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: 


To all who are mothers, mothers-to-be, mothers by association, and just those who like to mother, Happy Mother's Day! I always like a holiday in which the goal is to appreciate someone for being wonderful. My own wonderful mother gave me an appreciation for the power of education to inspire one's actions. As a teenaged war refugee in the midst of the World War II, her education was sporadic and challenging. After many years, she secured a scholarship to the University of Texas, courtesy of a sorority. She arrived in Austin speaking Russian, German, and some French but no English or Texan, and proceeded to earn a degree in mathematics and become a geologist. She prized education above all and made sure her children knew its role in her life. I was lucky to know her.


I hope that you were able to see the spectacular Guys and Dolls, Jr. this past weekend at Deal. There were, as usual, some amazing individual standouts but I am always most impressed by the ability of the Deal theater community - director Jill Roos, the music team, student actors, parents, and Wilson buddies - to pull off these shows each year. With well over 100 students performing before full audiences each of the three shows, Deal's theater tradition is alive and well. For our 8th graders, this will be the last time they will be in a Deal musical, but judging by the audience this weekend they will be back to cheer on their younger peers over the next few years. The ADCA always reaffirms its commitment to the arts at Deal with the musical, but as we know their support for this essential experience for students goes far beyond this one show.


As I noted last week, we are about to enter the last phase of the the first year of the PARCC assessments, the testing of student learning of the Common Core English and Math curricula. The testing these two weeks will be somewhat shorter than in March (please check out the schedule below) but it will still be testing. Please use the schedule to manage your student's time in support of our efforts. This week, 6th and 8th graders will finish off the test; the following week 7th graders will do the same. From a position of managing the testing process, I have been very proud of how serious our students have taken the tests and how smoothly the actual test implementation has been. This really is the first year we have had such a great confluence of tests - and it will take some time to think through how to improve the process when it is all done. 


There is a parent survey on the current DCPS' grading policy available for middle school parents (originally by May 8, extended till Monday). The DCPS Central Office is collecting feedback from parents of middle school and high school students on current grading practices that will be launched for secondary schools for the 2015-16 school year. In developing this new policy, DCPS has seeks feedback from teachers, principals, students, community members, and now parents. Parents are encouraged to complete this survey by tomorrow. For questions about this survey, contact Allison D'Aurora in the Office of Family and Public Engagement at [email protected].


Finally, Deal's parade of champions for 2014-5 continued this weekend, with both the boys and the girls sweeping the DCIAA outdoor track championships. This year, we have had a great showing across the track seasons with many individual standouts; our coaches have always managed to set their team members up for success. We couldn't be prouder of their efforts.


Take care,


James Albright


PS. This coming Saturday we try something new at Deal. I have asked our World Language teachers to develop a World Language Festival for our students as well as students from select schools in DCPS. We have invited students from Shepherd and H.D. Cooke (IB PYP elementary schools) and Browne and Eliot-Hine MS (IB MYP schools-in-waiting). The goal is to provide a system-wide event that captures the excitement of learning a world language, that brings schools together around a common area of study, and that starts a collaborative process among teachers across the city. The Festival is described below; I hope you can make this inaugural event.

PARCC Testing Schedule

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

May 11th
ELA Unit 1
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
May 12th
Math Unit 1
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
May 13th
ELA Unit 2
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
May 14th
Math Unit 2
AM - 8th Grade
PM - 6th Grade
May 15th

PM - 6th Grade
May 18th
Science (8th only)
AM - 8th Grade
PM - Make-up
May 19th
ELA Unit 1
AM - 7th Grade
PM - Make-up
May 20th
Math Unit 1
AM - 7th Grade
PM - Make-up
May 21st
ELA Unit 2
AM - 7th Grade
PM - Make-up
May 22nd
Math Unit 2
AM - 7th Grade
PM - Make-up


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 11
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -  Bell  I 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates

