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Week of September 23, 2018

From the Head of School

No distance of place or  lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. (Robert Southey, English poet)

Welcome back, former Academy parents!

I was in conversation with a few Academy alumnae who were also former Academy parents, and they commented about how they missed getting the communication about what was happening at the school. The conversation led to “Why not send the weekly newsletter out to past parents?” So here we are, and I hope that by reading about the current students’ accomplishment, former parents will possibly recognize a face/name and may even recall their own daughter’s high school experiences with fond memories. It is especially fitting that this newsletter is the first one to expand the mailing list as this was Parents Weekend - serendipitous, if I say so myself!

Thank you for trusting us with your child. I really mean that when I say it: There are many choices that you could be making in regards to where your daughter receives her high school education, and I am grateful that you chose Salem Academy. We grow richer every day in the programs we offer, the endless list of activities that place, and the families who share their daughters with us. It truly is a partnership, and just as the students are either a “Purple” or “Gold” for life, an Academy parent will always have a place in our community.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

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Salem Sisters Coding Opportunities

This fall Academy students will have several workshop opportunities to learn coding from leaders at Cisco from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Lucy Rose Center at Salem College. This is an incredible chance to learn more about coding for life-long learning!

Here are upcoming workshops:

  • Sept 20 - Coding 1001: Intro to REST APIs: What are APIs and why are they such a big deal?  What about REST?  In this session we will cover the most basic element of programmability, the API, and dive into one of the most popular types today REST.
  • Sept 27 - Coding 1002: Intro to Python: So you want to get into programmability, and everyone around you seems to know all about “Python” and you want to join in. No problem! In this session you’ll become familiar with the basics of Python, understand why it’s become so popular, and learn how to get started using it yourself.
  • October 4 - Coding 1003: Within minutes of starting your journey into programmability you’ll be confronted with data formats like XML, JSON, and YAML. Maybe you need to write it, maybe read it… Or maybe you need to convert from one to the other. In this session learn everything you need to know to get started with these common data formats inside your Python scripts.


Fall Talent Show

00pm Salem Auditorium

The Salem Academy Student Council invites friends and family to this year’s Fall Talent Show. This will also be the start of the canned food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Please plan to join us on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm in the Salem Academy auditorium.  Admission is just four cans of non-perishable food. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Third Annual Tea Ceremony

Third Annual Tea Ceremony AnnouncementCeramic teapot pouring into a cuptable setting with tea pot and accessoriesview of a long table set for teatable setting at the tea ceremony with of biscuits


Images from past tea ceremonies. Background for postcard created by Kelly Cabrera.

College Counseling Corner

Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence forced us to cancel the administration of the Mock ACT this past Saturday. We have rescheduled it for next weekend, Saturday the 29th. The information is below. Please contact Kevin Sellers at kevin.sellers@salem.edu with any questions.

Save the date & your spot now! NEW Mock ACT Date.

Taking a full-length practice test under timed conditions is essential to being ready for the official test. A proctored practice exam will help you/your child build testing endurance and give a real-time snapshot of their testing performance.

Practice ACT: Saturday, September 29, 2018 (This is rescheduled from September 15th. If you already registered for the past Mock ACT you do not need to register again).

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Exams will be given at Salem Academy. Please register to save your spot.

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Questions? Call Laura McLeod 910-722-1075 or laura.mcleod@revolutionprep.com

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Sisters of the Motherboard - Salem Academy Robotics Update

The Sisters of the Motherboard are planning on some exciting things in the upcoming weeks! We are pleased to announce that this year we will be fielding two teams for the first time. We are all still “Sisters of the Motherboard” representing Salem as one, but have split into two teams with two robots to accommodate the amazing amount of student participation in robotics this year! If you have any ideas for team names relating to sisterhood, please let us know! We’d love to have some super creative names for Team A and B!

To open up Thursday’s meeting, we watched the FTC Challenge video for this year’s challenge, Rover Ruckus, which has an exciting space-theme! After splitting into a Team A and B, each team worked on some brainstorming for the robot they will build this year. Salem’s webmaster, Mark Jones graciously joined the sisters today to help us start building a team website. We are looking forward to how it will turn out!

We would like to give a huge thanks to our generous sponsor, The DEKA Foundation for providing the funding to make our rookie team possible. We are looking forward to accomplishing a lot this season and growing as a team to make them proud!

How to support us:

1) Check that junk drawer at home full of old cell phones! Any donations of phones below would be greatly appreciated!


  • Motorola Moto G5
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Google Nexus 5

Could Use:

  • Motorola Moto G2, G3, or G4 play

2. Get involved!

We would love to have any and all parental and community involvement possible. No robotics experience is necessary, the team would appreciate anything from snacks to mentoring (especially in engineering, programming, and social media) . Please don’t hesitate to contact one of the faculty sponsors, Mrs. Sorrells, at kristina.sorrells@salem.edu if you are able to donate any of these phones or become involved with our team. Thank you!


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Twitter: @SA_Robotics
Instagram: @sa_robotics


Upcoming Activities and Events

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Loss, 2-5 (Away)

Match was called due to time. It will be finished on 9/27 at Salem Academy.

