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: 

Happy New Year! If you went someplace, welcome back, and I hope it was relaxing. If you stayed here, I hope it was relaxing without all the hassles of travel. Either way, we are now dipping our toes carefully into 2016 and getting back up to "academic" speed. Like everything at Alice Deal Middle School ,we will start quickly this week and keep running as we approach the end of the 2nd advisory. 

This week, there are a handful of items to call to your attention. On Wednesday, there will be a presentation on Internet safety sponsored by the District's attorney general, Karl Racine, and prepared by staff from Facebook and Instagram. We will hold it for our 6th graders during 1st period (based on our auditorium's capacity) and then figure out how to reach our 7th and 8th graders after this week. This is a critical topic and one that can stand repeating. We have worked with the presenters to make it relevant and appropriate for our students; I am curious about student reception. 

We will have an English unit assessment at the end of the week and a Math assessment early next week. These have been implemented smoothly, particularly as they are aligned to what students are studying in their classes and can be used as useful information for teachers. As usual, we will not be disrupting the school day for these assessments (beyond the students taking them in their English or Math classes). Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about these assessments; your comments are always helpful in understanding the impact of the assessment process on the community as a whole.

As I noted previously, the 2nd advisory ends soon - January 22nd. I pushed hard to have students complete work still due before the end of December and be ready for new assignments over the next three weeks. It is essential that students get their assignments in as soon as they are due (seems to make sense, right?). Almost all formative assessments - practice assignments with some weight - should be completed when due, when in class. Keep an eye on these on Edline and if there is a "double- asterisk" work with your student to determine what is going on with this missing work. We will have two Saturday Academies this month - Saturday, January 9 and Saturday, January 16 - and these are opportunities for students to bear down and address missing work or work that needs to be relearned. These Saturdays are for the students - so if you think they need some support, please be sure to let their teachers know and send them to us on Saturdays! (We start at 9 and end at 12.)

We are glad to welcome back Anna Henderson, Deal Spanish teacher, and know she will jump right in. Also returning is our IB Coordinator Alana Brown. Both have been out on family leave - we are glad to have them back. Right before the break from winter, we also were glad to have Samantha Fils-Aime rejoin us from her maternity leave; she will be leading a 7th grade English class. Sixth grade teacher Atif Siddiqui was also out for a month with his family. While we are glad that our teachers are able to tend to their families, we miss them, too, and love having them back at school.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. Please make plans to join us for the Deal Gala 2016 on February 6th. This is our version of the annual auction and is destined to be an amazingly fun event for all. Keep checking on the plans for the party and be sure to go ahead and get your tickets as soon as possible. Can't wait to see everyone there!

Alice Deal Community Association

Mark your calendars
  • January 13th - The ADCA General Meeting is at 6:30 pm. There will be a special guest speaker you won't want to miss!
  • February 6th - The Deal Gala! Buy tickets here. See details below:


It's Disco Time!


The Deal Gala
Saturday, February 6th - 6:30 - 11:00 PM

This fabulous party and fundraiser will be a flashback to the 70's - get ready to dance the night away at Deal! Food and beverages are included. Purchase early bird tickets - only $35.00. Purchase tickets online today!

Cathy House and Brooke Evans, ADCA co-chairs.
Week of 
January 4, 2015
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday - Bell I 
 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I
Upcoming Dates  

January 4
Students and staff return from
 Winter Break

January 7
ELA Unit 2 Assessment
WTU Meeting 3:30 - 4:30 pm

January 8
LSAT Meeting, 7:30 am
ELA Unit 2 Assessment
Deal Visit, 10 am

January 9
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon

January 12
Math Interim Assessment 2

January 13
Math Interim Assessment 2
School Wide Geography Bee
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 14
Team Leaders, All 8:10 am
Math Interim Assessment 2
ALT Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 15
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Shakespeare Festival, 6:30 pm 

January 16
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon 

January 18
Martin Luther King Day
No school for students and staff 

January 20
8th Grade School Wide Mock Competition

January 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
6th Grade ELA Parent Night, 6:30 pm

