Durham Academy News & Notes/Oct. 9, 2014  
Durham Academy


DA-hosted Triangle diversity conference

examines media representation of


With just three fill-in-the-blank sentences and 10 minutes, poet Starr Seward equipped an auditorium full of teenagers with the tools to write moving verses of self-expression and empowerment. The theme? You are like a glacier. Only 10 percent of your true self is visible to the naked eye.

"When people see me, they say _______. ... If you really knew me, you would know _______. ... One day, they will say _______," Seward prompted, as the Triangle Diversity Alliance Conference wound to a close in Durham Academy's Kenan Auditorium on Oct. 7. Read More




Chinese elementary school principals visit Lower School

Twenty-four primary school principals from Jiangsu Province, China, visited the Lower School Friday as part of a training program to study the U.S. education system. A similar delegation visited the Upper School last year. Both groups were accompanied by Brian White, associate director for China programs at the UNC Center for International Understanding. Read More

Upper School students volunteer thousands of community service hours, raise $13K

Popular culture may tell us that America is "a nation of narcissists," but Anne McNamara, who oversees Durham Academy Upper School's community service efforts, sees it differently. 

"In 2013-14, the seniors alone gave over 5,000 hours of service. And [Upper School] students together raised more than $13,000 for charity," McNamara said at an early October assembly. "Individuals contributed to the Durham-Chapel Hill community through their churches, scouting programs and research foundations, and international needs get our attention." Read More


Fourth-graders collect 82 lbs. of trash during DA's Big Sweep

You wouldn’t think of Durham Academy as a trashy place and it’s not anymore thanks to the Big Sweep, a blitz of the Preschool, Lower School, Upper School campuses and athletic fields that removed 82 pounds of trash.

Eighty fourth-graders and teachers combed 2.5 miles of DA grounds in an hour and 15 minutes and filled 12 kitchen-sized trash bags, including five bags of recyclable materials. The effort was part of Durham Big Sweep and N.C .Big Sweep, which in turn is part of a worldwide campaign to clean up the land and waterways. The DA blitz took place Sept. 26 as part of Lower School Unity Day. Durham’s “official” Big Sweep was Oct. 4, but any clean-up held in September and October is included in Durham Big Sweep. Read More


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Parents of Alumni
- Friday, Oct. 10, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m., US Conference Room

Fall Break (no school, offices closed)
- Monday, Oct. 13 

School Picture Retakes (Preschool to grade 11)
- Wednesday, Oct. 15 

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Parents Association
- Thursday, Oct. 16, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Upper School Conference Room

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Parents
- Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Upper School Conference Room


DA in the News 

The Herald-Sun: Varsity girls team wins City-County Cross Country Meet title; Eliza Dekker and Katie Concannon lead the pack


The News & Observer: Junior Rachel Hopkins receives state conservation award for amphibian advocacy


Access Hollywood: Annabelle star and DA alumnus Ward Horton '94 reacts to box-office success

Videos and Photos

Upper School Community Service Day



©2014 Durham Academy
Durham, North Carolina | T: 919.493.5787



Unsubscribe from this eNotice.