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: 

As we start the 3rd advisory, we have a run of three weeks in which our students will be in class for all five days of the week! We are excited because, even though the previous advisories interruptions were all for good causes, they challenged teachers to maintain consistency in instruction. All of us frankly do better when there is a good healthy run of school.

Keep in mind that the new advisory will have changed schedules for our students - the shift in semester means that art and music students will switch into PE and vice versa. For these classes, students will take a bit of time to work through their new syllabi and classroom procedures but will up and running in no time. We will work to make sure that the transition is smooth.

Report cards will be mailed home this time (after the next weekend) so that we can include updated information on ELA and (we hope) math performance on interim assessments. We have decided to add these data to this regular report so that families can keep up with student performance. 

There are a number of exciting school events coming up in the next couple of weeks. We have our school-wide spelling bee on Wednesday and another Model United Nations competition. Our second weekend of our Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) initiatives come up this Saturday. Our 8th grade students start their field trip to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum next week. And on February 3rd, we welcome hundreds of Chinese language students to Deal to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

One wonderful activity to highlight is the upcoming 8th grade field trip to see Hidden Figures. Two weekends ago, our Artward Bound program sent dozens of children to see the movie at the Avalon. The 8th grade team has decided that this movie, in which the contribution of African-American female scientists to the American space program are highlighted (revealed?), would be great for their students to see. While there is a cost associated with the movie, we would love for every eighth grader to see this movie.

Saturday will be our last Open House of the year. This Open House runs from 10am until noon. As it is on a Saturday, it is more focused on looking at the school and talking to departmental representatives. We hope that prospective families are able to come and take advantage of this opportunity!

I will host a Principal's Coffee this Tuesday at 9am. If you want to just catch up, have a general question or two, or just want to get some coffee, come by!

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB. The proposed DCPS calendar for the 2017-18 School year has been posted at this site: https://dcps.dc.gov/node/1212186. If you have any thoughts on the proposed calendar, the school system is soliciting those comments until February 5. Many of the elements of the calendar look similar to our current school year (November has only one week of five days) but other elements are changes (Winter Break is shorter, for example). Please lend your voice to the process of selecting a school calendar!

Update from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
 
Happy 2-day school week to everyone!

Next ADCA Meeting
Please remember that the new date for the next ADCA meeting is Wednesday,  February 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  We have an exciting and interesting speaker scheduled -- Alan Katzman, the CEO of  Social Assurity. Social Assurity  offers courses for students on how to shape their online social media profiles believing "if social media is a tool for life, why not teach students to use it wisely?"   Social Assurity was recently mentioned in this New York Times article on enhancing public profiles with a goal to enhance college admissions strategies.
 
Deal Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 25th at 6:30 pm  

 
On behalf of the Alice Deal Community Association, we invite you to attend the 2017 Alice Deal Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 25th from 6:30 - 10:30 pm at Alice Deal Middle School. Ticket prices will be $35 in advance and $50 at the door.  Click here  for tickets and more information.
 
Last year, as a result of your efforts, we raised over $50,000 from the auction and we hope to do even better this year! Your contribution will go towards providing unprecedented support to our educators through technology enhancements, more books for the library, student teambuilding trips, international travel, teaching materials, essential professional development, and much more.
 
What we need from you: We ask for your support in collecting and contributing items to be auctioned throughout the evening. Our auction donation categories are as follows:
 

*                Dining

*                Vacations

*                Parent Parties and Gatherings

*                Kid/ Teen Activities

*                Health & Beauty

*                DC Insider Experiences

 

Items can be dropped off, along with the donation form  (see second page), at the front desk of the school. A committee member will pick up the donation item and email you an acknowledgment. You may also email the form to us at dealgala2017@gmail.com .   Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and support!
 
Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:

*                February 1st: ADCA General Meeting 6:30-8:00 p.m. (NEW DATE)

*                February 25th: Annual Deal Auction Fundraiser Gala

 

As always, please contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Thanks, 
The ADCA Board

Week of 
January 23, 2017
 Bell Schedule
 
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

January 24
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
WTU Meeting

January 25
School Wide Spelling Bee

January 26
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

January 27
Term 2 Marks due

January 28
Open House, 10 am - 12 pm
Saturday STARS, 9 am - noon

January 30
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip

January 31
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip 

February 1
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip
ADCA meeting, 6:30 pm (NEW)

February 2
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip
NTD Meeting, 3:30
8th Grade Community Project Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm
World Language Trip Meeting, 6:30 pm

February 3
LSAT Meeting, 7:30 am
Chinese New Year! Xinian, 1 -3 pm
Community Project Parent Coffee,
9:30 am

February 8
ADMS Science Fair

February 9
8th Grade Hidden Figures Trip, 10:00 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30
Speech and Debate Tournament, 3:30 pm

February 10
Deal Visit, 9 am
8th Grade Hidden Figures Trip, 10:00 am

February 11
Saturday STARS, 9 am - noon
Robotics Championships, 8 am - 4 pm

February 13
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 14
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 15
Deal Musical Auditions, Dance

February 16
Deal Musical Auditions, Call Backs
7th Grade Fieldtrip, Gala Hispanic Theatre
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

February 17
No school for students
PD Day for Staff

February 18
ADCA Meeting, 3:30 pm

February 20
Presidents Day
No School for Staff and Students

February 21
Team Leaders (grade level)
NAEP Testing 

February 23
ALT, 3:30

February 24
Term 3 Midpoint
Progress Reports Distributed
Deal Tour 9 am

February 25
Saturday Academy, 9 am - noon
Saturday STARS, 9 am - noon
Deal Gala, 6:30 - 10:30 pm

February 28
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm

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 2nd: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm
February 3rd: All travel documents required submitted to trip sponsors
March 30th: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm  

Trip Information
Costa Rica
Sponsor: Britney Cuffee
dealspanishclass@gmail.com
Trip number: 1846054aj

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

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

Guatemala
(This service trip is only available to Spanish Humanities students)
Sponsor: Nataly Diaz
nataly.diaz@dc.gov
Trip Site

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

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

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

Please direct enrollment questions to the trip leader for your student; direct scholarship questions to Mr. Rottman or Mr. Albright.
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Want to learn more about previous year's trips and get a taste for what you can expect from this year's trips? Check out our travel blogs!
Media Center  News

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

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


Alice Deal 


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

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

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

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

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

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

New: Edline - Semester Change
All third-advisory/second-semester classes are now active on Edline. Classes for the second advisory/first semester will remain active this week while teachers work on record keeping. Progress reports will be updated as follows:

Monday (1/23) - 2nd advisory update
Thursday (1/26) - 2nd advisory update & 3rd advisory posting (first post; no course average posted)
Monday (1/30) - 2nd advisory final & 3rd advisory posting (still no course average posted)
After Monday, January 30th we will continue with updates to 3rd advisory following regular twice weekly schedule. Course averages for third advisory will appear on the February 6th reports.
 
New: Congratulations
Congratulations to Max Gersch, Peter Coviello, and Noah Weitzner for their participation in the Garfield Model UN conference on Saturday, January 14th in Woodbridge. All three did an outstanding job in the crisis committee!!!

New: 8th Grade Field Trip
The 8th grade will see Hidden Figures at the Avalon Theater on February 9th and 10th. Please see the "8th Grade Corner" (below) for additional details.
 
New: We the People Mock Hearings
8th grade students who are participating in the We the People Mock Hearings:  The school level competition will be on Tuesday, January 24th during class. Please dress to impress and make sure that you have reviewed your prepared statement (you may add/delete anything) and that you practice with your group before presenting on Tuesday. Each student in the group should have their own full copy of the essay to read from.
The winners of each unit from the school level competition on January 24th will advance to the citywide competition and represent Deal in February. Those advancing will be announced on January 25th.
 
