Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


The Weekly Bulletin 

deal modernized
Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.
deal front        Ecology Field Trip

Principal's message to Deal students and families: 

In the world that is DCPS, a lot is changing and doing so quickly. There are a number of new initiatives that have been in the press that will affect the work we do here at Deal. Let me try and walk through some of these for clarification.

1) Budget - Deal received an increase of 5% in its budget for 2016-17. I have generally discussed plans for the coming year with the staff and LSAT, but specifics will be identified this week and shared in next week's bulletin. With this increase I believe we can make some additions to our team to increase the focus on supporting teacher instruction throughout the building, on providing additional student support in classes where it hasn't traditionally been found, and in ensuring that security and safety of our students remains our top priority. I will meet with the LSAT later this week to review the nature of the changes. 

2) LEAP - This is a new initiative from the Central Office that will shift our district away from Centrally-based instructional support (e.g., Master Educators, instructional coaching oversight) to a peer-to-peer, school-based model. Deal has a strong and committed teacher corps and we should do quite well with this change. Our planning model is organized around subject-level departments; this approach is codified in LEAP. Teacher development through frequent observation (weekly) and peer coaching will be supported by teacher leaders who will work with small groups - and be given sufficient time to do so. We have already been using major elements of this approach, so the change should be relatively smooth. My biggest concern is that this is focused on Math, English, Special Education, and English Language Learner teachers; we will determine how we can provide significant support to remaining departments.

3) Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) - This initiative involved competitive grants for private money to support boys of color across the District. Deal was the only recipient of funding at the middle school level; although the money approved was small ($13K) we will use it to provide a summer program for 30 students. Keep an eye out for more details on this as we get a bit closer to reality.

4) IMPACT - DCPS has made changes to the way in which the teacher evaluation system is to be implemented. There are few details available, but those that are available promise to be significant. The Master Educator program is being eliminated; these were subject-based evaluators who worked across the District. The actual rubric is being changed. Student surveys of teachers (piloted at Deal this year) will be incorporated into teacher scores. The value-added approach - which looks at individual and school-wide contributions to a student's growth - will be reinstated after a two-year hiatus (to accommodate the new PARCC assessment). How will all of this be done, what will be the affect on the teaching and learning environment at Deal, and what does this mean for individuals? Very little is known by us beyond this, but it has the potential to be very different next year.

Even with these changes (and others), the teachers and staff at Deal will do their best to balance consistency in our programs with the desire for improvement. Please let me know if you have any questions about these or other District initiatives. I will provide as much information as possible to add to the community's understanding. 

Take care, 

James Albright

NB - Last Friday, WMATA's Performance Improvement Team (PIT) met with me to hear concerns about the bus system's performance over the first half of the year. I shared what I knew personally about the challenges faced by our students and what I had heard from our many families that rely on the D buses. I found them receptive to my comments, eager to come up with solutions, and very interested in having the bus experience be a positive (and safe) one for our students. Specifically, we discussed some ways to increase Deal's access to video coverage of bus trips, completing another evaluation of service needs based on our current enrollment, and steps being taken to correct and avoid bus driver mistakes in route, pick-ups, and drop-offs. I will share more information as we go forward.
Alice Deal Community Association

The ADCA would like to send their sincere appreciation to everyone who helped make the gala such a big success. For those who missed out on the fun, you can still help by signing up to join one of our parent parties or contributing to the Artward Bound program. It's not too late!
Week of 
February 22, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday,  No School for Students 
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

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 (1/2)
Team Leaders, Gr Level, 8:10 am
Hip Hop Workshop

February 26
6th Grade Ski Trip (2/2)
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
China 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

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  
Is your student a content creator? The IB has launched a competition for IB students around the world to create a film or poster that delivers a message about the importance of academic honesty. The winning entries will be showcased on the IBO website and the winners will be featured in IB World magazine. For more information about the competition please click hereStudents who are interested should see Ms. A. Brown in C227 for support.


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

The Deal Library will be closed after school on Thursday, February 25th.

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
The deadline has been passed; all trips are closed for the current year.
Final Meeting
The final World Language Trip meeting 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.

