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: 

Happy Sunday evening! Regardless of the biting cold that visited us this weekend, it is clear by the fringes of the trees that Spring is just a few weeks away. We can contemplate in other media why the groundhog from Punxsutawney was less than truthful a couple of weeks ago, but I think we are done with the really cold stuff for this season. The flu attack also seems to have abated somewhat as well - so we are back to our normal full size.

Further on down this bulletin is a list of topics covered by some of our students in their National History Day (NHD) projects. I think it is an impressive list, made more so by the various ways in which the topics are presented. All of our 8th graders are required to participate in this project. Each year a different topic question is presented and students work with their 8th grade Individuals and Societies teachers to build a case for their particular take on the topic. One reason we do this project - and other all-grade activities like Science Fair and the Community Project - is that students need opportunities to challenge themselves in as many areas as we can provide. We want there to be an appropriately rigorous experience in all of their classes, but where we can build on that we should. NHD helps with that.

The classic comparison to a challenge towards which we can aim our students is that of sports. Coaches work with students who are interested in a particular sport, build a team out of the students, and then work towards high personal or team goals. The degree of support for sports in this society is really quite high; and successful individuals and teams are generally highly lauded. Giving students a chance to compete in academic areas is one way to increase attention to these equally valid goals. Students who compete in the NHD project can work their way up through local, regional, and national competitions. The same is true for Science Fair, spelling and geography bees, robotics and debate, among others. While competition and conquest are not the sole purpose of these academic pursuits, sometimes a student loves a topic or area so much that they should be given the chance to push themselves as far as they can go. This is as true for social studies as it is for softball. 

There is a new, very IB competition that I want to encourage families to take a look out that follows this logic. Ms. Alana Brown, our excellent IB Coordinator, brought the World Scholars Cup to my attention recently, and has started to recruit students in teams of three. To be held March 26th at the nearby British School, teams will work in four areas: debate, collaborative writing, knowledge, and group work. We have never participated in this before but it seems like a great opportunity for our students to flex their intellectual and teamwork muscles. Ms. Brown notes that topics will include science, technology, humanities, music, and literature and that no advance work is necessary. Check out the link identified in the IB box below. I wanted to make sure that our families know about this; it could be tremendously fun and challenging for our students.

One last item for our community. On Monday, I will submit to DCPS my proposed budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year (next school year). Please check out the budget information put online by DCPS last week to get a sense of where we are. I met with the LSAT a couple of weeks ago to lay out where I thought we would be when the budget was released; I met with an LSAT subcommittee on Friday with the actual proposal in hand. My three most for significant changes to the budget are as follows:
  1. Add 2 new grade-level teams to current structure, giving 6th and 7th grades a 5th team each. This reduces team/class size across 2/3rds of the school.
  2. Increase access to coaching for math/English teachers (support of LEAP). This reduces load on coaches/TLI to a more appropriate level.
  3. Adding Arabic as an available World Language subject. This should reduce class size in other World Language subjects that may be oversubscribed.
There are still significant issues that remain unresolved by this year's allocation, primarily around technology needs, but I will continue to work with DCPS on a resolution. I thank all who provided thoughts and guidance on the budget; if you have any comments over the next few weeks please feel free to forward them me. 

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. Please keep March 14 - Pi Day - clear on your calendar as we have a number of exciting math related activities (see below). This is a great chance to share your excitement about your child's academic work; I hope to see you there.
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)

