Durham Academy News & Notes/Dec. 11, 2014  
Durham Academy

Jordan's national girls soccer team visits

DA on empowerment-focused U.S. tour

Sitting in the lobby of Durham Academy's Kirby Gym — surrounded by trophies and photos celebrating the accomplishments of female athletes — Tasneem Abu Al-Rob, a 14-year-old soccer player from Jordan, said she felt inspired. She and 13 other athletes who are expected to compete with Jordan's national 2016 U17 team were at DA as part of an athletics-focused cultural tour of the U.S., during which they've gleaned lots of lessons on the value of female empowerment. 

"We have learned how the people think here and how that is different from how we think," Al-Rob said. "I think that here they are really interested in sports and young people who play sports. In Jordan, they are not always interested in how girls play sports." Read More


Students, faculty share in the spirit

of giving with the local community

As Maddy Samet's family discussed their holiday shopping plans over Thanksgiving break, their attention turned to what the Durham Academy junior hoped to see under the tree. A new pair of boots? The latest iPad or a new phone? No, she told her parents, she "just wanted to help someone this holiday season."

Samet, her classmates and faculty banded together to collect gifts for 55 people in need through the Upper School's Share Your Holiday Spirit program. Read More


Two-year China exchange kicks off

in January; host families needed

Host a female Chinese sophomore this winter, and then visit China in June of 2016! A group of sophomores from Beijing, China, will visit Durham and observe classes at Durham Academy from Jan. 25 to Feb. 7, 2015. This opportunity is available to all female Upper School students. If you are interested in hosting a student, contact Stephanie Derfeuil, coordinator of global studies, at stephanie.derfeuil@da.org or 919-489-6569, ext. 6310. 


Auction closes at midnight Friday;

don't miss your chance to win!

A little more than 24 hours remain to place your bids in Durham Academy's online auction. Among the exciting items available are the following: Wicked and Kinky Boots dinner packages; tickets for the Duke vs. UNC and UNC vs. Virginia Tech basketball games; a Carolina Hurricanes package for a crowd; Taylor Swift tickets; a St. Maarten getaway; and a private Super Bowl party at the Full Frame Theater. Learn more about these items at www.da.org/auction. The auction closes at midnight Friday, so place your bids before time runs out! 


DA in the News

News & Observer: 
Several Durham Academy fall athletes named to TISAC
all-conference rosters

News & Observer: 
Senior Eliza Dekker named to N&O All-Metro cross country team

SSATB Admission Leadership Council Blog: 
Admissions Director Victoria Muradi describes how DA is working to enhance its admissions process

National Field Hockey Coaches Association:
Jordan and Lakin Barry named to NFHCA All-Region Team

The Herald-Sun:
DA alumnus Billy Fischer '94 speaks to attendees of Ebola summit by video from West Africa 

1998 DA alumna Sarah Treem's Showtime series The Affair receives three Golden Globe nominations 





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Dining Out for DA Fundraiser
- Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in December, 
Aunt Serafina's Pizza and Dunkin' Donuts (Hope Valley Commons) 

School Store Holiday Sale
- Through Friday, Dec. 12 

Online Auction Closes
- Friday, Dec. 12, midnight 

Early Dismissal for Upper School
- Monday, Dec. 15, noon 

Upper School Midyear Exams
- Tuesday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 19 

Middle School Midyear Exams (Grades 7 & 8)
- Tuesday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 19 

Winter Break Begins with Early Dismissal (no Extended Day)
- Friday, Dec. 19 (school resumes Jan. 5)


Photo Galleries

Egyptian Harvest Festival (Sixth Grade)

Upper School Winter Music Concert

Kindergarten Play:
"The Runaway Tortilla"


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