Weekly Newsletter

Week of March 19, 2020

From the Head of School

Greetings from a very quiet Salem Academy!

After a full day of In-Service, the members of the faculty have transported their classrooms to their homes so that we may follow the CDC guidelines of working remotely if possible. We are still checking in by Zoom on a regular basis, and while the adjustment to virtual classrooms may be a little bumpy in the first few days, the attitude and approach of these teachers ensure that learning will continue. 

For the next few weeks, this newsletter will be more of an information document than a highlight of life at the Academy. We will share different links and notices, making this a resource for both parents and students. 

Therefore, we are going to try to use this newsletter as our primary means of communication. 

Students will still receive instruction from their teachers through Google Classroom, and emails will still be sent to specific groups (grade levels, clubs, etc) with any updates or information that is needed. But in regards to institutional messaging, this newsletter will be the source.

The Salem Academy website ( has a banner at the top which has a link to the COVID-19 Update page; additional information can be found there. 

I wish you and your family good health during these challenging weeks/months.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Mid-Semester Progress Reports Available

Mid-semester progress reports will be posted to the Parent Portal by noon on Friday, March 20. Teachers have written an individual comment for each student about her progress to date. Grades continue to be available in the open grade book. Please contact your daughter’s advisor with questions or concerns.

Remote Learning Plan for Students

Final updates have been made to our remote learning schedule. You can view them below, and the electronic version of the Remote Learning Plan for Students also includes this updated schedule.  View the electronic copy of the Remote Learning Plan for Students here.

Learning Schedule


Teachers will share information about accessing courses with students this week, so that students have it well in advance of classes resuming on Monday, March 30.  Students should not expect to receive emails about remote learning next week since the entire Academy community will be on Spring Break.

College Counseling

Updates from Dr. Spong

In light of all that is happening in our country, there are many questions about how this affects our students in their college search process. Dr. Spong will hold a virtual meeting on Friday, March 20th at 10:00 am to answer any questions you may have during this time. This is open for students and parents of all grade levels. Students will receive the Zoom invitation and link via email.

AP Exams & College Testing

AP Exams

The College Board is closely monitoring the impact of Corona Virus on AP exams.  We will be communicating with you regarding any changes that may occur as we are informed. Visit the Collegeboard website look at for additional information.

SAT Exams

The College Board has canceled March make-ups and May administration of the SAT. Visit the College Board website for more information regarding their policies.

ACT Exams

ACT has canceled its April test date and is transferring registrations to the June 13 test date. Read more information on the ACT website. 

Seniors: Finalizing College Decisions

Many of you have been communicating concerns regarding finalizing your college decisions. Please be sure you are checking your email and your individual school portals for updates regarding any information they are offering in lieu of admitted student days. Dr. Spong can meet with you via Zoom and is available throughout spring break as well as many decisions that will be sent in that week. Some colleges have extended decision day to June 1st but not all of them (though it is likely more will follow). Please be mindful of deadlines for accepting scholarships. 

Please send updated admissions decisions and scholarship information to Dr. Spong by either forwarding emails or sending a screenshot of the information. 

Juniors: Resume Building and College Touring Updates

The first thing is to alleviate your stress regarding testing, visits, and resume “building” this spring. Colleges know all students across the world are all facing new challenges (including them!). This is not going to affect your acceptances - remember: Everyone is in the same position right now. Please regularly check Scoir and your email accounts for updates from Dr. Spong.

With extra “free” time on your hands, there are a few things you can do virtually that will make the application process smoother this fall. Many colleges are beginning to offer virtual tours of schools, and more will move that direction in the coming weeks. Please look on their websites for updates. Now is also a good time to be using SCOIR to research colleges and careers as well as look at your assessment from You Science and explore the other aspects it offers that you may not have had time to do yet. 

Dr. Spong is open to helping you as you work on your Common Application essay. Share a Google Doc with her and she can comment and guide the process.  Please email Dr. Spong with questions.

Freshmen and Sophomores: New College Admissions Platform

After spring break, Dr. Spong will host a Zoom meeting to introduce you to our new college admission’s platform called Scoir. Our juniors have been “test-driving” Scoir for a month and are giving it positive reviews! During our college visit day in January, Dr. Spong spoke to you about how Scoir can be helpful in your college search process. We will meet virtually to introduce Scoir together and you will have the opportunity to do some career exploration as well. A Zoom invitation with the time/date will be sent following Spring break. 

Student Life

Saber Adventures

Health and Wellness Reminders

Check out our COVID-19 webpage for all campus messages; this webpage is frequently updated and a repository for all messages regarding our COVID-19 plans and outreach.

Take a Trip to the Zoo

Courtesy of Ms. Lawrence, watch penguins take a tour of Shedd Aquarium in Chicago!  Scroll down the Shedd Aquarium’s Twitter page to watch the penguins explore their surroundings.

Take a Minute with Chaplain Dr. Rio

Dr. Rio shares her message on self-care and encouragement.

Please know that the Office of the Chaplain is here to provide support during these days of online learning. While in-person meetings and programs are suspended during this time, Dr. Rio is available for pastoral care and spiritual support. She can be reached via email ( or by calling the office at 336-917-5087. Dr, Rio is also available via Google hangouts or Zoom sessions. Ms. Johnson, our mental health counselor, and Dr. Rio will provide a time for Mindfulness via Zoom on Tuesdays at 12:40 pm EST, starting after Spring Break. Dr. Rio's Instagram page (@salemchaplainsoffice) will also continue to provide support and insights.

Volunteer Opportunities

With new realities of social distancing, it can be tricky finding ways to help our community in a time of crisis. Love Out Loud, our partner for Jan term service, is working closely with local entities to provide opportunities to serve. For more information, you can visit the Love Out Loud website.

Academy Summer Storage 2020

The school year is swiftly moving forward and the end of the year is near. We need feedback from boarding students and families about your summer storage needs. Please complete the Summer Storage Survey by April 7th. For any questions and concerns about Academy summer storage, please contact Miss Jo Teel. 

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