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Week of March 3, 2019

From the Head of School

“I have come to believe that in order to thrive, a child must have at least one person in her life who shows unconditional love, respect, and kindness.” (Sonya Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court)

Last Thursday night, Salem Academy hosted “Accepted Students Night” for the girls who have already completed the application process. (We have a Rolling Admissions process and will continue to accept students until the next school year begins.) The fantastic Admissions Team orchestrated this first-time event, and the faculty was in attendance to show their commitment to the school and to meet the prospective students. I try to highlight the faculty and staff as much as I can, for they are the faces and the backbones and the hands and the legs of everything that we strive to accomplish during the school day.

There is another group of women which is vital to the success of Salem Academy, and those are the House Counselors and the Residential Staff.

Ten (10) women live in the dormitories this year: Collectively, they are alumnae (3), nursing students (2), students of both film and counseling, an aeronautical engineer, and a veteran middle school teacher (for over 20 years!) along with the Librarian, the Director of Residential Life, the Director of Student Activities, the Director of Residential Programming and Activities, and the Dean of Students. The traits and talents that these women bring to the community are phenomenal: Oftentimes in a boarding school, the faculty makes up the residential staff, extending the school day atmosphere into the evening and on weekends. The composition of our adult residents exposes our boarding students to different careers and the paths that the women took/are taking to get there. Their presence provides a step away from the routine of high school, a gift that they give to the students.

Their duties include transportation (to the mall, to the airport, to Thruway, to dances, to activities), desk duty, chaperoning, and check-in. They eat meals in the dining hall and take students to church services on Sunday. They help students sort out problems, and they remind them to clean their rooms.

And just as life changes, so do the faces that we have in these roles. We have a few House Counselor openings for the next school year, and that job information is posted in the Employment section on the webpage.  If you know someone who would enjoy working with girls and who has a desire to guide and mentor a diverse and dynamic group of adolescents, please encourage her to apply…I guarantee that the position would change her life for the better.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


2019-2020 Registration Is Here

Returning students will begin selecting courses for the 2019-2020 school year between now and Spring Break.  Students who have completed the re-enrollment process will sign up for an individual appointment via Google Doc.  Rising seniors will meet with Sara Spong, Director of College Counseling, rising juniors will meet with Betsy Boyd, Director of Studies, and rising sophomores will meet with Kara Weimer, Registrar.  Please review the curriculum guide, linked here, and discuss course options with your daughter before her registration meeting, and reach out to Betsy Boyd at 336.917.5506 or betsy.boyd@salem.edu with questions.

Salem Academy Theatre Students Attend TIOS Workshops

Several of Salem Academy students attended theatre workshops at Appalachian State University for Theatre In Our Schools (TIOS) month this past Saturday. Students were able to attend different workshops and get hands-on experience. 

And the award goes to... Robotics Competition 2/23/19

The Sisters of the Motherboard and the Code Sisters attended their first qualifying competition in early February and attended their second qualifying competition this past weekend at the Asheville School! Both teams did an amazing job and even brought home some awards!

Team 15333, Code Sisters, won first place for the Promote Award at the last qualifier! According to the First Tech Challenge Game Manual, the award is “… given to the Team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math.” Our team’s video is linked below:


Code Sisters were also the second runner up for the Motivate Award, which is given to a team displaying spirit and enthusiasm who make FIRST known throughout their community. Lastly, the Team 15333 won their nomination of a faculty mentor, Mrs. Sorrells, for the Compass Award; according to FIRST, this award “… recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who has given outstanding guidance and support to a Team throughout the year and demonstrates to the Team what it means to be a Gracious Professional.” The Sisters submitted an amazing video sharing how Mrs. Sorrells has inspired us to be our best.

Team 7444, Sisters of the Motherboard, qualified for the state competition at the past qualifier! The Sisters won first place for the Promote and Connect Awards, and second runner up for the Think, Inspire, and Design Awards! FIRST Robotics describes the Connect Award as going to the team that engages and connects with their local STEM community, the Think Award as going to the Team “… that best reflects the journey the Team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season,” the Inspire Award as going to the team that embodies the challenges of the FIRST program in their school and community, and the Design Award as going to the team that “… that incorporates industrial design elements into their solution.”

Regardless of the awards won, the Code Sisters and Sisters of the Motherboard have made us proud this season. They have represented the Salem Spirit and ethics of FIRST Robotics in all of their work and will continue to do so! Wish the Sisters of the Motherboard the best of luck as they advance to the state competition this weekend!

Pictured below is moments after Sisters of the Motherboard found out they placed into states.


Salem Academy Model UN Club Excels at Conference

Salem Academy’s Model United Nations Club competed in the annual Model UN conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (called MUNCH) from February 21-24. Ten students were divided into seven delegations. They represented nations such as Germany, Brazil, and Madagascar, and participated in various crisis committees including Press Corps, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the 2020 presidential campaign, and the current crisis in Venezuela.

Three Salem delegations won awards at the conference: Izzy Pare won Outstanding Delegate (2nd place) for representing MSNBC in the Press Corps committee, Peace Ajirotutu won Outstanding Delegate for portraying Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris in the DNC 2020 committee, and Tochi Okoli and Jeanine Ikekhua won Best Delegation (1st place) for representing Germany in the World Health Organization (WHO) committee.

In addition to these individual awards, Salem Academy also won the Best Small Delegation award, which was presented for the performance of the entire Salem delegation at the conference. It is the first time that Salem has won the first place school delegation award at the UNC conference. All ten students performed extremely well and impressed their committee chairs with their poise, speaking skills, and knowledge of their assigned topics. Their performance was especially impressive given the record number of students who attended the conference – over 750 students from dozens of high schools in the Southeast. Salem Pride!  

March 11 - Deadline for AP Exam Sign-Up

For all students taking AP courses - remember that March 11 is the deadline to let your teacher know if you will be participating in the exam for your course. Please see your teacher if you have questions about participating in the AP exam. The fee for the exam can be made to Dean Rogers or to Mrs. Caligiuri. If paying by check, please make that payable to “Salem Academy.”

Body Image Counseling Program - March 11th

From Ms. Johnson, School Counselor:

On Monday, March 11th, the Counseling Department will host an evening program on Body Image and Body Positivity. Local musician, youth leader and body positivity advocate Tori Elliott will be our guest speaker. Ms. Elliott has used her music as a vehicle for promoting body positivity and confidence in young women. As a group, we will listen to one of her recent musical releases, Body Body, and have a discussion with Ms. Elliott about her journey with body positivity and self-esteem. Students are encouraged to attend and take advantage of this unique opportunity!


Date: March 11th @ 6:30 p.m. in the Rec. Room


Upcoming Student Activities and Events Newsletter

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!

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

June 24 to June 28, 2019, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Space is limited by grade level so please register early! 


  • Salem Academy STEAM Camp for Girls is for grades K-5.
  • Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls is for Grade 6-8. 

We will do our best to accommodate as many campers as possible. If grade slots are full, your child may be placed on a waiting list. We will continue to update our website until all slots are filled.
** Please see Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp Brochure for more details before registering online. **

For more information about Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp, please visit https://www.salemacademy.com/steamcamp.

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