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: 

It is that time when superintendents, the school administration, and teachers look back at the first months of the school year to sort out what has been accomplished both school-wide and individually, what needs to be celebrated, and what needs to be changed. In many ways, the scrutiny that teachers receive for their work is unmatched in other professions. Our teachers are expected to be the best classroom instructors and managers in a system (like most) that constantly looks for new ways to improve (much of which falls to them to implement). They are evaluated by their administrators both formally and informally on a regular basis, they are accountable for their students' performance on standardized assessments as well as on the regular class performance. They are now scored on whether the general growth of their class's performance meets the expected growth of their class. Additionally this year, students are being asked to evaluate the quality of instruction by individual teachers. Of course, they are expected to demonstrate their commitment to the school through various indicators and always, always, demonstrate the highest expectations of professionalism.

As part of the problem, I recognize this incredible load on teachers. Having had multiple positions in the private sector and other public sectors, I can say that I have never seen this degree of attention to someone's performance. Others will make the case that safety and health workers are evaluated by their successes and failures almost instantaneously, and I see that, too. But there is something uniquely challenging about the school environment that puts teachers in a position where many of societies ills - and its possible salvation - are placed directly at their feet. Teach on! but don't forget that if they don't learn we all will suffer as a nation.

With the end of the calendar year sneaking up on us, part of my reflection is how much of what happens at Deal is because someone makes it happen to the best of their ability. Yesterday was a case in point of teacher action. Saturday Stars is a teacher-run program to provide additional skill development - targeted at individual needs - to select students. The teachers were at Deal before 9  to make sure this was up and running. This isn't tutoring - this is three hours of planned instruction, with timed breaks and rotations for students. Saturday Academy was also running yesterday morning. 7th and 8th graders were working directly with their core team teachers to complete work, improve work, or just make sure they understood the concepts. In combination, there were at least 50 students at Stars or Academy. The new Deal Mentoring effort was the subject of a planning meeting, so a number of Howard University students were working on this at the school. When I arrived at Deal early in the morning, Dr. Slocumb was loading the rented bus to take her robotics club to a competition across town. Students CAN wake up and get on a bus at 7:30 on a Saturday - they have to want to do the activity and know they are being taken care of. After 9, Coach Downing was working out some of the basketball players in the gym. Across the way in the cafeteria, a former Deal parent was hosting 18 teams for a Scrabble tournament that lasted all day. And finally, nearly 20 Deal staff members were over at the DC Armory for DC EdFest - an annual exhibition of all that DCPS and Charter schools have to offer to your families. Are we trying to attract more families to increase our numbers? No. But we definitely want to represent our colleagues well.

In each case, teachers and administrators (almost all were there on Saturday!) participated, led, and cared for others. Close to half the Deal staff was working for your students on Saturday. Custodians were there before everyone arrived and after everyone left. When people ask us what makes Deal special, I think back to the teachers and staff that are constantly finding ways to improve children's experience and learning at Deal. The cumulative effect is startling.

Finally, today, one other thing for you. At 3:35 on Friday, when the students were all gone and a holiday party loomed just a few minutes and a few blocks away, I chanced upon several staff working on project I had assigned. They were working to develop some specific professional development to be implemented in the new year. They were talking to colleagues who were headed out of the building, but they wanted to put some additional work into the project and so were continuing to refine their effort. They shared drafts with me and asked if we should meet right then. I told them we should hold it till Monday when we were fresh. I was taken aback by the seriousness of their approach and their deep commitment to improving the Deal academic environment. And this happens all the time with the team at Deal!

And so I ask, how can we truly measure this commitment in a way that gives justice to their work? 

