DSA Expectations


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.

Week of November 12, 2018


Our school wide attendance is heading toward 95%. Wow! Thank you for getting to school every day!

A couple of important reminders for this week:

On Wednesday our 8th grade girls will be visiting the Museum of Science as part of a special program for women and girls in STEM.

1st Quarter Grades/Report Cards will be available Thursday, November 15th.

Our second home Middle School volleyball game will be played Tuesday, November 13th in the Dearborn gym.

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Our 8th grade girls will be visiting the Museum of Science on Wednesday, November 14th. We will be taking Miss Depina's and Miss Goodman's 8th grade advisory groups. The museum is having a special day for women and girls in STEM. Professionals will be posted throughout the museum to answer questions about exhibits and the STEM field. See below for more details about trip and let me know if you have any questions.

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Dearborn Middle School Volleyball Schedule

Under the direction of Coaches Goodman and DeMatteo our middle school girls are ready for the season! They won their first match versus the Timilty School.

  • Tuesday, 11/6/2018, 3:30 pm, opponent is Timilty, WIN, 1-0
  • Tuesday, 11/13/2018, 3:00 pm, opponent is Curley
  • Monday, 11/19/2018, 3:30 pm, opponent is Orchard Gardens
  • Tuesday, 11/27/2018, 3:00 pm, opponent is McCormack
  • Tuesday, 12/4/2018, 3:30 pm, opponent is Higginson/Lewis
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Congratulations to Boys Soccer

The Burke-Dearborn soccer team had a great season! They lost a tough game in the MIAA North semi-finals 1-0.

Congratulations on a great year..

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Catie's Closet is a Dearborn partner.

Please speak to a teacher, counselor, or administrator if you believe your child could benefit from Catie's Closet.
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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.

Dearborn chosen as site for Acceleration Academy!

The Dearborn STEM Academy has been chosen as a site to host an Acceleration Academy during February Vacation week (February 19-22, 2019). We will provide more information soon.

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.

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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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.