Sunday, September 2, 2018

Voyager Academy High School, September 2, 2018


In this week’s issue...

  • YOU Can Help Save a Life!  The VAHS Blood Drive is September 11
  • Order Your 2019 Senior T-Shirt!! 
  • Your Peru Adventure awaits 
  • Yearbook Pictures for Grades 9-11 on September 6 
  • 11th Graders can Register for the Oct. 24th PSAT 
  • September is "Start With Hello" Month 
  • YEARBOOK - Order Early, Pay Less! 
  • HS Music Program -- Seeking Sponsors 
  • Voyager Celebrates Constitution Day and We Are Inviting Durham to Join In 
  • PARENTS: Are You Interested in Participating or Donating to a Silent Auction? 
  • Yearbook Photo Session Schedule for Students 
  • What Are VAHS Weekly Spirit Days? 
  • Want a free Student Checking Account? 
  • Check out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog
  • Light the Night 2018! Raise Money for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC Love to Fish? 
  • Join VAHS Bass Assassins 
  • Come to China with us Summer 2019 
  • Be a Smartie and Joint the PTO!! (click here) 
  • FCA...E (Fellowhip of Christian Athletes...and Everyone!) 
  • A Delicious Fundraiser at Menchies and Blaze Pizzeria  


You Can Help Save a Life! The VAHS Blood Drive is Sept. 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!

Yearbook Pictures for Grades 9-11 On Sept. 6
Yearbook pictures for grades 9-11 will be taken Thursday morning, September 6, 2018. Picture Order Forms were given to the students this past Monday, Aug. 27 during Advisory. Students can give payment directly to the photographer on Sept. 6, or may order on line through the Strawbridge website:, enter code: 110321


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.


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.


DID YOU KNOW....members of Bull City Lights, Bull City Sound (AKA: "the band") & Vocal Affinity need to raise up to $1,000 per student to cover costume, competition & travel fees this year?!? The Voyager Academy High School Music Program is seeking community sponsors for the 2018-19 school year to help offset these costs per student!  Sponsor levels start at only $100 and will be featured in BOTH the Fall & Spring Choral Concert programs as well as receive free tickets to both shows.

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


Voyager Celebrates Constitution Day and We Are inviting Durham to Join In
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.


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


Yearbook Photo Session Schedule for Students
Yearbook pictures for grades 9-11 will be taken Thursday morning, September 6, 2018. Picture order forms will be given to students this Monday, August 27 during advisory. Students can give payment directly to the photographer on September 6th or you may order online through the Strawbridge website: Enter code: 110321

The make-up date is scheduled for October 17th.


What Are VAHS Weekly Spirit Days
Students - Show your college spirit by wearing your favorite college apparel every Thursday, and your Voyager Academy  school spirit by wearing your Voyager Academy apparel (or colors) every Friday!


Want a free Student Checking Account?
Vision Financial Credit Union is coming to Voyager on Thursday, Sept. 6th after school opening up Free Student Checking Accounts for Voyager Students! Students under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian on the account with them. Everyone will need to bring two forms of ID, and an initial deposit of at least $25. The Student Account comes with free checks, and a free debit card for anyone over 18. Having their own account is a great way for students to learn about managing their own money, and having a parent on the account with them helps them learn to do it right. Representatives from Vision Financial will be in the High School room A148 (Mr. Baker's room) from 4:00-4:45 on Thursday, Sept. 6. Contact Mr. Baker ( with any questions.


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


Love to fish? Join VAHS Bass Assassins
No boat? No tackle? No problem!!!! Just bring your love for fishing and for the outdoors. If your student is interested in fishing please encourage them to come out and join the team. We would love to have them on board. They can contact Ms. Huntington at if interested.


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!"

A Delicious Fundraiser
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt and Blaze Pizzeria will be donating 20% of the proceeds on Wednesday, September 5th, for every order if people mention Voyager!

Menchie's has also agreed to partner with us for the entire year and sponsor Froyo Fridays! Every Friday if you mention Voyager they will donate 20% of profits. I'm attaching all the promotional material as well! This is very exciting, and these will be the type of events that we would solicit for Fabio to help.
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