Tokeneke Principal Mary Michelson can now easily spot the school’s mascot from anywhere inside the school’s Common Room.
Nestled among the painted trees, the Tokeneke “Eagle” is a prominent feature of a new mural painted by Darien High School students and commissioned by the fifth-grade class.
“Every year at Tokeneke School our fifth-graders donate a gift to the school. This year they voted to have a mural painted in the Common Room,” said Michelson. “It is a true collaboration of talents between the two schools.”
Darien Public Schools (DPS) Art Coordinator Jaclyn Sammis and DHS student artists Liam Morrill, Nadia Czebiniak, Julia O’Brien, Emma Seely, and Alex Adelman completed the mural and presented it to the school.
Tokeneke was scheduled to hold its moving up ceremony this morning, Monday, June 18 at 9:15 a.m. in the Common Room.
Here’s when the other end-of-year ceremonies in Darien’s public schools take place this week:
Hindley Elementary School: Wednesday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the Common Room. Picture slide show begins at 9:10. Following the ceremony, students will sign yearbooks and eat pizza and ice cream supplied by the PTO.
Holmes Elementary School: Wednesday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the Common Room. Parents are encouraged to walk or carpool.
Ox Ridge Elementary School: Wednesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. in the Common Room. School-wide student “clap off” begins at 1:45 p.m. to cheer on the 5th graders before commencement. PTO hosted commencement reception to follow.
Royle Elementary School: Wednesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Common Room. Doors open at 10:00am. Parking is available in the lot, bus loop, and on the street (Royle side of Royle Road, Sunset or Oak Crest)
Middlesex Middle School: Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Darien High School; students report at 4:45 p.m. Promotion Practice is June 19 at DHS from 8:30 to 10:30.
Darien High School: Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m., Stadium Field, no tickets required; Rain location DHS Auditorium, admission by ticket only, with overflow in Main Gym, no ticket required. Doors open at 4pm. Traffic controlled by Darien Police Department, enter by Noroton Avenue only.
— Marc Marin is district director of instructional technology. This article is republished from the Darien Public Schools News of the Week newsletter.