Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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We are being tested

The following note arrived in my inbox this afternoon from our Athletic Director Steve Engebretsen. I feel his pain and love his resilience. Thanks to everyone for patience and flexibility of late. The forecast for tomorrow afternoon: 65 degrees and sunny.

Sometimes you just have to laugh.


After shoveling snow from the sidewalks around Kirby Gym with help from the maintenance guys and basketball coaches Tim McKenna and Andy Pogach, so that DA could host the TISAC basketball tournament two days later than planned, and braving the roads like some of you to get to school, or home from school in February, I was actually looking forward to the hectic spring athletic season.


Well the athletic season is here, but not the spring part! I painted lines on Moylan Field while a still-standing snowman watched me in late February. The coaches and I have pretended it’s spring, and coaches are trying to get athletes excited — and keep them warm! We were five out of 12 in getting athletic contests in before spring break. One of those five was cut short due to darkness, one ended when weather hit before it could be counted as a game, one was played on Moylan Field in the sleet and one was played on field turf at a temperature of 28 degrees … those are the games we got to play! Then, for the most part, our spring break was sunny and warm! Then we come back on Monday, and it’s exactly like it was when we left! So far this week, we are 0-8 in games played with still a couple of possibilities today to try to keep us from being 0-10 in these three days after spring break.


In case you think I think that the cold weather, delays, rain and missed days is only a pain for me, I do know that is not the case. It’s disrupted classes, performances and all our routines — and I feel your pain.


In case you think I’m a little nuts for taking the time to even write this, you may be a little correct. Because now it does just seem funny … as if we’re being tested. Writing this is my therapy. Thanks for listening; I feel better already!


Can’t wait to need my sunglasses tomorrow!

Posted by in Other on Wednesday March, 19, 2014


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