DEARBORN STEM ACADEMY NEWS & NOTES

March 25, Vol. 1, No. 28

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.

Welcome to the Dearborn!

Good day!


On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26th and 27th our DSA tenth grade students will be joining thousands of tenth graders across Boston and Massachusetts and participating in MCAS ELA.


In Massachusetts Public Schools High School students must take and pass assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science in order to receive a diploma.


We suggest our students follow these guidelines. These "Top Ten for Tenth Grade" will work for a lot of days at school:


  1. Get a good night sleep the night before each test.
  2. Eat breakfast. We will provide a small snack and water or juice during the test.
  3. Be to school on time. Students who arrive late run the risk of being placed in the “late room” for testing or missing the testing window for that day. In that case a make-up test would have to be given.
  4. It won’t be enough to silence your phone. Phones will be placed in INDIVIDUAL ENVELOPES and placed in a container. Phones will be given back at the end of the testing period.
  5. Students should bring a book, magazine or other reading material for after the test. These are the only materials that can be used after you are done with your test.
  6. At the end of testing, at approximately 10:35 am, students who are done with the test will proceed to Period 4. The rest of the day will include periods 4,5,6, advisory and lunch.
  7. Any student who needs extra time will be escorted to the Overtime Room (332) to complete testing.
  8. Students will need a pass to leave the room and go to the bathroom. Only one student will be allowed out of each room at a time.
  9. You are prepared for the test. Do your best and write as much as you can. Put your thoughts in order on the paper provided or by using the notepad within the testing app.
  10. You know this is an important test and you will try your best. We have complete confidence in you.
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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, MARCH 26, 27; GRADE 10 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS


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.

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!!!!

Only two games left...


  • March 25, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at the Dearborn, Girls at 3:30 pm, Boys at 4:00 pm


  • March 27, Dearborn Boys and Girls Basketball at Orchard Garden, Girls at 4:00 pm, Boys at 5:00 pm
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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.