Gala Appreciation  
Thank you to all those who who attended the ADCA Gala Auction Mardi Gras! We have a few post-gala announcements...
The ADCA would especially like to recognize the following volunteers who made the Gala such a successful, fun event:
  • Gala Chairs: Melissa Meierhoefer, Leoni Stephenson
  • Fundraising VPs: Lisa Wackler, Maan Sacdalan
  • Eva Anifantis (creative decorator genius)
  • Jeff Custer (emcee) and Jenny Murray (communications)
  • Adam Reisman (alcohol license)
  • Kirk Rankin (alcohol & beverage)
  • Laurie Ann Phillips (DC insiders)
  • Decorations: Angela Petras, Laura Martinez, Farleigh Earhart, Amy Suardi, Gretchen Cheney, Matt Paul, Ted Wackler, JP Ellison, Courtney Leatherman, Karen Harris, Candace Smyth, Mark Rasevi
  • Beverages: Nicholas Alten, Nick Weiner , Luc Bijeau,  Dan Rosenthal, Ken Johnson, Damian Saccocio, Elizabeth Rankin, Julie Slattery Brad Wiegmann, Brendan Canty, Ted Wackler, Laurie Ann Phillips , Theresa Wiegmann, Justine Reeves, Jeff Custer, Leslie Dembinski, Laura Hankins
  • Treasurers: Dan Rosenthal, Carolyn Arpin
  • Deal Staff: Kari Brant, teachers, custodial staff, and ADCA Executive Board.

Spring is Here! Mulch on Sale Now
Support Alice Deal through our mulch sale!
With the promise of warm days ahead, Alice Deal families are getting their gardens ready for spring-no matter when spring actually arrives! Alice Deal will have its first-ever mulch sale, which will run from now until April 15th.

Families can purchase mulch, top-soil, and soil conditioner. All orders include free delivery and there is no minimum order! 
Plus, you can add a bag or two (or more) to your order and designate it for Tenleytown Main Street, the folks who help keep Alice Deal's neighborhood looking sharp! 
Many thanks to Mark Rasevic and Rasevic Landscape Company for making this fundraiser possible.
Questions? E-mail:  
Product Choices for 2017 - Each $7
Click here for more complete information on the products.
  • Double-Shredded Hardwood Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Virginia Pine Bark & Fines Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Shredded Pine Bark Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Rappahannock (Mini Pine Nuggets) Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Silver Dollar (Large Pine Nuggets) Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Superfines (Pine Soil Conditioner), 40 lb. bag
  • Leafgro (Composted Leaf Soil Conditioner), 1.5 cu. ft. bag
  • Top Soil, 40 lb. bag

Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:
  • March 22nd: ADCA General Meeting
  • April 15th : Spring Mulch Sale Ends
  • May 5-6th : Hairspray Jr. - Deal Student Musical

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

Week of 
March 6, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

March 6
Math & ELA LEAP Seminar, 3:30 - 4:45 pm

March 7
Team Leaders (all)

March 8
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

March 9
Speech and Drama Competition
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm RM E200 
ALT, 3:30 pm

March 10
LSAT, 7:30 am
Deal Tour 9:00 am

March 11
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
EMOC/Saturday STARS 9 - noon
Spring Scrabble Tourney

March 13
DC STEM Fair Award Ceremony

March 14
Summer Math Meeting 5:30pm
Pi Day: Family Math Night 6:30 - 8:00pm

March 15
Deal Choirs Cabaret, 6:30 pm

March 16
Faculty Meeting

March 17
 EAP Event, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

March 20
8th Grade Spirit Week Begins

March  21
Principal's Coffee, 9 am 
6th Grade ELA Trip, Douala

March 22
6th Grade ELA Trip, Colombo
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

March 23
ALT, 3:30 pm
6th Grade ELA, Trip Marrakesh

March 24
Deal Tour, 9am
6th Grade ELA Trip, Nassau

March 25
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
EMOC/Saturday STARS, 9 am - noon

March 26
World Scholar's Cup

March 31
Records Day/ Term 3 Ends
No school for students

April 3
Math LEAP Seminar; 3:30 - 4:45
Term 4 Begins

April 4
Team Leaders (all)

April 6
Speech and Debate Tournament, 3:30 
Staff vs Students Basketball; 3:30 - 4:30

April 7
LSAT 7:30
Deal Tour 9am
Term 3 Marks due in Aspen

April 8
EMOC/Saturday STARS; 9 - 12

April 10
6th Grade Science Field Trip/Calleva Farm

April 11
6th Grade Science Field Trip/ Calleva Farm

April 12
6th Grade Science Field Trip/ Calleva Farm

April 13
WTU Meeting; 3:30 in E200
ALT 3:30

April 14
Term 3 Report Cards distributed
6th Grade Science Field Trip/Calleva Farm

April 17 - 21
No school for teachers and students
Spring Break 

April 25
Principal's Coffee - 9am
Team Leaders (Grade)
WTU - Reno Room

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
International Baccalaureate Updates

Thanks to all who showed up  Wednesday to meet with me for World Scholars' Cup. We will meet  this Monday immediately after school outside of room C227 until  4pm to discuss the different competitions. If your student is interested, please send them! 

