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: 

So much happening. First, a general observation:

There is no better time to discuss with your children the role that government plays in our society than now. Regardless of political persuasion, we are getting a master class in the impact that governmental decisions can make on our city and on our lives and it should be discussed around the dinner table or in the car or wherever. Be clear that your children are hearing all about this - from the news, their peers, their social media feeds - if not from you, and they need to sort this out. As I have noted previously, we will work at school on developing inquirers, knowledgable thinkers who are principled - but we cannot do this without your role as balancers. At the middle school level, students are clarifying their values. When I taught civics years ago, I was keenly aware that students were not sure what their personal beliefs and values were (in general). They either espoused what they had heard before or they were just starting to sort through a tidal wave of information on their own. Talk to them, listen to them, guide them, help them sort it out. When they ask a question about something they see, turn the question back on them so that you can hear what is really being asked. You won't regret this.

This past weekend Deal was hopping. A small group of students were off in Boston participating in model United Nations (see below) while back here we had a very well attended Open House. Thanks to all of the teachers and staff who showed up Saturday morning and welcomed curious parents and kids. There were many great conversations. It was our last Open House of the year, but there are still numerous "Deal Visits" to learn about the school and get a tour. We also held our continuing work with Saturday Stars - students working on identified skill areas on their own time but with lots of teacher support. 

It was also the first weekend in which we ran our Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) program for three different grades. Our 6th graders worked with Movement of Youth; our 7th and 8th graders met wise elders (Melvin Deal and Baba C) to begin work on their own rites of passage process. They also worked with a local parkour group - a very popular activity that resembles nothing else (check it out on youtube).

Tomorrow, the wonderful Pilobolus dance company will conduct a master class in dance at Deal. Nearly 40 of our students will participate in this activity; this is a follow-up to an Artward Bound trip to see Pilobolus at the Lisner Auditorium in DC earlier today. To say I am excited would be an understatement!

And still more! On Thursday, 23 students from our sister school, Yu Cai, will join us for a welcome breakfast and then fan out to our classes for the next day and a half. They will experience what an American education feels like. This is a follow-up to last year's visit in Beijing. I know the experience will be different because at the very least we do not have a school assembly every morning in which we do calisthenics and encourage ourselves to do better! On Friday, nearly 600 students from 16 DCPS schools will descend on Deal to present Chinese Lunar Year performances. That should be very interesting for our guests from Beijing!

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. As noted directly below, Deal is already hiring for next year. This is a great chance to steer someone you know to a Deal interview, or to help us find that special someone that you think might be great. We are creating two new teams (6th and 7th grade) so we will need someone from almost every subject area. As I announced last week, I plan to introduce Arabic to Deal; this will be a tough position to fill so any help in this area is much appreciated. Join us in building our teaching community!

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! 
Update from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
We hope to see everyone at our ADCA Meeting this week! Our speaker, Alan Katzman of Social Assurity, has an interesting perspective on social media for tweens and teens.    
ADCA Meeting - Wednesday, February 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
We have an exciting and interesting speaker scheduled -- Alan Katzman, the CEO of  Social Assurity , a company that offers courses for students on how to shape their online social media profiles believing "if social media is a tool for life, why not teach students to use it wisely?" Social Assurity was recently mentioned in this New York Times article on enhancing public profiles with a goal to enhance college admissions strategies.

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 1st: ADCA General Meeting 6:30-8:00 p.m.

*February 25th: Annual Deal Auction Fundraiser Gala


As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.
The ADCA Board
Week of 
January 30, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday - Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

Jan uary 30
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip

January 31
8th Grade NPG/SAAM Field Trip 

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

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

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

February 8
ADMS Science Fair

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

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

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

February 13
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 14
Deal Musical Auditions, Acting & Singing

February 15
Deal Musical Auditions, Dance

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

February 17
No school for students
PD Day for Staff

February 18
ADCA Meeting, 6:30 pm

February 20
Presidents Day
No School for Staff and Students
February 21
7th Grade Ski Trip
Team Leaders (grade level)
NAEP Testing

February 22
6th Grade Ski Trip (1/2) 
February 23
6th Grade Ski Trip (2/2)
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 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 2nd: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm
February 3rd: All travel documents required submitted to trip sponsors
March 30th: Trip meeting @ 6:30 pm  

Trip Information
Costa Rica
Sponsor: Britney Cuffee
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 26th, 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 to meet.

