Sunday, May 13, 2018

From the Voyager Academy Managing Director, May 13, 2018


Dear Viking Families,
First and Foremost, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL MOMS OUT THERE! We wouldn’t be where we are without you, and goodness knows our kids wouldn’t be either. Thank you for all you do!



A very special congratulations to our newest members of the NJHS. We welcomes 32 new members into this prestigious cadre this Monday evening and we are very proud of your accomplishments so far. Make us proud!
Only 2 weeks of school left and it feels like we have so much more to do! Please make sure you know your children’s testing schedule so you can help them prepare with a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast and on time arrival each day. Please remember that tardy students will not be allowed to disrupt morning testing for any reason. Please help us by proctoring exams if the call for action is sent out 😊 check with your building principal or lhowell@voyageracademy.net for last minute proctors needed. We appreciate your support!
Although school ends soon, Voyager has so many great opportunities for you this summer….you can visit our website for full day camps, specialty camps, academic tutoring, driver’s ed and our new summer choir program here:

Attention Rising 4th-12th graders – There will be a fabulous Summer Music Camp at Voyager!  Register now for Voyager's Carolina Show Choir Camp!
The camp will take place Monday June 25-Friday June 29th from 9:00 am -4:00 pm daily with a showcase performance on Friday!  See flyer for all the details & contact HS Choral Director, Jenny Hobgood for more information at: jhobgood@voyageracademy.net

Don’t forget to sign up for your private Drivers Ed program here on campus June 4th! Click here to get to the the registration form for any student 14 years old and older who wants to take Driver’s Ed.

WHAT IS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD?
Science Olympiad is an exciting academic extracurricular program available to students in K-12 at Voyager Academy!  For more information about the programs at Voyager, click here.  If you are interested in participating in Science Olympiad in 2018-2019 school year, fill out this interest form and we will put you on the Voyager Science Olympiad mailing list.  

END OF YEAR CELEBRATION!
The Science Olympiad teams will celebrate their hard work and scientific accomplishments with a pizza party on Friday, May 18 at 5:30 in the High School Commons Room.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 16.



Please make sure you read this section and help us grow our technology and digital programming:
Makerspace Update
Many thanks to those of you who have already donated items from home and/or have purchased things for our Design Makerspace!!

This week 5th grade got a sneak peak into the tinkering and designing a Makerspace inspires when they worked Squishy Circuits. They had a blast discovering simple electronics and circuitry!

Check out our Amazon Wish List HERE
Read the original post and list of household items HERE

Inspiring lifelong learning in every Viking.

Voyager Academy Vision Statement
We, at Voyager, work hard to “inspire lifelong learning in every Viking.” To prepare our students to be career ready, we have recently focused our attention on things like the creation of a Design/Maker Space, lessons and activities to encourage more technical Career Pathways, and additional classes in Computer Science and Computer Programming. In order to expand our career ready learning initiatives, we’ve realized that our vision is only attainable with community partnerships.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are applying for grants, bringing professionals into the classrooms to discuss their professions, and looking into other Career and Technical Education courses. Do you work for a company that could help? In an effort to strengthen and streamline our partnerships with community organizations, Voyager is piloting a “Partnership Database.”
We encourage you take a look at the form below to see if your company or business could potentially partner with Voyager. The information you provide will ONLY be used to help us align programs, provide letters of support, make referrals and communicate with our building principals, staff, about potential programs available to support their work.

Please contact Marina McKenna at mmckenna@voyageracademy.net with any questions regarding partnership. Thank you for supporting Voyager’s staff and students.

Congratulations to the COLE team!
Congratulations to both teams this weekend for a great showing at the competition.  I was really proud of all of the kids. East Wake did a great job hosting the tournament and hopefully COLE will continue to catch on and grow.  If you know anyone at another school in the area that may be interested in starting a team, I would be happy to talk with them.

We do plan to have COLE again next year and to expand to Middle School!   The elementary team will be 4th and 5th grade again, and the middle school will be 6th-8th.  We hope to see these kids back again next year. I put links to the book lists for next year in this email in case the kids want to get started with some summer reading!

I also want to say thank you again to all the parents who volunteered this year.  Our parent volunteers were fabulous. Thanks to Hali Bakelaar, Christina Sendall, Dawn Wilcox and Joyce Robinson.  Thank you also to Ms. Johnson who gave up her Saturday to come support the team.

Please remember to have your child wear their COLE t-shirt on Monday!


 
Voyager Athletic Booster Club is making a comeback!

We are sponsoring a dinner night out THIS TUESDAY, May 15 from 5-9 pm at our local Freddy’s! Mention Voyager Booster Club and we can receive up to 30% of the sale proceeds for the night! Family and friends are all welcome!

Our next meeting is Monday, May 21st at 6:30 pm in the MS gym. We will be discussing upcoming events for the new school year and establishing a board. If you are interested in a board position (president, Vice President, Secretary or treasurer), please email Shelley Brown at Attorneybrown2014@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to an amazing year of Booster sponsored events to support our AMAZING athletics program at Voyager!

Regards,
Jennifer Lucas, M. ED
Managing Director
jlucas@voyageracademy.net