Week of January 23, 2012
From the Head of School
Welcome back, everyone! Second semester is now underway, and it started with some really good, albeit expected, news from the folks at SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools). We are officially re-accredited! A heartfelt “thank you” is certainly in order for all those people who put in extra hours of work on behalf of this important process. Included in that group are the parents who willingly gave up time out of their busy schedules to meet with the Accreditation Committee back in November. Whatever you folks said, it worked…so, thank you!
Of course, the biggest “thank you” of all goes to Miss Lauren Rogers, who served as the Accreditation Coordinator. This was an enormous undertaking, and she did it while continuing to teach four sections of Latin, a section of ESL, living in the dormitory, serving as a faculty advisor and taking care of a hundred other things. Way to go, Lauren…and way to go, Salem Academy!
I also wanted to pass along some faculty news. Miss Candy Fung, who has served as a House Counselor, Salem Scholar, International Student Coordinator and Level I ESL teacher, has decided that it’s time for her to return to her home in Hong Kong. She has been such a blessing to all of us at Salem, and to the girls in particular. We will miss our good friend, Candy, and we wish her well in her future endeavors. I’m pleased to report that Miss Joelle Whited, another of our current House Counselors, will be our new Salem Scholar and International Student Coordinator, and Miss Wynne Overton, our Associate Director of Admission, will be our new Level I ESL teacher. I know that these two women will do a fabulous job of filling some pretty big shoes!
I also have a piece of exciting news concerning our Director of Studies and AP English teacher, Dr. Eileen Cahill. I wrote to you in the fall about Dr. Cahill’s promotion to Question Leader for the AP Exam. Well, she just outdid herself! Dr. Cahill has been asked to serve on the AP English Literature and Composition Development Committee. In other words, according the College Board she’s now one of the select few responsible for, “ensuring that the course curriculum reflects as closely as possible the expectations for typical first-year college-level literary analysis courses…and for creating exams that address those curricular requirements.” In other words, Eileen is going to help write the AP exam…and that’s pretty impressive!
Finally, next Wednesday is our annual Jan Term Sharing Day, and I can’t wait to see what the girls did in their travels and on their internships. We’ll provide a report on this event in next week’s newsletter. In the meantime, I would like to single out one student who we just received some good news about recently; Daniela DeCristo. Daniela has been named a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill. It’s a BIG DEAL to be named as a finalist, because the Morehead-Cain Scholarship is the oldest, and one of the most prestigious merit scholarship programs in the country. We’re mighty proud of Daniela, and we wish her all the best in this final stage!
Have a great weekend!
A Sartorial Adventure through American Counterculture
One of the many classes offered during Jan Term is “Counterculture of the 20th Century,” taught by Ms. Smale. Over the past couple of weeks, students have learned about the various American countercultures in the 1900s; from hippies to punk and from flappers to grunge. During the last week of Jan Term, students had the opportunity to dress up as their favorite counterculture. That day, the usual students were replaced with hippies, goths, hard rockers and more. This class gave the students a chance to have a good time while learning about various countercultures.
Students dressed as everything from hippies to punk rockers.
During January Term, a number of students learned the fine art of flower arranging during a class taught by Academy history teacher Betsy Overton. The class allowed students to learn about the flowers and plants they used, as well as the history of different styles of arranging. At the conclusion of the class, students presented their final arrangements (either in European or Japanese Ikebana style) during a flower show held at the Academy. Top arrangements were given ribbons for excellence. The winners are:
Best in show in each classification (top honor):
Tri-color award in European: Shuhan Wang and Sabrina Shi (joint project)
Tri-color in Ikebana: Talia Cartall
Blue ribbon winners in the European classification:
Blue ribbon winners in the Ikebana classification:
Glee Club Trip Update
The Salem Academy glee club will travel to Disney World in Orlando, FL, over the long weekend, Feb. 16-20. During the trip they will perform and take part in a workshop. Click here for the trip itinerary.
The Salem Academy fencing team hosted its second home meet on Saturday, January 21. This was an all-women's meet with teams from Bishop, Forsyth Home Educators, Elkin and Reynolds. As always, the girls fought incredibly hard. The Salem A team defeated the Salem B team 5-4. For many of our Lady Sabers, it was their best meet of the season.
