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Week of September 2, 2018

From the Head of School

I love September, especially when we are in it. (Willie Stargell)

There is a little bit of irony in my selection of this quotation. For those of you who are not baseball fans, Willie Stargell played Left Field and First Base for the Pittsburgh Pirates, so this quotation is in reference to the pennant race, the end of the season.

For those of us whose lives are directed by the school calendar, September is the beginning of our season.

And boy, are we in it.

I hope that you visit the website every now and then as we are focused on sharing all of the magnificent components of being part of the Salem Academy community. Currently, there is a video on the opening page carousel (that is the term for the five or six different stories that show up - I did not know the correct term until recently) that highlights a few of the many activities and opportunities that took place during the first week of school. We are not an idle bunch!

Things are falling into place, routines are slowly developing, athletes are competing, and traditions are popping up on the calendar - all in combination of the wonderful way in which we honor our Salem Academy heritage.

I love September.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Jan Term Travel to New Orleans

Join the English department on this year’s January Term trip to beautiful New Orleans!

Named for Philippe II, the Duke of Orleans, who served as regent to King Louis XV of France, the city of New Orleans was founded by the French in the spring of 1718. In addition to the city’s French origins, New Orleans has a rich Spanish history from its time under Spanish control in the late 1700s, and many African customs, from music to food to religion, persevered through the horrors of slavery to shape the city’s vibrant way of life. Select trip destinations highlighting the city’s dynamic cultural heritage include the French Market, Jackson Square, and Mardi Gras World.

Additionally, New Orleans is home to two notable universities: Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans. The trip will provide an opportunity for students to visit these two institutions. Furthermore, given how vital community and service are to Salem, the English department plans to incorporate one day of community service into the trip. Other highlights include a steamboat cruise along the Mississippi River as well as visits to the National World War II Museum and the Audubon Nature Institute.

The trip will last 6-7 days, with a cost of approximately $1,500. It is open to all Salem Academy students; parents, grandparents, and siblings can accompany their Salem student on the trip as well. A deposit of $500 for each trip participant is due to Ms. Shellhamer by Monday September 24, either in a check made to Salem Academy or in cash in a sealed envelope given personally to Ms. Shellhamer. There will be a quick interest meeting for students on Thursday September 6 at the start of conference in Ms. Shellhamer’s classroom. If you’re interested or have any questions, please email Ms. Shellhamer at jessica.shellhamer@salem.edu.

Parents Weekend Schedule and RSVP

Calling all parents, grandparents, and families! Please RSVP for our upcoming Parents Weekend, September 21-22. We look forward to having you cheer on our fall athletes on Friday afternoon followed by a Parents Social on the fields, and on Saturday you’ll experience your daughter’s school day with a faculty open house in the afternoon. Please send us your RSVP by September 13.

Upcoming Events and Activities

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 4th (Away)

The cross country team opened up the Academy fall sports season on Tuesday as they took on fellow Piedmont Triad Athletic Conference teams and the heat at Ivey Redmon Park. The course was tough but the girls persevered and pushed through the elements. Sophia Iltis finished first for the Sabers, and ninth overall, with a time of 28:46. Due to injury and illness, there were only five girls running in the race for Salem. Alia Agee, Winna Xia, Kate Dossel, and Ashley Hart represented the Sabers and pushed hard to better position themselves. The race was close and the team placed fourth but were just seven points shy of finishing in second place.

Loss, 2-7 (Away)

The JV Tennis team started their season off with a match against the cross-town rival, Summit School on Wednesday, August 29th. It was an away match that was played at the Wake Forest University indoor courts. Unfortunately, Salem came away with a defeat by the score of 2-7. The two wins came from the #1 doubles team of Jessie Gentles and Sophia Gnad (8-4) and the #2 doubles team of Izzy Smith and Patrina Fan (8-5). Grace Jeon and Molly Beasley played the #3 doubles position. The singles line up for the match had Sophia Gnad #1, Jessie Gentles #2, Izzy Smith #3, Molly Beasley #4, Patrina Fan #5 and Grace Jeon #6. After this match, Coach Engram feels as if the girls know a lot more about what they need to do to win. The team is working daily on all aspects of the game. They look forward to their match next week against High Point Christian.

Loss, 4-5 (Home)

Salem Academy came up just short of upsetting Caldwell Academy, defending Triad Athletic Conference champions by a 5-4 score in the season’s opener at Salem on August 30th. Jayden Brown and Krystle Chukwuanu captured singles wins at the number one and two slots and teamed up to win the number one doubles flight. Sophie Gnud played an outstanding match against a solid opponent to win the sixth singles position.

Salem is 0-1.

Win, 3-1 (Away)

Salem played their season opening game against North Hills Christian School on Thursday. The sets were played the best out of three. Salem took the match by winning three sets, which was a great start to the volleyball season. The final set scores were 25 - 23 (W), 18 - 25 (L), 25 - 19 (W), and 25 - 27 (W).

The team worked well together, especially when communicating and refocusing after each play. Defensively, Maggie Campbell was strong in playing back middle by passing balls in difficult spots and making smart plays when hitting from the back row. Additionally, Caroline Drupka put up multiple defensive blocks and hits while in the middle hitter position. Offensively, Dania Shoaf hustled to set the hitters and she herself got kills on the opposing teams court due to ball placement. Off of the great sets from ShoafMiracle Etim-Andy and Maggie Dees were able to get many attacks and kills from both the middle and outside hitter positions on the court. From the service line, Hannah Brothers and Izzy Paré both had strong serves during the sets, in which they were able to get multiple aces from the other team.

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