Sunday, November 19, 2017

Voyager Academy High School News, Nov. 19, 2017

A MIGHTY VIKING PEP RALLY!!

The high school will be holding a fall pep rally on Tuesday, November 21st. Grade levels are encouraged to wear their spirit color on the day of the pep rally!
  • 9th grade: white
  • 10th grade: blue
  • 11th grade: red
  • 12th grade: black
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VOYAGER HOSTS A BLOOD DRIVE (DEC. 11)

Voyager will be hosting a Blood Drive on December 11th from 1:30 until 6pm.  Donors are needed!  Please sign up by following this link http://www.redcrossblood.org/  Just type "Voyager" into the box to link to our Blood Drive.  The American Red Cross will give a college scholarship to a Voyager Academy student if we have more than 30 donors.  The amount of the scholarship increases as the number climbs up to $3,000 for 300 donors!!!  Please help us find as many donors as possible to make this a reality for a lucky Voyager student!  

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REYNA ALSTON SELECTED FOR THE NC HIGH SCHOOL HONORS CHORUS

Congratulations to Junior Reyna Alston who was selected for this year's NC High School Honors Chorus. Out of over 1,000 students who auditioned from across the state of NC, only 178 were selected to sing in this year's honor choir. They performed w/ guest conductor Kenney Potter at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC this past Sunday afternoon. Pictured here with Jenny Hobgood, High School Choral Director... Congratulations Reyna for being the first student from Voyager Academy to be selected!
 

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DEAR VOYAGER FAMILIES

On Monday, December 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 in the High School Commons Room, the Voyager High School Music department, will have a BBQ fundraiser to raise funds for the National Show Choir competition trip to Orlando.

We are selling BBQ by the pound for $9.00 and BBQ plates for $9.00. We have partnered with Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ for their delicious sides and hush-puppies and appreciate their generous support of this fundraiser.

By the Plate
By the Pound 
(16 oz  container)
BBQ Pork with Coleslaw, Potato Salad and Hushpuppies - $9.00
BBQ Pork - $9.00
Coleslaw or Potato Salad - $5.00 each

If you would like to pre-order and pay for the BBQ, please follow this link. http://www.vafoa.org/
Pre-ordering through the website will be active Nov 15th -Nov 27th at 12noon…after that, you can try to buy a plate at the door. However, we strongly encourage pre-orders through the site.  We plan to sell plates at the door, but supplies will be limited and served on a first come first served basis- so order your plates today!

Again, you may pre-order your BBQ and either pick it up for take-out or dine-in at the High School Commons Room.  This is perfect, because there is a high school basketball game at home that night against the Australian teams.  You can eat dinner and then enjoy a fun and exciting basketball game!  This will be a great way to support our high school show choir and our high school basketball teams!!


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VIKING BASKETBALL VS. DURHAM ACADEMY

The Voyager basketball teams will all be in action on Tuesday, November 21.  Come out and support our student-athletes as they face a tough non-conference opponent in the last game before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Game time are 4:45 (JV), 6:15 (girls varsity), and 7:45 (boys varsity).

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AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CLASS HOSTS A DINNER PARTY

In our AP Human Geography class we are hosting a dinner party for the homeless in the weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.  Attendees will have dinner and receive hygiene products to help them through the winter months.  If you are able to donate any of the following, Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, deodorant, soap, 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, hairbrushes, combs, washcloths, hair bows, tissues, chapstick, lotion, or hand lotion it would be greatly appreciated.  Items can be sent with your child to Mr. Mills' room or dropped off at the front desk.  Thanks for helping those in need this season!

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ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS!

Senior Ads payments for the yearbook will be due on December 15th, if you are interested in showcasing your senior please purchase an ad by following the directions below: 

  1. Go to the voyager academy website 
  2. Go to the 'schools' tab and on the drop down select high school homepage 
  3. Once on the high school homepage -- select the last option on the navigation bar 'yearbook' 
  4. Select the senior ad link and complete the form.

After you complete the form you need to go to the Jostons website (on yearbook homepage) and purchase the ad.  The link is also on the yearbook webpage.  http://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_ra_catalogs.asp?cid=278018
Please turn on your pictures as soon as possible!  The cutoff for all photos for the yearbook will be February 15th.

Still have a doubt as to whether or not you'd like to order a yearbook?  Watch this, and your doubt will be long gone...


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COSTA RICA 2018 FIELD TRIP REMINDER

If you are still interested in traveling with us to Costa Rica, Spring Break 2018, extended deadline to sign up is Cecember 10th. Interest meeting Tuesday after thanksgiving break.

November 28 2017 @ 5:30pm, room E135

Mr. Stephen Manuel
Spanish Teacher
Voyager Academy High School
smanuel@voyageracademy.net
919-433-3301 ext. 135

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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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COME TO PROJECT EXHIBITION NIGHT

The Voyager Academy community is warmly invited to Fall 2017  Voyager Academy High School Project Exhibition Night.  Come see student projects in action and in full display, as we celebrate Project Based Learning.  Exhibition Night takes place at the high school on Monday November 20, 5:30--7:30pm.

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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 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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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 29 -  8:00-8:40am
  • Thurs   Nov 30 - 3:45-5:00
  • Wed Dec 6  - 12:00-12:30

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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...

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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)