Weekly Newsletter

Week of February 13, 2020

From the Head of School

You will hardly find [the] wrong people at [the] right places. Choose to be at the right places and you will find the right people who will inspire you to make it happen!” (Israelmore Ayivor)

One of the true joys that I have as Head of School at Salem Academy is the opportunity to talk with so many people who have a genuine love for this school. Alumnae, former parents, and retired employees are always eager to share a little bit about their Academy experience, and the excitement in their voices and the joyous expressions on their faces tell their stories just as much as their words do. 

My experience of learning about Salem Academy through people and stories went back four decades in a phone call that I took today: Mr. Bob Newton called me from Columbus, GA, simply to check-in and to let me travel with him down memory lane. 

Bob’s connections to Salem Academy and College runs deep: his wife Pat is a College alumna and he has two daughters - one who graduated from the College and one who graduated from the Academy. Bob, himself, served as Head of School in the late 1970s/early 1980s and later as a Trustee. Our conversations ranged from students to traditions, from education to career paths. His words were words of encouragement to me and continued devotion to Salem Academy.

I pulled out the 1987 Quill Pen and discovered this caption: 

Robert Newton has been the Headmaster of Salem Academy for the past six years. To the students, he is more than just a headmaster; he is an integral part of Salem life. He participates in school activities and is often seen at Saber sporting events, cheering on his favorite team. One word to describe him would have to be “dedicated.”

Bob and I spoke for a brief 20 minutes, and I have no doubt about the accuracy of the words in the yearbook. How fortunate I am to have as a friend and mentor someone who walked the path that I am walking now. 

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Gradebook Available on the Parent Portal

Student assignments and grades will be visible in the Parent Portal beginning Monday, February 17 at 3:00 pm. View your student’s academic progress here. Students and parents will be able to view upcoming assignments and grades for completed work, as well as a running average for each class.  In most cases, teachers will enter grades within a week of the assignment due date.  Student work will be returned at school before grades are posted to the grade book.  If you have difficulty accessing the Parent Portal, email

Download this document if you need help navigating the Parent Portal.

“Experience Winston-Salem!” Jan Term Podcasts

Each of the 9th and 10th-grade groups created a podcast about their Jan Term experience.  If you weren’t able to join us for Sharing Day, you can listen below to the podcasts:

Another Successful Weekend for the Salem Academy Robotics Teams!

On February 8th the two robotics teams competed in Charlotte, NC. Team 7444, Sisters of the Motherboard, won the Motivate Award (outreach) and won 3rd Place for the Think Award (engineering notebook). Team 15333, Code Sisters, won the Compass Award (video award recognizing mentor Mrs. Vance) and Connect Award (outreach to STEM community). We are proud to say that both teams are now advancing to the state competition on February 29th. 7444 advanced in Asheville at the first qualifier, and Code Sisters are advancing as a result of this past week in Charlotte. The competition will be in Greensboro and we would love to see anyone come out to support the two teams!

Seussical Auditions!

Auditions will be Saturday, February 22, at 10:00 am in the Drama Workshop! Please refer to the full audition notice for more info.

If there are any questions, please contact Ms. Pearson!

Spring Break Travel Plans Due February 26

It’s already time to book and confirm your daughter’s travel plans for Spring Break! Please make sure these plans have been submitted by February 26.  Download the student travel letter for a refresher on information and expectations for student travel. Have a question? Reach out to Dean Rogers by phone or email.

Graduation Reminders: Caps, Gowns, and Announcements

View this order form to purchase caps, gowns, and announcements. Our graduation announcements are laser printed on white card stock with the Academy roofline in the background. There are a number of options for purchasing graduation announcements from many vendors, and we offer our school announcements as one of many options available to families. These orders are due on March 6.

Calendar Dates for Fall 2020

Ready to begin planning for the fall semester?  Download to see the calendar dates for Fall Semester 2020.

Health and Wellness Update: Coronavirus

Salem Academy is continuing to monitor the development of the coronavirus disease internationally as we diligently keep abreast of this developing situation. We are thrilled to have our students back on campus after January Term, and their health and wellbeing are of utmost concern.  At any time that a student feels unwell, she is asked to seek an adult in the building to ensure that she receives proper medical care. Our Novant Health team has been in regular contact with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and the safety of our school community remains our highest priority. Salem Academy has a nurse in the building two mornings a week, and we are also ready to take students to a medical facility if any symptoms arise. 

