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 October 10, 2019

From the Head of School

“What are little girls made of?/ Sugar and spice/And everything nice…”  (English Nursery Rhyme)

I invite you to join me and celebrate the International Day of the Girl on October 11, “a day that focuses a lens on the challenges girls face while promoting their empowerment, fulfillment, and human rights. The theme for this year’s celebration is GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.”

     “ As described by the United Nations, the theme reflects how ‘girls are moving from dreaming to achieving. …As entrepreneurs, innovators, and initiators of global movements, girls are leading and fostering a world that is relevant for them and future generations. …The global community must create more opportunities for girls’ voices to be heard and safe spaces for their participation in decision-making, as leading change for girls is all our responsibility.’

     “We couldn’t agree more.”  - Megan Murphy, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

I thought I would share with you the powerful taglines which define some of our sister schools:

     “Challenge her mind. Strengthen her voice. Nurture her heart.” (Trafalgar Castle School)

     “Launching women who change the world.” (Madeira)

     “Educate. Inspire. Empower.” (The Ursuline School)

     “Discover your voice. Chart your path.” (Salem Academy)

     ”Empowering girls to better the world.” (Chatham Hall)

     ”Inspiring Girls to Lead Lives of Purpose” (Atlanta Girls School)

     “Anywhere she can imagine.” (Hutchison)

     “To learn, to lead, to leave a legacy.” (Agnes Irwin)

     “Girls learning, leading, succeeding.” (Dana Hall)

     “Inspiring girls to go beyond barriers.” (Nightingale-Bamford)

     “Girl centered, because it makes a world of difference.” (St. Catherine’s)

     “We learn not for school, but for life.” (Hathaway Brown)

     “I will find a way or make one.” (Holton-Arms)

We are doing the right things, and we are in good company.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


Happy Fall Break!

We wish all of our students a restful and relaxing Fall Break.  This is a no homework weekend, and we hope the respite provides each student with the opportunity to spend time outside, try something new, and enjoy the company of family and friends!

Emergency Notification System

Parents, please sign up here, for our new and updated Emergency Alert notification system. By signing up, you can register your mobile device to receive emergency text and call alerts from Salem Academy, as well as update your registered mobile number(s) when/if your contact information changes. Salem Academy uses this system to inform parents of important updates such as campus closings or delays during inclement weather and other urgent or emergency-related notifications. If you have difficulty or questions about signing up, please contact our IT Helpdesk at help@salem.edu

On-Campus College Visits

Tuesday, October 15th

  • Roanoake - 9:05 am
  • Brandeis University - 1:20 pm

Wednesday, October 16th 

  • Furman - 2:00pm

Thursday, October 17th

  • University of Alabama - 2:00 pm 
  • Gardner-Webb University - 3:00 pm

Jan Term 2020 Update

Fall Break is the perfect time for juniors and seniors to finalize their Jan Term internships.  Applications are due by the end of the school day on Thursday, October 17.

Ninth and tenth graders completed interest inventories for their Jan Term experience last week.  In partnership with Love out Loud, a local nonprofit that connects individuals and groups with service opportunities, students will immerse themselves in the Winston-Salem community, researching an issue that interests them and spending their mornings in service, working with agencies that address their area of interest.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

Saber Athletics Update


Salem Academy concluded the 2019 tennis season on a positive note with all 7 participating players going out on a win in singles or doubles and in several cases, both events. Salem won the match 7-2 on October 7 at the Salem courts on a very pleasant afternoon. Winning doubles for Salem were the teams of: Sidney Stearns/Krystle Chukwuanu, Izzy Smith/Faith Harcus and Molly Beasley/Emma Shelby. Singles winners for the Sabers were Krystle, Faith, Jessie Gentles, and Emma. Seniors playing their last varsity match were: Faith, Sidney, Izzy, and Molly. Seniors were honored with beautiful long-stemmed yellow roses, along with framed tennis pictures to commemorate their Salem careers. Salem concluded the 2019 season with an 8-3 record.

Senior Tennis AthletesTennis Seniors Athletes (L-R): Molly Beasley, Sidney Stearns, Izzy Smith, Faith Harcus

Field Hockey

The Sabers traveled to Chatham Hall on Friday, October 4 where they fell a bit short but played their hearts out. Jeannie Ikekhua played her best game all year with 27 saves, knocking out every ball that came her way. Lucy Price had an incredible game, making sure the offense got the ball on almost every clear. The girls did amazing an amazing job!!

On Monday, October 7, Salem field hockey faced Summit for their senior night. The last time we played Summit we lost 5 - 0. Very motivated for a win, the girls gave the last game everything they had. Makenna Hartwich found the goal first with an incredible tip in on the back post. Katherine Mims found the goal 2nd on an amazing reverse sweep. We came out on top for the first win of the season,  2-1 against the undefeated Summit! Thanks for a great season ladies, I’m so proud of you! 

Field Hockey Seniors

Field Hockey Seniors Athletes (L-R): Jeanine Ikekhua, Lucy Price, Mackenzie Culp, Makenna Hartwich, Amira Rady, Kennedy Conner


The match last Thursday, 10/3 against Forsyth Country Day School was the best two out of three sets. Serving has always been Salem’s strong suit.  Maggie Dees, Rennie Parker, Maggie Cambell, and Sara Kent Trollinger crushed their serves in which FCDS struggled to return the ball.  But in the end, FCDS won in two sets, 25-19 and 25-14.

