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: 

Dr. King's messages are timeless. Whether he is speaking of injustice, civil rights, economic inequality, his faith, or his own growth and struggles as a man, he remains strikingly relevant. As an educator, Dr. King has always been there for me to help sustain my focus. When I err, he reminds me that the journey is long. When I feel complacent, his words point me to new challenges. And when I look around and see many of the same societal ills that were present when he was alive, I know that he would not have given up. We celebrate the man he was today; as a nation we are better off for him gracing the land - even if it was too short a time.

On to more prosaic items.

The potential for snow at the end of the week may scramble some plans. If it looks to be a problem, we will use this media (Constant Contact) and Twitter to notify families of changed plans. 

Our second trip to the UK in pursuit of William Shakespeare is deep into its registration stage. We are looking for 7th grade students who want to travel on a tour with Deal teachers to explore the times and places of the great playwright during the summer. Many students have already signed up - now is the time to commit to the trip. We had a great trip last year - students came back and raved - and we want the same experience this year. Why 7th graders? Students do a unit on Shakespeare in 7th grade and at the beginning of 8th grade, so this seemed a timely activity for them. Please contact [email protected] for more information about the trip.

A group of 28 students from Yu Cai Academy in Beijing will be visiting us from Friday through Monday morning. Generous Deal families are hosting these students over the weekend and showing them both American hospitality as well as one of the greatest cities on the planet. The students will only be in school for our half day on Friday, so their school experience won't be typical but it will definitely be interesting based on what is planned for that day.

Two other ways we commit to our students are Saturday Academy and Period 8 Blended Learning classes. Our last Saturday Academy of the 2nd advisory was this past Saturday. Twenty-seven students worked with eight teachers to address specific missing work assignments and to get some great one-on-one attention. Our dedicated teachers really see the benefit from this effort - and our students benefit tremendously. We will conduct our third round of Saturday Academies starting at the end of February. This is an amazing resource for students - so parents should take note of the dates and get some commitments from their children!

Finally, we are filling up our Period 8 Blended Learning classes. Check out the website for more information on these; classes will start in February. These courses are free to your students! They are quite challenging and are designed around merging student interests outside of the regular curriculum with a strong technology component. There is a rotation of courses, so a course offered this advisory may not be available next time your student wants it.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. A great crowd was on hand to see our Shakespeare Festival, a combination of Much Ado About Nothing and the Tempest. The students handled the complicated text with great courage and gusto, and the direction and production were spot on. Thanks to all who were in the show - either in front of the curtain or behind - and to the many volunteers who make the show possible. And now, on to the Spring Musical (as yet unselected!).
Alice Deal Community Association



Deal GALA: It's Disco Time!

Saturday, February 6th, 6:30 - 11:00 PM
Be A Sponsor and Be part of the Disco Inferno!!

Purchase your tickets today!

- Cathy House and Brooke Evans, ADCA co-chairs -
Week of 
January 18, 2015
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday - No School
Martin Luther King Holiday 
 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Half Day Bell
Student Dismissed at 12:15 pm
Upcoming Dates   

January 20
8th Grade School Wide Mock Hearing 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
School Wide Spelling Bee
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3 pm

January 26
Team Suva SAAM/NPG Field Trip

January 27
DCIAA Indoor Track Championship Meet
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
 
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 to be on a trip's wait list. 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!
Open House
 Saturday, January 23
10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Prospective families are invited to join the Deal staff for an open house this weekend! Come meet Deal staff to learn about our amazing school and ask questions!
(Please note: this Open House will be rescheduled if we believe there will be a significant weather event on Friday and/or Saturday.)
Student & Parent Information
 
New: End-of-Advisory Edline Updates
Edline progress reports will be updated twice a week for the next two weeks. Updated reports will be posted at the beginning of the week as well as before school opens on Thursdays. 
 
New: 2nd Semester PE Students
PE uniforms for second semester 6th grade students will be sold in the cafeteria onTuesday (1/19), Wednesday (1/20), Friday (1/22), and after school in the PE office. PE uniforms cost $7 for shirts and $13 for shorts. If students have any questions regarding the PE uniforms, please speak with your physical education teacher. 

New: Ski Trip Interest Meeting
If you are interested in going on the trip, you must attend the information meeting on Friday, January 22nd at 12:15pm in the gym. The 8th grade trip date is 2/23, 7th grade on 2/24, and 6th grade on 2/25.

New: #findyour park
#findyourpark will not meet this week.  

New: Model United Nations
MUN will have conference prep on Wednesday from 3:30-4:20 pm in RG03.  Bring your printed background guides. 

New: School-wide Geography Bee
Congratulations to all students who participated in the School Wide GeoBee on Friday! It was a great Bee. Finishing as first runner up is Owen Bradley-Meal. Finishing in first place, and advancing to the Citywide competition later this spring, is Josh Landweber! Congratulations!

