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: 

On Thursday, we concluded our celebration of Black History Month with our 4th Speech and Drama Competition, in which our students recited two works each - one prose, one poetry or drama - for a panel of judges. This year showcased our largest group of students speaking with their usual great passion and a surprising breadth of selection. The great Langston Hughes was this year's most popular source, but August Wilson and #BlackLivesMatter also made an appearance, along with impromptu beatboxing and acapella singing. Winning students received monetary rewards, but it was clear through the energy of their presentations that they had other goals in mind. Thanks to our librarian, Ms. Redekopp, and 6th grade teacher Mr. Spencer, for making sure that the students were ready (and to Ms. Neal for nurturing the competition each year).
The second signature project of the 8th grade year, the National History Day program, also concluded this week - at least the part that takes place at Deal. With the help of our many judges on Wednesday, a number of student projects moved on to the citywide competition after months of working. A couple of weeks ago, 8th graders finished up their Science Fair presentations as well - also a multi-month program. These are important pieces of work for our students - a focus on the type of work that historians and scientists in their professional lives - that allow Vikings to challenge themselves and see how far their interest and drive can take them. Next year, the IB program's Community Project, currently being piloted, will expand to the entire 8th grade and give those students a culminating, service-focused project to send them off into the summer. We know that 8th grade can be challenging for students, but we also know that it is a critical year for preparation and one that we all take seriously.
One other major 8th grade activity bears noting. As I have discussed previously, DCPS has established a new program to send 8th and 11th grade students on trips for global education. This is the first year of this remarkable effort and there was much that was new for us (as schools) and for families and students (as the intended recipients), so it will take some time to understand how to improve it for next year. The final count will have 33 Deal 8th graders (out of over 90 Deal applicants) traveling, for free, to a variety of locations during the summer. This means that some students were disappointed - some because they weren't selected and some because there was some mystery about where they were eventually going to go. I appreciate that many families responded to my request that apply before the deadline, and hope that in spite of disappointments we recognize that this is an unprecedented effort to provide a unique experience for our District's children. Luckily for Deal, three of our world language teachers are involved in these trips, so we can lean on their experience to help refine our end of the process. It is essential that this program succeeds and expands over the years; we will do our part to help it grow.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB - We love our middle schoolers. In their defense, very few of them actually say the things often attributed to them. For example, recent news articles have stated that some adults involved in the national political discussion have been acting "like students in junior high school." Most of my experience is with middle school students with much of that taking place right here at Deal. In my opinion, our students are getting a bad rap. Deal Vikings definitely know how to comport themselves. Further, when it comes to meeting national figures - politicians, authors, artists, or celebrities of some type - Deal Vikings shine in their maturity and grace!
ADCA General Meeting
Wednesday, March 9 @ 6:30 PM
Pizza & soft drinks will be served
This advisory's topic: Safety for your Children in the Digital Age
with child psychologist Dr. Adam Pletter

Meeting will be held in the Reno Multipurpose Room
Week of 
March 7, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

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
World Language Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm

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, 6:30 pm

March 16
The Book Thief author visit 6:30 - 9:00 pm
7th Grade Ski Trip (Make Up Date)

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
China Trip Departs

March 28
France Trip Departs
Costa Rica Trip Departs

March 28 - April 1
Spring Break 

April 4
6th Grade Science Trip

April 5
Costa Rica Trip Returns 
6th Grade Science Trip
April 6
China Trip Returns 
France Trip Retruns 
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
6th 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, March 7th
3:15-3:30 Scene 6
Mayor, Ursula, Conrad
3:30-4:15 Scene 7
Kim, Mr. Macafee, Albert, Randolph, Mrs. Macafee, Conrad

Tuesday, March 8th
3:15-4:00 "Telephone Hour"
Helen, Nancy, Margie, Alice, Freddie Karl, Hugo's Friends, Harvey, Penelope
4:00-4:45 "Happy Face"
Albert, Dance Ensemble A Girls, Conrad Birdie Fan Club
4:45-5:30 "One Boy"
Kim, Alice, One Boy Ensemble

Wednesday, March 9th
3:15-4:15 "KIDS"
Mr. Macafee, Mrs. Macafee, Mr.Johnson, Mayor, Mayor's Wife, Mrs.Merkle , Mrs.Peterson, Randolph, Parents
4:15-4:45 "Ed Sullivan"
Mr. Macafee, Mrs. Macafee, Randolph, Kim
4:45-5:30 "How Lovely to be a Woman"

