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: 

A key feature of the International Baccalaureate is a commitment to the communities in which our school is located. At Deal, we have a number of activities at different levels throughout the year - programs that inspire individual students, a club takes on a challenge, a whole team or grade works on a project, or the whole school digs in to support a worthwhile cause. As I say at our orientation and promotion ceremonies, we are our communities. We are educated (and educate) to give back to those around us who provided the opportunity.

I was recently reminded of the global sweep of some of our activities. Last year, the 6th graders took on the challenge of raising funds to provide feminine products and education for girls and women in far northwest Cameroon. Our students, inspired by the leadership of one of their own, raised a significant amount of money. It took a long time to figure out how to get the money from their hands to products to be distributed in Cameroon, but eventually it made its way there.

According to the letter I received, the women in this village had never seen feminine products and knew little about their use. Located in a village far from large cities, on remote roads and in difficult circumstances (this is near where Boko Haram is operating), Nabi Kuja related how she was able to do all this thanks to the generosity of the young students at Deal. I am sure that some of our Vikings have forgotten that they made this contribution; it is a great example of how our community can work with another community, located a third of the way around the world, to share resources and the spirit of shared humanity. 

In this shortened week (no school on Friday for teacher professional development!) students will be able to catch a bit of their collective breaths. While there are a couple of 6th grade ski trips and the auditions for Hairspray take place this week, we continue to dig into the steady work that is February and 3rd advisory. Our mid-advisory is coming up in a couple of weeks, so now is the time for students to shake off the winter blahs and get their work to where they want it to be.

A special shout-out to our 8th grade teams which took their students to see Hidden Figures at the Avalon on Thursday and Friday. Great movie, with a timely story. Our students were excited to go and were really excited when they returned - they enjoyed it tremendously. We will also be sending a group of 100 6th graders to see the film. A great true tale for Black History Month. Last year, we went to see Selma . . . there seems to be a theme developing here!

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. I hope to see our 7th grade families attending Thursday's 7th grade Parent Night at 6:00pm. Each academic year has a different flavor to it; 7th grade is really the set-up year for 8th grade and high school dreams. Come and speak with our team, hear about ways to support your students, and get ready for the spring!

Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
Thanks to all who came out for our ADCA meeting on February 2nd. Our speaker, Alan Katzman of Social Assurity
, gave us great insight on how to help students use social media wisely now and as they look forward to college. 
The Deal Mardi Gras is only a few weeks away!  
Get your tickets at the early bird price!

Be sure your calendar is marked for Saturday, February 25th when Deal is transformed for the Deal Mardi Gras Gala. The evening includes silent bidding, a live auction, music, photo booth, appetizers and cocktails!

Special Call for Parent Parties and Gatherings! Janney parents are currently in the lead
with four party donations! Please consider teaming up with friends to host a special dinner, wine tasting, themed party, pub crawl, bowling evening, or any other fun, local activity. These events are always popular and a good time for everyone involved!
We are still in great need of auction item donations. We count on our Deal community to make this auction a success - please think about how you might be able to contribute...
* Dining (gift certificates to local restaurants)
* Vacations (getaways to a hotel or personal vacation home, tours or special activities in a vacation destination, flights or mileage points)
* Parent Parties and Gatherings (host a special dinner or wine tasting in your home, team up with friends to host a themed party, sponsor a local pub crawl, bowling evening, or other local activity)
* Kid/ Teen Activities (camps, passes to laser tag, sports lessons, etc.)
* Health & Beauty (gift certificates to hair or nail salons, gym memberships, trainers, massage, spa treatments)
* DC Insider Experiences (behind-the-scenes tours, special seats/tickets to unique events, dinner with a VIP, etc.)
Items can be dropped off, along with the donation form , at the front desk of the school. A committee member will pick up the donation item and email you an acknowledgment.  You may also donate online . If you have any questions, please email us at .   Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and support!

