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 26, 2018

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

Welcome back to Salem for the beginning of second semester. Jan Term was wonderful on campus, even if the end of it was “snowed out.” However, I think the students thoroughly enjoyed sledding down the back hill and having hot chocolate in the dining room each afternoon. I have begun to hear the stories about the Jan Term internships away from school, and as always, the girls had wonderful and enriching experiences. I so look forward to Jan Term Sharing Day next Wednesday, January 31, when I can hear from more of them. Parents are invited to come to Sharing Day and we would love to see you. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. and is held in Bryant Hall in the gym complex. I hope to see some of you there.

Second semester is upon us and I feel as if we are poised at the top of a mountain looking straight down towards May and the end of school. There is much to be accomplished, exciting activities to attend, and another semester of learning, cementing friendships, and personal growth. An active school community is a very exciting place to be and I am so pleased that your daughters and I get to share this very vibrant community. There will be many things to learn,  a musical to put on, games to play, Disney World to be visited, AP exams, and of course, the graduation of our wonderful seniors.

We are in a new year and I wish the best to you all for 2018. For our students, I encourage them to make the most of each moment, to take advantage of any opportunity offered, and to make their lives as rich and varied as possible. This new year is one of promise and excitement and I want the students to embrace it and to take full advantage of what is offered. That trip down the mountainside to May may be a bit rocky or slippery or just plain fast, but the results at the bottom of the mountain will be so rewarding and worthwhile, and we will all gain strength from arriving there together.


Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


February Long Weekend Plans Due Wednesday

Please submit your daughter’s February long weekend travel plans by January 31 on boardingware.  

Our February long weekend is from February 16-19, and you can find more information about reporting travel plans here.


Salem Academy Summer Storage 2018

Even though spring semester has just begun, the end of the school year will arrive sooner than you know it! Salem Academy would like to know which boarding students and their families would be interested in the summer storage program sponsored by Salem Academy.

*For our senior boarding students and families, the storage company that works with Salem also offers a service that will provide storage and also shipment to college for you.

Please fill out this survey if you and/or your student would like to participate in summer storage at Salem. The last date to complete the survey is Thursday, February 15th, 2018.  Thank you!


College Counseling Corner

Summer Opportunities

RSVP for March 23 Parent Workshop

On the afternoon of Friday, March 23, Salem Academy will welcome Dr. Christy Buchanan to share research-based practices for parents navigating adolescence as a family in the 21st century. This will take place after our Annual Spring College Panel. For more information about Dr. Buchanan and her work, please click here. All parents are encouraged to attend this event on campus before departing with your daughters for Spring Break. Students will be asked to join their parents towards the end of this 75 minute workshop.  Dr. Buchanan’s workshop will begin at 2:45, and, we’ll have a brief parent social beginning at 2:15 p.m. in the EB Reception room prior to the event.  Please RSVP your participation here.

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities

Jan Term Flower Show

Though our Jan Term Flower Show had to be canceled last week because of snow, we have been able to reschedule for Wednesday, during Jan Term Sharing Day.  Flower arrangements will be displayed in the front reception rooms of Salem Academy and they will be in place beginning Tuesday afternoon.  Please stop by to see the fabulous creations of the talented Salem flower designers and read the comments written by the team of judges from the Winston-Salem community.

Athletics Update

Varsity Swimming

After being snowed out for a week, the Sabers were back in the swim of things Thursday night.  The team hosted Greensboro Day, Forsyth Country Day and Asheville Christian Academy.  Salem came in third, beating Asheville Christian.  It was the team’s first meet after Jan Term with the whole team back together and the coaches are very proud of how everyone performed.  Go Salem!  

Swimmer improvements include:

200 Medley Relay- Kate Dossel (lead off 50 back) -1.91

200 Free- Grace Gould -7.08, Kate Dossel -13.23

50 Free- Lucy Price -1.12, Makenna Hartwich -2.55, Cameron Shaw -0.02

100 Free- Abigail Wucherer -1.18, Michaela Murphy -9.45, Sara Huang -8.03

500 Free- Kate Dossel -21.12, Lucy Price -10.09

100 Back- Grace Gould -0.79, Makenna Hartwich -8.61

100 Breast- Julia Luchner -0.93, Cameron Shaw -0.57

400 Free Relay- Kate Dossel (leadoff leg) -3.36  


Come on out for Salem’s next meet at home on Tuesday, January 30 at 4:30 pm.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 27th

Fencing at Chapel Hill High School. 10:00 am


Tuesday, January 30th

Swimming vs. TAC Teams, 4:30 p.m.


Friday, February 2nd

Swimming vs. TAC Teams, 4:30 p.m.


Home Events in Italics


Spring Sports

Fitness will begin on Monday for anyone interested in playing a spring sport. It will begin at 4:00 pm and will finish by 5:00 pm. Tryouts for spring sports will start on Tuesday, February 20th.


Save the Date for Summer STEAM Camp

Yearbook Ads Due February 6

Dear Parents,

There are only 11 days left to purchase 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

Inclement Weather Policy

Since the Academy is a boarding and day school, every effort is made to hold classes on time and as scheduled unless weather conditions are so severe that businesses and other residential schools (such as local colleges and universities) find that closing is necessary.  This policy (PDF)may mean that the Academy would remain in session when the public schools or other private day schools are closed.  If classes at the Academy are canceled or delayed, notice will be given as early as possible via text (for parents and students registered to receive Academy text messages), e-mail, local TV station WXII, and voice recording by calling the tag room number (336-721-2775).

Read the entire Inclement Weather Policy here. (PDF)

In case you missed this during Jan Term

Dear families,

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 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


Thursday is Winter Open House

The admissions office is hosting an open house from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Thursday. 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!


Summer Trip To Central Europe Deadline is Wednesday

Academy Alumnae Spring Trip 2018

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