Alice Deal Middle School

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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: 

I hope all readers have just had a wonderful weekend. At this point, the week's schedule looks a bit "up in the air" and we will have to be flexible. Most of us know that DCPS rarely cancels school for weather situations, but pay attention to your Twitter, Facebook, news website, and email feeds. (Younger readers will want to check SnapChat.) We have one major event on Tuesday - Family Math Night. We will let you know our plans and responses as soon as we know ourselves.

On Monday evening, DCPS will celebrate Standing Ovation - an annual event to recognize employees who received Highly Effective marks through the system's staff evaluation system during the previous year. Deal will have 58 staff members there (about 48 percent of our total) who have earned this accolade. Two of our Vikings are getting recognized beyond the Highly Effective status: Ms. Jan Schuettpelz is DCPS' Teacher of the Year and Ms. Diedre Neal is a Rubinstein Award winner as a Highly Effective Leader. I am extremely excited for both of these educators and cannot wait to see their names blazed out to the broader community.

I want to share a bit more about what the IMPACT system looks like in the building. Last year, each teacher was observed on five occasions, with an outside observer providing two of these. Teachers were also scored on their commitment to the school, their ability to maintain core professionalism standards, and on student performance on teacher-designed assessments (TAS). These last three are evaluated twice a year. All of us get evaluated in some form in our jobs and learn, over time, to take constructive criticism well in order to continue to grow. There is no doubt that this intense evaluation system is tough - and getting tougher.

This year's IMPACT system has changed significantly; it is difficult to project how it will play out in school. The initial teacher evaluation rubrics have all changed to more closely match the system's expectations for teaching. Teachers now only receive three observations and these are from school-based administrators. Student voice has been added through a survey of each teacher's students about the classroom environment and experience. Finally, this year sees the return of "value-added," establishing that a portion of math or English teacher's performance evaluation is based on how well their students do on the PARCC assessments in May. Teachers that manage an outstanding performance are eligible for bonuses at the end of the year (although it is very small here at Deal). In essence, many features of the system have changed; lots of changes at once can be challenging for any of us to absorb. 

I share this with you so that when we hear about Highly Effective teachers you have some context within which to place their performance. As sure as the sun rises, there will be statements of concern that any one school has so many Effective and Highly Effective teachers.  At Deal, all of us take the evaluation process seriously and hope to use it to improve our school and, by extension, your child's experience. 

Our students keep doing amazing things. We had a wonderful Wednesday for our in-school National History Day competition (the list of all participants is below); winners go on to the City-wide competition. This weekend we had the DCIAA Cheer Championships at UDC - and our team won! The DC STEM Fair (Science Fair) took place at Dunbar yesterday, with the results still to come. Our top speller (Julia Weinrod) competed in the Scripps spelling bee. Our African-American Speech and Drama competition rocked us on Thursday, and our Black History Month presentation wowed us on Friday. Thank you for encouraging your children to participate in any and all of these opportunities; the accumulation of experiences supports their character and helps them gear up for even more wonderful things yet to come.

Take care, and keep in touch.

James Albright (

NB. Please look for a separate email about the new 6th grade musical later this evening.
Updates from the Alice Deal Community Association  (ADCA)

Amazingly, spring is here (although this weekend may not feel like it)! We hope you had a great weekend!
Our Next ADCA Meeting
On March 22nd, we invite you to join us for our next ADCA general meeting. Our guest speaker is Nadine J. Parker, the executive director of the National Capitol Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking.  Click here for more information.
Epic Deal Teachers v. Students Basketball Game
3 slots remain for the student team! Do you think you have what it takes to beat the Alice Deal Middle School 'Dream Team' of teachers in an epic battle on the basketball court?
If you think your child's response to this question would be an emphatic "YES!" then get your student a spot on the Student Team roster. There are just THREE spots available at $25 each!  Use this Link to sign up, but you better be fast! 

