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: 


This week, the Deal calendar has some end-of-the-year traffic jams. Wednesday promises to be an interesting night, as both events scheduled are great opportunities to become better educated as well as share your views. The ADCA meeting will be at 6:30 and is the last one of the year. At 7:00, the Ward 3 Education Network is hosting a discussion on the soon-to-be-completed PARCC assessments. For convenience sake, they will both be at Deal.


I urge the community to come first to the ADCA meeting, held in the multi-purpose room in the new Reno Wing. After ADCA business, there will be a guest presentation by Gregory Smith. He will be discussing how parents and students could practice internet safety in this tricky age. As a community, we should be very concerned about internet safety. Situations involving Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, and their ilk continue to pop up on my radar. I take this threat very seriously. We have given (me, too) our children access to the entire world for personal, concealed communications - complete with video and picture capability and with almost total anonymity. Most of us have become dependent on our devices and struggle with how to limit the most freeing invention of our time. Many of us are loathe to violate our children's privacy by overseeing what they are doing - or are having a tough time keeping up with the technology. Clearly, education for children about internet safety needs to increase here at Deal, because what I am seeing is very concerning. Our society gives many mixed messages about independence, communication, and relationships - and our children suffer while they try to sort these messages out. I am looking forward to Mr. Smith's commentary; I hope you will join us.


Starting a bit later in the cafeteria will be a discussion on the PARCC assessment. I recommend that you stay for the ADCA speaker then join me in walking over to the PARCC meeting. This is presented as a fact-finding, information-sharing event, with individuals from PARCC itself, OSSE, and DCPS all present. I will be there as well, but as an audience member. The new Ward 3 group is appropriately seeking to have a greater degree of discourse on the topic. As we are just about to wrap up PARCC at Deal for 2015, I am curious about directions for the coming year. The speakers are the right ones for this level of discussion; I am glad we can all meet together.


I want to take these last few lines to thank our 8th grade teachers (and especially Ms. Trenkle, Ms. Simpson-Wayne, Ms. Daniels, and Ms. Huber) for what was a well-organized trip to Gettysburg (even with some wrinkles from me thrown in at the last minute). It is wonderful that we can take every Deal student to the site of one of our country's great battles for freedom, have it connect seamlessly with our curriculum, and have it be another way that the students can bond together over their last couple of months at Deal. We used to do the Gettysburg trip on just one team, but its success really needed to be shared. There is a lot more in 8th grade world coming up in the shadow of promotion, so we will surely have more kudos to distribute.


Our World Language department also knocked one out of the ballpark. (Baseball metaphors are apt now that the Nationals have started to win!) On Saturday, we hosted students from Eliot-Hine MS, Browne EC, Shepherd ES, and H.D. Cooke ES for the first World Language Festival here at Deal. With over 100 students, art, dance, movies, presentations, food, and more were on the bill and received very well. This will surely grow in years to come. The Festival reflects our hope that we can provide support to other world language teachers across the city and share the love for and benefits of language instruction with students. I thank the whole team for making this wonderful event possible.


Take care,


James Albright


PARCC Testing Schedule

Congratulations to the 6th and 8th grade for successfully completing their end-of-year PARCC assessment! This week, 8th grade students will take their science assessment on Monday, 7th grade students will take their PARCC assessment Tuesday through Friday, and make-up testing will take place in the afternoons. Our slightly modified schedule will allow students to finish one section of the test each day and attend regular-length classes the remainder of the day. 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 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.    


Wilson HS has late nights for Enrollment  for incoming 9th graders Thursday nights in May and June from 4:30 to 6:45 starting this week.  

Week of May 18
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday -  Bell I
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates

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 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

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

Mark your calendar for our final ADCA general meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 20th. Our speaker for the evening is Gregory Smith, a recognized technology executive, public speaker, and author. You can find more detailed information about him here. 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: Crosswalk and Fort Drive Safety

Almost any parent can attest to how hard it is to have students cross a street safely; as adults, however, we can control our behaviors when it comes to safety. We urge parents to always drive with caution when in the area of the school, and particularly on Fort Drive. Drive slowly, look both ways as you approach the school, and resist the urge to do a three-point turn in front of the school. The traffic at the end of the day is horrendous and concerning, but since we have over 1,000 children out in front of school, we have to be willing to be a little bit late so that a tough situation isn't made worse. Cars that block the street - either lane - or that speed through the road once they have made their pickup are significant hazards. We are a community called together to help our children; all of us need to be extra careful where driving is going on.

New: Gettysburg Appreciation
Last week, the 8th grade team traveled to Gettysburg, PA as part of their study of the Civil War. The trip was an overwhelming success thanks to the 8th grade Individuals and Societies team, parent chaperones, and teachers who made it possible! Students should remember to turn in their packets this week for a grade.

