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: 

Thank you to the many who came to last night's Deal Gala 2016 - an auction, dance, and party wrapped up in one. Although final numbers won't be available for a little while yet, it exceeded our expectations in the most important way: it was fun. We also think we made our financial goals, giving us the funds needed to keep Deal doing what it needs to be doing. While many parents are owed thanks, a special nod must go to our ADCA co-presidents, Cathy House and Brooke Evans, for their leadership. They realized that an auction without dancing isn't much of a community event, and made sure that last night's disco revival reminded us of that. As I noted last night, this is Ms. House's last of five years as president and she is owed a debt for steering the parent association for that long of a time and with that steady a hand. Ms. Evans jumped into this year with her sleeves rolled up and has been a great partner for Ms. House. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the tremendous effort by Diana Rojas to ensure an exciting and item-filled auction. Speaking for the Deal staff, we appreciate the hard work of these leaders and that of the many unsung who made the event happen.

We are in the midst of Black History Month here at Deal and a number of exciting events and opportunities are slated - so many that we have taken over part of March as well! The flyer below describes many of the activities going on at Deal - most of which are for the students. However, I want to draw your attention to two events. On the night of February 18 at 6:30, the world-class Saakumu Dance Troupe from Ghana will perform for our community in the auditorium. This is the fourth year they have been here - but this year we are making their main performance wide-open for the community. It will be free and open - and judging by last year, a blast. The performance is an energetic, percussive dance and music program second to none. Saakumu will also provide workshops for our students, but the full show is available to you. Put it on your calendars!

The second item is the Speech and Drama Competition on March 3. This is a real gem of a moment - students read or perform literature, poems, speeches, and plays from the great collection of Black leaders, writers, diarists, and artists. The event is formally judged with prizes for students going up to $100 for first place. This is our fourth year doing this competition and it is a moving tribute to the power of language to shape culture and ideas. It is also just a beautiful time to watch our students lay it on the line. So . . . please encourage your children to get in touch with Ms. Neal or Ms. Redekopp and step onto the stage. 

Kudos to our amazing Science team of teachers for completing another wonderful Science Fair process at Deal. One of our commitments to you is that every child will participate in the Fair each year as a way to challenge themselves using the scientific method, their own interests, and their drive for understanding. Although all science teachers worked with students, special thanks go to Christine Rhoads for being the driving force for the Fair, Elyse Lerum for working with a select group of struggling scientists so their work could reach completion, and to Assistant Principal Katherine Giron for supporting the overall effort. Results will be announced in next week's bulletin - with winners heading off to the Cluster and City-wide competitions soon. We had the largest number of volunteer judges we have ever had for the Fair - so thank you to those many community members who took the time to share their love of science with our students.

On an organizational note, 2nd advisory report cards will be mailed by this Friday but, given the nature of posting mail through a school system, they may take a while to get to you. You already have access to your student's 2nd advisory grade through Edline, so you should know what you need to know. A cautionary note: DCPS sent out a notice that there had been some sort of problem with attendance reporting during the snowstorm; they told us this may show up on the report cards. Feel free to check with my attendance team if something doesn't seem right. If there is an error, and you need a corrected report card for a transcript or for 8th grade applications, please let us know and we will get you a corrected report.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. Following up on last week's note about DCPS' summer world language trips - the deadline is the 15th of February. I have learned that there are still a significant number of slots available for these trips - trips that include Chile, Ecuador, Spain, and the South of France, among others. There is no reason for any 8th grader to NOT apply for these opportunities. It is critical for the success of the program that all the available spots be filled, so until that has happened we should do our part. The trips are slightly shorter than our Deal 8th grade trips over Spring Break and they travel to different locations (generally). I applaud the effort to expose all of our students to the world at large through this initiative, and it is one more reason why I am proud to be part of our school system.

Thank You!

The entire Deal family would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the ADCA, volunteers, staff, and community who made our annual fundraising Gala such a huge success! It was an honor to celebrate and support our favorite cause.
Deal Celebrates Black History Month

The Deal community has put together a calendar of events in celebration of Black History Month! Some events are during the school day and meant for students, but many are open to the community. See the schedule below and future bulletins for further information.!

