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Week of November 30, 2015

From the Head of School

Karl SjolundIn her book, Less Time for Meddling, A History of Salem Academy and College 1772-1866, author Frances Griffin writes the following:

“Because in the early years of the school the girls were not able to go home at Christmastime, extra effort was exerted to make the occasion both festive and meaningful for them.  One of the most moving of the traditional Moravian services – still observed today – is the Christmas Eve lovefeast, at which, amid music and following the customary serving of coffee and buns, hundreds of lighted beeswax candles are brought in and passed along the pews until every person present is holding one.”

As we’ve done for the past 243 years, we are going to have our annual Christmas Eve lovefeast this Sunday in the Academy auditorium.  It is now called our Senior Vespers Service, because the senior class will serve as host for the service.  After Fellowship Council President, Chandler Pettigrew, reads a portion of the Christmas story from Galatians and the gospel of Luke, the senior class will serve the congregation cups of Moravian coffee and slightly sweetened buns while we all sing Christmas carols. 

Senior Class President Emily Bannigan will speak to us about the history of the Moravian lovefeast, and then she’ll lead us in the Moravian Blessing.  As we all eat and drink, we’ll be treated to beautiful musical performances by seniors; Anna Davis, Emily Bannigan, Julia Dorn, Courtney Clawson, and Jade Barnett.  I’ll then have the opportunity to deliver this year’s Christmas message.  And finally, near the end of the service, the seniors will pass out beeswax candles and we’ll carry on the tradition of holding up our lighted tapers, signifying the “flame of love” ignited by Christ’s birth.  It promises to be a beautiful service, and we invite all parents and friends to join us.  The service begins at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, December 6th, and it is followed by a lovely Christmas dinner in the dining hall. 

Then, on Wednesday, December 16th, the day we break for vacation, we would love for you to join us for Christmas Brunch in the morning, which will go from 9:30 until 10:45.    Students, parents, faculty and staff will all be there for a magnificent feast.  Later that morning, at 11:00 a.m., our Glee Club and Chorus will present the annual Christmas Concert in Hanes Auditorium of the Elberson Fine Arts Center.  This is always one of the most memorable events of our year, because it brings together parents, students, trustees, alumnae, and friends from all over the Winston-Salem community.

We’ll listen to the amazing sounds of our three choral groups – Chorus, Glee Club, and Spirit – under the guidance of our Choral Director, Joy Rushton. So, if you’re close by, we hope you’ll make a point of spending the morning with us. And for those who were already coming from out of town to pick up your daughter, we hope you’ll make plans to be here a little earlier as well. It’s a great way to finish the semester! 

We hope you can make it to one or both of these events!

God bless and Happy Holidays,
Karl Sjolund
Head of School


  • Senior Vespers, a Moravian Lovefeast and Candle Service will be Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Academy auditorium. It is required for all students and we cordially invite family and friends to attend. This service is hosted by the Senior class and they will be serving the lovefeast and candles. We do hope that you will attend.
  • 2015 EXAM WEEK SCHEDULE - please review this schedule carefully!
  • The latest edition of Grassroots, the school newspaper, is now avaialble.
  • 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!

Christmas Vacation 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 the enclosed form and return it to me as soon as possible. The Christmas vacation begins at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 16, after the Christmas Choral Concert.  All boarders should be out of the building by noon on Thursday.  The boarders will be returning to the Academy: Sunday, January 3 (Jan Term – on-campus) by 9:00 p.m. or Monday, January 25 (all boarders) by 9:00 p.m.

Please indicate on this Christmas vacation travel 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 3.  The dining room opens on Monday, January 4.

Thank you very much and we wish you all a pleasant holiday season.


Mary Lorick Thompson
Assistant Head/Dean of Students

Yearbook Ads - Buy Today

Buy a YEARBOOK AD for your daughter TODAY! 

DEADLINE: December 16th at midnight or when all the allotted space has been filled.

Dear Parents,

It is now time to think about purchasing a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook.  The space for ads in the Quill Pen is filled on a first come, first serve basis.  We have limited space this year, so don’t delay!  Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page.

The prices are as follows:

Full Page Ad: $170

½ Page Ad: $135

¼ Page Ad $115

All ad sales are online only!  This link will be published in each weekly eNewsletter and will be sent via several email reminders.

*Note that ads can be purchased for any student, not just seniors.*

*Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected.

Please click the ad/photo on top right to access online ad sales page (or click here).  Once you get to the ad sales page, it will walk you through the process, step-by-step!  We have also included step by step instructions for your convenience.

Please note that this will require digital photos.  If you have any hard copy photos, simply use your home scanner or a scan center at your local Kinkos, Walmart, CVS, etc.  If this adis a surprise, please note that in the “special instructions” section when you are creating your ad.