- Melissa Meierhoefer, Leonie Stephenson, Shari Wright (Gala Co-Chairs) Maan Sacdalan, Lisa Wackler (ADCA Co-VPs of Fundraising).
Alice Deal Middle School Presents: HAIRSPRAY Jr.
Show Dates: May 5th and 6th 
Director: Jill Roos         Music Director: Sarah Gilberg        Choreographer: Nikki Gambhir
Audition Information
*     Monday, Feb 13: Singing and acting auditions for 8th and 7th graders only.
*    Tuesday, Feb 14: Singing and acting auditions for 7th and 6th graders only.
*    Wednesday, Feb 15: Dance auditions. Everyone must attend - no exceptions.
Please note that 7th graders can audition either day. If you are unable to attend your
scheduled day please let me know as soon as possible.
Students should prepare a short 16 bar cut (a verse and a chorus) from a musical for your singing audition. Pick a part of the song that shows off your voice the best! We will give you a scene to read for your acting audition. All students must attend dance, singing, and acting auditions (no exceptions!). Please wear something you can move in! Callbacks will take place Thursday, February 16th and students will be notified via email. 
The Story 
It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire - to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true,
Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound
power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!
QUESTIONS? Email Director Jill Roos at
Congratulations, Champions!
Deal students brought home DCIAA Middle School Championship trophies for swimming, girls basketball, and boys basketball this week. Congratulations on a strong season and your success in the classroom and in competition!

Week of 
February 13, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - No School For Students
PD Day for Staff
Upcoming Dates

February 13
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 14
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 15
Deal Musical Auditions, Dance
Team Nassau Ski Trip

February 16
Team Marrakesh Ski Trip
Deal Musical Auditions, Call Backs
7th Grade Fieldtrip, Gala Hispanic Theatre
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm
7th Grade Parent Night, 6:30 pm

February 17
No school for students
PD Day for Staff

February 20
Presidents Day
No School for Staff and Students
February 21
Team Colombo Ski Trip
Team Leaders (grade level)
NAEP Testing

February 22
Team Douala Ski Trip 
 NAEP Testing
February 23
7th Grade Ski Trip 
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
8th Grade Ski Trip
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
March 2
Speech and Drama Competition
NTD, 3:30 pm
March 3
Parent Teacher Conference Day,
No School for Students

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

March 7
Team Leaders (all)

March 8
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

March 9
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm RM E200 
ALT, 3:30 pm

March 10
LSAT, 7:30 am
Deal Tour 9:00 am
GSA Father/Daughter Dance, 4 - 10 pm

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

March 13
DC STEM Fair Award Ceremony

March 14
Summer Math Meeting 5:30

March 15
Deal Choirs Cabaret, 6:30 pm

March 16
Faculty Meeting

March 17
 EAP Event, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

March 31
Records Day/ Term 3 Ends
No School for students
International Baccalaureate Updates

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

8th Grade 
World Language Trips

Each spring break, many 8th graders travel with Deal to Costa Rica, France, or China as part of their study of a world language. These popular trips are a highlight of the year and an opportunity to give meaning to students' hard work in their world language classes.

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

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

Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
Trip Number: 1817749ch

Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
Trip Number: 1866938jy

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Deal Library will be closed after school on  Thursday, February 16th  for the 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 ( for photos of items found in common areas at Deal, including in the cafeteria, field, and gallery. Lost items will be kept for approximately two weeks before they are donated. To claim an item, please ask a staff member in the cafeteria to guide you to the lost-and-found.
We make an effort to identify labeled items and make announcements for students to pick these up in the Welcome Center. Please help us by putting your full name on all lunch boxes, back-packs, and other items you bring to school on a regular basis.

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

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

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

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

Students must submit a note from their parents to be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • Death in the family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious holiday
  • Court summons
  • School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Office at
or by calling (202) 939-2010.
Student & Parent Information
New: Cluster Spelling Bee Results
Last week, thirty students from fourteen public and charter schools faced off at Langley Education Center to determine who would advance to the City Wide Spelling Bee. Deal was well represented with Charlotte Harkrader advancing to the third round; Sophie Reeves advancing to the ninth round and tying for 7th place; and Julia Weinrod advancing to the 13th round and tied for third place! Julia will advance to the city championships, where the top 25 spellers from DC vie for two coveted slots at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

New:  7th Grade Parent Night
Mark your calendar for 7th grade Parent Night on February 16th. The welcoming session will start at 6:00pm. There will be sessions on Edline, ways to challenge your child outside of the classroom, organization, social and emotional health, and preparing for high school. The 8th grade counselor, Ms. Humphrey, will lead the discussion on preparing for high school.
New: Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences 
The second round of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Friday, March 3rd from noon - 7pm. Conferences with team teachers will be by-appointment-only and appointment sign-up will take place online. Beginning Monday, February 13th, please visit Alice Deal Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences to sign up for appointments with your child's team teachers. All non-team teachers (World Language, PE, Art, Music, Support, Resource, etc.) will be available for drop-in conferences. A detailed description of the online sign-up process will be posted on Edline and Deal's website.  Note: you will need an email account to use the online process.  If you or someone you know are unable to create appointments online, please contact your child's team.

