Sunday, September 29, 2019

From the Managing Director's Desk, Sept. 29, 2019

Dear Viking Families, 
Good afternoon! We hope you are enjoying the extended wonderful weather.  We wanted to let you know we have already posted our new calendars for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our goal is to always have 2 years of school calendars posted so you can plan ahead.  We have also formally updated our enrollment (and returning family) policy to require all students attend school as soon as school begins or risk forfeiting their seat. The enrollment policy page and the attendance sections of our handbooks will be updated and published. We will send reminders in the Spring and a letter will be included with recommitments and new enrollment packets.  We have also updated our Parent and Family Engagement Policy. This policy can be found under parent resources, documents. We will add a tab for Accountability this week. This policy is related to our Title 1 targeted assistance program. Please email me directly if you have questions about this policy. 

From the Voyager Academy Board, Sept. 29, 2019

I know it is only October, but the Board wants to make sure you have plenty of notice before making summer plans about a new aspect of our enrollment policy, which we adopted at our September meeting.  The policy essentially requires students to attend school at the beginning of the school year to maintain their lottery spot (with specific exceptions for illness with a doctors’ note, religious observances, and so forth).  Each parent will be asked to acknowledge the policy when they re-enroll or apply for a lottery spot.  This policy applies equally to new applicants and current students.

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, Sept. 29, 2019

Hello to All!
We are really in full speed ahead mode and teachers and kids alike are working hard.  Thanks to all of the K parents who came out for curriculum night this week.

Voyager Academy Middle School News, Sept. 29, 2019

Dear VAMS Families,

Friday was an extremely busy day at VAMS!  We had lots of scheduled parent conferences.  It was great seeing so many of our parents attending conferences.  I also had the opportunity to attend several of the conferences which is great for me as I learn more about our students.

Voyager Academy High School News, Sept. 29, 2019

GO VIKINGS GO!
In this issue...

Homecoming
  • Join VAHS for a Spectacular Homecoming This Week 
  • How Parents Can Contribute to Homecoming
Yearbook and Yearbook Picture Info.
  • Senior Yearbook make-up Pictures 
  • Yearbook Make-up Pictures for Grades 9-11 
  • Senior Yearbook Ads are on sale now!! 
  • Buy a Yearbook Now
Field Trip Highlights (With Info. for Upcoming Trips)
  • Voyager Civics classes host another successful Constitution Day event 
  • Astronomy Field Trip on Oct. 25 
  • Renaissance Festival Field Trip: Interested Seniors? Check It Out! 
Voyager Viking Volunteerism
  • Bass Assassins Partner With Bass Pro Shops Anglers for Aid to the Bahamas
  • Backpack Buddies: Balanced Meals and Snacks for Students in Need
Student Support (ACT, college prep, etc.)
More...
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets Wednesday Mornings 
  • The VAHS Counseling Department Blog (website) 
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! ! 
  • PARENTS: Sign up to receive text messages from the school 
  • Important dates

Voyager Academy PTO News, Sept. 29, 2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Spirit Nights last week! Use these as opportunities to get to know other Voyager Families! I forgot to take pics this go around but my camera will be back in October!

Voyager Academy Athletics News, Sept. 29, 2019

Booster Club

Help us cheer on the HS Varsity Volleyball team on October 14th at 6:00 pm in our unofficial Pink Out game!  The girls will be playing Triangle Day school to further their amazing record. We are selling Pink Out t-shirts for this game.  The link is attached with price information and design. Complete the Google link to place your order and payment will be collect at time of delivery.  All orders must be placed by October 1 to guarantee they will be ready prior to October 14. Delivery details will be announced once all orders are in. 

Voyager Academy Arts Programs News, Sept. 29, 2019


ATTN: 3rd-6th grade Voyager families!
Voyager Academy High School Choral Arts Program invites YOU to join us for

WHEN: Monday, November 11, 2019
TIME:  9:00am-3:00pm (early drop-off available at 8:30am)
WHO: Voyager students in 3rd-6th grade
LOCATION: Voyager Academy Elementary Gym
4310 Ben Franklin Blvd
Durham, NC 27704

Sunday, September 22, 2019

From the Managing Director's Desk, Sept. 22, 2019


Dear Viking Families, 
Don’t forget to check out our donations page on our website and help us raise money for activity buses for all our students! Our goal is to raise enough money by the end of May to secure buses to support all our student transportation needs including sports, performing arts, field trips and so much more! This is our most aggressive capital campaign in years! Please help us by donating to the capital campaign today.   

From the Voyager Academy Board, Sept. 22, 2019

A Note on Voyager Values
Do you know what our school values are?  (You get bonus points if you have also read our school’s strategic plan!)
The Board is guided by Voyager’s values in its work.  I believe it is also important to make sure every member of the Voyager community knows our values and helps us to exemplify them.  While I believe that our school is doing a terrific job with character education, including through the hard work of our counselors and staff, teaching our kids to embrace these values must start at home.  When we interact with our kids, each other, administration and staff, and the public, our children are watching.  

