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: 

Thank you to the many families and staff that attended the 7th grade parents night, the various team breakfasts this week, and the 6th grade BBQ on Saturday. So much teacher work goes into these events that it is gratifying that our community comes out to participate. While there is a lot to do in the Deal universe, we try mightily to avoid scheduling events just for the sake of having them. Who has time for that? The goal of our planning is to determine what is needed and then do the best job providing that. 

This  past week saw some very fun events at Deal. Our final Hemlock trip was concluded with the weather mostly cooperating. These are just great fun for students and staff and we look forward to these a year in advance. Mr. Zhi, our excellent Chinese teacher, secured a Wu Shu Team performance from the Tianjin Institute of Technology for our 6th grade on Thursday. The skills and determination on display were impressive. At the conclusion, Deal was presented with a plaque from the Confucius Institute identifying the school as a "Confucius Classroom" and providing Deal with more than $10,000 in Chinese instructional resources. 

This week we are looking forward to our student's first Spirit Week. With a school of our size, it is essential that we build smaller communities so that students can connect - thus our emphasis on clubs, activities, Viking Time, and sports. Spirit Week gives our students a chance to unite around the idea of supporting participants in our fall activities. It is kind of goofy and fun, so very appropriate at the middle school level!

We are still putting together a master list of clubs; I will get this posted on the website by the end of the week. Our Period 8 offerings will start up in a few weeks and I will tell you about these as we get closer; they are like clubs but do have more of a commitment to them. Cooking club hasn't been able to find a partner since Whole Foods had to reduce their presence at Deal, but the teachers and I haven't given up. One new activity starting up is a Strings Ensemble. We didn't have someone who could lead such an ensemble when the year started; on Thursday at 6:00 at Deal interested families can meet our new Strings leader (special thanks to the ADCA for helping make this a reality!). There are proposals for nature clubs and sporting activities that aren't yet on the calendar; we are working to match up teachers with these as well.

If you didn't know by now, Deal teachers take their curriculum very seriously. With the IB program, there is greater expectation on teachers that they will write and implement curriculum; this is an added challenge to the work of the teacher. I hope you are as aware as I am of how knowledgeable and prepared our teachers are for this type of work; they take seriously the need to create a rigorous and caring environment for your children. In order to share this work with families, we have a number of smaller events. On Thursday, for example, 8th grade Team Suva held a meeting to explain the new IB Community Project they are piloting for 2015-16. There is a National History Day evening coming up on October 28 for 8th grade parents. These are great ways to understand what is happening and to probe a bit deeper. 

Deal teachers are making a big impact across the city as well. Many of the Cornerstone projects your children will work on, quarterly projects in each subject area and grade, were developed by our own teachers. This was summer work and recognized that they wanted to be involved in city-wide work around rigor, consistency, and equity. Their work at Deal around the challenge of assessments is very much at the front of the educational world as well. In these endeavors and others, they are setting an academic tone for your children that is second to none. 


Take care, 

James Albright

 

NB. There will be an ADCA meeting on Wednesday with a chance to hear a bit more from me about the life of the middle schooler and how that affects our school program and life. Check below for more information on this quarterly event. I hope to see you there! I will add some Principal Coffees to our schedule this week (for our families) and some "Visiting Deal" dates as well (for prospective families). These will show up on the website and will be included in next week's bulletin.


Traffic Advisory

DDOT has announced rolling road closures along Military Road through Rock Creek Park starting Monday, October 5th and remaining in place until November 8th. The eastbound lanes will be affected first, meaning travel after school on the W45, D31, D33, and D34 buses will be delayed. Westbound closures, affecting traffic in the mornings, will occur after the Eastbound lane work is completed (so not until November at the earliest). Please make a plan as a family for your child to arrive on time during these delays.

For more information, please see the "Bus Information" bar below.
Alice Deal Community Association

Join us for the first ADCA general meeting of the school year!

When: Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Deal Multipurpose Room in the Reno Building

Topic: Survival Guide to Middle School!

