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Week of October 19, 2015

From the Head of School

Karl Sjolund

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

I have a couple of things I want to mention this afternoon, and the first is about the event we had on campus last weekend.  We had a wonderful time at Glimmerglass: The Auction for Salem Academy this past Saturday.  Thanks to Camille A’81, and Andy McDowell (parents of Cate A’14) we raised more than $32,000, and we had a great time doing it!  Camille and Andy did so much of the “heavy lifting” before, during, and after the event, so I want to take this opportunity to thank them again publicly for the fabulous job they did.

Of course, Camille and Andy were not alone in their efforts.  Many of our current and past families, alumnae, friends, faculty and other staff got involved in one way or another – providing auction items, sending donations, volunteering time and expertise.  The decorations in Bryant Hall were beautiful, the event was remarkably well organized, the food was delicious, and the guests all behaved themselves…at least I think they did.  It really was a community effort, and we’re already looking forward to the next one! 

The second thing I wanted to mention was the mid-term reports.  October is nearly over, which means we have reached the midway point of the first semester.  If you haven’t already done so, you’re now able to access your daughter’s mid-term grades and comments through the Parent Portal.  As a parent, I understand the angst that can accompany any grade report – particularly the first one of the year – but it’s important to emphasize that this is only an early snapshot of her progress.  Three-fourths of the school year remains! 

Also, I think it’s fair to say that the academic program at Salem Academy is much more challenging than it is at most schools.  Each year, Academy students are asked to adjust to an entirely new set of demands.  In other words, if you find that these initial grades are lower than your daughter’s typical marks, we want you to know that is not at all unusual.  She will adjust…we promise.  Still, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your daughter’s advisor.  I am confident that the best results will come from working together as a team – student, parent, teacher, and advisor. 

Finally, I want to say how much I have enjoyed these first two-and-a-half months of the school year.  Your daughters really are some of the kindest, brightest, and most talented young women I have ever been around.  Thanks for sharing them with us!


Karl  Sjolund

Head of School  


  • Thanksgiving Break - Housing Needed: We have several international students who need a place to stay during the Thanksgiving holiday. If you would be willing to host one or several of the these girls during this time, please let Miss Thompson know.
  • The 1st Quarter Report Cards are now available on the Parent Portal (Thursday, October 22). Please remember; if there is an outstanding balance on a student account, then that student’s grades, comments, and transcript will be unavailable until those balances are paid. Please contact the Business Office @ 336-917-5445 if you have a question about your account.
  • Driver’s Ed - Students must be North Carolina residents, age 14 years, 6 months on or before Jan. 4 to be eligible to enroll.  If your daughter falls into that category please read this information sheet about the steps you need to take to sign her up.

October Calendar of Events

25 & 26 – Salem Day

28 – Fall Athletic Banquet for fall athletes, Club Dining Room, 5:30-7:15 p.m.

29 – Halloween Party for foster children - 5:30-7:00 p.m.

30 – Wear Halloween costumes to school

Thanksgiving Break Information

Dear Parents,

We have a vacation period coming up, and it is important that we have information about your daughter’s travel plans.  Please complete this Thanksgiving travel form and return it to me as soon as possible.

The Thanksgiving vacation begins at 3:38 p.m. (after ninth period) on Friday, November 20.  Boarders should return to the Academy by 9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30.

Because of the travel congestion on the Thanksgiving weekend, we have extended our holiday through Monday, November 30.  We hope that the delayed return will facilitate you in making travel arrangements.  Please make public transportation arrangements so that your daughter will arrive by 9:00 p.m. on Monday.  The Thanksgiving holiday is scheduled as a long break, so please do not ask for students to be excused from classes on Friday, November 20 or Tuesday, December 1.  Absences before and after a vacation period are unexcused.

The Academy will be completely closed during this vacation period.  Students should leave by noon on Saturday November 21 and return after 11:00 a.m. on November 30.  Students may not return on Sunday, November 29.

Thank you very much and we wish you all a pleasant Thanksgiving.


Mary Lorick Thompson

Assistant Head/Dean of Students

Advanced Theatre Students Visit Wake Forest Costume Shop

Students from one of the Advanced Theatre classes got a chance to visit the Wake Forest Costume Shop to help with their Costume Design Project.  Alice Barsony, head of the WFU Costume Shop, gave the students a tour of the shop and talked about how to use vintage costumes as inspiration, and showed rendering examples and materials.  Students got a chance to see the stage where the costumes will be used and the designs for the show WFU was working on at that time.  Mrs. Barsony also came to Salem and worked with the students in class on their sketches and gave them feedback and help.

Theatre Students at WFU Costume Shop     Students Hear Speaker at WFU Costume Shop

Advisee Group Fun

This Tuesday, Miss T’s advisee group took a leisurely stroll through God’s Acre.  They stoped for a picture in front of one of the oldest trees, a gingko tree.

Miss T and her advisees in Gods Acre

Salem Participates in Unity Day

Students Wear Orange for Unity Day

The Wellness Committee presented facts and videos about standing up against bullying to the student body this week and promoted Unity Day to faculty, staff, and students. One in four teens are bullied. One in five admit to being a bully. Salem Academy students and faculty/staff wore orange on Wednesday to take a stand against bullying. Unity Day encourages us to stand “together against bullying—united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.”