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. A great shoutout to the ADCA for their continued smooth operation this year. The tree sale was another success, one that was accomplished with very little effort on the part of Deal. That means a lot to us! Thank you to all of you who purchased items from the tree sale - there is fierce competition around Tenleytown and your financial support will be used carefully!
Update from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
Thank you!
Our volunteers for the holiday tree sale were awesome and it was so much fun to get to know other Deal parents.  A HUGE thank you to all of you who helped out!
And, thank you to everyone who came out these past two weekends to buy holiday trees, greenery, and Vikings gear to support Deal!
Important Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:

*    January 18th: ADCA General Meeting 6:30 - 8:00 pm

*    February 25th: Annual Deal Auction Fundraiser Gala 



As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.
The ADCA Board

Week of 
December 12, 2016
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I   
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates

December 14
Open House 9 - 1 
Hearst Buddy Day

December 15
Winter Concert, 6:30 pm
NHD Night - Multipurpose Room, 5 - 6 pm
Faculty Meeting, 3:30

December 16
Teacher Holiday Lunch

December 19
Eaton Buddy Day

December 20
Team Leaders, (Grade Level)

December 21
Winter Assembly

December 22 - January 2
Winter Break

January 3
School Resumes 
Team Leaders (all), 3:30 pm

January 5
New to Deal, 3:30 pm

January 6
Deal Tour, 9 am

January 7
Saturday Academy

January 11
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

January 12
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 13
LSAT, 7:30 am
Deal Play, 6:30 pm

January 14
Saturday STARS,  9 - noon

January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday
No School for Students and Staff

January 17
Team Leaders, (grade level), 3:30 pm 

January 18
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

January 19 
Records Day 
No School for Students

January 20
Inauguration Day 
No School for Students and Staff

January 24
Principal's Coffe, 9 am
WTU Meeting

January 26
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 27
Term 2 Marks due

January 28
Open House, 10 am - 1 pm

January 30
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip

January 31
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip 

A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Rehearsal Schedule 

All scenes are off book this week!

Monday, December 12th
Scenework 3:30 - 5:45 pm

Act 3 Scene 2
Puck, Oberon, Demetrius, Hermia, Helena, Lysander

Tuesday, December 13th
Scenework 3:30 - 6:00 pm 

Act 4 Scene 1
Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, Bottom, Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, Oberon, Cobweb, Moth, Puck, Titania, Thesus, Egeus, Hippolyta, and all Fairies

Act 4 Scene 2 
Quince,  Starveling, Flute, Snug, Snout and Bottom

Act 5 Scene 1 
Hippolyta, Theseus, Hermia, Lysander,Helena, Demetrius, Quince, Starveling, Flute, Snug, Snout, Bottom, Oberon, Titania, Puck, Philostrate, All Fairies, 
Athenians, Attendants 

Wednesday, December 14th
No rehearsal

Thursday, December 15th
Scenework 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Act 1 Scene 1
Theseus, Philostrate, Hippolyta, Egeus, Hermia, Helena, Lysander, Demetrius, Attendants

Act 2 Scene 1
Quince, Bottom, Flute, Snout, Snug, Starveling

Act 2 Scene 2
Fairies 1,2 AND 3, Titania's Fairies, Oberon's Attendants, Titania, Oberon, Puck, 
Little Boy

Friday December 16th
Scenework 3:30 - 5:45 pm

Act 2 Scene 2
Titania, Oberon, Lysander, Hermia, Puck, Demetrius, Helena 

Act 3 Scene 1 
Titania, Quince, Snug, Bottom, Flute, Snout, Starveling, Puck, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed

8th Grade 
World Language Trips

Each spring break, many 8th graders travel with Deal to Costa Rica, France, or China as part of their study of a world language. These popular trips are a highlight of the year and an opportunity to give meaning to students' hard work in their world language classes.

