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Week of April 11, 2019

From the Head of School

“The friendships formed here ever are the best/On them, on thee, our hearts in love shall rest” (from Recessional, Girls Preparatory School)

By the time you read this, I will be in Chattanooga at my high school reunion - my 40th! My closest friends and I started talking about our reunion last summer, and we have planned every minute from Thursday afternoon until Sunday morning. Most of our time will be spent with just the girls, but a few husbands, children, and even grandchildren have been included (ever so slightly) in our plans. About 70% of my graduating class is attending (being close to the Easter holiday created some challenges), but we are doing a Google Hangout at our Class Party on Saturday to connect those who won’t be with us in person. We had a modest challenge - $479 (40th reunion, Class of ‘79) - but most of us rounded up without thinking twice. It is our school, after all, and we want future generations of girls to have the opportunities that we did.

I love, love, love attending Alumnae Weekend! Seeing lifelong friends, reminiscing with former teachers, meeting current students - these are really the same things that I did every day when I was a student, so my heart always fills with a familiar school pride when I am back on campus. Even though everything and everyone is a little bit older, the essence of what it meant to attend Girls Preparatory School is still there: GPS’s Founders established a school rooted in the Christian tradition, and we remain true to that heritage by cultivating in our girls the values of honor, integrity, and service.

Seem familiar?

Every founding statement for a girls’ school has something unique, but the importance of the basic values is always included, if not in the exact words, then in the message and intent. High school is almost the “last chance” to expose teenagers to the choices that they make in being part of a community. It is full of ups and downs, but it is also a time to learn from mistakes and to be guided away from bad choices. Teenage years are bumpy, and navigating through them is not always a pleasant experience.

I am fortunate that I had strong student leaders and a caring faculty to keep me from getting too off track. That is what GPS gave me. This is what Salem Academy gives to her students.

Salem Academy is celebrating Reunion Weekend April 26 and 27. I am excited for the current student body to witness the excitement in the faces and voices of all who will be attending, for I know that they will be thinking, “That will be me one day.”

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew


Theater Needs Your Help

Dear Parents and Students;

 The Theatre Department is underway and we are preparing to open our next play.  Over the past several years we have sold refreshments during intermission for the performances. The money goes towards the theatre celebration at the end of the year.  We are in need of things to sell. If you are willing, we are looking for 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.

  Also, we will be having a cast/crew party right after strike after the last Sunday performance.  If anyone wants to donate food and drink for the students it would be greatly appreciated. They will probably miss dinner so this will be something they will attack with great hunger.  We have about 30 students involved with the show.

  All the students who are signed up for any crew are required to be at set strike which begins at 3:45 on Sunday, April 28th.  Any parents or relatives can come and help as well. We always need extra hands and especially extra drills.

 It is always a pleasure working with the students on a 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

2019 Spring Theater Department Play

2019 Chapel Talks are Available!

Chapel Talks 2019

A milestone of the senior year,  Chapel Talks are beloved tradition dating back to the early days of Salem Academy when students delivered oral examinations. You can watch all of our seniors deliver their Chapel Talk by visiting the link above.


Upcoming Activities and Events

Counseling Program: Saying Goodbye to Perfectionism

“Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and shame. “ -Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Do you struggle with the need to make perfect grades? Do you avoid conflict in friendships? Do you lack self-compassion when you make a mistake? Academy students are invited to join Ms. Johnson on Monday, April 15 for a conversation about these issues and more. We will identify what perfectionism looks like in daily life, and discuss practical tools to shift our mindsets out of self-judgment and into a place of vulnerability, authenticity, and self-compassion.

When: Monday, April 15th @ 6:30 p.m.

Where: Rec. Room


AP Exam Fees Due April 17

Thank you to all of the students who have paid their fee for AP exams and art portfolio submissions. If you have not yet paid your fee, please do so by April 17. Money may be given to Mrs. Caligiuri in the library.


Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence

The Parents’ Association of Salem Academy established the Joel Weston Award for Faculty Excellence in memory of Joel Weston and to honor the faculty and staff of Salem Academy. The first award was presented at the Recognition Program in the spring of 1986.

We will be providing the opportunity for nominations from students, faculty, and staff, and we would also welcome nominations from parents for this year’s Joel Weston Award. Click here for the criteria for the award and the nomination form.

