Durham Academy News & Notes/May 28, 2015  
Durham Academy

Cutcliffe urges DA graduates to leave

the world better than they found it

Under a canopy of towering oak trees in an Alabama park, Duke University football coach David Cutcliffe learned a valuable lesson as a child, he said at Durham Academy's 41st commencement exercises Friday. After an afternoon of playing, he and his five siblings had sprinted back to the family's 1952 Chevrolet upon hearing their father's whistle, ready to go home — but they were stopped in their tracks by their father as he surveyed the landscape. 
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College counselor returns from

UK-Ireland tour with new insights 

After nine days in the United Kingdom and Ireland spent touring some of the world's oldest and most prestigious universities, Kathy Cleaver is back in Durham Academy's college counseling office, and she's eager to share her experiences and insights with students who have an eye on higher education across the pond. Read More


Forty-seven underclassmen earn

honors at Upper School assembly 

Durham Academy Upper School faculty honored 47 freshmen, sophomores and juniors for academic achievement, effort and enthusiasm at the annual honors assembly on Thursday. Read More


Three Cavs help represent N.C. at

U.S. Lacrosse National Tourney

Three Durham Academy students were among 18 athletes who represented North Carolina at the U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Tournament from May 23 to 24. Junior Leander Perun and sophomores Madi Dunk and Hannah Pope were chosen from more than 70 players who tried out. Read More


Eighth-graders' essays, poetry

earn praise and awards

Several Durham Academy eighth-graders have earned accolades over the course of the school year for their poetry and essays.

"I think that it’s really important to provide kids with an authentic audience for their creations," said eighth-grade language arts teacher Ben Michelman. "The opportunity to move other people is extremely powerful and gives our work real purpose (unlike the artificiality of grades). Read More


XIV Hours & Funx 'supergroup' to

perform at Kenan a cappella show

An evening of a cappella music promises to be a perfect exam study break or family outing on Saturday night, as DA a cappella group XIV Hours will be joined by three other acclaimed groups — including headliner The Funx — on the stage of Kenan Auditorium.  Read More


Fundraiser to offer opportunity to

order new year's school supplies

Durham Academy Parents Association is pleased to again offer parents a simple way to purchase school supplies for the upcoming school year: the School Tool Box fundraiser. Through this service, parents of first- to eighth-graders can order pre-packaged school supply kits — containing the exact items that DA teachers have recommended — online and have them shipped to their front door in time for the first day of school. Read More


DA in the News

The Durham News:
DA junior Veronica Kim pays tribute to retiring track and cross country coach Dennis Cullen

The Herald-Sun:
Duke football coach David Cutcliffe addresses DA's Class of 2015

Teens, Inspired:
Freshman Jake Jeffries places third in N.C. Musuem of Art video contest



This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Preschool Closing Exercises
- Friday, May 29, 8:30 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Middle School Early Dismissal
- Friday, May 29, noon 

Final Day of Extended Day 
- Friday, May 29

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

Textbook Buyback/Rental Return
-  Tuesday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kenan Auditorium Lobby

Lower School Early Dismissal
- Tuesday, June 2, 11:45 a.m. 

Final Day of School Store Sale
- Wednesday, June 3 (store open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) 

Middle School No School
- Wednesday, June 3

Lower School Closing Exercises
- Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building

Textbook Buyback/Rental Return
-  Wednesday, June 3 , 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Kenan Auditorium Lobby

Middle School Closing Exercises
- Thursday, June 4, 8:30 a.m., Taylor Hall

Photos and Videos

First Grade Authors Fair

Eighth-Grade Play:
This Is a Test

Lower School Field Day

Video: Elements of Fun (courtesy of Rosemary Nye)

Video: Class of 2015 Reflections


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