Alice Deal Middle School
Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively
The Weekly Bulletin
Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
Principal's message to Deal students and families:
We are entering a challenging time of the school calendar. The number of interruptions increases with conference days (this Monday), the end of the advisory, and then the two holiday breaks in November. The weather turns a bit more miserable as we begin to spend a lot of time indoors and with ever-decreasing sunlight. We continue to work on schoolwork while DCPS initiatives and assessments roll on (Cornerstones, interim assessments). In addition, incorporating the practices of authentic and meaningful feedback with a new grading system challenge even the most experienced. Life in school in 2015.
And yet . . . last week's Pep Rally was a hilarious interlude and celebration of spirit, Deal debate and Model UN keep bringing back trophies, and our sports teams again demonstrate our commitment to fair play and good competition. Even with the calendar's challenges, student life is full and engaging. In 8th grade English, students are tackling Shakespeare's Tempest and are knee deep in the Science Fair with National History just revving up. In seventh grade, we wrapped up our many Cornerstone projects (a number designed by our own Deal teachers), all the while tackling Mesopotamia, the five senses, expressions and ratios, and independent reading. The sixth graders will be journeying to see He Named Me Malala thanks to a generous grant secured by Mr. Martini, finishing up Tuck Everlasting, exploring global gender inequality and space systems. This is also life in school in 2015.
Speaking of that Pep Rally: Thanks to the student council and its teacher sponsors - Ms. Wickersham, Mr. Haller, and Mr. Martis - for making sure we created a new tradition for our Deal students. What a great way to end an extended Spirit Week!
Tomorrow many of you will visit your child's teachers for the Parent-Teacher Conference day of the year. For those of you who were unable to secure a time to meet with the team teachers, I am sure that you have been in contact with your child's team teachers to see if a conference is needed right now. There will be other opportunities this year and you are also always welcome to check in via Edline and email.
Finally, a comment about our Career Day coming up on November 3rd. A number of you have responded to team and counselor requests to provide a speaker for a brief introduction to your career path; thank you. We have nowhere nearly enough for this to happen, however, and three weeks to secure the remaining speakers. So, here is my challenge:
I happen to know that the parent community in this school represents an amazing array of professions and jobs. This is one characteristic of a diverse school and community. Career Day is the chance to share your love for your career with students. If you can't make it, then get your co-worker, or that interesting person down the hall or down the street to do it. I will personally reach out to those of you who I know have a great story to tell, but frankly I don't know all your stories. But you do. Think of this as an opportunity not to embarrass your child but to spark someone's interest in a career, profession, or job that they don't know much about. We should have a wide range of volunteers from the entertainment world, government world, news and media world, sports world, education world, publishing and writing world, services world, trades world, and public service world in this building on November 3. Wonder what you can do to support our school? This is one very effective way. Contact [email protected], one of our counselors, to arrange the visit.
We should be able to fill our missing slots with all of you very interesting people by Tuesday, right?
Thank you for all your support - in the past and going forward. Let me know what you need.
NB. High School Night is this Wednesday evening. If you have an 8th grader, you should both attend. This is the very best way to kick off the "high school hunting" season - and it is designed just for you. 6:30 at Deal. Hope to see you there!
Alice Deal Community Association
Politics and Prose Book Fair Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st
The annual Alice Deal Book Fair at Politics and Prose Bookstore will be held on Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st. Politics and Prose is very close to the school at 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW. The hours are Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. We need volunteers to work the sale and we invite all Deal families to come shop at Politics & Prose that weekend! The volunteer shifts are two hours. Please click this link
to sign up.
Politics and Prose will donate 20% of the money received from the book fair and all proceeds will go to the Deal library. Please come purchase books, magazines, CDs, gift wrap, cards, and stationary. At checkout, mention that you support Deal. If you have any questions about the book fair or volunteering, please contact Jennie Bonney ([email protected]
) or Amy Hall ([email protected]
October 19, 2015
Monday - No School
Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I
Parent/Teacher Conference Day
(No school for students)
6th Grade Trip to See Malala Movie
6th Grade Trip to See Malala Movie
High School Night, 6:30
Team Leaders, Gr Level 8:10 am
Buddy Day - Murch
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
Washington Catholic Debate @ Deal
Math Interim Assessment
Math Interim Assessment
Mix-It-Up at Lunch Day
Open House, 9 am - 1 pm
Team Dakar - Air & Space Museum
NHD Parent Night, 6:30 pm
Principal's Coffee, 10 am
End of 1st advisory
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm
Politics and Prose Book Fair
Politics and Prose Book Fair
Enrollment Audit 2nd Period
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
8th Grade Tempest Performance, 9:00 am
Deal at Lafayette, 6:30 pm
Deal Visit (Tour) @ 10am
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3:00 pm
No school for staff and students
Team Leaders, All
8th Grade Williamsburg Trip
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Buddy Day - Eaton
Shakespeare Festival Auditions
Shakespeare Festival Auditions
Buddy Day - Bancroft
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
International Night, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Make-Up Picture Day
November 26 - 27
No school for students and teachers
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
The Media Center will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
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.
