Sunday, October 6, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, Oct. 6, 2019



GO VIKINGS GO!
In this issue...
Homecoming
  • Homecoming a Wonderful Success
Student Clubs
Yearbook and Yearbook Picture Info.
  • Senior Yearbook make-up Pictures
  • Yearbook Make-up Pictures for Grades 9-11
  • 2020**Senior Ads are Now On Sale**2020
  • Buy a Yearbook Before the Price Goes Up
Field Trip Highlights (With Info. for Upcoming Trips)
  • Astronomy Field Trip on Oct. 25
  • Renaissance Festival Field Trip: Interested Seniors, Check It Out!
Viking Volunteerism
  • VAHS Hosts Another Blood Drive (Oct. 29)
  • Shoes for Show Choir
  • 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 p, etc.)
More...
  • Oct. 14, is Senior Night at the Men's Soccer Game
  • 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
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Homecoming a Wonderful Success
We had a lot of firsts this week at Voyager Academy High School’s first Homecoming Week.  We saw everything from Disney and Marvel characters to members of the 70s rock band Kiss, to our first King and Queen of our first Homecoming Court (Jonas Aidoo and Billie Outlaw).  And of course, don’t forget our first Homecoming block party and parade! We hope that it helped inspire an even stronger sense of Viking pride among all of the Voyager community.  Please join us in sending a special thanks to Ms. Clark-Stover (VAHS Art teacher) and Ms. Copley (VAHS Science teacher), who were the heart and soul of this inaugural Voyager Homecoming.  We also thank all of the VAHS faculty who helped to make it such a success. Go, Vikings, Go!!

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Click here to see the new page on the VAHS website, listing student clubs and organizations, with contact information for interested students.

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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. 

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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. 

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2020**Senior Ads are Now On Sale**2020
Buy a Senior Recognition Ad for your Viking today. Prices range from $40 to $250.  For more information, go to jostensadservice.com

Click here for a flyer with more details

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Buy a Yearbook before the price goes up!
The 2020 VAHS Expedition Yearbook is now on sale.  Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com to buy before the price increases.

All purchases should be made at http://www.jostensyearbooks.com

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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 chuntington@voyageracademy.net. Payments are to be made through the Charter Pay system which can be accessed on the Voyager Academy website.

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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.


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VAHS Hosts Another Blood Drive (Oct. 29)
Awesome VAHS student Jordan King, is again directing another blood drive this year. Please see her message below…

Hello Voyager Academy! We are hosting another  BLOOD DRIVE, on  OCTOBER 29, 2019! Please register to donate at www.redcrossblood.com using the sponsor code; ‘Voyager.’ You must be at least sixteen years old to donate, with a parental consent form (in the VAHS lobby). Anyone seventeen or older can donate without a permission slip. Additionally, some sort of ID is needed upon donation day, validating the donor’s age. Please consider donating blood to those in dire need.


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The Driving question: What do SHOES & SHOW CHOIR have in common?

The Voyager Academy HS Chorus & Band Program is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from October 14th through December 2nd to raise funds for program expenses through Funds2Orgs. We will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Starting October 14th, anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes in the collection bins located near Lost & found at each school (elementary, middle AND high)!

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. As you clean out your closets, please consider donating shoes you no longer wear or have outgrown to our shoe drive. By doing so, we raise money for Voyager’s competitive show choirs & show band: Bull City Lights, Vocal Affinity & Bull City Sound! And, we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone!

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to our program, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world. 
DONATION DATES: October 14th-December 2nd
WHERE: Voyager Academy Elementary, Middle & High Schools
DROP OFF: collections bins located near lost  & found at each school!
QUESTIONS: Contact Jenny Hobgood jhobgood@voyageracademy.net 


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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
-toothbrush
-toothpaste
-shampoo
-comb
-stick deodorant

We thank you so much for your support!

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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. 

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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. 
 
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FAFSA Opened October 1st – File as soon as you can!
If seniors need financial aid to help  pay for college, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2020–21 FAFSA form just opened this week on Oct. 1, 2019. Families should fill it out as soon as possible. Federal funding is limited, so experts urge students and families to file their FAFSAs as soon as possible.
There are some great articles posted on the Counseling Department Blog about how to get started on the FAFSA!  

Click here for a flyer with information about where students/families can receive assistance with financial aid/FAFSA completion.
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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.").

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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.  

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October 14th is Senior Night at the Men's Soccer Game
Come congratulate our seniors, as the Vikings take on Triangle Math and Science Academy. Festivities begin at 5:15,

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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 (dbaker@voyageracademy.net) or Mrs. Paradis (mparadis@voyageracademy.net) for more info.   

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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.   

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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
YOU’LL HAVE FUN!

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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.  





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Important Dates for VAHS

Dates
Events
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)
Oct. 29
VAHS Blood Drive (in the Commons)
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
NO CLASSES – MLK Holiday
Feb. 10-14
Teacher Appreciation 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)


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