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Week of May 18, 2018

From Interim Head of School, Miss T


Dear All,

Today, with Closing Chapel, we mark the official end of the 2017-2018 school year. Of course, we still have exams and the ceremonial events to complete, but the class work is over for another year. The students are a bit nervous about their exams, although not as much as in December, and they are excited about the special events, and of course, summer! It has been a year full of learning, experiences, opportunities, and life-changing moments.

I am sharing my Closing Chapel remarks with you, the remarks that I gave to the student body this morning.

“In life, almost every goodbye is followed by a hello. You graduate from high school and transition to college. You say goodbye to one set of teachers, and then you are introduced to another group of wonderful educators. You leave behind friends who you see every day but meet new people who you add to your growing company of companions who mean so much to you.

Moving through these changes can be a bit overwhelming and scary, but in every situation in which you find yourself, you learn and grow. My wish for you is that those situations be positive and happy, but we all know that life is sometimes hard and challenging. Whatever the situation, I wish for you the strength to meet the challenges and the wisdom to know how to respond.

Many of us had a wonderful experience with Mary Poppins this year, either as actors, singers, dancers, crews, light booth operators, stage managers, flyers, or audience. Each contributed to the enjoyment of all. There were some lyrics in one of the songs in the show which I think are very appropriate for Closing Chapel. Life is about choices and how we make those decisions which take our lives in a particular direction. Here are some of those lines about choices. It is all up to you and how you decide:

You can choose the super or the superficial.

You can be a butterfly or just stay larval.

Stretch your mind beyond fantastic,

Dreams are made of strong elastic.

Life is out there waiting, so go and get it.

Grab it by the collar, seize it by the scruff.

Once you’ve’ started living life you just can’t get enough.

Anything can happen if you let it!

I am coming to the end of my second tenure at Salem, although not quite as long as the first! In reflecting over these years, especially the last couple, I have been so privileged to be able to work with each of you. We have been through some tough times and some extremely happy times. I am so pleased that I was given some extra time with you. My best wishes for the future to all of you and to Salem.”

Take care,

Mary Lorick Thompson


Graduation Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 18


Parents and friends are invited to the Closing Chapel ceremony in the Academy Auditorium at 9:45 a.m.  In addition to the closing service, we will also have the installation of student officers for 2018-2019, the recognition of our student publication, and the presentation of Citizenship Honor Awards for this year.


Saturday, May 19


From 9:00-10:30 a.m. the DADs group will serve pancakes to the students in the Academy Rec Room.  At 1:00 p.m. that afternoon, the girls will have their first spring exam (English), and it’s become a tradition for the DADs group to help them get the day started with a little sustenance.


Exam Schedule

Graduation Events

Friday, May 25

Baccalaureate               Home Moravian Church (on the square in Old Salem) - 11:00 a.m.                                              This event is required for all students

President’s Reception   Rondthaler-Gramley House - 12:00 noon (for seniors and their families)

Recognition Assembly      Hanes Auditorium - 4:30 p.m. - required for all students.  All parents are encouraged to attend.

Head of School Dinner   Bryant Hall – 6:00 p.m. – this is for seniors and their families.  There’s no charge for the first 5 guests ($15/person after that) Reservations requested – click here to RSVP.

Art Show Reception         Fine Arts Center - 7:00 p.m.

Glee Club Spring Concert Fine Arts Center, Hanes Auditorium - 8:00 p.m. Open to the public.

Senior Fest                        The Commons - 10:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m..  A dance and celebration for all students, families, friends, faculty, and staff.


Saturday, May 26

Graduation                       May Dell, 10:00 a.m. Required for all student (Hanes auditorium, Fine Arts Center, if rain)

Reception                          Academy Front Lawn (after graduation)

***Attendance at Baccalaureate, Recognition Assembly, and Graduation is required of all students.


Boarding students may leave as soon as the graduation is over on May 26, about 11:30 a.m.  The dorms will close and all students should have moved out by 4:00 p.m. If this schedule presents a problem for you, please discuss it with Miss Rogers prior to the end of school.

Also, Day Students should have lockers cleaned out and all personal belongings removed from the school by

2018-2019 Student Calendar and Major Dates

RSVP for the Head of School Dinner

At this celebratory dinner, families can relax and spend time together before our evening events. There is no charge for families with 5 or fewer guests.  Senior families with more than five guests will be charged $15 per additional guest. Please submit your RSVP by May 19.


Volunteering with the DADs!

Are you a Salem Academy Dad who wants to help out during our breakfast on Saturday, May 19? If so, please sign up here to join in on the fun with fellow dads! You help is appreciated and needed to make this event a success!

Saber Spirit!

Salem Sisters Sportswear will be back next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for one final chance to pick up your Salem gear for the summer! New items include rain jackets, gold t-shirts and Mint Brand seersucker totes, cosmetic bags, hanging bags and lunch boxes (these make great graduation gifts too!) And be sure to pick up your CamelBak water bottles to keep hydrated this summer! Come see us–we will be in the Rec Room!

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