Weekly Newsletter

Week of May 28, 2020

From the Head of School

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! 

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.

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

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

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.

Academy End of Year Celebrations

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 had a graduation box mailed to her on the week of May 18. In this box, it includes 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 sent 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


Grades Available on Wednesday, June 3

Year-end grades and comments will post to the Parent Portal by 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 3.  If you have questions about your Parent Portal login information, please contact Kara Weimer at 

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 (Ms. Jessica Shellhamer - and Dr. Christopher Clary - if you have any questions about the summer reading selections!

Student Life

Girl Up School Supplies and Soda Tab Drive

Girl Up would like to remind all students that the annual school supplies drive is starting now. When you return to school, please donate any unused (or gently used) school items in the bins outside the door of Ms. Lawrence’s classroom. For the last two years, we have been able to provide much-needed classroom supplies for Old Town Elementary School. Examples of needed items include loose-leaf paper, binders, pens, pencil cases, markers, and graph paper.

In addition, this year Girl Up is collecting soda can tabs for the Unity Women’s Desk, a Moravian organization that helps fund education for girls in developing countries. The tab collection will be used for crafts that can be sold to raise money for scholarships. (Google “soda tab crafts” to see how they are used to make incredible jewelry and other items.)

Outdoors in Quarantine Project

Hello everyone! 
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our Outdoors in the Quarantine project. Hopefully, this will encourage you all to get outside and enjoy nature. Thanks!
- Outdoors Club 

Maggie Campbell
Outdoors Club President
Salem Academy, Class of 2020

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 (

On Wednesday, May 27, you received detailed information about the process of re-entering campus to pick up your belongings, drop off books, and finalize the spring semester move out. Review the copy of the campus pack up information
Please complete the Safety Acknowledgement Form by May 31 to confirm your support of our community’s safety before returning to campus.