Monday, January 15, 2018

Voyager Academy Middle School News, Jan. 15, 2018

Dear VAMS Families,
Happy New Year! I hope you and your family enjoyed the holidays and the New Year is off to a great start. Hopefully you were able to enjoy family time during our days off.

It is great to have the students back in school. As I’ve visited the classrooms, I noticed that the learning process started immediately after the announcements on Monday. Our teachers were ready for the day and so were our students.

Report cards were sent home Friday. Along with the report card, you should have received a copy of your child’s benchmark results. If you have questions about the benchmark report, please contact your child’s Language Arts and/or math teacher. There is also a third document in the report card envelope. The third document explains some tweaks that we are making to the middle school afternoon carline procedure. Please make sure you follow the directions that are provided in the carline document. It’s imperative that the sign in your car window has the name of each child and the number that has been assigned to your child. The letter is below. 


CARLINE LETTER THAT WAS SENT TO YOU WITH THE REPORT CARD

January 12th, 2018

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

In an attempt to make our afternoon dismissal procedure more effective for all stakeholders at Voyager Academy Middle School, our leadership team has decided to amend our dismissal procedure. This change will only affect Middle School students and their elementary siblings who walk to the Middle School for afternoon dismissal. Also, this change only affects how we execute dismissal as a staff and in no way changes where and when you are expected to collect your child. The only change you need to make is to your sign. Below you should see the name of your child accompanied by a four-digit number. We are asking that you add this number to the sign you usually display to a VAMS staff member at carline. With our new procedure a VAMS staff member will enter the 4-digit code associated with your child into a mobile device. Your arrival will displayed in your student’s classroom to notify them that you are on campus and ready to pick them up.


EXAMPLE --- Gwen Johnson 1234
{First_Name} {Last_Name} {DCID}
Homeroom: {Homeroom} 

All parents who participate in our afternoon carline should be prepared to display this number by Friday, January 19th. If you are responsible for picking up other students who are not listed in this letter, please coordinate with their parents to receive their 4-digit number to be fully prepared to execute this new procedure. We anticipate that this new carline method will make the carline experience smoother and more efficient for everyone. If you have any questions please contact Gwen Johnson at gjohnson@voyageracademy.net or Justin Smith at jsmith@voyageracademy.net.


Gwen Johnson
Principal
Voyager Academy Middle School
gjohnson@voyageracademy.net (919) 433-3301 ext. 101

Justin Smith
Assistant Principal
Voyager Academy Middle School
jsmith@voyageracademy.net (919) 433-3301 ext. 104
 

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SPRING MUSICAL AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

VIKING TROUPERS 2018 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Viking Troupers is a performing arts group that meets weekly Please see the information that is below to learn more about Viking Troupers and how to get your 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th grader signed up!  Visit: www.VAMSDrama.com for more information!

Viking Troupers 2018!

It’s that time! Viking Troupers registration is now OPEN! Viking Troupers is a performance group open to 2nd, 3rd, & 4th graders that will meet once a week on Wednesdays after school until 5:00pm. Viking Troupers will learn a song, choreography, and acting and will be featured in one of the show nights for the middle school’s spring musical: MADAGASCAR: A Musical Adventure, Jr. They will NOT be in the entire production of the spring musical. They will only be featured in one song and dance from the musical and will only perform on their assigned show night.

There are a set number of available spots for this group that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration is open NOW until 6:00pm on FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018. There is a $30 participation fee for this group. The participation fee will cover costs for your child to have a Viking Trouper’s t-shirt as well as go towards your child’s costume for their performance in the production. Payment must be paid within 48 of receiving a confirmation email that your child is in Viking Troupers. That email will be sent out on Monday, January 29, 2018. That email will include directions on where/how to pay. If payment is not received within 48 hours of that email, your child’s spot will be forfeited and will be filled with the next child on the waiting list. Please see the steps below on how to register your child!

HOW TO REGISTER:


If you have any questions about how to register your child, information about Viking Troupers, or any other questions please contact: Heather Thompson at hthompson@voyageracademy.netfdfd

Contact Doug Price or Heather Thompson if you have questions. 


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GREAT STEM SUMMER OPPORTUNITY FOR 3RD – 6TH GRADERS! 

 

KYRAN ANDERSON ACADEMY (click here for more details)


Program Overview

Kyran Anderson Academy is a one-week summer enrichment program for rising third through sixth graders designed to enhance students’ enthusiasm and preparation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a particular emphasis on reaching underserved and students historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Students actively discover the wonder of STEM through inquiry-based activities, field trips, presentations, and career exploration activities with STEM professionals.   

Grades 
Rising 3rd – 6th   

Dates 
June 11 – June 15, 2018; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location
The Science House, North Carolina State University 

Theme 
Students (rising 3rd-6th) will be introduced to systems of the human body with experiments and activities designed to build their foundational knowledge of science underpinning the complex human health systems. All programming will take place at The Science House on NCSU’s campus 

Registration Schedule
 
  • Pre-Registration from January 8th-29th. Apply Now!
  • Complete the online application by February 12th.
  • Receive notification of acceptance or waitlist status by March 17th.
  • Submit Payment by April 13th.
  • Attend Mandatory Orientation Wednesday, May 9th, 2018; 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.   

Fee 
Tuition is $100. Limited scholarships are available.   

Contact 

Pamela O. Gilchrist, Ph.D., Program Director (pogilchr@ncsu.edu)

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Important Dates
Date
Event
Monday
Jan. 15
--Martin Luther King Jr Holiday – No School
Tuesday
Jan. 16
--Girls Basketball at Vance Charter, 4:00
--Boys Basketball at Vance Charter, 5:00
Wednesday
Jan. 17
--Baseball Interest Meeting
Thursday
Jan. 18
--Girls Basketball at home vs East Wake, 4:45
--Boys Basketball at home vs East Wake, 5:45