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.

What we believe:
All members of the Deal community feel valued, connected, respected, and supported.
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Principal's message: 

This week, a large number of eighth graders returned from their trips to China, Costa Rica, France, and Guatemala. With them were dozens of Deal teachers, who gave up their Spring Breaks for the chance to chaperone 14-year-olds across the world. Although the idea of traveling the world is not typically associated with a teaching career, at Deal we realized that we could both provide a unique opportunity for our staff as well as give students a special experience that they will never forget.

Of course, the travel for the adults is about taking care of the students. Sure, there are great times and interesting days, but our students need to be kept safe and in a positive mien for the trip. Having done five of these trips over the last nine years, I can tell you that the teachers work full-time on the journey. Teachers have students they are responsible for, who they check on repeatedly through the day, who they keep moving around these very different landscapes, and who they address the many, many times that situations or issues arise. If you place 80+ teenagers in close proximity to each other for days on end, you will have lots of potential situations!

I write this to remind us of the work that your Deal teaching staff does, year in and year out. Chaperoning these world language trips is reflective of the dedication that they show - and lots of times it isn't as obvious as the travel opportunity. Families that love the clubs and activities that we have at Deal have their teachers to thank - teachers who give of their own time to make these happen. Families that appreciate the every day availability of their child's teacher - during lunch, during tutoring, and after school - are the beneficiaries of the commitment of our teachers. Families that recognize that our teachers lead the District in their work on curriculum, with the Washington Teacher's Union, and in their efforts to keep both our standards and the International Baccalaureate program relevant and exciting - they realize that none of this happens without teachers giving their all to their school.

This week we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. There will be daily reminders from the community of the value of the teachers to the their students and to the mission of DCPS. This is a good time to share the value of a good teacher with your children - remind them of a teacher who made a significant difference in your life. When you speak about someone who helped shape you, you impart to your children the importance that teachers play in our society. Feel free to also share with one or more of your children's teachers what a difference they have made in your child's life. Teaching today is nothing like it once was - because our society is not like it once was. But teachers still are justly proud of the work that they do, because there is nothing more important than what we ask them to do - and ask them and ask them. 

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB. It is really time to register. My hard-working front office staff is made available every day to help you take care of this. We need your registration in hand so we can plan for next year - students who are registered can be enrolled in classes and we can better set up our schedule. Please don't put this off - we are held accountable for the pace in which we accomplish full registration and we are definitely behind last year's pace. We will be waiting at the Welcome Center desk for you!
2017-2018
DCPS Annual Enrollment 

All students must be enrolled  for the 2017-2018 school year by  June 14th.

Current 5th, 6th and 7th grader's  parents should bring their proof  of residency to the Deal Welcome  Center to complete the pre-printed enrollment  documents starting Monday, April 3rd.  Evening hours are scheduled every  Thursday until 7:00 pm for families who are not able  to come to the school during the  day. 8th graders should take  their proof of residency to the  high school they will attend.

The required residency verification guidelines are attached here.
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)

Happy May and Teach Appreciation Week! We are nearing the end of the school year and can't believe it! Given we are at the end of our year, we invite you to our ADCA Happy Hour next Tuesday (details below). Also, please do not forget to purchase your tickets for the Hairspray musical - link below! 
 
Teacher Appreciation Week 
 
Parents, check out what we have planned for Teacher Appreciation Weekt here: http://alicedeal.org/teacher-appreciation-week/ . Remember to bring in your baked goods on Wednesday!   Please send your student with home baked goodies for staff and teachers (drop off at the Welcome Center in the morning). Treats do not need to be individually wrapped (volunteers will help with that). Please make easy-to-share treats like brownies, rice crispy treats, or cookies (avoid messy things like cupcakes with icing, glazed donuts, etc.). Thank you!

ADCA Happy Hour - Tuesday, May 2nd at Jake's American Grill
Join the ADCA at Jake's American Grill (5018 Connecticut Ave NW) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 2nd to mingle with the Deal community and learn about ADCA board positions! 

 
Several positions are available on next year's ADCA executive board.
This is a great way to get involved in the school and meet other parents and Deal staff. Descriptions of open positions are found here .
      
Current ADCA board members will be on hand to answer your questions.
Everyone is welcome - please come by, see what it's all about and enjoy a fun evening with fellow parents!



Deal Musical - HAIRSPRAY JR - This Weekend Only! 
 
