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You Can Now Register for Darien Summer School & Enrichment

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Registration for Darien Summer School and Enrichment’s 2021 season has begun, with most classes held in-person and a few with choices for learning in-person or on-line. — an announcement from Darien Summer School
Families can choose in-person or virtual learning, as indicated by the title of each class on the website. DSS, a program of Darien Public Schools, will continue to offer popular programs such as Musical Theater Workshop, football camps, Sports & Art Camp, and Summer PALS along with exciting new camps.  
The the program will run from June 28 to July 30, with Monday, July 5 off in observance of the Independence Day holiday. With over 200 options for participants ages 3 to 18, every kid can explore a new path with DSS this summer. Visit DarienSummerSchool.com for more information regarding classes and to register.

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Fairfield U School of Nursing’s Midwife Program Now Fully Accredited

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Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies has been awarded a five-year accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) for its Doctorate of Nursing Practice program in Nurse Midwifery. — an announcement from Fairfield University

The program, which launched in 2017, is designed to meet the competencies for the practice doctorate in midwifery set forth by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and to meet the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. ACME works to both advance and promote excellence in midwifery education. Fairfield’s Nurse Midwifery DNP program has been pre-accredited by ACME since we welcomed our first cohort of students in 2017. “In the fall of 2020, we prepared and welcomed ACME site visitors (virtually) to Fairfield to share the outcomes of our program,” said Nurse Midwifery Program Director Jenna LoGiudice, PhD, CNM, RN.

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George Reilly of Darien Elected President of Norwalk Community College Foundation

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The Norwalk Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the election of George A. Reilly of Darien, an attorney with the Rucci Law Group, as president. — an announcement from Norwalk Community College Foundation

Reilly is now also a member of Darien’s Planning & Zoning Commission and Blight Review Board. He has been involved in a number of public service organizations, especially involving education. He was a trustee of his high school alma mater, King School in Stamford, and served as president of its board for seven years. He was a member of Darien’s Board of Education for eleven years, and he has served on the NCC Foundation for eight years.

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COVID-19 Case of Someone at Middle School Results in 12 Being Told to Self Isolate

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Someone — either a student, teacher or other staff member — at Middlesex Middle School recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email from schools Superintendent Alan Addley. School nurses have told that person and 11 others who are considered to have been in close contact with him or her (apparently at the school and possibly also in a school bus, since family members are mentioned separately) to quarantine for 14 days, Addley said in the Wednesday evening email. Family members “have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested,” Addley wrote in the email, sent out as a letter through the email account of Alicia Casucci, director of nursing for the schools (but stating that it was from Addley). The individual who tested positive was last at Middlesex Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Maritime Aquarium Offers Online Programs to Darien Schools

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Darien schools that have had to eliminate field trips from the new school year can still welcome seals, sea turtles, sharks and other marine animals into their classrooms through live online programs offered by the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Long a regional resource to educators for fulfilling STEM-based teaching standards, The Maritime Aquarium has shifted from primarily presenting in-person classes to now offering 25 online distance-learning lessons. They’re available to any school anywhere. “Actual field trips are sometimes considered a luxury but, in the time of distance learning, virtual field trips are more important than ever,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of Education. “They inspire students, give teachers time to prepare their own future lessons and engage parents of younger students in their children’s education.”

Teachers can select from a menu of age-appropriate programs, including: an interactive story time for preschoolers (which also can be offered as a series); observing the adaptations and lifestyles of various sharks for Grades K-2; exploring the causes and solutions of water pollution for Grades 3-5; and investigating coastal resilience for middle- and high-schoolers.

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Superintendent Asks Parents for Feedback on eLearning to Help Shape Plans for New School Year

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With one school year over and a second, also with an ongoing pandemic to deal with, Darien schools Superintendent Alan Addley is asking parents for feedback on eLearning, saying it will help with plans for the upcoming school year. That year may have school buildings open in some way, possibly closed or possibly some combination of the two, maybe at the same time, maybe at different times. School district officials just don’t know, and the decision likely won’t be their’s anyway — Addley said the state is likely to issue a mandate to school districts this summer. But whatever the future holds, district officials are trying to prepare for it with plans, even if they’re only contingency plans. Addley briefly described the planning process, both in an email to parents last week and at an earlier Board of Education meeting.

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RTM Sets Budget; Cuts Taxes a Bit More for a $16.33 Mill Rate; Finance Board, GOP Ed Board Members Sharply Criticized

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July’s town tax bills will be a bit lower after the Representative Town Meeting on Monday cut the 2020-2021 budget enough to reduce town taxes from 16.47 per $1,000 of assessed value to $16.33, a reduction of 14 cents. The Board of Finance had proposed a budget with a tax rate of $16.36 (11 cents under the present rate), and the final tax rate is 3 cents less than that. The RTM, with the legal ability to to cut budgets but not to raise them, is the final authority on cutting the budget and setting the mill rate. The RTM voted overwhelmingly to cut various, relatively small items from the Board of Finance’s proposed budget, including financing to: repaint the tennis courts at Weed Beach that are nearest the entrance, remove money from Town Hall maintenance and refurbishing project accounts where money hadn’t been spent, kitchen equipment for the Weed Beach snack concession, and money for a ride-on leaf blower. All the cuts came from the Board of Selectmen’s side of town budget.