Thursday, March 10th
3:15-4:00 Scene 8
Albert, Mrs. Peterson, Rose, Gloria

Friday, March 11th
No Rehearsal

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,
arch 11th
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.
Student & Parent Information
New: ELA Unit 3 Assessment 
Students will complete the third round of ELA interim assessments in their ELA classes over a two-day period this week on March 10th and 11th. This unit assessment measures student progress towards meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

New: 8th Grade Corner 
Our bulletin is so full of interesting updates and amazing achievements that it can be easy to miss things. 8th grade families and students should check out the "8th Grade Corner" each week in this bulletin (the blue box below) to see what's important to our most seasoned Vikings. This week's updates includes information on:

- Wilson Parent Night
- 8th Grade Spirit Week
- 8th Grade Talent Show Auditions
- The final Deal World Language Trip Meetings
- Youtube Fridays
- Promotion Event Updates
- Information from High Schools

New: Pi Day is Coming 
All math classes will celebrate Pi Day on Monday, March 14th.

New: Family Math Night 
Join the math team on Monday, March 14th for Family Math Night from 6:30 - 8:00 pm!

New: Math 7 Parent Meeting 
Want to learn more about your student's math options for next year? Join us for a Math-7 parent meeting on Monday, March 14th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.

New: VikingCast Ep. 25 - Reading an IB Report Card with Ms. Brown
Visit to listen and subscribe to the Deal VikingCast Podcast! In episode 25, our IB coordinator, Ms. Brown, joins us to break down how to read and reflect on your child's IB report card. These will be mailed home in the coming weeks. Mr. Martini ([email protected]) appreciates any feedback or ideas you have for the show!
New: DC Summer Youth Employment
The 2016 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) is now accepting applications. Students who are 14 years old or older can now apply to participate in summer jobs and other paid enrichment activities throughout the city in both public and private sectors. This year, MBSYEP will start on Monday, June 27th and will end on Friday, August 5thh. For more information and to access the application, go to the Department of Employment Services website:
or call the Office of Youth Services at 202-698-3492. 
New: Girl Up's Fundraiser
Dollars for Donuts, is in full swing! Every student is asked to bring in $1 to their homeroom donation folder in the month of March to raise funds for girls education in Liberia. The homeroom that brings in the most money before spring break will earn a donut party. Do your part in helping achieve global gender equality!! 
New: Lacrosse Sign Up
This is the last chance to sign up for the Alice Deal Lacrosse team sponsored by Winners Lacrosse. Please register using the following link:
New: National Qualifying Speech Tournament Congratulations 
Last week, the Washington Arlington Catholic Forensics League held their high school national qualifying tournament against the very best speakers in a three state area. Six Vikings (Jamir Grier, Marina Pariser, Aiden Moorehead, Josh Landweber, Jonah Docter-Loeb, and Alex Holmes) made history with their outstanding results. A big shout-out to Jonah Docter-Loeb and Alex Holmes who finished in 1st and 3rd place respectively, allowing them to advance to the championship round. In the championship round, Alex finished in 4th place (just a few points behind last year's national high school champion) and Jonah finished in 6th place. Both of these 8th graders are the first middle school students in the 50 year history of the league to place in their divisions and participate in the championship round! Congratulations!
New: Broad Run Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament
Last weekend, 14 Vikings participated in the high school Spartan Speech and Debate Invitational and brought home a number of awards:
  • Storytelling - Savannah Waymer - 2nd place
  • Dramatic Interpretation - Savannah Waymer - 1st Place
  • Prose Reading - Aiden Moorehead - 4th place
  • Duo Interpretation - Jamir Grier and Ricardo Sheler - 3rd place
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate - JV Division Alex Holmes (top Speaker & 5th overall) and Jake Stohr (7th overall)
Yearbook Pictures Needed
Do you have pictures from Snowmageddon? Is your student a sports 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]!
Saturday Academy Returns
Deal will invite select students to participate in Saturday Academy for 3rd Advisory. Sessions will be held March 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.
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!
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.
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!
NHD Winners 

