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 January 12, 2018

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

This week the message will come from Betsy Boyd, the Director of Studies. She is going to tell you about the discussion in which we are engaged concerning the daily schedule, and how it might be changed or amended to better meet the needs of our students.

My best to you for a great week, as Jan Term continues to move along.

Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School

It’s quieter than usual on campus right now, with junior and seniors interning throughout Winston-Salem and around the world and students, faculty, and parents traveling in Great Britain. January Term is such a unique program, providing the opportunity for all of our students to do school a little bit differently and allowing faculty and staff to take advantage of the slower pace on campus, becoming students themselves and collaborating on current initiatives.  

Fresh from our SAIS accreditation team visit this fall, we are diligently working on several key elements of the committee’s recommendations, including faculty technology training and rethinking our daily schedule.  This week, faculty participated in Google Drive and Google Classroom training, learning how to best use these platforms in the classroom and beyond.  In addition, after collecting information from peer schools, current students, and faculty in the fall, a committee has begun the very important work of re-envisioning our daily schedule to best meet the needs of our students.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a start time no earlier than 8:30 for high schools, and articles like this point to the importance of transition time, study time, and coordination of tests and other major assignments in a high school schedule.  While the Academy already does many of these things, finding ways to begin classes later and to provide more time between classes are areas where we could certainly improve.  We also want to ensure that our schedule supports seniors taking a Salem College class and includes time for faculty collaboration throughout the school year.

The scheduling committee will share its work with faculty at the start of the second semester, and we look forward to sharing the 2018-2019 schedule with you in early spring.  If you have ideas to share, please feel free to contact me at betsy.boyd@salem.edu or 336-917-5506.

Warm Regards,
Betsy Boyd

Yearbook Ad Deadline is February 6

Dear Parents,

It is now time to think about purchasing a personalized ad for your daughter in the Salem Academy yearbook.  The space for ads in the Quill Pen is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  We have limited space this year, so don’t delay!  Your ad may be as small as a quarter page or as large as an entire page.


The prices are as follows:

Full Page Ad: $165

½ Page Ad: $130

¼ Page Ad $110


All ad sales will be online only this year! Click here to get started.

  • Note that ads can be purchased for any student, not just seniors.

  • Parents must secure written permission for any material that is copyright protected.

  • Please click on the link above to access online ad sales page.  Once you get to the ad sales page, the program will walk you through the process, step-by-step! Occasionally certain browsers have issues opening the ad sales page. Please make sure pop-up blockers are off.

  • Please note that this will require digital photos.  If you have any hard copy photos, simply use your home scanner or a scan center at your local FedEx Office, Office Supply Store, Walmart, Target, CVS, etc.  If this ad is a surprise, please note that in the “special instructions” section when you are creating your ad.

  • Note: This website link and thus all ad sales will close at midnight on February 6, or when all the allotted space has been filled.  

If you have any questions regarding ads, please contact Jenny Orr at 336-917-5518 or jenny.orr@salem.edu.

Deadline: February 6, 2018



Photos From England and Scotland

The Academy’s United Kingdom adventures continue with tours of Chester and Warwick, Coventry, and a particularly spirited guide named Titus.


Upcoming Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day of Service

Salem continued its tradition of serving others in our community on Wednesday with our annual Day of Service.

We had fifty-eight students who participated in the volunteer effort with SECU Family House, Sunnyside Ministries, and Second Harvest Food Bank in the morning. At Second Harvest and Sunnyside, students sorted food items or assisted with organizing clothes. While at SECU Family House, students made snacks for residents and helped with household chores.

During the afternoon, students volunteered their time at a local elementary school. By working with younger students, Salem students help unlock the power of learning in others.

See our photos here.

Jan Term Residential Life Programming

The boarding students on campus for Jan Term are enjoying a fun and relaxing array of evening activities this month! With three programs being offered each week, the students have the opportunity to enjoy time with friends, learn new things, and maybe even try something they’ve never done before. The evening programs kicked off on Thursday, January 5 with a little friendly competition at Trivia Night. On Monday, January 8, we stayed out of the cold weather with plenty of snacks and a very fitting movie night choice, Frozen. Still to come, we will be taking a trip to the symphony, doing a stress relief craft night, and testing our artistic abilities with a painting night. To wrap up our Jan Term residential life programming, we will have an instructor leading all of the boarding students in a relaxing yoga session. With only a short time left, it is great to see the students enjoying all that Jan Term has to offer!


College Counseling Corner

Summer Opportunities for Students

Athletics Update

Varsity Swimming
Salem Academy Swimming is back!  The team had their first meet of the new year Thursday night.  It was a small meet that included Forsyth Country Day School and High Point Christian Academy.  Salem came in second place, beating out High Point Christian Academy.  go Salem!  
The girls performed well and will be back to work at practice Friday. 
Swimmer improvements:
200 Medley Relay(lead off legs) 50 back - Kate Dossel  -3.07, Michaela Murphy -7.04
200 Free- Lucy Price -3.47, Kate Dossel -8.77
50 Free- Alexandra Maycock -4.37, Sara Huang -8.19
100 Free- Grace Gould -0.14, Izzy Pare -1.08, Lucy Price -8.80, Sara Huang -12.44
100 Back- Grace Gould -0.72, Kate Dossel -3.60, Michaela Murphy -.10.74
400 Free relay(lead off legs)100 free- Grace Gould -0.40
The team will be back in action at their next meet on Thursday, January 18 at 4:30 pm at home. 
Upcoming Events
Saturday, January 13th
Fencing at Bishop McGuinness, 10:00 am
Thursday, January 18th
Swimming vs. TAC Teams, 4:30 p.m.
Home Events in Italics

Winter Open House

The admissions office is hosting an open house Thursday, February 1, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Please share your love of Salem Academy by encouraging friends and family to attend!

Families can drop in for campus tours, light refreshments, and to chat with Salem students, faculty, and administrators about school life.  Students will learn about academics, athletics, fine arts, and Jan Term in an informal setting.  

Families can register online or call the admissions office at 336-721-2643 for more details.  

If you know a student who belongs at Salem, please let her know about this event!

Invitation to travel with Salem alums and friends in 2018

Academy Alumnae Spring Trip 2018

Dear Parents, Friends, and Alumnae of Salem Academy and College,

Happy New Year!  In this time of the deep freeze, why not make plans for a warm, lovely trip in June to Vienna, Prague, and Leipzig.  Travel with fun people who love Salem, as we explore “Moravians and Music,” visit museums and gardens, attend concerts, shop, dine, and have lots of free time to pursue special interests.  From castles to half-timbered, thatched cottages, from Viennese waltzes to Bach fugues, there will be much to enjoy for everyone.  Make your plans now!


Betsy Overton

Chair, Department of History

Salem Academy




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