Student & Parent Information
New: School Wide Spelling Bee
Last week, 87 students gathered to determine who would represent Deal at the next level of the DC Spelling Bee. After 15 rounds, Charlotte Harkrader  (Team Columbo) was crowned the school spelling bee champion! In second and third places were Sophie Reeves (Team Douala) and Julia Weinrod (Team Kingston). All three winners will participate in the Cluster Spelling Bee on February 9th. Congratulations to all who participated!

New: Congratulations Mock Hearing Students 
Congratulations to all 8th graders for their awesome participation in the school wide Congressional Mock Hearings! Students presented their findings about the Constitution to judges and wowed them with their dialogue.
Six teams, one from each unit, will represent Deal at the citywide competition on February 15th:
Unit /Team
Andy Burris, Caden Turner, Dominic Catherino, Liam Kennedy, Nico Foxley
James Paul, Caleb Schuster, Noa Schleifer, Mia Heyward, Judy Le
Randy Deleon, Nate Coates, Olivia Collotta, Logan McClure, Lucy Scalzo
Anna Arnsberger, Erin Weissman, Aja Topps-Harjo, Maya McDaniel, Mathilda Nillson, Sarah James
Sasha Abebe, Kevin Skelly, Abe Jolles, Ethan Reece, Ravi Sadasiv, Sam Shapiro
Noah Weitzner, Stella Schwartzman, Ethan Mishra
Congratulations to our winners! They will receive information for the next steps from history teachers next week.
New: Girl Up Annual Fundraiser
Did you know... Ethiopian girls aged 15-19 are three times more likely to be HIV positive than their male peers? 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? In Liberia, rape is the most frequently reported crime; girls ages 10-14 are the most frequent victims? These statistics cannot remain!

Starting February 6th, Girl Up will begin their annual fundraiser, "Money for Munchkins" (previously Dollars for Donuts) for gender equality and girls' education. 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!

New: Spring Baseball
If you are interested in trying out for spring 2017 Alice Deal MS baseball, please respond to with your name, grade, and email address or addresses. There will be an important meeting for all 6th grade and 7th candidates for Alice Deal baseball after school this Wednesday, February 1st from 3:15 to 3:45pm in the cafeteria.
New: Model United Nations results
Congratulations to the six MUN delegates who traveled to Boston for the Boston University Academy Conference!  Special shout outs to Best Position Paper in DISEC that went to Vance Gootman and Honorable Mention to Max Gersch for his participation in the UNESCO committee.  All six delegates are superstars!  The other four participants were:  Maya Landweber, Maddie Feldman, Eli Faber, and Lachlan Bond. Congrats Deal Team!!!!

New: 6th Grade Boys Group
Greetings Parents! A new group for 6th grade boys will be starting on Tuesday February 7, 2017. 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. Light snacks will be provided. Please reach out if you think your student would benefit from participating. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Mr. Chanudomchok, 6th Grade Science Teacher,
Ms. Buchanan, 6th Grade Social Worker and 504 Coordinator,

New: Deal Robotics
Our robotics team had a great time at Saturday's competition. Coach Delgado reports that final results are still being tallied and final adjusted scored from Saturday's rounds should show up on their website. not showing the adjusted scores from Saturday's final rounds. The Robotic Championship Finals will be held at Deal, on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9am until 4pm.

