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 October 28, 2018

From the Head of School

Be our guest, be our guest, Put our service to the test… (from Beauty and the Beast)

I am so excited about our upcoming Open House, and I am asking all of you to help spread the word and share this opportunity with families who have teenage daughters! The Admissions team has been working hard to orchestrate this event, and I know that all the components of Salem Academy will shine bright!
Open House is Sunday, November 11, and it will be held in Bryant Hall from 2:30 until 5:00. Our faculty and student body will be in attendance, and the Salem Ambassadors will be available to give tours of the facilities (including the entire Academy building). We are also inviting future boarding students to spend Sunday night in the dorm and shadow a student on Monday, November 12. Prospective day students may also shadow* on this day (which is a day off for some schools).

There are a few reasons why we are holding the Sunday event in Bryant Hall: (1) we are able to set up tables for both academics and clubs, allowing prospective students to stop by and stay at their own pace; (2) we are able to show off our athletic facilities; (3) we are able highlight the proximity to the College campus; and (4) we are able to provide ample parking.

*One more bit of information about “shadow days,” the chance for any prospective student to follow the class schedule with one of our current students: The Admissions link on the webpage has a dropdown to “Visit Campus,” and instructions to sign up for a shadow day are there. Here is the link: https://www.salemacademy.com/admissions/visit-campus. We are not limiting when we offer shadow days as we want this opportunity to be available and convenient for a prospective student’s own schedule. We do specify it be a Monday, Tuesday, or Friday as all of our core classes meet on those days.

Whew! There is a lot here, but that is so typical of Salem Academy - we offer a lot of options for students while we stay true to our core: Educating girls so that they may discover their voice and chart the path that will take them to their next steps in life.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

Thanksgiving Travel Plans Due October 31!

Greetings, families! All students must travel away from campus for our Thanksgiving break (November 16-26), and we ask that families send in their travel plans on October 31 to help us coordinate school transportation to the Greensboro airport and Winston-Salem bus station. Click here for more information about scheduling vacation leave requests.


Driver's Education

  • Drivers Education classes will be held at the Academy during Jan Term January 7-18, 2019.  Classes run from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will be held in the study hall room.
  • Students must be North Carolina residents, age 14 years, 6 months on or before Jan. 7 to be eligible to enroll.  This is NC law-there are no exceptions.  (DOB on or before July 7, 2004)
  • Students must attend all 10 classes, 30 hours of classroom instruction, to pass the course.  There are no exceptions. 
  • Students will be taught both the classroom and driving portions of the course for a cost of $350 (classroom only = $150/ in-car only = $200.)  This may be paid in cash or by check to Forsyth Driving School, and must be paid on the first day of class.  (This price reflects a $100 discount.)
  • Payment may be made in full on the first day of classes or $150 may be paid the first day of classroom instruction, and $200 on the first day of in-car driving.
  • If your daughter is eligible, please have her come by the Head of School’s office and pick up NC State form SBTS-800.  This form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian, and returned to Kathy Barnes in the Head of School’s office by Dec. 10.
  • If your daughter is eligible but unable to take classes during Jan Term due to a conflict with the Jan Term trip, Forsyth Driving School does offer classes at their school in Clemmons.  An afternoon/evening Christmas break class is being offered.  More information is available on their website: www.forsythdrivingschool.com  If you attend the class at the Forsyth Driving School Clemmons location, remember to tell them you attend Salem Academy and you will receive the same $100 discount!


Fall Play - Ghost Train

Come see Ghost Train, November 8-11.

The Ghost Train poster

Parents - Call for Refreshments

We’re looking for food items for sale and fun. Read more: Letter to parents and students with details about what you can contribute.

Girl Up Tie-Dye Extravaganza

Girl Up sponsored its kick-off event for the year with a tie-dye fundraiser. The club threw a party after dinner on the front lawn of the Academy on October 18 complete with special desserts baked by club members and music by DJ Abigail Wucherer ‘19. Girl Up is an international organization now in its third year at the Academy. Club officers Lucy Price ‘20, Makenna Hartwich ‘20, and Ashley Peake ’19 organized a great event enjoyed by both students and children of faculty members.

Salem students tie-dyingSalem students tie-dying

News from The Art Room and Its Reach

Usually I would give you an exciting adventure from the World of Art, but today I want to share with you our exciting side project, ADULTING 101. A few of the friends of the Art Department asked me to sponsor their club, A101. Our first event was a combination cooking class and service project. This past Tuesday afternoon, the girls made around 6 dozen cupcakes and distributed them to grateful staff members and teachers around the school. The smiles on recipients faces and the joy from the students in giving away their work was priceless. Below is a letter from the founding members sharing their concept and goals for the club. We would love to have local female entrepreneurs come help further develop their skills. If you are interested please send me an email at, maria.robinson@salem.edu.

What is the Adulting 101 Club?

Our club wants to get teenagers ahead of the “adulting game”. We want to be able to know the basic things adults do such as: completing tax returns, buying insurance, writing resumes, and basic cooking and cleaning skills. The idea started as a home economics club, but then we thought, why not add the extra stuff that everyone has to figure out on their own. Life is stressful. We want to make the transition from high school to the real world easier. We plan to have lessons on how to write a resume and maybe even a local female entrepreneur come in soon. Hopefully, this club helps some people out when going out into the big bad world.

Your future Salem Adults,
Sidney Stearns, Co-President
Ava Heinen, Co-President
Aaliyah Brown, Vice President

Batter added to cupcake wrappers on a stovetop by students in adulting 101Adulting 101 student mixing baterAdulting 101 student using a counter top mixer

Always Improving - Sisters of the Motherboard

Class this week started with both teams updating each other and sharing ideas about ways to improve their designs. With 28 girls participating in robotics, we usually split up during class time to have more space to work - so this week was a good chance to come together and brainstorm solutions for the other team.

