Week of November 28, 2011
From the Head of School
At Salem Academy, we know how important STEM courses – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – are to our girls’ futures. And yet, we do make one important modification in that acronym…we add an “A.” Instead of STEM, we prefer STEAM; after all, you can’t forget the arts! Indeed, one of the things I love about Salem Academy is that even in the midst of semester-ending tests, papers, and intense exam preparation; we still take time to focus on the arts.
Prior to Thanksgiving break, we had an opportunity to see the fall performance of Agatha Christie’s, The Mouse Trap. What a gift this was to the entire community. One of the things I appreciate the most about our theatre program is that by the time opening night rolls around, Mrs. Lawson, our drama teacher, is sitting in the audience watching the show with the rest of us. Everything is being run by the students – stage managing, lighting, sound effects, props, EVERYTHING! It’s exactly the way a high school theatre program should run…and the resulting product is always fabulous. Kudos to everyone involved in another outstanding Academy Theatre production!
When we returned this week, we were treated to a series of short Christmas plays by the Theatre I class. They were, at times, both hilarious and heart wrenching; thought provoking and whimsical. Most of the girls in Wednesday’s plays are just finishing their first semester at the Academy, and it was so heartening to see how confident they already are moving across the stage speaking…and, at times, singing…their lines. What a treat! (More information and photos are below.)
Finally, on Friday morning, December 16, at 11:00, we will have our annual Christmas Concert. We’ll listen to the wonderful voices of our Chorus, Glee Club, and Spirit groups. At times accompanied by sounds of the harp, the organ, and the bagpipes, our girls will be singing some of our favorite Christmas carols, as well as performing a few less well-known, but equally beautiful, pieces of music. Of course, the end of the concert marks the beginning of our Christmas vacation, so a festive spirit is all but guaranteed! (Click here for the Christmas concert invitation from me!)
All of the events mentioned above are required events for the entire student body to attend, and part of the reason we insist on this level of attendance is that we want to support the girls that have put so much time and effort into these productions. After all, these artistic pursuits represent many hours of commitment and preparation on the part of every one of these students. And this preparation is happening during the same twenty-four hour periods that our girls are using to study for tests, write papers, solve equations, play sports, eat, sleep, and occasionally take a breath! But it’s not just because we want to be supportive. We have always believed that art, and experiencing art, is a crucial part of a well-rounded education.
Indeed, over two-hundred years ago we had a school choir, taught embroidery classes, and had the girls perform Christmas “dialogues” for the community. We now have three choral groups, teach studio art, portfolio and crafts, and we have theatre productions taking place throughout the year – including the Christmas plays. We are as committed as ever to having our girls learn about and experience the arts. After all, as C.S. Lewis once said when talking about friendship, “…it’s like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
I hope to see you at the concert!
- On Saturday, Salem will host the annual semi-formal dance in Bryant Hall from 7:00-11:00pm. Along with Salem students and their guests, we will also have students from Christ School and Hargrave Military Academy in attendance.
- Christmas Break: There are several international students who will be arriving back in Winston-Salem before the school opens on January 2. If anyone would be interested in meeting them at the airport and having them stay at your home for a night or two, please be in touch with Miss Thompson at school.
- Parents' Association Meeting: The next Parents' Association meeting will be Friday, December 16th at 9:00am in the Sun Porch. You will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of day and boarding students and ask them questions about life at the Academy. We'll also hear from our school counselor, Ms. Jenny Orr, who will be available to take questions from the audience concerning the issues teenage girls - particularly the Academy girls - are facing in this day and age. It will be a great opportunity for parents to learn more about all that's happening at Salem Academy.
Christmas Vacation - Information for Parents of Boarders
Dear Parents of Boarding Students:
We have a vacation period coming up, and it is important that we have information about your daughter’s travel plans. Please complete the form below and return it to me as soon as possible.
The Christmas vacation begins at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 16, after the Christmas Choral Concert. All boarders should be out of the building by 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The boarders will be returning to the Academy:
Monday, January 2 (Jan Term – on-campus) by 9:00 p.m.
