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: 

This has been a great week for our students, with much more to come! On Tuesday, their parents turned out in intense numbers for Back-to-School Night. I appreciate how tough a Tuesday night session is for our teachers (and for parents as well) and was happy at the many positive reports I received. On Wednesday I met with the leadership of our ADCA; there is much to be said about their work this year (and I will say more soon) but I want to commend them for tackling this busy year with gusto - and Lori Jackson in particular as she wasn't even planning to BE president! On Thursday, Deal's football team had its first game (volleyball has just started and cross-country had a meet yesterday) so we know sports are fully underway. And on Friday, we had Movie Night - with the largest attendance ever. To top the week off, we had a great 6th grade Peace Day celebration (check out the Twitter feed). So much going on.

This week, the action continues unabated. Our 6th Grade heads off to the Hemlock Ropes Course, (with a substantial contribution from the ADCA), our first interim reports come home, and Falls starts with a rush! Our ADCA has the first big general meeting of the year with a speaker who will talk about the challenges of middle schoolers. One of the most intriguing events in the month is the visit of James Ponti - the author of a number of young adult books - who has set his latest series in the hallowed halls of Deal. Yes, his protagonist is a 7th grade student at Deal who also serves as a detective. Ponti will be at school at 6:30 to talk about the book - and will visit earlier in the day to meet with students. On Friday, teachers take the day to work on collaboration and professional development so there will be no school at Deal (for the students). And on Saturday, our 6th Grade October-fest will take over the school in a day that is always crowd-pleasing. Check out the details on each of these events below and plan accordingly!

We recently had a teacher decide to leave with no notice. Mid-year departures are without a doubt among the worst things that can happen to students or a school. In this case, it appears there was an unresolvable emergency situation and we were left to pick up the pieces. It is exceedingly difficult to plot a positive course through such a departure, but I do want to share some of the work that takes place so that you can have some insight into the challenge. The immediate response is to have a substitute take the class. For anything longer than a day, a substitute needs to be the right type of substitute (they can teach) and be given lesson plans for the curriculum. In the current case, a teacher agreed to add a part of the departing teacher's workload to her own - she is providing some lessons. A second teacher agreed to become the teacher of record for two of the five classes. Within hours DCPS had provided me with four active resumes; within a day or two interviews were set up. Of course, it is impossible to have a current teacher just step in and take over the class; I don't have anyone in the building not working to their capacity. In spite of this, for the coming week, I have decided to assign four staff members additional course instruction to help us through this critical time. As of this coming Monday - 6 days after the teacher's departure - all interviews will be concluded and an offer will be extended. Once an offer is made and accepted, there are still a number of days required to bring that person on board to the school - all the DCPS clearances must be made. In addition,, coursework that has been given out must be graded and results uploaded into Edline. No substitute can do this work; it has to be one of our experienced staff members. The Deal teacher community knows how important it is to maintain student work and engagement in these difficult weeks and always - always - steps up and steps in. For this we are very grateful. Because I am loathe to promise what we can't be sure of - the exact start date for someone new or a seamless transition - communication with families is always a bit tentative. I appreciate the patience everyone has shown in this case and hope that this insight into our process shows that we pull out all the stops to resolve these interruptions as soon as possible.

Finally, thoughtful parents pointed out that our 8th grade Williamsburg field trip in late October conflicted with a Wilson Open House - the only one of the year. After some conversation, Wilson HS agreed to schedule a second Open House on November 18th. This was a great compromise, and I thank Principal Martin and her team for this flexibility.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright ( james.albright@dc.gov)

NB. This weekend's opening of our country's newest museum - the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) - means so much to this city and its people. In so many ways this has the feeling of being Washington, DC's museum - a hard-won victory to represent American history with a fullness and richness it deserves. And it is of this city: some of our friends and neighbors contributed to the museum, are the subject of exhibits, helped make the museum, or are celebrated in this museum. I hope all of us get to visit soon and I am sure that, once things settle down, field trips to the museum will be planned! Just imagine how powerful this will be for our students. 

Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA)
  
This week we have our General Meeting and Donations Week at Deal!  We hope many of you are able to make it out to the Wednesday meeting, and if you haven't already, please contribute to the ADCA.  Contact Lori at ADCAPresident@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.
 
ADCA General Meeting this Wednesday, September 28th
Please don't forget our ADCA general meeting is coming up on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. It will be in the Reno Building Multipurpose Room, and we will provide pizza and beverages. We will meet to discuss general ADCA business, the budget and events for 2016-2017, and we will have a report from Principal Albright. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Gabriel of the Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Gabriel will talk about how to survive your middle schooler, behavioral and parenting strategies to help them thrive.
 
This Week is Donations Week for the ADCA!
Donations week launches Monday, September 26th! Thank you to all who have already donated - we are close to our goal! If you have not contributed your family's donation yet, please consider doing so next week. We have exciting prizes for your family to win and for the class Team with the most participation next week! Donate here next week. 
 
There is still plenty to sign up for on Signup Genius!
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
 
Important Dates  
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events: 
  • September 28th: General ADCA Meeting at 6:30 pm, Guest speaker Dr. Mary Gabriel, Children's National Medical Center
  • October 29th & 30th: Politics & Prose Book Fair
  • November 17th: International Night at 6:30 pm
  • December 3th - 4th and 10th - 11th: Holiday Greens Sale
Thanks,
The ADCA Board
Week of 
September 26, 2016
 Bell Schedule
 
 
Monday - Bell I 
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I   
Thursday - Bell I 
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

September 26
Team Nassau to Hemlock

September 27
Team Marrakesh to Hemlock

September 28
Team Colombo to Hemlock
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

September 29
Team Douala to Hemlock
Author visit: James Ponti, 6:30 pm

September 30
No school for students
Staff professional development

October 1
6th Grade October-fest (BBQ), 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 11
Girl Up Screening, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

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

October 14
Student Picture Day

October 15
Saturday Academy, 9 - 12pm

October 18
Principal's Coffee, 9:00 am
Team Leaders (Grade Level)
Murch Buddy Day

October 19
High School Night, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

October 20
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

October 21
Deal Tour, 9:00 am
8th Grade, Williamsburg Field Trip

October 22
Saturday Academy, 9 - noon

October 24
Eaton Buddy Day

October 25
Mix-It-Up Lunch Day
WTU meeting

October 27
ALT, 3:30 pm
World Language Trips Meeting, 6:30 pm

October 28
End of Term Records Day
No school for students and staff

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. This is a great chance to learn about this adventure and ask questions.

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

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

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

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

1. After the end of 1st advisory, every 8th student who could be enrolled on a World Language trip will have their grades reviewed. 

2. Students on honor roll and who receive federal aid (WIC, FARMS, other - we maintain this list) will be offered the chance for a scholarship.

3. Students will be asked to complete an application, write an essay, and submit the package by a set date. All students who qualify will be offered a partial scholarship for the trip associated with their language of study. This has typically been $1,500, or roughly 50 - 60% of the total trip cost. This is regardless of whether they have already signed up or not.

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

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

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

This week let's take a closer look at the global context  fairness and development:

Students will explore rights and  responsibilities; the relationship  between communities; sharing finite  resources with other people and with  other living things; access to equal  opportunities; peace and conflict resolution. US History 8 is using this global context in their unit Cultural Collision. In this unit, students are investigating the mix of cultures that happens when settlers first visit what we now call America. Students participated in a mock trial in which a judge decides who is most guilty in the case of Christopher Columbus. 
  
Media Center  News

The Deal Library will be closed after school this week Wednesday-Thursday. We will be open as usual Monday-Tuesday until 4:30pm

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: Interim (Progress) Reports
Interim reports will be given to all students at the end of the day on Monday, September 26th. Please review this report with your student to celebrate their efforts and make a plan for the remainder of advisory. This report marks the midpoint of the advisory so there is plenty more learning to go!

