Weekly Newsletter

Week of February 27, 2020

From the Head of School

“1% of your day [is only] 14 minutes and 24 seconds. How you spend that time could change your life.” (One% Challenge)

I was able to attend Ash Wednesday service on campus this week. The priest’s message focused on our observation of Lent, sharing just how little time would be used if we only spent 1% of a day in prayer. This is called the One% Challenge, and the priest distributed a laminated card that serves as a guide for us to follow if we decided to try it.  “Prepare, Read, Reflect, Respond, and Rest” are the five sections of this challenge, so if my math is correct, fewer than 3 minutes in each of these areas would be expected.  To make it even easier, the card also has a “30-Day Kick Start” for those who want to include Biblical passages as part of their prayer. I left the service not only renewed but also a bit relieved that dedicating 1% of my day to my faith was so doable. 

I like the One% Challenge because any person can use this measurement to do anything that makes life richer. Finding time for the things that we neglect to do for ourselves seems to be the mantra for too many of us. Do we really not have enough time to write a note, call a relative, meditate, take a bath, go for a walk, clean out a drawer, or just be still?  I think that we sometimes envision obstacles that seem insurmountable because we have not broken them down into smaller, more manageable components. 14 minutes and 24 seconds is not a lot of time in a 24 hour day, and we owe it to ourselves to grab the rewards that this One% can provide.

I will update you on my success for following my own advice after Lent is over.

Far may our song ring clear,

Carol Killebrew

Save the Date for the Purple and Gold Giving Day! 

Purple or Gold - Academy Giving Day

Help us celebrate Salem Academy by participating in our online giving event! 

  • Who:  Alumnae, Parents, and Friends
  • When:  March 3rd
  • Why:  To determine which team has the MOST Academy spirit: Purple? Or Gold? The winning team will be awarded extra spirit points.

Raising Black Kids in White Spaces Program


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. 

Spring Break Travel Plans Due 

It’s already time to book and confirm your daughter’s travel plans for Spring Break!  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.

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.

College Counseling


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 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 


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.

Sophomore Retreat

The sophomores had another memorable day bonding and growing closer as a class. New memories were made and a lot of photographs were taken.  After jumping sky-high at Surge Trampoline Park, the day continued with fine dining at Moes.  Now energized, the sophomores headed to Northside Bowling Alley, where they knocked down hundreds of pins while singing along to the music and cheering each other on!  A good time was had by all!

Sabers Jumpin’ High

Saber Bowling Strikes

Freshmen Fun Day

The Freshmen class had a fun day out on Tuesday, February 27 in Winston-Salem. There was laughter all through the day and all the students liked spending carefree time together.  The day began at Northside Bowling Alley, where students were striking down pins with crazy moves, with & without lane bumpers. After having a delicious lunch, the freshmen bounced over to Surge Trampoline Park to let loose stress and energy on the various bounce areas.  Overall, the freshmen enjoyed the free time and spending time together as a class!

Athletics Update

Faculty Upset Students In Basketball Showdown

Wednesday, February 19th will go down as one of the defining moments of Salem’s 248-year history.  On a crisp, wintery afternoon, our school witnessed an event some considered no longer possible.  Like wooly mammoths thawed out of the arctic tundra, reanimated, and brought back to life, the faculty basketball team pushed the lever of human history into the positive and broke the longstanding and, some whispered, inevitable stranglehold the students had previously held on the sporting championship.  In between all of the excitement, the winter student-athletes were honored at the halftime of the basketball game.

At the beginning of the second half, none can say wherein the spark of victory might lie.  Dean Rogers’ shining eyes, Mr. Allen’s set jaw, or Ms. Bass’ deadly elbows; I cannot tell.  And yet, that evening proved that age and the harsh breath of crushing time upon the nape of the agéd can bring about even the least expected and most glorious of victories. 

Hail hail to the faculty!  May their reign last a thousand years!
Oh,  and good game, students.  Well played.

Dr. Clary falling with style

Faculty and students enjoy our annual bonfire and s’ mores!

Winter Athletes Awards & Honors 


  • MVP – Angelina Pierre
  • Coach's Award –  Brier Evans
  • Most Improved – Izzy Smith
  • Saber Award –  Sarah Kent Trollinger


  • MVP – Lucy Price
  • Saber Award – Emma Grimstead
  • Coach’s Award – Eva Henneke
  • Most Improved – Zora Walton


  • MVP – Mira Fitch
  • Most Improved - Kaitlyn Gyamfi
  • Coach's Award - Julia Zhou
  • Saber Award - Destiny Hale
  • Leadership Award - Angelina Jin

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

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 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!!

Summer Travel Opportunities!

Times Square, NYCChildren 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.

Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2020 are Live!

GRAMMY Camp® is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, and at Royal Caribbean's Entertainment Studio in Miami, students from across the country apply for one of the career tracks offered. GRAMMY Camp's faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. For more information and access to the application, please visit! Questions? contact Julie Mutnansky .

*Program not sponsored by Salem Academy.

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.