January 22
End of Term 
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm

January 23
Deal Saturday Open House 10 - 2pm

January 25
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3 pm

January 26
Team Suva SAAM/NPG Field Trip

January 27
Team Havana SAAM/NPG Field Trip

January 28
Team Leaders, Grade Level, 8:10 am
Team Paris SAAM/NPG Field Trip
World Language Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm 

January 29
Team Bogota SAAM/NPG Field Trip
Deal Visit, 10 am

February 3
Principal's Coffee, 10 am 

February 4
New to Deal Meeting, 8:10 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

February 6
Deal Gala 2016 
(ADCA Party Fundraiser)  
6:30 to 11:00 pm

February 9
Diversity Group Meeting, 3:30 pm

February 11
Team Leaders (All), 8:10 am

February 12
PD Day for Staff
No school for students

February 15
President's Day
No school for staff and students

February 16
Musical Rehearsal, 3:30 pm

February 17
Musical Rehearsal, 3:30 pm

February 18
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Musical Rehearsal, 3:30 pm
Saakumu Dance Troupe, 6:30 pm

February 19
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 pm
Deal Visit, 10 am
Saakumu Dance Troupe Workshop
Musical Rehearsal, 3:30 pm

February 22
Parent/Teacher Conference Day
No School for Students 

February 23
8th Grade Ski Trip

February 24
7th Grade Ski Trip

February 25
Speech and Drama Competition
Team Leaders, Gr Level, 8:10 am

February 27
Saturday Academy, 9 to noon

February 29
Math Department Meeting, 8:10 am
Advisory Mid Point

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 


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

The Deal Library will be closed after school Thursday and Friday.

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
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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
World Language Meetings
Mark your calendars for our next international trip meeting on January 28th at 6:30 pm. All families and students attending the trips to Costa Rica, France, or China should plan to attend.

Enrollment Deadline
Although the deadline set by EF is passed, families can still sign up for the trips. Please use the links at the bottom of this box to sign up and get more information.

Updates on France Trip
As we consider options for our trip to France this year, student safety is our top priority. EF Tours, Deal, and DCPS have been in constant communication about the ongoing security concerns in Europe. All families signed up for the France trip should have received an email from EF Tours about their response. At this time, Deal still plans to hold a trip to France, but will remain flexible and closely monitor the news and travel recommendations from the State Department. EF Tours has extended the deadline for increased cancellation fees until the end of December to allow families more time to make decisions about 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.

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.

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To register or learn more about these trips, please check out these links:

Costa Rica
If you haven't enrolled, please 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!
Shakespeare Festival Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, January 4 
3:15-5:45 Beatrice, Benedick, Borachio, Balthasar, Leonato, Hero, Don John, Don Pedro, Claudio, Margaret, Ursula 

Tuesday, January 5 
3:15-4:00 Master, Boatswain, Alonso, Gonzalo, Sebastian, Antonio, Mariners 
4:00-5:45 Prospero, Miranda, Ariel, Caliban, Ferdinand,, Gonzalo, Sebastian, Antonio, Alonso, Francisco 

Wednesday, January 6
3:15-4:30 Friar Francis, Claudio, Don John, Hero, Don Pedro, Leonato, Benedick, Beatrice, Ursula, Margaret, Borachio, Dogberry, Ensemble, Balthasar 
4:30-5:00 Caliban, Trinculo, Stephano 

Thursday, January 7 
3:15-5:00 pm Ferdinand, Miranda, Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, Stephano, Trinculo Caliban, Sebastian, Alonso, Antonio, Francisco, Gonzalo, Fairies 

Friday, January 8 
3:15-5:00pm Ferdinand, Miranda, Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, Stephano, Trinculo Caliban, Sebastian, Alonso, Antonio, Francisco, Gonzalo, Fairies, Master, Boatswain, Mariners 

Saturday, January 9 TBA 

Sunday, January 10 TBA

Questions or concerns contact
[email protected]

 
Student & Parent Information
 
New: Period 8 Registration Now Open!
Now is the time to sign up for 3rd advisory Period 8 blended learning courses! The course offerings this advisory are:

- Mixtape to Movement on Mondays with Mr. Spencer
- Forensic Science on Tuesdays with Mr. Smith
- Architecture through Minecraft on Tuesdays with Ms. Azimi
- Storytelling through Video Games on Tuesdays with Mr. Eckel
- Understanding Comics on Wednesdays with Ms. Redekopp.

