Monthly Archives: October 2015


We have come together as a community of teachers to make Monday a day when no assignments are due.

So to our students I ask you to to thank your teachers today for demonstrating an understanding of the many demands on your time and energy, and for allowing us to take a collective breath.  And since there is no homework I also as you to shut off your phone, pick some apples, carve a pumpkin, rake some leaves for an elderly neighbor, shut off your phone, have dinner with your family, walk the dog, maybe clean your room?  Go trick or treating, take notice of the beautiful foliage and did I mention shut off your phone? Come back refreshed and ready to get back to work!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Senior Eric Liu and Technology and Engineering Education faculty member Greg Darin have been experimenting with their newest technology.  Using a 3-D scanner and modeling software, they successfully printed a 3-D image of Mr. Darin.  Next step: the world!

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Our already endearing freshman class met on Wednesday morning for their Link Day.  This nationally-recognized program welcomes the class into the high school community and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, our senior Link Crew advisers presented a high-spirited program that emphasized an anti-bullying, inclusive message.  As a part of their day, each small group made a poster to highlight these ideas.  The results have been posted proudly on the G-Wing bridge facing outward for all to see!  Thank you to all our seniors who continue to contribute so much as members of the Link Crew and their faculty advisers Louise Dobson, Meghan Emmanuselson and Lauren LaRusso.  Well done one and all!


During the 2014-15 school year, exceptional music students from across the United States earned a chair or part in their regional and state honors music festivals. And of those most elite high school musicians throughout the country, the “best of the best” were selected for the National Association of Music Education’s 2015 All-National Honors Ensembles.

Darien High School Music students Caroline Lacy and Drake Corrigan were chosen through a rigorous audition and application process to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s 2015 National Honors Choir. Dominick Wood, currently a senior trumpet player is a member of the Darien HS Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble and was chosen to perform in the All-National Band. These prestigious events will take place on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House stage in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 25-28. The students will have the privilege of working with some of the most nationally recognized, prominent conductors. Congratulations!

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Nashville Bound! Left to right: Caroline Lacy, Dominick Wood, Drake Corrigan

Thank you to everyone who was involved with our Homecoming Week festivities.  As a community of educators who hold high expectations for ourselves and our students, it is good to be reminded that high school should be fun!  It means so much to our students to see faculty and staff, parents, and coaches involved in their plans and enjoying the fun with them.  From the dress up days, to the lunch time pranks, our pep rally and bonfire, and finally our big football game, our students showed their Blue Wave Pride.  Be sure to see our flickr photo feed for all the memories (and thanks as always to our super monitor Jim Smith for his photography skills). Thank you as well to all the Faculty Advisers for taking  time away from their families to spend it with us at the bonfire on Friday night and game on Saturday afternoon.  Special thanks to our hard-working Community Council and advisers Chris Buckley and Jeromy Nelson – you all gave  us all a week to remember and new traditions to build upon.  Our school spirit is alive and strong!


The Raging Inferno!

quiz bowlQuiz Bowl team!

On Saturday September 26, our Quiz Bowl Team competed at the Yale Fall Academic Tournament. Darien’s B team of Michael Borecki, Brendan Berrigan, and Johnathan Stimpson went 10-1 to win the tournament, defeating Bishop Guertin High School (Nashua, New Hampshire) in the finals.

Darien A went 5-5 and placed 6th out of the 18 teams at the tournament. The team members were Julia Tong, Molly Bell, Andrew Benz, and Evan Tong.  Darien C, made up of Dane Cahoon, Folke Bruno, Griffin Samroengraja, and Shashank Sangaru went 4-5 to place 14th at the tournament. Three Darien players also received individual awards. Michael Borecki and Julia Tong were the 2nd and 6th highest individual scorers at the tournament, while Evan Tong received an award for being the highest scoring freshman at the tournament.

Quiz Bowl is a competition that pits teams head-to-head as they attempt to be the first to answer questions from a variety of academic fields including literature, history, science, fine arts, geography, and current events. Players must be able to recall information quickly and be more knowledgeable than their opponents to get the correct answer.  Congratulations to all our team members for a job well done!

Earlier this week I visited a Neuroscience class while students were performing a mammalian brain dissection.  Faculty member Athena Apazidis chose sheep as the representative organism to compare and contrast to the anatomy of the human brain.  A cut was made down the longitudinal fissure to separate the left and right cerebral hemispheres in order to view the internal brain structures. This exploration of structure and function was just one of the myriad of lab experiences our talented students will have this year in this fascinating class.

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