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Week of March 28, 2019

From the Head of School

“Why are we (as teachers) always going for a home run when a double will do?” (Overheard at #edcamp336)

Last Saturday morning, Betsy Boyd (Director of Studies; AP English teacher), Anna Vance (Math Instructor; Robotics Facilitator), and I attended #edcamp336 at Wake Forest University. This experience was a new one for me, and I loved it! Teachers from all over the state gathered to be part of unstructured professional learning sessions: There were no presenters, there were no restrictions, there were no topics off limits. We were all given the opportunity to fill in a shared 10x3 grid with different topics that we would like to discuss.  The topics included using different apps in teaching, work-life balance for both students and adults, parent engagement, AP classes, and specific grade level concerns. We were given permission to walk out of a session if it did not meet our expectations. When none of the options were interesting, Mrs. Boyd and two other teachers went rogue and created their own session on writing.

The Wake Forest campus was gorgeous and the conference was fantastic….and it was on the last Saturday of spring break. We did not have to be there, but we were.​

I think when the conversation comes up about having a lot of homework, spending an excessive amount of hours doing school work, and “coming to school even when you are sick because it is so hard to catch up,” folks think that these phrases are referencing students. I do not disagree, but standing right beside your daughter are her teachers.

That is why the above quotation really stuck with me: Why are teachers so insistent on covering additional content, adding current events when something pertinent happens in the news, or giving one more practice AP multiple choice session? Why do we add programs like senior seminars or junior college classes? Why is the 9th-grade reading Sense and Sensibility when they could just wait and watch the Academy’s performance in April? Why are teachers always making it so hard on themselves?

The honest answer is because they care: Teachers care that their students are armed with knowledge and tools and skills and perseverance. Teachers care that their students can take content learned in one class and apply it to topics being discussed in another. Teachers care that students gain the confidence to stretch themselves in their thinking and in their contributions to discussions.

Salem Academy teachers, just like Salem Academy students, will put in the extra hours to get the job done, even if those hours are on a Saturday during spring break.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


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.
  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.

Easter Weekend Travel Plans Due April 3

Please register your boarder’s Easter Break travel plans on Boardingware by April 3. Click here for travel tips and expectations.


Salem Academy Calendar and Major Dates

Click here to review Salem Academy’s academic calendar for the 2019-2020 school year; major dates for 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 are included as well.


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 is payable to “Salem Academy”. All fees for AP exams need to be made by April 17th.

Class of 2020 Ring Ordering Day

A representative from Herff Jones will be on campus in the EB Reception Room on Tuesday, April 16th from 12:15 - 1:15 pm to take class ring orders for any rising senior.  A $100 deposit fee is due when placing the ring order.  To review a pricing sheet for class rings, please click here

Upcoming Events and Activities

2019 Prom Permission Form

Please fill out the Salem Academy Dance/Event Permission Form if your student is bringing a guest to the 2019 Junior/Senior Prom.  The forms must be submitted before attending the activity so that our faculty and staff chaperones can be aware of the guest(s) on campus. Upon arrival at the activity, students must introduce their guest to the Dean of Students, a staff member working in the reception area of the school, and/or a faculty chaperone at the dance. The form will close to all entries on April 5, 2019. Thank you for your assistance!

Spring '19 Morning Yoga

Yoga sessions will be offered to all Salem Academy students through the remainder of the school year.  The sessions will continue to be every Saturday morning at 11:00 am and it is free for students to attend.  Yoga will be held in the Academy Rec Room and all the sessions will be led by instructors from PAZ Studios, a local Winston-Salem wellness/yoga studio. 

2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!

Althletics Update

The soccer team has added a game on Monday, April 1st against Winston Salem Christian School. The game will be played at home at 4:30 pm. Come support your Sabers!

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Loss, 0-6 (Home)

The Salem soccer team was back in action after spring break on Tuesday as they looked to avenge an earlier loss in the season. It took a little bit for the Sabers to get going after having come back from a week off. Angelina Pierre came up big in goal as she was playing for the first time in years. Angelina made numerous saves and kept the Sabers in the game from start to finish. Sophia Iltis had a great game in the midfield and was a solid presence on both ends. Kelly Nesser and Emma Grimstead continue to make big plays for the Sabers and are constantly clearing the ball to relieve pressure on the Salem defense.

Finished, 2nd (Away)

The second meet of the season for the lady Sabers got underway Friday afternoon at the American Hebrew Academy’s Track and Field complex. Again, the Sabers started off strong in the field events with Tochi Okoli and Aprille Rolle taking first and second place, respectfully, in the shot put. With a toss of 27 feet 8 inches, rookie thrower Aprille secured a spot to compete at the state meet, improving her previous personal best by a whole foot!

On the track, the Sabers were soaring high as Monica Conley dusted the 100m field with a time of 12.6 seconds, setting an impressive new personal record for herself and also blowing the state qualifying standard away to secure herself a spot on the line at the state meet. Bringing that speed with her to the 4x200 meter relay, Monica and teammates, Tiarra Georges, Kiya Norman and Sydney Whitt earned a second place finish. Speed is not only reserved for the track athletes as the throwing squad, comprised of Miracle Etim-Andy, Tochi Okoli, Aprille Rolle and Brier Evans, brought power and grit to the track with a third place finish in a marvelously executed 4x100 meter relay.

And last, but certainly not least, a big Saber shout out goes to Jenae Edwards who had a grueling finish in her 300m hurdle race. Jenae stumbled to the track right before the finish line but she did not quit and picked herself up in pain and blood to cross the line with a fourth place finish and a new personal best time of 1:04.48.

The lady Sabers showed grace and great effort on the track and in the field. Many of the athletes were competing in events for the first time ever and what they lacked in experience, they overcame with heart and with that, the team finished in second place overall.

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