DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY NEWS & NOTES
November 26, Vol. 1, No. 13
The Dearborn STEM Academy is a grades 6-12 Boston Public School supported by the Boston Plan for Excellence.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to thousands in Boston, including two of our class officers.
Week of November 26, 2018
Thank you for continuing to send your student to school every day and on time!
Did you know? We have an after school tutoring program available for all students. Contact the appropriate guidance counselor if interested:
Middle School, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
High School, contact email@example.com
Look at the announcement below. Through a partnership we will be forming a theater program at DSA for students in grades 8-12.
THEATER AT DSA!!
Calling all actors, designers, singers, dancers, writers!
Come be a part of the founding group of Theater @ DSA!
Info Session & Kickoff Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 2:30-4
Meet in the Dance Studio; Open to students in grades 8-12.
Volleyball season is winding down! Come see our middle school girls play!
- Tuesday, 11/27/2018, 3:00 pm, opponent is McCormack
- Tuesday, 12/4/2018, 3:30 pm, opponent is Higginson/Lewis
GOT GRIT AND SOLID AS A ROCK WINNERS announced after Pep Rallies
GOT GRIT AND SOLID AS A ROCK WINNERS
Students were nominated and recognized in two categories: “Got Grit” students display courage and determination in their everyday lives. “Solid as a Rock” students exemplify the DSA expectations everyday. Congratulations!
MIDDLE SCHOOL GOT GRIT:
Edilisa Goncalves Andrade
Kees Sequeira DeBarros
Rosane Cardoso Alves
MIDDLE SCHOOL SOLID AS A ROCK:
Nissel Pujols Pereyra
Joelma Goncalves Brito
HIGH SCHOOL GOT GRIT
Jocelyn Pina Dos Santos
Manuel Alves Gomes
Shakira Correia Teixeira
HIGH SCHOOL SOLID AS A ROCK
Claudio Depina Ribeiro
Juliana Fernandes Resende
Zaeda Gomes Miranda
Spirit Week at DSA!
Many, many people participated or played a role in supporting us all week. We would like to give special thanks to Sentidra Joseph, Coryne Legare, Bruce DaSilva and Joao Barros for their efforts.
A shoutout to our custodial staff for their continuing support.
Catie's Closet is a Dearborn partner.
The Dearborn STEM Academy
The Dearborn STEM Early College Academy is an open enrollment Boston public school, serving 425 students from grades 6-12 in the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury. The school has just moved into a brand-new, state-of-the-art, $72M building designed for STEM learning, and the enrollment will grow to 600 students in the coming years. The students are primarily African-American (67%) and Latinx (28%); 43% of the students are classified as English learners (most of whom are of Cape Verdean descent), and 62% of the students’ first language was other than English. Nine out of ten students are classified as high-needs.
The Dearborn’s mission is: Students will graduate with the 21st century skills required for college and career success and will be prepared and motivated to serve as thoughtful, engaged citizens, who contribute to the health, vibrancy, and development of their community.
The Dearborn’s ultimate outcome is that students graduate prepared for 21st century STEM careers. We define preparation as having the skills, agency and social capital to access these opportunities.
The Dearborn prepares students through six key pillars:
1. Sense of Belonging: Help students have the psychological and physical grounding to be able to take the kinds of risks necessary for learning
2. Foundational skills: Help students develop the literacy, computational and critical thinking skills necessary to access real world tasks
3. Real-world tasks/Project-Based Learning: Help students get skilled at wrestling with the kinds of problems they’ll face in the world of work
4. Professional skills: Help students get skilled at communicating and working with others
5. Career Exposure, Mentoring & Internships: Help students know what’s out there in the world, build a support network, apply what they’ve learned, and find out what they still need to learn
6. Early College: Help students get a head start on post-secondary education.
What problem does the Dearborn try to address?
Put simply, we are trying to prepare students who have historically been under-served, and who often have significant barriers to overcome, for an economy that is developing rapidly… all in institutions not built for the job. A bit more detail here follows.
How is the Dearborn addressing the problem?
As stated above, the Dearborn ultimately hopes to graduate students prepared for 21st century STEM careers: having the skills, agency and social capital to access these opportunities
To meet this goal, the Dearborn is creating three STEM industry-themed pathways: 1) Health and Life Sciences, 2) Computer Science, and 3) Engineering. These pathway areas were chosen by looking at local labor market demand projections, and are aligned with the priority areas identified by the state.
Students process through three stages:
1. Career Exposure (grades 6-8) - in which students learn about a number of different fields and career possibilities, participate in one-day site visits to various workplaces, and begin to think about their own career trajectory.
2. Career Exploration (grades 9-10) – in which all 9th grade students participate in a formal course designed to introduce them to curricula in each of the Dearborn’s three curriculum pathways, attend industry-led partner panels, and visit both workplaces and college campuses. In 10th grade, students are paired with an industry mentor, engage in job shadowing, and eventually select the specific pathway for their 11th and 12th grade years.
3. Career Engagement (grades 11-12) – in which students complete a full internship, begin college coursework in their pathway area, and work with their mentor and school-based advisor to launch a post-secondary plan.
I set and meet challenging goals. I hold high expectations for myself and my future. I never give up.
I believe in myself and my potential. Others do not define me.
I respect and value people’s diverse identities. I am curious about other people. I learn from others.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Middle School Principal Shelley Olsen, email@example.com
Stories, pictures, calendar reminders, club, activity, and classroom notes are all welcome.