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.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family, food, and friends, with an endless list of things for which we are thankful. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are in that extremely hectic period of time that leads up to the end of the semester and the holiday break.
Of course, this is a season of preparation - of planning and attending parties, of looking for gifts for those we love, of decorating, and wrapping, and baking - all of those activities which we enjoy. We know that if we want to give happiness to those around us we must make special preparations.
In the life of a student, I like to think that this is the weekend of preparation for them. It is the final weekend before the exams begin, next Saturday at 12:45 p.m. There are enjoyable and festive things that they are involved in this weekend, the semi-formal dance and the Senior Vespers service. However, this is also an excellent time for students to begin to make the preparations necessary for a successful exam period. Please encourage your daughters to begin the necessary tasks to get themselves in order for the exam week. They can locate and organize all of the materials that they will need to study. They can prepare a list of questions for their teachers of items that they may need to be clarified. They can create a study calendar for the sections of material that they will need to study. This does not have to be an in-depth study weekend, but a weekend of getting ready for the concentration of the exam week.
The exam period can be a period of time filled with tension and anxiety over the materials that must be mastered for the exam. Advance preparation can be a big step in alleviating some of that pressure. Returning students seem to have a handle on what they need to do to get ready but it can be very challenging for new students. They have not been through this process before at Salem and are probably viewing it with a bit of fear and trepidation. One of the things that will help them approach the exam period with confidence is good preparation.
We wish each student a successful exam period, with a minimum of anxiety, so our exam schedule was created to be as kind as possible for students. There is only one exam each day and they begin in the afternoons, at 12:45, so that each student is awake and alert and physically and mentally ready for the exam. There is only one subject to be concerned with each day, so students have ample preparation time. Teachers are available to answer questions and give clarification, and we encourage all students to take advantage of these opportunities.
We like to think of the exam week as the summation of the semester’s work. Each student has the opportunity to put forth her best effort, however, the exam only counts 20 percent of the final grade for the semester, so her semester’s work will have much more weight than a test taken on one day. I say this to put the importance of exams in perspective. Exams are important as learning tools, as students learn to make comparisons, to work through large amounts of material to discover the important points, and to learn to synthesize material. However, they are not the indicator that will make or break a semester.They are a part of the academic program, which students must learn to deal with but they are just that—a part—not the entire basis for their courses.
I wish you well for the coming week and hope to see some of you at Senior Vesper’s on Sunday afternoon. I also wish you well for any preparations that you and your daughter need to make during this busy time.
Mary Lorick Thompson
Interim Head of School
Salem Academy will be hosting its annual Winter Semi-Formal dance from 8 to 11:00 pm Saturday. 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.
If your student would like to bring a guest to the event, please fill out the Dance/Event Permission form by clicking here (https://goo.gl/forms/08NfpTVjX10HBnWq2). Please complete this form by Friday, December 1 so that our school staff can be notified of all attendees and their guests.
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