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 hundreds of families that came out for last week's Parent-Teacher-Conference Day; additional thanks to those that were able to schedule different times because they were shut out on the traditional days. We continue to streamline the process to reflect the needs of families to meet with teachers when there are only five minutes available. A final special thanks to the many translators who helped our non-English speaking families communicate effectively with their child's teachers.

There were a number of student-focused activities this week - the kind I think we all would have enjoyed as students ourselves. Three of our four ski trips went off with few hitches (one was rescheduled till March because of the rain). This great outing continues to grow in popularity with nearly 500 students heading to the slopes. One nice feature of the trips is that we sponsor about 20 percent of the skiers and recruit students who have never been on skis or snowboards before. A number of our teachers do the heavy lifting of chaperoning the ski trip and we thank them; a big shout-out to AP Giron who organizes all of this so that the focus is on the fun.

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, we brought in a hip-hop artist to work with our students. Originally a three-day series of workshops. we knew by the end of the first day that we needed more Konshens in our lives so we extended him for another three-day workshop next week (with different students). Our lively Speech and Drama Competition will help close our Black History Month celebration on March 10. Challenged by the discussions and ideas that have flowed during this month, we are developing an exciting school community evening around race, culture, and education in late March. I can't share too much, but know that you will want to be there so keep the evening of the 24th open.

This week, some families will receive letters about student tardies and unexcused absences to Deal. As I hope you know by now, there is a strong push in DCPS and Deal to have students arrive on time - every day - to school. This year we have worked hard to be consistent in our messaging about this. At the start of the year, we shared the consequences of missing too many days unexcused or coming to school too late. For families that do not live in the neighborhoods served by Deal, a student late more than 20 times in a school year may not be allowed to return to Deal for the coming school year. The same holds true for similar families with a student with 10 or more unexcused absences in the school year. We very carefully monitor tardies due to bus or metro delays or on those occasions where a long line extends and delays student entry in to class. We even recognize on certain days that the weather complicates some commutes to Deal! But, in the end, if a child cannot arrive to school on time for 20 or 30 times over some months, the school may just be too far or too difficult to reach. The letters are notice that there are students in this precarious position.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB - Over the next couple of weeks, the first semester IB Report Cards will be coming out. Mr. Martini, one of our 6th grade world geography teachers, has a wonderful podcast explaining the process and information about the report cards. This is done with our IB Coordinator, Ms. Alana Brown. Check the link below and listen to this great explanation of what the cards mean (see article on Viking Cast 25 below).
Week of 
February 29, 2015
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

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
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)
Speech and Drama Competition, 2pm
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 6:30 - 9:00

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 - Quito
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (grade level)
8th Grade Spirit Week
Talking Across the Lines 6:30 - 8:30pm

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 

April 4
Costa Rica Trip
China Trip
France Trip
6th Grade Science Trip

April 5
Costa Rica 
China Trip
France Trip
6th Grade Science Trip

April 6
China Trip
France Trip
6th Grade Science Trip

April 7
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
6th Grade Science Trip

April 8
End of Term 
Students Dismissed at 12:15 pm

April 9
Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon

April 11
6th Grade Birthday Party, 3:00 pm
6th Grade Building Museum Trip

April 12
Diversity Group Meeting, 3:30 pm
6th Grade Building Museum Trip

April 13
6th Grade Building Museum Trip
UK Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm

April 14
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (all)
Community Project Meeting, 8:10 am
6h Grade, Building Museum Trip
Spring Dance

April 15
Emancipation Day Observed
No school for staff and students 

April 20
DCPS Music Festival 

April 21
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

April 22
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 pm

April 23
Musical Rehearsal, 9 am - 4 pm

April 24
Musical Rehearsal, 9 am - 4 pm

April 28
Team Leaders, 8:10 am (Gr Level) 
DCPS Music Festival

April 30
Musical Rehearsal, 9 am - 4 pm
DCPS Music Festival 
Alice Deal Middle School Presents:
Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, February 29
Scene 1 3:15-4:00
Albert and Rosie
Scene 3 4:00-4:30
Ursula, Kim, Mrs. Macafee

