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Week of October 5, 2015

From the Head of School

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“Bidding at a local auction was proceeding furiously, when the auctioneer received a note from an assistant, ‘A gentleman in this room has lost a wallet containing $10,000. If it is returned, he will pay a reward of $2,000.’ There was a moment’s silence, and then from the back of the room came a cry, ‘Two Thousand Five Hundred!’”

Thanks to the incredible hard work of Camille A‘81 and Andy McDowell (parents of Cate A’14) next Saturday, October 17, we will be having Glimmerglass, The Auction for Salem Academy.  Friends of the Academy have donated fabulous gifts to auction off – vacation homes, gift certificates, artwork, and more.  The idea behind the event is threefold.  The first and most obvious is that we hope to raise money for the girls.  The more people who make contributions and attend the event – and the more folks bid on items – the more money we’ll have to put toward things like technology, athletic equipment, field trips, Model UN, or Robotics.  Our students and faculty do so many great things at the Academy and the money we raise at this auction will help them do these things even better!

The second and equally important idea behind this event is to build community.  I have said many times that the girls at the Academy are the kindest and most welcoming students I have ever known.  We love getting to know your daughters, but we also want to get to know you.  So, come to this gathering and spend time with your daughter’s teachers and the parents of her friends.  The food will be excellent, the band is fabulous, and the wine and beer is already part of the ticket price.  And feel free to bring as many friends as you like!

The third idea this year is to raise money in support of a naming opportunity for Mary Lorick Thompson.  As it says on the Auction site:

In 1972, Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky to become the World Chess Champion, and Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in swimming at the Munich Olympics.  But it was the arrival of Mary Lorick Thompson on the campus of Salem Academy that had the greatest impact of all – at least on the lives of the nearly 3,000 young women who have walked through the Academy doors over the past 43 years.  This will be Miss T’s 44th and final session at Salem Academy, and we are looking to honor her throughout the course of the year.  Glimmerglass, The Auction for Salem Academy will provide us with the first opportunity to celebrate her service, and we are also planning to use this occasion to begin raising funds to honor her with a naming opportunity on campus.   When asked, one of her long-time colleagues said, “Mary Lorick Thompson has loved Salem Academy by devoting her life’s work to keeping it great.  This is an opportunity for Salem Academy to show Miss T. how much we love and appreciate all that she’s done.”  So, please consider making a contribution to the Miss T. Fund either in advance or on the evening of the event.

So, go online to the auction website, make a contribution, sign up for the event, and start checking out the items (the list of items will show up on the site beginning on October 12th).  Hope to see you there.  In the meantime, bid early…and bid often!!!

Have a great long weekend!


Karl Sjolund

Head of School


  • Thursday in AP Stats, students used linear regression to predict the number of rubber bands needed to give Barbie the biggest thrill.  Click here to watch the slow-motion video!
  • 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.
  • The first issue of Grassroots, Salem Academy’s student newspaper is now available.
  • Flu shots will be available for students on October 21, during our conference period. The cost for the flu shot this year is $30.00. You may pay by either cash or check. If check, please make  it out to “Salem Academy.” A consent form must be signed for each student. We are still waitin for the form and will pass that along to you as soon as we get it from the agency giving the shots. A form and payment is required for each student receiving the shot. Please call Miss Thompson if you have any questions.
  • Annually Salem Academy is required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA) to notify each parent, teacher, and employee regarding the availability of the Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). To review this notification in it’s entirety click here.

October Calendar of Events

8 – Fall Break - begins after 6th period (1:03 p.m.).  Reminder - any absences from classes before or after the vacation are unexcused.

12 – Boarders return to school by 9:00 p.m.

13 – Wednesday Week

14 – PSAT day for Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen. Seniors will have their senior pictures made (8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.).

16 – 1st Quarter ends

17 – Junior Car Wash - Blixt Field, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

17 – Glimmerglass: The Auction for Salem Academy - Bryant Hall, 5:30 p.m.

20 – Jan Term paperwork due from juniors and seniors doing internships (no extensions of the deadline)

21 – Grades to students during conference period; flu shots given to students during conference period

23 – Special schedule

25 & 26 – Salem Day

27 – 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

PSAT Information

PSAT logoThe PSAT will be given to all Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors on Wednesday, October 14. The students should be at school a bit before 8:00 a.m., as the test begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. The cost of the test is $15.00 and it can be paid in cash or by check. Checks should be made out to Salem Academy.

Juniors and sophomores report to the auditorium and freshmen go to the study hall room. All students should have #2 pencils with them. If you have any questions about the test, please contact Kevin Sellers or Mary Lorick Thompson.

