Spotlight News from Around the District

  • Overview of What to Expect as Students Return to DPS Classrooms

    Dedham Public Schools have begun welcoming students back into classrooms in-person for a new Hybrid learning model. As we teach our students, we will try new things and learn from them. Please be patient with us over the coming weeks as we make this new format as safe and efficient for all involved. For reference, here is a brief overview of what to expert in our buildings, in our classrooms and the teaching formats for Hybrid learning.

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  • Welcoming our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Oneida Fox Roye

    Dr. Oneida Fox Roye joined Dedham Public Schools this week, starting in her new role as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Learn more about the role and her background here. Welcome Dr. Fox Roye!

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  • Timing Update for All Students - Return to In-Person Learning

    Students’ return to schools will follow this phased approach so we do not overwhelm our schools. Further, a phased approach, as planned, will allow for continued time to adjust and adapt our protocols in each building, so we can keep students and faculty/staff as safe as possible as they return in-person. As we know, these dates remain accurate pending the trajectory of the virus. Fully remote instruction will continue every day for all students who are not yet in schools. Letters to Cohort B and ECEC students have been mailed home with details. Cohorts C&D will have letters mailed next week. Click above link to learn more on timing.

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  • Tech Tip: Accessing Google Classroom

    To sign into Google Classroom students must use their Dedham GSuite accounts The usernames are firstname.lastname@student.dedham.k12.ma.us Learn more Here

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  • NEW: Family Training and Support Office Hours

    Office hours will provide dedicated time for families to ask questions and hear answers from Dedham faculty on student use of Zoom and Google Classroom in the remote learning environment. These office hour sessions are intended to focus on the technical skills necessary to use the technologies effectively.

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  • Bus Application & Safety Information

    On September 2, 2020 the Dedham School Committee voted to waive all bus fees while school is in a Hybrid Learning model. All Dedham families with children registered to participate in the hybrid model are eligible to apply for busing. Families who wish to have students ride the bus on days when they are scheduled for in-person learning must complete BOTH a Bus Application form and sign a Code of Conduct statement. Learn more about Bus Safety and Download Forms Here.

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  • Fall News: How DPS is Managing Classroom Air Quality

    Learn more about how DPS has been working on adding new air quality filtration systems in preparation for staff and students return in the Fall.

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  • FALL PLAN UPDATE: New Website & Superintendent Virtual Q&A

    New information is now available regarding Dedham Public School plans for re-opening in the fall. Click above to read more about the new dedicated Fall 2020 website, and mark your calendars to join one of the live virtual Q&A sessions with Supt. Welch this Thursday.

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  • Update on Fall Athletics

    Dedham Atheletic Director Steve Traister shared an update with DHS families and coaches this week regarding fall sports, after the MIAA Board of Directors meeting.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • DEDHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS INTRODUCE MASSACHUSETTS SEAL OF BILITERACY DISTINCTION ON DIPLOMAS

    Dedham Public Schools joined 150 districts around Massachusetts in awarding a State Seal of Biliteracy distinction on Dedham High School diplomas this year. The Seal is awarded to students that demonstrate proficiency in two languages; English and one other language. Thirteen graduates in the Dedham High Class of 2020 earned the Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas, two of those graduates earned a Seal with Distinction. Learn More Here.

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  • DEDHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS CELEBRATES STUDENT ARTWORK WITH VIRTUAL ART SHOW

    The Dedham Public Schools Department of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to present this year’s annual District Art Show in a virtual format. The beautiful work of many of our students PK-12 is now featured on school and district websites for the next three weeks. While we cannot celebrate this creative representation of Dedham culture and community in person, the Art teachers are proud to display their students’ work online for all to enjoy!

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  • Letter to our School Community

    Leadership and staff of the Dedham Public Schools, joined the many voices raised this past week, denouncing the deplorable actions, recent killings and injustices toward people of color in our country. Dedham Schools embrace our families of color and remain committed to honoring and protecting the rights and dignity of all members of our school community. The collective diversity of Dedham is one of our greatest assets. We ask that all members of the community stand with us in appreciating and affirming our commitment to the ethical and moral treatment of all people. Read the full letter from school leaders here.

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  • Student Work Spotlight: New ECHO Issue Now Online!

    The staff of ECHO Magazine happily announces this year's publication Special Stories featuring works by the following talented DHS writers, photographers, and artists: Ella Hartshorn ‘21, Lily Hyde ‘23, Anna Tsiar ‘20, Isabelle Salaun ‘23, Melody Lustgarten ‘23, Michael McDonough ‘23, Justin Reilly ‘23, Leila Smadi ‘22, Jonah Wolfe ‘23 , Carly Paul ‘20, Joe Iantosca ‘21, Mira Krikorian ‘23, Vivien Boudette ‘22, Mackenzie Woodbury ‘21, Finn Radner ‘23, and Alondra Msallem ‘20. We hope you enjoy this year's issue!

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  • Counseling Tip of the Week: May 26

    During this unprecedented time, we understand how challenging it is to balance all of your responsibilities and roles each day as a parent or caregiver. We know that parents and caregivers are under tremendous pressure. We also know that parents are creative, resilient problem-solvers. The BRYT Family Engagement Team invites any and all parents/caregivers in the community to participate in weekly support groups, Parents Supporting Parents, where parents/caretakers can give and receive support from each other. Check out the link above for more information on this week's group offerings!

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  • Counseling Tip of the Week: May 11

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it has become increasingly more important to focus on our overall health and wellbeing during this time. Now more than ever, we need to be compassionate to ourselves and others, patient as we learn a new way of life, and kind to those struggling to overcome any physical, emotional, or financial hurdle. McLean Hospital just released a fantastic resource to support families facing additional stressors at home during this pandemic, such as overcoming "parental burnout," supporting the mental health of college-bound students, reducing child anxiety, and self-care approaches for families. Check it out!

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  • DPS Technology Support Page Launched

    As our remote learning continues, our teachers and technology team continue to provide support to families and students. In general, please email your child’s teacher if you have a question about access to student resources including usernames and passwords. Additionally, the link above will bring you to a new Remote Learning Families Digital Support Page which provides instruction on how to access the digital tools used at Dedham Public Schools.

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