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 in advance to all of the parents of our students; this will be an exciting week at Deal as well as one which tries the patience of some of us! As I pointed out about five weeks ago, Spring Break starts late. This is the last full week before the break, and it is a week full of import. 

For students, we are just two school weeks away from the end of the 3rd Advisory. Almost all formatives and summatives for the advisory are wrapping up with their units. When we return from the break there will be just four days of school left. About 40 percent of eighth graders will be coming back from school-sponsored travel and not getting back into classes until Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. If they are planning to be on these trips, this week is the one where they need to wrap up their work. Most of our students of course will be here but the temptation of heading out early (either physically or intellectually) is always there; let's work together to keep everyone focused! Please resist the urge to take your child out a day early or keep them out a day late - there is a lot planned academically sandwiched around the break.

This was a big week for STEM at Deal. We had Math Night on Pi Day with a discussion on preparing 7th grade students for math in 8th grade. Thank you to all who came out to support our annual celebration of all that is math; kudos to the math teachers for sharing their love of equations, numbers, shapes, and more to the community! The DC STEM Fair (Science Fair) was held at Dunbar yesterday and our students performed spectacularly: all five competitors either won or placed second in their topic area. Levi Berger was named Junior Division Grand Champion as well. These five represented the best in outcomes this year, but are also the reflection of the hundreds of other science fair projects developed by our students. Our science teachers all get behind the effort, and in the cases of Ms. Rhoads and Ms. Schuettpelz were even at the fair to volunteer their efforts. There is a lot of science love in their hearts!

Finally, an event for the adults and the community (and students, of course). This Thursday at 6:30PM 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, and CNN's Maria Cardona 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. While we don't have an end to this journey in mind, or even how it will wend its way, we are excited to be there at the start!

Be sure to sign up for Talking Across the Lines at this website: https:///talking-across-the-lines-tickets so we can get an accurate account of attendance. I really hope to see you there.

Take care, 

James Albright

Week of 
March 21, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Thursday Bell 
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates   

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
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 to Calleva

April 5
Costa Rica Trip returns 
6th Grade Science Trip to Calleva
April 6
China Trip returns 
France Trip returns 
6th Grade Science Trip to Calleva

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

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
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 21
3:30 - 5:00 pm "A Lot of Livin"
Conrad Fan Club, Kim, Conrad, Dance Ensemble A and B

5:00 - 5:30 pm "Happy Face"
Conrad Fan Club, Dance Ensemble A (girls), Albert

Tuesday, March 22
3:15-4:45 pm "A Lot of Livin"
Conrad Fan Club, Kim, Conrad, Dance Ensemble A and B

4:45 - 5:30 "What Did I Ever See in Him" Kim and Rosie

Wednesday, March 23
3:30 - 5:30 "A Lot of Livin"
Conrad Fan Club, Kim, Conrad, Dance Ensemble A and B

Thursday, March 24
3:15 - 5:30
Scene 12
Hugo, Rosie, Mrs. Peterson, Albert, Mr. MacAfee, Mrs. MacAfee
Scene 13
Kim, Mr. MacAfee, Albert, Rosie, Mrs. Peterson
Scene 14
Albert, Conrad, Mrs. Peterson, Mr. MacAfee, Mrs. MacAfee, Rosie

Friday, March 25
3:30 - 4:30 pm "Telephone Song"
Teens, Conrad Fan Club, Soloists
4:30 - 5:15 "One Boy"
Kim, One Boy Ensemble

Rehearsal Schedule is subject to change.

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Director Jill Roos ([email protected]
International Baccalaureate Updates  

The IB Mid-Atlantic region will award one IB Middle Years Program student a $500 scholarship for excellence in service. Students who apply will need to submit the following:
  • A completed application with parent signature
  • Learner profile essay/poem or short story or visual/graphic or video
  • Student service short essay (Students will write about a service project they have already participated in OR about one that they would like to do.)
  • One teacher recommendation 
If your student has demonstrated excellence in service or has great ideas about what they'd like to do, please email me ([email protected]). I will give them the application and support them through the process. 
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 and Friday,
arch 24th and 25th
Center Hours
Before School 8:00 - 8:40 am
 After School  3:30 - 5:00 pm

 Students are welcome for independent reading and homework. Please review the expectations and complete the permission slip available in the Library or on our website Alice Deal Library Pass.

