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.
At assembly on Wednesday of this week, I spoke to the students about two character traits that are dear to my heart and are certainly things that our community at the Academy fosters in our students, faculty, and staff. Those two traits are respect and kindness.
We all live in a rather rough-and-tumble world and the norm today seems to be for individuals to say and do whatever they think and feel, without regard for how those statements or actions may affect other people. I abhor this as I feel it dulls our sensitivities to the feelings of others and it glorifies self at the expense of anyone else.
When children are small and just learning to navigate their world, they have to be taught to share, to say “please” and “thank you,” to show compassion to others, and to begin to learn that they are not the only people in the world. As we all know, these can be difficult lessons to learn and the teaching of these lessons does not stop when a child emerges into adolescence. Teenagers are just as egocentric as babies, as they are learning to make decisions, develop independence, and traveling that road to adulthood.
It is so important that our students be given the tools that will take them to adulthood as caring and responsible adults. The living of life in a community can be a tricky business. There are rules and regulations to learn, the feelings, background, and outlooks of others to be cognizant of, and the finding of one’s place and voice within that community.
Salem Academy is an extremely diverse community, as is our world, and it is so beneficial to our students if they can learn to navigate the community at this stage before they move out into the wider world. Here they have people around them who care about them, who will pick them up when they fall down and support them as they climb back onto the path. These same people, teachers, advisors, parents, friends, will stand by and aid in this process, either pushing, pulling, or walking beside. We all make mistakes, but a caring community can be so uplifting as we “right our ship” and continue to grow and move forward.
Respect and kindness are the hallmarks of this support and care that exists among the members of the community. Without these two important traits, the community is nothing. Relationships are not sincere and there is no feeling of companionship and understanding among the members of the community. Navigating the issues and concerns of the community takes hard work and intentional attention to kindness and the right treatment of all. Respect for all members is absolutely essential.
Many of us can not change this world in which we live, although I think some of our students have the power to do so. However, we can influence the close world around us and kindness and respect are the tools that we can wield to assure that our immediate world is a kinder and more caring environment. A feeling of support and understanding provides a foundation which gives a person the strength to effect growth and positive forward movement.
Kindness towards others does not cost anything but the gift that it gives to those on which it is bestowed is immeasurable. Sometimes kindness is hard to give because the recipient is resistant but perseverance and continued effort make it well worth the positive result in the end.
There is a Bible verse that hung on my office wall for many years and I think it could be the mantra for all of us in this community. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If we all keep this foremost in our hearts and lives, we will make our world a better place.
My best to you all for the weekend. We are winding down our search for the new Head of School and should have an announcement for you shortly,
Mary Lorick Thompson
Interim Head of School
As you have heard, throughout the school year Salem has had a committee studying our daily schedule to make it more effective for our students and faculty. We’ve looked at the daily schedule our peer schools use and have examined our own needs each day, and we are happy to announce that we’ve come up with a new daily schedule to debut this fall. Last Thursday, we had the opportunity to have the discussion with your daughters during class meetings, and we want to offer that same chance for a conversation with parents! We have three dates in March planned, and we hope you can join us for one!
Monday, March 5
Tuesday, March 13
Friday, March 23
We are so pleased with the opportunities for growth offered by this new schedule. We look forward to sharing more about these possibilities with you in March! If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, please let us know. We welcome the chance to speak with you at another time.
Salem Students celebrate Chinese New Year by sharing culinary creations. Photos by Alexandra Byers
Jan Term reports and comments and third quarter interim progress reports are now available in the Parent Portal. Every student has a Jan Term report; teachers write a progress report if a student’s average is a C- or below at the midpoint of the quarter or if they want to share other information with a student’s family. Please reach out to your daughter’s advisor if you have questions about these reports.
The latest information regarding the search for the twenty-first president of Salem Academy and College can always be found here.
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.
Theatre Field Trip
On February 15th, students who signed up earlier in the year attended a matinee performance held at Triad Stage in Greensboro of A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The play was a great success and the students enjoyed the show.
Mary Poppins Rehearsals Have Begun
SUMMER OPPORTUNITY FOR RISING 9TH AND 10TH GRADE GIRLS
NCAIS will offer a unique summer leadership opportunity that nurtures and cultivates your interests in creating an inclusive and equitable school community. This program will provide you with experiences to build skills that will enable you to lead within your school community and beyond.
This inaugural year is limited to 35 rising 9th and 10th-grade female students, so register early!
Conference Date: 2 pm on Sunday, June 10 until noon on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Where: Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC
Housing: Double dorm rooms will be available for all student participants.
Cost: $339 (Includes all meals, conference activities, and lodging). Financial Assistance is available. Please contact Laura Reed, email@example.com, by May 1 for more information. If your plans change, full refunds will be honored until May 1, 2018. After May 1, 2018, participants will be awarded a 50% refund before June 1, 2018.
Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference.
Sponsor: All student participants must be accompanied by an educator from their school who is also registered to attend the conference. Sponsors will have the opportunity to attend the student portion and/or the educator portion of the conference. Sponsors will not be responsible for student participants at the conference or in the dorms.Student Registration
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