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: 

 

As we end National Poetry Month, I reflect on when I first encountered poetry that meant something to me. A long time ago, my English class worked with T. S. Eliot's poetry and I was required to memorize "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." At the time, I enjoyed what seemed clever writing, the emotion of the author, and the exposure to a more complex level of composition. Today, when I as an adult re-read Eliot, and particularly "Prufrock," I can see the poem for something different. The inner emotional struggle that the protagonist wrestles with makes more sense to the adult me. The larger message, however, is that my early exposure to poetry allowed me to slowly unwrap multiple meanings as I grew. I feel different about "Prufrock" now than I did. Poetry allows us to do that, as poems demand multiple readings as our perspectives shift. I came to poetry through school - so I am glad that our librarians are spearheading our poetry efforts! - and I hope that families take the chance this week to share a favorite poem with each other. Try it - it is more fun than you might think!

 

Besides poetry, Spring heralds student performances across many media. Our school musical, Guys and Dolls, will open next week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances) and promises to be as big and as fun as Deal musicals can be. The director, Jill Roos, has taken to heart the idea of bringing as many students onto the stage as possible - and is still able to maintain a sense of theater. These shows are sure to sell out, so it is important to get them on your calendar. 

 

We will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week the same week as the musical. I have written before about the power of teaching in our building. As a school ,we will definitely reach out to our teachers to let them know how much we appreciate their hard work. The PTA will be supportive of us (as usual) in making this happen. I encourage any parents who want to send in a special note to a particular teacher to go ahead and do so during this time; the notes mean so much more than you might think.

 

I want to close with a thought about your students. The other day I was able to learn from a few students about cafeteria hierarchies - seating, proximity - and how these play out in the day-to-day of school life. While our cafeteria is a pretty full place, there is always a primary sense of order that we, as adults, impose. There is also the underlying order that students impose that is an initial attempt at making sense of their social order. Lunchtime is one of the few times that students control exactly where they are seated. We always believe that over time students move around and make new friends, and while this does happen it also doesn't happen. I was disheartened to hear from some students how important sitting at a particular table was, how powerful the socialization of seating was in the rest of their day, and how powerless they felt to change this. We typically conduct a "Mix-It-Up" day, but the impact is only minimal. So, while you are reading poetry at breakfast or dinner or in the car, why not ask your child where they sit at lunch and why? It might be interesting to hear what they have to say.

 

Take care,

 

James Albright

 

Please do not forget our necessary registration push. Make the time to do this task. It is very critical in our smooth operation, year after year, and it is one of the few things we can't do for you. Put on your schedule a time to come in and get this paperwork done. If you are the parent of a 6th or 7th grader, put those papers in your car and the next time you are picking up or dropping off at Deal, step into the office. We will be grateful, I assure you.

 

Register Now!

 

All students must be registered for the 2015-2016 school year by June 17th.

 

Current 5th, 6th and 7th graders should bring their completed enrollment papers and proof of residency to Deal. We have scheduled evening hours every Thursday until 7 pm for families who are not able to come to the school during the day starting April 23rd. 8th graders should take their enrollment papers and proof of residency to the high school that they will be attending. 

Week of April 27
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -  Thursday Bell 
Friday - No School for Students
(Professional Development for Staff)
Upcoming Dates
 
April 28
Team Leaders (Gr level) - 3:30
 
April 29
DCPS Instrumental Music Festival 
 
April 30
8th Grade Career Day
DCPS Speech League, 3:30 pm
Library Poetry Celebration, 
3:30 pm

May 1
Professional Development Day
Friday Detention 9 - noon
No school for students

May 2 
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon 
 
May 4
Book Fair
 ACCESS for ELLs testing 

May 5
ACCESS for ELLs testing
Book Fair

May 6 
ACCESS for ELLs testing
Book Fair

May 7
ACCESS for ELLs testing 
Book Fair/Families and Friends Night
4:30 - 6:30
Deal Musical, 7pm

May 8
LSAT, 7:30 am
ACCESS for ELLs testing 
Book Fair
Visiting Deal, 10 am
Deal Musical, 7pm

May 9
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon
Deal Musical, 2pm

May 11
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th

May 12
Team Leaders (all) 3:30 pm
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th
 
May 13
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th 
 
May 14
PARCC EOY Grades 6th and 8th
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 15
8th Grade Gettysburg Field Trip
PAC Music Festival
 
May 16
Saturday Detention, 9 - noon
Saturday Academy 9 - noon
International Festival
 
May 18
School in session - NO PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE DAY
PARCC EOY 8th Grade Science
 