Monday, January 23 (all boarders) by 9:00 p.m.
Please indicate on the form on which date your daughter is returning.
We realize that when using public transportation some flexibility is required, but please adhere as closely as possible to the times. Christmas is one of those “crush” times with the airlines, so please make sure we are informed of any late arrivals. Absences before and after a vacation period are unexcused. Early departures must be cleared through my office at least a week in advance. Students may not return to school earlier than January 2. The dining room opens on Tuesday, January 3.
**PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM**
Thank you very much and we wish you all a pleasant holiday season.
Mary Lorick ThompsonAssistant Head/Dean of Studentsmarylorick.email@example.com
Exam Schedule Fall 2011
|Saturday, December 10
|Sunday, December 11
|Monday, December 12
|Tuesday, December 13
|Wednesday, December 14
|Thursday, December 15
Please CLICK HERE for a detailed schedule of exam week. Some items on the schedule are for boarding students only.
As Karl mentioned above, on Wednesday, the Theatre I students performed various Christmas plays for the student body! They kept us laughing and entertained the whole time. The students worked very hard on these plays and we wanted to make sure they were recognized for their efforts. Below you will find each play, along with the actors and who they played.
“Deck The Halls With Poison Ivy”
Mrs. Tannenbaum (Principal) – Keylee Llewellyn
Kris – Sophia D’Agonstino
Candy – Emma Wilbur
Secretary – Ansley Moore
Kids in trouble – Alice Mann & Shuhan Wang
“Tree Monologue – Part 1”
Johan – Ari Vergos
Hans – Julia Allescher
“Tree Monologue – Part 2”
Esther – Taylor Jones
Mrs. Wallen – Ansley Moore
Kindergarten kids – Tanya Zubov, Alice Mann, Shuhan Wang
Grabber – Emma Wilbur
Tariel – Martha-Sophie Rabus
Mariel – Shelby Wood
Dariel – Mathama Bility
Sariel - Sabrina Shi
Zariel – Jade Li
“Tree Monologue – Part 3”
Asia – Juwana Alomia
Mumsy – Sophia D’Agostino
Young kids – Ansley Moore, Shuhan Wang, Keylee Llewellyn
Young Asia – Taylor Jones
Melchoir – Mathama Bility
Gaspar – Jade Li
Balthasar - Ari Vergos
“Tree Monologues – Part 4”
Iris – Bria Smith
Snowball – Juwana Alomia
Dad – Alice Mann
Adam – Emma Wilbur
Ellie – Tanya Zubov
“Ms. Meyermeyer’s Shining Moment”
Ms. Meyermeyer – Keylee Llewellyn
Cameron – Alice Mann
Ira – Taylor Jones
Winston – Tanya Zubov
Pamela Lee – Ansley Moore
Renata – Sophia D’Agostino
Marilo – Shuhan Wang
Emily – Juwana Alomia
Children in class – Bria Smith & Emma Wilbur
Glee Club is Going to Disney World
During the long weekend break in February, the Salem Academy Glee Club will be traveling to Disney World for a performance and to have fun in the parks! Please contact Mrs. Joy Rushton for more information about this trip.
Each Glee Club member should have turned in their $100 to Mrs. Rushton by December 1st! If your child hasn't done so, please have her turn in this money as soon as possible so that the details of the trip can be finalized.
Students Volunteer at Furr Ball Unleashed!
On Saturday, November 12th Salem students Kayla Hill, Jade Li, LuLu Lu, and JJ Mao volunteered for Ms. Markham (pictured below with students) and the Forsyth Humane Society at the society’s 70th Anniversary celebration event ‘Furr Ball Unleashed!’ The event, which was held at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, raised awareness for animals who are homeless and neglected as well as funds that will be used to support the FHS ‘no kill’ Adoption Center and Education Programs. Thanks to the girls for filling in during an important volunteer shift, to Ms. Smale (pictured at right with students) for volunteering, and Ms. Shellhammer for driving the girls. What a great turnout for Salem Academy in support of such an excellent cause!
