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: 

Happy Sunday! I am happy to report that the momentum students showed at the end of December was present as we started off the new year. This was a busy week, including a visit from Deal alum and current DC Attorney General, Karl Racine, and the sharing of some exciting news from DCPS Global Education. Let's get right to it.

Staff from Facebook and Instagram, working with the Attorney General's office, gave a presentation on how to use the blocking features in these and other social media sites. Our 6th grade students shared some questions and their own knowledge about social media during the presentation. We will build on this presentation with additional anti-bullying work in the weeks to come that include all of our students. I can't stress how important it is for parents and guardians to recognize that students are very sophisticated users of social media and, at the same time, generally unprepared to use these amazing tools with the maturity of grown adults. Please know what they are using (SnapChat, Kick, etc.) and know that the do NOT need to have unlimited access to these platforms. We all need to keep this message going.

This week we extended our formal invitations to Deal students who had applied for world travel scholarships to Costa Rica, China, or France. All students who applied will get some form of support funding! Through the work of the ADCA, DCPS, and EF Tours, almost $40,000 will go to support student travel over Spring Break. We couldn't be happier.

Concurrently, DCPS' Office of Global Education introduced the first District-wide effort to provide travel opportunities for 8th and 11th graders, planned for the coming summer. This proposal has been brewing for the last several months; details were released this week (formal information is here: http://dcpsglobaled.org/8th-grade/). Let me give you a round-up of what I think this all means.

With this global travel initiative, up to 400 DCPS students in 8th or 11th grades will be offered full ride trips to a number of different locations. For 8th graders, the trips are to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Paris, China, and the Mediterranean coast. Students have until February 15th to complete the application on-line - getting references, writing essays - and will be notified soon thereafter. More detail is available on the website. 

What is the difference between this travel and what we do at Deal during Spring Break? At this early stage, it appears that students will be in a competitive process to secure a place on a trip, that the trips are more language immersive or service oriented, and that they are slightly shorter than our trips. Of course, they are also fully funded by DCPS - and that is a significant advantage. At this stage, given that there are only 400 slots (probably 200 for 8th graders) it is going to be a challenge to secure positions for our students. My suggestion is that families and students should go ahead and, if interested, fill out the applications for the trips, and see what comes of it! It is a great opportunity and I hope that it is one that continues to grow and accommodate the very real need of our students to become globally educated.

Finally, make sure you put the Shakespeare Festival this Friday on your calendar (starting at 6:30). It is a fun way to enjoy the Bard, to support our students, and to remind yourself why the arts are so important. I hope to see you there!

Take care, 

James Albright
Alice Deal Community Association



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The  ADCA General Meeting
Wednesday, January 13th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ADCA Updates, Mr. Albright, and Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker is Dana Fleitman of the Jewish Women International, a project of the Avon Foundation for Women. Ms. Fleitman will speak on the topic of Dating Abuse, Tools for Talking to Teens! The meeting will take place in the Deal Community Room, accessible from Howard Street (the first street on your right once you enter Fort Drive)

DON'T MISS IT!
Pizza will be provided!

- Cathy House and Brooke Evans, ADCA co-chairs -
Shakespeare Festival - this Friday!  

Magic, Spirits, Love and Betrayal!

The Alice Deal Shakespeare Festival presents abridged versions of The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing. The performance will take place  January 15th at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Prices: $5 for students and $8 for adults. 

As with all evening programs, students may attend only when accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Week of 
January 11, 2015
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday - Bell I 
 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I
Upcoming Dates  

January 12
Math Interim Assessment 2

January 13
Math Interim Assessment 2
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 14
Team Leaders, All 8:10 am
ALT Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 15
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
School Wide Geography Bee
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
Cardboard Challenge, 10:30 am

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
Science Fair Judging, 8 am - 12:30 pm

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
SRI Testing

February 10
SRI Testing

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 auditions, 3:30 pm
 
February 17
Musical auditions, 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
6th Grade Ski Trip
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
 
This month's IB Learner Profile characteristic is 
Reflective.