Bus Information
Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, below are the contacts at Metro who can help:

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825

(D31, D33, and D34)
(202) 962-5800

Superintendent Priscilla Alston: (202) 962-5808

Assistant Superintendent Frank Machado: (202) 962-5809 (direct)

(Morning D32s, one of the afternoon D32s)

Superintendent Jackie Smith: (202) 379-8787; mobile: (202) 962-8785

Assistant Superintendent Amit Tonse: (202) 379-8787 mobile: (202) 570-6728

For longer-term bus planning needs (i.e., requests for new transit services, ongoing crowding, etc.), contact Kristine Marsh at (202) 962-6088 or [email protected]
As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to  [email protected] 

Alice Deal 

Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website ( for photos of items found in common areas at Deal, including in the cafeteria, field, and gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, please ask a staff member in the cafeteria to guide you to the lost-and-found.
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these up in the Welcome Center. Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs, and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
World Language Trips - General Update
Travel Time!
We are just one short week away from the adventure of a lifetime! With approximately 200 total students traveling to Costa Rica, France, and China, our students are getting ready to take their next big step as global citizens. Start packing those bags, read up on previous years' trips, and we look forward to seeing you at the airport (3 hours before departure, of course)!
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.
Talking Across the Lines 
On Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 pm Deal will host a thought-provoking event for parents, community, and staff that will begin to facilitate an understanding of cultural competence in our community and teach us and our children the importance of learning how to live with difference. The event is called "Talking Across the Lines" and it is our hope to 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:
  • Introduction by DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson
  • Host Michel Martin (NPR, All Things Considered)
  • Roland Martin (host, News One Now)
  • Maria Cardona (political commentator, CNN/CNN En Espanol).
Register for the event at: Talking Across the Lines Tickets

Student & Parent Information
New: Edline Updates
Spring Break and the end of 3rd Advisory are right around the corner. To keep students and parents well informed, new Edline updates will be posted on the following dates: 3/28, 4/4, 4/7, 4/11, 4/14. After this, we will resume our regular weekly schedule for updates.

New: National Junior Honor Society
Seventh and eighth grade students will receive their invitation to apply for National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) over the next two school weeks. Students will receive a letter of intent with their name on it.
Community service is a requirement for induction into NJHS. Students who have been on the honor roll for both 1st and 2nd advisory can pick up a community service form in the Welcome Center or from Ms. Stallworth's office on the 2nd floor. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours.
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Stallworth by email: [email protected]

New: Weekend Speech and Debate Results
This weekend the speech and debate team participated in a Public Forum debate tournament at Two Rivers Charter School in downtown DC. The team of Maria Leon-Acosta and Alex Holmes reached the elimination round and received second place in the varsity division. Congratulations to all of the debaters who attended.  

New: World Language Trips - Go Time! 
The 8th grade world language trips are just one short week away! Our intrepid staff will lead approximately 200 adventurous student on the adventure of a lifetime over spring break to Costa Rica, France, and China. These trips would not be possible without the support of Ms. Cuffee, Mr. Mbayu, and Mr. Zhi, who organized the trips, and the ADCA and DCPS, who provided almost $50k in scholarships to students! Thank you! Be sure to check out the travel blogs from previous years' trips and follow the fun as we travel here:

- 2016 Costa Rica Travel Blog
- 2016 France Travel Blog
- 2016 China Travel Blog

New: Sailing Club
Warmer weather means the return of the Deal Sailing Club! Weekly trips will start in mid-April and all students are invited to join! Beginners welcome! Our first trip will be on DC Sail's schooner, The Spirit of America. After that, club members will get to sail on smaller Flying Scots. Students can sign up for as many or as few trips as they want. A complete schedule and sign-up sheet will be released soon. Until then, check out last year's video!

New: Alice Deal Community Choir
Did you miss your opportunity to sing with our students in the Winter Concert? Fear not! The time is coming to prepare for the Alice Deal Community Choir's performance at the Spring Concert. Email [email protected] if you are interested.
New: Comics Workshop
If you like making comics and want to attend a small session with Faith Erin Hicks (creator of many graphic novels including The Adventures of Superhero Girl and The War at Ellsmere) see Ms. Redekopp this week. The workshop is Monday, April 4th at Deal during 7th period.
New: Lost and Found Survey
Team Paris students Blyss and Grace are working to make the Deal lost and found work better for all students as part of their 8th grade Community Project. Help them out by taking this short survey: Lost & Found
New: Girl Up Fundraiser
This week is the last week of Girl Up's Dollars for Donuts fundraiser for girls' education in Liberia. Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far! Ms. W. Anderson's homeroom leads the 6th grade competition, Ms. Wickersham's leads 7th grade, and Ms. Farrar's leads 8th grade. Keep up the good work and bring in those dollars!
New: 8th Grade NHD Participants
Good luck to our 8th Grade National History Day participants! Students will participate on Wednesday, March 23rd at the National Archives. Students, please make sure you have read the notice that you were given in our Citywide meeting and that you know your interview time (posted outside of your history teacher's room). Students must arrive 15-20 minutes before their interview with all materials! Good luck! The awards ceremony is at 4:00 pm in the McGowan Theater and open to anyone who would like to attend!
New: 8th Grade Passport to History  
8th graders: Don't forget Advisory 3 Passport to History projects are due on Monday, April 4th. Not quite done yet? Take advantage of spring break to see some of the important historical sites in DC! 
New: VikingCast Ep. 25 
Reading an IB Report Card (with Ms. Brown!) 
Visit to listen and subscribe to the Deal VikingCast Podcast! Meet our fantastic Dance Club In episode 26 and hear from some of Deal's most creative, caring, and inclusive students! 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. 