Jan Term 2013 Trip Information
ENGLAND -- IRELAND -- SCOTLAND -- WALES
This is a reminder that if your daughter and any family members are interested in going on the Jan Term trip to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales for next school year time is running out to get the $200 OFF deal. The deadline to enroll for this special deal is December 15. You can certainly enroll later, but this offer ends on December 15. We have had a lot of interest for this trip and we may need to limit numbers, soooooo….it will be first come, first serve. If you are sure your daughter is going, you may want to go ahead and get enrolled. Here are the steps to enroll:
- Go to www.eftours.com
- When asksed if there is a tour number please enter 1077346
- You can only enroll on-line and will need to do this via credit card
Please feel free to contact Kerry Lawson if you have any questions at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-917-5508.
Kerry Lawson, Joy Rushton, & Leslie Hiatt
Math Department News
Mathematics & Art
Prior to Thanksgiving break, Mrs. Malatlian’s AFM students and Mrs. Sorrells’ Pre-Calculus Honors students created beautiful works of arts using mathematical equations. Pre-Calculus students were required to sketch a picture which represented themselves or something others associate with them. AFM students could sketch anything of their choice. Students then had to turn each line and curve in their sketch into a mathematics equation. This required students to determine points, restrict domains, recognize the type of function necessary and make adjustments to the equations so that the artwork was properly displayed in the Geogebra Mathematics program.
Links to a video of student work are below.
Click here for Mrs. Malatlian’s AFM video.
Click here for Mrs. Sorrells’ Pre-Calculus Honors video.
During the second week of November, students in AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC had the opportunity to participate in an online Calculus Competition. The material for this first round of the competition covered the topics of limits and introductory derivatives. A total of 26 Salem students participated. Out of a total of 3856 students from across the nation, Kelly Kim tied for 20th place; Chen Chen tied for 43rd; Emma Zhu & Luna Wang tied for 93rd. The Salem Academy team tied for 11th place out of 158 teams.
Shop at Food Lion and Earn Money for Salem
Dear Parents, Faculty and Friends,
Thank you for supporting our school through the Food Lion MVP Rewards program.
Salem Academy is participating in the new Food Lion Classroom Rewards program to earn much needed funding for our school. We need your help and support to maximize our fundraising effort. We are encouraging you to shop at your local Food Lion store and every time you shop, Salem Academy will earn a share of the program funds donated by Food Lion based on what you purchase.
If you haven’t already linked your MVP Card to support our school, please follow the steps below.
1. Go to www.foodlion.com
2. Click on Community Outreach
3. Click on MVP Rewards
4. Click Register your MVP Card
5. Click on the arrow that says, “Shoppers register here”
Once on the MVP Shopper Registration page, enter your MVP Card number (all 12 digits), your contact information and link it to our school. Our code is 214297.
Purchases of only the following brands will help earn cash for our school: Food Lion Brand, Healthy Accents, Home 360, Nature’s Place, On the Go Bistro, Smart Option, Taste of Inspirations, Butchers Brand Beef and Holly Farms Poultry.
Help our school earn even more by shopping on double points day! All Food Lion brand product purchases will receive double credit on the 10th of each month.
For more information on how you can help, please contact:Megan RatleySalem AcademyPhone: 336-721-2664Email address: email@example.com
Food Lion is a banner of Food Lion LLC, a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG).
Link Your Harris Teeter VIC Card and Support Salem
Beginning August 1, Salem Academy proudly continued in Harris Teeter's Together In Education program to help raise funds for our school. It's easy and it's FREE. Simply give the cashier our code, 5509, and your VIC card when you check out and your card will be linked for the entire school year. That's it! You only have to link your VIC card once each school year. Once your card is linked, Salem Academy will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, Premier Selection, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Naturals, Your Pet, Hunter Farms, Highland Crest and More Value) purchases credited back to our account. This program does not interfere with your VIC savings or cost you any money!
For those of you who participated last year, don't forget to re-link your VIC card to our account code next time you are shopping at Harris Teeter!