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Week of October 14, 2018

From the Head of School

Overheard Saturday morning at my favorite bagel shop:
“Say what you mean. Mean what you say. And don’t say it mean.”
Clarity. Courage. Kindness.
Something to hold in my head and heart.

(Tweet from Michael Ebeling, Head of Summit School and friend)

I remember the first time I heard someone much younger than I am say, “I get all of my news from Twitter.” I was appalled, shocked, mortified…until I realized that I get many of my best ideas from educators who post on Twitter. In today’s quick paced society, I need a selection of sources from which I can scroll through and sort out what is relevant in my profession, so the trick is to select the best accounts to follow so that I have access to current trends and practices.

I have been following Michael Ebeling since September of 2010, long before living in Winston Salem was even an idea: I was at a leadership conference, and the presenter provided a list of independent school educators who had developed incredibly useful blogs or Twitter accounts that focused on my profession. Michael Ebeling’s name was on the short list. He often includes images from books he is reading, notes from conferences he has attended, or just simple, clear words of wisdom that have come his way. And that is what I found in the quotation above.

I have heard and even used the “Say what you mean, mean what you say” expression, but adding the last part - “And don’t say it mean.” - is the most powerful portion of the quotation, and perhaps the hardest action to own. We are all in close quarters here, and sometimes the urge to snap at someone or answer with sarcasm becomes our first response. At the beginning of the school year, I challenged the Academy community to focus on the theme of “Respect,” and by making it everyone’s responsibility to teach, show, and model kindness, the temptation of adding meanness will not exist in our house.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew


Salem Academy is honored to host students and faculty from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Florida), for an afternoon film viewing and discussion titled We Are the Change. This community event will share a message of advocating for gun safety laws through the powerful voice and action of youth. These students will share their messaging platform which is a delivery through peace, hope, and change.

Many thanks to River Run Film, as well as Dave and Elizabeth Marley, for bringing this program to our campus. It is not a required event; parents are welcome to attend.

Thursday, October 18
Shirley Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center
3:10     Viewing of the Film, followed by discussion (the event ends at 4:15)

Thanksgiving Travel Plans Due October 31!

Greetings, families!  All students must travel away from campus for our Thanksgiving break (November 16-26), and we ask that families send in their travel plans on October 31 to help us coordinate school transportation to the Greensboro airport and Winston-Salem bus station. Click here for more information about scheduling vacation leave requests.


Adventures in AP Art: DC Museums Edition

This past weekend the Art Department, with the invaluable aid of Mrs. Sorrells in the Math Department, took 9 girls to Washington, DC! All students who attended are part of the Advanced Placement Portfolio class, who will submit 29 pieces of artwork to the College Boards in May. With this daunting task ahead of them we explored every art venue that DC has to offer, looking for inspiration at every turn. We visited The National Portrait Museum, The Hirshhorn, The National Museum of Modern Art, The Phillips Collection, and The National Museum of Natural History. On our journeys we ate food from many cultures, explored shops and bookstores, and tirelessly walked to monuments at night. Each day we averaged around seven miles of walking to see all of these glorious sights. We even had two students who took their SAT at a high school near our vacation rental. We often took advantage of learning moments along the way. We were invited into a gallery on Q Street by the artist himself, added an assignment at the Natural History Museum where students emailed their science teachers with connections to their current learning, and made many new friends from all over the world. The girls came back exhausted, but invigorated to produce great works of art.

 DC Museum group shot DC Museum - students playing with the rainbow DC Museum trip - student regarding a painting DC Museum group shot lined up for entry

Salem Academy Robotics Update

Hurricanes and Fall Break don’t get in the way of the Sisters of the Motherboard making progress on their robots! The robotics program is so much more than just building the robots - this week showcased the girls’ problem-solving skills and true collaboration as they brainstormed the best paths forward. The rooms were filled with lively debate and conversation as ideas were researched, prototyped, and refined.

Team A worked on the extending arm for their robot this week. This piece will be attached to a claw, which will allow them to lift game pieces up and deposit them for points.

Robotics Team A testing fittingsRobotics Team A studying designsRobotics Team A assembling new design



Team B focused on programming and testing their wheels to decide on having 2 versus 4 motors. Part of the team also worked on their claw to pick up the game pieces.

Robotics Team B nearing completion of a robot designRobotics Team B testing their wheels

We would like to thank everyone who has generously donated time, money, and expertise to help us achieve our goals. Speaking of sharing expertise, we are so excited to welcome a Salem alum back to help mentor the teams. Keyla Kolenovic graduated from Salem Academy in 2013, went to University of Southern California, and is now working as a design engineer at the engineering company Rockwell Collins.  Additionally, she is now a house counselor at the Academy. We are very glad to have her support and mentorship.


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