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Week of October 21, 2018

From the Head of School

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. (Henry Ford)

Last week I was fortunate to attend the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) Annual Conference. (In case you are unaware, SAIS is the accrediting organization for the Academy, and we received glowing accolades and strong confirmation in our reaccreditation last November.) The day-and-a-half conference offered dozens of sessions on all different topics related to independent schools, so I was ready to learn about the projected trends as well as be part of Round Table sessions to find out what has worked - and hasn’t - at our peer schools. If all of this wasn’t already a gift for me, I was especially  grateful to meet up with friends and fellow Heads of School whom I have known and worked with for my almost 35 years in independent school education.

I cringed a little bit as I wrote down “35 years,” because what are often looked at as milestones could also be viewed with skepticism or concern.  I reflect upon my longevity in education in a completely different way: Because I chose this profession for myself,  I have been able to learn, practice, fail, learn some more, succeed, try again, ask questions, contribute, absorb, share, collaborate, encourage, and celebrate. I would like to think that this is part of my personality and that I would have adopted a lifelong learning in any profession, but I am not certain that I would.

I love learning. And I equally love sharing or implementing what I have learned. My goal has always been to instill this same passion for learning in our students and to model this to my faculty. I am secretly adding you to my target group, and I encourage you to ask your daughter what I often ask her: Tell me two things that you have learned today.  And make sure that you share your two items with her, too.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

First Quarter Report Cards Available

First quarter report cards are now available on the Parent Portal.  Click here to log in to view your daughter’s report card.

Each student met with her advisor on Wednesday to discuss her grades and the comments from her teachers.  This was a time to celebrate successes and to develop strategies for improvement.  We hope that you will also review the report card with your daughter, making it part of an ongoing conversation about her academic progress.

Please note that a student’s official report card and transcript will not be available if there is an outstanding balance on her student account.  You can contact the Business Office at 336.917.5445 if you have questions.

Betsy Boyd
Director of Studies

Sisters of the Motherboard

The robots are beginning to take shape on the second floor of Critz! Both teams are making steady progress on their designs as they refine their initial ideas to work within the parameters of the competition.

Team A worked in two groups this week to focus on building and programming. The programming group focused on getting the chassis to move side to side in a straight line automatically. The building group continued to work on the extending arm.

Team A testing their robot on a matt.
Sisters of the Motherboard - Team A testing their robot's arm
Sisters of the Motherboard - Team A robot's base is coming together

Now that Team B’s apparatus for picking up the game pieces is finished, they are troubleshooting how it will fit into the robot design overall. Teams are limited to robots smaller than an 18” cube, which can pose design challenges! Programmers are writing basic codes for to make the chassis move and to decide how many motors they need.

Sisters of the Motherboard - Team B robot's base starting to take shape
Sisters of the Motherboard - Team B robot's base stress tested with a block
Sisters of the Motherboard - Team B programming their robot on a laptop

We are still working behind the scenes on a forthcoming website for the Sisters of the Motherboard. Stay tuned for when the website launches!

Sisters of the Motherboard - Web team working on the new website

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities at Salem Academy


Athletics Update

Fall athletic banquet will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:15 pm in the Club Dining Room. This event is for athletes and coaches only.

Tryouts for winter sports will begin on Monday, October 29th at 4 pm. This includes the sports of basketball and swimming. Fencing practices will continue on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Club lacrosse will begin after school on November 6th. 

Check out this week’s Winston Salem Jounal feature on freshman Emma Grimstead.

Salem students will be participating in Helen’s Run Walk 5K on Saturday, November 3rd in Clayton, NC. The race starts at 10 am. Salem will provide entry fees, transportation, and lunch. The buses will leave from the Academy at 7:00 am and return around 2:00 pm. Fall athletes and Athletic Council members are required to attend the event. Faculty and parents are welcome to join in on the fun.

Helen's Run/Walk 5K Event flier


Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 5th (Away)

The cross country team finished 5th at the PTAC conference meet on Friday, October 19th. Sophia Iltis finished first for the Sabers with a time of 24:30. Alia Agee (25:11), Abigail Wucherer (25:21), Julia Zhou (26:31), and Winna Xia (27:49) rounded out the top five. 

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