Darien Public Schools
Volume 1 - June 2017
DID YOU KNOW...
Welcome to our "Zine"
Budget Passes at 2.16%
lowest increase in recent memory
Friday, June 16 @ 5pm
Gates Open at 4pm
In the event of rain, graduation will be held in the auditorium. Each graduate will receive 2 tickets. Please check website for updates.
Thursday, June 15 @ 6:30pm
Doors Open: at 5:45pm
Each Graduate receives 2 tickets
Remote viewing in DHS gymnasium (no tickets necessary)
...each year, the Darien Music Department has a Young Composers Concert with students composing and performing their own works to a packed hall!
All students in Grades 4-8 have been issued a chromebook . the high school Will begin the 1:1 ipad rollout in the fall.
The adopted budget represents an increase of 2.16% over the current fiscal year. Highlights include:
Expansion of the 1:1 initiative to grades 4-9
Creation of Fitch Academy
Revision to the organizational structure of Department Heads.
For more information visit the Darien Public Schools Homepage www.darienps.org
Dear School Community,
I am pleased to present the first edition of the Darien Public School Magazine. Our intent is to highlight programs and initiatives that are taking place in our schools during the school year. We will feature students, teachers and administrators, as well as ongoing events that take place in our schools. The Darien Public Schools are a vibrant environment where curiosity and creativity are encouraged and witnessed everyday. We hope to capture some of that spirit in our 'Zine. Enjoy!
Dan Brenner, Superintendent
RTM approves 2017-18 Budget in May
Lights coming to DHS Fields
At the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on June 6, 2017, the Board accepted the gift of lights from the Darien Athletic Foundation in the amount of $648K. This gift includes new outdoor field lighting and upgrades to the sound system at the Stadium field. Work will commence prior the end of June and will be completed prior to the start of the 2017/18 season. Additionally the BOE is replacing the turf and track at the Stadium field this summer.
A building conditions survey has been completed by KG&D Architecture. This survey will continue to serve as our baseline for our continued strategic planning over the next 5 to 10 years.
The DHS cafeteria is due to be renovated next summer. It will include acoustical upgrades and will have increased seating capacity.
What a busy and exciting school year across all of our classrooms K-12. We certainly have way too much to share for just one page. Looking for more? Visit the Curriculum Department website and catch up on all the news!
Differentiation for ALL
Our staff focused on differentiation this school year with a common staff developer, Nanci Smith. While our focus was mathematics, we quickly learned how these strategies could be implemented across content areas.
Did You Know?
Across our elementary schools we have created new units of study aligned to new standards in Science and Social Studies. More to come for MMS and DHS. Looking to find out more about the standards?
Next Generation Science Standards
CT Core Standards
Tweet, Tweet! Keep up with all
things DPS this fall! @DPSLearns
THE CURRICULUM PROCESS
Did you ever wonder how Darien decides on what and how our children should learn?
Factors we consider:
Teacher Feedback & Input
Best Practices in Research
DLC3 AT HINDLEY - YEAR ONE IN REVIEW
Hindley launched the Developmental Learning Center Program (DLC) for children who need an ABA-based approach to learning. Families and community organizations partnered with us to create the program, which is a beloved and integrated part of our school. We celebrate the progress students have made within the DLC classroom and in the school community. Looking forward to continued success in Year Two!
first year principal
"Hindley is truly a special school and I am fortunate to be in this wonderful community."
Darien Library to be home for Year One
Special Education Initiatives - Professional development
The budget process begins in October each year. The Superintendent meets with principals and department heads to review expenditures and revenues. The process continues according to the timeline below:
January: the Superintendent presents a proposed budget to the Board of Education (BOE) . The BOE holds a public meeting on the budget, followed by a series of additional public meetings.
February: BOE adopts and presents the budget to the Board of Finance (BOF) and to the public. Meetings are held with the BOE and the BOF:
The BOF holds a public hearing on the Town Budget
Representative Town Meeting (RTM) subcommittees (including the Finance and Budget Committee and Education Committee) also hold a public meeting
April: the BOF votes on the BOE’s proposed budget andsubmits it to the RTM.
