Durham Academy News & Notes/Nov. 5, 2015  
Durham Academy

Iranian refugee family offers real-world

connection to seventh-graders' studies

According to the United Nations, there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014 — a total that has ballooned in the months since as millions of people continue to flee violence in Syria. That vast number can make it difficult for people half a world away to see refugees' plight in terms of individual men, women, girls and boys with hopes and dreams — rather than a faceless mass of people. 

So as her seventh-grade language arts students read Katherine Applegate's Home of the Brave, the story of a young African refugee adapting to life in Minnesota, inspiration struck teacher Kelly Howes. In an effort to further humanize the challenges of refugees, she arranged for a family of Iranian refugees to address her seventh-graders just as they were completing their study of the book. Read More


Upper School director search

enters finalist phase

Durham Academy launched a search for a new Upper School director this fall as Lee Hark ends his tenure as director and transitions to his full-time role as assistant head of school in July 2016. One of Hark’s primary roles as assistant head will be guiding the school in the implementation of Strategic Plan goals for recruiting, retaining and supporting life-changing faculty as well as ensuring a cohesive, connected and collaborative student learning experience. Read More 


Faculty Spotlight: Middle School 

math teacher Tyrone Gould

“I love what I do. Some people think I’m joking when I say this, but there hasn’t been a day in 10 years where I hit the snooze button and say to myself ‘Man, I don’t want to go to work.’ I love my job.”

If you’ve met Middle School math teacher and basketball and baseball coach Tyrone Gould, you know that it shows. Gould, who came to Durham Academy two years ago after eight years in Virginia at Norfolk Academy’s middle school, has known since high school that he wanted to teach. Read More


Student-athletes earn conference,

region, state accolades

Eighteen Cavaliers have been honored for their success on the course, field and court with all-conference, all-region and all-state honors. These student-athletes were recognized at Durham Academy's fall varsity athletic awards program on Nov. 3. Read More


Parents Association Bulletin Board 

Online auction is open for bidding through Friday at 10 p.m.

Online registration for Turkey Trot is open through Nov. 10; in-person registration available Nov. 12 and on race day, Nov. 14

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

Preschool Mini Book Sale scheduled for Dec. 1

DA Night at the Hurricanes is set for Feb. 28

Financial Aid Information Night is Nov. 23; application deadline is Dec. 4


DA in the News

Durham Magazine:
Alumnus Chris Rosati '89 thinks BIGG, one small act of kindness at a time

The News & Observer:
Cross country places second in state boys race; ninth in girls race

The News & Observer:
Field hockey team pushes semifinal match to overtime

Alumna Lauren Blazing '11, Duke field hockey goalkeeper, earns All-ACC honor for third straight season

The Week in Photos

Day in the Life of the Lower School Video  DA Athletics Video

Emerald Pond Trick or Treating   Lower School Halloween 

Middle School Halloween   Upper School Halloween

Upper School Community Service   Preschool When I Grow Up  





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

DA Online Auction Closes
- Friday, Nov. 6, 10 p.m. 

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

Final Day for Online Turkey Trot Registration (in-person registration offered later)
- Tuesday, Nov. 10 

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 

In The Pocket Stop Hunger Now Concert
- Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

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

Parents Council Meeting
- Thursday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. 

Grades 5 and 6 Band and Chorus Concert
-  Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall

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

Preschool Fall Songfest
- Tuesday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Thanksgiving Break: No School, Offices Closed
- Wednesday, Nov. 25, to Friday Nov. 27

Preschool Mini Used Book Sale
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
- Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Kirby Gym 


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