Durham Academy News & Notes/Feb. 5, 2015  
Durham Academy

Getting to know Christian Hairston,

newly named DA Preschool director 

Durham Academy is thrilled to announce the appointment of Christian Hairston as the school's next Preschool teacher/director. Her appointment comes after a 15-month international search following the retirement of Sheppy Vann, who served as DA's Preschool director/teacher for 24 years. Hairston's tenure will begin July 1. 

We asked Hairston to share some details about herself and her family that aren’t part of her résumé, and we hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as we have! Read More


Chinese students' visit marks

beginning of new DA exchange 

With the arrival of 25 Chinese students to Durham in mid-January, a new student exchange between Durham Academy and Beijing Experimental High School was born — resulting in a transaction of customs, languages and ideas.

DA families hosted 13 of the student visitors to Durham, while the other 12 visitors resided at the N.C. School of Science and Math during the visit, which began Jan. 25 and is set to conclude Feb. 7. Read More


Librarian Jennifer Longee

chooses Geisel Award winner

Next time you're scanning the covers of children's books at your favorite bookshop, searching for those familiar metallic "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award" stamps to help guide your choices, you can thank Durham Academy's own Jennifer Longee. The Middle School librarian was among just seven librarians from around the country selected to serve on the 2015 Geisel Award selection committee, which announced this year's medal winner, You Are (Not) Small, on Monday.

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. Read More


Seven field hockey players

named to academic squad

Seven seniors on Durham Academy's 2014 field hockey team have received national honors for academics.

Jordan Barry, Chloe Lewis, Helen Morgan, Amanda Pruthi, Dana Rowe, Anna Sundy and Elayne Wang are among student-athletes from across the nation selected for the 2014 Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) High School National Academic Squad. Read More


Re-enrollment contracts

are due tomorrow, Feb. 6

Re-enrollment materials for 2015-2016 have been emailed to Durham Academy families, and the completed forms are due no later than Friday, Feb. 6. 

It is very important to re-enroll by the deadline to secure your place for next year. Please complete this process no later than Friday, Feb. 6. If you are withdrawing a student or requesting an extension, you also must do so using this link.


'Thoroughly Modern Millie' to 

take Kenan stage Feb. 12-14

Prepare to fight the urge to dance in the aisles of Kenan Auditorium as Durham Academy Upper School presents Thoroughly Modern Millie Feb. 12 to 14 in Kenan Auditorium.

This 2002 Tony Award-winning musical is set in New York City in 1922 and tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Salina, Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Read More


Dine Out for DA on Tuesday

Would you like your chicken tenders with a side of support for Durham Academy Parents Association? You can have just that on Tuesday, Feb. 10, when Durham's PDQ location offers a portion of sales from DA diners to the school. Read More


Durham Academy Fund needs

phonathon volunteer callers

Durham Academy’s amazing volunteers help raise dollars for the Durham Academy Fund, which supports our faculty and students. Be one of them!

Please volunteer to be a Durham Academy Fund phonathon caller on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 11. Volunteers meet on campus at 6 p.m. for a bite of dinner, followed by a message from Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner. First-time callers receive advance materials and on-site instruction. Please contact Director of Annual Giving Chris Mark at chris.mark@da.org to volunteer.


DA in the News

Tate Fogleman, DA freshman and race car driver, has a new partnership on the track

DA alumnus John Pardon '07 is awarded Clay Research Fellowship for five years of mathematics research

The Cary News:
Varsity boys and girls prevail over Cary Academy

Southern Association of Independent Schools:
DA Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner's book review of
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?


Correction: CavClassifieds

The Feb. 2 issue of CavClassifieds included incorrect hours with the (now correct) Kundalini Yoga Classes ad below. You may view an updated February issue, as well as an archive of earlier issues online.

Kundalini Yoga Classes with Amanda May: Tuesday/Thursday mornings 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Mid-South Fencing Studio, 125 N. Gregson St., Durham. Sundays 10:45-11:45 a.m. at Blue Lotus Studio, 401 N. West St., Raleigh. Open classes. All fitness levels welcome! Find out more at www.kundalinibliss.com or email adandymay@gmail.com


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Re-Enrollment Contracts Due
- Friday, Feb. 6 

Dining Out for DA
- Tuesday, Feb. 10,
noon to 10 p.m., PDQ

Used Book Sale Sort
- Wednesday, Feb. 11, 8 a.m. to noon, Middle School Tunnel

Upper School Musical -Thoroughly Modern Millie
- Thursday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 14 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), Kenan Auditorium

Early Dismissal 
for LS, MS & US 
(faculty work day)

- Friday, Feb. 13

Documentary Screening:
I'm Not a Racist ... Am I?

- Wednesday, Feb. 25,
6:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Sunday, March 29, PNC Arena (order tickets in advance)

Videos and Photos

Video: Preschoolers recite 'Pledge of Allegiance' in sign language

Video: Middle School Faculty-Student Basketball Game (courtesy of Karl Schaefer)

Video: 'Where the Wild Things Are' Performance
(Grades 1 & 2)

Photos: Teddy Bear Crime Scene



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