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 October 20, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

I hope that all of you had a delightful fall break and that you have been enjoying this beautiful autumn weather we have had the last few days. The cross country team was out for their meet yesterday and it must have been wonderful for them to run in this glorious weather. The natural beauty of our campus, as I am seeing it out my window, is simply stunning.

Which brings me to thoughts about next week, when this lovely campus will be viewed by our visiting team for the reaccreditation of Salem Academy. The visit will happen Monday through Wednesday. We have been preparing for this visit for a year, with a lot of hard work last year to prepare the materials for the Committee to review for our accreditation. Many of us spent a great deal of time doing the research, collecting the data, filling out surveys, answering questions, and writing the documents. The work has been completed and submitted and now we await the visit.

We have now arrived at the most enjoyable portion of the process - visiting with these educators, showing them our school, and my favorite part—bragging about your daughters and their accomplishments. Salem Academy is a very special place and I always relish any opportunity that is given to me to showcase our students and our program. I think that these four professional people are going to be very impressed with the work that was done to prepare for their visit, the wonderful people, faculty, staff, and students that they will meet, the academic and residential life programs that they will observe, and the natural beauty of our campus.

My gratitude goes to each of you who had a part in the preparation for this visit, even if your only part was to share your daughter with the Academy community. Next week promises to be filled with new professional friends, instructive ideas about academics, and the sense of pleasure and satisfaction that comes with the completion of hard work on a project worth doing.

My best wishes to you for the weekend and we ask for your positive thoughts for the Academy as go we go through this very important process next week. We thank you again for all of your assistance.


My best to all of you,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Parent Portal Update

As part of our continued efforts to improve communication with families, teachers are now using a feature of the Parent Portal that allows families to view upcoming assignments and due dates.  To customize this feature, log in to the Parent Portal here.  Click on “My settings” and then “Customize home.”  On this page, you can select the timeframe for which your daughter’s upcoming assignments and due dates appear in the Portal.  We encourage you to set the date range for 7 days and to use this feature as a way to engage your daughter in conversation about her coursework.


Planning for Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving holiday is less than a month away and now is the time to finalize your daughter’s holiday travel plans. We ask all boarding students to submit their vacation leave requests by Wednesday, November 1. The campus will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on the morning of November 18 and it will reopen for students at 11 am on Monday, November 27.  Click here for more information about travel during school breaks.


Mentors Wanted!

We NEED You!

Are you interested in being more involved at Salem Academy? Do you have an interesting in robot building, JAVA programming, CAD design, 3D printing, food supplying or being emotional support?

The Sisters of the Motherboard Robotics team is looking for parents and volunteer mentors. If you are interested in helping to provide advice, support, and encouragement to the Sisters, please contact Kris Sorrells.


Disney Trip Planned for Glee Club and ChorusTOC

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.


Athletics Update

Cross Country

The cross country team traveled to Burlington on Thursday, October 19th for the TAC Conference Meet. Every member of the team ran a great race and Coach McCormack is proud of their efforts this season. Sophia Iltis finished first for the Sabers. Rounding out the top five for Salem were Abigail Wucherer, Alia Agee, Kate Dossel, and Bianca Minter.

Salem will be represented next Friday at the NCISAA State Championship Meet by Sophia Iltis, Abigail Wucherer, Alia Agee, and Kate Dossel. The 3A girls meet begins at 9:30 am at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, NC.


Varsity Tennis

Despite having lost 6 out of 7 players from the undefeated 2016 team, the Salem Academy tennis team still had an impressive year both from an individual and team perspective.

Standing alone as the undisputed Triad Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive year was Salem’s own Jayden Brown. Not only did Jayden convincingly win all of her singles matches for the entire year, she is very highly respected as a player and a person by her coach, opposing coaches and teammates.

A nice surprise addition was Lea Allescher, an all-conference selection who is attending Salem for the 2017-18 academic year only. Veronica Li proved to be an amazing player who joined the team for the first time as a senior by completing the entire season without a conference loss.

As a team, Salem Academy finished the conference in second place to Caldwell Academy with a 7-3 record with all three losses coming at the hands of Caldwell. Salem also was the Triad Athletic Conference Runner-up in the conference tournament to Caldwell. An impressive note of interest is that in six of the ten conference matches, all of six of Salem’s players made contributions to team wins in either singles or doubles and sometimes both.

In addition to Jayden, Lea, and Veronica other team members were Caroline Harman, Amanda Na and Faith Harcus.


Upcoming Events

Friday, October 27th

Cross Country at NCISAA State Championship at Wake Med Soccer Park, 9:30 am


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