May 19
I-Ready 7th
PARCC EOY 7th Grade
ALT Meeting 3:30 pm 
 
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 April 27th

Music
3:15 - 4:00
"Sit Down Your Rocking the Boat" - Nicely, Brannigan, Sarah, Abigail, Nathan, Brannigan, Benny, Harry, Big Jule, the Mission Band and Crapshooters
4:00 - 4:30
"Oldest Established"- Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Named Gamblers, Boy Crapshooters and Guys
Blocking                            
4:30 - 5:15
"Sit Down Your Rocking the Boat" - Nicely, Brannigan, Sarah, Abigail, Nathan, Brannigan, Benny, Harry, Big Jule, the Mission Band and Crapshooters
5:15 - 6:00
"Oldest Established" - Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Named Gamblers, Boy Crapshooters and Guys

Tuesday April 28th
3:15 - 4:15
RUNYONLAND                      
4:15 - 6:30   
Run Scene 1, 2, 3 - Runyonland Characters, Nathan, Adelaide, Benny, Nicely, Rusty, Harry, Brannigan, Guys, Boy Crapshooters, Angie, Sky, Adelaide, Adelaide's Friends, Mission Band, Abigail, Hot Box Girls

Stage Crew meeting at 3:15 on Tuesday

Wednesday April 29th
Run Scenes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - Nicely, Benny, Mission Band, Sarah, Sky, Abigail, the Guy and the Doll, General, Nathan, Big Jule, Boy Crapshooters, Brannigan, Adelaide, Waiter, Adelaide's Friends

Thursday April 30th
3:15 - 6:30
Run Scenes 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 *FULL COMPANY*  from now on

*Cast Photos at 4:00 pm*

Friday May 1st
9:00 - 5:00
Tech
Cast TBA
   
Saturday May 2nd
9:00 - 3:00
Tech and Full Company
*Bring a lunch and homework*

Sunday, May 3rd
9:00 - 3:00
Tech and Full Company
*Bring a lunch and homework*

Monday May 4th
3:15 - 8:30 pm
Tech and Full Company
*Bring Any Costume pieces you have*
*Pizza Night*

Tuesday May 5th
3:15-8:30PM
Tech and Full Company
*Dress Rehearsal*
*Potluck Dinner*

Wednesday May 6th
8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Tech and Full Company
*In-school Dress Rehearsal*

Thursday May 7th
Cast Call Time - 4:30 pm
Tech - 5:30 pm
Performance - 7:00 pm  

Friday May 8th
Cast Call Time - 4:30 pm
Tech - 5:30 pm
Performance - 7:00 pm

SATURDAY
Cast Call Time - 11:45 am
Tech - 12:30 pm
Performance - 2:00 pm   

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]

 

 

UK Trip 2015 

 

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: DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll

Congratulations to the entire Deal community for being named to the 2015 DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll. This year, Deal was honored with "Distinction" for our continued efforts to recycle and compost organics in the cafeteria. Special kudos goes to Deal's student Green Team members and our custodial staff for their hard work to support our recycling and composting programs. 

 

New: April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate poetry this month at the Deal Library:

*Check out our display of novels written in verse

*Create and share a poem with magnetic poetry

 

Wednesday, April 29th: At 3:30, Jane Kelly will host our Poetry Celebration: Endless Possibilities  (all are welcome to share a poem: original or an old favorite).

Thursday, April 30th: (Poem in Your Poet Day Link) pick up a poem to keep in your pocket and share with friends.

 

New: Spring Dance and Party

Student Council will sponsor the Spring Dance and Party Thursday, April 30th, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. There will be dancing, movies, ping pong, board games, and open gym available - so there is something for everyone! Tickets are $3.00 and will be sold during lunch periods Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There will also be refreshments for sale during the dance. Come have fun with your friends before the three-day weekend!

 

New: National History Day Citywide Competition

Good luck to the 70+ 8th graders participating at the National History Day Citywide Competition on Wednesday at the National Archives! Students received their interview times and information about the competition. Students who still have questions should speak with their 8th grade Individuals and Societies teacher.

 

New: Deal Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

The Deal GSA is planning some exciting things for Pride Week (June 8th - 12th). If you are interested in joining the alliance or have fallen off the bandwagon, now is the time to start showing up! We meet on Monday afternoons in Mr. Helsabeck's classroom (W204). Monday, May 4th, we will be out of the building on a field trip. If you are interested in in the trip and want a permission slip, please ask Mr. Helsabeck or Ms. Parish.

 

New: Battle of the Books Successes

This past Tuesday, eight students from Deal competed in the first DCPS Battle of the Books. Congratulations to the following students:

 

6th graders placed 3rd overall:

Caden Turner

Julien Kearns

Xavier Jackson

Nomeda Granickaite

 

7th graders placed 2nd in their heat:

Colyer Trimber

Ilina Edwards

Anna-Kate Pittman

Jamir Grier

 

New: Read it Forward Book Fair!

