Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.

Week of November 2, 2015

From the Head of School

Karl Sjolund


Many of you may be aware of the incident that took place on the campus of Winston-Salem State University this past Sunday. Preliminary reports suggest that there was dispute between two or more individuals on the WSSU campus and two University students were shot.  One of the victims suffered an injury that was not life-threatening, but the other student was tragically killed.  This was an isolated incident and the authorities arrested the sole suspect on Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina.     

I wanted to reassure you that we take the safety of our community very seriously.  Indeed, within minutes of the incident at WSSU, our Public Safety officers contacted the local police department and requested additional support around the perimeter of our campus. Public Safety and the administration closely monitored the situation throughout. It was approximately 1:30 am on Sunday morning when this tragic event took place, and our boarding students were never in any danger.  They were safely inside the Academy, with a public safety officer posted at the Academy entrance. 

Our primary concern is always the safety of your daughters.  Therefore, I thought this may be a good time to remind you of just a few of the things we have in place here at the Academy to protect our girls.  In addition to our full time psychological counselor, chaplain, and nursing staff; all of whom are available to talk with students twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, we also do the following:

  • All Academy doors are locked at all times.  The students have card access, and our receptionist is able to “buzz in” parents and other visitors during regular business hours.  There is also a doorbell in the event that the receptionist has stepped out. 
  • After dinner all the doors are alarmed except the front door.  Therefore, nobody can either enter or exit any door on campus, with the exception of the front door, without setting off an alarm.
  • After study hall, and after all boarding students are accounted for, the front door is alarmed for the remainder of the night.
  • In the event of an incident or crisis, we follow certain protocols.  We don’t publish these protocols for obvious reasons…but we do review them regularly.
  • We have periodic fire drills at the Academy, during which all building occupants are evacuated. 
  • We have an outdoor public address system that can be heard for several blocks.  It is equipped with sirens and the ability to make announcements.
  • We also have a text/email/phone emergency messaging system for students, faculty, and staff.  In the event of a crisis, we can communicate with everyone via this system.
  • We have a public safety team at the Academy.  They patrol the grounds and buildings regularly, and they are constantly looking for new ways to improve our safety procedures. 

We know that no school, or place of business, is one hundred percent safe.  After all, we live in a broken, and sometimes unpredictable, world.  Still, we believe that the things we are doing at the Academy will go a long way toward keeping our girls out of harm’s way.  This is a safe place, and we promise to stay focused on doing the things we need to do to keep it that way.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of these victims.  The Academy has graduates, family, and friends living and working on the Winston Salem State University campus, and so we grieve alongside them and the entire WSSU community. 


Karl Sjolund

Head of School


  • 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.
  • Salem Sportswear - Jennifer Maddrey, mother of Emma Maddrey, now has a website for her awesome Salem sportswear that she has been selling at Salem events over the past year.  Many students and parents have already purchased some of her wonderful Salem items.  If you have not done so, please check out her website at www.maddmonogramming.com - click on the “Salem Sportswear” on the top left and shop away!  You’re sure to find some great Salem gifts for the upcoming holidays!  Be sure to check back often as Mrs. Maddrey plans to add even more Salem items in the coming weeks!

Parents - You're Invited to Travel to Greece

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Space is limited, reserve your spot today! Deposits are due by December 4, 2015.

For over 3,000 years, Greece has inspired the world. Whether standing humbly in a 1,000-year-old Orthodox monastery, examining the Parthenon marbles from inches away, hearing the words of the Apostle Paul in their original context, or enjoying a Greek feast at a family owned vineyard, this is a tour to Greece you will never forget. Join your fellow alumnae March 18-27, 2016, on an authentic, personalized, and unforgettable journey through beautiful Greece.

Trip Features Include:

  • 4 and 5 star hotels in central, vibrant neighborhoods
  • Expert, engaging guiding, and lectures
  • Authentic, fresh meals at local tavernas
  • Visit Athens, Delphi, Corinth, Mycenae, and three Greek islands

Salem Travel Companions:

  • Dr. D. E. Lorraine Sterritt, President of Salem Academy and College
  • Betsy Overton, History Department Chair
  • Megan Ratley, Director of Alumnae Relations

For more information, visit www.SofiaTravel.org/Salem. For questions, please contact Megan Ratley, Director of Alumnae Relations at megan.ratley@salem.edu or (336) 721-2664.

Hosts Needed for Thanksgiving Break

Volunteers needed signWe still need your help! Thank you for your response to our request for hosts after last week’s eNews!  However, we still have 2 students who do not have a place to go for Thanksgiving. If you would be willing to host one or several of them for the holiday, please let Miss Thompson know as soon as possible. If you have questions, please call Miss Thompson and she will be glad to tell you all about it. Thank you so much for considering doing this for some of our students who are from so far away from home.


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

Athletics Update

Cross Country

Seven members of the cross country team competed in the NCISAA State Championship meet last Friday in Charlotte. Many of the runners posted top times for the season and all ran a great race. Those who participated were: Emily BanniganLaura BrowneAbigail WuchererFavor Idika, Praise Idika, Becca Olsen, and Charly Martin. 

