Durham Academy News & Notes/April 14, 2016  
Durham Academy

Pushed outside comfort zones, faculty

find empathy, courage in dance show

Faculty Dance

Waiting to take the stage of Kenan Auditorium, the 12 Durham Academy Upper School faculty members felt butterflies in a way that they don't often feel when standing before their students. The difference on Monday: Rather than displaying their mastery of U.S. history, or the French language, or American literature, the focus was on their moves. Their dance moves, that is.           

"As soon as we got on stage and before we even had a chance to make a mistake or goof up, you could hear the kids laughing, and there was a sense that they were being with us and supportive," French teacher Kevin Schroedter said after the student assembly performance. "... And that, to me, was like, it doesn't matter what I do, it's just the fact that I'm doing it, that I'm trying." Read More 


Junior Christy Cutshaw earns spot

in U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Christy Cutshaw

There's a lot that goes into the three seconds between when Christy Cutshaw hurtles toward the edge of the diving platform and when she slips into the water with nary a splash. Throwing her arms down with force, she begins to flip. Tucks into the pike position. Spins once, twice, three times, taking notice of the water below each time. Unravels from her pike, her body as straight and vertical as a pin. Readies herself to enter the water — hands flat to make an opening for her body, creating only the tiniest of splashes. Oh, and it all happens while her synchronized diving partner performs each step at the very exact, same millisecond. Read More


Faculty Spotlight: Middle School

science teacher Theresa Shebalin

Theresa Shebalin

It hasn’t been long since Theresa Shebalin earned a Ph.D. in anthropology, conducted archaeological research in Peru and did a yearlong internship with NASA. So how did a career that was pointed toward researching Peruvian prehistory or working with America’s space agency inspire her to explore teaching fifth-grade science at Durham Academy, and what made Shebalin decide “this is where I want to be for my career, I want Stefan [her 2-and-a-half-year-old son] to be a student here”? Read More  


Middle School science teacher Barb Kanoy, alumnus Patrick Nevins '03 to be honored at Spring Alumni Reception on Friday

In The Pocket Spring Concert,
benefiting SOCK Camp, set for Friday

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

School Store clearance sale set for
April 25 to 29

April 26 Breakfast of Champions event for students to feature student-athlete panel discussing college choices

Annual Golf Tournament set for May 5;
register to play or sponsor faculty players

Order tickets for DA Night at the Durham Bulls by Friday

Used Book Sale, including thousands of books, set for April 21 to 23

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

Plum Print fundraiser turns student artwork
into keepsakes

Dining Out for DA set for April 26 at
the Q Shack and Nanataco

DA in the News

Freshman Alex Hoffman raises money for Durham Nativity laptops with Ultimate Frisbee tournament 

Alumna Lauren Blazing '11 is first-ever Duke field hockey player to be named NFHCA National Scholar Athlete

NAIS Bulletin:
XIV Hours' Lost in the Game featured in National Association of Independent Schools e-newsletter 

The Week in Photos

Upper School dance  PreK Play 






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders 

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

Final Day to Order DA Night at the Durham Bulls Tickets
- 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

Faculty Professional Development Day: No School
(All-Day Care available)
- Monday, April 18 

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 

School Store Clearance Sale
- Monday, April 25, to Friday, April 29 

Breakfast of Champions for Upper School Students
- Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 a.m., KIrby Gym Lobby 

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

Parents Association Voluneer Appreciation Coffee and General Membership Meeting
- Thursday, April 28,
8:15 to 9:15 a.m., Taylor Hall 

Annual Golf Tournament
- Thursday, May 5, 1 p.m., Chapel Hill Country Club 



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