The Academy swim team hosted a meet this week with Forsyth Country Day School, Summit School, Forsyth Home Educators and Westchester Country Day School. Here are the results
Salem Academy 174.00 Westchester Country Day School 139.00
Forsyth Country Day School 206.00 Salem Academy 116.00
Salem Academy 183.00 Forsyth Home Educators 131.00
Salem Academy 196.00 Summit School 116.00
STATE CUTS: Caroline Musser 200 free, Chie Mushayamunda 200 IM, Sierra Collins 50 free and 100 free and Haley Norris 100 back and 50 free.
Martha Sophie Rabus dropped -4.08 seconds in the 100 breast
Sarah Musser dropped -24.43 seconds in the 100 back
Vivian Shuai dropped -5.46 seconds in the 100 free
Julia Allescher dropped -4.45 seconds in the 100 fly
Haley Norris dropped- 4.79 seconds in the 100 fly
Anita Coral dropped -2.45 seconds in the 50 free
Grayson Sloan dropped -2.31 seconds in the 50 free
Sarah Musser dropped -7.72 seconds in the 50 free
Caroline Musser dropped -1.79 seconds in the 200 free
TOP 3 FINISHERS
200 medley relay: Mushayamunda, Allescher, Musser C, Norris
200 free: Caroline Musser
50 free: Sierra Collins
100 free: Sierra Collins
200 free relay: Hart, Musser C, Hilla, Mushayamunda
400 free relay: Collins, Musser C, Hilla , Mushayamunda
January Term 2013 Trip Info
Jan Term 2013 trip (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) chaperone Kerry Lawson has a new update about the trip: "We are so excited that this trip has had such great interest. At this time we are completely full, but we are looking at the possibility of opening up a second bus. It would not be to our advantage though unless we have enough interest. At this time we are opening up the sign-up online to add to the trip. If you would like to go on the trip starting Monday, January 16, you will be able to add your daughter or yourselves onto the trip. You will pay the $95 enrollment fee and will begin paying for the trip the same as those who are already booked. If we do not get enough interest for the second bus by June, you will get a full refund, including the enrollment fee but would not be able to go on the trip.
If you would like to enroll please go to www.eftours.com and when you get to the site put in our tour number 1077346 and it will tell you how to get enrolled. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
EARLY ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT OF $150 OFF GOING ON NOW!!!!!!!!
**If you are a student who requires a visa please contact Mrs. Lawson BEFORE signing up for this trip**
Why Do You Love Salem?
As you may have seen in Academy ads in publications such as Our State magazine or on the billboard on I-40 Business, we're celebrating our 240th anniversary with a campaign based on the premise, "Reasons Why I Love Salem Academy." We'd love to hear why you love Salem! Send your top reasons to Jennifer Bringle Handy at email@example.com.
College Counseling News
-PSAT scores were returned to juniors on Thursday of this week, along
with a Standardized Testing Cheat Sheet, which includes detailed
information about SAT and ACT dates, as well as details of the SAT Prep
Classes offered at Salem College this spring.
-I am excited to share the details of our Junior College Information
Program coming up on Friday, February 17th. This program is required
for juniors, and junior parents are strongly encouraged to attend. All other students and parents are welcome to attend as well! Click here for the program agenda.
*For parents and students that are unable to attend the program, it will be videotaped and available to watch online.*
Buy a YEARBOOK AD for your daughter TODAY!
CLICK HERE OR ON THE LOGO TO THE LEFT TO BUY YOUR AD TODAY!!!
DEADLINE: February 28th at midnight or when all the allotted space has been filled.
It is now time to think about purchasing a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook. The space for ads in the Quill Pen is filled on a first come, first serve basis. We have limited space this year, so don’t delay! Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page.
The prices are as follows:
Full Page Ad: $165
½ Page Ad: $130
¼ Page Ad $110
All ad sales will be online only this year! This link will be published in each weekly eNewsletter and will soon be on the Salem Academy website.
*Note that ads can be purchased for any student, not just seniors.*
*Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected.
Please click the ad on top left to access online ad sales page. Once you get to the ad sales page, it will walk you through the process, step-by-step! We have also included a step-by-step Word Document for your convenience.
Please note that this will require digital photos. If you have any hard copy photos, simply use your home scanner or a scan center at your local Kinkos, Walmart, CVS, etc. If this ad is a surprise, please note that in the "special instructions" section when you are creating your ad.
If you have any questions regarding ads, please call the yearbook advisers Megan Ratley (336-721-2664) or Jenny Orr (336-917-5518)
Deadline: February 28, 2012
*Note: This website link and thus all ad sales will close at midnight on February 28, 2012 or when all the allotted space has been filled.
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!