Sunday, February 10, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, February 10, 2019

In this Week’s issue.
  • 2019-20 Course Selection Begins Feb. 25 
  • PTO News: Teacher Appreciation Week is HERE
  • Announcing the VAHS 2019 Senior Superlatives! 
  • The Annual VA Golf Tournament is Almost Here (Apr. 7th)
  • Spanish Class Field Trip: Visit The Lost City of the Inca
  • Cell and Human Body Tour Now Departing C Hall 
  • Visual Arts is in Need of Supplies
  • Attention Juniors:  Junior Parent/Student Information Session 
  • Durham Tech. CCP Information Session (Take College Courses While at VAHS) 
  • Attention Seniors:  Durham Technical Community College Information Session for Seniors 
  • Graduation Tickets 
  • Cap and Gown Order 
  • Syrian Refugee Drive 
  • Kleenex needed   
  • Yearbook Information 
  • Save the date: VAHS Junior Parent Workshop 
  • Would You Like to Win $1,000 Gift Card, While Helping VA Athletics? 
  • The Silent Auction Benefit is Feb 23, At Umstead Pines 
  • Advanced Placement Tips and Information 
  • Spring Sports Tryouts 
  • Important Message For Voyager Athletics Participants 
  • All your Athletics Updates 
  • Check out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog 
  • FCA...E (Fell Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)

2019-20 High School Course Selection Begins Feb. 25!
Hard to believe that we are already about to begin the course selection process for the 2019-20 year, but that time is almost upon us!  This begins on February 25, but you can start to browse the VAHS course catalog now to get a head start (click here).
Should students have any questions, they may contact their VAHS Advisor.

PTO News: Teacher Appreciation Week is HERE!
Teacher Appreciation week is a special time at Voyager where we pause for a moment to reflect on the enormous contributions that our staff make for our children each day. We love them each and every day but we want to recognize their hard work and dedication next week. Most importantly each year we gift each member of with gift cards, again a small token of appreciation. This will be done next Friday, February 15. Monetary donations can be made using this link  or send in gift cards with your student labeled "PTO Gift Card Giveaway." Please be on the lookout for emails from your class parents or sign-up genius requests. The PTO needs your help to make this event a success.  

Monday – Breakfast supplied by the PTO. (All Schools)

Tuesday – Write a letter of gratitude for your teacher (could be written by parents, students or both)  (All Schools) Middle School Teacher Hospitality Luncheon (

Wednesday – Snack in breakrooms supplied by the PTO (All Schools)

Thursday – Supply drive for teachers and/or send in your teacher’s favorite snack. (All schools)

Friday – Gift Card Giveaway /Catered Luncheon for all three school staff

Announcing the VAHS 2019 Senior Superlatives!

Most Likely to Succeed
Devan Desai
Madison Miner
Most Athletic
Alexa Sewitsky
Basil Edwards
Most Talented
Josh Wright
Reyna Alston
Most Spirited
Leah Glazer
Sam Williamson
Best Citizen
Zack Hibbard
Julia Rosemond
Josh Brewer
Ann Njenga
Most Changed
Ty Jones
Ava Heerick
Most Likely to be on a Reality Show
Adam Cheifetz
Emma Rees
Best Personality
Jaylen Segers
Sloane Freeman
Most Likely to be President
William Hofman
Regan Fernandez

The Annual VA Golf Tournament is April 7th

Hello Viking Families, it is that time of year again for our annual Athletic Department Golf Tournament. As an entirely self-funded program Voyager Athletics hosts this tournament each year to support our athletes, coaching staff, and our school. We appreciate any and all support that this community is willing to give our youth as we strive to reach our goal of 100 teams in this year’s tournament. Competitors will have a chance to win various prizes while they enjoy a great day of golfing.  Each athlete will have a copy of the entry form and the flyer or teams may contact Deuce Harris directly to register their team. Again, we thank everyone in advance for their contributions and support of one of our biggest fundraisers each year. Go, Vikings Go!

Spanish Field Trip: Visit The Lost City of the Incas

Are you ready to explore the world?

Explorica is offering a $150 discount for our group to travel to Peru April 2020, but it’s only available until May 10th.  

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

Be sure to sign-up by May 10th and enter code Manuel2019 on the payment page to take advantage of the $150 discount!

Remember you only need $50 to sign-up!

I hope you’ll join us!


Cell and Human Body Tour Now Departing C Hall
Well Biology just finished their whirlwind exploration of the macromolecules and found that they really "are what they eat!" They created some exciting visuals to pass along their knowledge and we can't wait for you all to come out and see them at Exhibition night. They are now embarking on a tour of the "Wonderful World of Cells". The students will be taking a stop by each organelle along the journey to learn more about how it functions to keep their cells alive. This stop includes an exciting project in which they will work together to create a 3-D model of a cell out of everyday items so they may ask to rummage around the garage, craft room, or take a trip to the Dollar Store! These will definitely be on display for you to see on exhibition night as well.

Not to be out done is the Anatomy and Physiology tour currently going on. They are beginning to make their way through the human body systems with the first stop being the tissues. They learned the different kinds of tissues and their function in the body. They got to see how the different tissues look and will be translating that into their project. We were excited to have Mrs. Clark-Stover come and teach us about French Impressionist Art so that we can take our selected tissues and turn them into a beautiful piece of art. The students also found something in nature that the tissue reminds them of to display with their art....Chaos Theory at work. The students will have these displayed in a gallery walk on the C Hall. Be sure to check them out at Exhibition night.

