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.

Enzo’s Pizza Food Sale – Tuesday April 4th!

Pizza anyone? Student Council will be sponsoring a food sale by Enzo’s Pizza to be delivered on Tuesday, April 4th. For $10, you will receive your choice of personal pan pizza, sub, or salad. Also included will be a bag of potato chips AND a chocolate chip cookie. Individual drinks are available to purchase for $1 extra. Also, you may substitute your chips for a side Caesar salad for $1 extra.  Completed orders with money will be picked up during lunch on Wednesday, March 29th!


Food Sale? What do YOU want?

Want to help choose the next food sale AND possibly win a free lunch at the same time? Complete the following food sale survey before the end of lunch on Friday, Feb. 3 to get your ideas counted and be entered in the raffle! One student from each grade level will be selected for a free lunch! Please only submit the form once – multiple entries will not increase your chances of winning lunch 🙂


Winter Wonderland Dance

Hi everyone! It is once again time for our winter dance! But the student council has decided to switch things up from the traditional Valentines Day theme to a winter wonderland theme! We hope you’ll come and enjoy music, dancing and the sweet traditions food truck! Check out the poster below for all the details! Thanks for reading!


ODA Service Awards!

Every week, some students are recognized with the ODA service award. These awards give the community the opportunity to hear about what kind and honorable acts the students at Durham Academy have done. Student council rewards these great acts with a free snack from the student council store and a keychain from Durham Academy’s 3D printer. Let’s see who won this week!

Jackson B. -Grade 8- Jackson helped a 5th grader who had dropped their books.

Kathryn F. -Grade 8- When Alexi was injured playing basketball at home, Kathryn got a get well card for him and had her whole advisory sign it  and share their well wishes.

Hutch C. -Grade 8- Hutch carried water jugs to the movement room during his free time after school.

Carly S, Emmie S, Marcella K, Molly H -7th Graders- These ladies assisted Dr. Berry-James carry hot lunch to her daughter’s advisory.

Thanks to everyone who won this week for helping make our community a better place! Thanks for reading and remember to look next week for our new ODA winners!



Halloween and Food Truck Rodeo!

Hey middle school! Just a reminder that tomorrow is a big day! Students (and teachers:) will be dressing up in their Halloween costumes tomorrow for the parade and assembly at the end of the day! The 8th grade chorus, movement, and band classes have some really cool performances set up and there will be a surprise performance at the end! Remember to bring 5-10 dollars to spend at the dessert food truck rodeo. There are 11 different food trucks with a huge variety of sweet treats! Feel free to check out there menus from the email from student council to see what trucks you might want to go to. There will be UNICEF boxes all around campus for you to donate your extra money from the rodeo to! (Make sure to trick or treat for UNICEF on Halloween too!) We are looking forward to seeing your costumes tomorrow!

– Molly and Katherine

food truck menus & locations

ODA Service Awards!

Every week the student council recognizes a few students with the ODA service award. To receive this award, someone from our Durham Academy community must submit your name and the honorable or good act they did. This could be something as small as picking up trash after everyone left a room to something much larger like being late to class to help a friend who twisted their ankle. The student council rewards these kind actions by giving winners a certificate for a free snack at the student council store and a keychain from Durham Academy’s own 3D printer. This weeks recipients are:

Rachel U. – Grade 8 – Rachel volunteered to put the chairs up in the classroom, without being asked, for a friend who was unable to do it.

Charlotte N. – Grade 5 – Charlotte offered to help in the garden during her lunch break.

Kevin H. – Grade 5 – Kevin helped a teacher unload her car without being asked.

William C. – Grade 6 – William turned in money he found on the ground.

Thanks to all of this weeks recipients for their acts of kindness and honor! Make sure to read next week to see who our next ODA winners will be!

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