Go back to early 1960's Baltimore in Deal Middle School's  upcoming staging of HAIRSPRAY JR on May 5-6. HAIRSPRAY JR celebrates diversity with a positive, inspiring message and some big, showy dance numbers.
 
Showtimes
May 5th - 6:30 pm
May 6th - 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Come support your classmates and have a great time  doing it! Tickets can be bought at the door or at https://squareup.com/store/alice-deal-spring-musical/


Thirteen Reasons Why Information
  13 Reasons Why, a Netflix series that has become popular among adolescents, has raised strong concerns among parents and educators. The show is based on a young adult novel by Jay Asher and chronicles the 13 reasons why a high school student, Hannah Baker, chose to commit suicide. The rating for this series is TV-MA (Mature Audiences Only), however social media has brought it to the attention of a younger audience.
 
This Netflix series is quite graphic in the way it portrays many issues, including depictions of rape, bullying, alcohol abuse, and suicide. If your child watches this series, we would ask you to consider watching it with them and share in meaningful conversations with your child about its content. Based on the content, we believe it is important that parents help their adolescent children process what is being portrayed.  After viewing the series, you may determine if its content is appropriate/inappropriate for your child.
 
The National Association of School Psychologists has released a document that provides guidance for educators and parents on how to deal with the series, as well as the topic of suicide. Please read the document in its entirety: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Owg7ENqqPrgAd35QmW_NZO8zFHHKnsjyIQltcDB2m8E/edit?usp=sharing
 
The other links below provide additional information about the series, a trailer, and talking points:
 

DCPS World Language Festival
The DCPS World Language Festival will take place at Deal Middle School on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Come enjoy workshops, food, exhibitions, and performances! 
 
  
ADCA Meeting & Guest Speaker 
Join us for our next ADCA meeting on Wednesday, May 24 a 6:30 pm in the Reno Conference Room for a brief ADCA meeting followed by a guest speaker. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. At the meeting, we will discuss open ADCA board positions for next year and hear an update from Principal Albright. Our guest speaker, Dr. Emily Niu, will then talk to us about common sports injuries and how to prevent them.

Dr. Emily Niu is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports. She completed her orthopedics residency training at Stanford University Medical Center and her fellowship in pediatric sports surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include sports related injuries in children and adolescents such as ACL tears, shoulder labrum tears and instability, hip labrum tears and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee, elbow, and ankle. Her surgical expertise includes physeal sparing ACL reconstruction, hip arthroscopy, and cartilage restoration.

Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:   
  • May 5th: 6:30 pm performance of Hairsrpay Jr.
  • May 6th: 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm performances of Hairspray Jr.
  • May 13: DCPS World Language Festival
  • May 24: ADCA Meeting and Guest Speaker at 6:30 pm
As always, please contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Thanks, 
The ADCA Board
Week of 
May 1, 2017
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

May 1
Teacher Appreciation Week 
Math & ELA Leap Seminar,
3:30 - 4:45 pm 

May 2 
 Team Leaders(all)

May 4 
6th Grade Awards Ceremonies 
NTD, 3:30 pm

May 5
LSAT 7:30 am

May 10
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

May 11
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
ALT, 3:30 pm
Speech and Debate Tournament, 3:30 pm 

May 12
Term 4 Midpoint
8th Grade Trip Gettysburg

May 16
Team Leaders (grade level)
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm 

May 18
PD Day,
No School for Student

May 19 
Parent Teacher Conference Day,
No School for Students

May 23
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
WTU, meeting

May 24
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 pm

May 25
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 26
Deal Tour, 9 am

May 29
Memorial Day
No School 

June 
1
Ecology Trip - 7th Grade
8th Grade I&S Civil War DC 
NTD, 3:30 pm

June 2
LSAT, 7:30 am
Karaoke by MusDept 3:30
8th Grade I&S Civil War DC 
EAP Mini-UN @ Reagan Building, 8am - 3 pm
6th Grade Musical; 6:30 pm
Ecology Trip - 7th Grade

June 3
Saturday Academy 9-12
Music in the Parks
6th grade Musical; 3:00 pm

June 5
Math & ELA LEAP Seminar; 3:30 - 4:45

June 6
Team Leaders (all), 3:30 pm

June 7
Deal Gives Back

June 8
6th Grade Awards (8:45 - 10); Caf., MPR, Aud.
NJHS Induction
ALT 3:30
WTU Meeting; 3:30 in E200
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

