Weekly Newsletter

Week of May 21, 2020

From the Head of School

“School’s out for the summer…” (Alice Cooper)

We are in the last few days of the 2019-2020 school year, and while it is natural to start planning for the next school year, we still have some hurdles that have delayed us a bit. We are working on schedules, but this time we must have plans in place in the event that we need to be virtual at any time during the school year. We are looking at textbooks, but we are also investigating the best online materials to assist in teaching if some/all are not in school. We are sending out a final survey to the students to get their input on our first try at distance learning, and we are using this to help form what a hybrid school year could look like. We have structures for Plan A to Plan Z, and right when we think we have considered everything, another topic is added. We want to get it as close to accurate as we can, so I appreciate your patience as we finalize the next school year. 

So let’s think about summer!!!

If there is one thing that we are all getting pretty good at, it’s viewing things not as what we can’t do but instead as what we can do. I am really trying to use this approach, so I am looking at some of the traditional summer events and thinking that I just have to wait until next year. But what about this summer? What am I going to make time for, you ask? What is the one thing that I have been wanting to do but have not given my best effort in accomplishing?

I am going to learn how to make the perfect smoothie for breakfast. 

I have never made a delicious smoothie, and I have tried multiple times. My brother even bought me a Ninja over a year ago, and I have tried using it once or twice, always with the same result: too thick, brown, separates after about a minute, no real taste. I have used yogurt, almond milk, water, juice, ice (not all at the same time, mind you), and I cannot get a good consistency. I have used fresh berries, frozen berries, and bananas - the result is that the drink tastes “cold,” not flavorful. And I have used baby spinach (probably the reason for the brown). I don’t want to add any type of powder or artificial sweetener,  and I prefer to eyeball my ingredients instead of measure. Oh - one more - I have never really used a recipe, either. 

But I am excited that I have June, July, and part of August to perfect the breakfast smoothie! I can see it now…. I wake up with the delight of taking fresh ingredients and combining them to create a beverage that looks and tastes wonderful! Stay tuned...I just may share my recipe with you!

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

Health And Wellness Reminders

View 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.

Salem Academy End of Year Celebrations

Dear Salem Academy Families, 

We are in the final stretch of our academic year, and we are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of Salem Academy Class of 2020. 

Our celebration events begin with Closing Chapel on May 22 at 9:00 am and conclude with the Graduation Ceremony on May 30 at 9:00 am. All students are receiving a package for end of year celebrations, and we ask students to wait to unbox their package together on May 29 at 9:00 am.

Closing Chapel will occur on May 22 via Google Meet at 9:00 am. Join in the gathering and please mute your mic as soon as you enter the Chapel.

On May 29 and May 30, you will all access our Baccalaureate, Recognition Ceremony, and Graduation at with the passcode SABERSTRONG

Closing Chapel:


Recognition Program:


Please know that you may invite as many people as you would like to our Baccalaureate, Recognition Ceremony, and Graduation; we encourage you to invite as many friends, family, and loved ones as you would like.

We are excited to celebrate with you and your loved ones near and far!

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew
Head of School

Lauren Rogers
Dean of Students

Senior Celebrations and Information about End of Year Events

May is finally here, and while the pandemic circumstances have changed our ability to gather together, we will continue to celebrate our community and recognize the accomplishments of our seniors. 

Each member of the Salem Academy Class of 2020 will have a graduation box mailed to her on the week of May 18. In this box, there will include the following items:

  • Cap and Gown
  • Diploma
  • Programs for Graduation and Baccalaureate
  • Letters from Faculty and Staff
  • Postcard-sized campus print from local artist and creator of Sister Maus, John Hutton
  • Recognition Ceremony Awards and Program
  • Stickers

Due to shipping delays, Baccalaureate bibles will be available to seniors as they return to campus to collect their belongings. If you would like your Baccalaureate Bible to be mailed to you in early June, please email Dean Rogers by May 30.

Seniors will open their boxes together at 9:00 am EST on May 29 and post a video of their unboxing experience with their families on their social media platforms with the hashtag #SalemStrong. Unboxing videos may also be emailed to Mrs. Emily Ruiz to be shared on our institutional social media accounts.

The date of the December campus celebration will be shared in our Graduation program, and we are working to find a date that accommodates the fall semester schedules for the Class of 2020.

We are excited to celebrate our graduating students and look forward to highlighting their achievements throughout this month! Please check out our social media platforms for a daily highlight from the Class of 2020.

Our campus will begin opening up for students to pick up items and pack up dorm rooms as soon as all students have departed campus for the semester. This is a moving target, and we will keep you apprised of the anticipated opening of campus as soon as we can. Please note that the campus will not open for students until after May 31.

Best wishes, 

Lauren Rogers, Dean of Students

Sara Spong, Director of College Counseling

Chris Clary, English Faculty and Senior Class Sponsor

CC: Senior Celebrations Committee

Aaliyah Brown, Fellowship Council President, Class of 2020
Brier Evans, Athletic Council President, Class of 2020
Caroline Harman, Student Council President, Class of 2020
Jeanine Ikekhua, House Council President, Class of 2020
Amira Rady, Honor Cabinet President, Class of 2020
Sidney Stearns, Senior Class President, Class of 2020


Textbook Return

Students should plan to return their textbooks when they come to campus to collect belongings in June. Books will be returned to a central location, and students will complete a form to log the books they have returned.  Students may keep novels from English classes, but all anthologies and textbooks for other courses must be returned to the school.  If a student does not plan to return to campus in June, textbooks should be mailed to the Academy before June 15, using the following address information:
            Salem Academy
            500 East Salem Avenue
            Winston-Salem, NC 27101
            Attn: Betsy Boyd

Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading assignments have been shared with all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. All students will read one book over the course of the summer. Please don’t hesitate to contact the English department (Jessica Shellhamer and Dr. Christopher Clary) if you have any questions about the summer reading selections!

