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: 


The other day I was wearing a shirt with a school insignia and one of my students stopped me to ask about it. He shyly asked me whether I was aware that his family was associated with the school. I was, and I shared some of my own fond memories of our mutual connection. I had been greeting this student almost every day at school, but this was his first attempt at finding something to share with me to initiate a conversation.


Many students move through the school day with a sense that they are completely invisible. All middle schoolers struggle with identity; it is the nature of the age. They arrive as former 5th graders and immediately set about trying to determine who they are going to be. An inquiry-based curriculum encourages students to ask questions, a school full of opportunities presents many choices to be made, and having hundreds of peers provides many examples to observe. Who they are and who they are going to be consume many children's thoughts. This is natural.


That struggle is, for the most part, internal. A child goes about his or her day, interacting with over a hundred individuals, and most likely thinking about who he or she is in relation to each of those they meet. Does he see himself as ill, while appearing to others as healthy? Does she feel lonely, but acts gregarious? Do others see him as an academic superstar, but he feels like he can hardly hold his head above the academic waters? As adults, we talk and speak to our children and see only what they choose to show us. As school leaders, we use more than just our regular interactions to "see" our charges - we talk to teachers, we observe students and their peers in their many settings, and we hear from family and friends. But as all of us know, we became better at hiding the reality of who we are as we get older.


It is in the external manifestation of the inner self that we have the greatest capacity to help our students. I have to believe that, even though I had previously spoken to the boy in the hall, he found something that we shared and spoke up so we could connect. Perhaps he believed that he was invisible until I knew this important fact about him. He definitely wanted me to see him as a unique individual.


I stopped in to our Saturday Academy over the weekend. This is a voluntary program for 8th graders who are in danger of retention; we provide the teachers and the assignments, the students show up on their own. In the two rooms, there were about 20 students, all working hard. I wondered about what their presence says - that they would give up their weekends for months on end rather than complete the work when given. Did they think they were invisible as well, moving through the school day unseen while they struggle with their academic identity as students? Did other factors in their lives, factors unseen in their faces but perhaps all-consuming in their minds, keep them from the daily work of school? These struggling students are not truly invisible to us in their academic work, but why they struggle is still invisible. How do we make their invisibility present - and is that even the right thing to do?


The challenge to us at Deal is to provide the freedom for students to explore their identities while letting them also know they aren't invisible as people. We encourage teachers to reach out to every family, to be open and receptive to their students, and to see them as individuals in need of coaching through what, for some, might be a tough time in their lives. We adopt a school model that emphasizes team-building and connections, being resilient and balanced, being challenging and reflective. We work on building a school culture that is both welcoming and structured.

Deal works to be that school in which the staff works daily to create a place where students can grow into their identities. Not everyone wants to be visible, but when they do, a great school has to be ready to see them for how they see themselves.


James Albright


PS - I want to make a special shout-out to the entire Deal staff. With the conclusion of the first round of PARCC testing, we can look back and see that the commitment of the entire team to get it right this first time really paid off. While students and teachers are justifiably ready to move on, let's not forget that the cooperation, attention to detail, and perseverance that all in the school community demonstrated made this work. It was an impressive effort. Thank you!

D31/D33 Route changes started 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: 

After the first day, some parents commented that the drivers were a bit confused and the timing of pick-ups hadn't changed. WMATA assures me that everything will be in order this week.

Temporary change in morning route for D31/D33 starting March 27.
Week of March 30
 Bell Schedule

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

March 30
7th grade Court of Dreams
Music in our Schools Month Listening Party - 4pm, Media Center

April 2
CPE @ Deal, 6 pm
World Language Meeting, 6:30 pm
6th Grade Info Book Celebration, 6:00 pm

April 3
End of 3rd Advisory
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 - Calleva Farm
Costa Rica trip departs

