IMG_3424Weekly Message from Principal Albright

Principal’s (Brief) Message…

I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful Spring Break. We leap right back into the fray tomorrow morning and don’t stop until late June, so I hope you are well rested! As I am still recuperating from a delightful trip to Central America with some wonderful 8th graders, I’ll keep it brief this evening:

1) School starts at 8:45, kids. Be there early, and be there every day.
2) There is a lot of work to do before the summer. The entire 4th advisory, for example.
3) The dress code is always in effect.

Parents: rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents should be registering their children at Deal as soon as possible. We will have late Thursday registration sessions until 7:00pm every week. It is very important to register as early as possible. I will go into more detail in a later posting, but don’t be the last one, please!

James Albright


Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year
from the Deal PTA!

 The Theme of this Coming School Year is: BUILDING COMMUNITY!

We hope you are enjoying summer and getting ready to play an active role in our school’s community. Deal’s middle school program continues to be strong! The Deal PTA plays an important role in supporting this great school by working hard to provide the “extras” that enrich our children’s educational experience.

Support the PTA!   The PTA depends on family participation and your contributions fund clubs, sports teams as well as the annual musical production.  PTA contributions also support important programs for all of our students throughout the year, from the Sixth-Grade Orientation and the annual team-building trip for our youngest students, to the Eighth-Grade Promotion ceremony.  PTA contributions provide grants to teachers to buy supplies to support classroom instruction, technology, Viking Time and other student activities.  In addition, the PTA provides funding for the Deal directory, website, newsletters, parent education workshops, books for the library and improvements to the building and grounds.  We can make so much happen, with every family’s support. 

To reach that goal in providing these important programs, activities, grants and supplies, we need to raise approximately $170,000. That amount might sound daunting but, in fact, it represents only about $15 per student per month over the upcoming school year.  This is your PTA and we ask that you support the PTA and be as generous as possible.  The suggested contribution is $150 per student and we encourage you to give more if you can; however, no contribution is too small.  It is your participation and support that ensures a great Deal and builds our sense of community for Deal’s students, parents, families, faculty, administrators and staff.

In addition to fundraising, the Deal PTA also works to provide information and to open avenues of communication among Deal parents, the school administration and the larger community. There are many ways for you to find out what’s happening at Deal:

  • Join the Email List
    This is the only way to receive Principal Albright’s indispensible Weekly Bulletin.  This will ensure that you get the PTA newsletter and all announcements via Constant Contact throughout the year.
  • Read the PTA newsletter, which is published electronically four times a year.
  • Visit the website, for current news and information.

Get involved!  This is a critical time in your child’s development and education, and middle school students are not as easily accessible as elementary students.  Unlike in elementary school, teachers are not asking for classroom volunteers or art assistants and parents are not meeting each other on the playground or at play dates. When parents volunteer for school activities at Deal, it gives them a chance to be a “fly on the wall,” and get an inside view into their kids’ school lives.  The Deal PTA strives to provide many important opportunities to get involved.  A list of these activities can be found HERE.

Our first PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6:30 P.M., prior to the sixth grade parent workshops. Please plan on joining us!  Subsequent PTA meetings are planned for Wednesdays, Oct. 2nd and Nov. 20, 2013, during the first semester, and Wednesdays, March 19th and May 21, 2013, during the second semester. We will provide more detailed information about the agenda before each meeting. Every meeting gives you a chance to ask questions, make suggestions, meet and talk with other parents and hear important information about what is happening at Deal and in our community.

We look forward to a wonderful school year.  If you have any questions, or want to get involved, please contact us.  The PTA needs you–we always welcome new faces and new ideas!

Cathy House, PTA Co-President
Addy Schmitt, PTA Co-President


Pasamos la Voz

The 8th grade Spanish Humanities students have been working hard on a newspaper, website, and documentary to combat global warming.… 

photo 2 Read Across America Day

      Students from Ms. Kinzer’s class visited Murch Elementary to celebrate Read Across America day.  Deal students were practiced… 

IMG_0750 Ski Trips

Over three days, approximately 300 Deal students went skiing at White Tail.

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