Tuesday, March 1st
3:15-3:25 Conrad
3:25-4:30 "Telephone Hour"
Helen, Nancy, Margie, Alice, Freddie Karl, Hugo's Friends, Harvey Penelope, Suzie, Conrad Fan Club, and Teens
4:30-5:00 "Happy Face"

Wednesday, March 2nd
Scene 4
Rosie, Albert, Mrs. Peterson  
Scene 5
Ursula, Kim, Rosie, Albert, Hugo, Deborah Sue, Alice

Parent Meeting at 6:30

Thursday, March 3rd
3:15-5:00 TBA

Friday, March 4th
3:15-4:45 "Healthy, Normal, American Boy"
Albert, Rosie, Helen, Nancy, Margie, Alice, Freddie Karl, Hugo's Friends, Harvey Penelope, Suzie, Conrad Fan Club, Reporters
4:45-5:15 "English Teacher" 

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 Thursday, March 3rd
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 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. We will communicate all news and announcements as we receive them, but we do plan to travel. Please see your 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.
The IB Learner Profile Student of the Month
The students below were selected by their teams because they displayed characteristics of the designated IB Learner Profile for February - Caring. Congratulations to these caring young adults!

6th Grade 
Montevideo - Kenia Cedillos & Andrew O'Daniel 
Taipei - Miles Tanner & Nathali Rivera 
Dakar - Zora Guise & Eason Sloley-Mitchell 
Quito - Addie Gaskins & Harrison Majersik

7th Grade 
Budapest - Jalen Richardson & Cydni Taylor 
La Paz - Innis Michale & Erin Weissman 
Lima - Charlotte Nusbaum & Ethan Mishra 
Valencia - Traci Holmer & Miles T. Davis

8th Grade 
Suva - Michaela Herdoiza & Charlie Nichols 
Paris - Emma McReady & Donovan Daniels 
Havana - Alexa Ferguson & Kaleb Elias
Bogota - Caleb Teems & Rasheeda White
Student & Parent Information
New: Math Interim Assessment 3 
Students will complete the third round of math interim assessments in their math classes over a two-day period this week on March 1st and 2nd. This unit assessment measures student progress towards meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
New: Citywide Spelling Bee Congrats 
Congratulations to two Deal students who are moving on to the Citywide Spelling Bee in March! Julia Weinrod (1st place) and Sammy Taubman (3rd place) participated in last week's Cluster Bee and qualified to move on.

New: VikingCast Ep. 25 
Reading an IB Report Card with Ms. Brown!
Visit to listen and subscribe to the Deal VikingCast Podcast! This week our IB coordinator, Ms. Brown, joins us to break down how to read and reflect on your child's IB report card. These reports will be mailed home in the next few weeks! Mr. Martini ([email protected]) appreciates any feedback or ideas you have for the show!
New: Yearbook Pictures Needed
Do you have pictures from Snowmageddon? Is your student a sport's pro? Do they rock our school band or attend a club/after school activity? If you have pictures of these events or any others, please feel free to send them to [email protected]!
New: NHD Volunteers Needed
 The 8th grade I&S team is still looking for  judges to join our National History Day team on Wednesday, March 2nd! We will start with coffee and an orientation at 8:15 am and finish no later than 4 pm (but hopefully earlier!).  It is a wonderful day to hear from the students about their research and to hear their analysis of history.  If you are able to participate please email Ms. Trenkle at [email protected]. Thank you to all who have already volunteered!

New: Hamilton Singalong 
Love Hamilton the Musical? Find yourself singing the lyrics as you move from class to class? There will be a Hamilton (the Broadway Musical) sing along on Thursday, March 11th (Act I)  and Friday, March 12th (Act II) in the Reno Multipurpose room. Join us!

New: Model UN 
Model UN will meet on Wednesday in RG03 from 3:30-4:20.  We will have a guest presenter.  A separate email to all MUN participants has been sent about the topic.  Ms. Alex will be back to finish prints on 3/16.  Students participating in the State Department conference should have their conference pack and begin working on it.  We will have conference prep on 3/23 and 4/6.  The conference is 4/8.   

