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 November 17, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

Thanksgiving! Our coming holiday and our way of thinking! Today begins the Thanksgiving vacation, a time when the pressures of school are put aside for a time so that one may be with family and friends and have time to reflect on all of those things for which we are truly thankful.

Each year, during this week, sheets are posted in a public place for members of the community to write down the things that they are thankful for. I always love reading these posters, as there are such a variety of things included. Some of the things are items you might expect: family, friends, opportunities, food, favorite personal items. Other items are those that give us pause for thought as they indicate the deeper feelings of gratitude that are captured in a person, event, or experience. Some of this year’s very thoughtful comments were:


  • “All that my family does for me”

  • “Help from my friends”

  • “The weather, like rain”​

  • “The ability to express who I am, whether that be through art, theatre, sports, or writing.”


Whatever the postings, they show that we are a community of people who care about others and each other and who recognize that we have an abundance of things for which to be thankful. This is a community for which I am very thankful. I experience the joy of Salem in so many ways, but Wednesday night was a perfect example of the strength and character of the Salem community. The turnout for the fundraiser at Moe’s for the Dominica fund was amazing. I didn’t arrive until 6:30 and the line was out the door, as it had been since the 5:00 beginning time. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in line, as I saw parents and students, brothers and sisters, and faculty members, all who had joined together to support our students and this worthwhile project. We have so much and it is heart-warming to see the community come together in love and support for others.

My wish for all of you is that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and that you experience the feeling of thankfulness, love, and care that this holiday evokes by its very name.


Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Last Day to Buy Stocking Stuffers on Campus

Today is the last day of the pop-up shop with Mrs. Jennifer Maddrey!  There are 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 jimaddrey@gmail.com!


Register for the Alumnae and Friends Vienna and Saxony trip! The deadline is November 18! Please join us in June!

Academy Alumnae Spring Trip 2018

NYT Article: What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)

We hope you might find this article on the college admissions process useful.

Applicants to Olin College of Engineering finish a design challenge — to create a space vehicle — before being admitted. CreditOlin College of Engineering


Salem Academy Model United Nations club competes at Appalachian State


Salem Academy’s Model UN club sent 17 students to compete at the annual Fall Model UN conference at Appalachian State University. Students were divided into delegations representing the nations of South Korea, Argentina, and Senegal. They served on a total of seven different committees, including General Assembly, Security Council, UN Women, UN Environmental, UN Economic and Social Committee (UNESCO), and G20. One delegate represented a member of President Trump’s cabinet in a special crisis committee centered around territorial disputes in the South China Sea. All seventeen students represented their nations well and made their voices heard in committee sessions. At least one delegation was complimented by their committee chair for their eloquent and persuasive speaking ability. One delegation, Peace Ojirotutu and Lucy Calaway, who represented Senegal, won a Best Position Paper award in the Security Council committee, as well as an Honorable Mention award. Great job, ladies!


Christmas break travel plans due November 29!

Our Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to finalize your daughter’s December and January travel plans. All boarders are expected to submit their holiday travel plans by November 29. Click here for more information about scheduling travel over school holidays.


Winter Semi-Formal Dance

Salem Academy will be hosting its annual Winter Semi-Formal dance on Saturday, December 2, from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. Both Hargrave and Christ School will be joining the festivities as Salem has fun before exams. The dress code for the dance is semi-formal, so no jeans, tennis shoes, or clothing with holes.  


Theatre Department News


The Salem Academy Theatre Department has been busy with several different activities. The main stage production of Faith County just completed it’s run with four performances and around forty-five students working on the show.  Along with this main stage production here are some other things theatre students have been doing.


Theater Original ShowThe Wednesday Advanced Theatre class created an original devised physical theatre performance presented at a school assembly.  The performance was created by the students based on the theme of the ocean. Students worked together to create this performance using physical theatre. Some students were sea creature, others furniture, and others birds, people and the ocean.  Miracle EtimAndy, Meredith Brown and Sara Kent Trollinger also took on directing roles for the performance.