Salem Academy encountered two thirty minute weather delays in addition to completing a prior match against High Point Christian which resulted in a match that could not be completed due to prior commitments in HPC’s schedule. The prior match between the two schools, which was completed on September 27th, was won by HPC. In that match, Salem’s Jayden Brown and Emma Grimstead had first set wins before the match was decided. Sidney Stearns and Emma lost a competitive doubles match and the teams of Jayden/Krystle Chukwuwanu and Emma/Faith Harcus were still engaged in their respective doubles matches when the last rain delay occurred.

Salem is 2-5 in conference play and 2-6 overall.

Win, 8-1 (Away)

Salem Academy defeated a rebuilding Calvary Baptist tennis team at Hanes Park with a convincing 8-1 decision on September 18th.
Salem captured five of the six singles flights and all three doubles slots to capture their second conference win. Winning in singles for Salem were Jayden Brown, Krystle Chukwuanu, Faith Harcus, Emma Grimstead, and Emma Shelby. Jayden, the 2-time TAC Player of The Year, teamed with Krystle, Emma G. and Faith teamed up and Emma S. paired with Sidney Stearns to take the three doubles flights.

Salem is now 2-3.

Loss, 0-2 (Home)

On September 18th, the JV volleyball Sabers hosted the Calvary Day School Cougars. Salem lost in straight sets, 25-21 (L) and 25-13 (L). The Lady Sabers fought hard in the first set. As a team, they had good looks and made smart plays, but couldn’t quite take the lead. Defensively, Angelina Pierre had great digs on the back row helping to keeping the game competitive. Communication and hustle are key components of a successful volleyball team and the Lady Sabers keep improving in these areas. 

Loss, 1-3 (Home)

Tuesday’s home varsity volleyball game versus Calvary Day School was an emotional roller coaster of heart dropping moments, followed by unbelievable plays that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats.  Calvary started strong and took the first game 11-25, followed by a determined come back by Salem Academy to win the second game 25-22.  The third game was tight all the way through with outstanding comebacks when down on points but in the end, Calvary Day School took the third and fourth match, 12-25 and 8-25.

As usual, Salem Academy had strong serving across the board and many of the players dished it right back to Calvary Day School, for a taste of their own medicine. Miracle Etim-Andy, Maggie Campbell and Sara Kent Trollinger each had an ace, along with outstanding strong and consistent serves. Dania Shoaf and Izzy Pare each had eight strong serves to accompany their teammates’ successes.

Attacks were certainly Salem Academy’s strong suite on Tuesday, with Miracle standing out with six kills and nine solid attacks.  Other outstanding attacks were executed by Hannah Brothers (one kill, seven attacks), Dania (two kills, 12 attacks), Maggie Dees (one kill) and Caroline Drupka (one kills).

Salem Academy has developed so rapidly into forming a massive brick wall on the net with blocking.  Miracle and Caroline both demolished the competition with six and seven solo blocks, with nine and 13 assist blocks.  Adding to the collection of stuffing Calvary’s attacks were Hannah (one solo, nine assists), Dania (two solo, six assists), Maggie C. (one solo), Tochi Okoli (11 assists), Maggie D. (four solo, 18 assists).

Serve receives and digs were part of the ups and downs, with a few power hitters and servers from Calvary Day School. While digging these hard hitting opponents, there were several individuals who demonstrated proper transition and vigorous hustle; Hannah (eight), Dania (10), Miracle (three), Maggie C. (five), Izzy (two) and Sara Kent (six).  Salem’s top serve receive specialist, who was the most consistent when passing these hard hitting serves, was Hannah with 10 passes to the target.  Closely following with typical reliability and consistency with passing to target were Maggie C. with seven and Miracle with five.

Dania rocked out 31 sets and showed her opponents the level of her expertise.  Only when necessary did Hannah and Maggie C. step in to aid their teammate with three assists/six attempts and one assist/five attempts.

Salem Academy has improved every time they face an opponent and are clearly building off of each experience.  The bar of expectations has risen, yet again!  

Finished, 5th (Away)

Salem’s cross country team faced a tough course in their race on Thursday at High Point Christian.  Sophia Iltis finished first for the Sabers with a time of 27:01. The rest of the top five representing Salem were Julia Zhou (29:37), Abigail Wucherer (29:45), Alia Agee (30:06), and Emma Kanzler (32:57). Julia and Blythe Hudson were both representing Salem as they ran their first race on the season, and it was the first career race for senior Blythe. 

Loss, 3-6 (Home)

Salem’s match today was played against a large Winston-Salem public high school, Mount Tabor. The Sabers lost the match 3-6 but the girls had a lot of extremely close matches. Sidney Stearns played #1 for Salem and lost 6-8 in both her singles and doubles matches. She was partnered in doubles with Jessie Gentles. Jessie lost her singles match at # 2 ,6-8. Izzy Smith playing the #3 singles position and won 8-6. Patrina Fan played #4 and lost 2-8. Molly Beasley played #5 and lost 0-8 and playing #6 singles was Grace Jeon, who won 8-6. The #2 doubles team of Izzy and Patrina lost 7-9 and Grace and Sabrina Ma won #3 doubles, 8-6. As you can see, all but two matches were extremely close and could have gone either way. Grace was the big winner of the day with her win in both singles and doubles. 

