Fourth quarter exploratories have begun for middle school students! The flag football exploratory kicked off on Thursday with a special visit from members of the Catawba football team.
Jag Weekly
April 7, 2019
Preparing for the ERB's
Dear Salisbury Academy Parents: 
As we look ahead to our scheduled testing that will take place for all students in grades 3-8 this month, we wanted to provide you with some additional details. Salisbury Academy uses the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) to provide level-appropriate assessments of student progress in meeting essential academic standards. Salisbury Academy uses the ERB because we believe it is the most respected and most rigorous standardized testing program used by leading independent and public schools across the country.
Salisbury Academy students take the ERB's CTP5-Comprehensive Testing Program. This is a reasoning/achievement test battery that is designed to measure learning. Salisbury Academy uses results from the ERB to evaluate our curriculum, to review the progress of whole classes, and to monitor individual student progress. 

This test is administered over a five-day period and typically takes an hour or so each day. The testing period each day is scheduled for 8:15-10 a.m.  After that time, a normal school day is resumed. Students in grades 6-8 will test the week of April 8-12 and students in grades 3-5 will test the week of April 15-18.
Here are some tips for parents to help their children during the ERB testing week:
1 - Ensure students get a good night's sleep.
2 - Make sure students eat a healthy breakfast before school to nourish the body and brain.
3 - Keep to a schedule and routine during ERB week.
4 - Be on time to school! Students should arrive with plenty of time to get into "school mode" before taking the test.
5 - Encourage your child to put forth their effort without over-stressing the child.
6 - The ERB's are not an assessment you can study for, so don't try to study extra for the tests.
Thank you for your partnership! 

Warm Regards,

Beverly Fowler, Head of School
Important Dates

The Lewis Llamas advisory group packed bags for the USDA family program at Rowan Helping Ministries this week.

ERB Testing for Grades 6, 7, & 8
April 8-12 (Mon-Fri)

ERB Testing for Grades 3-5
April 15-18 (Mon-Thurs)

Good Friday/Easter 
Friday, Apr. 19 - Monday, Apr. 22
No school for students or staff

Living Map Brings Global Perspectives to Spark Center
Fourth grade students show the Mt. Vesuvius model that they made for where Pompeii, Italy sits on the map.
Mrs. Anderson shares: 

Students are applying their knowledge on a life-size world map!  Over the past month, students in grades K-4 created a life-size map following a theme of "Where in the World is...?"  

Students picked a topic from their favorite social studies or science CKLA domain. From there, they produced a piece to represent that topic. 

For example:  Kindergarten students learn our national symbols, and in the living map unit made the White House, the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore.  Building on their studies of Egypt, several first grade students shaped the Great Pyramids and the mummies that are entombed in them.  Second grade students study China, and so several of the students created the Great Wall of China out of clay and paint.  Building on their study of habitats, some third grade students furthered their learning from the beginning of the year and made a complete diorama of the Amazon rain forest. And after recently studying volcanoes, a  few fourth grade students created volcanoes, ranging from Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii to Mt. Fuego in Guatemala. 
Students had a blast making their creations! Many students commented about their projects and said they created what they did because the topic was interesting, they thought it was cool, they wanted to learn about the culture of a place, or they just really liked it. After the creations were completed, students had to find where on the world map it was located. They then learned where places were compared to North Carolina. 

Middle School Matters
"People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of."
                       -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Bloom in Wonder: Photos and Fund-a-Need
Thank you again to our families to joined us for a memorable evening at Bloom in Wonder!

Summer Camp at SA: Now enrolling!
Rising kindergarteners through rising fifth-graders currently enrolled at SA are invited to join us for a summer of fun!  Eight full weeks of experiential summer programming will be offered by the week for full and half days. Camp experiences will include Big Splash Fridays and Wednesday outings to both Muddy Sneakers expeditions and other exciting destinations. So much fun to be had! 
Learn more at 

Lunch Menus
Habeeb Catering will provide hot lunches Monday through Thursday for JK/K students. Students in grades 1-8 will have lunch provided Monday through Friday.

Contact Nancy Gokey at Habeeb Catering at

Chapel This Week
This week the JK/K Spring Show will take place during our regular chapel time, at 9 a.m. on Thursday. There will also be a 7 p.m. performance of the JK/K Spring Show that same day, Thursday, April 11. 

All families are welcome and encouraged to join us in the gym for chapel each Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m.


  • Booster Club will meet on April 18 at 8:05 a.m.
    • Agenda items for Booster Club meeting:
      • Conference changes for the upcoming year
      • Soccer uniform purchases
      • Annual sports banquet on May 9

Monday, April 8
  • Track practice 3:15 - 4:15 (Pick-up at soccer field)
Tuesday, April 9
  • Girls soccer practice 3:30 - 5:00
Wednesday, April 10
  • Tennis practice 3:30 - 5:00
Thursday, April 11
  • Middle school track practice 3:30 - 4:45
  • Girls soccer practice 3:30 - 5:00
Friday, April 12
  • Track meet @ West Rowan High School 4:00
    • Coach Wilson will send an email with more information about the meet.