On Friday, October 4th Salem traveled to the faraway land of Chatham Hall in Virginia, where the volleyball team challenged Salem to three out of five matches.  Salem got off to a slow start during the first match and Chatham Hall won 25-15. During the second match, Salem kicked into gear and won 25-18 with many great rallies, serves, sets and passes. Honorable mentions go to Teresa Sunthang for aggressive passing and back-row attack kills!  Unfortunately, Chatham Hall made fewer errors in sets 3 and four, to win 25-7 and 25-16.

Salem Volleyball played their last match of the season on Monday, Oct 7th at home against Calvary Day School.  For Kate Dossel, Maggie Campbell, Brier Evans, Sara Kent Trollinger, Angelina Pierre, and Izzy Pare, there were bittersweet emotions during this three out of five-match, where we honored our six seniors on their last high school volleyball match. Each one of them has been a crucial component of our team and they will be greatly missed next year.  However, when one life experience ends, another begins and we wish them grand adventures for their remaining high school year and for the years that follow.  

There were amazing digs from Izzy Pare, blasting services from Rennie Parker, Angelina Pierre, Sara Kent Trollinger, and Maggie Campbell Sara Kent Trollinger, Brier Evans, and Rennie Parker had some great kills and there were many great blocks from Maggie Dees and Kate Dossel.  Despite Salem’s hustle, Calvary took the match in three sets, Set 1: 8-25, Set 2: 15-25 and Set 3: 18-25.

Senior Volleyball Athletes

Volleyball Seniors Athletes (L-R): Izzy  Paré, Maggie Campbell, Kate Dossel, Brier Evans, Sara Kent Trollinger, Angelina Pierre

Cross Country

Tuesday, September 24, the team of five Lady Cross Country Sabers competed in their third race of the season. First across the line for the Sabers, finishing in second place overall, was Eva Henneke with a time of 22:10.59. Finishing next for the Sabers was Sophia Iltis at 26:21.06, Helen Watson, Emma Kanzler (30:56.57) and Julia Zhou (31:07.66).

The following week, the team joined all the other Salem Academy fall sports and ventured up to Virginia to compete against Chatham Hall in a dual meet.  Eva Henneke blew the field away crossing the line well over 4 minutes before the second-place finisher. Sophia Iltis came across next for Salem followed behind by Helen Watson, Julia Zhou, and Emma Kanzler.  The next race for the Lady Sabers Cross Country Team is Tuesday, October 15th for their Conference Championship at Ivey Redmon Park in Kernersville.

Cross Country Team

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • 10/15 - Conference Cross Country Meet at Ivey Redmon - 5:00 PM 

  • 10/25 - State Meet at McAlpine Park in Charlotte - 12:00 Noon

  • 10/16 - Fencing Practice begins

  • 10/28 - Basketball Try-outs

  • 10/28 - Swim Practice begins

Club Volleyball Tryouts

For any student who is interested in playing volleyball during the offseason, please consider playing club volleyball this Fall.  Club volleyball is a great way for anyone interested in the sport to learn and maintain skills for the fall 2020 volleyball season. For more information and/or questions about club volleyball and Champion volleyball club specifically, please contact Coach Tamara Vander Lugt at tlvanderlugt@gmail.com.

Upcoming Activities and Events

Upcoming Activities and Events

Salem Sisters Sportswear open on campus!

Salem Academy ShirtThe Salem Sisters Sportswear shop will be open as you are picking up your daughters for Fall Break! Families can shop on Thursday, October 10th from 11 am until 3 pm. 

You can always shop online and have it shipped to your home, or directly to your daughter at the Academy! 


Thanksgiving Travel Programs

Each year, Envoys offers experiential education programs across the country for international students studying in the US. Bringing our expertise in global education to adventure programming, the programs are designed for students to experience a new place, explore their sense of adventure, and build authentic friendships with students from other schools all over the country. 

Thanksgiving Programs Dates: November 23rd - December 1st*

*Note: this travel program is not sponsored by Salem Academy. 


Guest Speaker from Old Salem Museum and Gardens

On Tuesday, October 22 the Commission on Slavery and Its Legacy at Salem Academy and College will sponsor a talk by Martha Hartley, director of Moravian research at Old Salem Museum and Gardens. Ms. Hartley will discuss the history of Salem, the Hidden Town Project initiative, and the legacy of slavery.  This event is free and open to the entire Salem community. It is part of the continuing process of learning about our school’s past connections to slavery and strengthening our ties to the local community as Salem Academy and College approaches its 250th anniversary.

The event begins at 7 PM in Shirley Recital Hall at the Salem Academy and College Fine Arts Center. Parents are welcome.

Earn Money for the Academy at Your Favorite Store

Please help Salem Academy earn corporate donations! It’s simple to participate and you can increase the donations by encouraging family and friends to designate the Academy at places where they routinely shop. Just follow the instructions below for grocery chains and Amazon. (Your Amazon.com purchases will support both the Academy and the College. The grocery store chains will support the Academy as part of their K-12 education programs. You may participate in these programs to earn money for Salem Academy in any state where the grocery chain operates.)

Amazon Smile

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

  3. Select Salem Academy and College. (Your purchases will support both the Academy and the College.)

Harris Teeter Together in Education Program 

Sign in to (or create) a Harris Teeter rewards account and enter the Salem Academy Code: 5509

Lowes Foods Cart to Class program 

Sign in to (or create) a Lowes Foods rewards account. Type “Salem Academy” in the search bar. You may also sign up using your phone number

Publix Super Markets Partners

Sign in to (or create) a Publix account. 

Select the drop-down menu under your name. Then select “My Publix Partner” from the menu under your account. Type “Salem Academy” in the search bar. Use your phone number at check out to earn money for the school

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