New: 8th Grade Costa Rica Trip
The first email for the 8th Grade WL trip to Costa Rica has been sent. If you did NOT received the email and your child is enrolled on or registered for the trip, please contact Srta. Cuffee ASAP at dealspanishclass@gmail.com to get placed on the email list.

Banana Splits
Banana Splits is a voluntary school-based program that meets on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30pm, and is for students who have experienced parental divorce or separation. Parental split is a major life change, 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, however, students should not feel forced to attend. Students are permitted to drop-in as needed.Please email Ms. Alphonse at arielle.alphonse@dc.gov for additional information.

New: Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediator assists disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, there are two ways to refer the issue:
1. Any student or adult may fill out the blue Mediation Referral form found in Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center and in each of the grade level counselor offices.
2.  Students may also talk to a trusted adult who will refer the matter to one of the grade level counselors.
It is important to note that mediation referrals can be submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name on the form. 

Deal Gives Back
Deal Gives Back is our annual community service  day in which all Deal students and teachers serve our local community. Deal is looking for new activities and ideas for this year's sixth grade students. If you are a part of an organization or know of one that can use student volunteers, please contact Alana.Brown@dc.gov. Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
 
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. Students must be in the 7th or 8th Grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:
  • Maintain A's or B's in all classes through the 3rd Advisory
  • Complete 10 hours of community service
If you have any questions about NJHS Eligibility, please reach out to Mark LaLonde (mark.lalonde@dc.gov) or Eunice Humphrey (eunice.humphrey@dc.gov).
 
Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
Follow Us on Twitter! 
Be sure to follow @DealVikings on Twitter for a glimpse in to the daily life of Deal students and all the latest news. Don't forget to tag us when you mention your favorite Deal moments! 

6th Grade Corner
 


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

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

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

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

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


7th Grade Corner

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

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

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

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

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

8th Grade Corner
 


Hidden Figures Movie Field Trip
The science and math department planned a field trip to see the film about three brilliant African American women at NASA.  All 8 th grade teams will see the film.  Details are below:
  • Teams Johannesburg and Oslo will see the film Thursday, February 9th
  • Teams Kigali and Accra will see the film Friday, February 10th
  • The cost is $8.00 exact cash or checks (payable to Alice Deal Middle School) due by Wednesday, January 25th
  • Return permission clip and cash to the team 8th grade science teacher
  • Permission slips distribution will be Monday, January 23rd
  • A digital copy of the permission slip will be available on the science teacher's Edline page
  • This is a walking field trip to Avalon Theater at 5612 Connecticut Ave NW - please make sure your student is dressed appropriately
  • Parent chaperones are needed please contact, Ms. Hampton at darcy.hamton@dc.gov
Community Project Updates
What Happened?
The community project journey for all eighth grade students has begun! On Thursday, January 12, students met during our activity period to learn how the project will be managed over the next few months. Students may work individually, in pairs, or in groups of three. Student Group forms are due on  Monday, January 30 to your student's English teacher. 

What's Next?
In the coming weeks, students will be moved into community project groups so they can learn with students who have like interests. Students will view projects from other students around the world and from Deal. Parent information sessions will be hosted on  Thursday, February 2 at 6pmand on  Friday, February 3 at 9:30am.

What's Needed? 
Students need 1" binders to use as process journals. Students may bring art supplies for  Thursday, January 26 for decorating their process journals.

8th Grade NAEP ASSESSMENT
8th Grade students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 2nd. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. Please see the attached letter  and parent website for more information.  

Common Application
The Common Application for specialized DCPS High Schools opened on December 12th. The deadline for the application is February 1st.  The Common Application is used to apply to all DCPS Selective High Schools. These schools are Benjamin Banneker, School Without Walls, McKinley Technology, Phelps ACE, Columbia Heights Education Campus, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

High School Applications 
Eighth grade students applying to high schools will likely need transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, and admin at Deal. Here are a few tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for students and staff:

Requesting a Transcript 
Many applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. Humphrey ( Eunice.Humphrey@dc.gov) in writing at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline. If your student applies to
 
Requesting Recommendations
Who - Start by thinking about the best teachers to attest to your strengths and positive attributes. Some schools require specific subject teachers to write the recommendation; be aware of this before you ask.

