Spotlight News from Around the District

  • Updated COVID Travel/Gathering Guidelines

    In order to keep providing students with the opportunity to attend school in-person, it is critical that everyone continue to follow safe practices when it comes to COVID-19. These regulations were established in agreement with the Dedham Board of Health. They are now in effect for all faculty, staff and students of Dedham Public Schools for at least the next five weeks, including the February vacation break (February 13-21). Our schools are carefully reviewing every student’s health and safety attestation form. If a student has not completed this attestation, that student will be excluded from classrooms until we confirm compliance. We appreciate your careful review of this guidance. Thank you for your continued cooperation, transparency, honesty and communication.

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  • NEW Resource: Self-Care Video Series Launches in January

    Feeling stressed? Take a few minutes for yourself this winter. Visit Committee for Children’s YouTube channel every Monday through the end of January for a short video about mental health, presented by a licensed clinical psychologist. The weekly self-care videos will also include a daily practice grounded in research and SEL. These Winter Well-Being videos are created especially for parents. Share them with your students’ families or watch them yourself!

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  • ECEC Choose To Be Nice - Feature Story

    Dedham's ECEC a Feature School for the Choose To Be Nice program they began this year! Take a look at some of the wonderful work the students and staff are doing to encourage kindness, cooperation and responsibility. Well Done ECEC!

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  • Frequently Asked Questions re: COVID - School Notifications

    When it comes to notifying parents regarding students in classrooms or schools who have tested positive, our school nurses are following a strict set of protocols. There are often questions – especially around who was impacted, how family members ought to respond, and if school will need to shift back to fully remote learning. Get answers to the Frequently Asked Questions here!

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  • Important Chromebook Update!

    A new update on Chromebooks Operating System (ChromeOS for Chromebooks) in the past couple of days causes some issues and the latest update has fixed it. So... everyone's Chromebooks need to be updated to be sure they can be used with Zoom. Please follow the directions to Update the Chromebooks ChromeOS. This includes the new Chromebooks that were distributed this week. If you have any questions or issues, please email hometechservice@dedham.k12.ma.us

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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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  • 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 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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