Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
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Principal's message to Deal students and families: 

Snow shoveling party _Photo by Ella Herz_
Much of the excitement of the recent blizzard has dissipated but, as can be seen in this photo, much of the snow has not! Special thanks to our shoveling crew who helped free our students for recess this week by removing large sections of snow from our field!

While the 3rd advisory was a bit delayed, we did get it started. Report cards from 2nd advisory should be able to make it close to the planned date (right around the time of the Parent-Teacher Conference scheduled for the 12th), but families can also check the end of the advisory Edline report which will match up with the report cards as well.

I want to use the majority of my space here to make sure that everyone comes out for the Deal Gala 2016 (with details below in the ADCA box). Over the years, the PTA (now ADCA) has moved our significant fundraiser away from just a money-focused event to one that is more about community spirit. While we are sure to be dancing for a major part of the Gala, we do need to keep in mind that this our biggest and last major fund-raiser for the year. How can we make it successful?

1) Please attend - purchase your tickets, come in your disco finest, enjoy yourselves, meet friends, bid on the items that are available, and save your wallets for our major request - support for our Artward Bound program.

2) Make sure that your friends attend - because what is a party without friends? 

3) Remember why we do the event. The ADCA generously funds many Deal activities - from purchases for our library, for sports equipment, to keep our science and math and English and social studies and world language and PE and music and arts classes fully equipped for every lesson every day, for making sure our teachers recognize how caring the community is and invest their careers here, for ensuring that breakfasts, and lunches, and team awards, and incentive parties, and clubs, and activities, and Viking Times are available for all students. With your support we bring in cultural activities to the school - authors (big announcement soon!), performers, music directors (strings), dance, and movies and scripts and theater - all the things we can't budget for outside of the ADCA. Our biggest push has been for our world language trips - scholarships which will again be $20,000 from the ADCA and almost $20,000 by others - for a total of $40,000 for Deal students and families. If you and your family like Deal the way it is, then participating in this activity helps make it be the way it is.

4) Our big request this year is going to be for Artward Bound. This program was initially funded by the Chancellor's Proving What's Possible grants two years ago, funding which was reduced by 90 percent this year. The idea is simple: send students to see theater, dance, and music in professional venues across the city and throughout the year. Our first full year we participated in almost a dozen different events, opening doors for many students. This year, our funding just isn't there so we have had to cut this back. My hope is that the Deal Gala will replenish the funds so that we can take our students to the arts as well as bring the arts here - provide tickets to many shows, bring visiting artists in many different fields to work with our teachers and students, and provide a canvas for creating beautiful works of art here at our own school. The funding for Artward Bound will do all of this . . . we just need to have it! 

5) As always, we want to see you at the party. So, whether you can donate $2,000 to Artward Bound or not, your presence will make the event special. 

Hope to see you next Saturday, the 6th, right here at Deal!

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. Down below is a reminder for a new DCPS initiative - free summer trips for 8th and 11th grade students. Of the seven middle school trips, two will be run by Deal staff selected after a competitive application process. There are probably 200 slots available with applications due no later than the 15th of February. How many Deal students have applied up so far? Two. If you felt that the regular Spring Break trips were out of your reach, these DCPS trips are free - and if they don't have enough applicants, they won't take the trips! 

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 
February 1, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday, Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

February 2
School-wide Spelling Bee

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 20
Cardboard Challenge, 10:30 - 12:30

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 - noon

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

March 1
Math Int. Assessment 3

March 2
Math Int. Assessment 3

March 3
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm

March 5
Saturday Academy, 9:00 am to noon
NPR Visit, 9:00 am to noon

March 8
Diversity Group Meeting, 3:30 pm

March 9
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

March 10
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (all)
ELA Unit Assessment 3

March 11
SCAC, 7:30 am
Deal Visit, 10:00 am
ELA Unit Assessment 3

March 12
Saturday Academy, 9:00 - noon
Deal Scrabble Tournament, 8:00 - 3:30

March 14
Family Math Night, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

March 17
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

March 18
8th Grade I&S School Wide NHD Judging

March 19
Saturday Academy 9:00 am - noon

March 21 
8th Grade Spirit Week

March 22
6th Grade Field Trip to Newseum - Dakar
8th Grade Spirit Week

March 23
6th Grade Field  Trip to Newseum - Monte
8th Grade Spirit Week

March 24
6th Grade Field Trip to Newseum - Quilto
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (grade level)
8th Grade Spirit Week

March 25
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (grade level)
6th Grade Field Trip  to Newseum - Taipei
8th Grade Spirit Week

March 26
France Trip Departs 

March 28 - April 1
Spring Break 
Middle Years Program
Now that the first semester has ended the Deal community will take time to reflect on our growth as a learning community using the IB criteria within each subject group as a discussion tool. In the next few weeks, each team will take a day to pause and refer back to the summative work students have completed so far. Students will then determine their pattern of performance for each summative category and identify their areas of strength and areas for growth. Taking the time to reflect will help our students see how much they have grown since the beginning of the year and help them develop strategies for moving forward.
Here are some questions you may ask your student at home to further encourage meaningful reflection and strategic growth:

What process did you go through for your large assignments?
How did you find help when you needed it?
What does your work reveal about you as a learner?
Did you meet your standards?
How can I help you meet your second semester goals? 
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
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.