June 9
6th Grade Awards (8:45 - 10); Caf., MPR, Aud.
8th Gr. Kings Dominion

June 12
6th Grade to Cameron Run; 10 - 3:30
Deal Day
8th Gr. Promotion Practice
8th Gr. Dance

June 13
6th Grade Deal Day; 1:30 - 3:0 0
8th Gr. Promotion 10 am

June 14
Records Day/ Term 4 Ends/ Term 4 Marks due in Aspen; Students dismissed at 12:15
International Baccalaureate Updates
 
During the month of May, students exlpore design principles through Science 6 and all world language courses. We need your help with some supplies to get this initiative off the ground. Ms. Law and the Science 6 team request the following items: 
  • Glue guns w/glue sticks
  • tacky glue (wood glue)
  • sticky back foam sheets 
  • jumbo wood craft sticks
  • wood skill sticks (building popsicle sticks)
  • wood buttons (for car wheels)
  • mini solar panels
  • Legos
Donated items can be sent to Ms. Brown in C227 or Ms. Law in E101.

Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule



MON 5/1 - Add Lights and Sound
3:15 - 7:00  Full Company 

TUES 5/2
3:15 - 7:00 Full Company 

WED 5/3 -  Dress Rehearsal
3:15 - 7:30 Full Company 

THURS 5/4 - Dress Rehearsal
3:15 - 7:30 Full Company

FRI. 5/5
4:15 Call Time
6:30 Performance 

SAT 5/6
12:00 Call Time
2:00 Performance 
3:30 - 5:00 Cast Party 
6:30 Performance

MONDAY 5/8 Strike
3:15 - 6:30
The MOST affordable sports camp in DC! Hurry, early bird pricing ends  April 1st! Sibling and multiple week discounts available as well. 

Deal is Hiring!
 
Deal is growing! As our enrollment increases, so does our need for remarkable, dedicated educators. Deal will add two teams next year and will have a number of positions available for the 2017-2018 school year. Talented, engaging teachers are encouraged to apply!
 
 Deal is currently interviewing candidates for English, math, science, social studies, arts (music, visual, dance, or theater), Arabic, and Spanish. If you or someone you know has what it takes to lead the best kids in DC, visit our website to apply
 


We know that some of our best teachers come from referrals from our community and staff. Please consider spreading the word to talented teachers in your conversations and social media posts. Our students deserve the best and Deal is a great place to teach! 
Media Center  News

Center Hours
B efore School 8:00 - 8:40 am
  After School  3:30 - 4:30 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 .


Alice Deal 


Have you lost something during the school day? Check out the lost and found section of the website ( http://alicedeal.org/lost-found/) 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.
Bus Information
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The D31 morning trip times were adjusted effective Monday December 5th, 2016. 
 
One trip will begin 10 minutes earlier, departing 16th Street & Eastern Avenue at  7:26 AM, to arrive at Deal approximately  8:15 AM.  The second trip will remain unchanged, departing 16th Street & Eastern Avenue at  7:36 AM.
 
Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

If an issue occurs with your designated school transit service, please contact the number below:

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825
 
As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to james.albright@dc.gov. 

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 alicedealattendance@gmail.com. The note can be emailed to or brought to the attendance office next to the school entrance. Or you can complete the attach attendance link to excuse absences. It is also suggested that you email your child's teachers so that they can plan accordingly.

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.)
If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Office at alicedealattendance@gmail.com
or by calling (202) 939-2010.

Deal Athletics
Fall Sports: Girls Volleyball, Football, Cross Country and Cheerleading.
Winter Sports: Indoor Track, Basketball and Cheerleading.
Spring Sports: Softball, Baseball, Outdoor Track and Soccer

Mandatory Athletics Forms
Students must submit all necessary forms before they can try out, practice, or play with any Deal team. Please submit all completed forms to your athlete's coach or Coach Downing:
If, for any other reason, you are unable to register your child on rankonesport, you can do one of the following: 1. download and print the required forms from the rankone website, 2. pick up hard copies from the Welcome Center at Deal, or 3. print them from  alicedeal.org (student life > athletics).

Cheer:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
 
Softball:
Softball Practice: Monday, May 1st  & Wednesday, May 3rd from 3:30 - 4:30 pm 
 
Softball Game Dates:
Tuesday, May 2nd - Deal vs Hardy at Deal
Thursday, May 4th - Deal vs Jefferson at Upshur (across the street from Powell ES) at 4:00 pm. The bus will leave Deal at 3:00 pm. 
 
