Sixth grade students students visited Vulcan Quarry and the Kaleideum North Museum this week where they explored rocks and minerals and their uses in everyday life.
Jag Weekly
March 10, 2019
Bloom 2019: Submit your RSVP and join in a night of wonder! 
Dear Salisbury Academy Parents, 

A whimsical night of food, fun, and dancing is around the corner at Bloom in Wonder on March 30! As you step into the NC Transportation Museum's Back Shop, you'll step into a magical world of color and imagination. The night begins at the Alice in Wonderland-inspired time of 6:33 p.m. (93 minutes past 5' oclock, in honor of Salisbury Academy's founding year, 1993) and will be filled with fun surprises and entertainment including gourmet food selections, a live auction, and dancing to upbeat music by The Band Punch. 

With RSVP's due on March 15, now is a great time to submit your RSVP for the event by contacting SA's Development Office. Hope to see you there! 
Warm Regards,

Beverly Fowler, Head of School
Please look for your next Jag Weekly 
on Sunday, March 24
Important Dates

Third grade students integrated the arts into their CKLA unit on the solar system by painting images of the eight planets in order onto stir sticks. 

Spring Picture Day
Wed., Mar. 13
Non-Uniform Day

Spring Break Begins
after ERF dismissal, 
Fri., Mar. 15

School Resumes
Mon., Mar. 25

Creating a Masterpiece by Helping her Peers Create Works of Art: 
Eighth-grader Elsie Richter leads SA exploratory
Seventh-grader Luke Bryan shares that he has grown as an artist during the exploratory class that Elsie is leading. 'I didn't realize how fun and interesting these mediums could be,' Luke says.
Eighth-grader Elsie Richter is creating her own masterpiece by helping her peers create works of art.

"I remember it hit me when I was in an exploratory class last year, and I said, 'Hey, what if I led my own exploratory!'," Elsie says.

After sharing the idea of her own exploratory with the middle school division director Mrs. Goodman and getting approval on her concepts, Elsie's class began to take shape. Coding and programming are passions of Elsie's, so she first considered the idea of teaching computer animation before settling on the topic of mixed-media arts.

Exploratories at Salisbury Academy change each quarter and are offered to students in fifth through eighth grades as an opportunity to explore new ideas and areas of interest on a weekly basis. This year's exploratories have covered topics such as yoga, running club, local history, and calligraphy.

Today, Elsie is 7 weeks into her 10-week exploratory and shares that teaching her fellow students has been a fun and interesting experience.

"We all have something we can laugh at together, and it's easy to connect with them. If someone's having trouble I know how to show them through it."

Teacher liaison for the exploratory, Mrs. Hattaway, says, "Elsie has been prepared, organized, and has so naturally garnered the attention and respect of her peers."

Along with teaching Elsie how to write a syllabus and prepare lesson plans, Elsie shares that this experience has also taught her that to teach is, in itself, to learn. Her water color lesson, for example, brought with it a few surprises.
"We had just enough water color palates but not enough brushes, so that was a bit of a flop," says Elsie. "Also, my classmates didn't like the fact that the paints spread everywhere."

Other lessons learned have included how to give constructive criticism and technique suggestions without stifling students' confidence and excitement for art.

The highlight of her teaching experience has been uncovering her fellow students' talents and interests in the arts, Elsie shares.

"This class has actually been very surprising for me because in a lot of my classmates I saw talent that I didn't know they had. And I think they didn't even know they had it," says Elsie.

"That has been a joy, definitely."

Over the final three weeks of her exploratory, Elsie's mixed-media class will work on their personal projects, their masterpieces. Each student will choose their own medium to create the artwork in, from pen and ink, to watercolor, to digital drawing, to charcoal.

"I'm hoping they get the feeling of this being their big masterpiece," says Elsie.

Observing from the back of the room as Elsie leads a class full of attentive students, Mrs. Hattaway shares that this exploratory has been enjoyable to watch and support.

"Elsie is sharing her passion," says Mrs. Hattaway. 

"This has been a real thrill for her and an engaging learning experience for all involved."

Middle School Matters
"If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours." 
                         - Dolly Parton
Middle school students painted butterflies this week as part of The Butterfly Project, a movement of hope and remembrance for the 1.5 million children lost in the Holocaust.The project ties into Rowan County's 49 Days of Gratitude exhibits and events. 

As part of Salisbury Academy's participation in 49 Days of Gratitude, we are filling a box of craft supplies and ziploc bags for Footprints in the Community, an organization with a mission of inclusion for children with special needs.  Contributions can be brought to the front office. Thank you for your support!

Spring Picture Day: Wednesday, March 13
Spring Pictures
  • The Lifetouch Order Form went home in your child's Monday folder last week. 
  • Spring Picture Day will take place on Wednesday, March 13 beginning around 8:15 a.m.
  • Complete the Order Form and return it to your child's Homeroom Teacher as soon as possible. If you fail to select a Portrait Look (pose and background) then the photographer will choose one for you. 
  • This is a Non-Uniform Picture Day for Grades JK-8.
Spring Sports Pictures - Co-ed Golf, Co-ed Track, Co-ed Tennis, & Girls Soccer
  • The Lifetouch Sports Order Form went home in your child's Monday folder last week.
  • Complete the Order Form and return it to your child's Homeroom Teacher as soon as possible. Please fill in your child's height on the form.
  • Athletes should bring their uniforms to school with them on the morning of Wednesday, March 13.
  • Sports Pictures will begin immediately following the Spring Pictures.
Additional forms are located in the Main Office. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Peoples at 704-636-3002 x 101 or by email at if you have any questions.  Thank you!

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's chapel will feature Reverend Mark Conforti of First United Methodist Church  speaking on the monthly virtue compassion.

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


Monday, March 11
  • Track practice 3:15 - 4:15 (pick-up at soccer field)
  • Co-ed tennis practice 3:30 - 5:00
  • Girls Soccer Game @ Greensboro Day School 3:30
    • Information for the girls soccer game
      • Blue jerseys
      • Carpool
      • Players will be dismissed from class at 1:45
      • Address: 5401 Lawndale Dr. Greensboro, NC 27455
Tuesday, March 12
  • Co-ed Golf Match @ Catawba Country Club 3:30
    • Information for Golf Match
      • Address:1154 Country Club Rd. Newton, NC 28658
      • Carpool
      • Players will be dismissed from class at 1:45
  • Girls soccer practice 3:30 - 5:00
  • Co-ed Tennis Match @ Hickory Day School @ Hickory City Park 4:00
    • Information for Tennis Match
    • Carpool
    • Address: 1515 12th St Dr. NW, Hickory, NC 28601
    • Players will be dismissed from class at 2:20
Wednesday, March 13
  • Girls Soccer Match @ Erwin Middle School 4:00
    • Information for Girls Soccer Game
      • Carpool
      • Players will be dismissed from class @ 3:00
      • Blue Jerseys
Thursday, March 14
  • Co-ed Golf Match @ The Warrior Golf Course 3:30
    • Information for Golf Match
      • Carpool
      • Players will be dismissed from class at 2:30
  • Girls soccer practice 3:30 - 5:00
  • Middle school track practice 3:30 - 4:15
Friday, March 15 - No Athletics

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