The World Scholar's Cup celebrates interdisciplinary learning and offers students ages 11-14 the opportunity to flex their academic muscles. On  Sunday, March 26 a regional competition will take place at the British School of Washington. If you have a student who enjoys a good challenge, teamwork, and new experiences, this is a great opportunity for them. Students must form teams of three and compete in four categories: debate, collaborative writing, an individual knowledge test, and a group competition. Topics will range from the sciences, humanities, music, technology, and literature. There is no preparation needed... only willing minds and bodies! Please visit for more information. 
Deal Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, March 6th (Music)
3:15 - 4:15 "Good Morning Baltimore", Full company
4:30 - 5:15 "Welcome to the 60's", Tracy, Edna, Dynamites, Mr. Pinky, Mr. Pinky's Staff, Welcome to the 60's Ensemble
5:00 - 5:30 "Run and Tell That", Seaweed
5:15 - 6:00 Link

Tuesday, March 7th (Blocking)
3:15 - 3:40 Scene 5, Tracy, Corny, Seaweed, Little Inez, Amber, Link
3:40 - 4:15 Scene 6, Corny, Wilbur, Penny, Tracy, Velma, Amber, Link
4:15 - 5:00 Scene 7, Edna, Tracy, Mr. Pinky
5:00 - 5:30 Scene 8, Amber, Shelly, Gym Teacher, Amber, Link, Tracy, Penny, Seaweed, Little Inez

Wednesday, March 8th (Dance)
3:15 - 5:45 "Nicest Kids in Town", Corny, Amber, Link, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny Collins Dancers

Thursday, March 9th (Dance)
3:15 - 5:45 "Run and Tell That", Seaweed, Seaweed's Friends, Duane, Lorraine, Gilber, Penny, Link, Tracy, Little Inez

Friday, March 10th (Music)
3:15 - 3:45 "Good Morning Baltimore", Full company
3:45 - 4:20 "Welcome to the 60's", Tracy, Eda, Dynamites, Mr. Pinkey's Staff, Welcome to the 60's Ensemble
4:20 - 5:15 "It TakeTwo", Link, Tracy, It Takes Two Backup
5:15 - 6:00 Motormouth

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 - PASSED
February 3rd: All travel documents required submitted to trip sponsors - PASSED
March 30th: Final trip meeting @ 6:30 pm - all parents and students should attend

Trip Information
Costa Rica
Sponsor: Britney Cuffee
Trip number: 1846054aj

Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
Trip Number: 1817749ch

Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
Trip Number: 1866938jy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Deal 

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

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

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

Bus Operations
(202) 962-1825
As always, please send an email about bus problems or concerns to 

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

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

New: Alice Deal MS Cardboard Challenge
The third annual Alice Deal Middle School Cardboard Challenge kicks off Tuesday, February 28!  All students who are interested should meet in the Gallery at 3:30pm. The Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of creativity and how communities can play a role. Students are challenged to create and build out of cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination.  For more information, visit: Students will show off their creations and invite anyone and everyone to come out and play in collaboration with the Deal Family Math Night on Tuesday, March 14, from 6:30pm and 8:00pm. 
Saturday Programs
Both the 6th grade EMOC - MOY and the 7th & 8th grade EMOC - Rites of Passage Programs will take place on Saturday, March 11, from 9:00am until 12 noon. 