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

Costa Rica
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.
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.
Robert Otterstatter, 8th Grade English Department Chairman
Amy Azimi, 6th Grade Inclusion Teacher
Last Call for Aid to the Homeless

Temperatures are freezing and the snow is here. Your help is We are asking you to donate any extra adult-sized winter items (especially blankets and coats) that you are able to. This Tuesday and Wednesday a group of 6th grade students will be partnering with the National Coalition for the Homeless to deliver our collected socks, coats, blankets, and winter items out in the community. 

We frankly don't have enough items - which is going to make our distribution next week less than it could be. PLEASE respond by sending your child in on Monday (or come by yourself!) to drop off any last minute items. There will be a drop-off box in front of the auditorium, so just swing in and drop them off. There are a large number of people in your city who will be thankful that you did - and it sends a powerful message to our students. Contact Mr. Martini ( if you have any questions!
Student & Parent Information
New: 8th Grade Field Trips Rescheduled 
Due to last week's snow cancellations, Team Suva's field trip is rescheduled for Monday, February 1st and Team Havana's field trip is rescheduled for Thursday, February 4th. Students should report to homeroom at 8:45 am on the day of their trip, with their coat, lunch, pencil and clipboard. We will board buses and go to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Students must bring their own lunch. We will return to Deal no later than 3:15 pm. Money and cell phones are not needed for this trip.
New: Free Travel for 8th Graders
DCPS is sponsoring international trips for 8th and 11th grade students this summer and we want you to apply! Deal is hoping that at least 60 Deal students will apply to take advantage of this free opportunity to travel abroad.
How much does it cost?
DCPS Study Abroad trips are free and fully funded, including passport and visa fees!
How can my child participate?
Eligible 8th grade students interested in DCPS Study Abroad must submit an application at by February 15th. Applicants will be informed of their status by February 19th and must confirm their participation by February 24th. 
How can I learn more?
There will be a Family Information Session on February 2nd at Eastern High School from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. You can also contact Mr. Ngwa at [email protected] or Ms. Diaz at [email protected].
New: Parent-Teacher Conferences
The second round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, February 22nd from noon - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers are by-appointment-only and appointment sign-up will take place online. Beginning this Monday, February 8th, please visit Alice Deal Parent Teacher Conference to sign up for appointments with your child's team teachers. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Resource, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process will be posted on Edline and Deal's website. Note: you will need an email account to use the online process. If you will be unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment.
New: Team LaPaz
When scheduling your conferences, please leave a ten minute buffer between your appointments with Dziato and Helsabeck then Schuettpelz and Stroud to help minimize wait times.
New: Socktober Final Push 
Temperatures are freezing and the snow is here. Your help is needed now! Deal is asking families to donate any extra adult-sized winter items (especially blankets and coats). This Tuesday and Wednesday, a group of 6th grade students will partner with the National Coalition for the Homeless to deliver our collected socks, coats, blankets, and winter items. There will be a box in the rear of the auditorium for you to drop items off! Contact Mr. Martini ([email protected]) if you have any questions.
New: National School Counseling Week 
This week is National School Counseling Week!
The theme this year is "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success." This week, stop by to see your school counselor as they can help you with many of the "ingredients" for success in school. This includes study skills, organization, conflict resolution, stress management, family concerns, goal setting, career exploration, and much more. Throughout this week, Ms. Howard, Ms. Humphrey, Ms. White, and Ms. Stewart have some special surprises planned so students should pay close attention to the morning announcements each day!  
New: We the People City-Wide Competition
All 8th grade students who will attend the We the People City-Wide competition at Georgetown Law on February 17th must return their permission slips to Ms. Huber or Ms. Trenkle by Thursday, February 11th. 
New: Free Community Saakumu Show  
Saakumu Dance Troupe, the performers who have amazed us here at Deal since 2010, will return for an after-school performance for our community! They will perform in the Deal Auditorium on February 18th at 7:00 pm. The show is free with a suggested donation. Check Saakumu out here:

New: Cardboard Challenge Rescheduled
The second annual Alice Deal Middle School Cardboard Challenge is underway and the Day of Play is rescheduled! Join us for our new date on Monday, March 14th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm (during Deal Math Night)! The Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Students are challenged to create and build out of cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination. For more information, visit: 
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:

Follow Deal on Twitter
For the latest news and a glimpse in to daily life at Deal, be sure to follow us on twitter @DealVikings!

