Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  

 

The Weekly Bulletin 

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

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

History is the ability to look back upon events well after they have transpired and seek to understand them. The enormity of the crimes that were the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States make them, to this day, still difficult to comprehend. We are still living in the events that flow out from that day, confounding our ability to make "historical" the moments when the ground shifted. Like all of you, I remember where I was - it was my first week teaching and I was teaching government. I recall pulling the focus back on whatever the lesson was for that day - we didn't have TVs or the Internet in class so I couldn't really follow up on the little I had heard. I did know, however, that how we responded to the emergency and danger would define us as a people - and my little corner of civics had a place in that definition.

One instinct for today is to say that 9-11 marks the division between fear and militarism and some mystical better "before" - but that would inaccurate. If anything, many have learned that war has almost always been waged in some corner of the world; it just felt different when it was brought to our shore. But your children - the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that fill Deal - have unique experiences that have shaped them unlike other, recent generations. All of our students were born in a post-9-11 environment, so what as adults we might see as aberrations to a general American way, they see as their normal. Increased scrutiny, militarization of police forces, overt xenophobia, airport searches, the Patriot Act - these are the life that they know now. And just like Y2K (remember that one?), it is very hard to prove whether the level of security and fear is justified or not. 

As educators, we work to walk the fine line between building a community based on love and support and one where we band together for protection against enemies. Teachers are an optimistic group - they feel empowered to help students discover the world and learn to chart their course through it. But teachers also know that they have a critical job - helping students make sense of the times we live in. Science teaches inquiry, world languages teaches cultural connection, English teaches analytical communication, math teaches thinking and logic, the arts and music teach the beauty in personal expression, and physical education teaches perseverance and teamwork. And history? History teaches that sometimes the answers to the questions that surround us right now can be found by looking at how we got to this place. There is a trope that says we learn history so that we aren't doomed to repeat it; I think we learn history so that we can learn to survive and grow. 

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This week there were some wonderful events at Deal that served to help connect all of us. On Friday, there were grandparents in the house - many, many grandparents! The 6th grade celebrated Grandparents Day by inviting their respected elders to join them in class - to watch discussions, to read with them, and to see what goes on in the life of the average (my grandchild is NOT average!) 6th grader. There were over 100 grandparents here at Deal - and it provided an amazing dose of perspective. This was followed on Saturday by the 8th grade Barbeque - a scorching afternoon of hot dogs, hamburgers, knockerball, moon bounces, and music. It was wonderful to see the 8th graders having fun, talk to their very patient parents, and enjoy the presence of 8th grade teachers who wanted to hang out with their charges.  Don't forget that this coming Saturday is the 7th grade Family Fun Day from 12 until 2pm. 


Take care,

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB - Sometime in the next couple of weeks, Deal will send home individual student results from the 2015-16 PARCC scores. These will be mailed to your homes - please keep an eye out for them!

NB2! - DC ONE cards are on their way - but they are taking extra long to process them (after we take photographs, the files are sent downtown to make the actual cards). As soon as the card comes in, we notify students. Bus drivers are told to allow students to access buses without DC ONE cards - they have a special button for that - so if your child encounters a bus driver who does not do this, please contact WMATA at (202) 962-1825 and give them that information. Once the cards are in, students/families will need to register them online for their proper function.
Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA)
  
Deal parents,
 
We hope you enjoyed the weekend and your students are happily attending their first after-school clubs that started last week!v Thank you to the parents who have already contributed to the ADCA. Those who contributed by last Friday were entered into a drawing for a new iPad.  The iPad winner will be announced at Movie Night on Sept 23 rd !  Stay tuned....
 
And, if you haven't yet made your donation this year, please contribute here.
 
The PE uniforms are on the way and will be distributed by the PE teachers as soon as they arrive. Thanks so much for getting your orders in for these!
 
