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Week of May 9, 2019

From the Head of School

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Every now and then, a student will knock on my door to say hello, ask a question, or propose an idea. That happened this week when a sophomore boarding student wanted to talk about increasing our recycling program. She was following up on a conversation that had started earlier in the year but had not gained much momentum because, as you know, school and life take a lot of attention and energy.
So this sophomore and I started brainstorming about how to get to the result she wanted - for her fellow classmates to do something for the planet. Her ideas were enormous and impressive, but probably too much of an undertaking to take on this late in the school year. She was aware of some of the obstacles, the biggest one being where to take the recycling once it was collected (I had an answer for her). I shared what I thought could be challenges, the most pressing one being educating her community (students and adults) while also helping to start habits. We were throwing out all kinds of ideas and going in all different directions when she simply took charge and summed up her plan:

End of the Year Recycling for Salem Academy

  1. Collect all school supplies that are useable for others: The gently used items (spiral notebooks, pens) can be stored for next year’s students who need something in an emergency; the new items can be donated to a school or community center.
  2. Recycle all paper items - cardboard, loose leaf, notebooks. (Taking on cans, glass, and plastic could be a bit overwhelming for this initial undertaking.)
  3. Have these initiatives running consecutively with the annual end-of-the-year collection of clothing, sheets, towels, etc. that students do not wish to take home but are in good condition for donating to organizations which could use them.

All of these initiatives were easy to plan, and I am guessing most of them have been done before. And then she suggested something that I did not predict would be part of her proposal: She asked that we provide bins in easily accessible areas for all students, suggesting the student lounge and common areas in the dorms. She shared that if we make it convenient for people, they would be more likely to participate.

A sophomore suggesting a program that would benefit those who are in need and make the earth a little bit better, at the same time making it easy for her community to participate…that is quite an accomplishment.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

Salem Academy Debate Forum

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”- Milton Berle

Please come out and support The Academy Debate Team and Model United Nations members!

This Saturday, May 11th at 10 am, the Salem Academy Debate team will be hosting their very own Ethics Debate Forum at CWEB. Members of the team were disappointed that they couldn’t return to the Wake Forest/PEA debate this year because it was held over spring break. Instead of giving up, they were motivated by the challenge to create a debate of their own. The two competing teams will consist of Model United Nations members and Debate members. The topics being discussed are De-Extinction, the reviving of extinct species, and Designer Babies, the selection and altering of your future children’s DNA and genes. The judges will be Ms. Michelle Lawrence, Mr. Chris Royster, and Ms. Sharon Spencer. Transportation will be provided and light refreshments will be served. If students need transportation, meet in the Academy reception rooms at 9:30 am. We will return to school by noon.

Time: The debate begins at 10 am on Saturday, May 11th

Location: Salem Academy and College Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business

Suite 320 on the 3rd floor of 500 W. Fifth Street in Winston-Salem, NC


Special School Schedules for May 10, May 21, and May 24

Click here to find our school schedule for May 10, May 21,  and 24. On May 24, we will welcome astronaut Stephanie Wilson to campus and we have altered our last day of class to allow the entire student body to meet her.

Graduation Weekend Schedule

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

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 prior to 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.


Upcoming Activities and Events

Free Salem Walking Tour

Are you interested in the history of our school, the Moravians, or the lives of African Americans in early Salem? If your answer is yes, join Ms. Lawrence on a walking tour Saturday, May 11!   On Saturday, there will be a free walking tour of the Salem Moravian God’s Acre Graveyard, Salem Cemetery, and the Second St. Phillips Graveyard (also known as the Second African Graveyard).  The tour will be led by Eric Elliott (Director of the Moravian Archives)  The tour is scheduled from 1:00 pm -1:45 pm.  Students, please let Ms. Lawrence (michelle.lawrence@salem.edu) know if you plan to go. We’ll meet in the Academy reception rooms at 12:50 to walk over to the Moravian Archives.

AP Art Show May 5 - 24, 2019

Spring Theatre Production at Hanesbrands Theatre

Salem Academy is sponsoring the Spring Theatre’s production of The Secret Garden. For ticket information, please visit their website


Salem Academy Calendar and Major Dates

Click here to review Salem Academy’s academic calendar for the 2019-2020 school year; major dates for 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 are included as well.

Jan Term Trip 2020 - Austria, Switzerland, and Germany

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 from the admissions team, who moved to Boston earlier this school year, now works for EF. 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 - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 3rd (Away)


Thursday, May 9th marked the end of the regular season for the Salem Sabers track and field team as they competed at the High Point Athletic Complex in the PTAC Conference Championship.  Competing against Caldwell Academy, Calvary Day School, Forsyth Country Day, Greensboro Day, Westchester Country Day and High Point Christian Academy where seven places scored in each event, the Sabers came home with a 3rd place finish overall to end their regular season.

As usual, the Saber’s throw squad set the tone early on in the meet starting with shot put. Taking first place was Miracle Etim-Andy (34-09.00), following close behind in third place was Tochi Okoli (31-10), fourth place was Brier Evans with a new personal record (PR) and a state qualifying toss of 28-04, and fifth place points went to Jyana Seaman also setting herself a new PR of 26-02.

Continuing to set the Sabers up with a solid base of points to start the meet off, the girls earned second (Miracle Etim-Andy, 94-0.5), third (Tochi Okoli, 90-04), fourth (Jade Alston, 73-02) and sixth (Jyana Seaman 59-06) place finishes at the discus. The highlight was Jade’s toss setting a new PR to end her season!

Over at long jump, Brier Evans was grabbing points where she could with a 6th place finish (13-03.25) for the Sabers.

Heading to the track, the Lady Sabers continued to rack up points with some solid finishes. Tiarra Georges grabbed 7th place in the 100 Hurdles with a new PR (20.71) and also had a season best in the 300m Hurdles, earning a 6th place finish (60.99).

Monica Conley did not disappoint in her races grabbing the 1st place in the 100m (13.09) and second in the 200m (27.73). Teammate Jenae Edwards was also able to earn some points in the 100m with a 6th place finish (14.00).  

Adding to the team points in the 400m race was Alia Agee in 5th place (1:12.12) and Sydney Whitt in 7th (1:14.85).

Let’s not forget the 3rd place finishes for both the Lady Sabers relay teams, each team contributing solid points to the team’s overall point standings.

The 4x100 relay (54.50) comprised of Jenae Edwards, Monica Conley, Alia Agee and Sydney Whitt and the 4x200 (2:00.77) with teammates Jenae Edwards, Kiya Norman, Sophia Gnad and Monica Conley.


The Sabers currently have five athletes who have automatically qualified for the NCISAA State meet being held at Gastonia Academy in Gaston, NC this coming weekend.

Miracle Etim-Andy: shot put, discus

Tochi Okoli: shot put, discus

Brier Evans: shot put

Aprille Rolle: shot put * currently injured and cannot compete

Monica Conley: 100m, 200m

The team will also have representation in two relays as well, 4x100 and 4x200. Nine Salem Academy Sabers will be continuing their season on to states!

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