Sunday, August 18, 2019

From the Managing Director's Desk, Aug. 18, 2019


Dear Viking Families, 
Good afternoon! We hope that you all had a great week as we did! Our back to school party was a blast! Thanks to our amazing PTO for setting it up, and for the awesome food trucks and fun. Hope you all picked up some extra Viking spirit wear so you can join us every Friday in showing your Viking spirit.

Just so you are aware, Math scores from last year end of year assessments have finally arrived. You will receive notification shortly from your building principals on where and how to access your child’s reports.  
We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming Ribbon Ceremony celebrating our newest addition to this wonderful campus. Come out and celebrate our new stadium and see a short performance from our Bull City Lights and a parade of all our student athlete representatives from Middle and High School. Many old faces will be on hand to support and celebrate so come and visit family and friends from Voyager! Make sure you wear your Viking spirit wear and if you have anything BLUE please wear that so we can host our very first BLUE OUT!
As you may have seen on our website, in the last newlsetter and on our social media, we are launching a capital campaign so you can help “give back” to the school and invest in our great community!  Your donations can be directed to Academics and Extracurricular, Athletics, or Performing Arts. Please visit this link, https://www.voyageracademy.net/support-voyager/.  When you click on the donate button you can choose from the dropdown box where your donation should go.  Large donations offer sponsorship opportunities for your business or family legacy. The Sponsorship information is also on this link.  If you have any questions about the capital campaign, please email me directly to learn more about how you can contribute and build up our School. Any donation, large or small will make a difference and you can decide what you want to support! 
Board Message:
Our board went through training on Thursday to prepare for our work this year, and we are excited to welcome new members Shalondra Greenlee, Fungai Bennett, and Terry Lynch.  Our new members learned about Voyager’s finances and how we provide good fiscal oversight for the school.  They also had a chance to hear from our managing director about Voyager’s academic performance metrics and get an overview about the school.
            The board and our administrative leaders from each school also joined together with four guest experts for a discussion about diversity issues.  At Voyager, we are committed to the success of all of our students and to creating an inclusive environment in which students from all backgrounds can thrive.  We are very fortunate to have a diverse student body and a project-based curriculum that brings together students from many different backgrounds to collaborate.  We know that these experiences will benefit our students immensely as they live and work in an increasingly diverse world.  We also know that there are areas where we can all do better as it relates to diversity and inclusion, and the board is committed to learning more, talking through issues, and doing our best to make sure that our policies, practices, and culture are intentionally inclusive.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of us.  We would love to hear from you.
This coming week, we will have our ribbon cutting ceremony as well as our first board meeting of the academic year.  It is an exciting week for Voyager.  I hope to see you there!
Stephanie Brennan.