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2011-2012 School Year

Winter Newsletter In the Winter Principal's Newsletter
  • DHS Musicians Perform in Western Region Honors Ensembles
  • Best Buddies Club
  • Newly Elected Members of the National Honor Society
  • Ecocitizens Club Encourages Recyling Efforts
  • Local Businesses Join Forces with AP Economics Classes
  • Holiday Visit to the Senior Center
  • Art and Architecture Experience for Western Civ Classes
  • "Do What You Are"
  • Quidditch Team Participates in International Tournament
  • Class of 2012 Community Scholarship Information
October Newsletter In this Issue:
  • Activities Fair
  • How the Cult of Self-Esteem is Ruining Our Kids
  • DHS China Exchange Celebrates 10th Anniversary
  • Art Teachers Explore Ceramic Techniques Over Summer
  • DHS Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11
  • Greetings From Guidance
  • 2011 Monster Invasion
  • Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular
  • Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony
  • Time To Clean Out Your Garage!
  • Ski & Snowboarding Trips!
  • http://darienps.org/dhs/newsletter/2011october.pdf

2010-2011 School Year

Fall Newsletter
  • Homecoming 2010
  • Addressing cyberbullying
  • 2011 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Competition
  • Neirad and Wilkins Win Journalism Awards
  • New Art Courses Offered
  • Authentic Science Research: Summer 2010
  • Student-Staff Book Club
  • Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony
  • Theatre 308 Fall Drama: Inherit the Wind
  • Download the Principal's Newsletter for Fall 2010

2009-2010 School Year

APril May DHS Newsletter

April - May 2010 Newsletter

  • Kathy Kenny: DHS Math Teacher & Jeopardy Champion
  • From the Principalís Desk by Dan Haron: On "How to Think Rationally and Teach Your Child to do the Same."
  • Graduation Information
  • DHS Orchestra Earns Silver at New York Heritage Festival
  • National Award For Alice Wang
  • Math Team Finishes 2nd in State
  • Neirad Wins Silver Crown Award
  • Students Visit Senior Center
  • Students Excel in Programming Contest
  • Darien Students Honored at Statewide Arts Banquet
  • DHS China Exchange Students Return from Shanghai #3 Girlís School

2008-2009 School Year

2009 June Newsletter

June 2009 Newsletter

  • Theatre 308 Competes at High School Music Theatre Awards Gala
  • The Survey of Student Resources and Assets
  • Thank You DHSPA and Parent Volunteers
  • Technology Education Competition
  • DHS Junior Engineering and Technical Society (JETS) team came in 11th place in the 2009 National TEAMS competition
  • AP Computer Science Students Compete at GE
  • American Literature Honors Experiences August: Osage County
  • 2009 Great East Festival
  • Model U.N. Club
  • Wilkins to Teach Journalism Course at Northwestern University
  • Former DHS Student Shares International Experience with DHS Students
  • A Sea of Flags for Memorial Day
  • Darien & New Canaan Students Raise Funds for Food Bank
  • Post Graduation Party News: “Viva La Vida”!


2009 May Newsletter May 2009 Newsletter
March April Newsletter 2009marchapril_newsletter
January February Newsletter 2009JanFebNewsletter

October Newsletter

October 2008 Newsletter

DHS Orchestra Plays with Internationally-renowned Fiddle Group Barrage
The Darien C.A.R.E campaign
Theatre 308 to Present Dead Man Walking
Welcome Students and Faculty from Qingdao, China

2007-2008 School Year

June 2008 Art Festival, Principal's Year End Review, Building with Books, National Financial Literacy Challenge, Tour of CBS News Studios, 7th Annual Science Symposium, Math Team, Students Honored by Domestic Violence Crisis Center, POST GRADUATION PARTY
March 2008 The College and Career Center, Spectator Behavior, Volunteer Fair, Art & Tech Ed Students Win Awards, Black History Month
January-February 2008 NHS Induction, Coach LaRusso Wins National Award, The Music Man Cast.
December 2007 DHS Teachers Travel to China, Dia de los Muertos
October 2007 Breathalyzers at dances and trips abroad.

