Sunday, November 5, 2017

Voyager Academy High School News, Nov. 5, 2017

MAY 2018 GRADUATION DATE SET

The 2017-18 graduation date is now confirmed!  Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2018 will be on May 29th, Tuesday at 5:00pm at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. 
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COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK IS NOV 14-18

During North Carolina College Application Week (November 14-18, 2017), many of North Carolina’s colleges and universities allow students to apply for FREE through CFNC (click here)
The list of colleges includes the following:
-Barton College
-Bennett College
-Belmont Abbey College
-Brevard College
-Catawba College
-Chowan University
-Davidson College
-Elizabeth City State University
-Fayetteville State University
-Greensboro College
-Guilford College
-Johnson C. Smith University
-Lenoir-Rhyne University
-Livingstone College

-Mars Hill University
-Meredith College
-Methodist College
-Montreat College
-NC A&T State University
-NC Central University
-NC Wesleyan College
-Salem College
-St. Andrew’s University
-University of Mount Olive
-Warren Wilson College
-William Peace University
-Wingate University
-Winston Salem State University

  

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COME TO PROJECT EXHIBITION NIGHT
 
The Voyager Academy community is warmly invited to Fall 2017 Voyager Academy High School Project Exhibition Night.  Come see student projects in action and on full display, as we celebrate Project Based Learning.  Exhibition Night takes place at the high school on Monday November 20, 5:30--7:00pm.  Click here to see a video of Project Exhibition Night from a few years ago!

(Check this space in the future for a descriptive list of the exhibits.)

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BULL CITY LIGHTS WORKS WITH RONALD McDONALD HOUSE
 
Bull City Lights sponsored a meal at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham on October 23rd. Several chorus members volunteered that evening by preparing & serving dinner & singing for the families staying there. 


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COME SEE THE FALL CHORAL CONCERT! (NOV. 16)

 
Mark your calendars!! Fall Choral Concert Thursday, November 16th @ 7:00pm @ the NC School of Science & Math Theater. Featuring the High school & Middle School choirs AND the Voyager Band!
 

Cost is $5 for students, $10 for adults and FREE for Voyager Staff & their immediate family (w/ Voyager staff ID)

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11th GRADERS RECEIVE FREE ACT EXAM PREP RESOURCES

 
One of the Voyager Academy School Improvement Plan's goals this year is to increase our ACT scores (the ACT is a state required exam for all 11th graders that factors into the Voyager Academy NC School Report Card).

To help us reach that goal, Voyager Academy is providing all 11th graders access to web-based Tutorials through Apex Learning, to help him/her prepare for the ACT this coming February.

In addition to ACT prep, students may use Tutorials as a resource for homework help, to provide extra practice on topics they may be struggling with, or to accelerate their learning if they are ready for more challenging work. 

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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.

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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!

Click here to learn more about the Mayor’s Award.

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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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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 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   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...
Click on this link for a video tour of Overgrad.
(or copy and paste, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gomuZyXacqM&t=5s)

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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)