DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY

PRINCIPAL NEWS AND NOTES, Vol. 1, No. 7

Week of October 15, 2018



SCHOOL WIDE ATTENDANCE RATE

94.2.%


GET TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY!! Let's increase this.



Progress Reports: Student progress reports were posted to Aspen, our Student Information System, this past week. At our Open House we will have a hard copy of each progress report available to parents and guardians.


Hello everyone!


As the school year starts to develop its own rhythm our school staff keeps coming back to our focus of developing a safe and supportive school climate and culture for all students and staff. We are doing things everyday in school to make sure we are keeping our "eyes on the prize."


Here are some things we are doing every day/every week with students:


  • Advisory/WIN Time. WIN (What I need) Time happens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week and involves every student participating in either a support period or an enrichment period. Every student in the school is guaranteed at least one enrichment period per week. Some get more.
  • Restorative Chats; there have been some conflicts between students and students and sometimes even between students and staff; Restorative Chats bring the parties together to discuss compromises, solutions, pain, loss, forgiveness etc.
  • Building relationships with students; every day we are checking in with students to make sure we are supporting them in any way we can.


We are doing more but this is just a small sample.


Every week is big at the Dearborn and this week will be no different! On Thursday the 18th many of our grade 11-12 students, some grade 10 students, and several staff will have the opportunity to attend the world renowned "Hamilton." What a great opportunity for our students! If that wasn't big enough we were informed that our own Kenny Jn Lyes, Grade 10, wrote a great poem as part of a class assignment with Ms. DeJesus and his piece was chosen by the Hamilton crew to be performed in front of everyone next Thursday! Congratulations Kenny and thank you for supporting him Ms. DeJesus.


On Thursday evening, from 5:30-7:30 pm we will open our doors to friends, parents, and guardians within the Dearborn Community! Ms. Olsen, Mr. Brown and the rest of the Dearborn staff hope to see you all here Thursday!


Looking ahead: Massachusetts Governor Baker is visiting the Dearborn on October 22nd!

Parent-Guardian Open House

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 5:30-7:30pm

Dearborn STEM Academy

Please join the faculty and staff of the Dearborn STEM Academy and learn more about the classes your child is taking. You will get to visit each of the classes and will receive important information about each class. You will also get to meet the support staff of counselors, administrators, and others who work with your child every day.

Grade 6 visits Thompson Island on an overnight trip.


Last week, 6th grade students spent two days on Thompson Island. Students explored the island, participating in Science explorations while team-building and setting personal goals. Students supported and lifted up their peers during difficult situations, while being challenged to push their thinking and limits. Students showed perseverance, participating in all activities despite many mosquitos and a temporary lack of running water on the island!


A big thank you to teachers Ms. Langer, Ms. Hughes, and Ms. Joseph for leading the trip!

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UNIFORM PROBLEMS AT THE DEARBORN

WE ARE STRUGGLING! WE NEED YOUR HELP!!


PLEASE SUPPORT US BY HAVING YOUR STUDENT WEAR A DSA t-shirt, polo shirt or sweatshirt EVERYDAY. It must say DSA. Please!!!


PLEASE ALSO HELP US; WE DON'T ALLOW "DU RAGS" OR HOODS. PLEASE HELP US!

Dearborn at Mass Ideas Workshop

This past weekend a number of staff and a student attended a two day workshop intended to push the Dearborn in their ongoing redesign process, specifically pertaining to grade 9.


Attending the workshop held at the Babson College Executive Center were Dearborn HS Principal Dana Brown, Grade 9 teachers Mike Dixon, Caitlin Cordaro, and Danielle Spencer, HS Dean David Moreno, Director of Strategic Initiatives Chelsea Voake, Restorative Practices Coordinator Betsy Bowman, Director of Early College Pathways Kristin Almquist and grade 9 student Bethsaida Cajuste.


Here they are below working on a problem of practice.

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Bethsaida explaining her thinking to Ms. Cordaro and Ms. Bowman at the Mass Ideas Conference.

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From family Coordinator Pam Bailey

OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER 2018

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday, October 18th ** 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. **


JOIN the Dearborn STEM Academy FAMILY FACEBOOK Page to keep track of all the Family Engagement events, meetings and activities for the school year.


PARENT/FAMILY MEETING

Thursday, November 1st ** 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. **

Agenda:

  • Parent to Parent Connections ~ Come Meet our Elected Parents

  • Principals sharing information on:

1. Promotion Policy 2. Attendance Policy 3. Summer School Opportunities


PRINCIPAL/PARENT COFFEE HOUR

Friday, November 2nd ** 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. **

Please RSVP, Ms. Bailey 617-275-0720 or @ pbailey@bpe.org


OUTUBRO / NOVEMBRO DE 2018

OPORTUNIDADES DE ENVOLVIMENTO FAMILIAR


Quinta-feira, 18 de outubro ** 17h30 às 19h30 **


JUNTE-SE À Página da FAMILY FACEBOOK da Dearborn STEM Academy para acompanhar todos os eventos, reuniões e atividades do Envolvimento Familiar no ano letivo.

REUNIÃO DE PAIS E FAMÍLIA

Quinta-feira, 1 de novembro ** 17h30 às 18h30 **

Agenda:

  • Parent to Parent Connections ~ Venha conhecer nossos pais eleitos

Diretores que compartilham informações sobre:

1. Política de Promoção 2. Política de Presenças 3. Oportunidades Escolares de Verão

CAFÉ PRINCIPAL / PAI HORA


Sexta-feira, 2 de novembro, das 7h30 às 8h30

Por favor, RSVP, Ms. Bailey 617-275-0720 ou @ pbailey@bpe.org


OCTUBRE / NOVIEMBRE 2018

OPORTUNIDADES DE PARTICIPACIÓN FAMILIAR

Jueves, 18 de octubre ** 5:30 p.m. a las 7:30 p.m. **


ÚNETE a la página de FAMILY FACEBOOK de Dearborn STEM Academy para realizar un seguimiento de todos los eventos, reuniones y actividades de Family Engagement para el año escolar.

REUNIÓN DE PADRES / FAMILIA

Jueves, 1 de noviembre ** 5:30 p.m. a las 6:30 p.m. **

Agenda:

  • Conexiones de padres a padres ~ Venga a conocer a nuestros padres elegidos

  • Directores compartiendo información sobre:

1. Política de promoción 2. Política de asistencia 3. Oportunidades de la escuela

de verano

PRINCIPAL / PADRE HORA DE CAFÉ


Viernes, 2 de noviembre ** 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. **

Por favor confirme su asistencia, Sra. Bailey 617-275-0720 o @ pbailey@bpe.org

Dearborn students learning about job opportunities at lunchtime.

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Dearborn Served as a host of a HubWeek Session

The panel discussion featured our own expert teacher Marna Eckels, seen below.


Some of our students had an opportunity to display some of their work.

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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, dbrown8@bostonpublicschools.org or Middle School Principal Shelley Olsen, solsen@bostonpublicschools.org


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

Call, visit, message

Shelley Olsen, Principal, Grades 6-8, solsen@bostonpublicschools.org


Dana Brown, Principal, Grades 9-12, dbrown8@bostonpublicschools.org

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