Sunday, December 15, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, Dec. 15, 2019

In this issue...
Viking Achievers
  • Amith Jagannath Receives the Blue & Gold Scholarship Award at UNCG
Final Exams and Other Testing
  • The Fall 2019 VAHS Final Exam Schedule 
  • Practice ACT for all 11th Graders on Jan. 7
  • 10th Grade PreACT Reports Distributed
Student Life
  • Winter Semi-Formal....VAHS Snow Ball! 
  • VAHS Senior Shirts and Hoodies- deadline extended
Viking World Travelers
  • Travel to Peru, the Land of the Incas 
  • Thailand 2020!
Yearbook and Graduation Info.
  • Senior Quote Submissions for the Yearbook are Open! 
  • Buy a Yearbook before the price goes up!
Viking Volunteerism and Fundraising
  • 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) 
  • Apply TODAY for an Unforgettable Summer at Duke University!
  • 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


Amith Jagannath Receives the Blue & Gold Scholarship Award at UNCG

Congratulations to Amith Jagannath for receiving a UNCG Blue and Gold Scholarship Award! The award was presented to Amith at VAHS on Friday. We are so proud and happy for of Amith. 


Final exams take place from Thurs. Dec. 12. to Fri. Dec. 18.  Please be sure to get a great night’s sleep before your exams, and best wishes to all!


Practice ACT For All 11th Graders on Jan. 7
As you know, all N.C. 11th graders will take the ACT exam on February 25, 2020 as part of the state testing program. This is a very important test for all students, for their college and career aspirations.  To provide support for student success, all VAHS 11th graders will be doing a practice ACT on Tuesday, January 7.

The practice ACT will be followed by a review of students’ individual test results, to be used in test strategies sessions that will be given by the test prep/tutoring company, Colprep Tutoring (

We encourage all students to do their best on the ACT, as a good score can really benefit them!

10th Grade PreACT Reports Distributed 
Pre-ACT Score Reports were provided to all 10th grade students during Advisory on Monday Dec. 9th. Advisory teachers returned the score reports, test books and a pamphlet that they went through, that explains how to interpret the results.
Students were instructed to share the information with their parents and to keep the materials in a safe place for future use when preparing for the ACT. The PreACT test provides students with practice for the ACT test and measures of progress towards college readiness. Please be sure to review the results with your students.  


Winter Semi-Formal....VAHS Snow Ball!
Tickets will be on sale during lunch when we return for the winter semi-formal on Saturday, February 1st from 7-9pm at Umstead Pines Country Club in Durham. Tickets are $10 each or $15 per couple. Students may bring a date from another school (approval forms must be submitted). This will be the final even in our winter spirit week and winter court! More details to come!


VAHS  Senior Shirts and Hoodies- deadline extended
Students, parents and families- the deadline to order senior shirts and hoodies has been extended until December 26th! Don't miss the chance to order your student a senior class shirt!  See flyer for order details!


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. Are you interested? Please contact Mr. Mills right away, at


Senior Quote Submissions for the Yearbook are Open!
Congratulations Seniors!  You are well on your way to graduation.  As part of celebrating your accomplishments, you have the opportunity to provide a senior quote to accompany your formal senior portrait in the 2020 VAHS Expedition yearbook.

Please understand that senior quotes are a privilege, not a right.  Your quote must be approved by the yearbook staff, adviser, and VAHS administration.

Senior quote guidelines:
-Maximum of 140 characters
-Must be school appropriate (no slang, no foul language, no innuendos or double meanings)
-If you use a quote from someone else, you MUST give credit to the creator.
-Must be in English.
-No offensive statements towards race, religion, sexuality, etc.

**Email submission will not be accepted.  Quote forms are available outside Ms. Todd's room, A149, and here

Contact with any questions.


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


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.

Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020 are open NOW! Click on one of the links below to apply to your program of interest TODAY:
Applications are reviewed as they are received, so don’t wait! Get into your top choice by applying NOW! You can apply for multiple programs with one application.

See you at Duke this summer!


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


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

Dec. 12 – 18
Dec. 19 – Jan. 3
NO CLASSES – Winter Break
Jan. 6
1st day of class to begin the 2nd semester
Jan. 7
Practice ACT for ALL 11th graders (click here for details)
Jan. 9
Jan. 10
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)