Sunday, September 29, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, Sept. 29, 2019

In this issue...

  • Join VAHS for a Spectacular Homecoming This Week 
  • How Parents Can Contribute to Homecoming
Yearbook and Yearbook Picture Info.
  • Senior Yearbook make-up Pictures 
  • Yearbook Make-up Pictures for Grades 9-11 
  • Senior Yearbook Ads are on sale now!! 
  • Buy a Yearbook Now
Field Trip Highlights (With Info. for Upcoming Trips)
  • Voyager Civics classes host another successful Constitution Day event 
  • Astronomy Field Trip on Oct. 25 
  • Renaissance Festival Field Trip: Interested Seniors? Check It Out! 
Voyager Viking Volunteerism
  • Bass Assassins Partner With Bass Pro Shops Anglers for Aid to the Bahamas
  • Backpack Buddies: Balanced Meals and Snacks for Students in Need
Student Support (ACT, college prep, etc.)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets Wednesday Mornings 
  • The VAHS Counseling Department Blog (website) 
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! ! 
  • PARENTS: Sign up to receive text messages from the school 
  • Important dates

Join VAHS for a Spectacular Homecoming This Week
Join VAHS as we celebrate Homecoming September 30th to October 4th! We will roll out the week with a Kick-Off Assembly where our Homecoming Court will be officially announced. Don't forget to dress for Meme Monday Spirit Day. And join our Volleyball and Soccer teams as they play away games at East Wake Academy High School.

Tuesday's spirit wear theme will be Disney vs Marvel and our amazing volleyball team will take on the Oxford paratory School in another away game.

Wednesday will highlight Decades Day as the spirit day theme and we will sponsor two home games with Cross Country meeting with Roxboro Community HS and Men's Soccer playing Henderson Collegiate.

Thursday is the BIG DAY so wear your Viking Pride gear! We will hold a game pep assembly that will show our support for the Men's Soccer team as they play the fall homecoming game against DSA. Bring your voice and cheer our team on at our new field at 6:00 pm. Immediately after the game, high school students can enjoy a post game block party in the high school parking lot from 7 to 9pm.

But we aren't done yet! Friday will be a Wacky Tacky day and we will complete our  Homecoming celebrations with two final events. First a school wide Victory Parade will take place at 1:30 Friday afternoon. The parade route will go from the high school, past the elementary, past the middle school, and back to the high school. We can't wait to share our Viking Pride with the rest of campus. Finally  the high school will end the week with our first annual HOCO Olympics where the freshmen will take on the sophomores and the juniors will take on the seniors in "Olympic" games for the remainder of the afternoon.
Join in on the fun as we cheer and root for our teams. Go, Vikings, Go!!


How Parents Can Contribute to Homecoming
Please consider contributing to the 1st Annual Voyager Academy Homecoming Block Party! All the items listed on the attached Sign Up Genius will be pared and served at the Block Party on October 3rd, and are included in the $7 ticket admission price!  This would not be possible without the support of our Voyager families. Thank you so much for all you do!


Senior Yearbook make-up Pictures

Our Senior yearbook make-up day will be Friday, October 18th beginning at 8:45am.
Ladies bring a top with no collar to wear under the drape. Gentlemen bring a white t-shirt to wear under the tux. Tux & Drape will be provided. 


Yearbook Make-up Pictures for Grades 9-11
We will have make-up pictures for grades 9-11 on Thursday, October 17th beginning at 8:45. Any student (in grades 9-11-no seniors) who needs a make-up or retake, should report to The Commons at 8:45am on October 17th. 


Senior Yearbook Ads are on sale now!!
Buy a Senior Recognition Ad for your Viking today. Prices range from $40 to $250.  For more information, contact Anna Todd, atodd@voyageracademy,net, in A149 or


Buy a Yearbook Now!
The 2020 Expedition yearbook is on sale now at the lowest price offered, $55.  Purchase a personalization and get FOUR FREE ICONS to go along with the student's name.  The deadline for this offer is September 30th.

