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Week of October 7, 2018

From the Head of School

Strong is being able to look at a challenge and foresee the magnificent outcomes that it may bring. (Grace P., Age 18 Strong Is the New Pretty)


On one of the end tables in my office is a book titled Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker. This book is a collection of photographs and short quotes from girls of all ages, and the different sections focus on attributes such as confidence, wisdom, creativity, determination, kindness, joyfulness, and independence. I love to pick it up and thumb through it, recognizing challenges that I had as a teenager and acknowledging the challenges that today’s Salem Academy students encounter.

Fall Break is halfway over, and the timing is pretty intentional on our part. Students are finishing up the first quarter, sports teams are nearing the end of their season, and not-so-great study habits are about to become traits if a new routine isn’t put into place. The typical challenges of student life are here in full force, and it is important to know that there is an incredible support system in place for our girls. Weekly advisor lunches, a full-time counselor with extended hours, lunch opportunities with the Vice President for Diversity and Equity, a learning specialist who welcomes any student, house counselors who share their evenings and afternoons with the boarding students - the list goes on and on! I am constantly aware of just how fortunate I am to work with a community who cares for each and every one of the students in this school.

I always hear the saying “Life is full of challenges, “ but I have come to think that it should be “Life is a challenge.” At Salem Academy, we give girls the tools and problem-solving skills to give them the confidence and determination to persevere and find successes that truly are magnificent - just ask them, and be ready to be amazed.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


School Schedule for October 10

Our first day back in session begins bright and early with our PSAT administration. Please make sure that your daughter is on campus in plenty of time for her to begin our PSAT testing at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Seniors will meet for a group picture at 9:00 a.m. which is when they will need to report to campus.


College Counseling Corner

Piggybacking off the above announcement—Wednesday, October 10th, the day we come back from Fall Break, is a very important one for all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders at the Academy. We will be administering the PSAT all morning from 8:00 - 11:30. Please make note that we are starting earlier than our normal beginning to the school day, so please have students to school in plenty of time to be ready to go at 8:00 am sharp.

What: PSAT Administration

When: Wednesday Oct. 10, 2018

Who: All 9th, 10th, & 11th graders

What to bring: Required - Two #2 pencils (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS!!!) and a calculator for one portion of the math section

        Suggested - A watch that has NO audible alarms or communication/recording capabilities, and extra batteries for your calculator


Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities


Fall Talent Show

The Salem Academy Student Council invites friends and family to this year’s Fall Talent Show. This will also be the start of the canned food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Please plan to join us on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm in the Salem Academy auditorium.  Admission is just four cans of non-perishable food. This is an event you do not want to miss!


Salem Academy Robotics Update

This past Sunday the Sisters of the Motherboard started the foundation for their robots called the chassis. The chassis serves as the outline and base of the robot. The chassis can be designed to serve different needs.


Team A (pictured below) decided to focus on creating their chassis for increased agility and to allow the robot to travel in any direction. Their secondary goal was having an elevated base so the robot can possibly go over the “craters” in the challenge, but that isn’t their focus as a strategy.

In contrast, Team B (pictured below) decided to focus on the goal of maneuvering over the craters. Because of this, they have a very different tread design to prevent the robot from getting stuck.

With the beginning of the physical building of the robots, the programming subgroups are now starting to work on the coding for the robots.


Obviously, we are still looking for team name ideas - send them our way if you have any! We are also still accepting the old phones and looking for further community involvement. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of the faculty sponsors, Mrs. Sorrells, at kristina.sorrells@salem.edu if you have any ideas for names, old phones to donate, or want to know more about getting involved. Thank you!


DADs Group Gearing Up for Fall

Dads GroupThe Salem DADs (Discussions Around Daughters) Group will be starting back up again this fall, and we hope you will join us. Its purpose is to both support the students and to stay engaged and aware of what’s happening at the Academy. 
If you have never been involved, but want to learn more, contact Alex Hudson (Blythe ‘19), alex.h.hudson@gmail.com
Also, mark down Dec 15th for our traditional Pancake Breakfast!  The dads gather at the Academy to serve a wonderful pancake breakfast for the students during exams.
We also have regular “meetings” where we hear from different Academy staff.  Traditionally, we meet monthly for breakfast, and are setting up when will be meeting this fall.

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Win, 8-1 (Away)

On October 1st, Salem traveled to Westchester Country Day School and defeated the Wildcats 8-1 with all the Sabers contributing to either singles and/or doubles. Winning in singles and doubles were: Jayden Brown, Krystle Chukwuanu, Emma Grimstead and Emma Shelby. Sophie Gnad is becoming quite a singles specialist with a decisive win at the six position. Sidney Stearns teamed with Emma S. and Faith Harcus teamed with Emma G. for the remaining doubles wins.

Salem improves to 3-5 in the PTAC and 3-6 overall.

Win, 2-0 (Home)

On October 1st, the JV Volleyball team took their 3rd win of the season over the visiting Salem Baptist Vikings. The Saber ladies dominated and won in just two sets. Angelina Pierre had an exceptional game with digs and serves. The opposing team struggled returning her bullet-like speed of a serve. The final score was 25-18 (W) and 25-12 (W). Offensively, Tee Georges made some great hits and also was fantastic from the service line. As a team, the ladies communicated well and worked well setting up the ball and making plays.