Congratulations to this year's National History Day school wide participants! 
Thank you to all of the teachers and staff members who supported National History Day this year. Without you, the program could not have happened! 
The following students will represent Deal at the Citywide Competition on March 23rd at the National Archives. Please see your history teacher on Monday for directions on registration.  Teachers will also help with registration tomorrow at school!
A separate announcement will be made at the end of the day regarding research papers.
All winners are in rank order unless there is a bullet point, in which case, judges did not rank that category:
Research Papers (in no particular order)
  • Aaron Barlett:  Mt. Pleasant Riots
  • Ella Pearlman-Chang:  Exploring Xenophobia
  • Levi Berger:  Close, and No Cigar
  • Ryan Cheney:  Harnessing the Power of Sports
  • Maddie Breeden:  Hiram Bingham
  • Rasheda White:  Little Rock Nine
Group Exhibits:
  1. Emma McReady and Abby Brickman:  19th Amendment
  2. Torin O'Brien, Iona Volnyets, and Anaily Acosta:  Ellis Island
  3. Skye Irving and Olivia Pickens:  The Great Migration
  4. Alejandro Diaz-Lopez and Alexander Diaz-Lopez:  Cesar Chavez
  5. Tara Cousins, Rachel Wallach, Sammy Toggas, and Gabe Solomon:  Apollo 13
Individual Exhibits (in no particular order)
  • Katherine Bouker:  The Armenian Genocide
  • Sofia Suardi:  Marco Polo
  • Zora Colleye:  Galileo's Guide to the Universe
  • Emma Berdy:  Mae Jemison
  • Kwame Brown:  Freedom Riders (alternate)
Group Websites
  1. Edvin Leijon and Marshall Cooper:  Cuban Missile Crisis
  2. Anna Nardello and Olivia Loomis:  Grimke Sisters
  3. Luke Hurst, Tim Ward, Aiden Ward:  Preserving Egypt
  4. Avery Dunn and Fanny Berger:  Discovering the North Pole
  5. Savannah Waymer and Knoll Aiken:  Gold Rush
Individual Websites
  1. Chloe Fatsis:  Billie Jean King and Title IX
  2. Hannah Dorosin:  Telstar
  3. Ethan Leifman:  Territorial Acquisition
  4. Gwenith Bowker-Bafna:  Opium Trade (alternate)
  5. Nikos Claman:  The Gold Standard (alternate)
Group Performances
  1. Lilian Alten and Isabelle G:  Fashion over time
Individual Performances
  1. Chloe Ifill:  Emmit Till
  2. Ale Jorge:  L'Enfant
Group Documentaries
  1. Alex Waterman and Maren Dunn:  Vietnam War Draft
  2. Aanisah Hasan and Sydney Forrester-Wilson:  Roy Lichtenstein
  3. Michaela Herdoiza and Maya Canady:  Susan B. Anthony
  4. Eliza Dahlkemper, Elizabeth Willsey, and Calista Gotzev:  Harlem Renaissance
  5. Charlie Nichols, Charlie Bennett, and Zach Kaplan:  Pablo Escobar
Individual Documentaries
  1. Zara Hall:  Partition
  2. Alex Homes:  World War II
  3. Nico Snotherly:  Mexican Expressionism and Art
  4. Maddie Kessler:  Marriage Equality
Looking for a Great Summer Camp?  

The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a 4 week youth sport & fitness camp in July!

What: Four weeks of rotating sports instruction, fitness & nutrition education, and FUN!
When: Four sessions from July 5th - July 29th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday with no camp on Monday, July 4th.
Who: Any rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders 
This summer, Deal Fit & Sport Camp will provide 
fitness, sport, and nutritional education in a fun and nurturing environment. In addition, the Deal Fit & Sport Camp will offer opportunities for enrichment, team building, and peer mentoring. 
  • Weekly swimming and water play
  • Weekly rotating sports and games
  • Skills instruction
  • Indoor/outdoor free play
  • Stretching and exercise instruction
  • Daily fun runs
  • Nutrition and diet education

  • Weekly field trip

Camp rates per session:
1 week session: $300
2 sessions: $550
All 4 sessions: $1,000
Drop in daily rate: $50
Register now using the following link (paper registration forms are also available):
Please email [email protected] with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly at [email protected].
Space is limited, register now!  

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 

Costa Rica Trip 
Is your rising 8th grader interested in traveling to Costa Rica? Are they currently taking Spanish at Deal? Registration for next year's tour is already open! Secure your spot today to guarantee a spot and get the lowest price! Either call EF Tours and provide the following tour number:1846054AJ or simply go and enroll now. For additional information, email [email protected].

Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner 

Wilson Parent Night 
Welcome to Wilson High School: New Family Orientation on March 15th 
Families of rising 9th graders are invited to the Wilson New Family Orientation on March 15th at 6:30 pm in the Wilson auditorium. Wilson will discuss the 2016 - 2017 course selection process, introduce the 9th grade leadership team, and provide details about joining the academies, clubs and fall sports. 
Please feel free to email Alex Wilson ([email protected]with any questions.

Wilson Open House Cancelled
The Wilson open house scheduled for March 18th has been cancelled. Please join Wilson at their March 15th parent night instead to learn more about the transition to high school and ask any questions.

