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Week of September 30, 2018

From the Head of School

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. (Emily Dickinson)

I was looking at the calendar and immediately thought, “How can it almost be October?” This led my mind to start to panic - we have Fall Break in another few weeks, and then Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then it is 2019 which means Jan Term and Spring Break and…

Whoa!!! Slooooowwww Dooooowwwn!

Why do I (we?) do that - start looking to what is down the road instead of what is right in front of us? I blame part of this on having the “school calendar” mindset: I have been in education more than 30 years, so my schedule has always centered around school breaks and end-of-the-term grading periods. When did I stop marking the year by the seasons? Or by the next friend’s birthday? Or - better yet - by the next family gathering? When did the pace of life vs. work throw me off balance? What can I do to get back on track?

The Class of 2018 - a class that I barely met - has left a gift for me and the rest of the school so that we can find the joys of simply living. These girls used the remains of their class budget to buy Eno hammocks for the school - those  colorful hammocks that fold up to almost nothing and are made of parachute material. Any Academy student or adult can now go to the front desk to get one - the “rental fee” is leaving one shoe that will be returned when you return the hammock. We have so many trees in the back of the buildings - can you imagine how beautiful it is going to be to observe a sea of hammocks that are occupied by students and adults who are just slowing down?

I am off to find my shoe…

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew


Academy Dining Hall Menu

The Academy Dining Hall features all you care to eat dining with a great variety of menu options, including home style entrees, fresh vegetables, salad/ deli bar and more. Ask about our Gluten friendly, Dairy Free & Vegan options. Come take a look at our upcoming menus:


Theatre News

Comedy and Tragedy Drama Masks

The Theatre Department is busy as always. We are preparing for our fall play. Auditions for any students who are enrolled in a theatre class begin October 1st at 6:30 in the Drama Workshop. Callbacks, if needed, will be held the next night at the same time.


The Thursday Advanced Theatre class is working on costume design. Students created costumes out of garbage bags and took a field trip to Joann Fabrics to learn about materials. The students went on a scavenger hunt to locate certain fabrics, sewing materials, craft materials and patterns. All students in Advanced Theatre will get a chance to do costume design at different times during this school year.

Theatre Students Shopping for Costume Pieces Theatre Students Shopping for Costume Patterns Theatre students scouting threads Theatre students demonstrating creative costuming

The Ghost Train is Coming!

The Ghost Train poster


Art at the Fair

Make sure to visit the Salem Academy Display at the Dixie Classic Fair from September 28 - October 7. Show your support of our talented Visual Art students!!!!

Academy Art at the Dixie Classic Fair

Sisters of the Motherboard - Salem Academy Robotics Update

The Sisters of the Motherboard are gearing up for a great season, kicking off with a building weekend this Sunday from 1-4. This is the beginning of turning all our brainstorming into reality by actually starting to construct the robots for this year’s competition. We are also in the process for applying for more grants to help offset the cost of materials for two teams.

Sisters of the Motherboard students Sisters of the Motherboard students working at the dry erase board

How to support us

  1. We are still working on the new names for our two teams. If you have ideas related to the sisterhood theme we would love your input! We are all united under “Sisters of the Motherboard” but need distinct names for the two teams we are fielding.
  2. Check that junk drawer at home full of old cell phones! Any donations of phones below would be greatly appreciated!
    Want: Motorola Moto G5, Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 5
    Could Use: Motorola Moto G2, G3, or G4 play
  3. We are still looking for community involvement and mentors! 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!

Sisters of the Motherboard icon
Twitter: @SA_Robotics
Instagram: @sa_robotics

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!

College Counseling Corner

What: College Fair - open to all students

When: Monday, Oct. 1st  5:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Benton Convention Center, downtown W-S

There will be over 100 colleges represented. Tables will be set up for each college, and students can obtain information and speak with admissions reps. Transportation is provided from Salem, every hour on the hour starting at 4:45 PM. There is no formal registration and anyone can attend.

