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Week of December 21, 2018

From the Head of School

“Yesterdays are over my shoulder / So I can’t look back for too long
There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me / And I know that I just can’t go wrong.”

(Jimmy Buffett, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes)

The mythological god Janus is the keeper of doorways and transitions, of beginnings and endings. He is depicted as having a face in both the front and the back of his head, allowing a look into the past as well as into the future. I often feel that this is the role of a school’s administration - to observe what worked and what didn’t, and to correct the unsuccessful practices for the future. With the help of my Administrative Team and the faculty, I think we have done a nice job of that.

I feel really good about the first semester of the 2018-2019 calendar year. Every school year has its uncertainties, and we didn’t really know what impact all the “newness” of the school year would bring - a new Head of School plus new faculty and staff plus new students could have combined to produce a very directionless start of the year, but we had a secret power: We have never lost sight of who we are and what it means to be Salem Academy.

Thank you for making the last six months nothing but a true gift for me. I don’t know about you, but this semester has been so good that I can hardly wait for the next one to begin!

I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season!

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Academy Weekly eNews will resume on January 6, 2019


From the Director of Studies (email sent ot Student Body on Tuesday, December 18) End of Exams - Congratulations!

Congratulations!  You’ve made it to the end of exams, and first semester is officially complete; now it’s time to enjoy your well-deserved holiday break!  We hope that you find time to rest, relax, and visit with family and friends over the next few weeks.
Grades and comments from your teachers will be available in the Parent Portal by noon on Friday, January 4, so remember to look for them then.  (You will have the opportunity to review your first semester exams with your teachers at the start of second semester.)
Freshman and sophomores, we look forward to seeing you back on campus by 9:00am on Monday, January 7.  Juniors and seniors, we can’t wait to hear about your internships in February.
Have a wonderful break!
Mrs. Boyd

Financial Aid Reminder

It’s time for families who will return to Salem Academy next year, 2019-2020 (parents of seniors, you’re off the hook!), to complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS). Please note this is a REQUIRED DOCUMENT to continue to receive aid from Salem Academy, and the priority deadline is December 31st. You can fill out the PFS here.


January Term Daily Schedule

Jan Term 2019 begins on Monday, January 7. Students taking classes on campus will receive their course schedule on when they return to campus in January.

January Term 2019 Daily Schedule

January Term Evening Programs Schedule

All students (boarding and day) are welcome to participate in our Jan Term Evening programs, and once a week during Jan Term, we have a required activity for our boarding students. We look forward to welcoming the new year with relaxing and rejuvenating activities, and students can RSVP for our symphony outing on Tuesday, January 8.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Salem Academy and College has established an Athletics Hall of Fame to honor exemplary former student athletes, administrators and others who have been integral to the school’s athletics program. Salem’s inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony will take place in early 2019 and will include the induction of six honorees:  Chuck Blixt, Jane Barkman Brown, Dianne Dailey, Sarah (Sally) Colhoun Engram, Robert Esleeck and Laura Sides Watson.

Read more about Salem’s new Athletics Hall of Fame…


Mathematical Art

Mathematical Art from Academy students

While many may think of math as simply crunching numbers and solving equations, Academy math students experimented with math equations as a technique to create beautiful works of art. The Honors Pre-Calculus students used the GeoGebra program (an interactive dynamic mathematics software) to create artwork using the various mathematical equations learned from Algebra One through first semester Honors Pre-Calculus.

Students sketched their drawings and then determined the mathematical equation for each line or curve in their sketch.  This required students to determine points, restrict domains, recognize the type of function necessary, use regression skills as well as additional mathematical computations.  Students learned to problem solve and make adjustments to the equations so that the artwork accurately portrayed their vision.  In addition, students learned how to create sliders and code a simple animation into their art.
The resulting pieces of art—which ranged from whimsical reindeer walking through the trees to foxes in the sky to the flag of a student’s home country -  were then compiled, put to music and displayed in a video. Click to see the full video of the Honors Pre-Calculus “Math of Art” or is that “Art of Math” projects.

Jan Term 2020 Trip Discounted Registration

Schonbrunn Palace, one of the destinations of January 2020 tripRegister before February 15, 2019 to receive $200 off the Jan Term 2020 Trip to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Follow the directions on http://www.eftours.com/2030893YA to see Schonbrunn Palace, pictured above, in real life!

Step Up Update

The Step Up for Salem Campaign has made tremendous progress in a few shorts months. Over 1,000 donors have given just over $6 million! Salem Academy and College has been fortunate enough to receive gifts from dedicated alumnae, local community members, corporations, foundations, current parents (thank you!) and former parents, faculty, staff, and even students! This show of support demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that future generations of young girls may benefit from a Salem Academy education.

Our faculty and staff demonstrate that commitment each and every day through their incredible work at the Academy. But this year they have gone above and beyond. I’m proud to share that, to date, over 70% of Academy faculty and staff have made gifts to the Step Up for Salem Campaign by their contributions to the Salem Academy Fund.

During this season of giving, I hope you will join us in supporting this special institution by making a gift today and encouraging others to do the same. Thank you for Stepping Up for Salem!



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