Courses start the first week of February. 
If you are interested in joining one of our classes, please go to http://tinyurl.com/Period8Winter2016 to register! Not ready to enroll but would like more information? Visit https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/period-8-catalogue/ or email [email protected] with questions. 
 
New: ELA Unit Assessment 2:
Students will complete the second round of English Language Arts unit assessments in their ELA classes over a two-day period this on January 7th and 8th. This unit assessment measures student progress towards meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts.
 
New: No Shots, No School Reminder! 
All students attending DC public schools must have their immunizations updated. Call today to ask your child's doctor about the shots that may be required. For more information, go to http://doh.dc.gov/service/immunization or call 202-576-7130.
 
New: "Letters About Literature" Writing Competition
Do you have a favorite author, who influences your thinking about the world and yourself?  Do you enjoy writing? Why not enter the "Letters About Literature" writing competition? Interested students should visit read.gov/letters for contest information and send in their letter and "entry coupon" by the deadline on January 11th. The 2016 National Winner gets $1000 so get those submissions in! 
 
New: #findyourpark 
#findyour park will meet on Tuesday, January 5 from 3:30-4:20 pm in RG03.  Permission slips for our Saturday field trip (on 1/9) will be given.  

New: Model UN Club
Model UN Club will meet and have conference prep on Wednesday, January 6 from 3:30-4:20 pm in RG03.  Students participating in BUAMUN and in WMIDMUN should plan to attend.  The General Assembly will meet NEXT Wednesday on 1/13.  See you soon!

New: National History Day (NHD) Workshops/Tutorials Start this Week!
Students seeking help with NHD projects can get some on-site assistance on select dates from 3:30-4:20 p.m. in RG03. The 8th Grade Individuals and Societies Department will provide tutorials on the dates below:
  • Thursday, January 7:  Performances
  • Monday, January 11:  Papers
  • Thursday, January 14:  Documentaries
  • Monday, January 25:  Websites
  • Thursday, January 28:  Exhibits
Students must have parental consent before electing to stay after school for help. 

Students are also encouraged to contact Missy McNatt, the DC coordinator for NHD, who offers assistance at the Education Center of the National Archives and Records Administration every Saturday. You can reach her at [email protected] to make an appointment. 

Final projects are due February 22.

National Geographic Magazines Needed
If you have National Geographic Magazines lying around, please donate the magazines to the Art Department! Also, if you have any large yogurt containers, please feel free to save them and donate clean containers to the Art Department! Thank you!
 
Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediators assist disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, please follow these referral steps: (1) Obtain a mediation referral form from your grade level counselor or from Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center. (2) Fill out the form with as much information as possible. (3) Place the form in Ms. White's mailbox or turn it in to your grade level counselor. 
 
It is important to note that mediation referrals can submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name in the "referred by" section of the form. 
 
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
 
 

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
The school community has identified the following themes for the school year:
  • Students will be full partners in their learning
  • Students will be challenged by new academic and social experiences
  • Students will work in a safe and supportive environment
  • Students will work to create a better and more peaceful world
Over the next few weeks, 7th grade will focus on student being full partners in their learning.
The second advisory is coming to a close on January 22nd. Students and parents are encouraged to review Edline reports to identify areas they need to focus on. As full partners in their learning students are encouraged to attend ZAP/GRIT, team tutoring, and Saturday Academy to complete or get support on assignments. Saturday Academy is scheduled for January 9th and 16th from 9:00 am - noon.
 
If you have any questions please use the 7thcontact information listed below.

7th Grade English Department
Welcome back to school, 7th graders! The English team would like to give a preview of what is coming up in the next few months.

