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: 

I write this in the knowledge that Deal will be closed tomorrow and we don't know yet when school will reopen. I spoke with our custodial staff who were present at the school today - they are the always-mentioned "essential personnel" - and they gave me the update. Of course, the DC Department of Public Works houses some of their salt and trucks right next door to Deal, so our parking lot is pretty clear. None of the pathways are yet clear, but that will be the order of business tomorrow.

While a major snowstorm like this weekend's is very disruptive, it is the beginning of the third advisory and thus less trouble than it might seem. There will be a slight delay in getting report cards out as we have lost at least two days, but work starts anew for the advisory and all students have a change in schedule with the switch in semesters. 

Thursday night saw one of the most fun Deal evenings imaginable. Our 450+ 6th graders presented their rewrites of the classic "Beowulf" as reimagined by 10- and 11-year-olds. This was an outstanding opportunity for student creativity, based on the famous early English text, and our parent community came out in record numbers. Special thanks to all of the students who proudly displayed their work, and extra thanks to our 6th grade English teachers: Ms. Culp, Ms. Anderson, Ms. Quiambao,Mr. Spencer, Mr. Biwott, Ms. Fullington, Ms. Azimi, and Ms. Peteet. It was truly a lovely event.

On Friday morning - the first snow day - a number of Deal families met at 8am and welcomed weary Chinese students from Yu Cai Academy. The travelers had stepped off the plane the night before and were planning their three-day whirlwind trip under the care of Deal families. When plans were first made, visions of museums and ski trips and American life were surely foremost in mind; when our visitors arrived on Friday the mood was a bit different. The welcoming ceremony was cut a bit short because museums were going to close at noon - and then everyone was going to hunker down for the weekend. The entire weekend. Chinese students who spoke some English, and Deal students who spoke some Chinese. With the storm, no one could make larger groups and travel around - each family was on the hook for making a truly American experience for our guests in the living room. While we joked about this on Friday morning, I am sure that however the weekend unspooled, our Chinese friends learned more about American families than could ever be hoped. Early reports are that it was a great weekend for all.

There is a lot planned for this week - in particular our 8th grade teams are off to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. The dates of these are going to have to change, as well the time for our spelling bee, 6th grade birthday celebration, and other Deal essentials. Keep an eye out on DCPS's website, twitter feed, and Facebook pages to get general system updates - but if there is something that affects our community I will try and get it out to you as well.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. Let's make sure to purchase out tickets for the Deal Gala 2016 on the 6th of February. This is really going to be a party - a party where families get to support the Deal that they want - and you don't want to miss it. Nor do you want to miss the disco dancing.

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 -
New: EMHS (Empowering Males HS) Principal Ben Williams to visit Thursday, January 28th, during 8th grade lunch to meet interested students.
As many of you know, DCPS will be starting a new high school aimed at males in DCPS on the campus of the former Ron Brown Middle School. In order to build the first 9th grade, Dr. Ben Williams, the newly appointed principal, will visit during the 8th grade lunch period (12:06 - 12:51) on Thursday, January 28th . He will meet with any male 8th graders who may benefit from a setting with the following characteristics:all-male, college-prep, smaller class sizes, humanities focus, pre-AP and AP courses. Dr. Williams will talk about the school and offer time to answer questions. Contact 8th grade counselor Ms. White with any questions.
Week of 
January 25, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday - No School Due to Snow 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

January 25
No School Due to Inclement Weather

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 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

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
Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are the contacts at Metro who can help:

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825

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

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808

Assistant Superintendent Frank Machado: (202) 962-5809 (direct)

(Morning D32s, one of the afternoon D32s)

Superintendent Jackie Smith: (202) 379-8787; mobile: (202) 962-8785

Assistant Superintendent Amit Tonse: (202) 379-8787 mobile: (202) 570-6728

For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Kristine Marsh at (202) 962-6088 or [email protected]
As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to  [email protected] 

Alice Deal 

Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website ( for photos of items found in common areas at Deal, including in the cafeteria, field, and gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, please ask a staff member in the cafeteria to guide you to the lost-and-found.
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these up in the Welcome Center. Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs, and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
World Language Trips - General Update
World Language 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 james.albri[email protected]. Families in need have been offered $500 in years past (though this has varied based on the total amount available).

Because scholarship funding comes from a variety of sources, eligible families should not anticipate the funding to come up front; support is funded very close to the actual trip.