College Counseling

Online University Fair

With travel restrictions in place, it is difficult to go visit colleges. For the next two weekends, there are virtual college fairs that can help you in your college search process! The weekend of May 22nd-24th is designed for international students and May 29th-30th is designed for U.S. students. There are schools represented from all over the world. Visit the Online University Fair website for more information. 


Congratulations!!! You have completed your senior year! Dr. Spong will be sending your final transcripts to your college in early June. Please be sure to finalize your Naviance account to reflect which school you are attending. If you get off a waitlist and choose a different school during the summer, please contact Dr. Spong so she can send a transcript. 


Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 26th at 11:00 am! We will have a College Counseling Zoom seminar to wrap up the year and be sure everyone is ready for the summer. The Zoom link can be found in your Junior Seminar classroom. 

Student Life

National Honor Society Inductions

The National Honor Society is an organization in which high school students are recognized for their current accomplishments. Selection into the National Honor Society is based on four principles: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The members are expected to promote those principles in their daily lives by expanding their involvement within their school and community. As the school year closes, the Salem Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society is pleased to pass the torch to those selected as members for the 2020-2021 academic year: 

  • Margaret Scott Dees
  • Jessica Chris-Ann Gentles
  • Yiping Huang
  • Donelle Natania Leak
  • Zendé Sakile Magloire
  • Madison Grace McGowan
  • Katherine Mackenzie Mims
  • Michaela Murphy
  • Amanda Rae Peake
  • Sophia Rose Severs
  • Kayra Defne Turan
  • Helen Ruth Watson

DADs’ Pancake Breakfast - At Home

Hey folks!

Since we can't have the DADS’ Pancake Breakfast for exam week at Salem, we could still host a virtual pancake breakfast to honor the tradition and to celebrate our girls’ accomplishments this school year!

So this Saturday, May 23rd, make your student some pancakes, eggs, egg casserole, bacon, and sausage (leaded or unleaded). Then, embarrass her properly and take some pics of it!

Share pictures of your breakfast by emailing them to Ms. Killebrew. Since traditions are kind of a big deal at Salem, we can't let this one get paused on our watch!

Hope y'all are well,

Alex Hudson

DADs President

Big Sisters

Returning students,

NOW is the time to sign up to be a Big Sister! Fill out this short survey so we can match you with an incoming student. 

Saber Adventures

Saber Adventures

2020-2021 Room Selection

Room Selection for 2020-2021 will take place on May 20. Students will select their room choices for next year after viewing options via a Google Form. Dean Rogers will be available for one on one meetings from 2:30-3:00 p.m. and 6:00 pm -7:00 pm over Google Meet. 

Scheduling Your Return to Campus to Pick Up Possessions

Salem Academy needs your voice in planning our re-opening of campus for students and families to pick up student belongings! To help us coordinate these efforts for all students, please complete these forms below to indicate your preferences in how and when you would like to receive your belongings by May 29. Thank you for your participation and self-scheduling campus returns for item pick up. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dean Rogers.

Salem Community

Take a Tour of Our New Spaces! 

Come and take a virtual tour of our new campus spaces! We’ve created a video of the spaces our Salem Academy community will have access to in the fall on our shared campus.  Huge thanks to Head of School Carol Killebrew, President Sandy Doran, Katherine Knapp Watts, the Office of Public Safety, Capture Public Relations & Marketing, and our special guest voice over, Emma Glen A'18 for making this possible! 

Parent Volunteers Needed! 

Hello parents! We still need volunteers to assist the Admissions Office; thank you to all of you who have signed up. Please contact Jessica Rogers if you have any questions! 

Reminder: Please Share Your Stories: Impact Of Covid-19 

Salem Academy & College Archives would like to record the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Salem community. We believe that documenting the present will help provide a greater understanding of this life-altering event for both us and the future Salem.  We have received a number of submissions to date, including written reflections, photos, and videos, but we would like to receive more from all facets of our Salem community...Academy and College students, faculty, and staff. As the semester winds down for everyone, we hope you will have a few extra moments to contribute to this project.   

We are interested in your stories about:  

  • The shift to remote instruction and learning 
  •  Studying and working from home  
  • The impact of closing residence halls and other campus services and events 
  •  The ways you and your friends and family are staying in touch during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine  
  • For "essential employees," how your job has been affected as a result of an almost empty campus. 

Your stories will be accepted through the fall semester but must be submitted via the Google form on our webpage. Visit the webpage at Share Your Stories: Impact of COVID-19 for more information and instructions on how to submit your story.  

Make Your Mark on Salem’s 250th Celebration

The announcement of the 250th Celebration drew great interest in having a logo designed by “one of our own.” All alumnae, students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit a design for the 250th logo. Please send a scanned image or mobile phone picture of your design entry by June 10 to Katherine Knapp Watts. Our community will vote on the final choice in late June.

Want more? Volunteer to get involved with any of the 250th planning.