Danbury High School 3D Modeling & Animation
Congratulations to our 3D Modeling & Animation students who took home the GOLD at the Digital Modeling Design Challenge in Hartford on Saturday, May 4th.
Air Force Junior ROTC
Danbury High School's AFJROTC Unit, CT-021, has earned AFJROTC's Distinguished Unit Award for an 8th consecutive year. This award "recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of your school and local community. Eligible units met an award board at the headquarters and where all of the programs are doing great things in their respective communities, these units truly represent the best of 867 Air Force Junior ROTC units worldwide. The cadets, instructors and schools are to be commended for earning this prestigious award."
Danbury High School teacher and AFJROTC instructor Hector Hernandez (MSgt, USAF, retired) was named an AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor of the Year for a 3rd consecutive year. Colonel Matthew Anderer, AFJROTC Director, noted "You have my deepest appreciation for setting the highest example of Air Force Core Values which are crucial to the success of the AFJROTC mission. The Outstanding Instructor Award winners were selected from all of the received nominations and nominations made by the Regional Directors. These 112 winners represent the best of 1880 AFJROTC instructors!"
Rachel Saunders, 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team
Rachel Saunders, a Danbury High School mathematics teacher was recently selected to the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team. More than 3,000 teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators from across the country applied, and only 200 were chosen to the highly selective Dream Team. These teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core Standards and their ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students.
Air Force Junior ROTC
On Saturday, March 9th, Danbury High School's Air Force Junior ROTC Drill Team had great success at the Newburgh Free Academy's Drill Meet in New York. Danbury High's unit, CT-021, competed in three events against eight other Junior ROTC units. In the Unarmed Drill Event, the team took 1st place, while the Cadet Inspection Team earned 2nd place, and the Dual Exhibition Team placed 3rd in their event. This season, four cadets earned Danbury High School Varsity letters for their continued participation on the Drill Team.
Congratulations to the DHS Robotics Team 5150 on a terrific performance Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Southern New England Super Regional Vex Championship. In the last regular competition of the season, the team won the Tournament Championship in a series of epic battles against top teams from all across New England, and also took the award of Programming Skills Finalist. Advisor Erik Savoyski was also recognized as Volunteer of the Year for serving as referee and scorekeeper during the season. Team 5150 will conclude their season in Anaheim, California at the Vex Robotics World Championship during the April vacation.
Jackie Dinardo Receives CIAC Girl's Basketball Coaches Merit Award
Danbury High School Girl’s Basketball Coach Jackie Dinardo has been awarded a CIAC Girl’s Basketball Coaches Merit Award. Coach Dinardo will be presented the award at a banquet being held at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theater on Friday March 15 at 4:00pm. The CIAC Coaches Award honors coaches who have greatly contributed to high school basketball and who have established a distinguished record of supporting the CIAC.
Ricky Shook Named To The National High School Wrestling Hall of Fame
Head Wrestling Coach Ricky Shook was named to the National High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Coach Shook will be inducted into their Hall of Fame next April (2013) at MGM Grand Hotel, Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Rob Murray Named National Coach of the Year Finalist
Donald Prokes Executive Director of The National High School Coaches Association announced today that Danbury High School Track and Cross Country Coach Rob Murray has been named a National Coach of the Year Finalist and will be honored at the NHSACA Awards Banquet in Des Moines, Iowa next June (2013). The NHSACA Awards Banquet is held to honor Coaches in 19 sports from throughout the United States. Murray is considered to be one of the most successful high school track and cross country in Connecticut history and is also a sought after clinician. Track program highlights include a 10 (consecutive) year run as the FCIAC Outdoor Track Champions. In Cross Country his teams have earned national rankings. Coach Murray also has also been instrumental in the growth and continued development of the O’Grady relays held at Danbury High School each year. In addition to his coaching duties, Murray is a physical education teacher at DHS. Murray is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a BA degree in Teaching and Exercise Science.
Danbury High School's Robotics Team 5150 had a great day at the Connecticut Vex Sack Attack Qualifier held October 27th at South Windsor High School. DHS took trophies in Excellence, Robot Driving Skills, and Programming Skills. By winning Excellence, the highest award given at any Vex competition, the team qualifies to participate in the Vex Robotics World Championships to be held in Anaheim, California this April. The Mad Hatters are currently ranked 48th in the world in programming, and 118th in driving skills. In addition, this is the third year in a row Team 5150 will represent Danbury at the World event.
The Deaf Child's Bill of Rights
Last year, a Connecticut group concerned with the education of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children proposed a mandated Language and Communication Plan (also known as “The Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights”) to HB 5353: “An Act Concerning Individualized Education Programs and Other Issues Relating to Special Education” . After much work by this Connecticut group which was made up of individuals with different educational philosophies (but who came together to work harmoniously) and both Democratic and Republican support (including our own Senator McLachlan and Representative Joseph Taborsak), this Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights became state law July 2012. Members of this Connecticut group and advocates such as myself were invited to attend a ceremonial bill signing of with Governor Malloy in recognition of HB 5353 on August 10 in the Governor’s Office. This Language and Communication Plan will do much to provide a better educational experience for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students in our public schools.
Danbury High School's CAPT results for 2012 showed tremendous gains in several areas. Significant gains were made in "Whole School" mathematics, reading and writing, highlighted by the whole school percentage in writing at goal doubling since 2010. Subgroups (Hispanic, White, FRL, ELL and SPED) showed enormous gains since 2010 highlighted by each group making double digit % gains in one or more areas.