Spotlight News from Around the District

  • 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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  • DEDHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONFIRMS RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING

    Following guidance and approval from the Dedham Board of Health and the Dedham School Committee, Dedham Public Schools confirmed that students would soon begin returning in-person to classrooms. The schools will follow the previously outlined phased return approach with a two-week delay, making some adjustments for its youngest students in Preschool and Kindergarten. Some Dedham preschool students are now tentatively scheduled to return in-person to school beginning as early as October 1, 2020. Kindergarten and designated “high needs” students would begin returning to classrooms on Monday, October 5, 2020 assigned in Hybrid or for four days per week schedules. All other Dedham students will begin phasing into a Hybrid in-person/remote classroom model in the weeks thereafter.

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  • Dedham Parents/Caregivers -- Let’s Talk! New September Family Engagement Initiative - September 28

    We are offering another Parent Support Group open to any parent/caregiver in the community on Monday, 9/28 at 7:00pm. Learn More Here!

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  • Food Updates!

    The food service staff is back to school making great school meals for the community! They will provide bags containing a variety of meals for distribution for families to enjoy at home. ALL MEALS ARE FREE FOR ALL CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 21 IN THE DISTRICT. Learn more by clicking above.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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