Durham Academy News & Notes/March 19, 2015  
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Third-graders experience historic 

immigration through virtual Ellis Island

As third-graders filed into the hallway of Durham Academy Lower School's Brumley Performing Arts Building, they were greeted by the sounds of seagulls, steamboat whistles — and an atypically stern Lori Evans: "No talking! Stay in a straight line!" Along with a small army of parent volunteers and fellow faculty members, the third-grade teaching assistant was transformed into a no-nonsense immigration official on Thursday, setting the scene for the Ellis Island Immigration Station circa 1910.
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France trip gives eighth-graders

a taste of culture and history

For almost three decades, French teacher Teresa Engebretsen has spent nearly every spring break in France, introducing Durham Academy students to the wonders of French cuisine, some of the world's finest art museums and the country's rich history.

While the trip started as a journey for Upper Schoolers in 1987, Engebretsen now travels with a group comprising mostly Middle Schoolers, and this year's group — 20 eighth-graders, two 10th-graders and fellow teachers Judy Chandler and Andy Pogach — returned to Durham on March 16 after a 12-day journey. Read More


In The Pocket's Nicaragua benefit

is set for March 27 at Motorco

In The Pocket's annual Nicaragua benefit concert promises to again delight your ears and make your heart sing, as current members and alumni perform to raise funds for Durham Academy's sister school in Nicaragua. The benefit concert, rescheduled from an earlier date, is set for Friday, March 27, at 9 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall. Read More


'I'm Not Racist ... Am I?' screening

rescheduled for April 15

"I'm Not Racist ... Am I?" is a documentary that follows 12 diverse New York City teens tackling those issues through workshops and often tense and painful conversations with their friends and family over the course of an entire year. Durham Academy will host a screening of the film on Wednesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with one of the filmmakers. Read More


Upper School Spring Film Fest

focuses on gender issues

From a documentary focused on color discrimination within the African American community to a film examining the ideals of manhood in American culture, Upper Schoolers dove into gender issues this week during the school's first-ever Spring Film Fest. The four-day event, held during extended tutorial periods, was hosted by four equality-minded clubs: SHE, He for She, the Diversity Club and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Read More


A little something to suit every

camper at Summer Programs

Build your own hovercraft? Make your own American Girl doll accessories? Yes, please! As you gear up for summer, make sure to take the time to sign up for Durham Academy Summer Programs, because some camps are filling up fast! Read about the experiences of satisfied families here.


Lowell Oakley '14 advances

to 'The Voice' Knockouts

Durham Academy alumnus Lowell Oakley '14 punched his ticket to the Knockout Round of the NBC singing competition show The Voice on Monday. His Battle Round performance of Hound Dog with fellow Voice competitor Kimberly Nichole wowed coach Pharrell Williams, who agonized over the decision for a full 45 minutes. In the end, Pharrell chose DA's own Cav Crooner Oakley to remain on "Team Other." View a video of the performance here.


DA Night at the Hurricanes

order deadline is Monday

Reserve your tickets by Monday, March 23, to join with other Durham Academy families for a fun night of community on the ice at DA Night at the Hurricanes. The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday, March 29, at 5 p.m. at the PNC Center.

Learn about the three events that will make up this incredible day of hockey fun — the game, a hockey street fair party and a pre-game reception — and reserve your tickets at www.da.org/canes


DA in the News

DA alumni and Duke field hockey standouts Lauren and Robin Blazing ('11 and '13) are NFHCA Scholars of Distinction

CBS Evening News:
Chris Rosati '89 conducts butterfly effect kindness experiment

Lowell Oakley '14 victorious in Battle

Social media expert Laura Suchoski's visit to DA featured in ABC11 piece on social media "do's"

Journal for Adolescent and Adult Literacy:
Eighth-grader Lana Kalfas writes about her evolution as a writer while blogging in language arts teacher Patti Donnelly's class 


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Order Deadline for DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Monday, March 23 

Reception for Sixth-Graders 'Meet Our Heroes' Exhibition
- Wednesday, March 25,
5 to 8 p.m., FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill 

Eighth-Grade Band Concert
- Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall

Seventh-Grade Band Concert with New Horizons Band
- Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Snow Make-up Day: 
School in Session

- Friday, March 27
(formerly Faculty Work Day) 

Upper School
Student-Directed Show

- Friday, March 27 

In The Pocket Nicaragua Benefit Concert
- Friday, March 27, 9 p.m., Motorco Music Hall 

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

Blood Drive
-  Thursday, April 2, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kirby Gym

No School: Good Friday
- Friday, April 3

Snow Make-up Day: 
School in Session

- Monday, April 6
(formerly Professional Development Day)

Benefit Auction
- Saturday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. , Washington Duke Inn

Final Day to Donate Books for Used Book Sale
- Monday, April 13 

'I'm Not Racist ... Am I?' Screening and Q&A
- Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Videos and Photos

Photos: First Grade Science Fun Day with Upper School Science Olympiad Team

Video: Chris Rosati '89 Shares Love of Tuxedoes with CBS' Steve Hartman



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