Middle school is a time of big transitions. How does the Deal team adjust their strategy and expectations to accommodate these changes in 6th, 7th and 8th grades? What are the major developmental milestones at these ages and how does this impact academic life at Deal? Our first speaker of the year will be our very own Principal Albright! Pizza will be provided!  

Thank You!

Cathy House and Brooke Evans
Co-ADCA Presidents
Week of 
October 5, 2015
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
 Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday -  Thursday Bell 
Friday - No School for Students 
 
Upcoming Dates  

October 7
ADCA General Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 pm

October 8
Team Leaders, All 8:10 am
Strings Parent Mtg, 6:00 pm

October 9
Professional Development
No school for students
Detention, 9:00 - Noon
 
October 10
Casey Trees Planting Event, 9am

October 12
Columbus Day
No school for students and staff

October 14
Pep Rally, 3:30 pm
Buddy Day - Hearst
EAP Diplomatic Tea, 4 - 6 pm

October 15
ELA Unit 1 Assessment
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Viking Time

October 16
Picture Day - Science classes
ELA Unit 1 Assessment
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 pm

October 17
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

October 19
Parent/Teacher Conference Day
(No school for students)

October 21
High School Night

October 22
Team Leaders, Gr Level 8:10 am
8th Gr to Claude Moore Farm

October 23
Buddy Day - Murch

October 26
Math Interim Assessment

October 27
Math Interim Assessment
Mix-It-Up at Lunch Day

October 28
Open House, 9 am to 1 pm
Team Dakar - Air & Space Museum
NHD Parent Night, 6:30 pm

October 30
End of 1st advisory
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm

October 31
Politics and Prose Book Fair 

November 1
Politics and Prose Book Fair

November 3
Career Day

November 4
Enrollment Audit 2nd Period 

November 5
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
Deal at Lafayette, 6:30 pm

November 6
Fall Dance

November 9
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3 pm 

November 11
Veterans Day 
No school for staff and students 

November 12
Team Leaders, All

November 13
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Buddy Day - Eaton

November 18
Buddy Day  - Bancroft

November 19
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
International Night, 6:30 pm - 8 pm

November 20
Make-Up Picture Day 

November 26 - 27
Thanksgiving Break 
No school for students and teachers


Team 


Team Dakar
Team Dakar students looking to continue their growth in their Team Dakar classes are invited to join us after school on Tuesdays for Team Dakar Study Hour. Students will work on assignments, meet with teachers for help with class content, and use their peers as a resource.

Team Dakar Study Hour will be Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Ms. Hailfinger's room (E104). Bring your GRIT and GROWTH MINDSET for optimal success!

Team La Paz
Team La Paz would like to thank its students for being wonderfully engaged learners who are working hard to advocate on their own behalf. We appreciate all of you who have come to us of their own accord to ask about missing assignments and makeup work. Keep it up! As always, remember that our tutoring days are:

Tuesday - Science
Wednesday - Math and English
Thursday - Individuals and Society

 
Media Center News

Center Hours

Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am
 After School  3:30 - 5:00 pm

 Students are welcome for independent reading and homework. Please review the expectations and complete the permission slip available in the Library or on our website Alice Deal Library Pass.


Bus Information


DDOT to Temporarily Impose Partial Lane Closures on Military Road NW from Oregon Avenue to 14th Street

Students using the W45, D31, D33 and D34 will be affected in the afternoon on the way home from school. 

Commuters should expect significant traffic delays starting Monday, October 5th.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin rotating lanes closures on Military Road, NW, from Oregon Avenue to 14th Street, starting Monday, October 5th at 7:30 am, weather permitting. Rolling closures are expected to remain in place until Sunday, November 8th at 5:30 pm. The eastbound right lane on Military Road NW will be impacted first. Following the eastbound right-lane closure will be westbound right-lane closures. Similar work will follow in the east and westbound left lanes. These closures are necessary to perform repairs, asphalt milling, overlay and line striping on Military Road.
 
