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: 


It has been a great and intense week, with NHD coming to a close, cheer championships, Saakumu in the house, pi recitation, Speech and Drama competition, an 8th grade ski trip - lots of busy children. For our bulletin this week, however, I would like to review our parent "compact" - the informal agreement made between families and school that holds us mutually accountable for the shared education of your children. As the principal, my job is to make school a safe and rewarding academic environment by putting the right people and programs in place and making sure that we stay connected to the community. In exchange, we ask for your support in keeping us on our toes as well as making sure that the system's requirements for your child are met.


Attendance. Thank you for contacting our attendance counselor when your child is absent, following up with notes, and making sure that work is done ahead of time. As a school we have been challenged by the increased expectations for reaching out to families for absences; we keep working at getting better. On your side, I need you to send in the notes as soon as possible, work with the attendance counselor, hold off on unnecessary trips out of school, and reinforce the need to get to school on time. Attendance is a critical marker for future success; we can do better here.


Afterschool. We love having clubs, sports, and activities after school, and continue to grow these as much as possible. Thank you for picking up your child as soon as their activity is over or for giving them a way to get home from a club. Thank you for enrolling your child in our aftercare program, for creating a car pool with another family, and for showing up with your child for evening events. With Spring somewhere in the vicinity, I need to stress that when clubs are over, your children need to leave the building and go home. Please do not pick a child up one and a half hours after a club has ended - they don't know what to do. I completely understand traffic jams or broken plans - but please have a backup. All of the safety features we have in school end at 3:30 except for clubs and activities, and at 4:30 our teachers and security team are gone for the day. I worked with WMATA to provide an afterschool bus that goes near our D31/33/34 routes, leaving at 4:40. We love your children, but safety requires that they be under someone's care at all times - they are still quite young.


Immunizations. Part of our larger compact with society is that we make sure that we don't expose each other to potential illnesses. Thank you to all who have kept up with their immunizations, who have called in to our nurse to figure out where the forms are (!), and who let us know when your child is going to be out for an illness. Each year, however, our immunization rate (percent of children with up to date immunization records) is far below what it needs to be - which is as close to 100% as possible. At Deal, we are 1,400+ children and adults in the same building. We need to make sure that all of us are doing all that we can - including making sure our children are fully immunized - for our shared health.


For each of these three items I am sure that are things that we do that frustrate you, upset you, or are just plain confusing. We are trying our best and believe that you are trying your best as well. Let's just support each other.


James Albright


PS - Our first ever effort at PARCC testing starts this week. At the ADCA meeting on Wednesday, I reviewed our efforts to be ready - but in the classroom and in testing situations - and let the members know that I am confident that our teachers and test coordinators have us where we need to be. That said, there are bound to be challenges but we are a persevering lot and will deal with them if and when they arise. 6th and 8th grade this week; let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

PARCC Testing Schedule
Over the next two weeks, Deal students will take the online PARCC assessment. Our slightly modified schedule will allow students to finish one section of the test each day and attend regular-length classes the remainder of the day. Testing sessions vary in length by day, but students will NOT be taking two sessions on any day. If a grade is not taking the PARCC test as per this calendar, they will have all of their classes that week.

March 16
ELA Unit 1
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
March 17
Math Unit 1
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
March 18
ELA Unit 2
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
March 19
Math Unit 2
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
March 20
ELA Unit 3
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
March 23
ELA Unit 1
AM - 7th Grade
March 24
Math Unit 1
AM - 7th Grade
March 25
ELA Unit 2
AM - 7th Grade
March 26
Math Unit 2
AM - 7th Grad