Teachers: All softball team members will have a pass or wearing their jersey to be excused for early dismissal. 
 
Outdoor Track:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm 
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30pm
 
*NOTE: Due to PARCC testing schedule, Deal MS will not be participating in the DCIAA MS meet on 5/1.  

Baseball:
Monday: Practice, A squad, 6:45 - 8:00 am
Game, B  squad vs. Sidwell @ Deal, 2:30 pm 
Tuesday: Practice, A squad, 6:45 - 8:00 am
Game, C squad vs. St. Albans @ St. Albans, 2:30 pm 
Wednesday: Game, B squad vs. St. Albans @ St. Albans, 2:30 pm 
Thursday: Practice, A squad 6:45 - 8:00 am
Game vs. GDS @ Deal, 2:30 pm 
 
Winners Lacrosse:
Monday: Girls Practice, 6 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday: Boys Practice, 6 to 7:30 pm
Wednesday: Girls & Boys Practice, 6 to 7:30 
Thursday: Winners LAX
Student & Parent Information
   
New: PARCC Testing
PARCC testing for Deal students begins this week! The testing team, led by Ms. Brandt, has worked hard to set  a schedule that will minimize the impact on instruction. Please encourage your student to try their best and ensure they arrive to school on time and well-rested! 6th and 8th grade students will test between May 1st and May 12th. 7th grade students will test between May 15th and May 24th. Thank you for your support with this important assessment! 
 
New: Parkour Clinic
One June 8th   , DCPS Health and PE Team and American Parkour will host the inaugural Parkour Jam event at Deal Middle School. All students who learned Parkour skills in their physical education course are invited to join expert American Parkour Trainers in an open-session to practice skills and refine technique. The event will run from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Deal gym. Contact Miriam Kenyon ( miriam.kenyon@dc.gov ), Director of Health and Physical Education, with any questions.
 
Nationals Night!
Join the Deal family for a night of baseball and fun at Nationals Park on Tuesday, May 23rd! Our Washington Nationals will be playing the Seattle Mariners - tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Request tickets for you and your Deal student(s) at  DCPS Night @ NATS Park before May 15th.
 
STAMP World Language Testing
8th graders in world language classes will take the STAMP exam beginning on May 30th.  The STAMP exam is an internationally-recognized online test administered to assesses language proficiency in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, or Spanish across four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test will take approximately 4 class periods and the results will be used to help students decide on their correct placement for high school world language courses and to set proficiency goals for themselves as they continue to study the language. Students are preparing by working hard in their language classes every day.  If you want to see sample questions visit the STAMP4s test website   
and view the STAMP practice test.
 
ADMS Student News - Episode 3 
Join 6th grade anchor Dante Chinni as he reports on two very special events at Deal - the Newseum Field Trip and 6th grade Spirit Week! Be sure to check out this latest episode at bit.ly/ADMSnews 

Parent School Climate Survey
The National Institute of Justice and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are conducting a study of school climate. The purpose of the study is to assist schools in the implementation of programs to enhance and improve school culture and climate. We are asking members of the Deal community to participate in the process by completing an online survey.
 
Parents\Guardians, we would like you to use the link below to take the online survey. The questions will ask for your thoughts about student engagement, school environment, and school safety. Thank you!
 
DCPS Summer Learning 2017
Summer Learning 2017 is open to all current Kindergarten through 8th grade students (rising 1st through 9th grade students) and takes place from June 26th - July 28th. Students at Deal will attend Brightwood EC for Summer Learning. Registration for Summer Learning is open online. More information, including summer course descriptions, can be found at this link and flyer. Information on all DCPS summer programs can be found at dcps.dc.gov/summer. 
 
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. To participate, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:

-Maintain A's or B's in all classes through the 3rd Advisory
-Complete 10 hours of community service
-Participation in a school club or activity

Evidence of these requirements will be submitted with a National Junior Honor Society Application after the 3rd Advisory on April 28th. Applications will be shared with all eligible students in March. If you have any questions about NJHS Eligibility, please reach out to Mark LaLonde ( mark.lalonde@dc.gov) or Eunice Humphrey ( eunice.humphrey@dc.gov).

Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediator assists disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, there are two ways to refer the issue:
1. Any student or adult may fill out the blue Mediation Referral form found in Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center and in each of the grade level counselor offices.
2.  Students may also talk to a trusted adult who will refer the matter to one of the grade level counselors.
It is important to note that mediation referrals can be submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name on the form. 
 
