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: 

The typical jam-packed end of the year is upon us here at Deal. With Spring Break mostly behind us (we are still awaiting the return of some of our world travelers tonight!), we have a busy week ahead followed by the wonder that is our PARCC tests. When these end, we will be just two weeks shy of the end of the year.

Each year, it seems that there are more mandated assessments filling the calendar. Most of these are related to the curriculum - and may take the place of regular assessments that would be developed by teachers here at Deal. The best move this year has been the placement of the PARCC assessments - English, Math, and Science - at the very end of the school year. This has allowed us to teach the material that is being assessed on these tests before the tests! As I remarked a few weeks ago, we continue to find the right place between encouraging students to do well on the assessments and not making too big a deal about it. When families have dropped me a line expressing concern, I have reached out to the staff to try and set the focus where it needs to be: on the daily teaching that needs to be done. We want our students to do well on their assessments, but not at the expense of their mental and physical health. 

The schedule for PARCC will be similar to that of last year. Students will test either in the morning or the afternoon for about 90 minutes. This will take about two periods a day for each student. They will have the rest of their day as normal as any other - 5 periods (including lunch) and regular assignments and activities. Sixth and eighth graders will go for the first two weeks, followed by seventh graders the last two weeks. Make-up days will be available each week; special testing accommodations will take place throughout the testing period for those students needing them. We are admittedly pressed with our technology - but have purchased three new carts (one through your support!) and will be ready to go. The testing setting is serious, but we will have breaks as needed and the chance for a snack for students. If you hear of anything from your student that doesn't make sense, please check with me so I can see what is up. While testing isn't necessarily a fun activity, it doesn't have to be filled with tension.

What can you do to support your student during the upcoming assessment time? We need to make sure that everyone is in the building on time and ready to go. If you are a driver, please leave early. Students who arrive late are required to miss the current testing session and take a make-up later on. These can really add up. Every minute counts. Make sure that your bus rider or metro rider leaves on the earlier bus and train to avoid potential delays. If your child is a walker, then hurry them up and out of the house. Finally, please do not schedule appointments during the testing times.

Thanks for all of your support during this changeable year. I am sure that your Spring Break has given you and your children the surge of energy they will need to finish off the year as strong as possible. 

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB. It is really time to register. Let's take care of this as soon as possible.
2017-2018
DCPS Annual Enrollment 

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

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

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

Hairspray Updates 
 
Calling Deal Students to Join our Hairspray Hair and Makeup Tech Crew!
Are you an aspiring makeup or style artist?  Are you interested in learning what it is like to be part of the backstage fun of a large-scale musical? We are searching for a few students to join our Hairspray hair and makeup tech crew! Please email amysuardi@gmail.comif you are interested !
               
Parent Volunteers are Still Needed!  
*   We're still looking for Parent Volunteers for particular jobs for the production. 
 
Please contact Amy ( amysuardi@gmail.com ) or Beth ( bethvassalo@gmail.com ) if you can help.  Thank you!
 
Students are still in early rehearsals, but once we get into production and performance mode, we will need lots of help! Here are some larger jobs that we'd like to fill before things heat up:
  • Program ad designer - someone with graphic design skills to format and create "well-wisher" ads for the playbill
  • Hair stylists - two people willing to coordinate and liaison with the costume designer, plus others to help at performances
  • Make-up artists - pair with our co-coordinator to organize supplies and volunteers
  • DVD - someone to coordinate the videography, reproduction, and delivery
Please contact Amy ( amysuardi@gmail.com) or Beth ( bethvassalo@gmail.com) if you can help.  Thank you!
 
How to be a Parent Sponsor 
Don't have time to volunteer but want to help out? Monetary donations help us purchase supplies such as scenery, costumes, make-up, and the cast party, as well as compensate the professionals who work hard to direct and design the musical. Any amount you can give is welcome and appreciated.
 
Because we are supported by the non-profit Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA), all donations are tax-deductible. Special thanks to ADCA co-treasurer, Carolyn Arpin, for creating our Hairspray store and online payment page.
 
