Sunday, October 8, 2017

Voyager Academy High School News Oct. 8, 2017

STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR DEVICES TO SCHOOL
Voyager Academy requires that every student in grades 7-12 have his or her own laptop for use in school and at home as a part of our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students use their computers extensively for academic purposes. Most software, resources, and services that students utilize are cloud-based and accessible via a modern web browser. Students use Google’s G Suite for office software (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc), so Microsoft Office is not required.  Please make sure your student has his/her laptop and charger with him/her at all times.


YEARBOOK PICTURE MAKE-UP DATE IS OCT. 18
All high school make-up yearbook pictures will take place on Wednesday, October 18 in The Commons. This will include all Senior yearbook pictures as well as yearbook pictures for grades 9-11.

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STUDENT SELECTED FOR NC HIGH SCHOOL HONORS CHORUS
Congratulations to Junior Reyna Alston--she was selected for this year's NC High School Honors Chorus! Over 1,700 students from 90 high schools across the state auditioned and only 178 were selected! She will travel to Winston-Salem to rehearse with the chorus and perform at the NC Music Educators Conference in November. Congratulations Reyna!!

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HS CHORAL ARTS PROGRAM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Did you know....members of Bull City Lights, Vocal Affinity & the HS Band have to raise up to $1,100 per student to cover costume, competition & travel fees?!? The Voyager Academy High School Choral Arts Program is seeking community sponsors for the 2017-18 school year to help offset these costs per student!  Sponsor levels start at $99 and will be featured in BOTH the Fall & Spring Choral Concert programs as well as receive free tickets to both shows.
Please consider sponsoring our deserving HS music students!!! See descriptions of each sponsor level in the sponsorship letter & application...due by October 23rd (SEE BELOW). Contact Jenny Hobgood, HS Choral Director w/ questions: jhobgood@voyageracademy.net or (919) 433-3301 x184


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CHECK OUT THE VIKING TIDE, THE VAHS NEWSPAPER
Dear Voyager Community:
Follow the high school student newspaper, The Viking Tide.  You can get to The Viking Tide at http://thevikingtide.wordpress.com or follow us on Twitter: @thevikingtide.
This is a great way to support student writing and student voice!
Also, English teachers are still helping with college essays during College Essay Workshop every Thursday until 4:30.  We look forward to working with your students.
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THE SERVICE LAUREATE: VAHS STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND AWARDS
Please be reminded that VAHS students may still graduate with distinction of Service Laureate!  Please click here to learn more about how the VAHS Service Laureate works, including how and where to submit volunteer hours.
VAHS students may also be interested in applying for the Mayor’s Award (Service Laureate hours may apply). The Mayor's Award gives Triangle area students the opportunity to learn and serve their community in a meaningful way. Students who complete the required number of volunteer hours at area nonprofits during summer break are recognized by the Mayor at a ceremony in the fall. Each year over 32,000 hours of community service are performed throughout the Triangle Area thanks to students who are earning the Mayor's Award!

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
If you are interested in trying out for women's basketball, tryouts begin on Monday October 16th at 2pm. All grades and skill levels welcome. If you'd like more detailed information please email Coach Kim at Kasbury@voyageracademy.net    GO VIKINGS!

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HELP NEEDED FOR UPCOMING INTERVIEW PROJECT AT VAHS, TUESDAY, NOV. 21TH
The project will give all of Mr. Baker's Personal Finance students the chance to participate in a job interview. Ideal helpers would be employers who might actually be interested in hiring a high schooler right now, but any adult with interviewing experience or just the free time to help us in the middle of the school day would be appreciated! Any adults in the Voyager Family who would be willing and able to help with this Interview Project, please contact Mr. Baker at dbaker@voyageracademy.net.

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A FUNDRAISER FOR THE JOURNALISM CLASS
The journalism class is holding a fundraiser for old, used cameras for a project they are doing. These can be hand held, an old phone, anything that you can find. There will be donation boxes outside of the Journalism classroom(A149) in the high school and outside of the middle and elementary school’s front desks. The fundraiser will end on October 18th.



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HIGH SCHOOL ART CLUB
If you would like to be a part of the High school Art Club please see Ms. ClarkStover in the art room. We will meet in the art room at the listed schedule for fall semester. Art club will be a time for you to bring in projects or portfolios that you want to work on or projects that you want help with. ClarkStover will be there to assist and direct you through  these projects. We will also have some teacher directed projects that you can work on to help  develop a portfolio. You do not have to attend all meetings, the listed times are to help ensure all who want to be involved can participate.

Wed Oct 18    12:00-12:30
Wed Oct 25    8:00-8:40am
Wed Nov 1     12:00-12:30
Wed Nov 8     8:00-8:40am
Wed Nov 15   12:00-12:30
Wed Nov 29   8:00-8:40am
Wed Dec 6     12:00-12:30

Thurs   Oct 19     3:45-5:00
Thurs   Oct 26     3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 2      3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 9      3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 16    3:45-5:00
Thurs   Nov 30    3:45-5:00

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FCA
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets bright and early on Wednesday mornings before school at 7:30 am in D124. No need to be a Christian, or an Athlete :)  All are welcome!

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A FREE AND POWERFUL COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANNING TOOL FOR STUDENTS
Beginning in September, VAHS students were given access to Overgrad.  

Overgrad is a free college-and-career readiness tool for students, schools and parents, for grades 8-12. Overgrad guides and assists students in creating a 4-year high school academic plan to help them achieve their career and/or college goals, as well as search and plan for career and college opportunities.

Using Overgrad, a student can ...
  • Craft a 4-year high school academic plan
  • Learn about different careers, matching these with the student’s interests and aspirations
  • Position him/herself academically to enter the career of choice
  • Find the right college/university using the comprehensive data provided by Overgrad
  • Get valuable college application assistance
  • Much more!

For more info. go to overgrad.com, or...
(or copy and paste, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gomuZyXacqM&t=5s)

All students received the Overgrad orientation and account login  
in the Sept. 18th Advisory.

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COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP
College Essay Writing Workshop will go through October.  Every Thursday, after school until 4:30 the English teachers are located in A149 to help students with all aspects of their college essays.  We can't wait to help you tell your story.  Contact is Ms. Murray (cmannes@voyageracademy.net)

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AP BIOLOGY & AP ENV. SCI.  FIELD TRIP: OFF TO MARINE QUEST AT CMS IN WILMINGTON!
The AP Biology and APES class are going to be taking an exciting 2 day field trip on Oct 30th and 31st to Wilmington, NC. While there we will be spending the day with the folks at the Center for Marine Sciences at UNCW and taking part in their Marine Quest program. The students will be able to wade in the marsh to collect macroinvertebrate samples, look at the health of the local sea life, go kayaking, tour the facility, and have lunch with the students that run the program. Then on the second day there the students will be touring Fort Fisher Aquarium and UNCW main campus.
The students are VERY excited about this opportunity as are Mr. Ingram and myself. I am currently working to have the orgs.online payment system setup to begin taking payments so please watch for the link by early next week. We will need 3 parent chaperones and will take them on a first come first serve basis.
Please feel free to email me with any questions at chuntington@voyageracademy.net
Thanks!!