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.
During this past weekend, I took a look at the calendar to prepare for the coming weeks. It took me by surprise that we are so close to the end of the school year! This weekend marks the last weekend of the school year before the beginning of exams. My two months here has just flown, and I have enjoyed every minute of my time with your daughters.
I have always viewed this weekend before the beginning of exams as one of preparation. For the students, it is a time of planning and preparation for that culmination of their year. Most of them have exams looming in front of them, to be completed before they can begin to think about their summer vacation. A few are lucky enough to exempt their exams, and they can begin to anticipate their fun in the sun.
Preparation is one of those things that most people don’t like to do but which make life so much easier if it is accomplished ahead of the event. The end-of-term exams are so important for each student. The results become a part of her record, and they give her a picture of where she stands in her academic journey. Therefore, it is very important that she take the preparation seriously and strive to give her exams her best effort.
This weekend can be used to assemble materials and collect the things that she will need for the actual studying for the exams. The Lounge and Rec Room here at the Academy are littered with textbooks, notebooks, and papers that will probably help with exam studies. Your house may look the same way. This weekend is the time for her to go through her things, find what she needs and get it ready for use during her study periods.
There will be several days of review in classes this week in preparation for the exams. Teachers want students to ask questions and the students are so much better prepared for this if they have done a little preliminary work to refamiliarize themselves with their course work from the semester. A little calm reflection this weekend will mean that your daughter will approach the exam period with confidence in her abilities and with a lower stress level.
We certainly don’t recommend all work and no play, and I trust that all of our students will take some time to play this weekend. The cook-out at Tanglewood on Saturday, sponsored by the DaD’s group would be an excellent time to relax and enjoy being out of doors. However the students spend their time this weekend, I hope that each will be mindful of the job she needs to do next week and will take advantage of all the opportunities provided for her to excel in this, her final task for the school year.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you at our end of the year events.
Mary Lorick Thompson
Interim Head of School
Salem Academy is hosting a Spring Bash on May 20th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm and we invite the Salem community to join us! The activities will take place on the front lawn of the Academy. There will be food trucks from Taqueria Luciano’s and Spice Delight Mobile Cafe. Additionally, there will be live music, a yoga class, and a ice cream bar. Come out and have a good time!
Parents and friends are invited to the Closing Chapel ceremony in the Academy Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. In addition to the closing service, we will also have the installation of student officers for 2017-2018 and the presentation of Citizenship Honor Awards for this year.
DADS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
From 9:00-10:30 a.m. the DADs group will serve pancakes to the students in the Academy Rec Room. At 1:00 p.m. that afternoon, the girls will have their first spring exam (English), and it’s become a tradition for the DADs group to help them get the day started with a little sustenance.
Friday, May 19 1:45 p.m. Online Courses
Saturday, May 20 1:00 p.m. English
Sunday, May 21 Reading Day
Monday, May 22 1:00 p.m. History
Tuesday, May 23 1:00 p.m. Language
Wednesday, May 24 1:00 p.m. Science
Thursday, May 25 1:00 p.m. Math
Friday, May 26th
Baccalaureate Home Moravian Church (on the square in Old Salem) - 11:00 a.m. This event is required for all students
President’s Reception Rondthaler-Gramley House - 12:00 noon (for seniors and their families)
Recognition Assembly Hanes Auditorium - 4:30 p.m. - required for all students. All parents are encouraged to attend.
Senior & Parent Dinner Bryant Hall - 5:45 p.m. – this is for seniors and their families. There’s no charge for the first 5 guests ($10/person after that) Reservations requested - contact Lauren Rogers, Dean of Students.
Art Show Reception Fine Arts Center - 7:00 p.m.
Glee Club Spring Concert Fine Arts Center, Hanes Auditorium - 8:00 p.m. Open to public.
Senior Fest The Commons - 10:00 pm -11:30 am A dance and celebration for all students, families, friends, faculty and staff.
