May 6, 2019 Vol. 1, No. 33

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


Monday, May 6, National Nurses Day; we honor the contributions of nurses everywhere. For us we pay special recognition to Marie Gessy Exantus, our great school nurse.

May 7; National Teacher Day; we honor and applaud our wonderful, dedicated, hardworking teaching staff.

During the week we recognize and pay tribute to the many daily contributions of all of our staff; teachers, counselors, coaches, directors, student support team members, paraprofessionals, our ace office manager Willeka Sanders, and our nurse, school resource officer, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Each of them spends their working hours caring for and guiding our children. The work they do is challenging, exhilarating, exasperating, and honorable. It is a great responsibility which they take seriously.

Congratulations and THANK YOU to all of our staff.

National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10

May 6 also begins National Nurses Week!

Rain, rain go away!

Dear members of the DSA community,

We are in the home stretch. We have approximately 7 weeks to go.

Seniors have one foot in the school and one foot out as they plan for prom, graduation, summer jobs...moving on to the next phase of their life.

Everyone else in the school is remaining steadfast in their determination to finish strong. Last week we had 98.5 % completion rate for grade 6, 7, 8 MCAS. This week we get a bit of a reprieve as no grades are testing.

I'll keep sending the following reminders as we near the finish line:

The fourth quarter will move quickly; it's time to stay focused or get back on track:

  • Come to school every day and on time.
  • Attend all classes.
  • Pass in all assignments and on time.
  • Ask for extra support if you need it; you can get support after school or during WIN Time.

Want a summer job?

Here is another link to the Success Link for city of Boston summer jobs. At the bottom, students can search for jobs in areas they desire and then create a profile. Students should use the bostonk12 email and same password to keep it simple.

There are many jobs out there and some of our students who have been working hard are already being called for interviews...

Here is link,,

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Drone Camp comes to the Dearborn...

Through a partnership with MassRobotics and Amazon we will be hosting a Drone Camp this summer. High School students can register for one of two weeks:

July 8-12 or July 15-19. Please contact Mr. Likosky or Principal Brown for more information.

The program is FREE.

Students will receive:

  • All of the materials and supplies needed to build a drone. See a picture of the prototype above.
  • Students will receive expert instruction that will allow each student to successfully build the drone.
  • Students will receive expert instruction on how to program the drone.
  • Students will fly the drone inside our beautiful atrium!
  • Students will also learn about FAA regulations about registering drones and rules preventing drones from flying within 5 miles of airports.

Students will keep the drone!

Grade 6 DSA students tour University of Massachusetts at Boston

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Exciting news about our students!

  • Several seniors have made decisions about college for September; at this point some of our 2019 graduates will be attending:

  • Boston College
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • University of Massachusetts at Lowell
  • Year Up
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology

Over $1.5 million in scholarship money has been offered.

  • 7 9th graders will be interviewing Saturday May 4th for the MIT Minds Matter Program.

  • 6 sophomores are ready to travel to Maine and Minnesota with the Summer Search Program.

  • 15-20 grade 10-12 students will be interning this summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital and Mass General Hospital.

  • ESL students wishing to continue to improve their Reading and Writing skills over the summer can attend programs through Sociedad Latina and/or the UMass Boston TAG program; see Mr. Likosky or Ms. Depina for details.

  • Term 3 grades are in and report cards will be mailed home this week; please contact Mr Likosky or Ms Depina with any questions about grades and/or summer school.

Consider joining the Dearborn Industry Advisory Council!

Friends and Colleagues,

We are writing to invite you to join the Dearborn Industry Advisory Council, a body that will support the school as we continue to develop and test our STEM program model.

Here's what we have in mind:


We seek to run an industry informed middle and high school that prepares students for their chosen profession. We need to have regular conversations with industry to ensure that our students have the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to succeed in Boston’s tech-driven labor market. The Industry Advisory Council will work with BPE and Dearborn leaders:

· To connect the school with ideas, trends, and possibilities from the broader (STEM) world around us

· To help us develop a comprehensive set of STEM opportunities for students in grades 6-12, with a concentration in high school

· To build our understanding of industry talent pipeline needs

· To inform our STEM career pathways and curriculum

· To inspire teachers, keep them apprised of the latest developments in their fields, and provide professional collaborators to serve as resources

This is particularly important work at Dearborn STEM Academy, where we are developing and launching three career pathways: Computer Science, Health and Life Sciences, and Engineering.


We are asking members to join us for a one-year commitment, which will include two convenings and the potential for a handful of small group meetings or consults in your area of expertise.

If you are interested in joining the Council, please respond to this email. Our first meeting will be on May 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Dearborn. We will hear a report-out from Aimee Sprung of Microsoft, Erik Miller of Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Dearborn teachers who comprise our Computer Science pathway leadership.

Thank you for the ways in which you've already contributed to our school. And thanks for considering our invitation.

We hope you will join us,

Kristen Almquist-Cevallos

Director of Early College and Career Pathways

Mardi Fuller

Director of External Relations

Junior-Senior Prom

Friday, May 31st, 8pm

LOMBARDO'S 6 Billings Street in Randolph MA,

This year's Junior-Senior Prom will be at Lombardo's, 6 Billings Street in Randolph MA,

Check out the digs at: on:

Friday, May 31st from 8:00pm- 12:00am!!!!

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Wednesday, June 12th, 6pm

36 Winthrop Street

Boston, MA

Save the Date! Our seniors will graduate on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:00 pm. The ceremony will be held in the Atrium at the Dearborn STEM Academy.


MSV Observation Day; Monday May 6

Grade 6,7,8 Math MCAS; May 14 and May 15

Grade 8 Science MCAS; May 21 and May 22

Grade 10 Math MCAS; May 21 and May 22

Grade 9 Science MCAS; June 4, 5

Here are the early-release (11:30 am) days for the remainder of the year!

Wednesday, May 8, Regular Professional Development for Staff

Wednesday, June 12, Regular Professional Development for Staff

Additionally, in the Boston Public Schools the last two days of the school year are half-days for all students. On June 18th and June 19th all DSA students will be dismissed at 11:30 am.

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What we are measured by as a school!

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.


  • 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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In partnership with the Boston Plan for Excellence the Dearborn STEM Academy will host a Summer Learning Academy!

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.

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