Durham Academy News & Notes/May 19, 2016  
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Middle School celebrates beloved teacher

Marian Saffo-Cogswell, dedicates fountain

Marian Saffo-Cogswell

When a woman described by students as "a second mom" and by fellow teachers as "a gift to colleagues" plans to retire after 33 years of teaching at Durham Academy, what do you do? You get the entire Middle School community together for a surprise celebration. You invite a couple dozen of her former colleagues and students, family members and friends to join in. You create a video montage of students and teachers singing her praises. You set the stage for a ballroom dance number in her honor. And you let this woman — the one-of-a-kind Marian Saffo-Cogswell — know that she'll be thought of often after she leaves campus, thanks to a beautiful new fountain dedicated in her honor.  Read More 


Chess program ends school year

with string of successes


In two straight weekends of tournaments — the National Elementary Chess Championships and the North Carolina State All Girls Championships — Durham Academy's chess prorgram has again shown its mettle. Read More


Faculty Spotlight: Second-grade

teacher Karen Lovelace

Karen Lovelace

Karen Lovelace vows she was never good at math. In fact, she credits college-age tutors from Wake Forest with helping her through geometry and algebra when she was a student at Winston-Salem’s Reynolds High School, but three numbers instantly come to mind about her career. This school year marks her 10th year in second grade, her 24th year at Durham Academy and her 37th year of teaching.
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Book buyback/rental return set for June 8

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

DA in the News

The Hollywood Reporter:
Alumnus Ward Horton '94 gets green light from CBS; new drama Pure Genius to air in the fall on network 

The Herald-Sun:
Senior Cha'Mia Rothwell sets three records at TISAC track and field championships; boys and girls teams place third

Chapel Hill Magazine:
Senior Veronica Kim reflects on her formative years in Chapel Hill

The News & Observer:
Cavaliers well-represented in NCISAA playoffs 

The Week in Photos

Emerald Pond Farewell  Culture and Community Festical 

Chicks  Middle School Movement

Lukas Stone at UNC  






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders  

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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