Week of 
February 8, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday, Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - No School for Students
(PD for Staff
Upcoming Dates   

February 9
Diversity Group Meeting, 3:30 pm
SRI Testing

February 10
SRI Testing

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

February 12
Professional Development 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
African-American Film Festival - "The Rosa Parks Story," 3:30 
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 Workshops
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
Hip Hop Workshop
African-American Film Festival - "The Great Debaters," 3:30 

February 25
6th Grade Ski Trip
Team Leaders, Gr Level, 8:10 am
Hip Hop Workshop

February 26
Hip Hop Workshop

February 27
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

February 29
Math Department Meeting, 8:10 am
3rd Advisory Mid Point
African-American Film Festival - "Alvin Ailey," 3:30 

March 1
Math Interim Assessment 3

March 2
Math Interim Assessment 3

March 3
Speech and Drama Competition
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 - 8:00 pm
Cardboard Challenge Day of Play, 6:30pm

March 16
The Book Thief author visit (TBD)

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 
Deal Staff Recognition
At our monthly faculty meetings, the staff gets to recognize their colleagues for reflecting the best in teaching and working at Alice Deal. January's recipients of this recognition are:

Ms. Emily Culp - ELA, 6th Team Dakar
"hard-working" "organized" "dedicated" "meticulous" "kind" "positive" "great department chair"

Ms. Beli Acharya - Math, 8th Team Bogota
"advocate" "thoughtful" "inclusive" "created very interesting [Cities Project]"

Ms. Alieze Stallworth - 7th grade Administrator/Assistant Principal
"objective" "mindful" "considerate" "professional" "kindness"

Congratulations! These are well-deserved accolades.

International Baccalaureate Updates 

Did you know that as of February 1, 2016 there are 4,335 International Baccalaureate world schools across the globe? The United States alone boasts 2,682 IB world schools where students across our nation receive high-quality international education. Of the IB world schools in the United States, 605 offer the Middle Years Program, Alice Deal being one of two Middle Years Programs offered by DCPS.
All of that to say CONGRATULATIONS to the newest IB world school in the District, Eliot-Hine Middle School, where Ms. Tyneka Young is principal and Ms. Dana Watson serves as IB coordinator. Welcome aboard! We're glad to have Eliot-Hine join us on this journey as we offer our students a unique, yet challenging educational experience.
To find out more about IB world schools visit 

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
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.
Final Meeting
The final World Language Trip will take place March 10th at 6:30 pm. All traveling students and families are expected to attend this meeting to learn last minute logistics, flight information, and room assignments.

Costa Rica Advisory
The Deal team, EF Tours, and DCPS are closely monitoring the current Zika-related health advisory in Costa Rica. This situation is still very new and we will communicate all news and announcements as we receive them. Please see your most recent email from Ms. Cuffee for the CDC's statement and further information about the trip.
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!


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

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.
Student & Parent Information
New: Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up
The second round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place 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 Monday, February 8th, please visit: 
to sign up for appointments with your child's team teachers.  All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, ELL, 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 are unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment.
New: SockTember Thank You!
Thank you to all of those who participated in our SockTember winter clothing drive! Thanks to your donations and help delivering items we played a small role in changing the lives of others for the better. Our community collected thousands of items and students delivered hundreds of them to those experiencing homelessness in DC. We met a lot of people with different backgrounds, personalities, and stories! A special shout-out goes to Mr. Martini's homeroom for collecting the most items and Ms. Nakamura's homeroom on their second place finish!

New: Spelling Bee Congratulations
Congratulations to all 76 students who participated in the school-wide portion of the Deal Spelling Bee! The battle was tough, and in the end we have three moving on to the Cluster Bee:

First Place: Julia Weinrod
Second Place: Linnea Byrne-Kvalsvik
Third Place: Sammy Taubman
New: Debate Results for WUDL
Last weekend, the Viking policy debaters attended a Washington Urban Debate League tournament at the District of Columbia International School and walked away with a number of trophies. Congratulations to the following students for their awards in the varsity and novice divisions: 

Jonah Docter-Loeb and Josh Landweber - Varsity Champions
Jamie Stewart-Aday and Jake Stohr - Varsity 5th place
Jamie Stewart-Aday - Varsity 1st place speaker
Ella Lusty and Camelia Terraza - Novice 4th place
Max Wix, Ryan Thomas, and Kaleb Anderson - Novice 5th place
Peter Milius - Novice 8th place speaker
Lucas Catilina-Rebucci - Novice 9th place speaker
Sam Alswang - Novice 10th place speaker
New: Speech and Lincoln-Douglas Debate 
All speech and Lincoln-Douglas debaters wanting to go to the Broad Run Tournament on February 20th should have their entries turned in to Mr. Stroud ([email protected]) by this Wednesday. If students are interested in attending the national tournament in June they are strongly recommended to attend this tournament.

