Alice Deal Middle School

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The Weekly Bulletin 

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Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.

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

What a tremendous outpouring of support for our teachers from our parent community this past week! The daily parade of food and treats - and massages! - was very much appreciated and was the buzz of the building. It couldn't have come at a better time, what with the start of testing and the slow turning towards the end of the year. Thank you to all who donated and participated, and a special thanks to our ADCA for spearheading the whole week - it couldn't have been done without you and it couldn't have been done better.

I want to applaud loudly for the huge and talented cast and crew of Hairspray that put on three tremendous shows this weekend. Judging by the huge audiences, I am pretty sure that all of you were there and can appreciate the skill and talent on display. It was our largest show ever - and arguably one of the finest. Just a wonderful show with a great story and lots of great showcases for our students. Special shout out to Jill Roos for her great leadership and directing on this, her biggest show. What a success!

Having spoken to some families that are disappointed in our plan for 8th grade promotion, primarily on the lack of extra tickets beyond the two allocated to each family. Here is the low-down for how we got to where we are: many (many!) years ago, Deal's 8th grade promotion was held in our auditorium. At that time, each family was offered two tickets per promoting student. This hardly accommodated who we had, but there was no alternative at the time. A few years back, we moved promotion to the Warner Theater at some cost but were able to offer additional family tickets. As our 8th grade grew and grew (470 at this counting), we knew we needed more space. Unfortunately, venues cost money, many are booked for many other things, and a large number of them are not sufficiently large or flexible for our program. Two years ago, we bit the bullet and paid for American University's arena. In spite of our concerns about promoting in a basketball arena, AU could not have been more welcoming, more flexible, or more pleasant. It just worked. We used Bender Arena again last year and were planning for this year as well. Unfortunately, AU notified us early on that Bender would be undergoing renovations right after the college year ended and Bender would be unavailable for this year. Our 8th grade team spent a considerable amount of time researching other places and solicited lots of ideas. The very best we could do was to sign up for the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington. We knew we would only be able to offer two tickets per family - but that space was all we could arrange. It wasn't a question of funding or some desire to limit family access to promotion: it was the best we could come up with. My eighth grade team spent a lot of time on this, and in the end I agreed that we would use Lisner. Each family can only have two tickets in this smaller venue and I know this is a hardship for some. There wasn't another reasonable choice.

I love the 8th grade promotion and I know many of you are looking forward to the event in June. We will do our best to make it as memorable as possible; we are even looking into distributing video live while we promote. I wanted to share this tale so that, while some are bound to be disappointed, our community understands why we are where we are.

There is also an important calendar "update" for our families. The 18th of May (Thursday) is a half-day for students. Dismissal is at 12:15. The next day, Friday the 19th, is our last Parent-Teacher Conference day of the year, and students will have no school that day at all. In reviewing the calendar, I know that we haven't had any half-days for students this year as the District has implemented a different model for professional development time. Thus I wanted to point this one out to you because it is different from how we have done things for the last 7 months.

My last item for this week's bulletin is to draw your attention to a meeting with Principal Martin on Tuesday at 8:00am. The meeting is to meet with her to discuss the interest in and potential for expanding the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programs to our high school. This is truly a parent-generated effort - no Deal staff will be present - and though I strongly support the idea, feel that any expansion of the program is a community and school decision. One perspective I would like to share is that there is no single form for the IB programs and my expectation is not on the shape the program might take but on whether or not there is interest for this move.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

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!
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)
What a great and fun Hairspray weekend!  A special thank you to the parents who helped make this Deal Musical a success!  The kids were amazing!!
Please Join us on the ADCA Board!
Co-Treasurer 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 positions are found here .
Questions? Contact .
IB Program at Wilson
What: Wilson Principal Martin will host a parent coffee to discuss the topic of starting an IB diploma program at Wilson
When:  Tuesday, May 9 at 8:00 am
Who: All interested parents are welcome
Where: Please come to the front desk and they can direct you to the meeting room

Hope to see you there!
Please Join us of our Next ADCA Meeting & Guest Speaker
Wednesday, May 24 @ 6:30 pm. Please join us in the Reno Multipurpose 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.