Prepare - Gather all recommendation forms and fill out all pertinent information. Prepare an addressed and stamped envelope for each requested recommendation for. All recommendations will be placed in the mail by the individual teacher or by your counselor.

Ask - Ask the individual if they would be willing to write your recommendation. Tell them when it needs to be completed and mailed in. It is also a good practice to send a follow-up email to the teacher thanking them for taking the time to do this for you. This email will help you keep track of who is submitting recommendations for you and also help with follow-up.

Grow - Use the experience of asking for a letter of recommendation to help you grow your communication skills.  This will come in handy when advocating for yourself in high school. 

8th Grade Spanish Humanities Families
This year, students in Spanish Humanities have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala during spring break (April 15 - 21st) for a full Spanish immersion service experience. This is a new trip and will only be available to Spanish Humanities students. For more details click here.  

Duke Ellington Presentation
Students interested in Duke Ellington can sign up with the 8th grade  school counselors for a presentation on  Wednesday 1/18 . See counselors
for more information.
 
High School Open House Dates
High school visits are an awesome opportunity to learn about your options for next year and an excused absence for 8th grade students. Take advantage of these open houses to find your p erfect match!

Mckinley Tech 
Wednesday, January 25th at 6:00 pm
Register here:  http://bit.ly/TechOpenHouse

Phelps ACE High School
Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 am - noon

Ron Brown High School
Tuesday, January 24 from 8:30 - 11:15 am
Thursday, January 26 from 8:30 - 11:15 am
Tuesday, January 31 from 8:30 - 11:15 am

National Collegiate Prep
Wednesday, January 25 from 5:00-6:30 pm 
Location - P.R. Harris Campus located at 4600 Livingston Road SE, Washington DC, 20032. 

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

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

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

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

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
Patrick.Rottman@dc.gov
This Week at Deal

Monday: The After School Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet Monday, January 23rd at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. Dress for cold weather! In the event of poor weather we will  meet with Mr. Namian in Room C217.

Tuesday: Comic Book club
The 6th Grade Comic Book Club  with Mr. Siddiqui will meet on Tuesday, January 24th from 3:30 - 4:15 pm. We will talk about anything related to the world of comics and students are encouraged to bring in their own comics!

T uesday: Team Marrakesh Morroccan Cooking! 
Team Marrakesh will host a Moroccan cooking session on Tuesday, January 24th after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the faculty room. Space is limited so the first 15 students to turn the signed form in to Mr. Martini will be invited to participate!

Wednesday: Child Soldiers Min Sim 
The Child Soldiers Mini Sim will run this week on January 25th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in the Reno Multi Purpose Room. Please plan to stay the full time and come prepared with your position paper (the background guide is on our Edline page). Remember, these mini sims are great practice for upcoming conferences and/or to improve skills.  Students who are interested should bring $3 for pizza that will be ordered for the end of the mini sim. A reminder to BUAMUN attendees: make sure you turned in your forms and final payment.  A separate communication will go home via Edline.


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

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

Track:
Monday: Team Meeting,  3:30, 3rd Floor

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

Swimming:
Tuesday: Meet, 5 - 8 pm, Wilson Aquatic Center
Thursday: Practice, 4 - 5 pm, Wilson Aquatic Center  

Girls 6th Basketball:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 -5:00 pm
Tuesday: Game vs. Cardozo @ Cardozo, 4:45 pm
Wednesday: No Practice
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Friday: No Practice
Saturday: Game vs. Lincoln @ Johnson, 12:45  

Boys 6th Basketball:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Game vs. Cardozo @ Cardozo, 6:00 pm
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday: No Practice
Friday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Game vs. Lincoln @ Johnson, 2:00 pm