Well-Wisher Ad Sales - Support Our Artists! 
If you want to surprise your student with a special high-five, you can buy a quarter-page ad or a 2-line "shout-out" in the Hairspray playbill. Three full-page spots are also available to businesses who want to reach a large, captive audience. For more information, see our  Program Ad Info Sheet  court esy of coordinator Sarah Zogby.
 
Don't delay- all text, images, and payments must be sent by April 15th. Click here to purchase your   well-wisher ad.
 
Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:
  • May 5th and 6th: Hairspray Jr. - Deal Musical
As always, please contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,   
The ADCA Board
Week of 
April 24, 2017
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

April 25
Team Leaders (Grade) 
WTU - Reno Room

April 26
 Administrative Professionals' Day
 
April 27
6th Grade Spanish field trip to Gala Hispanic Theatre. 
Faculty Meeting - 3:30 
 
April 28
Deal Tour 9am
 
April 29
Saturday STARS; 9 - 12

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

May 2 
 Team Leaders(all)

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

May 5
LSAT 7:30 am

May 10
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

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

May 12
Term 4 Midpoint
8th Grade Trip Gettysburg

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

May 18
PD Day,
No School for Student

May 19 
Parent Teacher Conference Day,
No School for Students

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

May 24
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 pm

May 25
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 26
Deal Tour, 9 am

May 29
Memorial Day
No School 

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.

Deal Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule



MON. 4/24 Music
3:15 You Can't Stop the Beat - Full Company
4:00 Good Morning Baltimore - Full Company
4:30 Mama I'm A Big Girl Now - Soloists and Mama Ensemble
4:45 Without Love - Soloists and Love Ensemble
5:15 Run and Tell That - Soloists and Seaweeds Friends
5:45 I Know Where I've Been - Soloists and Seaweeds Friends
6:15 Lil Inez
6:45 Tracy
 
TUES. 4/25
3:15 - Costume Check #1 - Full Company
4:00 - Mama I'm A Big Girl Now - Soloists and Mama Ensemble
4:30 - It Takes Two - Link, Tracy, Council Members and Dancers, Corny, Back Up
5:00 - Nicest Kids, Corny Collins, Tracy
 
WED 4/26 DANCE
3:15 - Costume Check #2 - Full Company
4:00 - Good Morning Baltimore - Full Company
5:15 - Without Love - Soloists and Love Ensemble
6:00 - Nicest Kids in Town Reprise - Tracy, Corny, Link, Amber, Council and Dancers
 
THURS 4/27 DANCE
3:15 - Run and Tell That - Seaweed, Link, Tracy, (Penny), Lil Inez, Seaweeds Friends
4:00 - You Can't Stop the Beat - Full Company
5:15 - Welcome to the 60s - Tracy, Pinky, Edna, Dynamites, 60s Ensemble
6:15 - Nicest Kids In Town/It's Hairspray - Link, Amber, Tracy, Corny, Council Members and Dancers
 
*FULL COMPANY FROM NOW ON*
FRI. 4/28 TBD
SAT 4/29 9 - 4pm
SUN 4/30 9 - 4pm

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


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

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

 Students are welcome for independent reading and homework. Please review the expectations and complete the permission slip available in the Library or on our website  Alice Deal Library Pass .


Alice Deal 


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

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
Bus Information
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The D31 morning trip times were adjusted effective Monday December 5th, 2016. 
 
One trip will begin 10 minutes earlier, departing 16th Street & Eastern Avenue at  7:26 AM, to arrive at Deal approximately  8:15 AM.  The second trip will remain unchanged, departing 16th Street & Eastern Avenue at  7:36 AM.
 
Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheer:
Monday: Practice, 3:45 - 6:30 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:45 - 6:30 pm
 
Outdoor Track:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, meet in gallery
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gallery
 
Boys Soccer:
Tuesday, April 25 - Play off game vs Lincoln at Coolidge 3:30 pm. 
 
Girls Soccer: 
Tuesday, April 25 - Play off game vs Lincoln at Deal 3:30 pm  
 
Baseball:
Please check the athletic calendar for updates to soccer schedule.  

