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: 

Once again, we are asked to come together as a community to reflect on events in our world, events that shake us to our core. Each of us has his or her own way to absorb the impact of the horrible attack in Paris. My thoughts turned to friends in Paris, to others who are watching what happens in their home from this side of the Atlantic, and to the unbearably heavy burden of trying to explain this to my youngest family members. Your children will also want to try and understand what happened and why; I don't envy you those difficult conversations. Remember that they need to hear about hope even in the face of despair.

Schools are one way that a society makes sense of its journey. For our students, I hope that their experience at Deal teaches them that we are not isolated but part of the same world that includes Paris and Syria and Iraq. We need to know about the world around us, be eager to go and meet others where they are, and recognize that there are different ways to think, believe, and feel. I hope our students are learning to ask questions that they want answers to, are learning to reflect on their actions (academic and otherwise), and are learning to see the connections they have with seven billion others. When we help them learn this, we are doing what I believe this community wants them to do. We are doing our part in weaving the fabric a bit tighter around us.

Another way that we act as a community is to share time together. I hope that on Thursday you will join us at our special International Night. It could come at no better time than now. We will break bread together and sample foods from places that may be at war with each other but someday won't be. Best of all, we get to remind ourselves that there is always something we can do together to push back the darkness.

Take care, 
James Albright
NB. We had a very joyous school dance on Friday afternoon (thanks to Ms. Wickersham, Mr. Martis, and Mr. Haller for organizing our student council to pull this off). Your children danced a lot, played many sets of ping-pong, watched movies, and played kickball out on the field (my team did NOT win!). Thank you for letting your children stay for this; it was great fun.
 Alice Deal Community Association
International Night
Thursday, November 19th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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We need YOU to make this free and fun community event a success! Join the Deal community as we share delicious foods from around the globe, and help support the ADCA International Trip scholarships.

Sign up now to bring your favorite dish. Click here!
If you don't cook, you can serve, clean up or set up.
Volunteer here!
Bring a dish to share - your favorite dish from any region of the world, including family favorites from the USA.If you have any questions contact International Night Co-Chairs or Silvia Dinale or Deborah Rephan.           
Week of 
November 16, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday -  Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates  

November 16
Shakespeare Festival Auditions

November 17
Shakespeare Festival Auditions
Geoplunge Tournament
JROTC Visit, 2pm

November 18
Buddy Day  - Bancroft
Deal Map-a-thon, 3:30-5:30 pm

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

November 20
Make-Up Picture Day

November 24
World Language Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm

November 25
Thanksgiving Assembly

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

November 30 
Shakespeare Festival Rehearsals Begin 

December 2 
Buddy Day - Shepherd

December 3 
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Team Leaders, Grade level 8:10 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30
 Deal Art/Music Coffee House, 6:30 pm

December 4 
Professional Development Day 
(No school for students)  

December 5
Saturday Academy, 9:00 am - Noon
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale

December 6
ADCA Holiday Greens Sale

December 7
Advisory Mid Point

December 8
Buddy Day - Janney
Deal @ Bancroft, 6:30 pm

December 9
Principal's Coffee, 10:00 am

December 10
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm

December 11
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Deal Visit, 10:00 am

December 12
Saturday Academy, 9:00 am - Noon
Deal Scrabble Tournament
Holiday Greens Sale

December 13
Holiday Greens Sale

December 16
Open House, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

December 17
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

December 18
Winter Assembly

December 21 - January 1
Winter Break
No School for Students and Teachers
DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember
Important: please provide a note for any absence as soon as possible (day of or soon after) to [email protected]. The note can be emailed to her or brought to her office next to the school entrance. It is also suggested that you email your child's teachers so that they can plan accordingly.

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 be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • 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.)
Notes can be provided as paper notes or as emails from the parent or guardian to our Attendance Counselor, Ms. Wright. If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Ms. Wright, at 
[email protected]
or by calling (202) 939-2010.


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 
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

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

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] 

Alice Deal 

Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website ( 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 Meeting
Do you have a student attending or interested in attending one of our world language trips? Our first meeting for students traveling to Costa Rica, France, or China will take place on Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30 pm. 

Enrollment Deadline
We ask all families to enroll by December 1st to allow EF Tours to schedule flights and make final arrangements. Still on the fence? Be sure to join our meeting on November 24th or check out the links below.

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:

Costa Rica
 If you haven't enrolled, please  and enter tour number 1697148BA or email
[email protected]
Visit and enter tour number 1687377BT

Visit 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 and check out our travel blogs!
Student & Parent Information

New: Advisory 1 Report Cards  
Report cards were sent home with students last
Friday and should reflect the grades visible in last Advisory 1 update in Edline. If there are any questions about marks, please contact your child's teacher or team.

