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: 

As I am writing this (late) I am following what happened earlier today at Comet Ping Pong, our neighborhood pizza joint. While I know nothing specific about the circumstances, I do know that Comet is just three blocks away from Deal - and is a community treasure. I wish them only the best and will be sure to enjoy a bacony pizza there within the week. Living and working in this part of the country, we know that our local is national, and even more so when there is a change in administration. Please keep in mind that we at Deal take the security of your children with the utmost seriousness - as serious as we take their education. 

December is always a busy month here at Deal - Buddy Days, Deal visits to elementary schools, the middle of the 2nd advisory, and myriad field trips and activities for your students. As I point out every couple of weeks, this is an excellent time for students to keep up with their work and maybe get a few days ahead (if possible) so that Winter Break is truly a break. I don't mention this lightly - it is a great life lesson for students to learn about how to schedule and manage their work.

Over the next couple of weeks and then again right after the Winter Break, DCPS will be asking your student to comment on the teaching of one or two of their teachers. This process, the IMPACT Student Survey, is intended to provide information from the recipients of the teaching (the students) about their learning. Teachers will have classes mostly randomly selected by the Central Office and then students will take a comparatively short (15-30 minutes) online assessment of their teachers. These data will be used as part of a teacher's overall annual IMPACT "score" (their performance report).

I include this information so that families can anticipate some questions from their students about the survey. One element of middle school life is that teachers and students often form close relationships in the classroom. Students might see that the questions asked are challenging those relationships. The questions as I understand them are closely aligned to what is happening in class - does the class feel under control, are activities engaging, and so forth. We participated in a pilot of this survey last year and felt that in sum it seemed to fairly accurately reflect a particular class at a particular moment. Of course, it is a very different experience if the survey counts for a percent of your performance as a teacher. I hope the information it provides us is valuable; I am always cautious when it comes to adding yet another assessment and this one has the potential for a large effect.

On a more exciting side, we are in the stages of getting our 8th grade World Language trips set up - asking for teachers to accompany the students on the trips, determining the need for scholarships - all with an eye towards the warmer clime of Spring. We are also deeply enough into the year that clubs and activities are spreading out across the area, participating in local and regional events. For example, see below for news of the success of our Model United Nations club efforts. It is great that students can do the same club over several years; this gives them the chance to get quite good at whatever they are trying to do!

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB. Please check out below the change in the morning schedule for the D31. This is to allow the two buses a bit of separation so that we avoid the overcrowding that occurs when the buses are back-to-back and students are not sure which one to take. This change is one outcome of a meeting that our Deal parents set up with WMATA to advocate more directly about what they thought was best for their students. We really appreciate this support!
Update from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
 
Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend to buy their holiday trees and greenery and those who volunteered!  Next weekend we still have some slots available to volunteer.  Please go to this link and sign up  to help on December 10th or 11th!
 
When:   The Deal Holiday Tree Sale's final dates are December 10th and 11th.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
The Greens:   We have a great selection of fresh cut trees in a variety of sizes. Choices include Fraser Firs and Balsam Firs from 5 feet to 10 feet tall. Wreaths, candle rings and garlands are also available.
Location:  Deal Middle School - 3815 Fort Drive, NW - by the school's front doors.
Payment:   Cash, credit cards, and checks are accepted.
Proceeds go to support Deal Middle School students through the programs of the ADCA.  Don't forget to bring gloves!

Important Dates  
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:

*    December 10 - 11: Holiday Greens Sale

*    January 18: ADCA General Meeting 6:30-8:00 p.m.

*    February 25: Annual Deal Auction Fundraiser Gala 


 

         
As always, please contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.
 
