Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.

Week of October 17, 2019

From the Head of School

“It is good people who make good places.” (Ann Sewell, Black Beauty)

The 2019-2020 school year is 2 months old. On August 16, Salem Academy Faculty and Staff had our first meeting, spending all day at 500 W 5th Street with an agenda full of goals, calendar dates, and brainstorming ideas. We met off-campus so that we could focus on the content of the day and not get pulled away by getting classrooms ready, checking email, or even “busying” ourselves with tasks that were easy to accomplish but not priorities. A simple location change allowed us to use the time allotted of our opening meeting to its full purpose.

Many of your daughters are having classes “outside the walls” of Salem Academy. Some relocations are taking place on our campus: classroom learning is taking place on the front lawn, in larger meeting places, and even virtually. Other classes are taking place at the Forsyth County Hall of Justice, at Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology, and the streets of Old Salem. The Robotics teams have been using Mounts Robotics on weekday evenings for a few years. Learning at Salem Academy is not restricted to the classrooms in Critz, the art rooms in the FAC, or the courts/fields in the athletic facility.

The Salem Academy Faculty and Staff are also taking their own learning outside the traditional methods. We are attending conferences, participating in webinars, and collaborating with other schools. We are still represented at annual meetings, but we are also creating our own collaborations. We do all of this because we are not satisfied with traditional teaching routines, and we are expanding our personal learning venues to experience how our students learn.

It is a great time to be exploring new ideas at Salem Academy…even when we are not even on the campus itself.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

Thanksgiving Break Travel Plans Due

Please plan your daughter’s Thanksgiving travel plans and submit them by October 30. Click here for information about scheduling travel plans.

Emergency Notification System

Parents, please sign up here, for our new and updated Emergency Alert notification system. By signing up, you can register your mobile device to receive an emergency text and call alerts from Salem Academy, as well as update your registered mobile number(s) when/if your contact information changes. Salem Academy uses this system to inform parents of important updates such as campus closings or delays during inclement weather and other urgent or emergency-related notifications. If you have difficulty or questions about signing up, please contact our IT Helpdesk at help@salem.edu

Electrifying Science

Physics Student

Molly Mabe, with the aid of a van der Graaf generator, demonstrates to the Conceptual Physics class that like electric charges repel each other.

Athletic Updates

Cross Country

The Salem Cross Country team competed on Tuesday evening, October 15th in the PTAC Conference Championship.  the meet was held at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.  The evening was a perfect, windless 75 degrees and five Lady Sabers toed the line for the race at 5:00 pm. Eva Henneke came across the line first (21:12.74) for the Sabers in a second-place overall finish, earning her a spot on the All-Conference team. Sophia Iltis was the second saber to come across the line in a season-best time of 24:52.54, followed next by teammate Helen Watson with a personal best time of 26:30.34. Emma Kanzler and Julia Zhou raced down the finish line stretch together finishing at 28:27.77 and 28:34.80 respectively.  The team will go on to compete at the NCISAA 3A State Championship Friday, October 25 at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte.

Cross Country Athletes

Cross Country Seniors Athletes (L-R): Sophia Iltis, Julia Zhou, Emma Kanzler

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • 10/25 - State Meet at McAlpine Park in Charlotte - 12:00 Noon
  • 10/16 - Fencing Practice begins

  • 10/28 - Basketball Try-outs

  • 10/28 - Swim Practice begins

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Salem Academy Photos via Flickr

Students at Ring Banquet

Flickr is a great tool that Salem Academy uses to showcase our fantastic students.  Salem has added photos of students from the 2019 Fall semester that include snapshots of Ring Banquet, Athletic Teams, the student climate strike, and more.    As we continue making memories this school year, please check our Flickr page to view more photos of our amazing students!

Visual Art Award Winners from the Dixie Classic Fair

Student Artwork

From Left-Right: Julia Zhou (First Place), Alexandra Robinson (2nd Place), Mary Brannen Connelley (3rd Place)

Join Salem Academy in congratulating our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the Dixie Classic Fair. The show was juried by Toni Tronu, the owner and curator of Visual Index, an independent art gallery representing artists from all fifty states. Visual Index was founded in 2017 and is located in Winston-Salem’s vibrant arts district. Prior to opening Visual Index, Tronu was employed as the shop manager and registrar for GreenHill - The Center for North Carolina Art, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  ​

The Dixie Classic Fair is the second-largest agricultural fair in North Carolina, averages 325,000 visitors each year. The 10-day annual fair features exhibits of fine arts and crafts, plus many more activities and events.

Student Thanksgiving Travel Programs*


Each year, Envoys offers experiential education programs across the country for international students studying in the US. Bringing our expertise in global education to adventure programming, the programs are designed for students to experience a new place, explore their sense of adventure, and build authentic friendships with students from other schools all over the country. 

Thanksgiving Programs Dates: November 23rd - December 1st*

Colibri Boston & Cogito World Education

We offer a Thanksgiving Break Program in Boston for international students studying in the US:

  • Flexible arrival/departure & Campus/Airport pickup
  • Fun Activities (not mandatory) & Metro passes
  • Accommodations, Three meals, & Laundry 
  • 24h supervision & Academic support

Do you want to know more?  Contact us:  +1 617 301 1237, http://colibriboston.org, or info@colibriboston.org


*Note: these travel programs are not sponsored/affiliated with Salem Academy. 

Earn Money for the Academy at Your Favorite Store

Please help Salem Academy earn corporate donations! It’s simple to participate and you can increase the donations by encouraging family and friends to designate the Academy at places where they routinely shop. Just follow the instructions below for grocery chains and Amazon. (Your Amazon.com purchases will support both the Academy and the College. The grocery store chains will support the Academy as part of their K-12 education programs. You may participate in these programs to earn money for Salem Academy in any state where the grocery chain operates.)

Amazon Smile

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

  3. Select Salem Academy and College. (Your purchases will support both the Academy and the College.)

Harris Teeter Together in Education Program 

Sign in to (or create) a Harris Teeter rewards account and enter the Salem Academy Code: 5509

Lowes Foods Cart to Class program 

Sign in to (or create) a Lowes Foods rewards account. Type “Salem Academy” in the search bar. You may also sign up using your phone number

Publix Super Markets Partners

Sign in to (or create) a Publix account. 

Select the drop-down menu under your name. Then select “My Publix Partner” from the menu under your account. Type “Salem Academy” in the search bar. Use your phone number at check out to earn money for the school.

Guest Speaker from Old Salem Museum and Gardens

On Tuesday, October 22 the Commission on Slavery and Its Legacy at Salem Academy and College will sponsor a talk by Martha Hartley, director of Moravian research at Old Salem Museum and Gardens. Ms. Hartley will discuss the history of Salem, the Hidden Town Project initiative, and the legacy of slavery.  This event is free and open to the entire Salem community. It is part of the continuing process of learning about our school’s past connections to slavery and strengthening our ties to the local community as Salem Academy and College approaches its 250th anniversary.

The event begins at 7:00 pm in Shirley Recital Hall at the Salem Academy and College Fine Arts Center. Parents are welcome.

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