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Week of April 21, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

One of my favorite things to do is to brag about Salem students. They give me so much material that it is so easy to do. They are a phenomenal group of young women, and it gives me great pleasure to work with them. They are always doing something extraordinary, so I have much material to choose from, but this week I am going to focus on two areas, Robotics and theatre.

Our Robotics team is only four years old, and they have accomplished a lot in those few short years. They have traveled to competition events and continued to improve at each event, winning awards and increasing their skills. About three weeks ago, they were issued an invitation to attend the World Championship in Houston, Texas. Taking an entire team and two teachers to Texas at a moment’s notice is quite a feat to try and pull off, but pull it off they did with the help of parents, grandparents, and local businesses. They are currently in Houston, having a wonderful time and winning matches.

However, the important aspect of this endeavor is two-fold. First, they had to work together to make it happen, a real team effort. These girls are so committed to their team that they all pitched in and did what they could to make this a reality. They wrote letters, called people on the phone, contacted relatives, all in an effort to make this dream come true. Teamwork is important to any endeavor, and these girls forged themselves into a positive unit for success.

The second factor of this trip was to organize their personal lives in order to be able to travel to a distant place, miss school for several days, and focus themselves on a competition of this magnitude. These girls are very busy members of this community. They play sports; they take classes, are involved in clubs and organizations. They had to rearrange their lives, on short notice in order to make this work and they did that.

Which brings me to theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opened last night and will continue through Sunday afternoon.  Every play that I have the privilege to attend at the Academy is a marvelous experience. The quality of the performances and all the things that add to the entertainment factor such as, costumes, set, lighting, props, house management, are all run by students. Mrs. Lawson, our drama director, teaches them the skills that they need and they do the work. These fantastic dramatic events are presented to an appreciative public and they are student-run. I am always amazed at what they can do.

These girls are also involved in many other aspects of Salem life. They go to school full time, they play on the soccer and track teams, they are student government officers and involved in clubs and organizations. What an incredibly demanding schedule, and yet every performance they show up and give 100 percent at whatever their theatre job is. There were about 60 girls in this production, almost a third of the student body.

As I said on opening, I love to brag about Salem students. They are incredible young women. They take the talents that they are blessed with and do all that they can to enhance those gifts and to learn new skills and ideas. They work as a team for the good of the group, they learn new ideas and acquire new skills, and they are responsible in all of their personal endeavors. What a gift we have all been given to be able to be a part of the growth of these young women and to have a part of their life’s journey. I think that Salem Academy can be summed up in a quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”

My best to you all,


Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Upcoming Activities

Academy Students to Volunteer in WFDD Pledge Drive

We know, that no one except Stephen Colbert ever listens to Public Radio for the pledge drive, but Monday, between 4 and 7 pm, you have a special reason to tune in. Eight of our Academy students will be manning the phones during the WFDD spring fund drive. Make sure to tune in to 88.5 FM; or better yet, call in. If you are inclined to make a pledge to public radio, Monday evening is a great time to support WFDD because you’ll have the added bonus of talking to one of our fabulous Academy volunteers.


Sisters of the Motherboard Robotics Team at World Championship


The Sisters are in Houston, TX this week to participate in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship.  Teams participating at the FTC level come from 19 different countries and every state in the US.  The Sisters are enjoying meeting and partnering with teams from Israel, China, Colombia, England, and even Greensboro, NC!  Qualifying matches go through Friday morning and during this time the Sisters will compete in nine matches.  Semi-Finals and Finals will occur on Saturday with a closing celebration Saturday night.  The Sisters will return to Salem on Sunday. Information about how the Sisters did at the World Championship will be in next week’s e-news.

Interested in learning more about the Sisters Robotics Program or just follow a bit of our Houston experience? You can keep up with their exciting activities by joining the Sisters of the Motherboard FTC #7444 Facebook group:

Advanced Placement Art Students to Exhibit at Sawtooth

2017-2018 Registration

This week’s conference period kicked off our 2017-2018 course registration process. Students received individual registration cards which will need to be completed and submitted to their advisors on Wednesday, April 26. We are excited about our updated registration process and hope students feel empowered as they look toward future academic endeavors!


Re-enrollment Contracts

Parents, please make sure you have filled out the necessary information to re-enroll your daughter for next year. If you have any questions, you may contact the Admissions Office at 336-721-2643. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year!


Announcing the 2018 JanTerm Trip to Great Britain

The Salem Academy Math Department would like to invite you on a fantastic journey as we explore Great Britain during JanTerm 2018:  Spend two nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow, one night in the Scottish Highlands, two nights in the English countryside, and three nights in the heart of London.  Walk through the amazing palaces of monarchs from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II. Stand in the shadow of monumental Stonehenge and marvel at ancient treasures in the British Museum.  Dive into Scottish history and learn about the great struggles between the Scots and the English.  Humbly explore the grand churches of Britain, including Westminster Abbey, the home church of the British Monarchy.  Take a ride on the towering London Eye Ferris Wheel high above the River Thames.  Hear the words of Shakespeare in the modern Globe Theater and visit the town of his birth. Relive the lives and music of the Beatles in their hometown.