Theater Radio DramaThe students in the Monday Advanced Theatre class rehearsed the radio drama “Beyond Reasonable Doubt”  from The Whistler radio show.  They created characters and sound effects for the radio drama and went to a professional recording studio to record the show.  The students traveled to Ovation Sound in Winston-Salem where they toted all of their sound effects materials and music along with their radio voices and recorded the show.  Each student will receive a copy of the show.

Robotics is this year's Academy Magazine cover story

2017 Salem Academy Magazine Cover

Athletics Update


The Sabers basketball team had a tough opening loss vs. Summit School on Friday, November 10th. The team led after each of the first three quarters but could not hold them off in the fourth quarter. The final score was 24-19. Layla Hibma played really well, creating opportunities for others as well as scoring 13 points. Alexandra Maycock was very active on both ends of the floor but fouled out early in the fourth quarter. Salem also lost Maggie Dees to a dislocated finger in the final quarter. Angelina Pierre scored 6 points and did a great job of getting to the free throw line. Lea Allescher and Lucy Calaway both provided quality minutes and played very hard. The difference in the game was probably the fact that the Sabers missed 16 free throws as a team, ouch! It was a great starting point for the season for Salem.

On Tuesday, November 14th, the Salem girls overcame a slow first quarter to outscore Chatham Hall the rest of the way. Down 6-1 after the first eight minutes, Salem turned up the defensive pressure and started to assert itself on the inside, outscoring Chatham Hall 12-2 in the second quarter. The second half was back and forth and the girls showed enough composure and teamwork to finish the game 31-26. 

Every girl made valuable contributions on the floor and had quality minutes. It was a balanced scoring attack with six girls scoring. For the second straight game, Layla Hibma and Angelina Pierre led the way in scoring with 10 and 6 points, respectively. Senior Alexandra Maycock had five points, Maggie Dees had four points and 10 rebounds, Lucy Calaway chipped in four points, and Sara Kent Trollinger had a very timely basket in the fourth quarter and ended with two points. It was a great all-around effort in a very competitive game!


Varsity Swimming
Thursday night saw Salem hold its second swim meet of the season as they hosted Caldwell Academy, Burlington Christian Academy, and Statesville Christian School.  A big shout out to all of those who helped time, the team couldn’t do it without you.  Salem came in 2nd beating out Burlington Christian Academy and Statesville Christian School.  Go Salem!  
Abigail Wucherer shaved 3.76 seconds off of the leadoff leg in the 200 Medley Relay.  Lucy Price shaved 1.19 off her 200 Freestyle.  Grace Gould came in 2nd in the 200 IM and shaved 3.66 seconds off her previous swim.  
In the 50 Free, Sophie Davis placed 1st , Izzy Pare shaved 2.25 seconds and Michaela Murphy shaved off almost a second. 
In the 100 Fly, Abigail Wucherer placed 3rd and shaved 4.72 seconds.  Wow!
In the 100 Free, Sophie Davis placed first. Kelly Nesser shaved off 3.58 seconds and Ruta Apanivicius dropped 8.22 seconds.  Another Wow!  
In the 500, Caitlin Kinnamon came in 3rd and Lucy Price shaved 3.52 seconds.  
In the 200 Free Relay, Izzy Pare shaved another 1.29 seconds off of her 50. 
In the 100 Back, Julia Luchner placed 2nd and Abigail Wucherer shaved 2.73 seconds.
In the 100 Breaststroke, Jenae Edwards placed 3rd.  
Salem’s 400 Free Relay including Grace Gould, Jenae Edwards, Cait Kinnamon and Kelly Nesser placed 3rd.  
There were lots of seconds were shaved off tonight. Congrats ladies!
The next meet will be on November 30th at 4:30 p.m. at the American Hebrew Academy. 
Upcoming Events
Saturday, November 18th
Fencing Meet at Salem Academy, 9:00 am
Wednesday, November 29th
Basketball at American Hebrew Academy, 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 30th
Swimming at American Hebrew Academy, 4:30 pm
Friday, December 1st
Basketball at Chatham Hall, 4:30 pm
Home events in italics.

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