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 31, 2019

From the Head of School

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” (Michael Altshuler)

I hope you have your calendars marked…WE GAIN AN HOUR THIS WEEKEND! This may be one of my most planned-out weekends, one where I make a list of everything that I can do with an extra hour in my day: read a few more chapters, clean out my closet, nap, go for a walk..you get the idea. I define this gift of an extra 60 minutes as an opportunity to be a little more intentional and focused on something that I often have to squeeze into my schedule.

We are approaching the busiest two months of the year - November and December mark the end of the first semester as well as the addition of all the holiday events and obligations. For some reason, this is also when we hesitate to decline invitations or requests that will, in essence, take our time away from us. I have found that it is harder and harder to prioritize what I need to accomplish, for almost everything seems important or urgent in our eyes.

I have no answer on how to do less and feel okay about it. I am also pretty certain that my definitions of urgent and important are different from my students and their teachers. But I am getting better at taking the time to step away in order to clear my head, refocus my energy, and restart my task. Listening to music is one of my methods of doing this, and Jimmy Buffett has a melodic song whose first verse goes like this:

I bought a cheap watch from a crazy man
Floating down canal
It doesn’t use numbers or moving hands
It always just says now
Now you may be thinking that I was had
But this watch is never wrong
And If I have trouble the warranty said
Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On

I hope you enjoy your extra hour and that you use it to your advantage!

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

Interim Comments Available Friday, November 1

The second interim grading period for this semester ended on Friday, October 25.  Teachers wrote individual comments for students, identifying strengths and areas for improvement between now and the end of the semester.  These comments will be available in the Parent Portal on Friday, November 1.

Parent Association Meetings

Ms. Killebrew invites parents to attend the Academy’s Parent Association Meetings. We had a challenge with the ZOOM in August, but we are hoping to have a smoother set-up as we go forward. The November meeting focus will be an institutional update as well as a Q&A opportunity. Ms. Killebrew will have more specific information in next week’s e-newsletter. 

Meetings will start at 5:30 in the library and should last an hour. Dates for the meetings will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month:

  • Nov 12
  • Dec 10
  • Feb 11
  • Mar 10
  • April 14
  • May 12

Salem Academy Fall Open House!

Admissions Open House

Our second annual fall open house is November 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm with an option to shadow with one of our current students on November 11th! We invite you to register today to save your spot to see our fantastic faculty in action, a sneak peek our fall theater production of “Communicating Doors”, and a tour of our beautiful facilities

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 1. 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. Or, you can stop in the Library and let Mrs. Caligiuri know your decision before November 1st.

College Visits

The following colleges will be visiting Salem Academy the week of November 4th:

  • Monday, 11/4: Sewanee at 2:15 pm
  • Tuesday, 11/5: Sweet Briar at 10:15 am
  • Thursday, 11/7: University of Alabama at Huntsville 3:00 pm

Athletics Updates

NCISAA State Cross Country

Cross Country Team

The Lady Sabers Cross Country team traveled to the beautiful McAlpine Park in Charlotte NC last Friday, October 25 to compete in the NCISAA State Championship, the final race of the season.  Due to illness of the team’s top runner, Eva Hennke, the Sabers competed with four girls only so a team score could not be represented as you need 5 athletes to compete as a team.   The atmosphere at the course filled with excitement and anxiousness with food trucks and apparel vendors spread out over the park amidst an array of team tents and spectators cheering.  It was truly a culmination of a long season of hard work with the expectations to do well…and the Sabers did just that.

Senior Sophia Iltis crossed the line first for the Sabers in her season-best time of 23:55.2, so close to her very own personal record set in her first year on the team back in 2017.  Junior teammate Helen Watson followed soon behind in a personal record of 25:43.6. Helen earned Most Improved Runner on the team as she continually better her time and placement each race, the state meet was no different.  Senior Emma Kanzler finished in a personal best time of 28:05.6 ending her season on a much deserved high point and senior Julia Zhou crossed in 29.07.6 to finish the race and the season.

Great job Ladies! Thank you for a wonderful season of hard work.

Cross Country Athletes

First Annual Faculty-Student Volleyball Game

Student Athletes and Faculty

Thursday, October 24th, Salem Academy held its first annual faculty-student volleyball game.  Anticipation was high, and so were the underhanded serves dished out by the agéd, yet experienced, faculty team.  Over the course of three grueling sets, the student team battled the faculty team. The score shifted repeatedly mid-contest, but the students ended up taking the first set and the faculty the second.  

With minutes remaining and Ms. Rogers’ eye on the clock, the two teams began their final, short set.  It was a nail-biter, but in the end, age vanquished youth, and the faculty pulled ahead to win. However, it was not soon after that the students began murmuring about retribution to come at the spring faculty-student basketball game.  Time (and knees) will tell if the faculty can repeat or if the simmering ferocity of wounded student pride will cast down the, as yet, lofty ambitions of Salem’s educators.

Academy Faculty and Athletes

Upcoming Events and Activities

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.

Senior Ads in the Yearbook

Dear Parents, 

It is now time to think about purchasing a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook, Quill Pen. Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page. To purchase an ad for your daughter, please fill out the form below. The deadline is December 1, 2019, but we urge you to get your ads in as soon as possible. If you want this to be a surprise for your daughter, please specify that in the ‘Special Requests’ section on the Google Form.

Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected. 

¼ page:

  • $105 (with pictures)
  • $95 (without pictures)

½ page:

  • $125 (with pictures)
  • $115 (without pictures)

Full page:

  • $160 (with pictures)
  • $135 (without pictures)

All checks should be made out to Salem Academy Quill Pen and all payments should be given to Editors.

Fill out the Senior Ads Google Form here.

If you have any questions or issues accessing the form feel free to email the editors at:

Sidney Stearns sidney.stearns@salem.edu, Ava Heinen ava.heinen@salem.edu, & Caroline Harman caroline.harman@salem.edu

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

Academy Welcomes Novant Nursing Team

Salem Academy has developed a partnership with Novant Health this school year. On Mondays and Wednesdays, a nursing team will be on-site from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for student drop-ins. View the new Salem Academy Nursing team here.

For students to receive care from this Novant Health team, you will need to review and/or complete the following forms:

Please send these completed documents to the following address: NHCH@novanthealth.org.

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