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: 


With this Monday, our first week of the last round of our testing kicks off. This first week our focus is on our second-language learners (ELL students) who are demonstrating their learning across five skill areas. While we have a small number of students in the ELL program, Ms. Wang and Mr. Love, their two primary teachers, spend a great deal of time with them getting them ready for school, Deal, and for some, life in the United States. Our ELL students have typically grown a lot during their years at Deal, both academically and socially. For the last two years, we have worked to bring their academic experience closer to that of the non-ELL Viking, matching up their curriculum more with what is expected in other classes. This approach arises from a need to make sure that while they are intensively learning English they don't fall significantly far behind other students. The benefit of having two teachers who know the students well - and of having a small number of students in the program - is that we can tailor the approach to the student. This week's ACCESS for ELLs tests will show us how well we are doing.


The following week we begin the end-of-year testing for PARCC. The testing we conducted in March was the "75%" testing - students were 3/4 of the way through the year. This last round is the "90%" testing - they have worked on almost all of the standards being assessed. This testing round will have fewer sessions than the last, and based on the first round, we should have relatively few technical issues. 


On a more energizing note, our school Book Fair kicks off on Monday and runs through the week. There will be a family book night on Thursday, right before the musical. What could be more Deal-ian than coming to the book fair in the Reno Multipurpose Room, browsing and purchasing many books for your child(ren), then staying for the opening night of Guys and Dolls (7:00pm)? You should, of course, bring your registration materials so that we can take care of THAT business as well. 


There are, as usual, a lot of Deal students doing a lot of wonderful things. The recent success of the students at citywide National History Day, the Model UN at the State Department, and the Speech and Language Debate, makes a loud statement about the strength of our Individuals and Societies (social studies) program here at Deal. But this is sure to be matched by our upcoming Spring Concert next week, our World Language Festival, the DC Track Championships, and a host of other student-focused events. We hope it is a great time to be a middle schooler!


Take care,


James Albright


PS - This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Deal. I have written in the past how the success of Deal has been built on the efforts, experience, and skill of our teachers. I hope that every family has a chance this week to discuss the importance of their child's educators. As we reflect, learn, and act on the great struggles of our time, there are no better guides than those you have entrusted to help grow your children - their teachers. For example, this week many of our students took time to study what is happening in Baltimore - approaches that were put together by Deal teachers. Your Deal teachers continue to challenge, push, encourage, and struggle for and with your children. Please take time to thank them!


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. 8th graders should take their enrollment papers and proof of residency to the high school that they will be attending. 

Week of May 4
 Bell Schedule

Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -  Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates
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
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 May 4th
3:15 - 8:30 pm
Tech and Full Company
*Bring Any Costume pieces you have*
*Pizza Night*

Tuesday May 5th
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

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


Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA) Announcements

Guys and Dolls! May 7, 8, and 9

Mark your calendars! The curtain will open for the highly anticipated Deal production of "Guys and Dolls, Jr." next week. The show runs Thursday and Friday at 7pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are $5/child and $10/adult with no advance sales (except at the following times):
Monday, May 4 - 7:30 - 8:30 @ rehearsal
Tuesday, May 5 - 7:30 - 8:30 @ rehearsal
Thursday and Friday from 5:30pm till showtime
Saturday, 1 - 2 pm.

As with any evening event at Deal, parents must accompany their children to the show - please do not drop them off! The shows will be heavily attended, so come early for your spot in the audience.

The ADCA Volunteer Fair - 
May 12 from 6:30 - 8:30

Our 8th grade students are being promoted in June - and so are the parents! We need your help. Find out about the 2015-16 Executive Board, Event Chairs, and LSAT roles just waiting for you.

Come to Jakes American Grille @5018 Connecticut Avenue from 6:30 - 8:30pm

Deal Night at DC United - May 13

Join us when DC United takes on Orlando SC on Wednesday, May 13. Tickets are $21, and the first 50 Deal students who sign up can help form the High-five Tunnel for Deal Students! Please visit to purchase yours. DC United is marching on to the championship this year, so you should be a part of it!

If you have any questions, contact Dennis Smith @ [email protected]

ADCA Last General Meeting - 
May 20 from 6:30 - 8:00

Mark your calendars for our final ADCA General Meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 20. Our speaker for the evening is Gregory Smith, a recognized technology executive, public speaker, and author You can find more detailed information about him at He has published a book on the subject of kids and Internet safety, "How to Protect Your Children on the Internet: A Road Map for Parents and Teachers."


Student & Parent Information


New: Access for ELLs Testing May 4-8

All ELL students will take the Access for ELLs test in 4 sessions between May 4th - 8th. The group testing sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday. The one-on-one speaking test will be given on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.


