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  • Principal Hillman Email Update: April 26th

    Looking back at the last few weeks of messages to you, it’s apparent that we have had rainy days for the start of the last three weeks. I don’t know about you but Saturday’s weather was a definite welcome addition to the weekend! Cold and rainy days aside, our week is off to a strong start. DMS teachers are reporting that students are completing more work each week which I recognize is in part to all that you are doing at home. Thank you for your efforts, parents! Click above to read the whole email and learn more about what’s going on (remotely) this week:

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  • Principal Hillman Student Email Update: April 21st

    I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news but today the Governor made the decision to keep schools closed through the end of the school year. While many other states had decided this already, it still is so shocking that we won’t be back together this school year! All of you are the best part of DMS and your teachers and I miss you so much! There’s still lots to figure out for the rest of the year (locker clean out!) but for now, please focus on getting your work done and taking care of yourself and your family. Click the link above to see all the updates sent:

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  • DMS Guidance Video

    Are you taking the best care of yourself during this crisis? Watch this video from our DMS Guidance Team for some friendly reminders and great ways to make sure you are taking care of yourself!

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  • Principal Hillman Email to Students: April 6th

    Happy Monday! Did all of you complete my gratitude challenge last week? I loved your emails telling me how you expressed thanks to your families. If you haven’t already done something nice yet, don’t worry - there’s always time to show you are grateful. :) Click the link above for the whole student email, including notes for our week ahead:

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Spotlight News from Around the District

  • UPDATE on Schools in Sept - Guidance from DESE

    Today - June 25th - the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance. This work is based upon the current available research available at this time, and this guidance will be updated in late July. It is very comprehensive and includes a goal of safely returning as many students as possible for in-school learning in the fall. Read more by clicking the link above.

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  • Dedham Elementary Music Teachers Video

    Watch our amazing Elementary Music teachers celebrate the students in this video!

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  • Dedham Students Honored by New England Math League

    Congratulations to the Dedham Students in Grades 4-8 who were honored as High Achievers in 2020 by the New England Math League. Well Done!

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  • School Spotlight: Avery - Virtual Cinderella Production

    Avery Elementary School faculty members Wendy Garland (Library) and Sara Santos (Music) would like to extend an invitation to Avery's digital musical Cinderella...If the Shoe Fits. This production began on the stage in January with over 70 students participating and has now turned into a digital version with over 50 students participating.

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  • FY21 School Budget Update

    Wednesday evening the Dedham School Committee approved a revised FY21 School budget proposal. The revisions incorporated guidance provided by the Town, which requested a $500,000 reduction from the original proposal approved by the School Committee on January 29, 2020, in order to accommodate anticipated shortfalls resulting from the current pandemic crisis. The revised FY21 proposed budget request is now $42,576,992. Learn more here!

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  • This Week in History: Juneteenth

    June 19th is not only the last day of school in Dedham this year, it is also a prominent day in the history of our country known as "Juneteenth". Learn more!.

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  • Counseling Tip of the Week: June 15

    To support the social and emotional wellbeing of teens, Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development created a self-guided course designed for middle and high school students. This is a fantastic resource for teens to learn about stress and coping mechanisms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be available throughout the summer for students and parents/caregivers to access. Please check it out!

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New Student Registration

  • During the COVID-19 outbreak, registrars will not be taking in person appointments.  Once you have completed your online registration and compiled all necessary documentation, please contact the appropriate student registrars.

    Register Online Here


    For Kindergarten and Preschool contact:

    Carmel Kerrigan




    For Grades 1 through 8 contact:

    Katie Murray




    For Grades 9 through 12 contact:

    Stefanny Sun



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Mission and Vision

  • Our Mission: 

    The mission of the Dedham Public Schools, in partnership with the community, is to promote excellence in learning, self-discipline, and motivation.

    The Dedham School System does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or handicap in its educational activities or employment practices.

    Vision Statement:

    Each graduate of the Dedham Public Schools (DPS) will confidently pursue personal excellence through continued independent inquiry and learning and exhibit socially responsible decision-making within a dynamic and diverse global community.