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: 

 

This past week saw the completion of our formal assessment processes for the school year. We can now take some time to reflect as a school on what we were able to learn about your students and how that helped us shape instruction. The school district is also scrutinizing its assessment practices in the hope of improvement. We will do the same at Deal. It has been a challenging year, but I am proud of the work that was put in. There is no question that Deal students and staff rose to the occasion - with the largest number of tests in the city, we had a near 100% participation rate (99.6!). 

 

A news item that some might have missed is that the PARCC assessments will be different next year. Based on both experience and need, the PARCC will now be offered in only a single window. This means that rather than having a March test administration and then a May administration, the assessments will take place just once in the year. Additionally, some minutes have been shaved off the overall test length. Once we have a better sense of what this will look like for our students and school, I will let you know how this affects the coming year. I am glad that, at a minimum, changes were proposed and then implemented immediately.

 

This week your students will be deeply involved in Deal Gives Back (more details follow below). This has always been a wonderful activity, one that showcases the creativity and community interests of the school. I will be sure to post pictures to Twitter as events unfold. One new twist will be the 6th grade increasing their visibility around the issue of homelessness down at the Wilson Building. Let's hope it gets picked up by our local media!

 

Finally, I am pleased that we were now able to offer extra 8th grade promotion tickets free of charge. While we initially thought we would need the fees, it now appears that we can provide additional tickets for no cost. A number of 8th grade families initially paid for the extra tickets; these fees will be refunded. Eighth-grade families have received this notice in their team emails, but I wanted to make sure that the message was out there. If you are still interested in some additional tickets, please contact the 8th grade administrator at [email protected]

 

Take care,

 

James Albright

 

Deal Gives Back 2015!

  

This Wednesday, our Deal Vikings will spread out across the city, giving back to the community that has given them so much. 6th graders will work on a wide range of projects with a primary focus on homelessness and 5th grade student transitions; 7th graders will head out to work primarily on environmental issues; 8th graders will work with elementary students across the city. Here are some details.

 

6th Grade Deal Gives Back

Rally at the Wilson Building - up to a quarter of our students will be demonstrating at the Wilson Building to help secure "homelessness" as a protected category. This culminates a year-long education and outreach effort. 
 
Other activities include work with Catholic Charities, Martha's Table, Miriam's Kitchen, Rock Creek cleanup, Pthe eace Corps, N Street Village, SOME, Planting Flowers, Food and Friends, Gardening, and a Car Wash!
 
Another large 6th grade effort will be groups of our students meeting with rising 5th graders at all of our seven feeder schools. This is an exciting opportunity to speak directly about the excitement and challenges of transitioning to Deal - and even to learn about opening lockers! Our students will be visiting Bancroft, Eaton, Hearst, Janney, Lafayette, Murch, and Shepherd Elementary Schools.
 
Donations still needed: 6th grade students are assisting the N Street Village in collecting art supplies to support their efforts. We are in need of donations including glue sticks, construction paper, markers, and colored pencils. If you are able to donate any of these supplies please do so before June 3rd. Give all donated supplies to Ms. Wisniewski in W103 or place them in her mailbox in the main office. Many thanks to all of those who are able to help us in this effort.

7th Grade Deal Gives Back

 

Our 7th grade students are focusing on environmental issues. Students are organized in teams, rather than in homerooms. Teams will be gardening in the People's Garden at the US Department of Agriculture and will get to meet a Deputy Undersecretary who works on the environment. Other teams will be working in Rock Creek or at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, learning and cleaning at both. Students are also planning to go gleaning as in years past. 

 

8th Grade Deal Gives Back

 

After spending the year studying inequity, its causes, and brainstorming ways to create a more equitable society, our 8th graders will put their learning in to action as they travel to elementary schools in all four quadrants of DC. Students worked with their homeroom teachers to develop plans that include tutoring, leading centers, organizing libraries, gardening, and serving as teachers' assistants. Partner schools for Deal Gives Back include: 

 

Capital Hill Montessori - Tyler - Smothers

Moten - H. D. Cooke - Orr

Thomson - Patterson - Leckie

Cleveland - C.W. Harris - Turner

Nalle - Randle Highlands - Kimball 

 

Register Now! for SY 2015-2016

 

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 attend.    

 

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

Week of June 1 
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Deal Gives Back
Thursday -  Bell I
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates  
 
June 1
NJHS Community Service Due
 
June 3
Deal Gives Back 2015
 
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 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, 10 am

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

 

Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am

 After School  3:30 - 5:00 pm

 
Students must have parental permission to stay after school

  

The Alice Deal Media Center welcomes students for reading and homework after school! Students must have a permission form on file in the library to use the space after school. Students may pick up a form in the library, or may download it from the library website (Library Pass). 
Bus Information 2014 - 2015

Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

 

If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are contacts at Metro who can help.

