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Week of September 21, 2015

From the Head of School

Karl Sjolund

It’s Parents Weekend at the Academy, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you on campus starting today.  For those who are planning to attend, please let us know what we can do to make your visit as pleasant and productive as possible.  This is a great time to get to know your daughter’s teachers, her friends, and the parents of her friends.  The weather has cancelled our outdoor sports (field hockey and tennis), but we’d still love to see you at the volleyball court where the JV Team begins their match at 4:30 and the Varsity at 5:30.  The girls are ready to play, so come on down and support the Lady Sabers.

Also, be sure to make plans to come to the Parents’ Association breakfast tomorrow morning. It’s an opportunity to mix and mingle with other parents, while grabbing a bite to eat!

Here’s a link to the entire Parents Weekend schedule.  We’re looking forward to seeing you!


Karl Sjolund 

Head of School


  • Did you know that Winston-Salem has the highest rate of hunger out of all US cities?  Student council is running a school-wide can drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  The holidays aren’t too far away, and we want to ensure that the food bank is able to feed the hungry in the upcoming months.  Our goal is to raise 416 cans by October 16th. Parents – Parents Weekend is the perfect time to bring in cans! Place them in the bin in the tag room.  We hope you will support the can drive with your donations this weekend.”

  • 1st Quarter Progress Reports - Students had the opportunity to read and discuss their 1st 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.

  • 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. That form will appear in next week’s Newsletter as they are not available yet 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.

October Calendar of Events

2 & 3 – Glee Club workshop - Centenary Methodist Church (Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

5 – College Night - Benton Convention Center, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Fall Break Information

Fall Break imageDear Parents,

Our first vacation period is coming up and there is information you need about vacation procedures. Please read this information sheet, which I hope will answer your questions and help you in planning your daughter’s departure from and arrival back at the Academy.  Boarding parents please complete this travel form and return it to me as soon as possible.

Fall Break begins at 1:00 (after 6th period) on Thursday, October 8.  The boarders should return to the Academy by 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12.  If at all possible, please make travel arrangements within those times.  We realize that when using public transportation some flexibility is required, but please adhere as closely as possible to the time.  Any special requests must be made by Wednesday, September 30.  Absences before and after a vacation period are unexcused.

If you have questions, please let us know.  We wish you all a pleasant Fall Break.


Mary Lorick Thompson

Assistant Head/Dean of Students

Student Activities

Saturday, September 26:

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.

WFU Football Game

  • Time - 11:45 am / Tickets - $8
  • Welcome in fall with Wake Forest football!  The Demon Deacons will be playing against Indiana.  Christ School will be joining Salem to watch the game as well.

Fiesta 2015 - Downtown Winston-Salem

  • Time: 12:00 - 7:00 pm
  • The 23rd annual FIESTA is a free street festival downtown Winston-Salem. FIESTA will be held September 26 in downtown Winston Salem covering a 4 block area that will include the Sawtooth & Milton Rhodes Center. Participants will enjoy live Latin music, cultural programs, cuisine from different Latin American Countries, and local arts & crafts. There will be 4 booth locations to buy tickets to then use to purchase food from the food vendors! The event is within walking distance from Salem.  Students will need to bring money if they would like to purchase items from vendors.

Saturday, October 3:

Dixie Classic Fair

  • 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • The beginning of fall in Winston-Salem means that it is time for the Dixie Classic Fair.  Enjoy rides, eat fair goodies and treats, and other attractions.  For a preview of the fair this year, visit http://www.dcfair.com/.

