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: 

Thank you to all of the amazing teachers that make Deal the place that it is. It is your work that brings the children in this building every day and gives them what they need. Know that you are appreciated for this.

Teaching is one of the few professions for which virtually everyone has an opinion. As teachers are civil servants, their contracts - pay, conditions, progressions - are subject to universal scrutiny. As everyone had teachers at some points in their life, there are many personal references that can be made about teaching. Problems in society are very often laid at the feet of teachers and schools as a sort of safe ground in which to base complaints. On top of this, the actual act of teaching - living up to the expectations of a principal, a school district, parents, and students - is grueling. Year after year, schools seek to fill positions for teachers that have left. And yet with all that somehow feels arrayed against teachers, there is always a new cohort to try and fill the shoes of their predecessors. What is it in the spirit of teaching that both challenges us personally and yet still is attractive to many?

In my mind, the truth is in struggle. Teachers believe that they can help children grow in a way that makes our world a better place. Teachers see past the seemingly endless structures, plans, and meetings to their daily interactions with children, and see that the work with students makes the other stuff worth it. The power in teaching is in the ability to take complicated, complex information and help each child make sense of it and make it their own. Each of us can remember a teacher in our lives who made us understand ourselves, see something clearly, or just believe in our own abilities. (Take a moment to do this.  For me, it was a slightly scattered Scottish history teacher who made me feel that the point of the work was the struggle that I was undergoing.) Deal teachers work a classroom, five times a day, keeping a lesson flowing, checking that between 15 and 25 students are keeping up - each at their own, individual pace - managing small humans who are at their peak of adolescent and personal turmoil (middle school). They have to be able to react instantly to a question or a disruption - and not with a personal reaction but one that moves the class forward, planned and thoughtfully. They work to keep students' spirits up - knowing that a loved child learns better - and to keep their own energy high. Teachers are expected - by all of us - to know where their charges are emotionally, intellectually, and socially - and keep this knowledge juggling throughout a day in which the see group after group of students. And they do all of this every day.

They do this because teachers care deeply about their students. They design their work to help individuals, to challenge others. They share their worries and concerns with colleagues and school leaders. They make time for their students in many different ways. They take the role of stewards of children's education with the utmost seriousness. They believe in what they are doing, and believe that maybe, just maybe, they will be that teacher that a student recalls down the road with fondness and appreciation. Above all, teaching is about loving to help others grow.

Almost every day someone comes in to Deal to ask about a teacher they had when they were here thirty years ago or twenty years ago. They remember them, remember those moments in class. They will tell me about a certain teacher as their eyes light up, and they look around hoping to see them just there in the corridor. When I traveled with our students to China a few weeks ago, they shared their favorite teachers and school moments with me. What I know is that our teachers today are making those same memories for your children as those from previous generations. 

This week is teacher appreciation week across the country and here at Deal. Please feel free to drop a note to a teacher to share something your child has said about them, to show them how their work is affecting your child's life, or just to say that you appreciate that they have chosen our school to do their labor of love. 

Thank you - James Albright

NB - Each year I tell the teaching staff that the reason we continue to grow is because of who we have teaching our children. Now I need YOU to do your part: please come in and register your child for next year. We know you are going to do it - we have a very small attrition rate from year to year. We just need you to do it. Our registration numbers have been growing very slowly this year, and we need to fix that going forward. 

To this end, we will have Registration at Deal this Saturday, May 7, from 1 until 5 pm. What a great time to take care of this!
PARCC 2016

Each spring, DCPS students participate in the PARCC assessment to help the district learn more about both student and school progress towards college and career readiness. PARCC will be administered at Deal starting mid-April. Most 6th and 8th grade students completed testing last week, but make-up sessions will continue this week. 7th graders will test in the morning starting this week. The 8th grade single-session DC Science test that will be administered on 5/13. Please see the chart below for information on which test your scholar will take on each given day to ensure they are present and ready for the assessment. Please email Ms. Giron with any questions ([email protected]).