Athletics Update

Varsity Volleyball

Salem vs. Caldwell, 10-2-15: Salem traveled to Caldwell last Friday evening and played a tough match. Caldwell took the win, 3-0, with game scores of 25-6, 25-15, 25-12. The ladies felt defeated after the first match, but did not give up. In the second match, Salem took the lead right away, and Caldwell had to adjust their defense. Caldwell had very strong servers that made the Sabers have to switch up their defense to help play the ball. The team welcomed back Nyla Rogers, who was finally able to play in her first match of the season after recovering from an ankle injury. Although she did not play much, she and Bella Novicki passed well for the team. Naomi Aaron and Savannah Scarborough had to work hard at the net to try to get some blocks and touches to help slow down the hits from Caldwell. Aaron had 2 solo blocks, while Scarborough had one. They each had many touches to help the team play the ball back. Dania Shoaf and Hannah Brothers were strong servers for Salem’s team, both getting a few service aces to help the team win some points. 

Salem vs. Trinity, 10-6-15: Salem played a great match Tuesday evening against Trinity, but still fell short to take the win. Trinity won 3-0 with game scores of 25-12, 25-17, 25-20. The ladies started the first game ahead by 5 points. Trinity quickly called a time-out to adjust their defense, came back out and won the ball. Salem had a hard time recovering from the start of the game and never seemed to catch up. Each game, the girls stepped it up and made Trinity have to work harder.  Strong servers for the team were Dania ShoafNaomi Aaron, and Nyla RogersGraceann King and Jenna Barnes passed well and played great defense. Aleisha Patton and Dania Shoaf both worked hard to set the girls up, and both did very well in the third game. Bella Novicki and Merideth Sides made great plays at the net, with Novicki finding the hole right behind the blockers, and Sides pushing the ball to a deep corner of the court. Nyla Rogers stepped up her game and played big at the net, ending the last game with back to back kills for the team. The Sabers have one last home match of the season Friday, October 16, come cheer them on!

Junior Varsity Volleyball

JV Volleyball Senior DayThe JV volleyball team hosted Trinity School from Durham on Tuesday afternoon for their final match of the season. Unfortunately, the girls dropped the first two games by scores of 22-25 and 15-25, and therefore lost the match. This brought their overall season record to two wins and four losses. Although they didn’t finish with a winning record, the girls were amazing all season and really showed improvement throughout. Coaches Kevin Sellers, Mamie Murphy, and Heather Harrison are all extremely proud of the team for their cohesiveness and accomplishments over the past month or so. Seniors Casandra Gonzalez and Jasmine Neverson showed outstanding leadership to the underclassmen all season. Junior Angela Wang, a returning player, showed tremendous improvement from last year and earned significant playing time. Sophomores Gillianne Norris and Alexandra Maycock proved to be two of the most consistent and significant players for the team this year. Both owned the net and their serves every match that the team played. Other sophomores, Kaely Miller and Nini Ugha, were both new to the game of volleyball; neither one had ever played before, but showed incredible potential for the future simply with their athleticism. Both will play major roles on the team next year. Freshmen players made up the rest of the team, and if their ability is any indicator, the Sabers should be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Lillian GilesBlythe Hudson, Grace Gould, and Molly Flathman all contributed to the team over the course of the season, and the coaches are looking forward to them returning next year. The future is bright; GO SABERS!!!!!!!!!

Varsity Tennis

Varsity Tennis Action ShotSalem regrouped to correct a couple of tough losses with a solid performance with Burlington Christian in a makeup match on Monday. The Sabers dominated every position except the top two singles slots and the number one doubles position. Singles winners for Salem were Salem KirkmanCourtney ClawsonGrace Wilson and Stella McAuley. Prevailing in doubles for the Sabers were the teams of Salem/Courtney and Stella/Daniella Kapural. Salem improves its conference record to 4-3 and overall record of 5-3. 

Salem Academy continued its dominance over Westchester Country Day by virtue of another solid team effort. The 7-2 victory marks the sixth consecutive win over the team’s foes from nearby High Point, putting Salem in a solid third place position in the Triad Athletic Conference. Anna-Brooke HyltonSalem KirkmanCourtney ClawsonGrace Wilson and Stella McAuley all posted wins of 8-1 or better. Pearle Lavery put forth a strong effort to insure the team win even though coming up short in the number one slot, which comprises some of the best players in the conference. Winning in doubles were the tandems of Salem/Courtney and Stella/Grace.

Salem repeated a consecutive 6-3 decision over Carolina Friends in Durham without senior standout Salem Kirkman in Durham on Wednesday, October 7th. This locks the Sabers into 3rd place in the conference with a record of 6-3 in a very competitive league. Winning in straight sets in singles were: Courtney Clawson, Grace Wilson, Stella McAuley and Daniella Kapural. Team of Stella/Daniella and Courtney/Grace won doubles matches with scores of 8-3 and 8-4 respectively. Salem enters a Fall Break with a 7-3 overall record and is host to Trinity on Tuesday, October 13th. 

Junior Varsity Tennis

JV Tennis Senior DayThe last week of the season has been a busy one for the JV tennis team. They had two matches in three days. The first match was against Wesleyan Christian . The Sabers unfortunately didn’t play to their potential. Salem lost that match 7-2. Their two wins came at the #1 and #2 doubles played by Maiya Barsky /Joy Cheng and Uche Okoh /Grace Prest respectively. The team’s second match was Wednesday against Forsyth Country Day. Salem won 8-1. Joy Cheng, Lively ZhangUche OkohMei Wu and Veronica Li all won their singles. The doubles teams of Cheng/BarskyOkoh/Zhang, and  Wu/Li all won their doubles very easily. This was a great win and a wonderful way to close out the tennis season.