April 10
Grades due from teachers
China trip departs

April 11
France trip departs

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

May 1
Professional Development Day
No school for students

May 2 
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon 

May 4
Book Fair

May 5
Book Fair

May 6 
Book Fair

May 7
Book Fair
Deal Musical, 6:30 pm

May 8
LSAT, 7:30 am
Book Fair
Visiting Deal, 10 am
Deal Musical, 6:30 pm

May 9
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon
Deal Musical

May 11
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th

May 12
I-Ready 8th
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm, all
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th

May 13
I-Ready 8th 
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th

May 14
I-Ready 8th
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 15
8th Grade Gettysburg Field Trip
PARCC EOY 8th Grade Science
PAC Music Festival

May 16
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon
Saturday Academy 9 - noon
International Festival

May 19
I-Ready 7th
PARCC EOY 7th Grade

May 20
SRI- 8th 
I-Ready 7th 
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
Deal Dance,7:00 pm
PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
PARCC EOY 7th Grade 

May 21
SRI - 6th
I-Ready - 7th
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
PARCC EOY 7th Grade

May 22
Visiting Deal, 10 am
PARCC EOY 7th Grade

May 23
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

May 25
Memorial Day
No school for staff and students

May 26
I-Ready - 6th 

8th Humanities:  Civil War to Civil Rights Field Trip (Addis)

World Languages Film Festival

Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

May 27
I-Ready - 6th

8th Humanities: Civil War to Civil Rights Field Trip (Marrakesh)

World Languages Film Festival


May 28th

I-Ready - 6th

8th Humanities: Civil War to Civil Rights Field Trip (Dublin)

8th Humanities: SAAM Reception

May 29th

8th Humanities: Civil War to Civil Rights Field Trip (Tokyo)

World Languages Film Festival

May 30th
Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon
Saturday Academy 9 am - noon


Guys and Dolls

Rehearsal Schedule 



Monday, March 30th
Scene 10 - Abigail, Sarah, Sky and Nicely
Scene 11 - Big Jule, Nathan, Jalen C, Maddie V., Harry, Nicely, Benny, Sky
Scene 12 - Nathan, Adelaide, Nicely, Sky                 
Tuesday, March 31st
"Oldest Established"         (3:15-4:00) Nathan, Benny, Nicely, Guys and Crapshooter Boys
"Fugue for Tinhorns"            (4:00-4:30) Nicely, Rusty, and Benny
"Guys and Dolls"                 (4:30-5:00) Benny and Nicely
"Marry the Man Today"        (5:00-5:30)
Wednesday, April 1st
Blocking                           Scene 13                       (3:15-4:15) General, Sarah, Abigail, Nathan, Sky, Benny, Nicely, Harry, Brannigan, Big Jule
Scene 14                      (4:15-4:45) Adelaide, Sarah
Scene 15                       (4:45-5:30) Adelaide, Harry, Nathan, Nicely, Big Jule, Abigail, Sarah

Thursday, April 2nd
"Lucky Be A Lady"                (3:15-4:00) Sky, Crapshooters,Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Rusty, Angie, Big Jule, Harry the Horse, Guys and Dolls
"Sit Down Your Rocking the Boat"
(4:00-4:30) Nicely, Nathan, Benny, Harry, Rusty, Angie, Big Jule, General, Sarah, Abigail, Mission Band, Crapshooters
"Follow the Fold"                   (4:30-4:45) Mission Band, Abigail, Sarah
"I'll Know" & "I've Never Been in Love Before" (4:45-5:15) Sarah and Sky
"If I were a Bell'                  (5:15-5:30) Sarah
Friday, April 3rd
"Crapshooters Ballet"            (12:15-1:00)
"Lucky Be A Lady"               (1:00-3:15) Sky, Crapshooters,Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Rusty, Angie, Big Jule, Harry the Horse, Guys and Dolls
"Guys and Dolls"                   (3:15-4:00) Benny and Nicely
"Fugue for Tinhorns"           (4:00-4:45) Benny, Nicely, Rusty

Saturday April 4th
Rehearsal @ Wilson        
"I'll Know" & "I've Never Been in Love Before"       (11:00-12:15) Sky & Sarah
"If I Were A Bell" & "Luck be a Lady"
(12:15-12:45) Sky & Sarah
"Marry the Man Today"        (12:45-1:30) Sarah & Adelaide
"Adelaide's Lament"           (1:30-2:15) Adelaide
"More I Cannot Wish You"   (2:15-2:45) Abigail & Sarah
"Sit Down Your Rocking the Boat"
(2:45-3:30) 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.