Softball
Practice:
Monday - Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Meet on the field or gym, depending on weather 
 
Winners Lacrosse:
Monday: Girls Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday: Boys Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday: Girls & Boys Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Student & Parent Information
  
New: National Administrative Professionals' Day Wednesday, April 26
National Administrative Professionals' Day, also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day, is observed on the Wednesday of the last full week in April of each year.  It is a day to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants,  receptionists and other administrative support professionals. Honor Deal's office staff by showing your gratitude for all the hard work they do for the entire Deal community. 
 
New : Robotics Team
Dr. Slocumb and the following Robotics Team members will be in Louisville, Kentucky from Saturday, April 22 - Wednesday April 26, 2017 at the VEX IQ World's Robotic Competition:
Nikolai   Beckel
Aiden     Cooper-Berthe
Caleb     Brandt
Fatima   Diop
Niles      Dunham
Andre    Jones
Natalie  Kidder
Diego     Pardes-Vincent
Ashton   Stewart
Good luck and congratulations to all of them!

New:  Interested on Working on Stage Crew for Hairspray Jr? 
We are looking for students to assist with running crew, costume crew, and ushers! You must be available for all rehearsals beginning on 4/29 and all performances!  Please meet in the auditorium on Tuesday for more information. Questions? Email Director Jill  Roos-JILL.ROOS@GMAIL.COM  

New: Nationals Night!
Join the Deal family for a night of baseball and fun at Nationals Park on Tuesday, March 23rd! Our Washington Nationals will be playing the Seattle Mariners - tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Request tickets for you and your Deal student(s) at  DCPS Night @ NATS Park before May 15th.

New:
STAMP World Language Testing
8th graders in world language classes will be taking 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.

New: DC College Signing Day 
DC College Signing Day will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 9:30am- 11:30 am in the Smith Center at The George Washington University. This year DCPS has opened up the celebration to middle school students! This is a celebratory event, and it will be inspiring for the students in attendance to witness the excitement and energy surrounding this important step in the college-going process. The 7th and 8th grade counselors are taking a small group of students to the event. If your student is interested in attending the event please email Ms. Monkou ( joy.monkou@dc.gov) or Ms. Humphrey ( Eunice.humphrey@dc.gov).  Please note, we have a very limited amount of tickets. Spaces will be available on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, we will have a few tickets available for parents who would like to attend the event with their student apart from the planned trip.

Sailing Club is Coming!
Ahoy, land-lubbers! No experience is necessary so bring a friend, a snack, and your sense of adventure as we enjoy some time on the water with DC Sail! The Deal Sailing Club will return for its spring season after spring break. Please check the next bulletin for a schedule of sailing days and link to sign-up. All new and returning students will need to turn in a permission slip to participate. See you soon!

ADMS Student News - Episode 3
Join 6th grade anchor Dante Chinni as he reports on two very special events at Deal - the Newseum Field Trip and 6th grade Spirit Week! Be sure to check out this latest episode at  bit.ly/ADMSnews3
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8th Grade Updates  
This is a busy time of year for 8th graders! Please check out the "8th Grade Corner" and "Community Project" sections of the bulletin (below) for important updates on promotion activities and ongoing 8th grade Community Projects.

Parent School Climate Survey
The National Institute of Justice and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are conducting a study of school climate. The purpose of the study is to assist schools in the implementation of programs to enhance and improve school culture and climate. We are asking members of the Deal community to participate in the process by completing an online survey.
 
Parents\Guardians, we would like you to use the link below to take the online survey. The questions will ask for your thoughts about student engagement, school environment, and school safety. Thank you! Take the Parent Survey Here

Middle School Writing Competition 
The 29th "Celebration of Youth" essay contest is open to all DCPS students in grades 4 to 9.  The theme this year is about a situation in the student's own life that the student wants to be different; the student is asked to select and take a small action on a consistent basis to make the situation better for him/her self. Essays are due by 6:00 pm on May 1st. Cash Awards will be given to 60+ students across the city. This opportunity is sponsored by Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence, a local nonprofit in Washington, DC.  Visit their website or download the attachment to get the complete set of guidelines for the contest. For questions, email Dorothea Brady at DorotheaBrady@globalharmonyexcellence.org.  

