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.

Week of September 9, 2018

From the Head of School

I believe in traditions; I believe in the idea of things being passed between generations and the slow transmission of cultural values through tradition.  (Graham Moore)

I remember when I was first exploring the Salem Academy website and started reading about the school’s traditions, recognizing some of the celebrations (Ring Banquet) and having no idea about others (Smoosh Cake). This past week and the week ahead could be named “The 10 Days of Traditions” with all of the events that have been put on the calendar, and I could not be enjoying myself more.

I think one thing that we take for granted is the sense of community as we continue to celebrate these honored traditions. At the Athletic Picnic, new students and new faculty were knighted as being either a “Purple” or “Gold” - something I have come to learn is a lifelong designation. At Smoosh Cake, underclassmen stayed long after school was over in order to watch and cheer during the cupcake deconstruction, and the entire senior class was in attendance to receive their fortunes and watch a slideshow reflection from the three years and one month that they have been together. Nostalgia seemed to bring about the realization that this year may just go by more quickly than they are prepared for it to go.

This weekend, the seniors will have had their traditional retreat at the home of one of their teachers while the freshmen will go on their overnight retreat to plan next Tuesday’s Ring Banquet. Finally on Wednesday (Senior Day), the Class of 2019  will take on the role of instructors as they facilitate senior seminars for rest of the student body.

There are many more “parts” that I have not listed, and it might be that the execution of these traditions have evolved over the years, What hasn’t changed, though, is the value that the tradition continues to hold in our lives,  and this familiarity that is shared by all Salem Academy students (past, present, and future) is just another reason why the school has continued to thrive for almost 250 years.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Senior Day

After the Ring Banquet on Tuesday, September 11, we’ll celebrate with Senior Day activities!

View Senior Seminars

Senior Day Schedule

 

Parents Weekend Schedule and RSVP

Calling all parents, grandparents, and families! Please RSVP for our upcoming Parents Weekend, September 21-22. We look forward to having you cheer on our fall athletes on Friday afternoon followed by a Parents Social on the fields, and on Saturday you’ll experience your daughter’s school day with a faculty open house in the afternoon. Please send us your RSVP by September 13.

Parent Portal Login Information Sent

All parents of new students should have received an email this week with their user ID and password for Salem Academy Student and Parent Portal. If you are a parent of a new student and did not receive your login information or if you are the parent of a returning student and cannot remember your User ID and password, please fill out this form.

 

Jan Term Travel to New Orleans

Join the English department on this year’s January Term trip to beautiful New Orleans!

Named for Philippe II, the Duke of Orleans, who served as regent to King Louis XV of France, the city of New Orleans was founded by the French in the spring of 1718. In addition to the city’s French origins, New Orleans has a rich Spanish history from its time under Spanish control in the late 1700s, and many African customs, from music to food to religion, persevered through the horrors of slavery to shape the city’s vibrant way of life. Select trip destinations highlighting the city’s dynamic cultural heritage include the French Market, Jackson Square, and Mardi Gras World.

Additionally, New Orleans is home to two notable universities: Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans. The trip will provide an opportunity for students to visit these two institutions. Furthermore, given how vital community and service are to Salem, the English department plans to incorporate one day of community service into the trip. Other highlights include a steamboat cruise along the Mississippi River as well as visits to the National World War II Museum and the Audubon Nature Institute.

The trip will last 6-7 days, with a cost of approximately $1,500. It is open to all Salem Academy students; parents, grandparents, and siblings can accompany their Salem student on the trip as well. A deposit of $500 for each trip participant is due to Ms. Shellhamer by Monday September 24, either in a check made to Salem Academy or in cash in a sealed envelope given personally to Ms. Shellhamer. If you’re interested or have any questions, please email Ms. Shellhamer at jessica.shellhamer@salem.edu.

College Counseling Corner

What: Mock ACT practice exam
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
            1:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Salem Academy auditorium
Who: Open to any Salem Academy student
Cost: FREE
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Each practice test comes with a personalized score report and a one-on-one score review session with an academic advisor dedicated to Salem Academy.

