Week of March 5, 2020
From the Head of School
“You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight saving time.” (Dave Barry, American writer, and columnist)
It seems a bit ironic to me that in a one week span, we gain an extra 24 hours (February 29) only to lose one (Daylight Saving Time).
We are about to enter the time of year that we refer to as “the home stretch” - we are finishing up a school year and celebrating the seniors as much as possible (and they deserve every bit of attention!), but we are also looking forward to the fall of a new school year, anticipating new faces, new courses, and new co-curricular opportunities in clubs,
activities, and organizations. There is excitement about what is in front of us, but we want to keep it at arm’s length so we can enjoy the “now” of Salem Academy life.
This newsletter is very full of wonderful things, so I will end this message here. I hope to see many of you at the Town Hall on February 14, and please remember that I always welcome your emails and phone calls.
Far may our song ring clear!
Academy Town Hall Meeting
Reminder: There will be a Town Hall Meeting from 9:30 - 11:00 am. on Saturday, March 14 in Shirley Recital Hall of the Elberson Fine Arts Center. Zoom information will be sent at the end of next week (it is the same number that was listed in the email invitation).
Health And Wellness Update: Coronavirus
As we all work to stay well in the wake of COVID-19, preventive measures recommended by trusted health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are our first line of defense. We are writing to share with you some of the measures that Salem Academy and College is taking to aid in the prevention effort. We are also asking for your help by using preventive hygiene practices, getting adequate rest, staying hydrated, and staying home if you are ill.
In our effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our campus, here are some of the measures that Salem is employing:
- Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in strategic, high traffic locations on campus for your use. While hand sanitizer is very helpful, please remember that thorough hand washing is best.
- Disinfectant wipes will be placed in classrooms, computer labs, science labs, the fitness center, and other strategic locations for use in wiping down frequently touched spaces (e.g., desks, chairs, keypads, mobile devices, etc.).
- Our Physical Plant custodial staff are enhancing the frequency of their cleaning of frequently touched surfaces on campus (e.g., doorknobs, handrails, countertops, tables, toilets, sinks, etc.).
- Hand washing and preventive hygiene posters by the CDC and other trusted health organizations have been placed around campus as reminders to us all.
The sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be placed around campus for use beginning today. These supplies are meant to be tools for use by our campus members in those designated locations and we encourage you to use them. We will continue to provide these materials for use by our campus members as supplies are available and the situation warrants.
As President Doran and Head of School Carol Killebrew shared in their community message earlier this week, the CDC has advised that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed and to stop the spread through everyday prevention practices such as:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash or use your elbow or sleeve to cover your cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect your frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Other helpful measures include:
- Do not eat or drink after others
- Refrain from sharing personal items like towels and bedding.
- Use self-care: get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress (Students: remember Counseling Services - Ms. Johnson for support), drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Salem Academy is continuing to monitor the development of the coronavirus disease internationally as we diligently keep abreast of this developing situation. 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.
Interim Grade Reporting Information
Teachers will write an individual comment for each student at the midpoint of the second semester, the week of March 16. Each student will meet with her advisor to discuss these comments on Thursday, March 19, and the interim reports will be available in the Parent Portal on Friday, March 20. Students and parents can view course grades in the Parent Portal at any time.
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 several 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.
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.
Class of 2021 Ring Ordering Day
A representative from Herff Jones will be on campus in the EB Reception Room on Wednesday, April 8 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm to take class ring orders for any rising senior. A $100 deposit fee is due when placing the ring order. In preparation for ordering, please review the pricing sheet for rings.
Current seniors who would like to order a Salem ring and/or have questions about their ring may come to speak to the Herff Jones representative as well.
On Saturday, February 29th, the Salem Academy Fencing Team traveled to Barber Park in Greensboro to compete in the North Carolina High School Fencing Individual State Championships.
Freshman YiRu (Angelina) Jin battled her way to the 18th place in a series of intense bouts. Freshman and first-year fencer Kaitlyn Gyamfi had a rough start, but made an impressive recovery, placing 16th.
The senior member and four-year fencer Lianyan (Julia) Zhou felt bittersweet about entering her final fencing competition as a Salem Saber. She fenced several incredible bouts and finished 13th, ending her senior year with great achievement!
Freshman Destiny Hale was optimistic entering the state championship after placing third at the divisional championship earlier this year. She fought with incredible skill and strength and ended up 10th, a very impressive score in her first year of fencing!
Sophomore and team captain Mira Fitch entered this competition for the second time, having placed 8th last year. She fought hard and came in 4th place at the end of the day. She is only the third Salem Academy fencer ever to enter the semifinal round at the individual state championship.
At the end of the long day, the Salem Sabers had one of their highest finishes to date! The Salem Academy Fencing Team had an incredible year, battling their way to earn the titles of Division Champions and State Team Silver Medalists.
The Sabers are immensely thankful for all of the support they have received from their fellow teammates, teachers, and parents. They would like to extend special thanks to Mr. Paul Allen for his constant support of the team. The fencers would also like to thank Mr. Mike Fitch for his support and for his help with setup, photography, and food. Go Sabers!
Upcoming Activities and events
2020 Salem Sports Camp for Kids
Salem Academy Inclement Weather Policy
Salem Academy and College closely monitor 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:
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.
In the event Salem loses power to all or parts of campus, please be aware of the following:
- Contact Public Safety in an emergency using cell numbers: 336-345-4235 OR 336-399-3126.
- The card access system may be inoperable. If this were to occur, individuals who need assistance with facility access should contact Public Safety.
- Emergency lights will be operable.
- Cell phone charging stations will be set up on designated areas of campus to assist you.
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.
- 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.