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Week of October 13, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

Last week ended the first grading period and today ends the fall sports season. Of course, the life of schools goes on as endings and new beginnings, which is a wonderful asset. We always have the endings of work or activities on which to reflect on our progress, accomplishments, or the things that we wish we could do better. However, after those reflections, we can begin again. We tackle new endeavors and experiences and we have the opportunity to begin anew on things we would like to improve. A new quarter has started, and each student has the opportunity to improve over what has gone before. Of course, in many classes, the work builds on what has gone before, but one also has the ability to start the slate afresh.

So we have begun a new quarter and shortly we will begin a new sports season and each student will have the opportunity to move forward to discover new truths and new abilities. Please encourage your daughters to look at the second quarter as a new beginning with hope and promise, a time to excel with new materials, activities, and experiences.

Today is also the beginning of fall break and we hope that each student and her family will have a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable time. “Break” means a cessation of everyday activities and rest and recuperation from the hard work of school. We encourage each student to take advantage of her hiatus from school and to sit back and enjoy time to herself, with her family, and with her friends. My wish for all of you is for a healthy and relaxing time together.

My best to all of you,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Welcome to the Salem Community


We are pleased to welcome Ms. Lillian King to the Academy as the math instructor for Algebra I and Advanced Functions and Modeling.

Ms. King began her teaching with us yesterday and will be here for the course of the school year. Ms. King is a 2017 graduate of Salem College, with a degree in math and she was the winner of the Math Prize. She worked in the QUEST Center at the College, tutoring students in math, and since graduation, she has been working at a tutoring agency in Greensboro tutoring students and preparing them for SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests. We are so pleased to have Ms. King with us.


Flu Shots This Wednesday

On Wednesday, October 18, Salem Academy will offer a flu shot clinic for our students from 1 to 5 p.m.  If you would like your daughter to participate in this clinic, please sign up here.  Click here for more information about this year’s flu vaccine.  We strongly encourage our entire school community to receive a flu vaccination.  


Disney Trip Planned for Glee Club and Chorus

Glee Club and Chorus will be going to Walt Disney World in Florida to perform and take a workshop over Long Weekend in February. The trip will include transportation via luxury bus, accommodations, breakfast each day, tickets to the parks, the workshop and the performance. Details about the trip are still being solidified and an itinerary will be forthcoming. The cost per student is $300. Payment is due November 3, 2017. Parents may join us! Contact Ms. Rushton for any questions at 336-721-2779.


Quarter One Report Cards Available

First quarter report cards are now available on the Parent Portal.  Click here to log in to view your daughter’s report card.

Each student met with her advisor on Wednesday to discuss her grades and the comments from her teachers.  This was a time to celebrate successes and to develop strategies for improvement.  We hope that you will also review the report card with your daughter, making it part of an ongoing conversation about her academic progress.  

Please note that a student’s official report card and transcript will not be available if there is an outstanding balance on her student account.  You can contact the Business Office at 336.917.5445 if you have questions.


Emergency Message Test

Dear Salem Community,

Public Safety will be testing the emergency messaging system at noon on Monday, October 16th. This will include the loudspeakers, text-messaging system, and the campus phones. This is only a test!

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or concerns.


Chief Chris Batista

Director of Public Safety

Salem Academy and College



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Athletics Update


Cross Country

Salem had a great showing at Thursday’s meet at Hagan Stone Park. There were seven season-best times and most of the girls also set their personal record as well. Abbey Linnell finished her race in 28:49, a whole two and a half minutes faster than her previous season-best time. Kate Dossel dropped two full minutes to finish second for the Sabers with a time of 25:46. Bella Hartwich dropped over a minute and a half to finish in 27:06. Bianca Minter (27:33), Alia Agee (26:02), Ashley Hart (28:48), and Sophia Iltis (24:15) all shaved significant seconds and minutes off of their race times.  

The team will return to action next Thursday for the TAC Conference Championship meet as they travel to Cedarock Park to run at 5 pm.


Varsity Field Hockey

On Friday, October 6th, the varsity team traveled to Asheville, NC to face Asheville School for the second time.  The girls went out with a lot of energy and were ready to face Asheville’s quick offense.  Kelly Nesser was a great support on defense and was quick to the ball.  Makayla McFadden was able to push the ball up to the midfielders and created opportunities for Salem on offense.  Forwards Jadyn Loftin and Parker Lacewell made smart passes and were able to move the ball down the field.  Asheville’s defense came back strong, forcing the Saber players to move back.  Their offense played the field and managed to get past Salem’s defense and end the half in the lead at 3-0.