Girl Up Sophomore Fundraiser

Girl Up Sophomore FundraiserMembers of the Class of 2020 packing donations after graduation this spring. From left to right: Girl Up Co-President Lucy Price, Girl Up Secretary Sarah Kent Trollinger, Amira Rady, and Angelina Pierre.
photo of some Haitian students who received suppliesSome of the students in Haiti who received school supplies from Salem Academy this summer.

Members of the Class of 2020 led a fundraiser in concert with Salem Academy Girl Up at the end of last school year to bring much needed school supplies to students in Haiti and Winston-Salem. In addition to donations, Academy students wrote letters to girls in Haiti with the hope of establishing pen pals. Our own Mr. Allen personally delivered three 30-gallon bins of supplies to programs run by Love Him Love Them in Haiti this summer. Students donated so many binders, notebooks, pens, and paper that Mr. Allen couldn’t take it all. Over 120 binders and packages of loose leaf and graph paper were delivered to Old Town Elementary School for use by local students. Sophomores in Girl Up plan to hold another fundraiser at the end of this school year.

Sisters of the Motherboard - Salem Academy Robotics Update

The past two weeks have been a running start for the Salem Academy robotics team, Sisters of the Motherboard! As such a young team, it has been amazing to have such a large percentage of the student body participating this year: 22.6% to be exact!

During our first team meeting, we have discussed this year’s upcoming agenda and started to work on prototype robots to practice building and coding. We have also begun to prototype potential catapult models for this year’s robot.

This Saturday, the Sisters will be attending the First Tech Challenge kick-off event at A&T State University in Greensboro for this year’s challenge, Rover Ruckus! Keep a look out for pictures of the team on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages:

Sisters of the Motherboard icon

Twitter: @SA_Robotics

Instagram: @sa_robotics

Facebook: FTC Team 7444 Sisters of the Motherboard

How to support us:

1) Check that junk drawer at home full of old cell phones! Any donations of phones below would be greatly appreciated!

Want:

  • Motorola Moto G5
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Google Nexus 5

Could Use:

  • Motorola Moto G2, G3, or G4 play

2. Get involved!

We would love to have any and all parental and community involvement possible. No robotics experience is necessary, the team would appreciate anything from snacks to mentoring (especially in engineering, programming, and social media) . Please don’t hesitate to contact one of the faculty sponsors, Mrs. Sorrells, at kristina.sorrells@salem.edu if you are able to donate any of these phones or become involved with our team. Thank you!

 

Salem Academy Annual Asbestos Notification

August 30, 2018

This information is provided as partial fulfillment of AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) rules requiring annual notification of workers and building occupants or their legal guardians of inspections, response actions, and post response action activities, including periodic re-inspection and surveillance activities that are planned or in progress.

A periodic surveillance of asbestos containing materials is performed in all academy buildings every six months.  This is done to ensure that asbestos containing materials are maintained in good condition.  A complete re-inspection of all Salem Academy buildings was conducted in March, 2018 with the next inspection scheduled for March 2019.  The re-inspection and any sampling will be conducted by AHERA Accredited Inspectors and Management Planners. The results of the re-inspection and any samplings will be included in the AHERA Management Plan. A copy of the AHERA Management Plan is available in the director of administration’s office located in the Inspector’s House at the corner of Academy and Church Streets and the director of physical plant’s office.

As an element of the AHERA Management Plan, the academy follows an Asbestos Operations and Maintenance (O & M) Plan which further outlines measures to protect building occupants and workers by minimizing potential exposure.  The academy updated the O & M Plan in December 2012.  The improvements in the O & M Plan are intended to make it easier to use by the physical plant department employees and outside contractors that perform work within academy buildings and to ensure the continued safety of student and building occupants.  
If you have any questions regarding the asbestos program, please contact Brenda Hutchens at (336) 917-5405.

Upcoming Activities and Events

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Win, 6-0 (Away)

The JV tennis team had a big win this week. They played High Point Christian at Oak Hollow Tennis Center in High Point on Tuesday.  Salem won all six singles position. As the team was starting the doubles portion of the match, a huge storm approached and that was the end of the match. Salem won 6-0. The singles scores are as follows:#1 Sophia Gnad (8-5), #2 Jessie Gentles (5-2 opponent injured and retired), #3 Izzy Smith ( 8-3), #4 Molly Beasley (8-0), #5 Patrina Fan( 8-2), and #6 Grace Jeon ( 8-0). This win has definitely boosted the girl’s confidence on the tennis courts. The JV team looks forward to two matches next week against Forsyth Country Day on Monday and Greensboro Day School on Thursday. 