May: the RTM votes on the BOE's proposed budget
Budget Process Primer
Fitch Academy, a new program from DHS, is set to open its doors for the first time in September 2017. The full day program will be housed at the Darien Public Library and will serve up to 12 students who require an alternative to the structure of DHS. Students are eligible to participate in all DHS activities, as well as athletics, and will receive a DHS diploma. Admission inquiries should be directed to the DHS School Counselors.
The Special Education and Student Services Department designs a scope and sequence for specialized professional learning and building capacity.
DHS general and special education teachers participated in year-long training in best practices for Co-Teaching with Dr. Marilyn Friend.
Developmental Learning Center (DLC) Program teams deepened their knowledge and practice of Applied Behavior Analysis methodologies for behavior and instruction.
Special education teachers continued training in multi-sensory reading through the Orton-Gillingham approach, Wilson and Spire programs.
Clinicians learned about Central Auditory Processing Disorders (SLP) and Executive Functioning (Psychologists).
Fitch Academy set to kick off in the fall
Did you Know?
Our kindergarten students learned how to write persuasively. They wrote letters and speeches and made signs to advocate for changes in their schools.
DHS now offers content area classes with learning supports directly inside of the classroom. In addition to the Co-Teaching model that has existed for many years, there are now "Lab" classes that have the teachers pre-teaching and reviewing material with their students during an extra class period. There are also "Team" classes taught by two content area teachers which allows for more individualized learning.
DPS is ready to support students who require short-term intensive instruction. SRBI staff are highly qualified in research-based practices and stay abreast of all research-based practices and methodologies! The entire program has been restructured over the last two years and is now supported by a digital data system that allows for cataloging monitoring of student progress.
first Year Principal
SRBI in full swing
lab & Team Classes are a success
dhs support structure enters year two
A Robust SRBI Structure K-12
The Darien Public Schools took significant steps forward to increased technology availability across schools, and to thoughtfully integrate technology into teaching and learning.
Students in Grades 5- 8 received a Chromebook for use at school and at home. Multiple parent meetings were held to ensure that parents were aware of the process. In the schools, we prepared for the 1:1 launch by:
Providing on-going teacher professional development;
Teaching students the importance of digital citizenship; and,
Carefully configuring devices to ensure data security and accessibility.
At mid-year, the library media staff led the roll-out of 1,600 Chromebooks over a matter of weeks.
Concurrently, DHS began laying the foundation for a 1:1 iPad initiative for 2017-18. A representative staff think tank curated a core set of apps. This Spring, 90 students piloted the iPad to better inform a wider launch. Next year, up to two grade levels will receive iPads for home and school use.
Also planned for next year is an update to the Darien technology plan, which has guided the current work. Community members will be invited to participate and help direct the future of educational technology in Darien.
"I am very appreciative of the warm welcome I have received from the Darien Community. I am looking forward to a fun and productive 2017-18 school year."
Technology in our Schools
...our athletic program has produced 5 FCIAC champions & 7 State Champions in 2016-17!
...our boys lacrosse team has won 54 games in a row!
...our football team has won 25 games in a row!
First year principal
DPS Magazine, Volume 1, June 12, 2017 ©
Teachers and Administrators Settle
'I could not be happier after my first year as Principal at Royle. Royle is an amazing community. I feel very lucky to have landed in a very special place. '
The District has settled five contracts this year: Teachers, Administrators, Maintainers, Custodians and Cafeteria Workers. To view the new contracts please visit the link.
As part of an ongoing Board practice policies are reviewed and updated on a yearly basis. This year the following policies have been modified:
Student Activity Accounts
Employee Background Checks
School Attendance and Truancy
To view district policies please visit the District website.
Programs begin June 26 and end on July 28
No school July 4
Registration for DSS Classes: Ongoing
Darien Summer School 203-656-7467
Special Education ESY: 203-656-7421
Darien Summer School &
Special education Extended School Year
District Settles 5 Union Contracts
BOE Policy Review Ongoing
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