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Our Model Congress Club visited Yale University last weekend with their Faculty Adviser Bruce Clarke. Senior Casey Martin won Best Delegate on the Finance Committee, sophomore Julia Pfrommer won Best Delegate on the Supreme Court, freshman Christian DaSilva Best Legislation on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and senior Alex Wang won two Honorable Mention awards (one for his work on the Ethics Committee and another for his work on the full Senate), a distinct honor to stand out among 100 delegates.

 

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Adam Wallenfang’s English 9 students independently selected books to read and review based on studying professional New York Times book reviews. When they finished their projects, they used Instagram to post “mini-reviews,” and built a Google site to house a database of their full reviews.  They will be adding to it in the second semester.  You can click here to see the Instagram feed.  And click here to access the Google site.

Well done!

 


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Mu Alpha Theta sponsored the maximum of 8 girls to the first Girls in Math program at Yale University on November 11.   The two teams participated in a particularly challenging math competition which included a team round and individual test.  Students heard about the career pathway of Physics Professor Adriane Steinacker, whose message was that there is no one pathway in STEM fields, not to give up, be comfortable with spending a lot of time working on something, with being wrong, with being right, and confidence.  She was also clear that mathematics is the key to any STEM field, with a secondary background in statistics and computer science.  Over a long lunch hour, students had an opportunity to chat with girls form other schools and female Yale undergrads in different math and STEM fields. Students also met up with DHS alumni Harrison Gill and Andrew Benz – top DHS mathematics students currently attending Yale who are majoring in mathematics. Special thanks to seniors Kerry Blatney and Abigail Cragin who organized the trip.

We have SO many clubs at DHS.  There is something for everyone to enjoy and engage in, and perhaps shift the focus for a moment or two from the classroom to our community.

A new club this year is called “Fashion for a Cause” – they aim to bring together students  interested in fashion who also have a desire to help others on issues related to bullying, poverty, and mental health.  They have debuted with a successful used costume drive for Person to Person, just look at Meghan Dempsey pictured here with boxes and boxes of donations.  Thank you to all the members of FFAC and their Faculty Adviser Jaclyn Sammis.  We look forward to seeing more of your good work!

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Our Community Council organized again this year to build Halloween costumes for wheelchair bound students (one who attends DHS and two from Ox Ridge Elementary).  These students will wear these custom costumes at their school Halloween celebrations.  Special thanks to Community Council President Amanda Blaze and Volunteer Coordinator Charlotte Campbell who organized the event, and to all students who participated.

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Hidden in that race car is a very happy boy!

One of the aspects of this project that is most meaningful for our students is the tangible contribution that they have made to their peers.  The reactions of both the kids who made the costumes and the kids who received them was overwhelming and a reflection of how special an experience this was. We are always so proud of our students and their warm hearts.

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Thanks as well to Faculty Advisers Janet Keeler and Chris Buckley, and to all our Tech Ed shop assistance for this project!

 

Our Fitch Academy students spent this past Friday morning at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown, exploring the grounds, hiking Moss Mountain, and communing with the llamas on the farm property.  Each student was paired with a llama –  animals known for their gentle and social behavior – and they loved it. 

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Our Fitch Academy Fridays are a little different than the other days of the week.  Students have tutorial with individual teachers until 10am. Afterwards, the rest of the day is filled by either a guest speaker, wellness and enrichment activities, or field trips. Students have visited Chelsea Piers for a team building exercise, Google Headquarters and the High Line in New York City, and the Darien Police Station. Our students are doing well, and we look forward to learning more about them during this pilot year of our alternative program.