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: 

While a number of Deal 8th graders are getting ready to travel on trips abroad in the next two weeks, an email from Singapore reminds us that our children are already living in a global society. In this society, they don't necessarily have to physically travel; their ideas can travel without them. The email read in part:

Dear Mr James Albright,
I'm an undergraduate reading history in Singapore. I recently came across a history paper by one of your students, Caroline E. Katzive. It was a paper on Margaret Sanger and it was a d*** good one. It was well-researched, concise and insightful. Please let the young woman know she's amazing.
Thank you. Best. Chuan Yi

Caroline's paper was her entry into last year's National History Day contest. Because of her success, the paper was posted in a number of different places. I encourage you to search for the paper and read it yourself; I believe you will agree with Chuan Yi on the quality of the paper.

What struck me about the letter from Chuan Yi was the casual expectation that ideas are shared and moved around the world. Reading years ago about mirror neurons, I was amazed at how the concept was developed by a team of researchers across the world, each providing a dollop of perspective framed in their context. (My hope is that our science classes can provide this experience to our students as well.) Research and ideas don't exist solely in a classroom, a school, a town, or even a country. Caroline's paper on M Sanger was read and considered (and probably eventually cited) by a student reading history in Singapore. I am stunned by the idea that the original writing of a wonderful Deal student will affect the intellectual experience of a Singaporean student. We only know about this because a letter was written; it makes me wonder how much more happens that remains unacknowledged? 

What responsibility does a school have to challenge its community? For our students, the responsibility is complete: it is what we are here to do. But what about our parents and our larger city community? Two events coming up are about bringing more to those around us - while we don't lose sight of this within our building.

This Wednesday, Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, will be in the Deal auditorium to share his thoughts and to meet the public. This event is sponsored by DC Public Library and in partnership with Politics and Prose. I am excited that we can host a writer of this caliber for our students and our community. It is my hope that we can pack the place to hear from him; his visits are rare and we are lucky to have him.

The following Wednesday, however, is the start of something new and different for us. In an evening titled "Talking Across the Lines," nationally known figures will participate with our community in a discussion around cultural competence and how we can teach ourselves and our children the importance of learning how to live with difference. This is a challenging topic. As you can see by the description below, it will be interactive and open and, we hope, compelling. DC's own Chancellor Henderson will introduce the evening and then NPR's Michel Martin, journalist Roland Martin, CNN's Maria Cardona, and Deal's own former principal Melissa Kim will lead this surely spirited evening. We hope you will take the time to come out and lend your voice to the night; we also hope it will be the start of a much needed, much longer conversation.

Take care, 

James Albright

NB - Tomorrow night (Monday, March 14) is our annual Math Night at Deal. We encourage all families to come and participate in activities that showcase our mutual love for the mathematical arts! Math Night starts at 6:30pm. There will be an important Math 7 meeting for the families of students in Math 7 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. So, make it a math night for everyone! The evening will also see our annual Cardboard Challenge. This will be held in the gymnasium and is a chance to have a look at the creative accomplishments of a group of students who have been working diligently on their creations for the last couple of months.
Week of 
March 14, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

March 14
Pi Day!
Family Math Night, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Math 7 Parents Meeting - 7:00pm
Cardboard Challenge Day of Play, 6:30 pm

March 16
The Book Thief author visit 6:30 - 9:00 pm

March 17
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

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 1
Registration for 2016-17 begins!

