Alice Deal Middle School

Think globally - Listen compassionately - Act inclusively  


The Weekly Bulletin 

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Our school mission:
Alice Deal Middle School inspires excellence, curiosity, and compassion through intellectual and social engagement.

What we believe:
All members of the Deal community feel valued, connected, respected, and supported.
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Principal's message: 

This week we take the time to thank our Assistant Principals for all the work they do. As Principal, I am in an advantageous position to see everything that they do, working each day with all of them. As the school leader, they do their best to fulfill my directives and directions for the school. Let me tell you a little about them, so you can see why I hold them in such high esteem.

In schools, Assistant Principals do the heavy lifting. It has been thus since schools began! Assistant Principals are responsible for managing student behavior and culture, working closely with teachers on curriculum and instruction, and taking the lead on the many projects that the Principal tasks them with. We have very high expectations for our students and keep working to find ways to make these real for them. Without a doubt, there is much that my Assistant Principals do that you just don't hear about. Deal is a very busy place and we love the work that we do. 

Keep in mind that each grade-level Assistant Principal at Deal works with at least 470 students (470 in 7th and 8th grades, 540 in 6th grade). This is more than the entire population of any other middle school in DCPS. For the last few years we have had five Assistant Principals to manage the work - three manage grade levels, one manages IB and professional development, and one manages special education. This year we have had the unfortunate situation of two of our Assistant Principals out on extended leave. This means we have the same amount of work to do, but only three people to do it. Thankfully, I have three of the most committed and hardworking Assistant Principals in DCPS to take care of all that we have to do.

Diedre Neal, 6th grade Assistant Principal, was just recognized as a Highly Effective Leader with a Rubinstein Award. She has served in many positions in her career as an educator - teacher, program coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. As the heart and brains behind the creation of Deal's 6th grade program, she has overseen our youngest Vikings for eight years. She is expert at building culture, creating a loving environment, and keeping it fun. Ms. Neal also manages our math programs and our music and art programs. Her focus has always been on her students - and it shows.

Alieze Stallworth, 7th grade Assistant Principal, has been a long-time partner with DCPS - as a parent, community advocate, teacher, Principal coach, and now Assistant Principal. She started at Deal first as leader of our IB program, but transitioned several years ago to grade-level leader. In that position, she works closely with families and students, relying on her experience and skill to build consensus and community. She has led our efforts to bring in restorative justice practices and to participate in DCPS' school climate initiative. Ms. Stallworth also leads our World Languages and PE teams of teachers.

Mr. Rottman, 8th grade Assistant Principal, brings drive and energy to our school. Starting in elementary school, he has worked across the city, most recently at Jefferson MS. Mr. Rottman manages our students right before the leave for schools across the city - working with counselors and teachers on recommendations, managing the World Language trip process, organizing promotional activities, and basically making sure our Vikings are ready for high school. He also leads our English, Reading, and Second-Language Learner programs.

Our two other Assistant Principals, Katherine Giron and Dr. Paris Gasque, lead our IB and Special Education programs, respectively. Ms. Giron successfully led our testing process for the last two years, and oversee the school's science program. Dr. Gasque, new to Deal this year, has been focused on updating our special education program and working closely with families of students with disabilities.

I deeply appreciate the work of our Assistant Principals. Their consistency, skill, and longevity at Deal have kept us where our school needs to be to serve our students and our community.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. It is time to register. Let's take care of this as soon as possible.
DCPS Annual Enrollment 

All students must be enrolled  for the 2017-2018 school year by  June 14th.

Current 5th, 6th and 7th grader's  parents should bring their proof  of residency to the Deal Welcome  Center to complete the pre-printed enrollment  documents starting Monday, April 3rd.  Evening hours are scheduled every  Thursday until 7:00 pm for families who are not able  to come to the school during the  day. 8th graders should take  their proof of residency to the  high school they will attend.

The required residency verification guidelines are attached here.
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)
Have a great last week of school before spring break and remember the deadlines to purchase your mulch and Hairspray well-wisher ads are this week!
Mulch Sale - April 15th Deadline
Deal's first-ever mulch sale  will run until April 15th.  Purchase mulch, top-soil, and soil conditioner to support your favorite middle school!  All orders include free delivery and there is no minimum order!  Plus, you can add a bag (or two) to your order and designate it for Tenleytown Main Street, the folks who help keep Alice Deal's neighborhood looking sharp! 
Many thanks to Mark Rasevic and Rasevic Landscape Company for making this fundraiser possible.