Key Dates
January 6th: Final registration deadline for all trips
February 2nd: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm
February 3rd: All travel documents required submitted to trip sponsors
March 30th: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm  

Sign Up Now!
Costa Rica
Sponsor: Britney Cuffee
Trip number: 1846054aj

Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
Trip Number: 1817749ch

Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
Trip Number: 1866938jy

(This service trip is only available to Spanish Humanities students)
Sponsor: Nataly Diaz
Trip Site

Trip Scholarships
Each year, Deal provides a limited number of partial scholarships for world language trips to eligible students. These scholarships are made possible by the support of the ADCA, individual family contributions, DCPS, and EF Tours. Here is the process:

1. After the end of 1st advisory, every 8th student who could be enrolled on a World Language trip will have their grades reviewed. 

2. Students on honor roll and who receive federal aid (WIC, FARMS, other - we maintain this list) will be offered the chance for a scholarship.

3. Students will be asked to complete an application, write an essay, and submit the package by a set date. All students who qualify will be offered a partial scholarship for the trip associated with their language of study. This has typically been $1,500, or roughly 50 - 60% of the total trip cost. This is regardless of whether they have already signed up or not.

Families who do not qualify for federal support but are still interested in support at some level should contact Assistant Principal Rottman at or Principal Albright at Families have been supported with up to $500 in years past (though this has varied based on the total amount available).

Because scholarship funding comes from a variety of sources, eligible families should not anticipate the funding to come up front; support is funded very close to the actual trip.

Please direct enrollment questions to the trip leader for your student; direct scholarship questions to Mr. Albright.

Want to learn more about previous year's trips and get a taste for what you can expect from this year's trips? Check out our travel blogs!
International Baccalaureate Updates

Please continue to send non-perishable items for our Food Drive Competition. Our goal is for each homeroom to collect at least 125 items. Items will be donated to food pantries local to DC and Northern Virginia after the Thanksgiving holiday, a time when most food pantries are running low.

The following items are most wanted:
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned or dry beans
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium or no salt added)
  • Brown and white rice, pasta, macaroni and cheese
  • Hot and cold cereal
  • Canned tuna, salmon, or chicken
  • Canned fruits
  • 100% juices
  • Healthy snacks like raisin, granola bars 
For more information please contact Mr. Otterstatter ( orAlana Brown ( 

Media Center  News

The Library will be closed after school on  Thursday, December 15  for the
faculty meeting.

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 ( 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
The D31 morning trip times will be 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 

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 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
or by calling (202) 939-2010.
Student & Parent Information

New: Music Department Winter Concert
All students involved in Deal's music ensembles will perform in our Winter Concert on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 pm in the Deal auditorium. Performers will be having a dress rehearsal that morning from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the auditorium. This dress rehearsal is mandatory for all performers. 

All students in the audience must be accompanied by their parents during the show. Students without accompanying parents (or guardians) will not be allowed to stay for the performance.
New: String Ensemble
All members of the string ensemble must wear the following uniform to the Winter Concert on Thursday, December 15th:

Boys - Black dress pants, black dress shoes and socks, white button down shirt
Girls - Black dress pants or skirt, black dress shoes, white blouse

No jeans, leggings, sneakers, or t-shirts, please. Thank you and we can't wait to see the show!

New: Scrabble Tournament results
We had a fantastic turnout and a great day of Scrabble on Saturday at our fall tournament at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C. A total of 72 students from a whopping 18 schools - from Philadelphia to Charlottesville, Va. - competed in five divisions. For the first time, that included a division open to high-school students, which attracted 16 players. 

The high-school event was the first of its kind sanctioned by the North American Scrabble Players Association, which is hoping to hold more youth Scrabble tournaments. The main difference between the high-school and School Scrabble divisions: one-on-one competition instead of two-on-two. 

12th-grader Sam Masling of Wilson HS in DC took first place in the high-school group with a perfect 4-0 record and a spread of +505. Chloe Fatsis, a Wilson 9th-grader, finished second at 3-1 +458, and fellow Wilson 9th-grader Ryan Cheney was third at 3-1 +323. Simon Chervenak, a 9th-grader at Montgomery Blair HS in Silver Spring, Md., took the prize for the highest finisher without a NASPA rating (which you get after playing in a rated Scrabble tournament).

