Monday, October 30, 2017

Voyager Academy High School news, Oct. 29, 2017


COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK IS NOV 14-18
During North Carolina College Application Week (November 14-18, 2017), many of North Carolina’s colleges and universities allow students to apply for FREE through CFNC (click here)

The list of colleges includes the following:


-Barton College
-Bennett College
-Belmont Abbey College
-Brevard College
-Catawba College
-Chowan University
-Davidson College
-Elizabeth City State University
-Fayetteville State University
-Greensboro College
-Guilford College
-Johnson C. Smith University
-Lenoir-Rhyne University
-Livingstone College


-Mars Hill University
-Meredith College
-Methodist College
-Montreat College
-NC A&T State University
-NC Central University
-NC Wesleyan College
-Salem College
-St. Andrew’s University
-University of Mount Olive
-Warren Wilson College
-William Peace University
-Wingate University
-Winston Salem State University

   
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MAY 2018 GRADUATION DATE SET

The 2017-18 graduation date is now confirmed!  Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2018 will be on May 29th, Tuesday at 5:00pm at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. 

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11th GRADERS RECEIVE FREE ACT EXAM PREP RESOURCES
One of the Voyager Academy School Improvement Plan's goals this year is to increase our ACT scores (the ACT is a state required exam for all 11th graders that factors into the Voyager Academy NC School Report Card).

To help us reach that goal, Voyager Academy is providing all 11th graders access to web-based Tutorials through Apex Learning, to help him/her prepare for the ACT this coming February. In this Monday's Advisory (Oct.23), all 11th graders will receive an Apex orientation session.


In addition to ACT prep, students may use Tutorials as a resource for homework help, to provide extra practice on topics they may be struggling with, or to accelerate their learning if they are ready for more challenging work. 


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STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR DEVICES TO SCHOOL

Voyager Academy requires that every student in grades 7-12 have his or her own laptop for use in school and at home as a part of our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students use their computers extensively for academic purposes. Most software, resources, and services that students utilize are cloud-based and accessible via a modern web browser. Students use Google’s G Suite for office software (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc), so Microsoft Office is not required.  Please make sure your student has his/her laptop and charger with him/her at all times.

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HS CHORAL ARTS PROGRAM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Did you know....members of Bull City Lights, Vocal Affinity & the HS Band have to raise up to $1,100 per student to cover costume, competition & travel fees?!? The Voyager Academy High School Choral Arts Program is seeking community sponsors for the 2017-18 school year to help offset these costs per student!  Sponsor levels start at $99 and will be featured in BOTH the Fall & Spring Choral Concert programs as well as receive free tickets to both shows.


Please consider sponsoring our deserving HS music students!!! See descriptions of each sponsor level in the sponsorship
letter & application...due by October 23rd (SEE BELOW). Contact Jenny Hobgood, HS Choral Director w/ questions: jhobgood@voyageracademy.net or (919) 433-3301 x184



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CHECK OUT THE VIKING TIDE, THE VAHS NEWSPAPER

Dear Voyager Community:

Follow the high school student newspaper, The Viking Tide.  You can get to The Viking Tide at http://thevikingtide.wordpress.com or follow us on Twitter: @thevikingtide. This is a great way to support student writing and student voice!

Also, English teachers are still helping with college essays during College Essay Workshop every Thursday until 4:30.  We look forward to working with your students.


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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!


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HELP NEEDED FOR UPCOMING INTERVIEW PROJECT AT VAHS, TUESDAY, NOV. 21TH

The project will give all of Mr. Baker's Personal Finance students the chance to participate in a job interview. Ideal helpers would be employers who might actually be interested in hiring a high schooler right now, but any adult with interviewing experience or just the free time to help us in the middle of the school day would be appreciated! Any adults in the Voyager Family who would be willing and able to help with this Interview Project, please contact Mr. Baker at dbaker@voyageracademy.net.

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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 who want to be involved can participate.

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   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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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 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!

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 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 & AP ENV. SCI.  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

IMPORTANT
Please be sure to get permission slips and payments in ASAP as the deadline is fast approaching. Please see Mrs. Huntington or Mr. Ingram if you need another permission slip. We are hoping that all students will participate in this wonderful learning experience. Payments are to be made through orgs.online payment system. Please email with any concerns to chuntington@voyageracademy.net
Thanks!!