Sunday, November 10, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, Nov. 8, 2019

 
GO VIKINGS GO!

In this issue...

Project Based Learning
  • Project Exhibition Day is Nov. 25, Monday 2pm-4pm and You’re Invited!
The Arts
  • The Fall Choral Concert
Viking Achievers
  • VAHS Senior Brenton Fisher Commits to Attend and Play Baseball at North Carolina Central University.
Yearbook and Graduation Info.
  • Senior Cap and Gown orders and Junior Class Ring orders
  • Viking Volunteerism and Fundraising 
  • 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.)
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. Check this newsletter next week for more details, including the event program, and suggested questions for you to ask students at their exhibits.

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Join us for an evening of song and dance as the Voyager Academy Choral Arts Program presents a Fall Choral Concert featuring the high school & middle school choirs & high school band. Performances include: Vocal Affinity, Bull City Lights, Bull City Sound, Middle School Choirs AND Bright Lights Show Choir Camp!


WHEN: Thursday, November 14th
WHERE: Duke's Page Auditorium (402 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27708)
TIME: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
TICKETS:  $10 each, general admission
(Recommended) Duke Box office (link active starting Thursday October 31st!): https://tickets.duke.edu/online/article/voyageracademy19
OR...at the door (ticket office opens at 6:00pm on Nov. 14th)
we recommend you order ahead of time to save time that night

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VAHS Senior Brenton Fisher Commits to Attend and Play Baseball at North Carolina Central University.


VAHS infielder and pitcher Brenton Fisher was recruited by several colleges (VMI, The Citadel, Campbell). He has decided to attend and play baseball at NC Central Univ. in Durham--one of the up and coming baseball programs in the Southeast.  Come and cheer our Viking baseballers this Spring at Durham Athletic Park, our homefield for 2020.

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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! So 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 10 pairs of "gently used" shoes will receive FREE Chick-fil-a! 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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Help Your Student Plan for College and Career: Create an Overgrad Parent Account 
Overgrad is a free platform that helps students and parents plan for life after high school. Students are able to find colleges and careers that match with their academic abilities and interests, understand the requirements needed to get there, and then have tools to track their progress towards meeting those requirements over time. All VAHS students are connected to Overgrad. Freshmen have recently received Welcome emails with instructions on how to activate their accounts. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors all have active accounts. Parents are encouraged to create accounts to partner with their child and monitor their academic progress over time. See the instructions below.

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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.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to receive emailed notifications of new postings. (it is below on the right hand side of the page under where it says, "FOLLOW US.").

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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. 11
NO CLASSES – Veterans’ Day
Nov. 14
Nov. 18
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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