Science Fair 2016
Alice Deal MS Results

Grand Prize Winners: Guaranteed a spot at the City Wide Science Fair:
  • Jonah Docter-Loeb
  • Levi Berger
  • Zora Colleye
  • Dominic Catherino
  • Anna Katzive
  • First Alternate: Mendel Socolovsky
  • Second Alternate: Emma Harris
  • Third Alternate: Torin O'Brien
  • Fourth Alternate: Kelsey Smith
Category Winners:
1st Torin O'Brien
2nd Sarah Tilghman
1st Tayla Drazen
2nd Roland Jennings-Cashman
1st Anna Katzive
2nd Aya Reeves
1st Levi Berger
2nd Lilian Alten
Tie for 3rd Leila Warner and Alexis Mundle
1st Emma Harris
2nd Kelsey Smith
3rd Ally Han
Software, Robotics, and Systems:
1st Dominic Catherino
Chemistry & Biochemistry:
1st Ella Peralman-Chang
2nd Katherine Bouker
1st Zora Colleye
2nd Aidan Herz
3rd Alex Hedlund
Physics & Astronomy:
1st Mendel Socolovsky 
Tie for 2nd Luke Hurst and Nick Carline
1st Jonah Docter-Loeb
Tie for 2nd Gabi Aladjen and Miriam Shron
Materials Sciences:
1st Amina Diop
Tie for 2nd Maria Leon-Acosta and William Kutyla
1st Dylan Molineaux
2nd Simon Blanco

Congratulations to all of our students for their very hard work. Special thanks again to those many community members who came to judge the fair - we know it was tough to choose! 

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. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences. Please note that parking will be limited. Plan to arrive in enough time to make it to your conference classroom by your appointment time, as teachers have very full schedules and will be unable to meet with families outside of scheduled appointments.
New: Ski/Snowboard Trips This Week 
Students must arrive by 7:30am on the date of their scheduled trip and report to the auditorium. Remember to pack a lunch and dress warmly with lots of layers. The 8th grade trip is on Tuesday, 7th grade on Wednesday, and 6th grade on Thursday and Friday. Please see the attached information sheet for detailed information including frequently asked questions and email Ms. Giron ([email protected]) with any other questions you may have. See you on the slopes!

New: Basketball Congratulations 
Congratulations to our basketball teams for a successful season! The 6th grade boys team made it to the Final Four. Our 7th/8th grade boys team finished 2nd in the city. The 6th grade Girls team and the 7th/8th grade Girls team both finished as DCIAA City Champions. 
New: Model UN Congratulations 
Congratulations to the 14 students who participated in this weekend's Model UN conference at William and Mary! Students did an excellent job discussing, collaborating, and proposing resolutions for current and future situations, as well as participating in historic committees! Way to go!
New: We The People Congratulations 
Congratulations to all 8th graders who participated in the We the People City Wide competition at Georgetown Law. Alice Deal took first place overall in the middle school competition! Their hard work and dedication paid off, great job! 
New: NHD Volunteers Needed
Calling all Deal parents and community members. Deal's 8th grade National History Day competition is nearing! We need volunteers to help register projects on Tuesday, March 1st from 8:45 am - 3:15 pm with a brief orientation at 8:15 am. We are also looking for volunteers to be a part of a judging committee for the school wide level on Wednesday, March 2nd from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you are interested and able, please email Ms. Trenkle at  [email protected].  
New: Saturday Academy Returns
Deal will invite select students to participate in Saturday Academy for 3rd Advisory. Sessions will be held February 27th and March 5th, 12th, an 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. Invited students will receive more detailed information from their teams.
New: Cardboard Challenge Day of Play
Join us Monday, March 14th from 6:30 - 8:00pm for the second annual Alice Deal Middle School Cardboard Challenge. The Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of creativity and communities. Students are challenged to create with just cardboard, recycled materials, and their imagination. For more information, visit: will show off their creations and invite anyone and everyone to come out and play in collaboration with the Deal Math Night on Monday, March 14th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
New: Girl Up
Girl Up will launch our annual fundraiser, "Dollars for Donuts," to raise money for girls' education in Liberia starting February 29th. The club's goal is for each student to bring in at least $1 so we can raise over $1300 as a school. The homeroom in each grade level that brings in the most money will earn a donut party after spring break. Help us bring education to girls who are not able to afford school supplies or tuition!
New: SockTember - Final Wrap-Up
Thank you to every member of our community for participating in the SockTember winter clothing drive. Last week, a local shelter (Central Union Mission) made three visits to fill their truck with items to distribute at their shelter. If you haven't already, tune-in to Ep. 23 "A Light Into the World" to listen to the 6th grade service-learning trip to meet the homeless and deliver some of the items. 
New: K-7 Summer School Registration
K-7 Summer School registration will open on February 22nd. Summer school registration is open to current K-7 DCPS students on a first-come basis. Parents/guardians can register online via the DCPS website: Please make sure your students are registered early!
New: Deal VikingCast Podcast
Visit to listen and subscribe to the Deal VikingCast Podcast! Meet some of Deal's most passionate students in the Pokemon club in Episode 24 - Gotta Catch 'Em All. Mr. Martini ([email protected]) appreciates any feedback or ideas you have for the show!
New: Calling Fans of The Book Thief
If you enjoyed this book and are interested in a short, but exciting, public speaking opportunity, see Ms. Redekopp for details!
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.
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.
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 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. 
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 

