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 17, 2019

From the Head of School

“Look, all you can do as a parent is try to pack the days with as much good stuff as possible and hope that it outweighs the bad. You hope that the good stuff sticks.” (Randall Pearson, This Is Us, Season 3, Episode 12)

Now that we live in North Carolina, my husband and I regularly watch College Basketball - both men’s and women’s - on television at night. This means that there are a few shows that I view on Hulu, and This Is Us is one of them. I turned on last week’s episode and subsequently rewound a scene almost five times to make certain that I got the above quotation exactly right.

I have been in meetings, taken phone calls, and run into Salem Academy parents more than usual this last week, so maybe that is also why these lines seem so important. I have also been in conversations with the Admissions Office about prospective students, recognizing that accepting a student is accepting an entire family, including the parents. The partnership that the school has with parents in the lives of their daughters is very important to me, and I can say that this is the same feeling that the adults who work here possess.

I believe it is essential, then, that we strive to offer “good stuff” to the girls: The faculty and staff have engaged in more conversations about what we do and why we do it. We are exploring new opportunities for our students while maintaining the Salem Academy “essence” both inside and outside the classroom. I will be honest: This makes some of our community uncomfortable, but as we recognize and accept the need to stretch ourselves, we are providing new avenues and experiences for the students. Our changes may be subtle at times, but they are strategic and intentional.

All Salem Academy students have days that are packed, and what is classified as positive for one could be negative for another. School is hard work, and being a teenager is even harder. Academics is not the only thing we teach, and we recognize our failures as much as our successes. And at the end of the day, I have to believe that there is more good stuff than bad, and when I look at the faces of the student body, I am confident that it  “sticks.”

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew


Spring Break Plans are due on February 27!

Believe it or not, Spring Break is only four weeks away!  In order to ensure that all boarders have scheduled their Spring Break travel, it is important to have all travel plans recorded in Boardingware by February 27. Click here for more information about our school transportation policies and expectations.

Re-enrollment contracts

Re-enrollment packets were mailed February 16 (emailed for international students) and have a due date of Friday, March 1. Please contact the Admissions Office (336-721-2643) with any questions. We look forward to welcoming your family back to Salem Academy this fall!

DADs Dinner Meeting on Monday, Feb 18

On Monday, February 18, the DADS group will host its first meeting of the new year. The meeting will take place at 5:30 pm in the Sun Porch. The guest presenter at the meeting will be Mary Margaret Johnson, Salem Academy’s school counselor. Ms. Johnson will be sharing about her work, as well as new efforts she is putting into place at Salem. 
If anyone would like to bring dinner from the dining hall to eat at the meeting, please RSVP to either Ms. Killebrew or Mr. Alex Hudson, so that there is enough food provided for everyone.

Preparing for AP Exams in May

Students who are participating in AP classes will have the opportunity to sit for AP exams during the weeks of May 6 - 10 and 13 - 17, giving students the opportunity to earn credit and advanced placement at college. Students in an AP art class will be working with their art instructor to register and submit their portfolios. All students in AP classes have now received an AP Bulletin from College Board with information such as test dates, exam fees, and preparing for the exams. Because exams must be ordered by the end of March, we are asking students to make a decision about testing by March 11th. The cost for the exam is $94 and may be paid to Dean Rogers or Mrs. Caligiuri with cash or check. If paying by check, please make the check payable to Salem Academy.

Welcome to Dr. Sara Spong - Interim Director of College Counseling

Salem Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Spong has accepted the position of Interim Director of College Counseling at Salem Academy. We are excited about the guidance that students will receive for the remainder of the school year. Our current College Counselor, Kevin Sellers, has made the decision to stay at home with his infant son, and Mr. Sellers has been invaluable in this transition.

Dr. Spong is not a stranger to College Counseling in the Independent School world: Prior to earning her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, she served as the College Counselor at Forsyth Country Day School. She has a private practice that she established prior to
taking this position, so her hours on campus will be posted as her status is not full-time.
There are two priorities between now and spring break:
1. Dr. Spong would like to meet with every senior to discuss her status, help in the application process where needed, make certain Naviance is updated, record scholarships, and advocate with colleges if appropriate.
2. Dr. Spong is creating a 4th quarter curriculum for the juniors and will be conducting weekly meetings with them both collectively and individually.
We are thrilled that Dr. Spong has accepted this position and especially grateful to Mr. Sellers for his work at Salem Academy these last five years. It is essential that Salem Academy provides her students with the guidance to be prepared and competitive in the next stage of their academic career.  Salem Academy is confident that we are headed on a great course!

Stratford Rotary Scholarship Awards

The Stratford Rotary Club of Winston-Salem is pleased to announce the Stratford Rotary Scholarship Awards. These awards are given to graduating seniors currently attending a Forsyth County, NC high school. This scholarship program recognizes academic scholarship and community service achievements of the recipients and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education. Three $2,500.00 (two thousand five hundred dollars) scholarships will be awarded. These awards are non-renewable. The award may be used at any accredited technical, community, or four-year college or university. Applications are due April 12th. Please stop by Dr. Spong’s office for an application and instructions.

Appalachian University Martha Guy Summer Institute

Athletic Department Update

Spring Sports

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

Upcoming Student Activities and Events

Class of 2019 Yearbook Ads

Dear Class 2019 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.educaroline.harman@salem.edu

Jan Term 2020 Trip Registration

Register today for 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!

2019 Salem Sports Camp For Kids

2019 Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls Registration is Now Open!!

Go to https://www.salemacademy.com/steamcamp


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

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, (Away)

The swimming Sabers attended the NCISAA Division II State Championship meet on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.  

There were three Sabers on the team that made a state cut.  Grace Gould swam the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Free.  Caitlin Kinnamon swam the 200 IM and the 100 Breast and Emma Grimstead swam the 100 Free and the 100 Breast. Grace came in 14th in the fly and scored 3 points and Caitlin came in 12th in the 200 IM, scoring 5 points. All three girls had great swims and the coaches are extremely proud of their willingness to compete and to represent Salem pride.  Go Sabers!   

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