After regrouping at halftime, the Sabers’ defense was ready to come back stronger in the second half, and they went out with their heads held high. Jenae Edwards was a great support to the forwards and put pressure on Asheville’s offense throughout the second half.  With a last minute goalie switch, Catherine Davila was fast on her feet and assisted the defense in clearing the ball out to the midfielders.  Despite these efforts, Asheville was able to add two goals in the second half.  The Sabers were defeated 5-0 but persisted until the final buzzer and walked away with pride knowing they had put forth a valiant effort.


On Tuesday, October 10th, Salem started very strongly and played a very quick attacking game against Forsyth Country Day School. Some great link-up play from Makayla McFadden to Breanna Sorrells to Carry Liu created all sorts of chances to get into the circle. Jadyn Loftin and Parker Lacewell both played with pace and determination to put pressure on the FCDS goal. The final touch was just not there in combination with strong defending by the opposition. By the fifteenth minute, Salem had put so much pressure in FCDS, tackles were coming in thick and fast as frustrations started to show. Salem had to defend with Kelly Nesser, Emma Maddrey and goalie, Emma Auch performing very well to keep the score at 0-0.   FCDS was able to score a goal soon after a Salem injury that forced players to switch positions. Salem picked up the pace again with Kelly Nesser pushing forward to cover another position and Lucy Calaway subbed in to defend. A second goal was conceded from a penalty corner so the first half ended 2-0 to FCDS.

Salem started strong in the second half determined to get their overdue goals. Senior Emma Auch came out of the goal to play in the field for senior night and put in some strong play in midfield. Catherine Davila took over the goalie position and saved many shots on target, including a dramatic triple save. Salem held on tight and with some great determination from Amira Rady passing to Jenae Edwards in the right mid who was then able to cross the ball to Kennedy Conner, Salem kept pushing. The link-up play was much improved with the midfield pushing up to support the offensive players, but this left the defense exposed at times. Mackenzie Culp and Amira Rady, the silent heroes of the game, kept the FCDS attack quiet for long spells. However, a breakaway goal was always a risk and that’s exactly what happened. FCDS managed to snatch another goal. The game ended 3-0 but this did not reflect the run of play and the effort put in by Salem. It was a great game to watch with some very good play by the Salem varsity team.

On Thursday, October 12th, the varsity team traveled to Chatham, VA to face the Chatham Hall Turtles to close out the season.  Having not faced this team yet in the season, the Sabers were unsure of what to expect from the Turtles.  Midfielder Carry Liu took control of the ball early and sped past their defense to make a smart pass to Jadyn Loftin who carried the ball into the circle.  The Turtles defense put pressure on Salem’s offense, moving the ball back up the field.  Breanna Sorrells stayed on their midfielders and was able to win the ball back.  The Turtles fought back with a strong offense as the majority of their team pushed forward to put the pressure on the defense.  Lucy Calaway and Emma Maddrey played great defense and helped direct the team to unmarked players.  The Turtles played smart in the circle and ended the first half with a four-point lead.  In the second half, Hannah Bodsford played strong at midfield and helped the Sabers to regain control of the ball.  The Turtles were quick to stop Salem’s passes and carry the ball into the circle.  After countless penalty corners and a lot of impressive saves by goalie Emma Auch, the Turtles were able to add one more point to the scoreboard.  Salem ended the game with a score of 5-0 but was not discouraged by this loss.

The varsity team showed great improvement this season on both offense and defense.  Each player ended the season with stronger hits, smarter passes, and a better understanding of the game.  The team learned to play well together and developed a bond that will not be broken by the season coming to a close.


