Sunday, August 11, 2019

Voyager Academy PTO News, Aug. 11, 2019


Welcome Back Parents!
The PTO Board is looking forward to another great school year! However, we cannot do it without you! Please considering partnering with us and joining the PTO. All active PTO members will receive 10% all apparel and spirit wear all school year. Visit http://pto.voyageracademy.net/join-pto-online for more information, including the calendar of events!



On Facebook? Please like the Voyager Academy PTO page, just another way to get important PTO information right at your fingertips.

Join us on Friday, August 16th at 6:00pm for an evening of casual fellowship and learn about more ways that you can volunteer at Voyager Academy! We are looking forward to meeting you and working to with you to make our events the best they can be!

Another opportunity for parent participation is participate on the School Improvement Team (SIT). As PTO President, I serve on this committee and am excited about the work they are doing for our school. We would love addition parent participation from other parents. Some background


1. SIT is a team of administrators, teachers, students and parents that was formed to develop a school improvement plan, which is reviewed annually.  The initial goal was to have the SIT teamwork towards documenting a school improvement plan in conjunction with the Advance ED accreditation in 2015-2016.  Since that time, SIT has focused upon 3-4 priority areas each academic year thereafter.  

 2. SIT’s membership includes approximately 12 parents, approximately 12 administrators and teachers, and, when fully subscribed, 4 high school student representatives.

3. Most recently, SIT spent time and energy on the following priorities:
           i.     Partner with PTO leadership on formalizing a parent liaison network to provide more targeted support to teachers, and to enhance communication among parents by class and grade level, in order to build a more cohesive and engaged community of volunteers and advocates.
          ii.     Review and recommend a social and emotional learning curricular framework, which resulted in the adoption of the “11 Principles” character education model.
          iii.     Assess and promote additional measures to reinforce Project-Based Learning (PBL) methods, a hallmark of the Voyager identity, including additional professional development training through the Buck Institute. There is further work to do to communicate and reinforce information about PBL throughout the community.
            iv.     Encourage and endorse a “catch-up raise” pay scale plan for Voyager teachers, to retain our great teachers by reducing the compensation deficit for Voyager teachers as compared to DPS teachers (using a graduated scale approach recommended by a committee of teachers).

 If you have any questions, please contact pto@voyageracademy.net

Back to School Event
Friday August 16th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
This event is informal, some food trucks and tables from various groups around campus to encourage more volunteers. PTO and Boosters are among the groups participating

Fall Festival
October 25, 2019 6:00-8:30.pm

Book Fair
October 25, 2019-November 1st

Teacher Appreciation Week
February 10th-February 14th, 2020

Spring Fling
May 1st, 2020-6:00pm-8:30pm

Voyager Spirit Nights 
3rd Tuesday of each month at select restaurants for the duration of school year beginning in September. Unless otherwise announced