New: Policy Debate 
Anyone interested in attending the February 20th Washington Urban Debate League policy debate tournament should submit entries via e-mail to [email protected] by February 17th.

New: We the People City-Wide  
Attention all 8th graders participating in the We the People City-Wide Competition: In order to prepare for our trip to Georgetown Law on February 17th, there will be a mandatory meeting to discuss logistics and expectations on Wednesday, February 10th at 1:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room. All group members are expected to attend. Please remember to turn in your permission slip to your history teacher.  

New: FREE West African Music and Dance Performance
Saakumu Dance Troupe, the performers who have amazed us here at Deal since 2010, will return for a special evening performance for our community. They will performi 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
Our "Day of Play" is rescheduled for Monday, March 14th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm: The second annual Alice Deal Middle School Cardboard Challenge is underway.  The Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of communities fostering creativity. Students are challenged to create and build with just cardboard, recycled materials, and their imagination.  For more information, visit: Students will show off their creations and invite anyone and everyone to come out a play in collaboration with the Deal Math Night that same evening.
New: Passport to History Trips
Passport to History after-school trips are back! 8th graders who wish to participate should check Edline and/or their history teacher for a permission slip. Students will need to bring metro money, a camera, a snack, and good walking shoes.  Space is limited so sign up soon!

February 17th - Washington Monument and Lock Keepers House
February 29th - Hamilton, Jackson, and Decatur 
March 16th - Congressional Cemetery

New: Team Paris Community Project
All Team Paris students should have their community project profiles set up on ManageBac.  If students are having difficulty with ManageBac they should contact [email protected] or
[email protected] as soon as possible. Students will be working on their action plan in class during their Community Project lessons. Students should be meeting with their supervisor in February to review their action plans and ensure they are ready for action in March and April. 

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].
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
A Message from Yu Cai Academy in Beijing

[From Mr. Zhi here in Washington]: Dear Hosting families:

Today is the eve of Chinese new year, the students you have hosted arrived in Beijing two days ago, and I have just received a thank you letter from the assistant principal on the trip:

Dear Alice Deal family:

Today is the Chinese New Year eve; I would like to wish you a very happy new year of Monkey!

Looking back on our trip, our greeter on the FIRST DAY in the U.S. is not only your warm welcome reception, but also the century record-breaking snow storm, what a great experience for us to enjoy US from a unique perspective, once in a century time! 

This snow storm also offered us a great opportunity to personally experience your sincerity, your hospitality and your kindness. You have carefully arranged all kinds of opportunities for our students to see Washington DC, all kinds of food to feed them well and all kinds of playful games to make them happy.
When I saw you pulled the skateboard, held their luggage, supported them to walk in the century-snow, to come school to catch the bus, my eyes were wet, my heart was melted, I was completely speechless!

Three nights' short stay, our students have experienced coldest weather, but have also enjoyed your maximum warm, kind and sincerity, we now all deeply understand the beauty of these words! Despite the cultural differences between US and China, the greatest harvest for our students in this US trip is to realize and appreciate the real beauty of these words and to learn and treat people in such a great way in their future life to come.

I apologies to all the inconvenience that our students might have brought to you during their stay and sincerely wish every family a great and happy Chinese New Year!

Weirong Xiu

7th Grade News 

7th Grade English Department
7th graders should remember to bring their independent reading books to English class every day this week. They should have a book from this list unless they have gotten a different book approved by their English teacher:

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:
Common Application
Although the deadline is past for the Common Application, Deal staff members giving recommendations still have until this week to complete recommendations.
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 
Cardozo Education Campus
During the month 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] or 202-673-7753.
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: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, February 8th 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. 