Saturday, May 27th
Graduation May Dell, 10:00 a.m. Required for all student (Hanes auditorium, Fine Arts Center, if rain)
Reception Academy Front Lawn (after graduation)
***Attendance at Baccalaureate, Recognition Assembly, and Graduation is required of all students.
Boarding students may leave as soon as the graduation is over on May 27th, about 11:30 a.m. The dorms will close and all students should have moved out by 4:00 p.m. If this schedule presents a problem for you, please discuss it with Miss Rogers prior to the end of school.
Also, Day Students should have lockers cleaned out and all personal belongings removed from the school by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27th.
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. Feel free to direct any questions regarding this trip to either Kris Sorrells (email@example.com) or Amanda Malatlian (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would love to have your company on this exciting excursion!
An email should have reached you to invite you to participate in bidding on Senior Parking in the circle for the academic year 2017-2018. Be on the lookout for this communication and communicate your bid by Monday, May 15th.
AP exam fees are due for any student who took at least one AP exam this year. Each exam is $93 and payments can be brought to either Ms. Rogers or Mr. Sellers. Checks can be made out to Salem Academy.
At this celebratory dinner, families can relax and spend time together before our evening events. There is no charge for families with 5 or fewer guests. Senior families with more than five guests will be charged $15 per additional guest. Please submit your RSVP by May 19.
Can you believe that it’s already time to organize your daughter’s travel plans for the end of term and her August return? Attached you’ll find information which I hope will answer your questions and help you in planning your daughter’s departure from and arrival back at the Academy in May and August. In order to prepare our end of term travel transportation, we ask that all boarding students report their departure plans for the end of the year by May 17.
Students, along with the entire school community, are required to attend our commencement weekend activities that take place on May 26 and 27. Our graduation activities on campus will conclude by noon on May 27. Please make every effort to schedule your daughter’s travel arrangements after this event. Of course, we realize that when using public transportation some flexibility is required, and that travel arrangements often change due to factors beyond your control. Any special requests must be made by Wednesday, May 17.
All students are expected to have cleared out their personal belongings by 4 p.m. on May 27. Boarders with early morning flights are welcome to spend the night on May 27 before their departure on May 28.
If you’d like to go ahead and schedule your August return to campus, we ask you to keep the following dates in mind. Members of the orientation committee should plan to return to campus on Wednesday, August 16 before 6 p.m. Returning students are expected to arrive on campus by 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. Preseason athletes will check in at 2:30 pm on Monday, August 14.
It’s not too soon to submit your travel plans for May and August on boardingware, and I am grateful to the families who have already submitted their daughter’s spring travel information.
If you have questions, please contact me. All of us at Salem Academy wish you and your daughter a successful end of term.
Dean of Students
The Sabers had an AMAZING 2017 outdoor track and field season this year! From young women who had never heard of track to ladies who only wanted to come out to manage the team, they all became true student-athletes, balancing academics and athletics seamlessly.
The sprinters, distance runners, jumpers, hurdlers, and throwers competed in their conference championship on May 9th, and together they brought home a 2nd place trophy. There’s something to say about a new team meshing well with a new coaching staff and coming together for a goal of greatness! With strong performances all around, every young woman supported her teammate, and every teammate contributed to the trophy.
Next up, the Sabers travel to Winthrop University on May 19th and 20th for the NCISAA 3A State Track and Field Championships. They are certainly pumped and ready to go! Wish them great luck!
Spring Athletic Awards
On Thursday, May 11th, the athletic department hosted the spring sports award banquet. Below are the award winners:
Soccer Awards: (from left)
MVP- Charlotte Dorn
Most Improved Player- Abigail Wucherer
All Conference Soccer Team:
Track and Field Awards: (Left to Right)
Saber Award- Bianca Minter
Field MVP- Uche Okoh
Most Improved- Tiarra Georges
Track MVP- Taylor Marshall
All Conference Track Team:
Praise Idika (Not pictured)
Friday and Saturday, May 19th & 20th-
Varsity Track and Field- NCISAA State Meet- Winthrop University
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