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Week of May 23, 2019

From the Head of School

I take it as an article of faith that the novels I’ve loved will live inside me forever.” (Pat Conroy, My Reading Life)

I am excited - yet at the same time frightened - by the growing stack of books that are beside my bed, on my desk, and in my “Save for Later” list on Amazon.com. I wish that I were a person who could read more than one book at a time, but I just do not have that skill. I have tried, but I find that I either forget important parts (novels) and suggestions (nonfiction) or get so immersed (more so with novels, less so with nonfiction) that I tend to ignore everything else.

I find my books in the usual way that most of you do - best-seller lists, walking through Bookmarks in downtown Winston-Salem, and asking friends and colleagues what they are reading. I have almost permitted myself to not to finish a book if I am not gaining anything from it, but I usually put that book down for a few months and then give it another chance

My favorite (sadly, the only) fiction that I have recently read?
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Favorite authors?
Pat Conroy
Ann Patchett

Recommended books for educators (some are in the stacks mentioned above):

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown 

Under Pressure by Lisa Damour  

Recommended by colleagues:
Fewer Things, Better by Angela Watson
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel 

Director of Studies Betsy Boyd and I (along with many others) have been reading a lot of options for the 2019 all-school summer read.  We are excited to announce that the selected book will be The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright.  From Amazon: The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman’s journey to save her son and another woman’s chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia–perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia–everyone deserves a second chance. I suggest that after your daughter reads the book, she shares it with other members of the family so you may have your own all-read experience and discussion.

I always welcome suggestions in any category, so the next time you see me (or email me), please do not hesitate to greet me with “Have you read….?” I know that there is a place for it in one of my stacks.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Special School Schedule for May 24

Click here to find our school schedule for May 24.


Spring 2019 Exam Week Schedule

Click here to view the school schedule for May 24-June 2.

Friday, May 24


Parents and friends are invited to the Closing Chapel ceremony in the Academy Auditorium at 1:20 p.m.  In addition to the closing service, we will also have the installation of student officers for 2019-2020, the recognition of our student publications, and the presentation of Citizenship Honor Awards for this year.


Graduation Events

Wednesday, May 29

5:00 p.m. - Alumnae Board Celebrates Seniors at the Head of School’s Home.  This event is required for seniors.

Friday, May 31


11:00 a.m. - Home Moravian Church (on the square in Old Salem). This event is required for all students.

Recognition Assembly         

4:30 p.m. - Hanes Auditorium. This event is required for all students and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Head of School Dinner       

6:00 p.m. - Bryant Hall. This event is for seniors and their families.  

There’s no charge for the first 5 guests ($15/person after that)  Reservations requested – click here to RSVP.

Art Show Reception             

7:00 p.m. - Fine Arts Center

Glee Club Spring Concert

8:00 p.m. - Fine Arts Center, Hanes Auditorium. Open to the public.

Senior Fest                           

10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m - Bryant Hall.  A dance and celebration for all students, families, friends, faculty, and staff.

Saturday, June 1


10:00 a.m. - May Dell. Required for all student (Hanes Auditorium, Fine Arts Center, if rain)


Academy Front Lawn (after graduation)

Attendance at Baccalaureate, Recognition Assembly, and Graduation is required of all students. Boarding students may leave as soon as the graduation is over on June 1, about 11:30 a.m.  The dorms will close and all students should have moved out by 4:00 p.m. If this schedule presents a problem for you, please discuss it with Miss Rogers before the end of school. Also, Day Students should have lockers cleaned out and all personal belongings removed from the school by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

Class of 2019 Families: RSVP for the Head of School Dinner

At this celebratory dinner, families can relax and spend time together before our evening events. There is no charge for Class of 2019 families with 5 or fewer guests.  Senior families with more than five guests will be charged $15 per additional guest. Please submit your RSVP by May 26.


AP Biology Guest Speaker

Chrissy May Long, Salem Academy graduate (1999), spoke with the AP Biology class about her work as a research technician at Wake Forest University/Comparative Medicine.  She provided an overview of her work with monkeys, why they are important in research, their behavior, and talked about her career path which led to her work today.


Upcoming Activities and Events

AP Art Show May 5 - 24, 2019

Final Counseling Program: #summergoals

Do you ever find yourself feeling unmotivated over the summer? Or doing too many activities and feeling stretched thin? Do you ever find yourself reaching the end of summer and wishing you had spent your time more intentionally? Summer break is a unique season that allows us to rest, recharge, explore, and have fun with family and friends– but it’s easy to let the time pass us by without being intentional! Students are invited to join Ms. Johnson for a fun activity and discussion on how to identify and achieve our #summergoals. Come create an intentional list of goals that will empower you to thrive this summer!


Mrs. Cottontail & Friends Therapy Bunnies

Salem Academy will be offering students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to pet and play with therapy bunnies during exam week! Please join a local organization, Mrs. Cottontail & Friends on May 29th, from 9-11 a.m. in the Rec. Room. Please contact Ms. Johnson (mary.johnson@salem.edu) with any questions or concerns.


