Sunday, February 9, 2020

Voyager Academy High School News, Feb. 9, 2020


In this issue...
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (Feb 10-14) 
  • Homework for Parents: Activate your Overgrad Account and Collaborate with Your VAHS Student to Plan for Next Year, and Beyond 
  • Growth Mindset Workshop at VAHS on Feb. 20
  • Applications for Spring Break Driver’s Ed is Open

  • ACT Test Prep Update for Juniors
Student Life & Athletics
  • Women's Soccer Tryouts
Viking World Travelers
  • Fall Break 2020, in New York City!
  • Travel to Peru, the Land of the Incas 
  • Thailand 2020!
Yearbook and Graduation Info.
  • Class of 2020 Cap and Gown Orders 
  • Buy a Yearbook before the price goes up!
Viking Volunteerism and Fundraising
  • The 2nd Annual Voyager Academy Auction and Gala
  • The Voyager Academy Capital Campaign 
  • Backpack Buddies: Balanced Meals and Snacks for Students in Need  
Student Support, College Prep, and Career Planning (ACT, college and scholarship info., etc.) 
  • FREE Financial Aid Assistance for College
  • 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
Teacher Appreciation Week 

Teacher Appreciation week is upon us, February 10-14, 2020.

The PTO has historically given gift cards to the staff on the last Friday of Teacher Appreciation Week. We would like to repeat this as a HUGE thank you to these folks who spend so much time with our kids.

We have made it super easy, please follow this link and you can contribute and then be done!!…/9e874d243493480fa61b4f2516c9…

Remember, ANY amount is so appreciated and it all ADDS up!!!

In the Elementary school alone, if all parents contributed $5.00, we would have $2,000.00 to split among the staff.

Again, thank you for all you have done for the teachers and THANK YOU in advance for your help in supporting and loving our teachers!!!

PTO and volunteers

Homework for Parents: Activate your Overgrad Account and Collaborate with Your VAHS Student to Plan for Next Year, and Beyond
VAHS has been using Overgrad for the past 4 years, and all of our students have active accounts. Overgrad is a college and career readiness platform that enables students and parents to make better educational decisions.  We encourage all parents to create their own accounts, allowing them to partner with their child and monitor their academic progress over time. Please see the following video and click here of for the Parent Letter for Information and instructions.

We will be using the Course Planning feature as Part of the 20/21 course registration process. This is a great way for parents and students to collaborate and plan for next year and beyond!        


Growth Mindset Workshop at VAHS on February 20
Come to VAHS to join Viking parent, and local Chick Fila franchise's Tony Fernandez, for a chat  about the power of growth mindset, and partnering with your child to reach his/her best holistic potential! 

Applications for Spring Break Driver’s Ed is Open
Voyager Academy is offering a driver’s education class during Spring Break.



ACT Test Prep Update for Juniors
During Advisory on 2/3, and 2/24, Juniors will continue with ACT test preparation by  completing "Short Shot" practice sessions. During these sessions, students will take short practice tests, check their answers and analyze their incorrect responses. Practicing the test taking strategies that they learned and recognizing patterns in mistakes will will help students improve their scores. Parents are encouraged to review the ACT Test Prep. data that students have done so far to help their students set and reach their ACT score goals. 


Women's Soccer Tryouts
Women’s Soccer Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Voyager Academy Stadium. An up-to-date physical form and concussion form is required to participate. Information about those forms can be found at the Voyager Academy Athletics webpage. Participants should bring a soccer ball, water, and cleats (no metal spikes). Please contact Coach Greaves at with questions. 


Fall Break 2020, in New York City!
Open to any HS student and parent.  Join us for the informational meeting on 1/23 (check with Ms. Paradis for 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


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


The 2nd Annual Voyager Academy Auction and Gala
Parents-- Please mark your calendars for our 2nd Annual Auction and Gala. The evening is open to all! 
When: March 27th 7PM
Where: Umstead Pines Golf and Swim Club
Invite friends and family to join us. We will be auctioning off sports memorabilia, tickets to local events, baskets filled with awesome items and more. All proceeds will go towards much needed school buses to help transport students to/from field trips, sporting events and other activities we struggle to get our students to. 

It's an all school, parent only event. Please join us!


The Voyager Academy Capital Campaign
Thank you to the very generous donors who have given to our capital campaign to purchase school buses for all students. If you haven’t already donated, 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:


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. 


FREE Financial Aid Assistance for College
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. 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.

Class of 2020  Cap and Gown Orders
There are still several seniors who have not yet ordered their caps and gowns. It's important to order as soon as possible in order to receive your garments in time for graduation. Orders can be placed online through the herff jones website:


Last Day for Senior Ads - Thursday, Feb 13
Senior ads are now on sale!  The deadline is this THURSDAY - Feb. 13th.  All materials and payment must be submitted online.   Click here for more details!

Go to:

Contact with questions.


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

Feb. 10-14
Teacher Appreciation Week
Feb. 17-18
NO CLASSES – Teacher workdays
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 at The Carolina Theatre (time is TBA)