Week of September 24, 2018

Good day!

Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone interested in the Dearborn STEM Academy. Please have them email us if they would like it sent directly to them.

At the Dearborn STEM Academy we are dismissed early every Wednesday; most of these are at 2:00 pm.

There are exceptions; on the following Wednesdays we are dismissed at 11:30am. Students can get lunch on these days and transportation will be provided as usual:


October 10

November 7

December 12

January 9

February 13

March 13

April 10

May 8

June 12

Please see the information below about two great opportunities for our students to become involved in the civic process of elections and voting. If you have any questions about either please contact the school for more information.

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Upcoming STEM events at Dearborn Stem Academy-You are welcome to come!

  • October 3rd (8am-10am) BoSTEM kickoff

  • October 9th (8:00am - 12:00pm) HubWeek open door event at Dearborn STEM Academy

  • October 22nd (11:0am-12:00pm) Governor Baker visits Dearborn STEM Academy to kick off STEM Week.

Thursday, October 18th, 5:30 pm

Open House at the Dearborn STEM Academy. Please come join us and meet all of the staff.

Students in BUILD work collaboratively!

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What is BUILD?

BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college & career success.

Building a Path Toward Success

How do you provide underserved young people with the resources they need to succeed? At BUILD, we do it by helping our students to start their own small businesses. As they reap the rewards – from keeping the profits to gaining self-confidence – they know there is a connection between hard work and creating a stronger community. They are excited to go to college.

The BUILD Program is not vocational education. Rather, it’s an in-school elective in 9th through 12th grade, taught by BUILD mentors and on-site teachers at partner public high schools. The program works like this:

  • Students learn the basics of entrepreneurship while improving academic skills
  • Students develop a business plan
  • Students secure seed capital through a pitch to a Venture Capitalist
  • Students run their own businesses
  • Students concentrate on going to college

How come I didn't get an "M" Bus Card?

Did you move? Do you have the correct address in the system? Please check your address in the School Profile. Thanks.
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Bullying Definitions from the Boston Public Schools Code of Conduct


Bullying / Cyberbullying Definition and Prohibition:

Bullying is defined as the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that:

• causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim’s property;

• places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property;

• creates a hostile environment at school for the victim;

• infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or

• materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic means. This includes both the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator impersonates another person or the distribution or posting of information online if these acts create any of the conditions listed above.

State law prohibits bullying:

• at school and at all school facilities;

• at school-sponsored or school-related functions, whether on or off school grounds;

• on school buses and school bus stops;

• through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, licensed or used by a school; and • at non-school-related locations and through non-school technology or electronic devices, if the bullying affects the school environment.

7.2.7 Retaliation related to Bullying:

State law prohibits retaliation against a person who reports bullying provides information during an investigation of bullying, or who is a witness to or has reliable information about bullying.

If you need help...

Call the Dearborn School and talk to any of the Administrators , Nurse or Counselors.

"Next Steps" Fair at the Dearborn...

On October 4th from 9-11 a.m Dearborn Stem Academy will host several local colleges and universities in the first of many college and career experiences for our students:


Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Simmons College


UMass Dartmouth

UMass Amherst


UMass Lowell

Suffolk University

Bridgewater State

U Maine

Wheaton College

Regis College


Year Up

9-9:30: Grade 12

9:30-10: Grade 11

10:10:30: Grade 10

10:30-11: Grade 9

News about Year Up- a great partner!

High School Corner

Welcome back to school! As Year Up gears up for the 2018-2019 recruitment season, we wanted to give shout-outs to the top three schools that sent the most students to us for this current cycle:

1) Chelsea High School with 11 applicants

2) Dearborn STEM with 7 applicants

3) East Boston and Urban Science Academy with 6 applicants

Thank you to everyone for continuing to see us as a viable alternative pathway to higher education and/or a career. We will see you in the schools soon!

If you would like Year Up to be at your school, please contact our HS lead, Sarah Wilson at

Fall 2018 Student-Athletes at the Dearborn STEM Academy

Girls Volleyball:

Kareny Mendez

Vivianetshka Vega

Clarinda Amado

Kirsy Martinez

Jenifer De Pina Gomes

Cesilia Perez

Missoura Wiggins Howard


Daysi Rosario

Nyah Green

Samarra Sanders

Niaysa Hill

Esmeralda Alavardo

Neveah Phifer

Girls Soccer:

Paula Pina Alves

Ana Bento

Nereida Lopes

Ely Lopes

Ivania Lopes

Namir Mendes

Joliny Gomes

Esmy Pereira

Irelida Pires

Carla Pires

Boys Soccer:

Lourenco Pereira

Paulo De Pina Goncalves

Brener Cardoso

Cleidison Lopes

Meny Tavares

Heleno Moreno

Student-athletes must adhere to Dearborn STEM Academy and BPS rules and regulations regarding participation. Please see any Administrator or Mr. Barros or Mr. DaSilva with questions or concerns.

Please support and encourage our student-athletes.

Here is a link our Student-Family Handbook!

We will also have copies available in the Main Office. We are also working on translations.
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Meet our ESL team

Bottom row left to right: Natalina Mendes, Jennifer Goodman

Middle row left to right: Natanael Duarte, Carmen Medina-Silva, Edna Leith

Top row left to right: Amy DeMatteo, Matthew Ruggiero

The ESL team invites you to collaborate with us in supporting our English Learners in any way: creating interdisciplinary units, offering lesson/unit feedback, learning about your content curriculum so we can support students during ESL class, etc. Here's what we do:

Amy DeMatteo-- Director of Instruction for ELs

Natanael Duarte-- Native Literacy (SLIFE) and History 7 & 8 for SEI sections

Jennifer Goodman-- MS and HS ESL 3; HILT 2 for SLIFE

Edna Leith-- HS ESL 3 and HILT 1 for SLIFE

Carmen Medina-Silva-- MS & HS ESL 1

Natalina Mendes-- SLIFE Math and 6 Math for SEI section

Matthew Ruggiero-- MS & HS ESL 2


By the way...what should I wear?

A DSA t-shirt, polo shirt or sweatshirt. It must say DSA. We are not focused on the pants or the shoes; just look school appropriate.

L&M Bargain Store carries the DSA shirts and sweatshirts. They have two locations, one at 745 Dudley Street in Upham's Corner and one in the Plaza at 640 American Legion Highway in Roslindale.

Daily Bell Schedule

The bell schedule is for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On most Wednesdays students will be dismissed at 1:57 pm. On special Wednesdays (1 time per month, starting in October students will be dismissed at 11:00 am.
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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, or Middle School Principal Shelley Olsen,

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

Call, visit, message

Shelley Olsen, Principal, Grades 6-8,

Dana Brown, Principal, Grades 9-12,