Congratulations to the following students for receiving Student of the Month for January:

6th Grade
Taipei
Ngila Stone
Jacob Schwartz
Dakar
Ella Cheney
Jaden Jones
Montevideo
Wengfay Ho
Mattias Rolett
Quito
Nava Roskes
Duc Dinh
 
7th Grade
Budapest
Elodie O'Keefe
Elijah Johnson
La Paz
Isabelle Shook
Tyler Wiechmann
Lima
Rhone Resch
Beatrix Bredt
Valencia
Hannah Darnell
Lachlan Bond
     
8th Grade
Bogota
Annia Ward
Asher Friedman-Rosen
Havana
Samantha Watson
Aaron Bridgeman
Suva
Eliana Rosenthal
Caleb Davy
Paris
Blyss Swan
Donovan Daniels
 
Reflective - "We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development."
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:

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


 
Media Center News

The library will be closed after school Friday, January 15th.

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.

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

Please contact Director Jill Roos for the exact schedule this week.

Questions or concerns contact
[email protected]

 
Student & Parent Information
 
New: End-of-Advisory Edline Updates
Edline progress reports will be updated twice a week for the next three weeks. Updated reports will be posted at the beginning of the week as well as before school opens on Thursdays.

New:
Help Us Find 
Science Fair Judges!
Deal's annual Science Fair will be held Wednesday, February 3rd from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. The Deal Science Department is asking for your help identifying community members to serve as project judges. Judges  should have no direct relationship to a Deal student and be available for at least two hours during the morning of February 3. More detailed information is available by contacting Ms. Giron (k[email protected]). Please ask your neighbors, friends, or colleagues!
 
New: Model UN Fundraiser 
The Model UN Club will host a fundraiser on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings by the 8th grade entrance. Coffee (for adults), hot chocolate, and apple cider, along with some baked goods, will be available for purchase! Warm up in the morning and support the Model UN Club!
 
New: Period 8 Winter Blended Learning  
Courses being offered 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
- Exploring our School's History with Ms. Trenkle.

Courses start the first week of February. To join
one of our classes, please visit:

Not ready to enroll but want more information? Visit 
https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/period-8-catalogue/ or email Ms. Giron ([email protected]) with questions. 
 
New: Math Interim Assessment 2
Students will complete the second round of math interim assessments in their math classes over a two-day period on January 12th and 13th.This unit assessment measures student progress towards meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
  
New: Speech and Debate Tournament  
Students planning to attend the WACFL Speech, Congress, or Public Forum tournament on January 16th at Eleanor Roosevelt High School must turn in their entries by this Wednesday at 3:15 pm by sending an e-mail with the student's name, event(s), availability of a parent/family member to judge, and a cell phone number to [email protected]. No late entries will be accepted after this date.
 
New: Speech and Debate Results
Just before the winter break the speech and debate team attended two tournaments: one at Georgetown University and the other at Lake Braddock High School.
 
The policy debate team of Julian Kearns (7th), Lucas Catilina-Rebucci (6th), and Max Gersch (7th) finished the tournament as the top middle school team, besting two teams from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, to receive fourth place!
 
In Lincoln-Douglas debate, students competing against 170 high school students from Maryland and Virginia ended the tournament bringing home several awards: Maria Acosta-Leon (8th) was crowned the top speaker and received 1st place in the novice division. Levi Berger (8th) and Jamie Stewart-Aday (8th), competing in the junior varsity division, finished with winning records and in 9th and 10th place respectively. In the varsity division, Josh Landweber (8th) qualified to participate in national qualifying tournament. Josh's performance is extraordinary because it is the first time in the 40 year history of the league that a middle school student has qualified for the metro-finals at the varsity level!
 
New: Students Nationally Recognized 
The National Junior Forensic League recently released the first "Top-25" list of middle school students highlighted for overall success in speech and debate activities. Deal students receiving recognition are Josh Landweber (23rd) and Alex Holmes (25th). This accomplishment is quite extraordinary given that both students earned recognition over more than 5,000 middle school students from throughout the United States and several foreign countries!
 
New: Calligraphy & Tea
Calligraphy & Tea Club is back up and running for 2016 with Ms. Thomas & Ms. Hasan! We will continue learning Arabic calligraphy while sampling delicious teas and treats from around the world. The club will meet in room C213 starting this Thursday. 
 
New: ADHD Parent Workshop Session
The Alice Deal Social Workers are excited to invite you to our next ADHD parent workshop session in January, entitled "Executive
 
Functioning and the Brain: How parents can better understand and support their ADHD child, Part II". We will meet Thursday, January 21st from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Reno Building. 
Please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend.
 
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.
 
"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! 
 