6th Grade News

Contact Information 
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?
Contact the 6th grade team:

Ms. Howard - Counselor

Mr. Kling - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade News 

7th Grade English Department 
We have hit the ground running with unit three, which is all about the human spirit's ability to endure and survive under extreme circumstances! Students should choose an independent reading book from the list below. Deadlines for selecting this book differ by teacher, but each student in the 7th grade will need to read one of these books before the end of the 3rd advisory. If you have a different book in mind, feel free to suggest it to your English teacher for approval! Please keep your eye out for stories in the news about individuals who demonstrate bravery, perseverance, tenacity, and strength while struggling against the elements to survive. Your English teachers would love for you to share these stores with them!

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 

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 
The final NHD tutorial session will be hosted on Tuesday, February 2 in RG03 at 3:30.  The tutorial is on the website category.  All 8th graders are welcome to attend.
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! 
Common Application
The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools closed February 1st. If you have questions about the application process please visit or call their hotline at 202-888-6336.
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.
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
Saturday, January 30th - 10:00 am - Noon
Monday, February 1st  - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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: Deal SAGA
The Deal Sexuality and Gender Alliance will meet on Monday, February 1st in Mr. Helsabeck's room (W207). Any interested student may join the discussion about issues related to gender equality, sexuality, gender expression, discrimination, bullying, and school safety (among other things).
Monday: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, February 1st at 3:30 pm 
behind the school on the court next to the cottage. Dress for cold weather. In the event of rain, ice, or too much snow on the court, we
will meet with Mr. Namian in Room E207.
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room on Monday, February 1st so to finish reading the Red Pencil and discuss the upcoming field trip. See you there!

Tuesday: Spelling Bee 
The school-wide spelling bee will take place in the Multipurpose Room starting during 5th period. Participating 8th graders should eat lunch during 4th period this day. Good luck to all our participants!  
Wednesday: New 6th Grade Puzzle Club
Inspired by the snowstorm Jonas, the new 6th grade Puzzle Club will begin meeting on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room E104. Take a relaxing brain break with music, a puzzle, and some socializing every Wednesday. Snacks and friends are welcome!
Wednesday: Los Vikingos Latinos
Don't forget to join Los Vikingos Latinos, Deal's Spanish club, for their meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room C314!
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet on Wednesday to prepare for the WMIDMUN Conference!  Join us at 3:30 pm in RGO3. Please bring your background guide, questions, and any research you have completed. 

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
Congratulations to our indoor track teams for their strong showing at the DCIAA championship last week! The girls' team took first place and the boys' team took second. Way to go!
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.  

Swim Team
The last event of the season for the Deal swim team is our final meet on Tuesday, February 2nd. There will be no practice after this date. Thanks for a great third season, swimmers!

Outdoor Distance Track
Coach Helsabeck is ready to start getting the roster together for the distance track squad (800 and 1600 meter distances). If you ran cross country or are interested in joining us for the first time, reach out to him by email ([email protected]) or in person to join the roster.
Staff Information 

New: 8th Grade Field Trips
Thanks to winter storm Jonas, Suva and Havana's trips to the SAAM and NPG were rescheduled. Suva's trip will be Monday, February 1st and Havana's trip will be Thursday, February 4th.

Tues & Wednesday: 6th Grade Meetings
Teams Taipei and Dakar will meet in the auditorium at 9:30 am Tuesday morning. Teams Montevideo and Quito will meet in the auditorium at 9:30 am on Wednesday.

Tues & Wednesday: 6th Grade Run
Teams Montevideo and Quite will hold their run to support the homeless on Tuesday. Teams Taipei and Dakar will run Wednesday.

Wednesday: Science Fair Judging
Please excuse any students attending the science fair judging Wednesday morning from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

Thursday: WTU Meeting
The WTU will hold a meeting from 3:30 - 4:30 pm this Thursday.

Saturday: Deal Gala
All staff are invited and encouraged to join the ADCA and Deal community for the fundraising gala this Saturday from 6:30 - 11:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to dress up, dance, and support our favorite cause: Deal!

New: Rugby Coaching Class 
Washington DC Youth Rugby is hosting a flag rugby course designed to teach non-rugby coaches, teachers, and volunteers to coach flag rugby. No prior rugby experience or knowledge is necessary for this class on Saturday, February 6th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. To learn more, click here:

 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 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 -