Girls World Expo

Nicola, AOn Sunday, September 20th, Salem Academy had a booth at the Girls World Expo!  The Expo, located at the Millennium Center downtown, included seminars, self-defense and Zumba demonstrations, a fashion show, and much more.  Mary Spaar, Sophie Davis, Ashley Peake, and Meredith Brown performed with the Spring Theater and Audra Nicola was honored at the Girls of Merit brunch before the event.  Audra received a Girls of Merit award for all of her service work in the community! We were happy to be represented by these wonderful girls and by all of the students who volunteered to share the Academy with attendees!

girls-world-expo-volunteers     girls-world-expo

Athletics Update



Varsity Volleyball

Salem vs. Calvary, 9-18-15: The varsity volleyball ladies played a tough match last Friday evening against Calvary. Calvary took the win, 3-0. The game scores were 25-20, 25-11, and 25-13. Aleisha Patton led the team in serving, scoring 8 points, including one ace. Savannah Scarborough played well at the net with 5 kills and 2 solo blocks. Graceann King and Bella Novicki covered the court well; Graceann had 13 great passes while Bella had 9. Dania Shoaf also played some great defense with 3 digs and a handful of great passes. The ladies came out strong and made Calvary work hard in the first game. The team is working on their team endurance to play better each game. Keep working hard ladies!

Salem vs. Burlington Christian, 9-22-15: Burlington Christian won the match 3-0 in their home gym this past Tuesday. The game scores were 25-9, 25-15, and 25-15. The Salem ladies played tough and did some adjustments to help cover the court. Bella NovickiGraceann King, and Jenna Barnes all played defense well, moving on the court to get great passes and digs for our team. Naomi Aaron played one of her best games at the net with 4 kills and 6 solo blocks. Savannah Scarborough also had 4 kills for the match. The ladies served well with only one service error for the entire match. Hannah Brothers scored 8 points with 3 aces. 

Junior Varsity Volleyball

This past Friday, the girls hosted a strong Calvary Baptist Day School squad for a heated match. Salem won by the score of 2-0, with both sets being extremely hard fought battles. The individual scores of both sets were 25-22 and came down to which team wanted it more. Sophomore Gillianne Norris was yet again another standout for Salem with consistent serves and dominating net play. Two other sophomores, Alexandra Maycock and Kaely Miller scored a number of points on their serves and provided stability for the team. Freshman Lillian Giles was the defensive standout and passed the ball well the entire match. The girls showed tremendous determination after losing their first match and now coming back to win their last two.

On Tuesday, the girls traveled to Burlington Christian Academy for their second away match of the season. Unfortunately, they dropped the match 2-0 to a very talented BCA squad. BCA had strong hitters and more importantly, made very few unforced errors. The individual set scores were 25-15 and 25-14, but they do not show how hard our Salem girls fought. Freshman Lillian Giles and sophomore Gillianne Norris had some great serves, keeping the team in the match for a while. In the end, BCA was too strong and came out on top. Although the girls didn’t win, the coaches are extremely proud of all of them and how much they have improved over the course of the past few weeks. Their next match is this Friday, September 25th at 4:30 when the team will host Salem Baptist School at home. The girls will be looking to avenge a loss suffered at Salem Baptist during the first match of the season. Come on out and support the Sabers!!!

Varsity Tennis

Salem Academy defeated Carolina Friends School 6-3 in a Triad Athletic Conference tennis match on Friday, September 18th. This marks the end of a long winning streak by a consistently dominating TAC tennis team. Winning in singles for Salem Academy were: Salem KirkmanCourtney ClawsonGrace Wilson and Stella McAuley. Salem tandems of Salem/Courtney and Daniella Kapural/Stella captured two of the three doubles matches to secure the victory.

Junior Varsity Tennis

The JV tennis team had a big win against a local private school, Forsyth Country Day School. The Sabers won with the score of 7-2. They had wins at the number 3-6 singles positions which were played by Uche OkohGrace PrestMaiya Barsky and Mei Wu respectively. All three doubles teams won. The number 1 doubles team was played by Joy Cheng and Maiya Barsky. The number 2 and 3 doubles teams were Uche Okoh and Grace Prest and Mei Wu and Lively Zhang.