The first task students will tackle when they return is a book review about the Walter Dean Myers book students have been reading on their own. Students will work on this on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. On Thursday and Friday students will take the second ELA Unit Assessment. We will finish the advisory studying humor in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

On January 25th we begin our third unit of the year entitled "Survival." In this unit, we will study human beings' abilities to survive against all odds. The anchor text we will be using for this unit is The Call of the Wild by Jack London. English teachers will provide students with a copy of this text, but will also ask each 7th grader to read a related book chosen from the list below. Please begin selecting and acquiring this book now:

To Build a Fire by Jack London 
ISBN-10: 0553213350 
 
Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
ISBN-10: 0761384987
 
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
ISBN-10: 0060540958
 
The River by Gary Paulsen
ISBN-10: 0307929612
 
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • ISBN-10: 1416936475
  •  
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aaron Rolston
ISBN-13: 9780743492829
 
Far From You by Lisa Shroeder
  • ISBN-10: 1416975071
  •  
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  • ISBN-10: 0393337014
  •  
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • ISBN-10: 0156027321

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 

Happy New Year!

The 8th grade team would like to welcome back our wonderful 8th grade class and wish them a strong start to 2016! This is a big year for our 8th graders as they end their time in middle school and begin their high school experience. As we wrap up the 2nd advisory, make sure you check Edline regularly, complete all assignments on time, and reach out to your teachers with any questions.

The start of the new year also means that many high school applications deadlines will soon arrive. If you need recommendations, remember to get them to staff members at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.

Lastly, please be sure to check this "8th Grade Corner" for updates on all the exciting happenings this year. As we get closer and closer to promotion, the calendar only gets more crowded! 2016 going to be a year to remember and we can't wait to get started! 

Mock Hearings Winners
Kudos to the 8th grade for their hard work with the "We the People Congressional Mock Hearings!" The judges and teachers were impressed with the Constitutional knowledge shared! Thank you to all volunteer judges who shared their day with our students! We appreciate you!

The following students won their units for their team. They will present to another panel of judges on Wednesday, January 20th at Deal for the opportunity to advance to the citywide competition in February.

Team Havana
Unit 1: Ail Al-Saleh, Calista Gotzev, Felix Parello-Plesner
Unit 2: Stella Maiden, Amelia Myre, Aidan Ward
Unit 3: Fanny Berger, Dante Delgado, Gillian Kimmel
Unit 4: Dylan Blumenthal, Avery Dunn, Obed Johannes, Trinidad Gomez-Serrano
Unit 5: Aidan Cowie, Lauren Mueller, Caterina Sella, Mia Finlow
Unit 6: Cedar Cox-Mcallister, Felix Garland, Alex Wise, Cecillia Nogueira

Team Bogota
Unit 1: Sabina Harrison, Lucy Strand, Aline Contreras, Raven Risper
Unit 2: Dori Witherspoon, Maria Leon-Acosta, Colyar Trimble, Lily Edwards
Unit 3: Elias Finkelstein, Caleb Teems, Mendel Socolovsky
Unit 4: Rachell Molina, Olivia Bock, and Lauren Jackson
Unit 5: Murphy Harllee, Lucy Levenson, James Stewart-Aday
Unit 6: Gwenith Bowker-Bafna, Clea Tang, Claire Gearan, Sarah Tilghman

Team Suva
Unit 1: Thomas Scheller, Aaron Bartlett, Robert Finlow, Brendal Klein
Unit 2: Iona Volynets, Anaily Acosta, Naomi Schuster, Dakota Betancourt, Sydney Barr
Unit 3: Ben Perez, Lily Perez, Nate Lieber/Charlotte Wise, Cordelia Stanton, Anton Harrison, Jalen Anthony
Unit 4: Anna Nardello, Margaret Goletiani, Olivia Loomis, Maren Dunn
Unit 5: Katherine Bouker, Chloe Fastis, Charlie Nichols, Alijah Martin, John Schadegg
Unit 6: Sydney Weisman, Tara Cousins, Erin Hollar

