Week of October 29, 2018

Hi everyone!

We are looking forward to another exciting week at the Dearborn as we recap exciting events from the past weeks.

Looking forward...Wednesday, October 31st is "Halloween" and at the Dearborn we have put together some guidelines for students and families around costumes. Costumes will be allowed on Wednesday under the following guidelines:

1) No masks

2) No weapons

3) No revealing clothing

4) Costume choices are culturally appropriate

5) Costumes don't distract from learning in the classroom

If students are in violation of these rules they will be asked to change. Thank you for your cooperation.

STEM Week kicks off from the Dearborn STEM Academy

On Monday, October 22nd the Commonwealth of Massachusetts kicked off STEM Week at the Dearborn STEM Academy. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito signed an official proclamation as our seniors looked on.

Our high school students and staff participated in displays and exhibitions and then listened to Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Congressman Kennedy, Interim Superintendent of Schools Laura Perille, and Vertex CEO Dr. Jeff Leiden speak about what it means to be in a STEM School in a STEM economy and living in this age of high technology. Our own student Francilliana Barbosa spoke and got to introduce the Governor. It was a great event. The Governor expressed that it was the first time he had used virtual reality headgear.

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STEM Week at Dearborn

Our students Mike Davis and Carlos Rodriguez look on as the Governor tries out the game they designed!
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Family ESL Class Survey

Dearborn STEM Academy will give a free English class in March of 2019. We are collecting information from families who are interested in taking the class. Please complete the google form below.

Nu sta ta ben oferesi klasi di Inglês di grasa pa pais e enkaregadus di edukasôn di alunus. Aula ta kumesa na Marsu di 2019. Si bu kre prendi inglês dipos di skola ku nos, pur favor, prenxi.

Middle School Advisory

Becoming a community...
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I set and meet challenging goals. I hold high expectations for myself and my future. I never give up.

Middle School Debate Team

Our middle school debate team is coached by Ms. Jennifer Goodman, teacher at the Dearborn STEM Academy. Four of our middle school students competed in the 1st DSA middle school debate tournament at Suffolk University last Saturday. The students debated against other area middle schools about immigration policy and work visas.

Please congratulate our students on their effort and participation in the tournament! Our students' scores were competitive, especially for the first tournament!

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ESL classes hear about how passions can inspire your work

The middle and high school ESL 3 classes invited several speakers from MIT this past week to talk about their passions in their work and outside of their work. Students prepared questions ahead of time and engaged in some great discussions about how one's passions can lead a person to creative and engaging careers. The speakers' passions ranged from studying new electrofuels for air travel, to participating in competitive jump-roping, to helping government and nongovernmental organizations design projects to improve the world in different ways. The ESL 3 students are now studying and will be interviewing experts in their own passion topics, including travel photography, careers in medicine, video game design, and many more.

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Northeastern University students work with DSA teacher Marna Eckels and her students.

In these photos some Northeastern University students works can be seen working with students in our engineering classes. This high school-higher education partnership is just one way the Dearborn STEM Academy is exposing students to high level experiences.
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Middle School Elections at the Dearborn...

Announcing the winners of the Middle School Student Government Association Election!

  • Middle School President is Janessyia Pizarro

  • Middle School Vice President is Angel Grant

  • Middle School Secretary is Javian Pizarro

  • 6th Grade President is Jomar Lopez


I believe in myself and my potential. Others do not define me.

Here is the Dearborn High School SGA Cabinet:

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Nakahia Taylor, President, Mauriza Texeira, Secretary/Treasurer, and Keliane DaRosa, Vice President

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Sharing an amazing video by some of our BUILD 10th graders - made to generate Mentor interest for BUILD.

First Quarter is quickly coming to an end.

Believe it or not the first marking period has only two weeks remaining. Please remind your student of the importance of coming to school every day, attending every class, and working hard in each class!

We have faculty and staff ready and willing to work with your child in every subject. Please reach out to us for support.

Parent/Guardian Announcements

Good Afternoon DSA Families:

I am writing to remind and share some important news regarding " Middle School Promotion Requirements.


* Parent Council Meeting - Thursday, Nov. 1st 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

* Principals/Parent Coffee - Friday, Nov. 2nd 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Please RSVP 617-275-0720


* Letter attached to explain the "Promotion Policy"

* Ms. Olsen will be @ the Parent Council Meeting to answer questions.

Be Well!


Buenas tardes familias de DSA:

Estoy escribiendo para recordar y compartir algunas noticias importantes sobre "Requisitos para la promoción de escuelas intermedias".


* Reunión del Consejo de Padres: jueves 1 de noviembre a las 5:30 p.m. a las 6:30 p.m.

* Directores / café para padres: viernes 2 de noviembre de 7:30 a.m. a 8:00 a.m.

Por favor confirmar su asistencia 617-275-0720


* Carta adjunta para explicar la "Política de Promoción".

* La Sra. Olsen estará en la reunión del Consejo de Padres para responder preguntas



Boa tarde Famílias DSA:

Estou escrevendo para lembrar e compartilhar algumas notícias importantes sobre os "Requisitos de Promoção da Escola Secundária".


* Reunião do Conselho de Pais - quinta-feira, 1º de novembro às 17h30 às 18h30

* Principals / Parent Coffee - sexta-feira, 2 de novembro, das 7:30 às 8:00

Por favor RSVP 617-275-0720


* Carta anexada para explicar a "Política de Promoção"

* Olsen será @ a reunião do Conselho de Pais para responder a perguntas

Fique bem!

Pamelia Bailey | Director of Community and Family Engagement

BPE | 27-43 Wormwood Street | Suite 110 | Boston, MA 02210

main 617.227.8055 | direct 617.275.0720 | fax 617.275.0775 |


Congratulations to the following staff for their election to our School Site Council. More information will follow regarding the first meeting. Congratulations to all staff who stepped forward.

School Site Council Representatives:

Aaron Alexius

Bruce DaSilva

Camilla Chodkowski

Joey Kelly

Terrance Jefferson


Matt Ruggiero

Tim Likosky

Natalina Mendes


I respect and value people’s diverse identities. I am curious about other people. I learn from others.


Members of the Kliptown Youth Program from South Africa, led by CNN Hero Thulani Madono visited the Dearborn STEM Academy this past Friday where they got a chance to eat lunch with some of our students, take a tour of the building, and share some of their program highlights with us.

Hats off to Dr. Makeeba McCreary, Managing Director & Sr. Advisor of External Affairs for the Boston Public Schools for helping to arrange the visit. Thaddues Miles, local Boston hero, coordinated all of the logistics and organized the program for the day.

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


Dearborn STEM Academy

Dana Brown, High School Principal

Shelley Olsen, Middle School Principal

36 Winthrop St.

Roxbury, MA 02119

(617) 635-8412 (Phone)

(617) 635-8419 (Fax)

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.