Girls 7/8th Basketball: 
Monday: Team meeting: 3:30 - 4:30, Room RG14
Tuesday: Game vs. Hardy @ Hardy, 4:45 pm
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Friday: No Practice
Saturday: Game vs. Brookland (location TBA), 11:30 am

Boys 7/8th Basketball:
Monday: Studyhall/practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: Game vs. Hardy @ Hardy, 6:00 pm
Wednesday: Studyhall/practice, 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday: Basketball game vs. Francis @ Francis, 4:45 pm
Friday: No Practice
Saturday: Game vs. Brookland (location, TBA), 12:45 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
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
Namian
All are welcome to participate in Mr. Namian's Outdoor After School Basketball Club. Girls, boys, players grades 6-8, novices/experts. If you like the greatest game ever invented, then this is the club for you! After an hour of supervised pickup, each session culminates with Mr. Namian's famous wild half court shootout for Gatorades.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Cottage
The Poetry Cafe
Kwabenah
Students will read, write, discuss, critique and perform poetry forms from a variety of genres.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C-222
Science Fair Help
Rhoads
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG02
Noted
McKeithen
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
M
3:30 - 5:00
CG21
Peer Mediation
White
Students in all grades learning how to help their peers resolve conflict in a peaceful way. Club members will mediate disputes that have been referred by staff and students throughout the school year.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C117
Shoelogy101
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C224
Student Council
Wickersham/Haller
Governing student body at ADMS
M
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Kirschenbaum
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
M
3:30 - 4:30
N103
Tennis
Smith
Tennis club is a casual weekly gathering for those interested in the sport. A typical day involves 15-20 minutes of drills to improve skill, followed by 20-30 minutes of friendly competition. Depending on the amount of interest, the club may split into 2 groups based on skill level. The club typically breaks during the winter. Tennis shoes are required, a racket is recommended, and I will provide tennis balls.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W201
Culture Club
Donaldson
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
N116
Civilization V - Brave New World
Magee
We will battle each other in the strategy game of culture, diplomacy, scientific innovation, and domination.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E300
Speech and Debate
Martis
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
M
3:30 - 4:30
W106
ELL Homework Club
Hasan/Delgado/Thomas
Homework Assistance, guidance
M
3:30 - 4:30
CG06
Girl Up
Scott
Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Boccardi
Come join Mr. Boccardi and play Apples. Apples to Apples is a fun games that requires you to make whacky comparison based on your opponents personality and character.
M
3:30 - 4:30
C302
Brainteaser Club
Brown
Come stretch your brain with logic puzzles, optical illusions, and visual workouts. This club will be a break from homework, but will still make you think!
M
3:30 - 4:20
C217
Yoga club
Quinn
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
M
3:30 - 4:15
R116
Philosophy
Otterstatter
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
M
3:30 - 4:30
E304
Banana Splits
Alphonse
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
M
3:30 - 4:30
C103
The Stock Market Game
Jang
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
M
3:30 - 4:30
TBD
Cheerleading
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
M
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
Chess Club
Car'Mon
Students will learn to play chess.
M
3:30 - 4:30
RG10
Peer Mediation
White
Submitted previously
M
3:30 - 4:30
C310
International Cinema
Brown
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
M
3:30 - 4:30
N112
Scrabble Club
Fatis 
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
M
3:30-
4:30
Cafe
Student Librarians
Redekopp
If you love organizing and helping your classmates, consider becoming a student librarian! Choose a day to come after school to help with shelving, organizing, and assisting your fellow students.
M
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in the media center.
T
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Ultimate Frisbee
Kouri/ Martini
The Ultimate Frisbee club is open to all levels of experience. Players will practice offensive and defensive strategies, learn different throwing techniques, and embody the spirit of the game through sportsmanship.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W104
Sailing Club
Rottman /Law/ Philip
This seasonal club is a great chance for students to go sailing in DC! Sign ups are in the bulletin, students can come as much or as little as they like, and no experience is necessary.
T
3:00 - 7:00
TBD
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
T
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Quiambao
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W105
Photo Club
Snider
Learn about photographers, how to take awesome digital photos and participate in photo contests.
T
3:30 - 4:30
R111
Fencing
Martis
Students will learn the basics of Epee Fencing
T
3:30 - 4:30
R103
Power Walking Club
DeAngelis
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
T
3:30 - 4:00
C203
Pause devoirs
Mbayu
French homework help.
T
3:30 - 4:00
C308