New: Wilson Open House
Wilson High School will hold an additional open house for interested Deal 8th graders on Friday, November 18th from 9:00 - 11:00 am. This additional date was added for Deal students as the previous open house date conflicted with the 8th grade's upcoming trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Thank you, Wilson High School!

New: 6th Grade Hemlock Field Trips  
All 6th grade students will participate in our 14th annual community-building outdoor educational enrichment activity at Hemlock Overlook Center in Clifton, Virginia this week. At Hemlock, students participate in physical activities designed to help them form relationships with their peers and teachers. Through these activities, students get to know each other better and gain trust in each other.
 
On the day of the activity, students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that they won't mind getting dirty and sneakers or footwear that is appropriate for a day in the woods. Students are also encouraged to bring a poncho or raincoat in case of rain. Flip flops, sandals, large earrings, long necklaces, and accessories will not be allowed. Students should pack a lunch with a couple of bottles of water.

Students should arrive to school by 8:00 am so our buses can leave on time. Parents should be prepared to pick students up at Deal a t 6:30 pm.  Teams will travel on the following days:
*       Monday, September 26 - Nassau
*       Tuesday, September 27 - Marrakesh
*       Wednesday, September 28 - Colombo
*       Thursday, September 29 - Douala

New: 6th Grade October-fest (BBQ)
All 6th grade families are invited to join us on Saturday, October 1 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for our 2nd Annual October-fest. This will be an opportunity for the entire 6th grade community to celebrate an awesome beginning of the school year with food, folks, and fun.

Activities include:
*       team soccer tournament (12:00 - 1:00)
*       face painting 
*       photo booth
*       karaoke
*       henna artist 
*       game truck 
*       Knocker ball obstacle course 
*       Lots of food, folks, and fun

Please use the following link to let us know who is coming:  October-fest RSVP

New: Sailing Club
Ahoy! The Deal Sailing Club is ready to hit the high seas! This club is fun, free, and open to students of all experience levels. Students leave Deal at 3:15 pm, ride the metro to sail with DC Sail on the SW Waterfront, and return to deal by 7:30 pm. Interested students should invite a friend, sign up online, and collect permission slips from Ms. Law in E101 or Mr. Rottman in C312. Sign up soon as space fills up fast! 
   
New: Wilson Feeder Education Network 
The Wilson Feeder Education Network's next meeting is Monday, September 26th at 7:00 pm at the Tenleytown-Friendship Library. 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. See attached Flyer for more information.  
 
Edline
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email DealEdline@gmail.com
 
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. 
 
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! 
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 Parent Night
Mark your calendar for 7th grade Parent Night, October 6th 6:30pm - 8:00 pm. There will be sessions on Math, Science Fair, Organization, Attendance, and preparing for high school. 

Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

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

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

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

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

8th Grade Corner
 



Attention 8th grade parents!
A gold I&S field trip permission slip packet was sent home with your child last week. This packet has all permission slips you will need to sign for the year and all trip payment information! Please read through and sign all permission slips for our Individuals and Societies field trips and return them to your history teacher ASAP. A minimum payment of $45 is due in check to ADMS, cash, or money order by October 4th! If financial assistance is needed, please email patrick.rottman@dc.gov. Thanks in advance!

New Wilson Open House Date
As Wilson's October open house conflicted with the 8th grade field trip to Colonial Williamsburg, they have generously offered to hold an additional open house on Friday, November 18th from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Remember, high school visits are an approved absence for 8th grade students with a note submitted to the Welcome Center so we encourage students to learn more about their options for next year!

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!

High School Night
Mark your calendar for Deal's High School Night on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 pm. Participants will learn about the DC Common Application and process of applying for high schools before moving to the DCPS high school presentations of their choice. Students are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult.