DDOT to Temporarily Impose Partial Lane Closures on Military Road NW from Oregon Avenue to 14th Street
Commuters should expect significant traffic delays starting Monday, October 5th.
Students using the W45, D31, D33 and D34 will be affected in the afternoon on the way home from school.
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
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:
(D31, D33, and D34)
Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808
Assistant Superintendent Frank Machado: (202) 962-5809 (direct)
(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]
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|
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:
1. 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.
2. Students 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.
3. Students will be asked to complete an application, write an essay, and 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.
To learn more about these trips, please check out these links:
Visit EFTours.com and enter tour number 1697148BA
or email [email protected]
Visit EFTours.com and enter tour number 1687377BT
Visit EFTours.com and enter tour number 1692201BH or email
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
For the latest news and a glimpse in to daily life at Deal, be sure to follow us on twitter @DealVikings!
New: Early results from Holton-Arms Model UN Conference this weekend:
Deal Vikings made quite a splash at the HAMUN conference. Maria DeLeon was named best delegate at the Security Council, representing Syria and Alissa Simon was named best delegate for the Human Rights Council, also representing Syria. What an excellent showing in a challenging setting with a difficult assignment. Congratulations to all the Vikings who represented their school at the MUN!
New: Conferences Monday
The first round of parent teacher conferences will take place this Monday, October 19th from noon - 7:00 pm. Conference with team teachers are by-appointment-only. If you were unable to schedule an appointment, please reach out to your child's team to schedule an alternative time. The schedule this day is tight, so please arrive with time to find parking and we appreciate your assistance helping teachers stay as close to schedule as possible. Non-team teachers will be in their classrooms and available for pop-in conferences throughout the day. See you Monday!
Due to parent-teacher conferences and the end of the advisory, Edline progress reports will be updated twice a week for the next three weeks. Updated reports will be posted early in the day on the following dates:
New: Upcoming Edline Update
The final report for 1st advisory and the first report for 2nd advisory will be posted on Monday, November 9th, at which point our regular weekly posting will resume.
On Monday, October 19th during Parent-Teacher conferences, Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation supported club at Deal, will host a bake sale to raise money for girls' education globally. Come stop by the Girl Up table and get yourself a sweet treat!
New: High School Night
All 8th grade families are invited to join us Wednesday, October 21st, at 6:30 pm for High School Night. Families will hear about the DCPS high school application process and learn about Wilson High School and the DCPS application high schools: Banneker, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Duke Ellington, McKinley Tech, Phelps, and School Without Walls.
New: Saturday Academy
Last Saturday, over twenty 7th and 8th grade students came to Deal for extra work time with their teachers. This invitation-only opportunity was a huge success and we look forward to next weekend. A huge shout-out goes to the awesome students who worked so hard and the amazing teachers who gave time on their Saturday morning to help out!
New: Deal-o-Ween Ultimate Frisbee
It is time for our annual fall Ultimate Frisbee tournament. Dress up in your spooky best and play competitive ultimate with teams in the DC, MD, and VA area. The tournament is at Deal on Sunday, October 25th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Make sure to pick up your tournament waiver form from Mr. Martini, Mr. Harkins, or Ms. Kouri and submit your waiver and $5 tournament fee as soon as possible.
New: Lost and Found
Lost and found items from Deal's common areas will be on display during Monday's conferences. Please stop by to pick up any items that may belong to your student. Items not claimed by the end of conference day will be donated. You can check Deal's lost & found online before Monday by viewing our Instagram account
New: Book Club
Book club will be cancelled on Friday, October 23rd. Book club will resume on Friday, November 6th. Everyone should be finished reading Hoodoo
by this date. We will discuss the ending and select our next book. Please bring a copy of any book you want to pitch to the group.