Loss, 2-7 (Home)

Krystle Chukwuanu played flawless tennis in capturing an 8-4 decision in singles and teaming with Jayden Brown to take a 9-8 doubles win at home against Mt. Tabor on September 21st. Mt. Tabor won the match 7-2. Salem Academy is 2-3 in conference play and 2-4 overall at the season’s midpoint.

Loss, 0-2 (Home)

The Sabers faced Chatham Hall in an intense match, where Carry Liu, Kennedy Conner, & Katherine Mims had multiple scoring chances. Catherine Davila played goalie for both halves, with an amazing amount of saves only letting two goals in. The fearlessness of Jenae Edwards as the fly on corners helped keep the score low. The Sabers lost 2-0 but the team was excited about their teamwork and effort throughout the game.

Loss, 0-2 (Home)

Salem’s JV volleyball team hosted Langtree Academy on September 21. The Sabers put up a good fight, but lost in two sets.  The final score was 25-17, 25-16. For the Sabers, Grace Gould and Emma Machle made smart plays at the net. Emma’s sets provided opportunities for Rennie Parker, Piper Angel, and Tee Georges to spike. Defensively, Angelina Pierre had a few great digs on the back row. The girls are moving and communicating better and are looking forward to next week’s games.

Win, 3-2 (Home)

If you left early or didn’t make it to see the varsity volleyball team play at home on Friday the 21st, then you missed the match of the century!  Langtree Academy was a difficult opponent, who fought hard and had three or four smoking guns that were strong, quick and smart players.

Having grown as a team so quickly, Salem Academy rose to the occasion and fought tooth and nail throughout the first match.  However, something was missing and Salem Academy lost 22-25.  Having recognized the strength of their opponents, Coach Vander Lugt and Coach Penn very quickly changed the Salem Academy line-up for the second game, to cater towards their opponents strengths. However, Salem Academy had not practiced the new line-up rotation and it took the team a minute to adjust. In spite of losing the second game 23-25, Salem Academy adapted to this last minute adjustment and something clicked going into the third game. 

Keeping the new line-up for the third game, Salem Academy showed their strong opponents and their fans exactly what they are made of.  Like a force of nature, Salem Academy demolished their opponents in the third game and won 25-13!  Game four was the moment of reckoning because Langtree Academy fought even harder after losing the third game but Salem Academy had the momentum on their side and wanted the win more than their opponents.  Salem Academy took the fourth game 25-22.

Then, it all came down to the fifth game tie breaker!  The fifth game is still rally scoring but it only goes to 15 points, not 25. Plus, the teams switch sides half way through.  The excitement and energy in the gym was like an electric storm surging through everyone’s bodies.  There was enthralling cheers from the packed crowd, excitement and nerves in both teams and goosebumps on the coaches. In the end though, Salem Academy should be exceptionally proud of what they had accomplished and how much they have improved as a team because they believed in themselves and WON the fifth game 15-12!!!!

Every single player on the varsity volleyball team contributed to this magnificent win! Having worked hard in their practices, errors across the board were minimal and their serves, attacks, sets, blocks and digs were incredible! 

Hannah Brothers, Dania Shoaf, Miracle Etim-Andy, Maggie Campbell, Izzy Pare and Sara Kent Trollinger delivered powerful and consistent serves throughout the five games, each with a number of aces.  Attacks were stellar in the front and back row from Hannah with 10 attempts and four kills, Dania with eight attempts and four kills, Miracle with 19 attempts and six kills and Caroline Drupka with 15 attempts and three kills.  Contributing to the success of kills and strong attacks was Maggie C., Tochi Okoli, Sara Kent and Maggie Dees.

Blocking was a clear strength with Miracle, Tochi, Maggie D. and Caroline dominating the net.  There were more assists than you can count from Hannah, Dania, Miracle, Tochi, Maggie D. and Caroline, who all worked together as a team and occasionally formed an unintentional triple block, without any practice.  Caroline was a brick wall with 15 solo blocks!  Tochi stuffed five solo blocks back in her opponent’s faces and Maggie D. shut down her opponent’s hitters with two solo blocks.

The passing was a work of art.  All of those practices where Coach Vander Lugt and Coach Penn would hit their hardest at defense certainly paid off.  There were movements, incredible dives and unbelievable hustle that have never been tried before but they all executed each attempt with passion and determination. Hannah had 17 digs and 25 serve receive passes, Dania had 10 digs, Miracle had 10 digs and 15 serve receive passes, Maggie C. had 12 digs and three serve receive passes, Izzy had seven digs and three serve receive passes, Tochi had five digs, Sara Kent had five digs and 10 serve receive passes and Maggie D. also stepped in and contributed to the digs left and right with a dig at the net.

To recap, Salem Academy showed their coaches, fans and opponents that they are a dynamite team, who is getting better and better every time they step on the court.  Start coming to the volleyball matches. The passion and excitement the varsity volleyball team displays will change your life!

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