Deal Gives Back
Deal Gives Back is our annual community service  day in which all Deal students and teachers serve our local community. Deal is looking for new activities and ideas for this year's sixth grade students. If you are a part of an organization or know of one that can use student volunteers, please contact Alana.Brown@dc.gov. Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
 
Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
Follow Us on Twitter! 
Be sure to follow @DealVikings on Twitter for a glimpse in to the daily life of Deal students and all the latest news. Don't forget to tag us when you mention your favorite Deal moments! 
       
 
   
6th Grade Corner
 

6th Grade Field Trip to Finance Park
All 6th graders will visit Finance Park this month.  The cost of the trip is $10.00 and students will need to bring a lunch.  Please contact team teachers if you have any questions.

Monday, May 22:  Team Colombo
Tuesday, May 23:  Team Douala
Thursday, May 25:  Team Marrakesh
Friday, May 26: Team Nassau

School House Rock Rehearsal Schedule
All rehearsals will take place in the multi-purpose room and start at 3:15 pm.

Monday, 5/1
MUSIC until at 5:00 pm
ALL CAST

Tuesday, 5/2
Dance until at 5:00 pm
Conjunction Junction
Anderson Jennings, Ana Reynolds-Collette, Charlotte Harkrader, Clare Gao, Irene Macek, Lina Stensland, Margaret Patterson, Sofia Gamboa, Sofia Londono del Rio

Wednesday, 5/3
Dance until at 5:00 pm
Elbow Room
Lina Stensland, Taylor Jackson, Julia Black, Liberty Kessler
Adam Callandrillo, Ana Reynolds-Collette, Chinechem Uyochukurn, Corinne White, Felix Nilsson, Helena Wolfe-Feichter, Iris Koppenheffer, Margaret Patterson, Megniot Rosenthal, Morgan McReady, Paige Rockwood, Samara Auseon-Zogby, Sydney Swesnik, Tess Belman, Viola Durfee
 
Thursday, 5/4
Block and Run pages 37-57 until at 5pm
ALL CAST
(For those cast members with lines, please begin memorizing them over the weekend. Everyone, please review all dance for Noun, Three, Adjectives, Bill and Preamble)

Friday, 5/5
Dance until at 5pm
Sufferin til Suffrage
Taylor, Erica, and Liberty
 
HOMEgirls Homework Club
Does your daughter, niece, or granddaughter need help catching up on past assignments? Does she have an NTI or two in Edline? Or, is she in need of a quiet, supportive place to complete the day's homework assignments? If so, the HOMEgirls Homework Club is the place for her! Girls will work on current and missing assignments, and receive organizational strategies and study tips! HOMEgirls will meet in Room C116 every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

6th Grade Team Meetings
Douala - Monday
Nassau - Wednesday
Colombo - Wednesday
Marrakesh - Monday 
 
Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Ms. Chambliss - Dean of Students
Naima.chambliss@dc.gov

Ms. White - Counselor
Camille.white@dc.gov

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker
Elizabeth.buchanan@dc.gov

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal
Diedre.Neal@dc.gov


7th Grade Corner


Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students
Mark.Lalonde@dc.gov

Ms. Monkou - Counselor
Joy.Monkou@dc.gov

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker
Margaret.Deangelis@dc.gov

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal
Alieze.Stallworth@dc.gov

8th Grade Corner

 
8th Grade Promotion Payments 
Payments for 8th grade promotion activities (trip to Kings Dominion and the 8th grade dance) will be accepted by team teachers every Thursday. Please submit your payments as soon as possible because your 8th grader does not want to miss these exciting events! For more information, please read the
8th grade promotion letter.


8th Grade Dance Help
Attention 8th grade parents! It's time to start thinking about the ever-popular 8th grade promotion dance and we need your help to make it a success! Parent volunteers are needed at the following times on June 12th:

Set-up: 12:45 - 6:00 pm
Chaperone: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Clean-up: 9:00pm until the end of the dance. 

Please email michael.haller@dc.gov if you are available to help for any part of the fun! 
   