This year the Deal Library is holding a book fair as a precursor to "Deal Gives Back." Each purchase will provide books for summer reading to some of our partner DCPS elementary schools, which our 8th grade students will deliver in June as part of our "Deal Gives Back" day of service. Harness your love of reading and transform it into an act of literary solidarity as we support our fellow DCPS students with books for the summer!

 

The fair will be held at the school May 4th - 8th. Everyone can begin previewing and purchasing books online April 27th by clicking on the following link: Scholastic Book Fair Deal Middle School 

 

We will host a "Family and Friends Night" on May 7th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. If you have further questions please email [email protected] Thank you for your support!

 

New: Music Department

This is a reminder that all band, choir, and orchestra students should turn in permission slips and payment for the Six Flags Music Festival trip. The deadline was April 20th. Thank you to those who have already turned in these items. Please see your director with any questions and concerns.

 

Speech and Debate

The last local tournament of the year, the city speech and debate championships, are coming up on April 30th! Start preparing now to show the rest of DC your best acting, speaking, or debating. Entries are due April 24th. If you want to get involved, check in with Mr. Stroud, Mr. Martis, or Mr. Conway.

 

Open Studio Club

Open Studio Club will be on break until further notice.

   

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! 

   

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 850 followers, we could have a winner any day!

National Junior Honor Society

7th Grade Parents:
If your child was on the A/B Honor Roll for all three advisories and had no referrals this school year, they received an invitational letter to join the NJHS.  Letters of Intent are due April 30th at 3:30 pm. This will allow us to order NJHS pins in a timely manner.  Applications may be turned in any time between May 8th and May 20th at 3:30 pm. The induction ceremony will take place June 8th. Proud parents are welcome to attend. More information about the ceremony will be shared soon.

Deal Athletics ...

 

Alice Deal Athletics
Please visit the Alice Deal Athletics Calendar to see our practice and game schedules.
 
Spring Sport Contacts 
Here are the contacts for each of our sports:
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

  

Baseball
Monday:
- 6th Grade Morning Practice - 7:00 am
- 8th Grade Game v. Lincoln @ Deal 4:00 pm
Tuesday:
- 7th Grade Morning Practice- 7:00 am
- No Afternoon Practice
Wednesday:
- 8th Grade Morning Practice- 7:00 am
- 7th Grade Game v. Takoma @ Deal 4:00 pm
Thursday:
- No Practice
Friday: There is no school for students, however we have a triple header scheduled with St. Albans

- 6th Grade Game v. St. Albans @ Deal 12:30 pm (players report by 11:45 am)

- 7th Grade Game v. St. Albans @ Deal 2:45 pm (players report by 2:00 pm)

- 8th Grade Game v. St. Albans @ Deal 5:00 pm (Players report by 4:15 pm)

 

Girls Soccer
Tuesday - Whittier vs. Deal @ Deal
Wednesday - Practice
Thursday - Stuart Hobson vs. Deal @ Deal

Boys Soccer

April 27th - Game vs Whittier @ Coolidge, 4:00 pm
April 29th - Practice
April 30th - No game
May 4th - Game vs Lincoln @ Bell, 4:00 pm
May 6th - Practice.
Play-offs
May 7th - Opponent and location TBD
May 11th - Semi-final (if qualified), Opponent and location TBD
May, 13th - Practice (if still in competition)
May 15, Championship (if qualified), Spingarn/Cardozo.

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 Monday, April 27th

from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We will meet outside on the field.  Distance runners will practice Tuesday after school and will meet in Coach Helsabeck's room at 3:15 pm. Wednesday, April 29th there is a track meet at Spingarn HS.  The meet will start at 4:00 pm. There will be a bus to and from the meet. Please email [email protected] for additional information.    

 

Cheer

Cheer practice will be Monday and Wednesday this week.  

  

Softball Practice 

Dates: April 27-29, 2015 

Time: 3:30 - 4:45 pm 

 
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: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room at 3:30 pm on Monday, April 27th. Be prepared to plan for the Spring Dance Bake Sale and our potential Mother's Day Sale. See you then!


Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group B will meet Monday, April 27th at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria.


Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, April 27th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "cottage." In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in room W204.

 

Monday: Ultimate Frisbee Scrimmage

The Deal Ultimate team will host a scrimmage against Oyster on Monday, April 27 from 3:30-5:00pm. Players should meet in C130 after school.

 

Tuesday: Model UN State Department Conference

All 6,7, and 8th graders participating in the Model UN Conference at the State Department on Tuesday should arrive to Deal by 7:15am and make arrangements to be picked up at Deal at 5:00pm. Students should wear business attire, bring any research and policy statements they have prepared, and have $7 round-trip metro fare on a DCOne or SmartTrip card.


