Week of October 1, 2018

Let's have a great week!

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.

Many of you are aware that the MCAS results were recently released to the Public by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In the next two weeks we will be sharing important information with our school community regarding the results and the action steps the school is taking to increase achievement for our students.

While the Dearborn showed improvement in some areas we are mindful that there is still room for growth. We will need our parents and guardians as partners in our plans to improve.


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

Attendance from Friday, September 28

All great weeks begin and end with good attendance. The research is pretty clear; when students attend school regularly their achievement trends upward. In other words, in order to be successful students need to be in school. Parents and guardians can support us by sending their student to school every day and on time.

Two grades had perfect attendance!

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Divine Nine Sisterhood Southeastern MA Voter Registration Initiative

Thanks to our teacher Danielle Spencer for helping to organize a voter registration and pre-registration drive at the Dearborn last week. The effort was part of a statewide effort, supported by the Boston Public Schools and others to encourage students to register to vote.

More than 20 Dearborn high school students completed the paperwork!

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Hula Hoop Challenge..another way for students to demonstrate collaboration.

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HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE UPDATES-contact high school counselor Tim Likosky for more info.

3 seniors have advanced to Semi-Final round of the POSSE SCHOLARSHIP.

  • DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY COLLEGE FAIR ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 4, 9-11 A.M, including over 15 local colleges and programs.
  • PSAT EXAM IN SCHOOL FOR GRADES 10-11, 7:30 a.m- 11:45 a.m, Wednesday October 10
  • SAT EXAM for seniors Saturday October 6 and November 3


  • Seniors visiting UMass Boston on October 10
  • Seniors visiting Year Up in Downtown Boston on October 25
  • Juniors visiting Merrimack College on November 13

Urban Scholars Program at UMass Boston; features after school tutoring/enrichment, college prep activities.

  • Once a week at UMass
  • Once a week at Dearborn Stem Academy
  • Monthly stipend for students
  • Summer Program as well with college visits
  • Open to Grade 9 students with a 3.0 (B Average or higher) from 8th grade report card

BIRD STREET COMMUNITY CENTER, offering after school tutoring for students in middle and high school

St Peter’s Teen Center on Bowdoin Street is now accepting applications for it’s after school tutoring program

ACE Architecture/Engineering/Construction at Wentworth on Tuesdays for grades 11-12, application due October 15

ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY, South Boston location. Paid job after school learning more about painting, drawing. Mandatory orientation on October 2 or October 16

PROGRAMS OFFERED AT MIT, application process involved, check out this link to view the various programs for Math, Science and Engineering;


Students in need of extra support, friendly reminder to check in with teachers to see their after school schedule, it's a great time to ask for homework help and ask questions about class see Mr. Likosky in Room 267.

Dearborn High School students at their Internship

Want to see what our Anatomy and Physiology students are up to...?

Check out this link to a 1 minute video of them in action.

Reminder to our 6th graders and parents/guardians...

The grade 6 class will participate in an overnight trip to Thompson Island on Oct. 9-10. We will be leaving school at 9:15 am on Tuesday, October 9th and returning by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10th. Please contact Middle School Principal Shelley Olsen with any questions.

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.

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


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,