Durham Academy News & Notes/Oct. 22, 2015  
Durham Academy

Video pen pal program connects students

with new classmates around the globe

The lights were dimmed, and silence filled the classroom. Ten Durham Academy Middle Schoolers, gathered for their club period, had their eyes fixed to the projector screen at the front of the room, and nervous excitement hung heavy in the air. "Buffering," one student muttered jokingly, exchanging an excited glance with a classmate. And then, click — the occupants of teacher Virginia Hall's classroom were transported halfway around the world, to their first meeting with their new friends in New Delhi, India. Read More


New ideas & new moves: Students

broaden horizons at Mix-It-Up Day

At first glance, it appears to be a typical weekday morning on the Durham Academy Upper School campus. But then the rhythm of salsa music emanating from a language classroom piques your interest, and, through the window, you spy silhouettes dancing inside. A couple of doors down, a discussion about LGBTQ superheroes has drawn such a crowd that the door hangs open. In classrooms all over campus, freshmen sit beside seniors, enraptured in candid discussions led by fellow students, guests and faculty. It's an intentionally not-quite-typical day — DA's annual Mix-It-Up Day. Read More 

Faculty Spotlight:

Fourth grade teacher Tom Barry

After 15 years as a commodities trader, Tom Barry had pretty good instincts when it came to managing risk. In 2005 he took a huge one — transitioning from trading oil, gas and electricity for Fortune 500 companies to a job teaching Durham Academy fourth-graders. Now instead of trading the building blocks of the global economy, his commodity is his beloved students, and he's fully invested in their transition from Lower School to Middle School. Barry says he couldn't be happier. Read More


Athletic Director's Update:

Fall post-season play kicking off

Durham Academy's fall athletic season is coming to a close with junior varsity and Middle School teams having completed their seasons, and varsity teams preparing for state tournament play. Congratulations are in order to our Middle School field hockey team with coach Betsy Brown, our Middle School white soccer team with coach Gib Fitzpatrick, and our boys and girls JV cross country teams with coach Virginia Hall! All of these teams finished the season undefeated! Read More


Parents Association Bulletin Board 

Dine Out for DA continues through tonight at Bull Street Gourmet & Market and Tutti Frutti

Turkey Trot early-bird registration deadline is today

Fall Box Tops Collection deadline is Oct. 30

Middle School Mini Book Sale and Bake Sale set for Thursday, Nov. 19

The Importance of Being Earnest on Kenan Auditorium stage Oct. 29 to 31


DA in the News

The News & Observer:
Junior golfer Ashley Kim is named TISAC Player of the Year and All-Conference; junior Madi Dunk also All-Conference

Durham Magazine's 'Navigating Schools' Guide:
Director of College Counseling Kathy Cleaver weighs in on college application process in 'Navigating Schools' feature 


The Week in Photos

Turkey Trot Video  Homecoming 2.0

Preschool Ramadan Assembly   All American Lunch Preschool 

Middle School Community Service  Sea Turtle Gift Shop






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Dine Out for DA
- Thursday, Oct. 22, all day long
at Bull Street Gourmet & Market
and Tutti Frutti

Turkey Trot Early Bird Registration Deadline
- Thursday, Oct. 22 

NCISAA State Tournament Week Begins
- Saturday, Oct. 24

Turkey Trot Registration Deadline to Guarantee T-Shirt
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 

Parents Association Box Tops Fall Collection Deadline
- Friday, Oct. 30 

Upper School Fall Play: The Importance of Being Earnest
- Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium
- Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium
- Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Faculty Work Day: No School, Offices Open, All-Day Care Available
- Monday, Nov. 2

Fall Varsity Athletic Awards Program
- Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Used Book Sale Sort
- Tuesday, Nov. 10, 
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Middle School Tunnel (drop-in activity)

Parent Conferences: No School, Offices Open, All-Day Care Available
- Friday, Nov. 13

Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run
- Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m., Upper School Fields 

Middle School Mini Book Sale and Bake Sale
- Thursday, Nov. 19 




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