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Week of August 25, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

It is a pleasure to be here at Salem Academy to share this school year with you and your daughters.

Today was Opening Chapel, which officially opens the 2017-2018 school year and is the 246th year since our founding. One of the traditions of this cherished ceremony is the reading of letters that have been sent to the school community by former students and faculty. These letters try to give insight to life and Salem and they also impart advice and wisdom from graduates who have successfully completed the Salem experience. I am always so impressed with the messages that are conveyed and the insights that these young women have and are willing to share.

Here are several of the messages from these alumnae. I think they sum up our goals and expectations for our students and I wanted you to know what is being said to your daughters.

From a member of last year’s class is a list of tips for students about how to approach their Salem experience.

“Laugh a lot…trust your teachers…find your tribe and love them hard…join clubs…make announcements…remember that for every defeat something equally as good is coming your way…be spontaneous, courageous, and cautious…get lost in good music, a good book, or some dance moves…say hello to people in the hall…be the best person you can be every single year because in the end it’s your own experience that counts.”

From another member of last year’s class:

“If I were to talk to my younger self, I’d tell her to be bold, be brave, and do everything you can. Engage with others. Every person you meet shapes your life in one way or another. I found who I am and who I aspire to be by hanging around other people, both similar and different from myself. Say yes to every opportunity, to every invitation, to everything.”

I think the summary of all of the advice that these women have to give is from a member of the Class of 1938:

“It gives me great pleasure to greet you almost eighty years after my graduation! Salem Academy taught me what it means to live a life. I am delighted to wish you a most happy and successful year.”

We are going to have a fantastic year together. We have the support of families and alumnae. We have the security of being in a community that cares about all of its members. We, also, have marvelous opportunities for all of us and we have the freedom to be able to take advantage of those opportunities.

My best to all of you,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


School Events Calendar 2017-2018

August 25                         Opening Chapel, 12:15 p.m. *~

August 28                           Athletic Picnic, 4:15 p.m.*

September 29-30              Parents Weekend~

November 9-12                   Fall Drama*~

December 3                        Senior Vespers and Holiday Dinner, 5 p.m. *~

December 15                      Christmas Concert, 11 a.m.*~

January 31                           January Term Sharing Day*~

April19-22 and 26-29             Spring Drama*~

April 27                                   Founder’s Day, 4:15 p.m.*~

April 28                                     Alumnae Day*

May 25                                  Recognition Assembly*~

May 26                                  Graduation, 10 a.m.*~


*Student Attendance required.

~Family attendance is encouraged.


Planning for School Vacations

Dear Parents,

It is never too soon to begin scheduling your daughter’s travel plans for the school year.  Boarders must make travel plans for our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Breaks each year.  In order to schedule travel transportation for each holiday, we ask that each family communicate their travel plan for each holiday by the requested date below. Click here to learn more about scheduling student travel for school holidays.


School Break                                                            Requested Notification Date for Travel

Fall Break (October 13-17)                                      September 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Break (November 17-27)                  November 1, 2017

Christmas Break (December 15-January 2)           November 29, 2017

February Long Weekend (February 16-19)               January 31, 2018

Spring Break (March 23-April 2)                            February 28, 2018

End of Year Departure (May 26)                             May 2, 2018


Although students are encouraged to visit family and friends our school holidays, boarders may remain on campus during our Fall Break and February Long Weekend.  Please submit your daughter’s travel plans on boardingware.

If you have questions, please contact me.  All of us at Salem Academy wish you and your daughter a terrific semester.


Lauren Rogers

Dean of Students     


Jan Term Trip to Great Britain


Time is running out, but there’s still room for YOU on the 2018 JanTerm Trip to Great Britain!  All new and returning students and parents are welcome!

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.

Travel dates of our 12-day tour are tentatively set for January 4th through January 15th, 2018.  For pricing and other details about the trip, please view the attached itinerary.  Full payment (including trip insurance) will be due September 15th, 2017.  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 Art Department Accolades

This summer Salem Academy Art Students have been taking the art world by storm.

Our recent graduate, Vivian Wang’s artwork is featured at the National Art Honor Society Offices near Washington, DC and will remain on exhibit through the NAHS Virtual Gallery.

One of our seniors, Ana Grace Sapp, has been featured in past newsletters for her work with National Geographic. She will be a guest speaker and artist this year in Washington, DC with the International League of Conservation Photographers for the Wild Speak Symposium.    


After attending Sawtooth School for the Arts, Alexandra Robinson, from the sophomore class, received first place for her work entitled “Hobbies.” As a reward, she will receive a free course at their community art school.

Please help congratulate our students on all of their success!


Keyauwee Program Center Takeover

On Saturday, August 26, Salem Academy will travel to Keyauwee Program Center for a day of fun in the sun, including climbing walls, challenge course, nature trails, and swimming. Students will leave Salem Academy at 8:15 am and return to campus by 5:30 pm on Saturday, August 26th, 2017. If you are a day student who would like to participate in this activity, please email Ms. Penn by 3 pm August 25th. This is a required event for boarding students, and all Academy students are welcome to join in on the fun.

The following list of items is the packing list for Salem’s day trip to Keyauwee:

keyauwee checklist

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