Monday, October 30, 2017

Voyager Academy Middle School news Oct. 29, 2017

Dear VAMS Families,

Field trips are not only lots of fun but great learning experiences.  Our fourth graders study the regions of North Carolina.  In order to learn first hand about one of the regions, our students took a trip to the mountains.  They visited Linville Caverns as well as The Orchard at Altapass! The students enjoyed hearing mountain stories and apple facts, as they tasted the delicious apples.  According to the students they had a great time learning about the mountain region of North Carolina.


Students in technology classes joined schools around the nation to celebrate Digital Citizenship Week. The week was created to empower our students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions online. The digital world that our children are learning and growing up in is incredibly exciting.  Your children took part in classroom lessons designed to educate and guide them in becoming safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizens.
As a teacher and parent, I believe that a joint-effort between parents and teachers is essential in supporting students’ digital life. Digital citizenship doesn’t end in the classroom. Home environments also shape kids’ relationships with technology. While I promote healthy technology use in school I invite you to take part in one of the activities listed below:

  1. Explore the Digital Citizenship resources I’ve provided on My VAMS Website.
  2. Check out Common Sense’s “Family Tip” Sheets.
  3. Read up on issues like cyber bullying, digital footprints, and online relationships, to better understand what your students are experiencing every day.
  4. Try the #DeviceFreeDinner challenge with your families to drive home the message of balance with device use:

Our 8th graders studied renewable and nonrenewal energy resources. To enhance their learning, the students visited a solar farm, Carolina Solar Energy and the Harris Energy and Environmental Center.  After their trip they were able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable resources.   


Our 4th and 5th graders have the opportunity to participate in COLE (Conjunction of Literacy Engagement).  COLE is a charter school version of Battle of the Books.  Students who decide to participate must commit to reading several books, becoming an expert on 2-3 assigned books, develop practice questions, and attend team meetings.  In the spring, our team will participate in the COLE competition.  We met Thursday and had 34 students attend!  That’s terrific!


Important Dates:

Mon., Oct. 30
Girls’ Basketball Interest Meeting with Ms. Jackson, 7:45 – 8:00 am
Tues., Oct. 31         
Student Council Officers and General Assembly meet with Mr. E at 7:30
Tues., Oct. 31
Fall Make-up Picture Day
Thurs., Nov. 2
Open gym with Coach Jackson,
Fri., Nov. 3
Climate Change Presentations, 7th grade
Mon., Nov. 6
Boys’ basketball tryouts
Nov. 7 and Nov. 8   
Girls’ Basketball tryouts, 4:00-6:00



Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Gwen Johnson
Voyager Middle School