Spring is Here! Mulch on Sale Now
Support Alice Deal through our mulch sale!
With the promise of warm days ahead, Alice Deal families are getting their gardens ready for spring - no matter when it actually arrives! Alice Deal's first-ever Mulch sale runs now until April 15th.  Purchase mulch, top-soil, and soil conditioner.  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? E-mail:  
Product Choices - 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
Important Upcoming Dates
Mark your calendar for these upcoming ADCA and community events:
  • March 22nd: ADCA General Meeting 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • April 15th : Spring Mulch Sale Ends
  • May 5th - 6th : Hairspray Jr. - Deal Student Musical
As always, please contact Lori at if you have any questions or concerns.
The ADCA Board
Week of 
March 13, 2017
 Bell Schedule
Monday -Bell I
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell I
Thursday - Thursday Bell
Friday - Bell I 
Upcoming Dates

March 13
DC STEM Fair Award Ceremony

March 14
Summer Math Meeting 6:00pm
Pi Day: Family Math Night 6:30 - 8:00pm

March 15
Deal Choirs Cabaret, 6:30 pm

March 16
Faculty Meeting

March 17
 EAP Event, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

March 20
8th Grade Spirit Week Begins

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
Saakamu Workshop and Performance

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

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

March 26
World Scholar's Cup

March 31
Records Day/ Term 3 Ends
No school for students

April 3
Math LEAP Seminar; 3:30 - 4:45
Term 4 Begins

April 4
Team Leaders (all)

April 6
Speech and Debate Tournament, 3:30 
Staff vs Students Basketball; 3:30 - 4:30

April 7
LSAT 7:30
Deal Tour 9am
Term 3 Marks due in Aspen

April 8
EMOC/Saturday STARS; 9 - 12

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
International Baccalaureate Updates

Thanks to all the parents who reached out for World Scholars' Cup. I will touch base with all students next week with some basic information about the event and how they can prepare if they choose to do so.


Ms. Brown
Deal Musical:  Hairspray
Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, March 13th (Music)
3:15 - 4:15 pm "Mama I'm a Big Girl Now"   - Tracy, Penny, Amber, Velma, Prudy, Edna, Mama I'm A Big Girl Now Ensemble
4:15 - 5:15 pm "You Can't Stop the Beat" Soloists - Tracy, Penny, Amber, Velma, Edna, Motormouth, Link, Seaweed
5:15 - 5:30 pm Little Inez
5:30 - 6:00 pm Corny

Tuesday, March 14 
3:15 - 4:00 pm "Run and Tell That" - Seaweed, Seaweed's Friends, Duane, Lorraine, Gilbert, Penny, Link, Tracy, Little Inez
4:00 - 4:45 pm "I Know Where I've Been" - Seaweed, Seaweed's Friends, Duane, Lorraine, Gilbert, Penny, Link, Tracy, Little Inez, Motormouth
4:45 - 5:30 pm "Without Love" - Penny, Tracy, Seaweed, Link, Without Love Ensemble
5:30 - 6:00 pm Edna

Wednesday, March 15th (Dance)
3:15 - 4:30 pm "Nicest Kids in Town" - Corny Colins, Amber, Link, Corny Collins Council Members, Corny Collins Dancers
4:30 - 6:15 pm "Run and Tell That" - Seaweed, Seaweed's Friends, Duane, Lorraine, Gilbert, Penny, Link, Tracy, Little Inez

Thursday, March 16th (Dance)
3:15 - 6:15 pm "Without Love" - Penny, Tracy, Link, Seaweed, Without Love Ensemble

Friday, March 17th (Blocking)
3:15 - 6:00 pm
Scene 9
Little Inez, Seaweed, Motormouth, Penny, Tracy, Link, Edna, Velma, Amber, WIlbur,Cindy Watkins

Scene 10
Guard, Velma, Edna, Tracy, Wilbur, Amber, Penny, Little Inez, Prudy, Seaweed, Link

Scene 10b
Wilbur and Edna

Scene 11
Newscaster, Motormouth, Penny, Seaweed, Link, Tracy, Seaweed

8th Grade 
World Language Trips

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

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

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

Sponsor: Frederick Mbayu
Trip Number: 1817749ch

Sponsor: Yanming Zhi
Trip Number: 1866938jy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alice Deal 