Finally, just a reminder that the ADCA general meeting is on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 pm. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Gabriel of the Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Gabriel will discuss things you may want to know about your adolescent's development and behavior over the next few years and some ways to continue to foster a positive household.

We Need Volunteers!
 
Thank you to all who already generously volunteered online! We still have several
critical slots available - especially for our annual Gala!
The ADCA has worked hard to break out individual jobs for each big event so that no one
is overwhelmed. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to any
ADCA board member.  Thank you!   Sign up to volunteer here.  
 
Deal is on Facebook!
 
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Important Dates
 
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:
  • September 20: Back to School Night at 6:30 pm
  • September 23: Movie Night at 6:30 pm
  • September 28: General ADCA Meeting at 6:30 pm, Guest speaker Dr. Mary Gabriel, Children's National Medical Center
  • October 29 & 30: Politics & Prose Book Fair
  • November 17: International Night at 6:30 pm
  • December 3 - 4 and 10 - 11: Holiday Greens Sale
Thank you!
The ADCA Board
Week of 
September 12, 2016
 Bell Schedule
 
 
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I   
Thursday - Bell I 
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

September 12
Start of ADCA Donations Week 

September 15
Start of Hispanic Heritage Month
Faculty Meeting, 3:30pm

September 17
7th grade Family Fun Day, 12 - 2pm

September 20
Back-to-School Night, 6:30

September 21
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

September 22
ALT 3:30 pm

September 23
Term 1 Midpoint
Movie Night, 6:30 pm

September 24
Saturday Academy, 9 - 12pm

September 26
Hemlock - 6th grade

September 27
Hemlock - 6th grade

September 28
Hemlock - 6th grade
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

September 29
Hemlock - 6th grade
Author visit: James Conti, 6:30 pm

September 30
No school for students
Staff professional development

October 1
6th Grade October Festival, 11 am - 2 pm

October 4
Team Leaders, (all)

October 6
NTD, 3:30 pm
7th Grade Parent Night, 6:30 pm

October 10
Columbus Day
No school for students and staff

October 12
Hearst Buddy Day

October 13
6th Grade Spanish Field Trip, 
Gala Hispanic Theatre

October 14
Student Picture Day

October 15
Saturday Academy, 9 - 12pm

October 18
Team Leaders (Grade Level)

October 19
Murch Buddy Day

October 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

October 21
8th Grade, Williamsburg Field Trip

October 22
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

October 25
Mix-It-Up Lunch Day
WTU meeting

October 26
Eaton Buddy Day

October 27
ALT, 3:30 pm

October 28
End of Term, 
Students dismissed at 12:15 pm

October 29
Politics and Prose Fundraiser

October 30
Politics and Prose Fundraiser

October 31
Term 2 begins

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.

Interest Meeting
Join us Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm in the Deal auditorium for our only trip meeting before the December sign-up deadline.

Sign Up Now!
Costa Rica
Sponsor: Britney Cuffee
dealspanishclass@gmail.com
Trip number: 1846054aj

France
Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
frederick.mbayu@dc.gov

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

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

Each unit prepared by Deal teachers has what is known as a Global Context - a connection to one of six different themes. This week we look at "Identities and Relationships" as a Global Context. 

The past two weeks , we've looked looked at orientation in space and time and personal cultural expression. Next week sixth grade PE students will begin exploring 
identities and relationships through the Turn Up and Turn Out Unit which is about anti-bullying and responsible use of cell phone and social media.

Identities and relationships  explores beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, and social health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures. In Turn Up and Turn Out students will explore how communication can affect our relationships and the way we see ourselves as a community. This unit will reinforce anti-bullying techniques and support our goal for an inclusive, supported learning community.

  
Media Center  News

Library closed after school on Thursday, September 15th
 (faculty meeting)

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

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


Alice Deal 


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

Don't see what you've lost? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers. You can also stop by the lost-and- found in the cafeteria as not all items may be pictured.
Bus Information
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Here is a link to the bus route schedule.

