Sunday, March 25, 2018

Voyager Academy High School News, March 25, 2018



GO VIKINGS GO!

OUTSTANDING YOUNG EDUCATOR, AND TEACHER OF THE YEAR

We are pleased to announce the Outstanding Young Educator (OYE) and Teacher of the Year (TOY) for 2017-18, at Voyager Academy High School!

As nominated and voted on by the faculty of VAHS, they are English Language Arts teacher, Meghan Taylor (OYE) and Career & Technical Education/Chinese teacher Dennis Baker (TOY).  They are well deserving of this honor as we see, everyday, their commitment to our students and community--both inside and outside of the classroom.

About Dennis Baker...
From how to expertly purchase a car, to how to invest your income and manage your finances, to how to create an effective resume and be a compelling interviewee, to how to speak Chinese, Mr. Baker innovatively prepares his students with the 21st century skills necessary to be successful, and to be good citizens.

About Meghan Taylor...
Ms. Taylor is the perfect teacher of freshmen. She does so with the deepest sense of mission to ensure that her students do not leave her class without a strong foundation to succeed in subsequent English classes, and to be solid, critically thinking readers and writers for all of their classes.  And no teacher does more to keep any of her students from “falling through the cracks."


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MONDAY MARCH 26 IS A FULL DAY (NO EARLY RELEASE) 

Quick reminder Monday March 26 is a regular bell schedule. Students are released at 3:45. This is due to the time lost because of the power outage a few weeks ago. 

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COME TO PROJECT EXHIBITION NIGHT

The Voyager Academy community is warmly invited to Spring 2018 Voyager Academy High School Project Exhibition Night.  Come see student projects in action and on full display, as we celebrate Project Based Learning. Exhibition Night takes place at the high school on Monday March 26, 5:30--7:00pm.  Click here to see a video of Project Exhibition Night from a few years ago!

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BULL CITY LIGHTS PERFORMS IN ORLANDO

Bull City Lights & Sound traveled to Orlando this weekend for the Heart of America Show Choir competition & did an amazing job. They placed 3rd runner up in Open Division Show choir! Due to recent events, the group decided to add a tribute to students around the world during the song “All That Matters”, which brought the audience & judges to tears.

The chorus & band are so thankful for the overwhelming support they’ve received throughout the year from the entire Viking community. The lessons these students have learned and the memories made will last a lifetime.




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HELP NEEDED FOR UPCOMING INTERVIEW PROJECT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, TUESDAY, APRIL 17TH

The project will give all of Mr. Baker's Personal Finance students the chance to participate in a job interview. Ideal helpers would be real employers who might actually be interested in hiring a high schooler right now or during the summer, but any adult with interviewing experience (or just the free time to volunteer to help us in the middle of the school day) would be very much 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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AP HUGE!  

We will start reviewing for the AP Exam on Wednesday April 11 (that is the Wednesday following Spring Break). Review sessions will meet from 7:30-8:30am on Wednesdays in room D125. This will allow 6 sessions before the test.  Think 5! -Mr. Mills

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CAP AND GOWN ORDERS FOR SENIORS

The sales Rep. for Herff Jones will be at VAHS during lunch on Monday March 26 to deliver the caps and gowns that have been ordered. There are still many seniors who have not ordered. Please be sure to order caps and gowns through the Herff Jones website as soon as possible.
https://highschool.herffjones.com/secom/school/nc/Voyager%2BAcademy/32011137000/4252/home

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADVERTISE IN OUR YEARBOOK?


Do you own a business? If so, the Voyager Academy yearbook is a great way to let people know about your business! In the yearbook there is an ad section dedicated to businesses, and the business card ads start at only $50! What does this do? Ads in the yearbook draw attention to your business while supporting our yearbook production. Last year alone Voyager Academy had 4 pages full of ads purchased by businesses around the triangle. This year we plan on exceeding this goal along with helping your business! To purchase ad space in the yearbook, simply go to the Voyager website and follow the links. Email Ms. Kreisman at mkreisman@voyageracademy.net if you have any problems.  We hope to see your business featured in our yearbook!

Donations are still accepted as well.  Gold $50, Platinum $30 and Silver level is only $20.  Make all checks payable to "Jostens" and deliver/mail to the school.

-Voyager Yearbook Staff

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AP LANGUAGE REVIEW SESSIONS!

The time has come to begin reviewing for the AP Exam being held in mid May. If you were enrolled in Ms. Barber's AP Language and Composition class in the Fall you are invited to join her after school for the following sessions. Attend whatever session would be serve your needs for the length of time you need! If you cannot make a meeting, but want assistance, reach out to Ms. Barber at mbarber@voyageracademy.net.

4/11

How to write a quality thesis
4/18

Breaking down the prompt; Roadmap to your paper
4/25

Quality evidence and analysis
5/2

Multiple choice practice


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VIKING NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY NEWS

NHS is excited to announce the launch of our new website! You can access the website from the VAHS homepage or simply click here and bookmark it for future viewing. We are excited to be working with the VAES again to bring back the “Buddy Program” in which the students can work in the classrooms with students and teachers and build lasting relationships. We are getting ready to work with the Ronald McDonald house here in Durham to serve meals to families in April or May. We recently worked with the Woodward family to coordinate the sending of much needed supplies to those affected by the hurricane in Puerto Rico and we would like to thank everyone who donated.

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT STUDENT HEALTH

As you may or may not be aware, “vaping” and/or "juuling"(the use of E-cigarettes) has become an unhealthy trend among children and young adults, from middle through high school nationwide.  As the safety and health of our students is a top priority at VAHS, all students received a presentation on Feb. 13th about the effects of this unhealthy activity, as well as the Voyager Academy consequences.

To see the presentation that the students received, please click here.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to reinforce this very important message at home.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support.

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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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DATE
EVENT
March 26
- Full Day (no early release)
- Project Exhibition Night!
(5:30-7:00pm)
March 30 - April 8
Voyager Academy Spring Break
April 23-27
High School EOC TE21 Benchmark
May 7-18
High School AP Exams
May 21
High School Final Exams: EOC/NCFE/CTE
May 25
Last day of VAHS classes
May 29
Graduation Day!

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