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 May 16, 2019

From the Head of School

“Debate is combat. Your words are your weapons.” (from the movie The Great Debaters)

Last Saturday, members of the Salem Academy Debate Club and the Salem Academy Model UN went head-to-head in a formal debate that was held at 500 W 5th Street in Winston-Salem. This is the building which houses Salem Academy and College’s Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business, affectionately called CWEB. Debate sponsor Michelle Lawrence sent me an email that included the following:

I just want you to know that the event was completely student initiated and planned. The debaters did all the work on their own time while managing to study for AP exams! Miracle’s (Etim-Andy) love of debate and her determination to provide more opportunities to get as many students as possible involved led her to invite MUN to do a joint debate. It was the students’ idea to ask Chris and Sharon to be judges since Chris leads MUN and Sharon knew the scientific background on the topics.

The students did most of the work. All I had to do was set up the lunch meeting between the students and Alyson Francisco (who is a tremendous supporter of the Academy) to get the ball rolling and bake some treats last night. In my view, this was an excellent example of collaboration between the College and the Academy. Professor Francisco and I first talked about doing something like this over a year ago. She was at a family wedding out of town today, so two college debaters (Shania Douglas and Tamia House) helped us set up this morning. They were very impressed with our students….We had 20 students at the event this morning.

I am not at all surprised by Ms. Lawrence’s email because I have seen this happen all year long.  Salem Academy students are always organizing events - anything from service projects to cultural experiences to debates - and the faculty are always at the ready to support their efforts. To be part of a community where learning is constantly taking place outside the classroom and beyond the hours of a school day continues to make this school special.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

Special School Schedules for May 21 and May 24

Click here to find our school schedule for May 21 and 24.

Graduation Week Schedule

Friday, May 24


Parents and friends are invited to the Closing Chapel ceremony in the Academy Auditorium at 1:20 p.m.  In addition to the closing service, we will also have the installation of student officers for 2019-2020, the recognition of our student publications, and the presentation of Citizenship Honor Awards for this year.


Wednesday, May 29

5:00 p.m. - Alumnae Board Celebrates Seniors at the Head of School’s Home.  This event is required for seniors.

Graduation Events


Friday, May 31


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

Recognition Assembly         

4:30 p.m. - Hanes Auditorium. This event is required for all students and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Head of School Dinner       

6:00 p.m. - Bryant Hall. This event 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             

7:00 p.m. - Fine Arts Center

Glee Club Spring Concert

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

Senior Fest                           

10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m - Bryant Hall.  A dance and celebration for all students, families, friends, faculty, and staff.

Saturday, June 1


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


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 June 1, 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 before the end of school. Also, Day Students should have lockers cleaned out and all personal belongings removed from the school by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

Class of 2019 Families: 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 Class of 2019 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 26.

Final Counseling Program: #summergoals

Do you ever find yourself feeling unmotivated over the summer? Or doing too many activities and feeling stretched thin? Do you ever find yourself reaching the end of summer and wishing you had spent your time more intentionally? Summer break is a unique season that allows us to rest, recharge, explore, and have fun with family and friends.  But, it’s easy to let the time pass us by without being intentional! Students are invited to join Ms. Johnson for a fun activity and discussion on how to identify and achieve our #summergoals. Come create an intentional list of goals that will empower you to thrive this summer!

Mrs. Cottontail & Friends Therapy Bunnies

Salem Academy will be offering students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to pet and play with therapy bunnies during exam week! Please join a local organization, Mrs. Cottontail & Friends on May 29th, from 9-11 a.m. in the Rec. Room. Please contact Ms. Johnson (mary.johnson@salem.edu) with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Activities and Events

AP Art Show May 5 - 24, 2019

Spring Theatre Production at Hanesbrands Theatre

2019 NCAIS Student Lead’Her’ship Conference

The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools is hosting the Student Lead’Her’ship Conference on June 9 - 11 at St. Mary’s Schoool in Raleigh, NC. TEach student leader who participates in the conference will come away with awareness, skills, resources, ongoing support. They will also build the confidence needed to facilitate and lead a girls group, activities and/or a school-wide event in their school community.   The conference is for 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students.

