PDQ Food Sale!











What did the turkey say to the computer?

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It is already time for our first food sale of your 2017-2018 year! PDQ will be serving a $7 meal on Monday, November 20! (This will be two days before your Thanksgiving break!) Your choices will include an entree of either chicken tenders, a vegetarian salad, a Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich (turkey with cranberry sauce), or a salad with chicken. You will also get to choose your side of either potato chips or apples and toffee dip. Your drink choices will include either Yoo-hoo chocolate milk, fruit punch, or bottled water. Your meal automatically comes with a chocolate chunk cookie! Your advisory PDQ order form will be due Thursday, November 9, so make sure to make your selections soon!

All School Pep Rally, Homecoming and MS Movie Night!!

This Friday is the 2nd annual All School Pep Rally! Bring your green and white, smile, enthusiasm and extra change to the Upper School Gym! Your money will be collected at the doors and will be given to help hurricane relief! Go out there and cheer for DA Middle School! Go Cavs!
Don’t forget this is also before homecoming! So remember to come out and support our DA sports!
After the sporting events, DA shuttles will be provided for you if you would like to go to our first ever DAMS MOVIE NIGHT!! The movie being played will be “Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life.” Bring a blanket, a chair, and your friends! You can also bring some extra change to pay for the movie (the donation is suggested to be around $15) and to buy food while you watch the movie. There will be Hot Dogsfor $2.00, Chips for $1.00, Pizza for $2.00/slice, Sprite, water, and Sparkling flavored water for $1.00, Popcorn for $1.00, Oreos for $1.00 fruit snacks for $0.50! Hope to see you there!

7th & 8th Grade Dance Survey

SC is getting ready to start planning our Middle School Dances! This fall, winter, and spring the dances will be open to 7th and 8th graders. This time, the student body has a say in the attire! We would like to know if the 7th and 8th graders would like to have a casual dance at some point this year. This could mean jeans, a flannel or a t-shirt, and YOU get to decide. You will also get a chance to make suggestions about what theme you think would be fun for the middle school dances! Submit your answers in the survey below and please have it completed by Thursday, October 5th by 3:30pm. Thank you!

Student Council Store!


SC Store Menu 2017-2018

Today is the first day of the 2017-2018 school year that the school store will be open! Come on down to Mrs. Howes’s classroom (room 412) and get your favorite snack or drink right after school from 3:00 to 3:20! All food is under $1.75. Some new additions we have to the store include; Gatorade protein bars, Nutella Go Packages, Goldfish, Pirate’s Booty Capri-Suns, and Izzes!

We also have a container next to our cash box which is for extra change. All of the proceeds in this jar will go to the efforts of Hurricane relief! Remember there is no added pressure to donate but please remember, everything helps.

We hope to see you this week at the store!

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.

Spirit Week Wrap-Up!

Last week was one of the student body’s favorite weeks of the year! It was so great to see all of the fun and creative ideas that people came up with throughout the week.

A big thank you and congratulations to MacKenna M., Camille M., and Alex H., the designers of our amazing 2017 spirit week shirts! They are awesome!

So, on to one of our favorite parts of the week– The Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game! We began with an amazing performance by the Upper School acapella group, Fourteen Hours, next we got to hear about all of our Middle School Winter Sports teams. Then we were introduced to our special guests– two Duke basketball player Kyra Lambert and Sean Obi and a Duke volleyball player, Jordan Tucker. We had a very exciting basketball game, but the faculty squeaked by with the win! It was very close and a big thank you to all of our players…


Chloe C., William C., John D., Nick G., Cameron H., Nicholas H., Lukas L,  Connor L., Lauren W., Sean M., Lucien A., Tristan M., Larkin C., Alex P., Alex D., Brent R., Nikolas G., Joey S., Jake Z. and Oliviero Z.


Mr. Fortin, Mrs. Goldstein, Ms. Brown, Mr. Harris, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Fitz, Mr. Michelman, Ms. Ellis, Mr. Lantzy, Mr. Pogach, Mr. Pronto, Mrs. Reade, and Mr. Ulku-Steiner.

The halftime show was a hit… Very fun and funny to watch and the champion, our very own, Clay M!

If you are interested in see pictures from the week – check out the link to the DA Flicker Account in the menu bar!

If you are interested in watching the game again… watch below! Thanks, Mr. Schafer for recording the event.

We can’t wait for next year!

Student vs. Faculty BB 2017 from Durham Academy on Vimeo.

Middle School Night at the Cav Dome!


​Next Friday, January 27, is the Middle School Night at the Cav Dome in Kirby Gym at 6pm! Come join us to watch the DA Varsity basketball teams battle against Ravenscroft. These games will be intense, Ravenscroft is our “rival!!” There will be the chance for students to participate in a sumo wrestling event during halftime. The advisory with the most students attending the game will get a pizza party – be sure to have your child sign-in with parents council when you arrive (you’ll get a pom-pom too)!​ See you there!