And, most importantly, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 
Thanks, 
The ADCA Board

Week of 
December 5, 2016
 Bell Schedule
 
 
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I   
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I  
Upcoming Dates

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

December 7
Term 2 Progress Reports Distributed
Lafayette Buddy Day

December 8
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
ALT, 3:30

December 10
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon
Holiday Greens Sale
DCPS Edfest 11am - 3pm
Saturday Stars 9 - noon

December 11
Holiday Greens Sale

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
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
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 


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
dealspanishclass@gmail.com
Trip number: 1846054aj

France
Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
frederick.mbayu@dc.gov
Trip Number: 1817749ch

China
Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
yanming.zhi@dc.gov
Trip Number: 1866938jy

Guatemala
(This service trip is only available to Spanish Humanities students)
Sponsor: Nataly Diaz
nataly.diaz@dc.gov
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 patrick.rottman@dc.gov or Principal Albright at james.albright@dc.gov. 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.
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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 ( Robert.Otterstatter@dc.gov) orAlana Brown ( Alana.Brown@dc.gov). 

  
Media Center  News

The Deal Library will be closed after school on  Thursday, November 17th 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 ( http://alicedeal.org/lost-found/) for photos of items found in common areas at Deal, including in the cafeteria, field, and gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, please ask a staff member in the cafeteria to guide you to the lost-and-found.
 
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these up in the Welcome Center. Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs, and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
Bus Information
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The D31 morning trip times 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 james.albright@dc.gov. 

DCPS Attendance Protocol and Policy: Things to Remember
 
Important: please provide a note for any absence as soon as possible (day of or soon after) to alicedealattendance@gmail.com. The note can be emailed to or brought to the attendance office next to the school entrance. Or you can complete the attach attendance link to excuse absences. It is also suggested that you email your child's teachers so that they can plan accordingly.

Students must submit a note from their parents to be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • Death in the family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious holiday
  • Court summons
  • School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Office at alicedealattendance@gmail.com
or by calling (202) 939-2010.
Student & Parent Information
 

New: Deal Holiday Tree Sale  
The Deal Holiday Tree Sale takes place on 10th & 11th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The sale is held at Deal by the front doors.
 
On sale will be a great selection of fresh cut trees in a variety of sizes.  Your choices include Fraser Firs and Balsam Firs from 5 feet to 10 feet tall. Wreaths, candle rings, and garland are also on offer.
 
Cash, credit and check are accepted.  Proceeds go to support the Alice Deal Middle School students through  the programs of the ADCA. Get there early for the best selection!

New: D31 Morning Bus Schedule Update
Effective Monday, December 5th, the morning D31 buses will adopt a new schedule:

 

- 1st Bus - Departs @ 7:26 am from 16th St & 

  Eastern Ave - This is 10 minutes earlier than its 

  previous time

- 2nd Bus - Departs @ 7:36am from 16th St & 

  Eastern Ave


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Brandt (kari.brandt@dc.gov) for more information.

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 
  Jones
- Outstanding Delegate: UN Women, Alissa Simon
- Outstanding Delegate: IAEA, Eli Faber
- Best Delegate: UNSC,  Maya McDaniel
- Best Delegate: Society of the Cincinnati, Maya 
  Landweber

Congratulations to the mighty team!

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: Volunteers Needed
In 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:
http://www.civiced.org/wtp-the-program/hearings/middle-school

Amy Trenkle, Team Accra, amy.trenkle@dc.gov
Yvette Simpson-Wayne, Team Oslo, 
yvette.simpson@dc.gov
Caitlin Daniels, Team Johannesburg,
caitlin.daniels@dc.gov
Megan Huber, Team Kigali, megan.huber@dc.gov

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 (mark.lalonde@dc.gov) or Eunice Humphrey (eunice.humphrey@dc.gov).

Doodle for Google Art Contest
Submissions for the nationwide contest are still being accepted through the end of November. Entry forms are located outside Ms. Kouri's room (C205) and this year's theme is "What I see for the future." Enter for a chance to win scholarships, a trip to Google headquarters, and other fabulous prizes! Forms can be returned to Ms. Kouri's mailbox in the Welcome Center.

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. 

Socktember!
We are now in Socktember! Homerooms are collecting new, white or dark-colored socks, hats, gloves, and scarves for people experiencing homelessness. The homeroom that collects the most will receive a sweet treat!

Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
Follow Us on Twitter! 
Be sure to follow @DealVikings on Twitter for a glimpse in to the daily life of Deal students and all the latest news. Don't forget to tag us when you mention your favorite Deal moments! 
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. Here is an update on the last week's activities.
  1. Representatives from the Deal LSAT spoke at the budget engagement meetings on November 29th. The LSAT testimony raised awareness on the issue of the continued increase in enrollment at Deal which is causing a serious capacity issue for the school next year. The LSAT will be working to have more pointed meetings with key members of the City Council over the next month and reaching out to the Deal community to solicit input for creating a formal position of the Deal community on what's the best thing for Deal in the long term.

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
Naima.chambliss@dc.gov

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

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

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


7th Grade Corner



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
Mark.Lalonde@dc.gov

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

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

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

8th Grade Corner
 


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 ( Eunice.Humphrey@dc.gov) 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:  http://bit.ly/TechOpenHouse

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

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

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

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
Patrick.rottman@dc.gov

This Week at Deal
 
Monday: After School Basketball Club (cancelled)
Regrettably, the After School Outdoor Basketball Club will NOT meet this week. The club will resume on Monday, December 12th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage.
 
Tuesday: Young Philosophers
Young Philosophers will meet this Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm to discuss John Stuart Mill's idea of utilitarianism and ask the question, "What is the greatest good for the greatest number?" You won't want to miss it!


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

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

Athletic Calendar
As practice and game schedules are subject to change, please check the Deal Athletics Calendar for the most current athletics schedule.

Basketball
6th grade boys
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: Game  vs. Brightwood @ Deal, 6:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Friday: Game vs. Whittier @ Deal, 6:00 pm

6th grade girls
Monday: Practice, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday :  Game vs. Brightwood @ Deal, 4:45 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Friday: Game vs. Whittier @ Deal, 4:45 pm

7th/8th boys
Monday: Studyhall/practice, 3:30 to 6pm
Tuesday: Studyhall/practice, 3:30 to  6pm
Wednesday: Game vs. St. Albans @ St. Albans, 2:30 pm
Thursday:  Game vs. Jefferson @ Deal, 6 pm
Friday: No practice

7th/8th girls
Monday: Team meeting, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Room RG14
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Thursday: Game vs. Jefferson @ Deal, 4:45 pm
Friday: No practice

If you have any other questions or require further assistance regarding basketball tryouts or required documents, please email the respective coach:

6th grade boys: Coach Danny Page
afreshstart1991@gmail.com 
7/8th grade boys: Coach Stacy Turner
dealdeanturner@gmail.com 
6th grade girls: Coach Darieal Wimbley
darieal.wimbley@dc.gov
7/8th grade girls: Coach Neal Downing
neal.downing@dc.gov

If you would like to be added to the email list to receive updates and information, please send an email to either dealgirlsball@gmail.com or
dealboysball@gmail.com and indicate which team your child is trying out for. 
  
Indoor Track
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Cheerleading
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Swimming
Tuesday: Practice,  4:00 - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 -  5:00 pm

Practices take place at the Wilson Aquatic Center. Students must submit all mandatory health forms (see above) to participate with the swim team.