One lane in each direction will remain open throughout the duration of this work. Commuters and residents should prepare for major, ongoing delays on Military Road and the adjacent roadways during construction.  
 
DDOT encourages commuters to seek alternate routes. However, if traveling through this area, drivers are asked to stay alert and to obey all construction signs. 
 
For more information and updates on the 16th Street Bridge construction, please visit the project website 
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Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

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

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825

Northern
(D31, D33, and D34)
(202) 962-5800

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808

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] 

Alice Deal 


Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website (http://alicedeal.org/lost-found/) for photos of items found in common areas at Deal, including in the cafeteria, field, and gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, please ask a staff member in the cafeteria to guide you to the lost-and-found.
 
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these up in the Welcome Center. Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs, and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
World Language Trips - General Update

Price Increase Pushed Back
EF Tours announced that there will be a price increase that will impact every World Language trip departing in 2016 starting on October 1st.  Although there aren't specifics for each tour at this time, the minimum price increase will be $75 and the maximum increase will be $150. These price increases don't happen often, but the operations team at EF Tours does need to reevaluate the cost of travel to each destination each month to make sure they can still produce their tours at the same quality!

Based on conversations we had with EF Tours, they have pushed back the date to be subject to this price increase to this Friday, October 9. Although the website won't show the earlier rate, our tour manager at EF will make the change for any families that enroll by October 9.
 
As long as students enroll before 11:59pm on October 9 by putting down the $95 deposit, their price will be locked in for the trip.
 
World Language Scholarships

Many families have asked about the availability of scholarships for our world language trips. We will again offer scholarships for select students. Funding for these scholarships is provided by the ADCA, individual family contributions (thank you!), and funding set aside by the Chancellor for student trips. Here is how it will work:

After the end of 1st advisory, every 8th student who could be enrolled on a World Language trip (not the UK/Italy trip, however) will have their grades reviewed. 

Students who are earning a B or better in their World Language class and who receive federal aid (WIC, FARMS, other - we maintain this list) will be offered the chance for a scholarship. Students will be asked to complete an application, write an essay, and then submit the package by a set date. All students who qualify will be offered a partial scholarship for the trip associated with their language of study. This has typically been $1,500, or roughly 50 - 60% of the total trip cost. (This is regardless of whether they have already signed up or not.)

Families who do not qualify for federal support but are still interested in support at some level should contact Principal Albright at [email protected] Families in need have been offered $500 in years past (though this has varied based on the total amount available).

Because scholarship funding comes from a variety of sources, eligible families should not anticipate the funding to come up front; support is funded very close to the actual trip.

Please direct enrollment questions to the trip leader for your student; direct scholarship questions to Mr. Albright.
8th Grade
 World Language Trips

Each year, our 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in one of three amazing world language trips over spring break. Sign-ups are live now and information about interest meetings and scholarships will be shared in the bulletin soon.

For more information, please check out these links:

Costa Rica
Visit EFTours.com and enter tour number 1697148BA
or email [email protected]

France
Visit EFTours.com and enter tour number 1687377BT

China
Visit EFTours.com and enter tour number 1692201BH or email
[email protected]

These trips are a memorable experience and we encourage all families to consider participating. To learn more about past trips, visit AliceDeal.org and check out our travel blogs!
Student & Parent Information
 
New: Spirit Week and Pep Rally
Student Council is sponsoring a Spirit Week this coming week, October 5th - 8th. Dress up and show your school spirit!
 
Monday - Superhero Day
Tuesday - Twin Day
Wednesday - Wacky Tacky Wednesday
Thursday - Breast Cancer Awareness (Wear pink!)

We will continue the fun into the next week, too! Tuesday, October 13th, will be Sports Fan Day and then Wednesday, October 14th, we will wear our Deal gear to get ready for a pep rally! The rally will be at 3:30 pm. Come have fun and support our athletes!
 
