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Week of January 9, 2020

From the Head of School

“It seems like a necessary balance to life, being part of the community.” (Eddie Vedder, musician)

In the earliest days of my career, I was living and teaching in Chattanooga, my hometown. The city had a lot of businesses that attracted people from all over the world, and oftentimes one spouse would be employed in the business sector and the other would work in my school. This is how I came to be lifelong friends with Mike and Deon Roach from Michigan. 

Mike had taken a job with Provident Insurance (now Unum), and his wife Deon was a phenomenal English teacher who was hired at my school. I would describe this couple as magnetic for they seemed to have multitudes of friends, regardless of their short time living in a new city. It didn’t take long for me to realize how this had happened: I distinctly remember a day when we were talking about weekend plans, and the Roaches were attending a fundraiser at the Children’s Discovery Museum, a place where they held membership (even though they were childless) and I did not. When I asked Deon about this involvement, she said, “Mike’s career will probably have many relocation components. We decided a long time ago that when we moved to a new town, we would become involved in the community. We feel like we owe it to a place that supports us - giving back in any way that we can.”

When I heard her say these words, I was satisfied with my own commitment to my community - after all, it was my hometown, so I had a smooth entrance into my affinity groups. There was a time when I never thought that I would leave Chattanooga, but thank goodness my parents (and the Roaches) had modeled the practice of being a community member in my neighborhood, in the city, and in my church. This lesson has served me well in my move to New York and now my living in Winston-Salem. I view being connected as a responsibility, and I am grateful to the many groups and individuals who have reached out to include me in this journey of making Winston-Salem my new hometown.

This is why we are “introducing” our students to Winston-Salem during 2020 Jan Term. Many of our Juniors and Seniors are doing internships in all areas of Winston-Salem, discovering their interests while also discovering the many opportunities that the city offers. The Freshmen and Sophomores are spending their mornings serving in various non-profits and their afternoons visiting the remarkable places around Triad which include Sawtooth, a/perture, the Freedom Ride, Black Mountain Chocolate, the Stevens Center, Wake Downtown, the International Civil Rights Museum (Greensboro), and the local Chamber of Commerce. The students are using the space on the 3rd floor of 500 W 5th street which houses CWEB, Salem Academy and College’s Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business, to hear speakers, create podcasts, and work on presentations.

We have always said that Winston-Salem in our backyard, and now it is also in our academic program. I can hardly wait to see what our February 5 JanTerm Sharing Day will reveal!

Far may our song ring clear!


Carol Killebrew

First Semester Grades Available

First semester grades were made available Friday, January 3, 2020.  You can view semester grades and exam grades in the Parent Portal; students may or may not have individual teacher comments at this marking period.  Teachers will review first semester exams with students during the first week of the second semester.  Please contact Kara Weimer, Salem Academy’s Registrar, at kara.weimer@salem.edu if you are unable to access your account in the Parent Portal.  

Advanced Placement Exam Fees

College Board Advanced Placement exams are still a few months away (May 4 - May 15). Students who have already paid a deposit will now pay the remainder of the fee. If you did not yet pay a deposit, the entire fee will now need to be paid. The cost of the exams is $94.00. Students who qualify for a reduced fee pay $53.00. If you are not sure if you qualify for a reduced fee please see Mrs. Caligiuri. Please pay your fee to Mrs. Caligiuri by March 2nd, 2020. The exam fees may be paid with cash or checks made payable to Salem Academy. 

Referral Awards

This is the perfect time of year to refer a middle school (or high school!) girl to Salem Academy! Remember, if you refer a family to Salem Academy, you will receive a $1000 Referral Award towards your daughter’s tuition for 2020-2021. Please contact Jessica Rogers (jessica.rogers@salem.edu)  if you have any questions. 

Financial Aid Application For 2020-2021

It’s that time of year! Families should start thinking about filing the Parent Financial Statement if you wish to receive need-based aid for next year. We anticipate re-enrollment contracts going out in February, so please have your paperwork submitted by January 31st. If you have questions, please contact Jessica Rogers in the Admissions Office. 
Please note that merit awards are renewable annually, and do not require the PFS. 

Senior Updates from College Counseling

  1. As you hear from colleges please let Dr. Spong know of your admission status and send copies of any scholarships you receive.
  2. If you add any schools to your list make sure you to let Dr. Spong and those writing your recommendation letters along with submission deadline dates so they can send those out.

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