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: 

What an action-packed week for us at Deal! While dodging the bobcat and hiding inside, we were able to still get all dressed up to welcome our new Chancellor, Antwan Wilson, and our Mayor, Muriel Bowser. What brought them to Deal? The announcement that our 7th grade science teacher, Jan Schuettpelz, was named DCPS Teacher of the Year! This wonderful news gave hard-working, thoughtful, and persevering teachers the hope everywhere that they, too, could get this coveted award.

We closed out the week with a celebration of the Chinese New Year - bringing 600 students from 15 different Chinese language programs in DCPS to the Deal auditorium. They sang, they danced, they did fan dances, held fashion shows, recited poems and in general converted the school into an outpost of Chinese culture. We were able to share this exciting event with the First Minister from the Embassy of China as well as 23 guests from our sister school in Beijing, Yu Cai Academy. Much thanks to the DCPS Office of Global Education, but most thanks go to the energetic Mr. Zhi - our long-standing Chinese teacher - as he created what he called the "biggest event in the world."

In things academic, student report cards for the first semester will be mailed home, arriving soon (we hope). These will information on student performance on ELA assessments (a new feature for us); we hope these provide some additional support for your work with your children. Parent-Teacher Conference Day is still a few weeks off, unfortunately.

8th graders have a packed week; the last National Portrait Gallery field trips take place on Monday, we celebrate our 8th grade basketball team members Monday evening, and 8th graders will travel to see "Hidden Figures" on Thursday and Friday. For all, there will be an interest meeting on the Spring Musical ("Hairspray"), the school Science Fair, a speech and debate tournament during the week, and our hosting of the Robotics Competition this Saturday!

Recently released via this email was our news about our Deal Summer Programs. Our goal in informing families of these events is that you can plan adequately for the summer if you want to include some of the many weeks at Deal for your children. Each of the activities is different and has different requirements and registration processes. Our two new Math programs (Math 7 and Math 8) will be described completely at a family meeting on March 14 at 5:30pm. We will have our very popular FitCamp as usual. We will also run our RISE program - how to get ready for middle school at Deal - three different times. And finally, we will conduct our summer EMOC Leadership Camp again, building on the success from last year's program. Please check the email if you have further questions, and keep an eye out here for more information as we get closer to July.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

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! 
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)

The Deal Mardi Gras is only a few weeks away!

Saturday, February 25th 
Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 25th when the school will be transformed for the Deal Mardi Gras Gala. The evening will include silent bidding, a live auction, music, photo booth, appetizers and cocktails!
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  (see second page), at the front desk of the school. A committee member will pick up the donation item and email you an acknowledgment. You may also 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)
Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:    

*February 25th: Annual Deal Auction Fundraiser Gala

*March 22nd: ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm 


As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.
The ADCA Board
Week of 
February 4, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

February 6
6th Grade Birthday Party 

February 8
ADMS Science Fair

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

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

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

February 13
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 14
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 15
Deal Musical Auditions, Dance
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 
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 Meetin, 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

8th Grade 
World Language Trips

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

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

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

Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
Trip Number: 1817749ch

Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
Trip Number: 1866938jy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Deal 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student & Parent Information
New: Alice Deal in the News
Congratulations to Deal's two Rubenstein Award winners: Ms. Neal was one of just four assistant principals to earn the honor ("Highly Effective Leadership") and Ms. Jan Schuettpelz is the DCPS Teacher of the Year! Deal celebrated with a surprise announcement and a visit from Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Wilson last week. Read more about this amazing achievement!

Saturday EMOC Program
Both the 6th grade EMOC (Movement of Youth) and 7th and 8th grade EMOC (Rites of Passage) programs will take place on Saturday, February 11, from 9am until 12noon.