Information Regarding the 2019 Conference Programming

Students will participate in the following activities during the conference:

  • Opening keynote workshop: Leadership & Collective Problem Solving led by District C
  • Leadership Style Assessment
  • Introductory Session Components:  Be You, Who am I? and What is important to me?
  • Yoga: Positive self-body image, strength, confidence, and connection with others  
  • Leading Yourself in Order to Led Others based on the book, Beautiful, Part I and II
  • Evening Book Discussion Options: Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU by Julie Foudy or Beautiful by Naomi Katz
  • Etiquette Luncheon
  • Evening Movie Options:  I Feel Pretty or A Wrinkle in Time and Debrief
  • How to Start/Lead a Girls Group at your School
  • Where I am From Session
  • Fulfilling Dreams from a Financial and Leadership Perspective

For more information about the 2019 Student Lead’Her’ship conference and to register, please click here.


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.


Jan Term Trip 2020 - Austria, Switzerland, and Germany

I am more excited than ever for our trip next January to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. EF Education First in Boston rolled out the red carpet to welcome me into their headquarters for a tour and specialized planning of our journey. I also received a wonderful surprise as I walked onto the planning floor and heard my name called out from across the room. Our very own, Brooke Drost, formerly with the Academy admissions team, now works for EF in Boston. Having one of our own to monitor our progress and aid in the success of our trip will make this experience one we will never forget!  Please contact me at maria.robinson@salem.edu to join our already growing group of adventurers or go to http://www.eftours.com/2030893YA and book your trip today for an extra $100 off. We will host an interest meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 1:10 PM in the Salem Academy Art Room for all current attendees and any interested parties. I can’t wait to pack my bags and get started.

Salem Academy STEAM Camp and Robotics-Coding Camp for Girls

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

2019 Salem Sports Camp for Kids

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Finished, 6th (Away)

This past weekend the Lady Sabers joined fourteen other schools to compete in the NCISAA Division II State Track and Field meet. The meet was held at Gaston Christian School in Gastonia, NC on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2019.

Representing Salem Academy in their purple and gold were Sophia Gnad (Long Jump, 4x200), Sydney Whitt (4x100, 4x200), Jeanine Ikekhua (100, 4x100, 4x200), Kiya Norman (200m, 4x100, 4x200), Brier Evans (Long Jump, Shot Put), Jade Alston (Discus), Jyana Seaman (Shot Put), Tochi Okoli (Discus, Shot Put), Miracle Etim-Andy (Discus, Shot Put) and Monica Conley (100, 200, 4x100). Each athlete showed up in a big way and together, the Lady Sabers earned an overall 6th place team finish.

Friday afternoon started off with the field events.  Brier Evans held nothing back in long jump setting herself a new personal record (13-10). Over at the discus circle, Miracle Etim-Andy spun to a first place victory, earning her first of two All-State titles with a throw of 107-11.75. Taking that momentum with them into Saturday’s competition, Miracle again captured a state title with her first place toss of 35-10.5 in the shot put to tie her personal and school record. Teammates Tochi Okoli and Brier earned the team some solid points as well from the shot put circle coming in 6th (30-01) and 8th (29-11, PR) place respectively.

After a day of preliminary rounds on Friday, running hard to qualify for finals on Saturday’s competition, Monica Conley clenched two All-State awards with a 2nd place finish in the 100m (13.00) and a 3rd place finish in the 200m (27.46) ending her season with a new personal record.

Both relays ran on Saturday, earning the team two 7th place finishes to add to the team score. The Lady Sabers 4x100m relay ended their season with a new season-best time of 54.08 (Kiya Norman, Monica Conley, Sydney Whitt, Jeanine Ikekhua).

Coach K, Coach Flower, and Coach T are very proud of the efforts of the team to get this far into the postseason competition and impressed with the team’s performances to end the season. They would like to thank the girls for their hard work this season, the parents and family members who offered amazing support and encouragement to the team, and the Academy as well for giving the team the opportunity to do so well this season.

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