New: 6th Grade Geography

The 6th Grade Geography Department would like to invite all parents, staff, and guests to our Embassy Adoption Fair on Friday, May 8th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in the Deal gymnasium! We will proudly display student projects that they have created about their adopted Embassies: Azerbaijan, China, South Korea or Turkey. We hope to see you there!


New: World Language Festival

Join Alice Deal and other schools across the District on May 16th for a day-long celebration of languages and the cultures! The day's events include art workshops, conversation, dance, cultural communication, and more. There will be student-led panel discussions on the importance of global competence and international education as well as film screenings, soccer matches, and an international potluck BBQ! Come be a part of Deal's first ever World Language Fest! Talk to your language teacher to volunteer or learn more.


New: Speech and Debate Win City Championships
The speech and debate team was crowned champions of the DCPS Middle School Speech and Debate Championship tournament.  The following students were also crowned individual event champions:
Nadav Oren: Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Josh Landweber: Impromptu
Zach Crouch: Oral Interpretation
Jonah Docter-Leob and Zach Crouch (Tied for 1st): Oratorical Declamation
Levi Berger: Expository Speaking
Maddy Breeden and Aiden Moorehead: Duo Interpretation
Jamie Stewart-Aday: Extemporaneous Speaking
Congratulations Vikings for an outstanding job!
New: National Forensics League Honor Society Induction
The speech and debate team will be holding the National Forensics League (NJFL) Honor Society induction of new members during the team end-of year dinner on May 20, 2015. All students and parents who participated as part of the speech and debate team this year are encouraged to attend this special event. All current members of the NJFL should be in attendance. All new inductees will be notified of their selection by May17, 2015. Watch your e-mail box for more information about the induction and the end-of-year dinner.
New: Speech and Debate Team Dinner
This year the speech and debate team will be holding the end-of-the year dinner at Guapo's on May 20, 2015.  Details will be distributed via the team Edline e-mail account by May 6, 2015.  Keep an eye out!  You won't want to miss this fun event!


New: DCPS/UConn Summer Enrichment Program for Rising Middle School Students

DCPS will offer the DCPS/University of Connecticut Summer Enrichment Program for rising middle school students (those students currently enrolled in grades 5, 6, and 7) as a collaboration between DCPS and the University of Connecticut's Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.


This free summer program is geared towards students in need of an extra level of academic challenge and requires a competitive student essay application to be admitted. The summer program relates to the "Schoolwide Enrichment Model" (SEM), which already exists in 10 DCPS schools. The program is meant to develop the gifts of students who show high levels of ability, creativity, and drive.


The program will operate two sites from Monday, July 6th through Friday, July 31st: Stuart-Hobson MS and Hardy MS. Student hours are 9:00 am - 1:00 pm with free breakfast and lunch served daily. Space is limited to only 120 students and enrollment is based a competitive application.


Please see the application (DCPS/UConn Summer Enrichment). The deadline to apply is May 31st.


New: Model UN Conference Awards

Congratulations to the following delegations for winning awards at the Spring Model UN Conference at State Department last Tuesday!


Best Delegation:

Azerbaijan - Association for Women's Rights in Development (Noah Weitzner, Zoe Johnson, Alissa Simon)


Honorable Mention:

CJ Bertsch

Emmy Comrack

Xavier Jackson

Raey Berhane

Omer Al-Sarhan


Rae Vaugh Fowler

Adam Thomas

Caden Turner-Adams


Mattie Melnyk

Emily Oliphant 


There is no Model UN Club on Wednesday, May 6th. We will have our last meeting and end-of-year celebration on Wednesday, May 13th in RG03.


New: NCLA Law Day Essay Contest

Congratulations to Temidayo F. and Ethan R. (6th grade) for winning the "What America Means to Me" essay contest! They will be honored at the Supreme Court by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on May 6th!


New: Sailing Club - New Spaces Available 

Ahoy! We've had a great time on the water this season so we decided to make more room on the boat! Sign up here to join us for this season's remaining small-boat sails: Sailing Sign-Up 


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.


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 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!


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:  (iTunes) or (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!


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 860 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


6th Grade Morning Practice 7:00 am

8th Grade Team v. Whittier @ Deal 4:00 pm 



7th Grade Morning Practice 7:00 am

6th Grade Afternoon Practice 3:30 - 5:00 pm  



8th Grade Morning Practice 7:00 am 

7th Grade Team v. McKinley @ Deal 4:00 pm



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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.
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 d[email protected] to join the email list!


