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: 

Nothing like a snowy Monday holiday to give us time to catch our breath and rest. We are just starting the long, late winter trip to Spring Break - six weeks with almost entirely normal weeks of work. No real holidays, no cheerful warm breezes - just a wintry period which will challenge all of us. At the end, we close out the 3rd advisory, leave for vacations, and jump back into Washington's spring. But rather than be too gloomy, let me share some bright news about two of our wonderful Deal Vikings. These two students were recognized for their accomplishments - in service, in academics - and reflect the best in what we can aspire to be.

Amelia Myre - The Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Amelia Myre, 13, today [was named one of] the District of Columbia's top youth volunteers of 2016 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

"Amelia, an eighth-grader at Alice Deal Middle School, launched an initiative with her sister to support wounded veterans by raising money and focusing attention on their sacrifices. Amelia, who began volunteering at Walter Reed Bethesda National Military Medical Center at age 9, purchased gifts one year for the patients there and handed them out during a Christmas party. At the event, she saw a quadruple amputee receive a specialized "track chair" from a nonprofit organization, and realized she could do more to help America's wounded warriors."

"Amelia and her sister decided to launch an initiative to help more veterans get track chairs. They invited some of the amputees they had met at Walter Reed to come to their school to share their stories, and persuaded a local television station to cover the visit. Then Amelia hosted a car wash outside of her school that raised $1,000. At first, "I didn't know much about amputees and specially designed chairs for them," she said, "but now I am determined to help in every way I can."

"[As State Honoree], Amelia will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an invitation to four days of national recognition events in Washington, D.C., where [she] will join the top two honorees from all 50 states. During the trip, 10 students will be named America's top youth volunteers of 2016."

Anaily Acosta - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation/Young Scholars Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported over 800 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

From eighth grade through senior high of school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation:
  • a personal academic and college counselor
  • funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year
  • internship and study abroad opportunities
  • educational resources including books and technology
The Young Scholars Program is a national scholarship with students representing every region and attending school in rural, urban and suburban communities.

These two students are part of the reason why Deal is the school that it is. One thing about each of these young ladies is that they saw their work at school and in the community as part of something outside of the building. Receiving recognition for good work - being acknowledged for your effort - is something we should keep in mind. While not all recognition is going to be national in extent, when we see what a student has accomplished we should let them know we respect this. 

Take care, 

James Albright

NB. Our basketball teams had another stellar season. The Girls MS and 6th grade teams won their respective championships, and the Boys 6th grade team won their championship as well! The Boys MS team took second place after an incredibly tight battle with Francis-Stevens School Without Walls MS. What an amazing accomplishment for these hard-working students. The hard work they put in throughout the season really paid off - and we are proud of them!

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.!

This week, the Saakumu Dance Troupe will have a free evening performance and student workshops on Friday. The time for this performance is 7pm - not 6:30 as noted in the flyer below - and we would love to have a great community turnout. (All students must be accompanied by a parent.)

Week of 
February 15, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday,  No School  
President's Day 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

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 auditions, 3:30 pm
Saakumu Dance Troupe, 7:00 pm

February 19
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 pm
Deal Visit, 10 am
Saakumu Dance Troupe Workshops
Musical auditions, 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
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 
Alice Deal Middle School Presents:

Director: Jillianne Roos Music Director: Sarah Gilberg Choreographer: Nikki Gambhir
Show Dates: May 5th, 6th, and 7th

Singing/Acting: February 16th or 17th 
Dance: February 19th

Students need to attend only one day for singing and acting auditions. Everyone must attend dance auditions. Please prepare a short song from of a musical. Students will be given a side to read and taught a combination for dance auditions. No experience is necessary!

The Story
Bye Bye Birdie is a satire that takes place in 1958 and centers around an Elvis Presley type rock and roll superstar, Conrad Birdie. Birdie is drafted into the army. His agent and song writer,Albert Peterson,and Albert's secretary and love interest, Rosie Alvarez, plan a farewell performance for Birdie on the Ed Sullivan television show, which they hope will provide the publicity to sell his new song "One Last Kiss" and bring Albert's company out of debt. At the conclusion of the performance, Birdie will give a real kiss to a lucky girl from his fan club.