Tuesday-Wednesday: SRI Assessment 
Students will complete the computer-based Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) in their English classes this week. Although it doesn't tell us everything about a student's reading level, this assessment gives teachers valuable information to help meet every student's needs and strengths.

Friday: No school for students 
Students will have the day off while teachers get the opportunity to learn and grow their craft at professional development! 

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]

Boys and Girls Basketball Playoff Games 
The playoffs for girls & boys 7/8th grade teams will be at Deal on Monday, February 8th, at 4:45 and 6:00 pm, respectively. The 6th grade girls & boys teams will play at 4:45 and 6:00 pm, at Walker Jones.

Semi-finals will be Wednesday, February 10th at 4:45 and 6pm, at the higher seed's schools, TBA. The championships will be Saturday at Roosevelt EC. The 6th grade girls will play at 10 am and the boys at noon. 7/8th grade girls will play at 2 pm, followed by the boys at 4pm

Attention all track stars! We had a very successful indoor season and want to thank you for your efforts!  The girls team took 1st place in DCIAA, and the boys team took 2nd place - Excellent job! 
Interested in joining us for outdoor track? Outdoor Track practice will start later in February.  Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Students must submit all athletics paperwork, including a copy of your sports physical from June, 2015 or later, to participate.  
Please join the outdoor track email list by clicking this link - you may submit as many email addresses as necessary.  All pertinent information about schedules, practices, and meets will be distributed through this email list.  Questions?  Contact Ms. Farrar at [email protected]    

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
In order to make up for lost pool time, the swim team will be holding practice on Tuesday and Thursday this week. These will be the last practices of the season.

Outdoor Distance Track
Coach Helsabeck is 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.

Softball Tryouts
All students interested in joining the softball team should attend a meeting on Monday, February 8th at 3:20 in the cafeteria. The meeting will take 5-10 minutes and we will discuss all the forms to be submitted.

Tryouts will take place February 15th to 18th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Students should bring a glove and a change of clothes.
Staff Information 

New: Deal Gala Thanks
Thank you to the staff members who came out to support the Deal Gala this weekend! It was a joy to support your efforts and cut a rug!

Tuesday: Diversity Group Meeting
The Diversity Group will meet at 3:30 pm.

Tuesday-Wednesday: SRI Assessment
ELA teachers will administer the SRI on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Please email Ms. Giron with any questions.

Thursday: Team Leaders
All team leaders will meet with Ms. Neal at 8:10 am.

Thursday: MYP Lesson
This Thursday's activity period is an MYP lesson! Please see your grade-level administrator with any questions.

Friday: PD Day
The students will stay at home to allow all staff to participate in content-specific professional development. Please see your content-area administrator with any questions.

 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
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)

Do you have a community event or organization you would like to see included in the weekly bulletin? Please contact d[email protected] with submission requests.

FAES Saturday Science Academy at NIH
The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), will be conducting a FREE 9-week Saturday Science Academy, starting February 20, 2016 for underserved youth in the Washington DC metropolitan area at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
The program will train minority students (grades 6-7-8) on the basics of life sciences and provide a hands-on laboratory experience to stimulate students' interest in the sciences. Students must complete a brief application (attached) due February 9, 2016. For more info, visit <>  or email[/owa/[email protected]][email protected]

Urban Adventure Squad Presidents' Day Program

The Urban Adventure Squad is thrilled to announce a special Presidents' Day program (Feb. 15) for grades 3 through 7, filled with hiking and history, at the President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S Street, NW.  Come join us in residence at the Wilson House and to take a beautiful winter hike on a National Park Service trail. Did you know President Wilson signed the legislation that created the Park Service in 1916? AND he was the only president in history who made D.C. his permanent home after leaving the White House! In other words, he was showing the #DClove long before it was a hashtag. The house is maintained as it would have been in the 1920s, and it was where Woodrow Wilson delivered the first-ever nationwide remote radio broadcast-on Nov. 11, 1923-to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Armistice Day. We'll also use the day to develop the UAS design submission for Re-ball!-the competition to create a permanent installation in the Dupont Underground, using 650,000 plastic balls leftover from the Building Museum's BEACH exhibit last summer. Program runs 8:45am-4pm, $65/$45 per sibling. Check out to register & send any questions to [email protected].

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 -