Scrabble Club
Gentile
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
T
3:30 - 4:30
E103
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
Martini
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
T
6th Gr Lunch
W104
Young Philosophers
Stroud
Students will learn about several major political philosophies and how they are reflected in the comings and goings of life.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W206
Book Club
Chambliss
Students will read and discuss various literary genres.
T
3:30 - 4:30
W100
Inspiration Choir
Shipmon
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
T
3:30 - 4:30
CG04
Creative Writing
Silberman
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
T
3:30 - 4:30
C104
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
W
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Cooking Club
(new)
Henderson/Wooten
Practice cooking, work with recipes
W
3:30 - 4:30
C315
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Concert Band
Van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
W
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Yearbook
Hyatt
Students will work throughout the year to produce the 2016-2017 ADMS Yearbook! Students will take photos, organize layouts and write descriptions for the yearbook!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E201
Reading Support Club
Fraser
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
R104
Model UN
Trenkle
Students will discuss global current events, work on Model UN Skills, and participate in MUN Conferences. This club is for 7th and 8th grade students, or 6th grade students with experience.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E205
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
Ngwa
DCIAA Spring soccer league
W
3:30 - 5:00
Field
Girl Talk
Fullington/ Humphrey
Girl Talk will be designed to provide educational and recreational experiences through positive social interactions, peer mentoring, and teamwork and life skills development.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E105
Sports Rap
Burt
In Sports Rap, students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan!
W
3:30 - 4:30
W103
Coloring Club
Gentile
Do you love to color? Adult coloring is growing in popularity. According to CNN, coloring "has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," Whether you want to reduce stress or just enjoy coloring, come join coloring club!
W
3:30 - 4:30
E103
Math HW Club
Lewis - Samuels
The Math HW Club is designed to assist 6th grade math students to complete their math homework in a setting with a math specialist. Students will work at their pace to develop skills and confidence to improve their math performance.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C213
Robotics Club
Slocumb-Bradford
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
W
3:30 - 4:30
E206
Girl Talk
Monkou
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
W
3:30 - 4:30
C310
Girls on the Run
Sarnoff
A fun running club for girls, no experience necessary.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Gym
Hamilton Club
Gould Perrott
Fans of Hamilton no longer need to wait for it. Look around, look around, how lucky you are to have found the best new club at Deal where we will listen, read, and discuss our favorite found father, Alexander Hamilton, and the Tony Award wining smash-hit Hamilton. Don't throw away your shot to join. The room where it happens is W306.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W306
Book Club
Belser
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
W
3:30 - 4:15
W207
Scratch Programming
Lerum
We are a student-led learning community focused on learning and applying scratch computer programing.
W
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Science Olympiad
Schuettpelz
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
W
3:30 - 4:15
W200
Student Librarians
Redekopp
Working in media center.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Cheerleading
Baxter/Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
Th
3:30 - 5:30
Gym
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Schick
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
Th
3:30 - 5:00
C212
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
Th
3:30 - 4:30
CG20
Concert Choir
McKeithen
Classical Music Choir
F
7:45 - 8:30
Auditorium
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
F
7:45 - 8:00
CG20
Guitar Club
Neal
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C114
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Schick
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
F
3:30 - 5:00
C212
East Asia Studies
Diaz
If you love Asian culture and would like to learn more this is the club for you. We watch Korean or Japanese films and we discuss their culture.
F
3:30 - 4:30
R113
Spanish theatre club
Henderson/ Wooten
We will read, write, watch, and of course ACT Spanish language theatre!
F
3:30 - 4:30
C315
Videogames
Perrin
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
F
3:30 - 4:30
W205
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
Downing
Athletics
TBD
3:30 - 5:30
Gym/Field
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Newman
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
TBD
3:15 - 4:15
R102
Passport to History
Daniels
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
TBD
3:30 - 5:00
W305
Photography
Reddy
In this club, students will understand the key principles of digital photography and the post production techniques. We will also be taking a lot of photographs.
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E301
Yearbook
Hensley
Yearbook
TBD
3:30 - 4:30
E204/6
 