New: 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 
New: Ancient Civilization Field Trip
A huge thank you goes out to all of the parent and faculty who helped the seventh grade classes visit the Freer-Sackler and Natural History museums last week. Students interacted with the Cosmic Buddha, checked their knowledge on Hominids and mummies, and had a chance to become artists after examining Chinamania's Stupa exhibit. 
New: ADMUN Chair Meeting Update 
There will be no morning ADMUN chair meeting on March 8th. 
New: National History Day Competition
Calling all Deal parents and community members: Deal's 8th grade National History Day school-wide competition is coming! We need volunteer judges  Wednesday, March 8th from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you are interested and able, please email Ms. Trenkle at
New: DCIAA Tennis Clinic
Middle school tennis is not yet added to the DCIAA roster of sports, but, in effort to grow interest and prepare our student-athletes for high school tennis, middle school students are invited to participate in the 2017 DCIAA Tennis Clinic. The DCIAA Tennis Clinic will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. This clinic is a fun way to get your athlete ready for next year's high school season!

New: ADMS Student News, Episode 2!
Be sure to watch episode 2 of ADMS Student News courtesy of Dante Chinni and other Team Marrakesh news anchors! Feedback on the show or topic ideas for future episodes is always appreciated! Please email Mr. Martini ( with any feedback! Check out the latest episode at
New: Thank you from Girl Up
Thank you to all students and families who donated to Girl Up's February fundraiser: "Money for Munchkins"! As a school, we raised over $800 for girls' education around the globe. The proceeds will help pay annual education fees for refugee girls in Uganda. We raised enough funds to send 32 girls to school for a year! Team Douala won the 6th grade competition, bringing in over $300! Team Fez won in the 7th grade with over $130 and Team Kigali won in the 8th grade with $40! These homerooms can expect their donut parties soon!

New: March is Women's History Month!
Girl Up will highlight women who made contributions to our world every day in the morning announcements. Keep your ears open to learn more about how women have shaped the world!
New: Pi Day is Coming!
Students are invited to participate in the Pi Recitation Competition on March 14th at 2:30 in the Welcome Center. Please see Ms. Neal for more information.
New: Math Information Meeting 
We will host a meeting for 6th and 7th grade parents to provide options for math acceleration and support for next year at 6:00 pm on March 14th in the auditorium.
New: Family Math Night 
Deal's Family Math Night will take place on March 14th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  Your entire family is invited to join us in celebrating the joy and beauty of mathematics. 

New: Speech and Drama Competition 
Deal's 5th Annual Black History Speech and Drama Competition will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 9th in the Media Center. The first place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $75, and the 3rd place winner will receive $50. To participate, students must memorize and present a poem and a speech or monologue written by an African-American writer. Interested students are invited to meet with Ms. Neal and Ms. Redekopp in in the Media Center during homeroom on Tuesday.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. To participate, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:

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

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

Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediator assists disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, there are two ways to refer the issue:
1. Any student or adult may fill out the blue Mediation Referral form found in Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center and in each of the grade level counselor offices.
2.  Students may also talk to a trusted adult who will refer the matter to one of the grade level counselors.
It is important to note that mediation referrals can be submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name on the form. 
Deal Gives Back
Deal Gives Back is our annual community service  day in which all Deal students and teachers serve our local community. Deal is looking for new activities and ideas for this year's sixth grade students. If you are a part of an organization or know of one that can use student volunteers, please contact Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
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National History Day  
Advancing to School Wide
School Wide Competition 
March 8th, 2017
Congratulations to the following students who will move on to the NHD school-wide competition this week! The projects this year were truly impressive!