Week of 
May 2, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I 
Wednesday - Bell I 
Thursday - Bell I  
Friday - Bell I
Register Now!
 All students must be registered
 for the 2016-2017 school year by
 June 17th.
 Current 5th, 6th and 7th grader's
 parents should bring their proof
 of residency to the Deal Welcome
 Center to complete enrollment
 documents. Evening hours are
 scheduled every Thursday until 7
 pm for families who are not able
 to come to the school during the
 day. Also, this Saturday the Deal staff will enroll families from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 8th graders should take
 their proof of residency to the
 high school they will attend. 

Are you a Deal parent or staff member?
Do you play in a band?
Want to take part in the 2nd annual Band Battle?

Please save the date of Saturday, May 14th for this fun evening of music and festivities on behalf of Alice Deal Middle School! This year's event will take place at Tenley Bar and Grill.

If your band is interested, get in touch with Karen Harris by emailing [email protected].

Upcoming Dates   

May 2 - May 6
6th Grade Spirit Week

May 5
Community Project Meeting, 8:10 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30 4:30 pm

May 6
Professional Development
(No school for students)
Spring Musical, 6:30 pm

May 7
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
Saturday Detention, 9 am - noon
Spring Musical, 2:00pm, 6:30pm

May 9
DCPS Night at NATS Park 

May 10
8th Grade I&S SAAM Reception
Diversity Group Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 11
Principal's Coffee, 10 am

May 12
Advisory Mid Point
Team Leaders, All 8:10 am

May 13
SCAC Meeting, 7:30 am
Deal Visit 10 am
8th Grade Common Project Training, 8:10am

May 14
2nd Annual IB World Languages Festival
Music in the Parks, 8 am - 7 pm

May 16
6th Grade Math, Finance Park

May 17
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, 
6th Grade
6th Grade Math, Finance Park

May 18
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
6th Grade Math, Finance Park

May 19
Access for ELLs Testing
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Community Project Meeting, 3:30 pm
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm

May 20
Access for ELLs Testing 
8th Grade I&S Gettysburg Trip

May 21
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
Murch Musical, noon
Saturday Detention
Admin Party

May 23
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(No school for students)

May 24
8th Grade I&S NPG Reception

May 26
Team Leaders, Grade Level, 8:10 am

May 27
8th Grade Community Project Training, 8:10 am
Deal Visit, 10 am

May 30
Memorial Day
No school for students and staff

May 31
8th Grade I&S Civil War to Civil Rights Field Trip
Science 7 Field Trip
WL Film Festival 

June 1
Deal Gives Back
Murch Musical Rehearsal, 3:30 to 6 pm

June 2
Community Project Meeting, 8:10 am
8th Grade Civil War Field Trip
Science 7 Field Trip
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
Murch Musical Rehearsal, 3:30 to 6 pm

June 3
8th Grave Civil War Field Trip
Science 7 Field Trip 
CJP Concert, 9 am 
UK trip Meeting, 6:30 pm
Summer Bridge Lunch Bunch
Murch Musical 3:30 pm to 8 pm

June 4
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
Saturday Detention 9 am to noon
Murch Musical, 11 am to 5 pm 

June 6
6th Grade Birthday Party
SAGE 8th Grade
8th Grade Civil War Field Trip
Science 7 Field Trip

June 7
Feeder School Counselor
Diversity Group Meeting, 3:30 pm
SRI EOY 6 - 8
Chancellors Cabinet 4 pm to 5 pm

June 8
SRI EOY 6 - 8

June 9
WTU Meeting, 3:30 4:30 pm

June 19
8th Grade Dance
Deal Day

June 11
Saturday Detention, 9 am to noon

June 13
8th Grade Kings Dominion Field Trip

June 14
8th Grade Promotion Practice
Nation MS Speech and Debate Tourney 

June 15
8th Grade Promotion
6th Grade to Cameron Run
Lafayette Promotion, 1:30 pm
National MS Speech and Debate Tourney

June 16
National MS Speech and Debate Tourney

June 17
National MS Speech and Debate Tourney
Last Day of School
Students Dismissed at 12:15 pm