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

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

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

Students must submit a note from their parents to be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • Death in the family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious holiday
  • Court summons
  • School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Office at alicedealattendance@gmail.com
or by calling (202) 939-2010.
Student & Parent Information
 
New: Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
New: Student Council Elections 
Student council elections are approaching! All homerooms will elect their representatives to the Alice Deal Student Council this week. Students will also elect the school-wide officers of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The student council looks forward to another year of making Alice Deal a great place for students!
 
New: Wilson Feeder Education Network 
With Deal's Back-to-School night shifted to September 20th, the Wilson Feeder Education Network is moving their next meeting to Monday, September 26th at 7:00 pm at the Tenleytown-Friendship Library. Agenda to be determined. Please RSVP to w3ednet@gmail.com if you plan to join.
 
New: Author Visit
James Ponti, the author of Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery, will visit Deal on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 pm. Here's more information on this n ovel set at Alice Deal:

Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery
  (Aladdin, $17.99) -  
When most kids learn the ropes at a new school in a new city, the FBI is not particularly interested in how they do it. Florian Bates is different: when his family relocates to Washington, DC, Florian uses his signature Theory of All Small Things (T.O.A.S.T.) to acclimate himself to his neighborhood and to Alice Deal Middle School. He quickly makes friends with Margaret, whom he teaches how to observe all the tiny details that together make up a much larger picture. They put T.O.A.S.T. into practice at the National Gallery, where they unwittingly observe what could be the key to solving a major art heist. Enter FBI Special Agent Marcus Rivers, who's never had a secret weapon quite like Florian before. Ages 9-13.
 
New: Banana Splits 
Banana Splits is a voluntary, school-based program for students who have experienced parental divorce or separation. Parental split can be a major life change for students and Banana Splits give students a safe place to discuss challenges and develop resiliency. Students can be referred to the group by a parent, staff member, or brought in by a peer. The group will meet on Mondays at 3:30 pm in room C103. Parental consent will be gathered.
 
If you have any questions, contact the School Psychologists: 
Arielle.Alphonse@dc.gov (6th grade & 8th grade Teams Kigali and Jo'burg) 
Latashia.Scott@dc.gov  (7th grade & 8th grade Teams Accra and Oslo). 

New: Poetry Café
Do you love poetry? Interested students should report to Room C222 for more information on the exciting poetry related activities that are scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year. We will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! 
 
New: String Ensemble
There will be a String Ensemble this year! A rehearsal schedule and start date will be announced shortly.

New: Sailing Club 
Ahoy! The Deal Sailing Club is about to leave the docks! This seasonal club takes students from Deal to the Southwest waterfront via metro to sail with DC Sail, our community sailing partner. Whether you are a "salty dog" or you've never been on a boat, this is a fun way to explore sailing with a fun group of new friends. Sailing dates will be finalized soon so look for a sign-up in next week's bulletin!  
 
Team Emails
Team emails are the best way to contact your student's teachers in one convenient place!

6th Grade:
teamdouala@gmail.com
dealcolombo@gmail.com
dealnassau@gmail.com
dealmarrakesh@gmail.com

7th Grade:
teamluxor7@gmail.com
teamsantiagodeal@gmail.com
dealkingston7@gmail.com
dealfez@gmail.com

8th Grade:
oslodeal16@gmail.com
kigalideal16@gmail.com
accradeal16@gmail.com 
johannesburgdeal16@gmail.com
 
Robotics Club 
The Robotics Club will start meeting on  Wednesday, September 28th at 3:30 pm in room E206!
 
Deal Lost & Found
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, on the field, and in the Gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, simply pick it up from the Lost & Found at the top of the East Gallery stairs near the Nurse's Office.
 
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these items 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 on the website? Most classrooms have individual lost-and-found areas. Consider checking in with your teachers.You can also stop by the lost-and-found to double check, as not all items may be pictured.