Group Performances
  • Sarah James, Maya McDaniel, Mathilda Nilsson: Nancy Wake
Individual Performances
  • Skyler Clay: Socrates
  • Aja Topps-Harjo: Harriet Tubman, the Underground RR, and the Fugitive Slave Laws
  • Margot James: Jane Addams
Research Papers
  • Ellie Selden: Victoria Woodhull
  • Anna Katzive: Edward R. Murrow
  • Liam Kennedy: A Race Against Racism
  • Noa Schleifer: Ellery Schempp
  • Alissa Simon: Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
  • Adam Burch: Organized Labor
  • Isabel Laguarda: Rachel Carson 
Individual Websites
  • Dominic Catherino: Japanese Internment Camps
  • Chiara Purificato: Gloria Steinem
  • Sofia Acajabon: Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Minnie Koppenheffer: Mennonites
  • Linnea Byrne-Kvalsvik: Margaret Sanger
  • Max Wix: Berlin Wall
  • Sam Alswang: 1968 Olympics
  • Nicholas Cassol-Pawson: Women's Suffrage
  • Minh Lee: Abraham Lincoln
  • Brook McKalip: How did Women Stand up during WWII - Exploring Women's Role at and on the Front Line
  • Peter Coviello: Holocaust Resistance in Denmark
  • Johann Queck-Oscariz: Protecting the Environment - Establishment of National Park Service
  • Allison Ha: Qiu Jin, The Forgotten Feminist - Taking a Stand in Chinese Women's History
  • Miranda Moody: Betty Friedan
Group Websites
  • Oliver Vanarnsdale, Caleb Shuster, Julien Kearns, Xavier Jackson: Galileo and the Catholic Church
  • Elena Fox-Bland, Shirah Lister, Zoe Purser, Alexandra Webber: Alice Paul
  • Spencer Shapiro and Jonas Tomkin: Jesse Owens
  • Stella Schwartzman, Georgia Rankin, Zoe Weiner: Carrie Chapman Catt
  • Kate Joos, Sabina Lordan, Shifra Waskow:  Betty Friedan
  • Willa Beckerman, Keely Ferrand: John Muir
  • Mia Pino, Mia Heward, Mackenzie Evans, Bryanna Portillo: Little Rock Nine
Individual Documentaries
  • Aya Reeves: Red River Gorge
  • Peter Milius: Upton Sinclair
  • Rebecca Anderson: Ignaz Semmelwesis
  • Isabelle Shook: Nada Bakos and the CIA
Group Documentaries
  • Noah Weitzner, Truett Canty, Jake Stohr:  Tommy Smith and John Carlos 1968 Olympics
  • Andy Burris and Nate Belman: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • Jack Wallis and Ethan Yeager: Standing up for the Jews in the Holocaust
  • Miriam Shron and Dani Showstack: Raoul Wallenberg
Individual Exhibits
  • Virginia Suardi: Italian Resistance
  • Skylar Blue: Mary Church Terrell
  • Eddy Galvan: Lincoln's Assassins
  • Maya Burton-Hall: Shirley Chisholm
  • Samuel Johnson: WWII In the Pacific
  • Kelsey Smith: Nellie Bly
  • Sydney Madera: Ida B. Wells
  • Tenlea Radack: Betty Friedan
  • Simon Blanco: Eva Peron
  • Charlotte Tompkins: Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Kai Dell-Bosak: John F. Kennedy's Race to the Moon
  • Chasity Rodriguez: Mendez vs. Westminster
  • Charlotte Goodnow: Japanese Americans take a stand against racial discrimination
  • Owen McKearn: Harry Truman and the Korean War
Group Exhibits
  • Wyatt McCray and Rebecca Meroney:  Cubism
  • Elodie O'Keefe and Sayre Rooney: Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Anna Arnsberger, Emma Harris, Liana Johnson: Lucy Stone
  • Maddie Conway, Zara Kovner, Eilythia Penati: Inez Milholland
  • Matthew O'Toole, Keith Archer, Drake Lewis, Riley Marsh: Nelson Mandela
  • Mara Jaffe, Sydney Keating, Nikki Keating, Sydney Crouch:  Reproductive Rights
  • Ginger Holmes and Alexa White: Margaret Sanger
  • James Kessler and Mattia Segri: Race to Equality
  • Hannah Darnell and Mimi Wolfire: Raoul Wallenberg
  • Sam Shapiro and Jonah Weiner: Sandy Koufax
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! 
6th Grade Corner

6th Grade Field Trip 
All 6th graders will be going on a field trip to the Newseum this month. Details and permission slips coming soon!