Colleges that will be visiting Salem’s campus next week

Monday Oct. 1

Roanoke College - 8:15 AM

Wofford College - 9:05 AM

Illinois Wesleyan Univ. - 10:15 AM

Elon Univ. - 11:05 AM

Univ. of Cal - Berkeley - 1:20 PM

Florida Southern College - 2:15 PM

Tuesday Oct. 2

Univ. of Georgia - 8:15 AM

Randolph College - 9:05 AM

Campbell Univ. - 10:15 AM

Berry College - 11:05 AM

Furman Univ. - 1:20 PM

Randolph-Macon College - 2:15 PM

Wednesday Oct. 3

Hollins Univ. - 8:30 AM

Univ. of Mary Washington - 10:00 AM

Anglia Ruskin Univ. - 11:00 AM

Appalachian State Univ. - 2:00 PM


Diversity & Inclusion Curriculum with Dr. Shawn Ricks

We are excited to announce that Dr. Shawn Ricks, Assistant Vice President of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for both the Academy and College, will be partnering with Ms. Johnson, School Counselor, to offer the first ever Diversity & Inclusion Curriculum for the Freshman class. Dr. Ricks will be joining us for 6 sessions this fall to discuss issues related to diversity, inclusion, cultural backgrounds, race relations and more. The sessions are designed to create a safe space for questions and dialogue, as well as provide students with education, skills and confidence to navigate these issues within Salem Academy and beyond.

The curriculum is optional, with the first session beginning October 10th. Subsequent dates and locations will be announced soon. Please direct any questions or concerns to Ms. Johnson at mary.johnson@salem.edu.


Upcoming Activities and Events

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Loss, 0-5 (Away)

Greensboro Day School commanded a sizable margin over Salem Academy in Greensboro on September 24 when the two coaches agreed it was in the best interest to halt the match due to rain as the match was coming to a conclusion. Three matches were decided in GDS’s favor and three others were almost completed with GDS holding a substantial lead in these as well, thus the coaches and school athletic directors awarded the win to GDS.
Salem is now 2-5.

Loss, 2-4 (Away)

On Tuesday, Salem traveled to Greensboro to take on Greensboro Day School! The final score was 4-2, with both goals being scored by Carry Liu. Carry had assistance moving the ball quickly up the field by Katherine Mims! On defense, several saves were made on Salem’s behalf by Catherine Davila. The team takes on Summit on Friday and hope to bring home a win.

Win, 2-1 (Away)

Salem Academy’s JV volleyball team traveled to Greensboro Day School on September 24th. The Salem Sabers pulled off the win in three sets, 25-22 (L), 25-20 (W), and 15-9 (W). In the first game, the ladies fought hard but lost by three. They worked together and stepped up their gameplay in the second game. Emma Machle came in and had great tips at the net. She worked well in the setter position, giving her teammates opportunities to hit. Defensively, Brier Evans and Piper Angel had great digs in the back row. Offensively, Brier did well serving and Rennie Parker made smart plays at the net. Tee Georges played a great game at the net and also served out the third game for the win.

Loss, 1-3 (Away)

On Monday, the varsity volleyball team traveled to Greensboro Day School and played an exciting and closely fought match.  There has been so much improvement since the last time Salem Academy faced this team that their coach complimented Salem on their defense and said it was “insane and they picked up everything!”  The first and games Salem lost 19-25 and 22-25.  During game three, Salem proved to their opponents that they are a strong team.  Salem won game three, 25-23.  Game four was the moment of truth and everyone was sure there would be a repeat of last Friday’s match. Unfortunately, small accumulated errors allowed the score to slip in the competition’s favor and Salem lost game four, 19-25.

Serves were stellar with Dania Shoaf, Hannah Brothers, Maggie Campbell, Izzy Pare, and Miracle Etim-Andy showing their skills of strength and consistency, with Sara Kent Trollinger having a total of four aces and a number of strong serves! 

Defense and digs were quite nearly at the collegiate level, with hustle and fearlessness displayed by Hannah, Dania, Maggie C., Sara Kent, and Izzy.  With improved passing Dania was able to set 35 attempts, only needing assistance by Hannah and Tochi Okoli on a few occasions. These consistent sets allowed the front and back row players to show Greensboro Day just how powerful everyone is! The team members ended the day with the following stats: Hannah 18 attempts and nine kills, Dania, 15 attempts and five kills, Maggie Dees, 16 attempts and five kills, Caroline Drupka, six attempts and three kills, Miracle, 10 attempts and two kills, Maggie C., six attempts and one kill, Izzy, four attempts, Tochi, three attempts and one kill, and Sara Kent with three attempts. 

