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Week of March 16, 2018

From Interim Head of School, Miss T


Dear All,

I have two items to talk about in this week’s message. The first is the announcement of our wonderful new Head of School, Carol Killebrew. Ms. Killebrew’s appointment was announced last Friday afternoon and of course, that announcement brings with it the excitement of new beginnings and fresh ideas. Ms. Killebrew’s appointment comes after months of careful review of candidates, interviews, and visits, and we are so pleased to have her join our Salem community.

You have seen her biography, and know that she is a native of Tennessee and attended and served at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is coming to us from the Ursuline School of New Rochelle, New York, where she has served as Principal for the last four years. Her colleagues in New York have said wonderful things about her: she is very committed to the education of girls, she is a role-model and understands girls. She is warm, dedicated, compassionate, personable, and approachable. She is of the highest integrity and a hard worker.

In my visits with Carol, I have found her to be well-informed about educational trends and practices, committed to the ideals of the school which she serves, and interested in everything and everybody. She has a candid and open approach, which I find very refreshing. I am so pleased that she has agreed to come to our wonderful school and I think that we will grow and prosper under her leadership.

My second item this week is a brief word about the student walkout that was held on Wednesday for seventeen minutes. I was so proud of our students for using their voice, to join with the voices of so many of their peers at other schools, to attack a problem that is abhorrent in our society.

This was not a political statement but a cry from the heart against the tragedy of gun violence in schools which has taken the lives of far too many students and teachers. Our students conducted themselves with dignity, had researched the information about this issue, and they spoke spontaneously about their deep feelings of pain and fear over the senseless taking of innocent lives. I am confident that when we turn our society over to this generation, they are going to make a difference in their world.

My best to all of you for a wonderful weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Greetings from Incoming Head of School

Dear Salem Academy Parents –

Greetings from New York, where winter weather simply will not loosen its tight grip! I dream of how wonderful it is to be in North Carolina in the spring, so know that while I am not with you in person, I am with you in spirit.

I cannot begin to express how excited I am to become a member of the Salem Academy family. From the moment I started exploring the website to the days I spent on campus, I have imagined walking the halls, dining with the students, and celebrating the many traditions of this remarkable school. The promises that a Salem education made to young women over 200 years ago are the same promises today, and it will be a true pleasure to watch your daughter discover her interests and uncover her strengths and talents as she continues on her educational journey at Salem Academy.

I hope to make several visits to the Academy this spring, and I will be ready to roll up my sleeves and get busy on July 2. I look forward to meeting you, learning from you, and partnering with you to make certain that your daughters are afforded the very best educational experience that they all deserve.

Of Salem ever,

Carol Killebrew

Academy Debate Club

Salem Academy debate team members: Miracle Etimandy, Jasmine Moretz, Staci Davis, Bianca Minter, Tochi Okoli, Iyana Lee, Cynthia Bian, and Ruta Apanavicius



Salem Academy participated for the first time in the third annual Environmental Debate Tournament sponsored by Piedmont Environmental Alliance and Wake Debate. This year’s question was “Should we eat meat?” The Academy Debate Club was formed just last year by interested students and this was their first debate.

A total of eight students competed on Saturday, March 10 against 91 high school students from five counties in Virginia and North Carolina at Wake Forest University. Awards were given to the highest ranking individual speakers. Cynthia Bian was ranked eighth by the judges and Tochi Okoli was ranked third. In addition, two of Salem’s teams (Tochi Okoli and Miracle Etimandy in 11th place; Ruta Apanavicius and Cynthia Bian in12th place) were recognized for finishing in the top 15 out of 46 teams.


Recognized teams: Miracle Etimandy, Tochi Okoli, Cynthia Bian, and Ruta Apanavicius



Recognized Individual Speakers: Tochi Okoli and Cynthia Bian



RSVP for March 23 Parent Events

Next Friday, March 23, Academy parents are invited to attend an engaging afternoon of conversations, including our annual Spring College Panel and a special parent workshop about navigating adolescence as a family. We’ll also have a parent reception between the events.

We hope you will RSVP for all three events here:
  • Spring College Panel for Families, 1 - 2:30 pm
    • Every Spring we host a panel of college admissions professionals to share information and answer questions from Salem Academy parents and students.
  • Parent Reception, 2:15 - 2:45 pm
    • We’ll have a brief parent social beginning at 2:15 pm in the EB Reception room prior to the event. 
  • Workshop with Dr. Christy Buchanan, 2:45 - 4:00 pm
    • On the afternoon of Friday, March 23, Salem Academy will welcome Dr. Christy Buchanan to share research-based practices for parents navigating adolescence as a family in the 21st century.  For more information about Dr. Buchanan and her work, please click here. All parents are encouraged to attend this event on campus before departing with your daughters for Spring Break. Students will be asked to join their parents towards the end of this 75-minute workshop.  

