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.

Week of September 16, 2018

From the Head of School

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.  (John F. Kennedy)

In almost any high school, the burden of student leadership falls directly on the shoulders of the Senior Class. At Salem Academy, we have many different leadership opportunities in many areas of school life, and leadership roles are spread throughout the Student Body. Still, when I am taking the temperature of the school climate, I look to the seniors and observe how they are functioning and reacting to our days, evenings, and weekends. And in adding up all of the activities that have taken place in this first month of the school year, I have hit the jackpot with the Class of 2019.

The culmination of a week of traditional activities was Senior Day, the day when the seniors take on the challenge of teaching their peers various seminars which they have developed. I was going to select a few of the topics to share with you, but they were all so good (and at times delicious) that I have to share them all:

  • The Science of Sports
  • College Football Traditions
  • MUN is FUN (Model UN)
  • Desserts across the Seas
  • How To Break the Dance Floor
  • Love Chemicals
  • Science of Slime
  • Cards in Space
  • The History of Snacks
  • Wizards, Witches, and Magical Dishes

I was able to attend almost every one of these, and they were fantastic. The seniors were prepared with props and powerpoints, they instilled active learning, and they involved every student in the class. They led the sessions with enthusiasm and a deep level of knowledge, because they had created seminars whose content was very meaningful to them. They were clear in their instructions, and they were organized in their presentation.

In essence, they taught in a way that their generation learns, and this is exactly what is happening in their classrooms at Salem Academy.  Where else do you think they learned how to do it?

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Weather News and Updates

Our campus is prepared and ready to ride out Hurricane Florence. Visit Salem Academy: Weather for updates on the weather and campus news.

Salem Academy Artists Never Take a Break!

The beauty of creating is that it isn’t work. Our Salem students prove this by their eagerness to explore and produce all summer long. All levels of artists sought opportunities to pursue their artistic journeys this past summer. Students applied and were accepted to programs at SCAD in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong, Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Visual Arts Institute, and independent work on their future Advanced Placement Portfolios for The College Boards. The Salem Academy Arts Department continues to support our students in their lives as “Artists” in their pursuits of careers and a fulfilling life.


Art from Chase Alston

Wake Forest University Summer Immersion
Visual Arts Institute


Art from Gracie Wall

Independent Work
Advanced Placement Portfolio
College Board


Art from Jada Jones

Savannah College of Art and Design
Summer Seminars, Atlanta Campus


Art from Jane Hsieh

Savannah College of Art and Design
Summer Seminars, Hong Kong Campus


Art from Alexandra Cao

Savannah College of Art and Design
Summer Seminars, Hong Kong Campus


Art from Alex Robinson

Savannah College of Art and Design
Summer Seminars, Savannah Campus


Art from Janae Edwards

Savannah College of Art and Design
Rising Star, Hong Kong Campus






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.  We’ll also have Salem Academy merchandise for sale all weekend. Please send us your RSVP by September 13.

Harris Teeter Together in Education Program

Would you help Salem get just 35 more links?  Harris Teeter is challenging its schools and if we add 35 more links, Salem Academy could receive $100!   In the long run, she could receive more!

5509 – This is Salem Academy’s number! Please connect your VIC card to Salem Academy!  Salem will receive a percentage of your purchase of “Harris Teeter” store brand items every time you buy groceries!

Salem Academy is then your charity of choice!   Remember, just 35 more links are needed!

Upcoming Activities and Events

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Win, 9-0 (Home)

On Monday, September 10th, the Sabers played Forsyth Country Day in a home match. The girls played extremely well and Salem won the match 9-0. Being a home match, the team was able to play two exhibition matches. The exhibition matches were played by Michaela Murphy and Kelly Cabrera. In the singles, the scores are as follows: Sophia Gnad (8-1), Jessie Gentles (8-0), Izzy Smith (8-1), Molly Beasley (8-0), Patrina Fan (8-4) and Grace Jeon (8-1). The doubles teams were Sophia/ Jessie (8-0), Izzy/Patrina (8-0) and Grace/Molly (8-3).

Loss, 0-2 (Away)

The Salem Academy Sabers traveled to Forsyth Country Day for the third game of the season. Forsyth Country Day took the match in two games. The final score was 25-11 (L) and 25-12 (L). Strong servers for the Sabers were Rennie Parker and Tee GeorgesPiper Angel played well at the net with a great save and smart plays. Gracie Wall came off the bench and really stepped up her game. The team is working on improving in all areas of their game and can’t wait for their next match. 

Loss, 0-3 (Away)

Monday’s away game was versus Forsyth Country Day School where the varsity volleyball team had a slow start and ended up losing the first game, 13-25.  In the second game, Salem Academy showed their opponents what they were made of and gave them a run for their money, making Forsyth County Day School earn their win of 18-25.  Not giving up, Salem Academy amazed the crowd with a number of lightning speed serves.  Even with such amazing spikes, blocks, and serves, Salem Academy lost the third game, 16-25.

