Rowan County has gained twelve more young leaders, driven to lead and inspired to make a positive difference in their community.As part of its strategic mission to develop leaders and stewards of the community, Salisbury Academy, through its Broyhill Leadership Scholarship program, provided scholarships for twelve students from Rowan-Salisbury high schools to attend this year’s five-day Broyhill Leadership Conference.
In the first full week of school, first-graders at Salisbury Academy were welcomed to the “big school” by their eighth-grade buddies. Eighth-grade students read to their younger peers and presented them with “welcome to the big school” cards. The first of many meetings that the two grades will have over the course of the year served as an opportunity for the students to meet their buddies, introduce themselves and share in some reading fun.
Salisbury Academy reading specialist Melissa Brown recently earned an advanced certification in reading instruction. Brown earned the Institute for Multisensory Education Orton-Gillingham certification. She is the only registered tutor in the Salisbury area with this certification. Brown and other literacy educators with the distinction are certified in an advanced understanding of phonological awareness and multisensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling, among other key strategies for literacy education based in the Orton-Gillingham phonics methodology.
June 15, 2017 - Salisbury Academy was named an N.C. Green School of Excellence this spring, making it one of only five in the state to hold that disstinction. Eight other schools received award. The Green Schools Program, under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, confers the awards.
“I am so proud of our two advancing schools and seven newly recognized schools,” said Katie Cavert Ferrell, coordinator of the program. “It is not easy with limited resources, budget constraints and only a finite amount of time. But the teachers have found creative, inspiring ways to integrate the exploration of nature into their daily lessons, and the students are committed to making a positive impact in their own schools and communities.”
June 1, 2017 - Shovels went in the ground with a cheer from students, faculty, staff and community supporters in a groundbreaking Tuesday for construction of Salisbury Academy’s Outdoor Learning Space. The groundbreaking paid tribute to donors, volunteers and visionaries who have worked to bring the project to reality. View video of groundbreaking
May 28, 2017 - Prevent Child Abuse Rowan’s executive director was all smiles as she took to the podium at Salisbury Academy’s chapel gathering in early May. “Nothing makes me happier than kids helping kids,” said Beth McKeithan after accepting a check on behalf of the organization from the Salisbury Academy Bloom gala proceeds. “Without the strong partnership with Salisbury Academy, we would not be where we are today.”
May 4, 2017 - Salisbury Academy students are taking the protection of soil and water resources into their own hands. After discussing soil and groundwater in a recent science unit, seventh-grade students learned about the dangers of battery toxins leaching into the ground and water resources. They learned that if batteries are disposed of properly, the negative effects on the environment can be largely avoided.
April 12, 2017 - Salisbury Academy's Outdoor Learning Space is on its way to becoming a reality! Until now the project has been in a silent phase of fundraising. Salisbury Academy is now actively fundraising and seeking community support so that we can get shovels in the ground this spring. We are happy to announce that Salisbury Academy has raised $338,000 to date. This is just under $100,000 away from the amount required for us to break ground this spring on phase one of our Outdoor Learning Space.
March 30, 2017 - Salisbury Academy’s fourth-graders traveled back in time to visit historical figures in their recent “Time Machine Museum.” Figures represented were diverse in the time periods in which they lived and in their contributions to society. They included Martin Luther King Jr., Sacagawea and Neil Armstrong.
For the project, each student read a biography on a historical figure and created a first-person oral presentation to share with visitors and classmates. When asked why they identified with their particular chosen figures, students were thoughtful in their answers.
March 26, 2017 - It was a dazzling trip back in time to Spencer’s past and a festive showing of community support for education and other local needs at Salisbury Academy’s eighth annual Bloom gala on the evening of Saturday, March 18. Held at the newly refurbished Back Shop at the N.C. Transportation Museum, Bloom Industrial brought 350 community members together for an evening which included food and drink, a live auction, and dancing to music from The Band Punch.