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 14
Scene 9
Sullivan, Conrad, Kim, Rosie, Hugo, Albert

Tuesday, March 15
"Healthy, Normal, American Boy"Albert, Rosie, Helen, Nancy, Margie, Alice, Freddie Karl, Hugo's Friends, HarveyPenelope, Suzie, Conrad Fan Club, Reporters, Mrs. Merkle, Mr. Johnson, Parents
Conrad 4:00-5:00
Rosie and Albert 5:00-5:30

Wednesday, March 16
"Honestly Sincere" and "One Last Kiss" 
Conrad, Teens,Kim, Named Teens, Conrad Birdie Fan Club

Thursday, March 17 
Scene 11
Albert, Rosie, Mrs. Peterson, Conrad, Kim, Deborah Sue, Alice, Mayor's Wife, Mr. John son, Mrs. Merkele, Hugo, Mr. Macafee, Mrs. Macafee, Mr. Johnson, Parent 1 and 2

Friday, March 18 
Albert, Sad Girl, Dance Ensemble A (GIRLS), Conrad Birdie Fan Club

Rehearsal Schedule is subject to change.

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!
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 17th
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 Thanks
Many thanks to the students, families, teachers, and trip leaders who made our final meeting before we travel such a huge success. Please check your email for further updates and reach out to Ms. Cuffee, Mr. Mbayu, or Mr. Zhi with any questions you may have.

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
deal[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.
Talking Across the Lines

On Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 we will host a thought-provoking event for current and prospective parents, faculty and staff that will begin to facilitate an understanding of cultural competence in our community; of teaching themselves and our children the importance of learning how to live with difference. We are calling it "Talking Across the Lines"  and it is our hope that we will develop a model that other schools in the area can learn from.  

The evening will include a performance by the Deal Dance Ensemble, an interactive panel discussion on diversity and its significance in education, and an interactive cultural competency activity.  Our panelists for the evening will include 
  • host Michel Martin (NPR, All Things Considered (weekend)), 
  • Dr. Melissa Kim (KIPP, former Principal, Deal MS), 
  • Roland Martin, (host, News One Now) and 
  • Maria Cardona, (political commentator, CNN/CNN En Espanol).

Student & Parent Information
New: Pi Day is Coming 
How many digits of pi do you know? Show off this week as 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: Parent Workshop
The Alice Deal Social Workers invite families to our next ADHD workshop session entitled "Organization 101." Please bring your child and their backpack full of school materials. We will work on helping you create a fundamental organizational system that should be manageable for both you and your child. We will meet Thursday, March 17th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to [email protected]
New: The Book Thief Author Visit
Join Markus Zusak, author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Book Thief, to celebrate the 10thanniversary of his international  bestseller. Mr. Zusak will sign books purchased at the event or brought from home. This event will take place in the auditorium and doors open at 6:00 pm. 

New: Deal Model United Nations
Model UN will meet at 3:30 in RG03 on Wednesday. We have a guest speaker on the SDGs. See you there!

New: New Family Night @ Wilson 
Is your 8th grade student considering Wilson for high school next year? If so, please plan to attend their New Parent Orientation on March 15 at 6:30 pm in the Wilson auditorium. Wilson staff will share important information on the course registration process and the transition to high school. 

New: Wilson HS Presents "Hamlet"
Come see Wilson's performance of Hamlet on March 17th and March 18th at 7:30 pm or Saturday, March 19th at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Wilson High School Black Box Theater. Tickets cost $5 for students and $15 for adults. Cash or check sales will begin one hour prior to the show. Arrive early as seating is limited!

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!
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. 
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!! 
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:

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]!
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!
Looking for a Great Summer Camp?  

The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a four-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

Newseum Field Trip
Sixth grade temas will take a field trip to the Newseum from March 22nd - 25th. On the day of the field trip, all students must arrive by 8:15 am. Students will be taking the metro. The cost of the metro fare is free to DCPS students with a DC One Card that is pre-registered for the "Kids Ride Free on Rail" program. Students must have a DC One Card with them and the card must be registered at least 24 hours before the trip. Students must bring lunch to school on the day of this trip. If you have any concerns about the DC One cards or about providing your child with lunch for the trip, please email your child's ELA teacher (see below). Permission slips should be returned to your child's ELA teacher by Wednesday, March 16th. 

