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 December 8, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T


Dear All,

We completed the fall semester of classes today and we have now embarked on the exam period. In light of the weather forecast and the possibility of some snow, I wanted to let you know our policy. If at all possible, the exams will go on as scheduled. Since the exams are at 12:45 each day, there should be plenty of time for the temperatures to warm up and the roads to become passable. Of course, if you ever have concerns about driving conditions, please make whatever decision you feel comfortable with. If your daughter cannot make an exam for weather or for illness, please contact Lauren Rogers, the Dean of Students to advise her that your daughter will not be present and to begin the process of rescheduling the exam. Information about school closure or delay will be on the Tag Room telephone (336-721-2775) in the event of any weather situation which causes problematic road conditions, for this exam period or at any point during the winter.

Here at the Academy, right now the exams are looming large for the students. They are concentrated on what they need to do but they know that their celebration of Christmas and the winter holidays are coming right after the end of exams. We have some of our decorations up at the Academy, as a reminder of the season - of the joy and fellowship of this special time of year. We have an advent wreath in the front hall with the four candles representing hope, joy, peace, and love - the sentiments that we all express for each other and for our world through this season of the year.  The candles are unified by the Moravian star at the center of the wreath, hanging in our front hall and on our stage, and decorating the streets of our city. The Christmas season is a time of love and peace and we are so pleased that all of you are a member of our Salem family and that we can celebrate this season together.

Next Friday, is our last day of school for the fall semester and it concludes with the Christmas Concert, presented by Glee Club, Spirit, and Chorus. We invite all of you to attend the concert at 11:00 a.m. in the Hanes Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. There is a brunch in the Academy dining room immediately preceding the concert from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and you are invited to that, as well. If you are planning to attend the brunch, please have your daughter sign you up with Ms. Rogers. I look forward to seeing many of you there and I wish each of you the joys of the season.


Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School



In preparation for our choral trip to Walt Disney World over Long Weekend in February, each student in Glee Club and Chorus has been given a release form to fill out. These forms need to be on file at the Academy in order to go on the trip. Forms are due to Ms. Rushton on Friday, December 8, 2017.


Pop-Up Academy Shop Is Back Next Week

Just in time for the Holiday Break, Salem Academy will host a pop-up shop with Mrs. Jennifer Maddrey on December 14 and 15!  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 jimaddrey@gmail.com!

Grassroots: Holiday Edition

Athletics Update

Varsity Swimming

On Tuesday night, Salem Swimming took first place again. How exciting!

Congrats ladies!  
Salem Academy hosted Caldwell Academy, Statesville Christian, The Burlington School, High Point Christian and Summit School.  
Swimmer improvements include:
200 Medley Relay (lead-off leg)    Grace Gould  -0.23
50 Free    Michaela Murphy  -2.59
100 Fly     Sophie Davis  -2.66
100 Free   Izzy Pare’  -0.41
500 Free   Caitlin Kinnamon  -11.09
100 Back   Abigail Wucherer  -2.82      Michaela Murphy  -7.43
Come out and support Salem swimming at their next home meet on Thursday, January 11th at 4:30 pm.

The Salem Sabers visited the Turtles of Chatham Hall Friday, December 1 and left with a 40-28 victory. Balanced scoring and tight defense made the difference. It was a fast-paced game with lots of opportunities for both teams. The Sabers used good passing and second chances to outscore the Turtles 26-6 over quarters two and three. The Salem defense held Chatham Hall to just two points in the fourth quarter. Angelina Pierre led all scorers with eleven points. Her backcourt companion, Layla Hibma, scored ten points. Lucy Calaway and Stelina Gjeci each put up six points. Alexandra Maycock had three points and Sara Kent Trollinger and Maggie Dees chipped in two points each.

Salem jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in the first quarter of their game at St. Mary’s on Wednesday and was able to hold onto the lead for the entire game, winning by a score of 27-15.

Layla Hibma led the Sabers in scoring. It was the final basketball game for seniors Stelina Gjeci and Alexandra Maycock

Student Artist of the Month

Julia Ellis is Salem Academy’s November Arts Council Student Artist of the Month

Nominating Teacher: Joy Rushton

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.52/4.09


What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected?

I really enjoy music as an art form. Singing in groups and as a solo vocalist is also very fun and lovely to me.


Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major?

I would most like to attend Berry College, and I either want to major in Biology or Anthropology and minor in Computer Science.


What is your proudest artistic accomplishment?

When I got into Spirit, my school’s audition-only singing group at the end of my sophomore year.


How will the arts influence your future career?

Though I am not really thinking about pursuing the arts in my future career, I think it will help me view ideas from different perspectives, and always keep a song with me wherever I go.

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