2006-2007 School Year

June 2007- Science Symposium The Sixth Annual Science Symposium
The Symposium was held Wednesday May 23rd, proved to be as popular as ever. Attendees were fascinated by the Authentic Science Research students’ projects, which offered a variety of topics including physics, life science, technology, and earth science. In addition, Dr. Donald O’Malley of Northeastern University presented highlights of his research on reticulospinal neurons in the larval zebrafish,
May 2007- China Exchange Program China Exchange Students Return
After three weeks in China, the China Exchange travelers returned to Darien on Saturday, April 21st with hundreds of pictures, bags of souvenirs and many stories to tell. The group spent the first two weeks with host families in Qingdao, a rapidly growing, modern city surrounded by mountains and seacoast and the site of the 2008 Sailing Olympics. Students attended school at our partner school, the Qingdao #58 High School, where they went to classes with their hosting student and had some
special lessons in calligraphy, painting, music and Chinese.
April 2007- Fuel Cell Car
Fuel Cell Car Driven by Student Success
Four years ago the Systems of Technology 2 class adopted the project of building a hydrogen fuel cell car. The Darien Fuel Cell Project was born and is in its fifth year of research and hard work. Unique in many ways, one of the most interesting aspects of the project is that the class is run by the students themselves. The class relies on the creativity and motivation of the students to guide how the class operates. Not only was the idea of using hydrogen fuel cells thought of by previous DHS students who wanted to be challenged, but all of the goals and decisions for the project are student driven.
February 2007- Black History Month
Black History Month Assembly and Special Exhibition
The Black History Month Committee planned another successful Black History Month with an assembly on February 8th dedicated to African American musical styles and a fund raising effort to benefit the victims of the Darfur tragedy. The script committee (Kenyon Colli, Juanita Gyamera and Diana Morris) wrote a journey through Blues, Jazz, Motown and Hip Hop.
January 2007- Mrs. Russo Honored
Donna Russo: Connecticut Assistant Principal of the Year
Darien High School’s own Donna Russo has recently been selected as Connecticut High School Assistant Principal of the Year for 2007 by the Connecticut Association of Schools. Donna will compete with other state winners for National Assistant Principal of the Year Award, sponsored by Virco. She will be honored at the National Association of Secondary Principals Annual Convention in Las Vegas in February and at a Connecticut Administrators Awards Dinner next fall. Criteria for the award included making positive contributions to high schools through collaborative leadership,
leadership in curriculum, instruction and assessment, and leadership in personalizing the school experience for students.
December 2006 - Starlab, Letting Go
Earth Science Classes Experience “Starlab”
Did you know that the red supergiant Betelgeuse, the “shoulder star” in the constellation Orion, is larger in size than the width of the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Students in Ms. Zhou’s and Mr. Thilow’s earth science classes learned about Orion, other constellations, celestial coordinates, star life cycles and more when “Starlab”
returned to DHS for the second year in a row. This portable planetarium uses etched cylinders to project star maps in a darkened dome.
October 2006  - Mr. Strecker Honored, Sportsmanship

Congratulations to Lee Strecker! On September 22, 2006 at a special assembly of the student body and faculty Lee Strecker, a Darien High School Technology teacher, was
presented with the “American Star of Teaching Award.” Tim Magner, Director, Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, presented the award.

2005-2006 School Year

June 2006  - Flag Raising
A blustery day turned out to be perfect weather for the Flag Raising Ceremony which took place Monday, May 22, 2006 at the entrance to Darien High School. The beautiful, 12’ x 18’ flag was donated by the local chapter of the VFW, and present for the ceremony were four VFW members. Members of the Administration, faculty, and students watched as students from Post 53, the Fire Department, and Eagle Scouts carried the neatly folded flag out of the school to the flag pole where they ran it up the pole.
May 2006 - Habitat for Humanity
Students Volunteer-
On Saturday, April 29th, twelve students and science teacher Sean Otterspoor joined 100 other volunteers for a day of building homes with Habitat for Humanity. This was the fourth workday this school year, and the DHS crew joined others clearing lots in preparation for starting five new foundations.
April 2006 - Girls Basketball
Congratulations to the DHS Girls Basketball team
The DHS Girls Basketball team are the recipients of the 2006 Harold Swallfield Sportsmanship Award for Region 3. This award is presented annually by the Fairfield County Approved Basketball Officials to the programs that have demonstrated the most consistent level of good sportsmanship on the court throughout the basketball season. This includes players, coaches and fans.
March 2006 - Volunteer Fair Community Effort Makes Volunteer Fair a Success-
The Darien High School and Darien United Way cosponsored a successful volunteer Fair at DHS on Friday, February 3rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gymnasium with over 600 students attending.