1st Semester PE Students
All students taking PE are required to wear a PE uniform. All PE uniform order forms should be returned to PE teachers with cash or check (made to "ADCA") by Wednesday August 31st.
 
Peer Mediation Program
The Peer Mediation Program of Alice Deal Middle School is seeking students of all grade levels and experiences that want to help their peers resolve conflicts in a peaceful way. Mediators will meet on Mondays after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm beginning September 12th. Please see Ms. White, the 6th grade counselor, for more information. 
 
Deal Library Open!
The Deal Library will be be open after school Mondays through Thursdays until 4:30 pm. Occasional changes to this schedule will be posted in this bulletin. Students who plan to use the library after school should have a permission form on file for this school year (http://alicedeallmc.weebly.com/library-passes.html). We can't wait to see you! 
 
Learn to Row
There is a lot we share with Wilson High School - and one of the most fun activities is crew. Deal 8th graders participate on the Wilson crew
team.   Learn to Row is a free 2-week program offered by Wilson Crew to any eligible DCPS student in grades 8 through 12 interested in learning more about rowing crew. No experience necessary! Rowers will learn rowing safety, boat handling and the basics of the rowing stroke, while being introduced to the rigor and teamwork that characterizes Wilson Crew. All rowers who successfully complete the Learn to Row program are invited to join the Wilson Crew Novice team. Check this out for more information.
6th Grade Corner
 




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
 
 
 
 
7th Grade Family Fun Day
Please join us at Deal on Saturday, September 17th from noon - 2:00 pm for the 7th grade family fun day. This will be a fun way to meet 7th grade staff and families before the year gets too busy. Deal will provide entertainment, good company, food and drinks. Pot-luck contributions are always appreciated. Hope to see you there!

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
 


Thank You!
Thank you to the students, families, and staff who made this weekend's 8th grade BBQ such a huge success. Despite the heat, everyone left smiling and full of good food and memories. We look forward to great year with this wonderful group of young adults!

DPCS Study Abroad Student Showcase
On September 13th from  4:30 - 6:30 pm at Roosevelt HS, the Global Education team will host a DCPS Study Abroad Student Showcase for alumni of the program and prospective student travelers. Student alumni will show off their post-travel Making Global Local projects and tell about their travels. Current 8th and 11th grade students and any educators interested in attending to gather information about global learning opportunities should email study.abroad@dc.gov to RSVP. Volunteers are needed from  3:30-6:30 p.m. to greet attendees, manage registration, and assist students in locating the appropriate place to set up their projects. If interested in volunteering, please contact  Kayla Gatalica.

World Language Trip Meeting
The world language trips over spring break are a big deal on the 8th grade! Learn more about these educational adventures at our interest meeting on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm in the Deal auditorium. This is our only meeting before the registration deadline so we hope you can make it!

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

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

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

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

This Week at Deal...

Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, September 12th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. If it rains, we will meet with Mr. Namian in C217.
 
Monday: Shoeology 101
Calling all sneakerheads! Join Mr. G and Ms. Kim every Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in C224 to discuss the latest shoe trends and begin to customize your own pair!
 
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will begin on Monday, September 12th in Ms. Huber's room, E307, at 3:30 pm. Girl Up is a UN Foundation sponsored club that raises funds and awareness for girls' education globally. We discuss current events as they relate to girls' education, health, and well being across the world, raise money throughout the school year, and attend events in the city. All grade levels welcome! The first meeting will be a meet and greet session and we will set goals for the coming school year. 
 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Concert Choir
Concert Choir is starting up! Rehearsals take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:45 - 8:30 am. Rehearsals for Concert Choir will begin Wednesday, September 14th. If you are interested in joining, please go fill out the appropriate link:
 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Noted
Noted, Deal's vocal jazz/pop group, is back and gearing up for a great year. Auditions will happen  Monday (9/12), Tuesday (9/13), and Wednesday (9/14) from 3:30 - 4:00 pm. Audition materials and sign up sheets are located in front of Mr. McKeithen's door (room CG21) or you can use the following link to access the audition materials:
 
Tuesday: Ultimate Frisbee Practice
The Viking Ultimate Frisbee team will have its first practice this Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We will meet in room W104 after school. Players must  submit their club sports consent form to Ms. Kouri or Mr. Martini before being able to attend practice.

