Monday, September 25, 2017

Voyager Academy High School News, Sept. 24, 2017


VOYAGER HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION WEEK
Voyager HS Civics classes spent two days raising Constitutional awareness at Durham's Centerfest Arts Festival. Sunday Sept. 17th was the 230th anniversary of the US Constitution. In partnership with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Civics students engaged the public and distributed over 1800 American Flags. Happy Constitution Week. Enjoy the pictures from our event.

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Mid-Term Exams and Report Cards



Mid-Term Exams Fall 2017: Oct. 3rd – 5th
The daily bell schedule does not change during mid-term exam week.  (Click here to see the daily bell schedule.)

The schedule will be as follows:
– Tues. 10/3:  exams take place in Pds. 1 and 3
– Wed. 10/4: exams take place Pds. 2 and 4
– Thurs. 10/5:  Make-up exams by period (location to be announced)

ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY,  AND PERIODS WITH NO EXAMS, REGULAR CLASS INSTRUCTION TAKES PLACE, AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY APPLIES.

Parents/guardians--please don’t let your child talk you into picking him/her up early. 😇

Report Cards

As you know, we use Canvas for grading and assignments, enabling you to stay up to date with student progress in each class at any time (click here for Canvas instructions).  However, report cards will still go out on October 20th, reflecting all class activity up to, and including October 6th.


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COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP

Know a Senior that needs help with college  essays? The English teachers of Voyager will host a College Essay Writing Workshop every Thursday of September for seniors who need brainstorming, detailing, or revision help with their college essays.
The Workshop will be held in room 149A and will last until 4:30. Seniors can feel free to come to as many as they need. Contact: Ms. Murray (cmannes@voyageracademy.net)

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ARE YOU MISSING A GO-PLAY-SAVE BOOK?
If you are missing GO PLAY SAVE books, please contact
kasbury@voyageracademy.net
with your son’s/daughter’s name, grade, number of books, and what kind of book (Durham Raleigh, Charlotte, or Triangle). Thank you for your patience!


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A FUNDRAISER FOR THE JOURNALISM CLASS

The journalism class is holding a fundraiser for old, used cameras for a project they are doing. These can be hand held, an old phone, anything that you can find. There will be donation boxes outside of the Journalism classroom(A149) in the high school and outside of the middle and elementary school’s front desks. The fundraiser starts next week (September 18th) and will end on October 18th.


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ART DEPT THANKS ELIZABETH POPE AND FAMILY FOR THE NEW KILN!!!


Voyager's High School Art Program wishes to thank Elizabeth Pope and her family for their HUGE contribution to our program. They have gifted us with a kiln and supplies. We cannot express our full gratitude to the family but thank you for supporting the arts and giving our students a great opportunity! We will keep you updated on the progress of our clay projects!

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COLLEGE REPS TO VISIT VAHS

VAHS is hosting the following college admission representatives in September. Seniors and juniors who are interested in learning about prospective campus life and admission requirements should plan to attend. See Ms. O'Kane or the VAHS Counseling Blog for more information .

