Monthly Archives: September 2015

This past weekend, Darien High School’s Principles of Engineering class was invited to the 6th annual Maker Faire to display and share their Fuel Cell Car. Maker Faire is an event highlighting outstanding organizations and companies across the country focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math and is held each year at the NY Hall of Science in Queens. Darien High School was one of only two high schools invited to the Maker Faire. To culminate the weekend, DHS received 4 awards; two Best in Class and two Editors Choice. The students that attended were immersed in a community of engineers who were motivated and passionate about the Fuel Cell Car, just as much as their own projects.

maker faire


Every year we are pleasantly surprised by the number of students who wish to form a new club at DHS. No matter the interest – there are too many to mention – we have enthusiastic students and faculty advisers who want to pursue an interest or a cause for the greater good of some (or of many).

Today’s fair showcased many of these groups.  During the lunch waves students were able to browse the aisles and learn of the myriad of activities in which they are invited to participate.   It would be impossible to try them all – at least in one school year – but do branch out and try something new.  Whether it is to meet new friends or to shift gears from school work and sports, there is something for every one to enhance their high school experience, or to just have fun.

Many thanks to our dedicated DHSPA committee of seven years (!) who organized this event:

club 1L-R: Deb Murray, Pam Wisinski, and Leslie Kirby

club 3History Faculty Member Dennis Cabrera with his Gaming Club Compadres

club 4Zak Swetye with a new initiative – give 15 minutes to pickup the stands after a game – thanks Zak!

club 5Another new initiative!

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Open House on Thursday night.  Parents moved from class to class and heard from our outstanding educators who are passionate, hardworking and caring, and who challenge our students every day to think critically, to question, and to explore.  Walking through the halls I received such positive and supportive comments. This renewed enthusiasm was uplifting and contagious – all our faculty and staff look forward to a great year with our amazing students!

Many thanks to the DHSPA for providing sustenance on a late night, our student guides, and all our parents who made this evening a success!

open house 1

Parents take a break between classes in the Guidance Atrium

open house 2Student clubs provided information in the Cafe

open house 3Thank you to National Honor Society and Community Council student guides

(Not one parent was lost!)

open house 4Who exactly parked all those cars in the dark?

Special thanks to all our Campus Monitors (Artie and Angie here)

World Language Faculty member Jonathan Smith and his Spanish students collaborated with a school from Buenos Aires for three hours on Thursday, September 17.  Utilizing Wormhole via video conference, students played a word game which challenged each school in their non-native language.  Prior to going live online, both schools drafted and exchanged Charades-like drawings meant to evoke descriptive vocabulary for both schools.  Each school used their target language skills and were corrected real-time by their peers – if only all learning was so comfortable and non-threatening with a group of strangers!

js 1Our students were totally engaged, later expressing the view that the interactions with peers motivated them to enhance their proficiency.

js 2An unforgettable highlight was a spontaneous celebration of a DHS student’s birthday – our new friends in Argentina serenaded him and our class at home did as well.  A wonderful day with our incredible students.  Bravo Mr. Smith and all your students!

Thanks to the Link Crew, DHS Parents Association and Community Council for a fun and well-attended Freshman-Sophmore Social last Friday night.  There was games and dancing, snacks and goodies, and a whole lot of fun on a beautiful late summer evening in the Courtyard.  The positive and relaxed atmosphere was a sign of good times ahead this year!

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The DHS Support our Soldiers (SOS) club, led by Science Faculty member Pam Zago, commemorated the events of September 11, 2001 with a flag raising program on the anniversary of that day.

We appreciated the participation of our students who conducted the brief but poignant ceremony outside the DHS Main Entrance. SOS members Mary Lawrence Huffman and Stephen Cavoli made heart-felt remarks about what the day now signifies; members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets (Mathew Alvarado, John Butcher, Kaitlyn Kutz, and Cheyenne de la Rivera) formed a Color Guard for the flag raising; Choral Director Christopher Andrade led the Tudor Singers in song; and Dominick Wood played Taps.

Along with this ceremony, many of our students felt connected to this day and marked the occasion with dignity and respect.  For all of us at DHS who continue to feel the loss of the day, we embrace our students and the community at large on this solemn occasion.

sept 11 2015

Congratulations to Sarishka Desai, Kristen Moran, Claire O’Leary, Katie Tsui and Chloe Zhou, who have been recognized as National Merit Semi-Finalists. These students will continue in the National Merit program and will be candidates to receive a scholarship from the program.  Best of luck, we are all proud of you!


L-R: Mr. Ribeiro, Claire O’Leary, Kristen Moran, Mrs. Dunn, Chloe Zhou, Sarishka Desai, Katie Tsui