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Week of September 15, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

This was a very eventful week at the Academy with Ring Banquet, Senior Day, the athletic department Chick-fil-A Day with all of the athletic teams playing, and the fall alumnae board meeting today. I think everyone enjoyed the events from cars decorated with a zoo theme, to seniors teaching seminars of their choice, and all of the other activities of Senior Day.

Senior Day always makes me reflect on our seniors and what they have accomplished and where they are going. On Tuesday night, as I stood at one end of Bryant Hall and looked at all of them at the other end, so excited and filled with anticipation, I couldn’t help but think of how much they have accomplished so far. As each name was called, and she rushed towards me, sometimes like a tidal wave, I saw a student rushing to embrace her future. She was coming with her arms wide open, a sense of excitement about what was happening, and super enthusiasm for the future. At that point in time, that ring that she was rushing to receive, represented all of her accomplishments so far. Her achievements and accomplishments, hard work well done, friends made, and new worlds explored. All of that represented by one little circle of metal.

Our seniors wear their rings like a badge of honor and so they should. That ring is a symbol of what she has accomplished. A senior is in her last year before she takes that big step to college and life beyond. There are many special experiences during the course of this year, and she should enjoy each one to the fullest. Here, at the close of “Senior Week,” I wish each one well for the future but I am thankful that we have a few more months of their presence, to celebrate with them and to help them on their way.

My best to all of you,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Mark your calendars for Parents Weekend September 29-30!

Schedule for Parents Weekend

Dear families,

Please mark your calendars for Parents Weekend on September 29 and 30. On Friday afternoon, we will host a Parent Social. There will also be a College Counseling program for Senior families on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, we will have a morning program where parents will participate in a sample class day and meet for one on one conferences with their daughters’ teachers. Please plan to join us!

Great Britain JanTerm Trip Deadline is today!

Today is the last day to make a decision, but there’s still room for YOU on the 2018 JanTerm Trip to Great Britain!  All new and returning students and parents are welcome!

2018 Jan Term Trim

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 today, September 15th, 2017. Feel free to direct any questions regarding this trip to either Kris Sorrells or Amanda Malatlian. We would love to have your company on this exciting excursion!


Annual Notification

Dear Salem Academy community members,

Annually Salem Academy is required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA) to notify each parent, teacher, and employee regarding the availability of the Asbestos Management Plan (AMP).

To review this notification in its entirety click here.


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Upcoming Activities

Athletics Update

Cross Country

The Sabers cross country team was back in action on Wednesday as they traveled to Forsyth Country Day. Ashley Hart came out as the top performer for the day as she dropped over four minutes from her race time from the last race. Sophia Iltis continues to lead the Sabers, finishing fourth overall with a time of 25:19, almost two minutes faster than her previous season best. Bianca Minter and Kate Dossel each improved their times by nearly two minutes. The girls are continuing to cut time each race and the team is improving week to week. 


Varsity Volleyball 

On Monday, September 11th, the varsity volleyball Sabers took on Burlington Christian Academy. The team played very hard with Dania Shoaf leading the Sabers with her serving skills and Alexandra Maycock contributed to the effort with 5 blocks. Unfortunately, the hard work and efforts didn’t bring a winning result as the Sabers fell 0-3. 


On Thursday, September 14th, the varsity Sabers played Greensboro Day at home.  Hannah Brothers showed up ready to play with 14 serves and 8 kills. Miracle Etimandy also had 7 kills, 4 serves, and 2 blocks.  Even with all of the efforts and great defense, the Sabers fell short, 0-3. The team is continuously improving and the girls are beginning to work together as a team.  


Junior Varsity Volleyball

Monday, September 11th saw your Sabers JV volleyball team take on Burlington Christian Academy. While Burlington did win 2-0, both teams put on a great match, fighting for every point. For your Sabers, Lillian Giles had two kills and two aces, Izzy Pare had four aces and two kills, Breanna Allison had one kill and four aces, and Blythe Hudson had four assists. The girls played a good game with the energy and positiveness coming from the girls. They are showing good progress and are looking forward to a great season.


On Thursday, September 14th, the Sabers JV volleyball team played Greensboro Day School.

Greensboro Day did go home with the 2-0 win but the girls played their hearts out. They left everything out on the court. With a few minor injuries that happened Thursday, the team will travel to Calvary Day School Friday and look forward to a great match and to seeing their hard work pay off.


Varsity Field Hockey

On Friday, September 8th, the Sabers field hockey team had a quick lunch and the team was on the road for an adventure east! The game against Parrott Academy was closely played with good passing by both teams. Salem fought hard through the first half. An error in goal put Parrott ahead 1-0 at halftime which did not reflect the Sabers play at all. 

The second half continued in the same vein with Kelly Nesser and Carry Liu linking well to create offensive chances for Salem. Makayla McFadden also created some chances with Jadyn Loftin and Parker Lacewell pushing forward. Unfortunately, a breakaway by Parrott followed by questionable penalty corner calls kept the ball in our half. A weak bouncing ball crept into the Saber’s goal against the run of play. The final result was 2-0 in favor of the home team, Parrott Academy. 


