The Hatters' Herald

DHS to implement block scheduling

DHS to implement block scheduling

Katie Walsh, Editor In Chief

December 21, 2017


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A change from the state’s requirement of 21 credits to 25 credits to graduate from high school will result in DHS next year implementing block scheduling for all grades. This comes after DHS transitioned freshmen to block scheduling in the 2011-2012 school year with the creation of the Freshman Academy...

Vape-pen popularity increases despite risks

Vape-pen popularity increases despite risks

Taylor Hay, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017


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DHS, a smoke-free campus for years, is now having to crack down on vaping. If students are caught with a vape pen -- or JUUL -- it will be confiscated, said Principal Dan Donovan in a recent email to parents and students. “Students have no idea what’s in the juices, and they are harming themselves,...

Students seek refuge from Puerto Rican hurricanes at DHS

Students seek refuge from Puerto Rican hurricanes at DHS

Meghan Edwards, News Editor

December 18, 2017


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The recent hurricanes, Maria and Irma, that devastated Puerto Rico in October also left many students without schools or any way to continue their education -- so they sought refuge in Danbury and DHS. Sporadically starting at the beginning of November, six students have come to DHS with one havi...

ESL teaching fellows present work at WestConn

ESL teaching fellows present work at WestConn

Joao De sa, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


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In a joint effort, DHS and Western Connecticut State University are addressing a teacher shortage that is challenging legislators and district administrators alike: the not-so-promising number of ESL/bilingual teachers. To mitigate the issue, the district has implemented a few measures, among which is...

Doubtful pep rallies will ever stage comeback

Doubtful pep rallies will ever stage comeback

Ava Olivera and Sabine Dempster

November 22, 2017


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During the fall — as various videos of other schools’ assemblies and pep rallies go viral — the question arises, “Why doesn’t DHS have a pep rally of its own?” Principal Dan Donovan says that there hasn’t been a pep rally at DHS since the mid 90’s, well before he was even teaching ...

Faculty listens to presentation on social, emotional learning

Faculty listens to presentation on social, emotional learning

Staff Report

November 16, 2017


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Updated, Monday, Dec. 11: The Choose Love Enrichment Program now has a private Facebook group for educators to meet and engage with fellow educators who are using the program. There, educators may share their experiences with the program, their enthusiasm for SEL, and to gain insights, best practices or co...

DHS replacing Mad Hatter with a new look

DHS replacing Mad Hatter with a new look

Taylor Hays, Features Editor

October 27, 2017


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The school has contracted with a branding company to create a new look for the DHS Hatter mascot and logo, and is polling staff and students on choices. The branding company, Impact Sports, has made an agreement to design this year’s yearbook cover and provide unisex caps and gowns for the clas...

Construction project works toward completion

Construction project works toward completion

Meghan Edwards, News Editor

September 25, 2017


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The seemingly never-ending construction has become the soundtrack of the school day. We press play and instead of Kanye, we get the melodious “BUZZZZZZ” of the saw or the dulcet “KKAKKAKK” of the jackhammer. Instead of Bieber, we get the repetitive banging of hammers. But, as much as we love the new jams,...

Op Ed: ‘We are one America’

Op Ed: ‘We are one America’

Alexandra Prendergast

September 24, 2017


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On Nov. 9 of last year, I woke up with a feeling of dread. The night before, almost all the students from my liberal campus gathered together for “election watching parties.” As one of the executive board members of Wesleyan Democrats, I organized one of these “watch parties” for more than 50...

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