Questions? Email:  
Product Choices for 2017 - Each $7
  • Double-Shredded Hardwood Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Virginia Pine Bark & Fines Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Shredded Pine Bark Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Rappahannock (Mini Pine Nuggets) Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Silver Dollar (Large Pine Nuggets) Mulch, 3 cu. ft. bag
  • Superfines (Pine Soil Conditioner), 40 lb. bag
  • Leafgro (Composted Leaf Soil Conditioner), 1.5 cu. ft. bag
  • Top Soil, 40 lb. bag

Hairspray Updates 
Calling Deal Students to Join our Hairspray Hair and Makeup Tech Crew!
Are you an aspiring makeup or style artist?  Are you interested in learning what it is like to be part of the backstage fun of a large-scale musical? We are searching for a few students to join our Hairspray hair and makeup tech crew! Please email amysuardi@gmail.comif you are interested !
Parent Volunteers are Still Needed!  
*   We're still looking for Parent Volunteers for particular jobs for the production. 
Please contact Amy ( ) or Beth ( ) if you can help.  Thank you!
Students are still in early rehearsals, but once we get into production and performance mode, we will need lots of help! Here are some larger jobs that we'd like to fill before things heat up:
  • Program ad designer - someone with graphic design skills to format and create "well-wisher" ads for the playbill
  • Hair stylists - two people willing to coordinate and liaison with the costume designer, plus others to help at performances
  • Make-up artists - pair with our co-coordinator to organize supplies and volunteers
  • DVD - someone to coordinate the videography, reproduction, and delivery
Please contact Amy ( or Beth ( if you can help.  Thank you!
How to be a Parent Sponsor 
Don't have time to volunteer but want to help out? Monetary donations help us purchase supplies such as scenery, costumes, make-up, and the cast party, as well as compensate the professionals who work hard to direct and design the musical. Any amount you can give is welcome and appreciated.
Because we are supported by the non-profit Alice Deal Community Association (ADCA), all donations are tax-deductible. Special thanks to ADCA co-treasurer, Carolyn Arpin, for creating our Hairspray store and online payment page.
Well-Wisher Ad Sales - Support Our Artists! 
If you want to surprise your student with a special high-five, you can buy a quarter-page ad or a 2-line "shout-out" in the Hairspray playbill. Three full-page spots are also available to businesses who want to reach a large, captive audience. For more information, see our  Program Ad Info Sheet  court esy of coordinator Sarah Zogby.
Don't delay- all text, images, and payments must be sent by April 15th. Click here to purchase your   well-wisher ad.
Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:
  • April 15th: Spring mulch sale ends
  • April 15th: Deadline to purchase well-wisher ads for students in Hairspray
  • May 5th and 6th: Hairspray Jr. - Deal Musical
As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.

The ADCA Board
Week of 
April 10, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

April 10
6th Grade Science Field Trip/Calleva Farm 
April 11
6th Grade Science Field Trip/ Calleva Farm
April 12
6th Grade Science Field Trip/ Calleva Farm
April 13
WTU Meeting; 3:30 in E200
ALT 3:30 
April 14
Term 3 Report Cards distributed 
6th Grade Science Field Trip/Calleva Farm 
April 17 - 21
No school for teachers and students
Spring Break 
April 25
Principal's Coffee - 9am
Team Leaders (Grade) 
WTU - Reno Room
April 27
6th Grade Spanish field trip to Gala Hispanic Theatre. 
Faculty Meeting - 3:30 
April 28
Deal Tour 9am
April 29
Saturday STARS; 9 - 12

May 1
Teacher Appreciation Week 
Math & ELA Leap Seminar,
3:30 - 4:45 pm 

May 2 
 Team Leaders(all)

May 4 
6th Grade Awards Ceremonies 
NTD, 3:30 pm

May 5
LSAT 7:30 am

May 10
ADCA Executive Board Meeting

May 11
WTU Meeting, 3:30 pm
ALT, 3:30 pm
Speech and Debate Tournament, 3:30 pm 

May 12
Term 4 Midpoint
8th Grade Trip Gettysburg

May 16
Team Leaders (grade level)
Spring Concert, 6:30 pm 

May 18
PD Day,
No School for Student

May 19 
Parent Teacher Conference Day,
No School for Students

May 23
Principal's Coffee, 9 am
WTU, meeting

May 24
ADCA General Meeting, 6:30 pm

May 25
Faculty Meeting, 3:30 pm

May 26
Deal Tour, 9 am

May 29
Memorial Day
No School 

International Baccalaureate Updates
During the month of May, students exlpore design principles through Science 6 and all world language courses. We need your help with some supplies to get this initiative off the ground. Ms. Law and the Science 6 team request the following items: 
  • Glue guns w/glue sticks
  • tacky glue (wood glue)
  • sticky back foam sheets 
  • jumbo wood craft sticks
  • wood skill sticks (building popsicle sticks)
  • wood buttons (for car wheels)
  • mini solar panels
  • Legos
Donated items can be sent to Ms. Brown in C227 or Ms. Law in E101.

