Sunday, November 17, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, Nov. 17, 2019


GO VIKINGS GO!
In this issue...
Project Based Learning
Viking Achievers
  • Tyler Goss Knocks it Out of the Park at Pitch Night 
  • Chase Raupp Contributes as the Durham Technical Community College Math Team Takes 2nd Place 
  • Brian Sause Makes All-State in Cross Country
  • Viking Baseballers Matthew Dobson and Konen Pate Commit to Play College Ball
Viking World Travelers
  • Travel to Peru, the Land of the Incas
  • Thailand 2020!
Yearbook and Graduation Info.
  • Senior Cap and Gown orders and Junior Class Ring orders
Viking Volunteerism and Funraising
  • Shoes for Show Choir! 
  • Backpack Buddies: Balanced Meals and Snacks for Students in Need
Student Support, College Prep, and Career Planning (ACT, college and scholarship info., etc.)
  • VAHS Career and College Fair 11/18 
  • FAFSA Opened October 1st – File as soon as you can! (college financial aid form assistance)
More...
  • 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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Project Exhibition Day is Nov. 25, Monday 2pm-4pm and You’re Invited! Celebrate Project Based Learning With Us
The Voyager Academy community is warmly invited to Fall 2019  Voyager Academy High School Project Exhibition Day. Come see student projects in action and on full display, as we celebrate Project Based Learning.  Exhibition Night takes place at the high school on November 25, Monday, 2-4pm. 



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Tyler Goss Knocks it Out of the Park at Pitch Night
Last Monday night, Tyler Goss and his team presented their District C project to TEKsystems during “Pitch Night” at Raleigh HQ.



What is District C? 

The program teaches high school students how to collaborate online and face-to-face to solve real problems. Teams of four diverse students from four different schools work together to solve a current problem for a real business. Tyler’s group worked on solutions for TEKsystems. He and his team dedicated out-of-school time for three weeks to create and propose a solution that they presented to the company on Pitch Night. Throughout this experience, he was coached and supported by accomplished and experienced professional business partners and educators. The experience is designed to help develop the skills and resources needed for the future of work.  Tyler is also building a network of professionals that will support his career development in the future.  This is project-based learning at its best. Great work, Tyler!



Tyler Goss (3rd from left)
Here is the event program. 
Here is a video recording of Tyler and team's 25-minute pitch session to TEKsystems.

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Chase Raupp Contributes as Member of the Durham Tech. Community College Math Team
VAHS Senior Chase Raup is a member of the Durham Technical Community College’s Math team. The DTCC team earned 2nd place overall in the annual NCMATYC (NC Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) competition on Nov. 9.  The events include an exam in the morning and a team competition in the afternoon covering Calculus I & II. Chase is currently dually enrolled at VAHS and DTCC through Career and College Promise.

Chase Raupp (1st from right, red shirt)

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Brian Sause Makes All-State in Cross Country
VAHS has an All-State Cross Country runner! After placing 8th in last week's state finals, Brian Sause was named to the All-State Cross Country Team last week. Way to go Brian!


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Viking Baseballers Konen Pate and Matthew Dobson Commit to Play at College Ball

As the Voyager baseball dynasty continues, last week, Konen Pate committed to play baseball at Wake Technical Community College, and Matthew Dobson committed to play at Belmont Abbey College. With their leadership we are looking forward to a very successful Viking baseball season.

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Travel to Peru, the Land of the Incas
Travel with us to Peru, Spring Break 2020!  Hosted by Stephen Manuel.
 

Our tour will immerse us in new cultures through authentic interactions, hands-on activities and delicious cuisine. Our tour director will be our go-to local expert, helping us do more, see more and learn more than you ever thought possible.

On this trip, we’ll explore Peru’s bustling capital of Lima, immerse ourselves in the country's history at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and then experience it first-hand with a trip to Cuzco, and the famous “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu.

To learn more and enroll, visit http://www.Explorica.com/Manuel-9736

Sign up today for $200 Voucher!

Remember you only need $50 to sign-up!

Prices go up 21st of November!


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Thailand 2020!  
Voyager is going 1/2 way round the world!  You can join the trip. Mr. Mills will be chaperoning a trip to Thailand this summer.  Come find out why he is always talking about it. There will be an interest meeting Wednesday November 20, 2019 at 5:30pm in the commons.  There will be free Thai food.


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Shoes for Show Choir SHOE DRIVE!
Give your shoes NEW LIFE! DONATE them to the chorus & band Shoe Drive! Help us collect 2500 pairs before December 2nd to send to developing countries! Clean out your closets & drop off your unwanted shoes to the collection bin in the front office---OR --- bring your donation to E-136. The first 100 students who donate AT LEAST TEN pairs of "gently used" shoes will receive a coupon for FREE Chick-fil-a! ***AND>>>>Students who DONATE AT LEAST FIFTEEN pairs of shoes--receive $1.00 in Nguyen bucks, too! See Mrs. Hobgood for details!


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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 School Counselor, Jill O'Kane with any questions. 

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VAHS Career and College Fair 11/18
Voyager Academy High School is excited to be hosting our first Career and College Fair! The event will take place for all students during Advisory and lunch on Nov. 18.

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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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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

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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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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
Nov. 18
Nov. 25
Nov. 27-29
NO CLASSES – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 12 – 18
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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