DCPS Summer Learning 2017
Summer Learning 2017 is open to all current Kindergarten through 8th grade students (rising 1st through 9th grade students) and takes place from June 26th - July 28th. Students at Deal will attend Brightwood EC for Summer Learning. Registration for Summer Learning is open online. More information, including summer course descriptions, can be found at this link and flyer. Information on all DCPS summer programs can be found at dcps.dc.gov/summer. 
 
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. To participate, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:

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

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

Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediator assists disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, there are two ways to refer the issue:
1. Any student or adult may fill out the blue Mediation Referral form found in Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center and in each of the grade level counselor offices.
2.  Students may also talk to a trusted adult who will refer the matter to one of the grade level counselors.
It is important to note that mediation referrals can be submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name on the form. 
 
Deal Gives Back
Deal Gives Back is our annual community service  day in which all Deal students and teachers serve our local community. Deal is looking for new activities and ideas for this year's sixth grade students. If you are a part of an organization or know of one that can use student volunteers, please contact Alana.Brown@dc.gov. Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
 
Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
Follow Us on Twitter! 
Be sure to follow @DealVikings on Twitter for a glimpse in to the daily life of Deal students and all the latest news. Don't forget to tag us when you mention your favorite Deal moments! 
       
 
   
6th Grade Corner
 
School House Rock Rehearsal Schedule
All rehearsals will take place in the multi-purpose room and start at 3:15 pm

4/24 - Music
Melting Pot soloists (Irene, Viola, Helena)
Elbow Room Soloists (Lina, Taylor, Julia, Liberty)
Conjunction Junction
Anderson Jennings,  Charlotte Harkrader, Clare Gao, Irene Macek, Lina Stensland, Margaret Patterson,  Sofia Gamboa, Sofia Londono del Rio

4/25 - Dance
Preamble Choreography
Entire Cast

4/26 - Dance
Noun Choreogrpahy
Finish Circulation
Entire Cast

4/27 - Dance
Three is a Magic Number Choreography
SOLOIST: Iris Koppenheffer
ENSEMBLE: Adam Callandrillo,  Ana Reynolds-Collette, Anderson Jennings, Avery McDonald, Chinechem Uyochukurn, Clare Gao, Corinne White, Erin Roby, Felix Nilsson,  Irene Macek, Iris Koppenheffer, Julia Black, Liberty Kessler,  Lina Stensland, Mason Meyer, Morgan McReady, Olivia  Eggen, Paige Rockwood, Rigby Zentner, Samara Auseon-Zogby,  Sofia Londono del Rio, Sydney Swesnik, Tess Belman, Viola Durfee 

4/28 - Music
Elbow Room
Sing thru show
Entire Cast

Random Acts of Kindness
Next week we will continue our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Initiative. As the weather warms, we would like to ask kids to pay attention to the kindness around them everyday. During the month of April, we are asking sixth grade students and teachers to give a shout-out to anyone who has done something randomly kind for them. The names of the students who receive the shout-out will appear on stars on the wall above their team's main locker location. Each sixth grade teacher will be given a stack of shout-out sheets for students or teachers to write briefly about their RAK encounter.

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

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

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

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

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

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


7th Grade Corner


Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

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

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

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

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

8th Grade Corner

   
 
 8th Grade Promotion Payments 
8th grade promotion letter we sent home with students this week.

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

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

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

8th Grade Team Texts
Sign up for team-specific texts for community project, field trips, and other information using Remind 101. Signing up is optional, but this is a good way for students and families to stay connected via text when your email inbox is overflowing!  
Community Project Updates
What happened this week?
This week, students reflected on their progress thus far and graded themselves on the Approaches to Learning: Communication, Social, Self-Management, Research, and Thinking. Students also learned what will be expected from their presentations and watched a sample presentation.


What's next? 
Students should implement their Community Project during the month of April and take notes in their Process Journal #4, which is available on Edline.

What's needed?  
If you haven't already discussed what activity your student will be completing, now's the time to ask! Students continue to need guidance for their projects, so please assist them with making phone calls to the organizations or people they would like to serve. 
 
Also, if you have resources that students may benefit from or connections to organizations that can use some help, please contact me at Alana.Brown@DC.gov. 

