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 December 9, 2018

From the Head of School

“Winter will be much warmer and slightly drier than normal, with below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid-December, mid- and late January and mid- to late February. The best chances for snow will be in early to mid-December and mid-March.” (The Old Farmer’s Almanac)

It is always so amazing to me that in all the places where I have lived, once the forecast of snow starts to be mentioned, everyone (including me) becomes a meteorologist! The depth of memory is fascinating: People are able to recall every detail of major snowstorms (1993’s Storm of the Century) or to continue to shake their heads over the missed forecasts/false alarms. I myself have been know to speak with complete confidence about the patterns of precipitation, something that is not at all accurate and probably a result of too much Weather Channel.

So here we are with the first major prediction for snow beginning on Sunday and possibly continuing through Monday morning. The good news is that teachers are in review mode as the girls are preparing for exams. The bad news is…well, I am certain that there is some bad news, but I can’t think of anything right now - who doesn’t love a good snow day, right?

I want to remind you of Salem Academy’s communication procedure should any type of weather alter our school day with either a closure or delay: When possible, I will make the decision the evening before; if this is not possible, I will do my very best to make it before 6:00am. Once the decision is made,  I will send an email announcement to all parents and students; we will put a “Pop-up” on the webpage; there will be a message on the school answering machine; and we will contact News 12 to include our status in the list.

Regardless of a closure or delay: If the driving conditions in your neighborhood are not safe, please have your daughter stay home - this would be an Excused Absence. (Just be certain to call to let us know.)

Stay warm, stay safe, and I’ll see you in the bread aisle!

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Schedule for Last Day of Class, Dec 12

Last day of classes schedule grid

January Term 2019 Class Schedule

Jan Term 2019 begins on Monday, January 7.

January Term 2019 Daily Schedule


Semester Exam Schedule

Fall semester exams begin on Thursday, December 13.  Each day students and faculty gather in the auditorium at 12:45pm for announcements, and the exam begins at 1:00.  The exam schedule is available in the Student Handbook and provided below:

Thursday, December 13: English

Friday, December 14: History

Saturday, December 15: World Language

Monday, December 17: Science

Tuesday, December 18: Math

Download the detailed hour-by-hour schedule for print


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!

Financial Aid

It’s time for families who will return to Salem Academy next year, 2019-2020 (parents of seniors, you’re off the hook!), to complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS). Please note this is a REQUIRED DOCUMENT to continue to receive aid from Salem Academy, and the priority deadline is December 31st. You can fill out the PFS here.

It's SNOW Much Fun Building Robots

It was another full week of action for the Sisters of the Motherboard!

Several of our lovely sisters headed to Winston-Salem State University to help them host the FIRST Lego League competition. This is the level of competition below us specifically for students in 4th-8th grade. Our ladies helped with the booths students rotated through when they weren’t competing. Students learned about a variety of STEM concepts such as circuits and magnification and used something called Merge Cubes to see virtual realities (pictured right). 

Scenes from the Sisters of the Motherboad - STEM Concepts and Merge Cubes

At Mounts Robotics Center on Tuesday night we finished setting up a full field. Thank you again for your generous donations, Mounts! Ashley worked on getting the gyroscope on their robot to work.

Scenes from the Sisters of the Motherboad - Testing Robots in the field

The focus for both teams this week was planning. A special Salem Academy tradition is Jan Term. However, for the robotics teams this poses specific challenges since juniors and seniors will be off campus and we will have our first competition at the beginning of February. This week’s class was crucial for everyone to be on the same page about what to prioritize during Jan Term and the older students mentored the younger ones about potential pitfalls that might arise while they are gone. We also had our website programming subgroup working away on building the new website!

Scenes from the Sisters of the Motherboad - Strategy MeetingsScenes from the Sisters of the Motherboad - Website development

Finally, this year we are excited that Mrs. Sorrells is doing two Jan Term classes for robotics! One is a class for current team members to continue building and programming the robots for competition. The other is a class for students new to robotics. We are excited about the next group of students who might join our team next year!

Upcoming Student Activities and Events Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

Holiday Blood Drive

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.

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Loss, 8-45 (Home)

Salem hosted North Hills Christian on School on Monday. The Sabers came out slow from the start of the game and the team wasn’t able to do much against the full court press that North Hills was playing. Salem was unable to take care of the ball and committed a lot of turnovers. The turnovers for Salem resulted in too many easy baskets for the visitors. 

Finished, 2nd (Home)

The Salem Sabers came in 2nd place in last night’s swim meet.  Almost half of the team was sick but Salem prevailed and had a great meet. 

Abigail Wucherer and Makenna Hartwich continue to shave time in their lead off legs of the 200 Medley Relay. 

 In the 200 IM, Caitlin Kinnamon shaved 15.61 (WOW!) and Abigail Wucherer -8.71. The 50 Free featured Piper Angel shaving -1.14 and Lizzie-O Blackburn shaving -0.56. 

The 100 Fly featured Grace Gould who made her state cut, shaving -3.07.  Congrats, Grace!  Kelly Nesser shaved -1.40 off of her 100 Fly time.  Good job, Kelly! 

In the 100 Free, Emma Grimstead made a state cut and swam her personal best time, shaving -5.03 seconds.  Congrats Emma!  Piper Angel shaved -5.91 off of her 100 Free.  Good job, Piper! 

The 500 Free was swum by Caitlin Kinnamon shaving -0.06 and Lucy Price shaving -12.14.  

In the 100 Breast, Emma Grimstead shaved 0.99. 

Great job ladies!  Come on out and join the team for their next meet on Tuesday, December 11 at 4:30 pm. 

Loss, 13-39 (Away)

Tuesday’s game at Westchester didn’t go in favor of the visiting Sabers. Again, turnovers played a decisive role in Salem’s loss. Salem was unable to handle the full court press by Westchester and made simple mistakes due to the pressure. The girls continued to play hard despite the strong opposition and held their heads high and kept a good attitude throughout the game. Tochi Okoli, Maggie Dees, and Mary Brannen Connolley each contributed four points for the Sabers. 

Win, 20-19 (Away)

The Sabers were able to take home an exciting road win on Thursday as they traveled to Greensboro to take on American Hebrew Academy. Mary Brannen Connolley was the late game heroine as she converted a free through in the final seconds to put Salem ahead by one point. The game was back and forth throughout and no team led by more than four points at any time. Tochi Okoli provided a solid defensive effort, recording 15 rebounds, and keeping the Sabers in the game. Maggie Dees (6), Sara Kent Trollinger (7), Angelina Pierre (4), and Tochi (2) each made great contributions to the team score. 

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