Sunday, September 9, 2018

Voyager Academy High School News, September 9, 2018

In this week's issue...
  • You Are Invited to Constitution Day
  • Become a HS Music Program Sponsor. Deadline is September 14th
  • Anchors Away! A Freshman Transition Support and  Mentor Program
  • VAHS Senior Devan Desai Was Captain of the Duke Football Team Against Army This Fall
  • YOU Can Help Save a Life!  The VAHS Blood Drive is September 11
  • Order Your 2019 Senior T-Shirt
  • Your Peru Adventure Awaits....
  • 11th Graders Can Register for the Oct. 24th PSAT 
  • September is  "Start With Hello"  Month
  • YEARBOOK - Order Early, Pay Less!
  • PARENTS:  Are You Interested in Participating or Donating to a Silent Auction?
  • Check out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog
  • Light The Night 2018! Raise money for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC
  • Come to China with us Summer 2019!
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! ! (click here)
  • FCA...E (Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)

You Are Invited to Constitution Day
September 17th is Constitution Day! Voyager Academy Civics classes, in partnership with the Daughters of the American Revolution, will host a Downtown Durham event celebrating the US Constitution. We will gather at the Durham History HUB (500 W Main St, Durham, NC 2770) at 3:30. The ceremony will conclude at 4:00 and we will walk over to Bull McCabes (427 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701) for further celebrations and community. We invite all Voyager family and friends to attend (there will be games and activities for the kids. The US Constitution will be 231 years old.


Become a HS Music Program Sponsor!! Deadline is September 14th!
Own a small business in the Durham area? Looking for a fantastic group of students to support?? Look no further!!! Please consider supporting Voyager's High School Choral & Band students this year by becoming a 2018-19 sponsor!!! More details in the video below. Please consider sponsoring our deserving HS music students!!! Please click here to see descriptions of each sponsor level in the sponsorship letter & application. Contact Jenny Hobgood, HS Choral Director w/ questions: or (919) 433-3301 x184. For more, please view video below.


Anchors Away! A Freshman Transition Support and Mentor Program
The VAHS Anchor Program is a mentor transition program that provides each freshman with a support group that consists of VAHS  Student Mentors. Upper class "Anchors" are trusted guides/mentors to freshmen. Anchors will provide an ongoing orientation process that enables freshmen to feel connected to our school, as well as become familiar with policies, procedures, programs and traditions at VAHS. On Monday 9/10 during Advisory  all freshmen will meet in the gym to connect with their designated Anchors. Any student who received a t shirt during the summer freshman orientation is asked to wear it to school on Monday. any student who did not attend freshman orientation will will be receiving their shirts on Monday.

Anchors Away!


VAHS Senior Devan Desai Was Captain of the Duke Football Team Against Army This Fall!

Yes, at the Duke football game against Army last Saturday, Devan was recognized by Duke University for his volunteer service to the Durham Community. He was named an Honorary Captain for the football team and was invited down to the field for the opening Coin Toss. Devan was nominated for this recognition by the Triangle Nonprofit Volunteer and Leadership Center, and his nomination was selected by Duke University’s President, Dr. Vincent Price. Look for pictures and a video of this event in next week’s newsletter.

Duke President, Dr. Vincent Price

Devin calls the coin toss

Click below to see the action...


YOU Can Help Save a Life!  The VAHS Blood Drive is September 11
Hello Voyager Academy! We are hosting ANOTHER BLOOD DRIVE on SEP. 11! Please register to donate at using the sponsor code; ‘Voyager.’ You must be at least sixteen years old to donate, with a parental consent form (in the VAHS lobby). Anyone seventeen or older can donate without a permission slip. Additionally, some sort of ID is needed upon donation day, validating the donor’s age. Now that we are facing the repercussions winter weather disasters, the need for blood is heightened. Please consider donating blood to those in dire need. CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER WITH ALL THE DETAILS.


Order your 2019 SENIOR t-shirt!!!
Send in $15 cash or check made out to "Voyager Academy"....see Senior Jules Woodward or Ms. Dodson to turn in your order by Wednesday, September 5th!! Proceeds benefit the HS Music Program.


Your Peru Adventure Awaits....
Our Explorica tour will immerse us in new cultures through authentic interactions, hands-on activities and delicious cuisine. Our tour director will be our go-to local expert, helping us do more, see more and learn more than you ever thought possible.

On this trip, we’ll explore Peru’s bustling capital of Lima, immerse ourselves in the country's history at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and then experience it first-hand with a trip to Cuzco, and the famous “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu.

To learn more and enroll, visit

Remember you only need $50 to sign-up!

We hope you’ll join us!

Click here to view an exciting video of the Peru tour experience!


11th Graders Can Register for the Oct. 24th PSAT
Voyager Academy will administer the PSAT to any interested 11th graders on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:00am in the High School Commons. Please go to the link below to sign up. We have 45 available spots this year.

Register here:


September is  "Start With Hello"  Month
We are proud to present "Start With Hello" month here at VAHS because, in every school and in every community, there are young people who suffer silently because they feel left out, alone or invisible. We will also be having a culminating celebration to support Start With Hello Week, September 24-28 in conjunction with the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. We want to help students start this back-to school season on a positive note and immediately feel seen, accepted and safe.
Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools, and it can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. One study found that chronic loneliness increases the risk of an early death by 14%. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression, and as a result, many pull further away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.

Start With Hello Month activities will raise awareness and educate students and the community through training, advertising, activities, public proclamations, media events, student contests and school awards. We'll be part of a nationwide movement to empower young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness!

Make sure you and your students are on the look out all month for exciting updates and activities around the school, such as our "Say Hello" wall to kick off the month!!


YEARBOOK - Order Early, Pay Less!
Yearbooks are now on sale.  Order by September 28, 2018, and pay $55.


PARENTS:  Are You Interested in Participating or Donating to a Silent Auction?
If you are interested in helping in any way with the silent auction fundraiser for VA, or if you would like more information, please contact Mr. Eisenson at


Check Out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog
All parents and students should frequently check and/or subscribe to the VAHS Counseling Department Blog (click here)! Here you will find  important information and opportunities for VAHS students. Topics range from specific grade level information to scholarships and other interesting opportunities.   


Light The Night 2018! Raise money for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC
Voyager Academy is once again helping the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina.  Not only are students volunteering at the walk on October 6, 2018, but also we are collecting money to help with research toward finding a cure.  This past week we have raised hundreds of dollars through penny wars. Next week we will be doing a console clean out. Please be generous with your donation!  

-Voyager Academy Service Club


Come to China with us Summer 2019!
An Interest Meeting for our next VAHS China Tour this coming Summer (2019), will be happening on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:00pm in The Commons at the High School. Come and learn more about all the places we'll go and the things we'll do while we're in China, the touring company we'll be going through (EF), the cost, and more!

Why you might ask?
We need YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It will enrich your experience at Voyager by being involved.
You get to meet and socialize with other parents
PTO involvement helps parents be aware of school needs

FCA...E (Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. room D124. Join us for fun, friendship, and food! No need to be an athlete or a Christian--all are welcome!"

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