Visual Arts is in Need of Supplies
Hello from the art room! We are in need of some supplies if you can contribute to our classroom:
magazines with pictures for cutting up, yarn of any type,  and pantyhose (old ones, they can have holes).
Glue sticks and ziplock bags are always welcome.  Thanks for your support!
ClarkStover in the Art Room

Attention Juniors: Junior Parent/Student  Information Session
All 11th grade parents and students are encouraged to attend an information session on Thursday February 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at VAHS. Information sessions will include:   Graduation Requirements, College Application Information and College Application Evaluation Criteria.

Durham Tech. CCP Information Session:  Monday February 18, from 5:00-6:00 p.m at Durham Tech.
Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in the Career and College Promise program next year must attend an information session. During a session students can learn about program requirements, plans of study, and apply for admission.  Parents are welcome to attend. Check the Durham Tech, CCP website for more information and to register for an Information session.

Attention Seniors:  Durham Technical Community College Information Session for Seniors
An admissions representative from Durham Technical Community College will be on campus Thursday,  February 14, to meet with seniors who are interested in learning about Durham Tech.. Please contact  Ms. O'Kane for more information.

Graduation Tickets
Seniors:  Graduation for the class of 2019 will be at the Carolina Theatre on May 28, 2019 at 5pm. A google form was sent to all senior families in order for them to  request and secure graduation tickets. Each student will receive at least 8 tickets, and additional tickets may be available. Please check email and be sure to submit the form for your family. As a special treat, The National Honor Society is holding a raffle for the chance to win box seats for the ceremony. Stay tuned for more information!  

Cap and Gown Orders
Students who have not ordered their caps and gowns need to do so before March 1st in order to ensure delivery in time for graduation and to avoid a late order price increase.

The link to order is below:

The link to make a payment is below:

If you do not have your order number or can not see your balance, please call Herff Jones:

(336) 228-7770

Syrian Refugee Drive
The Syrian Refugees need your help!  Donate canned food and lightly used clothes.  You can drop it off at the front office. Contact Amani Abumuais or Mr. Mills, room D125 if you have any questions.  The grade that donates the most items will receive a pizza party.

Kleenex Needed!
The high school is in need of Kleenex! Please consider donating a couple of boxes to the front office to distribute to classrooms. Thank You!

Yearbook Information
Senior Ads are still available for purchase in the 2019 VAHS Yearbook.  Go to to design and purchase your ad.

The LAST day to purchase a PERSONALIZED yearbook is 2/21.

Thank you Seniors for submitting your creative and thoughtful Senior Quotes on time!  

The price for the yearbook will increase on 2/23.  Order now to purchase for only $60.

Questions?  Contact

Would You Like to Win $1,000 Gift Card, While Helping VA Athletics?
Voyager Student-Athletes are selling raffle tickets for $10, and 1 ticket gives you 2 chances to win one of 2 $1,000 gift cards or an Athletic Gift Basket valued at $150.  The drawing will be on Jan. 11th and you do not need to be present to win.

Please take a chance and help our students at the same time.  Thank you for your support. If you do not know a student-athlete please contact Deuce Harris for tickets at

Taking an AP Course? READ THIS -- Advanced Placement Tips and Important Information
Please follow the links below for helpful, and must-see information about the Advanced Placement test:



Spring Sports Tryouts
Spring sports are allowed to begin at the HS level on Feb. 13 and the MS on Feb. 20th.  Please keep an eye on your email and the website for more information to follow.

Please Join Us in Our First Ever Silent Auction Benefit Feb. 23, at Umstead Pines
This is an all-school, parent event to socialize and have fun. All K-12 parents are invited and encouraged to attend! There will be food, music, friends, colleagues, a cash bar, and most importantly, memories. Your contribution to this event will help make it a night to remember!
All the money raised will go right back into Voyager. We will use the money raised to help Voyager families who need support-- things like funding field trips, purchasing school supplies, and covering participation fees for sports and the arts. We will also use money raised to further develop our arts and technology departments. See the important links below:

Important Message for Voyager Athletics Participants
Hello parents-
If you have a child interested in participating in a winter or spring sport, please make sure to verify that the steps below are complete.

Obtain a physical and return form to High School front desk, Attn: Mr. Harris and Mr. Rice.

Complete concussion form and return to High School front desk.

Complete Online Forms and add the sport(s) your child plans to participate in.

If your child participated in a 2018 fall sport, please verify that the physical on file has not expired (valid for one year form exam date) and add desired winter/spring sport(s) to the online forms by editing your previous account. The concussion form and online forms are valid for the entire 2018-19 school year.

All forms must be complete and on file BEFORE your child can start tryouts or any sports activity.
Questions? Please contact High School Athletic Trainer Nate Rice at Mr. Rice manages Middle School and High School athletic forms along with Athletic Director Deuce Harris.

All Your Athletic Updates
Please visit our website at for all up to date schedules and news.

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.  

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!"

Important Dates
Feb. 18
Feb. 19
Teacher Workday
Feb. 20
ACT exam
All 11th graders

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