Life Is a Gift:
Graduation 2021 Student Speech

It is our time to embrace our challenges and turn our differences into our successes. Graduating class of 2021, I leave you with this. Don’t take anything for granted, life is a gift!

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Dearborn Academy Principal Sheilah Gauch Recognized as a 2021 Commonwealth Heroine

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) has selected Dearborn Academy Principal Sheilah Gauch of Melrose as a member of the Commonwealth Heroine Class of 2021. Sheilah, nominated …

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Staff Spotlight: Alyssa Coneys MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

  Last summer, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, Dearborn Academy found itself searching for a new school nurse. Rising to the top of the substantial resume pile was …

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November Return to Full-Time,
In-Person Instruction

We are excited to announce that we plan to return to our “regular” schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:15 …

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School Year 2020-2021 Opening

Dearborn Academy has exciting plans for the 2020-2021 School Year with the safety and security of our students and staff as our guide.   Our plan, as it now stands, …

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Caregiving in a Pandemic:  When the Professional and Personal Collide

When schools first closed and we were all sent home in March 2020, I initially stayed grounded in how I would support leading a school through this time.

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Pride Month, Pride Year: Teaching and Learning

June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community! AND everyday, all-year-round, we, as educators, need to reflect on the intersectional identities that our students have and ensure that we are doing a thorough job providing quality and legitimate representation in our schools.

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Challenging Racism: An Educator’s Call

By Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School

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Dearborn Huddle

By Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School    “Rebecca, what are you doing in there? Nearly every morning we hear laughing and a loud ‘whoop!’ around 8:15am,” wondered an assistant teacher …

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Don’t Just Look at Yourself, Watch Yourself

  I have a mad listening face – distinguishable from RBF because I am not resting, I am listening intently. My first clue was when my son would say, “Why …

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Providing Academic and Clinical Support During the COVID-19 School Closure

Following the emergency order by Governor Charlie Baker to suspend normal educational operations at schools, Dearborn Academy will continue to provide remote learning and student and family support for the …

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Helping Our Students Continue to Learn During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As with all Schools for Children programs and schools, the health and safety of Dearborn Academy students, caregivers and staff are of the utmost importance. Therefore, there will be no …

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Battling A Dangerous Addiction

In November 2019, as part of the 2019-20 Thinking Differently about Learning Differently Speaker Series, Dearborn Academy hosted the discussion Tween and Teen Vaping: A Dangerous Addiction with Tracy Rose-Tynes, …

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Caring for Caregivers

  The task of caring for a child with significant mental health needs is truly heroes’ work – and can be incredibly stressful and challenging for any caregiver. By the …

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Growing Up Stressed or Mindful?

According to the American Psychological Association, teenagers are the most stressed group in the United States, juggling myriad responsibilities from holding down their first job to creating a post-high school …

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A Q&A on the Benefits of Restorative Practices

With Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School, Dearborn Academy   Q: What started you on this path? RA: At Dearborn Academy, we became concerned that traditional methods of assigning arbitrary consequences …

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Restorative Practices: A Parent’s Viewpoint — and Thanks

I wanted to share with you how invaluable the services that Dearborn Academy has provided to my daughter over the past two years.  When it comes to this school there …

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DESE Mid-Cycle Review 2019

Dearborn Fully Implements DESE Mid-Cycle Review Requirements The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) reviews all special education programs for compliance with state and federal regulations every six …

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A Deeper Dive Into SMARTS Executive Functioning Strategies

By Hannah Turner   During the 2018-2019 school year, Dearborn teachers took a deeper dive in executive functioning and strategy instruction through the SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum. Executive functions are a …

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Spring 2020 Crafts Sale

The sale will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic; watch this space for 2020-21 craft sale.    Twice a year, Dearborn Academy’s young artists offer a …

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