Emily Niu, MD, 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 9th, 8:00 pm - Meeting about IB at Wilson
  • May 13th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm - DCPS World Language Festival
  • May 24th, 6:30 pm - ADCA Meeting and Guest Speaker
As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.
The ADCA Board
Week of 
May 8, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates
May 10
ADCA Executive Board Meeting
Deal Sailing Club, 3:00 pm 
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)
May 17
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm
Deal Sailing Club, 3:00 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 
Ecology Trip - 7th Grade 
8th Grade I&S Civil War DC 
NTD, 3:30 pm

June 2
LSAT, 7:30 am
Karaoke by Music Dept 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.
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 ( 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 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 

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.

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

Monday, May 8th (Away Game)
Deal vs Lincoln  
Location: 14th & Upshur Street NW.   (Rec Field)
4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 10th (Home Game) 
Deal vs Hart 
Location: Deal 
Time:   4:00 PM

Thursday, May 11th
Softball Practice   3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
Outdoor Track:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm 
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Winners Lacrosse:
Monday: Girls Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday: Boys Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday: Girls & Boys Practice, 6 - 7:30 
Thursday: Winners LAX
Student & Parent Information

New: Cheerleaders are victorious!
Wow! Our Deal cheerleaders won first place at the U.S Finals in the Intermediate Junior High Division. What a tremendous honor for a group of students and adults who have given their all this year. We are so proud of their success! Special shout out to the two Ms. Baxters and Ms. Clark for their leadership.

New: "B Week Schedule" this Week
Due to ongoing PARCC testing, Deal will be on a "B Week" schedule with 6th and 7th periods in the morning and 1st and 2nd periods in the afternoon. Classes for all grade levels will be held according to the following schedule:
6th  -  8:45am - 9:50 am
7th  -  9:54am - 10:44 am
3rd - 10:48am -11:38 am
4th  - 11:42am -12:32 pm
5th  - 12:36pm -  1:26 pm
1st   - 1:30pm -   2:20 pm
2nd  -  2:24pm -  3:15pm
This schedule allows students to attend classes in the subjects they missed last week. Announcements will be made each morning to remind students of the change. 
New: Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences & 6th Grade Coffee Hour 
The final round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Friday, May 19th from noon - 7:00 pm.  Conferences with team teachers will be by-appointment-
only and sign-ups will take place online.  Please visit Alice Deal Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up  to schedule appointments with your child's team teachers.
The system will be available through Wednesday, May 17th. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Support, Resource, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences.  A detailed description of the online sign-up process will be posted on Edline and Deal's website. You will need an email account to use the online process.  If you will be unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team to set up an appointment. 
Families of sixth grade students who do not have a specific concern but would still like to check-in with team teachers in a casual setting are encouraged to attend the 6th Grade Coffee Hour from noon - 1:00 pm on Friday, May 19th. Light refreshments will be served! If you are interested in attending the Coffee Hour in lieu of scheduled conference appointments, please RSVP by visiting
New: DCPS World Language Festival
DCPS Global Education is happy to host the 2nd annual DCPS World Language Festival at Deal Middle School on May 13th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. DCPS students, families, and community members are welcome to celebrate World Language instruction across the District. This fun day will feature student activities, food tastings, family information sessions, cultural performances, and an exhibition hall with representatives from community partners, embassies, and so much more! The World Language Teacher of the Year and World Language Student of the Year awards will also be presented at the culmination of the event!

For questions, contact Allyson Williams at We look forward to seeing you there!
New: Student Council Spring Party
The Spring Party/Dance is thisFriday, May 12th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Join us to dance, play basketball in the gym, watch a movie, eat snacks, and have a great time with your friends! There will be dance contests and door prizes as well. Tickets will be on sale at lunch next week for $2.00 each or at the door for $3.00.  
New: Chaperones needed for Spring Party/Dance
If any parents are interested in helping to chaperone the Spring Party/Dance Friday, May 12thbetween 3:30 - 5:30 pm, please contact Ms. Wickersham, Student Council sponsor, at

New: The Deal Sailing Club is Back
Ahoy! The Deal Sailing Club is back for spring sailing! We will hold trips on Wednesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 17th for anyone interested in a fun afternoon on the water. No experience is necessary and we encourage students to invite their friends to this fun, after-school adventure. Space is limited, so please sign up here. Students must complete a permission slip to attend. Permission slips are available from Ms. Law in room E101.