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
World Language Festival 10 -2
May 18
PARCC EOY 8th Grade Science
May 19
iReady 7th
PARCC EOY 7th Grade
ALT Meeting 3:30 pm 
May 20
SRI- 8th 
iReady 7th 
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
PARCC EOY 7th Grade
 ADCA/PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Ward 3 Ed Committee - PARCC review - 7pm
May 21
SRI - 6th
iReady - 7th
PARCC EOY 7th Grade 
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
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
iReady - 6th 

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

World Languages Film Festival

Team Leaders, 3:30 pm
May 27
iReady - 6th

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

World Languages Film Festival


May 28th

iReady - 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

June 1
NJHS Community Service Due

June 3
Deal Gives Back

June 4
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

June 5
LSAT, 7:30 am

June 8
6th Grade Birthday Party
NJHS Induction Assembly, 10 am

June 9
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

June 10
Team Leaders, 3:30 pm

June 11
8th Grade King's Dominion Trip

June 12
8th Grade - Grades due
Deal Day
8th Grade Dance  

June 13
Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon
6th Grade Cookout
 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

June 15
Promotion Practice
6th Grade to Cameron Run

June 16
7th Grade King's Dominion Trip
8th Grade Promotion

June 18
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
End of the Year Staff Celebration

June 19
End of Term 
Last Day of School
Students Dismissed at 12:15
6th/7th gr - grades due from teachers
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


During PARCC testing, the library will be closed after school.

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]).


Students of the Month 


Congratulations to the hardworking students who are featured on the final Student of the Month Bulletin Board outside of the Welcome Center. The I.B. Learner Profiles represented are Thinker, Communicator, Knowledgeable, and Caring.



Julia Daniels, Hansy Berrios, Ce-Ce Sneed, Chris Bond, Sebastian Murrell, Lily Forte-Fast, Nick Koryukin, Donovan Daniels, Nico Snotherly, Ilina Edwards, James Stewart-Aday, Rachell Molina, Daisy Blumenthal and Emmett Patterson



Shrouq Albdour, Ghassan Giroud, Sydney Forman, Noah Gross, Tim Berger, Leela Yadav, Murphy Harlee, Rachel Martinez, Alejandro Diaz-Lopez, Abby Brickman, Isabella Amoruso, Dante Delgado, Zannat Faria, and Miles Davis


Joaquin Ortega-Elorza, Yirui Zhao, Cristin Pearson, Charles Ballad, Lena Kohls, John Pollock, Sydney Forrester-Wilson, Rowan Gjersvold, Robert Angvall, Sara Tillghman, Edson Demata-Ribiero, Emma McCready, Avery Wright, Ethan Slager



Olivia Wood, Kenneth Wong, Refal Bahabri, Juraj Bystriansky, Brendan Smith, Anna Gorlick, Colin Powell, Talia Zitner, Josh Landweber, Lauren Chineme, Nadav Oren, Gabi Aladjem, Edward Dong, Grier Marshall

Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA) Announcements

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: Cheer Results

Congratulations for our Deal Viking Cheerleaders for doing a great job at the US Finals in Virginia Beach. We are so proud of you!


New: World Language Festival - Saturday, 10 -2
Join Alice Deal and other schools across the District on May 16th for a day-long celebration of language and culture! The day's events include workshops on art, 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 Festival! Please see your language teacher to volunteer or get additional information. 

New: Spring Music Concert Thursday at 6:30
Please join our talented musicians for an evening celebration with performances from all of our ensembles (string quartet, percussion ensemble, string orchestra, concert band, jazz band, all-school choir, and the a cappella ensemble). The music starts at 6:30 in the Deal auditorium. Parents: please make sure that you attend with your children to this community event.

New: DCPS Night at Nats Park

Pile up the hot dogs and watch the Nationals whip the Blue Jays at DCPS Night at Nationals Park! Sign up for free tickets then join the Deal family on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:45 pm. Please limit requests to 3 tickets per family (or 2 tickets per student). Sign up here and tickets will be sent home with students the week before the game. Play ball!  


New: Rally for the Homeless Student Action Committee

6th grade students on the Homelessness Student Action Committee will meet in Mr. Martini's room (C130) after school on Thursday, May 14 to continue planning for our Deal Gives Back event.


