Sunday, February 17, 2019

Voyager Academy Middle School News, February 17, 2019

Dear VAMS Families,

It’s been a very busy but great week at Voyager Middle School!  I want to thank all of you who played a part in this week’s Teacher Appreciation Week.  You were so gracious in your donations whether it was school supplies, food for the luncheon, snacks, or time!  Each of you played a major part in making the staff feel extra special.

BINGO in Ms. Vurnakes Class
I had so much fun participating in Ms. Vurnakes math class.  They were using Bingo to share their understanding of decimals whether it was 2.02, 87.40, 25.006 or 365.369.  The students were extremely engaged in the learning process as Ms. Vurnakes made understanding decimals fun.

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Parent Meeting for Rising 9th Graders
There will be a parent meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27 for parents of rising 9th graders.  The meeting will be held at the high school and is from 6:30-7:30.  Hope to see ALL of you there! It’s a great time to have all of your high school questions answered.

8th Graders Tour the High School
Our 8th graders will tour Voyager High School on Thursday, Feb. 21.  The students will go to the high school during their Core Connections class period.  Mr. Eisenson will go with each group.

Basketball Tournament
Both teams played in the championship game of the tournament.  The girls played extremely hard but came up a little short in the end.  They played Falls Lake and the score of the championship game was 27-21.  The girls should be very proud of their season as they only had one loss during the season and it was to Falls Lake.  Great season, girls!

The boys played Vance and were fortunate to win the game.  Vance played hard and were determined to force us to play even harder.  Our team really wanted to win the game so they stayed focused on the “prize” which for them was the championship trophy.  Congratulations to the boys, Coach Shawn Ryan, and Coach Jen Ryan! The boys had an undefeated season and won the tournament championship!

Yearbook Orders
Order your yearbook now!  You can order online or you can complete the information on the order form that was sent home with all students and include your payment in the envelope.  Checks should be made payable to Strawbridge. If you order online, go to The online code is 108404.

Winter Sports Celebration
Our celebration for the athletes participating in winter sports is Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:00.  This includes boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, and cheerleaders.

Club Pictures
We will have club pictures taken on Friday, Feb. 22.  Clubs include Drama, Chorus, Science Olympiad, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, etc.  

COLE (Battle of the Books)
COLE meets every other Thursday morning at 7:30 in the art room.  Stephanie Brennan is coordinating and working with our students. We are excited to have our COLE group again this year. Their next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 21.

Voyager’s Silent Auction
It’s almost here!!!!!  Voyager's first ever Auction and Gala is next weekend! Tickets are only being sold online.  Get your ticket (and all the details) here!   We hope to see you at Umstead Pines.  Make sure you check out the catalog as there are terrific items that have been donated and will be part of the Silent Auction!
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!
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.
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!
-- 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.

Calendar of Events
Monday, Feb. 18 Required Teacher Workday – no school for students
Tuesday, Feb. 19 Required Teacher Workday – no school for students
Thursday, Feb. 21 Winter Sports Celebration, 7:00, MS, for girls’ basketball,
boys’ basketball, and cheerleaders!
Thursday, Feb. 21 COLE practice, 7:30
Thursday, Feb. 21 Board Meeting, 5:15
Thursday, Feb. 21 8th graders tour the high school during Core Connections
Friday, Feb. 22 Club Pictures such as Drama, Chorus, Spelling Bee, etc.
Saturday, Feb. 23 Silent Auction, Umstead Pines, 7:00
Tuesday, Feb. 26 Europe Interest Meeting with Ms. Green, 4:00
Wednesday, Feb. 27 Rising 9th Grade Parent Night at high school, 6:30-7:30
Thursday, Feb. 28 2nd – 3rd Grade Social sponsored by the 8th graders, 3:30-5:30, elementary gym

Thanks for your continued support of Voyager Middle School. We couldn’t do it without you!

Gwen Johnson, Principal