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Week of April 27, 2018

From Interim Head of School, Miss T

Dear All,

Today is Founder’s Day at Salem Academy and College and we are celebrating the founding of the school in April of 1772, 246 years ago. Every year when we have this celebration, one can’t help but reflect on the many years that this school has served for the education of young girls and women. When we are lucky enough to have the weather cooperate and are able to be outside in the May Dell for this event, those old tall and majestic trees tower above us and are representative of the years that have gone by in this place offering education. Many women have gone before and many will follow and each has contributed or will contribute to the fabric of Salem.

For almost 250 years, since before the Revolutionary War, this place has been educating women. What a revolutionary idea in 1772 and we remain revolutionary today. We are still focused on educating young women and wish to give them the best that education has to offer. Through these 246 years, many changes have happened at Salem, as we are always looking for the best way to educate our students. Founder’s Day is the day on which we look to the ideals of the past that established our school, and tap those ideals to lead us forward into the future.

The other big event of the weekend is Alumnae Day on Saturday, which is a perfect coupling with Founder’s Day. Many graduates from years past, some as far back as 1948, converge on the campus to revisit their alma mater, reconnect with friends, and revive memories of their time at Salem. These women have extraordinary stories to tell and some of them will share their stories on the Alumnae Panel on Saturday for our juniors and seniors. Of course, the freshmen and sophomores are also cordially invited to attend. Following the panel, a group of alums will be present on the Sun Porch to talk with students about the colleges and universities where they attended after graduating from the Academy. They so want to be able to share information with our current students and help them in any way that they can with their college research.

We are so lucky at Salem to have a long history, with supportive alumnae, who wish to share with current students any information which may be helpful to them. These women make contributions to the Annual Fund, they serve on support boards for the school, and they share their time and talents with the current students. We are thankful for these women and what they do for us and we are always ready to welcome them back to the campus. Your daughters will someday join their ranks and we will be just as excited to have them return and share their accomplishments and achievements with us.

My best to you for a wonderful weekend.  

Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson

Interim Head of School


Enrollment Contracts Due Today

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 today. As a reminder, you can find the contract here, and use your NetClassroom login credentials. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office at 336-721-2643 or Jessica Rogers (jessica.rogers@salem.edu).

Students Shed Light on their Family “Her”story


Students enjoyed exploring their lineage and creating family trees for their fourth quarter projects in Mrs. Overton’s US History class. Many intriguing discoveries were unearthed! Chase learned that the great American explorer Kit Carson (1809-1868) is one of her very own ancestors; Brianna’s Great Grandmother worked as a secretary for the Japanese embassy in DC prior to and during Pearl Harbor, and witnessed the Japanese mysteriously vacate the embassy just days before Pearl Harbor occurred in preparation for the attack; and MC learned that her Grandfather was a pilot during World War II. Family trees are currently on display on the second floor of Critz.



Upcoming Activities

Upcoming Activities

Honors and accolades



1st Honor Graduate- Alexandra Maycock, right.

2nd Honor Graduate - Breanna Sorrells



Freshmen: Amanda Peake, Cameron Shaw

Sophomores: Lucy Price, Amira Rady

Juniors: Lillian Giles, Ashley Peake (Chief Marshal), Lillian Smith, Abigail Wucherer


May Travel Plans due next week!

Dear boarding families,

Please submit your daughter’s travel plans next week for her May departure here.  All students, faculty, and staff are expected to attend graduation on May  26, and we ask that you do not book a flight for your child before 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. If your daughter is traveling as an unaccompanied minor, please make note of this when scheduling travel plans. If you have any questions, please review our travel guidelines here.

