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.
In looking over the calendar from last Saturday to next Wednesday, I am again amazed at what all of our students are involved in and what they do. During that time period they have had five major projects, probably involving about all of the students in the student body. Three of the five events have a service component. It is astounding the impact that this small group of 150 students can make in the world around them.
Last Saturday, 28 students participated in the Helen Keller Run to raise funds for the Helen Keller Institute and their work with the blind and the deaf. These students used their Saturday morning to support this important service organization and to support one of their fellow classmates, who is very involved with this group. It was a wonderful learning experience for them, as they were running with those with physical challenges. It gave them an appreciation and understanding of the effort that many make to live their life to the best of their ability.
On Wednesday, a group of 17 traveled to Appalachian State University to participate in the fall Model U.N. competition. These girls work on their presentations outside of their classroom work and their knowledge of the subject matter is impressive.
The fall play, Faith County, opened last night to a packed house. This is a hilarious comedy and I urge you to attend one of the three other performances. As always, the students gave an outstanding performance, but the activity of the play is not limited to the actors on stage. The students help build the set, they made props, worked the light booth, stage managed, created the hair and make-up, sorted and repaired costumes, and ran the house during performances. All aspects of this production are learning experiences and a team-work activity. I think you will be amazed when you see it, at what these students have accomplished.
The Robotics Team is also busy this weekend. They have been asked to participate in the Mini-Maker Event, a national program sponsored by Barnes and Noble. They have attended this event in past years and this year Salem is the only school represented. Please stop by the Winston-Salem Barnes & Noble store on Saturday or Sunday afternoons from noon to 4:00 to see a demonstration of the team’s robot and to learn more about robotics. The Sisters of the Motherboard will be excited to see you and demonstrate for you!
Last, but not least, on Wednesday evening, November 15, Moe’s Restaurant in Thruway Shopping Center is partnering with Salem Academy to raise funds for the Dominican hurricane relief effort. A portion of the proceeds from their sales that evening will be given to the relief fund. A flyer appears further down in this Newsletter that you should print and take with you to Moe’s to have your order counted in the fund-raising event. This project is sponsored by four of our 34 clubs, which probably includes the majority of the student body. The sponsoring organizations are the Key Club, the Student Council, the International Club, and the Diversity Club. The students saw the need of this island nation through the eyes of their four fellow classmates from Dominica and wanted to help, so they created this project.
All of these events are learning experiences and they are also fun. The students are doing things that they enjoy, they are learning new skills, and they are supporting others. Each of these events is a team effort. They work together for a common goal and they are excelling at what they do. Salem is a participatory community. Students who are actively involved receive the most benefit from their educational experience. I applaud their work, their time commitment, and the gift of their multiple talents.
I know you join me in recognizing their many contributions and in supporting all of their worthwhile endeavors. Go Sabers! You always make me proud!!
Mary Lorick Thompson
Interim Head of School
Jan. Term is fast approaching, and freshman and sophomores will register for their on-campus courses on Wednesday, November 8. Our talented faculty members are offering a range of opportunities for students. Please take a few minutes to read about the course offerings here. In addition, please note the daily schedule that students will follow January 3-19, included below for your reference.
Dear Parents and Students;
The Theatre Department is underway and we are in the final days of our fall play. Over the past several years we have sold refreshments during intermission for the performances. The money goes towards the Theatre Banquet at the end of the year. We are in need of things to sell. If you are willing, we are looking for small bottles of water, and snack foods like Little Debbie cakes or homemade cookies and brownies or little bags of chips. The cookies and brownies will need to be individually wrapped. Donations can be sent to school with your daughter, or they can be brought to the theatre on performance nights.
Also, we will be having a cast/crew party right after strike after the last Sunday performance. If anyone wants to donate food and drink for the students it would be greatly appreciated. They will probably miss dinner so this will be something they will attack with great hunger. We have about 45 students involved with the show.
All the students who are signed up for any crew are required to be at strike which begins at 3:45 on Sunday, November 12th. Any parents or relatives can come and help as well. We always need extra hands and especially extra drills
I have enjoyed working with all of the students on this show and I am looking forward to working with them again in future productions. Please call or email me if you have any questions at email@example.com or 336-917-5508.
This flyer must be PRINTED and given at checkout in order for Salem Academy to receive the donation. Thank you!
Interim progress reports are now available in the Parent Portal. Teachers write a progress report at the midpoint of the quarter if a student’s average is a C- or below or if there is other information about a student’s progress to share with parents. Every student will receive grades and comments at the end of the semester. Please reach out to your daughter’s advisor if you have questions.
On November 16 and 17, Salem Academy will host a pop-up shop with Mrs. Jennifer Maddrey! There will be numerous stocking stuffer items, car decals, leather coasters, pencils, pens, luggage tags, water bottles, Moravian blessing dish towels, can koozies, and more available to purchase for the holidays. The popular Sherpa jacket is back in stock and these will be on hand too!
Also, if there’s a particular item that you’d like to purchase and then pick up on these dates, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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