If you wish to submit a nomination, please do so in writing with supporting statements to Kathy Barnes, kathyw.barnes@salem.edu, before April 15, so that I may present the nomination to the selection committee.

Love On A Leash - Rescheduled

Due to pending rain conditions on Friday, April 12th, Love On A Leash will be rescheduled for May 25, with more details to come.


Class of 2020 Ring Ordering Day

Related imageA representative from Herff Jones will be on campus in the EB Reception Room on Tuesday, April 16th from 12:15 - 1:15 pm to take class ring orders for any rising senior.  A $100 deposit fee is due when placing the ring order. To review a pricing sheet for class rings, please click here.

Stratford Rotary Scholarship Awards

The Stratford Rotary Club of Winston-Salem is pleased to announce the STRATFORD ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS. These awards are given to graduating seniors currently attending a Forsyth County, NC high school. This scholarship program recognizes academic scholarship and community service achievements of the recipients and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education. Three $2,500.00 (two thousand five hundred dollars) scholarships will be awarded. These awards are non-renewable. The award may be used at any accredited technical, community, or four-year college or university. Applications are due April 12th. Please stop by Dr. Spong’s office for an application and instructions.

Reminder to Parents!

Returning parents, please don’t forget about our new referral bonus!

For current families who refer new families to Salem Academy, there will be a $1000 referral bonus applied towards tuition.

Qualifications include:

  1. The family must be new to Salem Academy;
  2. The new family must notify us of your referral; and
  3. The new family must pay their deposit and registration fees.

This bonus will be applied to the 2019-2020 school year and is awarded per family referred.

Salem Academy Calendar and Major Dates

Click here to review Salem Academy’s academic calendar for the 2019-2020 school year; major dates for 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 are included as well.


2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

Registration is Now Open!!
Go to https://www.salemacademy.com/steamcamp

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Win, 2-1 (Home)

The Sabers showed up ready to play on Wednesday as they looked to avenge an early season loss to Salem Baptist. The team played their best game of soccer this season. Everyone made great plays and passes and the team worked together well. Mandy Peake put Salem on top in the middle of the first half when she beat three defenders and put a perfectly placed ball past the fingertips of the Salem Baptist goalkeeper. The visitors were able to tie the score before half time and make the second half mean that much more. The Sabers were put to the test with the even play throughout the second half and saw chances to take the lead. Mandy Peake provided that lead late in the half when she was able to find the back of the net with eight minutes left. Angelina Pierre played a phenomenal game in the goal for Salem. She made multiple saves and stopped two different one-on-one opportunities to give the Sabers the chance to stay in the game. 

Finished, 4th (Away)

The Lady Sabers traveled to High Point Athletic Complex for their fourth meet of the season. It was a cloudy day with warm breezy temperatures. As the ladies prepared for the meet, they were told to take a deep breath, run fast and enjoy the moment. 

The day was started by Jessie Gentles jumping to a personal record, or PR, of 10ft, 5.50in in the women’s long jump. The triple threat of Aaliyah Brown, Sophia Gnad, and Gentles all finished respectfully in the event.

Heating up the track, the Sabers 4x100m relay quartet of Jenae Edwards, Monica Conley, Tiarra Georges, and Sydney Whitt took first place, finishing in 55.35 seconds.  Sydney Whitt and Emma Machle both ran PR’s in the 400m, finishing in the top 15 in the field. Monica Conley held it down in the 100m, winning her heat as well as the event in total.  Sophia Iltis brought her talents to the track and had a huge PR in the 3200m, which closed out the track events.

The throwers had a great day in the ring, leaving the meet with four PRs and a school record. Both Jade Alston (71-06) and Jyana Seaman (62-00) threw the discus to a new personal best. Jade hurdled the shot to another PR of 25-01.75.  Miracle Etim-Andy showed out as always throwing the shot to a new PR and school record of 35-10.50 ft.

Personal records were the following:

Shot Put: Miracle Etim-Andy & Jade Alston

Discus: Jade Alston & Jyana Seaman

400: Sydney Whitt & Emma Machle

LJ: Jessie Gentles

3200: Sophia Iltis

4x100m relay: Jenae Edwards, Monica Conley, Tiarra Georges, & Sydney Whitt

All in all, it was a very successful day both on and off the track. The Lady Sabers will take the week off and focus on recovery. 

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