Deal Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule


Monday, April 9th (Dance)
You Can't Stop the Beat
Tracy, Link, Seaweeds Friends (plus anyone we added to come from the aisle), Lil Inez, Penny, Dynamites

Welcome to the 60s
60s Ensemble, Tracy, Dynamites, Pinky Staff, Pinky, Edna
Nicest Kids Reprise 6:30-6:45pm
Corny Collins Dancers, Corny Collins Council Members

Tuesday, April 10th (Music)
Nicest Kids Reprise
Corny Collins Dancers, Corny Collins Council Members, Tracy

Big Dollhouse
Tracy, Edna, Penny, Velma, Amber, Jailhouse Ensemble, Lil Inez, Motormouth

Mama I'm A Big Girl Now 4:20pm-5:00pm
Mama Ensemble and Soloists

It Takes Two
Link, Corny, Tracy, Backup Up, Council Girls

Timeless to Me
Wilbur and Edna

Without Love
Penny, Tracy, Link, Seaweed, Prudy

Wednesday, April 11 (Scenework)
Scenes 8-12
Amber, Lou Ann, Tammy, Gym Teacher, Seaweed's Friends, Shelly, Council Members, Link, Tracy, Penny Lil Inez, Motormouth, Velma, Amber, Edna, Wilbur, Male Guard, Prudy, Newscaster, Corny

Thursday, April 12
Scenework with songs - Students will be reviewing dances when they are not on stage
Scenes 1-7
3:15 - 6:45 pm
Full Company

Friday, April 13
Scenework with songs - Students will be reviewing dances when they are not on stage
Scenes 8-12
3:15 - 6:45 pm
Full Company
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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! 
Media Center  News

The Deal Library will be closed after school Wednesday-Friday this week.
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.
NHD Nationals Bound

Congratulations to all 8th graders who participated in the Citywide NHD Contest  at the National Archives!  Below are those who placed at Citywide, along with those who won special prizes for their research.  All students who placed 1st or 2nd in their category will advance to Nationals in June at the University of Maryland.  Those who placed third will be an alternate if the first or second place winner(s) are unable to attend Nationals.    Deal had a strong showing!  Kudos to all students, parents, and the community!  The 8th grade History teachers are VERY proud of you!!
NHD Advancing to Nationals 2017
Research Papers:
1.      Edward R. Murrow: Anna Katzive
2.      Rachel Carson:  Isabel Laguarda
Group Exhibits:
1.      Inez Milholland:  Maddie  Conway, Zara Kovner, Eilythia Penati
2.      Reproductive Rights:  Mara Jaffe, Sydney Keating, Nikki Keating, Mara Phillips
3.      Lucy Stone:  Anna Arnsberger, Emma Harris, Liana Johnson
Individual Exhibits:
1.      -
2.      Italian Resistance:  Virginia Suardi
3.      Nellie Bly:  Kelsey Smith
Group Websites:
1.      -
2.      John Muir:  Willa Beckerman, Keely Ferrand
3.      Alice Paul:  Elena Fox-Blank, Shirah Lister, Zoe Purser, Alexandra Webber
Individual Websites:
1.      The Forgotten Feminist:  Allison Ha
2.      Resistance in Denmark:  Peter Coviello
3.      Gloria Steinem:  Chiara Purificato
Group Performances:
1.      -
2.      Nancy Wake:  Maya McDaniel, Mathila Nillson, Sarah James
Individual Performances:
1.      Jane Addams:  Margot James
2.      Socrates:  Skyler Clay
3.      Aja Topps-Harjo:  Harriet Tubman
Group Documentaries:
1.      Raoul Wallenberg:  Miriam Shron and Dani Showstack
2.      Standing up for the Jews:  Jack Wallis and Ethan Yeager
3.      Tommy Smith and John Carlos:  Noah Weitzner, Truett Canty, Jake Stohr
Individual Documentaries:
1.      -
2.      Nada Bakos and the CIA:  Isabelle Shook

Special Awards:
Naval Award:  Isabelle Shook
Best Use of Primary Sources: Maddie  Conway, Zara Kovner, Eilythia Penati
Best Use of Multiple Perspectives:  Charlotte Goodnow
Best Connection to Theme: Isabel Laguarda
Best Annotated Bibliography:  Anna Arnsberger, Emma Harris, Liana Johnson
Student & Parent Information
New:  National Library Week
Deal will celebrate this week with our annual Deal Read Week celebration. Stop by the table in the gallery during all lunch periods next week for custom-bookmarks, temporary reading tattoos, book selfies, library stickers and even free books!
Our final literature-to-film screening will be on Tuesday and Wednesday after school, when we show  The Queen of Katwe.  Based on the non-fiction book by Tim Crothers, this film depicts how Phiona Mutesi becomes a chess champion while growing up in a slum in Uganda.