Swim Team
S wimmers, if you have not yet submitted missing paperwork, please do so ASAP. Cleared students will participate in the swimming scrimmage on Wednesday, December 14th at Dunbar High School. Swimmers who have not yet submitted their consent form, emergency contact form, and concussion form will not be allowed to attend.

All swimmers will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the 8th grade entrance lobby ready to walk over to the aquatic center by 3:30 pm. Swim practice times are from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Parents are asked to pick up students from the aquatic center. Go Vikings! 

New: 8th Grade NHD Parent Workshop 
There is an 8th Grade NHD Parent Workshop on Thursday, December 15th from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Reno MultiPurpose Room to discuss the particulars for NHD, timelines, assistance, and share past projects. Please plan to attend. Students are welcome as well. This is a great time to learn more about the project, hear about it from the teachers, and ask questions!

New: Team Accra Celebration
Team Accra is having a holiday feast! All parents are welcome to attend this breakfast gathering at 8:30AM in the cafeteria, on Friday, 16 December.  This is a potluck breakfast so please sign up to bring something!  Please bring enough to serve 10 people.
Please click on the link below to view the online sign-up sheet:

New: Model United Nations Congratulations
Congratulations to the seven students who participated at the GWCIA Model UN Conference on Saturday, December 3rd at George Washington University. Students spent their day talking about disarmament, UN Women, atomic energy, the Treaty of Versailles, the Revolutionary War, and Security Council along with more than 500 students from across four states.  

- Honorable Mention: DISEC, Max Gersch and 
  Temidayo  Famakinawa
- Outstanding Delegate: Treaty of Versailles, Clinton 
- Outstanding Delegate: UN Women, Alissa Simon
- Outstanding Delegate: IAEA, Eli Faber
- Best Delegate: UNSC,  Maya McDaniel
- Best Delegate: Society of the Cincinnati, Maya 

Congratulations to the mighty team!

Volunteers Needed
On January, 8th grade History classes will conduct a mock hearing about the Constitution. Parent and community volunteers are needed for each classroom on January 11th and 12th.  Volunteers may judge one day or both days, but are needed for the full day (8:15 am - 3:30 pm). If you are interested, please contact Amy Trenkle or your child's history teacher (emails below).  The department will provide you with materials, information, and a short tutorial the morning of the hearing. Learn more about them here:

Amy Trenkle, Team Accra,
Yvette Simpson-Wayne, Team Oslo,
Caitlin Daniels, Team Johannesburg,
Megan Huber, Team Kigali,

National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. 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
If you have any questions about NJHS Eligibility, please reach out to Mark LaLonde ( or Eunice Humphrey (

Clothing Drive for Bahamians
8th grade student, Earl Skrine, is hosting a clothing drive to support those who lost everything when  Hurricane  Michael hit the Bahamas this fall. Students who donate new or gently used clothes or shoes of all sizes  will be entered in to a drawing for a gift card! This clothing drive lasts from November 21st to December 19th. Please bring donations to their homerooms where they will receive their tickets for the drawing. Thank you in advance for your support. 

If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email
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! 
Local School Advisory Team Update

The LSAT (Local School Advisory Team) is a group of teachers, administrators, and parents (elected by the community) who meet on a monthly basis to discuss school-wide and DCPS programs/initiatives, and concerns that affect the learning environment and overall school culture at Deal.  The LSAT parent representatives for the 2016-2017 school year are:

