Durham Academy News & Notes/Feb. 25, 2016  
Durham Academy

DA Make-A-Wish Club makes child's

dream of attending Daytona 500 a reality

Make A Wish

About five minutes from Durham Academy's Upper School campus lives Howell Brown, a 12-year-old boy who loves racecars. When he talks about the sound of them speeding around the track, and the excitement of seeing his favorite driver in action, his eyes twinkle with such joy that it's easy to forget he's been battling cancer for three years. 

So when members of DA's Make-A-Wish Club heard about Howell's passion for racing and his "one true wish" to attend the Daytona 500, they knew they had to do what they could to help make their neighbor's dream a reality. 
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National Merit names 17 seniors

finalists in scholarship competition

National Merit

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized 17 Durham Academy seniors as finalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. DA's finalist pool is larger than any in at least the last five years, and is among of the largest in school history. Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Lower School

tech coordinator Michele Gutierrez

Michele Gutierrez

When Michele Gutierrez was in first grade, she had a feeling that she wanted to be a teacher one day — not because she enjoyed school so much, but because she didn’t want other kids to feel the way she felt in school.

“School was really hard for me because none of it clicked in my brain. My eyes didn’t process words the way they were supposed to. … From kindergarten to seventh grade, when most kids are sailing through, was agony for me.” Read More 


Athletic Director's Update: 

A terrific winter season ends 

The winter athletics season officially ended on Monday, with 26 DA swimmers qualifying for a very competitive NCISAA swim meet. It was a season that also saw incredible efforts by the basketball teams, highlighted by senior Liz Roberts becoming DA's all-time leading points scorer with a career 1,935 points. Read More


Parents Association Bulletin Board

Box Tops for Education spring deadline 
is Friday

Memorial service for longtime Lower School administrative assistant Beth Crawford
is scheduled for March 4

Fall 2016 athletics tryout dates announced

In The Pocket performs with indie-hip-hop group The Beast at Haw River Ballroom on Friday 

School store end-of-winter sale ends Friday

Potential inclement weather make-up date set for April 18 (only if two more days of school are canceled)


DA in the News

The Herald-Sun:
DA shows rebuilding effort in NCISAA swimming finals 

Alumna Mattis Collier '13 establishes chapter of Team One Love at USC, helps peers identify signs of relationship abuse

Modern Farmer:
Alumna Laura Dunn '93 will premiere film The Seer
at South by Southwest festival

The Salisbury Post:
Kindness butterfly effect inspired by Chris Rosati '89
takes flight in Salisbury

The Week in Photos

PS Chinese New Year  Solos Duets Ensembles 

Life Is So Good  Snake






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

School Store Sale
- Ends Friday, Feb. 26
(open during morning parent conferences)

No School: Parent Conferences
(All-Day Care available)
- Friday, Feb. 26 

In The Pocket at Haw River Ballroom with The Beast
- Feb. 26, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Haw River Ballroom 

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

DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., PNC Arena

Grades 5 and 6
Band and Chorus Concert 

- Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.,
Taylor Hall 

Memorial Service for Former Lower School Administrative Assistant Beth Crawford
- Friday, March 4, 4 p.m.,
Westminster Presbyterian Church 

Used Book Sale Sort
- Wednesday, March 9,
8 a.m. to noon (drop in),
Middle School Tunnel

No School: Spring Break
- Monday, March 14, to
Friday, March 18 

No School: Good Friday
- Friday, March 25 

No School: Faculty Work Day
(All-Day Care available) 
- Friday, April 1 

Potential Inclement Weather Make-Up Date (only if two more days of school are canceled)
- Monday, April 18 
(currently a Faculty Professional Development Day)




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