Week of October 3, 2011
From the Head of School
I love bragging about Academy girls, because they give me so much great material to talk about! They have amazing natural gifts, but they’re always willing to work harder and get better. They’re assertive, but they’re also appropriate in the way they deal with others. They’re kind-hearted, but they’re not afraid to hold each other accountable when they do something wrong. They’re smart, but they’re never condescending. They love having fun, but they’re not willing to compromise their core values in the name of having a good time. They’re normal teenagers, but they’re extraordinary people. They’ve been given an opportunity to get a world-class education, and they’re making the most of it. So the least we can do is give them a breather now and then. So…welcome to Fall Break!
Before everyone heads out to their respective locations of rest and relaxation, I will take a moment to do some of the bragging I mentioned above. Since the underclassmen will be taking the PSAT on the Wednesday they return from Fall Break, it seemed appropriate to mention how we stacked-up when compared to others on these types of tests. The following statistics came out a few weeks ago, and I’ve been meaning to pass them along. These are the mean SAT scores for the Academy seniors last year…compared to several different populations. Just a little light reading for Fall Break!
2010 SAT I RESULTS
* North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
** Southern Association of Independent Schools
|Mean Scores by Gender Nationwide
Have a great break!
- This afternoon, Mike Satterfield will be taking a group of students to the Asian Market in Greensboro. They will also have a chance to eat at a local Asian restaurant nearby. The bus will leave at 2:00pm and will return at 5:00pm.
- The PSAT will be given to students in 9th, 10th and 11th grades when we return from Fall Break onOctober 12th. The exam begins at 8am, and students need to come prepared with two #2 pencils, a calculator, and their Social Security Number, if possible. If you have not yet paid the $14 fee, please turn it in to Mrs. Walker or Miss Thompson as soon as possible!
- Parents' Association meeting minutes from Parents' Weekend are now available. Please CLICK HERE to view the minutes from that meeting.
- Host a Student for Thanksgiving Break: We have several international students that may need a place to stay over Thanksgiving vacation. If anyone would be interested in hosting one of these students, please get in touch with Miss Thompson
Young Life Members Attend Camp at Windy Gap
Salem Academy and the Office of Residential Life would like to thank former House Counselor Ms. Kate Refvem for her guidance and leadership in Salem Academy’s Young Life initiatives! While a House Counselor, for the past 2 years, Ms. Refvem has organized Salem Academy’s presence in local Young Life programs. Since the interest in Young Life has grown so much in the last two years, and in order to better meet the specific needs of Salem Academy students, Miriam Himes, Mariah Himes and Rainey McLaurin with Ms. Refvem’s leadership, started a Young Life group exclusively for Salem Academy students! Ms. Refvem garnered two Salem College students to help with Salem Academy’s Young Life endeavors: Ms. Sam Flores and Ms. Sam Smith. The Salem Academy Young Life group meets Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the Sun Porch. There is also Wednesday morning devotion before school.
With 14 students, along with 2 leaders from Salem College and former House Counselor Kate Refvem, Salem Academy was well-represented among other area schools this past weekend for the Forsyth County weekend at Windy Gap Young Life Camp in Weaverville, NC. (part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area). Students in attendance were: Mariah Himes, Rainey McLaurin, Angelica Mack, Megan Butts, Haley Norris, Elizabeth Watson, Aynsley Moore, Symaira Bolden, Chie Mushayamunda, Bethann Hilla, Bennett Holland, Martha Sophie Rabus, Miriam Himes and Molly High. The purpose of the weekend was to bring Young Life participants in Forsyth Country, NC together for Christian fellowship! Many activity options were offered including a zip line, volleyball tournaments, a giant swing and other traditional camp activities. Participants met twice daily for “club” which is a whole-group gathering for “kid skits," fun, fellowship and singing.
Thank you to the Himes and Mushayamunda parents for providing transportation to the mall. (Where Salem Academy met up with two local school to share their charter bus)
Please see the attached photo courtesy of Bennett Holland and Kate Refvem!