New: Sailing Club
Ahoy! Don't forget that this week's small-boat sailing trip is this Tuesday! Students should meet in the auditorium at 2:50 pm dressed for the weather. Students who signed up for last week's trip due to the weather cancellation are welcome to join this week.


National Forensics League Honor Society Induction
The speech and debate team will hold the National Forensics League (NJFL) Honor Society induction of new members during the team's end-of year dinner on May 20th. 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 attend. All new inductees will be notified of their selection by May 17th. Watch your e-mail box for more information about the induction and the end-of-year dinner.


Speech and Debate Team Dinner
This year the speech and debate team will hold the end-of-the year dinner at Guapo's on May 20th. You won't want to miss this fun event!


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.


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). 


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 870 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. Applications may be turned in any time between May 8th and May 20th at 3:30 pm. Community service is due June 1st and 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 ...


A huge congratulations to the girls and boys track teams who both won the DCIAA Middle School Track Championship last week. We are proud of our student athletes and thankful to the coaches for organizing such a successful season!

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


Monday (5/11)
6th Grade Morning Practice
8th Grade Game - Jefferson @ Deal 4:00pm

Tuesday (5/12)
7th Grade Morning Practice
6th Grade Game - Oyster Adams @ Deal 4:00pm
7th Grade Game - St. Albans @ Ft. Reno 3:30pm

Wednesday (5/13)
8th Grade Morning Practice
8th Grade Game - St. Albans @ Deal 2:45pm

Thursday (5/14)
No morning Practice
7th Grade Game - St. Albans @ Ft. Reno 3:30pm

Friday (5/15)
No Activity


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

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, May 12th, 5:30 pm

Deal vs. seed 4


Thursday, May 14th, 4:00 pm

Deal vs. seed 2 (if not eliminated)


Monday, May 18th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Practice (if not eliminated)


Wednesday, May 20th, 6:30 pm

Championship @ Eastern HS (if not eliminated)


Deal Swim Team

To receive information about joining the Deal Swim Team, please contact [email protected] to join the email list!



Cheer practice will be Monday and Wednesday this week.  




Monday, May 11th, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Wednesday, May 12th, 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Tuesday, May 12th, 4:00pm
Deal vs Hart @ Simon (401 Miss. Ave. SE)

Thursday, May 14th, 4:00pm
Deal vs Lincoln @ Deal
This Week at Deal...


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: Cooking Club

Cooking Club Group B will meet in the Cafeteria at 3:30 on Monday, May 11th for Group B's school-wide Chopped Competition.


Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club 

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, May 11th 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.


Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee

The Deal Ultimate team will practice on Tuesday, May 12th after school in room C130. Please also mark your calendars for the following two dates: Scrimmage at Deal on Monday, May 18th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm and the Spring Fling tournament on Saturday, May 30th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.


Tuesday: Sailing Club

Ahoy! Sailing Club students who signed up for this week's small-boat trip should meet in the auditorium at 2:50 pm dressed for the weather. 


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!

          8th Grade Corner
Gettysburg Trip Friday!  

This Friday, May 15th, all 8th grade students will travel to Gettysburg as part of their study of the Civil War. Students will take a guided tour and complete a graded assignment for all core classes. Please make sure your student arrives at Deal by 7:00 am, packs lunch, and dresses for the weather. We will return between 5:30 - 6:00 pm depending on traffic. Thank you to our wonderful history teachers for organizing this great trip!

8th Grade Students with IEPs - Transition to Wilson HS
On Tuesday, May 26th at 6:30 PM at Deal, Wilson HS Assistant Principal Dr. Peggy Peagler will discuss Wilson's HS student support program for students with IEPs.
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 ...

New: PARCC Testing 
Please keep up on your emails from Ms. Giron, ask questions, and support your colleagues as 6th & 8th grade test this week and 7th grade tests next week.   

Tuesday: Team Leaders Meeting  
All team leaders will meet at 3:30 pm

Thursday: WTU Meeting 
The Washington Teachers Union will hold a meeting at 3:30 pm.

Friday: Gettysburg Trip 
8th Graders will be out of the building this day. Chaperones should arrive at Deal by 6:45 am. 
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