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 2, 2019

From the Head of School

“It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May

That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray”

(from “Camelot”, Songwriters Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe)

It’s official - we are in the last full month of the 2018-2019 school year.  I am going off my traditional posting to share something from this morning’s Senior Class/Faculty Staff Breakfast. The Seniors and adults have breakfast together, and members from grades 9 - 11 are selected as servers during the meal. Another aspect of the role of server is to also be the entertainment, and Lucy Price ‘20 wrote the lyrics to a song that they all sang. Below are the lyrics, and the tune is “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music (next year’s spring musical!) - I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Ring check assemblies; college applications

Purple/gold battles and recommendations

Finally cutting in dining hall lines

These are the senior class favorite pastimes

Questioning Susie and Athletic Picnic

Classes and homeworks and now senioritis

Lots of charms to find in smoosh cake delights

These are the senior class favorite pastimes

Girls in white dresses processing in spring

Senior day fun with car decorating

Founder’s Day done, now just four more weeks

These are the senior class favorite things

When exams come

When there’s late nights

When you’re feeling sad

Just simply remember your favorite thing:

The diploma to come, at last!


Far may our sing ring clear!

Carol Killebrew


AP Exams Begin Monday, May 6

Please carefully review the adjusted attendance policy for AP exams:
  • Students with a 12:00 pm AP exam are excused from classes the morning of the exam. 
  • Students with an 8:00 am AP exam are excused from classes at 2:05 the day before the AP exam and are excused from classes until 2:10 on the day of the AP exam.
  • These absences are considered absences for a school-sponsored event and will not be counted in determining exam exemptions.

End Of Year Travel Plans Due May 8

Students that are requesting transportation shuttles must enter their end of year travel plans by May 8. Click here for more information about school travel expectations.

Fourth Quarter Interim Progress Reports Available

Fourth quarter interim progress reports are now available in the Parent Portal.  A student will have a progress report for a class if she has a C- or below at the midpoint of fourth quarter or if a teacher has other news to share.  Please reach out to your daughter’s advisor if you have questions.


Special School Schedules for May 21 and May 24

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


Art and Robotics Students Receive Design Honor

Salem Academy is one of two schools in the United States invited to participate in the Design Immersion Group Summer Seminar Program (DIGS) at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Hong Kong campus. Eight girls, who will receive $1000 scholarships from SCAD to attend, have been selected by the art and robotics programs to join Mrs. Robinson (Visual Art) and Mrs., Sorrells (Math) in a week of problem-solving and discovery. Google Maps will present a design problem that the Salem team will solve. The design solution will be implemented in Hong Kong at the end of the week. Please join me in congratulating our students for earning this high praise and recognition from the greater global community.

Graduation Weekend 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.


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 prior to 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.

Upcoming Events and Activities

How Girls Achieve

How Girls Achieve with Sally Nuamah

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Bookmarks at 634 W. Fourth St. #110, Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Mark Your Calendars for the Upcoming AP Art Show

The Advanced Placement Art students will hang their art at the Kaleideum Children’s Museum in Downtown Winston-Salem this Friday, May 3rd in time for Kaleideum’s yearly Kaleidoscope Ball and Fundraiser on May 10th.  Mark your calendars for the closing reception on May 24th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.


SECU Family House Summer 2019 Opportunity

Teens in the House

This summer the SECU Family House is offering four weeks for high school students who are ready for an inside peek at what it takes to make a successful non-profit run. Students will visit a hospital, explore the various support services that the Family House provides to guests, cook a meal for guests- and so much more! Students receive 16 service hours upon completion and should apply as the grade they will be in the fall.

Dates for Rising High Schoolers:

  • June 17 – June 20

  • July 22 – 25

The program is Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Applications are due May 10, 2019. Cost of the program is $70. Scholarships are available. For more information, please check here.

Spring Theatre Production at Hanesbrands Theatre

Salem Academy is sponsoring the Spring Theatre’s production of The Secret Garden. For ticket information, please visit their website

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.

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 from the admissions team, who moved to Boston earlier this school year, now works for EF. 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 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

Finished, 4th (Away)

After several weeks off from competition, the lady Sabers had their final meet of in-season competition Wednesday, May 1st at Forsyth Country Day School where the team took an overall 4th place finish.

The meet was scattered with personal bests starting in the field events. Brier Evans clenched two personal bests and grabbed a 4th place finish in both her events for the day, long jump (13-04.50 ft) and discus (62-08 ft). Over at the throws circles, the lady Sabers racked up some points with some great finishes. Miracle Etim-Andy took 1st place in the shot put (33-09.50 ft) and had a 2nd place finish in the discus (93-07 ft). Tochi Okoli launched, with a grunt, a new personal record in the shot put (32-2.75) to earn a 3rd place finish while teammate Jyana Seaman reeled in a 4th place finish with her 2-foot personal record toss (26-00.5ft).

The track athletes followed suit with more personal bests as Tiarra Georges started the team off with a new personal best in the 100m Hurdle race (21.20), earning points for a 6th place finish. Monica Conley battled it out to the finish line in the 200m dash, only to grab herself a second place finish and an awesome new personal best (27.54). Teammate Kiya Norman followed to cross the line in a new PR of 29.38, grabbing the 5th place points for the team.

More personal records worthy to be highlighted are as follows *starting with our double PR’s sabers:

*Jessie Gentles - Long Jump (11-03.00), 200m (34.40)

*Sophia Gnad - Long Jump (11-10), 100m (16.30)

Jeanine Ikekhua - 100 Hurdles (23.26)

Kaymah Joseph - 200m (34.49)

Amy Martinez - 100m (17.58)

The team finished with a solid 4th place overall score and is on the upswing for some good competition in the PTAC championship meet for Thursday, May 9th.

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