Sunday, March 15, 2020

Voyager Academy High School News, March 15, 2020


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In this issue...
CORONA VIRUS BULLETIN

  • Current Status Regarding the Corona Virus
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences for Tuesday March 17th CANCELED
Testing
  • AP Language Review Sessions
Viking World Travelers
  • Fall Break 2020, in New York City!
Yearbook and Graduation Info.
  • Yearbooks are almost gone!
  • 2020 Cap and Gown Delivery Date
Viking Volunteerism and Fundraising
  • March Madness Auction and Gala Postponed Until Further Notice
  • 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.)
  • Homework for Parents: Activate your Overgrad Account and Collaborate with Your VAHS Student to Plan for Next Year, and Beyond
  • The 2020 SECU Foundation People Helping People Scholarship!
  • FREE Financial Aid Assistance for College
More...
  • Applications for Spring Break Driver’s Ed is Open
  • 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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Current Status at VAHS Regarding the Corona Virus

As you know, VAHS students will be attending school remotely during (at least) the next 2 weeks. (click here for the academic calendar).  Students will continue to receive instruction from their teachers. The faculty has been innovative in how they have planned to teach during this time, some to be actually teleconferencing with classes during their regular meeting times, others using our mult-media learning management system, Canvas, while others are creating youtube videos.

Please be reminded that participation in class is not optional, but rather part of students’ regular class instruction.


Please be safe and cautious during this time away from the school.  Voyager Academy will keep you posted with any updates.  We wish you all good health!


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Parent/Teacher Conferences for Tuesday March 17th CANCELED

Please note that parent/teacher conferences for Tuesday March 17th have been canceled, as we exercise caution during this public health crisis.
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AP Language Review Sessions
If your student took AP Language in the Fall and would like to prepare for the exam in May, Mr. Greaves will be holding review sessions every Wednesday from March 11th until the exam. Review sessions will run from 8:00 to 8:30 in Room A151.


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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, mparadis@voyageracademy.net)

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Yearbooks are almost gone!

The 2020 VAHS Yearbook is now on sale.  Only 40 books remain. Order your book today at www.jostensyearbooks.com


All purchases should be made at http://www.jostensyearbooks.com

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2020 Cap and Gown Delivery Date
Representatives from Herff Jones will be at VAHS on Friday April 3 during lunch to distribute graduation products to seniors. Students can pay any outstanding balances at that time or online if necessary.  Make sure that you order your cap and gown through the Herff Jones website a.s.a.p.. if you have not done so already!
https://highschool.herffjones.com/secom/home

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March Madness Auction and Gala
The gala has been postponed until further notice.

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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: https://www.voyageracademy.net/support-voyager/

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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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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!        



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The 2020 SECU Foundation People Helping People Scholarship! 
Each year, $10,000.00 scholarships have been awarded to three graduating senior attending North Carolina Charter Schools. These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. Funds are made possible through the contributions to SECU Foundation by members of the State Employees’ Credit Union. One applicant from VAHS will be selected by the VAHS selection committee on 3/12/20 to move on to the next NC Office of Charter Schools Selection Committee. 


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


Interested?




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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 AND STUDENTS:  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). For instructions on how to subscribe, click the link below that describes you. 


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Important Dates for VAHS

Dates
Events
Mar. 16-17
NO CLASSES – Teacher workday
April 4
Original Prom date, in the process of being rescheduled, we will have info. for you ASAP
April 8
Project Exhibition Night. 5:30-7:00pm (likely to be canceled)
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 TBA)



OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
FOR AND ABOUT VAHS





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