Team Paris
Unit 1: Lilian Alten, Kai Nichols, Sebastian Rouco
Unit2: Talya Lehrich, Unai Fraeters, Josh Belinga
Unit 3: Claire Wigglesworth, Jahi Sibert, Emma McReady
Unit 4: Finn Seagraves, Nico Acajabon, Taylor Webster
Unit 5: Numa Blanco, Josh Landweber, Alex Hughes, Elilta Abera
Unit 6: Charlie Ganote, Savannah Waymer, Elie Salem, Blyss Swan 

Common Application
The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools became accessible on Monday, December 14th and closes February 1st.
 
The Common Application is used to apply to all DCPS Selective High Schools: Benjamin Banneker, School Without Walls, McKinley Technology, Phelps ACE, Columbia Heights Education Campus, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
 
The following tips will ensure a smooth process:
 
1. Contact Information - Make sure Deal has your contact information. Your pre-loaded information for applying to schools will be the same information you used to register your student here at Deal. Please contact Mr. Giron in the Welcome Center to update information if needed prior to using the application.
2. Account Access - For students with siblings applying on the Common Application, create one account for the family. This is important in the event that sibling preference is used to enroll a student.
3. School Ranking - At the end of the application you will be asked to rank your schools. Be honest in ranking your schools based on which one is your true first choice, second choice, third choice, etc.
4. Recommendations - Be sure to use your teachers' DCPS email address when requesting recommendations. If you are unsure of an email address, please ask the teacher. 
5. Time - The deadline to submit the application is February 1st. Do not wait until the last week to submit your application. You will be able to go back to change rankings up until the deadline. 
6. Questions? - Please reach out to Ms. White at 202-939-2012 or [email protected] or the MySchoolDC helpline 202-888-6336.
 
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, January 8th @ 9:00 am
Friday, February 19th @ 9:00 am
Friday, March 18th @ 9:00 am
 
McKinley Technology High School
Thursday, January 14th from @ 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
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, January 4th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Be sure to dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, the club will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E207.
 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet Monday, January 4th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Ms. Huber's room. See you then!

Thursday - Friday: ELA Unit 2 Assessment
All students will complete the second round of ELA unit assessments in their ELA classes over a two-day period this week. This unit assessment measures student progress towards meeting the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. 

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

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

Swim Team
The Deal swim team will attend a scrimmage with other DCPS middle school swim teams on Thursday, January 7th. The team will leave school after 7th period on a bus. There are more details in the TeamSnap email swimmers received about the scrimmage. Please sign up to attend this scrimmage using that email or the "Availability" tab on TeamSnap. If you do not sign up on TeamSnap by Monday, January 4th at 3:30 pm you will not be signed up to swim. See you at practice on Tuesday!

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
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 

Tuesday: ELA Meeting 
The ELA department will meet at 8:10 am in room E100 (thank you, Mr. Spencer!) to discuss logistics for this week's ELA Unit Assessment.

Wednesday: Internet Safety, 1st period
6th grade students will hear a presentation in the auditorium prepared by staff from Facebook and Instagram on Internet safety.

Thursday: New to Deal Meeting 
All New-to-Deal staff members will meet with Ms. Giron at 8:10 am.

Thursday: Thursday Bell 
This week's Thursday Bell is "SSR". Encourage your homeroom students to bring in something interesting and share what you plan to read! 
 
Thursday: WTU Meeting 
The Washington Teachers Union will hold a meeting at 3:30 pm.

Friday: LSAT Meeting 
The LSAT will meet 7:30 am in the conference room.  

 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
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
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
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)

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DC Youth Orchestra Program Spring Registration for New Students is Open!!
DCYOP offers beginner through advanced group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 to 18.  Nearly 500 students participate in group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and performances each semester at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill.  Every student has the opportunity to perform in at least one concert every semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public. To learn more about DCYOP programs and register for the spring semester, please visit www.dcyop.org.

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]

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 summersession.duke.edu.

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 over 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