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: 

 

Thank you to everyone that has made our first week of PARCC testing a success in implementation - students for doing their best, families for getting them ready, teachers and staff for being flexible and thoughtful, and our testing team for creating an example for others to emulate. This week our 7th graders will do their part of the Spring portion of the test (see note below). We also appreciate the help that DCPS non-Deal staff have provided us over the week - both in getting us the supplies needed and being team members in solving any challenges that arose.

 

Budget Review for FY16

 

This past week, I met with the Local School Advisory Team, chaired by Karin Perkins and composed of community and teacher leaders, to review our budget allocation for FY16 and to plan out Deal's submission. Our budget has grown over the years of my time here, so our reduction in total allocated funds from $12.1M in FY15 to $11.8M  in FY16 was a different challenge (approximately $300,000). The final number reflects a reduction in our supplemental allocation (an amount used to bring up our per-pupil allocation so it is in line with similar schools). Why this reduction in the face of a slight increase in student numbers projected for next year?

 

A significant part of our increase last year was based on the allocation of funds for at-risk youth being distributed on a per-capita basis, as well as our increase in student numbers. This year, those at-risk funds are being allocated according to the percent of at-risk students in each school; therefore, it makes sense that Deal sees a smaller proportion of that funding (our at-risk percentage is 8% (homeless youth, TANF families, etc.)). While we did have a small increase in student numbers, it wasn't sufficient to offset this shift. 

 

In anticipating a flatter enrollment growth in FY16 during last year's budget development process, the LSAT and I created a FY15 budget that increased access to technology, supported our student engagement activities, and selectively added positions that could be sustained over time. Therefore, even though we lost funds this year, we were not required to lose any positions. This year, we are actually adding several new positions that are essential to our continued success.

 

Reading: We continue to develop our reading program by focusing on small class settings for students who read below grade level. Therefore, to increase our ability to work with these students, we are adding a third reading teacher.

 

Mathematics: We have developed a math program that is able to respond to individual student needs; for this to continue to be possible, we will add a third non-team math teacher. 

 

Special Education: Although our enrollment of students with disabilities will decrease slightly this year, this is a program that benefits from a low teacher-student ratio. Therefore, we will maintain our program at its current size, reconfirming our commitment to providing an inclusive, responsive special education program that serves students with IEPs and 504s as effectively and thoughtfully as possible.

 

Teacher/Office support: To increase our support for families around attendance and to help our counseling team, we will add a clerk to the office team. We have one of the smallest office teams in the District; their efficiency allows us to focus on providing the right number of teachers for our students. We will also add teacher support in the form of an additional aide (to help with teacher absences) and a new custodian (to support the team with our added new space in the Reno Wing).

 

Non-personnel: We have reduced our spending in our non-personnel area (office/custodial supplies, technology, extra pay for programs, etc.) to free up funds for our instructional needs. We will work to make up any deficits in this area with the generous support of our parent community (you!), once again giving you the chance to support all that we do at Deal.

 

Now that our budget has been submitted, we will turn our attention to making sure that we have the best staff in place for the beginning of next school year. Again, special thanks to the LSAT for being partners in working through the budget. A school budget is the most direct reflection of a school's priorities. Through this budget we are keeping our high-functioning academic program fully funded, adding a few key positions to make sure that all students can access that program, and tightening our belts a bit to make sure that we are using the City's generous funding appropriately.

 

James Albright

 

PS - If your child is one of the nearly 40% of Deal 8th graders traveling overseas this year over Spring Break, please take a look at the item on "World Language Trips Orientation." This is a pilot program, led by veteran Deal teacher Kelly Wisniewski, supporting interested students in learning how to address cultural differences and becoming better citizens through world travel. It isn't a requirement (for this year) but I think it could be an amazing opportunity. Please check it out!

D31/D33 Route changes starting on March 27. 
Here is the current plan for the four-month rerouting of two of our WMATA bus routes. There are two critical pieces: the first is that the routes are changed, avoiding the last leg of 16th Street before Military Road; the second is that student who ride the D31 should plan for departures 15 minutes earlier than normal. 
Here is a link to the WMATA page announcing the service change: 

Temporary change in morning route for D31/D33 starting March 27.
PARCC Testing Schedule

Last week, 6th and 8th grade students successfully completed the online PARCC assessment. This week, 7th grade students will test each morning and make-up testing will take place in the afternoons. 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. 6th and 8th grade will attend all their classes this week.

