Weekly Newsletter

Week of January 16, 2020

From the Head of School

“Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things.” (Brene Brown)

My husband is attending the National Soccer Coaches convention this week, an annual event that brings together soccer coaches and players at all levels and from all over the world  - elementary school, high school, college, and professionals. He finds this conference to be one of inspiration and direction, a place where the love of one particular sport makes everyone equal. 

He sent me a picture of the above quotation that was part of a session that was presented by a female Hall of Famer from South Carolina, and he said that the session was packed. There would have been a time twenty or thirty years ago when female presenters would not have the best time slots (as this one did) or when a coaching session on leadership would not include a quotation from a female social worker (who is the source of the above quote). The point that I am trying to make is that it does not matter who delivers the message; what matters is the message that is being delivered, and at this convention, the message is about soccer.

January 20 is the 25th Anniversary of the national commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr, a day that has always been a holiday in the lives of our current student body. To me, it is important to honor this man and the message that he lived and died for:

Americans too often praise the man while ignoring the message. Martin Luther King Jr.'s resounding and living legacy informs a range of contemporary social movements fighting for civil and human rights for the most marginalized and oppressed populations in America and around the world. King defined a "beloved community" as a place not only free of injustice, but a society that actively promotes an ethic of love, justice, and humanity in its legal, political, and civic life, as well as its religious, spiritual, and moral spheres. 
“America loves to praise Martin Luther King Jr. But we ignore his message” by Peniel Joseph, January 15, 2019, CNN Opinion online)

We have a day off from school, but I hope that at some point during the day, there will be a news story, a song, a conversation, a podcast, or a movie that will remind us that even though we are far from the vision that Reverend King had, we continue to have generations of young people who are determined to make their world one that provides equality for all. 

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Financial Aid Application for 2020-2021 

It’s that time of year! Families should start thinking about filing the Parent Financial Statement if you wish to receive need-based aid for next year. We anticipate re-enrollment contracts going out in February, so please have your paperwork submitted by January 31st. If you have questions, please contact Jessica Rogers in the Admissions Office. 

Please note that merit awards are renewable annually, and do not require the PFS. 

Referral Awards

This is the perfect time of year to refer a middle school (or high school!) girl to Salem Academy! Remember, if you refer a family to Salem Academy, you will receive a $1000 Referral Award towards your daughter’s tuition for 2020-2021. Please contact Jessica Rogers (  if you have any questions. 

College Counseling

Senior Update

Mid-year reports will be completed for all schools by the end of this week. If a student adds any additional schools to their list, Dr. Spong must be notified via email by the student so she can know to send out the student’s school information. Also, remember students must inform the teachers writing your recommendation letters of any added schools.
As students receive admissions decisions, please email Dr. Spong ( the decision and a copy of the scholarships that the student receives. Dr. Spong will update Salem’s records.

College Scholarships & Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Many college scholarships and opportunities have opened up for 11th and 12th-grade student applicants.  Please view the 2019 - 2020 Scholarships & Summer Enrichment Opportunities document to explore everything that is available.  The listing is in order by grade levels (12th, 11th, 10th grades).  More scholarship and college summer enrichment information will be added to this document as it becomes available.

Athletics Update

Salem Fencers Participate In Inaugural Piedmont Fencers Alliance Event

Sophomore Mira Fitch led the way Saturday in what hopefully will become an annual event. For the first time ever, fencers from the North Carolina High School Fencing League, NC Home School league, and US Fencing Club Fencers met. Sponsored by Piedmont Fencers Alliance (PFA - A non-profit organization), the scrimmage took place at Mendenhall Middle School.  Saturday saw 12 teams arrive ready to meet and fence. According to PFA Director Randall Hinds, the event was designed to strengthen and promote fencing in the piedmont area of North Carolina. Although results don’t count in anyone’s league standings, the competition was fierce.

Twelve teams were distributed in 3 pools of 4 teams in which all teams in a pool fenced one another using the Olympic and International Relay Format. The NCHSFL fencer got their first taste of what it is like to go 9 rounds with each round adding 5 possible points marching to a max score of 45 points. This format allows a single fencer to score more than the typical 5 touches in a bout if their team is behind. Stamina is a key factor in the Relay Format which may become the NCHSFL format in the future. Representing Salem in addition to Mira were Freshmen Kaitlyn Gyamfi, Destiny Hale, and Angelina Jin. The team did well in the new format with our fencers all posting multiple wins in their rounds. With such a young, Salem can look forward to several years of strong results in the Mountain Division.

Glen Peting, Coach – Salem Academy Fencing 

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • 1/23 - Home Swim Meet - 4:30 PM

  • 1/25 - Fencing at Bishop McGuinness - 10:00 AM

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