DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY NEWS & NOTES

January 3, Vol. 1, No. 17

The Dearborn STEM Academy is a grades 6-12 Boston Public School supported by the Boston Plan for Excellence.

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Short week, January 4, 5, 2019!

Happy New Year!


  • Welcome back to the New Year! We jump in where we left off...students received progress reports before the break and we are working with every student to make sure they get on track or remain on track.
  • Believe it or not the second quarter report card will be distributed on or around February 7th. Let's go!


Wednesday, January 9th is an 11:27 am release day for students and a 12-4 pm professional development day for staff. In addition to breakfast there is always a bag lunch option for students on the early-release days.

WHAT WE ARE MEASURED BY…

Here are the accountability areas of focus for schools in Massachusetts. As a turnaround school we are acutely aware of our status and are determined to make progress in the areas below.


If you have any questions about how the Dearborn is addressing these issues please do not hesitate to contact us.


Achievement

  • MCAS scores in English language arts, math, and science


Student Growth

  • Student growth percentiles in English language arts and math


High School Completion

  • Four-year cohort graduation rate
  • Extended engagement rate (five-year cohort graduation rate plus the percentage of students from the cohort who are still enrolled)
  • Annual dropout rate


Progress Towards English Proficiency

  • Percentage of English learners meeting annual targets in order to be English proficient in six years


Chronic Absenteeism

  • Percentage of students missing 10 percent or more of the days they were enrolled at a given school during a school year

Advanced Coursework Completion
  • Percentage of 11th and 12th graders completing advanced coursework (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment courses, and other selected rigorous courses)
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Urbanity Dance Comes to DSA!


Do you love to dance?

Do want to learn to dance? Or learn some new moves?

Want to be part of a fun after school activity?


If you answered YES to any of these questions, consider joining DSA’s Afterschool Urbanity Dance Classes!


WHEN:

For High School: Every Monday in the Dance Studio from 3:15-4:15 (First class is January 7)


For Middle School: Every Tuesday in the Dance Studio from 3:15-4:15 (First class is January 8)

DSA hosts student art show

On December 5th our newly formed art club sponsored the first art exhibit at the Dearborn Stem Academy. At the event 11th grade student Rain Logan displayed her portfolio in the lobby of the Dearborn. Students, staff, and community members were on hand for the exhibit and reception. Art teacher Jesse Cardoso was instrumental in organizing and spearheading the exhibit. Family Engagement Coordinator Pam Bailey also supported the event. Congratulations Rain and thank you Mr. Cardoso and Ms. Bailey!
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Project Based Learning Showcase

From DSA Director of Strategic Initiatives Chelsea Voake:


CONGRATULATIONS to all the students and teachers who participated in our first Project Based Learning Showcase at DSA today! What a tremendous success!


Students across all grades levels and all subject areas showcased powerful learning to their peers, teachers, and guests. Students shared their passions, dropped knowledge on the school-to-prison pipeline, modeled why the moon looks the way it does, advocated for a more safe and welcoming community, invited us to play their pinball and computer games and learn about the physics and coding behind them, showcased circuit-based art, proposed field trips to the entire 9th grade, modeled the earth, and demonstrated poise, resilience, care, and respect for one another.


Teachers worked EXTREMELY hard over the last three months to design authentic, rigorous projects and support students in this challenging work. For these teachers and for all of us, today was full of pride.

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BPE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT UPDATES, December 2018-January 2019

Pam Bailey, MSW, Director of Community & Family Engagement


GOALS:


Creating & Maintaining Parent Leadership Opportunities

Linking Parents to Student’s Learning

Building & Maintaining Trusting Relationships

Strengthening Home/School Communication

Strengthening Community/ School Partnerships


DSA

  • DSA Pathway Schools Collaborative hosted the 1st Annual “School Preview” for incoming 6th students from our Pathway Schools; Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter, Ellis, Winthrop and Mason. Students and their families had an opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM activities facilitated by Robotics Teacher, Marna Eckera, Mr. Stevenson from the Fab Lab and Mr. Zhu from Microsoft.


SHOUT OUTS TO:

  • Jon, Mardi, Mina, Dana, Willika, and Sheri for your support throughout the evening.

  • Shelley for hosting a round table & traveling with the families from activity to activity.

  • Savant Register, 6th grade student, for helping Mr.Stevenson facilitate the activities in the Fab Lab.

  • Hensley for the great photographs!


  • UPCOMING DSA School Pathways Schools Collaborative for:

  • 5th & 6th Teachers, “ Meet & Greet” is scheduled for Monday, January 14th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ DSA. (SNOW DATE - Monday, January 28th, 3:30 to 5:00)

  • Principals “Meet & Greet” is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th from 5:00 to 6:30 @ 224 Restaurant, Boston Street, Dorchester. (SNOW DATE - Tuesday, January 29th)


  • “Shout Out” to to Parent Reps. for participating in the ” Turnaround Stakeholders” meeting on Thursday, December 6th. Many thanks to April Alston, Samantha Prescott, Crystal Alston, Antonia Diaz and Tara Register.


