competition

Congratulations to the following students who advanced to the school-wide level for their National History Day projects! Students will receive additional information from their history teachers Monday on the registration (Thursday) and judging (Friday).


Individual Performances:

Corina Capuano - Alfred Nobel

Ellie Hart - Jane Addams

Ben Pugel - Mustafa Attaturk


Individual Websites

Max Heimowitz - Eleanor Roosevelt

Brendan Smith - Hubble

Maddy Vieth - Dorothea Lange

Alex Ali - Nelson Mandela

Camille Kanach - Clara Barton

Henry Berg - Fritz Haber


Group Websites:

David Morales-Sanz, Aidan Jennings-Cashman, & Eli Grosser - Montezuma

Annalise Myre, Nick Scuriatti, & Jalen Ciagne - FW de Klerk

Anna Reilly, Catie Cunningham, & Elita Parker - Betty Friedan

Zach Lordon & Ethan Fingerhut - Thomas Jefferson

Olivia Renne & Ana - Amelia Earhart

Izabella Pino, Olivia Personeni, Usha Hippentiel - Indira Gandhi


Research Papers:

Jamie Hedlund - Mao Zedong

Caroline Katzive - Margaret Sanger

Lucas Suarez-Findlay - Wright Brothers


Individual Exhibits:

Johnny Koczela - Pope John Paul II

Sam Heimowitz - Gene Kelly

Oscar Lee - Edgar Allen Poe

Kayla Stewart - Abbie Hoffman

Lily Forte-Fast - Andy Warhol

Olivia Greene - Coco Chanel

Alicia Dawson - Samuel Tucker Jr.

Shayna Brotzman - Upton Sinclair

Gabriela Rivera - Cesar Chavez

Emily Oliphant - Pierre L'Enfant 


Group Exhibits:
Clare Trinity, Ally Heinrich, & Suzannah Strauss - Grimke Sisters
Charlotte, Olivia Viorst, & Evan - Space Race
Caleb Balmoris, Josh Taubman, & AJ Branton - The Beatles
Sydney Pollack & Ilana Samuel - Nellie Bly
Graham McDonald & Ethan Yafat - White Sox
Megan Dayton, Ella Gantman, Sophie McInerny, & Julia Arnsberger - Babe Didrikson

Individual Documentaries:
Adin McGurk - Les Paul
Cara Gillingham - The United Nations
Ries Francis - GPS
Lucas O'Connor - WMATA
Meg Buzbee - Sally Ride
Avi Faber - Sheridan
William Wright - Alfred Hitchcock

Group Documentaries:
Alex Togerni-Jones, Jacques Nissan, John Keating, & Nick Sessums - Mao Zedong
Mia Guiltiani & Leela Yadav - Curt Flood
Tim Berger, James Carline, & Tobias S - JFK
Emma Fisher, Josh Lassen, & Maya Wilson - Mary  Tudor
Aidan Feeney & Jackson - Steve Jobs
Aaron Rosenthal, Noah Gross, & Aidan Trinity - Huey Newton
Xander Davies, Isaac Graham, & Elior Waskow - Walter Cronkite
Jamie Landy & Chris Bond - The United Nations  


New: Debate Team Congratulations

Congratulations to the Deal Debate Team for their third place finish at the Baltimore Urban Debate League Tournament this weekend! Students debated whether speed cameras should be used on Maryland roads. While all students did a fantastic job, the following students received a medal or trophy: 


Varsity Division:
Levi Berger & Josh Landweber - 1st place
Levi Berger - 3rd speaker
Jamie Stewart-Aday - 8th speaker
Josh Landweber - 10th speaker

Junior Varsity Division:
Jonah Docter-Loeb & Chris Bond - 1st place speaker
Tristan May & Willa Beckerman - 4th place speaker
Jonah Docter-Loeb -1st place speaker
Jake Stohr - 5th place speaker
Tristan May - 6th place speaker    


Tune-in to the Deal VikingCast!

Alice Deal's podcast is free on iTunes! Subscribe today to receive the latest episodes capturing the sights and sounds of life at Deal. Click here to listen in:  (iTunes) or (non-itunes). Please email Mr. Martini ([email protected]) if you have feedback or ideas to improve the show! 


Sailing Club

Ahoy! Although the snow on the ground suggests otherwise, spring and sailing season are right around the corner. The Deal sailing club has a lot of fun in store:


April 1st - Season kick-off at Deal!

April 7th - Schooner trip!

April 22 to May 26th - Weekly small boat sailing!


Space is limited, so keep an eye out for permission slips and a sign-up form soon! 


