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Week of October 3, 2019

From the Head of School

“She silently stepped out of the race she never wanted to be in, found her own lane, and proceeded to win.”  (Source unknown)

Happy October!

As I was beginning to write this week’s opening, I reflected on the process that goes into sharing my thoughts:  As soon as I write one newsletter message, I start looking for an inspirational quotation in which to frame my next installment. I have unsuccessfully attempted to plan out a week-by-week topic or focus, but the spontaneity of words/people/events appearing in my life cannot be contained by a calendar or schedule. Thus, I appreciate that you indulge me in this approach to my writing to you every week.

I happened upon this quotation and was instantly drawn to it - not simply because of the words but because of the images of all the young girls and women whom I have met on my own educational journey.

She silently stepped out of the race”  “She” has chosen not to draw attention to herself but also not to judge others who are content in their race/school/career. She is not obligated to conform to the predictable path but appreciates that there are those who do.

Found her own lane” This is not an easy thing to attempt or continue to do. It is so easy to be part of a crowd, to be a follower, to play it safe, to meet the expectations of others. This is courage.

Proceeded to win”  - Of course she did. Of course we do. WE are Salem.

Thank you to all of you parents and guardians - the ones whom I met on Saturday and the ones who were here with us in spirit - for giving your daughter a Salem Academy education. The tools that she is gaining here cannot be found in a textbook; the mentors that she has are in the classrooms, the athletic fields, the stage, in the dorms, and in the dining hall; and the opportunity to explore her talents and treasures is guaranteed in an all-girls environment, and they will be part of her for her entire life. She, you, and we - TOGETHER - are the winners.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

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.  


Flu Shot Forms Due 10/4

Download the permission form for flu shots. Please turn this in to Dean Rogers’ office by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 4 to ensure that your daughter may receive her flu shot on campus during our vaccine administration from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9.

PSAT/NMSQT - October 16

Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 need to mark their calendars for the PSAT testing on October 16th starting at 8:00 am. The fee for this testing is paid through student activity fees. Please listen for announcements about room assignments for the testing.

Advanced Placement - Exam Decisions and Fees

Starting this school year, students in AP classes must make a decision about sitting for AP exams much earlier in the year. Salem Academy has set November 1st as the exam decision deadline so that we can submit our exam order prior to the final deadline. A deposit of $40 per exam is required and will also be due on November 1st. Students may pay by either cash or checks made payable to “Salem Academy.”

College Rep Visits

The following colleges will be on campus and will meet in the EB reception room:

  • University of Mary Washington Wednesday, October 3rd at 3 PM
  • Davidson College, Monday, October 7th at 9:05 am
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Monday, October 7th at 11:05 am
  • Boston University, Tuesday, October 8th at 10:15 am
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville, Tuesday, October 8th at 2:15 pm
  • Washington & Lee University, Wednesday, October 9th at 8:30 am
  • Ringling College of Art & Design, Wednesday, October 9th at 10 am
  • University of Vermont, Wednesday, October 9th at 11 am

Salem Academy Robotics Update

The Sisters of the Motherboard and the Code Sisters have begun this week with a running start! A few of our veteran members made their way to Mounts Robotics Center on Tuesday night to discuss design ideas with some engineers there.

Students with engineers

Both teams were able to get help with chassis design and figuring out how they would like the robots’ chassis to look like this season. To consider all factors in the design process, we worked alongside our mentors to create a list of goals for this season. Talking through our ideas with the mentors helped the teams to leave with a few solid ideas and a goal-oriented mindset that will surely take us far this season!

On another note, as this is our second year fielding two teams, we have worked to make our team logo a representation of both of our teams. We decided on the final design pictured below:

Team Logo

The gears in the shape of the Venus symbol were our original Sisters of the Motherboard symbol, emphasizing sisterhood and women in STEM, but since last year we have added a background of lines of code to represent our new team, The Code Sisters. 

Make sure to keep updated on the teams’ progress by following our social media pages below: 

  • Twitter - @SA_Robotics
  • Instagram - @sa_robotics
  • Facebook - FTC Team 7444 Sisters of the Motherboard 

Lastly, we are still looking for mentors and community involvement! Any help is greatly appreciated! Again, please 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!

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Athletics Update


The Salem Academy Tennis team collectively showed how much improved they are on Thursday afternoon in High Point against a very strong High Point Christian Academy. Salem was especially competitive in singles as evidenced by Faith Harcus and Sidney Stearns winning in the 5 and 6 flights. It should be noted that HPC has only lost one team match in the 2019 season. Although Salem didn’t get any wins in doubles, all 3 flights were impressive in teamwork and camaraderie.