Saturday Academy Returns
Deal will invite select students to participate in Saturday Academy for 3rd Advisory. Sessions will be held 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. Invited students will receive more detailed information from their teams.
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: Students 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.
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!

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!
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.

Softball Clinic 
The Vikings will host a five star softball clinic at Deal on Saturday, March 5, 2016. 
Time 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Site: Gymnasium  

All players who tried out for the softball will meet after school on Monday, February 29, 2016 in the gymnasium.

Softball Practice
Tuesday, February 30 - March 3, 2016
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Site: Gymnasium

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.
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 

Wilson Parent Night
Is your 8th grader considering Wilson next year? Wilson High School will hold a parent information meeting at 6:30 pm on March 15th. All families of students considering Wilson are strongly encouraged to attend this important and popular event to learn more about life at Wilson.
Parents will learn about scheduling, expectations, communication, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

YouTube Fridays
Do you know where to find the coolest dance videos, most amazing skateboard stunts, or inspiring messages online? 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 was sent home with students in a letter this week. Payments will be accepted after spring break and additional information will be sent home in late March.

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...
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet at 3:30 pm on Monday, February 29th to distribute folders for our Dollars for Donuts Campaign. See you then! 
Monday: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, February 29, at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." Dress for cold weather! In the event of bad weather, we will meet with Mr. Namian in E207. 

Tuesday: Viking Ultimate! 
Here we go! Viking Ultimate's first practice of the Spring will be this Tuesday, March 1st. We will meet in Mr. Harkin's room R101 at 3:15 pm. Be sure to bring a water bottle and wear athletic (but warm!) clothing. All interested players must have a parent/guardian complete this form: so that we have updated contact information. We will use email to communicate about upcoming practices and tournaments. 
Thursday: Speech & Drama Competition
Deal's 4th Annual Black History Speech and Drama Competition will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 10th in the media center. The first place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $75, and the 3rd place winner will receive $50.

Thursday: SSR

This week's activity bell will allow time for sustained silent reading (SSR)! Make sure to bring your favorite book or magazine to enjoy during the activity period! 

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.

Spring Sports

Outdoor Track -  [email protected]
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:
  • 7th Grade Team Tryouts (all positions) - Feb 29th & March 1st @ 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Please listen to the morning and afternoon announcements for any changes. 

Students should bring all equipment and have forms submitted before trying out. 
Questions? Email [email protected]

Outdoor Track 
Outdoor track practice starts this week!
Practice will be from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. We will meet in the gallery promptly at 3:30 pm and athletes should be changed and ready to start practice at that time. Also, if you have not already, please click here to sign up to be on the track email list. All track related information is communicated through this email list.  To register your child for outdoor track, click here. Questions or comments? Please email [email protected]

Cheerleading practice will be held on Monday- Friday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm for the next two weeks. 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 at [email protected] or in person to join the roster.
Staff Information 
New: Free Newseum Day for Teachers 
April 9th is educators-get-in-free day at the Newseum! With guest tickets just $11, this is an awesome deal. Visit their website for full details. Thanks to Ms. Culp for finding this!

New: Comfort Cases 
Collection for Comfort Cases begins this month. 7th grade will do the heavy lifting, but all homeroom teachers are asked to distribute the flyer, collect materials, and spread the news about this great initiative!

Monday: Advisory Mid-Point 
Progress reports will be sent home this week with the information in Edline on Wednesday morning. Please make sure everything is up to date by then. 

Mon, Thurs, & Fri: Hip Hop Workshop 
Select 8th grade students will be at a hip hop workshop 1st period Monday, 2nd period Thursday, and 3rd period Friday. 

Tues & Wed: Math Interim Assessment 
Students will take the Math Interim Assessment in math classes on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. We appreciate your help creating a positive testing environment.

Thursday: Activity Period 
Thursday's activity period is SSR. Homeroom teachers, please encourage your students to bring an interesting book to enjoy!

Thursday: WTU Meeting 
There will be a Washington Teachers Union meeting from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. 

