Durham Academy News & Notes/Nov. 12, 2015  
Durham Academy

Seniors commit to college athletic teams

Durham Academy faculty, students and families packed the lobby of Kirby Gym in a celebration marked by hugs, flowers, cheers, tears and FaceTime as three senior student-athletes signed documents committing them to compete at colleges and universities. The signing ceremony marks their first step in becoming a college athlete. Lakin Barry will play field hockey for Northwestern University, Leander Perun will play lacrosse for Denison University and Cha'Mia Rothwell will compete in track and field for Dartmouth College.        Read More


Students pay tribute to WWII vets'

lives, in military and beyond 

American media too often serves a one-dimensional view of veterans, says Durham Academy English teacher Jordan Adair: that of the combat warrior. But veterans have served their country in myriad ways that haven't involved firing a weapon, and veterans' lives are filled with a variety of accomplishments, careers and interests apart from their military service. Read More 


Faculty Spotlight: Upper School 

librarian Shannon Harris

When Shannon Harris was about to graduate from UNC's School of Information and Library Science, she put her research skills to work preparing for an interview for the Upper School librarian job at Durham Academy. She didn't know much about independent schools, but as she delved into DA's faculty she was impressed by how long many of them had worked at DA: 10 years, 20 years, 30 years and even more.           

“I thought this has to be a wonderful place. No one leaves the school. The thought that I could work with people who love what they are doing and where they are working was too good to pass up.”
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Donors launch DA Fund challenge

tied to $1 million fundraising goal 

"Yes!" That's typically the answer whenever a teacher or student asks to launch a new initiative, asks for new resources or asks to bring new programming into the classroom. And that "yes" is delivered without hesitation or strings attached. This year, Durham Academy hopes to have one million reasons to say "yes" through its most ambitious annual fund goal ever — $1 million dollars. This year, a group of generous DA donors has joined together to offer a $50,000 challenge to inspire every family to participate in the DA Fund. A parent participation rate of 80 percent or more is the goal, and every gift will help DA reach it. Read More 


Athletic Director's Update: 

Winter season off to a good start  

The winter season got off to a good start earlier this week with the girls and boys varsity basketball teams earning convincing wins over N.C. School of Science and Math in Kirby Gym. Both varsity teams compete this weekend at Durham Academy, playing Southlake Christian on Friday (girls game at 6:15 p.m. and boys at 7:45 p.m.) and Asheville School on Saturday (girls game at 11 a.m. and boys at 12:30 p.m.). The Asheville School boys team is coached by 2006 DA graduate and basketball standout Jake Engebretsen. Read More 


Parents Association Bulletin Board 

Picture-perfect weather on tap for Saturday's Turkey Trot: Click for details on bib pick-up and in-person registration

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

In The Pocket concert Saturday to benefit Stop Hunger Now

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


DA in the News

Varsity girls volleyball team earns American Volleyball Coaches Association's Team Academic Award

The Week in Photos

College Signing Day   Veterans Celebration   





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

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

Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run
- Saturday, Nov. 14, Upper School Fields
(Bib Pick-up, 8 to 8:30 a.m.)
(In-Person Registration, 8 to 8:30 a.m.)
(5K Start, 9 a.m.)
(Fun Run Start, 10 a.m.) 

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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