Dallas Academy’s Top 12 Favorite Traditions
What are the top 12 most beloved Dallas Academy traditions? Exceptional academics, sports, arts, and clubs are all a part of the daily life of being a Bulldog. After much thought and deliberation, we came up with a list of events that stand out above the rest. Which events and activities do you think reign supreme? Check out our list to see if it corresponds to yours.
12. Back to School Picnic
The Dallas Academy community comes together every August at White Rock Lake to ring in the new school year. What better way than a barbecue to gather with friends and classmates after a long summer vacation? New families enjoy meeting members of the community while faculty members enjoy reconnecting with students. The fun party is a great way to kick-off the new school year.
11. Senior Retreat
Seniors and faculty enjoy a fall weekend away at Wolf Run Ranch in Anna, Texas. Seniors come together to share vision for their senior year at Dallas Academy. Games, activities, bonfires, and class bonding are all a part of the three days of activities. Students have the chance to tune out the outside world and tune into their peers. Students return home with a better respect and understanding of their classmates and of themselves.
10. Homecoming Week
Dallas Academy’s homecoming week is always a spirited success. Homecoming week is planned and organized by Dallas Academy parents, staff, and students. Campus is decorated with blue and gold streamers, posters, and ribbon. Students and staff alike revel in daily themed dress up days which range from spirit wear to days encouraging wacky fashion choices. The week ends with a school-wide pep rally where the community dances along with the cheerleaders, jams to tunes from the Dallas Academy Drum Corps, and cheers on athletes. The week-long festivities culminate with a tailgate party, cookout, and, of course, the big game. The mighty bulldogs (usually) come out victorious.
9. Grandparents Day
Dallas Academy students love their grandparents and what better way to honor grandma and grandpa than with breakfast? Grandparents are invited in the fall to Dallas Academy for a fun breakfast where they can tour the building, enjoy student arts and entertainment, and spend time with the ones they love.
8. STARRS Class
In 2010, Dallas Academy was the first school in the Metroplex to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program into the curriculum. Dallas Academy cares about the safety and well-being of each and every student. The goal of this program is to prevent bullying incidents on campus, to improve peer relations, and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop. Recently, Dallas Academy expanded their anti-bullying program to include character development curriculum. The new program named STARRS (Service, Trustworthiness, Achievement, Respect, Responsibility and Support) highlights key character traits that will lead to student success, bully prevention and a positive school climate. Through the implementation of the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education, Dallas Academy is committed to educating, inspiring, and empowering students to be ethical and engaged citizens.
7. DAwg Run
The annual 5K race and one mile fun run and pet walk brings out hundreds of participants every year from all over the community. Families show up to run, cheer on friends, and partake in the family friendly activities such as a pet parade, bounce house, and face painting. All DAwg Run proceeds go towards student scholarship opportunities to help make Dallas Academy’s specialized education a possibility for more local students. That is something we can all cheer for.
6. Holiday Musical
Dallas Academy students ring in the holidays and the new year with a winter musical directed and produced by the Dallas Academy music and performing arts department. Traditional holiday shows such as A Christmas Carol, Frozen, and It's a Wonderful Life, are given a creative and fun twist by Dallas Academy's own music therapist, Molly Grogan. Students sing, dance, and act while getting get the entire DA community into the holiday spirit.
5. Adventure Trips
Dallas Academy students go on countless field trips throughout the year however the most anticipated are photography teacher Jill Hennegan’s photography trips and the annual trip abroad. Dallas Academy students explore the wonders of Texas through a camera lens during yearly trips to Big Bend and Caddo Lake. Ms. Hennegan teaches students to capture the beauty of the terrain and to create lasting memories. Another exciting trip is the yearly trip abroad. Students have experience cultural immersion
through adventures in Costa Rica, Spain, and other exotic locales.
4. Tradition of Service
Dallas Academy students have had a longstanding tradition of putting the needs of others above self. Any given day, you will find Dallas Academy students of all ages lending a helping hand throughout the community. Dallas Academy students are active in White Rock Lake beautification programs, donating their time and talents to area nursing homes, packaging food at the North Texas Food Bank, and participating in countless other activities. Dallas Academy students have even had the opportunity to volunteer at an orphanage in Costa Rica. The tradition of ‘giving back’ to the community will continue long after graduation.
3. Pumpkin Chunkin'
Dallas Academy students look forward to the annual Pumpkin Chunkin' event on Halloween. A captivated audience watches as headmaster Jim Richardson drops pumpkins in a variety of weights and sizes from the school's roof. Math and science classes have made their predictions on which pumpkin will create the biggest splatter from the fall based on the pumpkins' circumference and mass. After each drop, students assemble to calculate the data of the splatter. Students cheer when their predictions come true and when their pumpkin makes the largest splatter. The biggest splatters elicited the biggest cheers of the day. For the grand finale, fruits such as bananas, mangos, pineapples, and watermelons all came crashing down. Everyone enjoys the festive and fun occasion.
2. Spring Outdoor Festivities
Springtime at Dallas Academy is full of fun outdoor activities. Join Mr. Richardson in the spring when he transforms Dallas Academy into a good ole Texas campsite. Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, and the great western spirit on Mr. R’ Chuckwagon Day. Texas pride continues during one of the state’s favorite pastimes. The annual Dallas Academy spring Blue and Gold football scrimmage brings out fans gearing up for fall football season. And don’t underestimate the lady Bulldogs! Dallas Academy girls get to head out to the football field too for the annual Powder Puff scrimmage. The lower school students enjoy fun of their own during Field Day where sports, activities, and games bring the community together and end the year on a high note.
Dallas Academy faculty and staff come together every spring to celebrate the graduation of the senior class. The night is full of emotions as stories of the graduates are shared and students are honored. Graduation ceremonies are always bitter sweet. The graduates are excited to move on to the next stage in their lives which will include college, jobs, and travel, but they will certainly be missed on campus. It is our chance to reflect upon the impact that a few students can have on so many lives.