My name is Tinki, and I help out the Headmistress around here. She gave me the important job of letting all of you new students know how things work here at Salem.
First of all, you have to get sorted. There are four Houses at Salem: Firecrest, Syrgold, Karmelban, and Purwing. Our last Headmistress Elise graduated from the fine House of Karmelban, and the current Headmistress, Loren graduated from Purwing. All the Houses are great and have there own personalities. When you get sorted, right away you're already a full-fledged member of the school.
When you're sorted, you receive your very own bank account at Avarice Bank, located in Nacousto Alley, which you get to by going through the secret (shhhhh! It's a secret) entrance in the back of Bevanda's Hideout. With your account, you receive 30 Galleons and 12 Sickles. The first thing you need to do when you get sorted is to go through the shops in Nacousto Alley and purchase a few necessities. You will be given a list with your sorting letter. If you haven't gotten these items within the first two weeks from when you get sorted, you'll be removed from Salem. After you've bought those things, you're free to do whatever you want with your money.
The best thing about Salem, and what separates it from any similar schools, is the interaction between students. Salem is a very social place, so you're encouraged to get involved. There's a newspaper, updated once a month on the first, called the Way of the Wand. There are several message boards and chat rooms, which can be found in the Great Hall as well as the common rooms. We also have a separate message board.
A very important thing about Salem is the classes...of course, that's what you're here for. There are new classes every month, with small homework assignments in each subject. With the classes being renewed on the first of every month, you have plenty of time to get your assignments in. If you don't participate in your classes (by doing your homework) you will be removed from Salem.
Just remember that you're here to have fun. Enjoy it, but be sure to keep it fun for everybody. Have a great time here at Salem!