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Week of September 19, 2019

From the Head of School

“My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.(Tara Westover, Educated)

Confession: I finally read Tara Westover’s memoir titled  Educated

I am really late to the party in reading this book which was first published in 2018. Many schools put it on summer reading lists, the author has had a full speaking calendar, and almost every book club has included this title for one of its monthly reads. I would bet many of you have read it or at least seen it referenced in articles. I Googled “Tara Westover” to get a sense of the public response to her story, and I watched a YouTube interview with Ellen Degeneres. I was fully engaged with learning more about this book and its author, but my engagement was from a distance: I was letting outside sources narrate their perspective; I was a passive bystander who was simply absorbing what I read or heard.  Here’s the kicker: I kept reading more reviews and watching more interviews simply because I was not satisfied with what I was learning about Westover’s book, and then I realized that for this book, it wasn’t what I was learning but how I was learning. 

My solution:I visited the students in the AP English Language Class who were assigned this book as required summer reading. I recognized that these juniors read it for academic purposes, probably with the approach that there were details which they needed to remember for an assessment or support in explaining their evaluation of the book. I gave the class my background of “resistant reader” and told them about all my Internet sleuthing. And when I asked, “So, what did you think?” - the magic happened:

It caught my attention; I really enjoyed it; parts of her story were hard to process; the religious piece was an interesting juxtaposition to my own; my mother read it and we talked about it afterwards; it made sense for it to be a book for this class; while I took notes like it was an assignment, I enjoyed it like a story.

I asked questions, shared my own reading experience, and listened carefully. But the real magic came when I watched the conversation - the eagerness to share, the confidence in recollection, the logic and practicality in sharing an opinion WITHOUT FEAR OF WHAT ANYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM WOULD SAY, even if there was no agreement in interpretation or experience in the actual passage. 

Discovering our voices and being our own narrator - It’s what we do, and what we do well.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Parents Weekend 2019

Calling all parents, grandparents, and families! Just a reminder that our upcoming Parents Weekend is on September 27-28, 2019.  We look forward to having you cheer on our fall athletes on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, you’ll experience your student’s school day with a faculty open house in the afternoon.  We’ll also have Salem Academy merchandise for sale all weekend. The deadline for RSVPs for Parents Weekend is extended to Sunday, September 22, 2019.


Advanced Placement Exam Fees

College Board has made a few changes to the Advanced Placement which went into effect with this school year. The good news is that the fee for an Advanced Placement exam has remained the same at $94. Under the new policies, students will need to commit to sitting for the exam much earlier.

  • Salem Academy has set a deadline of November 1 for deciding to participate in the exams.
  • Students will be required to pay a $40 deposit (per exam) at that time.

However, students do not need to wait until November 1. Those students who have made their decision may begin informing their teacher and Mrs. Caligiuri of their choice. The fees may be made with cash or checks made payable to Salem Academy.

Saber Athletics


Salem Academy’s tennis team scored another win over Caldwell Academy’s B Varsity team 9-0 on a pleasant evening at the Salem Academy courts on Sept. 13. The win improved Salem’s record to 4-1. Singles winners for the Sabers were: Krystle Chukwuanu, Emma Grimstead, Jesse Gentles, Izzy Smith, Emma Shelby, and Sidney Stearns. Capturing doubles wins were the tandems of Krystle Chukwuanu/Izzy Smith, Emma Shelby/Faith Harcus and Sidney Stearns /Molly Beasley.

Salem Academy continued it’s 4 match winning streak with a 6-1 decision over Calvary Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Hanes Park. The team match began with the doubles competition where the Salem tandems of Faith Harcus/Emma Shelby and Emma Grimstead/Sidney Stearns won in a pro set format.

Singles winners were: Krystle Chukwuamu, Emma Grimstead, Faith Harcus, and Sidney Stearns, which were played in the best of 3 set format. 

Next for Salem is Greensboro Country Day at home on Sept. 24th.