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


From the Eyes of the Monster: The Deal Rewrite of Beowulf
Announcing the sixth grade ELA parent night! Sixth grade students spent several weeks reading one version of the Beowolf  legend and crafting their own original tale in the Beowulf universe! Parents and students are invited to experience students' narrative on Thursday, January 21st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Deal cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided thanks to the generous donations of sixth grade families. Please contact your child's ELA teacher for more information. 

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 16th from 9:00 am - noon.
 
If you have any questions please use the 7th grade contact 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.

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
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aaron Rolston
ISBN-13: 9780743492829
 
Far From You by Lisa Shroeder
  • ISBN-10: 1416975071
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The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  • ISBN-10: 0393337014
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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 
 

We the People Mock Hearing Participants
Attention all 8th graders participating in the We the People Mock Hearing school-wide  competition: There will be a mandatory meeting on Monday, January 11th at 1:00 pm sharp (during ZAP) in the multipurpose room in the Reno Building. Students will go over expectations and logistics for the school-wide competition taking place on January 20th. Please plan to have all group members present at the meeting. For groups that are interested, two optional preparation and editing sessions will also be held next week. One will be Tuesday (1/12) with Ms. Huber from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in W305 and the other will be Friday (1/15) with Ms. Trenkle from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in RG03. 

National History Day (NHD) Workshops/Tutorials 
Students seeking help with NHD projects can get some on-site assistance on select dates from 3:30-4:20 pm in RG03. The 8th Grade Individuals and Societies Department will provide tutorials on the dates below:

Monday, January 11th:  Papers
Thursday, January 14th:  Documentaries
Monday, January 25th:  Websites
Thursday, January 28th:  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 22nd!
 
State of the Union Address, January 12th 
8th graders! Don't forget to watch President Obama's State of the Union Address at 9pm on Tuesday, January 12th. It is a great opportunity to make connections to class content!
 
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, 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
Thursday, January 21 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 30 @ 10:00 am 
 
Cordoza Education Campus
Tuesday, January 19th @ 9:30 am
Wednesday, February 10th @ 1:00 pm
 
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: Mock Hearing Participants!
There will be a mandatory meeting on Monday, January 11th at 1:00 pm shart (during ZAP) in the multipurpose room in the Reno Building. Students will go over expectations and logistics for the school-wide competition taking place on January 20th. Please have all group members present at the meeting.

Also, there are also two optional preparation sessions coming up. These sessions provide a chance to work with a teacher and your group members to edit your essay, research, rehearse and prepare for your presentation.

- Ms. Huber will host a preparation session on Tuesday, January 12th from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in W305.
- Ms. Trenkle will host a preparation session on Friday, January 15th from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in RG03
 
Monday: Meditation Club Canceled
Meditation Club will not meet this Monday, January 11th. We will resume on January 25th.
 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, January 11th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Ms. Huber's room. We will continue reading and discussing The Red Pencil. We will also go over details of an exciting upcoming field trip! See you there! 
 
Monday: After School Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, January 11th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E207.
 
Wednesday: Cardboard Challenge
It is time for the second annual Alice Deal Middle School Cardboard Challenge! The Global
Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of communities fostering creativity. Students are challenged to create and build with just cardboard, recycled materials and their own imagination. For more information, visit: http://cardboardchallenge.com/. Students can start building after school starting Wednesday, January 13th in the gallery.
 
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will have a General Assembly meeting on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:20 pm
in RG03.  See you then!

Friday: Shakespeare Festival 
The Alice Deal Shakespeare Festival will present abridged versions of The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing on January 15th at 6:30 pm in the Deal auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door and will cost $5 for students $8 for adults. We can't wait to see you there! 

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]

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 
 
New: Saturday Academy Kudos  
Thank you to the nine teachers who helped make this weekend's Saturday Academy such a huge success!

Monday: Math Department Meeting
A math department meeting will be held at 8:10 am in C104 to discuss this week's Interim Assessment.

Tuesday: Diversity Group Meeting
The Diversity Group will meet at 3:30 pm.
 
Thursday: Team Leaders (All) 
Team Leaders meeting will be held at 8:10 am.

Thursday: Viking Time 
Viking Time will be held during the activity period this Thursday (1/14) and next (1/21) to make up for the fall's cancelled Viking Times. 
 
Friday: SCAC
SCAC meeting will be held at 7:30 am.  
 
Friday: Shakespeare Festival 
Staff are encouraged to see their talented students in action at this year's Shakespeare festival at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. 

 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 - AdvancedW301Tuesday 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 CongressW301Wednesday3:30 - 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.

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.

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