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 24, 2019

From the Head of School

Salem Academy Mission Statement

Educating girls since 1772, Salem Academy fosters compassionate and creative leaders, prepared for college and life, who chart their paths with character, curiosity, and courage.

There were two times this week when I went to the school’s Mission Statement to help me define what we do and why we do it at Salem Academy. 

The first took place on Tuesday night at the Fall Athletic Banquet. I had been given the opportunity to give remarks, and I wanted to let these four teams know that I recognize the sacrifice they make to be student-athletes. I was trying to find the right words to express my gratefulness of their representing the school; I also wanted to acknowledge their sportsmanship and perseverance. I was thrilled to be able to use the Mission Statement as it includes two words that are essential to being part of a team: character and courage. Kudos to the athletes and coaches for a strong season!

The second took place on Wednesday on the first of a three-day local workshop sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools. I am attending this event with three other administrators from the Academy, and the workshop focuses on developing a strategy to deliver a school’s main goal: STUDENT SUCCESS. As we started our table discussion on the different options as to why a family chooses a school, we all returned to our Mission. Our task at this workshop is to examine and increase the opportunities that allow Salem Academy to deliver on its promise. With the Mission as our North Star, we are able to stay on task as we navigate towards our goal.

Last spring, the Board of Trustees led the reworking of the Academy’s Mission Statement, challenging me and my team to examine what we are able to provide to every girl, regardless of her academic or co-curricular interests. I think we nailed it, and I am grateful to use these as guidelines for everything that we do.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Interim Grading Period Ends Friday, October 25

The second interim grading period for this semester ends on Friday, October 25.  Teachers will write individual comments for students, identifying strengths and areas for improvement between now and the end of the semester.  Each student will meet with her advisor on Thursday, October 31 to discuss interim comments. The comments will be available in the Parent Portal on Friday, November 1.

AP Exam Decision

This is just a reminder to all AP students and parents. The deadline for reporting your decision to take the AP exam is November 1st. If you have not yet made a decision, please be discussing any questions or concerns that you might have with your teacher. Mrs. Caligiuri will be visiting AP classes in the next week to complete the exam order. Also, you can stop in the library and let Mrs. Caligiuri know your decision before November 1st.

College Visits

The following colleges will be visiting next week in the EB reception room:

Monday, October 28th

Trinity at 9:05 am

Goucher at 10:15 am

Tuesday, October 29th

Montreat at 9:05 am

NC State at 11:05 am


Athletics Update

On Tuesday, October 22 the Salem Academy athletic department celebrated and honored the fall student-athletes.  The Lady Sabers dressed to impress and enjoyed an Italian dinner. Our Head of School Ms. Killebrew shared some inspirational thoughts on courage and character, attributes our student-athletes live out on a daily basis. Many photographs were taken and most of all special memories were made.

Tennis Awards


Most Valuable Player:  Krystle Chukwuanu

Most Improved:  Jessie Gentles, Sidney Stearns, & Izzy Smith


Volleyball Awards

Best Defense: Maggie Campbell

Best Offense: Angelina Pierre

Most Improved: Teresa Sunthang

Coach’s Award: Izzy Pare


Cross Country Awards

Most Valuable Runner:  Eva Henneke

Most Improved Runner:  Helen Watson

Saber Heart Award:  Sophia Iltis

All-Conference Cross Country: Eva Henneke


Field Hockey

Most Valuable Player:  Katherine Mims

Most Improved:   Donelle Leak

Coach’s Award:  Lucy Price

All-Conference Field Hockey: Katherine Mims


Upcoming Athletics Events

  • 10/25 - NCISAA State Cross Country Meet at McAlpine Park in Charlotte - 12:00noon

  • 10/25 - Basketball and Swim Tryouts

  • 11/2 - Fencing Meet at Salem in Bryant Hall - 10:00 AM

2019 Fall Saber Senior Athletes

Back​ Row (L-R): Sara Kent Trollinger, Izzy Smith, Kennedy Conner, Emma Kanzler, Julia Zhou, Kate Dossel, Makenna Hartwich, Maggie Campbell, Izzy Pare, Lucy Price, Amira Rady, Molly Beasley, Faith Harcus

Front Row (L-R): Sophia Iltis, Brier Evans, Jeanine Ikekhua, Mackenzie Culp, Angelina Pierre, Sidney Stearns

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Pathways Self-Care Workshop

Self Care Banner

“Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s good stewardship of the most valuable thing you own– you.”