March 16, 2017 - Maggie Dees, an eighth-grader at Salisbury Academy, has been awarded the Sisters Merit Scholarship to Salem Academy in Winston-Salem. Salem Academy is an all-girls, college-preparatory school with a mission of fostering the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical growth of young women.
“Maggie Dees is an outstanding young woman with a bright future. She is curious, engaged, and passionate about what she loves,” said Wynne Overton, associate director of admission for Salem Academy.
February 2, 2017 - Making a difference in the world is more than a hot topic at Salisbury Academy — it’s an all-in passion for positive change. Over the past three weeks, middle school students have pondered, identified and formed plans to solve world problems in their weekly Discovery Labs.
The question being asked: How do we springboard from our school’s local community outreach to make an impact on larger global struggles?
January 28, 2017 - Salisbury Academy’s upcoming Bloom Gala on March 18 brings local history to life through its electrifying theme and location: Bloom Industrial, set in the N.C. Transportation Museum’s newly refurbished Back Shop.
January 23, 2017 - The first Leopold Society event occurred on Jan. 17, when 22 Salisbury Academy students in seventh grade were introduced to the Kerr 2 Property — a 19.2-acre tract of land in Rowan County. In 2015, this LandTrust property was converted into an American chestnut restoration site in partnership with The American Chestnut Foundation.
“This project is a beautiful partnership that will ensure our students develop a love for nature and a true understanding of the impacts of conservation efforts, so that they can continue on as adults saving and protecting the spaces they love,” SA science teacher Alexandra Shadroui said.
January 12, 2017 - Connecting with and mentoring the younger generations has always come naturally to Antwaun Thompson. It’s simply who he is. Having witnessed years ago a lack of mentorship in today’s society, Antwaun discovered that basketball — his greatest passion — was an inspirational avenue through which he could help children better themselves.
December 22, 2016 - For one of the participants at Trinity Living Center’s adult day services program, it’s hard to remember much about a typical day due to the advancement of her Alzheimer’s disease. But when Salisbury Academy’s first-graders come for their monthly book buddies visit, she can recount her day to her husband with enthusiasm.
December 15, 2016 - As part of its strategic mission to develop leaders and stewards of the community, Salisbury Academy, through its Broyhill Leadership Scholarship program, provided scholarships for nine students from Rowan-Salisbury high schools to attend this year’s five-day Broyhill Leadership Conference.
December 8, 2016 - “I thought ‘Elf’ was great. All the actors were awesome. I loved the play so much. I could watch it a million times and it still wouldn't be boring.” —Ruby W.
“What I loved about the play was the songs, and how all the actors and actresses tried their hardest to really express the characters they were playing.” —Grace Spieler
December 2, 2016 - ... The fifth grade class from Salisbury Academy came up with this year’s “Noteworthy Christmas” tree theme. Each year the class has the responsibility of creating a theme. The students voted on the theme, which parent volunteer Paula Mead believes was inspired by William “Dr. Rob” Robertson, a music teacher at the school.
November 24, 2016 - Embracing the many historical and cultural elements of Thanksgiving, Salisbury Academy’s first- and third-graders come together each year as pilgrims and Native Americans to re-enact the first Thanksgiving.
November 12, 2016 - It was in the midst of a turmoil-filled election that Salisbury Academy took a quiet moment to present former educator and piano-player extraordinaire “Dr. Rob” Robertson with the state’s highest honor. Head of School Beverly Fowler presented Robertson with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine during the school’s weekly chapel service on Nov. 3.
November 11, 2016 - Finding quiet places for students to be one with nature and reflect on connections with the natural world can be difficult in today’s fast-paced world. At a recent poetry of nature course, Salisbury Academy’s eighth grade class did just this. In many ways, students found their “Walden Pond” through the experience, or a place where poetry and connection with inner feelings join with writing practice and literary reflection.
November 3, 2016 - Salisbury Academy and Footprints in the Community joined together for a day of camaraderie and artistic fun at a pumpkin painting event last weekend. Held at Salisbury Academy, the family gathering offered an opportunity for relationship building as well as community inclusion for children with special needs, a cornerstone of the Footprints organization’s mission.