Loss, 2-3 (Away)

On Monday, October 1st, the varsity volleyball team traveled to Westchester Country Day School for a tight match to five games. The first game was lost at 21-25 but Salem Academy came back to win the second game 29-27.  Game three went to Westchester, 24-21 and game four was victorious by Salem Academy, 27-24.  It all came down to the fifth game, a tiebreaker to 15, where a team has to win by two (with no cap).  At 17-19, the win finally went to Westchester despite the fighting efforts of Salem Academy.  

There was a lot of beautiful rallies and strategic plays, with great defense and offense by the entire varsity team at Salem Academy.  

Win, 8-1 (Away)

The JV tennis team closed out their season this week with two back to back matches. On Wednesday, the team played Forsyth Country Day in an away match and on Thursday, the Sabers played Summit School in a home match. 

Salem won the match against Forsyth Country Day with the score of 8-1. The lineup for that match had Sidney Stearns playing # 1 ( 8-0), Jessie Gentles #2 ( 8-0), Izzy Smith #3 (8-1), Molly Beasley #4 (8-1), Patrina Fan #5 ( 8-4) and Grace Jeon #6 ( 3-7 retired). The doubles were #1 Sidney/Jessie ( 8-2) , #2 Izzy/Patrina (8-3) and #3 Molly/ Sabrina Ma ( 8-1). 

Loss, 3-6 (Home)

Forsyth Country Day proved to have too much depth in their top six player line-up for the Sabers to overcome in Salem’s next to the last match at the Salem courts on October 3rd. Salem’s Jayden Brown and Krystle Chukwuanu took the top two seeds in singles and combined to take the top flight in the doubles to account for the three wins in Salem’s 3-6 loss. 

Salem is now 3-7 in the PTAC and 3-8 overall.

Loss, 1-3 (Home)

The final home game for the varsity volleyball team was played on Wednesday, October 3rd versus Forsyth Country Day.  Salem Academy had a bit of a slow start during the first game and lost to FCDS, 10-25. Game two brought some life back into the competition but the second match also went to FCDS, 25-17.  However, game three was a turning point for Salem Academy and they came in fighting non-stop, showing FCDS just how strong of a team they are and pulled out a crushing win of 25-14.  The fourth game was back and forth with points but ultimately went to FCDS, 25-15.

Dania Shoaf, Miracle Etim-Andy, and Maggie Campbell were the top contributors with serving, each with consistent serves in the double digits and a few aces.  Hannah Brothers, Dania, Caroline Drupka, and Maggie Dees were the most consistent and strategic hitters, each with a number of attempts and several kills.  Dania displayed strong hustle with getting to the second ball to set for her offense and executed with strength and precision. Blocking was a shining strength with the offensive front row working together to form a literal wall that frustrated the power hitters at FCDS.  Caroline had two solo blocks and five assists, Maggie had four solo blocks and two assists, Tochi Okoli had three solo blocks and two assists, with Hannah, Dania and Miracle all contributing with blocking assists.  Digging was dominated by Hannah with seven remarkable passes, Maggie C. with six digs, Miracle with five digs, Dania with four digs and Izzy Pare with three digs.  Sara Kent Trollinger, Izzy, Maggie C. and Hannah were the life line to serve receive and came through when push came to shove. 

This was a special match, not only because it was the final home game of the season but it was also Senior Night, where the varsity team honored and recognized the four seniors on the team, Hannah Brothers, Dania Shoaf, Miracle Etim-Andy and Tochi Okoli.  They will be missed greatly next season but the coaches and team wish them the best of luck as they transition into their next phase of life.

Loss, 3-6 (Home)

Salem lost their final match of the season against Summit School by a score of 3-6. Jessie Gentles was a big winner in the singles at the #2 position with a win of 8-6. The other two wins came in doubles with the teams of #2 Izzy Smith/Sophia Gnad (8-6) and #3 doubles Grace Jeon/Sabrina Ma (8-3). 

Coach Engram is proud of the progress the girls have made with their tennis these past eight weeks. She is looking forward to seeing everyone in the tennis clinics in April.

The team’s final record was 5-4.


Loss, 0-2 (Home)

The JV Volleyball team hosted Forsyth Country Day on October 4th. Salem hustled and made great plays keeping the first game close. The final scores were 25-18 (L) and 25-12 (L). Salem’s senior players Tee Georges, Grace Gould, Gracie Wall, and Lauren Plumley all worked hard. Offensively, Brier Evans and Grace made great net plays by tipping and blocking. Tee had many good hits from the front row and Lauren was able to score points by serving with speed and accuracy. Gracie had great digs on the back row and also helped the team with consistency in serving. The Lady Sabers improve with every game as the fundamentals are taking root. 

Loss, 0-10 (Home)

The Sabers faced Mount Tabor an intense match on Thursday where Claire Black, Kennedy Conner, and Katherine Mims had multiple scoring chances. Catherine Davila and Jeanine Ikekhua played goalie, with some incredible saves. Defense played great and was led by Kelly Nesser. The Sabers fought hard but ended up losing. 

Finished, 6th (Away)

The cross country team traveled to Keeley Park in Greensboro to run this week’s race. Sophia Iltis and Julia Zhou ran great races for the Sabers. Each runner is improving their time each time out with some dropping minutes from race to race. 

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