Sunday, December 3, 2017

Voyager Academy High School News, Dec. 3, 2017



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 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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BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR THE VAHS CHOIR
On Monday, December 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 in the High School Commons Room, the Voyager High School Music department, will have a BBQ fundraiser to raise funds for the National Show Choir competition trip to Orlando.
By the Plate
By the Pound
(16 oz. container)
BBQ Pork with Coleslaw, Potato Salad and Hushpuppies - $9.00
BBQ Pork - $9.00
Coleslaw or Potato Salad - $5.00 each
            
We are selling BBQ by the pound for $9.00 and BBQ plates for $9.00. We have partnered with Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ for their delicious sides and hush-puppies and appreciate their generous support of this fundraiser.
If you would like to pre-order and pay for the BBQ, please follow this link. http://www.vafoa.org/
Pre-ordering through the website will be active Nov 15th -Nov 27th at 12noon…after that, you can try to buy a plate at the door. However, we strongly encourage pre-orders through the site.  We plan to sell plates at the door, but supplies will be limited and served on a first come first served basis- so order your plates today!
Again, you may pre-order your BBQ and either pick it up for take-out or dine-in at the High School Commons Room.  This is perfect, because there is a high school basketball game at home that night against the Australian teams.  You can eat dinner and then enjoy a fun and exciting basketball game!  This will be a great way to support our high school show choir and our high school basketball teams!!
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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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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!

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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 29 -  8:00-8:40am
  • Thurs   Nov 30 - 3:45-5:00
  • Wed Dec 6  - 12:00-12:30
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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)
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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)