Durham Academy News & Notes/Oct. 23, 2014  
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Technology, music and visual art intersect

in Lower School Music Learning Museum

A yellow and blue pop-up book about counting inspired a seven-week music project that has Durham Academy second- and third-graders beaming with pride.

Lower School music teacher Clinton Wright was browsing in a shop on Ninth Street this summer when he spotted a pop-up book that uses a “1” and a “0” to create the numbers 1 to 10. That got him thinking: why couldn’t musical instruments, most of which are either straight or curved, be used to create letters of the alphabet? Read More


Middle School community's work

is blossoming into second garden

Where there was once a ho-hum patch of grass outside Middle School Director Jon Meredith's office, there is now dark brown fertile soil. Soon, the plot of land will be a rainbow of deep violet inkberry fruits, creamy Annabelle hydrangea blooms, lush green ferns and showy pink rhododendron flowers. 

Middle School students, parents, faculty and staff have been hard at work over the past few weeks to bring this second Middle School garden to life, and they hope to finish the work over the coming weekend. Read More


Preschool assembly shines light

on origins of Diwali holiday

Diwali is a holiday that celebrates light — both literally and figuratively — triumphing over darkness. Durham Academy Preschool students learned about the holiday during an assembly Wednesday presented by Preschool parents. 

Diwali is a five-day festival of lights that welcomes in the lunar new year. “Diwali” is a Sanskrit word meaning “a row of lights,” and the holiday is celebrated with “diyas,” which are rows and rows of beautiful lamps and lights often made from clay from the Ganges River. Read More


27 DA faculty to present at state

educators conference on Friday

Friday may be a day off for Durham Academy students, but it's a day on for faculty, as more than two dozen DA teachers present at the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Annual Educators Conference. DA's entire faculty will be in attendance at the professional development event, which DA is co-hosting with The Hill Center. Read More


Teams eye state titles as NCISAA

championships draw to close

Durham Academy's girls golf team placed third in the state championship on Tuesday, notching its third top-three finish in only four years of fielding a team. Meanwhile, the top-seeded Cavalier field hockey team remains in contention for the state title, and cross country runners are gearing up for Saturday's state meet. Read More




This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Faculty Professional Development Day: No School
- Friday, Oct. 24 (All Day Care available, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Faculty Work Day: No School
- Monday, Oct. 27 (All Day Care available, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Turkey Trot Registration Deadline (to be guaranteed a T-shirt)
- Tuesday, Oct. 28

Strategic Plan Listening Session for Parents
- Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., Upper School Conference Room

Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Run
- Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m., Upper School Fields

Cookbook Recipe Submission Deadline
- Tuesday, Nov. 25 


DA in the News

The Durham News: Freshman race car driver Tate Fogleman competes in Rougemont


The Hollywood Reporter: Sarah Treem '98 discusses the dual narrative of her Showtime series, The Affair


DAdebate.com: Speech and debate team places third in Terry Sanford contest


Middle School Community Service Day 


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