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Week of November 11, 2018

From the Head of School

Small is our Strength.” (Sandra Doran - President, Salem Academy and College)


I love the above quotation that I heard Sandy Doran state at a recent gathering. While it resembles “Big things come in small packages” or even “It’s not the size of the dog but the size of the fight in the dog,” I feel that her combination of words has confidence and power behind them. There are so many attributes of our school that I could highlight, but as we have recently been sharing the Academy message to prospective families, two specific areas come to mind:

Salem Academy is strong in the Arts- I experienced this last Thursday when I watched The Ghost Train (fantastic!) and two weeks ago when one of the Drama classes performed in Assembly. Our singers delighted audiences last Friday night and will be performing at the end of the semester. The artists have already entered (and won) local art contests, and the classroom creativity continues to impress me.

Salem Academy is strong in Academics - Dual enrollment courses; classes at the College; APs and Honors; a college preparatory curriculum; and impressive electives, all in small classes that are student-centered … what an opportunity for young women to learn, question, collaborate, and contribute!

When I was in the English classroom, I would tell my students to “Show, don’t tell” in their writing assignments and in class discussions. I never have to remind this to the students, faculty, and staff at Salem Academy - they constantly show that although we are small in size, we truly are strong in performance and outcome.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Learn to Decorate with Winter Greenery

RSVP Today for Senior Vespers

The class of 2019 met yesterday to begin preparations for our Senior Vespers service, a beloved tradition on our campus. The senior class leads the school community in a Moravian Lovefeast and Candle Light Service in our Auditorium for this event, and you’re all invited to attend this with your family on Sunday, December 2.  Please RSVP here for the event.

Senior Vespers begins promptly at 5 p.m., and we encourage everyone to arrive by 4:45 p.m. to guarantee that all are in place before the start. We can seat a total of 250 people in our auditorium, and this event fills up quickly each year.

After the service, we will host a festive dinner in our dining hall, and your RSVP will also include a spot for you after the Vespers service. This, too, has limited seating, and we want to be certain that everyone attending has a reserved spot. We look forward to celebrating Vespers with you!


College Counseling Corner

Hello, parents.

This is an article that I wanted to share because I thought it might be helpful to you. Much of it seems like common sense, but there are still good tips to keep in mind when helping your daughter through the often stressful college application process.


Permission Forms for Winter Semi-Formal Dance

Salem Academy will be hosting its annual Winter Semi-Formal Dance from 8:00 to 11:00 pm Saturday, December 1. Both Hargrave and Christ School will be joining the festivities as Salem has fun before exams.  If your student would like to bring a guest to the event, please fill out the Dance/Event Permission form by clicking here.  Please complete this form by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 30 so that our school staff can be notified of all attendees and their guests.


Upcoming Student Activities and Events Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

Code Girls Author Visiting Thursday

Liza Mundy will have lunch with Academy students and share her experience and inspiration in researching and writing Code Girls on Thursday, November 15.  Code Girls highlights the women recruited during World World II to work as code breakers during the war effort.

After she addresses the student body, parents, alumnae, and friends of the school are welcome to join Ms. Mundy for an After Byte reception and book signing from 1:15 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the Academy Sun Porch.

Contact Dean Rogers to pre-order your copy of Code Girls for this upcoming event.

If you are a parent, friend or alumnae, please RSVP for the After Byte dessert reception here by November 13.

Advanced Theatre Students Mask Play

Students in the Advanced Theatre Monday class created their own masks, character, and play.  The short play entitled The Nature of Love was performed for the school during Assembly. The play centered around the balance of light and dark things in life that need to work together and when those things are altered it changes the balance of nature.

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 3rd (Home)

Salem swimming is back!  November 8th was the first meet with six schools attending.  Salem girls came in 3rd place, beating out Westchester Country Day School, Burlington Christian Academy and Calvary Day School. The team is off to a good start.  Helen Watson, a young new swimmer came out with a bang by improving her backstroke by 7.32 seconds in the lead off leg of the 200 Medley Relay.  The 100 Free was a hit with three returning swimmers shaving major time. Makenna Hartwich shaved 6.63, Abigail Wucherer shaved 3.52 and Sara Huang shaved 2.13 off of their times.  Way to go ladies! 

Caitlin Kinnamon shaved 17.07 seconds in the 500 Free. Wow!  Watch out for Caitlin! In the 200 Free relay, the lead off freshman, Emma Grimstead made Salem’s first state cut in her 50 free swim.  Congratulations Emma!  Michaela Murphy continues to shave time in her 50, losing 0.30 more seconds on Thursday.  The 50 Free swim is the hardest event to shave time.  Caitlin Kinnamon shaved 1.84 seconds in the 100 Breast.  The team just keeps getting better. 

Come on out and support the team for their next meet at home on Thursday, November 15 at 4:30 pm.  Go Salem!

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