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 February 10, 2019

From the Head of the School

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”  (Washington Irving)

There are times when it seems impossible to me that I arrived in Winston-Salem just eight months ago and that I am only in my second semester at Salem Academy. While I am still a first-timer in many areas of school life and almost everything is still “new,” I have a wonderful sense of comfort and belonging. Part of this is the nature of being a member of a girls’ school community; part of this is being part of Salem Academy.

I was literally moved to tears three different times last week: The first time came on Wednesday when I listened to the first presentations of Senior chapel talks. Poise, confidence, and a high level of intellect were all present in every talk, and the focus of each talk revealed so much about each girl and the generational challenges that she is ready to fight for or against.  I was humbled by each speaker’s success in relaying her message and equally proud of her accomplishment in reaching this milestone in her senior year.

Between two chapel talk programs, the entire Academy walked down the hill to Bryant Hall for Jan Term Sharing Day.  Many of the on-campus courses were on display, from Robotics to electrical wiring to GeomARTry design. The highlight of this event came from the two most upper classes of the school: Every junior and senior had created a display board which revealed the details of her three-week internship, and every single one of them was prepared to share information and answer questions. This year, many of the community mentors were able to stop by and see the full impact of the Jan Term experience, and the pride that they had in their own Academy intern was evident from the smiles on their faces.

On Thursday afternoon, I returned to Bryant Hall for the unveiling of the visual celebration of the Athletic Hall of Fame. I took my time walking down the hall, stopping at each of the individual photos of Academy and College student athletes. I finally came upon the huge, colorful mural which highlights so many Academy athletes. I saw the faces, the power, the focus, and the determination - all of the same things that these girls bring to the classroom and to every other activity that they do.

I came to Salem Academy with a promise to the school and a promise to myself, an unwritten agreement that I would be fully invested in this community; however,  I had no idea how quickly I would have the emotional connection to this school and to these students that I possess. For this opportunity, I am eternally grateful.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

Re-enrollment contracts

Hello parents! Your re-enrollment contracts will be hitting your mailbox soon! Please note, this year re-enrollment contracts will be mailed to your home address. As you await them, we’ve found some information quite helpful for families to understand how the process works. You can read more here.

Enrollment contracts and a $250 deposit to secure your daughter’s spot are due back to the Office of Admissions by Friday, March 1st. Please note that your daughter will not be able to register for fall classes until the contract and deposit are received.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Rogers, Director of Enrollment Management, via email (jessica.rogers@salem.edu) or phone (336-) 917-5534. We look forward to having your daughter back next year!


Long Weekend Travel Plans Due Tuesday, February 12

Our Long weekend is quickly approaching, and all student travel plans should be submitted by February 12. The campus will be open during the weekend for boarders. Please be mindful that transportation to and from the bus station and airport is not guaranteed after 10 p.m.

Staff Recognition: Jo Teel

Ms. Jo Teel, the House Counselor for the 2nd Hodges residence hall at Salem Academy, was recognized in a Teacher Highlight feature in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools newsletter on February 4. Teel, in addition to working at Salem Academy, has been serving as the Life Skills teacher at East Forsyth Middle School in Kernersville, NC.  Please continue to read below for the article.  Congratulations Jo!

Jo Teel: Teacher Highlight - EFMS

Jo Teel is the Life Skills teacher at East Forsyth Middle School. Ms. Teel has done a phenomenal job of utilizing our new technology and building student proficiency in both her content area and in using their devices effectively. Ms. Teel is a leader in the school when it comes to working with students on how to effectively use their devices for classroom instruction.
She is quickly becoming a Google Suite master and has a full online presence through Powerschool Learning. All of Ms. Teel’s content, materials, and assignments are available to students at any time through her PSL class, even if they are away from school.
Ms. Teel has also used many types of formative assessment tools like Padlet to aid in whole group discussions. She is constantly working with the EFMS coach and her coworkers to bring new and innovative ideas to her classroom instruction.

Athletic Department Updates

Varsity Swimming
On Monday, February 11th, Cait KinnamonGrace Gould, and Emma Grimstead will represent Salem Academy at the NCISAA State Swim Championship in Greensboro, NC. Preliminary events begin at 7:45 a.m. 
Faculty-Student Basketball Game
The annual event will take place on Wednesday, February 13th. The game will begin at 4:15 and will feature the winter award ceremony at halftime of the game. Come out and support your Sabers!  
Spring Sports
Fitness will continue on Tuesday for anyone interested in playing a spring sport. It will begin at 4:00 pm and will finish by 5:00 pm. Tryouts for spring sports will start on Tuesday, February 26th.  Spring sports include soccer and track.
Spring Clinics
 Starting the first week of April, the following sports will host clinics:
  • Golf Clinic: Mondays & Wednesdays at 4:00 pm
  • Tennis Clinic: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:00 pm

Expressive Arts Counseling Evening Program

Students are invited to join Ms. Johnson for February’s Counseling Evening Program featuring an Expressive Arts workshop. We will engage in visual art and poetry to explore self-esteem and get a boost of self-love in time for Valentine’s Day! Expressive Arts Therapy emphasizes “low skill/high sensitivity,” meaning that the participant does not need to be “skilled” in an art modality to experience the emotional benefits of the creative process. This is a great opportunity to take a break, create art in a low-pressure environment, and love yourself!