DSNCS

  • Upcoming Family Engagement Opportunities:


  • Family Council Meetings are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on

  • January 10th

  • February 13th

  • March 13th

  • April 11th

  • May 9th

  • Family Engagement Events are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on

  • January 17th Family Math Night

  • March 7th Summer Camp Fair

  • April 29th No Screen Week

  • May 2nd Family Game Night


BPE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

UPDATES

September - November

Pam Bailey, MSW,

Director of Community & Family Engagement


GOALS:


Creating & Maintaining Parent Leadership Opportunities

Linking Parents to Student’s Learning

Building & Maintaining Trusting Relationships

Strengthening Home/School Communication

Strengthening Community/ School Partnerships


DSA OUTCOMES:

  • The newly formed “DSA Collaborative for Pathway Schools” will host events for students & their families, Teachers and Principals to Connect, Collaborate and Create meaningful relationships. Participating schools are DSNCS, Ellis, Winthrop and the Mason. The following events have been scheduled for:


STUDENTS:

Fourth & Fifth grade students and their families have been invited to participate in

the “DSA STEM Journey School Preview” on Wednesday, December 5th from

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to give tours and facilitate STEM activities. Please contact Pam Bailey as soon as possible if your interested in supporting this event.


Two Interactive FAMILY STEAM Series for students and their families will take place in February & June. Staff from Tufts University will facilitate two 15 hour series. Upon completing the 15 hours, families can purchase a Chromebooks for $50. Two stipend positions to support each series are available for staff members. If you’re interested contact Pam Bailey.

TEACHERS:

Fifth and sixth grade Teachers will have an opportunity to participate in a “Meet & Greet” @ DSA on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Snow date Monday, January 28th). Teachers will come together to discuss incoming students academic strengths & challenges, social and emotional needs and effective teaching practices.


PRINCIPALS:

Middle School Principal Shelley Olsen will host a “Principals Meet & Greet Dinner” on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. @ a local restaurant. (Snow date Tuesday, January 29, 2019).

  • On October 4th we held a Parent Election and provided a training for parents to access the “BPS Family SIS Portal”.

  • We elected the following parents to three of the five Parent Leadership Councils:

    • School Site Council - April Alston, Samantha Prescott, Leslie Faustin, Crystal Alston

    • School Parent Council - Antonia Diaz (Co-Chair) Samantha Prescott (Secretary)

    • City-Wide Parent Council - Tara Register


  • The “BPS Family SIS Portal” offers families the ability to keep track of their child’s academic progress, engage with the school staff, connect with classroom teachers, monitor daily & classroom attendance and receive email notifications & attendance & grade changes. We have been trained and supported 58 families on creating their family profiles. In addition, a school-wide mailing of parent letters, that includes individual security codes, were mailed during the month of October. Since the mailing over 100 letters were returned. Staff support is needed to encourage parents to update their mailing addresses at the “BPS Welcome Centers”.


  • Created/Updated modes of home/school communication:

  • Distributed a family engagement opportunities/ events calendar for the 18/19 school year.

  • Parent email contact list

  • Family Informational FACEBOOK Page

  • Bi-Monthly Principal/Parent Coffee Hour (Nov., Jan., Apr. & June)

  • Parent Surveys and updated the DSA website.

Staff support is needed to promote and encourage families to connect with one of two of the modes communication created to stay informed.


  • The implementation of relationship building opportunities/events have been successful. However, the academic family related events & SPC meetings have had very low attendance.

  • Average attendance for the “Relationship Building Events are 163 families.

  • Events linked to students learning average 63 families and SPC attendance average 3 to 5 families.

  • Staff support is needed to distribute fliers monthly. Two weeks before planned family engagement events fliers will be placed in Advisors mailboxes. School staff will receive a reminder email to check their mailboxes.


DSNCS

  • The DSNCS “Family Engagement Team” was created in September, members include Pam Bailey, Dr. Bibuld, Pam Delaney (ParaProfessional) and Maria King (Parent). The Team’s goals are to create classroom family volunteer opportunities and to facilitate 4 Family Leadership Council meetings during the school year. The Team has completed the parent interest surveys, consulted with Teachers and are in the midst of submitting parents’ CORI/SORI applications. The Team is on track to place family volunteers into classrooms in January.

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.


https://goo.gl/forms/u8sVherVhpmTOSkn1

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Dearborn High School students attended a field trip at Northeastern on December 21st to watch the men's basketball team play at Matthews arena vs St. Bonaventure University.


Students received free transportation, a t-shirt, lunch, and a chance to meet with student athletes and get autographs right after the game.


A highlight of the game was our very own teacher Michelle Mindick singing the National Anthem before the game. She rocked!

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Sing!

Copy this link into your browser and listen to our Middle School Computer Science teacher Michelle Mindick sign the National Anthem at the BPS Day at Northeastern Men's Basketball.

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Dearborn STEM Academy

Dana Brown, High School Principal

Shelley Olsen, Middle School Principal

36 Winthrop St.

Roxbury, MA 02119

(617) 635-8412 (Phone)

(617) 635-8419 (Fax)

www.dearbornstemacademy.org

Let's communicate!

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.


If you would like to add something please submit the contents to the appropriate principal; High School Principal Dana F. Brown, dbrown8@bostonpublicschools.org or Middle School Principal Shelley Olsen, solsen@bostonpublicschools.org


Stories, pictures, calendar reminders, club, activity, and classroom notes are all welcome.