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 23
 Bell Schedule

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

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
8th Grade Talent Show
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 23rd

Multipurpose Rm - Blocking

3:15 - 4:15         

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

4:15 - 5:00

Adelaide, Nathan, & Mimi 

 

Tuesday, March 24th

Multipurpose Rm - Music

3:15 - 4:00

"Guys and Dolls" Benny & Nicely 

4:15 - 5:00

"I've Never Been in Love Before" Sky & Sarah 

 

Wednesday, March 25th

Multipurpose Rm - Blocking

3:15 - 4:45

Benny, Nicely, Harry, Big Jule, Nathan, Brannigan, Adelaide, Sarah, & Sky

 

Thursday, March 26th

Auditorium - Dance

3:15 - 5:30

"Crapshooter's Ballet" Crapshooters & Named Gamblers 

 

Friday, March 27th Auditorium - Music

3:15 - 4:00

Full Company 

Auditorium - Blocking

4:00 - 4:45

Scence 8 - Sky, Sarah, Adelaide, Abigail, Branigan, Nathan, & Big Jule

4:45 - 5:30

Scene 9 - Nicely, Sky, & Adelaide 

  

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.

 

Contacts:

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

 

Costa Rica

Ms. Cuffee

- [email protected] 

Ms. Thompson

- [email protected] 

 

France

Mr. Mbayu  

- [email protected]

Mr. Ngwa

- [email protected]

Ms. Brown  

- [email protected]   

 

China

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 www.eftours.com and enter the tour number1605005AT. If you have questions, please email Mr. Otterstatter ([email protected]).

 

Student & Parent Information

New: Attention Concert Jazz Band Parents 

All Concert Band and Jazz Band Students will participate in a program on Monday, March 23rd at Deal. Students should come dressed in their performance polo shirt, black pants (no jeans) or appropriate skirt, and black shoes. Students were informed last week. Students should arrive at Deal at 7:45 am on Monday and report to the music hallway. 7th grade students will make-up the PARCC test at another time set by our Test Coordinator.

 

New: The 7th Grade Court of Dreams

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! If you have not done so, get your permission slips in!

 

New: World Language Trips Orientations  

Are you interested in preparing for your time abroad? Do you want to learn how to make the most of your trip from former Deal students? Join us for five pre-departure sessions that are guaranteed to offer fun and interactive activities plus a snack! Please RSVP by emailing Ms. Wisniewski at [email protected] with the subject: "Pre-Departure RSVP" In the body of the email. Please include the student's name, homeroom, and email. We look forward to seeing you!  

 

Pre-Departure Orientation

Date

Time

Location

Global Competence

03/26/2015

3:30-5:00 pm

Multipurpose room

Investigate the World

03/31/2015

3:30-4:30 pm

Multipurpose room

Recognizing Perspectives

04/02/2015

3:30-4:30 pm

Multipurpose room

Communicate Ideas

04/07/2015

3:30-4:30 pm

Multipurpose room

Group Presentations

04/09/2015

3:30-5:00 pm

Multipurpose room

Take Action

*Former Deal Student Panel

 

New: United Kingdom Trip

This summer's United Kingdom trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland for rising 8th grade students (current 7th grade students) is now less than 140 days away! The first pre-trip meeting will take place Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm in Mr. Klauber's room (W207). This meeting is a great chance to learn about the trip, meet our fellow travelers, and share contact information.

  

If your student already has a valid passport, please bring a copy and two passport-size photos to the meeting. The deadline to request individual special travel is April 15th. Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 9th at 6:30 pm at Alice Deal Middle School.

Please RSVP for the this week's meeting at [email protected]

 

New: Debate Team Results 

Saturday the debate team participated in the Baltimore Urban Debate League Championships and were the crowned the 2015-2016  team champions. Of the 15 schools in attendance, Deal received top honors in every debate division. Every student from Deal was an award winner. 

