Durham Academy News & Notes/May 12, 2016  
Durham Academy

Finding perfect-fit schools is at the

heart of DA college counseling program

Class of 2016

Gathered on the Upper School quad for a group photo, the 100 members of Durham Academy's Class of 2016 wear T-shirts representing the next chapter in their lives, the 50 different colleges and universities they will attend in the fall. After a few snaps of the camera, a woman emerges from the crowd, and the soon-to-be alumni erupt into wild cheers. Why the enthusiasm? This woman, Co-Director of College Counseling Kathy Cleaver, helped ensure that each shirt was just the right fit, just the right shade of red, blue, purple or orange. Finding the perfect-fit school for each student is the mission of DA's college counseling program, and the wide smiles of graduating seniors are proof of the program's success. Read More 


Battle of the Books team closes

book on best season in history

Battle of the Books

The greatest competitive advantage for members of Durham Academy's Battle of the Books team is also a bit of vulnerability — a deep passion for reading. Such a voracious appetite for the written word means that reading the 27 required books wasn't a chore for them. But it also meant mentally sifting through the hundreds of books they've read in their lifetimes when given just 20 seconds to connect a small detail with one of the 27 Battle of the Books titles. Read More


Faculty Spotlight: Upper School

Chinese teacher Bonnie Wang

Bonnie Wang

Bonnie Wang began studying English as a 6-year-old in Changchun, a city of 3.4 million people in Jilin Province, an area of Northeast China that shares a border with North Korea. She spent 20 years in her hometown and grew up thinking she would teach English there. 

But her world was turned upside down when she came to Portland State University for her last two years of college, and she has found her passion teaching Chinese language in America. Read More  


Six varsity teams gear up for

conference, NCISAA contests

Six of Durham Academy's varsity spring athletic teams will hit the fields, courts and track for state and conference tournaments and championships over the next week — and they'll appreciate the support of their loyal Cavalier fans! Read More


Culture & Community Festival to celebrate diversity, inclusion on Friday

Class of 2018 raising funds for WISER
via Rent-A-Junior program

Indy Week's Best of the Triangle poll closes Sunday; vote now for Summer Programs!

Book buyback/rental return set for June 8

DA in the News

Wisconsin State Journal:
DA connections played part in path of alumnus Jonathan Tsipis '91, now head women's basketball coach at Wisconsin 

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

The Herald-Sun:
DA boys golf team places second in TISAC championship; boys tennis team sets record with 19th win of season

Lauren Blazing '11 named Duke ACC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year 

The Week in Photos

Entomology Club at LS  Chicks 

Calligraphy and Mindfulness  Food Truck Rodeo

Freya Cohen  Grandparents Day






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders  

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 (will be canceled in the event of rain; check Facebook for updates) 

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

Final Day of Indy Week
Best of the Triangle Voting

- Sunday, May 15 

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. 

Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Band and Chorus Concert
- Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Early Dismissal for
Grades 1-12

- Friday, May 27 (11:45 a.m., LS; noon, MS & US) 

No Extended Day or Enrichments
- Friday, May 27 

Class of 2016 Commencement
- Friday, May 27, 3 p.m.,
UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall 

No School: Memorial Day
- Monday, May 30 

Preschool Closing Exercises
- Friday, June 3, 8:30 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Lower School Closing Exercises
- Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Book Buyback/Rental Return
- Wednesday, June 8,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Kenan Auditorium Lobby 

Middle School Closing Exercises
- Thursday, June 9, 8:30 a.m., Middle School Gym 


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