Weekly Newsletter

Week of April 23, 2020

From the Head of School

“Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes.  Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year.  Or a week.” - Shonda Rhimes

So, parents - how’s it going? 

I admit that I have been focusing on the students, especially the seniors; a close second is the faculty and staff. I have missed these people with whom I spend most of my life, and my attention has been on their well-being and health. I have been negligent in asking about you, and wondering how you are holding up in all of this! These last six weeks have brought on all types of emotions for all of us, and the word “community” has a stronger meaning than ever. We adults have really become partners in the education of these Salem Academy scholars, and I can guess that there is a mutual appreciation from both sides. 

As usual, I am finding all types of videos and posts that catch my attention. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms continue to have both laugh-out-loud and sentimental messages in regards to our stay-at-home directives and quarantines:

“It’s okay to fall apart sometimes. Tacos fall apart and we still love them.”

“Our Grandparents were called to war. We are asked to practice social distancing and stop hoarding toilet paper.”

“Overheard my kids talking about how weird their teacher is. I’m their teacher.”

“It feels like January, February, and March were all 3 different years.”

And one of my favorites: 

“Homeschooling day 1: trying to get this kid transferred out of my class.”

We are a team, and even the smallest victories are important. Take care of yourselves, enjoy these days with your daughter, and continue to feel that sense of pride when you realize just how much she knows about so many different things.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

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


Advanced Placement Exams Information

In attending the Advanced Placement webinar for parents, Mrs. Caligiuri, Salem Academy’s Learning Specialist, noticed a few comments that stood out and are worth repeating to our students. We all wish we were not in this situation, but we are. Remember: you are resilient, you are problem solvers and you have practiced for the AP exams throughout this entire school year - including remotely. 

Mrs. Caligiuri has placed a document in the Google Community Classroom with more information with tips that the College Board has recommended. She suggests that students and parents check that out if they were not able to attend the parent webinar last week. 

Continue to watch for more information from your student's teachers and routinely look for information directly from College Board at:

It is imperative that students regularly check the mail address connected to their MyAP account. If students are having any difficulty with an email from Advanced Placement, they can reset and/or update their email at and by following these directions:

  • After logging in to the My AP College Board website, click on your profile at the top right-hand corner of the page, and go to Account Settings. 
  • Scroll down to verify your information and confirm that your email address is the one to which you would like to receive the e-ticket to take your AP Exams. If it's not the correct email, you can update it to an email that you check regularly by clicking “Update”.

Student Life

Connecting Our Community During COVID-19

Although our Salem Community is spread across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to sustaining our community bonds through school-wide, small group, and individual contact this spring. In addition to our weekly advisory session, during the month of April, Dean Rogers is calling each student for a one-on-one conversation. So far, she’s been in touch with over half of our student body, and all students are welcome to call her (336.721.2776) or email if they would like to reach out to her.

In May, Ms. Johnson will contact students individually to check in with our student body. Beyond our small groups and monthly individual checkpoints, we are also meeting as a whole school community for assembly three times a week to share news, highlight student success, and listen to music together. We are committed to nurturing our students during this time and cherish our opportunities to connect with each other.

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Salem Community

Nominations For The Joel Weston Award For Faculty Excellence

The Parents’ Association of Salem Academy established the Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence in memory of Joel Weston and to honor the faculty and staff of Salem Academy. The first award was presented at the Recognition Program in the spring of 1986. The Parents’ Association is providing the opportunity for nominations from students, parents, faculty, and staff. Please review the nomination form for the award’s criteria. If you wish to submit a nomination for a staff or faculty member, please do so by emailing your nomination with supporting statements to Ms. Killebrew at Submissions can also be mailed to Salem Academy (Attn: Carol Killebrew).  Please submit your nomination by April 30.

Celebrating Salem's 250th Anniversary

The upcoming Celebration of Salem’s 250th Anniversary will be designed to commemorate and celebrate both Salem’s remarkable history AND our inspiring future as a trailblazer in education for girls and women. 

The year-long recognition will include a special focus on all of Salem’s traditional events, beginning with orientation 2021 and concluding with graduation 2022. We will also celebrate with a number of special events, kicking off with a Gala concert and dinner(s) tentatively scheduled for September 25, 2021, and wrapping up with a Finale Weekend that includes Founder’s Day on April 22, 2022, and Reunion Weekend April 22-24, 2022.  

A 250th Steering Committee has already started the planning work and timeline. See the 250th webpage ( for more information.

We will invite the participation of people from across the many groups that comprise Salem - both internal and external, alumnae and community partners, students, faculty and staff - to shine a bright light on the importance of Salem’s mission, values, and contributions - past, present, and future. If you have an interest in being involved in creating and implementing the 250th Celebration, please complete this volunteer form.

To kick-off our planning, we are sponsoring a 250th logo contest. Vote for your favorite logo option.

Save the Year! 2021-22 promises to be a great one!