 

Varsity Division

Champions: Alex Holmes and Levi Berger

Runner-up: Chris Bond and Luke Kennelly

Fourth Place: Layla Behbehani and Jamie Stewart-Aday

 

Top Speaker:  Chris Bond

Runner-up:  Jamie Stewart-Aday

Fourth Place: Alex Holmes

Fifth Place:  Levi Berger

 

Novice Division

Champions:  Philip Hesse and Leah Hornsby

Runner-Up: Willa Beckerman and Tristan May

Third Place:  Skylar Clay and Julian Kearns

 

Top Speaker:  Skylar Clar

Fifth Speaker:  Philip Hesse

Sixth Speaker:  Willa Beckman

Eighth Speaker:  Tristan May

Ninth Speaker:  Julian Kearns

 

Of note, all of those who competed were either sixth or seventh graders with the exception of two eighth graders which bodes well for the long term success of the team going forward. Next up is the District of Columbia City Championship Speech and Debate tournament on April 30, 2015 to be hosted at Deal. 


New: Weekend School Scrabble Results

More than 40 students from 10 schools in and around D.C. gathered in the Deal cafeteria on Saturday for a School Scrabble tournament. The students played four games of Scrabble in teams of two players. Deal 7th graders Caleb Anderson and Chloe Fatsis were the big winners, taking first place in Division A with a perfect record of 4-0 and a point spread of +225. In Division B, Deal 7th graders Nico Bosquet and Eddie finished second with a record of 3-1 and a point spread of +253. Deal 6th graders Sarah James and Linnea Kvalsik won Division C with a record of 3-1 and a point spread of +265. 

The play of the day was made by Deal 7th graders Michaela Bauman and Greer Marshall in Division A. They formed the word PREQUEL on a triple-word score, connecting the P to the word REWRITES already the board to make PREWRITES. The total score for the play: a whopping 158 points! Though you may have seen the word in educational materials, it turned out that PREWRITES is not acceptable in the official Scrabble dictionary. But Michaela and Greer's play wasn't challenged by their opponents, so it counted!

 

Next up for members of Deal's Scrabble club: a trip to the North American School Scrabble Championship in Rhode Island in May. 


New: Photography Club

Photography club will not meet until the end of Spring Break. We will return on Tuesday, April 20th in room E301.    

 

New: Sailing Club

Ahoy! Spring is here and it's time to hit the water, sailors! There are still a few spots left for sailing trips this spring, but they are filling fast! Please sign up here if interested. No experience is necessary and all grades are welcome. We still have plenty of room on our big-boat excursion April 7th, which is great for students who are just getting started. Please collect permission slips for all trips from Mr. Donlon, Ms. Law, or Mr. Rottman this week. 


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 http://tinyurl.com/Deal-Period-8  

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: https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/period-8-catalogue/ 

   

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: https://t.co/vKjSVdAfAk  (iTunes) or www.tinyurl.com/VikingCast (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 alicedealvq.org!

  

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 820 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

Boys Soccer Tryouts

Soccer tryouts for the boys team are Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th 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 Mbayu or Coach Downing before Tuesday March 24th. Forms are available at the welcome center. Questions? Please email Coach Mbayu 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 will be outside Monday and Tuesday this week. Dress for the weather and be on the field at 3:30 pm. If you have questions regarding practice, paperwork or meet schedules, please email [email protected].

   

Cheer

Cheer practice will be Monday and Wednesday this week.  

 

Baseball  

Baseball Practice Schedule for Next Week: 

March 23 - 7th & 8th Grade 7am practice on Turf

               - 6th Grade 3:30 - 4:45 pm 

March 24 - 6th Grade 7am practice on Turf

March 25 - 7th & 8th Grade 3:30-4:45 pm 

March 26 - No Practice 

March 27 -  7th & 8th Grade 7am practice on Turf

               - 6th Grade 3:30 - 4:45 pm

                       

For Morning practices, students should come in front doors and walk immediately down to the turf. Coach Monaco will be waiting there at 6:50 for those early arrivals. Dress warm! 

 

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

 

Softball 

Softball Practice for the week of March 23rd:

Pitchers and Catchers - Monday and Wednesday at 8:05 am in the gymnasium

All Players - Monday - Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:45 pm outside.

 

Please dress for the weather. All late paper work must be submitted by Wednesday, March 25th. 

 

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: www.winnerslacrosse.org  
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 on Monday, March 23rd 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.

  

Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group B will meet Monday, March 23rd. We will be making international cuisine.

 

All cooking club members should note the following date changes from the calendar they received at the beginning of the year:

Monday, May 18th is Parent Teacher Conference Day. Therefore, Group B will have their school competition on Monday, May 11th instead.

