Sunday, March 1, 2020

Voyager Academy Middle School News, March 1, 2020

Hello Middle School Families, 
It’s hard to believe we have finished the month of February and  school will begin the month of March on Monday! We have 3 months of school before the end of the year and we have much to do!  Thanks to all of you who make getting to school on time a priority. It really does make a difference.

Round 2 of NC Check Ins
We finally completed administration of our Check Ins.  We will receive our results within the next week. The results will show strengths and areas of need for each of our students.  Teachers will be able to use the data to reteach or review particular standards. We will send home the student reports that are provided to us.

How to Get Stay Away From Germs
We are fortunate that we have three eighth graders, Liz, Neera, and Bryce, who are providing tips to the middle school staff and students regarding how to stay healthy.  Liz Lalor attended Thursday night’s Board Meeting to share tips with the Board Members. Liz shared several tips such as sneezing into the clothing on your elbow rather than into your hand, washing your hands to keep the germs away, and putting posters around the school with healthy tips. The team recommends that students stay home when sick.  She also shared that students need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. It’s also important to keep sanitizer in classrooms as well as Clorox wipes. Great job, Liz!

Meeting at the High School for Rising 9th grade parents and students
A big THANK YOU to all of you who attended the meeting at the high school for parents of rising 9th graders!  I hope you found the meeting to be helpful! Dr. Nolan placed the slide presentation on Voyager Academy High School website.  He also included some helpful links:

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

Talent Show 
We hope to have all dates (tryouts, practice, and performance) to you by Wednesday.

March Madness Auction and Gala ---It’s getting closer!
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

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, March 2 – Club Pictures today.  These will go in the yearbook---Spring Musical, Fall Play, Science Olympiad, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Frisbee Team, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, etc. 
Thursday, March 6 – Lottery, 12:30
Wednesday, March 11 –School Tour at 9:45, for those who “won” the lottery for entering Voyager
Thursday, March 12, Project Celebration, 1:00-2:00, Fifth Grade
Friday, March 13, 6th Grade Field Trip
Monday, March 16, Teacher Workday, No School for Students
Tuesday, March 17, Spring Conferences, No School for Students

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