Deal Ultimate Frisbee Jerseys!

The spring season is quickly approaching and we want to start it with style! Deal Ultimate Jersey's are coming soon. For just $32, you can have a quick-dry Electro Jersey by Five Ultimate. The jerseys are maroon with gold print and will have names on the back. If you are interested in purchasing a Jersey, see Mr. Martini in room C130 or Ms. Reynolds in E305 to pick up an order form. Order forms and payment must be returned by March 13th.


6th Grade Information Book Celebration

Everyone is invited to see the great work that all 6th graders did in writing and creating their own informational books. The event will take place on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the cafeteria. Light snacks will be provided. This is a wonderful event - come prepared to read and be amazed!


National History Day Judges Needed

Any parent/guardian/community member who would like to help with National History Day Judging on March 13th or project registration on March 12th should contact Ms. Trenkle at [email protected]. This is a great opportunity to see some of the fantastic work that our 8th graders do! Volunteers are needed from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm each day.

Speech and Drama Competition

Deal's 3rd Annual Black History Speech and Drama Competition will be held on Thursday, March 12th.  The first place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $75, and the 3rd place winner will receive $50. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are interested in competing MUST see Ms. Neal and Ms. Red during their lunch period this week.


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 800 followers, we could have a winner any day! Last week's highlights included some snowy announcements and a busy Saturday of events!
Students of the Month


Congratulations to the hardworking students featured on the Student of the Month Bulletin Board! The two IB Learner Profile traits represented this month are Open-Minded and Principled. Open-minded students "...critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories as well as the values and traditions of others. They seek and evaluate a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience." - adapted from the I.B. definition

Principled students "...act with integrity and honesty with a strong sense of fairness and justice and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences."- adapted from the I.B. definition


Open-Minded students: Ambar Alvarez, David Fuss, Ethan Reece, Sophie Magerl, Kate Rockwood, Caleb Schuster, Spencer Shapiro, Lila Lingo, John Poulos, Polina White, Charmise Preddie, Felix Parello-Plesner, Stella Magee, Calvin Ngo, Tara Cousins, Chase Willens, Cristana Johnson, Max Miebach, Ella Gantman, Jamie Hedlund, Keymiah Armstrong, Luke Kennelly, Kathleen Sandoval, Julien Maury, Naomi Todd, Mauricio Orellana


Principled students: Rachell Molina, Santos De Leon, Immanuel Allen, Leila Warner, Skylar Smith, Jesse Townshend, Matthew Weissman, Erin Weissman, Jalen Richardson, Isabelle Shook, Maddox Karp, Gabriel Bagnoli, Taylor Webster, Collin Bosley-Smith, Caleb Elias, Aanisah Hasan, Chloe Turner, Diego Ortiz, Jonah Docter-Loeb, Yewoinhareg Kebede, Hannah Washington, Ethan Fingerhut, Tim Berger, Catherine Bowman

Deal Athletics ...


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

Spring Sport Contacts 
Spring sports are signing up now. Please print the athletic forms from our school website and send them to the appropriate coach:

Softball - [email protected] 
Boys Soccer- [email protected] 
Girls Soccer- [email protected] 
Baseball- [email protected] 
Lacrosse- [email protected] 

Summer Sport and Fitness Camp 

The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a 4 week youth sport and fitness camp in July! 


What: Four weeks of rotating sports instruction, fitness and nutrition education, and fun!


When: Four sessions, from July 6th - July 31st, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


Who: All rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.


Deal Fit and Sport Camp will provide fitness, sport, and nutritional education in a fun and nurturing environment. In addition, the Deal Fit and Sport Camp will offer opportunities for enrichment, team building, peer mentoring, and...  

  • Weekly swimming and water play
  • Weekly rotating sports and games
  • Skills instruction
  • Indoor/outdoor free play
  • Stretching and exercise instruction
  • Daily fun runs
  • nutrition and diet education
  • Weekly field trips

Camp rates

Full Day Rate:

1 week session: $275

2 sessions: $500

All 4 sessions; $900


Partial Day Rate:   

1 week session: $175

2 sessions: $300

All 4 sessions: $650


Register now using the following link (paper registration forms are also available):

Deal Fit and Sport Camp Online Registration Form HERE


Please email [email protected] with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly at [email protected]

Deal Swim Team

To receive information about joining the Deal Swim Team, please contact [email protected] to join the email list!


Outdoor Track

Track practice is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week. All practices will be @ Deal until the weather improves, but athletes should be prepared to practice outside on Monday. We will meet on the 3rd floor at 3:30. Athletes should be changed and ready to start practice at 3:30pm. Practice will conclude at 4:30 pm.  



