Saturday, September 30, 2017

Voyager Academy High School News, Sept. 30, 2017


THE SERVICE LAUREATE: VAHS STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND AWARDS

Please be reminded that VAHS students may still graduate with distinction of Service Laureate!  Please click here to learn more about how the VAHS Service Laureate works, including how and where to submit volunteer hours.

VAHS students may also be interested in applying for the Mayor’s Award (Service Laureate hours may apply). The Mayor's Award gives Triangle area students the opportunity to learn and serve their community in a meaningful way. Students who complete the required number of volunteer hours at area nonprofits during summer break are recognized by the Mayor at a ceremony in the fall. Each year over 32,000 hours of community service are performed throughout the Triangle Area thanks to students who are earning the Mayor's Award!


Click here to learn more about the Mayor’s Award.




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MID-TERM EXAMS AND REPORT CARDS



Mid Terms
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 THURS., FRI. AND PERIODS WITH NO EXAMS, REGULAR CLASS INSTRUCTION TAKES PLACE. EARLY DISMISSALS WILL NOT BE NEEDED, 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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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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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 Oct 4      8:00-8:40am
Wed Oct 18    12:00-12:30
Wed Oct 25    8:00-8:40am
Wed Nov 1     12:00-12:30
Wed Nov 8     8:00-8:40am
Wed Nov 15   12:00-12:30
Wed Nov 29   8:00-8:40am
Wed Dec 6     12:00-12:30

Thurs   Sept 28   3:45-5:00
Thurs   Oct 5       3:45-5:00
Thurs   Oct 19     3:45-5:00
Thurs   Oct 26     3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 2      3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 9      3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 16    3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 30    3:45-5:00



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FCA

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets bright and early on Wednesday mornings before school at 7:30 am in D124. No need to be a Christian, or an Athlete :)  All are welcome!

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VISIT THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM!


We were at it again this weekend.  WRAL has given us 50 azaleas and we were out planting this weekend.  Come take a look at the space and see the outdoor classroom come together.  Each week, it gets closer to completion.  A big thank you to Brian, Zeke, Reyan, Jerry, Caleb, Marla,  Keegan, Tanner, Cole, Jules and Dillon for helping out the past few weeks.  Their work and some generous donations have gotten us closer to our goal!  We are a couple of tables shy of having a classroom! Thanks for all the help!

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A FASCINATING AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP & A ‘THANK YOU’

The AP HUGE class was able to attend a service at a Mosque this past week.  Students learned a lot and a big thank you goes out to the parents who were able to help drive!  You are wonderful! 

Also, we send a Thank You to Ms. Epps who sent in baklava and meat pies during culture week!  They were delicious! -  Mr. Mills


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THE VAHS GARDEN

Ms. Nguyen and Mr. Mills ran the immersion 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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A FREE AND POWERFUL COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANNING TOOL FOR STUDENTS

Beginning in September, VAHS students were given access to Overgrad.

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 planLearn 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!
 For more info. go to overgrad.com, or...
Click on this link for a video tour of Overgrad.

(or copy and paste, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gomuZyXacqM&t=5s)

All students received the Overgrad orientation and account login in the Sept. 18th Advisory.

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COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP


College Essay Writing Workshop will go through October.  Every Thursday, after school until 4:30 the English teachers are located in A149 to help students with all aspects of their college essays.  We can't wait to help you tell your story.  Contact is Ms. Murray (cmannes@voyageracademy.net)

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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