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 24, 2019

From the Head of School

“Educating girls since 1772, Salem Academy fosters compassionate and creative leaders, prepared for college and life, who chart their paths with character, curiosity, and courage.”
(Mission Statement of Salem Academy, adopted February 21, 2019)

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Academy Committee for the Strategic Plan took a concentrated look into the findings from both the school’s 2017 SAIS Accreditation and the work of consultant Ian Symmonds. One of the charges from this committee was for the school to update its Mission Statement, condensing it but also guaranteeing that it be complete.

What does it mean for a Mission Statement to “be complete?”

For me, it means that when we state what we do, we will do it in all areas of school life.

The Mission Statement is the backbone for all decisions that are made in a school. Everything  - from courses we offer to the activities that we sponsor, from the speakers we bring on campus to the adults whom we hire -  should be done with the Mission in mind. The challenge is always in the wording, and I think that the words which we have selected are words that could describe any Salem Academy girl from any decade.

The Mission Statement does not say that it will be easy, nor does it say that every girl will be successful. What it does say, however, is if a girl chooses to be an active member in the Salem Academy community, her experience will allow her to grow into an incredible adult with skills that cannot help but make her successful on whatever path she may take.

Compassionate and creative with character, curiosity, and courage - the perfect summary for a Salem Academy girl.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Academy Weekly eNews Parent Survey

We would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on how we can improve the Academy Weekly eNews!  Please click here to complete the eNews Parent survey.  The survey will close by 5:00 pm on February 28, 2019.  Thank you for your time and assistance!



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.


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.

2019-2020 Curriculum Guide is Available

It is almost time for students to register for their 2019-2020 courses! Beginning the week of March 4, rising sophomores and juniors who have completed the re-enrollment process will have individual meetings with Betsy Boyd, Director of Studies, or Kara Weimer, Registrar, about their course selections for next year. Rising seniors will register for classes once the Salem College fall course schedule is released later in March. Please review the curriculum guide, linked here, and discuss course options with your daughter between now and then, and reach out to Betsy Boyd at 336.917.5506 or betsy.boyd@salem.edu with questions.

Athletics Update

Winter Awards

On Wednesday, February 13th, the Athletic Department hosted the 247th faculty/student basketball game. It was a battle of who could play the best defense. The students prevailed, winning by two points.  At the half time, while many of the faculty were receiving oxygen, the winter athletes were recognized.  The weather cooperated with dinner and a bonfire on the fields.  


Swimming Awards

Most improved-  Helen Watson

Most improved-  Elizabeth Blackburn 

Team spirit- Caitlin Kinnamon

Most Valuable Swimmer-   Emma Grimstead

Coach’s Award-  Grace Gould

Coach’s Award- Kelly Nesser 


Basketball Awards

MVP – Angelina Pierre

Coach’s Award – Tochi Okoli

Most Improved – Mary Brannen Connolley

Saber Award- Sara Kent Trollinger


Fencing Awards

MVP- Catherine Davila

Leadership Award- Praise Idika

Most Improved- Mira Fitch

Coach’s Award- MacKenzie Wiles

Dedication Award- Margot Burke

Most Athletic-Grace Jeon

Spring Sports
Tryouts for soccer and track will begin on Tuesday, February 26. The schedules for soccer and track will be available online next week. 

Spring Clinics

 Starting the first week of April, the following sports will host clinics:
Tryouts for spring sports will start on Tuesday, February 26th.  Spring sports include soccer and track.
  • Golf Clinic: Mondays & Wednesdays at 4:00 pm
  • Tennis Clinic: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:00 pm

Upcoming Student Activities and Events Newsletter

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

Appalachian University Martha Guy Summer Institute

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!

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


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 - Last Week's Results

Finished, (Away)

Last Saturday saw two senior Sabers finish their high school fencing career and one Saber freshman end her first year with promising results. With injuries and other demands, Salem only took three fencers to the NCHSFL State Championships this year. Representing Salem were MacKenzie Wiles, Catherine Davila, and Mira Fitch.

Mackenzie faced as strong fencer and succumbed to her opponent in a very close bout 11 - 15, a tough loss but well fenced. Catherine came to the strip with determination on her mind and made it to the second round. The standout for the day was freshman Mira Fitch. Her 8th place seeding drew a bye in the first round taking her directly into the second round. Mira made her presence known before falling to her cross-town rival. Catherine ended the day with a 15th place finish with Mackenzie taking 20th place. All bouts were fought hard and with the spirit everyone has come to expect from the Salem women. 

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