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Week of January 20, 2019

From the Head of the School

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

I was thinking about different articles, books, and documents that I have read in order to find something that would help me express my thoughts about the upcoming MLK holiday. It was 1983 and I was a recent college graduate, living in my home state, Tennessee, when the law passed to make this a federal holiday to be realized in 1986. I was also in my first teaching job, so the curiosity of the observation of this new holiday was a regular conversation in the faculty lounge: How would the school observe it - with a day “off,” or with a day of school? I was teaching in a girls’ independent school whose two local “brother” schools had dorm students, so they were not really thrilled with the idea of a three-day weekend right after Christmas break. So while the public schools took the day off, we three took the day “on.”

There was a good bit of criticism about our holding school, and we gave excused absences to any who chose not to attend school that day. But we had a plan on honoring the establishment of the holiday, and that was to use the opportunity to teach about life’s challenges, past/present/future. The schedule of the day was altered as we held “sessions” instead of classes, getting away from a traditional classroom setting to study Harlem Renaissance poetry, discuss civil rights cases, and look at the progress of women’s rights. We would regularly invite men and women who had lived through the racial conflicts of Chattanooga to speak to the student body and challenge us to make difference. We used the day to remember the obstacles that had been in place and to celebrate the privileges that we had, often noting the changes that had taken place from year to year.

The MLK federal holiday has been recognized for over 30 years, and now there are many opportunities to participate in the celebration of this (now called) Day of Service. I applaud that Salem Academy celebrated a Day of Service with Salem College on Friday, and I celebrate the rights to education and the freedoms that the young women in our halls enjoy now, and the ones that they will help to be realized in the future.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew



Salem Academy and College’s Day of Service

Salem Academy is continuing its tradition of serving others in our community.  However, this year’s Day of Service will be in partnership with Salem College. There will be an Academy & College service day kickoff in the morning before leaving campus for the various volunteering sites. Academy students will be volunteering with SECU Family House, Sunnyside Ministries, and Second Harvest Food Bank.  At Second Harvest and Sunnyside, students will be sorting food items or assisting with clothes organization. While at SECU Family House, making snacks for residents and/or helping with household chores are some of the service activities students will be doing.

During the afternoon, Both the Academy and College students will gather for lunch to discuss volunteer experiences.   After lunch, Academy students will work with the Salem College students in completing a volunteer project on campus.


Action photos from Salem Academy’s Day of Service:

Race to the Finish Line: Less than a Month until Competition!

Both teams of the Sisters of the Motherboard have made huge strides this week! Team 7444, led by sophomores Mandy and Helen, has been focused on finishing their programming, their gyro and euphoria sensors, and connecting their new phones to practice the autonomous controls. Team 15333, guided by sophomores Cami, Michaela, and Jada, has gotten the base of their robot finished and is ensuring it fits the size limits of FTC regulations. Also, Michaela began programming this week, helping the team get up to speed. Both teams have utilized Sketchup, whether it was to create a design for a gear or prototype an arm, which has been extremely beneficial. Another exciting thing happening this week is: our 3D printers are up and running! Team 15333 has especially been taking advantage of this technology to advance their robot and keep it under the weight limit. Along with both FTC teams, we also have our newbies Krystle, Althea, and Margot building a pushbot of their own so they really get to experience all pieces of robotics.

Aside from the physical robot, sophomore Katherine (who is a member of team 15333), has been breaking out many new ideas for our social media presence! Not only has she reached out to other teams to talk about building ideas, but she has started the Salem Academy Robotics Program youtube channel. The videos posted on this channel will feature highlights from our weeks during Jan Term, and even some competitions, so that everyone can get an inside scoop on how our Sisters work. You can check out the first video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSYbWkXw-gw&t=201s ! Below are some pictures from the #blackandwhitechallenge on Instagram we participated in..

Jan Term Field Trip - North Carolina College Tours

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~ Chinese Proverb

On January 23, students will spend the day exploring college life at two North Carolina colleges by taking campus tours.  Both Duke and Elon Universities are slated for tours on Wednesday.  Lunch will be eaten off campus on this day. Students can bring their lunch or can make a brown bag lunch in the dining hall during breakfast beginning at 8:00 am. All students will arrive on campus by 8:30 am on Wednesday and they will return by 4:30 pm.  


Upcoming Student Activities and Events

.Upcoming Activities

January Term Evening Programming

All students (boarding and day) are welcome to participate in our Jan Term Evening programs, and once a week during Jan Term, we have a required activity for our boarding students. We look forward to welcoming the new year with relaxing and rejuvenating activities.

Download a PDF version of the January Term 2019 Programming Schedule for print

Athletics Hall of Fame

Athletics Hall of Fame announcement, click to download printable PDF

Register at salemspirits.com/HallofFame or call 336-917-5552.

Jan Term 2020 Trip Discount for Early Registration

Register before February 15, 2019 to receive $200 off the Jan Term 2020 Trip to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Follow the directions on http://www.eftours.com/2030893YA to see Neuschwanstein Castle, pictured above, in real life!

Athletics - This Week's Events

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 5th (Home)

On January 17th, Salem Academy hosted six teams, coming in 5th in the swim meet.  The underclass girls carried the Sabers through working hard and still making improvements.

Improvements on the night included: 

200 Medley Relay (lead off back stroke)-  Mandy Peake -33.07 and Lizzie O’Blackburn -1.86.

200 IM featured Emma Grimstead improving her time by 6.76 seconds and making a state cut.  Congrats Emma! 

50 Free- Grace Gould -0.12, Caitlin Kinnamon -0.26, Althea Bennett -2.39, Helen Watson -1.55, Lizzie O’Blackburn -0.89.  Good work ladies. 

100 Free- Grace Gould -0.06, Caitlin Kinnamon -1.79, Althea Bennett -4.51, Mandy Peake -6.51. 

200 Free Relay- Grace Gould took off 0.05 continuing to shave time on that forever challenging 50 Free lead off.

100 Breast- Helen Watson -4.20. 

400 Free Relay- Caitlin Kinnamon shaved -0.67.

 Come out to cheer on the team at their conference meet at Winston Salem State on Thursday, January 31 at 6:00pm.  Go Salem!

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