Sunday, December 8, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, Dec. 8, 2019

 
GO VIKINGS GO!
Final Exams and Other Testing
Student Life
  • Announcing the SNOW BALL! The 2020 High School Semi-Formal
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 Fundraising
  • The Voyager Academy Capital Campaign
  • Shoes for Show Choir! UPDATE and THANK YOU!
  • 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!
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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FALL 2019 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

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!


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10th Grade PreACT Reports Distributed 
Pre-ACT Score Reports were provided to all 10th grade students during Advisory on Monday this week. 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.  

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Announcing the SNOW BALL! The 2020 High School Semi-Formal
Tickets for the High School Winter Semi-formal will go on sale Monday December 9th in the art room.  This your's event will be held on Saturday February 1st at Umstead Pines Country Club from 7pm to 9pm.  Tickets are $10 per person and $15 per couple. You may also pick up the form to bring an outside guest from the ticket sale location.  So buy your tickets early and join us for dancing, hot chocolate, and an evening of fun.

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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. Are you interested? Please contact Mr. Mills right away, at jmills@voyageracademy.net

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Please Consider “Giving To Voyager”


Be a part of the Voyager Academy Capital Campaign!
As we begin to near the Holiday season, please consider “Giving to Voyager” for our capital campaign fundraiser. We need activity buses to help transport our kids to all the wonderful events and activities they enjoy such as field trips, sporting events, arts competitions and much more.  Please visit the donations page here: https://www.voyageracademy.net/support-voyager/

You can simply donate through the paypal  link or you can view many different “sponsorship opportunities” by downloading the sponsor forms below the link. Your donations can also provide you or your company with advertising, banners, and other great benefits when you support the Voyager community.  If you need additional information on sponsorships opportunities please email me directly at jlucas@voyageracademy.net



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Shoe Drive UPDATE!
THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our shoe drive!!! WE SURPASSED OUR GOAL!! To date, we've collected 135 bags of shoes!! That's 3375 pairs of shoes!!!
Forgot to bring in your donation? GOOD NEWS!!! We are collecting through the first week of January...so...there's still time if you'd like to clean out those closets---send in your "gently used" & unwanted shoes! THANK YOU!





**Sidenote: several have asked how our shoe drive helps us raise money AND developing countries at the same time. For those interested, here's a short video that explains it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xIItSFp7lE

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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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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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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!


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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
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)



OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
FOR AND ABOUT VAHS





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