New: Model United Nations
ADMUN Chairs will meet Monday after school (not Wednesday morning due to PARCC testing) from 3:30 - 4:15 pm in E205. Model UN will meet for their last mini sim before ADMUN on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
New: Robotics Team
What a joy it was for Deal's Robotics team to have had an opportunity to go to the Vex IQ World's competition in Louisville, Kentucky! The team had an opportunity to learn new strategies, collaborate with other teams from around the country, and compete as well!  A big shout out to our sponsor, Ms. Debbi Jarvis of Pepco, for making this happen! In addition, thank you to our chaperoning parents, Ms. Jami Dunham, Ms. Andrea Stewart, Mr. & Ms. Randy Brandt, Mr. & Ms. Kidder, and Ms. Pardes-Vincent. On Wednesday, May 10th, our team will host Ms. Debbi Jarvis during a robotics gathering.
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 ( ), Director of Health and Physical Education, with any questions.
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 
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 
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 ( or Eunice Humphrey (

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 Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
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! 
6th Grade Corner

6th Grade Family Night - 
Tuesday, May 16
6:30 - 7:45 pm
Transition from 6th to 7th Grade Information Session
(auditorium; 7:00 - 7:15 and 7:15 - 7:30)
During the 6th grade parent night Ms. White (counselor) and Ms. Buchanan (social worker) will be offering a 15 minute informational session for parents to highlight what they need to know for helping their student transition to 7th grade year.
Transitions Part 2: The Middle of the Middle
This session is intended to highlight some important factors in a students development from 6th grade to 7th grade. Topics discussed will include but is not limited to:
  • the significance of 7th grade year
  • child development in the middle years
  • getting organized
  • helping your child make wise choices (friends, social media practices, dealing with challenges, etc.)

English/Language Arts (English classrooms)
Courageous Humans
During Unit 4 (Overcoming Obstacles), 6th grade students will examine what it means to be a courageous individual. While reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, students will create a mock interview of a character from the text about the character's courageous act. Examples of these mock interviews will be on display.
Individuals & Societies (geography classrooms/hallway)
Join the 6th grade World Geography & Cultures department as we travel around the world! Each geography classroom will be set-up as an International Museum displaying student research projects about their adopted Embassy country - Morocco, Bahamas, Sri Lanka, and Cameroon. Learn all about the culture, history, and geography of these fascinating places by browsing posters, brochures, games, video clips & more made by our students!
Science (science classrooms/hallway)
The science classes have been busy working on constructing an energy efficient design solution for the future. Expect to see homes and car prototypes with energy efficient components incorporated throughout. Stop by the science classrooms to check out the students' creative designs. 
Math (cafeteria)
Students on teams Douala, Colombo and Marrakesh are being challenged to apply their understanding of nets, surface area, and volume of rectangular prisms and cubes. They are planning the dimensions for parts of a robot's body parts, after which they will find the surface area and volume. They will use these calculations to  create a robot prototype using nets cut from cardstock filled with modeling clay.
Team Nassau's students are planning and designing a campsite with specific criteria. They will plot the amenities, determine the location of various activities, and plan the distances between locations strategically. Students will have an opportunity to plan, solve problems, collaborate, and attend to precision as they created a map of the campsite and explained their mathematical reasoning.

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 22nd:  Team Colombo
Tuesday, May 23rd:  Team Douala
Thursday, May 25th:  Team Marrakesh
Friday, May 26th: Team Nassau

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

MONDAY 5/8 until 5
MUSIC solo work: 
Iris (3 is a Magic number)
Mason (Circulation)
Anderson (Conjunction Junction)

DANCE (also Monday)
I'm Just A Bill
Anderson, Charlotte, Clare, Erin, Helena, Julia, Karis, Mason, Tess, Yossi
This number needs work and we need everyone there!

