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 May 5, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

A couple of weeks ago I opened the Newsletter saying that I liked to brag about Salem students, that they gave me so much material to use in highlighting their accomplishments. Well, I also like to brag about Salem faculty. They are an extremely dedicated group of professional educators, and it is a pleasure to work with them.

Several years ago, I attended the National Coalition of Girls Schools Conference. During one of the presentations, the presenter, Dr. Joanne Deak, author of Girls Will Be Girls, asked the group what was the single most important factor in the classroom. After some discussion, she said “the teacher.” The connection between a student and a teacher is a wonderful spark to the student’s growth and learning. Not all students connect with all teachers, but a student’s strength comes from an ability to learn from each teacher that she encounters. However, when the connection clicks, a wonderful bond is formed which propels the student forward in their initiative and a quest for knowledge.

During this past Alumnae Weekend, we had a special event on campus, the dedication of one of the gates to the newly refurbished tennis courts, in honor of Dr. James East, Academy tennis coach and English teacher from the 1980s and 1990s. This event was put together by his former Academy students, and during the ceremony, many things were said about his contributions to these students and how he influenced their lives. These women have remembered their connection to him for more than 30 years, because of the teaching he did in the classroom and on the tennis court. These women have taken his teachings and methods to use with their own students and children. There is no way to count the number of students that this one teacher has influenced through the years.

There are so many examples of this connection among our current students and teachers. Teachers go out of their way to provide a stimulating and exciting look into the subject matter that they teach. They are all different in how they emphasise the course content, but each is passionate about their subject and helping the students to develop a similar passion. Ms. Spencer takes her AP Biology students on field trips, and this spring they are going to Mrs. Hanna’s farm to her bee yard. Mrs. Overton invites students to her home for meals and to watch videos that will help them to understand material. Mrs. Sorrells and Mrs. Weimer help their Robotics students raise their funds to go to the world competition, Mr. Royster takes students to the Model U.N. conference. The list goes on and on of how teachers impact their students learning and lives. Our students will remember these teaching moments for the rest of their lives.

So in conclusion, I will reiterate that the teacher is the most important key to learning and I can certainly attest to the fact that the teachers your daughters have at Salem care deeply for her, want her to be involved in her learning, and strive to instill the passion for knowledge. They are a hard-working group of professionals, and I know that your daughters have benefitted from the connections that they have made with them.

My best to you all,


Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Upcoming Events and Announcements

Upcoming Activities

Progress Reports Available on Parent Portal

Fourth Quarter Progress Reports (comments) are now available on the Parent Portal.  

Please note: If you do not see a progress report on the Parent Portal, it means your daughter did not have any classes with a C- or below average.

Announcing the 2018 JanTerm Trip to Great Britain

Jan Term Trip 2018 Itinerary

The Salem Academy Math Department would like to invite you on a fantastic journey as we explore Great Britain during Jan Term 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.  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

Tennis court dedicated in honor of Dr. East

Dr. James East and a group of former faculty at the Academy on the occasion of the dedication of the tennis courts in Dr. East’s honor. Dynamic teachers make the difference in education.

Submit your service hours for President’s Volunteer Service Award by May 9.

If you are a passionate volunteer who’d like to receive recognition for your service in the community, our school is now a certifying organization for volunteers to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Click here for more information about this award. If you’re interested in developing a volunteer profile, click here.  As you create your volunteer profile, remember to use our ROS key, BWQ-1303.  If you have any questions about this award, please contact our dean of students.


May and August travel plans

Dear Parents,

Can you believe that it’s already time to organize your daughter’s travel plans for the end of term and her August return? Here 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.


Lauren Rogers

Dean of Students

Habitat for Humanity Dodgeball Tournament

Hosted by the RJR Habitat Club

  • When: Friday, May 19th at 6:00pm (please arrive 10-15 minutes early)
  • Where: Basketball courts at the William G. White YMCA
  • Why: To raise money that will go directly towards building the 14th house sponsored by local high school students
  • How to participate: Form teams of six players.

The cost of admission is $8.00 per person/$48.00 for a team.

Prizes: Golden dodgeballs, box tickets to Dash game, gift cards to various places in Winston-Salem, T-shirts, AND MORE… (Top 3 teams will receive prizes)

For more information, please contact Gretchen Cundiff at gretchen.cundiff@habitatforsyth.org

Summer Internship Opportunity

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!

The Teens in the House program is the perfect opportunity to explore the inner workings of a non-profit organization while gaining valuable experience in various vocations!

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

The Sabers finished their season on Tuesday in the first round of the TAC Conference Tournament. Salem traveled to play Caldwell Academy in Greensboro and despite a great effort from everyone, the team fell short to end the 2017 season. Blythe Hudson had a phenomenal game in goal to lead the Sabers and keep them in the game. Unfortunately, Salem couldn’t find success on the offensive end and execute the chances they had. Kelly Nesser anchored the defense and played a great game at center back. Charlotte Dorn and Abigail Wucherer both provided solid efforts in the offense and made chances for the Sabers to get on the board. The coaches are very proud of this team and the hard work and effort that every member gave this season. Best of luck to the seniors!


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 9th

Varsity Track and Field- TAC Conference Meet at American Hebrew Academy, 3:00 pm


Thursday, May 11th

Spring Athletic Awards Banquet- 5:00 pm, Salem Academy Loggia

*This event is for athletes and coaches only*

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