Sunday, December 10, 2017

Voyager Academy High School News, Dec. 10, 2017

BASKETBALL TEAMS WELCOME TEAMS FROM “DOWN UNDER”


Voyager’s varsity and JV basketball teams hosted traveling teams from Australia on Monday, December 4. These teams’ trips included stops in California, Texas, South Carolina, Orlando, Washington DC, and more.

The evening included more than just basketball. Each Voyager team hosted a dinner for both teams, and Voyager basketball families hosted Australian players in their homes. On Tuesday the Aussie players attended morning classes at Voyager.

One of the Australian coaches said this was his third trip to the United States and that their stop at Voyager was the most enjoyable game, despite the loss, and the best hospitality they had ever experienced!

Great job, Voyager families, of making our friends feel welcome!

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VAHS FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE 

VAHS final exams will take place from Dec. 14 - Dec. 19.
Please pay particular attention to the attendance policy.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!

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VAHS NAT'L HONOR SOCIETY IS COLLECTING ITEMS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICO AND HAVING A BAKE SALE

Hello Voyager Academy students and families!

The VAHS National Honor Society is collecting items to send to Puerto Rico throughout the week of December 11th, as much of the island is still in distress from the recent hurricane. We will be collecting canned foods/other nonperishable food on Monday, toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.) on Tuesday, toys and baby food on Wednesday, toothbrushes and toothpaste on Thursday, and first-aid supplies (band-aids, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, gauze, etc.) on Friday. Please drop these items off in the box labeled “NHS Holiday Drive” in the VAHS front lobby.

NHS will also be holding a
bake sale on Friday December 15th at the high school before school and during lunch in order to raise funds for future service projects (i.e. cooking at the Ronald McDonald House).

Thanks in advance for your support!
VAHS NHS

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5th ANNUAL CULINARY ARTS GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION AND SILENT AUCTION!

When?

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
th – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th
Where?
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOBBY
How?
BID ONLINE OR USE YOUR SMARTPHONE

All proceeds from the auction will be used to fund the purchase of new convection ovens.


PLEASE SUPPORT THE CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM AT VAHS!

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FLU SEASON IS HERE! 

Your child's high school teachers would greatly appreciate donations of Kleenex, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. Please consider donating. Thank you!

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ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS! 

Senior Ads payments for the yearbook will be due on December 15th, if you are interested in showcasing your senior please purchase an ad by following the directions below:
  1. Go to the voyager academy website
  2. Go to the 'schools' tab and on the drop down select high school homepage
  3. Once on the high school homepage -- select the last option on the navigation bar 'yearbook'
  4. Select the senior ad link and complete the form.
After you complete the form you need to go to the Jostens website (on yearbook homepage) and purchase the ad.  The link is also on the yearbook webpage.  http://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_ra_catalogs.asp?cid=278018 
Please turn on your pictures as soon as possible!  The cutoff for all photos for the yearbook will be February 15th.

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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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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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VAHS HISTORY TEACHER, DR. KAREN HAWKINS, AUTHORS NEW BOOK 

VAHS social studies teacher, Karen Hawkins (AP US History, AP Research, and American History I) is sharing a family/friends discount with the Voyager community for her newly published book, Everybody's Problem: The War on Poverty in Eastern North Carolina (University Press of Florida, 2017).
Based on her dissertation, it is a story of how local people came together to reduce poverty in their community during the often controversial 1960s and 1970s and whose lessons are just as relevant today as they were when President Johnson first declared a war on poverty. See the flyer below for a synopsis of her book and ordering information. If you would like to peruse through book excerpts and the table of contents, please click here.
There is a deal going on through Dec. 15 for 20-40% off all book titles by using the code (XM17) as seen at the top of the upf.com website (click here).


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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!