 

Northern (D31, 33, and 34) (202) 962-5800

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808 (direct)

Assistant Superintendent Frank Machado: (202) 962-5809 (direct)

 

Western (Morning D32s, one of the afternoon D32s)

Superintendent Jackie Smith: (202) 379-8787; mobile: (202) 962-8785

Assistant Superintendent Amit Tonse: (202) 379-8787 mobile: (202) 570-6728


 

For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Kristine Marsh at (202) 962-6088 or [email protected]
 

As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to  [email protected]
 

Immunization News 

 

Thanks to the parents who have been sending in immunization information. Please continue to send in  documentation every time your student receives new immunizations. It is important to have all students immunized to prevent the spread of childhood diseases.

 

All 6th graders 11 years or older must have the following:

Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis)

Meningococcal (meningitis) 

HPV (human papilloma virus)

 

For the HPV vaccine, three doses are required for females or you may complete an opt out form.

 

All immunization forms must be stamped, signed and dated before the Immunization Registry will accept them.

 

If there are any questions, please call Nurse Whitlock at (202) 939-2009.

The DCPS Attendance Protocol 

 

 DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember

 

1. Students that miss two class periods will automatically be counted as being absent for the entire school day.

2. Students must submit a note from their parents to excused from being absent from school (please refer to the list of authorized excused absences)

 

Excused Absences According DCPS:

  • Death in the Family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical Appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious Holiday
  • Court Summons
  • School Activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School Visit (tours, interviews, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Counselor:

 

Krystle Johnson

[email protected]

 

 

UK Trip 2015 

 

United Kingdom Trip for Current 7th Graders Summer 2015:  

Registration for the 2015 summer trip to the United Kingdom is open for current 7th graders. To learn more about this trip, please visit www.eftours.com and enter the tour number1605005AT. If you have questions, please email Mr. Otterstatter ([email protected]).

 

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.

 

Thinkers:

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

 

Communicators:

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

Caring:

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

 

Knowledgeable:  

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


Student & Parent Information

 

New: Chopped Competition Successes!

Our Chopped Competition was a huge success! The secret ingredients were: Mushrooms, Balsamic Vinegar, and Parmesan Cheese. Congratulations to all of our contestants for competing!

  • Madeline Kessler, Lara Gillingham, Cecilia Nogueira, and Rosalia Inglima made Vegetarian Caprese Pasta with Cream Sauce.
  • Alexa White, Constance Meredith, and Molly Johnston made Pasta with Sauce and Mushrooms, as well as a salad with a Balsamic Dijon Vinagerette.
  • Zoe Walls, Britney Rivera, and Jenniffer Villeda made the winning dish: Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Spaghetti With Balsamic Mushrooms.
The winning dish will be showcased and for sale in the prepared foods counter at Whole Foods in Tenleytown.

 

New: Leadership, Legacy, and Portraiture Showcase

The Leadership, Legacy, and Portraiture Showcase will take place in the Alice Deal Library on June 2nd from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. This is a reception to celebrate the year-long partnership between Deal 8th graders and the National Portrait Gallery. We will showcase photos, projects, and share our journey from the past year.

 

New: DC Public Library Summer Reading

On Tuesday during all lunch periods, the DC Public Library will be on hand to sign up students for the summer reading program: Every Hero Has a Story. You could win free tickets to the Washington Nationals or a free Chipotle burrito!

 

New: Vikings Baseball

The Deal baseball team finished another impressive season and our 8th graders won the DCIAA tournament on Thursday night! Thank you players, parents, and staff for being so supportive of our teams this year. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams played with great skill and discipline this season!

 

New: DCPS Night at Nationals Park
DCPS Night at Nationals Park is this Wednesday at 6:45 pm! Due to the popularity of this event, tickets went fast and are no longer available. If you signed up for tickets and no longer need them, please contact [email protected]. Tickets will be sent home with students on Monday and Tuesday this week. See you at the ballpark!

An Invitation from Eleanor Holmes Norton

Students in all grades interested in exploring college options through our armed forces academies should consider attending the U.S. Service Academy College Fair and Recognition Event. This event includes Academy Admissions Officers from the U.S. Military, U.S. Naval, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine, and U.S. Air Force Academies. The Service Academy Selection Board and DC Alumni of the academies will personally meet with students and explain how they can begin to plan for a tuition-free education at one of five world-class colleges. This is an evening event that takes place on June 2 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Columbia Heights Education Campus. Families can receive additional information by contacting Ms. White, calling 202-408-9041, or sending an email to [email protected].

 

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. 


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: https://t.co/vKjSVdAfAk  (iTunes) or www.tinyurl.com/VikingCast (non-itunes). Please email Mr. Martini ([email protected]) if you have feedback or ideas to improve the show! 

   

School Newspaper

Our student journalists have been busy sharing the latest in news, sports, and entertainment. Check out your school newspaper at alicedealvq.org!

 

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 880 followers, we could have a winner any day!

Deal Athletics ...

  

Alice Deal Athletics
Please visit the Alice Deal Athletics Calendar to see our practice and game schedules.
 
Spring Sport Contacts 
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

 

Deal Swim Team

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


Football
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.
This Week at Deal...

  

Monday: 
After School Outdoor Basketball Club

The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, June 1st 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.

