SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULES
Students need to print or download a schedule and bring to school on Thursday, January 25.
BLUE WAVE COUNCIL
Joyce Sixsmith, DHS Connections Counselor, welcomes all students 9
grades to participate in the new exciting group called the Blue Wave Council. Students in this group will focus on substance abuse prevention (promoting substance-free living for teens) and healthy decision-making for all DHS students.
The next meeting is on MONDAY, JANUARY 29
from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (POT LUCK DINNER) in the English-History Learning Connections Center, Room A206. There will be guest speakers, plans to host forums, etc. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to make a difference with their peers and make new friends! For more information or to RSVP for your son/daughter please email Joyce at
2018 DHS WELLNESS FAIR FOR STUDENTS
Thursday, January 25th
What better way to decompress from midterms and kick off the second semester on a positive note than attending the 2018 DHS Wellness Fair!
Come out during the lunch waves from
11 am - 1 pm on Thursday January 25th (snow date Monday January 29th) to visit the many stations set up in the Main and North gyms, focusing on fitness, nutrition and mindfulness. We look forward to seeing you there!
* Fitness * Obstacle Course * Yoga * Karate * Strength Training * Zumba * Barre * Pilates * Run * Stretching * Therapy Dogs * Nutrition * Meditation * Gratitude Wall * Stress & Anxiety Reduction * Tea Station * Healthy Snacks * Coloring Table * Aromatherapy * Mindfulness * Acupressure * Healthy Sleep Habits * Mood Dots *
DHSPA MEETING - ELECTIVES EXPO
January 30, 2018
9:00 am -
The program will focus on the many of the amazing electives available to students in each of our academic areas of study and the extracurricular opportunities students can join and participate in to further their learning, pursue a passion or just have fun!
HONORS ENGLISH TESTING
All 9th and 10th grade students who are interested in applying for English 10 Honors or Grade 11 AP Lang/American Literature need to fill out an application form. These application forms can be found in the English Office starting on Tuesday, January 9th. The deadline for submitting applications will be Wednesday, January 17th.
All 9th graders - even those currently in Accelerated English - have to apply for honors. There is no placement test; placement will be decided based upon student grades and teacher recommendations.
For Grade 10 - 300 students who wish to apply for Grade 11 AP Language and Comp/American Literature, there will be a placement test given on mid-term make-up day (currently scheduled for January 24th). Students who wish to sit for the test must complete and submit the application in advance. Students who are currently in 10-400 do not have to sit for the test.
If your student has any questions about the process or is in need of advice, please encourage your student to meet with his/her current English teacher.
HONORS HISTORY TESTING
History Honors Applications are now available. 300 level students who are interested in taking 400 level courses next year should submit applications no later than 2:30 pm on Wednesday, January 17th.
Freshmen applying for Honors World Studies will need to take a placement exam on Make-up day at 8AM. Room assignments will be posted that morning. Sophomores applying for AP United States History and juniors applying for AP Law and Gov do not need to sit for a separate exam.
SAT REVIEW COURSES
Darien High School will once again offer its SAT review course headed by Mr. Dooley from the math department and Mr. Speiser from the English department. The February class is appropriate for JUNIORS who will be taking the SAT on March 10th. The same course will run again in April in anticipation of the May 5th test
The Math course will run on four Tuesday nights from 7pm - 9pm in room B112 for a total of 8 hours of instruction. The dates of the math class are February 6, February 13, February 27 and March 6. The cost of the course is $200 and checks should be made payable DHS. To register for the Math course, you can contact Patrick Dooley at
The English/Verbal course will take place on four Wednesday nights in room B203 from 7pm - 9pm for a total of 8 hours of instruction. The dates of the class are February 7, February 14, February 28 and March 7. The cost for the course is $200 and checks should be made payable to DHS. If signing up for both the English and the Math, please write separate checks. To register for the English course, contact Alex Speiser at
THE 2018 DARIEN YOUNG COMPOSERS CONCERT
The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools would like to announce the 17th Annual Darien Young Composers Concert. This special concert program will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. for grades K-5 and at 7:30 p.m. for grades 6-12 in the Darien High School auditorium and will feature the works of student composers in the Darien Public Schools from the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels. All compositions for performance consideration must be recorded on a CD, DVD or electronic file and submitted along with the application form to one of the school music teachers no later than Monday, March 2, 2018.
The student composers selected to perform will have the opportunity to have their compositions reviewed by a professional guest composer and will also meet with the composer in a special workshop to discuss the creative process of music composition and opportunities for professional composers. During the course of each school year, the music teachers in the Darien Public Schools engage their students in composition lessons and activities as part of their curriculum and encourage participation in this unique opportunity. Guidelines, application forms and other information are available from all school music teachers in the Darien Public Schools, on our website at: www.darienps.org/music or by calling the Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.