Following a fun night and a wonderful hour at Wrightsville Beach, the team arrived at Cape Fear for the next game on Saturday, September 9th. The Salem girls were in great spirits and kept their heads up high and played hard. Cape Fear was a different entity with some excellent players with speed and skill. This was definitely a challenge for Salem and the team struggled to hold off the fast offensive play by Cape Fear. Amira Rady and Mackenzie Culp defended with grit and determination, but with numbers, Cape Fear played round the Sabers and was able to score three goals very quickly. Despite some determined play by Kelly Nesser and Jenae Edwards, Salem just couldn’t link up to the offensive players. The coaches remain very proud of the team’s behavior and composure throughout the tough battle with Cape Fear.


Thursday’s home game against Greensboro Day School started brightly for Salem and the team made some great forward passing moves. Makayla McFaddenBreanna Sorrell and Hannah Bodsford linked well to keep Salem pushing hard. Greensboro Day’s defense held strong and cleared the ball from the back and broke through Salem’s high defense. GDS scored against the run of play.This lifted the heads of GDS who started to move faster and sharper putting Salem under pressure. 

Lucy CalawayAmira Rady, and Mackenzie Culp defended well, marking the players to stop the play. Several penalty corners kept the pressure on the defense with Emma Auch making some great saves and clearing well. Eventually, the pressure was too much and a deflected shot from a penalty corner made it 2-0 Greensboro.

Salem kept playing and some great play from Breanna Sorrell and Hannah Bodsford linking with Carry Liu gave Salem continued hope of an overdue goal. Despite Jadyn Loftin and Parker Lacewell’s efforts up front, the ball just would not go in. Another break away from GDS caused a third goal just before halftime.

In the second half, Salem again started brightly. The passing and movement were better from Salem, but they continued to get caught trying to move forward in numbers. With midfield legs tiring, Kiya Norman and Lucy Price came on and gave some energy, chasing the ball down. Despite the result being 5-0 to GDS, the actual play on the field was fairly even- GDS just had that final touch. This was an improved performance by Salem’s varsity team. 


Junior Varsity Field Hockey

Salem’s JV field hockey team celebrated their first victory on Thursday after defeating Greensboro Day School, 8-0. The team started off strong with an assist by Kennedy Conner and a goal scored by Jadyn LoftinKennedy’s assist was followed by a goal of her own later in the game. The JV team remained on offense for the majority of the game with the help of Praise Idika, who added another point to the scoreboard. Mackenzie Culp was able to move up the field and proved her versatility with two goals for the Sabers. Parker Lacewell continued to build the team’s momentum and scored three goals, with an assist by Favor Idika for the hat trick. The JV team showed great improvement during this game and hopes to build on this victory as the season continues. 


Varsity Tennis

On September 13th, Salem traveled to Burlington for the rematch with Burlington Christian Academy and once again Salem prevailed by a 5-4 decision. All six Salem players garnered a win in either singles, doubles or both, giving us a total team effort. Singles winners were Jayden BrownAmanda Na and Veronica LiVeronica teamed with Faith Harcus for her second win of the day. Caroline Harman teamed with Lia Allescher for the other doubles win.

Salem is 2-1 in conference play.


Perennially strong Greensboro Day School defeated Salem Academy 8-1 on September 14th at Salem with the lone win for Salem coming from Jayden Brown’s straight-set victory at the number one slot. Greensboro Day showed their prowess by having an entire team of consistent as well as powerful players from top to bottom.

Salem is currently 2-1 in conference play and 2-2 overall and travel to Calvary Day School on Sept. 15.


Junior Varsity Tennis 

The  JV tennis team had an extremely tough match Thursday, September 14th against the powerhouse of Greensboro Day School. The Sabers lost the match 8-0. The girls learned a lot about the game of tennis. Three people had close singles matches, Emma ShelbySidney Stearns and Fiona Guo all lost their matches by a score of 6-8. They played very well and Coach Engram is proud of the entire team. 



Friday, September 15th

Varsity Tennis at Calvary Day School, 4:00

Varsity Volleyball at Calvary Day School, 5:30

Junior Varsity Volleyball at Calvary Day School, 4:30

Varsity Field Hockey at Forsyth Country Day, 4:30


Monday, September 18th

Cross Country at Camp Merriwood, 5:00 

Junior Varsity Volleyball at Forsyth Country Day School, 4:30


Tuesday, September 19th

Varsity Field Hockey vs. St. Mary’s, 4:30

Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs. St. Mary’s, 5:45

Varsity Volleyball vs. Calvary Day School, 5:30

Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Calvary Day School, 4:30

Varsity Tennis vs. Calvary Day School, 4:00


Thursday, September 21st

Cross Country at Calvary Day School at Ivey Redmon Park, 5:00


Friday, September 22nd

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Webb School, 4:30

Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs. Webb School, 5:45

Varsity Volleyball vs. Salem Baptist, 5:30

Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Salem Baptist, 4:30

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Summit, 4:00


Home events in italics

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