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
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." In one of the Upper School's most anticipated assemblies each year, the "Magnificent 7" awards celebrate students, faculty and staff for exemplifying the first quality — living moral lives, rich with concern for others.
"I adamantly believe that this is the best assembly of the year because, while Durham Academy is constantly lauded for its achievements in academics, athletics and the arts, I think that it’s really special that we take the time to celebrate the character of our community as well," senior Isabel Suner in kicking off the awards assembly on Friday.
Each day, "Respecting the dignity of each individual" honoree Rowan Gossett "performs the small, revolutionary act of recognizing others’ worth simply and extraordinarily because they are human," Katie Concannon said.
Veronica Kim, recipient of the "Encouraging intellectual curiosity" award, "is unapologetically passionate about exploring" knowledge about the world, other people and herself, "drawing everyone in with her," Thea Lance said.
2016 "Magnificent 7" honorees include the following:
- Respecting the dignity of each individual: Rowan Gossett
- Treating others with kindness: Lauren Hunt
- Sharing with those in need: Addison West
- Being honest (two recipients): Lindsey Molina and Davis Morgan
- Encouraging intellectual curiosity (two recipients): Eliza Granger and Veronica Kim
- Caring for the environment and property: Rachel Hopkins
- Having the courage to do the right thing award (two recipients): Victoria Quiett and Braden Saba
- Magnificent Staff Member: Trevor Hoyt
- Magnificent Faculty Member: Jordan Babwah