New: Student Council Announces New Officers
Student Council is excited to announce our officers for the 2015-16 school year. We had a record number of excellent candidates, and we want to thank them all for their enthusiasm and commitment to making Deal a better place! Our new officers are:

President - Alik Schier
Vice President - Katherine Bouker
Treasurer - Jamir Grier 
Secretary - Elise Reeder
 
New: Parent Teacher Conferences 
The first round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Monday, October 19th from 12:00 - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers are by appointment only; appointment sign-up will take place online. Beginning Wednesday, October 7th, please visit http://ptcfast.com/schools/Alice_Deal_Middle_School to sign up for appointments with your child's team teachers.

All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Resource, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process will be posted on Edline and Deal's website. Note: you will need an email account to use the online process. If you will be unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment. 
 
New: DC Parks Fun Day
On October 9th, when DC schools will be closed for staff development, the Department of Parks and Recreation will hold Fun Day, a full-day program of activities for children ages 6 to 12 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. For locations, registration, and other information, visit dpr.dc.gov. Other Fun Days are planned for December 4th, February 12th and May 6.
 
New: Thanks from the Belize Zoo
Thank you to those families who contributed books to the Belize Zoo! A huge shipment of 46 boxs of books about animals and the environment arrived this week and we are so proud of your efforts to help the Belize Zoo in their educational efforts.
 
This is a picture of the Reading Corner and education outreach coordinator Deidra reading one of our books about Raptors to her students. Our sincerest thanks to those who contributed!
 
New: Deal MS Community Tree Planting
The Community Tree planting at Deal Middle School is on Saturday, October 10th. We need volunteers to sign up beautify our campus and plant trees starting at 9am. Please click here to sign up.
 
New: Knitting Supplies Needed
Knitting needles and yarn are needed for the Watch Me Knit Viking Time. Please send any donations to Cecilia Newman in the Welcome Center. Thank you so much for any items you can donate!
 
New: Speech and Debate 
Last weekend, three policy debate teams represented Deal at the first Baltimore Urban Debate League tournament in Baltimore, Maryland! The teams debated three rounds and walked away with great results. Representing the Vikings in Baltimore were:
 
Julian Kearns and Tristan May
Skylar Clay and Willa Beckerman 
Jake Stohr and Connor Venable
 
Great job debaters!
 
Alice Deal Career Day
The month of November is Career Awareness Month and Deal is looking for speakers for its annual Career Day on November 3rd from 9:00 - 9:45 am. Speakers will introduce students to a variety of career options and can be parents, neighbors, or Deal supporters. If you would like to invite someone please contact Mrs. Robin Howard, 6th Grade Counselor, at [email protected] 

Model UN Meeting
Model UN will meet on Wednesday, October 7 from 3:30-4:20 in RG03.  Wednesday's session is an "all members" session.  See you there!  Additionally, there is ONE spot left for the PAHO Conference on Tuesday, November 17.  This is the last week to sign up for the HAMUN Conference on Saturday, October 17.  Permission slips for both are outside of Ms. Trenkle's door, RG03.  Permission slips for GWIAC and MCMUN will be handed out this Wednesday at our meeting.  

#findyourpark
#findyourpark is a club with the National Park Service.  Students will learn more about National Parks and visit National Parks in the area (and some farther away!) with Ranger Jen from the National Mall and Ms. Trenkle.  Site visits will also coincide for Passport to History.  Students will also learn more about the Centennial celebrations of the National Park Service!!!  If you're interested in learning more about this Club please meet Ms. Trenkle for a short meeting on Tuesday, October 6 in RG03 from 3:30-3:45.

Socktober is here!
Throughout the month of October, please donate any NEW socks and any new or gently used jackets and blankets to your child's homeroom teacher.  Deal will donate all collected items to Miriam's Kitchen and the National Coalition for the Homeless. Please direct any questions to Mr. Gueltig at [email protected]
 
Music Department Announcement
All students participating in Music Department programming (any band, choir, or ensemble) are asked to pay their dues. Dues for new participants and returning participants in need of a polo are $30. Dues for returning participants who still have their polo are $20. Please contact your music teacher if you need any assistance. 

