Durham Academy News & Notes/Dec. 3, 2015  
Durham Academy

DA recognized for innovative use of tech;

renewed as Apple Distinguished School

Apple Distinguished School

Two years after first earning the Apple Distinguished School designation, Durham Academy has once again earned Apple's stamp of approval, a designation that lasts through 2017. The honor is in recognition of DA's 1:1 iPad and laptop programs in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.            

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. Read More


Eight legends of DA athletics to be

inducted into Hall of Fame Friday 

Five alumni athletes and three coaches will be inducted Friday into Durham Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame. This marks the second class of inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 2013 and will tap new members every other year. The new Athletic Hall of Fame members will be honored Friday at halftime of the DA boys basketball game, which will be at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Kirby Gym. Read More 

Faculty Spotlight: French teacher

Teresa Engebretsen

Teresa Engebretsen has had a love affair with French since she was 15 years old.

“I still feel that way about it. I think that’s what I bring to the classroom. I am just passionate about French, and the kids know that.”

She tells Middle School parents that she’s going to brainwash their kids. “In Durham, North Carolina, French is not that big a deal, but in the big world it is, in all of Europe and in Africa. I just want them to love it.” Read More


Athletic Director's Update: Hoops

and swim teams off to great start 

Cavalier basketball and swim teams have all been working hard as they get into the routine of the winter seasons. Read More


Parents Association Bulletin Board

DA Night at the Hurricanes is set for Feb. 28 

School store to hold annual winter clearance sale Dec. 7 to 9

Summer Programs 2016 listings are live

Lower School technology coordinator
Michele Gutierrez to speak on digital citizenship at Dec. 10 Hill Center event


DA in the News

The Herald-Sun:
Senior Liz Roberts pushes to top of DA girls hoops' points list 

Alumna Elizabeth Eason '13 describes experience in Paris soccer stadium amid terror attacks 

The News & Observer:
Alumnus Billy Fischer '94 is relentless in fight against Ebola

Alumna Lauren Blazing '11 receives the NCAA's Elite 90 award 

The Week in Photos

Preschool Songfest  Upper School Music

Middle School Chorus   Candy Collection





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Affinity Programs: Whole Foods Gift Card Orders Due
- Thursday, Dec. 3

Chorus Concert, Grades 7 & 8
- Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

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

School Store Winter Sale
- Monday, Dec. 7, to Wednesday, Dec. 9 

Band Concert, Grades 7 & 8
- Thursday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Upper School Winter Dance Concert
- Thursday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

Affinity Programs: Whole Foods Gift Card Orders Due (Last chance for 2015-2016)
- Wednesday, Dec. 16

Winter Break Begins (Noon dismissal; no Extended Day)
- Friday, Dec. 18

Classes Resume
- Monday, Jan. 4 




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