6th Grade Corner

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

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade Corner

Executive Skills Supports
Some common issue facing many 7th Graders can be described as students being disorganized, forgetful, distracted, or careless. According to Peg Dawson and Richard Guare in their article "Executive Skills: The Hidden Curriculum," students who demonstrate these behaviors lack executive skills: the ability to get organized, execute tasks, and take an idea from start to finish. Dawson and Guare describe the following executive skills as essential to student success in school and life:
  • Response Inhibition - thinking before acting;
  • Working Memory - holding information in mind while performing complex tasks;
  • Emotional Control - managing emotions to     complete tasks or control behavior;
  • Sustained Attention - staying focused despite   distractions, boredom, or fatigue;
  • Task Initiation - beginning tasks without undue procrastination;
  • Planning and Prioritization - creating a roadmap to reach a goal and making decisions about what's important;
  • Organization - creating and maintaining systems to keep track of information or materials;
  • Time Management - estimating how much time one has, what's important, how to allocate time, and how to meet deadlines;
  • Goal-directed persistence - having a goal, following through to completion, and not getting sidetracked;
  • Adaptability - being able to revise plans in the face of obstacles, setbacks, new information, or mistakes;
  • Metacognition - being able to step back and ask, "How am I doing?"
Throughout adolescence these skills develop slowly and unevenly. However, the middle school years mark a key developmental stage to support your children with the development of these skills. If you notice that your child is struggling in one of these areas of Executive Skill, please consider some of the following suggestions to support their development at home.
  • Structure, Routines and Organizational Schemes: Making tasks shorter; making the steps more explicit; building in variety and choice; and providing more prompts, reminders, and supervision.
  • Goal Setting: If you notice an Executive Skill weakness, set a goal with your child and develop steps to support them meeting the goal. Monitor their progress and provide them with feedback and encouragement.
  • Praise/Incentives: Provide your child with specific praise or incentives for meeting goals and demonstrating growth in a targeted skill. 
Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students

Ms. Monkou - Counselor

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner

Attention 8th Grade Parents
8th Grade parents, guardians, and students are invited to a National History Day (NHD) workshop by Deal 8th grade I&S Teachers from  5:00 - 6:00 pm  on Thursday,  December 15th  in the Reno Multipurpose Room. We will go over the general layout of the project, expectations, share previous year's projects, and have time for Q&A. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents!

High School Applications 
Eighth grade students applying to high schools will likely need transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and admin at Deal. Here are a few tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for students and staff:

Requesting a Transcript 
Many applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. Humphrey ( in writing at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. If your student applies to multiple schools, please gather all requests to submit at one time. Requests should include stamped envelopes for mailing.
Requesting Recommendations
Who - Start by thinking about the best teachers to attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation; be aware of this before you ask.

Prepare - Gather all recommendation forms and fill out all pertinent information. Prepare an addressed and stamped envelope for each requested recommendation for. All recommendations will be placed in the mail by the individual teacher or by your counselor.

Ask - Ask the individual if they would be willing to write your recommendation. Tell them when it needs to be completed and mailed in. It is also a good practice to send a follow-up email to the teacher thanking them for taking the time to do this for you. This email will help you keep track of who is submitting recommendations for you and also help with follow-up.

Grow - Use the experience of asking for a letter of recommendation to help you grow your communication skills.  This will come in handy when advocating for yourself in high school. 

Common Applications
The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools becomes accessible on December 12th.  The Common Application is used to apply to all DCPS Selective High Schools. These schools are Benjamin Banneker, School Without Walls, McKinley Technology, Phelps ACE, Columbia Heights Education Campus, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

8th Grade Spanish Humanities Families
This year, students in Spanish Humanities have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala during spring break (April 15 - 21st) for a full Spanish immersion service experience. This is a new trip and will only be available to Spanish Humanities students. For more details click here.  
High School Open House Dates
High school visits are an awesome opportunity to learn about your options for next year and an excused absence for 8th grade students. Take advantage of these open houses to find your p erfect match!

Wilson HS
Friday, January 13th from 9:00 - 11:00 am
The Wilson Open House is for prospective parents who are interested in learning more information about the school's academic program.  Any student who wishes to attend must be accompanied by a parent.