The varsity volleyball team is blessed to have an entire roster full of dynamite servers, who all showed their power in Monday’s game, with Hannah Brothers earning 2 aces, Dania Shoaf, Tochi Okoli, and Sara Kent Trollinger all earning an ace as well.  In the bullet speed category of shockingly strong serves were Hannah, Dania, Tochi, Sara Kent, Miracle Etim-Andy, Maggie Campbell, and Izzy Pare.  The arms of their opponents felt the wrath of their strong serves. 

Spikes were also off the charts on Monday’s game with Miracle crushing the volleyball for five kills, plus 13 strategically placed hits and Maggie Dees with three beautiful kills, plus 12 strong attacks. Hannah, Dania, Maggie C., Tochi, Sara Kent, and Caroline Drupka all added to the all-around strength of the team’s ability to attack the ball.  

As always, Dania hustled to set 34 attempts and 9 assists. Hannah was a consistent back up for the second ball with 8 attempts and 2 assists.  Maggie C. and Maggie D. also stepped in when necessary with attempts of their own. Blocking rose to a new level for Monday’s game and was a clear strength throughout the match.  Caroline, Maggie D., Dania, Hannah, Tochi and Miracle were like a brick wall, each with a number of solo blocks and assisting 6,7,8 and even 9 times.

Loss, 1-8 (Home)

On Wednesday, September 12th, the JV team took on the tennis powerhouse, Greensboro Day School in a home match. The team lost that match 8-1. The big win came from Salem’s #2 player, Jessie Gentles. She won her match 8-5. Coach Engram is extremely proud of Jessie and the maturity she showed in playing the match. The team members were not able to play their normal doubles teams due to Sophia Gnad playing the #6 singles position for the varsity team during the doubles time. The doubles teams were #1 Gentles/ Izzy Smith, #2 Molly Beasley/ Patrina Fan, and #3 Grace Jeon/ Michaela Murphy. The girls played really well with partners they had not had an opportunity to play with. 

Loss, 9-0 (Home)

Salem Academy encountered powerful Greensboro Day School on September 12th to suffer a convincing 9-0 defeat at the Salem Academy tennis courts. Jayden Brown had only her second Salem Academy career loss and first loss since the 2016 season in a hard fought 8-3 decision, which was a much more contested match than the score indicated. Sophia Gnad continues to improve with each match even though she lost this one by an 8-5 decision.

Loss, 1-4 (Home)

The Sabers field hockey team took on Greensboro Day School for their first home game of the season. The score was 1-4, with the lone goal scored by Lindsey Fei. The team played well together, making some great strides towards the goal with some great offensive pushes by Carry Liu and Katherine Mims. Mary Brannen Connelley did a great job keeping the defense moving and not giving up. The Sabers have three home games next week and hope to bring home a win!

Win, 2-0 (Home)

The JV Volleyball team had their second home, and fourth overall, match against Greensboro Day School Wednesday, September 12. The Sabers battled through a nail-biting first game and came away with it, 27-25. Coming off the momentum from the first, Salem Academy easily took the second game 25-14. This was the first win for the Sabers and the girls came away with newfound confidence in their abilities, as well as, in their teammates. Grace Gould and Tee Georges led the team in consistency while serving. Gracie Wall made crucial digs in the first set. The whole team is beginning to work together to make plays.

Loss, 0-3 (Home)

Wednesday’s home game versus Greensboro Day School was originally scheduled for Thursday the 14th.  However, with the impending hurricane due to hit, the game was moved up for safety reasons.  

Salem Academy started off strong but struggled with a few fundamentals, which allowed Greensboro Day School to pull ahead and win the match in three games, 14-25, 18-25 and 19-25.  The varsity team learned that communication is key to everything on the court; it will make or break you.


There were some incredible plays, firing up the spectators who burst out of their seats and into cheers! Hannah Brothers, Dania Shoaf, Miracle Etim-Andy, Maggie Campbell, Izzy Pare and Sara Kent Trollinger each had several quick aces, accompanied by a combined total of 30 solid and consistent serves.

Attacks were strong with Miracle, having three kills and five attempts, Hannah with one kill and seven attempts, Dania with one kill and five attempts, Sara Kent with one kill and three attempts and Caroline with one kill and six attempts.

Blocking was another strong suit for Salem Academy with Caroline Drupka, Maggie Dees, Tochi Okoli and Miracle building an impenetrable wall for their opponents. All four players had multiple (3 or 4) solo blocks, plus double-digit numbers in double blocks and assists.

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