NOVEMBER 1, 2021
Darien High School Parent News
Published by the DHS Parents' Association
1 - Quarter 2 Begins
1 - Junior Planning Night (virtual), 6 pm
2 - NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day
4 - DHSPA Freshman/Sophomore Coffee, 9:30 am, Auditorium
4 - Underclass Photo Retakes
18-20 - Theatre 308 Production
19 - PLC Day (2 Hour Delay)
24 - Early Dismissal @ 12:18 pm
25-26 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Recess

A big thanks this week to Sarah Neumann and Melissa WIlliams, our Programs Chairs, who assembled an impressive group of college representatives for our College Panel Wednesday Night. Moderated virtually by Meghan Emanuelson, it was a very informative discussion for parents and students about the college process. We will publish the link to the recording shortly in case you missed it.

Please join the DHSPA for the Freshman/Sophomore Coffee on Thursday, November 4 at 9:30am in the Auditorium. This is a great opportunity to get to know the DHS Administration Team and learn more about the 2021-22 school year. A link to the DHSPA 2021-2022 Budget can be found HERE for your review prior to approval at the meeting.

Junior Planning Night will take place via Zoom on Monday, November 1st, beginning at 6pm. All Juniors and their families are encouraged to attend. The event is "workshop style" and families will have the opportunity to attend three different workshops according to the following schedule:

Workshop 1: 6:00-6:30
Workshop 2: 6:35- 7:05
Workshop 3: 7:10-7:40

Workshop options will include the following:
  • Taking a Gap Year
  • Seeking Accommodations in College
  • NCAA/Playing a Sport in College
  • Applying to UK Schools
  • Norwalk Community College
  • Tips from a College Admissions Rep
  • Applying to College in Challenging Times
  • Standardized Testing

Please see the email from Meghan Emanuelson for further details and please reach out to your school counselor with any questions.

All prepaid photo packages are ready for pick-up at the attendance desk. These are orders that were placed by the September 22nd deadline. Proof cards were EMAILED to those that did not preorder by 9/22. The proof card has the sample photo along with the codes to order online and will be shipped directly to your home. Photo retakes/makeups will be on Thursday, 11/4 from 10:30am-1:30pm in the Chill Zone. Original photo packages must be returned on retake day. Please direct all order questions to Robert Taylor Photography by emailing the studio at or calling the studio at 203-377-0739.

Theatre 308 presents Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, a modern interpretation of classic myths, featuring live music accompanying the storytelling. Performances will take place in the DHS Auditorium on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at

It’s that time of year to order your 2022 DHS yearbook. Please follow THIS LINK for further details.

Click HERE for more information on creating a senior ad for the 2022 DHS yearbook. Discounts apply for ads placed by 11/01/2021.

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, the College Board will assess a $40 PER EXAM late fee. Please reach out to your school counselor with any questions.

As a reminder, transcript requests forms need to be submitted to the Guidance Office AT LEAST 30 days prior to the first deadline.

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