What A Great Year…

Wow! It has been an amazing, fun-filled year! Make sure to find an eighth grader and wish them well through their journey in the upper school! Thank you Katherine for all you did for the student council and the blog this year… We’ll miss you next year! Happy summer to all middle school students and faculty! Here’s a quick recap of the first little bit of our 2016-2017 year…

In the beginning, we had a Spirit Week t-shirt contest, and ended up with an awesome shirt designed by MacKenna M., Camille M., and Alex H. Spirit Week was an awesome week this year… On Monday, (January 23), it was Sports Day… Dress up as your favorite athlete, or wear your favorite team colors! Then Tuesday (January 24) was Crazy Day. It was an awesome day to see your friends–and teachers!!– dressed in crazy goofy clothes! Wednesday (January 25) was Time warp day… People were dressed like themselves or their parents from years ago, and others in futuristic clothing–some even as dinosaurs! Thursday (January 26) was Pajama Day, one of everyone’s favorites! Wake up, brush your teeth, eat some breakfast, and grab your backpack… You don’t even have to get dressed! 🙂 The last day of Spirit Week everyone wore their 2017 Spirit Week shirts. We gathered together during the day to watch the Student-Faculty Basketball Game. That night was middle school night at the Cav Dome…We played out rival Ravenscroft and had sumo wrestling at half time, and a competition between advisories… The advisory with the most attendees got a pizza party! Then, we had the Middle School Winter Dance for 7th and 8th graders. The Winter Wonderland Dance was full of fun and the delicious food truck– Sweet Traditions.

End of Year Dance – What a Night

Last Friday, May 19th was the end of year dance at Durham Academy for the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. It was a fun night with Davis M. from the Upper School being an awesome DJ for the event!  Special thanks to Locopop and Crepes-Veronique for bringing their food trucks as well. Check out the video below for some highlights! 

Thanks to Mrs. Morris, Ms. Aitken, and Ms. Mack for the photos.

The song is “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay.

End of Year Dance 2017 from DA MS Student Council on Vimeo.

HOLLYWOOD – End of Year Dance

We hope that you are excited for the End of The Year Dance!  Here are a few reminders:

Theme: Hollywood
When: Friday, May 19th from 7:30-10:00 pm
Where: Taylor Hall
Who: 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students 
Cost: Tickets will be sold at the dance for $10 admission Students will receive a discount of $1 per every non-perishable food item donated (up to a $3 discount, though more donations are always welcome).  All donations will go to Urban Ministries of Durham
What to Wear: dress, skirt & dressy top, dressy pant outfit, nice slacks/khakis/dress shorts, button-down (tie and sports coat optional), no jeans – the dress code applies
Food Trucks: LocoPops and Crepes-Veronique will have items for purchase! Menus are below.


Spring SC Presidential Elections

If you are a rising 8th-grader and are interested in running for Student Council President for the 2017-2018 school year, this is the blog post for you! The directions, documents, and videos that follow will provide you with the essential information you will need during the process of running for Student Council President. Questions? Come see Ms. Aitken, Mrs. Morris, or Ms. Mack.


  • Thurs 5/4 – All students interested in running for SC meet in Mrs. Morris’s room during lunch for an informational session (bring non-microwavable lunch) – THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED
  • Wed. 5/17 3:30 pm – All paperwork and your VoiceThread must be completed and turned in tMs. Aitken (room 413), Mrs. Morris (room 411), or Ms. Mack (room 209).
  • Fri 5/19-Wed 5/24 – Campaigning (limit 10 posters) – see packet for more information about posters.
  • Mon 5/22-Wed 5/24 – Students meet in TAYLOR HALL to practice during lunch to practice speeches.
  • Wed. 5/24 at 2:40 pm – SPECIAL SCHEDULE – Entire middle school will watch Presidential speeches during an assembly and vote immediately after in advisories before leaving for the school day.
  • Wed. evening 5/24 – The results of the election will be emailed to the candidates.
  • Thursday 5/25 – Election results will be announced during morning announcements.
  • Fri. 5/26 by 12:30 pm – All posters must all be removed.


The red link below will get you to a digital copy of the Presidential Election Packet. Extra printed copies can be picked up from the classrooms of Ms. Aitken (room 413), Mrs. Morris (room 411), and Ms. Mack (room 209). Be sure to READ THE ENTIRE PACKET!


The VoiceThread for the Presidential Election can be found below. This is where you will record your comment about why you would make a good President for Student Council.

VoiceThread Reminders:

  • Press and HOLD the VoiceThread below and select “Open in VoiceThread” to hear Mr. Schafer’s Directions and to add your video comment for your speech.
  • You will need to record a video comment (up to 90 seconds long).
  • If you are proposing any changes or making any promises for next year, you must get the approval of your idea from Ms. Aitken or Mrs. Morris before submitting your recording.
  • There should not be any props, music, extra people, or special effects in your VoiceThread (or in your speech in Taylor Hall).


If you are having trouble signing into the VoiceThread app, please watch this troubleshooting video below to learn how to log in and how to change settings in VoiceThread. Still having trouble AND have watched the video below? Please see Mr. Schafer (he’s the best!).

VoiceThread iOS App Settings Adjustments from Durham Academy on Vimeo.


2017-2018 SC Presidential Election Info Meeting

Attention current 7th graders who are interested in running for Student Council President for next school year: The mandatory information election meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, May 4th in Mrs. Morris’s room during lunch AND recess. Please be sure to bring your iPad and a non-microwaveable lunch. If you are unable to attend the meeting but are still interested in running, please see Ms. Mack, Ms. Aitken, or Mrs. Morris as soon as possible.

Food Truck Rodeo – It’s a Wrap

Friday was one of the most fun, exciting, hot and successful days all year! The Spring Food Truck Rodeo was a hit with all fourteen of our food trucks showing up with amazing food and drinks! From Pho Nomenal Dumplings, Napoli Gourmet Pizza, Mama’s Hot Chicken, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Crepes- Veronique,Will and Pops,  and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade, to Al-Gyros and Phillies, Captain Ponchos, Cocoa Forte, Kona Ice, The Parlour,  Belgian Waffle Crafters, and Dang Good Dogs, there were all different kinds of delicious treats and lots of new things to try. We can’t wait for next year for hopefully another smooth, fun, and delicious Food Truck Rodeo!

Food Truck Rodeo 2017 from DA MS Student Council on Vimeo.