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The Weekly Newsletter keeps you “in the loop” of Salem Academy. We highlight athletic, academic and faculty achievements, as well as post upcoming events and other important information. If you missed an issue or know someone who would like to read a certain issue, now you can have immediate access! Previous Newsletters are available below. Please send all questions, comments and/or suggestions to (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Week of February 15, 2016

February is Black History Month, and our Student Council has been making presentations during assembly, delivering quotes by famous African Americans, and offering an opportunity for students to post inspirational thoughts on a tapestry outside the History Department.  That tapestry reminded me of something President Obama said about Black History Month last year. 

Week of February 8, 2016

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  ~ G.K.

Week of February 1, 2016

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. -Charles M. Schulz /  February can be brutal!  Parts of the country – including the South – have been getting hammered with all sorts of strange weather.  It’s bitter cold at times, and worst of all, after this weekend there won’t be any more football to watch.  UGH!  And yet, something happens every February at the Academy that always makes me smile; a three-day, heart-filled, sugary-sweet-tooth extravaganza called “Cupids and Mortals.”

Week of January 25, 2016

I have mentioned in this newsletter before that I love cutting grass.  In fact, if I ever decide to retire, I want to live somewhere that I get to mow the lawn.   After all, it’s good exercise – particularly if you’ve got a long walk to the shed where you keep your riding mower – and I love the way it smells.  It smells like baseball.  And yet, those are only secondary reasons.  Most of all, I love it because you can completely transform something in the span of only two hours.  When you’re finished, you have a real sense of accomplishment, because you can look back and see the obvious chan

Week of January 18, 2016

I bought a load of firewood at the beginning of December and then spent the next six weeks cranking the air conditioning in my house so I’d have an excuse to light a fire in the fireplace (I didn’t really do that…but I did consider it!).  Well, Old Man Winter has finally arrived, and along with the cold temperatures comes the occasional snow fall.   Which reminds me; I need to pass along my annual message about what we do when there’s inclement weather.  So…here’s what we do:

Week of January 4, 2016

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” - L.M.

Week of December 7, 2015

One of the most exciting, and at the same time nerve-wracking moments, at Christmas is when you’re giving a gift to someone you love.  Whether you’ve created the gift with your own hands or traveled from place to place searching, you knew what you were looking for…you just didn’t know what it was.  You were looking for that one thing…the perfect gift.  Not the most expensive thing.  Not the thing that was already on his or her “Santa” list.  I’m talking about the one thing; the one thing that says…I really do know you…and I really do love you. 

Week of November 30, 2015

In her book, Less Time for Meddling, A History of Salem Academy and College 1772-1866, author Frances Griffin writes the following: “Because in the early years of the school the girls were not able to go home at Christmastime, extra effort was exerted to make the occasion both festive and meaningful for them.  One of the most moving of the traditional Moravian services – still observed today – is the Christmas Eve lovefeast, at which, amid music and following the customary serving of coffee and buns, hundreds of lighted beeswax candles are brought in and passed along the pews u

Week of November 9, 2015

I’m pleased to report that thirteen students from the Academy (including four from this year’s senior class) earned AP Scholar Awards this past year in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.  The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. 

Week of November 2, 2015

Many of you may be aware of the incident that took place on the campus of Winston-Salem State University this past Sunday. Preliminary reports suggest that there was dispute between two or more individuals on the WSSU campus and two University students were shot.  One of the victims suffered an injury that was not life-threatening, but the other student was tragically killed.  This was an isolated incident and the authorities arrested the sole suspect on Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina.