Spotlight News from Around the District

  • 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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  • Students at Work Spotlight: Grade 7 Quarantine Poetry

    Grade 7 English is currently in a poetry unit and the teachers have asked students to write poems about our current situation. Click above to visit the New DMS Student Work webpage to read the creative submissions that came from this project!

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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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  • Counseling Tip of the Week: April 21

    As a community, we are in the midst of an incredibly stressful time, full of changes, uncertainty, and strong emotions. In the best of times, parenting can be difficult, but parenting during a pandemic presents a whole new set of challenges. With this in mind, Boston University's CARD program has put together a webinar to provide parents and other caregivers useful tools to help support child emotional health and well-being during this period of COVID-19 related social distancing and beyond. Click the link above to learn strategies for reducing child (and parent!) anxiety.

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  • School Buildings Closed For Rest of 2019/2020 School Year

    As anticipated, this afternoon Governor Baker announced that he was extending the closure of all Massachusetts public and private school buildings for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. Students, educators and staff will continue forward with remote learning efforts through our last scheduled school day - Friday, June 19th.

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  • DPS Counseling Tip of the Week : April 13, 2020

    April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to and raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and support children, adolescents, adults, and their families. COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted our daily schedules and typical experiences. Youth with autism may be particularly prone to distress in response to these unprecedented changes in routine. Ongoing care, compassion, and patience is essential. The Child Mind Institute has developed resources to help parents and caregivers support children and adolescents with autism during this time. Click the link above to check it out!

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  • Elementary News: LEXIA

    Lexia CORE5, a literacy focused tool, that will be added to the weekly learning plans starting the week of April 13th in grades K-3 and the week of April 20th in grades 4 and 5. This is a tool that many of our elementary teachers already use in the classroom. As such, your family may already be familiar with and use this tool. If this is new to you we have prepared resources that you can use to get started. Learn More: Read the full email from Dedham Elementary School principals by clicking the link above.

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  • Phase 2: Remote Learning Plan Launched

    UPDATED: Phase 2 of Dedham Remote Learning Plan for Extended School Closure - including updates on Grading, Technology, and more. Plan goes into action on Monday, April 13th.

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  • Free Student Meals Now Include Weekends

    Dedham students can now access free weekend meals, available for pick up during the Friday distribution times. In the three weeks since Dedham Public Schools enacted an extended closure, the hard working Food Services crew will have served over 10,000 meals since March 16th. Learn more by clicking above.

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  • See Dedham Elementary Students & Staff Celebrating "Virtual" Spirit Week!

    See how the Dedham Elementary schools got into the Virtual spirit by clicking the link above!

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  • DPS Counseling Tip of the Week: April 6, 2020

    "Be kind to yourself, be kind to your family, be kind to your community. This is a time for us to be realistic and forgiving in what we can accomplish from home. Check out a recent NPR comic for some helpful family reminders." 

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  • "Six Feet Apart"

    Dedham Middle School social worker Amy Sandler kept getting asked by her children why everyone was being told to keep six feet apart. Amy decided to figure out a way to explain why that would be understood by children. The result was this very touching and clever 3 minute video storybook. It stars Amy’s children Ash and Maddox who provided some of the illustrations and all of the cute. Check it out by clicking the title above!

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  • Dedham High Senior Wins Student Video Award!

    Our very own DHS senior, Joshua Pfeifer, won the Emmy for Best High School Music Video for his video Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift!

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