All purchases should be made at


Voyager Civics classes host another successful Constitution Day event
Mr. Gatlin is grateful to his Civics students for hosting another great Constitution Day event in Downtown Durham. Check out a brief video recap below. Special thanks to Ethan Ferrara for the production of the video.

As follow up project, to Consititution Day, students reflected on the question, "What does the U.S. Constitution say?"


Astronomy Field Trip on Oct. 25
The Astronomy classes are taking a field trip on Oct 25th to the Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach NC. Please be sure to have your child's permission slip returned to Mrs. Huntington or Ms. Batty by Oct. 1st. The cost of the field trip is $75 to cover admission and the bus. The students will be touring the museum and watching a show at the dome. If your child needs a permission slip please contact Payments are to be made through the Charter Pay system which can be accessed on the Voyager Academy website.


Renaissance Festival Field Trip: Interested Seniors, Check It Out!
English 4 is taking a trip to the Carolina Renaissance Festival on October 17th.  Any seniors interested in attending the field trip should see Ms. Todd in A149. The cost is $55.


Bass Assassins Partner With Bass Pro Shops Anglers for Aid to the  Bahamas
VAHS Bass Assassins are proud to have partnered with Bass Pro shops to help support those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. We will be collecting donations from Sept. 26th-Oct 25th here at your child's school. The Bass Assassins will be taking these donations and making individual care packages to be shipped to the people in need. The items that are needed are as follows. 

For Baby Care Packages:

-plastic duck bath toy
-diapers size 2 to 5
-baby shampoo
-baby wash clothes
-baby wipes
-diaper cream
-baby lotion

For Personal Hygiene Kit:
-hand towel
-bar of soap
-stick deodorant

We thank you so much for your support!


Backpack Buddies: Balanced Meals and Snacks for Students in Need 
VAHS is once again teaming up with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to offer a BackPack Buddies Program. This program provides a weekend bag filled with balanced meals and snacks for eligible students to take home over the weekend.  The program is free of charge. Permission slips will be distributed to all students who are currently participating in the Voyager Academy free/reduced lunch program. A form is also included below for your convenience. Please contact Jill O'Kane with any questions. 


The ACT Question of the Day
The ACT exam is one of the most crucial standardized tests taken by a high school student. This is especially true in North Carolina, where it is required for all 11th graders.  It will be one of the primary determiners of college acceptance.

To support student success at VAHS, last week we began the “ACT Question of the Day,” provided by Kaplan (which provides many more ACT and SAT resources for students).  This will take place during the first five minutes of 3rd period for all students.  Students will be given the question, some time to respond, and then the answer will be provided, with an explanation. Teachers will manage the process and can provide support.

How parents can support their VAHS students’ success on the ACT…
Parents can help by providing students with a composition notebook, in which they can record all of their ACT Questions of the Day, to keep throughout their entire time at VAHS. This could also serve as a tool for communication with your child about ACT paration and readiness.  In addition to familiarizing students with the ACT exam, the ACT Question of the Day will raise a collective awareness—as a school and community—as to the importance and impact of the ACT exam. 

The ACT: Students Have Until October 4 to Register for the Oct 26  ACT
October is a good time to take the ACT for a few different reasons:
*Juniors can use the exam to dict college and career readiness (The ACT will be given to all Juniors at VAHS on 2/25)
*Seniors have a final shot at securing a score or to "Superscore" other test scores before regular decision college applications are due.
Register at


Students who would like to take the ACT on Oct. 26 need to register by Sept. 20 to avoid a late registration fee. Register at

Fall is a great time to test because:
*Juniors can use the exam to dict college and career readiness.
*Seniors have a final shot at securing the score they need before college applications are due.
* Many colleges will "superscore"  ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all test dates to create the strongest possible. 


