Durham Academy News & Notes/April 30, 2015  
Durham Academy

Kenan Trust issues challenge for gifts to

Sheppy Vann Preschool Scholarship Fund

The Kenan Trust has issued a wonderful challenge to the Durham Academy community: If DA can raise $250,000 in the Sheppy Vann Preschool Scholarship Fund by June, the Kenan Trust will match with a gift of $125,000. 

The Sheppy Vann Preschool Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 as a tribute to retiring Preschool Director Sheppy Vann, whose commitment to welcome and support students of all backgrounds helped make the Preschool an extraordinary place for our youngest students to thrive and learn. The fund provides need-based financial aid each year to students entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and helps make the Preschool accessible to a wider range of students. Read More


Sapiro-Gheiler and Wechsler are

Presidential Scholar semifinalists


Durham Academy seniors Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler and Caroline Wechsler are semifinalists in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which recognizes graduating high school seniors' academic and artistic accomplishments. They are among 565 students from across the country — 18 of whom are North Carolinians — selected to advance to the final round of the prestigious competition. Read More


Preschoolers travel the globe at

International Night celebration

Preschoolers toured the world the evening of April 23, but their journey didn't require air or sea travel. They "visited" Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and Oceania without ever leaving the Preschool.

Freya Cohen, Preschool science teacher and division diversity coordinator, led a committee of 30 Preschool parents in transforming the classrooms into areas all across the globe. Each classroom featured food, artifacts, crafts, music, fact/photo displays and presenters in clothing characteristic of that region. Read More


Museum of Life & Science honors

Claire Burdick for volunteerism

The Museum of Life and Science has recognized the volunteer work of Durham Academy senior Claire Burdick by nominating her for the Volunteer Center of Durham's Key Youth Volunteer of the Year. Burdick and other nominees were honored at the center's annual luncheon on Monday. 
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Five varsity girls lacrosse players

are named to All-Academic team

US Lacrosse has named five Durham Academy varsity girls lacrosse players to the 2015 All-Academic team. DA seniors Chloe Lewis, Jordan Barry, Elayne Wang, Elizabeth Hall and junior Annette Lombard were selected for their achievements both on and off the field. Read More


Nearly 15,000 books find new

homes via Used Book Sale

The 2015 Used Book Sale was a tremendous success. Nearly 15,000 books were collected for the Parents Association fundraiser, and they've all found good homes — either being sold to families at the sale or donated to community organizations afterward. Read More


Physics students earn recognition

in James Madison video contest

Have you ever wondered why a rubber ball doesn't bounce back to its original height after being dropped? Or how exactly pressure works? Taking a page from Bill Nye the Science Guy, Durham Academy AP Physics students Rasika Rao, Derek Brown and Zain Clapacs have earned recognition for their deftness in explaining complex physics concepts through the James Madison University Physics Video Contest. Read More


Middle Schoolers exceed national

average on National Latin Exam

Durham Academy Middle School students scored well on the National Latin Exam, with 17 seventh-graders and 18 eighth-graders scoring above the national average — three of which were perfect scores. The 40-question, multiple-choice test includes questions about Latin grammar and translation, Roman culture, mythology, history and geography. Read More


Athletic Director's Update: 

Spring season drawing to close

The spring athletic season is quickly coming to a close as all Middle School and junior varsity teams will complete their seasons this week or early next week. Varsity teams are still vying for possible play-off spots and hoping to improve their seeding for state tournament bids. Read More


May 8 Culture and Community

Festival to celebrate diversity

All members of the Durham Academy community are invited to gather Friday, May 8, for the Culture and Community Festival, a school-wide celebration of diversity and inclusion.

The event, slated for 6 to 8 p.m. in the Upper School Learning Commons courtyard, will feature food, live entertainment, games and arts and crafts. Read More


Host families needed for French

exchange students in October

Families of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to consider hosting a French exchange student next fall. A group of high school students from just outside Paris will visit Durham and observe classes at Durham Academy from Oct. 12 to 24, 2015. Read More


Store clearance sale ends Friday

One day remains to stock up on Cavalier cups, shirts, shorts and the like at a deep discount! Durham Academy's school store, the Cavalier Supply Co., will conclude its end-of-year clearance sale on Friday. Prices on all clothing, school supplies and gift items will be reduced by 20 percent, and some items will come with even deeper discounts. Be sure to check out the $5 bargain bin for special deals! Read More


DA in the News

Durham Academy hosts Special Olympics event for 30th year

The Herald-Sun:
Schools, students partner for a greater good at Special Olympics

Business Insider:
DA alumnus Derek Rhodes '11 is one of Business Insider's
'18 incredibly impressive students at Duke'


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Chorus/Movement Concert, Seventh Grade
- Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Upper School Spring Music Concert
- Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

- Friday, May 1, 6 to 8 p.m. 

New Parent Night
- Wednesday, May 6, 7 to 9 p.m. 
Brumley Performing Arts Building 

15th Annual DA Golf Tournament
- Thursday, May 7, 1 p.m., Croasdaile Country Club 

Drama Performance,
Grades 5 & 6 
- Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Culture and Community Festival
- Friday, May 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Upper School Quad 

Order Deadline for 
DA Night at the Durham Bulls

- Tuesday, May 12

Varsity Spring Athletics Banquet
- Sunday, May 17, 5 p.m. 

- Friday, May 22, 5 p.m., UNC Memorial Hall 

DA Night at the Durham Bulls
- Friday, May 29, 7:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Videos and Photos

30th Annual Special Olympics

Upper School International Day


Upper School Spring Music Concert

Video: Lowell Oakley '14 performs for Lower School 



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