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 September 12, 2019

From the Head of School

“I always knew this day would come

We’d be standing one by one

With our future in our hands

So many dreams, so many plans…”

(I’ll Always Remember YouAndrew Green and Maria Brown-Gallenberg)

I wanted to open this week’s newsletter with the opening lines of the song that the Senior Class chose as their Senior Song last Wednesday, which was Senior Day, the day after Senior Ring Banquet. They selected this song at their Senior Retreat (which was hosted by physics teacher Paul Allen and his wife Cathy). 

If the above paragraph were the opening of an English assignment, a teacher would be tempted to circle the word “Senior” all five time and write “overuse of a word.”  I, however, am visually circling every “Senior” and thinking “successful school leaders.”

At the beginning of the school year, the Class of 2020 had a meeting to discuss their role in leading the school. They were given calendar dates for their events, general obligations, behavior/modeling expectations, and reminders of their role as the oldest members of the student body. They were also given a list of specifics duties that were really reminders of what we all should do: Turn off lights, pick up trash, offer to help, etc. In my opinion, though, the one reminder from this list that is essential for the Seniors to maintain and model as leaders of the school is this: ALWAYS BE COURTEOUS, COOPERATIVE, AND KIND!

And from what I have observed in these first few weeks of school, the student leadership is in excellent hands.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


2019 Parents Weekend Schedule

Download to see the schedule for Parents Weekend!

Faith Harcus Named National Merit Semifinalist

Greensboro native and four-year Day Student Faith Harcus has been named a National Merit Semifinalist by the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Faith’s selection was based on her score on her PSAT taken her junior year, a score which represents the highest scorers in the country (which is less than 1 percent of all high school graduating seniors). Faith has taken Honors, AP, dual enrollment, and Salem College classes during her four years at the Academy.  She plays on the tennis team, is the Key Club secretary, and is a leader in Bible Study. Faith is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Harcus. Congratulations!

Student with the Head of School

Advanced Placement Courses and Exams

Salem Academy is excited to have so many students participating in Advanced Placement courses this year. This allows our students to do college-level work while in high school. There are a few changes to the AP exam process that parents and students need to be aware of. The changes are:                                                                                                                     

  • Students need to commit to taking an AP exam this fall. 
  • The deadline for that decision is November 1 and a $40 deposit will be due at that time.
  • The deposits can be cash or a check made payable to “Salem Academy”.

All students “join” their AP class using a unique code provided by their AP teacher. Students join the class even if their decision is not to take the exam in May. By joining the class students will have access to online resources from their AP teacher and College Board. If a student has not yet been able to join their class through their College Board account, please seek out assistance through your teacher and Mrs. Caligiuri.

If you have any questions please contact JoAnn Caligiuri at Salem Academy (joann.caligiuri@salem.edu).

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

If you love to volunteer and have volunteered a lot of hours both in school and in the community, you can apply to be considered for this award. You can find this application at www.spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit. Fill it out and give it to Dr. Spong before November 5th to be considered for the school nomination. 

College Visits

The following colleges will be visiting next week:

  • Carnegie Mellon: Tuesday, September 17th, 9:05 am
  • Lipscomb University: Tuesday, September 17th, 10:15 am
  • St. Michaels: Wednesday, September 18th, 8:30 am

Senior Ads for 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 November 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


Upcoming Events and Activities

Upcoming Activities and Events

Sabers Athletic Update


On Sept. 6 Salem swept all six singles flights to defeat long-time rival Westchester Country Day 8-1 at the Salem courts. Winning singles matches for Salem were: Krystle Chukwuanu, Emma Grimstead, Jesse Gentles, Faith Harcus, Izzy Smith, and Emma Shelby. Molly Beasley won an exhibition singles and Michaela Murphy went to a 6-6 tiebreaker. The team of Emma Grimstead/Krystle Chukwuanu took the top flight in doubles and Sidney Stearnes/Molly Beasley took the number two doubles position.

On Monday, September 9th Salem fell 9-0 to a strong Forsyth Country Day tennis team at the Salem Courts. Although Forsyth Country Day won decisively all flights in singles and doubles, Salem’s players displayed impressive efforts in all cases and exceptionally from Izzy Smith, Jesse Gentles, and Krystle Chukwuanu. In doubles, Izzy Smith and Sidney Stearns fell just short in the number 2 doubles flight and Emma Grimstead/Faith Harcus had impressive points at the top seed. Molly Beasley continues to improve with another win in her exhibition match.

Athlete playing students


Last volleyball match against Westchester Country Day School was a learning lesson in mental strength and the importance of communication within a team, both on and off the court.  The three out of five matches started with promise, Salem holding tight but slipping 21-25. Sets two and three were not quite the level that Salem is capable of playing and losing 9-25 and 8-25.  The volleyball team as a whole learned to abide by their mantra - ”Stay calm, stay low.” It takes mind over matter to control your movements when panic and excitement set in. This takes time and training as the team is learning and growing during this year of rebuilding.

If you did not attend Monday’s volleyball match against Forsyth Country Day School, you missed one of the most riveting games.  The five-set journey was filled with head-spinning serves, blocks, clear shot aces and breathe taking passes. In set one, Salem crushed FCDS  25-14, set two, FCDS barely won with 26-24, in set three, Salem pulled through with 25-20, in set four, FCDS came back winning 25-20, and the fifth set FCDS pushed hard to win 16-14.  The positive outcome is that Salem saw what they are capable of doing. It is just the beginning of the season. The BEST is yet to come! Honorable mentions for being rock stars on the court were: Maggie Campbell, Sara Kent Trollinger, Maggie Dees, Izzy Pare, Angelina Pierre, Kate Dossel and Rennie Parker. We will face the Greensboro Day Bengals on Thursday, September 12.  Keep up the hard work ladies!


Athletes playing volleyball


Field Hockey

Salem Academy field hockey opened their season against Forsyth Country Day Monday, September 9. Our starting line-up was: Jeannie Ikekhua as goalie, Amira Rady as wing defense, Mackenzie Culp as upper mid defense, Mary Brannen Connolley as lower-mid defense, Virginia Dickson as wing defense, Lucy Price, as wing mid-field, Katherine Mims as center mid, Mackenna Hartwich as wing mid-field, Claire Black as wing forward, Hannah Beck as center forward, and Kennedy Conner as wing forward. We had 22 shots on goal, with 14 saves by Jeanine Ikekhua (GO JEANINE). We had 11 FCDS corners, but only 2 were goals.  Salem had 4 shots on goal with no goals scored. The final was 8-0 FCDS. The girls did amazing and never let the scoreboard deter them. Coach Fox and Coach Farrimond were very proud of the team’s effort.

Technology on Dorm

If you would like to restrict your daughter’s use of her personal technology devices during the evenings, please contact Dean Rogers (lauren.rogers@salem.edu) to set up a plan for your daughter’s tech use.

Student Handbook Available Online


Major Dates for 2019-2020 School Year

Download Salem Academy’s school calendar. Please make sure that you take note of these important school dates. 

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