March 27
ELA Unit 3
AM - 7th Grade

Week of March 16
 Bell Schedule

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

March 16
PARCC  Assessment 6/8

March 17
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

Music in our Schools Performance, 9

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

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 16th

Multipurpose Rm - Dance

3:15 - 5:30        

Crapshooters, Nathan and other named Gamblers


Tuesday, March 17th

Multipurpose Rm - Music

Mission Band - 3:15 - 4:15

Abigail - 4:15 - 5:00

Sarah - 5:00 - 5:30


Wednesday, March 18th

Multipurpose Rm - Dance

Crapshooters, Nathan and other named Gamblers


Thursday, March 19th

Auditorium - Music

3:15 - 5:30

Nicely, Nathan, Harry the Horse, Sarah, Big Jule, Benny and other named gamblers, Mission Band, General Cartwright, Abigail and Crapshooters


Friday, March 20th Auditorium - Blocking

3:15 - 4:15

General Cartwright, Sky, Sarah, Abigail


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 


The Library will be closed after school this week due to PARCC testing. We look forward to seeing you in the morning!


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: Period 8 Spring Offerings & Registration 
Period 8 is Deal's unique blended-learning enrichment program, offering academic courses on a variety of exciting topics. Period 8 courses meet once per week for an hour after school. In addition, students work online to complete additional course activities and assignments. The Spring Session of Period 8 will begin the week of March 30th and run through May. Registration is open to all Deal students and is available now at  

The following courses are open to ALL students: 
The Stock Market - Ms McCarron - Mondays 
Architecture through Minecraft - Mr  Donlon - Tuesdays 
Forensic Science - Ms Giron - Wednesdays 
Digital Mapmaking - Mr Martini - Wednesdays 
Understanding Comics - Ms Redekopp - Wednesdays

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


New: Congratulations cheerleaders
The Alice Deal cheerleaders are the DCIAA city middle school champions in the advance cheer divisions. We are so proud of them. Go Vikings! Also, congratulations to the Wilson cheerleaders for winning first place in the high school advanced cheer division. Go Tigers (many of them former Vikings)! And thanks to the whole coaching family of Baxters that has brought great choreography, discipline, and a commitment to excellence to our many cheering students.  

New: Student Council March Fun 
The Vikings are back!  Student Council's annual Viking Head Scavenger Hunt is coming Tuesday, March 17th. Every day Tuesday through Friday, paper Viking heads will be hidden around the school. If you find one, write your name on it and put it in the containers (one for 6th, one for 7th, one for 8th) outside the Welcome Center. Every day, a winner will be chosen at random from each grade level to receive a prize. At the end of the week, a grand prize winner will be chosen for each grade level. Extra bonus: everyday there will be three special Viking heads in Deal burgundy and gold - if you find one of those, you are an instant winner!
And next week - Where's Waldo? will return!


New: The 7th Grade Court of Dreams Rescheduled

The 7th Grade Court of Dreams has been rescheduled to March 30th. All 7th grade students will have an opportunity to "play where the pros play!" and show their moves on the Verizon Center center court! Details to come.


New: Sailing Club Sign-Up

Ahoy! The Deal Sailing Club has a busy spring planned with a trip on DC Sail's American Spirit after school April 7th and weekly small boat sailing kicking off after spring break. We will use an online sign-up system so check your calendar and sign up soon as space is limited:


After students sign up, they should collect permission slips from Mr. Rottman, Mr. Donlon, or Ms. Law. Please email [email protected] to join our mailing list and ask questions. 


New: Ultimate Frisbee: Jerseys and Spring Practice

The nice weather is here! New and returning students are welcome to join the Ultimate Frisbee team in room C130 on Tuesday after school for our first practice of the Spring season!  Jersey order forms and $32 cash are due to Ms. Reynolds or Mr. Martini ASAP - the deadline is Tuesday to turn in these items to be included in the order!


New: Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

A LEGACY Left Behind, Inc. and Black Celebrity Giving will host "Love Is Blind" to break the silence in the DC Metro Area about the rise of teen dating abuse in America. The event is on Saturday, March 28th and will include a panel discussion, an image and beauty workshop, a cup cake social, and raffles. Registration is now open to young ladies in the 6th - 12th grades. All activities are free but each student must RSVP at no later than March 25th to attend.


New: 8th Grade Art Students
Remember, your $10 sketchbook fee is due. Please bring your fee to art class in checks to Alice Deal Middle School or cash.