June 18
National MS Speech and Debate Tourney

June 27
First Day of Summer School 

Alice Deal Middle School Presents:
Rehearsal Schedule

Sunday, May 1 9:30 - 5:30
Tech Rehearsal Full Company
Monday, May 2 3:15 - 6:00
Add lights/Sound Full Company
Tuesday, May 3 3:15 - 6:00 
Full Company

Wednesday, May 4 3:15 - 6:00
First Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, May 5 3:15 - 8:00
Dress Rehearsal/Pizza Night
First Show: Friday, May 6
Call time at 4:30pm
Performance at 6:30pm

Matinee/Evening Shows: Saturday, May 7
Call time 12:00pm
1st Performance at 2:00pm
Cast Party/Dinner
2nd Performance at 6:30pm

Questions or Concerns? Please contact Director Jill Roos ([email protected]
World Language Trips!
Attention 7th Grade Families
It is time for our 7th graders to start planning for next year's 8th grade world language trips!

To learn more about next year's trips, including itineraries and pricing, or to sign up please click on the following links:

Costa Rica
Trip Leader: Ms. Cuffee
EF Trip Number: 1846054AJ

Trip Leader: Mr. Mbayu
EF Trip Number: 1817749CH

Trip Leader: Mr. Zhi
EF Trip Number: 1866938JY


These trips are a blast! To learn more about previous years' trips, check out our blogs!
International Baccalaureate Updates  

Abby Atwood one of our 8th grade Team Paris created this video
 to highlight the IB learner profile as a part of her Student Award of Excellence application. Abby has knitted 15 hats and scarves and donated them to Martha's Cupboard, an organization that serves the homeless community in our city. Thanks for sharing you
work with us, Abby!
IB Community Project Request

Dear Alice Deal Parents and Students,

As you read this, thousands of people are fleeing Syria and seeking refuge from the ongoing violence in other countries. However, they are lacking the aid and resources needed to support themselves as they rebuild their lives, both within Syria and in other countries across the world.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) sends aid to these refugees, and I am helping them fundraise. Specifically, these funds will go to helping expand IRC efforts for Syrian refugees in Jordan who do not have access to basic resources that they need, such as food, shelter. On my website,, you can find more about what the IRC is doing for Syrian refugees.

I am asking everyone to donate money to the IRC so that these people and their families can live in safety and stability like the rest of us. Even a few dollars helps! You can donate by going to the link listed above and selecting the yellow "donate now" button.

Please email me at [email protected] with any questions. 

Thank you for your help!
Gabi Aladjem
8th Grade Student, Team Paris
**in conjunction with the 8th Grade IBMYP Community Project

Media Center News
Center Hours
The Deal Library will be closed after school during testing days.

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.


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.
Summer Bridge 2016 
For rising 6th graders
(current 5th graders)
This year, Summer Bridge will focus on the following:
  • Organizational skills
  • Deal culture & expectations
  • Study Skills 
    • Annotating texts (English)
    • Problem-solving (Math)
  • Technology Skills 
There will be three one-week sessions
  • Session 1: July 11th - July 14th
  • Session 2: July 18th - July 21st
  • Session 3: July 25th - July 28th
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
$50 per session
*Students should only register for ONE session
*Spaces are limited
Click here for Registration Link

Please contact us at (202) 939-2010 if there are any problems with the link.

Student & Parent Information
New: Alice Deal Presents Bye Bye Birdie
Take a trip to the 50's with Alice Deal Middle School's Young Performers' production of the classic musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie! See what happens when a famous rock 'n roll star, Conrad Birdie, gets drafted, causing hysteria among his fans, and gives a farewell kiss on national television to his number one fan.

Put on a happy face and support Deal students at any of these shows:

- Friday, May 6th at 6:30 pm
- Saturday, May 7th at 2:00 pm
- Saturday, May 7th at 6:30 pm 

As always, please accompany your children to the shows; students without a parent/guardian won't be able to enter!

We look forward to seeing you there!

New: DCPS Night at Nationals Park
Join us for DCPS Night at Nationals Park on May 9th at 6:45 pm! Eat Cracker Jacks, wave at the racing presidents, and cheer on the Nationals as they whoop the Tigers (sorry, Detroit)! Please click here to sign up for tickets. Tickets quantities are extremely limited, so we ask that families limit requests to 3 tickets per student and make sure to use every ticket requested. See you at the ballpark! Go Nats!