If you have any questions regarding ads, please call the yearbook advisers Jenny Orr (336-917-5518) or Megan Ratley (336-721-2664).

Deadline: December 16, 2015

*Note: This website link and thus all ad sales will close at midnight on December 16, 2015 or when all the allotted space has been filled.  

Model UN Competes in Conference

Students at Model UN Conference L Browne wins award   

Salem Academy’s Model United Nations club competed in the Fall 2015 conference at Appalachian State University from November 11 to 12. Twenty-one students participated in the conference. They were divided into ten delegations representing the nations of Cuba and Austria, and participated in such committees as United Nations Women, General Assembly, Human Rights Council, and the International Atomic Energy Committee. Additionally, two students portrayed real-life delegates to the 1815 Congress of Vienna historical simulation. Julia Dorn and Laura Browne represented Spain and Portugal on the Congress of Vienna, where they proceeded to rewrite the map of Europe following the defeat of Napoleon. Although many students were competing for the first time in a Model UN conference, they all performed well, and made their voices heard in their committees. Laura Browne won Honorable Mention for her role as Pedro de Sousa Holstein, 1st Count of Palmela, on the Congress of Vienna simulation. Next semester, Salem’s Model UN delegates will attend the Model UN conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, or MUNCH. 

Athletics Update


The basketball team has rattled off a streak of four wins in a row since dropping their first game, giving them an overall 4-1 record for the season. On November 16, the girls traveled up to Chatham, VA to battle an all-girls school rival, Chatham Hall. The Sabers came away with a dominating 33-5 win. Junior Taylor Marshall led the way with 13 points and 5 steals, while sophomore Savannah Scarborough contributed with 4 points, 3 assists, and 7 steals. Senior Meta Kate White controlled the inside with 5 rebounds, along with junior Uche Okoh who scored 6 points and a rebound. Everyone got great playing time and made some wonderful strides in gelling as a team.

The next game was at home against crosstown opponent, Winston Salem Christian School, on November 19. Again, the Sabers came out gunning on defense, forcing their foes to commit numerous turnovers, resulting in easy baskets. Our girls controlled the tempo and strolled to a 46-16 win. Scoring was led by sophomore Savannah Scarborough, who had 10 points and again created havoc on defense with 8 steals. Sophomores Alexandra Maycock and Nini Ugha both had 3 steals and controlled the inside, along with junior Libby Tawes, who pulled down 5 rebounds. Once again, everyone got some good playing time. Freshman Layla Hibma came off the bench to score 8 points and junior Angela Wang scored 4 points. Another freshman, Lillian Giles also had 2 points and 1 rebound to help seal the win. This win showed the coaches that the team was improving greatly.

The third game in this four game streak was played Tuesday, December 1, at Carolina International School in Concord, NC. This is a new opponent for Salem, so the team had no idea what to expect. Once again, the girls came out with intense defensive vigor and forced CIS to commit turnover after turnover. Shots were not dropping for the Salem girls, but they still managed to win by the score of 32-15. The bulk of their scoring came down low in this game, with sophomore Nini Ugha getting a season high 13 points and 5 rebounds. Junior Taylor Marshall had 9 points and 7 steals, while sophomore Savannah Scarborough had 6 points and 10 steals. Other important contributors off the bench were sophomore Liwen Deng with 2 rebounds, sophomore Gillianne Norris with 2 points and a rebound, sophomore Sandra Wang with a steal, and freshman Lilly Rose Boyd with a big rebound.

https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/RnNZfQn2o2xpggJQqefCOervMbPIci5mujDPJnvl43kv6Rtxjyh5gHN_JKVzeU-aaGz3pePFgxfoAAtZJZNx8mveVTc-11j98EfuAJVcumUenA=s0-d-e1-ft#https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifOnThursday, December 3, the basketball team traveled to Raleigh to face their interstate rival Saint Mary’s. The girls came out and controlled the tempo of the game, helping them to jump out to a double digit lead by halftime.  The Sabers faced a resilient Saints team that would not give up, taking back the momentum by the fourth quarter and cutting the Sabers lead down to one point. The Salem girls showed true grit down the stretch and pulled out a 32-28 win with some great inside play and clutch free throw shooting. Sophomore Nini Ugha led the way with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Sophomore Uche Okoh also contributed with 8 points and 6 rebounds, while Junior Taylor Marshall ended up with 8 points and 6 steals. This takes the team’s overall record to 4 wins and 1 loss leading into the final two games of the season. The Sabers will host Chatham Hall on Monday at home for a big rematch from earlier in the season.



