Durham Academy News & Notes/April 28, 2016  
Durham Academy

Smiles and sunshine on DA's 31st year

of hosting Special Olympics games

Special Olympics

Durham Academy Upper School hosted the Durham County Special Olympics Spring Games for the 31st year on Monday, welcoming an estimated 500-plus students from Durham Public Schools and local charter schools, along with the athletes' teachers and family members. Each year, DA Upper School cancels classes for the day so that all students, faculty and staff can spend the day serving as athlete "buddies," athletic event officials, face-painters and the like. See More 


Student-created garden a feast

for the eyes — and pollinators, too

Lillia Larson

It all started with a stroll through Duke Gardens. Wandering the 55 acres of vibrant wildflowers, vegetable plants and towering trees in the heart of the Duke University campus, Durham Academy sophomore Lillia Larson had a thought: Could there be something similar, albeit quite a bit smaller, on DA's Upper School campus? Read More


Faculty Spotlight: Third-grade

teacher Stephanie Pollard

Stephanie Pollard

Stephanie Pollard didn’t learn to love learning until she was in college. She credits her Davidson College history professors with igniting her passion for knowledge, and Pollard is determined that her Durham Academy third-graders won’t have to wait until their teen years to feel the same way. 

Pollard arrived at Davidson not really knowing what she wanted to study. She had always been a math person, but history classes were what grabbed her attention at the liberal arts college. It was the first time history class wasn’t a set of facts, a list of dates to memorize. Read More  


Several varsity teams eyeing

high seeds in state tournament

The spring athletic season is winding down with all Middle School and junior varsity teams completing their seasons within the next week, and all varsity teams making a final push toward post-season play. Both Middle School soccer and Middle School boys lacrosse are having terrific seasons with outstanding play from many of our young athletes. Our Middle School softball team, playing an abbreviated schedule, won its first game Wednesday, scoring the winning run in the team's final turn at bat! Read More


DA Summer Programs is a finalist in
Indy Week's Best of the Triangle; vote now!

School Store clearance sale concludes Friday

Family needed to host Spanish student for September exchange

Work up a sweat for a great cause at Friday's Zumbathon

Culture & Community Festival to celebrate diversity, inclusion on May 13

Book and bake sale event raises $13,061

DA in the News

National Network of Schools in Partnership:
Alumnus Derek Rhodes' children's book aims to inspire young people to consider careers in public service

Southern Association of Independent Schools:
Associate Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark reviews Oliver Sacks' Gratitude

USA Field Hockey:
Alumna Lauren Blazing '11, member of USA field hockey team, is '100 Days to Rio'  

The Herald-Sun:
Durham students compete, have fun at Special Olympics

The News & Observer:
DA boys and girls lacrosse teams both ranked in N&O's top 10 

The Week in Photos

Graves Class Play  Special Olympics 

Upper School Music Concert  Lip Sync Battle






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders 

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

Senior Art Exhibit & Reception
- Thursday, April 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium Lobby 

Upper School Spring Music Concert
- Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

- Friday, April 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Upper School Quad 

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

Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Band Concert
- Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Culture & Community Festival
- Friday, May 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Upper School Quad 

NCISAA Tournament Week
- Saturday, May 14, to Saturday, May 21 

Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Chorus and Movement Concert
- Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Spring Varsity Athletic Awards Program
- Sunday, May 22, 6:15 p.m. 


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