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]!
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.
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 teams will take a field trip to the Newseum from March 22nd - 25th. On the day of the field trip, all students on the team taking the trip must arrive by 8:15 am. Students will be taking the Metro. 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 have been 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 
Ron Smith School Visit
On Friday, April 8th, the 7th grade will receive a visit from Ron Smith, author of the new book Hoodoo, which recently won the Coretta Scott King/Joseph Steptoe New Talent Award. This compelling novel tells the story of a boy in the south living in the 1930s. Its intrigue and mystery capture readers of all ages. Mr. Smith recently visited Ms. Culp's 6th grade book club to discuss Hoodoo and we are excited to welcome him back to Deal to talk to the 7th grade about his writing career. 

Mr. Smith will be available to sign books after the assembly. If you would like to meet him and get his autograph, you should purchase the book at a local book store or online.

Wand to learn more about Ronald Smith? Check out this great interview: 
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 

Attention Parents of Eighth Grade Students
We will welcome staff from Wilson Senior High School this Thursday during first period to talk to our eighth grade students about course planning and elective options for next school year. The course selection sheets will go home with students this week with pre-selected classes based on semester grades. Please review these selections with your student, note any changes on the sheet, and send it back with your student for the Wilson visit on Thursday. The pre-selected courses on the sheet are recommendations. Changes can be made by contacting Wilson prior to July 1. Please feel free to reach out to Camille White via email at [email protected] or by phone (202)939-2012 should you have any additional questions or concerns.

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! Teams will compete in competitions and participation with the winning team earning an ice cream party!

Monday: Deal Gear and Door Decorating
Tuesday: Canned Food Drive
Wednesday: Backwards "Wacky Tacky" Day
Thursday: Team Basketball Competition
Friday: Talent Show and Final Results

Teams will earn points for their participation each day so make sure to join the fun and start talking smack to your friends!

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. RSVPs for the Open Houses 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...

Monday: Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, March 21st 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: GeoPlunge! 
All 6th graders (new and returning) interested in GeoPlunge will meet every Monday during GRIT time in Mr. Martini's room (C130). We will prepare for the Spring tournament on May 17th!
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, March 21st to finalize the Dollars for Donuts standings and plan for April. See you then!
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 will have 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 games, tournaments, and events.
Thursday: Model UN 
Model UN will meet on Thursday, March 24th this week (due to NHD Citywide on 3/23). We will meet in Ms. Trenkle's room with Ms. Alex to finish our Declaration of Human Rights prints. This is the last day to work on and complete prints!  Students who have already completed their print may attend and help or do another print. See you for our last meeting before spring break!

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 started last week and will continue from 3:30 - 4:30pm on Monday, March 21st. Questions? See Coach Mbayu in Room C315 or email [email protected]

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 and Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. 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: 8th Grade Teachers
8th Grade Spirit Week is this week! Show your support for your students and win fabulous prizes. Please check your email for the complete schedule. Be warned: Team Suva is already talking smack!

Tuesday: Weather Drill
Deal will hold a brief extreme weather drill on Tuesday. Please see your email for complete details.

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

Thursday: Activity Bell
This Thursday's activity period is "Pause." 8th grade students will report to their homerooms before coming to the gym for the spirit week basketball tournament.

Thursday: ALT Meeting
The Academic Leadership Team will meet in the conference room at 3:30 pm.

Thursday: Talking Across the Lines
All staff are invited to join us for an evening of thoughtful conversation in the auditorium at 6:30 for "Talking Across the Lines." Teachers intending to attend should register online so that an accurate count can be made.

 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.

Blood Drive at Murch Elementary School, Thursday March 24th 2-7:30pm
Did you know that every day in the U.S over 44,000 pints of blood are needed? Every 2 seconds someone needs blood for an injury or illness. 

Murch Elementary School is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, March 24th from 2-7:30pm in the Murch Gym. Please sign up to schedule an appointment time to donate at and enter sponsor code Murch EL DC under "Give Blood"!

Your donation could save up to three lives! 
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

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 -