Sunday, September 16, 2018

Voyager Academy High School News, September 16, 2018

In this week’s issue...

  • Celebrate Your Senior with a Personalized Yearbook Page
  • Voyager Academy Helps "Backpack Buddies" Feed Local Schools
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences on September 28
  • The VAHS Forensic Files
  • You Are Invited to Constitution Day
  • 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 (click here)
  • 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!)
  • NEW: Archive of VAHS Daily (After-lunch) Announcements

Celebrate Your Senior with a Personalized Yearbook Page
Senior ads for the 2019 VAHS Expedition Yearbook are now on sale.  

Ads may include personalized messages and current and childhood pictures.  

Prices range from $40 to $250.  CLICK HERE for your SENIOR AD FORM

Email your ad materials along with any questions to ANNA TODD at


Voyager Academy Helps "Backpack Buddies" Feed Local Schools
Did you know that North Carolina is the 10th hungriest state in the nation?  Almost 20% of our children face hunger on a regular basis. 18% of our senior citizens struggle with hunger.  The OCS class at Voyager Academy High School volunteers weekly with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in their program called “Backpack Buddies”.  Backpack Buddies provides local school children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children receive a bag on Friday of every week that includes six balanced meals and two healthy snacks.  We are having a Food Drive in order to support the efforts of the Food Bank. Starting September 17th, the OCS class will have boxes around the school for students to donate canned food items.

We will also collect donated food items during Advisory on Mondays for the next 4 weeks.  The Advisory that collects the most food to donate will receive a Pizza Lunch to thank them for donating.  The Food Bank requests canned protein items (canned tuna, Spaghetti O’s, soups, beans, etc), canned vegetables, canned fruits (in light juice), juice boxes and snack items (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, etc).  Please contact Amanda Shaw at with any questions. Thank you for your help with this worthy cause!

Parent-Teacher Conferences Are September 28
Please remember that Voyager Academy High School Parent-teacher conferences are on Friday, September 28.  Parents, if you would like to sit down with your VAHS student’s teacher(s), please make an appointment with that teacher as soon as possible.  


The VAHS Forensic Files
Thank you to the Durham Sheriff Department CSI unit for their presentation to our Forensics students. Students completed their own fingerprinting analysis and analyzed crime scene evidence from Durham cases.


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.


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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