Durham Academy News & Notes/Feb. 11, 2016  
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Morning mindfulness sessions help

Middle Schoolers, faculty find focus


Stumble into Durham Academy's Taylor Hall on a Wednesday morning before the start of school, and you might be surprised by what you see: students and faculty sitting quietly upon yoga mats, or walking slowly around the auditorium. The scene is in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle that you might see elsewhere at that early hour — and that's the point of the Middle School's morning mindfulness sessions.

The Middle School recently hosted its fifth weekly mindfulness session, and despite the early hour, about 10 students and four faculty members have participated regularly. Read More


Chinese exchange students share

culture, forge friendships at DA

Chinese Exchange

Traditionally, the way a quarter of the world’s population celebrates one of the biggest Asian holidays of the year is to go home to their families, take a week or more off from school, and, if they own a business, close up shop for the Chinese New Year. Over the last two weeks, Durham Academy has hosted seven Chinese students, helping to create a home away from home as they celebrated their traditions nearly 7,000 miles away. Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Middle School

language arts teacher Kelly Howes

Kelly Howes

It’s not surprising that Kelly Howes brings a global view to her language arts classroom at the Middle School. She lived on five continents and taught school in Mozambique, Nigeria, Taiwan, Portugal and Argentina before arriving at Durham Academy five years ago.

Howes grew up in a family that moved often. Her dad took jobs in different places across the Midwest, and her mother was always up for it, gamely moving five kids from Michigan to Illinois to Minnesota and back to Michigan. Read More 


Parents Association Bulletin Board

Auction class gifts effort raises more than $21,000 for Parents Association

Dining Out for DA fundraiser set for Feb. 22 at Basan Bull City Sushi (adults only)

Box Tops for Education spring deadline
is Feb. 26

DA Night at the Hurricanes tickets available for Feb. 28 game 

Upper School to present Fiddler on the Roof Thursday through Saturday

WISER A Cappella Jam rescheduled for Feb. 19


DA in the News

USA Triathlon:
Third-grader Tyler Barritt dishes on his passion for triathlons

Alumna Lauren Blazing '11 repeats as ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year

The Durham News:
Senior Veronica Kim writes about her shift from starring on stage to behind it as the stage manager of Fiddler on the Roof

The Week in Photos

music program   Opera

Hundredth Day   






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

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)

Parents Council Meeting
- Thursday, Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. 

Faculty Work Day: Early Dismissal for LS, MS and US
- Friday, Feb. 19, (Lower School, 11:45 a.m.; Middle & Upper School, noon)

WISER A Cappella Jam
- Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Carolina Theatre 

Dining Out for DA
- Monday, Feb. 22, 5 to 9 p.m., Basan Bull City Sushi 
(adults only)

No School: Parent Conferences
- Friday, Feb. 26 

Parents Association Box Tops for Education Spring Deadline
- Friday, Feb. 26 

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



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