Monthly Archives: December 2014

Our Community Council and other student groups are concluding a hectic holiday season that has been punctuated by displays of incredible generosity by the DHS school community.  Beginning Thanksgiving week when the Band sponsored a turkey collection which added over 100 birds to a local food bank, and culminating this week with the Holiday Spectrum Concert Auction, our students and their faculty advisers, along with families and building staff, amassed an impressive array of donations for those in need in our area.  Highlights include the Sophomore Class collection of a mountain of gently used sweatshirts for a Bridgeport shelter; Kid to Kid and the Community Council collected boxes of items to be used for “re-gifting” by children in Stamford; EXCEL students continued their annual tradition of collecting new toys for Toys for Tots; the DAWG group collected piles of supplies and food for a no-kill animal shelter in Norwalk; the Invisible Children group sold candy cane greetings to benefit their cause in Africa; and in addition to the Silent Auction which raised $2300 which was converted into gift cards for Darien Social Services, the Community Council collected food and household supplies to replenish stores at  both Person to Person and Social Services.  Amazing!  Thank you to our warm-hearted students for reminding us what is important at this time of year. These acts of kindness benefit all of us and we all are so fortunate to live and work in such a giving community.  I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Holiday Auction itemsBaskets were prepared for the Silent Auction, and after they sold…

auction gift cards 2014…the proceeds were used to purchase gift cards for the Darien Social Services “giving tree” project.


DHS held a successful Hour of Code day on Wednesday, December 10.  Students dropped by the Chill Zone during a free period to code, and other students participated during classes. The Hour of Code is a global movement to reach millions of students and teach them to code. The students participated in an introduction to computer programming designed to demystify coding and show students that everyone can learn the basics. There was a wonderful buzz among the students and faculty about coding.  It’s not too late to try – just visit the website to try a tutorial.

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DHS students can choose from dozens of clubs and activities which meet after school – we literally have a club for everyone!  Building Monitor and photographer extraordinaire Jim Smith stopped by the Baking Club meeting last week and found them decorating cookies and other goodies.  Thank you to Faculty Adviser Megan Biddle for her guidance with this enthusiastic bunch!

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Congratulations to the 63 new members of the DHS Chapter of the National Honor Society who were formally inducted on Wednesday, December 10.  These students were chosen by the chapter’s Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Members chose Science Faculty Member Fred Vital to deliver the address to new members that evening.

“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body.  National Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Keith Keeler, chapter adviser. Thanks to all members of the NHS for making it a memorable ceremony!

NHS Induction 008Students inducted:  Paige Adams, Robert Arrix, Alexander Berardino, Jane Bredahl, Richard Brereton, Gabrielle Briganti, Daphne Budd, Charlotte Byrne, Ashley Cassetta, Alice Chidley, Kaleigh Conway, Drake Corrigan, Caroline Crosby, Katherine Culliton, Dylan Cunningham, Sarishka Desai, Christopher Drake, Matthew Drake, William Drippe, Florian Eenkema van Dijk, Julia Evans, Meghan Fram, James Garijo-Garde, Sarah Garijo-Garde, Samuel Giorgio, Alison Greene, Grace Harmon, Matthew Hayes, Carey Hocker, Christian Kanlian, William Kirby, Kevin Klingman, Steven Kreuch, Sarah LeHan, Allison Lowitz, Samantha Mazzone, Kristen Moran, Michael Noonan, Erika Osherow, Christian Ostberg, Amanda Percarpio, Grace Peter, Eve Phelps, Kiera Quinn, Emilio Rivero, Lauren Rutledge, Laura Schwartzman, Morgan Spar, Baylor Stewart, Carson Stewart, Morgan Tienken, Brendan Triano, Christian Trifone, Katie Tsui, Schuyler Van den Broek, Michael Walter, Robert Waters, Finley Wetmore, Niamani Williams-Coles, Connor Wind, Ken Yamaguchi, Justin Yang, and Chloe Zhou.

Gonzalo Restrepo’s Spanish and Michelle Currier’s Ceramics classes have been working together on a Talavera tile project. The Spanish students came to the ceramics room to learn the history and uses of Talavera tiles. Each students designed, constructed and painted their own unique tile. A wonderful learning opportunity for all!

Students wrote reflections after the project…

“I enjoyed the art project, it was entertaining because of how interactive it was. We were able to learn something about art and Spanish at the same time, and I liked the combination of subjects. I like the creativity of this project. Over all I loved the project!” -Thomas Kreuch

“What a fun project!! Coming up with the idea was a bit hard, buy once I had it, it was smooth sailing form there. I’m super excited to take it home! I wish we could do more art projects in Spanish class.” -Caroline Lui

“I liked the project. I thought it was fun to do something different with art. I thought I had a good design and idea. Other people had good ones as well. It was a nice break from the classroom. The Ceramics teacher was also very nice in welcoming us in her class and I really enjoyed it.” -Emily Neuner

“I thought that the project was a wonderful way to express and depict a moment that was very influential in our lives. I enjoyed it very much and hope to do it again. I think that the aspect of open opportunities and limitless ideas make the project very unique and interesting for each student. This was one of my favorite projects this year because it was creative and unique!” -Bailey O’Mara

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The Yale Model Congress went very well for our team this past weekend, with our ten student team winning the award for Outstanding Small Delegation!   Chelsea Hurd won an individual award for Outstanding Legislation, and another for Outstanding Delegate in the Environment and Public Works committee. Other DHS students winning Outstanding Delegate Awards for their committees were senior Chelsea Hurd and junior Kristen Moran  Winning an Outstanding Delegate Award in the Red Senate was junior Dana Cahoon. Congratulations to all, and thank you to club Faculty Adviser Bruce Clarke.

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The Nike Reuse-A-Shoe collection organized by the Eco-Citizens Club was hugely successful! Nike’s sneaker recycling program will grind the rubber soles to make new surfaces. Thank you to all who participated.

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