Tuesday: 3-D Printing Interest Group

If you are curious about 3-D printing, come to the Deal Library after school this Tuesday at 3:30 on. Our resident expert, Sam Lossef, will explain some fundamentals and show the MakerBot Replicator 2 in action!


 

Wednesday: Period 8 MapMaking

This Wednesday representatives from the Peace Corps will visit our class (room C130) for an orientation of Open Street Maps. For two weeks they will work will students to learn to add 'invisible' communities in the developing world that are not currently on google maps database.


Wednesday: Small Boat Sailing
Ahoy! After heavy winds closed the marina last week, the Sailing Club will hit the water for their first small boat sailing of the spring this Wednesday! Students who signed up here or missed sailing last week should meet at the auditorium at 2:50 pm to metro down. Students should bring metro fare and dress warmer than they think. Any student who did not sign up, but is still interested should contact Mr. Donlon, Ms. Law, or Mr. Rottman.  
          8th Grade Corner
 
 Activities Payment 
This year, students can pay online or in-person Thursday afternoons at 3:30 pm. To learn more, check out the Payment Letter.

If you need financial assistance to attend any of the 8th grade activities, please contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

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
 
Freshman Orientation is August 10-14, 2015!  
The focus will be on high school readiness, study skills, orientation, and academic enrichment.
The point people at Wilson will be Assistant Principals Tennille Bowser and Tamara Clemmons.
 
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 ...

Monday: Summer Bridge Planning Meeting  
The Summer Bridge planning meeting will take place at 3:30 pm.

Tuesday: Team Leaders
Team leaders will meet with their grade-level administrators at 3:30 pm.

Friday: 
Professional Development 
All staff will participate in DCPS-organized professional development on the morning of May1. Staff should contact their content administrator for content professional development locations. 
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)
 
Essay Tutoring for Deal Students
One of the most important skills for students is writing a "five paragraph essay".  These essays are assigned throughout numerous classes - English, Science, History, for example - and are the foundation for clear, convincing writing in high school and over a lifetime. As professional writers dedicated to teaching students effective writing skills, we are offering private in-home tutoring sessions specifically designed for Deal students.  Working with existing assignments and clear examples, students will take away:
** A simple and lasting blueprint for constructing 5-paragraph essays.
** The ability to assess and edit their own work.
** An appreciation of the clarity and beauty of the English language. 

Rate: $50/hr.

About the Tutors:
Syd Butler and Nick Paul are experienced, professional writers with a passion for teaching students lifetime writing skills. Both are Deal parents and neighbors and have assisted with English tutoring for Deal 7th graders. Both Syd and Nick are published authors, having written hundreds of essays, stories and articles over their long careers. 

Please contact us at [email protected] or call 202-244-1020. We will be happy to share our credentials and experience, and are ready to help! 

DC Hoops Academy Spring Basketball Clinic 
DC Hoops Academy will be hosting a spring basketball clinic.  Call now to register!!

DC Hoops Academy
Basketball Clinic
Date: April 25, 2015
Phone: 202.309.2319

Keegan Theater Summer Camp!
The Keegan Theatre, located in the heart of Dupont Circle, is excited to announce their Bright Stars Summer Camp 2015! Keegan Theatre's "Bright Stars" Summer Camps provide an opportunity for budding artists to grow their craft and commitment to the arts. Participants are given a safe, nurturing environment in which to freely develop their creative potential under the guidance of Keegan artists and educators. Each week will be a different experience, as camp participants will determine which avenue of the theater process they want to passionately explore: storytelling, acting, directing, playwriting, or improvisation. The open format allows young people with a range of experience (from the new-to-theater to the ready-to-take-the-stage) to explore theater together in a collaborative and playful setting.

This summer we will return for a week to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington to provide summer camps for rising 6th-12th graders.  We are also introducing two weeks at our newly renovated theatre on Church Street in Northwest Washington- one week for rising 6th-12th graders and a week for our budding stars- rising 1st-5th graders.

Interested parties should visit http://keegantheatre.com/brightstars/ and use code "BRIGHT" to receive a $50 discount for early registration. Also, use the code "DCPS" to receive a $50 discount for all DCPS students.

2nd Annual Unleashed Conference
A Bigger Picture, Inc is hosting a youth
conference on April 25, 2015 from 9am-3pm at E.L. Haynes Public
Charter School. The event is open and free to girls in grades 6th-12th
and will focus on self-confidence, goal setting, making healthy
decisions and developing your personal brand. The event will also have
music, food, tutorials, spoken word performances, interactive breakout
sessions and a keynote address. Please see the attached flyer and the
link for registration is:
https://unleashedconferencepresentedbyabiggerpicture.eventbrite.com.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact [email protected] 
 

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- www.sparkthewave.org. 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 http://usaeop.com/programs/stem-enrichment-activities/gems/