 

Wednesday: Deal Gives Back

Wednesday is a big day as Deal students travel across the city to support our community and city. If your child is traveling outside the building, please make sure they pack a lunch for the day and dress for the weather. Follow the action @DealVikings or contribute your own posts to #DealGivesBack ! 

 

Friday: Board not Bored

Monopoly, Yahtzee, Trouble, Scrabble, Cranium, Hit or Miss, Connect Four, Scattergories, Othello, Checkers, Uno, Taboo, Chess, Twister, and more!  If you would like to spend an afternoon enjoying a game that you've played a thousand times or challenging yourself to learn a new one, please come to W106 (Ms. Jackson's classroom) from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Fridays. Feel free to bring a snack if you usually get hungry after school.

          8th Grade Corner
 
 
Big News: Extra Promotion Tickets Are Free!
To ensure all families have a chance to enjoy our 8th grade promotion, extra tickets to promotion are now free of charge! All families who already paid for additional tickets will be refunded and we are still asking families to pay the $25 promotion fee, which covers the student and two guests.

If you plan to have more than two guests attend promotion, please visit tinyurl.com/DealPromotion by June 10th. We ask families to limit requests for additional tickets to three tickets per family and hope this change allows for an even more joyful celebration of our 8th grade students!

High School Transcripts
If you know that your student will not attend a District of Columbia Public High School next school year, please send an email to camille.whit[email protected] with the following information:

- Student's full name
- School they will attend
- Address of the school they will attend

If the high school destination is unknown at this time, please let Ms. White know this as well.

Promotion Payments Past Due 
Thursday, May 28th was the last day payments for promotional activities will be accepted in person or online. If you have questions about payments or need assistance, please contact [email protected].
  
Key Dates for 8th Grade 
Mark your calendar for the following big dates!

June 3rd - Deal Gives Back
June 10th - 8th Grade Book Collection (new) 
June 11th - 8th Grade Kings Dominion Trip
June 12th - Deal Day
June 12th - 8th Grade Locker Clean Up (new) 
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. 

Wilson 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 wilsonhs.org>Academics>2015-2016 Course Selection.

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

Wednesday: Deal Gives Back 
Get ready for a full day of service and learning! Please contact your grade level administrator with any questions.

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)


Monday


Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday




Peer Mediators
C115

 

Schedule of After School Clubs & Activities

(all clubs and activities end at 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted)


Monday



Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday
Yoga
C310
Au Cinema
N112
National Junior Honor Society -W304
Book Club
C128
Creative Writing W307
Dance & Choreography
Auditorium
French Tutoring
 
Cottage Comic Book 
N113
Open Art Studio
C217
Debate Team
W206
Music Workshop
CG04
East Asia Studies
 
C212
Science Tutoring
W301
Babysitter's Club
W100
Art from the Heart
C224
Board Games
W106
Bocce Ball
E300
Ultimate Frisbee
C310
Robotics
E307 (to 5pm) 
Peer Mediators
C115
Conditioning Club
E101
Tennis Club
N115
Spanish Theatre
C217
Yo-Yo Club
Corner Nurse & Neal
BDOG
E100
Team Shanghai
Study Hall
DIY Club
E105
8th Gr Field Trip Club - C308
Girls on the Run
E206
Game Club
N116
Vinyl Club
C203
Nature Lovers Club
W300
Intramural Volleyball
E305
Film Making 101
C203
6th Gr Comic Book
E103

Cooking Club
Cafeteria
Meditation Club
C213
A Cappella
CG21

Calligraphy Club
Cultural Discovery Club
Fantasy Football 
N103

Classic Card Games 
W205
Tm Baku Study Hall
E101
7th/8th Model UN
C308

Girl Up
E306
Learn to Swim Club
E201 (to 5:10pm)
Service Club
C203

Student Council 
E205
String Club 
CG04
Music Workshop 
CG20

African Drumming 
CG20
Science Olympiad
W201
Dance Club
Auditorium

6th Gr Soccer Club
W105 
Photography Club
E301
Workout Warriors
W103

Japanese Culture Club
Minecrafters 6th 
W207
History Film Club
W305

Chess Club
C315
Minecrafters 7th 
W201
Jazz Band
CG20

International Cinema
Club E101

The Sports Rap
W104

Socratic Club
E304



A Cappella
CG21



Scrabble Club
W200



Scrapbooking & Collage
C104


Journalism
W207



After School Basketball Club
W204



Spelling Bee Club 
E104



Socratic Club
E304  



GSA
E305






 




Community Information
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)
 
Want to Play Field Hockey at Wilson this Fall?
Parents and students:  You are invited to a pre-summer meeting about Wilson Field Hockey, on Tuesday, June 9, from 6 - 7 pm in the Wilson cafeteria.  You will be able to meet coaches and players, hear about tryouts, the schedule, uniform and equipment requirements, summer camps, and required conditioning. Hope to see you there!
 
Questions? Email Head Coach Sarah Whitener at [email protected]

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

Rate: $50/hr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Enrichment Opportunity

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

 

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

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

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

More information can be found on the GEMS website http://usaeop.com/programs/stem-enrichment-activities/gems/