Pictured on the right are the leaders of our Salem group: Samantha Smith, Kate Refvem, Samantha Flores
Kimberly N. Herring
Director of Residential Life
Susie Salem Visits Mrs. Overton
By English I Honors
Susie Salem has been making the rounds over all parts of the Salem Academy campus. She was feeling a bit cooped up at the Academy and longed to go out for some fresh air. After hearing about the lovely and hospitable Mrs. Overton, Susie decided to take a visit over to her house to inquire about piano lessons. Following Salem Academy protocol, she stopped by the Tag Room to sign out and then was escorted to her destination by the English I Honors class. As she stooped down to admire the flowers, the students abandoned her at the house, clearly breaking the no-mannequin-left-behind policy.
Upon her arrival at the Fogle Flats, Mrs. Overton was surprised and delighted to see the unexpected visitor. After an amiable visit, Susie decided to stay out for the night for star-gazing on the back porch. The next morning, students honked at Susie as she snoozed through first period. Ms. Thompson issued Susie ten demerits and assigned her to Friday night study hall.
In the last game of their season, JV Volleyball faced Burlington Christian Academy on Tuesday, October 4th. A lot was on the line---not only did the girls want to vindicate a close game lost to the BCA Royals the week before, but also have a chance to shave Coach Higgins' head after a victory in their last game. The girls fought hard for a win in the first match. The second match went to the Royals, but the last match found the Salem Academy Sabers victorious! The girls played hard all season and improved tremendously. Coach Higgins hopes they will bring the momentum of this victory to next year's team!
The Lady Sabers have been on a slide in the past few weeks. The ladies have been riddled with injuries and have been learning to play with new additions. There have been some standouts that have been stepping up and helping the team in their time of need. The Lady Sabers lost 0-3 to Greensboro Day and then played them again the next week losing 1-3, although playing them tight without a setter. Sydney Sommer and Claire Lineberger have jumped into the setter role to fill the gap and did extremely well at handling the new postitions. The Lady Sabers are looking to right the ship today against Trinity. Go Sabers!
Varsity Field Hockey
*Pictured at right: Team bonding at the park!
The field hockey team had their most successful week of play so far this season this past week when they played on both Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday, the team played their second game vs Greensboro Day School this season. This was a game in which the Sabers were able to see how much improvement they have made over the course of the year. The first meeting of the year found Salem scored upon a number of times and frustrated with their play. This time, Daniela DeCristo scored a goal for Salem and GDS was kept from scoring for the first eighteen minutes of the game. Virginia Maddrey and the defense kept GDS out of the offensive circle and stopped them from scoring with impressive stick work and communication. Chelsea Clemons had eleven saves in the game while Kiersten Washle took over as flier on the defensive corners. The team stayed upbeat and focused on their jobs at hand, while continuing to better understand the game of field hockey. After the game the GDS coach commented on how much improvement the girls have made this season. This comment was greatly appreciate by both the girls and coach Vaughan.
*Pictured on right: The team enjoyed watching Wake Forest University field hockey game! Go Deacs!
Thursday, the team played Reagan High School in their first match-up of the season. Again, the team worked together and showed tenacity. Haley Norris scored a goal for Salem, making this her first goal of the season. Haley Norris and Tayler Katsma had a succession of impressive passes down the field that almost led to a goal but was unfortunately broken up just outside the scoring circle. Corinne Stokes had another strong game at midfield for the Sabers. She continues to make enhancements to her stick tackling and defensive play. Becca White stepped in at center back and played strong defense, communicating with her teammates while stopping a number of scoring opportunities for Reagan. The team has really started to jell and work together. It is commendable how hard they have worked on the field to make each other better as teammates and individuals.
The team will honor its four seniors (Daniela DeCristo, Virginia Maddrey, Blakeney Gallahan, and Madeleine Shelton) on Thursday, October 13th at their home game vs. Parkland. Please come to the game and cheer on these four girls who have given four dedicated years to the field hockey team and Salem Academy.
Salem varsity tennis lost a 6 -3 decision to a much-improved Carolina Friends School on Sept 27th. Winning the only singles match was Susan Rogers, in a very tough # 2 slot. Anita Gimenez-Coral came up just shy of winning another singles match. In doubles, Salem captured 2 of the 3 matches with wins from Claudia Jesse and Susan Rogers and the team of Marina Schulte and Keyla Kolenovic.
