Monthly Archives: February 2016

We have many talented staff members who roam our halls each day…including one who doubles as our unofficial official photographer…Building Monitor Jim Smith.  He is responsible for almost every image in our flickr photo albums. Take a look when you have a moment, and be in awe of how he always seems to catch our students at just the right moment!   Thanks Jimmy for all you do for our school and community.


Riley Stewart elevates in home game vs Norwalk, courtesy Jim Smith


S.O.S. students joined with Atria veterans and residents to make Valentine’s Day cards for Troops serving oversees, for residents of the Connecticut Veterans Home at Rocky Hill, and for the injured and disabled at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.  All the smiles tell the whole story!  Thank you to our wonderful students for your care and concern of the elder population in Darien and beyond.

ATRIA Valentine Cards 2016 Emma Will Madeleine

Left-right Madeleine Keane, Emma Keleghan, Bridget Walters, and Will McNear

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Julia Canora

ATRIA Valentine Cards 2016 Malcolm, Kateri

Left-right Malcolm Hill, Kateri Martin, and Caroline Lowder

DHS hosted our first-round poetry contest on Wednesday, February 10.  We are pleased to congratulate the following students who will compete at the state level competition on April 6.  Beuna Suerte! Zhu Ni Hao Yun!  祝你好运 Bon Chance! Good Luck!

  • Spanish 1: Angela Mehta
  • Mandarin 1: Griffin Samroengraja
  • French 2: Catherine Garrett
  • Mandarin 2: Clare Phelps
  • Spanish 2: Evelyn Sload
  • French 3: Brooke Murphy-Petri
  • Mandarin 3: Mila Escajadillo
  • Spanish 3: Paul Hager
  • French 4: Juliana Mazzotta
  • Mandarin 4: Colin Donovan
  • Spanish 4: Katie Cunningham
  • French 5: Caroline Ostrand
  • Heritage speaker French: Adeline Tousignant
  • Heritage speaker Mandarin: Teresa Du
  • Heritage speaker Spanish: Nicole Caputo, Nico Salazar, Francisco Sucre

Darien High School was very proud to host the CT STEM Fair on Saturday, February 6 (mark your calendars for next year: we will host again on Saturday, February 4, 2017). Hundreds of students brought their project boards and were judged separately by two teams of judges (over 200 judges were in attendance).

Forty-five Authentic Science Research students and six students in Independent Projects in Engineering participated.  Many of our students were awarded prizes.  Congratulations to all!

For Research Proposals:

Kristen Moran – 1st Place, Behavioral Science – “The Origin of Birds: Examining Cranial Development of Embryonic Specimens”

Andrew Benz – 1st Place, Physical Science – “Using Threshold Cryptography to Make PolyPasswordHasher Resource-Intensive”

Catherine Gorey – 3rd Place, Behavioral Science – “SL651498 as a Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Mouse Model”

Paul Hager – 3rd Place, Health Science – “p120 Catenin Site Mutation at pY228 to Prevent Anchorage-Independent Growth”

JP Documet – 3rd Place, Environmental Engineering – “Renewable Energy in Aquaponics System”

For Completed Projects:

Sarishka Desai – 1st Place, Health Science – “Identification of Novel Small Molecules that Bind to K-Ras and PI3K RBDs, Two Major Protein Components Involved in the Deregulation of the Cell Cycle in Hematological Cancers”

Jane Bredahl – 3rd Place, Environmental Science – “The Creation of Growth Curves for Lionfish Utilizing Information from Otoliths”

On Friday, January 29 our She’s the First club held a movie and henna party after school.

The club seeks to raise awareness about the difficulty some girls in the world have gaining access to educational resources.  Take a look at the beautiful designs they created on their hands!

henna party