Sunday, March 31, 2019

Voyager Academy Middle School News, March 31, 2019

Dear VAMS Families,

What an awesome week!  We have been very busy as 8th graders completed the 3rd round of Check Ins.  Our fifth graders spent Friday at Yorktown!  Our students are hard at work preparing to present the musical, Aladdin!

Outstanding Young Educator and Teacher of the Year
Last week we nominated staff for Outstanding Young Educator and Teacher of the Year.  I was extremely proud of all of the outstanding teachers nominated by their peers. Today was very exciting as we presented the OYE and TOY with a bouquet of flowers and a gift card.  

Congratulations, Ms. Christine Vurnakes!!! Ms. Vurnakes is the Outstanding Young Educator for the middle school.  Ms. Vurnakes is in her second year of teaching. She absolutely loves her students and her students love her.  Ms. Vurnakes is extremely creative and has such positive relationships with her students. Great job, Ms. Vurnakes!
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Congratulations, Mrs. Jody Schulze!!!  Mrs. Schulze is the Teacher of the Year for the middle school.  Mrs. Schulze is a 6th grade Social Studies teacher.  Based on what I hear, the 6th graders enjoy Social Studies and it is because Mrs. Schulze makes learning interesting and fun! Way to go, Mrs. Schulze!!!

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Duke Children’s Hospital
Let’s help Sophia Carpenter collect items for the children at Duke Children’s Hospital.  She is collecting coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, Legos, and dolls. Bring them to the office and put in the box outside Mrs. Johnson’s office.  The Dollar Tree has all of the requested items. Let’s help the children!!!!!

NC Check Ins
Our third and final round of NC Check Ins are in process. Our 6th and 7th graders will take the NC Check Ins in April.  Sixth grade NC Check Ins are April 3rd and 4th.
Seventh grade NC Check Ins are April 9th and 10th.

EOG Testing Dates
May 10 5th Grade Science EOG
May 15 4th Grade – 8th Grade Reading EOG
May 16 4th Grade – 8th Grade Math EOG
May 21 8th Grade Science EOG

Please put these dates on your calendar so your child/children will be in school on these dates and on time.  Students prefer taking the EOGs when their classmates take the EOG rather than on a make-up test day. Please do not schedule appointments on these days.  

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. Doors open at 6:30 and the musical begins at 7:00.   Please put these dates on your calendar.
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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.
Calendar of Events

Monday, April 1
Team pictures for baseball, softball, soccer, and tennis
Tuesday, April 2
Baseball at home
Softball at home
ACT Time
Wednesday, April 3
6th Grade Reading Check In
Soccer at home
Thursday, April 4
Soccer at home
Opening Night of Aladdin!!!!
6th Grade Math Check In
COLE competition in house, 7:30, art

Aladdin – night 2, show starts at 7:00 pm
Songwriter’s Night
Saturday, April 6
Final Night of Aladdin!!!!!

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