2018 Prom Permission Form

Please fill out the Salem Academy Dance/Event Permission Form if your student is bringing a guest to the 2018 Junior/Senior Prom.  The forms must be submitted before attending the activity so that our faculty and staff chaperones can be aware of the guest(s) on campus. Upon arrival at the activity, students must introduce their guest to the Dean of Students, a staff member working in the reception area of the school, and/or a faculty chaperone at the dance. The form will close to all entries on April 13, 2018. Thank you for your assistance!


Upcoming Activities

Upcoming Activities

Athletics Update

Varsity Soccer
The Sabers won their first game of the year on Friday, March 9th as they hosted North Hills Christian. Charlotte Dorn put Salem ahead in the 27th minute and the team would never look back. Stelina Gjeci would add her own goal to the game just two minutes later. The Sabers took a 3-0 lead into halftime with help from a second Charlotte Dorn goal. The second half saw much of the same from the home team as they pulled away scoring three more goals. Charlotte Dorn completed a hat trick with her goal in the 71st minute. Sophia Iltis finished a corner kick with an impressive volley and Stelina Gjeci scored her second goal of the game with a perfectly placed ball into the back of the net. Miracle Etimandy and Maggie Dees each played a half in the goal for the Sabers.The final score, 6-0, was a solid early season win for the Sabers.
On Thursday, March 15th, Salem’s soccer team opened up conference play against the dominate Caldwell Academy out of Greensboro. The Sabers fought hard as they continue to get comfortable playing together. Lea Allescher and Abigail Wucherer played extremely hard and pushed through the entire game to provide a solid performance for Salem. The final outcome was in favor of the visiting Caldwell Academy, 7-0.
Varsity Track and Field
The Lady Saber track team opened up their 2018 season on Thursday, March 15 at American Hebrew Academy (AHA) in Greensboro. Picking up right where they left off last year, the Lady Sabers won the discus, shot put, high jump and 4x400 meter relay. Praise Idikaalso broke the high jump school record by clearing 5’3” on her winning jump. As the Lady Sabers continue to work hard on their quest for a conference title, their next competition is scheduled for March 22 at AHA with field events beginning at 3:30pm.


Upcoming Events
Monday, March 19th
Soccer at Burlington Christian Academy at Springwood Park in Burlington, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20th
Soccer vs. American Hebrew Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 22nd
Soccer vs. Salem Baptist, 4:30 p.m.
Track at American Hebrew Academy, 3:30 p.m.
*Home events in italics.

Theatre Department

Mary Poppins The Musical


NCAIS is expanding our Annual Women In Leadership Conference to include high school students, our Future Leaders

NCAIS will offer a unique summer leadership opportunity that nurtures and cultivates your interests in creating an inclusive and equitable school community. This program will provide you with experiences to build skills that will enable you to lead within your school community and beyond.

This inaugural year is limited to 35 rising 9th and 10th-grade female students, so register early!

Conference Date: 2 pm on Sunday, June 10 until noon on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where: Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC 

Housing: Double dorm rooms will be available for all student participants.

Cost: $339 (Includes all meals, conference activities, and lodging). Financial Assistance is available. Please contact Laura Reed, lreed@ncais.org, by May 1, 2018, for more information. If your plans change, full refunds will be honored until May 1, 2018. After May 1, 2018, participants will be awarded a 50% refund before June 1, 2018.

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference.

Sponsor:  All student participants must be accompanied by an educator from their school who is also registered to attend the conference. Sponsors will have the opportunity to attend the student portion and/or the educator portion of the conference. Sponsors will not be responsible for student participants at the conference or in the dorms. 

 We Need Your Help!

For our wonderful musical this spring, we need help with the flying that will take place with two of the characters.  The Mary Poppins character will be flown up and out several times during the play.  The Bert character will be lifted up into the air and then back down.  In order to do these amazing feats, we need adults willing to work as the flight operators.  This will include a training session on Friday, April 6th from approximately 3:45-7:00 and another session Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am until noon.  Along with this training session, flight operators will need to attend rehearsals and be there for show nights.  I am hoping to get enough flyers that not everyone will need to be there every night but can switch out.  It would be great to have 6-9 people.  Please send me an email if you think this is something you can help with for the play.  I am happy to give anyone interested more information and rehearsal schedule times and show times.  My email is Kerry.lawson@salem.edu.

Many Thanks – Kerry Lawson


Sports Camp

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