Note: In addition to the development of the coronavirus, we are also in the midst of a robust flu season in North Carolina, and it is imperative that all of us are vigilant in washing our hands and covering our coughs and sneezes with our elbows to diminish the spread of germs.

College Counseling

As students receive college admissions notifications, please email Dr. Spong the college/university’s admission decision and a copy of any scholarships that the student receives. This information is helpful for keeping records of all college admissions and scholarships received by the Class of 2020.   

Also, beginning the week of March 9th, 12th-grade students will start their senior seminar courses with Ms. Johnson and Dr. Spong. 

Junior Update

Junior Seminar for 11th graders will continue throughout February.  Additionally, Dr. Spong is beginning individual meetings with 11th- grade students, in which parents are welcome to attend. Students should contact Dr. Spong to arrange appointment times if they have not already done so.

Important Note: March is a good time to take the SAT. Please be sure to register at 

College Scholarships & Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Many college scholarships and opportunities have opened up for 11th and 12th-grade student applicants.  Please read 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.

Athletic Updates


The Salem Academy Fencing Team traveled to Chapel Hill High School to compete at the State Team Championship this past Saturday.  After two intense rounds, the Sabers entered the final round, facing off with the defending champions from Chapel Hill High School.  After a  tense four bouts, Salem was really behind.  However, the Salem Sabers were not ready to give up.  Team captain Mira Fitch managed to turn the Sabers’ bad luck around, winning another bout and leading the way for consecutive victories from senior Julia Zhou and freshman Kaitlyn Gyamfi.  The team fought their way to the final bout of the meet, matching the defending champs at a tie for the final point.  When the final results came in, the Salem Sabers were the silver medalists!  The Sabers battled their way to second place, scoring higher than the Salem team has ever scored.
    The Saber fencers are now preparing for their final meet of the season: the individual state championship on February 29th at Barber Park in Greensboro.

Student/Faculty Basketball Game

Student Faculty Basketball Game

Yes, it is that time of year for the faculty/student basketball game!!  Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 19 at 4:15 pm.  Will the students win a three-peat or will the faculty pull off an upset???  Come and find out!   We will have dinner on the grounds and our annual bonfire with s' mores.  We will honor our winter athletes at the halftime of the basketball game.

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • 2/19 - Faculty/Student Basketball Game 4:15 pm
  • 2/29 - NC Individual Fencing League Championship at Barber Park -   Greensboro, NC
  • 3/2 - Spring Sports Tryouts

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Check out upcoming student activities and Winston-Salem community events!

2020 Black History Month: African Americans And The Vote

This year marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment for women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment giving black men the right to vote after the Civil War. Therefore, Forsyth County Library's theme for this year’s Black History Month is a celebration of the rich and long history of the vote for black men and women.

At the Forsyth County Public Library, we are excited to participate in this celebration with you and we invite you to all of our featured programs. Download our full calendar of programs and events across all our branches for the months of January, February, and March.

2020 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

2020 Salem Sports Camp

2020 Salem Sports Camp

Registration is Now Open for 2020 Salem Sports Camp!!

Salem Academy Inclement Weather Policy

Salem Academy and College closely monitors weather events that may impact our area. In the event it becomes necessary to notify the Salem community of any weather-related emergencies or cancellations, notice will be provided as early as possible through mobile text and call alerts (for those who have registered to receive Salem alerts on their mobile devices), e-mail, Salem Academy and College websites, and the local WXII news channel and website. 

Please see the following additional information regarding weather-event preparedness and campus services:

Public Safety

For assistance from Public Safety at any time, call (336) 917-5555. Public Safety is staffed and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.    

Power Outage

In the event Salem loses power to all or parts of campus, please be aware of the following:

  1. Contact Public Safety in an emergency using cell numbers: 336-345-4235 OR 336-399-3126.
  2. The card access system may be inoperable.  If this were to occur, individuals who need assistance with facility access should contact Public Safety.
  3. Emergency lights will be operable.
  4. Cell phone charging stations will be set up on designated areas of campus to assist you.

Dining Services

If we experience inclement weather, Salem Academy’s Dean of Students or Director of Residential Life will notify residential students of any changes to dining hours. 

Safety Tips

  •  Follow instructions from House Staff regarding designated safe spaces in residence halls.
  •  Carefully read text alerts that you receive from the Salem Blackboard Connect Emergency Alert System (and be sure you are signed up to receive text alerts).
  •  You should remain in a safe location until the danger is over. 
  •  Keep your mobile devices charged and stay in contact with your family.
  •  Please report any damage or flooding to your House Staff members as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your attention to this information.