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 November 18, 2018

From the Head of School

“Instead of focusing on what you lack, direct your attention on what you do have. Be grateful. Repeat: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.” (Rachel Brathen, aka Yoga Girl)


I have been bombarded with goodness this week - good people, good events, good food, good laughter, good messages, and good causes. This may simply be a result of being in the right place (Salem Academy) at the right time, for the energy that I feel when I am with the students is something that inspires me to share my best self with them, just as they do with me. The interesting thing about this past week, though, is that a lot of the goodness came from my interactions with adults.

My highlight reel for the week of  November 12 would include all the people who impacted my life with their generosity, kind words, and selfless actions. I was in meetings with Trustees who are committed to Salem Academy and College,  volunteering more hours than I am certain they had ever planned. An alumna and true friend of the Academy invited me to be her guest at the luncheon for The Women’s Fund where she introduced me to members of the Winston Salem community. Alumna Adrian Harold Wood ‘93, the Keynote speaker at the Women’s Conference, spent over two hours on our campus speaking to students, reconnecting with former teachers, and revealing that her blog focuses on “sharing the what is instead of the what if.” Our counselor Mary Margaret Johnson presented her weekly “Take a Minute” in Assembly to remind us all of the connection between gratefulness, mindfulness, and wellness. Wow - what an incredible week this has been!

I am fully aware of the gifts that I continue to receive every day that I am a part of the Salem Academy family, and it is with a full heart that I say Thank you.


Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Vespers Wait List

Our Senior Vespers service, where our senior class leads the school community in a Moravian Lovefeast and Candle Light Service, filled up quickly. You can be added to the wait list by emailing lauren.rogers@salem.edu.

Senior Vespers will be at 5 p.m. December 2.


College Counseling Corner

Another article from the New York Times that I thought would be appropriate at this time of the school year. Even if your daughter is not a senior, this information can be very helpful.

Summer Opportunities for Students


Interim Progress Reports

Second quarter interim progress reports are now available in the Parent Portal.  Students receive a progress report if their average in a class is a C- or below or if a teacher has other information to share, so your daughter may or may not have a progress report.  Students met with their advisors on Wednesday to discuss these reports and their academic progress at the midpoint of second quarter. If you have questions about your daughter’s progress, please reach out to her advisor.


The Motherlode of Updates from the Sisters of the Motherboard

Wow, a lot has happened in the last two weeks!


The Sisters have begun partnering with Mounts Robotics Center downtown. They finished setting up the field. They are excited about and extremely grateful for the generous donation of another corner of the field by Mounts Robotics! This week the girls had a chance to connect with professionals in the High-Performance Manufacturers Association and demo their robots. They also worked the FRC teams (Purple Platypi, Triple Strange, and Girls on Fire) and their mentors to get expert advice and help problem-solving.


We were excited to welcome prospective students on Sunday to see our process during the weekend build day while the Salem Academy Open House was occurring! We finished a new bulletin board featuring some of our seniors and alums reflecting on their experiences in robotics. Check it out on the 2nf floor of Critz. One theme was that this group is #morethanrobots and teaches so many other skills!


Here’s a video update of Team A’s moving robot this week! https://youtu.be/tIJxy7ss7sQ

Thursday the whole school heard from Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls. The girls were inspired by her speech and a few of the team ate lunch with her beforehand. Afterwards, there was a more intimate Q&A session on the Sun Porch, which several robotics members attended. We loved her positive message about the foundational role of women in the birth of the STEM industries and the importance of perseverance and resilience in the face of failure and challenges.

Stay tuned for more exciting news!


The Arts Are Going to Europe

Neuschwanstein Castle, Munich, Germany

The 2020 JanTerm trip will be hosted by the Fine Arts Department. We can’t wait to explore the Art, Theater, and Music of AUSTRIA, GERMANY, and SWITZERLAND. Look for a general brochure of information coming home over Thanksgiving and a preliminary itinerary before Winter Break.  


Holiday Blood Drive Dec. 16

There will be a Holiday Blood Drive on Sunday, December 16th sponsored by Mrs. Malatlian and her son, Tristan.  It will be held at Harvest Bible Chapel (610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem 27106) from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Students who are at least 16 years old can choose to donate a pint of blood and save up to three lives!  Students under the age of 18 must have the Parental Consent form signed and completed in order to participate. See this link for more information about student donors.  

Transportation will be provided for boarders wishing to donate.  Families, you are also welcome to drop by and give blood as a “walk-in.” You may also schedule an appointment online here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Malatlian with any questions or concerns.

Click Below to Register for Winter Greenery

Greenery Workshop 2018

Updated Weather Policy

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Drivers 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!

Students Attend Matinee At Triad Stage

Students from theatre classes and the English class taught by Mrs. O’Neil attended a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Triad Stage.  Students also stayed after the performance for a talk- back with actors from the production.  The performance was fun and exciting and a small cast played multiple roles. 

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Loss, 28-33 (Away)

The Salem Academy basketball team opened up their season on the road as they traveled to Salisbury to take on North Hills Christian School. The team put forth great effort but in the end, they came up short. Salem started off slow in the first half and dug a hole that they weren’t able to get out of in the second half, despite outscoring their opponent. The loss can be attributed to the twelve missed free throws by the Sabers. Angelina Pierre led the team in scoring with 14 points while Tochi Okoli contributed 10 points.

Finished, 2nd (Home)

Salem Academy’s swim meet was smaller than usual Thursday night but that doesn’t mean the Sabers didn’t make a big showing.  The team came in second, beating out Burlington Christian Academy, High Point Christian Academy and Statesville Christian School.  Way to go Salem! 

Grace Gould wowed everyone with her performance by taking nine more seconds off of her 200 IM and 0.31 seconds off of the 50 Free.  Go Grace!   

Emma Grimstead continues to shine by making another state cut in the 100 Breast Stroke and by shaving more time off of the 50 Free.  Congrats Emma!

Also in the 50 Free, Helen Watson shaved 1.54 more seconds and Alexandra Cao shaved 0.79 seconds.  Good job!

Kelly Nesser worked hard to shave 3.51 seconds off of the 100 Fly!  You go Kelly!

The next meet will be at home on November 29th at 4:30 pm.  

Loss, 23-33 (Home)

Salem hosted their first game on Thursday, November 15th as Carolina International School visited Winston Salem. Unfortunately, turnovers seemed to be the theme of the afternoon for the Sabers. Playing an experienced Carolina International team exposed the youth of Salem’s squad. The girls played hard and fought to the end but turnovers resulted in too many points for the visiting team, leading to a 33-23 loss for the home team. Many players contributed to Salem’s scoring with Angelina Pierre leading the way with five points. Maggie Dees, Lucy Calaway, and Tochi Okoli each contributed four points while Brier Evans scored two points during the game.

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