Weekly Newsletter

Week of September 10, 2020

From the Acting Head of School

I cannot believe we already have completed the first two weeks of fall 2020. I hope everyone is settling into the routine of our remote learning schedule. Please feel free to contact me ( if you have any concerns or issues.

Since not all of you were able to attend, I thought I would share my talk from Opening Chapel on August 28.

Kris Porazzi Sorrells

Acting Head of School


Revised Contracts

Parents, if you’ve not yet returned your revised contract for 2020-21 (sent in early August), please do so as soon as possible. You can reach out to Jessica Rogers ( with any questions. 

Student Life

2020 Athletic Picnic

It was a Purple and Gold takeover on Wednesday, September 9! The Athletic Council hosted the annual Athletic Council Picnic during the afternoon community activity. The festivities included adding new members to both teams and playing fun games over Zoom.  Cheer on our new inductees on the Gold and Purple teams. Salem Pride!

Saber Adventures

Purple & Yellow Balloons

 Welcome to Salem Academy Residential Life

Mrs. Gloria Frost would like to introduce everyone to our Residential Life staff and give families a brief overview of residential life. Even though learning and living are remote for fall 2020, Residential Life is an essential part of the Academy staff and they can’t wait to welcome students back when it is safe to do so.

The Director of Residential Life, Director of Student Activities, and House Counselors are all important members of the boarding community. They help foster a productive family-like environment for our students. Members of the residential life staff offer students the guidance and encouragement they need to develop responsibility and independence.  House counselors are caring, respectful, kind, and present in these young girls' lives. They work hard to make sure that every boarding student is safe, has a quiet place to study, and has a home away from home. It is our goal to help each student develop emotionally, socially, and independently. The residential life staff is here to mentor and offer guidance in all boarding student endeavors, ranging from academics, athletics, arts, and activities.

The Residential Life Staff:

  • Director of Residential Life:  Ms.  Gloria Frost
  • Director of Student Activities:  Ms. Felecia Penn

House Counselors on 2nd Floor Babcock Hall:

  • Ms. Sarah Katona               
  • Ms. Julie McGhee

House Counselors on 3rd Floor Babcock Hall

  • Ms. Jo Teel
  • Ms. Felecia Penn

House Council and Prefects 

The House Council is made up of the house council president and senior prefects.  Prefects are student leaders that have been selected by the residential life staff.  All prefects are returning, senior students and they know the school community really well. The prefects help make our new and returning students feel at home. They work alongside the residential life staff to address issues surrounding boarding life. Also, House Council is dedicated to improving boarding life here at Salem Academy and represents the interests of all boarding students.   
House Council is the voice of concerns for the boarding residents. They meet to plan and organize activities that are open to all boarders.  House Council suggests enhancements to boarding life,  address the concerns of the residential halls, and take the lead in making sure all boarding students can navigate successfully.

House Council President: Jessie Gentles

 2nd Floor Babcock Hall

  • Aprille Rolle
  • Jayda Bolden
  • Jane Hsieh
  • Jada Jones     

3rd Floor Babcock Hall

  • Michaela Murphy
  • Diyanni Baron
  • Amy Martinez
  • Krystle Chukuwanu

Salem Community

"Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822"


We wanted to let you know about an interesting upcoming virtual conference “Becoming Americans: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822,” on September 23-26. This is a great way to learn more about the historical context in which Salem Academy and College emerged, and it is one of the major events this year that is sponsored by the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation at Salem Academy and College. It is an important opportunity to learn more about the intersections of Moravian history, Cherokee history, and the history of slavery. Nora Doyle, Chair, Department of History & Political Science at Salem College, is moderating one of the panels.

All of the conference events are free and open to the public, but registration is necessary to receive links to virtual events and to actively participate in online community conversations.

To find out more about this conference and to register, please visit:

“Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors” Conference Registration