Weekly Newsletter

Week of February 20, 2020

From the Head of School

“Life is long if you know how to use it.” (Seneca)

I have not mentioned my friend Michael Ebeling’s Twitter in a while, so I thought I would give you my latest “review” of what he has shared on it since the beginning of 2020. (If this name is unfamiliar, Dr. Michael Ebeling is the Head of School at Summit School, a co-ed school here in Winston Salem that serves students age 3 - grade 9.) 

Michael’s January 1 post contained both a wonderful picture of his dog Tucker and a link to a blog post that he had written. I clicked onto the link, and embedded in a beautifully written passage was this: “[to] learn how to inhabit our own selves fully...and expand (sic) our short lives sideways, so that we may live wide rather than long” (Maria Popova, Brainpickings). The rest of the blog post reflects on this topic, with Michael’s promise/plan to embody a way to “live wide.” And if his daily posts are any indication of his success, he is doing just that.

Michael’s posts are always unpredictable (that is a compliment), but his 2020 ones are really good, and you do not need to know the man to appreciate them. The content ranges from his sketches to academic “a-ha” moments,” from pictures of his students to poetry passages, and from thought-provoking quotations to pictures of Tucker. He ends each one with “#LivingWide” and the numerical day of the calendar: February 20’s entry will be #LivingWide Day 51.  And I have checked - he has not yet missed a day. 

I find my most joy in words and friends; many find their most joy in running, singing, or serving; many find their most joy in quiet solitude or in active crowds. And that is what makes this great - it is not how you find joy so that you can live your life wide, but that you discover and honor your joy so that at the end of every single day, even if it were just for 5 minutes, you have been able to live a wide life.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Re-enrollment Contracts Are Due! 

All parents should have received their re-enrollment contracts for 2020-2021. Please submit your signed contract and non-refundable enrollment deposit to the Admissions Office by Monday, March 2nd. Please contact Jessica Rogers ( or 336-917-5534) with any questions. 

Advanced Placement Exam Fees

Just a reminder that the March 2nd deadline to pay for your Advanced Placement exams is fast approaching. If you have not yet paid to sit for the exams, please do so before March 2nd. Fees may be paid by cash or check (payable to Salem Academy) and given to Mrs. Caligiuri.  For any concerns or questions, please contact Mrs. Caligiuri.

Jan Term Grades Available

Jan Term grades are now available in the Parent Portal.  All students earned a grade of Honors, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory for their Jan Term experience.  If a student has an Incomplete, the faculty comment outlines the steps she must take to clear the Incomplete.

Wellness Room Now Open!

Chaplain Amy Rio and Mental Health Counselor Mary Margaret Johnson have opened a new Wellness Room. Located on the main floor of the Academy, the Wellness Room is in 1st CS - Room 15, also known as the Group Counseling Room. Spiritual, emotional, and mental wellness are vital aspects of the support we provide for our students. Research shows that taking just a few minutes a day can help combat anxiety and depression, and increases one’s overall wellness. Chaplain Rio is present in the room each Wednesday during Conference time, but the room is always open throughout each day with instructions on how to use the various activities. The offerings include:

  • mandala and butterfly coloring
  • a station to create symbols of hope
  • finger labyrinths
  • gratitude cards to reflect on what we like about ourselves
  • thank you notes to give to others
  • a station to learn about and create prayer beads
  • a jar filled with a “word of encouragement” to take and share

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.

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, contact Ms. Pearson!

College Counseling

Senior Update

As seniors receive college admissions notifications, please email Dr. Spong the admission decision and a copy of any scholarships that the student receives from the college/university. 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.

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.

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.

SA Fencing Team


Sabers Celebrate National Girl and Women in Sports Day

The National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is an annual day of observance held during the first week of February to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. Since 1987,  NGWSD is celebrated annually across the United States and features community-based events, prominent women athletes, awards, and other activities.  This year the Salem Academy Sabers attended the Wake Forest University Women’s basketball game against the Hokies of Virginia Tech from Blacksburg, Virginia.  They were able to interact with several of the local high school and college basketball teams.

Students at WFU game

Students at WFU game

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • 2/29 - NC Individual Fencing League Championship at Barber Park -  Greensboro, NC - 10:00 AM
  • 3/2 - Spring Sports Tryouts

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Calendar Dates For Fall 2020

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

Summer Travel Opportunities!

Times Square, NYC
Children in Uganda

Want to catch some Broadway shows and tour NYC? Want to volunteer with children and go on safari in Uganda? You could have the chance to do both (or either) this summer! These are not Salem Academy sponsored trips but Ms. Pearson has led several student trips in the past and would like to offer these, in particular, this summer. ALL STUDENTS: Please fill out this survey here! If there are any questions, contact Ms. Pearson.

2020 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

2020 Salem Sports Camp

2020 Salem Sports Camp

Registration is Now Open for 2020 Salem Sports Camp!!

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.

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.