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

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

DCIAA Middle School Lacrosse Clinic 
The DCIAA is pleased to announce our first Middle School Lacrosse Clinic at Dunbar High School on February 4th, 2017.  The DCIAA will be partnering with two amazing organizations in Winners Lacrosse and CityLax to ensure an great experience for our student athletes.
This clinic will be the first of many with the hopes of launching our first DCIAA pilot Middle School Lacrosse season in the 2017-18 School Year.  The clinic is open to both your male and female student athletes. The clinic is of course free to your student athletes and equipment, food, transportation, and t-shirts will all be provided.  Please make sure one adult from your building attends the clinic with your students.
Details:
Where: Dubnar High School
When: February 4th
Time: 9AM-11AM girls clinic and 12PM-2PM Boys Clinic
Registration:
Please register in the link below by Monday January 23rd, 2017  so we can plan for the event accordingly.
 Register Here

Parenting Children With ADHD Workshop Series Returns
After a sold-out fall session, the "CALM & CONNECTED: Parenting Children With ADHD©" series returnsFebruary 16. "Calm & Connected" is a 7-week interactive, in-person workshop series for parents struggling with all the challenges that ADHD brings. Learn to help your family thrive, and connect with parents facing similar challenges. 

Through the Calm & Connected sessions*, parents will gain insight and tools for ... 
 
:: Understanding ADHD/Executive Function
:: Remaining Calm & Connected 
:: Improving Communication
:: Encouraging Collaboration
:: Achieving Clarity & Consistency
:: Enforcing Consequences
:: Making Better Choices 

Participants can choose from morning OR evening sessions on Thursdays, Feb. 16-March 30 in downtown Bethesda (Metro accessible and free parking). 

For details and to register (at EARLY REGISTRATION RATES  through January 25), go to  http://www.positivefocuscoach.com/parent-workshops. Space is limited. 


Youth Sailing with DC Sail
DC Sail offers youth racing programs in the spring and fall for high school and middle school students from the DC area. Students do not need prior sailing experience to participate as learning is part of the fun! Scholarships are available for families with a demonstrated need.
Click here for more information and to sign up for the spring season.

Kids Elite Sports Summer Camp
It's that time again to be thinking about camp even though the weather is freezing!  Kids Elite Sports Summer Camp is a multi-style camp that takes place at Wilson High School.  The camp was created by Wilson Track Coach, Desmond Dunham, who is a warm, friendly, thoughtful educator who gets kids and knows how to engage and motivate them. A total of 8, 1 week sessions are offered starting June 19th and ending August 11th.  More information can be found at  www.kidselitesports.org

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  www.dcyop.org.

DEAL JUNIOR SQUASH 2016-17
COACH: CONNIE BARNES
Chevy Chase Athletic Club 5454 Wisconsin Ave Chevy Chase
Deal Squash Team requires 6 more participants for winter. Did you know that Wilson HS has a terrific Squash team and that they play in the HS squash league? DEAL also plays in the Middle school league against schools including Pyle, Westland, Wakefield and others. No experience required but being athletic with good hand eye coordination is helpful. Scholarships available.
 
The program will emphasize squash techniques and strategies, fitness, and sportsmanship.
 
Contact - Coach Barnes: (301) 807-9905  conniesquash@gmail.com