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Week of March 14, 2019

From the Head of School

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made….” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)

I miss the days of being in the classroom, but I have the luxury of living vicariously through my conversations with faculty members and students. I try to ask questions about what is being taught, and more often than not, I am treated with a perfect example of what goes on in a Salem Academy classroom:

On Tuesday, a few of us were talking about the recent college admissions scandal and sharing different articles that have popped up in less than 24 hours. Betsy Boyd, Director of Studies and AP English Language teacher, added this to our email exchanges:

I read extensively about it last night - it’s so fascinating. We had a really interesting conversation about it during my A period class.

Those of you who know me can guess what I did: I went by Mrs. Boyd’s office to get more details.

Mrs. Boyd’s class is completing The Great Gatsby right now, and Wednesday’s class assignment was for the students to participate in informal debates on the questions of whom Daisy loves and whether or not the character Nick Carraway was an honest person.  Mrs. Boyd had a complete lesson planned, estimating how much time to spend on each side of the arguments and then tying it all together at the end. Little did she know that her one simple comment at the beginning of class would not only derail her lesson but would also create a situation where she saw real learning take place.

Mrs. Boyd asked if anyone had read/ heard about the college admissions scandal, and the conversation of this current event took control. Students shared what they had learned and discussed the implications for both the colleges and the students involved. Then the magic happened: They tied it back to Nick’s words (the quotation above) about Tom and Daisy, showing the relevancy of Fitzgerald’s fiction that was written close to 100 years ago to today’s society.

This, my friends, is the definition of teaching and learning.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


New Schedule for eNews

The Academy eNews is moving to a new day!  Beginning March 14, the eNews will be sent out to families on Thursdays.  We hope with earlier delivery that it will increase awareness of events and encourage Salem families to attend more activities at Salem Academy. 

Reminder to Parents!

Returning parents, please don’t forget about our new referral bonus!

For current families who refer new families to Salem Academy, there will be a $1000 referral bonus applied towards tuition.

Qualifications include:

  1. The family must be new to Salem Academy;
  2. The new family must notify us of your referral; and
  3. The new family must pay their deposit and registration fees.

This bonus will be applied to the 2019-2020 school year and is awarded per family referred.


Registering for AP Exams and Payment

Time is running out to register for the AP exams in May. If you have not yet told your AP teacher that you are testing, please do so now. Payments may be made after spring break. If paying by check, please make it payable to “Salem Academy”. All fees for AP exams need to be made by April 17th.

Assembly Theater Performances

Students in the Theatre I class presented a play for the school during Assembly on Monday, March 11th and the Advanced Theatre Thursday class presented a play on Tuesday, March 12th during assembly.

The Theatre I play “The Bridge” was rehearsed in class with students developing their characters, choosing their costumes and planning the set ideas.  This short comic play was fun to watch and work on and the students did an amazing job.

The Advanced Theatre class did a mask performance.  Students created their mask and characters and devised a short play based on the characters.  The play “A Deal With Death” was well performed and thought-provoking.




Upcoming Activities and Events

2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Loss, 1-2 (Away)

The Academy soccer team traveled to Salisbury on Tuesday for their first game of the season as they visited North Hills Christian School. It took a little time to get the rust off but the team played well for their first game and with having over half the players new to the team. The Sabers went into half time down a goal but were determined to fight their way back into the game. Abigail Wucherer provided solid minutes on offense for the team while Maggie Campbell was a solid presence in the back. The second half was an equally fought battle but the home team was able to extend their lead by another goal early on. Salem wasn’t ready to quit though and cut the lead in half in the 58th minute on a goal from Mandy Peake.  Despite a few more chances, the Sabers weren’t able to find the equalizing goal and lost the match, 2-1.

Finished, 2nd (Away)
Salem track and field started their season off with a BANG on Wednesday! Scoring 133 points, the team earned a second place overall finish out of six teams. 
Setting the tone for the meet right off the bat were the lady shot put throwers, Miracle Etim-Andy, Tochi Okoli, Aprille Rolle, and Brier Evans. They dialed in to go first, second, third and fourth place, respectively, in the event.  Miracle and Tochi kept the momentum going, grabbing 1st and 2nd in the discus throw. Aaliyah “Nola” Brown soared to a first-place finish in the long jump with a personal best distance of 13’ 10.5”. 
On the track, the purple and gold continued that first place streak with Monica Conley in the 100m and 200m, just hundredths of seconds off last season PR’s, while Jenae Edwards and Kiya Norman captured ten points each for the team in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, respectively.
Slowing it down a bit but not backing off, a shout out to Sophia Iltis in the 3200-meter run, braving those eight laps around the track with the boys and earning the team another first place victory.
The coaches cannot forget the valiant efforts made by Jeanine Ikekhua in her first ever track meet competing in the 100 Hurdles and Makenna Hartwich giving her all in the 800m only to come back and anchor the 4x400m relay team to a third-place finish. 
What a great start for the Lady Sabers track and field team!  
Loss, 1-5 (Home)

The Sabers were looking for their first victory of the season as they hosted Salem Baptist on Thursday. While the outcome was not in their favor, the team worked hard and created chances on offense. Maggie Campbell played a solid game on defense and Emma Kanzler ran circles around their defense. Mandy Peake got Salem on the board on a penalty kick. The Sabers will look to recover from some key injuries over spring break and come back ready to play hard and get their first victory.

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