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 6, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

This is another of those weeks that I have asked someone else to provide the message. This week is Lauren Rogers, our Dean of Students, with the message that she gave to parents at Parents Weekend. She had wonderful words to share and I wanted her to share it again so those of you who were unable to come would still have the benefit of her remarks. It was wonderful to see all of you that were able to come and we missed those of not with us.


My best to all of you,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School

Parents’ Weekend Message from Dean Rogers:

Salem Academy is a community where we live, work, and play together, and our vibrant learning culture is supported by three cornerstones: character, care, and community.

Our Honor Code, which binds together the entire school, is a living, breathing embodiment of the character values that we honor. Character is developed daily in the lives or our student leaders (and we believe that all of our students are leaders) who guide and lend their unique voices to our clubs, activities, and programs. Through the practice of leadership, our students develop their passions and learn how to bring people together for a common cause. We foster the development of character on campus each day in our grade-level programming, which includes student leadership for all school events, including ring banquet, senior day, and, of course, the upcoming junior class carwash! We also train our students in learning how to lead with our Leadership Summit in the spring semester.

Salem is a community committed to care, which includes care for one another, our communities, and ourselves. Our residential program includes monthly dinner programs led by a registered dietician. Our next program, on Wednesday, October 18, will feature a discussion on following a healthy vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. In September, all of our hall programming, which included an all-hall session titled “Pizza and Priorities”, centered on activities and discussion regarding balance in our daily routines. This month, our students will host an all-school Halloween carnival for local foster children and shelter residents. Beyond self-care, our student council is in the midst of a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank, and they are also preparing to launch a broader initiative with a number of student organizations to support the hurricane relief efforts in Dominica.

Our students come from around the corner and around the world, and they all share a passion for building a welcoming community that supports everyone’s growth and development. A common discussion point in our daily school assemblies includes ways that we can change our me-centric perspective to a we-centric perspective in interactions on campus and the world beyond our doors. Community-wide celebrations and programs are a regular part of our school experience, from daily all-school assemblies to our Salem Sister and advisory program. Our most boisterous community project is our Purple/Gold competition, which lasts all year long.  Last year, the Purples pulled ahead to win the Salem Cup, which is prominently displayed in the tag room. Currently, the Golds are ahead in this year’s spirit competition. Whether you are a Salem Sister from 1817, 1917 or 2017, your pride in the community will always be tinged in a shade of purple or gold.

Most importantly, Salem Academy is a place that is small by design. We not only know your daughters by name, but we also value each student for her individual strengths and talents. Please know that our focus on care for character and community extends to our families and community neighbors near and far.  Welcome to Salem!


Attention DAD’s group

Dads GroupThe first meeting of the year will be at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, October 9 in the Dining Room. All Dad’s are invited to come, have breakfast, or just coffee, and be a part of the discussion about your daughters. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

PSAT DAY - Wednesday, Oct. 11th

All 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-grade Salem students will take the PSAT on the morning of October 11th. The testing time will run from 8:00 am until noon. Salem Academy is picking up the cost for students this year, so there is no need to send money with your daughters on Wednesday. Please contact Kevin Sellers, Director of College Counseling at (336)721-2805 with any questions.


Junior Carwash Tomorrow at Blixt Field from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Junior Class Car Wash Fundraiser Video

Sign Up for Flu Shot

On Wednesday, October 18, Salem Academy will offer a flu shot clinic for our students from 1 to 5 pm.  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.  


Parents Weekend Fundraiser Success

The Junior Class raised approximately $750 dollars with their “Movie Night Basket” booth during Parents Weekend.

Movie Night Basket Fundraiser

Academy Alumnae, Parents and Friends Tour

Academy Alumnae Spring Trip 2018

Athletics Update

Cross Country

The Sabers cross country team traveled to Forsyth Country Day School on Thursday to run. Sophia Iltis, Abigail Wucherer, Alia Agee, and Kate Dossel continue to lead Salem at each meet. Ashley Hart continues to cut time each race and has set a new season best with a time of 29:18, almost half a minute faster than her previous best time. Bella Hartwich is showing great improvement and this race was almost two minutes faster than the last time the team visited the same course. 


