Monthly Archives: December 2015

World Language faculty Susan Mason and her French 3 class enjoyed a french breakfast just before the holiday break.  Bon appetit!



Our active French Club, led by World Language faculty Valerie Leger sponsored a Buche de Noel contest after school on Monday, December 21.  The french “yule log” is traditionally a rolled sponge cake filled with chocolate cream and shaped to resemble a log.  There were five delicious entries which the students enjoyed after the judging was completed.  Our industrious students would have made Julia Child proud!  Well done.

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Judging the cakes: tough job but someone had to do it.

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The baking crew and their creations.

The DHS Administration, faculty and staff express their deep appreciation to the Darien High School Parents Association for hosting the festive holiday luncheon on Friday December 18.  We all enjoyed  the  delicious sandwiches and salads and beautiful desserts. Thank you for your generosity and kindness.

Holiday luncheon volunteers

Seated L-R: Tammy Sload, Tricia Gallagher,  Aimee Rich, Margaret Arrix

Standing: Peggy Barthold, Alison Shanahan, Carol Rooney

Not pictured:  Wanda Forlivio and Leslie McCarthy

Holiday lunch treats

Little ginger people, yum.

Best wishes to our DHS families for a happy holiday recess!

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On Tuesday night past, our vibrant Best Buddies Club went caroling around the DHS neighborhood.  There was song and laughter, hot chocolate and smiles, and good holiday cheer. Thank you to Faculty Adviser Kate Curcio for chaperoning!

World Language students marked International Human Rights Day with a moving decoration of the B-wing third floor corridors. Cut-out paper doves with personalized messages in studied languages were hung in formations that evoked the spirit of the day. Thank you to faculty and students for providing us with your thoughtful perspective on the day.

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Our History Department sponsored a day-long presentation on December 3 by Jinhye Jo, a Korean American who defected from North Korea when she was thirteen. Her story is highlighted in the RFK Human Rights Speak Truth to Power curriculum, through which she shared the challenges she faced in her escape from North Korea, her time in a Chinese prison, the tragedy, abuse, and torture she faced throughout her escape, and her final arrival in the United States. Over the course of the day, Jinhye spoke to our entire sophomore class in connection with their studies of South East Asia and the Korean conflict in particular.