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 (

New: Edline - Semester Change
All third-advisory/second-semester classes are now active on Edline. Classes for the second advisory/first semester will remain active this week while teachers work on record keeping.  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 Field Trip
The 8th grade will see Hidden Figures at the Avalon Theater on February 9th and 10th. Please see the "8th Grade Corner" (below) for additional details.
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

Banana Splits
Banana Splits is a voluntary school-based program that meets on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30pm, and is for students who have experienced parental divorce or separation. Parental split is a major life change, and Banana Splits give students a safe place to discuss challenges and develop resiliency. Students can be referred to the group by a parent, staff member, or brought in by a peer, however, students should not feel forced to attend. Students are permitted to drop-in as needed.Please email Ms. Alphonse at for additional information.

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 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

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

Field Trip This Week!
  • Team Accra:  January 30th
  • Team Oslo:  January 31st
  • Team Johannesburg:  February 1st
  • Team Kigali:  February 2nd
Students will visit the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Key information:
  • Arrive to your homeroom by 8:45 am. We will depart at 9:00 am sharp and will return to school by 3:15 pm.
  • Bring a bagged lunch. There is not an opportunity to buy lunch.  
  • Students need two pencils and please feel free to bring a clipboard. All other materials will be provided at the museum.
  • Buses are provided compliments of this amazing partnership!
Thank you to our wonderful parent chaperones who will attend, as well! We look forward to seeing you! Please accompany your child to his/her homeroom  on Monday morning. We look forward to seeing you at  8:45 am!

Hidden Figures Movie Field Trip
The science and math department planned a field trip to see the film about three brilliant African American women at NASA.  All 8 th grade teams will see the film.  Details are below:
  • Teams Johannesburg and Oslo will see the film Thursday, February 9th
  • Teams Kigali and Accra will see the film Friday, February 10th
  • The cost is $8.00 exact cash or checks (payable to Alice Deal Middle School) due by Wednesday, January 25th
  • Return permission clip and cash to the team 8th grade science teacher
  • Permission slips distribution will be Monday, January 23rd
  • A digital copy of the permission slip will be available on the science teacher's Edline page
  • This is a walking field trip to Avalon Theater at 5612 Connecticut Ave NW - please make sure your student is dressed appropriately
  • Parent chaperones are needed please contact, Ms. Hampton at
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 Kigali and Oslo began their research if technology was on their side. Unfortunately, there were a few blunders, so students should take time at home to complete what they may not have been able to do in class. Students were also reminded that group agreement forms are due Monday, January 30th to their English teachers. 

If your student has not already completed the survey at the bottom of process journal #2, please have them do so. This will help us put them in the right group so they can get the best support.

What's next?
Teams Accra and Johannesburg will complete research in class on Thursday, February 2nd. Students will meet their supervisors on Thursday, February 16th.

Parent information sessions will be hosted on Thursday, February 2nd at 6pm and on Friday, February 3rd at 9:30 am.

What's needed? 
By next week, an Edline group will be available with all the documents you need to support your student throughout the community project process.

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

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

Requesting a Transcript 
Many applications will ask for a transcript or school records. Requests should be sent to Ms. Humphrey ( 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: The After School Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, January 30th 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: Girl Up
Girl Up will meet in Ms. Huber's room on
Monday, January 30th at 3:30 pm. Get ready to make posters for our next fundraiser, Money for Munchkins! See you there! 
Tuesday: 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
Model UN will meet on Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:20 pm in E205. Students write letters to support the continued funding of the UN. See you there!
Wednesday: Book Club
There is an exciting new book club starting up at Deal! Students will be reading  Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard. Students will read the book, mostly independently, and gather weekly to discuss. These meetings will culminate with a chance to sit down and meet the author! Here is a synopsis from the author's website:
With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister-and of the family gas station. Harley Blevins, local king and emperor of Standard Oil, is in hot pursuit to clinch his fuel monopoly. To keep him at bay and keep her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father-and fast. And so when a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she hold off the hounds till she comes of age?
While this is a young adult novel, parents will need to sign a permission slip for students because of the mature content. We will have an interest meeting on Wednesday, February 1st from 3:20 - 3:40 pm in Ms. Belser's room
(W207). Email with questions!

