Monthly Archives: September 2014

The China Exchange group took a sight-seeing tour to Washington, D.C. this past weekend.  Here they are in front of The White House (don’t stand too close to the fence, ok?)…

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Our visitors from China have been very busy, already.  Here they are collecting specimens with an APES class…

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Katie Sutton’s Spanish 3 and Jaclyn Sammis’s Drawing and Painting 1 class have been working together on a painting project.  The Spanish students came to the art room having identified an artist whose work intrigued them.  The Drawing and Painting  students worked with their partners from Spanish  to interpret their ideas through the style of the artist chosen.   A wonderful learning opportunity for all!

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They made it!  The delegation from China arrived on Saturday and have begun their whirlwind stay in Darien.  They will be attending classes, sporting events, and taking in the local culture.  A trip to NYC on Wednesday, and Washington, D.C. next weekend are also planned.  Be sure to take a moment to welcome them to our halls and our community, ni hao!

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What an exciting Spirit and Homecoming week at DHS!  We were invaded by aliens, superheroes, wizards and several Harry Potters on Friday, as the dress up days culminated at an enthusiastic Pep Rally on the dazzling Stadium Field.  All week there were threats fulfilled of pies in the face, teachers taped to the walls and dunk tank challenges!  Blue Wave Spirit filled the hallways and the Homecoming event on Saturday night did not disappoint.  All who attended had a great time and I may never eat whipped cream again!  Thanks to all for a wonderful celebration of Blue Wave Pride!  Be sure to check out our flickr feed on the DHS Main webpage for hundreds of spirit-filled memories.


Poor Will Heher…he left his Science classroom for a quick lunch on Tuesday and was set upon by rogues with tape in the cafeteria…

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…they were so successful, they have warned us they will return to the Homecoming Carnival…watch out faculty and staff!

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We have been enjoying an energetic and enthusiastic Spirit Week, which will continue on through Saturday night with a culminating dance and carnival.  The DHS Community Council has worked hard to provide a full week of activities which includes dress up days, a door decorating contest, pep rally, and a full slate of activities on Saturday.  Our students have been trying out new themes while bringing back old favorites, and we hope every student is enjoying the week as much as the faculty and staff are.  Check out our flickr feed on the DHS Main webpage, and we hope to see students at both the Homecoming football game on Saturday and at the dance that night!

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Our Science Research students explored, researched, analyzed, wondered, questioned, recorded, explained, and observed in the pursuit of understanding this summer. We are so proud of these students who have taken the seeds of their first ideas and grown them into exceptional projects resulting in a level of expertise that is truly extraordinary.   Peruse the projects below and prepare to be impressed!


Olivia Hoyda: The First Northeastern Atlantic population estimate for Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) using photo identification methods,  migration patterns, and site fidelity. (Cape Cod)

Sarishka Desai: The regulation of P13K kinase in the AKT pathway (related to many cancers); unique kinase that interacts with lipids as opposed to proteins; using experimental cancer drugs to reduce activity of P13K to see how it will affect AKT pathway, and ultimately the development of cancer. (Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY)

Katie Tsui: Influence of Microglia and pruning genes on Alzheimer’s Disease pathology. (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China)

Nidhi Verma: Nanoparticle-based drug delivery as a treatment for cancer. (University of Connecticut)

Kristen Moran: Osteoarchaelogy; excavated medieval leper hospital’s cemetery in England; focusing on the pathology of the bones.

Lauren Rutledge: Communication and behavior within the Tursiops truncates species (common bottlenose dolphin); Blackbird caye and Turneffe atoll. (Belize)

Mahoghany Dolberry: Theory of mind; when do children develop the ability to attribute knowledge and mental states to others? Theory of mind may be observed early in development of what becomes a full-fledged theory.  (Emory University)

Kaleigh Conway: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and the genetic mutations associated with it. Effect of genetic mutations on patients, e.g., indicators of poor prognosis. Currently switching topic to focus more on genetic mutations rather than just CLL.

Erika Dodge: Canine cognition; study of how canines process information; summer course online; two possible mentors (Florida, Arizona)

Jane Bredahl: Lionfish; venomous marine species native to Indo-Pacific; invading Atlantic, reducing recruitment of native species and leading to destruction of Atlantic ecosystem.

Sean Edgar: Desalination; specifically using carbon nanotubes with graphene coating. Disinfection of water.


Mallory Zabrocky: A) Exploring the Optical Audio Link; radio that I built that converts sound into light and can be transmitted up to 50’ away. B) Researching and coding to improve efficiency of autonomous robots for search and rescue in wilderness and disaster areas. (University of Alaska, lab in Turkey)

Kyle Hornick: Study of range of motion in wing of extinct bird (Ichthyornis); CT scans of fossil bones compared to chicken wing bones; evolution of hollow bones in birds. (Yale Peabody Museum)

Yasi Owainati: “Eris/Dysnomia Binary System,” measuring the rotation period of the dwarf planet Eris using incidental observations obtained by LaSilla-Quest survey on the ESO 1-meter Schmidt telescope in Chile; data reduction involving computer operating system called IRAF. (Yale)

Kate Halabi: “The Effect of FGF2 on Hypoxia in the Mouse DG: A Model for Human Perinatal Hypoxia,” using FGF2 to ameliorate neural detriments caused by low oxygen levels in premature mice; application to human babies.

Allegra Molkenthin: “Exploring the Tunicate Ascidia callosa and its Associated Bacteria for Antimicrobial Compounds and other Natural Products,” effects of bacterial compounds on bacterial and fungal cells.

Paige Drippe: Field study on health of honeybees, pathogens, and viruses. (Virginia Tech)

Graham Skeats: Effective desalination of seawater through capacitative deionization by utilizing the unique morphological structure of cellulose-based aerogels coated in electrically conductive nanoparticles.

Harinandan Srikanth: Inhibiting EcMcrBC Restriction system; how to make it easier to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria through mutagenesis. (Cornell University Department of Nuclear Medicine)

Christian Kanlian: Quantifying the signal transduction pathway of the plant hormone ethylene in Arabidopsis; understanding the genetic pathway of a plant hormone which regulates fruit ripening and growth in the model species Arabidopsis thalin. ( Dartmouth College Phytohormone Signaling lab)

Sonia Gandhi: Music cognition; how neural development occurs over the lifespan in the context of musical and rhythmic processing. (McMaster University, Canada, Auditory Development lab)

Emily Nixon: Ocean sunfish family; administrator of; citizen science program mapping M. mola to better understand species population dynamics; also researching possible speciation with the R. laevis (slender mola).