New: Wilson HS Course Selection
8th grade students completed the course selection form for Wilson High School. If your scholar has not completed the form or want to make changes, please email Mrs. Humphrey or Ms. Travers. Students have until  May 5th to complete the form and make any changes.

From Wilson: for upcoming rising 9th grade there will be a Parent Night, this will take place on  Tuesday May 2nd at 6:30pm in the Wilson auditorium.  

New: Wilson HS Registrations Hours
As with any school year, all 8th grade students who plan to attend Wilson HS should register their student at Wilson. Registration hours:
  • April 24th - 27th, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Friday, April 28th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Unless otherwise noted, all other weekday registration hours will be from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 
 
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

High School Open Houses and Interviews
High school visits and interviews are awesome opportunities 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!

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

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

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

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

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
Patrick.Rottman@dc.gov
Community Project 

With every 8th grade student completing a Community Project this year, there will be many requests for donations of supplies, toiletries, food, sporting goods, and various other items. Thank you for your support of our young community leaders as they find ways to improve the world around them! Here are some of the ways students hope to help others:
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Delanie and Francesca are looking for donations for their IB project. They are collecting ALL items for animals, especially cats and dogs at the DC Humane Societey (clothes, toys, food, treats, blankets, shampoo, etc). Donations should be brought to room C322 during the month of April. 
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My name is Spencer! My friends Caleb, Robert, and Lefa are working on the 8th grade community project. Our project topic is participating actively.  Our goal is to gather 100 shoes for donation to a foundation that provides things for people in need. My group and I need your help to reach this goal. We will be accepting donations in front of the Welcome Center from  April 3rd to April 25th.

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8th grade students Emily and Lily are partnering with Leveling the Playing Field to run a used sporting equipment collection drive at Deal. LPF relies on used/excess sports donations from local communities to engage underprivileged children in the DMV. Clean out your garages and clear the yard of used sporting equipment so that kids who are less fortunate are able to enjoy them! See the list of accepted equipment and drop off your equipment in the LPF bin in front of the Welcome Center.  The collection will run during the month of April 
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Simon and Abraham are looking for donations for their community project. These should all be toiletries, which include: soap, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, pads, tampons, etc. These donations are exclusive to team Kigali. Homeroom with the most donations will receive a donut party!
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Pictures of our students meeting with their Community Project supervisors!

This Week at Deal
 
Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, April 10th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. Dress for the
weather! In the event of poor weather, we will meet with Mr. Namian in room C217.
 
Wednesday: ADMUN Meetings
ADMUN Chairs will meet on Wednesday, April 26 in E205 at 8:10 am.  There is a General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, April 26 in E205 from 3:30-4:30 for all delegates.  We will talk about our remaining mini sims, choose countries, and receive background guides!  See you then!

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

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

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

Wilson Crew Plant Sale 
Spring is here, and that means it's time for the Wilson Crew plant sale! Purchase beautiful flowering plants and herbs while lending your support to the only public school rowing program in Washington, DC. 
Ordering on-line is easy! Go to  www.wilsoncrew.org and click the "plant sale" tab, then begin shopping. PLEASE NOTE: You must enter a Rower Coupon Code in order for a particular rower to get fundraising credit for your order. You may also click "any rower" to support the whole team.
Thank you for supporting Wilson Crew, and happy spring!!
 
Mental Health Awareness Day
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will host a Mental Health Awareness Day on April 8 from 2 pm- 5 pm at the Kingsbury Center 5000 14th Street NW Wash, DC 20011. Join together as we explore the impact of mental health on youth using dance, music, and other artistic forms of expression. Everyone's life is worth living! Please the attached flyers for move information.  Mental Health Awareness Day Flyer  Mental Health Impact Day Press Release

Summer Opportunity for Community Service and Leadership Growth
Spark the Wave is an organization that encourages young people to become leaders within their communities. Wave Week is a Service Leadership Institute for youth which takes place in the summer. Wave Week offers an intensive program of leadership development, community service, team building activities and fun. During this week, participants will plan their own community service projects and gain the leadership skills necessary to implement these projects. Both residential and commuter options are available at Georgetown University and at Villanova University. This summer program is open to students in grades 6-11. For more information or to register please visit www.sparkthewave.org/register. 

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