Durham Academy News & Notes/May 26, 2016  
Durham Academy

Eighth-grade celebration puts focus

on the excellence within each student

Middle School celebration

The Middle School years are a time of students figuring out who they are. Taking risks. Trying out new things — sometimes finding new passions, and other times trying, failing and trying again. So to honor the journey that each individual student has taken on Durham Academy's Academy Road campus, on Thursday the faculty recognized eighth-graders' excellence not through an awards ceremony honoring a sliver of the class, but through what was essentially a big goodbye party for all 100 eighth-graders.
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Nine seniors join Cum Laude,

DA's highest academic distinction

Cum Laude

Nine Durham Academy seniors were granted membership in the school's Cum Laude Society — the highest academic honor that the school can bestow — on Monday. The distinction is made in recognition of students' grades, strength of academic schedule and contributions to campus intellectual life. Read More


Faculty Spotlight: Middle School

movement teacher Mary Norkus

Mary Norkus

Dancing on the stage of Kenan Auditorium was Mary Norkus’ introduction to Durham Academy. It was in the early 1980s and DA provided performance space for Carolina Dancers, a community group of young adults who had a dance background.  

“I remember thinking what a great school, the theater and the whole concept of a school letting an outside community group come in and perform.” More than 30 years later and after 20 years as DA's Middle School movement teacher, Norkus still feels that way about the school.
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Cavs wrap up strong year, placing

6th in Wells Fargo Cup standings

Durham Academy's varsity athletic teams went deep into N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association spring tournaments and meets, with girls lacrosse placing second in the state; girls soccer finishing as a semifinalist; boys tennis finishing as a semifinalist, with a school-record 20 victories along the way; boys lacrosse finishing as a quarterfinalist; the boys golf team placing seventh; and the girls and boys track teams finishing 14th and ninth, respectively. The spring season capped a fantastic year for DA athletics, which finished sixth of 24 NCISAA 3A schools in the Wells Fargo Cup standings for the 2015-2016 school year. Read More



Book buyback/rental return set for June 8

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

DA in the News

The News & Observer:
DA's 4-by-800 boys relay team wins state title

Broadway World:
DA's production of Fiddler on the Roof, junior Lily Tender are finalists for Triangle Rising Star Awards best musical, best actress awards

The News & Observer:
Girls lacrosse team finishes NCISAA tourney as runner-up 

The Week in Photos

Fourth Grade Play  Dan the Animal Man at Preschool 

Holi  Kenya Parties

Sixth Grade Play  Animal Adventure Day

  Richard Meyer






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders   

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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