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! With just a handful of tickets left, don't forget to 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. If plans change and you no longer want the tickets, please remember to cancel your request to free the tickets up for another family. Play ball!

New: Chopped Congratulations!

Participants included:


Team AA

Team BB

Team CC

Team DD

Team EE

Team FF

Aja Topps-Harjo

Francesca Vichr

Alexis Mundle

Madeline Kessler

Britney Rivera

Olivia Bock

Ally Han

Alexa White

CJ Berstch

Lara Gillingham

Jenniffer Villeda

Hannah Dorosin

Angeline Daniels

Constance Meredith

Gigi Cestari

Cecilia Nogueira

Zoe Walls

Sabina Harrison

Peter Milius

Molly Johnson

Amelia Bergeron

Rosalina Inglima

Raegan Crowe

Sarah Sebhatu






Brenda Cruz


The secret ingredients were lemons, quinoa, and rainbow chard. Teams BB, DD, and EE will advance to the final competition at Whole Foods Market on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 - 12:00 am. Please come and support us! Please email [email protected] with any questions.  

New: Sailing Club

The sailing club will take their penultimate trip of the season this Tuesday, May 19th. Students who signed up or made arrangements with a teacher should come to the auditorium at 2:50 pm the day of the trip. Remember to bring a jacket, snack, metro fare, and your sense of adventure! Students will return to Deal by 7:30 pm.   


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. 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 ...


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 - 5/18
6th Grade Morning Practice 
7th Grade v. McKinley @ Deal 4:00pm
Tuesday - 5/19
8th Grade Morning Practice
7th Grade v. St. Albans @ Deal 3:15pm
Wednesday - 5/20
7th Grade Morning Practice
8th Grade Hardy v. Deal @ Deal 4:00pm
Thursday - 5/21
No Morning Practice
8th Grade v. St. Anslems @ St. Anslems 4:15 pm
Friday - 5/22
DCIAA First Round Playoffs, TBD

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

Boys Soccer

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



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!


Congratulations to our boys and girls lacrosse teams for going undefeated and winning the inaugural District Lacrosse League Championship. Sign up for free summer lacrosse clinics starting June 1st at 

Lacrosse equipment return is May 31st from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in front of the school.

Sign up for the Deal football team in the locker room area with Coach Downing. Spring and summer preseason workouts are fast approaching! Contact [email protected] for more information.


Monday (5/18) and Wednesday (5/20) from 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Tuesday (5/26) from 3:30 - 5:00 pm 
Tuesday, May 19th
Deal vs Walker-Jones @ Walker-Jones
Bus Pick up: 2:30 pm
Game Time: 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 20th 
Play-Off Games begin
Site & time TBA 
Memorial Day -  Semi-Final Game
Monday, May 25,   
Time: 4:00 PM 
Site TBA 
This Week at Deal...


Monday: Girl Up

Girl Up will meet on Monday at 3:30 in Ms. Huber's room. Please bring treats so we can celebrate the end of the year and plan for next year! Pizza will be provided. See you soon!


Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball club will meet on Monday, May 18th 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: Sailing Club

The Sailing Club will meet in the auditorium at 2:50 pm this Tuesday before we depart on a small boat sailing trip. We will return to Deal by 7:30 pm. Don't forget to bring a jacket, snack, and metro fare!


Thursday: Anti-Bullying Assembly

This Thursday at 2:30 pm, all 7th and 8th grade students will attend an anti-bullying assembly with guest speaker, Marc Mero, former professional wrestler and leader of the Champion of Choices program.  

          8th Grade Corner
Saturday Academy

The May 23rd Saturday Academy session will be cancelled due to the holiday weekend. Saturday Academy resumes for the last session of the year on May 30th. Thank you to the students and teachers who put in the time to make this program such a success!

8th Grade Students with IEPs - Transition to Wilson
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. Parents are encouraged to attend. 
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. Please make your payments now as the May 28th deadline will be here before you know it!

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. Please contact assistant principals Tennille Bowser and Tamara Clemmons with questions.
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

The course catalog and course selection form may be found on the Wilson website. Visit>Academics>2015-2016 Course Selection.

Staff information ...
New: Softball Games 
This Tuesday, please allow all softball team members to report to the locker room by 2:30 pm. Team members can be easily identified by their jersey. Thanks in advance! Also, all staff are invited to join us at Walker-Jones to cheer on the Vikings!

New: TAS Deadline Extension 
The new deadline for submission of TAS items is May 30th. Teachers should contact their content administrator with any questions.

Tuesday: ALT Meeting 
The Academic Leadership Team will meet at 3:30 pm.

Thursday: 7th and 8th Grade Assembly 
All 7th and 8th grade students will attend an uplifting, anti-bullying assembly with Marc Mero at 2:30 pm. All available teachers of 7th and 8th grade
should attend.

Thursday: Faculty Meeting 
All staff will meet in the cafeteria at 3:30 pm. 
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