Free Assistance with the FAFSA
The FAFSA launches on October 1. The NC campus financial aid offices are holding multiple events, including FAFSA Day on October 26, 2019, to assist students and families with FAFSA completion. Click here for a flyer with information about where students/families can receive assistance with financial aid/FAFSA completion. It includes a link asking students/families to complete a VERY short form – name, email, county of residence, and how they wish to be contacted. Once they  receive a request, they will reach out to the financial aid office on the campuses of the designated counties. The financial aid office will then send information on the events in the family’s area.

Please check the VAHS blog frequently, for news, information, and opportunities for VAHS students. Also, please feel free to subscribe, to receive emailed notifications of new postings. (see below on the right hand side of the page under where it says, "FOLLOW US.").


VAHS Senior Information Session (Senior Parent Night)
Seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the Sr. Information session at VAHS on Thursday, October 17, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.. Sessions will include Information about Graduation Requirements, Post high school Options, and College Application/Admissions Information.  


Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:30am in room D124. 
Students do not need to be athletes, nor Christian to attend--All are welcome! :)  Contact Mr. Baker ( or Mrs. Paradis ( for more info.   


VAHS Counseling Department Blog
All parents and students should frequently check and/or subscribe to the VAHS Counseling Department blog (click here)! Here you will find  important information and opportunities for VAHS students. Topics range from specific grade level information to scholarships and other interesting opportunities.   


Why you might ask?
We need YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It will enrich your experience at Voyager by being involved
You get to meet and socialize with other parents
PTO involvement helps parents be aware of school needs


PARENTS:  Sign up to receive text messages from VAHS
Even though you may have been subscribed from last year, all must re-subscribe.  This is because some cell phone numbers may no longer belong to last year’s subscribers (as people may change numbers or mobile providers). Click below for subscription instructions for your student’s grade.  


Important Dates for VAHS

Sept. 30-Oct 4

Spirit Days: 

Mon. 9/30
Meme Monday, Advisory HOCO Kick Off Assembly

Tues. 10/1
Disney vs Marvel, Midterms, King & Queen Voting Schoolwide

Wed. 10/2
Decades Day, Midterms

Thur. 10/3
Viking Pride, Pep Assembly, Soccer Game, Block Party Dance

Fri. 10/4
Tie Dye, HOCO Parade, HOCO Olympics
Oct. 1
Midterm exams for pds. 1 & 3
Oct. 2
Midterm exams for pds. 2 & 4
Oct. 11
Yearbook makeup pictures for grades 9-11 (report to Commons at 8:45am)
Oct. 7-11
NO CLASSES – Fall Break
Oct. 17
VAHS Senior Information Session (Senior Parent Night)  6-7:30pm
Oct. 18
- Report cards given to students

- Senior Yearbook Picture Makeups: Report to Commons at 8:45am. Ladies bring a top with no collar to wear under the drape. Gentlemen bring a white t-shirt to wear under the tux. Tux & Drape will be provided. 
Oct. 22
Pre-ACT (required for all 10th graders)
Oct. 25
Fall Festival (by the VA PTO)
Nov. 11
NO CLASSES – Veterans’ Day
Nov. 25
Project Exhibition Day. 2-4:00pm
Nov. 27-29
NO CLASSES – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 12 – 18
Final exams
Dec. 19 – Jan. 3
NO CLASSES – Winter Break
Jan. 6
1st day of class to begin the 2nd semester
Jan. 11
Report cards given to students
Jan. 20
Feb. 10-14
Teacher Apciation Week
Feb. 17
NO CLASSES – Teacher workday
Feb. 18
NO CLASSES – Parent/Teacher conference day
Feb. 25
ACT Exam (all 11th graders)
Mar. 4
Midterm exams for pds. 1 & 3
Mar. 5
Midterm exams for pds. 2 & 4
Mar. 13
Report cards given to students
Mar. 16
NO CLASSES – Teacher workday
Mar. 17
NO CLASSES – Parent/Teacher conference day
April 8
Project Exhibition Day. 4-6:00pm
Apr. 10 – 17
NO CLASSES – Spring Break
May 1
Spring Fling (by the VA PTO)
May 4-15
AP exams
May 18-22
Final exams
May 26
Graduation (time and location TBA)