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: 7th Grade "Court of Dreams"

The 7th grade "Court of Dreams" has been rescheduled to this coming Monday, 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! Students will need to wear athletic shoes, bring a bagged lunch and $4.40 in metro fare in order to participate.


New: End-of-Advisory Edline Updates

Progress reports will be updated twice a week for the next two weeks. New reports will be posted on the following dates:


Thursday, April 2nd

Monday, April 6th

Thursday, April 9th

Monday, April 13th  


New: Period 8 - Last Chance to Register
Looking for a spring enrichment opportunity? Sign up now for a spring Period 8 course at


The following classes are offered:

The Stock Market - Mondays

Understanding Comics - Mondays

Architecture through Minecraft - Tuesdays

Forensic Science - Wednesdays

Digital Mapmaking - Wednesdays 


Classes start this week and all registered students should have received enrollment information via email. To learn more about Deal's free blended-learning courses, check out our Period 8 Website. 


New: Music In Our Schools Listening Party

Music In Our Schools Month is a national celebration and time for advocacy for music programs in schools. Throughout the month of March we have had events, trivia, and a hallway display to show how important music is to our students. The Music Department would like to invite all families and staff to our first ever Listening Party. Come to hear and see students display work from music classes: GarageBand Movie Scores, group compositions, and more! Light refreshments will be served. Join us Monday, March 30th at 4:00 pm in the Deal Library.


New: Band, Choir and Orchestra

Music ensemble participants received an information and permission slip packet for our annual theme park festival trip. This year, we are going to Six Flags America. Please review the information and submit the permission slip and fee to your director as soon as possible. Please send any questions or concerns to [email protected].

New: Speech and Debate

Only four weeks remain until the inaugural city speech and debate championships, the last local tournament of the year! Start preparing now to show the rest of DC your best acting, speaking, or debating. The tournament is April 30th ,with entries due April 24th. If you want to get involved, check in with Mr. Stroud, Mr. Martis, or Mr. Conway.


New: Sailing Club

Ahoy! While all small-boat sailing slots are full, we still have a few available spots for next week's voyage on DC Sail's 65-foot schooner, Spirit of America. Interested students should sign up here. If you already signed up, please collect your permission slips and return them ASAP to Mr. Donlon, Ms. Law, or Mr. Rottman. 


New: 8th Grade Art Students

If you have not already paid, your $10 sketchbook fee is now past due. Please bring your fee to art class. Please make checks out to Alice Deal Middle School or cash.


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




Global Competence


3:30-4:30 pm

Multipurpose room

Recognizing Perspectives


3:30-4:30 pm

Multipurpose room

Communicate Ideas


3:30-4:30 pm

Multipurpose room

Group Presentations


3:30-5:00 pm

Multipurpose room

Take Action

*Former Deal Student Panel


Photography Club

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


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 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 four 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
Girls soccer practice will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5 pm. The full schedule for the season will be sent out as soon as the office of athletics makes it available.  

Boys Soccer Tryouts

The following students have been pre-selected for the boys' soccer team. Final selection and practice will be held on Wednesday, April 1st from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Questions? Contact Coach [email protected] 


Austin, David                         Belman, Nathaniel

Berhane, Abraham                 Bonilla, Christian

Claman, Nikos                        Coates, Nathan

Galvan, Eddy                          Gately, Aidan Michael

Gimer, Baxter                         Green, Cordell

Guzahgn, Caleb                       Hershberg, Gabriel

Hinkle Reese                           Jackson, Xavier

Jacob, Samuel Paul                  Jacobs, Julian

Jolles, Abraham                       Keating, John

Knight, Finn Benjamin            Lopez, Kevin

Maury, Julien                          McInerney, John Hawkins

Nguyen, Viet                          Ortega, joaquim

Pham, Anh                             Pica, Diego

Poulos, John William               Queck, Joshua

Reece, Ethan                          Saccocio, Finian Gordon

Samuel, Jacob                        Turker, Kaan

Wall, Alexander                      White, Noah

Zhou, Wenbin

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 practice will be Monday and Wednesday this week.  