New: Bon-Voyage, World Travelers! 
This spring break, almost 200 8th grade students (and a handful of 7th graders) will travel to Costa Rica, France, China, and Guatemala as part of their study of Spanish, French, and Mandarin. This life-changing experience is made possible by the  tireless work of our teacher chaperones and trip leaders: Ms. Cuffee, Mr. Mbayu, Mr. Zhi, and Ms. Diaz. Additionally, Deal provided $48,000 in scholarships with the help of our awesome ADCA, DCPS, and EF Tours. Thank you! Wish these world travelers well and be sure to follow the fun over spring break with our exciting, picture-filled travel blogs!

7th grade families, be on the look-out for information about next year's trips later this spring! We will hold an informational meeting before the year ends.

New: Sailing Club is Coming!
Ahoy, land-lubbers! No experience is necessary so bring a friend, a snack, and your sense of adventure as we enjoy some time on the water with DC Sail! The Deal Sailing Club will return for its spring season after spring break. Please check the next bulletin for a schedule of sailing days and link to sign-up. All new and returning students will need to turn in a permission slip to participate. See you soon!

New:  ADMS Student News - Episode 3
Join 6th grade anchor Dante Chinni as he reports on two very special events at Deal - the Newseum Field Trip and 6th grade Spirit Week! Be sure to check out this latest episode at

8th Grade Updates  
This is a busy time of year for 8th graders! Please check out the "8th Grade Corner" and "Community Project" sections of the bulletin (below) for important updates on promotion activities and ongoing 8th grade Community Projects.

Parent School Climate Survey
The National Institute of Justice and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are conducting a study of school climate. The purpose of the study is to assist schools in the implementation of programs to enhance and improve school culture and climate. We are asking members of the Deal community to participate in the process by completing an online survey.
Parents\Guardians, we would like you to use the link below to take the online survey. The questions will ask for your thoughts about student engagement, school environment, and school safety. Thank you! Take the Parent Survey Here

Middle School Writing Competition 
The 29th "Celebration of Youth" essay contest is open to all DCPS students in grades 4 to 9.  The theme this year is about a situation in the student's own life that the student wants to be different; the student is asked to select and take a small action on a consistent basis to make the situation better for him/her self. Essays are due by 6:00 pm on May 1st. Cash Awards will be given to 60+ students across the city. This opportunity is sponsored by Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence, a local nonprofit in Washington, DC.  Visit their website or download the attachment to get the complete set of guidelines for the contest. For questions, email Dorothea Brady at  

DCPS Summer Learning 2017
Summer Learning 2017 is open to all current Kindergarten through 8th grade students (rising 1st through 9th grade students) and takes place from June 26th - July 28th. Students at Deal will attend Brightwood EC for Summer Learning. Registration for Summer Learning is open online. More information, including summer course descriptions, can be found at this link and flyer. Information on all DCPS summer programs can be found at 
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) is an opportunity for middle school students to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship, service to community, and character. To participate, students must be in the 7th or 8th grade and meet the following criteria to be eligible for induction into the Deal Chapter of NJHS:

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

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

Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process of conflict resolution in which trained student mediator assists disputants to discuss and resolve their conflict. Mediation is available at Deal for student disputes on a referral basis. If students have a conflict or want to let someone know about a potential conflict situation, there are two ways to refer the issue:
1. Any student or adult may fill out the blue Mediation Referral form found in Ms. White's mailbox in the Welcome Center and in each of the grade level counselor offices.
2.  Students may also talk to a trusted adult who will refer the matter to one of the grade level counselors.
It is important to note that mediation referrals can be submitted anonymously. This means that those referring others for mediation can do so without putting their name on the form. 
Deal Gives Back
Deal Gives Back is our annual community service  day in which all Deal students and teachers serve our local community. Deal is looking for new activities and ideas for this year's sixth grade students. If you are a part of an organization or know of one that can use student volunteers, please contact Deal Gives Back will take place  Wednesday, June 7th.
If you need support with your Edline account or have questions about the system, please email
Follow Us on Twitter! 
Be sure to follow @DealVikings on Twitter for a glimpse in to the daily life of Deal students and all the latest news. Don't forget to tag us when you mention your favorite Deal moments! 
6th Grade Corner