New: Robotics Championship
Deal hosted the VexIQ Challenge this past Saturday, and our students did an amazing job! Alice Deal Middle School won the "Excellence Award" which is the highest award given at the Championship Tournament. With this award, our team is selected to represent the District of Columbia as the Middle School Division Winner at the World's Championship in Kentucky during April 23 - 25, 2017!
This award is given to the team that excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work, and teamwork. This team is committed to quality in everything that they do and is a strong contender in numerous award categories.  This team has built a quality robotics program right here at Deal.
Alice Deal's Robotics Team excelled in all areas such as: skills, drivers, teamwork, STEM research, and design. Congratulations to all members of the team and special thanks to Dr. Slocumb - the driving force in making robotics happen at Deal!

New: 8th Grade Promotion Dates 
Mark your calendars now! The end of the year is a busy time for our 8th graders and we have confirmed dates for all the fun:
  • Kings Dominion Trip - June 9th
  • Promotion Practice - June 12th
  • 8th Grade Dance - June 12th
  • Promotion - June 13th
This year's promotion will take place at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday, June 13th at 10:00 am. Due to space constraints, each student will be given two guest tickets. More information about payment, tickets, and logistics will be shared in a letter and the "8th Grade Corner" in the coming weeks. We look forward to sharing this special time with our biggest, wisest Vikings! 
New: ADMS Student News
Students of Team Marrakesh would like to share episode one of ADMS Student News. Please check out their video at admsstudentnews1. A special shout-out to Dante Chinni, Sadhbh Keller-McLeer, Audrey Saenz, and Anderson Jennings for creating, editing, and producing this wonderful idea!
New: We the People Citywide Contest
Good luck to 8th grade We the People participants who will present their essays at the Citywide contest on Wednesday, February 15th at the Hill Center. Students should remember to dress to impress, bring one copy of your essay per group member, bring $10 round-trip fare on your DC One Card or Smartcard, and return your permission slip to your history teacher. A pizza lunch will be provided but students are may bring additional food if they would like to.
New: Girl Up
Girl Up will began our annual fundraiser, "Money for Munchkins" (previously Dollars for Donuts) for gender equality and girls' education. Did you know that Ethiopian girls aged 15-19 are three times more likely to be HIV positive than their male peers? Did you know almost half of Guatemalan girls have a child before the age of 20, giving it one of the highest adolescent birth rates in the region?  These statistics cannot remain! Girl Up will be raising funds to combat the social issues faced by girls around the world in the month of February. Each grade level team will compete to bring in the most donations! The team in each grade level that brings in the most money will get a "Dunkin Donut Munchkin Party!"  Thanks in advance for all of your donations in the month of February!! 
Spanish Conversation Club!
Calling all Spanish parents, faculty, and school community members: The eighth grade Spanish team wants students to have an opportunity to put their language skills to practice. We are organizing a series of Conversation Clubs after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Each session will begin with an introduction to a relevant and interesting topic from Spanish-speaking writers, thinkers, and artists followed by a discussion. The aim is to create a relaxed, stress-free zone where students can put to use the language they've been studying for the past three years! Possible themes include: The representation of Hispanics in film and television; Food and cultural identity; and Bilingualism in the United States. Topic suggestions are welcome! Please mark your calendars, our first meeting will be on   February 24th!
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. To participate, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:

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

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

Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediator assists disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, there are two ways to refer the issue:
1. Any student or adult may fill out the blue Mediation Referral form found in Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center and in each of the grade level counselor offices.
2.  Students may also talk to a trusted adult who will refer the matter to one of the grade level counselors.
It is important to note that mediation referrals can be submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name on the form. 
Deal Gives Back
Deal Gives Back is our annual community service  day in which all Deal students and teachers serve our local community. Deal is looking for new activities and ideas for this year's sixth grade students. If you are a part of an organization or know of one that can use student volunteers, please contact Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email
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 Coffee Hour
Parents and guardians of sixth graders who do not have a specific concern but would still like to check-in with their child's teachers in a casual setting are encouraged to attend the 6th Grade Coffee Hour from noon - 1:00 pm on Friday, March 3rd . Light refreshments will be served! If you are interested in attending the Coffee Hour in lieu of scheduled conference appointments, please RSVP by visiting .