Baseball Practice Schedule for Next Week: 

March 30 - 7th & 8th Grade 7am practice on Turf
   6th Grade 3:30 - 4:45 pm  
March 31 - 6th Grade 7 am practice on Turf 
April 1  - 7th & 8th Grade 3:30-4:45 pm 
April 2  - No Practice 
April 3  - 7th &8th Grade 7am practice on Turf
             6th Grade 3:30 - 4:45 pm 


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


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


Softball Practice 

Monday, March 30th  

8:05 am -  Pitchers and catchers

3:30 - 4:30 pm -  All team members


Tuesday, March 31st 

All team members


Wednesday, April 1st

8:05 am - Pitchers & catchers

3:30 - 4:30 pm - All team members

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: 6th grade Spring Model UN Conference All 6th grade students selected by their geography teachers to participate in the Spring Model UN Conference will meet in room C130 (Mr. Martini) during GRIT time Monday. 


Monday: After School Basketball Club Canceled This Week
Due to the 7th Grade "Court of Dreams" field trip, the After School Basketball Club will not meet on Monday, March 30th.

Monday: Open Studio Club

Open Studio Club will be held Monday in Room C224 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Come and create!  We have the materials, you bring the ideas.Open Studios is a relaxed environment, a space for you to be free to create!


Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee Spring Practice

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.


Wednesday: The Literature-to-Film Festival 

The Literature-to-Film Festival will return to the Deal Library this Wednesday with the movie Flipped.  Adapted from the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, this feel-good romance offers us the chance to see things from a different perspective! The movie starts at 3:30pm and all are welcome. 

          8th Grade Corner

8th Grade Field Trip Reminder
Please remember the Gettysburg Permission slip, Civil War to Civil Rights permission slip, and $75 for both trips is due to the 8th grade History teacher by April 1st. All forms and letters can be found on the 8th grade History teacher's Edline page. Any family in need of financial assistance should reach out to [email protected].
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>Academics->2015-2016 Course Selection.
Staff information ...

New: 8th Grade Battle of the Teams 
Don't forget to support your 8th grade students as they compete in the 8th grade battle of the teams!
Monday: Court of Dreams 
7th grade students will travel to the Verizon Center for this fun chance to build team spirit play where the pros play! Ms. Schaffer sent an email with details and logistics.

Tuesday: PARCC Make-up Testing
There will be an additional make-up session held on Tuesday. A list of student names and testing locations will be provided to staff via email Monday. 

Friday: Half Day 
Students will be dismissed at 12:15 Friday. Homeroom buddies should plan to be in their homeroom location all morning. Remember that final grades are due April 10th. 
Friday: Friday Morning PD 
There will be a Friday PD session offered on April 3rd. De-escalation of Students Part 2 it will be in the room C222.
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)

Summer Enrichment Opportunity

Are you interested in service and leadership in your local community? If so, you may want to check out Spark the Wave. This weeklong, summer service-learning experience is held in Philadelphia, PA and in Washington, DC annually. If interested, please contact Katie Oleksiak, Program manager via email- [email protected], by phone- 215-913-6107, or the website- You may also see Ms. White for a flyer with more information.


Summer Enrichment Opportunity through the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science  (GEMS)

The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science application is open and accepting applications for the summer of 2015. Students from elementary school through high school who are interested in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply to participate in GEMS at Army laboratories.

The AEOP GEMS Program is a one-week summer program in which students learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at Army research facilities. The program requires all prospective students to complete an application online, and only those who are selected to participate can attend. Once selected, all GEMS students will receive at a $100 stipend to participate in the 1-week program.

More information can be found on the GEMS website

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