Sunday, February 2, 2020

Voyager Academy Middle School News, Feb. 2, 2020

Hello Middle School Families, 

Can you believe this weather – sunny days, cold days, rainy days, and snowy days?  What a difference it makes in the school day!!!! Teachers are doing a terrific job instructing our students with projects, hands on science lessons, math lessons using manipulatives as well as a variety of additional activities.

Seventh grade parents, ask you child what this math lesson taught them!

Voyager Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Johannes Roxburgh and Carolina Hennessee for finishing first and second respectively in our school spelling bee. Johannes is the first third grader to win the school spelling bee! He will be competing against other schools in the regional bee at Riverside High School on Saturday, March 7th. Come out to support Johannes and Voyager – the winner goes  to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.!

Voyager Middle School Geography Bee
The National Geographic Geography Bee has been held at the middle school for the last ten years.  In the fall, a preliminary qualifying test is given to students in grades 4-8 to determine which 10 students will be contestants in the final competition held in late January.  Acceleration sessions are held after school during the months of November, December and January to assist those competing in the final competition and to provide an enrichment opportunity for those who are interested in the field of study.  On Thursday, January 30, our students who qualified to participate in the Geography Bee competed. This year’s Geography Champ is Eisley Jantz.  The student placing second in the competition is Louis DeFrate. The student placing third in the competition is Peter Olaomosu. Congratulations to all participants!

8th Grade Business Projects
Our 8th grade Business Project will be open for business on Friday, February 7 from 12:30-1:30.
Come visit over 20 businesses. The 8th grade businesses will be in the middle school gym.   All proceeds will be donated to Vet to Vet, Duke Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s. Come Shop to your Drop!!!!

See Something Say Something Training for Grades 6, 7, and 8
Our students often are aware of the problems their peers are facing, so we must empower them to know the danger signs and give them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. As you know, most conversations are taking place on social media, therefore it is critical that we teach our students to be looking out for one another as these digital conversations are taking place. SS-ARS teaches them what to look for in text, video and photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student.
The SS-ARS program is being provided and sustained at no cost to us through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national non-profit organization. More than 7.5 million students and adults have been trained in their signature, evidence-based Know the Signs programs that includes Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS). They have an exceptional track record, reputation, and level of expertise in working effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture.  

Our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participated in the training on Tuesday, January 28.  The students focused on the training and asked great questions.  

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:

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

Some families have asked if they can send in a check made out to Voyager Academy Capital Campaign and the answer is of course you can! Please send a check in a sealed envelope and Capital Campaign on the outside so your child’s teacher can make sure it makes its way into the business office. If you would like a receipt we will certainly send you one via email and we thank you in advance for your support. 

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation week is quickly approaching.  This year it is scheduled for 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…

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

Counselor Corner
Here is the link to Mrs. Farrish’s website.  It has information that might be helpful to you.
It’s back – Voyager’s Auction!  The date of the auction is March 27.  Mrs. McKenna and Mrs. Kelly Andrew are coordinating.  Be on the lookout for more information!

Calendar of Events
Tuesday, February 4     National Junior Honor Society Meets, 7:30 am
Thursday, February 7    Club Pictures
Thursday, February 7    Songwriter’s Night
Thursday, February 7   Basketball Teams away
Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14   Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, February 11   Basketball Teams at home
Friday, February 14      Valentine’s Day – Dress for Success
If you have questions or concerns, please send me an
Gwen Johnson 
Middle School Principal