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

6th Grade Ski Trips
Nassau - Wednesday, February 15
Marrakesh - Thursday, February 16
Colombo - Tuesday, February 21
Douala - Wednesday, February 22

Buses will leave Deal at 8:00 am. Parents/guardians are asked to pick up students at 6:00 pm.   Students  who are  attend ing the ski trips this month  will need the following:

- Dress in at least 3 layers so you can add or remove layers as needed.
- Water resistant or waterproof pants OR 2 layers of sweatpants.
- Wear a winter jacket or layers with a windbreaker.
- Thick socks
- Gloves or mittens
- Goggles or sunglasses (if you have them)
- A winter hat and/or earmuffs

- A bagged lunch (If you need a lunch provided, please let us know MONDAY!)
- Water bottle
- TWO snacks
- A watch OR a phone (at your own risk) to keep track of the time
- A change of socks or clothes for the ride back

Hidden Figures
100 sixth graders will go to Mazza Gallerie 7 on Wednesday, February 15 to see the movie "Hidden Figures".  Selected students must return their permission slips by Tuesday.

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

Ms. Chambliss - Dean of Students

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

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

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

7th Grade Corner

7th Grade Parent Night
Mark your calendar for 7th grade Parent Night on February 16th. The welcoming session will start at 6:00pm. There will be sessions on Edline, ways to challenge your child outside of the classroom, organization, social and emotional health, and preparing for high school. The 8th grade counselor, Ms. Humphrey, will lead the discussion on preparing for high school.

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

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students

Ms. Monkou - Counselor

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner

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

8th Grade Team Texts
Sign up for team-specific texts for community project, field trips, and other information using Remind 101. Signing up is optional, but this is a good way for students and families to stay connected via text when your email inbox is overflowing!  
Community Project Updates
What is the Community Project? As an International Baccalaureate MYP school, all 8th graders are required to research, plan, implement, and present on a community project of their choosing. The Community Project can be completed individually or in a group and is a wonderful opportunity for our oldest students to serve others and grow as leaders. While much of the work will happen at Deal, some key pieces must be completed at home. Check back here each week for updates!  
A community project Edline group has been created. If you have an Edline account, you should have access to see the group. Please email if you believe you aren't registered for the group. 

What's next? 
  • Students will continue their CP research through February
  • Students should review and thoughtfully complete Process Journals 1-3 
8th Grade NAEP Assessment
8th Grade students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 21st and 22nd. 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 was 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 ( 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. 

High School Open Houses
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!

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

Ms. Outten - Dean of Students
Mr. Boccardi - Social Worker

Ms. Humphrey - Counselor

Ms. Travers - Counselor

Mr. Rottman - Assistant Principal
This Week at Deal
Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, February 13th 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.
Monday:  New Club: Today, Tomorrow and Monday!
A group of seventh graders have requested an opportunity to explore current events and how they impact a middle schooler's today and tomorrow! Of course, in line with th e club's name, will meet Mondays at 3:30 pm in room W206
Wednesday: Deal Library's African-American Film Festival 
Come after school this Wednesday, February 15th at 3:30 pm for a screening of  A Ballerina's Tale,
a feature documentary on African-American ballerina Misty Copeland. The film examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury, and themes of race and body image in the ballet world. 
Wednesday: Model UN
Model UN will meet this Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in E205. As a reminder, if you are a chair of ADMUN, please be sure to send Ms. Trenkle, or turn in to Ms. Trenkle, your chair bio so that we can get it posted! The descriptions for the bios are on our Edline page. Also, if you are responsible for a committee, please begin your background guide. A template was emailed to you and is also available on Edline!
Wednesday: ADMUN Committee Chairs
A reminder that all ADMUN Committee Chairs will meet with Ms. Trenkle from 8:10 - 8:35 am in E205 on Wednesday! See you there! ADMUN is coming!