Cross Country State Meet

Fall Awards Banquet

The Salem Academy athletic department hosted its fall awards banquet on Wednesday, October 28, to recognize the accomplishments of the 70 athletes and seven teams that represented the Sabers this fall on the fields, courts, and courses. 

Coaches recognized their team’s accomplishments and athletes that contributed to the success of their seasons. The following are the award winners for their given teams:

Field Hockey:

MVP:  Meta Kate White

Defensive Award : Kadie Hicks 

Best Offensive: Katy Callewart

Coach’s Award:  Maddy Fogelman

Most Improved: Charlotte Dorn

Fall Athletic Awards - Field Hockey

Varsity Tennis:

MVP:  Salem Kirkman

Coaches Award: Courtney Clawson

Most Improved:  Grace Wilson

Fall Athletic Awards - Varsity Tennis

Junior Varsity Tennis:

Most Improved: Joy Cheng 

MVP: Uche Okoh

Coaches Award: Veronica Li

Fall Athletic Awards - JV Tennis

Varsity Volleyball:

Defensive Specialist: Jenna Barnes

Most Improved: Savannah Scarborough 

Coach’s Award: Aleisha Patton

Fall Athletic Awards - Varsity Volleyball

Junior Varsity Volleyball:

Most Improved: Molly Flathman

MVP: Gillianne Norris

Coach’s Award:  Kaely Miller

Fall Athletic Awards - JV Volleyball

Cross Country:

Most Improved: Favor Idika, Praise Idika

Outstanding Senior Award: Emily Bannigan

Outstanding Freshman Award: Abigail Wucherer

Coaches Award: Sydney Weaver

Fall Athletic Awards - Cross Country


Congratulations also goes out to Pearle Lavery who was awared the TAC All-Conference Award for tennis!  Way to go, Pearle!

Lavery - tennis all conference

Winter Sports Information

The winter sports of basketball, swimming, and fencing have begun their seasons. All teams will have their first competition next week. Please view the links below to find rosters and schedules for winter sports. Any updates to the schedule and results from competitions will be available on the Academy website. Come out and support your Sabers this winter.

Swimming Schedule

Basketball Schedule

Fencing Schedule

Winter Sports Rosters

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 12th

Basketball at Salem Baptist - 4:00

Swimming vs. TAC Teams at Salem Academy- 4:30

Saturday, November 14th

Fencing Meet at Carlisle School

*Home games are in italics!

An Advisee Group's Service Project

Advisee Service DayDuring Tuesday’s advisee lunch, Ms. Orr’s advisee group bought subs and doughnuts to give to people who are struggling with homelessness. They drove through town and found five different people to feed. They were all very appreciative and thanked the girls profusely. Junior,Maggie Kennedy remarked, “It made me feel good to get out of my comfort zone and help people. It was fun and rewarding and great group bonding!”

Student Activities

November 6: Friends of the Central Library Fall Book Sale

  • Salem will provide transportation from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday.
  • The Friends of the Central Library in Winston-Salem, NC will have a fall book sale on November 6 - 8th.  The sales includes over ten thousand children and adults books, CD and DVDs. There are many autographed  books of well-known authors and celebrities.  Also, a large selection of academics, classics, poetry, history, biographies, literary classics, North Carolina and regional titles.

November 7: Tanger Outlet Shopping

  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Girls will visit Mebane, NC to explore the shopping outlets of Tanger Outlet.
  • The students will have a chance to eat out at the many restaurants at the shopping center.

November 13 - 15: Fall Drama Play - Murder for the Bride

November 20 - 30:  Thanksgiving Break

Murder for the Bride Opens Next Week

Donations and Volunteers Needed for Fall Play

Dear Parents and Students,

The Theatre Department is underway and we are preparing to open our fall play.  Over the past several years we have sold refreshments during intermission for the performances. The money goes towards the Theatre Banquet at the end of the year.  We are in need of things to sell.  If you are willing, we are looking for small bottles of water, and snack foods like Little Debbie cakes or homemade cookies and brownies or little bags of chips.  The cookies and brownies will need to be individually wrapped.  Donations can be sent to school with your daughter, or they can be brought to the theatre on performance nights.

Also, we will be having a cast/crew party right after strike after the last Sunday performance.  If anyone wants to donate food and drink for the students it would be greatly appreciated.  They will probably miss dinner so this will be something they will attack with great hunger.  We have about 45 students involved with the show

All the students who are signed up for any crew are required to be at strike which begins at 4:00 on Sunday, November 15th.  Any parents or relatives can come and help as well.  We always need extra hands and especially extra drills.

I have enjoyed working with all of your daughters on this show and I am looking forward to working with them again in future productions.  Please call or email me if you have any questions at kerry.lawson@salem.edu or 336-917-5508.

Thank you,

Kerry Lawson

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. Please inform Mr. Allen by e-mail if you intend to join us for this gathering.

Salem Smiles

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As you begin your holiday shopping, consider using this site and help raise money for Salem! 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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