Sunday, January 27, 2019

Voyager Academy Middle School News, January 27, 2019

Dear VAMS Families,

It’s hard to believe we are quickly approaching February.  Our 5th graders completed Round 2 of NC Check Ins. They had reading and math.  The students worked very hard and most of the students used all of their allotted time.  Next week, our 6th graders will complete NC Check Ins and 7th grade will complete Check Ins the first week of February. The Check Ins provide information to teachers regarding individual strengths and areas needing attention, as well as, class period strengths and areas needing attention.  We hear many positive comments from our students. The Check Ins are shorter so the time to test is shortened.

Spring Sports Interest Meeting:  On Friday we had our interest meeting for Spring Sports.  Spring sports for the middle school are baseball, softball, girls’ soccer, boys’ tennis and possibly golf.  At the present time, we do not have a coach for golf. If you are interested in coaching golf, please contact Deuce Harris, our Athletic Director.  His email is   The students who attended the Interest Meeting received a half sheet of paper explaining what must be done prior to try-outs.

Winter Sports – Our Winter Sports are coming to an end!  Our cheerleaders have been fantastic as they bring much energy to our basketball games.  Our teams have been very successful this season. We feel both teams could be the number 1 seed in the upcoming tournament.  If we are the number 1 seed, we will not play the first round of the tournament and will host the second round. PLEASE HIGHLIGHT FEB. 12 ON YOUR CALENDAR SO YOU CAN ATTEND THE SECOND ROUND OF THE TOURNAMENT.   We think the games (girls and boys) will be played at Voyager! Go, Vikings, Go!

Aladdin is Coming – Yes, another fabulous musical is on the way!  Aladdin will be performed at the middle school on April 4, April 5, and April 6.  Please put these dates on your calendar!

Pennies for Pender – Wow, what a great beginning to our collection.  We will continue to collect throughout the remainder of January. Remember we are collecting pennies, as well as, other coins or dollars for students attending Pender County Schools.  We have lots of coins and several dollars (ones, fives, tens, and twenties).  Let’s finish STRONG with our collection! Thanks!

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Report CardsWe continue to wait for directions from the Department of Instruction.  Once we hear from them, we will print Quarter 2 report cards. Thanks for your patience!
8th Grade Graduation – Many of you have asked about our 8th Grade Graduation.  Our 8th Grade Celebration, not graduation, is scheduled for Friday, May 24.  We will begin at 8:45 and it is usually an hour. 8th graders may leave after the celebration.
Car LineThanks to all Middle School Only parents/grandparents for coming at 1:20 on Mondays and 3:20 on Tuesdays-Fridays.  It really helps traffic move smoothly for the elementary school and for the middle school. THANK YOU!    
Voyager’s Silent Auction
We have received some AWESOME donations!  I can hardly wait for the Silent Auction so I can place my bid on several of the donated items.   Thanks!
If you have questions, please email Mr. Eisenson at  We appreciate all help!   The Silent Auction is scheduled for Feb. 23 and will be held at Umstead Pines.  Please put the date on your calendar! Please read the information below to learn more about the auction.   Please click below for helpful information.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Jan. 29 Voyager Basketball at Vance Charter, girls at 5:00/boys at 6:00
Wednesday, Jan. 30 Voyager Tour for new parents interested in Voyager, 9:45
Wednesday, Jan. 30 6th grade Language Arts Check Ins
Thursday, Jan. 31 Voyager Spelling Bee, 9:00, yes, we will stream live.  Look for for more information!
Thursday, Jan. 31 Voyager Board Meeting, 5:15, High School Commons Room
Thursday, Jan. 31 Voyager Basketball at Kestrel Charter
Friday, Feb. 1 6th grade Math Check Ins
Friday, Feb. 1 Voyager Basketball at Oxford Prep, girls at 5:00/boys at 6:00

Upcoming Dates of Interest
Tuesday, Feb. 5 6th Grade Field Trip
Saturday, Feb. 9 PTO Family Dance, ES gym
Monday, Feb. 11 – 15 Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, Feb. 12 PTO Lunch for MS Staff
Monday, Feb. 18 Teacher Workday – no school for students!
Tuesday, Feb. 19 Teacher Workday – no school for students!
Thursday, Feb. 21 Winter Sports’ Celebration, 6:00, MS gym
Saturday, Feb. 23 Silent Auction, Umstead Pines

Stay safe and warm,
Gwen Johnson
Middle School Principal