Cheer practice will be Monday - Friday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.


The DCIAA cheer competition will be held this Saturday, March 14 at Coolidge HS.  The middle school division starts at 1:00 pm. Go Vikings!     



Baseball Tryouts:
Mon, March 9th: 7th Grade
Wed, March 11th: 7th Grade
Thurs, March 12th: 8th Grade
Mon, March 16th: 8th Grade
Teams will be posted Tuesday, March 17th

Follow the team on Twitter for the fastest updates and changes: @DealBaseball 



Softball practice will be held March 9th - 13th from 3:30 - 4:45 pm. You must bring a change of clothes and appropriate tennis shoes. If you have not submitted all of your papers please do so this week. Go Vikings!  

Lacrosse Team Sign Up
Boys and girls ages 7 to 15 can sign up for spring lacrosse at Deal. Please sign up using the Winners lacrosse website:  
You will receive an email verification once you are successfully registered. 

We need more girls to sign up for the lacrosse team!
Please take advantage of this free program with former college lacrosse players offered to our school.
This Week at Deal...


Monday: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room at 3:30 on Monday, March 9th. See you then!


Monday: Cooking Club  

Cooking Club Group A will meet at 3:30 pm on Monday, March 9 in the cafeteria. Group B will meet on Monday, March 23rd. We will be making international cuisine.

Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. 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 W-204.

          8th Grade Corner

Promotion Assembly
Due to last week's winter weather, the promotion assembly will take place during the homeroom period this Tuesday in the auditorium. Students will learn about the 8th grade promotional activities and their expectations for finishing the year strong!

Progress Reports/Reflections
Every other Friday, 8th grade homerooms will send home current progress reports. Students are asked to reflect on their current progress and return the signed for the following Monday. Although these updates are identical to the report found in Edline,  this provides a regular opportunity to celebrate successes and discuss opportunities for growth. This week, 8th grade students will bring home their mid-advisory report (Monday) and their progress report (Friday).
Key Dates for 8th Grade
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

A letter was sent home with additional information and pricing. If you need financial assistance for any event, please contact [email protected] as  scholarship funds are available.

Future Wilson High School Students
By now, all Deal 8th grade students considering Wilson HS turned in a draft schedule. Contact one of the following people on the scheduling team if you have any questions:

[email protected] for Special Education

[email protected] for English Language Learners

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected] for other Counseling Questions

Our entire course catalog may be found on our website, as well as the course selection form, and the powerpoint that students saw at Deal.  

Please go to>Academics->2015-2016 Course Selection.

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 

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 

March 13th, 9:00 - 11:00 am 

Staff information ...

Monday: PARCC Session 3 Rescheduled 
If you missed Session 3 (Logistics and Test Security) you must attend the make-up session from 8:10 - 8:30 am in the multipurpose room.

Monday: PARCC Session 1 - 3 Training 
Ms. Giron will lead an extra PARCC training on session 1 (Intro), session 2 (Online test administration) and session 3 (logistics and security). If you missed any of these sessions last week you must attend.

Tuesday: Team Leaders 
All Team Leaders will meet as a team at 3:30 pm.

Wednesday: 6th Grade Meeting 
The 6th grade team will meet at 8:10 am.

Wednesday: 8th Grade Ski Trip 
Please note the 8th grade ski trip is scheduled for March 11th. Students attending the trip are responsible for missed work. Please provide them with any materials they will miss.

Wednesday: ADCA Meeting 
The Alice Deal Community Association will meet at 6:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room

Thursday: WTU Meeting 
The Washington Teachers Union meeting will take place at 3:30 pm in Mr. Gueltig's room.

Thursday: Student vs. Staff Basketball Game 
Come cheer on your colleagues as they face off against the students at this popular annual event! Tip off is 3:30 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 -W304
Book Club
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
French Tutoring

Cottage Comic Book 
Open Art Studio
Debate Team
Music Workshop
East Asia Studies
(Canceled will resume in March)
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
Speech and Debate
Public Speaking
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)

It's time to register for the 3/28/15 Tenley Tiger Run!!
It's March!! It's almost spring!!  Have you registered for the Tenley Tiger Run yet?  Simultaneous 5K and 3K races in the neighborhood along with a Fun Run for the younger set.  Beginning and ending at Wilson HS, sponsored by the Wilson PTSO and Track Boosters, and benefitting Wilson's six running teams. Go to TODAY to register, donate, or sponsor!  Questions?  Email us at [email protected]

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