Best wishes,

Dean Rogers


Photo Opportunity with Mary Poppins

English teacher Andrea Ropko’s daughter, Stella, and friends with some of the cast of Mary Poppins. You, too, can have your picture made with the class if you attend the final performances of Mary Poppins on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

Theatre Needs Your Help

Dear Parents and Students;

The Theatre Department is underway and we are beginning our last week of Mary Poppins. Over the past several years we have sold refreshments during intermission for the performances. The money goes towards the Drama Club functions. We are in need of things to sell. If you are willing, we are looking for small bottles of water, and snack foods like Little Debbie cakes or homemade cookies and brownies or little bags of chips. The cookies and brownies will need to be individually wrapped. Donations can be sent to school with your daughter, or they can be brought to the theatre on performance nights.  We only need snacks for the Friday and Saturday performances.

All the students who are signed up for any crew are required to be at strike which begins at 5:00 on Saturday, April 28th.  Any parents or relatives can come and help as well.  We always need extra hands and especially extra drills

I have enjoyed working with all of the students on this show and I am looking forward to working with them again in future productions.  Please call or email me if you have any questions at kerry.lawson@salem.edu or 336-917-5508.

Thank you,

Kerry Lawson

Registration ends soon for STEAM Camp for Girls!

Camp dates: June 18 to June 22, 2018, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Please register at https://www.salemacademy.com/steamcamp  

Space is limited by grade level. We will do our best to accommodate as many campers as possible. At this time, grades 1, 3 and 4 are filled. If you would like your child to be placed on our waiting list, please complete the registration form.

Athletics Update

Varsity Soccer
The soccer team finished their regular season play as they hosted Calvary Day School on Thursday afternoon. It was an evenly matched competition with Salem creating chances throughout the game. Halftime saw the score still tied at 0-0. Both teams came out of the halftime with the hunger to score. Calvary struck first just three minutes into the half when they scored off of a poor Salem clearance. But the Sabers weren’t ready to give up. Just six minutes later, Abigail Wucherer attempted to head in a corner kick but was denied by a Calvary defender’s hand, resulting in a penalty kick. Charlotte Dorn stepped up and buried the PK to even the score and bring Salem back into the game. The half continued to see back and forth action from the Sabers with Amanda Na and Ruta Apanavicius both getting shots on goal and creating opportunities in the attacking third of the field. At the final whistle, Calvary had inched ahead of the Sabers and finished on the winning side but Salem held their heads high as they played an extremely hard game and made Calvary fight for their victory.
Varsity Track and Field
On April 18th, The Sabers track team traveled to Forsyth Country Day School for their sixth meet of the season. The Sabers placed second overall to the host school. The team had some season records set and performed well at the meet.
Highlights are as follows:
100 meters - 1st- Monica Conley 13.02
3rd- Jenae Edwards 13.34 (season record)

200 meters - 2nd -Monica Conley 28.76  
5th- Jasmine Robinson 30.02

400 meters - 4th- Alia Agee 1:08.50

3200 meters- 1st- Winna Xia 16:27.00

300 Intermediate Hurdles - 2nd- Jasmine Robinson 53.32
4th- Tiarra Georges 57.94
5th- Kiya Norman 1:01.22

4x100 relay-  2nd- Jeanine Ikekhua, Staci Davis, Kiya Norman, Monica Conley 54.59

4x400 relay- 2nd -Kate Dossel, Tochi Okoli, Kiya Norman, Alia Agee 4:55.00

Shot Put - 2nd- Tochi Okoli 27’3”

Discus - 3rd- Tochi Okoli 84’1”
4th- Lucy Calaway 68’9.5”

High Jump - 2nd- Kate Dossel 4’6”

Long Jump - Staci Davis season record 13’6”
Aaliyah Brown season record 13’4.5”

Triple Jump - 3rd- Jasmine Robinson 27’2”

The team traveled to American Hebrew Academy on April 26th. Tune in next week for those results.
Upcoming Events 
Tuesday, May 1st
Soccer in the first round of TAC Tournament, time and location TBD
Wednesday, May 2nd
Track and Field at Forsyth Country Day School, 4:00 pm
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. 

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