DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY NEWS & NOTES

June 10, 2019 Vol. 1, No. 38

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

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Final full week! Still lots to do....keep going.

DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY GRADUATION

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.

Hello DSA Community!


We begin our final full week at the Dearborn STEM Academy for the school year 2018-19. We continue to work with all students in finishing out the year on a strong note.


We want to thank everyone in the DSA extended family for working with us this year. We'll continue to ask families, guardians and community partners to walk with us in this journey.


This week some families will be hearing from us about Summer School for their child. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.


We still have some Summer Programs available for interested students. Please contact us at the school if you want your child to have an enriching and educational experience this summer.



Best wishes for a great week!

CONGRATULATIONS TO NELSON TORRES, MISSOURA WIGGINS, SHANARIE BARROWS, AND MADYUF BOURSIQUOT; THEY ARE YOUR BUILDFEST PITCH CHALLENGE BOSTON 2019 CHAMPIONS!

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Last Tuesday in front of approximately 700 people at the Copley Marriott our ninth graders stole the show with their “Dust Mac” presentation. Kevin O’Leary, “MR. WONDERFUL” from ABC’S Shark Tank was particularly impressed with their work and gave them multiple shoutouts during the question/answer period. He also spent time with our students on stage after the presentation of the award for pictures.


Our students really stood out with their stage presence, their public speaking, and their preparedness. Their product was well thought out and built. Their business plan is solid.


DSA’s Build teacher Ms. Alves deserves our appreciation and respect for the work she has done with the students and this program. What happened last night doesn’t happen by accident. Ms. Alves has high expectations for these students and holds them to a high standard. They put in lots of hours getting ready for the competition. It showed. Thank you Ms. Alves and congratulations to our students.


In other highlights from last night our school’s Valedictorian Lenylse Ferreira gave a moving and spirited speech during the program, crediting the BUILD program with some of her successes. Lenlyse received rousing applause from the audience.

Kevin O'Leary speaking highly of Dust Mac!

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From Chelsea Voake, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Thank you to all the teachers, students, and faculty who supported today's PBL showcase!


So many thanks to:

Our teachers who planned powerful projects for their students, shepherded them through the challenging unknowns of owning their own learning, and bravely invited the community into their classrooms and their practice


Our students who bravely shared their stories, their questions, their ideas, and their feedback with each other and with the community


Our adult community who cleared schedules, gave up prep periods, and put aside other pressing work to attend showcases, see our students in action, ask probing questions, elicit student thinking, and celebrate students' and teachers' efforts


This was a fabulous, brave, and inspiring day.

STUDENT CENTERED-PROJECT BASED LEARNING

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PARTNERSHIP WITH GILLETTE

Gillette Partnership at work

Gillette has become a true partner with the Dearborn STEM Academy. In addition to scholarship gifts to some of our seniors, Gillette has hosted some our 9th graders in meaningful job shadow and career exploration days at the company. Additionally, they are working with us to establish teacher "externships"; they will also be guiding us as we write our engineering pathways curricula.


Below; the picture of our deserving scholarship winners at the Gillette-DSA luncheon this past week at the Dearborn.

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Powerful message to our students...

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Good Morning Chardas,


Happy Friday! I am so glad you and your students were able to return and attend this year's RIA event. It was great to see you briefly and to hear the students enjoyed their projects. Our program book editor, Rene Payne, wanted me to relay a message to a few of your students. She sent us over a beautiful comparison image that shows the importance of continuing to inspire and learn through generations Please see her words copy and pasted below and the image attached:


"Just yesterday I was able to converse with these beautiful and intelligent young ladies (photo below) in the restroom at Harvard before they went back to their session. Today would be my mother's 88th birthday! Looking for ONE photo to send to my family in a folder named "Sylvia", this is the ONLY image that was referenced. The similarities are really something!



As Joan said yesterday, they are our future. My mother focused her time with cancer research for women and helping to develop the pap smear.
I hope this image can reach the three at Dearborn Stem Academy."


Thank you so much for getting your students to this event! It was lovely to meet you and work with you. I am honored to have played a role in RIA 2019. Take care, and please reach out with any feedback. We are always trying to improve the program!


Best,

Mark Harrington

Administrative Coordinator for RIA,

Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership

Harvard Medical School

164 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

T: (617) 432-7770

F: 617-432-3834

Mark_Harrington@hms.harvard.edu

Pronouns: he, him, his


http://www.reflectioninaction.org/


HMS Mission: “To nurture a diverse, inclusive community dedicated to alleviating suffering and improving health and well-being for all through excellence in teaching and learning, discovery and scholarship, and service and leadership.”

NINTH GRADE ENGINEERING FIELD TRIPS

Over the course of the last several weeks ninth grade teacher Marna Eckels has introduced each of her students to an engineering or robotics experience outside of the Dearborn. Below are just some of the pictures highlighting the real-world, hands-on experiences for our students.
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Ben Franklin Institute is a valued DSA partner.

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END OF YEAR-JUNE!


JUNE 10

  • GRADE 9 OVERNIGHT TO NJ

  • GRADE 6 THOMPSON ISLAND ONE DAY

JUNE 11

  • GRADE 9 OVERNIGHT TO NEW JERSEY

  • GRADE 6 FIELD TRIP TO FRANKLIN PARK

JUNE 12

  • CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATION, 6PM

  • THOMPSON ISLAND OVERNIGHT, GRADE 8

  • EARLY RELEASE DAY, 11:30 AM, (SUPER WEDNESDAY)

JUNE 13

  • THOMPSON ISLAND OVERNIGHT, GRADE 8

JUNE 14

  • GRADE 7 THOMPSON ISLAND, DAY TRIP

JUNE 17

  • Grade 8 Moving On Ceremony, 9:30 am

JUNE 18

  • 11:30 DISMISSAL, ALL STUDENTS

JUNE 19

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 11:30 DISMISSAL, ALL STUDENTS

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.


Achievement

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


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

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