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Week of April 20, 2018

From Interim Head of School, Miss T


Dear All,

Our musical, Mary Poppins, opened last night to rave reviews. It has been my pleasure to be a member of the chorus in the cast of the show. For the last seven and a half weeks we have been working to put this show together, learning music and dance, hand motions, trying on costumes, experimenting with make-up and hairstyles, and all of the myriad of things that go into putting on a show of this magnitude.

The thing that always strikes me about these productions, is that they are student-run. Mrs. Lawson is the teacher, and she imparts to all of the students the knowledge necessary to mount a production. The students learn to sew to mend and repair costumes, they learn to use tools, to apply make-up (imagine having to transform someone into a stone statue!), to run a light board and play sound cues. It is amazing the skills that are learned by students for a theatrical presentation. By opening night, the students are running the show. Their teacher has a seat in the audience.

This production epitomizes what it means to be a student at Salem Academy. Each student will bring away from the show skills that she has learned and her recognition of talents she might not have known that she possessed. These skills that she has learned will translate themselves to the tools that she will use in later life—working together with others for a common goal and individual skills that will be useful. When these young women need a room painted or the screen door fixed, they are going to be able to do it themselves.

There are so many opportunities that are available for students to learn all manner of skills and knowledge. Whether it be playing on sports teams, competing in Model U.N. matches (which they did yesterday), group study sessions, individual presentations, art projects - whatever, it is, it provides growth and experience which will stand them in good stead as they travel the path of their lives.

My hat is off to all of the students for what they accomplish and the management of their lives. I have tremendous respect for each and every one of them! They truly embody the Salem Spirit!

My best to you for a wonderful weekend.  


Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Interim President Named

Sandra J. Doran

Sandra J. Doran has been named the Interim President of Salem Academy and College, effective May 1, 2018. Doran will serve in the role while a nationwide search is conducted for a new permanent president.

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Enrollment Contracts

Dear families,

You should have received an email for the re-enrollment contract for your daughter to attend Salem in 2018-19. Please remember these are due back on April 27th. As a reminder, you can find the contract here, using your NetClassroom login credentials. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office at 336-721-2643 or email Jessica Rogers.


Upcoming Activities

Upcoming Activities

Salem Academy Model UN Club Competes at Conference

Ten students competed in the annual spring Model United Nations conference at Appalachian State University on April 19. They were divided into seven delegations representing the nations of Albania and Mauritania in the UN Women, UNICEF, Arab League, and General Assembly committees. Two students also represented real-life historical figures in a special War of 1812 crisis committee. Two delegations won awards – Lillian Giles (ABOVE LEFT) won Best Position Paper in the Arab League Committee, and Riley Cullen and Ana Grace Sapp (ABOVE RIGHT) won Best Position Paper in the UN Women committee.  All ten students represented Salem Academy extremely well at the conference. Special thanks go to Ms. Gloria Frost, our co-chaperone on all three trips this year. This was our final Model UN conference of the school year, and I would like to thank our officers for their leadership this year: Seniors Riley Cullen and Ana Grace Sapp (Co-Presidents/Lead Delegation), senior Fadzai Mushayamunda (Treasurer), and junior Alia Agee (Secretary). Well done, ladies!



Prom Photos Posted to Flickr

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Jan Term Travel 2019

The English department is excited to present the 2019 January Term trip to two of the most gorgeous and distinctive geographic locations of the United States: San Francisco and Oahu.

In San Francisco, trip participants will visit such cultural landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, the infamous prison Alcatraz (which is also the location of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast), natural wonders such as the giant redwood forest Muir Woods, and notable artistic locations such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and City Lights bookstore. In Oahu, trip participants will visit the volcanic crater at Diamond Head State Monument, the memorials to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona, Iolani Palace (one of two royal palaces located on US soil), and the Polynesian Cultural Center (a living museum and theme park dedicated to showcasing the culture and lifestyle of eight Pacific islands, including Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, and Samoa).

