Darien High School Parent News
Published by the DHS Parents' Association
27 - DHSPA Meeting "Who Is Your Team at DHS" - 9am, Auditorium
28 - Club Fair (rain date 9/29)
30 - Freshman Commitment Forum - 7pm-8pm, Auditorium
1 - LGBTQIA+ parent lunch (rain date 10/4)
2 - SAT at DHS
5 - Senior Class Photo during advisory
5 - DHSPA Jr/Sr Coffee, 9:30am in the DHS Stadium (rain location, Auditorium)
5 - Extracurricular Commitment Forum - 7pm-8pm, Auditorium
13 - PSAT Day (Modified Schedule)
13 - Extracurricular Commitment Forum - 7pm-8pm, Auditorium
16 - Homecoming
22 - PLC Day (2 Hour Delay)
23 - ACT at DHS
29 - Quarter 1 Ends

DHSPA MEETING “Meet Your Team at DHS Monday, Sept. 27 at 9:00 a.m., DHS Auditorium
Please join us for our first DHSPA meeting of the 2021-22 school year to hear what’s new at DHS and learn about the many valuable resources available. The DHS Administrative Team, Meghan Emanuelson (Director of Guidance), school counselors, school psychologists, department chairs, Bryan Wallman (SRO), and the Connections Counselor, Joyce Sixsmith, will introduce you to the many support services available to DHS students and their families. The panel will be held live in the DHS Auditorium at 9:00 a.m. Come for coffee and to check out Spirit Wear at 8:45 a.m. As a reminder, please wear a mask when attending this in-school event. See you there!

LGBTQIA+ Parentslet’s gather for a brown bag lunch at Pear Tree Beach at the picnic tables on Friday, Oct. 1st at noon (rain date of Monday, Oct. 4th). Hoping by doing it at lunch time, those who work can possibly make it. Come meet fellow parents of the community and get to know each other better. This is open to parents of all age children in the schools, so if you know of someone, make sure to invite them. For questions, reach out to Julie Punishill.

We wanted to bring to your attention the following resource the Guidance department has published on their website page called “Class of 2025”

You can find loads of information about the curriculum of each grade, graduation requirements, as well as resources as to who is who in the Administrative team. All this and much more can be found under the Course Selection tab in Guidance in the DHS website.

All students are invited to come check out all of the great Clubs and Activities at DHS on September 28th outside of the cafeteria during the lunch periods (raindate September 29th). To learn more, please click here to access the 2021-2022 Club Directory.

All students who plan to participate in any extracurricular activities at DHS are required to attend one Extracurricular Participation Meeting accompanied by a parent.

The final Freshman Extracurricular Participation Meeting will be held on September 30th from 7pm-8pm in the DHS Auditorium. Parents of 9th grade students may sign up following this link

The dates that are available for 10th grade families to sign up for an Extracurricular Participation Meeting are September 30th (limited availability), October 5th, and October 13th. All meetings will be held from 7 pm – 8 pm in the auditorium. Please use this link to sign up.

Information regarding 11th and 12th grade participation requirements will be announced soon.  

The DHSPA digital directory is still for sale. Don't miss out. Please click here if you would like to order. The cost is $20.00.

The PSAT will be offered to 10th and 11th graders at DHS on Wednesday, October 13th. This is an OPTIONAL test. The cost is $18 and payment can be completed through School Cash. Once a student is paid through School Cash, they are "registered" for the test. Registration will remain open through October 6th. After this time, registrations can only be accepted on a waitlist basis, pending materials availability. Details about the schedule for the day will be sent in the coming weeks. Please reach out to your school counselor with any questions.

AP exam registration is now open. In order to register for AP exams, please visit Each exam is $100. Students will need to complete two steps in order for us to order an AP exam: (1) registration and payment in Total Registration, and (2) enrollment in the AP Classroom for each course you are taking an exam in. The last day to order an exam for full-year courses without incurring a late fee is November 8th. After this time, College Board will assess a $40 PER EXAM late fee. Please reach out to your school counselor with any questions.

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