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.
What a wonderful Wednesday Week Wednesday we had this week! We had the first of the senior Chapel Talks, the student flower show, and Jan Term Sharing Day. The talents and accomplishments of our students are amazing!
There were ten chapel talks yesterday, to kick off the series that will continue until each senior has presented. The topics are always so varied, with this group including everything from Star Trek and environmental issues to race relations in Winston-Salem and protection of the environment. The tradition of senior talks is a long-standing one which may stem from a tradition from the beginnings of the Academy. In the early years, the Salem students gave public oral recitations of their lessons in the church for the entire community. People came from miles around to hear the students, and I am sure, were amazed at the poise and knowledge of the students. I feel sure that we have the same reactions today. Each senior chooses a topic of her choice, then she researches and writes a paper on her subject, and then condenses the paper into a three-minute speech. We are all impressed with their varied interests, the mastery of delivery of their talk, and the knowledge that we all receive from these students.
The flower show was just beautiful. It had to be rescheduled from the last day of Jan Term because of the snowstorm that occurred that last week. The show was created by the flower arranging class, under the expert teaching of Mrs. Overton. The students used a color scheme of purple and gold and made many different arrangements in various styles. The show continues to grace the reception rooms, so if you missed it on Wednesday, you can still come into the Academy and view it. These students have a great amount of talent and the art of flower arranging will be alive and well for the future.
This brings me to the last big event of Wednesday, Jan Term Sharing Day. Every year, as I walk about viewing the presentations and talking with the girls about their Jan Term experiences, I am amazed at what they accomplished, the experiences that they had, and what they have learned. Some tell us that they have found their calling and know that is what they want to do in life. Others find that the job they have just done is not a match for them. Whatever they feel, it is valuable information for them in their growth as a person. These young women, who we send out as ambassadors from Salem, continually impress and amaze their field advisors with their maturity, expertise, responsibility, and work ethic.
The girls experienced a myriad of professions from riding with an on-duty police officer, work at a homeless shelter, work with veterinarians and in pediatric physical therapy, helping to manage an indoor track arena, lobbying for environmental issues in a state capital, experiencing management and training at a horse barn, and observing our court system while shadowing a judge. There were many other internships that students experienced and I am sorry that I could only mention a few here. It was a fantastic experience.
An example of just how valuable this experience is for both our students and the places where they worked can be seen in the experience of two of our students who worked together. On the first day of their internship, when they arrived at work, they found that all of the volunteer helpers who normally worked in this community service organization were away with illness. The director of the organization asked these two students to help out and these girls jumped right in, figured out to manage the front desk to open the agency and checked in and helped the clients so that the agency could function that day. The director came to Sharing Day to see the girls and to pass along his gratitude and praise for the job they did. This is what the Jan Term internship program is all about - putting students in a place where they can rely on their own skills, learn new ones, and experience the growth of seeing a job that must be done and doing it well.
I never tire of bragging on Salem students and Wednesday was a banner day for providing wonderful material for me to use in singing their praises. I know this second semester is going to be a wonderful finish for our year and I so appreciate being a part of all that is Salem.
Mary Lorick Thompson
Interim Head of School
For any families who receive and wish to receive need-based financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year, the time is now to file the Parent Financial Statement (PFS). As a reminder, this is an annual document that families are required to file in order to be evaluated for need-based aid. Families who receive merit-based aid are not required to fill this out.
Please visit https://www.solutionsbysss.com/schools to begin your application. All forms must be filed by March 1st in order to receive aid.
On Saturday, February 24th at 1:00 pm, a professional from the online test prep company, Revolution Prep, will be at the Academy to administer a mock ACT standardized exam to any Salem student interested. The test will be given free of charge for Salem students and will include a return analysis of results. Registration will be done through a Google Doc that will be emailed out to students in the next few days; please encourage them to be on the lookout. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kevin Sellers.
Kevin Sellers sent a detailed email to parents earlier this week regarding how the college counseling class/lessons will work for juniors this semester. There were lesson plans, attachments, and links included in the email to help you keep up with expectations for the girls that will culminate in a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Sellers towards the end of the semester. If you did not receive the email for some reason, please let him know and I will resend.
Please mark it on your calendar and attend if possible. It is a great opportunity to get your specific questions answered by professionals who are “in the know” about college admissions because they live it every day. It is not mandatory for juniors and their families, but it heavily encouraged all of you to take advantage of the opportunity.
The Discussions Around Daughters group will meet at 7:45 a.m. February 5 in the Dining Room. The featured guest will be Director of College Counseling Kevin Sellers.
There are only four more days to purchase an advertisement in the yearbook.
If you have any questions regarding ads, please contact Jenny Orr at 336-917-5518.
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 storage and shipment services for college delivery.
Please fill out the 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 15.
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