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Director Jill Roos ([email protected]
International Baccalaureate Updates  
Did you know that as of February 1st, 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 are 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! 8th graders invited! 
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 to  London and Rome in August 2016! Previously only available to 7th grade students, this tour is now open to 8th graders!
The tour is all about better understanding western literature that our students will be experiencing over their upcoming years in school. The trip visits London (with a walking tour of Shakespeare Globe Theatre), Stratford Upon Avon, Rome, and the Vatican. Students will visit exciting new locations each day and will discuss numerous authors and their works, including:
  • J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter series
  • C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia and others
  • Robert Lewis Stevenson - Robinson Caruso and others
  • Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels and others
  • Dante - The Divine Comedy
  • Charlotte Brontė -Jane Eyre
  • Emily Brontė- Wuthering Heights
  • Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and others
  • Many more!
There will be a meeting for interested families on Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 pm in Mr. Otterstatter's room (RG04). If you and your child would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing[email protected] or[email protected].
The tour is operated by EF Educational Tours. You can learn more online at or by telephone at 800-665-5364. The cost of $4,845.00 includes all airfare, ground transportation, tour guides, lodging, breakfasts, and dinners.
There are a limited number of spots still available and the tour is sure to fill up quickly, so please attend the meeting if you are interested.

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 Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, February 22nd from noon - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers are by-appointment-only and can be made online at The appointment system is available 24 hours a day through February 18th. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process is posted on Edline and Deal's website. If you are unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment. For support with the online system, email [email protected].
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 performing in the Deal Auditorium on February 18th at 7:00 pm.  The show is FREE with a suggested donation.  Check Saakumu out here: 

New: Saturday Academy Returns
Deal will invite select students to participate in Saturday Academy for 3rd Advisory. Sessions will be held on February 27th and March 5th, 12th, and 19th. Saturday Academy runs from 9:00 am - noon and is an opportunity to work in small groups with Deal teachers to reinforce organizational and academic skills. Saturday Academy is meant to support students and is by invitation only. Invited students will receive more detailed information from their teams.
New: Community Service: Comfort Cases!
Would you like an opportunity to give back to the community and have your kids help?
The 7th Grade is hosting a packing party for a local charitable organization called Comfort Cases (, which provides bags full of comforting necessities to children in foster care. There are three ways your family can help:

1. Donate funds -  Donations are sincerely appreciated on
2. Donate supplies - Donation collections will begin in march and are meant for children from 10-14 years of age. Please consider donating the following new items: backpacks or duffel bags, blankets, stuffed animals, personal care items such as toothbrushes and soap, pajamas (size 10+), and school supplies such as writing utensils and notebooks.
3. Join our packing party - Students will meet on Friday, April 8th at 12:30 pm at Deal meet Rob Scheer, the founder of Comfort Cases, and begin sorting and preparing the donated items. 

We can't wait to get started! Please contact Mr. Helsabeck with questions.

New: Parent Volunteers Needed
The 8th Grade History Department is looking for parents to help with National History Day (NHD) Project Registration on Tuesday, March 1st.  If you are able and interested, please contact Ms. Trenkle at her email address [email protected]. The time commitment is from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm.  
New: The DCPS Archery Tournament
The DCPS archery tournament is Saturday, March 5th.  Please contact Coach Downing at [email protected] to sign up. Act fast as there are currently only 7 spaces left!  
New: Congratulations Model UN Students
Congratulations to the eight students who participated in Boston University Academy's Model UN Conference the last weekend in January in Boston.  Students did an outstanding job representing themselves and Deal! They participated with students from MA, PA, NY, NC, and Ecuador! Deal participants were Temidayo Famakinwa, John Bunting, Levi Berger, Margaret Goletiani, Tolani Smith, Alessandro Topa, Lachlan Bond, and 
Noah Weitzner. Temidayo and Levi both earned verbal commendations. Way to go! 

New: Deal VikingCast Podcast!
Visit to listen and subscribe to the Deal VikingCast Podcast! Be sure to catch Ep.23 - A Light Into the World,about the 6th grade service-learning trip to meet the homeless and deliver winter items. You can also meet some of Deal's most passionate students in the Pokemon club in Ep.24 - Gotta Catch 'Em All. Mr. Martini ([email protected]) appreciates any feedback or ideas you have for the show!
New: Field Hockey at Wilson 
Koa Sports will be hold a minicamp in the Wilson stadium from July 25th - 28th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Current 8th grade students interested in playing field hockey at Wilson next year should contact Coach Sarah Whitener at [email protected] for more information.

New: ADHD Parent Workshop Session
The Alice Deal social workers are excited to invite you to our next ADHD parent workshop session in February entitled "ADHD and Medication Options".  An Alice Deal Parent, Dr. Tanya Royster, the Director of the DC Department of Behavioral Health, has graciously offered to lead this month's meeting. The workshop will meet Wednesday, February  17th from 6:30 - 7:30pm. Please rsvp to [email protected].