Team Dakar
Tuesday, March 22
Ms. Culp - [email protected]gov

Team Montevideo
Wednesday, March 23
Ms. W. Anderson - [email protected]

Team Quito
Thursday, March 24
Ms. Quiambao - chelley.[email protected]

Team Taipei
Friday, March 25
Mr. Spencer - derrick.[email protected]

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 this week! Please contact [email protected] with any 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
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). Students will prepare for the spring tournament on May 17th.
Monday: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, March 14th 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. 
Monday:  Screening of Wadjida
To celebrate Women's History Month, the Deal Library and Girl-Up will host a screening of the film Wadjda on March 14th at 3:30pm.  Wadjda is the first film by a Saudi woman director and the first film shot in Saudi Arabia. All are welcome to watch this film about a girl's dream of owning a bicycle and racing her neighbor... and her clever plans to achieve her dream.
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 need to complete a Club Sports Form before being able to practice. All players must have a parent/guardian complete this online form ( so that we have updated contact information. We will use email to communicate about upcoming practices and tournaments.

Tuesday: Wilson Parent Night 
All 8th grade students and families considering attending Wilson High School next year should attend their Parent Night in the Wilson auditorium at 6:30 pm. This is an important time to learn about registering for courses and what to expect in the transition to high school.

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]

Follow Deal Baseball on Twitter for schedule updates, weather cancellations, and other team information @DealBaseball 

Boys Soccer Tryouts
Boys soccer tryouts will be held from 3:30 to 4:30pm on Friday, March 18th and Monday, March 21st. Questions? See coach Mbayu in room C315 or email [email protected]

Girls Soccer Tryouts
Girls soccer tryouts will take place on March 14th, 15th, and 16th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. 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, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 
3:30 - 5:00 pm.
Outdoor Track 
Spring track is up and running. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. All paperwork must be received by this Wednesday in order to participate. Please contact Coach Farrar at [email protected] for information.

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 
Monday: Family Math Night 
Family Math Night will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please see Ms. Neal with questions.

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

Thursday: Faculty Meeting 
All staff are asked to attend the faculty meeting at 3:30 pm.

Thursday: Hospitality Gathering 
The hospitality committee will host a social event for staff Thursday after school. Please see your email for details.

Saturday: Saturday Academy 
The final Saturday Academy of the advisory for invited 7th and 8th grade students will take place this weekend. Please work with your RTI team to determine a plan to support all students in the final weeks of the advisory. 

 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.

Coach Hill's Player Invitational
The Player Invitational is a basketball event hosted by Coach Abdul Hill. Coach Hill is a DC Native and has developed hundreds of student-athletes' of all ages for over 15 years. Hill is currently the Athletic Director at the Rita Bright Family & Youth Center located in the Columbia Heights NW section of Washington, DC where they implement over 35 free programs for youth and adults under the umbrella of Education, Technology, Arts, Enrichment, and Athletics. Born and raised in the Nation's Capital, he attended DC Public Schools and attended Howard University. Hill has become a pillar in Washington, DC for his continued community efforts of impacting youth with development in sports as well as the importance of education. He has been recognized for his service within communities by receiving many awards including recently being the first recipient of State Farm's Community Service Award for Community Service in Washington, DC and was named Coach of the Year for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation for 2016.
The Invitational is an annual event for youth basketball players throughout the DC, MD, and VA area. Each participant is required to pay a registration fee of $60.00 in order to participate in the Invitational and complete registration forms due by Friday, March 18, 2016. The event is closed to the public for the first half of the event in which youth will participate in many development drills including ball handling, shooting, defensive, conditioning, strengthening, and etc. The second half of the event will be a showcase of the youth playing games as the doors open for the public at noon and the games start at 1pm. The parents of each paying participant will not have to pay for admission for the games. All others are required to pay admission for the games $5.00 (13 & older), $1.00 (Children ages 5-12), and children 5 & under are for free. The event gives a lot of the youth exposure for local high school coaches, family members, and friends to enjoy the youth having fun playing basketball and also to receive notice from schools to attend in the future. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

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 -