Shakespeare Festival Auditions 
"The Tempest" and "Much Ado About Nothing"
auditions will be held on November 17th and 18th at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium.
Students will be asked to read a short monologue. All are welcome to audition and no experience is necessary! Please contact Director Jill Roos at [email protected] with any questions. 
New: Model UN Club
The PAHO conference is on Tuesday. Ms. Trenkle sent out final instructions via Edline and  posted them to the Edline MUN page. Please arrive at school at 7:45 and meet in the auditorium. We will depart school at 8:00 am. We will depart PAHO at 4:00 pm and return to Deal by 5:00 pm. We will take the subway to PAHO so please remember to bring $8 for round-trip subway fare. 
New: 7th grade Physical Education Parents
Last week's bulletin included a broken link to the 7th grade health class opt-out letter. Thank you to those who alerted us. Please see the link below for a working link to review the letter and all materials. Students will participate in the unit unless we receive a signed letter from you opting them out. Students will also be given a hard copy of the letter on Thursday during class. Opt Out Letter
New: World Language Trip Meeting
Do you have an 8th grade student attending or interested in our world languages over this year's spring break? Join us on Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30 pm to learn more about our trips to Costa Rica, France, and China. This is a great chance to learn about these exciting adventures and ask questions!
New: Volleyball Bulletin
Attention varsity volleyball team members: If you have not submitted your volleyball jersey, please do so as soon as possible. All jerseys should be returned to Coach Spann. Thank you for an exciting volleyball season!
New: #findyourpark
#findyourpark will not meet this coming week. The club is confirmed for their trip to the top of the Washington Monument on Saturday, December 5th. Please stop by Ms. Trenkle's room on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week to pick up a permission slip.
New: Thank you from the 8th Grade Team
The 8th grade Individuals & Societies team would like to send a huge thank you and shout out to the parents, students, teachers, staff, and administration who helped to make Thursday's trip to Colonial Williamsburg a success! They sincerely appreciate your flexibility, energy, and enthusiasm for learning! 

2nd Annual Alice Deal Coffee House!
Calling all student and staff performers: artists, actors, musicians, and poets!  The 2nd Annual Alice Deal Coffee House will be held on December 3rd from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room! The sign up sheet is now posted outside Ms. Neal's office on the first floor and spots are filling quickly! Sign up for 5 minute slots is first-come, first-served! Any visual artist who would like to donate work to be sold at the coffee house should contact Ms. Lombardo in Room C224. All proceeds from the sale of art will benefit scholarship funds for World Language Field Trips. Hurry and sign up, you won't want to miss the fun event! 
Geography Awareness Week Deal #MAPathon
Students, parents, and teachers are invited to room C130 on November 18th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm to learn to use to help create better maps of the developing world. Thanks to you, the Peace Corps and other organizations will be able to use our maps to improve services in other countries. For more information, visit or email Mr. Martini ([email protected]).
Band Students
Our Winter Concert is approaching! The concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium at Deal. Band students will need to arrive no later than 6 pm to set up and warm up. For the concert we will be wearing white dress shirts or blouses with black dress pants or skirts (knee-lenth or longer) and black dress shoes.
Parent Volunteers Needed
All parents and community members interested in singing with the student choirs for the winter concert are asked to email Mr. McKeithen at [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!

6th Grade News


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

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 

Wilson High JROTC  
Representatives from Wilson High School's JROTC program will visit Deal on Tuesday, November 17th at 2:00 pm to discuss the JROTC program. Students interested in learning more about this option for high school should sign up with Ms. White during the lunch period to receive a pass.
Interested in Attending Duke Ellington?
On Thursday, December 3rd at 2:30 pm (during the activity period), admissions staff from Duke Ellington School of the Arts will be at Deal to meet with our 8th grade students. All 8th grade students who wish to attend should see Ms. White during lunch this week to sign-up for this visit. 
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, November 20th @ 9:00 am
Friday, January 8th @ 9:00 am
Friday, February 19th @ 9:00 am
Friday, March 18th @ 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
Wednesday, January 13th @ 3:00 pm
Students interested in attending Duke Ellington School of the Arts next year should attend one of their open houses. All Open House events will be held at Garnet-Patterson 2001 10th Street NW Washington, DC 20001. RSVP's for the open house dates are requested at 
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 
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: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, November 16th at3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for  cold weather. In the event of rain, student will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E207.

Monday & Tuesday: Shakespeare Auditions
"The Tempest" and "Much Ado About Nothing"
auditions will be held on November 17th and 18th at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium. Students
will be asked to read a short monologue. All are welcome to audition and no experience is necessary! Please contact Director Jill Roos at [email protected] with any questions. 
Wednesday: Model UN Club
Model UN Club will have a general assembly meeting on November 18th at 3:30 pm. 
Wednesday: Los Vikingos Latinos 
Los Vikingos Latinos, Deal's Spanish club, will meet Wednesday, November 18th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm this week. Next week, the club will meet on Tuesday November 24th (instead of Wednesday) due to the Thanksgiving break. All are welcome to join the club in room C314!  Currently, we are discussing immigration and watching the film "La Misma Luna."

Friday: Make-Up Picture Day 
Did you miss picture day? Our make-up day is scheduled for Friday, November 20th. 

Deal Athletics ...

Athletics Calendar
Check out the Deal Athletics Calendar for the latest information on games and practices. Athletics schedules can change on short notice, so this calendar is the best place to keep up to date.