Salem traveled to play a three out of five varsity match against Greensboro Day School last Thursday, September 12.  Before every match the volleyball players are reminded of their mantra…”Stay calm, stay low” and there are one of two words you will be yelling on the court, “Mine!” or “Help.”  A lack of movement and communication will be detrimental to the outcome of a set, as well as the entire match. Greensboro Day won in three sets, 25-8, 25-10 and 25-12. Sometimes the team who wins isn’t always the team with the most talent, it’s the team who stays mentally tough, plays smart and trusts their teammates. Keep pushing ladies!

Tuesday’s volleyball match this week was played at Calvary against their “B” team for two out of three sets. There were a lot of great moments after Salem Academy found their rhythm on the court.  Set one was close and built momentum halfway through and Calvary won 25-17. Set two, started with the same intensity and Salem fought in an effort to make a great come back. Unfortunately, Calvary kicked into gear and won the second set 25-8.  There were several great serves by Angelina Pierre, Maggie Campbell, Sara Kent Trollinger, and Rennie Parker.  There were some tremendous blocks and kills by Maggie Dees, plus great passing by Izzy Pare and Maggie Campbell.  Like a car’s engine, all of the cylinders must fire at the same time for it to start and work properly.  We look forward to hosting Carolina International School on Thursday, September 19.

Field Hockey

The Salem Academy field hockey team played Greensboro Day School on Thursday, September 12. The weather was hot and muggy, but the lady sabers played hard losing 1-0 in overtime. At the end of the two 25 minute halves, the score was 0-0. Jeannie Ikekhua made some amazing saves in goal, with solid backup defense from Virginia Dickson and Mackenzie Culp.  Katherine Mims controlled the field well at center midfield, making sure she kept the momentum up for the entire team!  Way to go, SABERS!!

What a night for our Sabers field hockey team. We took on the Forsyth Country Day Furies again at home on Tuesday, September 17.  The girls had a strong game, playing much better than last week. We had our first goal of the season scored by Kennedy Conner with a MAJOR assist by Katherine Mims, She placed the ball perfectly, it was beautiful!   While the final was 5-1 FCDS, we played hard and the coaches were so proud of their girls! GO SABERS!!!

Athletes playing field hockey


Upcoming Athletic Events

  • 9/24 - Tennis vs.Greensboro Day - Home 4:00 PM

  • 9/24 - Volleyball vs. Greensboro - Home - 4:30 PM

  • 9/24 - Field Hockey vs Greensboro Day - Home - 4:30 PM

  • 9/26 - Cross Country at Ivey Redmon Park - Away - 5:30

  • 9/26 - Volleyball vs. High Point Christian - Away - 4:30 PM

  • 9/26 - Tennis at High Point Christian - Away - 4:00 PM

  • 9/27 - Tennis vs. Chatham Hall - 4:00 PM

  • 9/27 - Volleyball vs. Chatham Hall - 4:30 PM

  • 9/27 - Field Hockey vs. Chatham Hall - 4:30 PM

Upcoming Events and Activities

Upcoming Activities and Events

New Salem Academy Sweatshirt Available for Preorder!

SA SweatshirtThere is a new apparel item available from Salem Sisters Sportswear! A new sweatshirt embellished with a purple and gold ‘Salem Academy’design is now available for preorder. 

Product Details:

  • Charcoal Grey 10 oz. premium fleece sweatshirt from Pennant Sportswear. 

  • 60% cotton/ 40% poly with v-notch crewneck detail, full athletic cut, and rib-knit waistband and cuffs

  • Available in Adult sizes XS to 3XL. 

  • Preorder Price: $44 each (Price after Parents Weekend will be $48)

All sweatshirts ordered by September 23rd will available for pick up at school for Parents Weekend!

To order your sweatshirt, go to www.salemsisterssportswear.com. When you get to shipping select the Pick Up at Store option. This will have your order delivered to Salem by Friday, September 27.


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