New: Congratulations Deal Equestrian Club

The Deal Equestrian Club competed in the last ISHS show this weekend and once again won Reserve Champion. They tied BCC for first place but lost out in the tie breaker. Way to go! 


We also had two individual Reserve Champions at the show: Greta Jelen for the Future Intermediate division and Sofia Laine for the Maiden division.


New: Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Congratulations to the following Deal students for their accomplishments in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing competition! Last Sunday, six current Deal students participated in an exciting awards ceremony at the GALA Hispanic Theater in Columbia Heights.




Talia Zitner (8th grade) received a gold key in the short story category, a silver key in the poetry category, and an honorable mention in the memoir category.


Lauren Chineme (7th), Hannah Masling (7th), and Anna Nardello (7th) received gold keys in the memoir category.


Olivia Pickens (7th) received a silver key in the flash fiction category, and America Williams (7th) and Elie Salem (7th) received a silver key in the memoir category.


Sofia Suardi (7th) received a silver key in the memoir and critical essay categories and honorable mention in science fiction/fantasy.


Nico Bosquet and Giulia Setola (7th) won honorable mentions in the memoir category, and Josh Landweber (7th) won honorable mention in the science fiction/fantasy category.


For photography, Jonah Docter-Loeb (7th) received a silver key and Maddy Kessler (7th) received honorable mention.


New: National History Day 
Congratulations to all 8th graders who participated in the School-wide National History Day competition on Friday! The judges had wonderful things to say about your projects, your interviews, and the thought that went in to your projects!  


Below are those who will be advancing to the Citywide competition on Wednesday, April 29th.  More information will be given to those who are advancing by their History teachers by Wednesday, March 18th.

Individual Performances:
Corina Capuano - Alfred Nobel
Ellie Hart - Jane Addams

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, and Eli Grosser - Montezuma
Annalise Myre, Nick Scuriatti, Jalen Ciagne - FW de Klerk
Anna Reilly, Catie Cunningham, Elita Parker - Betty Friedan
Zach Lordan and Ethan Fingerhut - Thomas Jefferson
Olivia Renne and Ana Petricic-Tinto - Amelia Earhart

Research Papers:
Jamie Hedlund - Mao Zedong
Caroline Katzive - Margaret Sanger
Lucas Suarez-Findlay - Wright Brothers

Individual Exhibits:
Johnny Koczela - Pope John Paul II
Lily Forte-Fast - Andy Warhol
Alicia Dawson - Samuel Tucker Jr. and the Alexandria Sit-Ins
Shayna Brotzman - Upton Sinclair
Emily Oliphant - Pierre L'Enfant

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

Individual Documentaries:
Adin McGurk - Les Paul
Lucas O'Connor - WMATA
Meg Buzbee - Sally Ride
Avi Faber - Sheridan
William Wright - Alfred Hitchcock

Group Documentaries:
Alex Togerni-Jones, Jacques Nissen, John Keating, Nick Sessums - Mao
Mia Guiltiani, Leela Yadav - Curt Flood
Tim Berger, James Carline and Tobias Severin - JFK Space Race
Emma Fisher, Josh Lassen, Maya Wilson - Mary Tudor
Jamie Landy and Chris Bond - UN  


A special thank you to the wonderful parent volunteers who helped with registration and judging. We couldn't do it without you!    


New: Speech and Debate

Last Thursday, Deal hosted the final regular season DCPS Middle School Speech and Debate League tournament. The following students were selected as the top speaker in each of their respective events:


Maddy Breeden - Prose Reading

Savannah Waymer - Storytelling

Alex Evans - Poetry Reading

Zora Colley - Improvisational Interpretation

Iona Volynets and Torrin O'Brien -Duo Interpretation

Jamie Stewart-Aday - Extemporaneous Speaking

Zach Crouch - Original Oratory

Josh Landweber - Impromptu Speaking


Our next big event is the city championships at Deal in late April.


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! 


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!


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 810 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.