​Salem had an awesome meet on Thursday, November 19.  Many of the girls shaved time and showed a strong presence by coming in 3rd place. Maggie Wang shaved 5.74 off of her 200 free with Stella McAuley taking 3.5 off. Ashley Hart shaved 6.74 off of her 50 free, which is huge for a 50, followed by Graceann King and Sofia Kremidas both shaving time. The 200IM made Courtney Clawson shine like a star shaving her time by 15 seconds.  Wow!  She also took almost 5 seconds off of her 100 Free and almost 3 seconds off of her lead off leg in the 400 Free relay. In the 100 Free, Grace Prest took off 2.38 seconds and Cynthia Bian shaved 2.38.  All of the Sabers are looking good. Sophie Davis took off 4 seconds and Natalie Lindo shaved 1.52 in the 100 Breast.  The coaches agreed that the swimmer of the meet was Della Huffines shaving 27.23 seconds off of the 500 Free. Way to go Della! Go Salem!

Salem Academy came in 1st place at their home meet Thursday night, December 3!  Congratulations Salem! This is a​ great feeling for the host school. The girls were feeling their Thanksgiving break but it was special night for Fadzai Mushayamunda who made her state cuts in the 100 fly and the 200 free.  Congrats to Fadzai!  The team’s next meet will be Tuesday, December​ 8 before they break for Christmas.​ Congratulations again to Salem for being #1!


Salem Academy Fencer’s First Seasonal Meet: Saturday November 14 saw Salem’s Fencers first competition of the season. Changes to the North Carolina High School Fencing League saw the girls competing in the new Varsity Women’s Only Competition and the Junior Varsity Coed Competition. Salem finished 3rd of 5 competing in the Varsity event with a 3/2 win/loss record and 3rd of 4 in the JV event winning 1 of 3.

The Varsity Squad’s only loss was a tough loss to Elkin which always fields a tough team. The other loss to Carlisle was a fairly close score of 5-3. Standout for the day was Mia Cardi with a 5-2 win/loss. Other Varsity fencers were Grace Wilson who split win/loss 2-2, Mary Allen 1-2 and Katy Callewart who had her first Varsity start. All fencers fenced well for having fewer than 5 weeks of practice. Coach Peting is looking forward to more wins and continued improvement in all fencers.

The JV squad saw 3 new starters who have been fencing for only 4+ weeks. Making their first appearances on the Piste (fencing strip) were Lara Previdelli 2-3, Catherine Davila 2-2, Hannah Remmel 1-5, all of whom won bouts on their first time in competition. Outstanding! Breanna Sorrells, 1-3 for the day, did far better than the score would lead one to believe. She faced the lead (number 1 fencer on the opposing team) fencer and lost by narrowest of margins.

Kudos to all of Salem’s young fencers who showed poise and maturity throughout the day. As the season progresses coach looks for continued improvement across the board. The Saber’s next competition will be December 19 at Carlisle in Axton, VA. Those wishing to come and see what fencing is all about, the team will be hosting a meet on January 16 in Bryant Hall.

Athletic Council

Today, Friday December 4, the Athletic Council will be sponsoring the First Annual Rudolph Run to raise canned goods for a local food bank in time for Christmas time meals. The event will begin at 4:15 and will feature a one mile fun run and a two mile run through the Salem community. Prizes will be awarded to the top runner in each category. 


Upcoming Events

Monday, December 7th

Basketball vs. Chatham Hall- 4:30

Tuesday, December 8th

Basketball vs. Westchester Country Day- 4:15 (Senior Day)*

*This game will be streamed live and will feature a halftime show by the Salem dance team.

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

​Home events are in italics!​

Student Activities

December 5:  Winter Semi Formal

  • 7:30 - 11:00 pm
  • Bryant Hall
  • The air is getting colder, the holidays are near, a time for celebration before midterm exams are here!
  • Dress attire is semi-formal. Ladies - nice dresses and/or dress shirt and pants / gentlemen - dress coat, shirt, pants, and shoes.  No jeans or tennis shoes allowed.
  • If your daughter would like to bring a date, please make sure to complete a dance permission form and give it to Ms. Thompson or Ms. Penn.  All dance permission forms are available for pick up in the Tag Room.


December 9:  Last Day of Classes


December 12: Ice Skating

  • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $5.00
  • Skate the evening away with your Salem sisters.  Whether you are a beginner or a skating pro, join Salem as we venture out to the ice skating rink.  If you need time to cool your skates in between laps, there is a concessions booth available for refreshments.  
  • Money for ice skating will be due on Wednesday, December 9th. Students can bring separate money for refreshments.


December 13:  Reindeer Games    

  • Begins at 9:30 pm in the Academy Rec Room
  • Get into the holiday spirits with Fellowship Council as we share exams snacks and participate in holiday activities.

Hula Hooping in PE Class

Hula Hooping in PE Class

How many activities can you do with a hula hoop? The “monkey hooper” is back.  This past week, Monica Casey taught Hoopdio (hula hooping and cardio)  to Academy physical education classes. This unique class is designed for all ages to get an intense core and full body workout, while using large, colorful weighted hoops. 

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