Calleva Farm Field Trip
6th grade students will be heading to Calleva Farm the week  of April 10th - 14th.  Team Marrakesh will go 4/10, Team Colombo 4/11, Team Nassau 4/12, and Team Douala 4/14. Please submit Calleva permission slip and $10 (cash) to your science teacher. Here is the link for the online waiver: . The School Group ID is "2017 Alice Deal 6th Farm Day".
School House Rock Rehearsal Schedule
All rehearsals will take place in the multi-purpose room and start at 3:15 pm

Monday, 4/10
MUSIC solo work
Preamble (Irene & Adam)
Noun (Charlotte)
Interjections (Margaret & Tess K)
Janet (Karis, Ana & Yossi)

Tuesday, 4/11
MUSIC solo work
Three is a Magic Number (Iris)
Adjectives (Olivia & Rigby)
Circulation (Mason)
Sufferin til Suffrage (Taylor, Liberty & Erica)

Wednesday, 4/12
MUSIC - Entire Cast until 5
Three is a Magic Number, Noun is a Person, Place or Thing & Interplanet Janet
Review I'm Just a Bill

Thursday, 4/13
DANCE - I'm Just a Bill until 5
Julia Black, Avery McDonald, Anderson Jennings, Charlotte Harkrader, Clare Gao, Erin Roby, Karis Francis, Mason Meyer, Taylor Jackson, Tess Kontarinis, Yossi Sohn

Friday, 4/14
MUSIC - Entire Cast until 5
Sufferin til Suffrage, Melting Pot & Interjections

Random Acts of Kindness
Next week we will continue our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Initiative. As the weather warms, we would like to ask kids to pay attention to the kindness around them everyday. During the month of April, we are asking sixth grade students and teachers to give a shout-out to anyone who has done something randomly kind for them. The names of the students who receive the shout-out will appear on stars on the wall above their team's main locker location. Each sixth grade teacher will be given a stack of shout-out sheets for students or teachers to write briefly about their RAK encounter.

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 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

Seventh Grade Spirit Week is here!   April 10-14

Monday - Penny War!
Bring in your coins! We will be having a penny war - bring in pennies to put in your team's jar, but bring in silver coins to place in the jars of other teams to sabotage them! Proceeds will be donated to Martha's Table.

We will also start our hall decorating contest!

Tuesday Twin day!
Dress as a twin with one of your friends!

Wednesday- Supply Drive!
Bring in socks and toiletries to donate to Martha's Table.

Thursday - Team Color Day! 
Wear your team color and support your team at our afternoon basketball tournament (during Thursday bell activity period! Team colors:
  • Fez - blue
  • Kingston - green
  • Luxor - yellow
  • Santiago - red.
Finish decorating your hallways - they're getting judged on Friday.

Friday - Sports Fan Day!
Wear gear from your favorite sports team (DEAL counts!!)  Also, end your day enjoying the talent of your peers at our 7th Grade talent show (during 7th period).

Contact Information
Do you have concerns, questions or comments?

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students

Ms. Monkou - Counselor

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner

New: 8th Grade Promotion Payments 
8th grade promotion letter we sent home with students this week.

8th Grade Dance Help
Attention 8th grade parents! It's time to start thinking about the ever-popular 8th grade promotion dance and we need your help to make it a success! Parent volunteers are needed at the following times on June 12th:

Set-up: 12:45 - 6:00 pm
Chaperone: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Clean-up: 9:00pm until the end of the dance. 

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

8th Grade Team Texts
Sign up for team-specific texts for community project, field trips, and other information using Remind 101. Signing up is optional, but this is a good way for students and families to stay connected via text when your email inbox is overflowing!  
Community Project Updates
What happened this week?
This week, students reflected on their progress thus far and graded themselves on the Approaches to Learning: Communication, Social, Self-Management, Research, and Thinking. Students also learned what will be expected from their presentations and watched a sample presentation.

What's next? 
Students should implement their Community Project during the month of April and take notes in their Process Journal #4, which is available on Edline.

What's needed?  
If you haven't already discussed what activity your student will be completing, now's the time to ask! Students continue to need guidance for their projects, so please assist them with making phone calls to the organizations or people they would like to serve. 
Also, if you have resources that students may benefit from or connections to organizations that can use some help, please contact me at 

New: Wilson HS Course Selection
Wilson High School will visited Deal this week and all homerooms received a visit from the 8th grade counselors to begin their course selection! All students (even those who do not plan to attend Wilson) made their preliminary course selections and should bring a letter home for parents to review. These letters should be signed by a parent and returned to homeroom teachers this week. Please contact Ms. Humphrey or Ms. Travers with questions.