Students who participated were:  Aaron Bartlett, Owen Bradley-Meal, Ryan Cheney, Bennett Cullison, Emmy Cormack, Henry Frankel, Liam Hansen, Peter Herrick, Thomas Huitfeldt, Samuel Johnson, Ale Jorge, Josh Landweber, Charles Lee, Maria Leon-Acosta, Woodfen McLean, Sofia Nicocelli, Christopher O'Brien, Torin O'Brien, Matias Rolett, Jake Stohr, Virginia Suardi, Miles Tanner, Evan Vieth, and Noah Weitzner.

New: Team Paris Parents and Students
Welcome emails to the "ManageBac" website were sent to families on Monday, January 11th. We will use this program to track your child's Community  Project progress and to record their final scores. Please have your student set up their profile with an updated email address and password before January 22nd. If you have not received this email, please contact Ms. Alana Brown ([email protected]) as soon as possible.
 
New: Attention Mme. Brown Students
This Wednesday, tutoring is closed for Mme. Brown's French students.  Instead, any students who must retake any summative assessments should be present from 3:30 until 4:30 pm that day. Students should inform Mme. Brown of which assessment they would like to take prior to their arrival. Merci! 
 
New: Girl UP
Girl Up will not meet on Monday due to the MLK Holiday. The club will resume meetings on the 25th and finish reading The Red Pencil
 
New: Mock Hearing Participants
Students participating in the school-wide mock hearings are reminded to be ready to present on Wednesday, January 20th. Students will receive a pass for their presentation time in history on Tuesday. Each group member should bring a copy of their essay to the presentation.  
New: Band Rehearsal 
Hello musicians! This week, the band rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Tuesday - Everyone
Wednesday - Woodwinds only
Friday - Brass and percussion only 

New: ADHD Parent Workshop Session #4
The Alice Deal social workers are excited to invite you to our next ADHD parent workshop session in January,"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].
 
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!
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. 
 
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
Join us for 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 student narratives 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
 
 

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, "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 
  

National History Day (NHD) Workshops/Tutorials 
Students seeking help with NHD projects can get 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 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!

Duke Ellington Visit for Actors
Staff from Duke Ellington's theater department will visit Deal on Thursday, January 28th during the activity period to provide information and assistance with the application process. All interested students should contact Ms. White for a pass.  
 
HD Woodson Information Night
H.D. Woodson Senior High School is having their NAF Academies/School Information
Night on January 19th at 4:30 pm. This is a great time for current and rising 9th graders to learn more about H.D. Woodson and their new IT and Engineering programs. 

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
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 21st @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 30th @ 10:00 am 
 
Cardoza Education Campus
During the months of January and February, Cardozo will host several Open Houses and Shadow Days for elementary and middle school students. They will feature our outstanding CTE Academies, TransSTEM and the Academy of Information Technology. They offer programs of study in Engineering, Computer Science, Interactive Media, Electro-Mechanical Technology, and they also have a FLEX-ACE Lab in Aviation. If you would like to attend an Open House and Shadow Day, please contact Shirley C. McCall at [email protected]/202-673-7753.
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...
 
Tuesday: Coding Club
Whether you have any knowledge of coding or not, come join Ms. W's coding club on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 in W204 to see what coding is all about!
 
Wednesday: School-wide Mock Hearings 
Congratulations to all our 8th graders participating in the school-wide Mock Hearing competition this Wednesday. All participating students will receive a pass to their assigned time on Tuesday.

Wednesday: Spanish Club
Please join us Wednesday January 20th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C314 for Los Vikingos Latinos, Deal's Spanish club!  This Wednesday, we will have snacks and play a few games to practice describing people in Spanish. See you there!

Thursday: Viking Time 
This Thursday's activity period will be Viking Time! We had two Viking Time periods this month to make up for our weather-related cancellations this fall.

Friday: Half Day for Students 
Students in all grades will participate in a variety of grade-specific activities on the half day. 6th grade students will view and reflect on the film Bully. 7th grade students will learn ways to counter bullying through a lesson and speaker. 8th grade students will have lessons on equity, bullying, and Black History Month.

Friday: Ski Trip Interest Meeting 
All students interested in attending one of Deal's ski trips in February should attend an interest meeting in the gym at 12:15 pm on Friday.   

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: ELA Unit Assessment Deadline 
ELA and support teachers should complete grading of the Unit 2 assessment by Friday, January 22nd. Thanks to Ms. Giron for the one week extension!

Thursday:Faculty Meeting
A Faculty meeting will be held on Thursday at 3:30 pm.

Friday: End of Advisory 
Students will be dismissed at 12:15 to allow teachers times for record keeping and grading.

Friday: Half Day for Students 
The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams will use Friday's half day to complete grade-specific activities and lessons. All homeroom buddies should plan to spend the entire morning with their homerooms. Please contact your grade level administrator with any questions. 

 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
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Free, Hands-on Science Fun for the Entire Family
Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! Family Science Days is FREE at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on February 13-14, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as part of the AAAS Annual Meeting. This free community science showcase features hands-on demos, shows, and other activities appropriate for K-12 children and their families. The event features a broad range of educators and scientists engaging the public in current science topics. For more information and to pre-register for free, visitbit.ly/1mIRu7Q. Contact [email protected] with questions.
 
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