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 26th 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: Homework Club
Starting Monday, September 26th, Ms. Hasan and Mr. Delgado will start the Homework Club for English Language Learners (ELL). Students can come and receive homework help in room CG07 with teacher guidance, a quiet study space, a wide selection of resource, and access to technology!

Tuesday: Sailing Club 
Our first sailing trip of the season is set for Tuesday, October 27th! If you plan to attend, students must submit a signed permission slip (available from Mr. Rottman in C312 or Ms. Law in room E101) and sign up online. This club is open to all students regardless of experience! Students will travel via metro to the SW Waterfront, sail, and return to Deal by 7:30 pm.Invite a friend and enjoy an afternoon on the water! 
 
Tuesday: Young Philosophers Club
The Young Philosophers Club meets on Tuesday to finish our discussion of utilitarianism and dig deeper into whether countries have a moral obligation to end the production of nuclear power. Those students who wish to compete as members of the debate team should consider attending in order to learn some of the background information that they will find useful when writing cases or debating the contemporary interpretations of morally based decision-making. 
 
Tuesday: GeoPlunge!    
GeoPlunge is back for 6th and 7th grade! Every 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 players are 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: Ultimate Frisbee Practice
The Viking Ultimate Frisbee team will practice this Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Don't forget to wear athletic clothing, sneakers, and bring a water bottle! 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. Parents, be sure to sign up for our Shutterfly website (vikingsultimate.shutterfly.com) to receive updates on upcoming events & tournaments as well as youth leagues and clinics in the area.
 
Tuesday & Thursday: Inspiration Choir
Inspiration Choir is in full effect! Rehearsals started this past Thursday, but it is not too late to join! We meet Tuesdays & Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. If you would like to join, please see Ms. Shipmon in room CG04.
 
Wednesday: 7th Grade ELA Grit
Mr. McVey-Finney will hold GRIT for 7th ELA help on Wednesdays during lunch, 4th period.
 
Wednesday: Robotics Club
The Robotics Club will begin on Wednesday, October 5th at 3:30 pm in room E206.
 
Wednesday: 7th Grade ELA Tutoring
Mr. McVey-Finney will hold after-school tutoring help for 7th grade ELA on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Please RSVP to let Mr. McVey-Finney know to be there! 
 
Wednesday: Team Kingston Tutoring
7th Grade Team Kingston is holding after school tutoring on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Students should meet in Ms. Turner's room (W204) to sign-in before reporting to the appropriate classroom.

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.

New: Mandatory Athletics Form
All student athletes must complete the Heads Up Concussion form to participate in any school sport. Please return the completed form to your student's coach or Neal Downing.

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. Athletes will meet in room RG10 at 3:30pm
 
Football
Congratulations to the football team for their victory over McKinley MS last week. The season is off to a strong start!

Volleyball
  • Game - Monday, September 26, Deal vs Hardy @ Lincoln 4:30 pm
  • Practice - Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:45 pm
  • Practice - Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:45 pm
  • Game - Thursday, September 29th, Deal vs McKinley @ Brookland 4:30 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
 

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Parenting Children With ADHD: A Workshop Series
"CALM & CONNECTED: Parenting Children With ADHD©" is a 7-week live, interactive 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

For the convenience  of participants, participants can choose from morning OR evening sessions on Thursdays,  beginning October 20 , in Bethesda. 

For details and to register (at EARLY REGISTRATION RATES  through Oct. 1), go to  http://www.positivefocuscoach.com/parent-workshops. Space is limited.

Fall Art Classes
Fall art classes at CREATE Arts Center in downtown Silver Spring begin September 19, and registration is currently open. We offer afternoon and weekend classes for children ages 4 to 16, including Drawing & Painting, Kids Pottery, Storytelling Through Cartooning, and much more! Registration is also open for our art-themed "No School Day Camps" that run on DCPS and MCPS no school days. At CREATE, students explore their own creativity and imagination in a supportive environment where the experience is as important as the finished product. More information on classes and camps can be found at http://createartscenter.org/fall-camps-classes/.

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.