Please direct enrollment questions to the trip leader for your student; direct scholarship questions to Mr. Albright.
To register or learn more about these trips, please check out these links:

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

Visit and enter tour number 1692201BH or email
[email protected]

These trips are a memorable experience and we encourage all families to consider participating. To learn more about past trips, visit and check out our travel blogs!
We're going to Europe!
7th Grade families,
Travel isn't just an educational experience; it's an investment that gives your child an advantage in a competitive world! With that in mind, we are excited to announce that a group of students and teachers from Alice Deal Middle School will be traveling on a new educational tour:
Shakespeare in London and Rome in August 2016
This trip for current 7th grade students is all about better understanding William Shakespeare and his works. Students will start off in London with a walking tour and a of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Next, it's off to Shakespeare's birthplace and burial site in Stratford Upon Avon. After another day and a half in London, students catch a flight to Italy where they will visit Rome and Vatican.
As space is still available, please join us Thursday, January 28th to discuss this opportunity in detail and answer any questions. If you and your child would like to attend, you can RSVP by emailing  [email protected] 
The tour is operated by EF Educational Tours. You can learn more online at by telephone at 800-665-5364.
Please remember to bring a method of payment (credit card or check) for the enrollment fee of only $95 to the meeting.  We're excited and looking forward to having you on tour!
Robert Otterstatter, 8th Grade English Department Chairman
Amy Azimi, 6th Grade Inclusion Teacher
Student & Parent Information
New: 8th Grade SAAM Field Trip 
All 8th graders will have their field trip to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery this week! Students should arrive by 8:45 am to homeroom on their schedule field trip date. Students will depart shortly after that on chartered buses. and will return to Deal by 3:15 pm. Students do not need any money for this trip and MUST bring a bagged lunch and a pencil. Schedule:

Team Suva:  January 26th*
Team Havana:  January 27th
Team Paris:  January 28th
Team Bogota:  January 29th
*Special note for Suva: In the event of a 2-hour delay or closing on Tuesday, the trip will be rescheduled for February 1st.  Ms. Trenkle will send any changes/updates through Edline messages.

New: World Language Trip Meeting 
All 8th grade students attending one of Deal's world language trips and 7th grade students interested in attending this summer's trip to the UK should attend an information meeting on Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 pm. This is an important meeting so all families and attending students should join us! 

Spelling Bee Postponed  
As we will not have school on Monday, the school-wide spelling bee will be rescheduled. Students should listen to the announcements for additional information. 
New: Free Music and Dance Performance 
Saakumu Dance Troupe, the performers who have amazed us at Deal since 2010, will return for an after-school performance for our community! The performance will be in the Deal Auditorium on February 18th at 7:00 pm.  The show is free, but donations are appreciated. Check Saakumu out here:

New: Cardboard Challenge Day of Play
The second annual Alice Deal Middle School Cardboard Challenge is underway!  The Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of creativity and play wherestudents are challenged to create with cardboard, recycled materials, and their imagination.  For more information, visit:
show off their creations and invite anyone and everyone to come out a play on February 6th from 10:30 am - noon.
New: Project Pasamos la Voz
This year's 8th grade Spanish Humanities students decided to focus their Pasamos la Voz (Spreading the word) research project on gangs. Check out our websites to learn more about gangs/maras! 

7th period website:

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 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

ELA Thanks! 
Huge thanks to the students, teachers, and families who made last week's 6th grade ELA parent night such a huge success. It was a true joy to see so many proud families enjoying their students' interpretations of Beowulf!

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
On January 26th 7th graders begin their third unit of the year, "Survival." In this unit, students 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 

Congratulations to the 80+ 8th graders who participated in the school- wide We the People Congressional Mock Hearings on Wednesday, January 20th.  Students demonstrated their constitutional knowledge through a prepared written statement, followed by six minutes of questions from the judges. 