Strings at Deal
There will be an information meeting for families whose students are interested in participating is our strings program on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.
 
Do you have a child with ADHD?
If you have a child with ADHD and would like to connect with other parents, Deal will host an ADHD Parent Workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with other parents, share ideas, and learn new tips and tricks from Alice Deal's Social Work Team. A date will be announced soon. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with [email protected]
 
Follow Deal on Twitter
For the latest news and a glimpse in to daily life at Deal, be sure to follow us on twitter @DealVikings!

Peer Mediation Begins
Peer Mediation at Deal helps students resolve conflicts in a safe, peaceful environment. Mediations are adult monitored, but led by trained Deal students who help students in conflict find common ground and set agreements. Making a referral is easy: Collect a referral form from your grade-level counsel or Ms. White's box in the Welcome Center, fill it out, and return it. Referrals can by made anonymously by students or staff.
  

6th Grade News

6th Grade October-fest (BBQ)
Despite the rainy weather, the 6th grade October-fest was a great time! Thank you for everyone who joined in the fun and helped make this happen!

Contact Information 

Do you have concerns, questions or comments?
Contact the 6th grade team:

Ms. Howard - Counselor

Mr. Kling - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade News
 

7th Grade English Department
All 7th graders will be presenting their first Cornerstone projects to their classmates starting this Monday, October 5th. All students should be putting their finishing touches on these projects over the weekend in order to be prepared. Your English teachers are looking forward to seeing your final products!

Contact Information 
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?
Contact the 7th grade team:

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal
 

8th Grade Corner 


High School Night
Our high school night is set for October 21st at 6:30 pm; we hope you can join us! This night is a great opportunity to learn more about the DCPS high school application process and meet staff from high schools around the city. Please contact [email protected] with questions.

High School Applications
Eighth grade students applying to high schools will likely need transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and admin at Deal. Here are a few tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for students and staff:

Requesting a Transcript 
Most applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. White in writing at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. If your student applies to multiple schools, please gather all requests to submit at one time. Requests should include stamped envelopes for mailing.
 
Requesting Recommendations
Who - Start by thinking about the best teachers to attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation; be aware of this before you ask.

Prepare - Gather the recommendation forms and fill out all pertinent information. Prepare an addressed and stamped envelope for each requested recommendation for. All recommendations will be placed in the mail by the individual teacher or by your counselor.

Ask - Ask the individual if they would be willing to write your recommendation. Tell them when it needs to be completed and mailed in. It is also a good practice to send a follow-up email to the teacher thanking them for taking the time to do this for you. This email will help you keep track of who is submitting recommendations for you and also help with follow-up.

Grow - Use the experience of asking for a letter of recommendation to help you grow your communication skills.  This will come in handy when advocating for yourself in high school. 
 
High School Open House Dates: 
Want to learn more about a specific high school? The best way to learn more is to visit them in person! The following are current open house dates for Wilson and for DCPS application high schools. Please be sure to call the high school prior to attending  an open house to verify the date, time and location. These dates may change and we will make sure to keep the bulletin updated as we hear from schools.

Wilson Senior High School
Friday, October 23rd @ 9:00 am
Monday, November 30th @ 9:00 am
Friday, December 11th @ 9:00 am
Friday, January 8th @ 9:00 am
Friday, February 19th @ 9:00 am
Friday, March 18th @ 9:00 am
 
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
Saturday, November 7th from 8:30 am
 
McKinley Technology High School
Saturday, November 14th @ 10:00 am
Thursday, January 14th from @ 6:00 pm
 
School Without Walls High School
Wednesday, November 18th @ 10:00 am
Wednesday, November 18th @ 6:00 pm  
 
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Thursday, November 5th @ 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 14th @ 11:00 am
Wednesday, January 13th @ 3:00 pm
 
Phelps ACE High School
Friday, October 16th @ 11:00 am
Friday, November 19th @ 11:00 am
 
Contact Information
Do you have compliments, questions or comments? Let the 8th grade team know:

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker 
[email protected]

Ms. White - Counselor
[email protected]

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
[email protected]
This Week at Deal...