New: Deal Sailing Club is Back!
Ahoy! Warmer weather and higher winds means that it is officially sailing season at Deal! Join us for one of our small-boat days or on DC Sails 65' schooner on 5/17! The Deal sailing club is open to all students (experience is NOT required). Invite a friend and sign up here for the following dates:
  • 5/3 - small boat, 15 person limit
  • 5/10 - small boat, 15 person limit
  • 5/17 - big boat, 35 person limit
  • 5/24 - small boat, 15 person limit
  • 5/31 - small boat, 15 person limit
Permission slips and more information are located with Ms. Law (E101) and Ms. Philips (W104). Check out last year's video here!

New: NHD Nationals Bound Students
There will be a meeting at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4 for all 8th graders who placed first or second at NHD Citywide and have qualified for Nationals.  The meeting is mandatory and will be held in RG03. 

Students must register for Nationals via the information you received from Citywide (in your folder) by Tuesday, May 17th.  Students must complete all parts in order to be registered.  There is no registration fee for students. 
Four copies of all research papers must be mailed and at the national office by Wednesday, May 17th. Students need to give themselves plenty of time to mail the papers.  It's called 'smail-mail' for a reason. Websites lock at midnight on May 17. Students can no longer work on them after that. 
Students are welcome to stay on campus. Over the years, groups of students have stayed on campus for either part of or the entire competition.  There are several packages for dorms and food. It's a wonderful way for high school students to learn about campus life and middle school students have a blast.  Students do need chaperons.  The National Archives Foundation does not cover this fee. 
Missy McNatt is offering a help session on Saturday, April 30 at the National Archives Learning Center.  Please contact her directly if interested at [email protected].    
Saturday, May 21 is an information session about what to expect at the national NHD competition in June.  Please contact her directly if interested at [email protected].  
New: Girl Up
Girl Up will sell items designed and handmade by women in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda through the organization Amani ya Juu during 7th and 8th grade lunch Monday through Thursday. Items sold will include bracelets, purses, aprons, keychains, pencil pouches, laptop cases, and more! Come find the perfect Mother's Day present! All gifts must be paid for in cash and will cost between $3-28.   
Girl Up will host an open recruitment meeting for all 6th and 7th graders interested in learning more about our club. Come speak to current students, learn about the issues we advocate for, activities we plan throughout the year, and enjoy some snacks! 
New: May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Come to our Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 pm. Dr. Nancy Ingraham, licensed clinical psychologist, will discuss how to talk with your child about sadness and ways you can support your child.
Contact your School Psychologists: Arielle Alphonse and Latashia Scott if you are interested in attending!
Parent-Teacher Conferences
The final round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, May 23rd from noon - 7:00 pm. Conferences with team teachers will be held by-appointment-only and appointment sign-up will take place online.  Beginning Monday, May 9th, please visit this link to sign up for appointments with your child's team teachers.  All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Resource, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process will be posted on Edline and Deal's website. Note: you will need an email account to use the online process.  If you will be unable to create appointments online or know someone who may need assistance, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment.

New: Wilson Field-Hockey Meeting
Attention 8th-grade girls: If you're interested in playing field hockey at Wilson, please mark your calendars for a preseason meeting on Tuesday, May 24th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the Wilson atrium. Wilson field-hockey coach, Sarah Whitener, will introduce the coaches and team and discuss equipment, uniforms, summer conditioning, camps, and volunteer positions for parents. New players are invited to learn about how to prepare over the summer for tryouts during the first week of school. For further information, contact Coach Whitener at [email protected]