Reminder to Parents!

Returning parents, please don’t forget about our new referral bonus!

For current families who refer new families to Salem Academy, there will be a $1000 referral bonus applied towards tuition.

Qualifications include:

  1. The family must be new to Salem Academy;
  2. The new family must notify us of your referral; and
  3. The new family must pay their deposit and registration fees.

This bonus will be applied to the 2019-2020 school year and is awarded per family referred.

2019 NCAIS Student Lead’Her’ship Conference

The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools is hosting the Student Lead’Her’ship Conference on June 9 - 11 at St. Mary’s Schoool in Raleigh, NC. TEach student leader who participates in the conference will come away with awareness, skills, resources, ongoing support. They will also build the confidence needed to facilitate and lead a girls group, activities and/or a school-wide event in their school community.   The conference is for 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students.

Information Regarding the 2019 Conference Programming

Students will participate in the following activities during the conference:

  • Opening keynote workshop: Leadership & Collective Problem Solving led by District C
  • Leadership Style Assessment
  • Introductory Session Components:  Be You, Who am I? and What is important to me?
  • Yoga: Positive self-body image, strength, confidence, and connection with others  
  • Leading Yourself in Order to Led Others based on the book, Beautiful, Part I and II
  • Evening Book Discussion Options: Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU by Julie Foudy or Beautiful by Naomi Katz
  • Etiquette Luncheon
  • Evening Movie Options:  I Feel Pretty or A Wrinkle in Time and Debrief
  • How to Start/Lead a Girls Group at your School
  • Where I am From Session
  • Fulfilling Dreams from a Financial and Leadership Perspective

For more information about the 2019 Student Lead’Her’ship conference and to register, please click here.

Major Dates for the 2019-2020 School Year

Ready to beginning planning for the next school year?  Click here to view major dates for the upcoming academic year.


Jan Term Trip 2020 - Austria, Switzerland, and Germany

A Message from Mrs. Robinson:
I am more excited than ever for our trip next January to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. EF Education First in Boston rolled out the red carpet to welcome me into their headquarters for a tour and specialized planning of our journey. I also received a wonderful surprise as I walked onto the planning floor and heard my name called out from across the room. Our very own, Brooke Drost, formerly with the Academy admissions team, now works for EF in Boston. Having one of our own to monitor our progress and aid in the success of our trip will make this experience one we will never forget!  Please contact me at maria.robinson@salem.edu to join our already growing group of adventurers or go to http://www.eftours.com/2030893YA and book your trip today for an extra $100 off. We will host an interest meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 1:10 PM in the Salem Academy Art Room for all current attendees and any interested parties. I can’t wait to pack my bags and get started.

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!
Go to https://www.salemacademy.com/steamcamp

2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 6th (Away)

This past weekend the Lady Sabers joined fourteen other schools to compete in the NCISAA Division II State Track and Field meet. The meet was held at Gaston Christian School in Gastonia, NC on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2019.

Representing Salem Academy in their purple and gold were Sophia Gnad (Long Jump, 4x200), Sydney Whitt (4x100, 4x200), Jeanine Ikekhua (100, 4x100, 4x200), Kiya Norman (200m, 4x100, 4x200), Brier Evans (Long Jump, Shot Put), Jade Alston (Discus), Jyana Seaman (Shot Put), Tochi Okoli (Discus, Shot Put), Miracle Etim-Andy (Discus, Shot Put) and Monica Conley (100, 200, 4x100). Each athlete showed up in a big way and together, the Lady Sabers earned an overall 6th place team finish.

Friday afternoon started off with the field events.  Brier Evans held nothing back in long jump setting herself a new personal record (13-10). Over at the discus circle, Miracle Etim-Andy spun to a first place victory, earning her first of two All-State titles with a throw of 107-11.75. Taking that momentum with them into Saturday’s competition, Miracle again captured a state title with her first place toss of 35-10.5 in the shot put to tie her personal and school record. Teammates Tochi Okoli and Brier earned the team some solid points as well from the shot put circle coming in 6th (30-01) and 8th (29-11, PR) place respectively.

After a day of preliminary rounds on Friday, running hard to qualify for finals on Saturday’s competition, Monica Conley clenched two All-State awards with a 2nd place finish in the 100m (13.00) and a 3rd place finish in the 200m (27.46) ending her season with a new personal record.

Both relays ran on Saturday, earning the team two 7th place finishes to add to the team score. The Lady Sabers 4x100m relay ended their season with a new season-best time of 54.08 (Kiya Norman, Monica Conley, Sydney Whitt, Jeanine Ikekhua).

Coach K, Coach Flower, and Coach T are very proud of the efforts of the team to get this far into the postseason competition and impressed with the team’s performances to end the season. They would like to thank the girls for their hard work this season, the parents and family members who offered amazing support and encouragement to the team, and the Academy as well for giving the team the opportunity to do so well this season.

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