New: Media Center
The Media Center will be closed after school Tuesday and Wednesday this week. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you before school, at lunch, or after school on Thursday and Friday.
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!
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]
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]
Follow Deal on Twitter
6th Grade News
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
This weekend, the second Saturday Academy for 7th grade will be held from 9:00am until 12 noon. The academy will be support by Deal teachers. Students will be invited to attend. If your child is invited to attend please encourage them do take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Stallworth.
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?
Contact the 7th grade team:
Ms. Humphrey - Counselor
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker
Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal
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]
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.
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
Do you have compliments, questions or comments? Let the 8th grade team know:
Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker
This Week at Deal...
#FindYourPark, a National Park initiative and Deal club, will meet in room RG03 at 3:30 pm. All are welcome to attend!
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet in room RG03 at 3:30 pm.
Wednesday: High School Night
All 8th grade families are invited to join us Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30 pm for High School Night. Families will hear about the DCPS high school application process and learn about Wilson High School and the DCPS application high schools: Banneker, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Duke Ellilngton, McKinley Tech, Phelps, and School Without Walls.
Deal Athletics ...
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 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
If you do not sign up on TeamSnap, you will not be entered to run in the meet. If you have said you are available for both meets, we will choose one for you to attend, and you will not attend the other meet.
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.
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.
Wednesday: Math Department Meeting
The math department will meet in room C104 at 8:10 am.
Thursday: Team Leaders
Team leaders will meet with their grade level administrators at 8:10 am.
Thursday: Academic Leadership Team
The ALT will meet in the conference room at 3:30 pm.
Alice Deal Club/Activities
(Clubs continue to be added)
|Baseball||Gym||Monday - Friday ||AM/PM|
|African Drumming||CG21||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Art of the Month Club||C205||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Caribbeans on Board||E103||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Dance Club||C128||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Future Teacher Club||R102||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Girl Up Club||W 305||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|International Cinema Club||R109||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Meditation||CG06||Monday||3:30 to 4:30|
|Muay Thai Fundamentals and Fitness||TBA||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Open Studio||C224||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Outdoor After School Basketball Club||Cottage||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Podcast Club||E207||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Run Girls Run!||W306||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Scrabble Club||Cafeteria||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Sixth Grade Soccer Club||E104||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Student Council||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|The Poetry Cafe||C222||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Board Games||E100||Monday||3:30 - 4:30|
|History through the city||E307||Monday (alt.)||3:30-5:30|
|Peer Mediation||C302||Monday and Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Concert Choir||Auditorium||Monday, Wednesday, and Friday||7:45 - 8:30 am|
|Cross Country||Reno Park||Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday||3:30-5:00|
|Ultimate Frisbee||R101||Tuesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Debate - Beginning||R103||Tuesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Crocheting/Knitting Club||E207||Tuesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Power Walking Club||C302||Tuesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Science Fair Help||E201||Tuesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Speech||W101||Tuesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Adult Coloring||W307||Tuesday (alt.)||3:30 - 4:15|
|Jazz Band||CG20||Tuesday and Thursday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Debate - Advanced||E200||Tuesday and Thursday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Vocal Ensemble||CG21||Tuesday and Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Concert Band||CG20||Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Comic Book Club||N103||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Creative Writing Club||E106||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|D.I.Y. Club||W105||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Model UN Club||RG03||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Robotics Club||CG07||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:45 pm|
|Scrapbooking & Collage||C104||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Sports Rap||W100||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Student Congress||E200||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|World Language Newspaper and Culture Club||C314||Wednesday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Calligraphy & Tea||C213||Thursday||3:30 - 4:30|
|Gay - Straight Alliance||W207||Thursday (alt.)||3:30-4:30|
|#FindYourPark||TBA||Saturday||10:00 - Noon|
|Photography (Motography-the art of travel photography)||TBA||TBD||3:30 - 4:30|
|Sailing Club||E101||TBD||3:30 - 4:30|
|Vinyl Club||W300||TBD||3:30 - 4:30|
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)
Do you have a community event or organization you would like to see included in the weekly bulletin? Please contact [email protected] with submission requests.CREATE Arts Center
Art Camps at CREATE Arts Center is located in downtown Silver Spring. When school is out
, art is in
at CREATE! Coming up are camps for students from 6 - 14 years old on these DCPS no-school days (Oct. 19, Nov 11, and Dec. 4) and winter break. Before and aftercare are also available. Ages 13-14 can be CITs during Winter Art Camp. Register at www.createartscenter.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