Weekly Newsletter

Week of April 9, 2020

From the Head of School

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” (Albert Einstein)

I was looking at a Facebook post that one of my Sewanee friend's son posted, and I was awestruck at a list he created titled “Just so I NEVER forget...April 2, 2020” which included:

    Gas price a mile from home was $1.59
    Parks, trails, entire cities locked up
    Entire sports season cancelled
    School cancelled - yes, cancelled (students left March 13 and wouldn’t return)
    Don’t socialize with anyone outside your home
    No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 10 or more
    Tape on floors at grocery stores to help distance shoppers 6 ft       from each other
    People wearing gloves and masks outside
    Essential workers are terrified to go to work
    Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families

He has about 20 more statements, and at the end, he writes:

“Why, you ask, do I write this status?
One day it will show up on my memory feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted.”

The impact that COVID-19 has made on our lives is unimaginable; our entire way of doing things has been disrupted; and we have been forced to make changes at the drop of a hat. But we are making those changes, and when we don’t do it well the first time, we adjust to doing it better the next time.

Thank you for your patience, your openness, your flexibility, and your support as what was supposed to be a few weeks is now a few months. Our ability to adjust and change is what will allow us to complete this school year with total success. 

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Salem Community

Update on the Presidential Search Committee

Last week Dara Folan, chair of the Board of Trustees, shared with the Salem Community the establishment of a Presidential Search Committee and named representation of Trustees, faculty, and staff.  We are now pleased to name our student representation on this important committee. Representing the Academy on the committee is Amira Rady (’20) from Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  Amira is a Sisters Scholar, Honor Cabinet President,  New Jersey Seeds Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, and National Merit Hispanic Recognition Scholar. Her other areas of involvement include the Sisters of the Motherboard (Robotics), National Honor Society, a Commencement Marshall for 2017, 2018, & 2019; Dormitory Prefect, Student-Athlete for Field Hockey and Track & Field.

Representing the College on the committee is Alexus Effler (’20) from Marion, North Carolina.  Alexus is majoring in Communications and Sociology and currently SGA President.  Her honors include Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Pi Gamma Mu Honors Society, Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society, and College Honors.  Please thank these students and their fellow committee members for their important work in helping us select the next President of Salem Academy and College.

For continued updates, please visit the Presidential Search page on the Salem Academy website.

Health and Wellness Updates

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


Remote Learning Surveys 

Remote learning surveys will be emailed to students and parents on Monday, April 13.  We hope that all students and families will take a few minutes to share their feedback on the first two weeks of remote learning.

AP Exam Updates from the College Board

The College Board released the updated exam schedule for Spring 2020.  The schedule for courses taught at Salem Academy is included below, and AP teachers will review course-specific exam updates in their classes.  We encourage all students to take the exams for which they are registered, but if your daughter has decided not to take a course exam, she should notify Mrs. Caligiuri by May 1.

Additionally, if your daughter has not yet paid for her exams, please mail a check, made out to Salem Academy, to Dean Rogers’ attention. Mrs. Caligiuri is available by email if you have questions.

College Counseling

Scoir Introduction For Freshmen and Sophomores

Dr. Spong is having introduction sessions on accessing Scoir for 9th and 10th graders starting next on Tuesday, April 14th. The access link for the introduction sessions will be posted in the Salem Academy Community Google Classroom. This is not a required session but it is available for those who may want to learn the new College Counseling platform. 

Introduction Sessions

Sophomores Only: Tuesday, April 14th at 2:30 pm EST

Freshmen Only: Wednesday, April 15th at 2:30 pm EST

Juniors & Seniors: Q & A

Dr. Spong will have an open Zoom session for juniors and seniors who may have questions regarding college counseling on Thursday, April 16th, at 2:30 pm EST. The access link for the Q & A session will be posted in the Salem Academy Community Google Classroom. 

Student Life

Pathways Evening Program

This is a reminder that Ms. Johnson will be hosting a Pathways Evening Program each Wednesday evening from 7:00-7:45 pm. We will cover various topics surrounding what it looks like to thrive during this season of remote learning, and also make space for group discussion. Next Wednesday, April 15th, we will discuss how to use writing exercises and journaling prompts as a means of self-reflection (and fun!) at home. Access to the Zoom link for weekly programs is posted in the Salem Academy Community Google Classroom.


The class ring ordering day for the Class of 2021 is moving virtually this year.  Class ring orders and payments will be made directly to Herff Jones, Salem Academy's class ring supplier.  When placing the ring order, a $100 deposit fee will be due. Please review the pricing sheet for the rings as reference.

When placing a ring order, please include the following information:

  • Rising Senior’s Name
  • Salem Academy, Class Year
  • Ring Size (view this website for ring sizing help)
  • Ring Metal
  • Engraving (optional - up to 17 characters)
  • Antiquing (optional - blackening of the background around the seal and the class year)

Contact Information for Orders:

  • Herff Jones Sales Representative: Chris Wieczorek 
  • Telephone: 336.228.7770
  • Email:

Note: Include "Salem Academy - Student Name, Class Year" in the subject line for e-mail.

Payments for the class ring can be made by check via mail and/or by credit card payment via phone.  If you have any more questions about the class rings, please contact the Director of Student Activities. 

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