Parents Association & Parents Council

The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.

The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.

Parents Bulletin Board

Magnificent Community assembly recognizes Upper Schoolers' 'acts of kindness and love'
Posted 03/22/2018 04:18PM

Durham Academy's mission is to "provide each student with an education that will enable him or her to live a moral, happy and productive life." Defining just what that means is The Durham Academy Graduate: A Mission-Driven Life, DA’s schoolwide definition of good character in the form of 15 character traits.

Moral: empathy, kindness, integrity, responsibility, courage
Happy: curiosity, engagement, authenticity, joy, balance
Productive: creativity, drive, resilience, generosity, wisdom

These traits were at the center of the Upper School’s annual Magnificent Community awards assembly on March 7, with 14 students, one faculty member and one staff member recognized by their peers for exemplifying one or more of the characteristics.

In opening the assembly, Upper School Director Lanis Wilson quoted a passage from William Wordsworth’s “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” that calls out the importance of “little nameless, unremembered acts of love.” 

“I think that’s what we’re doing today,” Wilson said. “We’re talking about what would otherwise be unremembered acts of kindness and love, that are committed every day at this school in myriad ways that we don’t always take notice of, or if it happens to us, it can be the thing that helps us get through the day.”

Sarah Farrin (presented by Emily Holmes)


Thomas Owens (presented by Luci Jones)


Zöe Boggs (presented by Kiran Sundar)


Scott Hallyburton (presented by Adriana Kim)


Nechama Huba (presented by Esme Longley)


Jack Anderson (presented by Virginia Capehart)


Mira Pickus (presented by Josh Klein)


Mac Hays (presented by Julia Villani)


Cami Simpson (presented by Claire Middleton)


Carlton Zum Brunnen (presented by Ted Middleton)


Emily Cutcliffe (presented by Tatum Teer-Barutio)


Ian Layzer (presented by Dr. Harry Thomas)


Angel Knight (presented by Raksha Ramanan)


Magnificent Faculty Member: Jen Rogers (presented by Lizzie Kerman)

Magnificent Staff Member: Kate Cadwallader (presented by Adrian Gutierrez)


Kiran Sundar (presented by Lanis Wilson)




After the 16 students and adults were honored, all students were offered the opportunity to stand at the podium and recognize others in the community who they believe exemplify the Durham Academy Graduate traits. View photos from the Magnificent Community assembly on Flickr.

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