8th Grade Promotion Dates  
Mark your calendars now! The end of the year is a busy time for our 8th graders and we have confirmed dates for all the fun:
  • Kings Dominion Trip - June 9th
  • Promotion Practice - June 12th
  • 8th Grade Dance - June 12th
  • Promotion - June 13th
This year's promotion will take place at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday, June 13th at 10:00 am. Due to space constraints, each student will be given two guest tickets. More information about payment, tickets, and logistics will be shared in a letter and the "8th Grade Corner" in the coming weeks. We look forward to sharing this special time with our biggest, wisest Vikings! 

8th Grade Team Texts
Sign up for team-specific texts for community project, field trips, and other information using Remind 101. Signing up is optional, but this is a good way for students and families to stay connected via text when your email inbox is overflowing!  
Community Project Updates
Many of our 8th grade students are wrapping up the final stages of their community projects. Several are running drives that will benefit our local community. If you are able to contribute to any of the following, please send your child with the following items to Ms. Brown in C227. I will deliver your donations to the students who are running the collections.
  • New make-up for women in DC shelters
  • Gently used musical instruments
  • Used shoes of all sizes and styles
  • Toiletries and books for children in foster care
  • Gently used sports equipment
  • Toys for animals

What's next?

Students should have their community projects completed or very near completion at this time. In May, students will meet with their supervisors one last time and begin preparing their presentations to be shared on June 7th. 

 

Wilson Parent Night
Wilson High School will hold a parent night for families of rising 9th graders on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Wilson Auditorium. If your student plans to attend Wilson next year, this is a great opportunity to learn about the transition to high school!
   
Wilson HS Course Selection
8th grade students completed the course selection form for Wilson High School. If your scholar has not completed the form or want to make changes, please email Mrs. Humphrey or Ms. Travers. Students have until  May 5th to complete the form and make any changes. 
 
Requesting a Transcript 
Many high school applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. Humphrey ( Eunice.Humphrey@dc.gov) in writing at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. If your student applies to

Contact Information
Do you have compliments, questions or comments? Let the 8th grade team know:

Ms. Outten - Dean of Students
Kate.Outten@dc.gov
 
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker 
Peter.Boccardi@dc.gov

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor
Eunice.Humphrey@dc.gov

Ms. Travers - Counselor
Johnet.Travers@dc.gov

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
Patrick.Rottman@dc.gov
This Week at Deal
 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room at 3:30 pm on Monday. We will leave from there to take the red line to Union Station and walk for our meeting at Rep. Norton's office. If you have not already turned in your permission slip, please make sure to have it with you on Monday! If not otherwise noted, students can be picked up in front of Panera around 5:30 pm.
 
Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, May st, at
3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. In the event
of poor weather, we will meet with Mr. Namian in Room C217.
 
Monday: ELL Homework Club
ELL Homework Club will be held on Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room CGO3. Ms. Thomas and Ms. Hasan will be assisting students with their homework. See you there!
 

