Durham Academy News & Notes/March 31, 2016  
Durham Academy

Fourth-graders incorporate

design thinking to solve real problems

Design Thinking

From designing a new space for the Extended Day program to reducing unnecessary printing at the Lower School, Durham Academy fourth-graders are using a process known as “design thinking” to come up with viable solutions to real problems. 

Lower School technology coordinator Michele Gutierrez assigned each of the four fourth-grade classes a project and introduced them to design thinking as a way to solve problems in a realistic and creative way by identifying users’ needs. The fourth-grade classes have spent six weeks working on solutions to four problems. Read More 


Auction Fund-A-Need to launch

first endowed fund for faculty

Teacher Endowment

This spring, Durham Academy will launch the very first endowed fund for faculty with proceeds raised through the Fund-a-Need portion of Parents Association's annual benefit auction, set for April 9. Read More

Staff Spotlight:

Athletic trainer Jerry Davis 

Jerry Davis

If someone wrote a book about Jerry Davis’ life, it would be titled The Difficult Road Traveled Yields the Greatest Reward. That’s what Davis told the director of UNC’s athletic training program, who posed that question when Davis, at age 47, was interviewing for admission.

Davis was admitted to the athletic training program and in 2007, not long after he graduated from UNC, he was hired as Durham Academy’s athletic trainer. Read More  

Athletics Spring Fling set for April 14

Middle School science teacher Barb Kanoy, alumnus Patrick Nevins '03 to be honored at April 15 Spring Alumni Reception,
followed by In The Pocket spring concert

The Hill Center to hold Hill Mile One Mile Race and Kids' Dash fundraiser at DA April 24

Purchase tickets for auction by April 6 at noon

Tickets available for DA Night at the Durham Bulls community event, set for April 24

Volunteers needed, bake sale donations sought for Used Book Sale and Bake Sale

DA in the News

The News & Observer:
DA girls lacrosse team is No. 3 in area spring sports rankings 

Alumnae Lauren and Robin Blazing ('11 and '13) are tabbed NFHCA Scholars of Distinction

Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Alumnus Chris Rosati '89 inspires Texas students to perform acts of kindness 

The Week in Photos

Ramona Big Eagle  Coaches Appreciation Breakfast 

Middle School Chorus  Jellybean Song






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

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

Deadline for Purchasing Auction Tickets
- Wednesday, April 6, noon 

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

Upper School Dance Concert
- Sunday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

Blood Drive
- Tuesday, April 12, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kirby Gym 

Used Book Sale Book Sort
- Wednesday, April 13,
8 a.m. to noon
(drop-in volunteer opportunity), Middle School Tunnel

Athletics Spring Fling
- Thursday, April 14, 4 p.m., Upper School Athletic Fields

Final Day to Donate Books for Used Book Sale
- Friday, April 15 

Spring Alumni Reception (honoring Barb Kanoy &
Patrick Nevins '03)
- Friday, April 15, 6 p.m.,
Upper School Learning Commons

In The Pocket Spring Concert
- Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Used Book Sale
Open to DA Community

- Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Middle School gym

Used Book Sale
Open to Public

- Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Middle School gym

Hill Mile One Mile Race and Kids' Dash
- Sunday, April 24, 1 to 4 p.m., DA Upper School 

DA Night at the Durham Bulls
- Sunday, April 24, 5:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park 

Dining Out for DA
- Tuesday, April 26,
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
the Original Q Shack 



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