October 30, 2016 - Salisbury Academy's "Rock the Vote" middle school exploratory was featured in an article by The Salisbury Post outlining how elections and the electoral process are being taught in Rowan County schools.
October 20, 2016 - The air was crisp and pumpkins turned into works of art on Friday night as the larger community joined Salisbury Academy in a fall celebration and “Wild and Scenic Film Festival.” Children decorated and bowled with pumpkins along with other fun fall crafts and games as adults chatted and waited for the series of adventure films to begin.
October 6, 2016 - Seated outdoors at a large picnic table in an open forum classroom arrangement, Salisbury Academy eighth-graders shared ideas, facts and interpretations last week on an environmental disaster largely overshadowed by other recent breaking news: the Alabama gasoline pipeline leak.
September 29, 2016 - A foggy morning was brightened with song and prayer at Salisbury Academy’s “See You at the Pole” gathering early Wednesday. Held annually on the fourth Wednesday of September, the student-led rally brings millions of students together in prayer across the globe.
August 18, 2016 - One evening of fundraising and compassion can go a very long way. At a time when Footprints in the Community - an organization which promotes community inclusion for children with special needs - was ready to reduce their summer camp programming due to funding issues, a portion of the money raised at Salisbury Academy's Bloom Enchanted gala brought the programs back to life.
August 12, 2016 - Salisbury Academy begins another school year with a continued commitment to engaging minds and building futures. Recent programming and faculty and staff additions complement the school’s learning environment and will further prepare students to enter their future world as leaders.
August 11, 2016 - This year, Salisbury Academy welcomes two new staff members to its family, as well as three new members to its board of trustees: Staff members Jane Current and Hannah Lewis, and board of trustees members Madison Currin, Mark Robertson, and Traci Williams.
June 30, 2016 - Twenty-one Salisbury Academy alumni graduated from area high school programs. Salisbury Academy has more than 285 alumni who have graduated since the first graduating class of 1998. “Each year, as our alumni graduate from high school, it is wonderful to learn about their accomplishments and the exciting experiences ahead of them,” said Head of School Beverly Fowler.
June 30, 2016 - Salisbury Academy recently received the N.C. Green School of Promise Award from the N.C. Green Schools Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
May 26, 2016 -The need for student engagement with the natural world has never been greater. With an increase in the use of technology by children and physical activity often taking a back seat to more sedentary play and learning, a chasm has emerged between children and nature.
May 12, 2016 - The Icelandic national anthem played in Salisbury Academy’s second grade as grinning Catawba College international students Malen Eiriksdottir and Gudny Jonsdottir entered the room. “We’ll tell you about our country, Iceland,” said Malen, a Catawba freshman and communications major. “It’s very beautiful and we’re very proud of it.”
April 28, 2016 - You could almost feel the butterfly flapping its wings when Karen Leonard, activity coordinator for Oak Park Retirement, called Salisbury Academy teacher Katie Skalka. Would Salisbury Academy be interested in taking part in the butterfly effect — a social movement proving that a small act of kindness can be a catalyst for great positive change — Leonard asked over the phone.
February 18, 2016 - This week eighth graders at Salisbury Academy went to see the Norvell’s production of the ‘Taming of the Shrew.’ After the show, each student wrote a review of the play. "'The Taming of the shrew’ was a very entertaining play that put a twist on classic Shakespeare literature. The actors and props were amazing!” - Virginia R.
February 11, 2016 - When Salisbury Academy’s eighth-graders stepped off the field trip bus at the Salisbury-Rowan Utilities Town Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, they knew they were in for an adventure. “This is a culminating event for you in terms of environmental studies,” said Salisbury Academy science teacher Katie Skalka to her students as they filed off the bus. “We’ve learned about water resources and recycling, we’ve formed our school green team, and this visit builds on everything we’ve been learning since sixth grade.”