Tuesday, July 17, 2018

From the Managing Director's Desk, July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018
Dear Voyager Vikings,
I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation. It is hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from getting back into the school year!

Some very exciting news I wanted to share with you all and then a few short reminders or notes…
First, after years of working and planning, we have been approved to build our student athletic stadium and complex!  Active construction will begin this week and will progress through the remainder of the summer and into the beginning of the school year. We are incredibly excited to have this last piece to our campus that will allow us to host more competitive sports including Girls and Boys Soccer and Lacrosse and more importantly, serve as a “home” for all our students and families to build upon our traditions for events like Homecomings, Graduation, Parades and much more! This beautiful field and stadium will include bleacher seating, concessions, sound system, lighting and gates.   This is a landmark project for our school and I thank everyone for their patience and support during the permitting process! Once construction in complete, we will allow for banner advertising and sponsorship opportunities. If you are a friend are interested, please let me know!
As you can imagine, we will be posting an alternative arrival/dismissal plan as the construction will impact traffic for the first two months of school. We will get plans and traffic flow posted on the website and sent in a school message when it is complete.
Second, we have just learned that our Voyager Baseball Team has been recognized by The American Baseball Coaches Association for an Academic Award.  For the third year in a row, we will qualify for this honor! There was only one other school in N.C. that won this award last year. Our overall GPA was a 3.31 and is a testimony to our student athletes and our coaching staff. Congratulations to all of you!
Third, we have a great group of teachers working hard to increase creative thinking and technology integration.  To this end, we are working on creating a new “space” being created at the Voyager Middle School. This Innovation Space will incorporate design thinking and project- based service for our community.
One specific goal of the project is to provide a free thinking, tinkering, creating and collaborating space for all learners. This space will encourage students to problem solve through challenges. In addition, the Innovation Space will teach students the value of service mindedness and give them the opportunity to serve their community. The Innovation Space will build confident, competent young leaders through successful project implementation and reflection.  
If you are interested in supporting the project or have questions about donating materials to be used in the space, please contact Michele Nease at mnease@voyageracademy.net.  We are very excited about the opportunity to provide another outlet for creative, collaborative learning for our students.
Before/After Care Program:
If you have questions about our Before/After Care Program, please contact Latia Boney, our Before/After Care Director at lboney@voyageracademy.net.  Also, you can find more information about the program on our website at:  http://voyageracademy.net/extended-day-programs/