This week both teams worked on rebuilding pieces of the robots based on the feedback and new ideas. STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) fields are based on continually refining ideas and trying things over again. The Sisters of the Motherboard are constantly learning and reflecting on ways to improve their robots which sometimes means redoing something they had previously done.

Sisters of the Motherboard - robot constructionSisters of the Motherboard - robot construction all 4 wheels addedSisters of the Motherboard - robot construction with tracks for mobility

At the time you are reading this, we will be wrapping up our second weekend building session. Stay tuned next week for pictures of the progress!

Salem Academy Model UN Club Excels at Conference

Salem Academy’s Model United Nations Club participated in the 29th Annual Carolinas Conference at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from October 19-21. 22 students were divided into 12 delegations representing the nations of China, the United States, Greece, Ireland, and Mexico. They competed in five separate committees: the Security Council, European Union, Commission on the Status of Women, Economics and Finance Committee (ECOFIN), and the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM).

Two delegations won awards at the conference. Iva Sopta and Grace Gould won Honorable Mention (third place) for representing China on the Commission on the Status of Women committee, and Tochi Okoli won Outstanding Delegate (first place) for representing China on the Security Council. We had many first-time participants at this conference, and they all made their voices heard in their committees, and represented Salem Academy extremely well. Well done, ladies!

Modelr UN - 2018 UNCC Conference group photo


Help Our Neighbors

Our neighbors need our help! Consider purchasing gift cards for hurricane Florence relief

Athletics Update

Cross Country

Four members of the cross country team competed in the NCISAA State Championship meet Friday in Hendersonville. The conditions weren’t ideal with many places flooded and thick mud throughout but our runners showed up and put forth their best effort. Those who participated were: Abigail Wucherer, Alia Agee, Julia Zhou, and Sophia Iltis. Official results will be posted next week.

Fall Award Banquet

The Salem Academy athletic department hosted its fall awards banquet on Tuesday, October 23rd, to recognize the accomplishments of the 63 athletes and six teams that represented the Sabers this fall on the fields, courts, and courses.

Coaches recognized their team’s accomplishments and athletes that contributed to the success of their seasons. The following are the award winners for their given teams:

Field Hockey-

Most Valuable Player – Jenae Edwards
Most Improved Player - Mary Brannen Connolley
Coach’s Award- Mackenzie Culp

Varsity Tennis-

Most Valuable Player – Jayden Brown
Most Improved Player - Krystal Chukwuanu
Coach’s Award- Emma Grimstead

Junior Varsity Tennis-

Most Improved- Grace Jeon
Sportsmanship- Jessie Gentles
Coach’s Award- Izzy Smith

Varsity Volleyball-

Best Defense- Hannah Brothers
Best Offense-Miracle Etim-Andy
Most Improved- Caroline Drupka
Coaches award- Tochi Okoli
Most Valuable Player- Dania Shoaf

Junior Varsity Volleyball-

Most Valuable Player- Tiarra Georges
Most Improved Player – Piper Angel
Coach’s Award– Angelina Pierre

Cross Country-

Top Runner- Sophia Iltis
Saber Award- Julia Zhou


Athletics - Coach Highlight

Salem Academy’s varsity tennis coach, Varner Sink, was inducted into the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 20, 2018. A 1971 graduate of Lexington High School, Sink was a fierce competitor on the court. He then went on to NC State, majoring in mathematics. Through the years, he has attained top 10 rankings in the North Carolina Tennis Association five different times. In addition, Varner has also won numerous city championships in Lexington, Thomasville, High Point, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Boone.

Varner is a teacher of the game and he is loved by all! He came to Salem Academy in 2005 and has lead the Lady Saber tennis team to two conference championships, one undefeated season and four second-place finishes. During his time at Salem, he has been named Coach of the Year in the Triad Athletic Conference four times. Until retiring in 2018, Varner also coached the Lexington Senior High men’s tennis team and led them to five conference tennis titles. Varner has also been heavily involved in many community tennis programs in North Carolina. Most Saturdays, he can be found on the court, teaching and sharing his love for the game to students of all ages. Salem Academy is very fortunate to have Varner on the coaching staff at Salem Academy.

Congratulations Varner Sink!!!
Coach Varner on the courtCoach Varner with student on the courtCoach Varner dribbling a tennis ball on a racket


Athletics - Winter Sports Tryouts

Tryouts for winter sports will begin on Monday, October 29th at 4 pm. This includes the sports of basketball and swimming. Fencing practices will continue on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Club lacrosse will begin after school on November 6th.

Helen's Run Walk 5K

Salem students will be participating in Helen’s Run Walk 5K on Saturday, November 3rd in Clayton, NC. The race starts at 10 am. Salem will provide entry fees, transportation, and lunch. The buses will leave from the Academy at 7:00 am and return around 2:00 pm. Fall athletes and Athletic Council members are required to attend the event. Faculty and parents are welcome to join in on the fun.
Helen's Run/Walk 5K Event flier

Upcoming Activities

Upcoming Activities at Salem Academy


Athletics - This Week's Events

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, (Away)

Four members of the cross country team competed in the NCISAA State Championship meet Friday in Hendersonville. The conditions weren’t ideal with many places flooded and thick mud throughout but our runners showed up and put forth their best effort. Those who participated were: Abigail WuchererAlia Agee, Julia Zhou, and  Sophia Iltis.

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