Tuesday, March 21 - Douala
Wednesday , March 22 - Colombo
Thursday, March 23 - Marrakesh
Friday, March 24 - Nassau

Saturday STARS
The 6th grade  Saturday STARS Program will take place on Saturday, March 11, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.

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

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

Ms. Chambliss - Dean of Students

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade Corner

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

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students

Ms. Monkou - Counselor

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner

New: 8th Grade Spirit Week! 
To celebrate their success so far and build excitement for all the fun and learning coming this spring, the 8th grade team will hold a spirit week from March 20st - 24th! Teams will compete in competitions and participation with the winning team earning an ice cream party!

Monday: Team T-Shirt Count and Door Decorating 
Tuesday: Canned Food Drive 
Wednesday: Backwards "Wacky Tacky" Day 
Thursday: Team Basketball Competition 
Friday: Talent Show and Final Results

Teams will earn points for their participation each day so make sure to join the fun and start talking smack to your friends!

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 is the Community Project?
As an International Baccalaureate MYP school, all 8th graders are required to research, plan, implement, and present on a community project of their choosing. The Community Project can be completed individually or in a group and is a wonderful opportunity for our oldest students to serve others and grow as leaders. While much of the work will happen at Deal, some key pieces must be completed at home. Check back here each week for updates!  

What's next? 
  • This Thursday, students will begin creating their Action Plan for their project. Be sure to ask your students how they plan to implement their Community Project!
High School Applications 
Eighth grade students applying to high schools will likely need transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and admin at Deal. Here are a few tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for students and staff:

Requesting a Transcript 
Many applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. Humphrey ( in writing at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. If your student applies to

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
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Ms. Travers - Counselor

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
This Week at Deal
Monday: The After School Basketball Club
Regrettably, the After School Outdoor Basketball Club will not meet this week. The club will resume on Monday, March 13th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage.
Monday: Today, Tomorrow, and Monday Club
The  Today, Tomorrow, and Monday Club will meet this week at 3:30 in W206. Students who wish to attend will discuss current events in the areas of women's issues and equal rights.
Tuesday: Debate
Debate practice  will be held after school on Tuesdays for the rest of the school year in room W206. During our weekly time together, students will work on research, write affirmative and negative cases, and practice debates in preparation for the remaining Deal tournaments.
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet on Wednesday, March 8th to begin country research and position paper writing for our mini sim on the Situation in Somalia on March 29th. Students who didn't get a background guide or country at our last meeting can get one at our meeting on March 8th. 

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

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

Monday - Friday: Practice, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
DCIAA Cheer Competition, Saturday March 11th @ UDC 11:00 am 

Girls Soccer
Monday @ 4:30: Oyster-Adams vs. Deal at Deal
Wednesday @ 4:30: Deal vs. Lincoln at Randall Field

Outdoor Track
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gym
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gym
Outdoor track registration is now closed. Students who did not submit paperwork or email the team address before the February 24th deadline are not eligible to participate this season. A number of children showed up for practice this week but did not previously registered. Unfortunately, these students can not be added to the roster.  
Boys Soccer
See athletic calendar for practice/game schedule
Monday - 6:45 - 8:00 am,  Squad "B"
  No afternoon

Tuesday - 6:45 - 8:00 am,  Squad "C"
  Scrimmage, 3:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday - 6:45 - 8:00 am, Squad "A"
  No afternoon
Thursday 6:45 - 8:00 am, Squad "A"
   Scrimmage, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Friday - 6:45 - 8:00 am,  Squad "B"
   No afternoon
Tuesday: Match, 4:00 pm, Bolling JBAB
Softball Practice Schedule
Practice Monday - 
Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45 pm in the gym or field (depending on weather) 

If you are unable to attend practice please see Coach Spann. 

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

Community Information
(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.
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

DC Youth Orchestra Program Spring Registration is Open!!
DCYOP offers beginner through advanced group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 ½ to 18.  Nearly 500 students participate in group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and performances each semester at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill.  Every student has the opportunity to perform in at least one concert every semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public. To learn more about DCYOP programs and register for the spring semester, please visit
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