Monday: Deal Gay/Straight Alliance
The Deal gay/straight alliance will kick the year off with a pizza party for its first meeting! If you are passionate about equal rights, making Deal an inclusive, welcoming place, and showing your support for your gay or transgendered friends and family, please join us! We will meet on Monday, October 5th after school in room W207.
 
Monday: The Run Girls Run Club
The Run Girls Run Club will meet in front of the auditorium at 3:30 pm on Monday. Girls should arrive dressed and ready to run. If you need a permission slip, please find Ms. Quinn, Ms. Milikin, or Ms. Acharya. Permission slips must be turned in before girls can participate.
 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, October 5th in Ms. Huber's room. See you there!
 
Monday: Art of the Month Club
This month the Art of the Month Club will make "SPOOKY" prints using a variety of printmaking processes! Come learn about printmaking with a Halloween twist with Ms. Kim and Ms. Kouri on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C205.
 
Monday: After School Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, October 5th 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 E207.

Tuesday: Sailing Club 
Ahoy! It may have been rainy, but the Sailing club had a great time on the water last week. If you are joining us for this week's trip, please arrive to the auditorium at 3:00 pm with metro fare, a jacket, and a snack. See you on the water! 
 
Tuesday: Speech and Debate
The speech and debate team will meet this week on Tuesday in the following locations:
 
Experienced and Novice 7th and 8th graders in E200 
Sixth Grade Debate in R103
Speech-all grades and ability levels-W101
 
Note: All 7th and 8th grade experienced debaters should also attend practice rounds on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm.
 
Students should come to practice with all hard copies of their materials and ready to perform. Students who need to miss practice should send an e-mail message to their respective coach prior to Tuesday.
 
Tuesday: Coding Club
Come join Ms. Wellersdick in room W204 for coding club each Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. You do not need computer coding experience to participate but if you do that's all the better. All are welcome!

Deal Athletics ...

Athletics Forms
All Deal athletics require students to have a completed consent form, emergency contact information, and a Universal Health Certificate. These forms can be found at
 
Cheerleading
Cheerleading practice will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  All cheerleaders must have the required forms in order to participate. http://dcps.dc.gov/sports

Cross Country
A special congratulations to the cross country team for their two team victories at last weekend's DCXC Invitational! Both boys and girls teams defeated the toughest competition in the area, including a private running club from Fairfax. Deal is proud of you! 

The next cross country meet is Tuesday, October 6th at Fort Dupont Park. The meet will start at 1:00 pm, so we will leave Deal by bus at 11:40 am. Students will miss fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh periods. Runners MUST check with their teachers to be sure that they are not missing any important assessments. As always, academics come first! 

Ultimate Frisbee
The ultimate frisbee team will practice this Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We will meet in Mr. Harkin's room (R101) immediately after school. Remember to wear athletic clothing and bring a water bottle - it is hot outside! Players will need to have signed and returned the "Consent to Participate" and "Emergency Information" forms in order to practice. The forms can be found at http://dcps.dc.gov/sports. 

Volleyball 
Team A will practice Monday and Tuesday. Teams A and B will practice on Wednesday and Friday. All Volleyball practices take place from 3:30 - 4:45 pm.
Staff Information

New: Spirit Week! 
Spirit week isn't just for students! Don't miss this chance to have some fun with your students and show off your personal style.

Tuesday: ELA Meeting 
All ELA and support teachers are asked to meet in Mr. Spencer's room (E100) at 8:10 am to discuss logistics for next week's ELA Unit Assessment. 

Tuesday: Team Leaders Dinner 
The Team Leaders dinner will take place from 3:30-5:00 pm. Please contact Ms. Neal for additional information.

Thursday: ALT 
The ALT will meet in the conference room at 3:30 pm.

Thursday: Team Leaders Meeting 
All Team Leaders will meet Ms. Neal and the admin team at 8:10 am.
 