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

Girls Soccer Tryouts
Girls soccer tryouts take place Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Students must submit a Consent for Athletic Participation form, an Emergency Treatment form, and a current physical to Coach Ngwa before they try out. Forms are available for pick up in room RG15 or at the welcome center. Please email Coach Ngwa at [email protected] with questions. 
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 will be outside Monday and Tuesday this week. Dress for the weather and be on the field at 3:30 pm. All paperwork should have been turned in by Tuesday, March 10th. If you have questions regarding practice, paperwork or meet schedules, please email [email protected].



Cheer practice will be Wednesday this week.  



Day 2 of 8th Grade tryouts will be Monday, March 16th.

6th, 7th, & 8th grade team lists will be posted on Tuesday, March 17th. A team meeting for all students on the team lists will take place after school Tuesday until 3:45pm.

Thank you to all student athletes who tried out for the teams. It was such a competitive group this year, no decisions were easily made.

For all information and updates follow Deal Baseball on Twitter: @DealBaseball 



Softball practice will meet from 3:30 - 4:45 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. You must bring a change of clothes and appropriate tennis shoes. 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: After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, March 16th at3:30 pm 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.


Monday: GeoPlunge

New and returning GeoPlunge players will practice during 6th grade Grit time on Monday in room C130 (Mr. Martini). 


Monday: Open Studio Club

Open Studio Club will meet on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Join us to work on your creations in a relaxed environment. Bring your ideas, we have the materials!


Tuesday: Tennis Club

Spring is here and next Tuesday's forecast is sunny, so tennis club will resume on Tuesday, March 17th and continue, weather permitting, each Tuesday for the remainder of the year.

Players should bring appropriate clothing and a racket if they have one. We will meet in room R102 (Reno Wing) at 3:30 before walking to the courts in Ft. Reno Park. Parents should arrange transportation from Deal at 4:30.


Tuesday: Babysitter Club (Cancelled)

Babysitters club will be canceled this Tuesday, 3/17/15, due to PARCC testing.  


Tuesday - Thursday: Talent Show Auditions 

Do you sing? Do you rock? Do you make people laugh? All 8th grade students are invited to audition for the 8th grade talent show "Deal's Got Talent." Auditions start at 3:30 pm. The show is April 3rd!  

          8th Grade Corner

8th Grade Spirit Week
Attention 8th Graders! From March 30th to April 3rd, 8th grade teams will face off in a week-long spirit challenge called The Battle of the 8th Grade Teams!

Each day, students will earn points based on their participation in fun spirit week challenges. The team with the most points at the end of the week wins bragging rights until June!

Monday (3/30): Team Shirt Day & Door Decorating!
Teams will earn one point for every student wearing their team t-shirt in homeroom. Homeroom teachers will start decorating their doors for judging on Thursday.

Tuesday (3/31): Canned Food Drive!
Teams will earn one point for each non-perishable food item they donate to their homeroom.

Wednesday (4/1): Backwards "Wacky Tacky" Day!
Teams will earn one point for each student dressed in their wackiest, tackiest (school appropriate) garb.

Thursday (4/2): Basketball Tournament!
Teams will face off in a March-Madness style basketball tournament during the Thursday activity period. The winning team will face off against the teachers!

Friday (4/3): Deal's Got Talent
During the half day, 8th grade students will show off their talents to their peers! Auditions will take place March 17th - 19th in the auditorium at 3:30 pm.
Progress Reports/Reflections
Progress reports were delivered to students in homerooms on Friday, March 13th. Please review this progress report with your student, sign it, and have them return it to their homeroom teachers on Monday, March 16th.
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  

Staff information ...

New: PARCC Testing 
You read the emails. You went to the trainings. You're ready for this! Your continued patience and flexibility is appreciated over the next two weeks as we implement this new assessment. Please keep track of testing emails and reach out for help if you need it.

Thursday: Faculty Meeting 
All staff are to attend our faculty meeting at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria. Please remember to NOT schedule student activities on Thursdays.
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)

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