Winter Sports

Winter sports began November 2nd! Please fill out the consent & emergency treatment forms here: and give a copy
of your child's physical to Coach Downing.

Boys Basketball- [email protected]
Girls Basketball- [email protected]
Indoor Track- [email protected]
Cheerleading- [email protected]

Basketball Tryouts
Please see the Deal Athletics Calendar for times and dates for our ongoing basketball tryouts.

Swim Team
The Deal swim team will  use TeamSnap to manage communication with parents this season. The team practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the Wilson Pool.

Indoor Track
Indoor Track practice is held from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. We meet in the gallery before heading outside for practice. Please complete the necessary forms online at rankonesport. A copy of your current sports physical MUST be turned into Coach Farrar before students will be allowed to practice.  Be sure to stop by the welcome center to get the informational letter this week if you haven't yet received one.
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.  
Staff Information 
New: World Language Trips
Look for an email from Mr. Albright this week about chaperoning the 2016 world language trips. Check out the blogs from our previous trips to learn more about what to expect! 

New: Coffee House
Are you a talented musician or artist? Staff are invited to sign up for the Deal Coffee House on December 3rd!
Thursday: Faculty Meeting 
All staff are asked to meet in the auditorium at 3:30 pm for this month's faculty meeting.

Thursday: International Night 
Join the Deal community for International Night from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This is a great chance to show off a favorite dish and mingle with our wonderful families. 

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

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
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
Art from the HeartR109Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Comic Book ClubN103Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing ClubE106Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
D.I.Y. ClubW105Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
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
Los Vikingos Latinos- Deal's Spanish 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
(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.

Junior Squash Program 
A junior squash program, run by one of the area's top squash pros, will be held at Chevy Chase Athletic Club for DEAL students. Winter - Nov 24 - March 7 Tuesday 4 - 5pm or Thursday 4 - 5pm Spring - March 15 - June 15 Cost per 10 week session $250 or $400 for both Scholarships available The program will emphasize squash techniques and strategies, fitness, sportsmanship, and mental preparation. In winter, participants may play matches as part of the CIML Chase Interclub Middle School league with 2 or 3 friendly matches played against other local Middle school teams on Wednesday afternoons. Contact - Coach Barnes: (301) 807-9905 [email protected]

Wilson High School presents "HAIR"
Wilson High School is boldly presenting HAIR, the "rock musical" about the 60s and the movement for pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War.  As many of you might remember, Hair gleefully dives into issues of sexual freedom, sexual identity, racism, and war.  You probably remember some of its songs: Aquarius, Hair, Easy to Be Hard, and Good Morning Starshine, along with the beauty and innocence of the 60's ethos of hope, peace and change.  Those messages will resonate differently now, as new kinds of racial tension, sexual tension, and war continue to plague us.  

High School students don't usually perform Hair!, and some of the material may not be suitable for younger kids, so please use your own discretion. They have cut out all nudity and and a particularly explicit song. The Wilson students are uniquely equipped to take this on: they are diverse in a multitude of ways, incredibly talented, and deeply thoughtful about these issues.  Don't miss the beautiful spectacle of them embracing this material and this music!  

Remaining performances will be Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st at 7:30 pm with a special matinee performance on Saturday, November 21 at 2:30.


Student/child/Wilson Teachers and Staff - $5 all performances 

Adult - $15 ($10 for the Saturday, Nov. 22 2:30 pm matinee) 

Cash or Check only

Tickets may be purchased before each performance.  You can also email[email protected] to reserve tickets in advance.  Include your full name, the date and time of the performances you wish to attend and the number of tickets you'd like to reserve.

Tenley WinterFest is Coming Soon: Sell Your Stuff at the Janney Winter Market!
Artists, crafters, cooks, and entrepreneurs of all ages: sign up now to sell your wares at the Janney Winter Market, a festive community event featuring live music, hot cocoa, yetis and more on Sat. Dec. 5 from 12-4 pm.

Tables are only $10 (half) and $20 (full) for students, and $30 for all other vendors.  

Here are some examples of what has sold in the past:  
  • jewelry & hand-painted textiles
  • bags and hats
  • beaded, knitted & crocheted items
  • holiday ornaments & decorations
  • henna tattoos & hair wraps
  • gently-used toys & card collections
  • specialty foods & sweets of all kinds
To register for a table, submit your form and payment online at or complete the form (available on the website or in the Janney office) and submit it with payment in an envelope labeled "WinterFest" to the PTA vault in the Janney office.

The Winter Market is part of Tenley WinterFest, a seasonal community celebration in Tenleytown, DC.  What began in 2004 as the Janney Winter Fair craft market has expanded to include area organizations, shops, and restaurants with activities for the whole neighborhood. 

For more information visit or email [email protected]com.

Summer Program Opportunity for grades 6, 7, and 8
Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University's Honors Institute. This international and elite program challenges young students to explore advances in technology to design robots or advances in forensic science to solve crimes. Students can also learn the science behind making new medicines and new developments in genetics. For more information visit their website at

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

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 -