Weekly Newsletter

Week of February 6, 2020

From Head of School

“Don’t come to the Camino looking for answers. Instead, come with an open heart and you may be surprised by what you find.” (quotation associated with Camino de Santiago)

On Thursday, Cary Clifford, the owner of Camino Bakery, spoke to the Academy community during our Lunch and Learn. Ms. Clifford started her presentation by recalling her journey on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route in Spain to the place where the remains of Apostle St. James the Great are buried. Camino is the Spanish word for way, road, or path, so this is the Way to Saint James. (Martin Sheen stars in an excellent movie titled The Way in which he makes this pilgrimage - I recommend it for it is one of my favorites!)

She continued by revealing how her business went from its beginnings as a bakery in the basement of Krankies to the opening of her own stores; she shared the fears she had when money simply wasn’t available to pay her employees, the risks she took in borrowing from her parents, and the faith she maintained when building codes were misread. But since she had the optimism, drive, desire, and belief that this business would work, she journeyed on.

Ms. Clifford did not say that creating this business was easy, but her words and body language in telling her story made it clear that it was worth it. As she detailed her journey, it was evident that she was supported by her family and friends, and this support helped push her when she could have hesitated. As she was closing, she mentioned four points that she wanted to leave with the girls, and while all four were excellent, it is the first one that really remained with me: 

It is really important for people to feel safe, loved and appreciated.

My intention is to live and promote this at Salem Academy. It is not always easy, things don’t go as planned, and there will be obstacles to overcome. There is an unmatched strength that kindness, encouragement, and support provide to any and all of us. This is how we must embrace the opportunities to grow together.

 It is our camino.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

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.  

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.

Robotics Teams Win Multiple Awards at First Qualifier

This past Saturday, the Sisters of the Motherboard and Code Sisters made their way to the first qualifier of the competition season in Asheville. After a preseason full of prototyping, building, programming, and more, the girls got an early start for Asheville on Friday evening. The sisters are so grateful to Christ School for being great hosts through Friday night! The student center on our brother school campus provided a perfect space for a practice field. All the girls got to sleep after a late-night robotics session to prepare for the long day ahead.

Arriving at the Asheville School by 7:30 am, the sisters started an exciting and overwhelming day of competition. Both teams had a chance to present their robot as well as a bit about programming, coding, building, outreach, mentoring, social media, and engineering notebook subsections to the judges at the competition. Each team competed in five matches with amazing allies including Blue Shift, Tungsteel, Robogoats, Alphas in Beta, Highly Combustible, and more! Both teams carried themselves amazingly through matches, even when there were difficulties with the robots, working hard in between matches to fix them. 

Robotics TeamRobotics Team

By the end of the qualifying matches, the Sisters of the Motherboard graciously accepted an alliance offer from Robogoats and competed in the alliance matches alongside them! Regardless of the match results, both teams did amazingly and represented Salem and women in STEM proudly. Team 7444 Sisters of the Motherboard won 1st place Inspire Award, 1st place Promote Award, and 2nd place Think Award! Team 15333 Code Sisters won 1st place Think Award and 2nd place Connect Award! As the 1st place Inspire Award winner, the Sisters of the Motherboard have automatically qualified for the state competition! We all hope to see our sister team, Code Sisters, qualify at the next competition in Charlotte this Saturday, so that hopefully both teams can go to states together! 
Thank you so much to the parents and mentors who have stood alongside us, supported the teams, and brought snacks to the competition! We are beyond grateful for all of you. On that note, both teams would like to extend a sincere thank you to Mrs. Sorrells, Mrs. Vance, and Dr. Robinson for being our biggest supporters at the competition and throughout the season! We love you all so much and appreciate you more than you know!

 Robotics Faculty

Make sure to keep updated on the team’s progress through competition season by following our social media pages below as we post during our competitions: 

Twitter - @SA_Robotics
Instagram - @sa_robotics
Facebook - FTC Team 7444 Sisters of the Motherboard 

College Counseling

Senior Update

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 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

Calling All Sabers and Sports Fans

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

  • 2/8 - State Fencing Tournament in Chapel Hill
  • 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!


UNC Clef Hangers Performance 

UNC Clef Hangers Flyer

The UNC Clef Hangers are thrilled to venture over to Winston Salem, NC to put on a show at RJ Reynolds High School.  The performance will be on February 9 at 3:00 pm at RJ Reynolds Auditorium. The ensemble will be singing some Clef classics, some favorites from the fall school semester, and some brand new music. The UNC Clef Hangers are UNC-Chapel Hill's oldest a cappella group. Visit the UNC Clef Hangers website to purchase tickets for this event.

Salem College STEM Seminar

The Association for Women in Mathematics, Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, and American Chemical Society will be hosting their second STEM Seminar! These STEM Seminars are for those interested in going into STEM fields and to learn what opportunities are available with a STEM degree. Join us on February 13 at 5:00 pm in Huber Theater, Salem College Student Center to listen to the following speakers:

  • Rebecca Neiberg: Senior Biostatistician at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Division of Public Health Sciences within the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science. (Salem Alumna)
  • Charles Gaston: Twenty-one years of service in the United States Navy, retired as Head Engineer on the USS Rhode Island. Now Technical Services Manager at Michelin (US2).
  • Chrissy Sherill: Research Technician/Laboratory Director for Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Comparative Medicine. (Salem Alumna)

Pizza and drinks will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. This event is free and open to all Salem Academy & College students and faculty. Each speaker will speak for approximately fifteen minutes and the floor will open up to a Q & A session afterward. There will also be opportunities to speak to the guest speakers after the event. 

2020 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

2020 Salem Sports Camp

2020 Salem Sports Camp


Registration is Now Open for 2020 Salem Sports Camp!!