New:   Nation School Counseling Week
This week is National School Counseling Week!
The theme this year is School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential. Students are encouraged to visit school counselor as they can help you tackle some barriers which may be getting in the way of your success. School counselors are equipped to help students develop good study habits, improve organization, resolve conflicts, deal with stress, explore careers, and much more. Throughout this week, Ms. Humphrey, Ms. White, Ms. Monkou, and Ms. Travers have some special surprises planned so students should pay close attention to the morning announcements each day!
New: Parent Teacher Conferences 
The second round of Parent-Teacher Conferences
will take place on Friday, March 3rd from noon - 7:00 pm.  Conferences with team teachers will be by-appointment-only and appointment sign-up will take place online.  Beginning on Monday, February 13th, please visit  Alice Deal 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 to set up an appointment. 
New: Valentine's Day CandyGrams!
Send a fun message to your friends, teachers, or a special someone! Student Council will sell lollipops for $1.00 apiece during lunch periods next week. CandyGrams will be delivered on Valentine's Day.
New: 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!
New: Girl Up Annual Fundraiser 
Starting on  February 6th , Girl Up will begin 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 a lmost half of Guatemalan girls have a child before the age of 20, giving it one  of the highest adolescent birth rates in the region? And in  Liberia, r ape is the most frequently reported crime; girls ages 10-14 are the most frequent victims. 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!
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 (
Edline - Semester Change
All third-advisory/second-semester classes are now active on Edline. Classes for the second advisory/first semester will remain active this week while teachers work on record keeping.  On Monday, January 30th, the final 2nd advisory grades will be posted and we will continue our regular twice weekly updates. Advisory 3 grades will not show a class average until February 6th.
8th Grade Costa Rica Trip 
The first email for the 8th grade world language trip to Costa Rica was been sent. If you did not receive the email and your child is registered for the trip, please contact Srta. Cuffee ASAP at

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 Birthday Party
All 6th graders who celebrated birthdays during the 2nd advisory are invited to a cupcake party on Monday, February 6 at 3:00 pm in the cafeteria. Homeroom teachers will give students their invitations.

6th Grade 2nd Advisory Awards Ceremonies
During this Thursday's activity period, 6th grade teams will have their Awards Ceremonies.
Team Colombo - cafeteria
Team Douala - auditorium
Team Nassau - hallway near N103
Team Marrakesh - multi-purpose room

6th Grade Saturday STARS
The Saturday STARS Program will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 9 until 12noon. 

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 to Whitetail Ski Resort
2/15: Team Nassau
2/16: Team Marrakesh
2/21: Team Colombo
2/22: Team Douala

Packages & Pricing:
  • GROUP EZ LEARN TO SKI OR SNOWBOARD: $112  - This package is designed for beginner skiers or snowboarders. Includes a lift ticket for all beginner terrain, rental equipment (includes helmet), a beginner lesson, and transportation on a coach bus to  and from the mountain.
  • GROUP ALL MOUNTAIN SKI OR SNOWBOARD: $128.00 - This package is designed for the skier or snowboarder who is comfortable on all terrain. Includes a lift ticket that is valid on all open terrain, rental equipment (includes helmet), a group lesson, and transportation on a coach bus to and from the mountain.
  • GROUP LIFT TICKET: $93 (w/helmet rental) - For skiers and snowboarders who have their own equipment and do not require lessons. This ticket provides access to all lifts and slopes open and includes transportation on a coach bus to and from the mountain. If you do not own a helmet, you will need to rent one for an additional $10.
  • Financial Scholarships are available for students receiving free or reduced lunch.
Please see your grade level administrator for details.

Returning Forms & Payment: 
Please make checks/money orders payable to Alice Deal Middle School.  NO CASH!  Forms must be complete (including all required signatures).

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

Ms. Chambliss - Dean of Students

Ms. White - Counselor

Ms. Buchanan - Social Worker

Ms. Neal - Assistant Principal

7th Grade Corner

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

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!  

Hidden Figures Movie Field Trip
Our math and science field trip to view Hidden Figures is this week! Details are below:
  • Teams Johannesburg and Oslo will see the film Thursday, February 9th
  • Teams Kigali and Accra will see the film Friday, February 10th
  • The cost is $8.00 exact cash or checks (payable to Alice Deal Middle School) due by Wednesday, January 25th to science teachers
  • A digital copy of the permission slip will be available on the science teacher's Edline page
  • This is a walking field trip to Avalon Theater at 5612 Connecticut Ave NW - please make sure your student is dressed appropriately
  • Students are not allowed to bring food or drink on this trip
  • Parent chaperones are needed please contact, Ms. Hampton at
Community Project Updates
What is the Community Project?
As an International Baccalaureate MYP school, all 8th graders are required to research, plan, implement, and present on a community project of their choosing. The Community Project can be completed individually or in a group and is a wonderful opportunity for our oldest students to serve others and grow as leaders. While much of the work will happen at Deal, some key pieces must be completed at home. Check back here each week for updates!

What happened this week? 
This week, students from teams Johannesburg and Accra began their research. Unfortunately, there were a few blunders, so students should take time at home to continue what they may not have been able to do in class. Team Oslo completed the  Fundred activity to raise awareness about lead poisoning in the Washington, DC area. All groups will continue research through February by reviewing news articles, websites, and books with their specific topic of interest. 