Krystle Chukwuanu, Sidney Stearnes and Molly Beasley all had close singles matches but came up just short of winning their respective singles matches Friday, September 27th against Chatham Hall Academy. Salem Academy’s Emma Grimstead and Faith Harcus had solid performances in capturing 2 wins in singles competition. The match was halted as Krystle Chukwuanu​ had to default doubles due to needing treatments from cramping in her long singles match. This default gave Chatham Hall a 5-2 victory. Emma Shelby and Faith Harcus were competitive in their match which was stopped due to the match having been decided as was Sidney Stearns/Jesse Gentles as their match was just getting started.

After having two consecutive losses, the Salem Academy tennis team bounced back to defeat Westchester Country Day 8-1 at High Point Country Club on October 1st. Krystle Chukwuanu, Izzy Smith, Sidney Stearns, Jessie Gentles, and Faith Harcus took five of the singles positions while the doubles teams of Krystle/Sidney, Izzy/Faith, and Jessie/Molly Beasley captured all three doubles slots. Michaela Murphy who has progressed impressively over the year won her exhibition match.  Salem has improved its record to 7-3 travels to Forsyth Country Day on Thursday, October 3.


Thursday’s match against High Point Christian was a challenge for Salem volleyball.  In volleyball, a team can have a good day and then have an off day. Set one was a slow start and High Point won 25-12. In the second set, the Lady Sabers were getting in their groove. Salem couldn’t quite close with a score of 23-25. High Point took the third set at 25-13.

 Friday’s match against Chatham Hall was an exciting match against a new opponent.  Salem hustled and had a number of fluid moments to show the crowd and their opponents that they are to be taken seriously.  Despite the killer serves from Rennie Parker, Angelina Pierre, Maggie Dees, and Sara Kent Trollinger, it was not enough to pull out a win, although very close.  Set one 23-25, set two 22-25 and set three 22-25. Salem looks forward to playing them again next Friday for their last away game.

Tuesday’s away game against Westchester Country Day School was a bit of a nail-biting match.  Trying a different line-up, Salem took some time to find their groove but squeezed in a win on the first set 26-24. For the second set, Westchester jumped on the opportunity to win 25-22.  Set three got Salem’s blood moving and the Lady Sabers kicked back into gear to win 25-16. Set four got away from Salem where they struggled a bit with communication. Westchester won 25-20. In volleyball, when you play three out of five and you go to a fifth set, the first team to 15 wins. (you must win by two). The fifth set brought some amazing serves by Angelina Pierre, Sara Kent Trollinger, Brier Evans, Maggie Dees, Izzy Pare, and Rennie Parker. There was a lot of smart hitting and blocking by Teresa Sunthang, Brier Evans, Shelby Scott, Kate Dossel and Maggie Dees.   Dossel and Dees were paired next two each other in this new line-up and looked more like a large wall when blocking in tandem. It was a thing of beauty!  Set five came down to three things, which team will 1) make the least amount of errors, 2) stay calm under pressure, and 3) play smart….and Salem won 15-13.

Field Hockey

Salem Field Hockey players had a hard-fought loss to Chatham Hall Friday, September 27.  Katherine Mims had many great forwards pushes and Virginia Dickson played a large part in keeping the ball out of our defensive circle. The girls implemented many great skills and can’t wait to face Chatham again this Friday, October 4.

The Lady Sabers played Summit School Tuesday night.  Many of our girls played against former teammates in an intense game. Donelle Leak made some incredible saves to help goalie Jeannie Ikekhua clear the ball. Hannah Beck and Clarie Black had many shots on goal. The field hockey team continues to work hard, practice hard and play hard at each practice and each game.  Improvement is evident! After a hard week of practice and games, the field hockey team took a much-needed break from the heat and enjoyed an afternoon at Kilwin’s ice cream and The Juice Shop.

Dixie Classic Fair Art Exhibition

Come join us at the Dixie Classic Fair to support the Salem Academy Art Program. Work is displayed at the Private School Art Exhibition in the Education Building. 

Salem Academy Art

Junior Car Wash to be Hosted by Old Salem

On Saturday, October 5th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm the Junior Class will have a carwash to raise money for their Prom and Senior Gift.  The event will be located in the delivery dock for the Old Salem Visitor Center. Upon arrival please drive around to the back of the visitor center. The map below will guide you to the proper place.

Old Salem Map Flyer

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 PM in Shirley Recital Hall at the Salem Academy and College Fine Arts Center. Parents are welcome.


Summer Service Trip Opportunities

Since 2003, Simply Smiles has hosted thousands of successful volunteer experiences to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota and to Oaxaca, Mexico. We ensure that our volunteers are prepared to have the most respectful, impactful, and life-altering experience possible.

Breaking ground and beginning construction on the Simply Smiles Children’s Village, the first-of-its-kind intentional community for at-risk Native youth. 15 weeks of action-packed summer youth programming.  All this–and much more!–was made possible because of the more than 300 volunteers who joined Simply Smiles on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation this summer!

Our volunteers are a vital part of creating bright futures for children, families, and their communities.

Become a volunteer on the Reservation in 2020 (and beyond!)–learn more & get planning by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator.

Earn Money for the Academy at Your Favorite Stores

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.

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