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Week of April 4, 2019

From the Head of School

“By perseverance, even the snail reached the ark.” (Charles Spurgeon, British Preacher)

The above is Tony Meyers’ (my husband) favorite quote, or at least the one that he uses more often than any other. He is a math teacher and coach - soccer/basketball/golf - and is methodical in just about everything he does. I have watched Tony grade math papers, marking each misstep and writing the explanation as to where and why the misstep occurred. He would spend hours doing this, and I would ask him if he really thought that his students would read each comment in order to avoid making the mistake a second time. Tony’s reaction would be something like “Why wouldn’t they? If they look at my comments and/or come see me, they will be able to progress and not be slowed down by the same error.”

My perspective as a Humanities teacher is slightly different. Unless it is a grammatical/factual mistake, my comments on a graded assessment could range from “Hmmm, interesting point. Let’s discuss in class tomorrow” to “Great idea! Let’s talk about how you can develop this a little more.” I didn’t restrict my students to a mold or formula in their discovery of their ideas, and I needed a two-way conversation to understand the student’s thinking.

And to watch Tony get ready for soccer practice! Tony will write down each drill, the time he wants to spend on it, and the players who will be in each group. He would show me where he could make adjustments in the practice schedule so that everything could still be in sync. He had this method down to a science.

I coached middle school track, so most of the time it was “Okay, line up for block practice” or even “Count off by threes to see which station you will do first.” My practice plan was really more of a suggestion list than a plan.

Tony uses his head - he methodically examines the work ahead of him and creates a path to accomplish it. The end result, regardless of how long it takes to get there, is student/team success.

I use my heart - I look for fairness, inclusion, camaraderie. My end result is more general: It isn’t as much as a measurement as an indication of a person’s growth. I usually don’t care how it all happens - beginner’s luck, failing and trying again, asking for help - as long as the experience includes growth.

American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s work regularly focused on the need for a balance between head and heart, and that is what Tony and I have together. We appreciate each other’s characteristics, and we have also loosened our grip on the way that we prefer to do things in order to work together even better.

This balance also exists at Salem Academy: We have to use both our heads and our hearts as we develop programs, restructure schedules, and plan activities. I think that we live in a world that provides instant responses and the practice of reflection is not often a part of a decision and the results. We must reflect and we must recognize that the opportunity to change something could be a full school year away. However, if we have used both our heads and our hearts, the change will be exactly what we need it to be.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew


International Day Celebrations Coming to Campus Next Week

On April 10, the Academy school day will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium to kick off our International Day celebration, including student performances and presentations, a community speaker, and an international service project with Moravian World Missions. Click here to view the day’s schedule and our speaker’s bio.

Third Quarter Report Cards Available

Third quarter report cards will be available in the Parent Portal by the end of the school day on April 5.  Students met with their advisors earlier this week to discuss grades and comments and to set goals for the remaining weeks of the school year.  At this meeting, students and advisors also discussed course selections for the 2019-2020 school year. Please reach out to your daughter’s advisor if you have questions or concerns about her progress or her courses for next year.

Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence

The Parents’ Association of Salem Academy established the Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence in memory of Joel Weston and to honor the faculty and staff of Salem Academy. The first award was presented at the Recognition Program in the spring of 1986.

We will be providing the opportunity for nominations from students, faculty, and staff, and we would also welcome nominations from parents. Click here for the criteria for the award and the nomination form.

If you wish to submit a nomination, please do so in writing with supporting statements to Kathy Barnes, kathyw.barnes@salem.edu, before April 15.

Upcoming Activities and Events

Love On A Leash


Love On A Leash will be visiting Salem Academy on Friday, April 12th after school at 3:45 p.m. Love On A Leash is a non-profit committed to bringing comfort, happiness, and healing to people through pet-provided therapy. We will have a group of certified therapy dogs joining us outside on the brick walkway next to the entrance to Critz on the right side of the Academy. All students, faculty, staff, and parents are welcome to join! More details about the event will be announced during Assembly prior to April 12th.

*Please do not attend this event if you have any known allergies or personal issues regarding dogs.

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

2019 Spring Play

Salem Academy and College Historical Presentation

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.

2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids


Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!

Athletics Update

There are two sporting events happening on April 4. Salem’s track and field team will head to High Point for a track and field meet at the High Point Athletic Complex. On the soccer field, the varsity soccer team has a home game against Walkertown High School beginning at 4:30 pm. Come out to support and cheer on your Sabers!

Athletics - This Week's Events

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Win, 7-1 (Home)

The Sabers came out ready to play on Monday as they hosted Winston Salem Christian. Amy Lu put the home team up early in the thirteenth minute when she finished a cross in the box. Mandy Peake earned player of the game with her performance which included two goals and three assists. Sophia Iltis also had a great game with her hard work paying off with two goals. Abigail Wucherer added her name to the scores list twice, scoring a goal in each half. The team played well together and were able to celebrate the team’s first win of the season!

Finished, 5th (Away)

The lady Sabers showed up in a big way on Thursday, April 4th at the High Point Athletic Complex with various personal records (PR) and a few state qualifying marks.

Taking a week off of hurdles, Jenae Edwards tore down an open straightaway to earn her spot at states in the 100-meter dash with a hand time of 13.47.

Monica Conley did not disappoint as she dusted the field in the 200-meter and clenched another spot at states in the 200 meter with a time of 28.19.

Miracle Etim-Andy had an incredible day in both her events. Tossing a PR in the shot, 33-09.75 and following that with a new personal record AND school record in the discus, Miracle secured a spot at states with a throw of 108-07.

The Sabers 4x100 meter relay comprised of Kiya Norman, Monica Conley, Tiarra Georges, and Brier Evans raced to a second place finish with a 57.97.

Personal records were earned by the following:

Maddie McGowan in the 100m; Jade Alston in the shot put and discus; Sophia Gnad in long jump; Sydney Whitt in the 400m; and Jeanine Ikekhua in the 300 hurdles.

Loss, 2-3 (Home)

The Sabers lost a hard fought battle against an equally matched Walkertown team on Thursday. Salem was down 1-0 at half time but weren’t ready to give up and came out ready to play in the second half. Kelly Nesser helped get the Sabers on the board when she played a free kick into the box to Mandy Peake who was able to bury her shot and even the score. Unfortunately, Walkertown had a quick answer and scored on a free kick from a handball right outside of the box just two minutes later. Walkertown extended their lead to 3-1 halfway through the second half but the Salem team was relentless and fought through the entire half.  Abigail Wucherer cut the lead in half with ten minutes left in the game when she scored on a breakaway. The Sabers had opportunities to even the score once again but couldn’t find the back of the net. The team fought hard and showed what they are made of.

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