8th Grade Spirit Week!
To celebrate their success so far and build excitement for all the fun and learning coming this spring, the 8th grade team will hold a spirit week from March 21st - 25th! With team contests, a can drive, "wacky-tacky day", students vs. staff basketball tournament, and talent show, this is a week you don't want to miss!

8th Talent Show Auditions
Do you sing, dance, perform magic, make people laugh, or have a hidden talent? Do you want to show off at the 8th grade talent show on March 25th? Auditions for this year's 8th grade talent show will take place in the cafeteria during 8th grade lunch from March 7th - March 11th. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Final Deal World Language Trip Meeting
The last world language trip meeting before 8th graders travel will take place at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 10th at 6:30 pm. All traveling students, families, and chaperones are asked to attend.

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
Deal Gives Back, Deal Day, and the promotion are free events. Payments for the 8th grade dance and the Kings Dominion trip will be accepted after spring break and additional information will be sent home in late March.

High School Open House Dates: 
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.

Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School
Phelps still has seats available for rising 9th graders next school year. Please contact Principal Jackson by email, apply to, or by phone call 202-729-4360
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...

All new and returning 6th graders interested in GeoPlunge will begin meeting every Monday during GRIT time in Mr. Martini's room (C130). We will be preparing for the Spring tournament on May 17th.
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, March 7th at 3:30 pm in Ms. Huber's room. See you then for our first Dollars for Donuts collection! 
Monday: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, March 7th 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: NHD Citywide Meeting
There will be a mandatory meeting for students advancing to NHD Citywide. on Tuesday, March 8th at 1:00 pm in the Reno Multipurpose Room to discuss the next steps. Students will go over upcoming deadlines, answer questions, and share optional work sessions.
Tuesday:  Viking Ultimate!
Viking Ultimate will meet this Tuesday in Mr. Harkin's room R101 at 3:15 pm for practice. Be sure to bring a water bottle and wear warm athletic clothing. New players must complete a Club Sports Form before being able to practice. Also, all players must have a parent/guardian complete this online form ( with updated contact information. We will use email to communicate about upcoming practices and  tournaments.
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in RG03. Natasha will return for a 2nd presentation of her senior project. We will continue the dialogue with a focus on problem solving and writing resolutions. Students will practice resolution writing from the perspectives of the UN, USAID, and NGOs.
Thursday: Hamilton Sing Along
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 10th (Act I)  and Friday, March 11th (Act II) in the Reno Multipurpose room. 

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]

7th Grade baseball tryouts will be
Monday, 3:30-5:30pm.
8th Grade baseball tryouts will be Tuesday, 3:30-5:30pm. 
The list of the students who made the two teams will be posted on Wednesday morning near the boys locker room.  
Follow Deal Baseball on Twitter for schedule updates, weather cancellations, and other team information @DealBaseball 

Girls Soccer Tryouts
Girls soccer tryouts will take place on March 14th, 15th, and 16th from 3:30 - 5:00PM. The following forms must be completed prior to tryouts. The first two can be completed online, but students must turn in hard copies of the health certificate and code of conduct. Students can pick up copies of the code of conduct from the gym or from Coach Ngwa in RG15. 
  • Parental Consent Form: 
  • Emergency Treatment Form: 
  • DC Health Certificate - This must be dated within the last 365 calendar days.
  • Parent and Student Codes of Conduct. These forms are new.
Softball Practice Schedule 
Monday, March 7th - Friday, March 11th: 
All lady vikings must be on the field or gym by 3:30 pm changed and ready for practice. 
If you have not submitted the universal physical form you must submit the form to participate! Coach Spann would like to thank the softball players who attended the softball clinic this past weekend.  
Outdoor Track 
Practice will be from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. The team 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
The season has begun! 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!

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

Wednesday: ADCA General Meeting 
Our wonderfully supportive Alice Deal Community Association will hold general meeting at 6:30 pm. School staff are invited and encouraged to join the conversation!

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

Thursday: Activity Bell 
Thursday's activity period is an MYP lesson created by the MYP Masters. Please reach out to your grade-level administrator with any questions.

Thursday: World Language Trip Meeting 
The final world language trip meeting will take place at 6:30 pm. France will meet in the auditorium, China will meet in Mr. Zhi's room, and Costa Rica will meet in the multipurpose room. All chaperones, students, and families are asked to attend this meeting. Want to see what to expect from your trip? Check out our previous trip's blogs!

Thurs - Fri: ELA Unit 3 Assessment 
Students will be taking the Unit 3 ELA Assessment in their ELA classes this week. Thank you for your support creating a positive testing environment.

Friday: SCAC Meeting 
There will be a SCAC meeting at 7:30 am in the conference room. 

 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.

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]
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
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. 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 -

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