JANUARY 31, 2022
Letter Day: D

Darien High School Parent News
Published by the DHS Parents' Association
IMPORTANT DATES
JANUARY

31 - DHSPA Budget Discussion with Superintendent Dr. Addley via Zoom, 11am

FEBRUARY

2 - Electives Expo, Auditorium 9am
11 - PLC Day (2 hour delay)
12 - ACT at DHS
16 - DHS Band Concert, 7pm
18 - No School for Students, Professional Development Day
21 - No School-Presidents Day
22-25 - No School-February Recess
DHS Budget Discussion with Superintendent Dr. Addley
Monday, Jan. 31st at 11:00am, via Zoom
Please join Darien Superintendent Dr. Alan Addley and DHS Principal Ellen Dunn for a discussion regarding the 2022-2023 DHS Budget. This is a great opportunity to hear more about the proposed budget and new initiatives at DHS. If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email them to dhspaemail@gmail.com

We hope you can join us!
Antoinette Cowles and Leila Buckjune, DHSPA Co-Chairs
Tifffany O'Connor and Robin Nelson, DHSPA Budget Reps

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jan 31, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: DHSPA Budget Discussion with Dr. Addley

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 734285

DHSPA MEETING, ELECTIVES EXPO - Wednesday, February 2 
8:45 a.m. Coffee; 9:00 a.m. Start 
DHS Auditorium
Please join us on Wednesday, February 2 for our Electives Expo! This event is for parents of CURRENT 9th -11th graders to learn more about the elective options for students next year. DHS Department Chairs and Coordinators will speak about the offerings in each of their departments. The program will focus on many of the amazing electives available to students in each of our academic areas of study, as well as the extracurricular opportunities students can join and participate in to further their learning, pursue a passion or just have fun!

  • Required subjects like English, History, Math and Science 
  • World Languages
  • Arts and Music 
  • Business and Computer Science
  • Media, Technology and Engineering
  • Reading and Study Skills

Join us on Wednesday to learn about the amazing opportunities for our students!

SPECIAL SERVICES TRANSITION PARENT COFFEE
Wednesday, February 9th at 9am in the auditorium. This presentation focuses on preparing families of middle school students with Special Education Services & 504 Accommodations for Darien High School. Please register HERE.

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/March class is appropriate for JUNIORS who will be taking the SAT on either March 12 or March 30. The same course will run again in April in anticipation of the May 7th and June 4th test. 

SAT MathThe Math course will be taught in person and 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 8, February 15, March 1 and March 8. The cost of the course is $200. To register for the Math course, you can sign up on through school cash online. Any questions you can contact Patrick Dooley at pdooley@darienps.org.  

SAT English: The English/Verbal course will be taught in person and 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 9, February 16, March 2 and March 9. The cost for the course is $200. To register for the English course, you can sign up through school cash online. Any questions you can contact Alex Speiser at aspeiser@darienps.org

FINAL YEARBOOK ORDERS (Final Deadline: March 7, 2022)
This is your final opportunity to order your 2022 DHS yearbook. The members of the yearbook staff have worked hard to make this an exceptional yearbook in spite of our current situation. It will be a yearbook to treasure as a keepsake and to document an important time in your life and that of the country. You can place an order by clicking HERE.
Senior Yearbook*: $95.00
Underclassman Yearbook: $95.00
Underclassman Yearbook with personalization: $102.00
 *All senior yearbook orders will receive a free personalization of their name on the cover of the yearbook courtesy of the Darien Yearbook Club. 
Please remember to keep a copy of your order number.
The Yearbook Club does not want anyone to go without a yearbook due to financial reasons. If you need assistance, please contact your school counselor.

SENIOR YEAR AND SENIORS THROUGH THE YEARS PICS Deadline: February 11 Every year, the Yearbook Club loves to have a full senior section. We are asking for your help in collecting photos from senior year and seniors through the years. We are looking for photos of senior groups (2 or more) from over the years as well as photos from senior year. Please see THE DHS WEBSITE for more information.

SCHOOL PHOTO PACKAGES
Please remind your student to pick up their photo orders from Mrs. Farren in the main office.

CDSP “Did You Know” Series - #6
The Council for Darien School Parents (CDSP) is the umbrella organization for all Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) in the Darien Public School (DPS) District. Each of the seven schools have representation on CDSP. The purpose of CDSP, formed over 20 years ago, is to promote communication and collaboration across all seven Darien schools, District Administration, the Board of Education (BoE) and the DPS parent community. CDSP encourages the exchange of creative ideas for things such as fun, engaging enrichment programs for our students, appreciation events for our teachers and staff, exploration of synergies to help reduce costs (such as author visits for our students), and representation of all parents’ views / concerns. CDSP also coordinates district-wide efforts such as last year’s “Showing Staff the Love”! If you have any great new ideas contact Leila Buckjune or Antoinette Cowles, DHSPA Co-chairs. Follow CDSP on Instagram (@cdsp_darien) and Facebook (CDSP Darien)!
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With many thanks from the DPN editors Beth Lane, Sarah Neumann, Denise Krueger, Marli Hayes, Hope Barton & Carolina McGoey.