The winning students will move on to the citywide competition at Georgetown Law on February 17th where they will compete against other schools throughout the city.
Congratulations to all students!  Your Constitutional knowledge is impressive! 
Ail Al-Saleh, Calista Gotzev, Felix Parello-Plesner
Dori Witherspoon, Maria Leon-Acosta, Colyar Trimble, Lily Edwards
Elias Finkelstein, Caleb Teems, Mendel Socolovsky
Rachell Molina, Olivia Bock, and Lauren Jackson
Katherine Bouker, Chloe Fastis, Charlie Nichols, Alijah Martin, John Schadegg
Sydney Weisman, Tara Cousins, Erin Hollar

YouTube Fridays
Every Friday morning in the gym before school, 8th grade students get to sit back and relax as they watch a variety of inspirational, entertaining, and interesting YouTube videos.  If you have any suggestions for videos to watch, please let us know using the following Google spreadsheet:

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:

Thursday, January 28th: Exhibits
Tuesday, February 2nd: Websites (new date) 
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.  
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
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...
Monday: After School Basketball Club
The after school outdoor basketball club will not take place this week due to the snow storm. Enjoy the snow day and we look forward to meeting again next Monday. 
Wednesday: Spanish Club Meeting
Spanish club is meeting from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C314. Nos vemos miércoles después de escuela!
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:20 pm for a General Assembly meeting.  Ms. Alex will join us for our discussion on the Declaration of Human Rights and Social Justice. All students attending BUAMUN must bring their signed waivers and releases to Ms. Trenkle before Friday!

Thursday: World Language Trip Meeting 
All 8th grade students attending one of Deal's world language trips and 7th grade students interested in attending this summer's trip to the UK should attend an information meeting on Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 pm. This is an important meeting so all families and attending students should join us!

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 practice will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. All cheerleaders must have the required forms in order to participate.  
Staff Information 

Monday: Snow Day 
Be safe and enjoy the snow day on Monday! Please check your email as we make plans for the rest of the week. If there are additional delay, other deadlines may be affected.

Tuesday - Friday: 8th Grade Field Trip 
All chaperones should report to their team's Individuals and Societies teacher before 8:45 on the day of the trip. We will return to Deal before 3:15 pm. Thank you for your help!

Tuesday, January 26th - Suva*
Wednesday, January 27th - Havana
Thursday, January 28th - Paris
Friday, January 29th - Bogota

*If we have a delay or cancellation on Tuesday, Suva's trip will be moved to Monday, February 1st.

Wednesday: Track Meet 
The DCIAA track championship is Wednesday, January 27th. Please excuse attending students and work with them to complete any missed work.

Thursday: Team Leaders 
Team leaders will meet with their grade level administrators at 8:10 am.

Thursday: MYP Activity Period 
This Thursday's activity period is an MYP lesson. Please contact your grade level administrator with any questions. 

Thursday: ALT meeting
The Academic Leadership Team will meet in the Conference Room at 3:30pm

Friday: Grades Due 
All 2nd advisory and 1st semester final grades are due in Aspen by Friday, January 29th at 3:30 pm. 

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

Book ClubE105Friday3:30-4:30
BaseballGymMonday - Friday  AM/PM
African DrummingCG21Monday3:30 - 4:30
Art of the Month ClubC205Monday3:30 - 4:30
Caribbeans on BoardE103Monday3:30 - 4:30
Dance ClubC128Monday3:30 - 4:30
Future Teacher ClubR102Monday3:30 - 4:30
Girl Up ClubW 305Monday3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema ClubR109Monday3:30 - 4:30
MeditationCG06Monday3:30 to 4:30
Muay Thai Fundamentals and FitnessTBAMonday3:30 - 4:30
Open StudioC224Monday3:30 - 4:30
Outdoor After School Basketball ClubCottageMonday3:30 - 4:30
Podcast ClubE207Monday3:30 - 4:30
Run Girls Run!W306Monday3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble ClubCafeteriaMonday3:30 - 4:30
Sixth Grade Soccer ClubE104Monday3:30 - 4:30
Student CouncilMonday3:30 - 4:30
The Poetry CafeC222Monday3:30 - 4:30
Board GamesE100Monday3:30 - 4:30
History through the cityE307Monday (alt.)3:30-5:30
Peer MediationC302Monday and Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Concert ChoirAuditoriumMonday, Wednesday, and Friday7:45 - 8:30 am
Cross CountryReno ParkMonday, Wednesday, and Thursday3:30-5:00
Ultimate FrisbeeR101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - BeginningR103Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Crocheting/Knitting ClubE207Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Power Walking ClubC302Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair HelpE201Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
SpeechW101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Adult ColoringW307Tuesday (alt.)3:30 - 4:15
Jazz BandCG20Tuesday and Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - 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
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, 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 ½ 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

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

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 -