Coach Sally Engram said this about the season, “Though our record may not be the best, these girls have really made tremendous strides in their tennis games. Their knowledge of the game and their tennis strokes have all improved greatly. Because of all the knowledge acquired and tennis ability they have gained, I would say this season was a big success no matter what the record was. That is what JV tennis is all about. I have enjoyed coaching these ladies. I hope they will play a lot between now and next Fall. Playing tennis in the off season would definitely help them in the season of 2016.”

Varsity Field Hockey

Monday saw a great match up with Forsyth Country Day School visiting Salem. Earlier in the season, the team traveled to FCDS and won what was a tight match on penalties. The Sabers were determined to win the game outright in regular time and pressured their defense the entire time keeping the ball in their half for the majority of the game and winning numerous penalty corners. Hannah Brown was striking the ball very cleanly on the penalty corners and it was only some very good stops on the line by Forsyth that kept the ball out. However, eventually Katy Callewart finally broke the deadlock putting the ball through the keeper’s legs to score a well-deserved goal from open play and capping what was an excellent performance from her all match. In the second half, Salem continued to pressure and Charlotte Dorn finally found the break through to put the Sabers 2 -0 up, a score line which Salem comfortably held until the final whistle. The entire team worked extremely hard with everyone tracking back to defend as well as counter attacking fast. Apart from the goal scorers special mention needs to go to Kelly Nesser and Kelly Arnold, who had superb games on the right flank both breaking down their attacks and starting their own counter attacks, as well as Maddy Fogleman who was a rock in midfield.

The match against East Forsyth was a very tight affair on a very slow field that definitely gave home field advantage. Despite that the team started strong carrying the momentum from Monday into the match and thanks to a superb goal from Charlotte Dorn, Salem went in at half time 1-0 up. Unfortunately, in the second half, the home advantage and tired legs from the heat started to show and despite some amazing saves from Kadie Hicks Salem slipped to a 2-1 defeat. Throughout the game the forward line continued to pressure the East Forsyth goal and Salem was unlucky not to score more. Again nearly all of the team had great games but Charlotte Dorn has to be given special praise for her tireless work in hard conditions, chasing everything down. Also after a late injury, Emma Maddrey came in off of the bench and put up a sterling performance in the last five minutes to help the defense keep the game tight.

Cross Country

Results from the cross country match at FCDS were not available at time of press. They will appear in next week’s edition of the eNews.

Upcoming Events

Monday 10/12

No Athletic Events (Fall Break)

Tuesday 10/13

Varsity Volleyball at Calvary Baptist Day School- 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey at Greensboro Day School- 4:30

Varsity Tennis vs. Trinity School- 4:00

Wednesday 10/14

No Athletic Events

Thursday 10/15

Varsity Tennis- First Round of TAC Conference Tournament. Time, Opponent and Location TBA. 

Cross Country vs. Caldwell at Hagen Stone Park- 4:30  

Friday 10/16

Varsity Volleyball vs. Westchester Country Day School- 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Asheville School- 4:30

​Varsity Tennis- Semi-Finals of TAC Conference Tournament at Carolina Friends School. Time and opponent TBA.

​​**Home events are italicized**​​​

Student Activities

Saturday, October 8 - 12: Fall Break

  • Correction: There will not be a mall shuttle during Fall Break.

Saturday, October 17: Evening at Scarowinds (Carowinds Theme Park - Charlotte area)

  • 3:00 pm - 1:30 am
  • Tickets: $24 - Money due before October 8th.
  • SCarowinds is the most terrifying haunted attraction in the Carolinas.  SCarowinds features seven haunted mazes, five scare zones and five themed shows.  
  • Students will be leaving Salem at 3:00 pm.
  • Students will need to bring money if they would like to purchase park refreshments.

October 24: International Market Trip

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Students will be visiting an international food market in Greensboro where they can purchase a variety of foods from various countries.

October 29: Children’s Halloween Party

  • Trick or Treat! Halloween fun decorates Salem’s halls as the Academy students host foster families of Winston-Salem for a Halloween party.  

October 31: Christ School Victory Game and Dance - Asheville

  • 10:00 am - 1:00 am
  • Salem students will have the opportunity to watch a football game and participate in a dance hosted by Christ School.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit downtown Asheville*.
  • Students will be leaving from Salem at 10:00 am.
  • We will be eating dinner in Asheville, so students are encouraged to bring money.

Glee Club Attends Workshop

The Glee Club had a wonderful experience at their Choral Workshop last weekend! They did an excellent job with the music and sang beautifully at the ‘informance’ on Saturday afternoon.

Choral Workshop     Choral Workshop

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 gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 7:15 AM in the Dining Room (breakfast included). Our speaker is to be Mr. Kevin Sellers, our College Counselor. We regret that the DADs cookout, previously scheduled for Friday, October 16, has been cancelled. We will discuss other ideas for similar activities.

Salem Smiles

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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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