Monday, November 25, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, Nov. 24, 2019

In this issue...
Project Based Learning
  • Project Exhibition Day is Nov. 25, Monday 2pm-4pm and You’re Invited!
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.)
  • FAFSA Opened October 1st – File as soon as you can! (college financial aid form assistance)
  • 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

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.


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

Sign up today for $200 Voucher!

Remember you only need $50 to sign-up!

Prices go up 21st of November!


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.


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!

Thank you everyone for your shoe donations so far---we are SO CLOSE to reaching our goal of collecting 2500 pairs of shoes! At last count, we were at over 80 bags collected (25 shoes per bag) KEEP CLEANING OUT THOSE CLOSETS & send in your shoes!
>>>Project Exhibition Night donations--bring them by the music room (E-136) & anyone who makes a donation receives a CFA coupon for a free dessert of your choice!
>>>Want Turkey? Bring Shoes!! Please consider asking your family & friends to bring their unwanted shoes to your Thanksgiving gathering!! 
We'll take all donations through Monday, December 2nd--drop off in the collection bin in the front office or HS music room!
All donated shoes helps the HS Music program raise much needed funds AND helps out people in developing countries--WIN WIN! Thanks 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 School Counselor, Jill O'Kane with any questions. 


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.

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


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

All purchases should be made at


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

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
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)