Tuesday: GeoPlunge!    
GeoPlunge is back for 6th and 7th grade! This Tuesday 6th grade GeoPlunge will practice in room W104 (Mr. Martini) during 3rd period recess after being called by Ms. Neal on the microphone. 7th grade GeoPlunge is also welcome to begin practice during 4th period recess in W104 - just talk to Mr. Martini to write a GRIT pass in your agenda!
 
Tuesday & Wednesday: Girls on the Run
The Girls on the Run Heart and Sole Program is a program from Girls on the Run for girls in 6th - 8th grade. As a team, we'll run, laugh, and connect! Join us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:45 pm starting this week. Our 5k race will take place Sunday, December 4th and your coaches are Ms. Alam, Ms. Buchanan, Ms. Hoyson, and Ms. Sarnoff. Register at www.gotrdc.org and contact Ms. Buchanan (elizabeth.buchanan@dc.gov) with any questions.
 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: Concert Band
Concert Band rehearsals take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:45 - 8:30 am. We will begin rehearsal on Tuesday, September 13th. If you have not already, please sign up at the following link: 
Please contact Ms. van der  Horst at sara.vanderhorst@dc.gov with questions.

Tuesday & Thursday: Jazz Band
Jazz Band rehearsals take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:15 pm. Auditions will be held after school on Tuesday (9/13) and Thursday (9/15). Students should see Ms. van der Horst in room CG20 to sign up for a time and get audition materials. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, September 20th. If you have not already, please sign up at the following link:
Please contact Ms. van der Horst 
at sara.vanderhorst@dc.gov with question.
 
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in E205.
 
Wednesday: Science Olympiad
The Science Olympiad Club is meets every Wednesday in room W200. If you are interested in joining we would love to have you! Science Olympiad is a club that prepares students to compete in MD state competition. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Schuettpelz at  jan.schuettpelz@dc.gov

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

Please complete the necessary forms online: 
Emergency Treatment & Consent Form at  rankonesports.

A copy of the student's current sports physical (Universal Health Certificate) must be turned into Coach Downing before students will be allowed to practice. Stop by the Welcome Center if for paper forms or more information.

Cheerleading
Cheerleading practice every Monday and Thursday 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  
Please complete the necessary forms at  rankonesports.

Cross Country 
Cross Country: Practice days will be  Tuesday and Thursday. On practice days, we will meet in room RG10 at  3:30pm
 
Football
This is the final week for football tryouts. Tryouts take place at 3:30 pm on the field. Please register for football using www.rankonesport.com and bring your current physical to Coach Downing.

Volleyball
Practices will take place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