Their record to date is 1-1.

Loss, 2-0 (Home)

Salem’s junior varsity volleyball team had their season opener on Tuesday, September 4th at home. The Sabers battled hard against the High Point Christian Cougars and proved that they will be serious contenders this season. The team worked together well and began shaking off the nerves of playing together for the first time. Piper Angel led the team with points earned off her serve. Defensively, Brier Evans hustled hard on the back row to dig out balls. Rennie Parker, as setter, was able to get a few points by making smart plays and finding holes in the opponent’s defense. Overall, the Sabers fought hard and are looking forward to a great season. The final score was 21 - 25 (L) and 15 - 25 (L).

Loss, 0-3 (Home)

The Sabers lost to High Point Christian Academy on Tuesday. The girls fought hard and came back several times and held their own against the former state champions within their conference.

Salem lost the first game (11 to 25), the second (10 to 25) and the third (14 to 25), but the team never gave up.  Hannah Brothers, Maggie Campbell, Sara Kent Trollinger and Izzy Pare led the team with a number of digs and receiving difficult serves. Dania Shoaf displayed determination by hustling to every ball, no matter what was passed to her, totaling a number of eight assists.  Hannah, Miracle Etim-Andy, Tochi Okoli and Maggie Dees also stepped in with a number of assists when it was necessary.  There were strong attacks by Miracle, Maggie D., Caroline Drupka and Hannah with several kills serving was strong all-around. Hannah, Dania , Sara Kent, and Maggie C. stood out with smart serving and several aces.

Friday’s match versus Westchester Country Day School was an exciting battle to four games!  The team came together beautifully in a last minute line up change, due to the primary setter, Dania Shoaf, being too sick to compete.  The first game was a clear adjustment to the improvised line up and lost 14-25.  Going into the second game, the entire team held their heads high, remained energetic and won 26-24.  Although match three and four were lost  25-27, 18-24, the team rose to a new level of play and revealed their true capabilities. 

Overall, the entire team communicated well, covered their positions properly and  were very disciplined with their fundamentals. Digging and passing have tremendously improved, with consistency and effort. Maggie CampbellTochi OkoliIzzy Pare and Sara Kent Trollinger stood out with their passing and effort to reach balls that appeared to be unreachable. Hannah Brothers did an amazing job to step in as the setter, with little practice and earned 18 assists with a lot of hustle. The spiking was so hard, by Caroline Drupka (4 kills), Maggie Dees (8 kills), Tochi (5 kills) and Miracle Etim-Andy (7 kills) that the opponents never stood a chance.  Blocking is continuing to strengthen with CarolineMaggie D. and Tochi standing out and jumping up to shut down their opponents attacks.  There were crushing serves and a number of aces all-around by Hannah Brothers, Miracle, Tochi, Izzy and Maggie C., with Sara Kent earning five aces and nine points.

Loss, 0-12 (Away)

Salem played their season opener against Northwest Guilford on Tuesday and unfortunately came away with a loss. It was a hard first half but the girls banded together including Jeanine Ikekhua, who played goalie and held them to just two goals in the second half. Kelly Nesser controlled the field as the center-mid and Jenae Edwards made some amazing stops as the flyer on corners! 

 

Loss, 2-0 (Away)

The Sabers took on the Salem Baptist Vikings Thursday. The sets were played the best out of three. Salem Baptist won in two sets. The final scores were 11-25(L) and 21-25(L). The girls did well to encourage one another throughout the game. Brier Evans had multiple digs as well as several strong serves. Grace Gould did well at setting up her teammates for spiking opportunities. Piper Angel showed effort with her hustle and great ball placement. Tee Georges had multiple spikes and did great at the net. The girls showed great teamwork and played very well.