Coach Engram had this to say about the team “I am very proud of the way the team is playing. I have seen a big improvement in each of the girl’s games. I enjoy coaching them! “

Varsity Field Hockey

On Wednesday, the varsity team traveled east for a varsity match against Cary Christian who beat the team at home 5-0 the first game of the season. This was a real opportunity for the team to show just how far they had come and from the outset one could see the team was determined to put in a great performance. The first half was really tight with the forward line terrorizing the Cary defense to the point where they started keeping extra players back to avoid the counter attack. Salem went in at half time down 1-0 but the team still had their heads up and had lost none of their fire. Unfortunately, a slow start to the second half saw the Sabers fall a couple more goals behind but the girls pulled themselves back together and despite not quite being able to get the ball in the back of the net, kept the pressure on them for the rest of the game. This was a totally different game to the first match of the season and both the opposition coaches complimented the players on their improvement. In a match of multiple great performances, special mention needs to go to Sofia Kremidas who really stepped up to lead the team along with the team’s captain, Meta Kate White

Junior Varsity Field Hockey

On Monday, the Sabers traveled to Summit School where they played a young but well drilled team who hit the ball well and counter attacked in numbers. The result wasn’t ideal but it was a great opportunity for the new players to gain valuable minutes against a good team and the progress they continue to make was clear. Sidnee Everhart had a fantastic game in goal despite very little time in the pads; she made a number of very high class saves. Emma AuchLayla Hibma and Hannah Bodsford all had good games as well.

Cross Country

banniganLast week’s cross country meet held at Washington Park resulted in a good finish for the Sabers. Top runners included Abigail Wucherer (2nd), Sydney Weaver (6th), Charlotte Martin (8th), Emily Bannigan (11th), Becca Olsen(15th) and Laura Browne (16th). It was a strong showing for Salem with the team finishing in 2nd place. 

Last night at Salem Lake, in the team’s second conference meet, the Sabers rounded out the top half of the conference finishing 4th out of 8 teams.  Top finishers for the Sabers were Emily Bannigan, Abigail WuchererCharlotte Martin, Sydney WeaverPraise Idika, Favor Idika, and Nora Jilge. Top performance goes out to not necessarily our first finisher, but to biggest improvement of an individual runner.  This week, Ashley Hart cut seven minutes off of her time from last week.  Congratulations to Ashley and good luck to the Sabers in future races!

Upcoming Events

Friday 9/25

Varsity Volleyball vs. Salem Baptist- 5:30

Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Salem Baptist- 4:30


Monday 9/28

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Forsyth Country Day School- 4:00


Tuesday 9/29

Varsity Tennis vs. Caldwell Academy- 4:00

Varsity Volleyball vs. Carolina Friends School- 5:30

Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Carolina Friends School- 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey at Greensboro Day School- 4:30

Cross Country at Forsyth Country Day School- 4:30


Thursday 10/1​

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Summit School at Wake Forest Tennis Complex- 4:00

Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs. Summit School- 4:30


Friday 10/2

Varsity Tennis vs. Chatham Hall- 4:00

​Varsity Volleyball at ​Caldwell Academy- 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Chatham Hall- 4:30

**Home events are italicized**​​

Students or Pirates?

Ms. Rogers’ advisees (Julia Dorn, Breanna Sorrells, Abbey Linnell, Jane Nunn, Kelly Devan, and Mary Spaar) channeled their inner pirates to celebrate fall this week. Ahoy, mateys! Ms. Rogers’ advisees are the friendliest pirates we’ve ever encountered.

rogers advisees as pirates

Miss T accompanied a group of students to Krispy Kreme recently for free doughnuts on Dress Like a Pirate Day! Any chance to dress up and to get free doughnuts will certainly make the students come out to participate!  Great outfits ladies!

pirates at krispy kreme     students at krispy kreme

DADs Group

To 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 sophomore 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, and we intend to plan a cookout for the students, which is to be on campus early Friday evening, October 16 (the day prior to Glimmerglass: The Auction for Salem Academy). We’ll need grills, cooks, servers and cleaner-uppers, so, fathers, please join us!

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 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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