TUESDAY 5/9 until 5

WEDNESDAY 5/10 until 5
Interplanet Janet 

THURSDAY 5/11 until 4:30
Dance & Music review and fixes
Adjectives (cast members who have learned the dance or I have told are in this number)

FRIDAY 5/12 until 5
Melting Pot 

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

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade Corner

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


New: Gettysburg Trip - Early Arrival Friday! 
All 8th grade students are going to Gettysburg National Historic Park on Friday, May 12th! Students must be at school at 6:45 am for an early departure and we will return to Deal between 5:30 - 6:00 pm. Students must bring a bagged lunch, water, snacks for the day, and weather-appropriate clothing (please check the forecast). Students can bring cell phones but they are  not  to be used at Gettysburg Park.  Students will call parents as we are approaching Deal on the way home. Students are expected to complete a packet for a classwork grade as we tour the museum and grounds. The packet is due in history class on Monday, May 15th . This trip is always a favorite of the year and we look forward to a fun day! 

New: National Junior Honors Society
8th graders who were inducted last year, do NOT need to complete the application this year. They are still members of NJHS.  

8th graders who were not inducted last year and would like to be inducted this year, please email Mrs. Humphrey and she will send you the application. In order to be eligible you must meet the following requirements:  

-10 hours or more 
- Club or sport at Deal MS 
- On Honor Roll Advisories 1, 2 & 3 
- No behavioral referrals 

New: Student Conservation Corps & Congress  
Introducing an awesome summer opportunity for current 8th graders: Student Conservation Corps & Congress
(Sc3)  is a week long leadership training program held annually at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)--the nation's top environmental training facility. Participants, also known as Sc3 Fellows, spend a week studying and discussing environmental, social, and economic interconnections to address natural resource conservation challenges affecting their generation in an ever changing world.     

While at Sc3, students design action plans to implement their knowledge in their schools, homes and communities. Sc3 Fellows learn a range of practical skills such as public speaking, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, inclusivity and conflict resolution. Below is testimony of student's experiences.


WHO: Current 8th - 11th Grade Students
WHEN: June 25 - July 1, 2017
WHERE: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
The full cost of attendance will be covered for DCPS students
 by the DCPS Sustainability Team. The trip starts and ends at Union Station in DC; travel to the training center in West Virginia is included.

The full cost of the program will be covered for DCPS students by the DCPS Sustainability Team, including travel from Union Station to West Virginia.

To apply, click here.
To nominate a student for this opportunity, click here
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 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. We look forward to sharing this special time with our oldest, 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 Registration
Students have signed up for next year's classes. If your child has not done so, please have him/her come see Ms.Travers or Mrs.Humphrey. Students were given a copy of the course selection form, with the classes they selected. If you did not get the copy or would like to see the courses that your child selected please email Mrs. Humphrey and a copy will be sent to you.

Requesting a Transcript 
Many high school 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

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

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

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Ms. Travers - Counselor

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
This Week at Deal
Monday: The After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, May 8th 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: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room on Monday, May 8th at 3:30 pm. We will debrief our meeting on the Hill and plan for our May Bake Sale. See you ladies there!
Tuesday: New Activity - Mindful Art
Students interested in a relaxing environment where they can craft their way to calm should check out this after school activity which focuses on the practice of mindfulness through art and creativity. Interested students should see Ms. White (6th grade counselor) in room C117. The activity will take place on Tuesday's from 
3:30-4:15 pm. 
Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee!
Jerseys are in and they are awesome! If you ordered one, be sure to stop by Mr. Martini's room to pick it up! We will practice this Tuesday after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. New and returning players are welcome to participate and should come to Mr. Martini's room (W104) after school.

Wednesday: Sailing Club! 
Ahoy! All students are invited to sign-up and fill out a permission slip (collected from Ms. Law in E101) to go sailing after school this Wednesday and next. Don't miss out on this fun chance to learn a new skill OR relax while your friends do all the work. Remember to dress for the weather and bring a snack! 
Wednesday: GeoPlunge!
Any students attending the GeoPlunge tournament on Wednesday, May 16th should turn in their permission slip forms to Mr. Martini as soon as possible! We will also meet on Tuesday during 6th grade GRIT to practice and prepare!

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
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
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
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
Today, Tomorrow and Monday!
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
Student Librarians
Working in the media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
M indful Art
Students who are interested in a relaxing environment where they can craft their way to calm should check out this after school activity which focuses on the practice of mindfulness through art and creativity. 
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
T 3:30-4:30
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
Ell Homework Club Hasan/Thomas
Homework Assistance, guidance
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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:   

Tryouts will be held the week of  May 15-18 . For more information, go to  and click on Registration-Travel or go to . 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 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 
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