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
African Drumming
Assael
Music is a deep and rich aspect of the diverse cultures of Africa. In a partnership with the IB mentality, Deal Middle School will have many activities that relate to the discovery of new and exciting cultures. To add to these activities, Mr. Assael will host the African Drumming Club. It will focus on the musical traditions of West Africa and its rich culture of drumming. The first interest meet will be on September 12. Come check it out! And as we say in Ghana, AKWABA!
M
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
Namian
All are welcome to participate in Mr. Namian's Outdoor After School Basketball Club. Girls, boys, players grades 6-8, novices/experts. If you like the greatest game ever invented, then this is the club for you! After an hour of supervised pickup, each session culminates with Mr. Namian's famous wild half court shootout for Gatorades.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Cottage
The Poetry Cafe
Kwabenah
Students will read, write, discuss, critique and perform poetry forms from a variety of genres.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C-222
Science Fair Help
Rhoads
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG02
Noted
McKeithen
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
M
3:30 - 5:00
CG21
Peer Mediation
White
Students in all grades learning how to help their peers resolve conflict in a peaceful way. Club members will mediate disputes that have been referred by staff and students throughout the school year.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C117
Shoelogy101
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C224
Student Council
Wickersham/Haller
Governing student body at ADMS
M
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Kirschenbaum
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
M
3:30 - 4:30
N103
Tennis
Smith
Tennis club is a casual weekly gathering for those interested in the sport. A typical day involves 15-20 minutes of drills to improve skill, followed by 20-30 minutes of friendly competition. Depending on the amount of interest, the club may split into 2 groups based on skill level. The club typically breaks during the winter. Tennis shoes are required, a racket is recommended, and I will provide tennis balls.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W201
Culture Club
Donaldson
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
N116
Civilization V - Brave New World
Magee
We will battle each other in the strategy game of culture, diplomacy, scientific innovation, and domination.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E300
Speech and Debate
Martis
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W106
ELL Homework Club
Hasan/Delgado/Thomas
Homework Assistance, guidance
M
3:30 - 4:30
CG06
Girl Up
Scott
Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Boccardi
Come join Mr. Boccardi and play Apples. Apples to Apples is a fun games that requires you to make whacky comparison based on your opponents personality and character.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C302
Brainteaser Club
Brown
Come stretch your brain with logic puzzles, optical illusions, and visual workouts. This club will be a break from homework, but will still make you think!
M
3:30 - 4:20
C217
Yoga club
Quinn
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
M
3:30 - 4:15
R116
Philosophy
Otterstatter
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E304
Banana Splits
Alphonse
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
M
3:30 - 4:30
C103
The Stock Market Game
Jang
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
M
3:30 - 4:30
TBD
Cheerleading
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
M
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
Chess Club
Car'Mon
Students will learn to play chess.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG10
Peer Mediation
White
Submitted previously
M
3:30 - 4:30
C310
International Cinema
Brown
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
M
3:30 - 4:30
N112
Student Librarians
Redekopp
If you love organizing and helping your classmates, consider becoming a student librarian! Choose a day to come after school to help with shelving, organizing, and assisting your fellow students.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in the media center.
T
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Ultimate Frisbee
Kouri/ Martini
The Ultimate Frisbee club is open to all levels of experience. Players will practice offensive and defensive strategies, learn different throwing techniques, and embody the spirit of the game through sportsmanship.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W104
Sailing Club
Rottman /Law/ Philip
This seasonal club is a great chance for students to go sailing in DC! Sign ups are in the bulletin, students can come as much or as little as they like, and no experience is necessary.
T
3:00 - 7:00
TBD
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
T
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Quiambao
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W105
Photo Club
Snider
Learn about photographers, how to take awesome digital photos and participate in photo contests.
T
3:30 - 4:30
R111
Fencing
Martis
Students will learn the basics of Epee Fencing
T
3:30 - 4:30
R103
Power Walking Club
DeAngelis
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
T
3:30 - 4:00
C203
Pause devoirs
Mbayu
French homework help.
T
3:30 - 4:00
C308
Scrabble Club
Gentile
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
T
3:30 - 4:30
E103
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
Martini
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
T
6th Gr Lunch
W104
Young Philosophers
Stroud
Students will learn about several major political philosophies and how they are reflected in the comings and goings of life.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W206
Book Club
Chambliss
Students will read and discuss various literary genres.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W100
Inspiration Choir
Shipmon
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG04
Creative Writing
Silberman
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
T
3:30 - 4:30
C104
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
W
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
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
Ngwa
DCIAA Spring soccer league
W
3:30 - 5:00
Field
Girl Talk
Fullington/ Humphrey
Girl Talk will be designed to provide educational and recreational experiences through positive social interactions, peer mentoring, and teamwork and life skills development.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E105
Sports Rap
Burt
In Sports Rap, students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan!
W
3:30 - 4:30
W103
Coloring Club
Gentile
Do you love to color? Adult coloring is growing in popularity. According to CNN, coloring "has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," Whether you want to reduce stress or just enjoy coloring, come join coloring club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E103
Math HW Club
Lewis - Samuels
The Math HW Club is designed to assist 6th grade math students to complete their math homework in a setting with a math specialist. Students will work at their pace to develop skills and confidence to improve their math performance.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C213
Robotics Club
Slocumb-Bradford
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E206
Girl Talk
Monkou
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C310
Girls on the Run
Sarnoff
A fun running club for girls, no experience necessary.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Gym
Hamilton Club
Gould Perrott
Fans of Hamilton no longer need to wait for it. Look around, look around, how lucky you are to have found the best new club at Deal where we will listen, read, and discuss our favorite found father, Alexander Hamilton, and the Tony Award wining smash-hit Hamilton. Don't throw away your shot to join. The room where it happens is W306.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W306
Book Club
Belser
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W207
Scratch Programming
Lerum
We are a student-led learning community focused on learning and applying scratch computer programing.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Science Olympiad
Schuettpelz
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
W
3:30 - 4:15
W200
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Cheerleading
Baxter/Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
Th
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Schick
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
Th
3:30 - 5:00
C212
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
F
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
F
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Schick
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
F
3:30 - 5:00
C212
East Asia Studies
Diaz
If you love Asian culture and would like to learn more this is the club for you. We watch Korean or Japanese films and we discuss their culture.
F
3:30 - 4:30
R113
Spanish theatre club
Henderson/ Wooten
We will read, write, watch, and of course ACT Spanish language theatre!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C315
Videogames
Perrin
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
F
3:30 - 4:30
W205
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
Downing
Athletics
TBD
3:30 - 5:30
Gym/Field
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Newman
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
TBD
3:15 - 4:15
R102
Passport to History
Daniels
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
TBD
3:30 - 5:00
W305
Photography
Reddy
In this club, students will understand the key principles of digital photography and the post production techniques. We will also be taking a lot of photographs.
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E301
Yearbook
Hensley
Yearbook
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E204/6
 