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

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

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

Monday: Tryouts, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, field
Tuesday: Tryouts, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, field
Wednesday:  Tryouts, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, field
Thursday: Tryouts, 6:45 - 8:00 am, gym
Tuesday: Match, 4:00 pm, Bolling JBAB

Play ball! The Lady Vikings softball coaches are looking for young ladies who throw, catch, run, and have a zeal to play softball! Softball tryouts will take place Wednesday, February 15th - Friday, February 17th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Students should bring a glove and a change of clothes appropriate for indoor and outdoor play.

Students must submit all athletic forms before trying out: consent form, emergency form, concussion form, and a universal health form.

If you have any questions please feel free to speak with Coach Spann in the physical education department.  

Girls' Soccer
Are you interested in playing on the girls' soccer team?  Join us for an interest meeting in E200 on Tuesday at 3:20 pm.  Email Coach Ngwa at  with any questions.
Spring Sports Sign Up:
Registration for spring sports at Deal has begun! If you are interested in signing up for any of the sports listed below, you can do so by completing the forms on or you can visit the Welcome Center for a paper version of the required documents. All forms, including an up-to-date and appropriately stamped Universal Health Certificate, are due before a child may participate in tryouts,  practice, or games. Please see team/coach contact info below and feel free to reach out with any questions/concerns or to be added to the team's contact list.
Club/ Activity
Girl Up Club
Huber/ Massaquoi
Mentoring young girls, helping them get through their day-to-day
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Pen pals
Dziato/ Parish
Get to know another middle school half way across the world in Singapore. You will send your pen pal letter, emails and even video messages.
3:30 - 4:30
ELA Peer Tutoring
ELA Peer Tutoring
3:30 - 4:30
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
All are welcome to participate in Mr. Namian's Outdoor After School Basketball Club. Girls, boys, players grades 6-8, novices/experts. If you like the greatest game ever invented, then this is the club for you! After an hour of supervised pickup, each session culminates with Mr. Namian's famous wild half court shootout for Gatorades.
3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair Help
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
3:30 - 4:30
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
3:30 - 5:00
Peer Mediation
Students in all grades learning how to help their peers resolve conflict in a peaceful way. Club members will mediate disputes that have been referred by staff and students throughout the school year.
3:30 - 4:30
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
3:30 - 4:30
Student Council
Governing student body at ADMS
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
3:30 - 4:30
Tennis club is a casual weekly gathering for those interested in the sport. A typical day involves 15-20 minutes of drills to improve skill, followed by 20-30 minutes of friendly competition. Depending on the amount of interest, the club may split into 2 groups based on skill level. The club typically breaks during the winter. Tennis shoes are required, a racket is recommended, and I will provide tennis balls.
3:30 - 4:30
Culture Club
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Speech and Debate
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
3:30 - 4:30
ELL Homework Club
Homework Assistance, guidance
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Up
Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Come join Mr. Boccardi and play Apples. Apples to Apples is a fun games that requires you to make whacky comparison based on your opponents personality and character.
3:30 - 4:30
Brainteaser Club
Come stretch your brain with logic puzzles, optical illusions, and visual workouts. This club will be a break from homework, but will still make you think!
3:30 - 4:20
Yoga club
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
3:30 - 4:15
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Banana Splits
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
3:30 - 4:30
The Stock Market Game
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
3:30 - 4:30
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
Chess Club
Students will learn to play chess.
3:30 - 4:30
Peer Mediation
Submitted previously
3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
Student Librarians
If you love organizing and helping your classmates, consider becoming a student librarian! Choose a day to come after school to help with shelving, organizing, and assisting your fellow students.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Today, Tomorrow and Monday!
A group of seventh graders have requested an opportunity to explore current events and how they impact upon a middle schooler's today and tomorrow!  Of course, in line with the club's name, will meet on Monday at 3:30 in room W206
Student Librarians
Working in the media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Ultimate Frisbee
Kouri/ Martini
The Ultimate Frisbee club is open to all levels of experience. Players will practice offensive and defensive strategies, learn different throwing techniques, and embody the spirit of the game through sportsmanship.
3:30 - 4:30
Sailing Club
Rottman /Law/ Philip
This seasonal club is a great chance for students to go sailing in DC! Sign ups are in the bulletin, students can come as much or as little as they like, and no experience is necessary.
3:00 - 7:00
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
7:45 - 8:00
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
3:30 - 4:30
Do It Yourself (D.I.Y) Club
Get together to create projects from a variety of old and new items to create something fun and useful.
3:30 - 4:30
Photo Club
Learn about photographers, how to take awesome digital photos and participate in photo contests.
3:30 - 4:30
Power Walking Club
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
3:30 - 4:00
Pause devoirs
French homework help.
3:30 - 4:00
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
3:30 - 4:30
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
6th Gr Lunch
Inspiration Choir
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Concert Band
Van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
7:45 - 8:00
Students will work throughout the year to produce the 2016-2017 ADMS Yearbook! Students will take photos, organize layouts and write descriptions for the yearbook!
3:30 - 4:30
Reading Support Club
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
3:30 - 4:30
Model UN
Students will discuss global current events, work on Model UN Skills, and participate in MUN Conferences. This club is for 7th and 8th grade students, or 6th grade students with experience.
3:30 - 4:30
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
DCIAA Spring soccer league
3:30 - 5:00
Girl Talk
Fullington/ Humphrey
Girl Talk will be designed to provide educational and recreational experiences through positive social interactions, peer mentoring, and teamwork and life skills development.
3:30 - 4:30
Sports Rap
In Sports Rap, students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan!
3:30 - 4:30
Coloring Club
Do you love to color? Adult coloring is growing in popularity. According to CNN, coloring "has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," Whether you want to reduce stress or just enjoy coloring, come join coloring club!
3:30 - 4:30
Math HW Club
Lewis - Samuels
The Math HW Club is designed to assist 6th grade math students to complete their math homework in a setting with a math specialist. Students will work at their pace to develop skills and confidence to improve their math performance.
3:30 - 4:30
Robotics Club
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Talk
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Girls on the Run
A fun running club for girls, no experience necessary.
3:30 - 4:30
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.
3:30 - 4:15
Book Club
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
3:30 - 4:15
Science Olympiad
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
3:30 - 4:15
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
3:30 - 5:00
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
7:45 - 8:00
Guitar Club
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
3:30 - 4:30
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
3:30 - 5:00
East Asia Studies
If you love Asian culture and would like to learn more this is the club for you. We watch Korean or Japanese films and we discuss their culture.
3:30 - 4:30
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
3:30 - 5:30
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
3:15 - 4:15
Passport to History
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
3:30 - 5:00
In this club, students will understand the key principles of digital photography and the post production techniques. We will also be taking a lot of photographs.
3:30 - 4:30
3:30 - 4:30