Additionally, trip participants will read notable fiction and nonfiction works about these locations, such as twentieth-century beat poetry which originated in San Francisco. Student participants will also create a live travel blog that details and preserves their experiences.

The cost for the 11-day trip is currently $3,900. Parents, grandparents, and other guardians are welcome to accompany their daughter! Please contact Jessica Shellhamer (jessica.shellhamer@salem.edu) or Andrea Ropko (andrea.ropko@salem.edu) if you are interested in joining this fabulous experience!


Two Salem Students Chosen for Governor's School

Governors School ParticipantsTwo Salem Academy seniors will attend the Governor’s School of North Carolina this summer. Meredith Brown and Ashley Peake were selected for the highly-coveted and competitive summer academic program. Meredith was selected for her accomplishments in theatre/performing arts, and Ashley for her aptitude and interest in mathematics. 

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Athletics Update

Varsity Soccer

The Sabers spent the week on the road as they traveled to Greensboro Monday and Tuesday to take on Caldwell Academy and American Hebrew Academy.

On Monday, the team fought hard against Caldwell despite strong winds and tough competition. The Sabers created chances in the attacking third throughout the game but could not finish them. Lea Allescher and Abigail Wucherer both had shots on goal. Alexandra Maycock played exceptionally well at the outside defender position and helped to break up many of Caldwell’s attacks on her side of the field. 

Tuesday’s game saw Salem once again working hard and creating opportunities. American Hebrew Academy took the lead in the second half but the Sabers weren’t going away. Salem had six shots on goal, with the final shot being the equalizing one. With less than three minutes left in the game, Stelina Gjeci found Charlotte Dorn on a diagonal pass in the 18-yard box that Charlotte was able to beat the keeper on and place perfectly in the back of the net. Salem fought hard to make it to the end of the second half, sending the game into overtime where the first team to score would win. The Sabers come out strong and created chances but were countered on and couldn’t clear the ball before AHA was able to finish a shot and take home the victory. 

On Thursday, the team traveled across town to Calvary Day School for their first meeting of the season. The competition was fairly even throughout the game with both teams creating opportunities to score. Calvary was able to get on the board shortly before halftime. Unfortunately, the Sabers weren’t able to even the score despite everyone’s best effort. Mandy Peake and Kelly Nesser both had solid performances on the back line. Angelina Pierre and Emma Auch contributed important minutes for the Sabers in the midfield.


Varsity Track and Field

The Sabers competed in their 4th meet of the season last Thursday and brought home a team win.

Event winners in this meet were:

  • Praise Idika- high jump and triple jump
  • Lucy Calaway- discus throw
  • Staci Davis- long jump
  • Staci Davis, Kiya Norman, Jasmine Robinson, Monica Conley- the 4x100m relay Alia Agee- 400m dash
  • Monica Conley-100m dash

The team members have set several personal records and made big progress for the team, with many of them having top-five finishes to secure the Sabers victory.

As of this meet, there are five people who have qualified for the NCISAA State meet next month:

  • Praise Idika - High jump, Triple jump
  • Favor Idika - High jump, Triple jump
  • Tochi Okoli - Shot put, Discus throw
  • Monica Conley - 100m dash
  • Kate Dossel - High jump



Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 26th

Soccer vs. Calvary Day School, 4:30 pm  *Senior Day*

Track and Field at American Hebrew Academy, 3:30 pm


Home events in italics

Lifeguard Training

There will be a lifeguard certification class offered on May 11th and 12th at Salem Academy’s pool. Please contact Ms. Howard if you’re interested in registering by Friday, April 27th. 


Don't Miss Mary Poppins


The “jack of all trades” Bert introduces us to the troubled Banks family in England circa 1910. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen, if you let it.”

Shows will be held at these times:
  • Friday–Saturday, April 20–21 | 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 pm
  • Thursday–Friday, April 26–27 | 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 28 | 2:00 pm
No reservations; Free tickets will be required, available at the box office one hour before each performance, for any show in the same weekend.



Drama Workshop, Elberson Fine Arts Center


500 East Salem Ave | Winston-Salem, NC 27101 | 1-877-40SALEM