New: Wilson HS Registrations Hours
As with any school year, all 8th grade students who plan to attend Wilson HS should register their student at Wilson. Registration hours:
  • April 10th - 13th, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Friday, April 14th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 15th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • April 24th - 27th, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Friday, April 28th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Unless otherwise noted, all other weekday registration hours will be from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

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

High School Open Houses and Interviews
High school visits and interviews are awesome opportunities 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
Community Project 

With every 8th grade student completing a Community Project this year, there will be many requests for donations of supplies, toiletries, food, sporting goods, and various other items. Thank you for your support of our young community leaders as they find ways to improve the world around them! Here are some of the ways students hope to help others:

Delanie and Francesca are looking for donations for their IB project. They are collecting ALL items for animals, especially cats and dogs at the DC Humane Societey (clothes, toys, food, treats, blankets, shampoo, etc). Donations should be brought to room C322 during the month of April. 

My name is Spencer! My friends Caleb, Robert, and Lefa are working on the 8th grade community project. Our project topic is participating actively.  Our goal is to gather 100 shoes for donation to a foundation that provides things for people in need. My group and I need your help to reach this goal. We will be accepting donations in front of the Welcome Center from  April 3rd to April 25th.

8th grade students Emily and Lily are partnering with Leveling the Playing Field to run a used sporting equipment collection drive at Deal. LPF relies on used/excess sports donations from local communities to engage underprivileged children in the DMV. Clean out your garages and clear the yard of used sporting equipment so that kids who are less fortunate are able to enjoy them! See the list of accepted equipment and drop off your equipment in the LPF bin in front of the Welcome Center.  The collection will run during the month of April 

Pictures of our students meeting with their Community Project supervisors!

This Week at Deal
Monday: After School Outdoor Basketball Club
The After School Outdoor Basketball Club will meet on Monday, April 10th at 3:30 pm behind the school on the court next to the Cottage. Dress for the
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 at 3:30 pm on Monday! See you then! We will finalize plans for the spring concert  and upcoming events!
Tuesday:  Deal Ultimate Frisbee!
This is the last week to order your jersey!
Please print and fill out the form at  and return to Mr. Martini with $20 (without name/number) or $30 (with name/number) by this Friday. We will practice on Tuesday after school from 3:30 - 4:30 pm and meet in W104.
Tuesday:  GeoPlunge!
All 6th graders (new and returning) interested in GeoPlunge will meet every Tuesday during GRIT time in Mr. Martini's room (W104). We will be getting ready and preparing for the Spring tournament.

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

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

Monday: Practice, 3:45 - 6:30 pm
Thursday: Practice, 3:45 - 6:30 pm
Outdoor Track:
Monday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, meet in gallery
Tuesday: DCIAA Middle School Developmental meet at Spingarn High School, 10:00 am. 
Wednesday: Practice, 3:30 - 4:30, meet in gallery
Boys Soccer:
Please check the athletic calendar for updates to soccer schedule. 
Girls Soccer: 
Practice on Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
Please check the athletic calendar for updates to soccer schedule.  

