Welcome to the new Dearborn STEM Academy Family and Student Information page. Please use the links below to navigate this page. If you are looking to update your contact email address and/or phone number so that we can reach you with event updates and other communications, please click here. For anything else school related, please use the contact form below.
Every week Principals Olsen and Brown release a newsletter for families, students and teachers. Read it here:
The schedule below is for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On most Wednesdays, students will be dismissed at 1:57 pm. On special Wednesdays (once a month) students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. The special Wednesdays are as follows:
• October 10 • November 7 • December 12 • January 9 • February 13 • March 13 • April 10 • May 8 • June 12
Below you will find the daily bell schedule for Middle and High School. Middle School
All Dearborn students are expected to wear a DSA shirt or sweater every day. Pants and footwear should follow the language listed below.
Dearborn STEM Academy is a serious place of learning. There is an expectation that students dress in keeping with reasonable standards of safety, health, and cleanliness, so as not to detract from the educational process. Student attire should not disrupt the educational environment and/or serve as a distraction to other students. If a student is wearing clothing that disrupts the educational process, such as clothes that promote drugs, alcohol, or violence, he or she will be asked to change.
The discretion of administration will prevail in whether the clothing creates a disruption.
*Uniforms available for sale at L&M Bargain Store’s Roslindale and Dorchester locations:
Dear Parents of Middle School Dearborn STEM Students:
I hope this finds you well!
I’m writing today to share the news that we will be using a system called “Yondr” this year in our middle school to increase engagement and collaboration by maintaining a phone-free learning environment.
We understand that cell phones have great utility, but cell phone use has increasingly become a source of distraction, anti-social behavior and conflict both at home and at school.
“According to a survey and report from Common Sense Media that involved 1,240 interviews with parents and their 12- to 18-year-old children, 50 percent of teens feel attached to their mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids have a problem putting their devices down.” – US News & World Report, 2016
Additionally, more and more studies are showing the ways cell phones interfere with a student’s academic success. Just last year (2017), the University of Chicago concluded that “the mere presence of cellphones reduces available cognitive capacity.”
BPS policy states that cell phones are to be kept out of sight in the school building. However, inappropriate cell phone use has been the primary source of distraction and conflict in our community. This behavior takes away student learning time and can strain both peer relationships and student/staff relationships.
The way Yondr works is simple. When students arrive at school, they will place their phones in an assigned Yondr phone case. The case locks and the student keeps their case with them. Students maintain possession of their phones throughout the day, but they will not be able to use them until they are unlocked at the end of the day. (This process is pictured below, along with an FAQ.)
In an effort to best serve your child, we are asking for your support in the adoption of Yondr to teach our students responsible phone use while at school. Yondr is already used by hundreds of middle and high schools, corporations and artists around the world to improve focus, production and the overall human experience of its users.
We want to assure families that you can reach your student as you have in the past, by calling the main office at 617-635-8412. We recommend adding this number to your contact list for easy access.
Thank you for supporting our school and our students as we go forward with this change.
Middle School Principal
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I want to reach my student during the school day? If at all possible, resist the urge to contact your student during the day. It is important for students to be able to focus on school while they are here. Even if a student doesn’t answer the text in class, there is research that shows cognitive processing is disrupted by notifications and even just the presence of the phone on a desk. Learning to schedule activities and plan ahead are skills that our students need to develop. Of course, sometimes, it can’t be helped. In most cases, you can contact the main office 617-635-8412 to relay messages to your student when action needs to be taken during the school day.
- What if there is an emergency? There are many instances when parents need to communicate information to students. Most of the time, students are unable to act on these issues until after school. In these cases, students can just read messages at the end of the day. If it is crucial that a student respond immediately, students can unlock cases in the main office. In the case of an emergency, administrators have devices that can unlock the Yondr cases quickly.
- Will my student’s phone be safe? It will be as safe as before the change, as your student will be in possession of his/her phone all day.
- What if the case gets damaged? The case is a school-issued supply, just like textbooks. It is free to use, but the student is responsible to pay $25 in the event of damage or loss.
Prezados pais de alunos de Middle School Dearborn STEM:
Espero que isso te ache bem!
Estou escrevendo hoje para compartilhar a notícia de que usaremos um sistema chamado “Yondr” este ano em nossa escola para aumentar o envolvimento e a colaboração mantendo um ambiente de aprendizado sem telefone.
Entendemos que os telefones celulares têm grande utilidade, mas o uso do celular tornou-se cada vez mais uma fonte de distração, comportamento anti-social e conflito tanto em casa como na escola.
“De acordo com uma pesquisa e um relatório da Common Sense Media que envolveu 1.240 entrevistas com pais e suas crianças de 12 a 18 anos, 50% dos adolescentes se sentem apegados aos seus dispositivos móveis e 59% dos pais concordam que seus filhos têm um problema ao colocar seus dispositivos no ar. “- US News & World Report, 2016.
Além disso, mais e mais estudos estão mostrando como os celulares interferem no sucesso acadêmico de um aluno. Apenas no ano passado (2017), a Universidade de Chicago concluiu que “a simples presença de celulares reduz a capacidade cognitiva disponível”.
A política da BPS afirma que os telefones celulares devem ser mantidos fora da vista no prédio da escola. No entanto, o uso inadequado de telefones celulares tem sido a principal fonte de distração e conflito em nossa comunidade. Esse comportamento elimina o tempo de aprendizado dos alunos e pode prejudicar os relacionamentos com os colegas e as relações entre alunos e funcionários.
A maneira como Yondr trabalha é simples. Quando os alunos chegam à escola, eles colocam seus telefones em uma caixa telefônica Yondr designada. O caso trava e o aluno mantém seu caso com eles. Os alunos mantêm a posse de seus telefones ao longo do dia, mas eles não poderão usá-los até que sejam desbloqueados no final do dia. (Este processo é retratado na próxima página.)
Em um esforço para melhor atender o seu filho, estamos pedindo seu apoio na adoção do Yondr para ensinar nossos alunos a usar o telefone enquanto estiverem na escola. A Yondr já é usada por centenas de escolas de ensino médio e médio, corporações e artistas em todo o mundo para melhorar o foco, a produção e a experiência humana geral de seus usuários.
Queremos assegurar às famílias que você pode alcançar seu aluno como você fez no passado, ligando para o escritório central em 617-635-8412. Recomendamos adicionar esse número à sua lista de contatos para facilitar o acesso.
Obrigado por apoiar nossa escola e nossos alunos à medida que avançamos com essa mudança.
Diretor da escola secundária
You can get in touch with Dearborn STEM Academy by calling 617-635-8412 during school hours, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are located at: 36 Winthrop St Roxbury, MA 02119