On Sept 29th Salem varsity tennis fell short against Caldwell Academy by a score of 8-1 with Susan Rogers winning again in another tough match and Marina Schulte losing in two very close sets. Caldwell is a very young team with many of their players playing tennis year-round.
The best of all, however, is an extremely strong Westchester Country Day School who defeated Salem 9 -0 with Anita Gimenez-Coral falling just short in a split set decision in which she lost the tiebreaker by 3 points. Salem's record is now 3-6. Caldwell Academy will be their next match October 6th at home.
The Salem Academy JV tennis team played Mount Tabor High School on Thursday, September 29th on their home courts. Though the score was the same from their first meeting with Mount Tabor, the level of play on every court was much improved. The score of the match was Mount Tabor - 8 and Salem Academy - 1. Bennett Holland had the big win at the #1 position. Bennett has worked very hard on her tennis over the last few weeks and she was determined to win. The team is very proud of her. The #1 position is a very difficult position to play.
Academy Student Scholars Honored
Four Salem Academy students recently received scholarship recognition.
Christa Combs was recognized as a member of the 2011-2012 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Combs was among a group of students chosen out of more than 235,000 who took the PSAT/NMSQT/PAA and identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino. Combs was chosen based on her exemplary scores and her high grade point average.
Carrie Barlow was named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students are placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Daniela DeCristo and Mariah Himes were named as nominees for the prestigious Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The highly competitive scholarship covers full tuition, room, board and extras such as travel, for four years. Nominees are chosen for excellence in academics, character, leadership and extracurricular activities.
Schedule for Wednesday, October 12th
8:00 a.m. - Report for the PSAT – take 2 #2 pencils
- Juniors & Sophomores – auditorium
- Freshmen – study hall room, #27
9:00 a.m. - Senior College Program with Mrs. Walker
- Schedule & location will be in your mailbox
- Exercise on the athletic field (gym, if rain)
11:40-11:55 a.m. - Chinese Tea break
12:00-1:00 p.m. - China Experience Trip Presentation – auditorium, all students
1:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch
2:10-2:53 p.m. – 8th period
2:55-3:38 p.m. – 9th period
Shop at Food Lion and Earn Money for Salem
Dear Parents, Faculty and Friends,
Thank you for supporting our school through the Food Lion MVP Rewards program.
Salem Academy is participating in the new Food Lion Classroom Rewards program to earn much needed funding for our school. We need your help and support to maximize our fundraising effort. We are encouraging you to shop at your local Food Lion store and every time you shop, Salem Academy will earn a share of the program funds donated by Food Lion based on what you purchase.
If you haven’t already linked your MVP Card to support our school, please follow the steps below.
1. Go to www.foodlion.com
2. Click on Community Outreach
3. Click on MVP Rewards
4. Click Register your MVP Card
5. Click on the arrow that says, “Shoppers register here”
Once on the MVP Shopper Registration page, enter your MVP Card number (all 12 digits), your contact information and link it to our school. Our code is 214297.
Purchases of only the following brands will help earn cash for our school: Food Lion Brand, Healthy Accents, Home 360, Nature’s Place, On the Go Bistro, Smart Option, Taste of Inspirations, Butchers Brand Beef and Holly Farms Poultry.
Help our school earn even more by shopping on double points day! All Food Lion brand product purchases will receive double credit on the 10th of each month.
For more information on how you can help, please contact:Megan RatleySalem AcademyPhone: 336-721-2664Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Lion is a banner of Food Lion LLC, a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG).
Link Your Harris Teeter VIC Card and Support Salem
Beginning August 1, Salem Academy proudly continued in Harris Teeter's Together In Education program to help raise funds for our school. It's easy and it's FREE. Simply give the cashier our code, 5509, and your VIC card when you check out and your card will be linked for the entire school year. That's it! You only have to link your VIC card once each school year. Once your card is linked, Salem Academy will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, Premier Selection, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Naturals, Your Pet, Hunter Farms, Highland Crest and More Value) purchases credited back to our account. This program does not interfere with your VIC savings or cost you any money!
For those of you who participated last year, don't forget to re-link your VIC card to our account code next time you are shopping at Harris Teeter!