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.

High School Open House Dates: 
Wilson Senior High School
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
[email protected]

This Week at Deal...
Tuesday: Viking Ultimate!
Calling all players! If you have not already completed your forms, please attend a brief meeting this Tuesday to get your club sports form and share your contact information at Our first practice of the spring will be next Tuesday (3/1). The club will meet in Mr. Harkin's room (R101) at 3:15 pm. Be sure to bring a water bottle and wear athletic clothing.
Tuesday & Wednesday: African-American Film Festival
The Deal Library is pleased to continue this year's African-American Film Festival. This Tuesday and Wednesday, come to the library at 3:30 pm for the film The Great Debaters (shown over two days). All are welcome!

Upcoming Shows
February 23-24: The Great Debaters
February 29: An Evening with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet this Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in RG03 to finish their prints of the Declaration of Human Rights with Ms. Alex. Please plan to attend! The work you started is amazing!

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 Consent and Emergency Treatment forms submitted before trying out for the team. Forms can be submitted at

Tryout dates recently changed and are listed below. All tryout dates are subject to the weather. If it is raining or too cold we will move tryouts to the next day and shift all tryouts back one day:
  • 6th Gr Team Tryouts (all positions)- Feb 23 & 24, @ 3:30-5:00 pm
  • 8th Gr Team Tryouts (all positions)- Feb 25 & 26, @ 3:30-5:00 pm
  • 7th Gr Team Tryouts (all positions)- Feb 29 & March 1, @ 3:30-5:00 pm
Please listen to the morning and afternoon announcements for the changes due to weather. 

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.
Staff Information 
Monday: Parent Teacher Conferences 
Parent teacher conferences will take place from noon - 7:00 pm. Please see your email and contact your administrator with any questions.

New: Ski Trips Week 
It's ski trip week! 8th graders will be out Tuesday, 7th graders will be out Wednesday, and 6th graders will be out Thursday and Friday. Thank you to our chaperones!
New: Creative Writing Workshop 
Students who signed up for the creative writing and hip hop workshops will miss 1st period Wednesday, 2nd period Thursday, and 3rd period Friday. Please excuse these students and work with them to make up any missed work.

Team Leaders Meeting
Team leaders will meet with their grade level administrator at 8:10 am.

This Thursday's activity period is Pause.

Friday: 8th Grade Promotion Meeting All teachers who teach 8th grade students are asked to meet in room RG04 at 8:10 am to discuss 8th grade promotion activities.

Saturday: Saturday Academy 
Saturday Academy is back! 7th and 8th grade teachers interested in participating should contact Ms. Lerum and their grade level administrator. Please see your email for further information. 

 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 -