Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.
During the course of this year, we have been studying the daily schedule with the idea that we will make changes in the schedule for next year to better meet the needs of our students. As we enter the final months of this year, we begin in earnest our preparations for the 2018-2019 academic year. A central component of next year will be a new schedule. We have looked closely at our peer schools’ schedules, counted and recounted minutes for everything from instruction to lunch to club meetings, discussed wellness and the teenage brain, and we brainstormed ways to most effectively use the finite minutes allotted to each school day. Time is always in short supply, but we are excited by the choices we have made and the framework that our new schedule will provide.
The schedule is nearing a final draft, and it offers exciting opportunities for both students and faculty. Students will gain a few minutes of morning sleep, seniors will more easily be able to fit a Salem College class into their schedule, clubs will have dedicated meeting times, and each academic class will have a 70-minute weekly meeting to allow time for exploration, discussion, and a deep dive into the content. Two mornings each week, the entire faculty will be free from 7:45-8:30, providing time for conversation and collaboration both within and across departments. In addition, the entire school community will now have 5 minutes to transition between classes, time that we expect will reduce stress in the building each day. Time for fine arts and athletics, year-long course offerings, advisor lunch, and conference period (two days instead of one!) remain central to our values and the new schedule.
We look forward to sharing even more details about the schedule and hope you will join us to learn more at one of the following events: the March DaD’s group meeting and a conversation between the two events on the afternoon of March 23. There will be additional opportunities announced at a later date. We are excited about this change and are looking forward to exploring the possibilities afforded by this new construction of the school day.
Mary Lorick Thompson
Interim Head of School
We plan to leave via motor coach on Thursday afternoon, February 15th (around 4:30-5 pm). We will drive to our resort (The All-Star Music Resort) at Disney World with a few stops along the way. I am hoping the girls will sleep on the bus. Be sure to bring comfort items. We should arrive at our resort around 3 am and then we will get settled in our rooms for a few more hours of sleep.
Friday morning we will eat a late breakfast and then head off to the Magic Kingdom for the day. There will be a check-in time with your leader in the afternoon or early evening.
Saturday will be similar to Friday — eat breakfast at our resort then head to Disney Hollywood Studios for the day. There will be a check-in time with your leader in the afternoon or early evening.
Sunday is when we have our performance and workshop. We will begin Sunday with breakfast at the resort then head off to Epcot. Girls will need to be back at the resort to change into your concert wear at 1 pm. We will board our bus at 2 pm to go to Disney Springs where we will warm up and perform. Performance is at the Waterview Park stage located in The Landing area of Disney Springs. The performance is at 3:30 pm. Only singers are allowed to go on the bus to the warm-up area and concert. Parents and friends wanting to watch the concert will need to go to Disney Springs separately. Of course, parents and siblings are encouraged to attend the concert! After all, the concert and the workshop are the reasons we are going on this trip! Following the performance, we will return to our resort where the girls will change out of your performance wear and back into fun comfortable clothing. We will then return to Epcot. Our workshop is at 9 pm in the Circle of Life Theatre located in The Land pavilion in the Future World area of Epcot. Only singers are permitted in the workshop. Parents may enjoy some time on their own in Epcot. Following the workshop (which ends around 11:30 pm) all the girls will get on our bus and go directly back to our resort.
Monday morning we will get packed up and meet for breakfast at 9 am. Following breakfast, we will load the bus to return to Salem Academy.
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