DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY NEWS & NOTES
February 25, Vol. 1, No. 24
The Dearborn STEM Academy is a grades 6-12 Boston Public School supported by the Boston Plan for Excellence.
Welcome to the Dearborn!
We find ourselves moving quickly through the third quarter and we will be entering the testing season soon. Later on in the newsletter I have included the MCAS Schedule for all students in grades 6-10. Please take some time to review it and discuss with your child. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Our focus remains the same as we come back to school after a vacation; come into school every day and work hard. Attendance matters and effort matters.
The Dearborn is full of opportunities and support. Please contact us to find out more!
Look who made Honor Roll at the Dearborn!
English Language Learners news...
Family ESL Class Survey
Dearborn STEM Academy will give a free English class in March of 2019. We are collecting information from families who are interested in taking the class. Please complete the google form below.
Nu sta ta ben oferesi klasi di Inglês di grasa pa pais e enkaregadus di edukasôn di alunus. Aula ta kumesa na Marsu di 2019. Si bu kre prendi inglês dipos di skola ku nos, pur favor, prenxi.
DSA NINTH GRADERS PUT CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS TO WORK
In celebration of Black History Month our Dearborn STEM Academy 9th graders explored and learned about the contributions that have been made by people of African descent to the development of American history, society, culture and academia. The work was facilitated in Ms. Spencer’s US History classes.
In this project, students built upon some the following skill sets:
Conduct research on an African or African American person who has shaped American history throughout the 18th-21st Century.
Create a historically accurate presentation that includes primary and secondary sources.
Present findings orally to their peers.
Celebrate Afro-culture and have fun exploring.
On February 14, 2019 students shared their work with students and staff of the Dearborn STEM Academy community. Here are some of the unsolicited comments from DSA staff about the student work:
“I'm not sure I've ever seen my kids more enthusiastic about a project!!! They were such perfectionists and so proud of themselves. This was amazing!”
“Not to clog everyone’s inbox- but want to keep the love going for Ms. Spencer. It was clear that all the work you did hand selecting different people for each student to study based on students’ interests and personalities allowed each student to feel like an expert in their realm. The stories I heard about what they learned and how they were personally inspired were really amazing!”
“HUGE shoutout to Ms. Spencer for putting on an AWESOME exposition!!! The 9th graders really did their research and were very prepared for questioning. They dropped some serious knowledge! Way to go.”
Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter Got Grit-Solid as a Rock winners
Dearborn STEM Academy Grit nominees show:
In addition to using some or all of the above as criteria please consider students who have shown improvement, overcome obstacles, display a positive attitude, and display adaptability in navigating through life.
Additionally there is a recognition category titled “Solid as a Rock”, aimed at identifying students who may be “off of our radar”, but who should be on it for all of the right reasons.
Dearborn STEM Academy Solid as a Rock students display one or more of the following:
Show effort in class.
Are helpful to classmates and adults.
Think of others first.
Little or no behavior issues.
Always turn their work in and on time.
Jarianis Miranda Rodriguez
João Fernandes Da Silveira
Alexsandro Tavares De Barros
Daysi Rosario Frias
Brian Tatis Cruz
Aline Teixeira Depina
Solid as a Rock
Rosane Cardoso Alves
Oraine Silva Horta
Paulina Gomes Teixeira Ramos
Carlos Barbosa Miranda
Miguel Goncalves Tavares
Jared Costly Chong
Joelma Goncalves Brito
February Acceleration Academy Update
City Year staff work with DSA students during February Acceleration Academy.
MIDDLE SCHOOL Basketball is here!
- February 25, Boys and Girls Basketball at the Dearborn, Girls at 3:30 pm, Boys at 4:30 pm
- February 28, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at the King School, Girls at 4:00 pm, Boys at 5:00 pm
- March 5, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at the Higginson-Lewis, Girls at 4:00 pm, Boys at 5:00 pm
- March 7, Boys and Girls Basketball at the Dearborn, Girls at 3:30, Boys at 4:30 pm
- March 12, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at the Dearborn, Girls at 3:30 pm, Boys at 4:30 pm
- March 19, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at the Dearborn, Girls at 3:30 pm, Boys at 4:30 pm
- March 22, Dearborn Boys and Basketball at the Frederick, Girls at 4:00 pm, Boys at 5:00 pm
- March 25, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at the Dearborn, Girls at 3:30 pm, Boys at 4:00 pm
- March 27, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at Orchard Garden, Girls at 4:00 pm, Boys at 5:00 pm
Art Students celebrate Black History Month!
Here are the early-release (11:30 am) Wednesdays for the remainder of the year!
Wednesday, March 13
Wednesday, April 10
Wednesday, May 8
Wednesday, June 12
In partnership with the Boston Plan for Excellence the Dearborn STEM Academy will host a Summer Learning Academy!
I set and meet challenging goals. I hold high expectations for myself and my future. I never give up.
I believe in myself and my potential. Others do not define me.
I respect and value people’s diverse identities. I am curious about other people. I learn from others.
We will communicate by newsletter with you each week. It will be distributed at the beginning of each school week. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform Dearborn STEM Academy students, staff, and families as well as the greater Dearborn community.
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