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

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

Next Level Lacrosse 
We are looking for girls to join our 7th/8th RED club team for the spring and summer seasons. The RED team is currently a practice team only that focuses on developing the fundamentals of lacrosse, paying close attention to stick skills and gaining confidence in the players non-dominate hand.
Spring Schedule  (starts March 4th): 
- (1) Saturday team practice from 9:00am-10:30am at Washington Episcopal School
- (1) Wednesday Team Concepts clinic from 6:00-7:15pm  
- Currently this team has 8 players. If we can recruit 5-7 more, we will look to join a spring league and/or summer tournaments
Note: The general practice schedule can be found under the Calendar tab on our team webpage:
Summer Schedule
- 4 day camp that will run Mon-Thurs in June
$575 (exclusive of spring league fees and summer tournament fees; uniform fee will also need to be applied if leagues/tournaments are joined)

Parenting Children With ADHD Workshop Series Returns
After a sold-out fall session, the "CALM & CONNECTED: Parenting Children With ADHD©" series returns February 16th. "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 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

DC Youth Orchestra Program Spring Registration is Open!!
DCYOP offers beginner through advanced group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 ½ to 18.  Nearly 500 students participate in group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and performances each semester at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill.  Every student has the opportunity to perform in at least one concert every semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public. To learn more about DCYOP programs and register for the spring semester, please visit
Chevy Chase Athletic Club 5454 Wisconsin Ave Chevy Chase
Deal Squash Team requires 6 more participants for winter. Did you know that Wilson HS has a terrific Squash team and that they play in the HS squash league? DEAL also plays in the Middle school league against schools including Pyle, Westland, Wakefield and others. No experience required but being athletic with good hand eye coordination is helpful. Scholarships available.
The program will emphasize squash techniques and strategies, fitness, and sportsmanship.
Contact - Coach Barnes: (301) 807-9905