Monday - Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Meet on the field or gym, depending on weather 
Wednesday, April 26th  
Deal vs. Walker Jones at Walker - Jones.  
4:00 pm (This is an away game)  
Friday, April 28th 
Deal vs Hardy at Deal 
3:30 pm  (This is our first home game!)
Winners Lacrosse:
Monday: Girls Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday: Boys Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday: Girls & Boys Practice, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Club/ Activity
Girl Up Club
Huber/ Massaquoi
Mentoring young girls, helping them get through their day-to-day
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Pen pals
Dziato/ Parish
Get to know another middle school half way across the world in Singapore. You will send your pen pal letter, emails and even video messages.
3:30 - 4:30
ELA Peer Tutoring
ELA Peer Tutoring
3:30 - 4:30
After School Outdoor Basketball Club
All are welcome to participate in Mr. Namian's Outdoor After School Basketball Club. Girls, boys, players grades 6-8, novices/experts. If you like the greatest game ever invented, then this is the club for you! After an hour of supervised pickup, each session culminates with Mr. Namian's famous wild half court shootout for Gatorades.
3:30 - 4:30
Science Fair Help
7th and 8th Grade Science Fair Help
3:30 - 4:30
Jazz/Popular Music Vocal Group
3:30 - 5:00
Peer Mediation
Students in all grades learning how to help their peers resolve conflict in a peaceful way. Club members will mediate disputes that have been referred by staff and students throughout the school year.
3:30 - 4:30
Kim, Giron
Come design shoes! Learn about how you can customize your own pair.
3:30 - 4:30
Student Council
Governing student body at ADMS
3:30 - 4:30
Reno Room
Trading Card Games
Students play trading card games of their choosing (Pokemon, Magic, etc.)
3:30 - 4:30
Tennis club is a casual weekly gathering for those interested in the sport. A typical day involves 15-20 minutes of drills to improve skill, followed by 20-30 minutes of friendly competition. Depending on the amount of interest, the club may split into 2 groups based on skill level. The club typically breaks during the winter. Tennis shoes are required, a racket is recommended, and I will provide tennis balls.
3:30 - 4:30
Culture Club
The Culture Club will explore and celebrate different countries/cultures from across the world each week with pictures, videos, food, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
3:30 - 4:30
ELL Homework Club
Homework Assistance, guidance
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Up
Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
3:30 - 4:30
E 307
Apples To Apples Kids
Come join Mr. Boccardi and play Apples. Apples to Apples is a fun games that requires you to make whacky comparison based on your opponents personality and character.
3:30 - 4:30
Brainteaser Club
Come stretch your brain with logic puzzles, optical illusions, and visual workouts. This club will be a break from homework, but will still make you think!
3:30 - 4:20
Yoga club
Little yogis will learn the basics of yoga and functional movement.
3:30 - 4:15
In this club, students will discuss the "real questions"... what is the meaning of life, etc.
3:30 - 4:30
Banana Splits
A safe place for students with divorced parents to come and express feelings and engage in fun activities
3:30 - 4:30
The Stock Market Game
The Stock Market Game curriculum, lessons, and activities combine content knowledge, critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in a real-world simulation.
3:30 - 4:30
Baxter/ Clark
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
Chess Club
Students will learn to play chess.
3:30 - 4:30
Peer Mediation
Submitted previously
3:30 - 4:30
International Cinema
Students meet for snacks and an international film viewing
3:30 - 4:30
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
Student Librarians
If you love organizing and helping your classmates, consider becoming a student librarian! Choose a day to come after school to help with shelving, organizing, and assisting your fellow students.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Today, Tomorrow and Monday!
A group of seventh graders have requested an opportunity to explore current events and how they impact upon a middle schooler's today and tomorrow!  Of course, in line with the club's name, will meet on Monday at 3:30 in room W206
Student Librarians
Working in the media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Students will practice their public speaking skills and work towards practicing for competitions.
T 3:30-4:30
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
Power Walking Club
Power Walking Club is perfect for Vikings who want to exercise and stay healthy throughout the school year!
3:30 - 4:00
Pause devoirs
French homework help.
3:30 - 4:00
Scrabble Club
Compete against one another in the game of Scrabble. For serious player or those looking to have fun.
3:30 - 4:30
GeoPlunge! (6th grade)
All 6th graders are invited to play GeoPlunge - a fun card game played using cards with facts and trivia about the 50 states!
6th Gr Lunch
Inspiration Choir
After-School choir that will sing uplifting and inspiring music.
3:30 - 4:30
Creative Writing
Students will write short screenplays, short stories, and poetry with special focus on enhanced description, structure, and plot development.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Concert Band
Van der Horst
Concert Band is a performing ensemble open to all students who play a wind or percussion instrument. There will be performance opportunities outside school hours.
7:45 - 8:00
Students will work throughout the year to produce the 2016-2017 ADMS Yearbook! Students will take photos, organize layouts and write descriptions for the yearbook!
3:30 - 4:30
Reading Support Club
Gain confidence in reading and join our reading support club!
3:30 - 4:30
Model UN
Students will discuss global current events, work on Model UN Skills, and participate in MUN Conferences. This club is for 7th and 8th grade students, or 6th grade students with experience.
3:30 - 4:30
Girls Soccer (Spring '17)
DCIAA Spring soccer league
3:30 - 5:00
Girl Talk
Fullington/ Humphrey
Girl Talk will be designed to provide educational and recreational experiences through positive social interactions, peer mentoring, and teamwork and life skills development.
3:30 - 4:30
Sports Rap
In Sports Rap, students will engage in socratic seminar type discussions, debating the major issues in the sports world. Students will also view and discuss current highlights from major sporting events. A fun activity for the serious sports fan!
3:30 - 4:30
Coloring Club
Do you love to color? Adult coloring is growing in popularity. According to CNN, coloring "has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," Whether you want to reduce stress or just enjoy coloring, come join coloring club!
3:30 - 4:30
Math HW Club
Lewis - Samuels
The Math HW Club is designed to assist 6th grade math students to complete their math homework in a setting with a math specialist. Students will work at their pace to develop skills and confidence to improve their math performance.
3:30 - 4:30
Robotics Club
Students will have an opportunity to design, build, and program devices and robots to accomplish simple and complex tasks.
3:30 - 4:30
Girl Talk
A club where girls can share middle school adventures. Some topics will include fashion, academics, future goals and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Book Club
Begins second semester. Welcome readers!! Book club will meet once a week to discuss a book we are all reading independently.
3:30 - 4:15
Science Olympiad
Students involved in this club need to commit to practicing. This is a science team competition
3:30 - 4:15
Student Librarians
Working in media center.
3:30 - 4:30
Media Center
Students learn stunt, dance, tumbling and motion techniques to be performed at various competitions
3:30 - 5:30
8th Gr. Anime Club in C212
Students will enjoy in healthy debates about anime while reviewing age-appropriate cinema and eating snacks. Open to 8th graders.
3:30 - 5:00
Jazz Band
van der Horst
A traditional jazz ensemble open to students with at least one year experience on their instrument. An audition is required.
3:30 - 4:30
Concert Choir
Classical Music Choir
7:45 - 8:30
Concert Band
van der Horst
Concern band practice.
7:45 - 8:00
Guitar Club
Come and play guitar with your friends; learn from each other!
3:30 - 4:30
7th Gr. Comic Book Club in C212
Students will participate in healthy debates about comic books and superheroes while eating pizza and watching animated superhero shows and film.
3:30 - 5:00
East Asia Studies
If you love Asian culture and would like to learn more this is the club for you. We watch Korean or Japanese films and we discuss their culture.
3:30 - 4:30
Students can gather to discuss their favorite video games, which Pokémon they just caught on Pokémon Go, and more.
3:30 - 4:30
Football, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse
3:30 - 5:30
Dr. Steve Science Journal Club
Read and discuss current events in the field of science. Dr. Steve, who spent his career developing vaccines at NIH, leads discussions.
3:15 - 4:15
Passport to History
8th grade students can accompany Ms. Daniels to sites around the city for their Passport to History project.
3:30 - 5:00
In this club, students will understand the key principles of digital photography and the post production techniques. We will also be taking a lot of photographs.
3:30 - 4:30
3:30 - 4:30