Mckinley Tech 
Wednesday, January 25th at 6:00 pm
Register here:

Phelps ACE High School
Saturday, January 9th from 10:00 am - noon
Thursday, January 21st from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 am - noon

Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Saturday, January 7th from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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

Kate Outten - Dean of Students
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal

This Week at Deal
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet on Monday, December 12th at 3:20 pm in front of the auditorium for our Bake Sale for Ugandan Refugees. Students should bring bake sale items to E307 in the morning, or bring them directly to the bake sale table Monday afternoon. After our bake sale, we will discuss and analyze the movie, Queen of Katwe. As a reminder, we will also hold a Bake Sale on Tuesday after school. Please bring items for Tuesday to E307 in the morning or directly to the table at 3:20! 
Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club
After a long break, the After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, December 12th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. Dress for cold weather! If it rains, we will meet with Mr. Namian in C217.

Tuesday: Young Philosophers
Young Philosophers will meet this Tuesday at 3:30 in room W206 to discuss the constitutionality of free speech and how it intersects with the concept of justice.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Book-to-Film Festival
Join us in the Media Center at 3:30 pm on December 13th and 14th for a screening of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to celebrate winter! Come check out this snowy adaptation of the classic book.

Thursday: Viking Time
Our first Viking Time of the year will take place during the activity period this Thursday! Students have already given their selection preferences and we hope they enjoy this fun opportunity to explore a special interest!

Thursday: Winter Concert
Join us for our annual winter concert in the Auditorium this Thursday at 6:30 pm. Our brilliant performers can't wait to show off their talents at this fun community event!

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 (student life > athletics).

Monday: Practice,  3:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm (cafeteria due to game) 

Indoor Track:
Monday: Practice,  3:30 - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: Practice,  3:30 - 4:30 pm

Tuesday: Practice,  4:00 - 5:00 pm, Wilson Aquatic Center
Wednesday: Scrimmage, 5:00 - 8:00 pm, Dunbar Aquatic Center (101 N St. NW)
Thursday4:00 - 5:00 pm, Wilson Aquatic Center

Girls 6th Basketball:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Basketball Game vs. Takoma @ Deal, 4:45 pm
WednesdayPractice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 to-4:30 pm
Friday: No Practice

Boys 6th Basketball:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Basketball Game vs. Takoma @ Deal, 6:00 pm 
WednesdayPractice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Friday: Basketball Game vs. Whittier @ Deal, 6:00 pm

Girls 7/8th Basketball: 
Monday: Team meeting, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Room RG14
Tuesday: Basketball game vs. Stuart Hobson @ Stuart Hobson, 4:45 pm
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday: Basketball game vs. Kramer @ Deal, 4:45 pm
Friday: No practice

Boys 7/8th Basketball:
Monday: Studyhall/practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
TuesdayBasketball game vs. Stuart Hobson @ Stuart Hobson, 6:00 pm
Wednesday: Studyhall/practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
ThursdayBasketball game vs. Kramer @ Deal, 6:00 pm
Friday: No practice