Wednesday 9/27  11:00-12:00       UNC Charlotte

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SEE YOU AT THE POLE” WED, SEPT. 27, at 7:30am
If you're one who prays, we invite you to join us for "See You at the Pole" on Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 7:30am around the High School Flagpole. "See You at the Pole" is an national campaign for people to take time to come together and pray for our schools and our country. All are welcome. (Hosted by VAHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes, contact Ms. Deans or Mr. Baker for more information.)
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HIGH SCHOOL ART CLUB
If you would like to be a part of the High school Art Club please see Ms. ClarkStover in the art room. We will meet in the art room at the listed schedule for fall semester. Art club will be a time for you to bring in projects or portfolios that you want to work on or projects that you want help with. ClarkStover will be there to assist and direct you through  these projects. We will also have some teacher directed projects that you can work on to help  develop a portfolio. You do not have to attend all meetings, the listed times are to help ensure all wo want to be involved can participate.
Wed Sept 27  12:00-12:30        Thurs   Sept 28   3:45-5:00
Wed Oct 4      8:00-8:40am       Thurs   Oct 5       3:45-5:00
Wed Oct 18    12:00-12:30         Thurs   Oct 19     3:45-5:00
Wed Oct 25    8:00-8:40am       Thurs   Oct 26     3:45-5:00
Wed Nov 1     12:00-12:30         Thurs   Nov 2      3:45-5:00
Wed Nov 8     8:00-8:40am       Thurs   Nov 9      3:45-5:00
Wed Nov 15   12:00-12:30         Thurs   Nov 16    3:45-5:00
Wed Nov 29   8:00-8:40am       Thurs   Nov 30    3:45-5:00
Wed Dec 6     12:00-12:30
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THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
It is located in the triangle between Hoch House and the High School behind the garage/weight room.  Already Lowes has given money for the garden and the outdoor classroom.   This was put toward mulch and weed barrier.  The 4-H of North Carolina gave another $1,000.00 to put in a sensory garden and purchased a picnic table for us. The students from Mr. Mills’ AP Human Geography and World History classes came out the past two weekends to help build the outdoor classroom.  They have scraped the grass and put down the weed barrier.  Mulch has been purchased with the aid of candy sales (Ms. Nguyen) in the high school.  The mulch has begun to be placed and will soon be finished.  The students have helped remove 3 stumps  and have reclaimed the two tarps that were out there
The week after next, the students will finish the mulch and remove the debris.  Parents have begun to offer help with purchasing the remaining 5 tables to make the outdoor classroom. .  Big thanks go out to Tanner Reo and Family for their donation towards new picnic tables in the outdoor classroom!  Long term goals also include getting wifi there as well.
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THE GARDEN
Ms. Nguyen and Mr. Mills ran the Project SERVE project for the students who remained at school last year.  They converted the grass area outside of Hoch House into a garden.  The garden grew peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce and herbs.  It was   greatly successful for the remainder of the year as Ms. Koerner used it for ingredients in cooking class.  As school has restarted, the garden has wound down and this week is being replanted by Ms. Koerner’s class.
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LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA PENNY WARS FUNDRAISER
This week at the high school we have been having Penny Wars.  Each grade has been bringing in pennies and dollars that add to their totals and nickels, dimes, and quarters that take away from other grade level totals.  It has been going so well that we have extended the “war” through next week.  Already students have raised over $200 for Leukemia and Lymphoma research!  Great job Voyager!
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A FREE AND POWERFUL COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANNING TOOL FOR STUDENTS
Beginning this month, VAHS students will have access to Overgrad.  It will be introduced to them in Advisory, while Advisors guide them through the many services it offers.
Overgrad is a free college-and-career readiness tool for students, schools and parents, for grades 8-12. Overgrad guides and assists students in creating a 4-year high school academic plan to help them achieve their career and/or college goals, as well as search and plan for career and college opportunities.
Using Overgrad, a student can ...
  • Craft a 4-year high school academic plan
  • Learn about different careers, matching these with the student’s interests and aspirations
  • Position him/herself academically to enter the career of choice
  • Find the right college/university using the comprehensive data provided by Overgrad
  • Get valuable college application assistance
  • Much more!
By September 11, 2017, VAHS student was emailed his/her account information (userid, etc).  Please check it out, and explore Overgrad together.  
(If your VAHS student did not receive this email message, it is because either s/he did not submit an email address to the school, or it contained an error.  If that is the case, please send Dr. Nolan--cnolan@voyageracademy.net--the correct student email address.)
For more info. go to overgrad.com, or...
(or copy and paste, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gomuZyXacqM&t=5s)
All students received the Overgrad orientation
in the Sept. 18th Advisory.

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‘THANK YOU!!’ -- FROM THE H.S. ART DEPARTMENT
The High School Art Department would like to send out a big THANK YOU to the parents who donated scrapbook paper to the class. We will get great use of these items. Thank you again,  This week on our wish list is magazines for students to use for collage and reference. Anything with lots of pictures is great!  Thank you for supporting the arts. Tanya Clark-Stover.
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JUNIOR CLASS RING ORDERS
A representative from Herff Jones presented information and provided order forms to all 11th grade students on Monday 9/18.
They will return on Monday September 25 during lunch and from 4:00-6:00 to collect orders. Orders can also be done online.
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AP BIOLOGY & APES FIELD TRIP: OFF TO MARINE QUEST AT CMS IN WILMINGTON!
The AP Biology and APES class are going to be taking an exciting 2 day field trip on Oct 30th and 31st to Wilmington, NC. While there we will be spending the day with the folks at the Center for Marine Sciences at UNCW and taking part in their Marine Quest program. The students will be able to wade in the marsh to collect macroinvertebrate samples, look at the health of the local sea life, go kayaking, tour the facility, and have lunch with the students that run the program. Then on the second day there the students will be touring Fort Fisher Aquarium and UNCW main campus.
The students are VERY excited about this opportunity as are Mr. Ingram and myself. I am currently working to have the orgs.online payment system setup to begin taking payments so please watch for the link by early next week. We will need 3 parent chaperones and will take them on a first come first serve basis.
Please feel free to email me with any questions at chuntington@voyageracademy.net
Thanks!!   
Mrs. Huntington and Mr. Ingram