Outdoor Track

Track practice will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after school with the city championship meet on Friday at Spingarn HS at noon.  Monday and Wednesday practice will be from 3:30 - 4:30 pm and Thursday's practice will be a walk-through to prepare for Friday's meet and will end at 4:00 pm.  Athletes will miss 2nd - 7th periods on Friday and should plan to meet with their teachers about missed work PRIOR to Friday's meet.



Cheer practice will be Monday and Wednesday this week.  


Softball Practice 


Softball Practice Dates

Monday, May 4th  & Wednesday, May 6th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Scheduled Softball Game 

Deal vs McKinley @ Deal

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Time: 4:00 pm 


Deal vs Hart @ Deal

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Time: 4:00 pm  

This Week at Deal...



Monday: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group A will meet in the Cafeteria at 3:30 pm on Monday, May 4th for Group A's school-wide Chopped Competition.


Monday: The After School Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, May 4th 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: GeoPlunge!

Students participating in GeoPlunge for the Spring semester will learn the new game in C130 during GRIT time on Monday to prepare for the May tournament!


Monday: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room on Monday, May 4th at 3:30 pm. See you then!


Wednesday: Coding Club

Interested in computers and coding? Join Ms. Wellersdick this Wednesday (and each following Wednesday) from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C206 for coding club. Coding club is a space where students can share their interests in computers and coding and spend time exploring sites such as Codecademy and Made with Google. Come try it out!


Wednesday: Sailing Club

Ahoy! All sailors who signed up for this week's small boat sailing trip with DC Sail should meet in the back of the auditorium at 2:50 pm.  


Results from the Citywide National History Day Competition 


Congratulations to all 8th graders who participated in the Citywide NHD Contest today at the National Archives!  Below are those who placed at Citywide, along with those who won special prizes for their research.  All students who placed 1st or 2nd in their category will advance to Nationals in June at the University of Maryland.  Those who placed third will be an alternate if the first or second place winner(s) are unable to attend Nationals.    Deal had a strong showing!  Kudos to all students, parents, and the community!  The 8th grade History teachers are VERY proud of you!! 


Individual Performances:

2nd place: Corina Capuano: Alfred Nobel

1st place and Special prize/Most Perspectives: Ellie Hart: Jane Addams


Individual Websites:

1st place: Brendan Smith: Hubble

2nd place: Maddy Vieth: Dorothea Lange

3rd place: Camille Kanach: Clara Barton


Group Websites:

2nd place: David Morales-Sanz, Aidan Jennings-Cashman, and Eli Grosser: Montezuma

1st place: Zach Lordan and Ethan Fingerhut: Thomas Jefferson

Special prize from the Naval Museum: Olivia Renne and Ana Petricic-Tinto: Amelia Earhart


Research Papers:

Special prize: Best use of oral history: Jamie Hedlund: Mao Zedong

1st place: Caroline Katzive: Margaret Sanger

3rd place: Lucas Suarez-Findlay: Wright Brothers


Individual Exhibits:

Special prize: Best Annotated Bibliography: Johnny Koczela: Pope John Paul II

2nd place: Shayna Brotzman: Upton Sinclair


Group Exhibits:

1st place: Clare Trinity, Ally Heinrich, Suzannah Strauss: Grimke Sisters

2nd place: Sydney Pollack and Ilana Samuel: Nellie Bly

3rd place: Megan Dayton, Ella Gantman, Sophie McInerny, Julia Arnsberger: Babe Didrikson


Individual Documentaries:

2nd place: Adin McGurk: Les Paul

1st place and special prize: Best use of primary sources: Meg Buzbee: Sally Ride

3rd place: Avi Faber: Sheridan


Group Documentaries:

2nd place: Alex Togneri-Jones, Jacques Nissen, John Keating, Nick Sessums: Mao

1st place: Tim Berger, James Carline and Tobias Severin: JFK Space Race

          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]

Extra Tickets

Your student's promotion fee of $25 covers your student and two guests. Additional tickets are $20 each. Families requesting additional tickets can pay in person to their child's team lead or online (be sure to note "additional tickets" when paying). As we have limited space, families are asked to limit requests to 3 extra tickets. Extra tickets are not guaranteed.

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 10th - 14th!  
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>Academics->2015-2016 Course Selection.
Staff information ...

Wednesday: 8th Grade Team Meeting 
All 8th grade teachers and chaperones for the Gettysburg trip are asked to meet in Ms. Trenkle's room (RG03) at 8:05 am.

Wednesday: 7th Grade Team Meeting 

7th Grade level will meet Wednesday morning at 8:10 AM,  in E200.

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)
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 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:

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- 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