DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY NEWS & NOTES

April 1, 2019 Vol. 1, No. 29

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

Our developing pathways are in Computer Science, Engineering, and the Health and Life Sciences.

Boston Plan for Excellence Night at the Museum of Science

Friday, April 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Join us for a night at the Museum!


On Friday, April 5, Boston Plan for Excellence families (THAT'S US AT THE DEARBORN) will enjoy free admission to the Exhibit Halls and $5 flat-rate parking. Limited food options will be available for purchase.


All attendees must register in the Museum of Science lobby between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m

Welcome to the Dearborn!

Good day!


DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY...FAMILY, FRIENDS, STUDENTS, STAFF...FREE ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, THIS FRIDAY NIGHT...SEE INFO ABOVE...



Congratulations to our tenth graders for their excellent showing this past week in MCAS. While we await the results we will celebrate that all 53 of our sophomores participated fully in both days of testing. Students persisted on both days, with some students working from 8 am -3 pm on the assessment.


LET'S FINISH STRONG...WE HAVE TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE APRIL BREAK. THESE TWO WEEKS ALSO REPRESENT THE END OF THE 3RD QUARTER...


STUDENTS...GET TO WIN TIME, STAY AFTER SCHOOL, PASS IN THOSE ASSIGNMENTS, STUDY...YOU CAN DO ALL OF THESE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

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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!

Justice Catherine Byrne visits the Dearborn

Justice Catherine Byrne, a District Court Judge visited the Dearborn STEM Academy and spoke to Ms. Spencer's 4th block class. Our student questions were terrific and Ms. Byrne did a masterful job keeping the students interested in the various topics covered. The visit was arranged through a program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where Judges visit local schools and speak about Constitutional and legal issues.
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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:


Purpose

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.


Commitment

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

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Parent Survey at DSA...

TELL US HOW WE’RE DOING!


Fill out a Parent Survey ~ Fill out a Parent Survey ~ Fill out a Parent Survey


How will the Parent Surveys be distributed?

Sent home with students, Emailed and by US Postal mail.


Parent Survey will be available between

April 1st thru April 12th

Return your Parent Survey by April 12th and your name will be entered into a RAFFLE to WIN a $50 GIFT CARD!


Winners will be notified by Monday, April 22 and their names will be appear in the Principal Brown’s Newsletter and posted in the Main Office.


Results of the Parent Survey will be shared with Parents at the School Parent Council Meetings and the School Staff.

Ms. Bailey, MSW

Director of Community & Family Engagement

pbailey@bpe.org ~ 617-635-8412

MCAS SCHEDULE


TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 AND MAY 1, GRADES 6, 7, 8 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS


TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 8; GRADE 8, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING


TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 22; GRADE 6, 7, 8, 10, MATHEMATICS


TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 5, GRADE 9 SCIENCE

SAVE THE DATE!

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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.

A healthy and happy staff...

12 of our fearless grade 9 team members came together.


They jumped.

They squatted.

They planked.

They twisted.

(They twerked)

They smiled, cheered, and laughed.


For hours...


Lead by the fearless, spectacular, and ruthless (he truly has no ruths) trainer Tim Likosky.


Now, here’s the real question...is your team as great as ours? We think not. But, if you think otherwise—we challenge you to an ultimate fitness test.


In the spirit of competitiveness,


Kim (on behalf of Grade 9 Team and Friends)

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Monitoring Site Visit (MSV) sponsored by the Department of Education

One part of being a turnaround school is participating in a Monitoring Site Visit (MSV). The purpose of this visit according to the state is "to provide participating schools with formative feedback in support of turnaround efforts. The Monitoring Site Visit is intended to help districts and schools understand the status of the implementation of their turnaround plans. The Monitoring Site Visits are designed to obtain information about each school’s progress across a common set of research questions and four turnaround practices based on research on Massachusetts schools, along with specific questions related to each school’s individual turnaround plan."


While the language in this says that this visit is formative, it is also a component of how the school demonstrates progress over time and it is a piece of data that is used to determine whether the school has made progress.


There are two components of the visit. One is a day of interviews (May 9) with different groupings/stakeholders and the second day is a day of classroom observations (May 16). It is the goal of the group coming in that they observe every classroom in the building. When they observe, they use the CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) rubric.

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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.


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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Junior-Senior Prom

Thursday, May 30th, 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: https://www.lombardos.com/ on:

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

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

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


Wednesday, April 10

Wednesday, May 8

Wednesday, June 12

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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.