Athletics Update

Varsity Field Hockey

The last game of the season was a home match against Asheville and after the game Salem played when they traveled there last time, the Sabers were fired up and ready for this match. From the offset everyone was playing with a very determined attitude and putting in 110%. There were great performances all around but Meta Kate White has to be mentioned for truly putting in a captain’s performance in her final game. Unfortunately the result wasn’t quite what was hoped for with Asheville narrowly sneaking the win; however, the team performed at a high level throughout and really showed how far they have come this season. It has been a tough season but the team has really worked hard and has grown. Their dedication to each other has really shone through making them a team in the truest definition of the word.


Varsity Volleyball

The Salem varsity volleyball team traveled to Calvary Baptist for their last away match of the season on Tuesday, October 13. Calvary took the win 3-0, with game scores of 25-10, 25-13, and 25-19. The girls started off strong with many great passes and plays. However, Calvary stepped up with some strong serves and ball placements that caused the girls to have to adjust and work hard to win the ball back. Although Salem struggled with getting good passes to the setters, Dania Shoaf and Aleisha Patton worked hard to get to the ball and set their teammates up. The Sabers had many down balls from the back row from Graceann KingJenna Barnes, and Bella Novicki. The girls stepped up in each game and were able to score more points. Strong servers for the team were Nyla Rogers and Dania Shoaf.

The varsity volleyball team honored the two seniors on the team, Naomi Aaron and Graceann King, last Friday evening after playing a great last home match of the season against Westchester. The girls fought hard until the very end, but fell short with a 3-1 loss. The games did not start off well. The team could not pass well; therefore, they could not get any good plays. They had first possession of the ball, and lost it right away. The girls were discouraged and already defeated within the first 5 minutes. Thankfully they decided, as a team, that this would not be how the season would end! The girls stepped up and played harder in every game. After starting off down many points in the first game, they came back and scored a total of 18 points. Game two was not the best with Salem only scoring 9 points. However, in game 3, Salem took the win 25-22! There were many smart plays at the net made by Bella NovickiMerideth Sides and Aleisha Patton that caught Westchester off guard. Hannah Brothers did a great job at passing the ball to Salem’s setters. The girls played more like a team than they had all season. They fought hard in the last game, but fell short 25-19. What a great way to end the season to take a game from a much higher ranked team!


Cross Country

Things are really shaping up for the Lady Sabers as they head into their conference championship meet on Thursday in Burlington.  In their last two regular season meets, the Lady Sabers ran against tough competition which should prepare them for their conference meet.  Right before fall break, the ladies traveled to Forsyth Country Day.  Rounding out the top seven for the Sabers were Emily BanniganAbigail WuchererCharlie Martin,Praise IdikaLaura BrowneFavor Idika and Sydney Weaver.  Unfortunately, this was a season-ending race for Sydney due to injury, but the team is thankful for her continued support and look forward to her return next season. 

Last Thursday the ladies competed at Haganstone Park.  The top five for the Sabers were Emily BanniganAbigail WuchererCharlie Martin,Laura BrowneFavor Idika, and Praise Idika.  Emily Bannigan continues to be a strong and positive leader on the team.  The coaches are so proud of her and her accomplishments over the past four years and are proud to announce that last Thursday, Emily ran her personal best of her career as a Saber!  What a way to end the regular season!  Wish the Sabers luck on Thursday against a tough TAC field!


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 10/28

Fall Athletic Banquet at 5:30pm in the Club Dining Room (at Salem College)

Friday 10/30

NCISAA State Cross Country Meet at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, NC at 9:30am

DADs Group

Dad group logoTo all fathers/male guardians of Salem students:

Salem Academy dads are invited to join an ongoing informal discussion about issues impacting our daughters.  Approximately every month a group of Academy dads will get together to compare notes and discuss the varying issues that come about when raising teenage daughters.  It’s always an informal conversation, and all fathers of Salem Academy students are welcome to attend!  For fathers who are unable to participate, notes from these conversations will be made available. The DADs point-of-contact is Paul Allen, the Academy Physics and Environmental Science teacher and father of a senior this year: paul.allen@salem.edu.

The next DADs meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 9, in the Dining Room, 7:15 - 8:30am. Our guest that morning is to be Ms. Jenny Orr, the Academy’s mental health counselor, who will talk with us about some of the “life issues” our daughters face as adolescents.

Salem Smiles

Amazon Smile Banner

It is that time of year to purchase school supplies, dorm essentials and more. Now you can raise money for Salem Academy just by shopping at AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is the exact same as the Amazon we all know, except you support the Academy while you shop. For every eligible purchase, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase total to the Academy. It is as simple as that! Get started by going to Amazon Smile and selecting Salem Academy today!  

Visit AmazonSmile and Support Salem Academy

Here is what you need to do:

  • Visit smile.amazon.com and log in to your Amazon account.
  • The first time you visit, you will be prompted to select a charitable cause. Search for and choose Salem Academy and College.
  •  Make your purchase and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Salem!

Remember, always start at smile.amazon.com. AmazonSmile will save Salem as your cause to support for all your future purchases.

If you have any questions, please visit smile.amazon.com or email Shelley Hindmon A’07, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, at shelley.hindmon@salem.edu.

Thank you for your support of Salem Academy and College!

Link Your Harris Teeter VIC Card and Support Salem

Harris Teeter - Your Neighborhood Food MarketBeginning 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!

Together in Education - Harris TeeterFor 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! 

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