Sunday, February 23, 2020

Voyager Academy Middle School News, Feb. 23, 2020

Hello Middle School Families, 
I must say this was a most unusual week!  Our teachers had outstanding professional development on Monday.  We had Project Based Learning professional development in the morning and Diversity Training in the afternoon.  Presenters for both sessions were terrific! On Tuesday our committees met and discussed the year and began talking about next year.  Teachers also had time to work with their team and time to work in their own class. Wednesday was a day of learning along with lots of chatter about the possibility of snow!  Thursday and Friday were snow days. I enjoyed the beautiful snow and tried sledding but the snow was too fluffy!

Meeting at the High School for Rising 9th grade parents and students
On Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:00, Dr. Nolan (High School Principal) and staff will share important high school information with you regarding the move from 8th grade to 9th grade.  The session will be in the high school gym.  In the past years, the meeting has been extremely informative as our 8th graders will soon make choice selection for their first year of high school.  You will hear about subjects that are required, subjects that are electives, and subjects that must have an 8th grade teacher signature before enrolling in the subject. They will also share additional information with you! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 13 – Reading, 4th – 8th
Thursday, May 14 -      Math, 4th – 8th
Friday, May 15 -     5th and 8th Grade Science

Carline Request
IF you are only picking up a middle school student/students, you SHOULD NOT begin lining up on Ben Franklin Rd until 1:10 (Mondays) or 3:10 (Tuesday-Friday).  When the middle school is lined up prior to the above times, we cause the ES to delay in their dismissal and it is not safe to have a long line on Ben Franklin. As you know our carline moves quickly, even on rainy days, so please follow the procedure.

March Madness Auction and Gala
This year's Auction and Gala is a little over a month away. Thank you Duke Pediatric Dentistry for sponsoring us! 

If you would like to be a sponsor, or if you have something to donate, please contact Marina McKenna before March 15th. 

The event is:
When: Friday, March 27th7PM
Where: Umstead Pines Swim and Golf

PARENTS! The sign-up for NYC (New York City) for Fall Break 2020 is officially open! Mr. Price, Mrs. Thompson, and Mrs. Paradis will sponsor the trip.  Please use this form to sign-up for your attendance on the trip. Once your name(s) have been added, your Charter Pay account will be updated to reflect your pay plan.

Google Form

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. 

Counselor Corner
Here is the link to Mrs. Farrish’s website.  It has information that might be helpful to you.

Calendar of Events
Monday, February 24 – NC Check Ins, ELA for 6th and 7th
Tuesday, February 25 – NC Check Ins, Math for 5th, 6th, and 7th
Wednesday, February 26 – NC Check Ins, Science for 5th and 8th 
Wednesday, February 26 – Meeting at the high school at 6:00 for rising 9th graders and their parents.  Meeting will be in the high school gym.  
Thursday, February 27 – Club Pictures for yearbook
Friday, February 28 – More info to come regarding Talent Show
Saturday, February 29 – Science Olympiad Contest at Riverside High School

If you have questions or concerns, please send me an
Gwen Johnson 
Middle School Principal