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Week of November 9, 2015

From the Head of School


AP Scores

I’m pleased to report that thirteen students from the Academy (including four from this year’s senior class) earned AP Scholar Awards this past year in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.  The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. 

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement.  Anqi Duan from the Class of 2015 qualified at the first level, the AP Scholar Award, by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.  There were also three current seniors who qualified at this level:Elina Ding, Parrish Finn, and Claire Ruch.  Way to go ladies!

At the next level, the AP Scholar with Honor Award is for students who earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.  The Academy had two students at this level, both members of the Class of 2015;Taylor Jones and Vivian Shuai.

Finally, six students from the Class of 2015 qualified for the prestigious AP Scholar with Distinction Award.  To qualify at this level, a student must earn an average score of 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  The students who achieved this notable feat were Anna BerrierMary Beth BrowneMary GarrettGrayson Sloan, Lee Thompson, and Emma Wilbur.  However, most impressive of them all is current senior, Emily Bannigan who reached this prestigious level before her senior year even began.  Remarkable!

Congratulations to all of these girls on a job well done!


Karl Sjolund

Head of School


  • 2nd Quarter - Students had the opportunity to read and discuss their 2nd Quarter Progress Reports with their advisors during the Wednesday conference period this week.  The reports are now available to view on the Parent and Student Portals.   Please note: If you do not see a 2nd quarter progress report for your daughter, it means she did not have any classes with a C- or below average.
  • 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

Greece Postcard Image

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.

Decorating with Holiday Greenery Workshop

Holiday Workshop Flyer

Holiday Workshop | Decorating with Winter Greenery

with Betsy Overton

Saturday, December 5, 2015

10:00 am to Noon

Salem Academy invites you to participate in a workshop that is 
sure to inspire the holiday spirit. Against the backdrop of the historic 
school for girls, history teacher and notable flower arranger Betsy Overton will 
guide you in the art, history and traditions of Christmas and decorating with 
winter greenery for the holidays.

Bring a medium-sized container—approximately three quarts, 
garden clippers, and gloves, and 
create your own arrangement to take home. 

Salem Academy
Dining Room
500 East Salem Avenue
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

$10 per person
includes greenery for a take-home arrangement
and Moravian holiday refreshments


RSVP Today
Click here to Register

or call (336) 721-2664 by November 30

 This festive event is being offered with support from the Salem Academy Parent’s Association.

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 1.  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

Yearbook Ads on Sale Now

Yearbook Ad 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 ad is 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.  

Athletics Update


On Thursday, the basketball team traveled to rival conference foe Salem Baptist for the first game of the season. The girls started off really slowly and before they knew it, were down by double digits. It was a tale of two halves. While they did not play very well the first half, the girls rallied and gave a great effort the entire second half. The Sabers lost by a final score of 49-21, but the girls kept their heads up in defeat. Coaches are encouraged because the girls will continue to improve. The team was led by returners Taylor MarshallSavannah ScarboroughMeta Kate White, and newcomer Nini Ugha. The next game is on Tuesday, November 17 when the girls will travel to Virginia to take on Chatham Hall.


Salem Academy had a great kick off swim meet.  The team has several new girls who established their presence with a solid performance.   Salem got the jitterbugs out and now they have a base line to improve upon.  Many of the swimmers were out with the play going on and also the Model UN, but Salem stepped up and carried the load.  The Sabers beat Westchester, The Burlington School, Calvary Baptist Day School and Burlington Christian Academy.  Go Salem!  The coaches are looking forward to a great year.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 14th

Fencing Meet at Carlisle School

Tuesday, November 17th

Basketball at Chatham Hall- 4:15

Thursday, November 19th

Basketball vs. Winston Salem Christian- 4:30

Swimming vs. TAC Teams- 4:30

*Home games are in italics!

Murder for the Bride - Now Showing

Murder for the Bride Poster

Sisters of the Motherboard Robotics Team

This past weekend, the Sisters of the Motherboard were invited by Barnes and Noble to participate in the National Mini Maker Faire. Teams members gave hands on demonstrations of science and technology Friday evening andSaturday afternoon.  Activities provided by the Sisters included:
  • Driving a robot built by Angela Wang and Julia Dorn
  • Learning how simple circuits work by using a Makey-Makey connector, Scratch program and interactive board created by Alexandra Maycock
  • Creating a balancing robot 
  • Watching and trying an assortment of dry ice activities 
  • Watching a chain reaction demonstration
Other team members, Libby TawesSidnee EverhartCharlotte DornJulia Ellis and Sydney Tribble took children and adults through the various activities.  The three sessions led by the Sisters were fantastic!!
Kadie Hicks, the Robotics Team Social Media Coordinator, posted photos and video of the event to the Sisters Facebook page.  Please check out their work!
FTC Team 7444 Sisters of the Motherboard on Facebook: https://goo.gl/YYrrOa

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.

A number of Salem fathers met for breakfast Monday to hear Academy mental health counselor Jenny Orr talk about common stressors and issues our daughters face and ways we can support them in the midst of their challenges. Thank you, Jenny - this was enlightening and helpful!
The next DADs event is to be a big one! As has become our practice, we intend to prepare a big pancake breakfast for the students on Saturday, December 12. We will cook in the Boarder Kitchen and serve in the Rec Room to nourish our girls before they take the Science midterm examinations that afternoon. This has become a popular event with the students, who arrive hungry and leave happy. If you want to be involved in the DADs breakfast, please inform Paul Allen.

Salem Smiles

Amazon Smile BannerIt 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.

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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