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

Book ClubE105Friday3:30-4:30
BaseballGymMonday - Friday  AM/PM
African DrummingCG21Monday3:30 - 4:30
Art of the Month ClubC205Monday3:30 - 4:30
Caribbeans on BoardE103Monday3:30 - 4:30
Dance ClubC128Monday3:30 - 4:30
Future Teacher ClubR102Monday3:30 - 4:30
Girl Up ClubW 305Monday3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema ClubR109Monday3:30 - 4:30
MeditationCG06Monday3:30 to 4:30
Muay Thai Fundamentals and FitnessTBAMonday3:30 - 4:30
Open StudioC224Monday3:30 - 4:30
Outdoor After School Basketball ClubCottageMonday3:30 - 4:30
Podcast ClubE207Monday3:30 - 4:30
Run Girls Run!W306Monday3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble ClubCafeteriaMonday3:30 - 4:30
Sixth Grade Soccer ClubE104Monday3:30 - 4:30
Student CouncilMonday3:30 - 4:30
The Poetry CafeC222Monday3:30 - 4:30
Board GamesE100Monday3:30 - 4:30
History through the cityE307Monday (alt.)3:30-5:30
Peer MediationC302Monday and Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Concert ChoirAuditoriumMonday, Wednesday, and Friday7:45 - 8:30 am
Cross CountryReno ParkMonday, Wednesday, and Thursday3:30-5:00
Ultimate FrisbeeR101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - BeginningR103Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Crocheting/Knitting ClubE207Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Power Walking ClubC302Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair HelpE201Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
SpeechW101Tuesday3:30 - 4:30
Adult ColoringW307Tuesday (alt.)3:30 - 4:15
Jazz BandCG20Tuesday and Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Debate - AdvancedW301Tuesday and Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Vocal EnsembleCG21Tuesday and Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Concert BandCG20Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday3:30 - 4:30
Art from the HeartR109Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Comic Book ClubN103Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing ClubE106Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
D.I.Y. ClubW105Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Model UN ClubRG03Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Robotics ClubCG07Wednesday3:30 - 4:45 pm
Scrapbooking & CollageC104Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Sports RapW100Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Student CongressW301Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Los Vikingos Latinos- Deal's Spanish ClubC314Wednesday3:30 - 4:30
Calligraphy & TeaC213Thursday3:30 - 4:30
Gay - Straight AllianceW207Thursday (alt.)3:30-4:30
Book ClubE105Friday3:30-4:30
#FindYourParkTBASaturday10:00 - Noon
Photography (Motography-the art of travel photography)TBATBD3:30 - 4:30
Sailing ClubE101TBD3:30 - 4:30
Vinyl ClubW300TBD3:30 - 4:30

Community Information
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FREE Summer Enrichment Program for Advanced Rising Middle Schoolers
The Advanced and Enriched Instruction Division is excited to announce that they will be offering the Summer Enrichment Program for the third year! This four-week summer program for highly motivated and precocious rising middle school students (those currently in grades 5, 6, 7) are invited to apply for a spot at Burrville ES, Hardy MS, or Stuart-Hobson MS. The program runs from 7/5-7/29, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.daily and is free for DCPS students. Students will work in small groups of no more than 15 on topics directly related to their areas of academic interest as well as go on several exciting field trips. Please visit this link for the online application or this link for a downloadable application. For questions, contact Dr. Angela Novak.

Girls U14 MSI Classic Soccer Team
Girls U14 MSI Classic Soccer Team looking for a couple of field players or goalie for the spring.  It's a great group of girls who had a strong Fall season.  Professionally coached team practices 2x week in Bethesda (generally the closer to NW DC parts of Bethesda).  Please email for additional details: [email protected]

The Metropolitan Book & Bake Sale
The Metropolitan Book & Bake Sale will be held Saturday March 5 event. The sale will benefit two local charities, DC Diaper Bank and Bright Beginnings. Check out an impressive collection of great hardback and paperback books, fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records and much more. Stop by the bake sale table to purchase a variety of goodies or take home a quart of homemade chicken soup.  The Book & Bake Sale is organized by the United Methodist Women of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 3401 Nebraska Ave., across the street from American University. Lots of free parking. For more information, tweet us at @metropolitanumw or e-mail [email protected]

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 -