Club/ Activity
Teacher
Description
Day
Time
Loc.
Girl Up Club
Huber/ Massaquoi
Mentoring young girls, helping them get through their day-to-day
M
3:30 - 4:30
E307
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
M
7:45 - 8:30
Audit.
Pen pals
Dziato/ Parish
Get to know another middle school half way across the world in Singapore. You will send your pen pal letter, emails and even video messages.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG01
ELA Peer Tutoring
Culp
ELA Peer Tutoring
M
3:30 - 4:30
E105
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
Namian
All are welcome to participate in Mr. Namian's Outdoor After School Basketball Club. Girls, boys, players grades 6-8, novices/experts. If you like the greatest game ever invented, then this is the club for you! After an hour of supervised pickup, each session culminates with Mr. Namian's famous wild half court shootout for Gatorades.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Cottage
The Poetry Cafe
Kwabenah
Students will read, write, discuss, critique and perform poetry forms from a variety of genres.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C-222
Science Fair Help
Rhoads
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG02
Noted
McKeithen
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
M
3:30 - 5:00
CG21
Peer Mediation
White
Students in all grades learning how to help their peers resolve conflict in a peaceful way. Club members will mediate disputes that have been referred by staff and students throughout the school year.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C117
Shoelogy101
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C224
Student Council
Wickersham/Haller
Governing student body at ADMS
M
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Kirschenbaum
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
M
3:30 - 4:30
N103
Tennis
Smith
Tennis club is a casual weekly gathering for those interested in the sport. A typical day involves 15-20 minutes of drills to improve skill, followed by 20-30 minutes of friendly competition. Depending on the amount of interest, the club may split into 2 groups based on skill level. The club typically breaks during the winter. Tennis shoes are required, a racket is recommended, and I will provide tennis balls.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W201
Culture Club
Donaldson
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
N116
Civilization V - Brave New World
Magee
We will battle each other in the strategy game of culture, diplomacy, scientific innovation, and domination.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E300
Speech and Debate
Martis
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W106
ELL Homework Club
Hasan/Delgado/Thomas
Homework Assistance, guidance
M
3:30 - 4:30
CG06
Girl Up
Scott
Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Boccardi
Come join Mr. Boccardi and play Apples. Apples to Apples is a fun games that requires you to make whacky comparison based on your opponents personality and character.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C302
Brainteaser Club
Brown
Come stretch your brain with logic puzzles, optical illusions, and visual workouts. This club will be a break from homework, but will still make you think!
M
3:30 - 4:20
C217
Yoga club
Quinn
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
M
3:30 - 4:15
R116
Philosophy
Otterstatter
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E304
Banana Splits
Alphonse
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
M
3:30 - 4:30
C103
The Stock Market Game
Jang
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
M
3:30 - 4:30
TBD
Cheerleading
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
M
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
Chess Club
Car'Mon
Students will learn to play chess.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG10
Peer Mediation
White
Submitted previously
M
3:30 - 4:30
C310
International Cinema
Brown
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
M
3:30 - 4:30
N112
Scrabble Club
Fatis 
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
M
3:30-
4:30
Cafe
Student Librarians
Redekopp
If you love organizing and helping your classmates, consider becoming a student librarian! Choose a day to come after school to help with shelving, organizing, and assisting your fellow students.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in the media center.
T
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.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W104
Sailing Club
Rottman /Law/ Philip
This seasonal club is a great chance for students to go sailing in DC! Sign ups are in the bulletin, students can come as much or as little as they like, and no experience is necessary.
T
3:00 - 7:00
TBD
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
T
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Quiambao
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W105
Photo Club
Snider
Learn about photographers, how to take awesome digital photos and participate in photo contests.
T
3:30 - 4:30
R111
Fencing
Martis
Students will learn the basics of Epee Fencing
T
3:30 - 4:30
R103
Power Walking Club
DeAngelis
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
T
3:30 - 4:00
C203
Pause devoirs
Mbayu
French homework help.
T
3:30 - 4:00
C308
Scrabble Club
Gentile
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
T
3:30 - 4:30
E103
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
Martini
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
T
6th Gr Lunch
W104
Young Philosophers
Stroud
Students will learn about several major political philosophies and how they are reflected in the comings and goings of life.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W206
Book Club
Chambliss
Students will read and discuss various literary genres.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W100
Inspiration Choir
Shipmon
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG04
Creative Writing
Silberman
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
T
3:30 - 4:30
C104
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
W
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Cooking Club
(new)
Henderson/Wooten
Practice cooking, work with recipes
W
3:30 - 4:30
C315
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Concert Band
Van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
W
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Yearbook
Hyatt
Students will work throughout the year to produce the 2016-2017 ADMS Yearbook! Students will take photos, organize layouts and write descriptions for the yearbook!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E201
Reading Support Club
Fraser
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
R104
Model UN
Trenkle
Students will discuss global current events, work on Model UN Skills, and participate in MUN Conferences. This club is for 7th and 8th grade students, or 6th grade students with experience.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E205
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
Ngwa
DCIAA Spring soccer league
W
3:30 - 5:00
Field
Girl Talk
Fullington/ Humphrey
Girl Talk will be designed to provide educational and recreational experiences through positive social interactions, peer mentoring, and teamwork and life skills development.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E105
Sports Rap
Burt
In Sports Rap, students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan!
W
3:30 - 4:30
W103
Coloring Club
Gentile
Do you love to color? Adult coloring is growing in popularity. According to CNN, coloring "has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," Whether you want to reduce stress or just enjoy coloring, come join coloring club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E103
Math HW Club
Lewis - Samuels
The Math HW Club is designed to assist 6th grade math students to complete their math homework in a setting with a math specialist. Students will work at their pace to develop skills and confidence to improve their math performance.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C213
Robotics Club
Slocumb-Bradford
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E206
Girl Talk
Monkou
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C310
Girls on the Run
Sarnoff
A fun running club for girls, no experience necessary.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Gym
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.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W306
Book Club
Belser
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W207
Scratch Programming
Lerum
We are a student-led learning community focused on learning and applying scratch computer programing.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Science Olympiad
Schuettpelz
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
W
3:30 - 4:15
W200
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Cheerleading
Baxter/Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
Th
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Schick
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
Th
3:30 - 5:00
C212
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
F
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
F
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Guitar Club
Neal
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C114
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Schick
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
F
3:30 - 5:00
C212
East Asia Studies
Diaz
If you love Asian culture and would like to learn more this is the club for you. We watch Korean or Japanese films and we discuss their culture.
F
3:30 - 4:30
R113
Spanish theatre club
Henderson/ Wooten
We will read, write, watch, and of course ACT Spanish language theatre!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C315
Videogames
Perrin
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
F
3:30 - 4:30
W205
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
Downing
Athletics
TBD
3:30 - 5:30
Gym/Field
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Newman
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
TBD
3:15 - 4:15
R102
Passport to History
Daniels
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
TBD
3:30 - 5:00
W305
Photography
Reddy
In this club, students will understand the key principles of digital photography and the post production techniques. We will also be taking a lot of photographs.
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E301
Yearbook
Hensley
Yearbook
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E204/6
 