Club/ Activity
Girl Up Club
Huber/ Massaquoi
Mentoring young girls, helping them get through their day-to-day
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
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.
3:30 - 4:30
ELA Peer Tutoring
ELA Peer Tutoring
3:30 - 4:30
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
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.
3:30 - 4:30
The Poetry Cafe
Students will read, write, discuss, critique and perform poetry forms from a variety of genres.
3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair Help
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
3:30 - 4:30
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
3:30 - 5:00
Peer Mediation
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
3:30 - 4:30
Student Council
Governing student body at ADMS
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
3:30 - 4:30
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Culture Club
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Civilization V - Brave New World
We will battle each other in the strategy game of culture, diplomacy, scientific innovation, and domination.
3:30 - 4:30
Speech and Debate
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
3:30 - 4:30
ELL Homework Club
Homework Assistance, guidance
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Up
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.
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Brainteaser Club
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!
3:30 - 4:20
Yoga club
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
3:30 - 4:15
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Banana Splits
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
3:30 - 4:30
The Stock Market Game
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
3:30 - 4:30
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
Chess Club
Students will learn to play chess.
3:30 - 4:30
Peer Mediation
Submitted previously
3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
Student Librarians
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Student Librarians
Working in the media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
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.
3:30 - 4:30
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.
3:00 - 7:00
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.
7:45 - 8:00
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
3:30 - 4:30
Photo Club
Learn about photographers, how to take awesome digital photos and participate in photo contests.
3:30 - 4:30
Students will learn the basics of Epee Fencing
3:30 - 4:30
Power Walking Club
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
3:30 - 4:00
Pause devoirs
French homework help.
3:30 - 4:00
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
3:30 - 4:30
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
6th Gr Lunch
Young Philosophers
Students will learn about several major political philosophies and how they are reflected in the comings and goings of life.
3:30 - 4:30
Book Club
Students will read and discuss various literary genres.
3:30 - 4:30
Inspiration Choir
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Cooking Club
Practice cooking, work with recipes
3:30 - 4:30
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
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.
7:45 - 8:00
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!
3:30 - 4:30
Reading Support Club
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
3:30 - 4:30
Model UN
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
DCIAA Spring soccer league
3:30 - 5:00
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Sports Rap
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!
3:30 - 4:30
Coloring Club
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!
3:30 - 4:30
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Robotics Club
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Talk
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Girls on the Run
A fun running club for girls, no experience necessary.
3:30 - 4:30
Hamilton Club
Gould Perrott
Fans of Hamilton no longer need to wait for it. Look around, look around, how lucky you are to have found the best new club at Deal where we will listen, read, and discuss our favorite found father, Alexander Hamilton, and the Tony Award wining smash-hit Hamilton. Don't throw away your shot to join. The room where it happens is W306.
3:30 - 4:15
Book Club
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
3:30 - 4:15
Scratch Programming
We are a student-led learning community focused on learning and applying scratch computer programing.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Science Olympiad
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
3:30 - 4:15
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
3:30 - 5:00
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
7:45 - 8:00
Guitar Club
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
3:30 - 4:30
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
3:30 - 5:00
East Asia Studies
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.
3:30 - 4:30
Spanish theatre club
Henderson/ Wooten
We will read, write, watch, and of course ACT Spanish language theatre!
3:30 - 4:30
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
3:30 - 5:30
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
3:15 - 4:15
Passport to History
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
3:30 - 5:00
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.
3:30 - 4:30
3:30 - 4:30

Community Information
(Items in this section are not sponsored by Deal)

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Volunteer Opportunities 
Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer during the holiday season? DC's Central Union Mission is a local organization that serves the city's homeless. The organization takes donations, but is also looking for volunteers. Please find out more information at their site,

Wilson Crew Holiday Wreath Sale 
Support  Wilson Crew and get ready for the holidays by purchasing fresh, fragrant 24-inch Frazier fir wreaths decorated with red velvet bows from Wilson Crew.  You can purchase wreaths for $30 each from your favorite rower or by logging on to  Be sure to enter the name of your favorite rower when you purchase online so that he or she gets credit for the sale. Wreaths will be delivered the first week in December.   Wilson Crew is the only rowing program in DCPS and relies on the generosity of supporters like you to keep this sport alive for public school students in our city.  Pull for  Wilson Crew!

Chevy Chase Athletic Club 5454 Wisconsin Ave Chevy Chase
Deal Squash Team requires 6 more participants for winter. Did you know that Wilson HS has a terrific Squash team and that they play in the HS squash league? DEAL also plays in the Middle school league against schools including Pyle, Westland, Wakefield and others. No experience required but being athletic with good hand eye coordination is helpful. Scholarships available.
The program will emphasize squash techniques and strategies, fitness, and sportsmanship.
Contact - Coach Barnes: (301) 807-9905