Durham Academy News & Notes/March 3, 2016  
Durham Academy

'Your turn to fill the stitches': Partnership

with Urban Ministries of Durham grows

Urban Ministries of Durham

The nine-month stretch from February through October can be dangerously bare-shelved for the Urban Ministries of Durham food pantry. The bounty of cans and boxes collected during holiday food drives has dwindled. Yet the need only grows, as winter weather keeps children out of school — and away from the nourishment of school-provided meals. Sometimes, the wooden shelves of the pantry are completely empty.

So when a group of Durham Academy Upper Schoolers hauled in 452 pounds of canned and dried foods on Wednesday, the delight and relief on the face of Gin Jackson, UMD's director of community engagement, was plain to see. Read More 


Lower School Service Club pays it

forward to community partners

Clothing Drive

What if you couldn't afford to buy the clothes your children needed for school? This winter, the Lower School Service Club focused their efforts on students their own age, collecting new and gently used jackets, pants and tops, underwear and socks for children in need in Durham. The clothing drive for Urban Ministries of Durham is the latest project for a group of Durham Academy third-and fourth-graders, who meet monthly to help others, and who give back all year long. Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Middle School

dean, math teacher Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson was teacher of the year for Durham Public Schools in 1989-1990 and he received Durham Academy’s Hershey Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000. But that doesn’t begin to compare with the honor he felt when a DA student chose to write about him for the sixth grade’s annual My Hero project. That happened not once but three times — in 2013, 2014 and 2015 — and Wilson proudly displays the colorful “My Hero” books on his office bookcase. Read More  

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

Fall 2016 athletics tryout dates announced

Student-directed improvisational theater piece to take the stage of Kenan March 10 to 11

DA to host King of the Spring Lacrosse Tournament from March 10 to 13


DA in the News

Deadline Hollywood
Alumnus Ward Horton '94 joins cast of new CBS medical drama, Bunker Hill

ACIS Blog:
Eighth-grader Macy Burkert wins ACIS essay competition 

North Carolina Geo Bee:
Eighth-grader Carlton zum Brunnen is one of 100 students to qualify for state National Geographic Bee 

Henry Luce Foundation:
Alumna Gracelee Lawrence '07 named Luce Scholar
for art and sculpture

News & Observer:
Varsity girls lacrosse team is No. 4 on News & Observer's top 15 teams in lacrosse preview

The Week in Photos

State Chess Tournament  Upper School Community Service 

Science Olympiad  






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

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

Student-Directed Inprovisational Theater Piece
- Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

King of the Spring Lacrosse Tournament
- Thursday, March 10, to Sunday, March 13 

Student-Directed Inprovisational Theater Piece
- Friday, March 11, 7 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

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

Parents Council Meeting
- Thursday, March 24,
11:30 a.m. 

No School: Good Friday
- Friday, March 25 

Eighth Grade Band Concert
- Wednesday, March 30,
7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Seventh Grade Band/
New Horizons Band Concert
- Thursday, March 31, 7:30 a.m., Taylor Hall 

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

Benefit Auction
- Saturday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.,
Washington Duke Inn 

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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