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

Do you have a community event or organization you would like to see included in the weekly bulletin? Please contact dealbulletin@gmail.comwith submission requests.

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  http://www.wilsoncrew.org/wreath-sale/.  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!

Don't miss the 5th annual Tenley WinterFest!
Chill with friends and neighbors at the 2016 Tenley WInterFest, Friday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 3, culminating in the Janney Winter Market! Crafters, artists, and small business people of all ages: reserve your table today for the bustling market on Dec. 3, 12-4pm. Student rate is just $20 per table; $40 for adults. To register for a table, submit your form and payment online at www.tenleywinterfest.org.
 
Rent a table to sell your wares or come shop for gifts and join the fun. Entrepreneurs sell their creations (jewelry, toys, accessories, baked goods, art work, lunch items, décor and more) to holiday shoppers at this festive community event, featuring live music, hot cocoa, Tenley WinterFest t-shirts, and yeti scavenger hunt prizes!
 
Get your yeti scavenger hunt form, and all the event details at www.tenleywinterfest.org

See the website for details on all the cool free stuff happening in Tenleytown that week: restaurant specials (WinterFEAST!), yeti scavenger hunt with fun prizes, Tenley Gets Lit holiday lighting and window decor contest, historic walking tour, library winter story time and crafts, toy drive and family movie night at St. Ann's, and more. And coming soon, the return of the special Tenley WInterFest display in the Best Buy window!

Stop Hunger Scholarships: Get $5K, Give $5K (12/5)
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is accepting applications for the  Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships now through  Dec. 5. This program recognizes students who are finding creative solutions to end hunger in America. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their charity of choice. Please share this opportunity with your students. See flyer attached ("stop hunger flyer") and help spread the word on social media: #GET5GIVE5.  Additional resources to promote the scholarships are also available on Sodexo Net. Visit  www.HelpStopHunger.org  for official rules and to apply.

DEAL JUNIOR SQUASH 2016-17
COACH: CONNIE BARNES
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  conniesquash@gmail.com