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:
This week will see our first Open House of the year (Wednesday from 9 until 12). While almost all of you receiving this bulletin know what Deal offers, if you have friends with younger children or who are interested in checking out Deal, Wednesday is a great day to do so! I will also have my first Principal's Coffee in the Multipurpose Room on Thursday. This is a smaller setting for parents with questions about certain activities, parents who want to share ideas, or parents who just want to meet other parents while we are discussing school. The coffee will be at 10am.
As we near the end of the 1st advisory, it may be useful to review some of the opportunities teachers have in place to support your child's success. First, note that there are only five days left until the end of the advisory; the general practice is that students should have their work in on time as specified by the assignment. In those cases where a student is still working to complete something (within the time frame of the late work rules), there are a few things to keep in mind.
Teams provide tutoring at least once a week. A couple of those teams have indicated there times here in the bulletin, but please check your team newsletters for your specific team's schedule. On occasion, teachers make themselves available after school, but this is at teacher's discretion. Lunchtime is another time when teachers may make themselves available; your child will know if this is the case. For the last few weekends we have also run a 7th and 8th grade Saturday Academy to provide additional support to students and some reteaching opportunities as well. Starting it this early in the school year is a new initiative for Deal; we want to make sure that students have the time they need - especially if they need additional support - as much as possible. Our teachers have reported great success for these first few Academies; they will start up again once we are into the 2nd advisory.
Note that we will be updating Edline more frequently around the end of the advisory (the schedule is posted below). This will allow you and your child to see the results of assignments on grade reports to get a better gauge of whether everything is on track. There are many more assignments on Edline as we are ending the advisory then there were at the mid-point; the grades you see now should be very reflective of your child's progress to date.
Finally, please use the Edline reports to check in with your child about their grades. Students should be able to tell you what their grades are in any course; if not, review Edline together and have them explain what they believe to be their progress. Note where work is not submitted and discuss a plan for its completion (if possible). If there are low marks on a summative assessment, see whether your child took advantage of the opportunity to relearn and be reassessed for the work. This is part of the work we are doing together to get them ready to be their own best advocates.
NB. School ends at 12:15 on Friday, so that teachers have the remainder of the day to finish up their grade books. Don't forget to pick up your students, or to have a plan in place for their afternoons. Please help us keep them safe.
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 26, 2015
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Half Day Bell
Students Dismissed at 12:15 pm
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
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
- Religious holiday
- Court summons
- School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
- School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
Notes can be provided as paper notes or as emails from the parent or guardian. If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Counselor, Ms. Wright, at
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
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: Period 8 Blended Learning Classes
Period 8 classes are a fun and interesting opportunity for students to extend their learning. Students who sign up for Period 8 courses meet once a week and do much of the learning at home. Courses offered this fall are:
- Forensic Science (Mondays)
- Architecture through Minecraft (Tuesdays)
- Storytelling through Video Games (Tuesdays)
- Understanding Comics (Wednesdays)
If you are interested in joining one of our classes, please visit dealperiod8fall2015 to register! Not ready to enroll but would like more information? Please visit period8catalogue or email Ms. Giron ([email protected]) with questions.
New: Team Dakar Field Trip
Team Dakar will take a field trip to the Smithsonian Air & Space and Natural History Museums on Wednesday, October 28th. Students should wear comfortable shoes and bring a packed lunch, water bottle, and dress appropriately for the weather. We are asking all students to arrive at Deal by 8:30AM and will return before the end of the school day. All contacted chaperones should meet in Ms. Law's room, E101, at the start of 1st period.
New: Book Club
Book club will resume on Friday, November 6th. Club members should be finished reading Hoodoo by our next meeting. We will discuss the ending and begin reading out next book. Please bring a copy of the book you chose to read next.
New: Speech and Debate Results
The speech and debate team hosted 15 schools from throughout the metropolitan area for a speech tournament. Competing against almost 200 high school students our Vikings showed that when it comes to creating strong arguments, eloquent presentations, and compelling performances age is no obstacle. Special shout-outs go to the following national championship qualifiers:
- Jonah Docter-Loeb - 2nd place, Impromptu Speaking and 6th place, Declamation Speaking
- Aiden Moorehead and Marina Pariser - 6th place, Duo Interpretation
- Josh Landweber - 4th place, Impromptu Speaking
- Layla Behbehani - 5th place, Extemporaneous Speaking
- Alex Holmes - 6th place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Special thanks to all of the parents and students who volunteered to make the tournament possible. It was the overwhelming consensus of coaches and students in attendance that the tournament was a hospitable and rewarding experience.
New: Art from the Heart
Art from the Heart meets each Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 in R109. One example of what the club does took place last week. Several members of Art-From-The-Heart took a trip to The Washington Home (a community hospice center) after school, where they delivered many original paintings they'd made, which will be distributed to patients and residents. This after-school activity meets weekly to enjoy snacks and great conversation as they create original artwork to be delivered to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices in our local community to remind them that they are thought of and to bring them a ray of sunshine. All are invited to join to serve our community in this special way.
New: Upcoming Edline Update
Due to the end of the advisory, Edline progress reports will be updated twice a week for the next two weeks. Updated reports will be posted early in the day on the following dates:
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.
The month of November is Career Awareness Month and Deal will be celebrating the months with our 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. Please contact Mrs. Robin Howard, 6th Grade Counselor, at [email protected] for further information.
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]
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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
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?
Contact the 7th grade team:
Ms. Humphrey - Counselor
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker
Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal
NHD Parent Night!
National History Day is a wonderful learning experience for our 8th grade students and an important part of their history class. Join us this Wednesday, October 27th at 6:30 pm to learn how to best support your student with their National History Day project.
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, November 20th @ 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 9:00 am
McKinley Technology High School
Saturday, November 21th @ 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
Thursday, December 17th @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 9 @ 10:00 am
Thursday, January 21 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 30 @ 10:00 am
Do you have compliments, questions or comments? Let the 8th grade team know:
Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker
This Week at Deal...
Students participating in GeoPlunge will meet during 6th grade recess (GRIT time)
on Monday in Mr. Martini's room (C130). Students are reminded to turn in their Media Release Parent Consent form as soon as possible.
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, October 26th at 3:30 pm in Ms. Huber's room. The club had a great time at NPR Headquarters last week attending the #15girls listening party and discussion. Get ready for our own NPR listening party with snacks and great conversations! See you there!
Wednesday: Literature-to-Film Festival
This monthly series kicks off with our annual screening of Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman's creepy novel and graphic novel adaptation. Come watch at the Deal Library 3:30 - 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28th.
Deal Athletics ...
Winter sports begin November 2nd! Please fill out the consent & emergency treatment forms here: www.rankonesport.com
and give a copy of your child's physical to Coach Downing.
Tryouts for the boys and girls 6th grade teams and 7th/8th grade teams will begin the week of November 2nd. Each team is capped at 15 students. Students must complete the consent and emergency treatment forms online
and give a copy of their physical to Coach Downing.
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.
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.
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.
New: Math Interim Assessments This online assessment will take place in math classes on Monday and Tuesday for students enrolled in Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8.
Thursday: ANet PD
An optional session for teachers on how to navigate the ANet online platform to score responses will be provided on Thursday at 3:30pm in the multipurpose room.
Thursday: Youth Risk Behavior Survey The YRBS will be administered in homerooms during the afternoon activity period on Thursday, October 29th. Any completed opt-out forms turned in to homeroom teachers should be stored in the envelope provided until Thursday, then accounted for and turned in along with the completed Class Transmittal Form and student surveys after administration of the YRBS.
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|
|Art from the Heart||R109||Wednesday||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 d[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