Tentative travel dates of our 12-day tour are January 4th through January 15th, 2018.  For pricing and other details about the trip, please view the attached itinerary.  An interest meeting will be held for students during lunch later next week.  Feel free to direct any questions regarding this trip to either Kris Sorrells (kris.sorrells@salem.edu) or Amanda Malatlian (amanda.malatlian@salem.edu).  We would love to have your company on this exciting excursion!


Summer Internship Opportunity

The SECU Family House is excited to announce that applications are open for our Teens in the House summer internship. We will select 6-8 students for each internship week. Rising 6th-12th graders will be considered. Students will be given a hands-on opportunity to learn how a successful non-profit hospitality house operates, while getting volunteer hours as well! Information about the internship and the application is online as well as in pdf (attached).

The SECU Family House provides affordable lodging in a caring environment for referred adult patients and/or their caregivers who travel to Winston-Salem for medical treatment.

Applications are due May 15th.

  • Dates for High Schoolers: June 19-22 & July 17-20.

Athletics Update

Varsity Soccer

Before Easter break, the Salem soccer team played three tough games. On Friday, the Sabers traveled to Greensboro to take on Caldwell Academy. Salem came out a little slow and gave up two quick goals but fought their way through the final 70 minutes and were able to win many battles against the competitive Caldwell side. Charlotte Dorn continued her goal scoring streak when she was able to perfectly execute a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box. Blythe Hudson and Miracle Etimandy split time in goal and both made big plays. 

Salem fought with all their might on Monday, April 10th, as they took on nearby rival, Salem Baptist.After being down 2-0 at half, the Sabers took on the opponents from the beginning of the second half and were able to get on the board just 1:30 into the half on a goal from Charlotte Dorn. Salem gave up two more goals soon after and found themselves down 4-1 but yet again, the Sabers refused to give up. In the final two minutes, Charlotte Dorn was able to find the back of the net TWICE and get within striking distance of Salem Baptist on balls assisted by Gillianne Norris and Stelina Gjeci. Unfortuately, the final whistle was blown before the Sabers were able to find the equalizer. Alexandra Maycock and Stelina Gjeci had season-best performances. 

Charlotte Dorn led the way for the Sabers as they took on Westchester Country Day School on Tuesday, April 11th. She scored two goals, one at the end of each half. Unfortunately, Westchester had the quick advantage after Salem gave up three quick goals to start the game and were immediately trying to fight their way back into the game and continued to do so the entire game. Abigail Wucherer worked hard up top and had a few good chances on goal. Anna Brooke Hylton, despite injury, fought for a full 80 minutes and made the big difference defending the middle of the field.

The Sabers returned from Easter break to face the number one team in the conference, Burlington Christian Academy. Despite being down four starters, Salem showed up at the beginning of the game and applied pressure and held BCA scoreless for twenty minutes. Unfortunately, the reigning conference champions were able to get on the board midway through the first half and never looked back. Kelly Nesser, Maggie Campbell, and Grace Prest all worked extremely hard on the field while Miracle Etimandy made some great saves in the goal.


Varsity Track and Field

With the state championships clearly on their mind, the Salem track and field team has excelled these last two weeks, with the throwers shattering personal records one throw at a time.  Last week, Tiarra Georges led the way with an automatic state qualifying mark in the discus of 85ft 8in, followed by a season high throw in shot put of 23ft 1 ½in.  Also improving their shot put marks were Aaliyah Brown and Jyana Seaman with two great throws over 22ft. 

The sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers are making their mark, as well. Staci Davis continues to improve and the long jump as well as being a leader on the 4 x 200m relay. Taylor Marshall, attending Catawba College in the fall, continues to also improve. Her premier events being triple jump, an event she’s never done before, and the 300m hurdles. All of the girls have been improving their times at every single meet, which is amazing and shows their dedication to the sport and being supreme student-athletes.

Continuing the trend into Thursday’s meet, Makenna Hartwich let the discus fly (70ft 1in) and found herself with a season’s best throw by over 16ft.  While Uche Okoh now sits in the top 15 NCISAA discus rankings, with her PR throw of 81ft 7in.

Last but not least is the Saber distance crew, digging deep as they run endlessly around the 400 meter track week after week.  Leading the pack in Charlotte was senior captain, Daniella Kapural, with personal bests in the 800 and 1600.  Lillian Giles was the next top performer dropping five seconds from her 3200 meter time, which then transitioned into a hard fought 4x800 performance in the heat on Thursday that included Daniella Kapural, Layla Hibma, Hannah Goldfarb and Natalia Lindo.  

The balancing act that these young ladies perform each week between academics and extracurriculars, along with the positive attitudes and smiles that they bring to practice each day is amazing.  The coaching staff cannot stress enough how extremely proud they are of each and every one of them!  


Tennis Clinic

Tennis clinic will continue through the first week of May.


Lifeguard Training

There is a lifeguard certification class being offered the first two weekends of May. Please contact Ms. Howard to register or with any questions at 336-721-2732.


Upcoming Events

Monday, April 24th

Varsity Soccer vs. American Hebrew Academy, 4:30 pm


Tuesday, April 25th

Varsity Soccer vs. Salem Baptist- Senior Day- 4:30 pm


Thursday, April 27th

Varsity Soccer at The Burlington School, 4:30 pm

Varsity Track and Field at Forsyth Country Day School, 4:30 pm


Home events in italics

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