Loss, 4-5 (Away)

On Thursday, September 6th, Salem Academy came up just short in falling to Forsyth Country Day School, 5-4, in a hard-fought conference encounter in Lewisville. Jayden Brown had a splendid afternoon in winning her singles match, 6-0, 6-0, at the number one flight and teaming up with Krystle Chukwuanu to take the top doubles slot, 8-1. Krystle and Emma Grimstead both displayed character and determination in bouncing back from first set losses to win in tiebreakers, 10-6 and 10-7 respectively. Krystle’s singles match alone lasted 2 hours and Emma’s close to 2 1/2 hours.

Salem Academy had a convincing win over Westchester Country Day School on Friday September 7th at the Salem Academy courts with an 8-1 score. The win marks the first win of the season after suffering two close 5-4 losses. Jayden Brown played flawless tennis to capture an 8-0 win followed by Krystle Chukwuanu winning at 8-2, Faith Harcus 5-0 and Emma Grimstead, Caroline Harman and Sophia Gnab all capturing wins with 8-1 scores.
Doubles teams prevailing were the tandems of Jayden/Krystal and Sidney Stearns/Caroline.

Salem is currently 1-2 and will host powerhouse Greensboro Country Day on September 13th.

Finished, (Away)

The cross country team traveled to Greensboro’s Hagan-Stone Park on Thursday for their second meet of the year and first official PTAC meet. All of the Sabers dropped valuable time, some even cut off multiple minutes from last week’s race time. Ashley Hart shaved almost ten whole minutes off of her race time, finishing in just under 35:00. Kate Dossel finished her race three minutes faster than last week and Alia Agee and Sophia Iltis cut two minutes off of their season best, finishing at 26:25 and 27:45 respectively. Abigail Wucherer and Emma Kanzler both competed in their first race of the season and represented Salem well.

Win, 8-1 (Home)

Salem Academy had a convincing win over Westchester Country Day School on Friday September 7th at the Salem Academy courts with an 8-1 score. The win marks the first win of the season after suffering two close 5-4 losses. Jayden Brown played flawless tennis to capture an 8-0 win followed by Krystle Chukwuanu winning at 8-2, Faith Harcus 5-0 and Emma Grimstead, Caroline Harman and Sophia Gnab all capturing wins with 8-1 scores.
Doubles teams prevailing were the tandems of Jayden/Krystal and Sidney Stearns/Caroline.

Loss, 0-6 (Away)

On Friday afternoon, the Salem Academy field hockey team traveled to Asheville to take on Asheville School. They had a difficult time in the first half, but Jeanine Ikekhua and Catherine Davila played great games in the goal, switching out at halftime. Carry Liu and Katherine Mims has many scoring opportunities, pushed by Kelly Nesser, Lucy Price, and Kennedy Conner. The team fell 6-0, with only one goal scored in the second half! 

Loss, 1-3 (Home)

Friday’s match versus Westchester Country Day School was an exciting battle to four games!  The team came together beautifully in a last-minute lineup change, due to the primary setter, Dania Shoaf, being too sick to compete.  The first game was a clear adjustment to the improvised lineup and lost 14-25.  Going into the second game, the entire team held their heads high, remained energetic and won 26-24.  Although match three and four were lost  25-27, 18-24, the team rose to a new level of play and revealed their true capabilities. 

Overall, the entire team communicated well, covered their positions properly and was very disciplined with their fundamentals. Digging and passing have tremendously improved, with consistency and effort. Maggie CampbellTochi OkoliIzzy Pare, and Sara Kent Trollinger stood out with their passing and effort to reach balls that appeared to be unreachable. Hannah Brothers did an amazing job to step in as the setter, with little practice and earned 18 assists with a lot of hustle. The spiking was so hard, by Caroline Drupka (4 kills), Maggie Dees (8 kills), Tochi (5 kills) and Miracle Etim-Andy (7 kills) that the opponents never stood a chance.  Blocking is continuing to strengthen with CarolineMaggie D. and Tochi standing out and jumping up to shut down their opponent’s attacks.  There were crushing serves and a number of aces all-around by Hannah Brothers, Miracle, Tochi, Izzy and Maggie C., with Sara Kent earning five aces and nine points. 

 

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