Annual Events

The TDS community participates in traditions and annual events that support the mission.  Here are some examples:

Talent Show

talent1The annual Talent Show features acts from TDS students of all ages.  The latest show took place on October 3, 2014 and featured some of the following acts: piano playing, show-tune singing, hula hooping, karate, cheerleading, ballroom dancing, reciting of hundreds of numbers of Pi, and magic tricks.  Middle School students hosted the event, and the night was a huge success!
Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Carnival

TDS Fall CarnivalLower School students love this event!  Students participate in carnival games with prizes, get their fortunes told, jump in a bounce house, race through an inflatable obstacle course, get their faces painted, and of course, eat carnival food!  Middle Schoolers work at the carnival by helping their younger peers with games and face painting.  Then they go and play the games themselves!  Fun is always had by all!  Thursday, October 29, 2015

twister trotTwister Trot 5K or 1-mile fun run

This 5K race or 1-mile fun run starts and ends on the TDS campus and weaves through American Village in Durham.  There will be a post-race festival on Myers Field.  Proceeds from the event will go to the TDS Annual Fund and Be The Match ®.  At the race, we invite all participants to run/walk in honor of a friend or family member impacted by cancer. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8am.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

GPD FarinGrandparents and Special Friends are invited to see TDS students in action.  Visitors shadow their grandchildren or young friends in the classroom environment.  They may go to an Art class, Science Lab, or even help be the line leader in Lower School!  Middle School visitors will attend an academic classes.  It’s a great opportunity for family members to observe the students at their best in school!  This classroom visitation is followed by a live performance, along with refreshments and a celebration!  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Annual Benefit Auction

The Auction is a fundraiser for TDS.  A silent auction begins at 6:00pm followed by a formal dinner, live auction, and Fund-a-Cause.  Drinks, music, entertainment, and dessert accompany the evening.  Proceeds go to the TDS operating budget to help maintain our rich curriculum, extensive student services, and exceptional staff.
Saturday, Janurary 28, 2016 at Bay 7 of American Tobacco Historic District. 

Bingo Night

Mr. Norry hosts a night of free family fun for all TDS community members. Gather your friends and family and spend a fun filled Friday night at TDS with pizza, prizes, and Bingo!
Friday, February 3, 2016

Science Expo

girlsIt’s all science all the time!  This is an evening packed full of Lower and Middle School science projects.  First, students research a science topic of interest.  Then, they create a display or conduct a live experiment to show off their knowledge in front of the TDS community.  Families are encouraged to ask the students questions and discuss the science behind their presentations.  For the finale, a TDS teacher conducts a liquid nitrogen demonstration!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Career Day

K career dayFebruary is career month at TDS. Parents are invited to their students’ classrooms to speak about or demonstrate their careers.  All 7th graders create a project for Social Studies involving their potential future career. On Friday, February 27, 2015, students dressed up in attire reflecting their potential career choice!
Friday, February 26, 2016


International Festival

DSC_0275This night is a TDS celebration of cultures from around the world.  Each Lower School class researches music, food, games, art, and traditions from a country and designs a display for the event.  Individual families are encouraged to contribute a special dish, dance, piece of art, etc. that reflects their country of origin. Students and their families are welcome to dress in traditional attire as they share their culture and knowledge.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Book FairIMG_0484

The Scholastic Book Fair at TDS is a great opportunity for students, family, and friends to purchase great new titles to add to their home libraries!  TDS students write reviews for the books at the fair.
March 17-23, 2016

The Art Fair

Art Pic 3

More than 200 works of art, both 2-D and 3-D are on display at the Art Fair!   Every student displays one or more art pieces. Individually, these art works are striking. Viewed collectively, they highlight a talented group of aspiring artists, a creative and dedicated teacher, and the progress that students make over time. The most beautiful example of this progress is the group of eighth grade paintings – absolutely stunning pieces – which will hang for a month’s time. Click HERE to see a gallery of all the masterpieces!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Jump Rope for Heart

jumpStudents participate in this fundraiser for the American Heart Association (AHA).  From the AHA:  “Through Jump Rope For Heart, kids learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts.”  The TDS gym is abuzz with students jumping their hearts out for a worthy cause.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Field Days for Lower School and Middle School

Field Day GirlsField Day encourages TDS students to be on-the-move and to play hard for their purple or gold team!  In both Lower and Middle Schools, students participate in a variety of games and compete in creative relay races.  Students dress the part as they come in with purple/gold attire and accessories to support their team!  Sports include tug-o-war, ultimate frisbee, ladder ball, kickball, and soccer.  Teams earn points by winning games and showing good sportsmanship.  Students end the day with a spirit contest, and the winning team is announced!

Reading with the Duke Blue Devils

Duke student-athletes come to TDS and read with the 3rd graders.  Duke baseball, basketball, and football players are just some of the athletes who have visited TDS in the past.  Jabari Parker of Duke’s basketball team has already visited this year!

Faculty vs. Students Volleyball and Basketball Games

Faculty Student Volleyball GameTo introduce the fall, winter, and spring sports teams at TDS, the whole school comes together for a pep rally!  All the players for the upcoming season are recognized, after which a faculty vs. students volleyball or basketball game (depending on the season) ensues.  Students cheer from the stands while the 8th graders try to beat the TDS faculty members!

Sports Banquets

Sports BanquetEach sports season concludes with a banquet.  Dinner is catered, dress is somewhat formal, and all student-athletes are recognized for their participation on their team.  In addition, certificates are awarded for most valuable players, captains, managers, and others.


Monthly Assembliesrhythm and blue pic

Once a month, students get together for an all-school assembly.  First, students are recognized for personifying different character traits.  Next, Talented Tornados in each Lower School class are recognized.  This is followed by a presentation.  Past assemblies have included dance troupes, acapella groups, drama productions from Middle School, recorder concerts, and a Spanish guitarist.

Middle School Dances & Trips

TDS hosts two Middle School dances per year. Refreshments, a DJ, and great music are part of the fun evening for the students.  Teachers chaperone as students dance the night away. Trips in Middle School supplement the academic and character programs.  Students visit the Duke Farm or American Red Cross for monthly community service.  They go to Duke University’s low ropes course for teambuilding at the start of the year.  At the end of the year, students may travel to Camp Pinnacle in Hendersonville, NC for a two-night white-water rafting excursion or take overnight trips to Williamsburg, VA or Washington, DC.  There are day trips planned as well, including visits to the theater or to the Science Museum in Raleigh to see an Earth Science exhibit.