Sunday, September 2, 2018

Voyager Academy Middle School News, September 2, 2018

Dear VAMS Families,

Can you believe that we have been in school one month?  It certainly does not seem like it! This year’s opening has been one of the smoothest yet!  This week in 8th grade Core Connections, the students worked on their periodic table. The students in 7th grade math were learning about integers and positive and negative numbers.  During my visit to 5th grade science, the students were discussing the importance of CO2 and O2.  My Spanish visit was in fourth grade and I was amazed at the Spanish vocabulary that has been learned in such a short time.  Finally, in fourth grade math, Ms. Vurnakes was teaching rounding and place value. The students were working four digit numbers to  seven digit numbers. I hope your children are sharing all their knowledge with you.

7th Grade Immunization – 30th calendar days is Sept. 5

Students entering 7th  grade are required to have one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine for individuals who have not already received those vaccines.

You have 30 calendar days from the first day of school (Aug. 7) to provide the required up-to-date immunization record for your child. If proof
 of vaccination is not provided by the end of the 30 calendar day period, your child will be suspended from school until you provide proof of immunization as required by law.
Student Council Officers
Our Student Council officers are:  President - Kate Flintom, Vice-President – Cara Freiburger, Secretary – Allison Miller, Treasurer – Karli McKenna, Press and Public Relations Officer – Jordan Rogers, Technology Officer – Lauren King, and Service Coordinator – Teagan Holleman.    I’ve talked with them twice and they have lots of ideas for the year.

Fall Pictures
October 29 is the make-up day for Fall Pictures.

Voyager’s Silent Auction
If you could not attend the Silent Auction planning meeting and are willing to help with the Silent Auction, please email Mr. Eisenson at  We appreciate all help!

Science Olympiad is an extracurricular academic competition in which students grades K-12 compete in STEM-related events.  The topics encompass anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.  Teamwork and group learning are a major emphasis.  
If your child is interested in science and would like to participate, fill out the Voyager Science Olympiad interest form so that we can connect with you.  Science Olympiad is open to all Voyager students who want to be more involved with science!
Science Olympiad Information Session
There will be an all-level interest meeting on Thursday, September 6 from 4:30-5:00 in the VAHS Common Room.  Please join us to learn more about this year's Science Olympiad teams and programs.

For more information or if you have questions about Voyager's Science Olympiad programs in 2018-19 (including the K-3 VAES in-school program), see the Science Olympiad event links, check out the Voyager Science Olympiad team webpage, or reach out to one of the team head coaches.
Head Coaches
Division A (K-6) - Erik Benson (
Division B (6-9) - Connie Vance (
Division C (9-12) - Amanda Honey (

2019 Tournament Event Descriptions
Division A (K-6)
Division B  (6-9)
Division C (9-12)
(Note: while all events have been updated, some of the event descriptions are from last year! NCSO is in the process of adding the descriptions for this year's events.) 

2019 Science Olympiad Tournament Dates
Division A (K-6) - TBD, will be announced in late September
DIvision B (6-9) - March 2, 2019 at Riverside High School
DIvision C (9-12) - March 2, 2019 at Riverside High School
Division B/C state competition - April 27, 2019 at NC State University

We have 25 books that have not been paid for or returned.  If you have one of the 25 books, please send the book to school on Tuesday or send payment for the book.  The middle school has done an amazing job selling and/or returning books! Thanks!

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt has agreed to partner with Voyager for this entire school year and now we have Viking Fro-Yo Fridays! Menchie's will donate 20% of every order to Voyager and the PTO.

Each school has been promoting spirit Fridays and visiting Menchie’s is another opportunity for Vikings to fellowship with one another and raise money to help the PTO fund teacher grants and other initiatives. The first Viking Spirit Night sponsored by the PTO is Wednesday, September 5th at  Blaze and Menchie's. Come enjoy fun and fellowship!

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A HUGE thank you to all middle school parents----you have been terrific! Please remember that cars with a blue and red sign will be sent to the middle school car line at 3:04 and cars with only a blue sign will be sent to the middle school car line at 3:20.  When we have lots of cars with blue signs arriving before 3:20 it often causes the elementary line to become backed up especially at the intersection where some of the red/blue cars need to enter the line to go to the middle school. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

Sept. 3
Labor Day
Sept. 4
Cross Country at Falls Lake
Sept. 5
Volleyball at Falls Lake and Soccer at Falls Lake
Sept. 7
Volleyball at home, 4:30;
First Quarter Progress Reports

If you have questions, please ask!  You may always email me at ( or call me!

Gwen Johnson
Middle School Principal