Club/ Activity
Teacher
Description
Day
Time
Loc.
Girl Up Club
Huber/ Massaquoi
Mentoring young girls, helping them get through their day-to-day
M
3:30 - 4:30
E307
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
M
7:45 - 8:30
Audit.
Pen pals
Dziato/ Parish
Get to know another middle school half way across the world in Singapore. You will send your pen pal letter, emails and even video messages.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG01
ELA Peer Tutoring
Culp
ELA Peer Tutoring
M
3:30 - 4:30
E105
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
Namian
All are welcome to participate in Mr. Namian's Outdoor After School Basketball Club. Girls, boys, players grades 6-8, novices/experts. If you like the greatest game ever invented, then this is the club for you! After an hour of supervised pickup, each session culminates with Mr. Namian's famous wild half court shootout for Gatorades.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Cottage
Science Fair Help
Rhoads
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG02
Noted
McKeithen
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
M
3:30 - 5:00
CG21
Peer Mediation
White
Students in all grades learning how to help their peers resolve conflict in a peaceful way. Club members will mediate disputes that have been referred by staff and students throughout the school year.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C117
Shoelogy101
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C224
Student Council
Wickersham/Haller
Governing student body at ADMS
M
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Kirschenbaum
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
M
3:30 - 4:30
N103
Tennis
Smith
Tennis club is a casual weekly gathering for those interested in the sport. A typical day involves 15-20 minutes of drills to improve skill, followed by 20-30 minutes of friendly competition. Depending on the amount of interest, the club may split into 2 groups based on skill level. The club typically breaks during the winter. Tennis shoes are required, a racket is recommended, and I will provide tennis balls.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W201
Culture Club
Donaldson
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
N116
Speech
Martis
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W106
Girl Up
Scott
Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Boccardi
Come join Mr. Boccardi and play Apples. Apples to Apples is a fun games that requires you to make whacky comparison based on your opponents personality and character.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C302
Brainteaser Club
Brown
Come stretch your brain with logic puzzles, optical illusions, and visual workouts. This club will be a break from homework, but will still make you think!
M
3:30 - 4:20
C217
Yoga club
Quinn
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
M
3:30 - 4:15
R116
Philosophy
Otterstatter
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E304
Banana Splits
Alphonse
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
M
3:30 - 4:30
C103
The Stock Market Game
Jang
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
M
3:30 - 4:30
TBD
Cheerleading
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
M
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
Chess Club
Car'Mon
Students will learn to play chess.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG10
Peer Mediation
White
Submitted previously
M
3:30 - 4:30
C310
International Cinema
Brown
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
M
3:30 - 4:30
N112
Scrabble Club
Fatis 
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
M
3:30-
4:30
Cafe
Student Librarians
Redekopp
If you love organizing and helping your classmates, consider becoming a student librarian! Choose a day to come after school to help with shelving, organizing, and assisting your fellow students.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Today, Tomorrow and Monday!
Stroud
A group of seventh graders have requested an opportunity to explore current events and how they impact upon a middle schooler's today and tomorrow!  Of course, in line with the club's name, will meet on Monday at 3:30 in room W206
M
3:30-4:30
W206
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in the media center.
T
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Debate
Stroud
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
T 3:30-4:30
W206
Ultimate Frisbee
Kouri/ Martini
The Ultimate Frisbee club is open to all levels of experience. Players will practice offensive and defensive strategies, learn different throwing techniques, and embody the spirit of the game through sportsmanship.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W104
Sailing Club
Rottman /Law/ Philip
This seasonal club is a great chance for students to go sailing in DC! Sign ups are in the bulletin, students can come as much or as little as they like, and no experience is necessary.
T
3:00 - 7:00
TBD
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
T
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Ell Homework Club Hasan/Thomas
Homework Assistance, guidance
T
3:30-4:30
CG06
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Quiambao
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W105
Power Walking Club
DeAngelis
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
T
3:30 - 4:00
C203
Pause devoirs
Mbayu
French homework help.
T
3:30 - 4:00
C308
Scrabble Club
Gentile
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
T
3:30 - 4:30
E103
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
Martini
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
T
6th Gr Lunch
W104
Inspiration Choir
Shipmon
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG04
Creative Writing
Silberman
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
T
3:30 - 4:30
C104
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
W
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Concert Band
Van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
W
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Yearbook
Hyatt
Students will work throughout the year to produce the 2016-2017 ADMS Yearbook! Students will take photos, organize layouts and write descriptions for the yearbook!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E201
Reading Support Club
Fraser
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
R104
Model UN
Trenkle
Students will discuss global current events, work on Model UN Skills, and participate in MUN Conferences. This club is for 7th and 8th grade students, or 6th grade students with experience.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E205
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
Ngwa
DCIAA Spring soccer league
W
3:30 - 5:00
Field
Girl Talk
Fullington/ Humphrey
Girl Talk will be designed to provide educational and recreational experiences through positive social interactions, peer mentoring, and teamwork and life skills development.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E105
Sports Rap
Burt
In Sports Rap, students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan!
W
3:30 - 4:30
W103
Coloring Club
Gentile
Do you love to color? Adult coloring is growing in popularity. According to CNN, coloring "has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," Whether you want to reduce stress or just enjoy coloring, come join coloring club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E103
Math HW Club
Lewis - Samuels
The Math HW Club is designed to assist 6th grade math students to complete their math homework in a setting with a math specialist. Students will work at their pace to develop skills and confidence to improve their math performance.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C213
Robotics Club
Slocumb-Bradford
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E206
Girl Talk
Monkou
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C310
Book Club
Belser
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W207
Science Olympiad
Schuettpelz
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
W
3:30 - 4:15
W200
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Cheerleading
Baxter/Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
Th
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Schick
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
Th
3:30 - 5:00
C212
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
F
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
F
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Guitar Club
Neal
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C114
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Schick
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
F
3:30 - 5:00
C212
East Asia Studies
Diaz
If you love Asian culture and would like to learn more this is the club for you. We watch Korean or Japanese films and we discuss their culture.
F
3:30 - 4:30
R113
Videogames
Perrin
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
F
3:30 - 4:30
W205
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
Downing
Athletics
TBD
3:30 - 5:30
Gym/Field
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Newman
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
TBD
3:15 - 4:15
R102
Passport to History
Daniels
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
TBD
3:30 - 5:00
W305
Photography
Reddy
In this club, students will understand the key principles of digital photography and the post production techniques. We will also be taking a lot of photographs.
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E301
Yearbook
Hensley
Yearbook
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E204/6
 

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 dealbulletin@gmail.comwith submission requests.