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

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

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

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

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

Students must submit a note from their parents to be excused from being absent from school. DCPS' list of reasons an absence can be excused are limited to:
  • Death in the family
  • Illness (doctor's note must be provided for absences that exceed 5 days)
  • Medical appointment
  • Emergency
  • Religious holiday
  • Court summons
  • School activities (DCPS sponsored sports events, academic activities etc.)
  • School visit (tours, interviews, etc.)
If you have any questions or concerns more, please contact our Attendance Office at
or by calling (202) 939-2010.
Student & Parent Information
New: Congratulation Cheerleaders
The Alice Deal Cheerleaders won first place at the DCIAA Middle School Division. Great job girls! Go Vikings! 
New: Music Department Cabaret
The Music Department will host a cabaret on Wednesday, March 15th at 5:00 pm in the multipurpose room. Students will sing their favorite solos from American Musical Theater. Come out and show your support to our students!
New: Scripps Spelling Bee!
This weekend, Julia Weinrod (Kingston) participated in the Scripps Spelling Bee national qualifying city-wide spelling bee.  Students from 27 public, private, and charter schools participated in an intense day of spelling that lasted for 14 rounds. Julia represented Deal well by finishing the competition in 13th place. 

New: DCPS Honor Choir Concert
On Friday (3/17) and Saturday (3/18), several Deal students will participate in the DCPS Honor Choir. The concert will be on Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 pmat Stuart Hobson Middle School. The participants are as follows:
Treble Choir:
Niglia Stone
Eliza Vassallo
Miranda Cain
Radha Tanner
Max Bosquet
Sam Wood
Secondary Choir:
Olivia Collota 
Rebecca Anderson
Margot James
Olivia Wood
Miles Davis
Aidan Herz
New: ADMS Student News, Episode 2!
Be sure to watch episode 2 of ADMS Student News, courtesy of Dante Chinni and other Team Marrakesh news anchors! To watch, visit Feedback on the show or topic 
for ideas for future episodes is always appreciated! Please email Mr. Martini ( ).
There will be NO ADMUN chair meeting this Wednesday, March 15th. Model UN will meet on Wednesday, March 22nd to finish position paper writing for our mini sim on March 29th. Please bring your research from last week. If you haven't received a country and want to participate, please see Ms. Trenkle.

Reminder to all MUN students:  There are still spaces available for the Langley MUN Conference on April 1st and the TECHMUN Conference on April 21st - 22nd. Please bring your permission slip and fee to Ms. Trenkle to reserve your spot in either or both conferences. We have been assigned committees and countries - choose who you will represent when you return your permission slip.
New: Pi Day is Coming!
On Tuesday, March 14 we will celebrate Pi Day at Deal. All math teachers will share standards-based pi lessons and students are welcome to bring circular treats. The Pi Recitation Competition will begin at 2:30 in the media center. Please see Ms. Neal for more information.

New: Math Information Meeting
We will host a meeting for 6th and 7th grade parents to provide options for math acceleration and support for next year at 6:00 pm on March 14th in the auditorium.

New: Family Math Night 
Deal's Family Math Night will take place on March 14 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm. Your entire family is invited to join us in celebration the joy and beauty of mathematics. Activities will include Math Jeopardy, the Cardboard Challenge, Robotics, Math Family Feud, Hear Rates, Running and Pace, Logic Puzzles, and much more. 