Thanks to all who attended our community project parent information session. Your feedback was valuable.  
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: 6th Grade Boys Group
Greetings Parents! A new group for 6th grade boys will start on Tuesday February 7th. The group will focus on building confidence, managing stress, relationships, respect, and integrity. The group will be held in Mr. Chanudomchok's room (E106) on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Light snacks will be provided. Please reach out if you think your student would benefit from participating. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Monday: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room, E307, at 3:30pm on Monday. We will gear up for our February fundraiser! See you ladies there! 
Monday: Banana Splits
Banana Splits is a voluntary, school-based program that meets on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm for students who have experienced parental divorce or separation. Parental split is a major life change, and Banana Splits give students a safe place to discuss challenges and develop resiliency. Students can be referred to the group by a parent, staff member, or brought in by a peer. However, students should not feel forced to attend. Students are permitted to drop in as needed. Please email Ms. Alphonse at for additional information.
Monday: The After School Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, February 6th 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 C-217.
Tuesday: Girls' Soccer
Are you interested in playing on the girls' soccer team?  Join us for an interest meeting in E200 on Tuesday at 3:20PM.  Email Coach Ngwa at with any questions.
Tuesday and Thursday: Inspiration Choir
It's not too late to join Inspiration Choir! Inspiration Choir meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room CG04. We would love to have you!
Wednesday: Model UN
MUN will meet on Wednesday, February 8th from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in E205. We will continue to work on the ADMUN Conference. If you did not attend our meeting on February 1st and are interested in helping with the conference, please complete the conference form on our Edline page and return it to Ms. Trenkle before Wednesday's meeting. 

Thursday and Friday: 8th Grade Field Trip
The 8th grade will see Hidden Figures at the Avalon Theater on February 9th and 10th. Please see the "8th Grade Corner" (above) for additional details.

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).

**Please check the athletic calendar for the latest updates on basketball playoff locations and opponents. 

Monday and Thursday: Practice, 3:30 to 6 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 am, gym
Friday: Tryouts, 6:45 - 8 am , gym

Tuesday: Match vs Browne, 4:00 pm, Bolling JBAB

Practice: Monday (2/6) and Wednesday (2/8)
Site: Turkey Thicket Aquatic Facility
        1100 Michigan Avenue N.E.
         Washington, DC 20017
         (202) 576-9235

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Bus pick up: 3:10 pm 

DCIAA Middle School City Swim Championship 
Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 
Site:   HD Woodson Senior High School
Address: 540 55th Street N.E.
              Washington, D.C. 20019
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bus Pick up: 3:30 pm 

Girls 6th Basketball:
Monday: Quarter-final game vs Walker Jones @ Walker Jones, 4:45 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday:  Semi-final game- @ Browne, TBA, 4:45 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Friday: DPR Winter Rec League Game, time TBA
Saturday: Championship game, Roosevelt HS,
10:00 am
Boys 6th Basketball:
Monday: Quarter-final game- @ Cardozo, 4:45 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday:  Semi-final game- location and opponent, TBA, 6:00 pm
Thursday:  Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Friday: No Practice
Saturday: Championship game, Roosevelt HS,
10:00 am
Girls 7/8th Basketball: 
Monday: Quarter-final game vs Brookland @ Deal, 4:45 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Wednesday:  Semi-final game, TBA @ Deal, 6 pm
Thursday: No Practice
Friday: DPR Winter Rec League Game, time TBA
Saturday: Championship game, Roosevelt HS,
10:00 am
Boys 7/8th Basketball:
Monday: Quarter-final game vs Stuart-Hobson @ Deal, 6 pm
Tuesday: Practice/studyhall, 3:30 - 6:00 pm 
Wednesday: Semi-final game, TBA @ Wilson, 6 pm
Thursday: Practice/studyhall, 3:30 - 6:00 pm 
Friday: No Practice

Girls' Soccer
Are you interested in playing on the girls' soccer team?  Join us for an interest meeting in E200 on Tuesday at 3:20PM.  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 NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH. 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
The Poetry Cafe
Students will read, write, discuss, critique and perform poetry forms from a variety of genres.
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
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
Young Philosophers
Students will learn about several major political philosophies and how they are reflected in the comings and goings of life.
3:30 - 4:30
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
Scratch Programming
We are a student-led learning community focused on learning and applying scratch computer programing.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
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.

DC National Girls and Women's Sports Expo 
Here is a fabulous opportunity for our young ladies to shine. Saturday, February 11 from 10:30 till 4:00.  Come to the DC National Girls and Women's Sports Expo.  There will be sports clinics and Contests and prizes from Dc's own Mystics.  For more information, please look at their website. 
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