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

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

Wilson Crew Plant Sale 
Spring is here, and that means it's time for the Wilson Crew plant sale! Purchase beautiful flowering plants and herbs while lending your support to the only public school rowing program in Washington, DC. 
Ordering on-line is easy! Go to and click the "plant sale" tab, then begin shopping. PLEASE NOTE: You must enter a Rower Coupon Code in order for a particular rower to get fundraising credit for your order. You may also click "any rower" to support the whole team.
Thank you for supporting Wilson Crew, and happy spring!!
Mental Health Awareness Day
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will host a Mental Health Awareness Day on April 8 from 2 pm- 5 pm at the Kingsbury Center 5000 14th Street NW Wash, DC 20011. Join together as we explore the impact of mental health on youth using dance, music, and other artistic forms of expression. Everyone's life is worth living! Please the attached flyers for move information.  Mental Health Awareness Day Flyer  Mental Health Impact Day Press Release

Summer Opportunity for Community Service and Leadership Growth
Spark the Wave is an organization that encourages young people to become leaders within their communities. Wave Week is a Service Leadership Institute for youth which takes place in the summer. Wave Week offers an intensive program of leadership development, community service, team building activities and fun. During this week, participants will plan their own community service projects and gain the leadership skills necessary to implement these projects. Both residential and commuter options are available at Georgetown University and at Villanova University. This summer program is open to students in grades 6-11. For more information or to register please visit 

Field Hockey Clinic-FREE!
Are you interested in learning how to play field hockey? Come to a free clinic run by three Wilson field hockey players on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 9am-noon at Deal. Open to all 6-8th graders at any skill level! Contact us at if you are interested. Hope to see you there!  
Opportunities for Tweens and Teens at the Camp @ Cleveland Park
The Camp @ Cleveland Park Club offers weekly sessions from June 19 to August 11 for campers ages 4.5-10, counselors-in-training ages 11-12, and counselors ages 13+. Fun and educational projects vary with weekly themes and a portion of each day includes free swim in the Club's outdoor pool. Counselors-in-training (CIT's) experience the fun of summer camp while also taking on new responsibilities. CIT's are mentored by teenage counselors and adult staff, learning team cooperation, responsibility and motivation. For young teens, counselor positions are available week-to-week and entail more training and responsibility.
Summer 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