New: Alice Deal MS Cardboard Challenge
The third annual Alice Deal Middle School Cardboard Challenge kicks off Tuesday, February 28!  All students who are interested should meet in the Gallery at 3:30pm. The Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of creativity and how communities can play a role. Students are challenged to create and build out of cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination.  For more information, visit: Students will show off their creations and invite anyone and everyone to come out and play in collaboration with the Deal Family Math Night on Tuesday, March 14 from 6:30 - 8:00pm

New: West African Music and Dance Performance and Student Workshops
Saakumu Dance Troupe, the performers who have amazed us here at Deal since 2010, will return for a special evening performance for our community. They will be performing in the Deal Auditorium on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm.  The show is FREE with a suggested donation.  Check Saakumu out here:

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 
DCIAA Tennis Clinic
Middle school tennis is not yet added to the DCIAA roster of sports, but, in effort to grow interest and prepare our student-athletes for high school tennis, middle school students are invited to participate in the 2017 DCIAA Tennis Clinic. The DCIAA Tennis Clinic will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. This clinic is a fun way to get your athlete ready for next year's high school season!

March is Women's History Month!
Girl Up will highlight women who made contributions to our world every day in the morning announcements. Keep your ears open to learn more about how women have shaped the world!
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! 
NHD Participants 

Congratulations to this year's National History Day school wide participants! 
Thank you to all of the teachers and staff members who supported National History Day this year! Without you, the program could not happen! 
The following students will represent Deal at the Citywide Competition on  April 5 at the National Archives. All winners are in rank order.
Research Papers

1.     Edward R. Murrow: Anna Katzive

2.     Rachel Carson:  Isabel Laguarda

3.     Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin:  Alissa Simon

4.     Ellery Schempp:  Noa Schliefer

5.     Jesse Owens:  Liam Kennedy


Group Exhibits

1.     Lucy Stone:  Anna Arnsberger, Emma Harris, Liana Johnson

2.     Nelson Mandela:  Matthew O'Toole, Keith Archer, Drake Lewis, Riley Marsh

3.     Inez Milholland:  Maddie  Conway, Zara Kovner, Eilythia Penati

4.     1968 Olympics:  Manley McConkey, Jonathan Morris, Aidan Gately, David Majersik

5.     Reproductive Rights:  Mara Jaffe, Sydney Keating, Nikki Keating, Mara Phillips


Individual Exhibits

1.     Japanese American Discrimination:  Charlotte         Goodnow

2.     Italian Resistance:  Virginia Suardi

3.     Nellie Bly:  Kelsey Smith

4.     Mendez v. Westminster:  Chasity Rodriguez

5.     Truman and the Korean War:  Owen McKearn


Group Websites

1.     Alice Paul:  Elena Fox-Blank, Shirah Lister, Zoe Purser, Alexandra Webber

2.     John Muir:  Willa Beckerman, Keely Ferrand

3.     Jesse Owens:  Spencer Shapiro, Jonas Tomkin

4.     Galileo and the Catholic Church:  Oliver Vanarnsdale, Caleb Shuster, Julien Kearns, Xavier Jackson

Individual Websites

1.     The Forgotten Feminist:  Allison Ha

2.     Gloria Steinem:  Chiara Purificato

3.     Resistance in Denmark:  Peter Coviello

4.     Emmeline Pankhurst:  Sofia Acajabon

5.     Betty Friedan:  Miranda Moody


Group Performances

1.     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.     Standing up for the Jews:  Jack Wallis and      Ethan Yeager

2.     Raoul Wallenberg:  Miriam Shron and Dani Showstack

3.     Warsaw Ghetto Uprising:  Andy Burris and Nate Belman

4.     Tommy Smith and John Carlos:  Noah Weitzner, Truett Canty, Jake Stohr

Individual Documentaries

1.     Red River Gorge:  Aya Reeves

2.     Ignaz Semmelweiss:  Rebecca Anderson

3.     Nada Bakos and the CIA:  Isabelle Shook

4.     Upton Sinclair:  Peter Milius

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! 

6th Grade Corner

6th Grade English Field Trip 
All 6th graders will be going on a field trip to the Newseum this month. Details and permission slips coming soon! 

Tuesday, March 21 - Douala
Wednesday , March 22 - Colombo
Thursday, March 23 - Marrakesh
Friday, March 24 - Nassau

6th Grade French Field Trip
All 6th graders who are enrolled in French will be going to the French embassy on Wednesday, March 29 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm). 