As is the new trend for Salem Academy, blocking was off the charts incredible! Caroline and Maggie D. crushed Greensboro Day with 13 and 12 solo blocks, accompanied by 36 assist blocks each! Contributing to this skyscraper tower of a wall on Salem’s front row was Tochi with four solo blocks and 29 assists, Miracle with three solo blocks and 29 assists, Dania with 13 assists and Hannah with five assists. 

Everyone is so proud of the varsity volleyball team and how far they have come as a team and also individually.  It is very exciting to see what level they will rise to next!

Win, 9-0 (Home)

The JV Tennis team has had a very good week. Salem had two matches and won both of them. On Tuesday, Salem played Caldwell Academy. The score was 9-0. Coach Engram was extremely proud of the way the girls played. A great addition to the team is Sabrina Ma who is playing the #3 doubles with Grace Jeon. Both Michaela Murphy and Kelly Cabrera got to play competitive exhibition matches.

Win, 5-1 (Home)

The match on Thursday, September 27th was against High Point Christian. Rain got in the way of the team finishing the match but Salem had already won the match, 5-1 when the rains came. Jessie Gentles, Izzy Smith, Molly Beasley, Patrina Fan, and Grace Jeon all won their singles matches giving the Sabers the win. 

Next week the team will end their season with matches against Forsyth Country Day and Summit School.

Loss, 1-2 (Away)

On September 27, the Saber’s traveled to High Point for an away match against the High Point Christian Cougars. The Sabers could be described as scrappy, as they fought hard for each point. Salem Academy took High Point Christian to the third game and lost in the third, but hung on to the end. The final scores were, 25-8 (L), 26-24 (W), and 25-19 (L). Defensively, Lizzie Blackburn and Angelina Pierre had many great digs. One of the team captains, Tee Georges was able to find holes in the other team’s defense and was able to keep the Sabers inching closer. Overall, the team is playing more aggressively than ever and are looking forward to next week’s games. 

Loss, 0-3 (Away)

On Thursday, September 27th, Salem Academy traveled to High Point Christian Academy for a conference match.  Salem had an off day on Thursday and it was clear that High Point Christian Academy was ready to play as they won in three games, 6-25, 9-25 and 12-25.  Salem Academy learned a hard lesson about how important teamwork and communication is while on the court.  The head coach of HPCA, along with one of the referees, complimented Salem on how much they have improved overall, since the first time they played at the beginning of the season. 

Serves were Salem’s strong hold, as always, with Dania Shoaf, Miracle Etim-Andy, Maggie Campbell, Hannah Brothers and Sara Kent Trollinger delivering a strong serve to their opponents. Hannah was the top serve receive specialist with nine great passes. Dania ran to the rescue and was able to secure 25 assist sets from defense, to allow Miracle (10 attempts) and Hannah (5 attempts/1 kill) to pull out strong attacks.  Blocking was contributed by Tochi Okoli (7 assists/1 solo), Caroline Drupka (5 assists/1 solo), Maggie Dees (2 assists/1 solo) and Miracle (3 assists).

Loss, 2-5 (Away)

Salem Academy fell to second place Caldwell Academy, 5-2, on the Guilford College Campus in Greensboro on September 28th. Jayden Brown and Sophie Gnad played outstanding tennis to take the numbers one and six slots. Salem fell to 2-5 in the PTAC and 2-6 overall.

Loss, 0-2, 0-2 (Home)

Friday afternoon started off with a visit from Caldwell Academy.  It was a bit of a change from the usual match rhythm. Salem Academy played both conference matches versus Caldwell back to back.  The first match was lost to Caldwell, playing two out of three games, 12-25 and 11-25.  The second match followed immediately after the end of the first match and Salem pressed restart but struggled to pull through, losing the second match, 14-25 and 9-25.


Despite this unique match style, the Salem Academy varsity volleyball team adjusted as quickly as possible against such strong opponents.  Once again, Salem Academy was complimented on how much they have improved by the head coach of Caldwell Academy.


Serving improved across the board by the second match with Hannah Brothers, Izzy Pare and Sara Kent Trollinger dishing out aces.  Between both matches, Hannah, Miracle Etim-Andy, Tochi Okoli, and Maggie Dees all swung hard at the net for several kills each. Blocking was also a noteworthy mention against such strong opponents. Both matches included Caroline Drupka assisted 25 blocks and had six solo, Maggie D. assisted 15 blocks and had three solo, Tochi assisted eight blocks and had one solo, Miracle assisted 21 blocks and Dania Shoaf assisted with 14 blocks.

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