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.
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

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

7th Grade News 

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 

All 8th Grade We the People Citywide  
8th grade students participating in the citywide We the People competition this Wednesday should arrive to the auditorium by 7:20 am. Please dress to impress and don't forget to bring your SMART trip card with $7 and a bagged lunch or money to buy lunch at the Union Station food court. All students should have already turned in their permission slip to Ms. Trenkle or Ms. Huber. Good luck!
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:

Mark Your Calendars
The second semester is a busy time for our 8th grade students as we celebrate their hard work and promotion to high school! Please mark your calendar for these important dates:
  • Deal Gives Back - June 1st
  • Deal Day - June 10th
  • 8th Grade Dance - June 10th
  • Kings Dominion Trip - June 13th
  • Promotion Practice - June 14th
  • Promotion - June 15th
Additional information about locations, times, and pricing will be sent home with students in a letter this week and will be posted in next week's bulletin.
Common Application
The deadline for the common application has passed and high schools will begin their selection process. Questions about the selection process should be directed to the high school  and questions about the application should be addressed to [email protected] or (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 
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.
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
patrick.rott[email protected]
This Week at Deal...
Tuesday: Deal Ultimate!
There will be a 5-minute meeting after school in Mr. Harkin's room (R101) this Thursday for all interested ultimate players! Both new and returning players are always welcome! Each player must have a parent/guardian complete this form ( so to update their contact information. The team will use  email to communicate about upcoming practices and tournaments.
Tuesday: Concert Band
All students participating in concert band will have practice Tuesday morning.

Wednesday: Concert Band
Only beginners in the concert band will have practice Wednesday morning. 
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will have a Conference Prep meeting on February 17th from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in RG03. WMIDMUN students must bring their background guides and their position paper. State Department participants will be given their background guides and will work on country background information. There are still four spaces available for the State Department conference. Please see Ms. Trenkle if you are 
interested. It is the last conference of the school year.

Thursday: Free Saakumu Performance 
Saakumu Dance Troupe will return for a special evening performance for our community. They will performing in the Deal Auditorium on February 18th at 7:00 pm.  The show is FREE with a suggested donation.  Check Saakumu out here: 
Friday: Concert Band
All students participating in concert band will will have practice Friday morning. 

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

Outdoor Track -  [email protected]
Outdoor Distance Track- [email protected]
Softball - [email protected]
Cheerleading- [email protected]

Baseball Tryout Information
Any student interested in trying out for baseball must have the (1) Consent and (2) Emergency Treatment forms submitted before trying out for the team. Forms can be submitted by going to then clicking on "Electronic Forms." Tryout dates are on the following:
  • 6th Grade Pitchers/Catchers - 2/16 @
    3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • 7th Grade Pitchers/Catchers - 2/17 @ 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • 8th Grade Pitchers/Catchers -
    2/18 @ 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • 6th Grade Team Tryouts (all other Positions) - February 19th & 23rd @
    3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • 7th Grade Team Tryouts (all other Positions) - February 24th & 25th @
    3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • 8th Grade Team Tryouts (all other Positions) - February 26th & 29th @ 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Students should bring all equipment and have forms submitted before trying out. 
Questions? Email [email protected].

Outdoor Track 
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. 

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
 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 

Wednesday: We The People Students Out
8th grade students participating in the citywide We The People competition will be out of the building on Wednesday. Students should contact their teachers about any missed work.

Thursday: Community Project Supervisors
There is an optional check in for community project supervisors at 8:10 am in Ms. Daniels' room (E307).

Thursday: Viking Time
This week's Thursday activity is Viking Time.

Thursday: Faculty Meeting
There will be a faculty meeting for all staff at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria

Thursday: Saakumu Dance Troupe
Teachers and their families are invited to join the Deal community for this exciting visit from the Saakumu Dance Troupe at 6:30 pm.

Friday: SCAC Meeting
Members of SCAC will meet at 7:30 am in the conference room.

Friday: MUN Students Out
Model United Nations students traveling to William and Mary this weekend will be out of the building on Friday. Students should contact their teachers about any missed work.

 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 [email protected]with submission requests.

Washington Performing Arts Society Summer Camps 
Join us this summer for a series of fun-filled music and dance camps led by professional teaching artists. For ages 8-18.

Capital Jazz Camp (June 27-July 1)
Capital Strings Camp (June 27-July 1)
Capital Voices Camp (July 18-22)
Summer Steps with Step Afrika! (August 8-12)

Apply today and get the Early Bird discount!
$25 early bird registration price will expire March 15.

More information can be found at the following link: Washington Performing Arts

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]
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 -