Mental Health Awareness Summit
DCPS will hold a Mental Health Awareness Summit on Thursday, May 5th at Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.
Parents, DCPS staff, and community members are invited to learn about the social and emotional supports that are available for students (art therapy, grief & trauma intervention, substance prevention). Participants will also hear about how mental health supports student achievement. 
DC Youth Bi-lingual Poetry Contest
For the chance to win $25 - $125, enter this contest by submitting an original poem in English, Spanish, or both. If you are interested, see Ms. Redekopp at the Deal Library for more information! All poems are due at the end of April. 
Snow Day Clarification
Due to the 2.5 snow days this winter, there has been some reasonable confusion as to how many days must be made up. The attached letter clarifies that the school year will be extended one day to Friday, June 17th. Also, DCPS has announced the SY16-17 calendars. Please note that there are two different calendars - one for the 11 schools following an Extended Year calendar, and one for the majority of our schools following a traditional calendar. Deal will follow the traditional calendar.   
Music Department Field Trip
The bands and choirs will travel to Six Flags America to perform in Music in the Parks on Saturday, May 14th.  Permission slips and money are due to Ms. Van der Horst or Mr. McKeithen were due by Wednesday, April 13th.  

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.

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]!
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

Contact Information 
Do you have concerns, questions or comments? Contact the 6th grade team:

Ms. Howard - Counselor

Mr. Kling - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade News 

Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner

Activities Payments
In an effort to reduce costs for our families, this year's 8th grade promotion is free! However, students will still need to pay for the optional trip to Kings Dominion ($85) and 8th grade dance ($35). A letter went home with 8th grade students outlining the process for paying for the 8th grade dance and 8th grade trip to Kings Dominion.

Update: Online Payment Not Available
Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond Deal's control, the online payment system will not be available this year. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and encourage students to turn in cash or check payments to their team teachers on Thursdays after school.

To pay in person:
  • Team leaders will collect payments on Thursdays from 3:15 - 3:30 pm - Due to the large number of payments, teachers will not accept payments outside of this time
  • Payments will be accepted until May 19th
  • Check payments will not be accepted after May 5th

It is our sincere hope that all 8th grade students will participate in all end-of-year activities. If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to [email protected]


8th Grade Dance Help
Parents, the 8th Grade Dance is approaching fast! Each year, 8th graders gather one last time to dance and celebrate before venturing off to high school. We need your help to ensure this night is memorable and fun!
Volunteers are needed for:
  • Set Up (1:00 - 6:00 pm - 2-hour shifts)
  • Chaperoning (7:00 - 10:00 pm)
  • Clean up (9:00 - 10:30 pm)
If you are interested in helping out, please email [email protected]. Last year, we had 12 parents help. We hope to double that number this year and look forward to hearing from you!

8th Grade Transition to High School
As our 8th graders prepare to transition to the next level, we need to know where they will attend high school next school year. Once a decision is made, it is important for families to  let us know so that school records transfer to the next school smoothly. Please note that Wilson Senior High School is our feeder school and records will be transferred there if it is unknown where the student will attend. To help with this process, students who are 
not attending Wilson should send Ms. White an email to [email protected] with the following information: 
Student's first and last name and the name and address of the school they will attend next school year.

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.

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, May 2nd at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the "Cottage." In the event of bad weather, we will meet with Mr. Namian in E207.

Tuesday: Sailing Club
Ahoy! Warmer weather and higher winds means that it is officially sailing season at Deal! Join us for one of our small-boat days or on DC Sails 65' schooner on 5/17! The Deal sailing club is open to all students (experience is NOT required). Invite a friend and sign up here for the following dates:
  • 5/3 - small boat, 15 person limit
  • 5/10 - small boat, 15 person limit
  • 5/17 - big boat, 35 person limit
  • 5/24 - small boat, 15 person limit
  • 5/31 - small boat, 15 person limit
Permission slips and more information are located with Ms. Law (E101) and Ms. Philips (W104). Check out last year's video here!
Wednesday: NHD Nationals' Meeting
There will be a meeting at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4th for all 8th graders who placed first or second at NHD Citywide and have qualified for Nationals. The meeting is mandatory and will be held in RG03. 
Wednesday: Model UN Canceled
We will not meet on Wednesday (5/4) but will have our final celebration meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 11th. Please plan to attend!

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]

Girls Soccer
Visit this link for the team's practice schedule. Visit this link for the game schedule.

