January 22, Vol. 1, No. 20

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

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Dearborn STEM Academy Debate team rocks!

We had our largest group of debaters at a tournament on Saturday. The middle school debaters attending were: Juan Geronimo Ortiz, Jadon Williams, Scan Bazelais, Elijah Diaz, Gregory Izedonmwen, and Edward Graustuck. Please make sure to congratulate them for their hard work (including waking up on a Saturday to meet Ms. Goodman at the school at 7 am!!)

After some intense practice debates the week prior (thank you to the teachers that volunteered to judge), the students took home a number of individual speaker and team awards. They are listed below:

Individual Speaker Awards:

Jadon Williams - #11

Juan Geronimo Ortiz - #10

Gregory Izedonmwen - #8

Team Awards:

Jadon Williams & Juan Geronimo Ortiz - #8

Gregory Izedonmwen & Edward Graustuck - #3

The students have been working hard and have grown excited about their progress in debate. If you see these students this week, please try to remember to praise their effort!


Looking forward to another great week at the Dearborn STEM Academy!

We remember the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day. His words still challenge us to be better and do better for all people. For Dr. King, all meant all.

Lots going on this week:

  • Tuesday, January 22; 5 pm; come celebrate with us as we induct students to the Dearborn STEM Academy's National Honor Society. 5:00 pm in the Atrium.
  • Thursday, January 24; School-wide Science Fair, 8:00 am-11:00 am. Come see what our amazing students can do.
  • Thursday, January 24, 4:00-5:00 pm, Student Art Exhibit in the front lobby. Join us as we honor the artwork of 8th grade student Famatta Dulleh.

Two weeks remaining in the second quarter!

Here are some things that will help you get on track or stay on track:

  1. Come to school every day and on time.
  2. Focus in every classroom on your own work.
  3. Complete in-class class and at home assignments.
  4. Use WIN time and after school time to make up missed work or get extra help.
  5. Be determined, self-confident and accepting.
  6. Ask for help if you need it.
  7. We will always help you.

Parents-Guardians-Students; After School activities at DSA:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Dance with Urbanity (Monday-high school, Tuesday-middle school)
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Wrestling with Boston Youth Wrestling
  • Wednesday, Friday, Theater for students in grades 8-12
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Becoming a Man! BAM!

Kanye Baden, Emanuel Mercury, and Ephraim Omoruyi have been selected to participate in the 2019 MGH Youth Scholars Program, a four-year science, and healthcare program with a focus on college preparation. The will join 5 other scholars from BAM Boston in the MGH Youth Scholars Class of 2022.

Thank you to Dearborn's BAM Counselor Jamison Collier for helping to guide our young men .

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 5pm

36 Winthrop Street

Boston, MA

Please join us as we welcome new inductees to our National Honor Society. A ceremony will be followed by refreshments. The event will be held in the Atrium at the Dearborn STEM Academy.


Six members of the 2018 graduating class visited the Dearborn last week and reconnected with old friends and mentors. The six are currently enrolled in college or Year Up. They spoke fondly of the support they got at the Dearborn and the preparation they received.
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Science Fair at DSA!

The Dearborn STEM Academy is hosting its annual school-wide science fair on Thursday, January 24th between 8am and 11am.

Our students have been hard at work on their projects, many since early in the school year. Approximately 75 of our student projects will be selected and featured. We hope you can join us and see what our students can do! All are welcome.

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Student Artist Reception

On behalf of the DSA Artists' Club, I'd like to invite you all to our next Artist's Reception on January 24, from 4 to 5 pm near the main entrance.

Famatta Dulleh, an 8th grader; star art student has been working hard to complete her series of drawings and paintings of abstract figures. Her work is deep and insightful; dealing with themes of identity, race, and gender.

Our first reception for Rain Logan was a huge success and we'd love to have all your support for Famatta and the DSA Artists Club again.

Please share the the attached flyers with your networks, and we look forward to seeing you January 24th.

Parent-Guardian Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 5:30pm

DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY-36 Winthrop Street, Roxbury MA

Join us at 5:00 pm for art/music presentations before we begin the conferences with teachers at 5:30 pm.

Getting ready for Science Fair!

The class: Danielle Hughes and Ben Varick, 6th/7th grade SEI Science

The task: Science Fair Trial - Presentations

Groups of students presented their work on an experiment to determine which of three types of paper towels were most absorbent. The students presented their hypothesis, methods, and findings, and answered questions from audience members and judges.

Lucas learned that in science you have to test your ideas.

Edmilza learned that you can have accidents when you do experiments, so you have to do it more than once.

Rafael and Geovannny learned that there is no relationship between a paper towel’s color and how absorbent it is.

The presentations are a high-cognitive demand task because they require students to verbally answer questions that ask them to:

  • reflect on the most important things they learned

  • explain their reasoning

  • explain their processes

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The class: Caitlin Cordaro, 9th grade Math

The task: Worked Example (Do Now)

Students worked on it independently, then discussed as a whole class.

This is a high-cognitive demand task because it:

  • asks students to explain their reasoning

  • has more than one possible answer

  • invites transfer - application of prior knowledge to a new situation

  • requires hypotheses and interpretations of an approach

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High Cognitive demand

The class: Jenny Goodman’s SLIFE 2 class

The task: Students analyzed the conclusion of the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, including the author’s feelings and why the story was significant. To better understand the story, and to prepare to write their own narratives, students also learned about the difference between narrative small moments (seeds) and big ideas (watermelons).

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February Acceleration Academy at the Dearborn STEM Academy, February 19-22

The Dearborn STEM Academy applied to be a site for a February Acceleration Academy and we were selected.

Acceleration Academies are designed to provide extra time to support struggling students in ELA, Math and Science.

If you believe your child could benefit from extra support please contact the school. David Moreno is the contact.

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.

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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)

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.