Join Ms. Johnson on Friday, November 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the Rec. Room to answer questions like: What is self-care? How do I practically take care of myself– mind, body, and spirit? Students will identify their individual needs, and get practical, creative tools to take care of themselves in a busy season. Students will also take away a self-care craft.


Academy Debate Club Coaches Girl Scouts

Salem Academy’s debaters hosted a Girl Scouts troop from Clemmons last week to model debate format and teach debate skills. Both Salem’s debate team and the girl scouts spent the past month preparing for this event. The topics for the evening’s mock debates were chosen by the 7th-grade girls. Debate Club officers Brier Evans, Jeanine Ikekhua, and Izzy Pare spent weeks running mock debates to get the new 9th and 10th grade Academy debaters up to speed. Academy students first modeled a debate on school dress codes and then assisted the girl scouts as they debated whether or not homework should be assigned in middle school. Both the novice Salem debaters and the girl scouts demonstrated their new skills well.

Academy Debate Club Students

Photos: (Left) Academy students help guest debaters formulate arguments for their position. (Right) Debate Club officers give feedback to their guest debaters.



Salem Academy Robotics Update

After another week, The Sisters of the Motherboard and Code Sisters have many updates to share! Over the past two weeks, both teams have continued to make trips to Mounts Robotics Center for advising from the engineers there. All of our mentors have been exceptionally helpful and have been an integral part of our design process. 

The Sisters of the Motherboard has been focused on prototyping for their robot’s chassis design. Over the past few visits to MRC and team meetings, we have been focused on redeveloping our chassis design and working on building it so we can get a jump start on this season. 

The Code Sisters have also been busy with their robot chassis. As we wait on robot parts to be delivered, we have started to build the robot in the online program, Onshape and working with the mentors at Mounts on the robot’s mecanum wheels. 

All the while, our team veterans have been mentoring our “Robo-Learners” and helping them to dip their feet into programming, building, media, and more! 

Additionally, a few of our girls had the amazing opportunity to join some young girls with purpose from local schools at the Carver School Road Public Library in partnership with their Girls Who Code program. We were able to get to know these amazing young ladies and introduce them to code by teaching them how to operate mini sphero robots to draw pictures, solve mazes, and even go mini bowling. This was an amazing experience and we are beyond grateful to be a part of this partnership to empower young girls in STEM in our community. 

To keep up with the amazing things our teams have been doing as well as some exciting unboxing videos of our new parts, you should follow our team’s social media pages! All of them are linked below:

Twitter - @SA_Robotics

Instagram - @sa_robotics

Facebook - FTC Team 7444 Sisters of the Motherboard 

Lastly, if anyone has any Samsung Galaxy S5 phones they would be willing to donate to the team, it would be greatly appreciated. The Sisters of the Motherboard and the Code Sisters need these phones in order to work the programming directly with the robot! Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our faculty sponsors, Mrs. Sorrells at kristina.sorrells@salem.edu if you would like to be involved with our teams. 

Thank you!


Reminder from the Admissions Office!

Parents, don’t forget about our referral bonus! This is the perfect time of year to speak with prospective families about the possibility of their daughter(s) attending Salem Academy. You are our best cheerleaders, and we want to reward your efforts. 

Families who refer a new student to us will earn a $1000 credit towards their bill for 2020-21 when the student enrolls for next year. Please contact Jessica Rogers (jessica.rogers@salem.edu) with any questions!

Thanksgiving Break Travel Plans are Due on October 30

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

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. 

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

Eddy Marcano Conducts the UNCSA String Orchestra

Emerging Artist Series

Renowned Venezuelan conductor and violinist Eddy Marcano leads the UNCSA Strings in a dynamic program of works by Piazzolla and Tchaikovsky. The performance is Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Hanes Auditorium at Salem College.

Those wishing to attend can purchase tickets through the event page for free with promo code SALEM.

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