The final Chopped Competition will take place on May 30th from 10:00 - 12:00 at Whole Foods Market Tenley.

 

Monday: Girl Up

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

 

Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee Spring Practice

Nice weather is here! The Ultimate Frisbee Team will meet in room C130 on Tuesday after school for practice! See coaches Martini or Reynolds if you have any questions.

 

Friday: Board not Bored 
Monopoly, Yahtzee, Trouble, Scrabble, Cranium, Hit or Miss, Connect Four, Scattergories, Othello, Checkers, Uno, Taboo, Chess, Twister, and more!  If you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a game that you've played a thousand times or challenging yourself to learn a new one, please come to W106 (Ms. Jackson's classroom) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Fridays. Feel free to bring a snack!
          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.
 
 
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 wilsonhs.org>Academics->2015-2016 Course Selection.
Staff information ...

New: 7th Grade PARCC Testing 
After successfully completing 6th and 8th grade PARCC testing this week, this week is 7th grade's turn! 7th grade teachers will enjoy the benefit of last week's lessons learned. 6th and 8th grade teachers, please continue to support your colleagues and remind your students to be especially quiet during transitions.

Monday: Music In Our Schools Event
Homerooms attending "Music In Our Schools" should be seated in the gymnasium by 8:55 am. Please take roll quickly before moving your class silently and quickly to this fun event. 
 
Tuesday: Team Leaders 
Team leaders will meet with their grade-level administrators at 3:30 pm.

Wednesday: 8th Grade Team Meeting 
All 8th grade teachers will meet in room W307 at 8:10 am. We will discuss Saturday Academy and Promotion. 
Schedule of Before School Activities

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


Monday


Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday
Symphonic Band - CG20String Orchestra - CG04Percussion Ensemble
CG20
String Orchestra
CG04
Peer Mediators
C115
Concert Choir
Auditorium
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir
Auditorium 
Symphonic Band - CG20Concert Choir
Auditorium




Percussion Ensemble
CG20

 

Schedule of After School Clubs & Activities

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


Monday



Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday
Yoga
C310
Au Cinema
N112
National Junior Honor Society -W304
Book Club
C128
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
Auditorium
French Tutoring
 
Cottage Comic Book 
N113
Open Art Studio
C217
Debate Team
W206
Music Workshop
CG04
East Asia Studies
 
C212
Science Tutoring
W301
Babysitter's Club
W100
Art from the Heart
C224
Board Games
W106
Bocce Ball
E300
Ultimate Frisbee
C310
Robotics
E307 (to 5pm) 
Peer Mediators
C115
Conditioning Club
E101
Tennis Club
N115
Spanish Theatre
C217
Yo-Yo Club
Corner Nurse & Neal
BDOG
E100
Team Shanghai
Study Hall
DIY Club
E105
8th Gr Field Trip Club - C308
Girls on the Run
E206
Game Club
N116
Vinyl Club
C203
Nature Lovers Club
W300
Intramural Volleyball
E305
Film Making 101
C203
6th Gr Comic Book
E103

Cooking Club
Cafeteria
Meditation Club
C213
A Cappella
CG21

Calligraphy Club
Cultural Discovery Club
Fantasy Football 
N103

Classic Card Games 
W205
Tm Baku Study Hall
E101
7th/8th Model UN
C308

Girl Up
E306
Learn to Swim Club
E201 (to 5:10pm)
Service Club
C203

Student Council 
E205
String Club 
CG04
Music Workshop 
CG20

African Drumming 
CG20
Science Olympiad
W201
Dance Club
Auditorium

6th Gr Soccer Club
W105 
Photography Club
E301
Workout Warriors
W103

Japanese Culture Club
Minecrafters 6th 
W207
History Film Club
W305

Chess Club
C315
Minecrafters 7th 
W201
Jazz Band
CG20

International Cinema
Club E101

The Sports Rap
W104

Socratic Club
E304



A Cappella
CG21



Scrabble Club
W200



Scrapbooking & Collage
C104


Journalism
W207



After School Basketball Club
W204



Spelling Bee Club 
E104



Socratic Club
E304  



GSA
E305






 



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

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 www.loveisblind.eventbrite.com no later than March 25th to attend.


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 
www.TenleyTigerRun.com 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