DC Stoddert Soccer Travel Program Try-Outs: 
Is your child a talented soccer player who wants to excel to the next level? DC Stoddert Soccer's Travel Program targets youth players with above average skills and a strong drive to develop their technical and tactical abilities as well as foster a deeper love for the soccer. Travel players receive guided practice and coaching instruction from professional, nationally-licensed coaches, some of whom are also college soccer coaches. Partnerships with hometown professional teams-DC United and the Washington Spirit-further increase opportunities for training and exposure to soccer at the highest levels. DC Stoddert has full and partial fee waivers available for players with financial need.

DC Youth Futbol Tryouts - May 6
The DC Youth Futbol Club (DCYFC) will conduct "Select Team" tryouts for girls and boys born in 2003-2010 to play in a competitive local league in Fall 2017.  "Travel" quality soccer without the travel!  Formal tryouts to be held on  Sunday, May 6  @ the Palisades Recreation Center.  Further information and registration at:   www.DCYouthFutbolClub.org   

Tryouts will be held the week of  May 15-18 . For more information, go to  www.stoddert.com  and click on Registration-Travel or go to  http://bit.ly/DCST_TravelTryouts . For questions, call 202-552-3791.

Wilson Crew Plant Sale 
Spring is here, and that means it's time for the Wilson Crew plant sale! Purchase beautiful flowering plants and herbs while lending your support to the only public school rowing program in Washington, DC. 
Ordering on-line is easy! Go to  www.wilsoncrew.org and click the "plant sale" tab, then begin shopping. PLEASE NOTE: You must enter a Rower Coupon Code in order for a particular rower to get fundraising credit for your order. You may also click "any rower" to support the whole team.
Thank you for supporting Wilson Crew, and happy spring!!
 
Summer Opportunity for Community Service and Leadership Growth
Spark the Wave is an organization that encourages young people to become leaders within their communities. Wave Week is a Service Leadership Institute for youth which takes place in the summer. Wave Week offers an intensive program of leadership development, community service, team building activities and fun. During this week, participants will plan their own community service projects and gain the leadership skills necessary to implement these projects. Both residential and commuter options are available at Georgetown University and at Villanova University. This summer program is open to students in grades 6-11. For more information or to register please visit www.sparkthewave.org/register. 

Field Hockey Clinic-FREE!
Are you interested in learning how to play field hockey? Come to a free clinic run by three Wilson field hockey players on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 9am-noon at Deal. Open to all 6-8th graders at any skill level! Contact us at sjk.fieldhockey@gmail.com if you are interested. Hope to see you there!  
 
Opportunities for Tweens and Teens at the Camp @ Cleveland Park
The Camp @ Cleveland Park Club offers weekly sessions from June 19 to August 11 for campers ages 4.5-10, counselors-in-training ages 11-12, and counselors ages 13+. Fun and educational projects vary with weekly themes and a portion of each day includes free swim in the Club's outdoor pool. Counselors-in-training (CIT's) experience the fun of summer camp while also taking on new responsibilities. CIT's are mentored by teenage counselors and adult staff, learning team cooperation, responsibility and motivation. For young teens, counselor positions are available week-to-week and entail more training and responsibility.
 
Summer Youth Sailing with DC Sail
DC Sail offers youth racing programs in the spring and fall for high school and middle school students from the DC area. Students do not need prior sailing experience to participate as learning is part of the fun! Scholarships are available for families with a demonstrated need.
Click here for more information and to sign up for the spring season.
 
Kids Elite Sports Summer Camp 
It's that time again to be thinking about camp even though the weather is freezing!  Kids Elite Sports Summer Camp is a multi-style camp that takes place at Wilson High School.  The camp was created by Wilson Track Coach, Desmond Dunham, who is a warm, friendly, thoughtful educator who gets kids and knows how to engage and motivate them. A total of 8, 1 week sessions are offered starting June 19th and ending August 11th.  More information can be found at  www.kidselitesports.org