Junior Varsity Field Hockey

On Wednesday, October 11th, the JV team faced the Summit School for their last game of the season.  The Sabers were determined to finish the season strong and brought a lot of energy to the field.  The teams were playing fairly even for the majority of the game but Salem’s defense refused to let Summit through to the goal.  Catherine Davila had a phenomenal game in goal and, with the help of Lucy Calaway, moved the ball back up the field each time they came close to scoring.  Kennedy Conner had a great game at midfield and showed how much she’s improved this season with quick passes up to forwards Jadyn Loftin and Parker Lacewell.  After a few unlucky shots on goal, Summit pushed the ball back down the field to their offense but defender Cameron Shaw played the field well and stopped them from getting to the circle.  The JV team fought hard for the entire game and did not back down.  The game ended with a score of 0-0 but the team left feeling victorious knowing that they had given it their all and finished the season out strong.

The JV team showed great improvement as the season progressed. They developed stronger stick skills and learned to play well as a team. Despite being a young team, each player proved to be an asset on the field. After seeing how much the team was able to improve in just one season, the coaches are looking forward to seeing all that they will accomplish as a team in the future.


Varsity Tennis

In the Triad Athletic Conference tennis tournament, Salem Academy defeated rival Westchester Country Day, 5-0, in the semifinal round at the Salem Academy courts on October 10th. This is Salem’s third win this season over Westchester, where once again, all six of Salem’s players played an important part in the victory. Jayden Brown/Amanda Na, Lea Allescher/Caroline Harman and Faith Harcus/Veronica Li took all three flights in the doubles completion while Jayden and Veronica closed the match with subsequent singles wins.


Junior Varsity Tennis

The JV Tennis team finished strong! They won the last three matches of the season to end with a 4-3 overall record. The last two matches were played on Friday, October 5th against Forsyth Country Day School and Wednesday, October 11th against Summit School. Salem won the Forsyth Country Day match 7-2 and Salem won the Summit match 7-2. The girls really have worked hard on their games all season. The hard work has definitely paid off.

The Forsyth Country Day match featured a fabulous doubles match at number one. Coach Engram is so proud of the girls and the way they played. Though Salem lost the doubles match in a tie-breaker, Emma Shelby and Jessie Gentles played the match of the season!  The Summit match was a return match from earlier in the season. Summit beat Salem earlier with the score of 3-6. To turn this around to a 7-2 win for Salem was a wonderful feat. Thanks to singles wins from Emma Shelby, Jessie Gentles, Sidney Stearns, Makenna Hartwich and Patrina Fan and doubles wins from the team of Hartwich/Fan and Stearns/ Fiona Guo, Salem was able to pull off this big victory.

Coach Engram had this to say about the season, “This has been one of the best seasons I have had at Salem . The girls were so encouraging to one another and they were extremely easy to coach. I hope everyone keeps working on their games during the year. I look forward to seeing the girls in the Spring Tennis Clinic in April.”


Varsity Volleyball

The last two games of the varsity volleyball season went really well for the Salem Academy Sabers.  On Friday, October 6th, the team played Forsyth Country Day. While Hannah Brothers had some great sets and Maggie Campbell had great contributed some awesome defense, it was not enough to win. However, the team did get an opportunity to celebrate their seniors, Alexandra Maycock, Jenna Barnes, and Kaely Miller. These three girls have contributed a lot to the Salem Academy volleyball program and everyone is excited to see what the future holds for each of them.

On Thursday, October 10th, the Sabers played in the first round conference tournament match against Burlington Christian Academy. The Sabers came ready to play! Alexandra Maycock dominated the net with eight partial blocks and four full blocks. Breanna Allison had 15 attempted swings and of those, five were kills. Sara Kent Trollinger made some smart plays on the ball which resulted in four kills while Miracle Etimandy had three swing attempts and four blocks!! Not only was the offense amazing but the passes and defensive touches by Izzy Pare, Jenna Barnes, Maggie Campbell, Maggie Dees, and Hannah Brothers kept this game alive! Even though the Sabers did not win, the effort and passion for the game showed through their plays. This season the team learned a lot, worked hard, and the coaches are excited about next season. Go Sabers!!!


Junior Varsity Volleyball

On Friday, October 6th, the Sabers JV volleyball team had a game against Forsyth Country Day. The Lady Sabers, unfortunately, lost their final game of the season. They played with heart and with pride throughout the season. Coach Rich says “it has been a pleasure watching this amazing group of girls grow and become a fundamentally sound team. I look forward to watching what the rest of their high school careers has in store for them.  ”


Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 19th

Cross Country at TAC Conference Championship at Cedarock Park, 5:00 pm

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