Community Information
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Winner Lacrosse Fall Ball Program
Winners Lacrosse fall ball program is offered for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The program is also 100% free of cost! Students just need a mouthpiece like they would use in football, basketball, etc. Please see the attached  flyer for details. 

Host Families Sought for 5 Teens Hoping to Be Exchange Students in DC
American Field Service (AFS)-DC Chapter is seeking families for 5 teens who would love to come to DC as exchange students. The teens are from Thailand (a girl), and Germany, Brazil, Austria and Japan (all boys). You provide a bed to sleep in (they can share a room with a sibling) and food. The student pays for their cell phone, school supplies, and activities. The student introduces you to their culture and you have a lot of fun and laughter together. If you would like learn more about serving as a welcome family (8-10 weeks) or a host family (semester or year), please contact AFS Staff Person Amanda Dennen at adennen@afsusa.org

The Vital Connection Parenting Class
Part theory, part group coaching, The Vital Connection is a parenting class meant for anyone who seeks to understand their children better.

This 8 week class will help you create a deeper connections, stronger boundaries, and more ease in your parent-child relationship.

No trends. No shortcuts.

There are only a few spots left!

For more information and to apply, click here.

Registration for Fall Flag Football is here! 

Flag Star Football -- held on Sundays this Fall -- is filling its final roster spots for the year. The league is Sundays-only (no midweek practices!), super organized and has two goals  -- Get Better. Have Fun. 
This is for boys  and  girls. K-9th Grade. No experience needed -- just a little positive energy and a whole lotta hustle! It's a high-energy, low-pressure way to run around and ball on the weekends.  Scholarships and financial aid are readily available. And Carl Ehrlich -- the league founder -- is never more than a phone call or e-mail away. Carl@flagstarfootball.com  or 202-468-1516 with any questions."