Varsity Tennis

Salem Academy, despite capturing two of the three doubles flights, fell to cross-town rival Forsyth Country Day 6-3 in a non-conference encounter on Monday, October 2nd at the Salem tennis courts. Winning doubles teams for Salem were: Jayden Brown/Amanda Na and Faith Harcus/Veronica Li while Jayden who is yet to be tested in singles won her singles match handily at the number 1 position.

On October 5th, Salem Academy solidified its 2nd place regular season finish as they defeated Westchester Country Day, 7-2, at the Salem Academy courts. All team members contributed wins in either singles and/or doubles. Singles winners were: Jayden Brown, Lea Allescher, Faith Harcus and Veronica Li and in doubles Salem captured all 3 three flights. Jayden teamed with Amanda Na, Lea with Caroline Harman and Faith/Veronica taking the three doubles position. Salem completed the regular season with a 6-2 conference record and a 6-5 overall record.

Senior Tennis Players honored

The varsity tennis team honored seniors Amanda Na and Veronica Li at Thursday’s match.


Junior Varsity Tennis

The JV tennis team had a big win over Reynolds High School, a large public high school in the area, on Tuesday. Salem won the match 8-1. Unfortunately, they only had five players at the match so there were two defaults at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. The team really played to their potential on Tuesday. Coach Engram was very proud of the effort put forth by of all the players. The team had wins at No. 2 through No. 5 singles played by Jessie Gentles, Sidney Stearns, Makenna Hartwich and Patrina Fan, respectively. Salem also won their No. 1 and No. 2  doubles matches. No. 1 doubles was played by Emma Shelby and Jessie Gentles. The No. 2 doubles was played by Sidney Stearns and Makenna Hartwich.


The team looks forward to the match today against Forsyth Country Day. Hopefully, the girls will put forth the effort they did in the match earlier this week.


Varsity Volleyball

On October 3rd, your Sabers played at Salem Baptist.  It was a hard fought game; however, it wasn’t enough to pull out the win.  Alexandra Maycock finished the game with nine swing attempts, ten kills, and six blocks!  Sara Kent Trollinger contributed 14 amazing serves while Hannah Brothers and Breanna Allison had some great sets and defensive plays.  


On October 5th, the varsity volleyball team played Westchester Country Day School at their home court. The Sabers showed up ready for play.  There were some awesome rallies, defensive plays, and swings.  Maggie Dees had ten swings, seven kills, two blocks, and 5 aces!  Izzy Pare contributed five serves and three aces.  Also, Miracle Etimandy and Maggie Campbell both contributed some kills and serves! Overall, the team played extremely well. Unfortunately, the final score ended being 1-3 in favor of the home team.


Junior Varsity Volleyball

On Tuesday, October 3rd, your Sabers JV volleyball team had a game against Salem Baptist. Your Lady Sabers came home with a win. They played with heart and with no mercy, manage to pull off a  2-0 win. For your Sabers, Caroline Drupka had three aces, and three kills, Tiarra Georges with two kills, Izzy Pare with three digs and an ace and Grace Gould had two assist and three aces. The team has a game today at home at 4:30. Please come and support your JV volleyball team in their last game of the season. 


Upcoming Events

Friday, October 6th

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Forsyth Country Day, 4:00

Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Forsyth Country Day, 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey at Asheville School, 3:30

Varsity Volleyball vs. Forsyth Country Day, 5:30


Tuesday, October 10th

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Forsyth Country Day, 4:30 *Senior Day

Varsity Tennis- First round BYE in TAC Tournament

Varsity Volleyball- First round of TAC Tournament at Burlington Christian Academy, Time TBA


Wednesday, October 11th

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

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Summit School, 4:00


Thursday, October 12th

Cross Country at Hagan- Stone Park, 4:35

Varsity Tennis- Semi-finals of TAC Tournament, hosted by Salem Academy, 3:30 pm

Varsity Volleyball- Semi-finals of TAC Tournament, hosted at Caldwell Academy, time TBA


Friday, October 13th

Varsity Tennis- Finals of TAC Tournament, hosted by Salem Academy, 3:30 pm

Varsity Volleyball- Finals of TAC Tournament,  hosted at Caldwell Academy at 6:00 pm



Home events in italics

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