When: Monday, February 11th @ 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Rec. Room

Expressive Arts Self-Esteem Group

In addition to February’s Expressive Arts program, Ms. Johnson will be offering a weekly Expressive Arts Self-Esteem Group. This group will utilize multiple art modalities to explore identity, grow in self-confidence, discuss beauty and body image, and engage positive self-talk. Art forms will include visual art, music, narrative writing, poetry, and movement. No art skills or supplies are necessary to participate! Expressive Arts Counseling is about the process rather than the product. Weekly attendance is encouraged but not required! Students may come and go over the course of the semester as they are able.

When: Thursdays @ 12:55-1:40 (Conference)

Where: Group Counseling Room

Upcoming Student Activities and Events

Jan Term 2020 Trip Discounted Registration

Last week to register before the end of the February 15, 2019 deadline to receive $200 off the Jan Term 2020 Trip to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Follow the directions on http://www.eftours.com/2030893YA to visit the Prater, pictured above. Come ride the rides and see the Haunts of Austria at this fun-filled Amusement Park!

Yearbook Ads for Senior Class

Dear Parents,

    It is now time to think about purchasing a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook, Quill Pen. Spaces for ads in the yearbook are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page. To purchase an ad for your daughter, please fill out the form below. The deadline is March 1, 2019, but we urge you to get your ads in as soon as possible. If you want this to be a surprise for your daughter, please specify that in the ‘special requests’ section on the google form.

Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected.

¼ page:     $105 (with picture) /  $95 (without picture)

½ page:    $125 (with picture) /  $115 (without picture)

Full page:    $160 (with picture) / $135 (without picture)

All checks should be made out to Salem Academy Quill Pen and all payments should be given to Dean Rogers.

Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/sgXshKr24H5eo6Qp2

If you have any questions feel free to email the editors at

sidney.stearns@salem.edu, ava.heinen@salem.edu, caroline.harman@salem.edu

2019 Summer STEAM and Robotics/Coding Camps for Girls

2019 Salem Sports Camp For Kids

Cold and Flu Season Reminders

As we enter our cold and flu season, please keep in mind our wellness protocol: When you experience flu-like or cold symptoms (or feel unwell in any way), make sure that you reach out to an adult to make sure that you are receiving proper medical care. If you feel that you cannot be present in class, make sure that you go to the tag room to have Ms. Rogers check on you!

Flu Symptoms: fever/body chills, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue, headache, sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

Should you have any of the symptoms listed above, you need to visit a doctor so you can be properly diagnosed and possibly be treated with TamiFlu (if caught early enough) to shorten the length of time you are symptomatic. The normal incubation period is 1-4 days for the flu, so if you come in contact with someone please keep this timeline in mind for monitoring your own health!

Cold Symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue, and/or a headache.

When in doubt, get checked out!

In general, when you feel unwell, it is important to reach out to an adult on campus to receive the care that you need!

The best way to avoid sickness to be mindful of your space and self-care. Make sure that you are sleeping properly, eating well, and staying hydrated. Additionally, do not share your personal items, especially water bottles. Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing and wash your hands with frequency and thoroughness.

Weather Policy

Since we have both Day and Boarding students, we operate a bit differently from other schools in the area. We will always try to remain on a regular schedule unless the outside conditions are such that it is not feasible to have even an abbreviated class day.  However, if traveling conditions are not safe for you or your daughter, please do not risk coming to school. Students will not be penalized for absences from class and other school activities that result from their families determining it is unsafe to travel to the Academy during inclement weather. If weather conditions worsen during a school day and travel home is not recommended, day students may stay overnight in the residence hall.

Our methods of  communication for a delayed start or a closing will include

  • A pop-up on the webpage

  • An email to  all students and parents

  • A text (for parents and students registered to receive Academy text messages)

  • A notice on our local television station WXII

  • A voice recording by calling the tag room number (336-721-2775)

We will do our best to give notice of any schedule change as early as possible.

Athletics - This Week's Events

Monday, February 11, 2019

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