6th Grade Spirit/Random Acts of Kindness Week
The 6th Grade Spirit Week will take place from April 3 through April 7!! During this week all members of the 6th grade community (students, teachers, and families) are encouraged to practice Random Acts of Kindness.
  • Monday - Deal Gear
  • Tuesday - Twin Day
  • Wednesday - Decades Day
  • Thursday - Jersey/Sports Day
  • Friday - Team Color Day (Marrakesh - green; Colombo - yellow; Nassau - blue;and Douala - red)
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

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

Mr. Lalonde - Dean of Students

Ms. Monkou - Counselor

Ms. DeAngelis - Social Worker

Mrs. Stallworth - Assistant Principal

8th Grade Corner

8th Grade 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!  
New: Community Project Updates
What happened this week? 
This week students met in their community project groups and completed action plans. At this point, students should be making arrangements to complete their service activity and checking off their action items.  
What's next? 
Next week students will meet with their supervisors during our morning activity period. 

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. 
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
This Week at Deal
Monday: After School Basketball Club Cancelled this week 
Regrettably, the After School Outdoor Basketball Club will not meet this Monday, March 13th. The club will resume on Monday, March 20th.
Monday: Today, Tomorrow and Monday Club
The club will meet this Monday at 3:30 pm in W206. Please come prepared to talk about issues of equality in the workplace and school. Cookies from the cookie tree will be harvested!
Monday: Learn Computer Programming
Code4Life  is an after-school program created by the Economic Growth DC Foundation in partnership with Accenture that teaches basic computer programming skills to middle-school students. A few spaces remain for students to participate in  Deal's first Code4Life class. The course will meet Mondays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm from March 20th - May 15th (8 sessions). Students are expected to attend each class, as the curriculum builds from week-to-week. There is no cost to participate. Interested? Contact  with questions or to express interest.
Tuesday: Debate
Students should come with a working outline/draft of their cases for out practice round before the upcoming tournament. We will meet on Tuesday at  3:30 pm in W206 (Mr. Stroud's room). Please be aware that students attending debate practice on Tuesdays may attend Monday's meetings with Mr. Martis (W107) if they would like to work on speech events.
Tuesday: Deal Ultimate Frisbee!
Our first scrimmage of the season will be this Tuesday, March 14th at Deal from 3:30 - 4:30 pm against the Field School. New and returning players are welcome to participate and should come to Mr. Martini's room (W104) after school.

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).

No Practice for Deal this week (Wilson practice Monday - Friday)

See athletic calendar for updates to softball practice schedule.

Outdoor Track:
Monday: Practice,  3:30 - 4:30 pm, meet in gym
Wednesday: Practice,  3:30 - 4:30 pm, meet in gym

Boys Soccer:
Thursday: Practice:  3:30 - 5:00 pm

Girls Soccer: 
Thursday: Game vs. Lincoln @ Bell,  3:30 pm

Monday Practice: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday Practice: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Wednesday  Practice: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Thursday Warm-up: 4pm, Game: 5:00 - 7:00 pm  
Friday Practice: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Spring Sports Contacts
Spring sports are in full swing! Please see the coach contact info below for any questions:
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 Theater's Spring Shakespeare production begins next weekend!
Separated from her twin brother Sebastian after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy to serve Orsino, the Duke of Illyria. Wooing Olivia, the countess that Orsino adores, on his behalf, she is stunned to find herself the object of Olivia's affections. Wilson Theater's production Twelfth Night recreates Illyria as present day New York and explores Shakespeare's classic tale of the journey to find true love, the confusion it can cause, and the joy it finally brings.
Twelfth Night is presented in Wilson High School's Black Box Theater.  Entrance on Chesapeake Street.
Performances are Thursday, March 16 at 7:30, Friday, March 17 at 7:30 and Saturday, March 18 at 2:30 and 7:30.
Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and Wilson Staff.  No advance ticket sales.  Seating is limited so arrive early.
Special $5 pricing for all seats for the March 18 afternoon performance at 2:30.

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

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