September 8, 2021

Happy Birthday
Kylie Ray
Luke Stumphauzer
Autumn Umphress

Band Invitational Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers for the Hilliard Invitational, maybe any students that need volunteer hours, or Panther Ambassadors.

As most of you have heard by now, our Homecoming Dance has changed its format.  Homecoming week will be September 13th – 18th.  Here’s a few more details…

Voting for Court
Round 1:  Opens-Tuesday Sept 7th   /   Closes-Wednesday Sept 8th at end of school
Round 2: Opens-Thursday Sept 9th   /   Closes-Friday Sept 10th end of P7 (court announced P8)
Round 3: Opens-Monday Sept 13th   /   Closes-Wednesday Sept 15th at end of school

Purchase Dance Tickets
You can now purchase tickets on Local Level.  Tickets are $15 per ticket.  Guidelines and rules for purchasing tickets are below in this email and should be read before purchasing.  There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to these guidelines and rules!  There will be NO CASH SALES leading up to the dance or at the gate before entering…ALL tickets will be purchased online before the start of the dance!

Spirit Days
Monday Sept 13thPajama Day
Tuesday Sept 14thTwin Day
Wednesday Sept 15thDecades Day
Thursday Sept 16thClass Color Day (9th – White / 10th – Blue / 11th – Black / 12th – Pink)
Friday Sept 17thJersey Day

Movie Night in the Stadium
The movie night we had last year down at Huntington Park was a success so we have decided to do the same thing but here at Darby.  Movie night will be Wednesday, September 15th,  from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm in the stadium.  Cost for entry will be $2 and can be purchased during lunches on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (9/13-9/15), or at the time of entry.  More information with follow regarding what movie we will be watching.

Pep Rally
We will have a Pep Rally in the stadium on Friday September 17th during 8th period.  We will take this time to introduce our Fall Athletic Teams and have a little fun!

Homecoming Game
The annual Homecoming Game will be on Friday,  September 17th, at 7:00 pm vs Gahanna Lincoln HS.  Our Homecoming ceremony recognizing our court and winners of King and Queen, will take place before the game at approximately 6:30 pm.

Homecoming Dance
Our annual Homecoming Dance will be held in the stadium on Saturday, September 18th, 7:30 pm-10:00 pm.  This will be a “rain or shine” event outside.  The only way we would cancel is if there is long periods of lightning and thunder or sideways rain. I want to stress to everyone that this is an OPTIONAL event.  It is your choice whether you attend or not.  If you or your parents do not feel comfortable with you attending the dance, that is perfectly fine.  More details as far as logistics will follow at a later date but wanted to communicate some important details that will be different than past homecoming dances.

  1. CURRENT DARBY STUDENTS ONLY – This was decided on by all three principals and central office administration. The decision was an easy one to make when we spoke about COVID contact tracing.  Please do not put us in an uncomfortable situation having to turn your date away at the gate.  We are strongly enforcing this rule by making sure everyone that attends MUST bring their School ID and Ticket to enter.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  If you do not have both of these items…you will not be allowed to enter.  There are NO REFUNDS for not having your school ID.  I highly suggest if you do not have a current school ID that says 2021-2022 on the ID, you need to head to the media center to get a new one!  There are no excuses to not have a school ID at this point of the school year.
  2. DRESS CODE – Listed below but wanted to make sure we were clear on the most important part regarding proper shoes. Everyone needs to have flat soled shoes on the stadium turf.  Tennis shoes, flip flops, sandals etc. BUT absolutely NO high heel shoes will be allowed inside the stadium gates.  Representatives from Key Club will have a spot set up for coats / shoes / phones / purses check-in.

One of the fun parts for girls related to Homecoming is getting your hair/nails done, buying a dress/fancy outfit, and going out to dinner!  We still want you to have that opportunity but remember the part about this being a “rain or shine” dance!  We will know when we get closer to the date what the weather will look like but I would hate for you to ruin your outfit.  Same goes for those who wear a suit.  More on this when we get closer.

College Bound Juniors
College Bound Juniors: Registration for the PSAT  is open and runs through September 24th. The cost is $24 and you can register through MyPaymentsPlus. The PSAT/NMSQT will be held October 13th and is great practice for taking the SAT. It can also qualify you for scholarship programs and give insight into which AP courses you may be ready to take.

Choir Performance – Friday, September 10th, 7:30 pm
Members of the Hilliard Darby Choir will be performing at the newly built Hinson Amphitheater in New Albany with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for “Night at the Movies” performing music from the Titanic and classic Disney music.

A big congratulations goes out to Hilliard Darby Panther’s Varsity Football player, Brayden Kohl. He is a nominee for MaxPreps Ohio High School Athlete of the Week. We need the fans to vote. Please click on the link below to vote for Brayden. Voting is live and will conclude at noon on Monday, September 13. You may vote as often as you like. Let’s Go Panthers!!!

Congratulations! Your District has a Nominee for the MaxPreps Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Award. We are pleased to offer these weekly awards again this school year.

The MP AOW awards are decided by fan vote, so we encourage you to forward this email to others in your school, district and community. Voting is live and will conclude at Noon on Monday, Sept. 13. You may vote as often as you like. The TOP vote-getters (2 or more) will earn awards. 

The winners will be announced on site Tuesday and will receive personalized awards.


Awards will be sent to the Athletic Department c/o the Head Coach and Player.


* Levi Gullion, Piketon Football
* Abbie Householder, Canfield Volleyball
* Drew Novak, Western Brown Football
* George Cottenden, HEARTS for Jesus Christ Boys Soccer
* Miles Miller, Berkshire Football
* Abby Yoder, Kings Volleyball
* Brayden Kohl, Hilliard Darby Football
* Alex Brown, Buckeye Valley Boys Soccer


Thank you for helping promote Ohio High School Sports and your School District.

Be sure to check out the Hilliard Darby Athletic Department website for important information and schedules throughout the year!

Make buying your 2021-2022 yearbook part of your back to school routine! Currently we have the best deal of the year: the lowest price AND free icons if you personalize your yearbook!

Yearbook Distribution Day for the 20-21 yearbooks is planned for September 16 during Homecoming Week. Details on pick up to come.

SENIOR PICTURES! Class of 22, submit your senior pictures to the yearbook by December 9, 2021. Visit our webpage for details and FAQ’s:

Important Dates 
9/11 – Hilliard Band Invitational @ Bradley High School
9/13-9/17 – Homecoming Spirit Week
9/17 – Homecoming Football Game
9/18 – Homecoming Dance, Stadium, 7:30 pm – 10 pm – Tickets on sale Friday, September 3rd.
9/22 – Jostens will meet with Sophomores & Seniors
9/24 – Photo Make-up Day
9/30 – Jostens will take class ring and senior cap & gown orders during lunch periods
10/13 – Parent Teacher Conference Night 3-8 pm
10/14 – End 1st Nine Weeks
10/15 – No School – Central Ohio Inservice Day
11/2 – No School – Election Day/Professional Development Day for Staff
11/24-11/26 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
12/20 – 12/31 – No School