Friday: Professional Development 
All teachers will attend content-specific professional development on this day. These sessions will take place all over the city. Please contact your content-area administrator for additional information.
 
3rd Annual Staff Art Show!
Attention Deal teachers and staff: It's time to show off your hidden talents and inner artist to the Deal community! Please submit paintings, photographs, textile and metal crafts, drawings, and other artistic work to Ms. Kouri in C205 for the annual staff art show. All work will be displayed in the glass cabinets on the first floor and will be returned at the end of October.   

 Alice Deal Club/Activities 
(Clubs continue to be added)


Club/Activity
Room
Day
Time
Book ClubE105Friday3:30-4:30
BaseballGymMonday - Friday  AM/PM
African DrummingCG21Monday3:30 - 4:30
Art of the Month ClubC205Monday3:30 - 4:30
Caribbeans on BoardE103Monday3:30 - 4:30
Dance ClubC128Monday3:30 - 4:30
Future Teacher ClubR102Monday3:30 - 4:30
GeoPlunge!C130MondayRecess
Girl Up ClubW 305Monday3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema ClubR109Monday3:30 - 4:30
MeditationCG06Monday3:30 to 4:30
Muay Thai Fundamentals and FitnessTBAMonday3:30 - 4:30
Open StudioC224Monday3:30 - 4:30
Outdoor After School Basketball ClubCottageMonday3:30 - 4:30
Podcast ClubE207Monday3:30 - 4:30
Run Girls Run!W306Monday3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble ClubCafeteriaMonday3:30 - 4:30
Sixth Grade Soccer ClubE104Monday3:30 - 4:30
Student CouncilMonday3:30 - 4:30
The Poetry CafeC222Monday3:30 - 4:30
Board GamesE100Monday3:30 - 4:30
History through the cityE307Monday (alt.)3:30-5:30
Peer MediationC302Monday and Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Concert ChoirAuditoriumMonday, Wednesday, and Friday7:45 - 8:30 am
Cross CountryReno ParkMonday, Wednesday, and Thursday3:30-5:00
Ultimate FrisbeeR101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - BeginningR103Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Crocheting/Knitting ClubE207Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Power Walking ClubC302Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair HelpE201Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
SpeechW101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Adult ColoringW307Tuesday (alt.)3:30 - 4:15
Jazz BandCG20Tuesday and Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - AdvancedE200Tuesday and Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Vocal EnsembleCG21Tuesday and Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Concert BandCG20Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday3:30 - 4:30
Comic Book ClubN103Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing ClubE106Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
D.I.Y. ClubW105Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
FencingR103Wednesday3:30-5:00
Model UN ClubRG03Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Robotics ClubCG07Wednesday3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scrapbooking & CollageC104Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Sports RapW100Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Student CongressE200Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
World Language Newspaper and Culture ClubC314Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Calligraphy & TeaC213Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Gay - Straight AllianceW207Thursday (alt.)3:30-4:30
Book ClubE105Friday3:30-4:30
#FindYourParkTBASaturday10:00 - Noon
Photography (Motography-the art of travel photography)TBATBD3:30 - 4:30
Sailing ClubE101TBD3:30 - 4:30
Vinyl ClubW300TBD3:30 - 4:30



Community Information
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Teen Author Event 
Join Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig, two award-winning authors of banned YA books, for a conversation about censorship and intellectual freedom in recognition of Banned Book Week 2015.
 
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a Newbery Award winner, whose 28-book Alice series is one of the most banned book series of the last decade.  Deborah Hautzig is a National Book Award finalist whose first novel, Hey, Dollface, is frequently challenged or banned due to "gay-positive themes".
 
Tuesday, September 29th at 4:00 pm
Tenley Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
 
Learn more at dclibrary.org.

The John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth 
The John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is currently seeking candidates for their CTY Talent Search. The programs offered through CTY are recommended for students who have scored in the Advanced range on the DC state tests or who have demonstrated superior academic performance in their school coursework. Brochures for the CTY program are available in each grade level counselor's office or you may find more information on their website-cty.jhu.edu