Durham Academy News & Notes/Jan. 14, 2016  
Durham Academy

Flying high on Middle School successes,

Ultimate expands to Upper School 

Ultimate Frisbee

On most athletic teams, sportsmanship is important. But in Ultimate Frisbee, it's a bona fide rule-book requirement. With no referees to intervene or make calls, players' honesty and respect for one another are paramount and are part of what's encapsulated in the phrase "Spirit of the Game." 

That emphasis on character is a big part of why the sport has so caught on at Durham Academy — after four years of wildly popular Middle School teams, DA is fielding its first-ever Upper School Ultimate team. Read More


Senior Meredith Cox is semifinalist

in Intel Science Talent Search 

Meredith Cox

Where the average person might appreciate the mere warmth of sand between their toes, the aroma of ground coffee or the complexion-boosting magic of makeup powder, Durham Academy senior Meredith Cox sees so much more. Already an accomplished scientist, the 17-year-old has a deep interest in such granular particles, and she spends a great deal of time learning why they behave the way they do. And now, in recognition of her research, she has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest high school science competition. Read More

Faculty Spotlight:

Kindergarten teacher Denise Shaw

Denise Shaw

When Denise Shaw changed careers and went back to school for a master’s in education, she had to make up two courses she hadn’t taken as an undergraduate, economics and physical education. Economics was no problem but physical education was a challenge, and Shaw credits that PE class for giving her “my most important lesson in teaching.” Read More 


Parents Association Bulletin Board

DA Night at the Hurricanes is set for Feb. 28 

Registration full, but donations still sought for MLK Day of Service meal-packaging event

Two Upper School host families needed for
Jan. 30-Feb. 14 Chinese student exchange

Tickets available for WISER A Cappella Jam, hosted by DA at the Carolina Theatre


DA in the News

Goals for Girls Blog:
Junior Creel Cashin writes about her experience at leadership summit and playing soccer with girls in India

The News & Observer:
Varsity girls basketball joins N&O's basketball rankings   

The Week in Photos

Lower School Guest Author  Middle School Geo Bee

Preschool Hat Day   In The Pocket Nicaragua Benefit   





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 
No School, Offices Closed
- Monday, Jan. 18 

MLK Stop Hunger Now
Meal-Packaging Event

- Monday, Jan. 18,
10 a.m. to noon, Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Parents Council Meeting
- Thursday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m., Upper School conference room

WISER A Cappella Jam
- Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Carolina Theatre

Professional Development Day: No School (all-day care available)
- Monday, Feb. 8 

Used Book Sale Book Sort
- Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. to noon (drop in/out), Middle School Tunnel

Upper School Musical:
Fiddler on the Roof
- Thursday, Feb. 11, to Saturday, Feb. 13, Kenan Auditorium (shows at 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 13)

DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., PNC Arena (tickets on sale now) 




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