Durham Academy News & Notes/Nov. 20, 2014  
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Discussion with Nobel laureate kicks off

new student-led mentoring program

Working to make sense of his myriad academic and personal interests, Durham Academy senior Abu Swaminathan was struck by a epiphany: Why not ask for advice from people who have been in his shoes? With that simple idea, Swaminathan set about creating the Durham Academy Mentoring Program to connect Upper Schoolers with DA alumni and other local professionals.

The club's first activity may be challenging to top: a meeting with Nobel laureate Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, Duke University's first and only Nobel Prize winner. Read More


2nd-graders study the community,

pay visit to downtown Durham

Durham Academy’s second grade has been studying about communities in social studies, and the second-graders visited downtown Durham on Nov. 13 to get an up-close look at their community.

The day kicked off with DA dad Darin Little and his crew at Durham fire station No. 1 giving students a behind-the-scenes tour of the station. Read More


Elective gives students front-row

history lessons from veterans

For many, Veterans Day is a special time to reflect on the sacrifices made by men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces. For students in Jordan Adair's "Artistic and Literary Responses to War" class, that appreciation runs deeper than for most, perhaps — they hear about veterans' lives and sacrifices firsthand one to three times a week throughout the semester-long courseRead More


Select auction packages ready

for online bidding Dec. 1 to 12

Mark your calendars for a chance to score some amazing experiences during a special online auction happening Dec. 1 to 12. Since most of these packages and events will take place before Durham Academy's April 11, 2015, auction date, the auction committee is making them available to our community now — just in time for the holidays!

These 11 select packages include Taylor Swift concert tickets, a private Super Bowl party at the Full Frame Theatre, DPAC Tickets for Wicked and Kinky Boots, a Napa Valley wine experience, Duke vs. UNC basketball tickets and more! Read More


China trip set for spring break

Upper School students who are interested in spending their spring break exploring the Forbidden City and scaling the Great Wall of China are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Monday, Dec. 1. Parents of interested students are also invited to attend the meeting, set for 6 p.m. in room 006 on the Upper School campus. The trip is open to all Upper School students. 

Students and parents are encouraged to contact Chinese teachers Taylor Smith or Abby Finkel with questions. Final sign-ups for the trip will take place shortly after the meeting.


Sunny, brisk morning set scene

for a picture-perfect Turkey Trot 

The Durham Academy community turned out en force to sprint, saunter and, of course, trot in the fifth annual Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run on Saturday.

"I'd like to offer a big thank you to all of the more than 500 people who registered, most of whom braved the cold to come run at the Turkey Trot!" said Joanie Preyer, who co-chaired the event with fellow parents Ramsey White and Erica Hill. "We had some fast times fueled by extra coffee and hot chocolate." Read More


Learn about DA's financial aid

process at info session Monday

The admissions office encourages all families to apply for financial aid if they believe they need any level of support. As a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), DA provides financial aid on the basis of demonstrated family financial need. About 12 percent of the DA student body receives assistance toward tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year.

DA will host a Financial Aid Information Night on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Lower School Commons. Families who want to learn more about this process are encouraged to attend. Read More


Mini Used Book Sales to feature

Middle School, Preschool titles 

The Used Book Sale collection efforts are off to a terrific start, with thousands of books donated already. Many of these books are particularly appropriate for Preschool and Middle School readers, so the Used Book Sale committee will once again host special "mini used book sales" in the coming weeks: a Middle School sale on Nov. 25, and a Preschool sale on Dec. 2Read More





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Admissions Financial Aid Information Night 
- Monday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., Lower School First Floor Commons

Deadline to Submit Recipes for DA Cookbook
- Tuesday, Nov. 25 

Preschool Fall Songfest
- Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8:30 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building

Middle School Mini Used Book Sale
- Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Taylor Hall

Thanksgiving Break 
(No school, offices closed) 
- Wednesday, Nov. 26, to Friday, Nov. 28

Dining Out for DA
- Tuesday, Dec. 2

Preschool Mini Used Book Sale
- Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:30-11 a.m., Preschool Great Room

Upper School Tour and Information Session
- Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9-11:30 a.m. 

Upper School Winter Music Concert
- Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

Middle School (Grades 7/8) Chorus Concert
- Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 



DA in the News

ALA News: Upper School librarian Shannon Harris is among the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders

GoDuke.com: DA alumna Mollie Pathman '10 re-signs with Boston Breakers pro soccer team

First Night Raleigh: Jazz-rock ensemble In The Pocket selected to perform at First Night Raleigh New Year's celebration

The Herald-Sun: Upper School students honor World War II veterans at Croasdaile Village

Duke Today: DA alumna Sydney Jeffs '14 is one of 18 Duke freshmen named Baldwin Scholars

The Durham News: Seniors Jordan Barry, Eliza Dekker, Chloe Lewis and Anna Wears commit to college teams

Photos and Videos

WNCN Video: 'Let it Grow' No Shave November parody features teacher Elizabeth South, Preschool students and bearded faculty

Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Run

First Grade Thanksgiving Crafts


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