Please address any questions or concerns to [email protected].
Baseball Schedule 
Please see the attached Baseball Schedule 

- Monday, May 2nd at 4:00 pm 
  Deal vs Lincoln (away) 13th & Upshur St. NW
- Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00 m
  Deal vs Hardy at Deal
- Wednesday & Thursday, May 4th & 5th
  Softball Practice from 3:30 - 4:45 pm

Please see the attached Softball Schedule.                 
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: Teacher Appreciation Week 
Deal's teachers are amazing, brilliant, selfless, hard-working, loving superheros! Don't forget to join us for the following celebrations of our appreciation for all you do:

- Tuesday: Massage Mania
- Wednesday: Taco Wednesday
- Thursday: Morning Breakfast
- Friday: Free tickets to Bye Bye Birdie for staff
New: 7th Gr. PARCC and Make-Up Testing 
7th grade PARCC testing beings this week. Please stay on top of your emails for important updates and support your colleagues in creating a positive testing environment.

Kudos to the 6th and 8th grade teams for successfully completing most of their testing. Make up tests will take place this week so homeroom teachers should check their boxes each morning for student passes. 

Thursday: Community Project Meeting
There will be a Community Project meeting at 8:10 am for Team Paris and the community project team in E307 

Thursday: WTU Meeting  
There will be a WTU meeting at 3:30 pm.

Friday: Professional Development Day 
Friday is a professional development day. Many Deal teachers will attend trainings outside the building. Please contact your content administrator with any questions.

Saturday: Saturday Academy
Saturday Academy begins this weekend for 7th and 8th grade students. Team teachers should start considering schedules and invitations this week. Please check your inbox for more information from Ms. Lerum later this week.

 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.

The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program
The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program, directed by the University of the District of Columbia, is offering a free all-expenses paid 4-week intensive summer program designed to engage students in high quality, hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in order to increase access to STEM focused careers and higher education. In addition to the summer program, students will receive a mentor and participate in STEM workshops during the academic year at UDC and host sites across the District! The program is for young males of African American and Hispanic descent in grades 6th- 8th. Those selected will have the opportunity to learn 3D printing, app development, and robotics. There will be competitions, prizes and exciting field trips. Please see the attached PDF for details. For more information, contact [email protected]

Black Girls Lead Conference
Applications are now open for the Summer 2016 Black Girls Lead Conference. The BGL Conference is a 4-day international leadership conference hosted in New York City July 28 - July 31, 2016. The applications are due on Friday, May 20. The conference is for  girls between the ages of 13-17 who come from various socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds, and is designed to advance young women's leadership development, critical thinking skills, academic achievement, civic engagement, and philanthropy. Additional information and the application can be found on the conference website. For questions, email [email protected]

FREE Summer Field Hockey Camp with Wilson Players
Are you interested in learning to play field hockey or to improve your skills? This summer you have the opportunity to participate in a FREE field hockey camp run by players on the Wilson Field Hockey Team. We hope you can join us from 9am-12pm the week of July 18th at Deal. Players will have the opportunity to learn new skills. Open to rising 6th-9th graders. All skill levels are welcome! If you are interested, please email [email protected] to confirm registration. Also feel free to contact us with any questions!

FREE Parenting Series: Making Sense Of Anxiety
Does your child struggle with anxiety? Do the children you work with appear anxious? This FREE five-part course focuses on the anxiety of our children and what we can do about this, both as a society and as the adults responsible for them. The dynamics and insights however apply to all ages. We will meet Wed. nights, from 7-9 PM at Metropolitan Church on Nebraska Ave., May 4th - June 1st. Visit this link for more information and to RSVP to this very special event!

3rd Annual Unleashed Conference-Defining Your Power, Purpose and Passion
On April 30, 2016 we will hold our 3rd annual Unleashed Conference-Defining Your Power, Purpose and Passion. The event is open and free to all middle and high school girls and focuses on topics such as: developing your personal brand, building self-confidence, goal setting, college readiness and youth entrepreneurship. Our keynote speaker this year is 15 year old Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and BET's Black Girls Rock Honoree, Gabrielle Jordan and our DJ is 14 year old DJ Beauty and the Beatz. The event will be empowering, exciting and a fun experience! We would greatly appreciate it if you would take the time to share this event opportunity with the parents and students you work with. Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

The registration link can be found at

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 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 -