Sunday, February 10, 2019

Voyager Academy Middle School News, February 10, 2019

Dear VAMS Families,
Oh my, what a beautiful week this has been!  Due to the beautiful weather, we’ve had people working on the athletic field.  Today ----the field lights were installed.

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Basketball Tournament
Next week marks the end of middle school basketball season!  On Tuesday, Feb. 12, our boys and girls will participate in the second round of the middle school basketball tournament.  We will find out who the opponent is tonight (Friday night). The girls play at 5:00 and the boys will play at 6:30. IF we win, we will play in the championship game on Friday night, Feb. 15.  PLEASE COME SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS on FEB. 12. We need to have a full gym as we cheer on our Vikings!!!!

Voyager’s Silent Auction
Voyager's first ever Auction and Gala is coming in just two weeks! Tickets are only being sold online.  Get your ticket (and all the details) here

Teacher Appreciation Week
Next week, Feb. 11 – Feb. 15 is Teacher Appreciation Week for Voyager Staff.  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 give each staff member  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. 

Voyager Academy Teacher Appreciation Week – Next Week!   February  11th -15th 
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 workroom 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
Spring Sports
If you have a child interested in participating in a 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.

Science Olympiad - A TEAM:
Competition Team 
-- Make sure your calendar is marked for the regional tournament on April 6th!
-- The next open practice is Saturday, January 26 from 9am-12pm in the VAHS common room.
-- K'NEX WHEELS - we need K'Nex wheels to get our teams ready for the Ramp and Roll event.  If you have some wheels, please bring them in to practice.
-- Keep an eye on the  the A team webpage for more info as we get into the practices for this season.  GO, VIKINGS, GO!
And it's not too late - we still have a few spots open on the varsity competition team for this season!  4th and 5th graders particularly are welcome to join this team.  If you're interested, email Coach Erik Benson.
In-school program   Classes are underway! Be sure to ask your Ramp & Roll student about K’nex vehicles, your Super Sleuth student about solving crimes with observation and your Sky Quest student about constellations!
Regional tournament, March 2
The countdown is on...the regional tournament is on March 2 at Riverside High School.  There are FIVE official practices before the tournament (all practices are on Saturdays from 9-12).  In addition to regularly scheduled practices, students are encouraged to work on their own outside.  Putting in the extra time will take you to the next level on competition day!!!
Varsity Team Updates
-- There is only ONE spot left on the varsity team (grades 7 and 8)!
-- We need still a team of two for Density Lab during Period 1.
-- If you are interested in doing Density Lab AND it fits your schedule AND it won't overload you, please let me know ASAP!
JV Team Updates
-- There is still lots of room left on the JV team (open to grades 6-8).  Recruit your friends...they will be your future teammates on the varsity team!
Want more info about the B team? Click here or contact Connie Vance, B Team Head Coach.
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!
Report CardsYay, all have been completed, the report cards have been printed and they will be sent home Monday, Feb. 11.
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.

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
Monday, Feb. 11 Teacher Appreciation Week Begins
Tuesday, Feb. 12 PTO Luncheon at the middle school
Tuesday, Feb. 12 Second round of the basketball tournament at Voyager, girls and boys play
Friday, Feb. 15 Championship Games for basketball at Voyager

Stay safe and warm,
Gwen Johnson, Principal