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Week of September 8, 2017

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

During the course of this year, at times I will ask other members of the faculty and staff to provide the weekly message on topics important to all of us. Today, our counselor, Jenny Orr will be providing the information for this column on a topic that is so important to the life and health of our girls. Please give careful consideration to the information that she provides.

My best to all of you,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School



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Hello and greetings from the Counseling Office!

I wanted to take this space to share with you a presentation that I gave during Assembly today about suicide. Suicide is one of those topics that most people are uncomfortable discussing, yet it is something that we NEED to be discussing. Sunday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to a 2015 statistics reported by the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24 in the United States. More American teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined. In the United States, there is an average of 3,470 attempts by young people in grades 9-12 each day. Eighty percent of teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.

Here are some common warning signs of suicidal ideation:

  • Suicidal threats – these can be said in a joking manner, or can be written, but should ALWAYS be taken seriously.
  • Change in behavior – withdrawing from interaction, not engaging in activities, change in appetite/sleeping habits, declining grades, anything that is different from the norm.
  • Obsession with death – talking about death, listening to songs about death, watching tv/movies about death, poems or artwork depicting death.
  • Loss of hope – not caring about anything, feeling worthless, ambivalent about the future
  • No concern for self – taking excessive risks, lack of hygiene, feeling poorly all the time from the emotional stress.

If you are worried that a teenager is displaying such warning signs, please take action. Have an honest conversation about your concerns. Call a mental health professional. Provide constant supervision and remove means for self-harm.

All of this information was discussed with the students during Assembly today. After hearing about the facts and warning signs, a video (https://twloha.com/iwasmadefor/) was shown that was produced by To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit that is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with suicide and other mental health issues.

The premise of the video was that every person has a reason to be here. After watching the video, students filled out a sheet of paper and completed the phrase “I Was Made For.”  These wonderful statements are now displayed in the lobby outside of the auditorium and some can be seen above.

If you are concerned about a student, please do not hesitate to call, email and/or come visit me. The well-being of our students is my number one priority.

Take care,
Jenny Orr

Mental Health Counselor


Hurricane Irma

As hurricane Irma bears down upon the U.S., preparations are underway at the Academy to provide for the safety and health of our students. A response plan is in effect and all students were emailed a copy of that plan earlier today. The latest forecast does not have Winston-Salem in the direct path of the storm, but the plan is in place should the storm change course. We will be keeping those in the path of the storm in our thoughts and prayers.


Parents Weekend is September 29-30

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!



Senior Day Preparations

The Class of 2018 is gearing up for our Senior Day celebration, which is the Wednesday, September 13. On Sunday, the class is gathering at the home of Mr. Allen to relax and prepare for the week ahead. During Senior Day, the class will present seminars to the student body on topics such as Cookie Monster Goes to Math Class, Culture Shock, From Handicrafts to Pinterest, How Women Influence DIY, Model UN, the History of Fried Chicken, KPop Culture, and Time Travel throughout the ages.  Here’s a copy of the senior day schedule.



Senior Day Schedule


Great Britain JanTerm Trip 2018… act now!

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 on 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!

Athletics Update


Varsity Tennis

The Salem Academy tennis team captured its first victory of the 2017 season with a 6-3 decision over Burlington Christian Academy in a match completed Thursday at home. The match, which was started on August 31 but halted due to rain, was highlighted by solid performances at all three doubles slots. The teams of Jayden Brown/Amanda NaLea Allescher/Caroline Harman and Abby Duncan/Veronica Li took all three matches by scores of 8-1, 8-1 and 8-4 respectively. Singles winners for Salem were Jayden, Abby and Amanda.


Junior Varsity Tennis

The JV tennis team won their first match 6-3 against Forsyth Country Day on Thursday. Emma Shelby, Makenna Hartwich, Patrina Fan and Airah Cui were winners times two with all four girls winning both their singles and doubles matches. Coach Engram is very proud of the way all the girls played and is looking forward to the season.


Varsity Volleyball

The Salem Academy varsity volleyball Sabers played a great game resulting in their first victory on Thursday as they defeated the American Hebrew Academy, 3-0.  The final scores were 25-11, 25-15, and 25-16.  Hannah Brothers and Jenna Barnes made some great plays on the ball while Dania Shoaf and Maggie Campbell had some beautiful sets.  The Sabers were very happy to get their first win.


Junior Varsity Volleyball

Wednesday, September 6th, the Sabers JV Volleyball team played a grueling match against Langtree Charter Academy. Although the team played a good match, the girls just could not come together to get the win. The Lady Sabers lost 2-0. While Salem might not have pulled through to bring home the win, the support shown by the entire team proved that they have the determination to fight for every point. 


Varsity Field Hockey

From the start of Tuesday’s game vs. Cary Christian Academy, it was clear this was going to be a very difficult first game of the season for Salem. With some excellent individual play from Cary and good link ups, Cary sliced through Salem scoring in the first minute. Seven further goals were scored in the first half, now 8-0. Despite the heavy scoreline, the Salem girls held their heads high and fought for every ball. In the second half, Amira Rady was excellent at marking one of Cary’s key players which tamed their ability to attack down the right side. With some energy and leadership, captains Breanna Sorrells and Emma Maddrey focused and kept Salem’s shape and spirits up. Despite the final score being 10-0 to Cary, Salem had some spells in the second half where they were able to link up and show some potential. 


Junior Varsity Field Hockey

Salem’s JV team started brightly against Cary Christian Academy with some good link up play by Kennedy Conner in midfield. Cary came back with determination and pushed forward for several minutes. Despite some solid defending by Salem, in the 11th minute, Cary scored.

Salem did not allow their heads to go down and held the ball for long spells, continuously pushing forward. A clearing pass by Kennedy to Kiya Norman was slotted through for Parker Lacewell to find Kennedy clear in a great place. She accurately passed to Jadyn Loftin who scored. The game was tied 1-1 in the 23rd minute.

The second half remained a good battle between the sides and substituting to let the brand new players on the field for experience changed the dynamic of Salem. Despite such great effort by newcomers Iyana Lee, Cameron Shaw and Jeanine Ikekhua, Cary managed to score two more goals. A great first game for Salem’s JV showing some promising new players.



Friday, September 8th

Varsity Field Hockey at Parrott Academy, 4:30


Saturday, September 9th

Varsity Field Hockey at Cape Fear Academy, 1:30


Monday, September 11th

Varsity Tennis at Burlington Christian Academy, 4:00

Varsity Volleyball at Burlington Christian Academy, 5:15

Junior Varsity Volleyball at Burlington Christian Academy, 4:00


Wednesday, September 13th

Cross Country at Forsyth Country Day School, 5:00


Thursday, September 14th

Varsity Tennis vs. Greensboro Day School, 4:00

Junior Varsity Tennis vs. Greensboro Day School, 4:00

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Greensboro Day School, 4:30

Junior Varsity Field Hockey vs. Greensboro Day School, 5:30

Varsity Volleyball vs. Greensboro Day School, 5:30

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


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


Home events in italics


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