Durham Academy News & Notes/Oct. 29, 2015  
Durham Academy

Chemistry teacher Kari Newman

is finalist for presidential teaching award

Praise for Durham Academy chemistry teacher Kari Newman comes from all directions. With boundless knowledge of her subject matter, she knows the AP exam “like the back of her hand,” says one student. She’s ever willing to try something new, says a colleague. Her teaching methods train students to truly think, says a parent. Her patience is inexhaustible, says another student. Now Newman’s formula for success is earning her praise from the White House. Newman is among just four North Carolina finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) science honor — the highest commendation bestowed by the U.S. government on K-12 science teachers. Read More


Checkmate: Historic times for

top-ranked DA chess program

The last 12 years have seen the rise of new state (and sometimes national) champions and the passing of milestones in Durham Academy's chess program, and 2015 will go down as the year of two particularly historic moments: the 100th chess tournament hosted by DA, and the crowning of a new school individual rating record-holder, sophomore Eric Bradford. Read More 

Faculty Spotlight: Kindergarten

teacher Jessica Whilden '00

When kindergarten classmates came to Jessica Crowe’s house for a play date, they always knew they would be playing “school” because that’s all she ever wanted to do. She caught the teaching bug in 1986 when her brother entered Sheppy Vann’s kindergarten class at Durham Academy. All she wanted to do was go to school with him, and she got her chance the following year when it was her turn to be in Vann’s class. Now, 28 years later, Jessica Crowe Whilden '00 is where she wants to be (at Durham Academy) and doing what she wants to do (teaching kindergarten). Read More


Field hockey, girls tennis, XC 

teams remain in NCISAA play

Durham Academy's varsity field hockey, girls tennis and boys and girls cross country teams will compete in North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) tournaments on Friday. 
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Parents Association Bulletin Board 

Fall Box Tops Collection deadline is Oct. 30

Turkey Trot registration will be open through race day, Nov. 14

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

DA Night at the Hurricanes is set for Feb. 28

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


DA in the News

The News & Observer:
DA athletics teams head into NCISAA playoffs

The Week in Photos

Pumpkin Math  Faculty Drumming Practice

Chinese Dancing Demonstration   David Soman Visit   





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

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)

Affinity Programs Deadline: Whole Foods Gift Card Orders
Due for November

- Wednesday, Nov. 11 

Turkey Trot T-Shirt and Bib

- Thursday, Nov. 12,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Kenan Auditorium Lobby 

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 

Financial Aid Information Night
- Monday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m. 




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