Friday: Community Project Coffee 
Join Deal's IB Coordinator, Alana Brown, to learn more about the 8th grade Community Project. We will meet Friday, February 3rd at 9:30 am. 

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).

Baseball Sign-Up:
Tuesday: 3:30 - 4:00 pm by the gym
Thursday: 3:30 - 4:00 pm by the gym
Please visit >student life>athletics for information on how to complete the necessary forms for your child online. Paper forms will also be available.
Monday: Practice, 3:30 to 6 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 to 6 pm 
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 to 6 pm 
Friday: Practice, 3:30 to 6 pm
The Alice Deal swim team held its last swim practice on Thursday, January 26th at the Wilson Aquatic Center. The aquatic center will be closed from January 31st - February 27th  for construction. The handout sheet distributed by Dr. Delgado listed swim sites you may practice on your own. We look forward to competing in the city championship soon:
Date:  Friday, February 10, 2017 
Site:   HD Woodson High School 
          540 55th Street N.E. 
Bus pick up:  3:30 pm at Deal 
Swim Meet Time:  5:00 - 8:00 pm 

If you have any questions please see or text Coach Spann. 

Girls 6th Basketball:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Game vs. West @ Deal, 4:45 pm
Wednesday: Game vs. Browne @ Browne,
Thursday: Game vs. Leckie @ Deal, 4:45pm
Friday:DPR Winter Rec League Game, time TBA
Boys 6th Basketball:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 5 pm
Tuesday: Game vs. West @ Deal, 6 pm
Wednesday: Game vs. Browne @ Browne, 6 pm
Thursday: Game vs. Leckie @ Deal, 6 pm
Friday: No Practice
Girls 7/8th Basketball:  
Monday: Game vs. Oyster @ Oyster, 4:45pm
Tuesday: No Practice
Wed: Game vs. Johnson @ Deal, 4:45 pm
Thursday: No Practice
Friday: DPR Winter Rec League Game, time TBA
Boys 7/8th Basketball:
Monday: Studyhall/practice, 3:30 - 6 pm
Tuesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30pm 
Wednesday: Game vs. Johnson @ Deal, 6 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm 
Friday: No Practice
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
Civilization V - Brave New World
We will battle each other in the strategy game of culture, diplomacy, scientific innovation, and domination.
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
Students will learn the basics of Epee Fencing
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
Book Club
Students will read and discuss various literary genres.
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
Cooking Club
Practice cooking, work with recipes
3:30 - 4:30
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
Spanish theatre club
Henderson/ Wooten
We will read, write, watch, and of course ACT Spanish language theatre!
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. 
DCIAA Middle School Lacrosse Clinic 
The DCIAA is pleased to announce our first Middle School Lacrosse Clinic at Dunbar High School on February 4th, 2017.  The DCIAA will be partnering with two amazing organizations in Winners Lacrosse and CityLax to ensure an great experience for our student athletes.
This clinic will be the first of many with the hopes of launching our first DCIAA pilot Middle School Lacrosse season in the 2017-18 School Year.  The clinic is open to both your male and female student athletes. The clinic is of course free to your student athletes and equipment, food, transportation, and t-shirts will all be provided.  Please make sure one adult from your building attends the clinic with your students.
Where: Dubnar High School
When: February 4th
Time: 9AM-11AM girls clinic and 12PM-2PM Boys Clinic
Please register in the link below by Monday January 23rd, 2017  so we can plan for the event accordingly.
 Register Here 
Parenting Children With ADHD Workshop Series Returns
After a sold-out fall session, the "CALM & CONNECTED: Parenting Children With ADHD©" series returnsFebruary 16. "Calm & Connected" is a 7-week interactive, in-person workshop series for parents struggling with all the challenges that ADHD brings. Learn to help your family thrive, and connect with parents facing similar challenges. 

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

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

For details and to register (at EARLY REGISTRATION RATES  through January 25), go to 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