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, Sept. 22, 2019



Hi!
What beautiful weather we are beginning to have during our car line time.  We are looking forward to more and more of these comfortable cool mornings.  Hope you are all doing well and that your student(s) are enjoying school.  

Voyager Academy Middle School News, Sept. 22, 2019


Dear VAMS Families,

What a busy week with field trips, lots of sports being played and a PTO luncheon for the staff!

Our 6th graders enjoyed a field trip to Marbles/IMAX studio.  The students had a great time participating in experiments and hands-on activities dealing with science.  They also enjoyed watching the landing on the moon event at IMAX studio. It was awesome. To top off the trip, lunch was at Crabtree Valley’s Food Court.  The students were excited, well-mannered, engaged in their learning, and extremely polite and helpful to each other. I had the opportunity to go on the field trip and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the students during a terrific learning environment.  Thanks 6th grade team and  parents who attended the field trip!  Parents, you made it happen!!!!!

Voyager Academy High School News, Sept. 22, 2019



GO VIKINGS GO!
In this issue...

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences This Friday, Sept. 27
  • Senior Yearbook Make up Pictures
  • Make-Up Yearbook Pictures for Grades 9-11
  • Highlights From This Week's AP Environmental Science Class Field Trip
  • Join VAHS for a Spectacular Homecoming
  • Announcing, The ACT Question of the Day
  • Astronomy Field Trip
  • Volleyball Tournament Postponed
  • THE OCTOBER ACT TEST IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
  • Backpack Buddies: Balanced Meals and Snacks for Students in Need 
  • 1st Annual 3 on 3 Volleyball Tournament
  • Don’t Miss the Durham College Fair, Sept. 29 
  • Free Assistance with the FAFSA (financial form)
  • Stay Informed
  • VAHS Senior Information Session (Senior Parent Night)
  • Durham Tech Dual Enrollment Information Sessions (Take College Courses While at VAHS)
  • Buy a Yearbook Now
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets Wednesday Mornings
  • The VAHS Counseling Department Blog (website)
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! !
  • PARENTS:  Sign up to receive text messages from the school
  • Important dates

Voyager Academy Athletics News, Sept. 22, 2019


Booster Club Updates: Save the Dates!  

9/26 at 6:00 pm in HS Commons Room-monthly Booster meeting 
10/24 at 6:00 pm in HS Commons Room-monthly Booster meeting

Voyager Academy Science Olympiad News, Sept. 22, 2019


Science Olympiad Interest Form
If your child is interested in science, fill out the Voyager Science Olympiad interest form so that we can connect with you. Science Olympiad is open to all Voyager students who want to be more involved with science! Scholarships are available.

Voyager Academy Arts Programs News, Sept. 22, 2019


ATTN: 3rd-6th grade Voyager families!
Voyager Academy High School Choral Arts Program invites YOU to join us for

WHEN: Monday, November 11, 2019
TIME:  9:00am-3:00pm (early drop-off available at 8:30am)
WHO: Voyager students in 3rd-6th grade
LOCATION: Voyager Academy Elementary Gym
4310 Ben Franklin Blvd
Durham, NC 27704

Sunday, September 15, 2019

From the Voyager Academy Managing Director, Sept. 15, 2019

Dear Viking Families, 
Hope you all had a nice weekend and are ready for another great week at Voyager! All our kids and teachers are working hard and you will see great pictures from a few field trips last week that our students enjoyed as they do each year.  Make sure you take note of information below on the PSAT for interested students, the new Science Olympiad information and a great Arts Program update regarding a NEW show choir camp for 3rd-6th graders. This is a new great camp opportunity! 

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, Sept. 15, 2019

Hi!
We are moving right along and having fun as we learn.  We have such a great group of students and parents and a staff beyond compare.  I can never tell you enough how much I appreciate you all and your support.

Voyager Academy Middle School News, Sept. 15, 2019


Dear VAMS Families,
Oh my goodness, we were in school 5 days this week and  it has been great!

Our 8th graders have worked on designing their own periodic table after learning about the periodic table during science class.  They were able to select their topic of choice.

Voyager Academy High School News, Sept. 15, 2019

 
GO VIKINGS GO!


In this issue...
  • Free Student Checking Accounts, Wednesday, Sept. 18th after school
  • Backpack Buddies: Balanced Meals and Snacks for Students in Need
  • 1st Annual 3 on 3 Volleyball Tournament
  • Durham College Fair
  • Free Assistance with the FAFSA (financial form)
  • Stay Informed
  • VAHS Senior Information Session (Senior Parent Night)
  • Durham Tech Dual Enrollment Information Sessions (Take College Courses While at VAHS)
  • Buy a Yearbook Now
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets Wednesday Mornings
  • The VAHS Counseling Department Blog (website)
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! !
  • PARENTS:  Sign up to receive text messages from the school
  • Important dates

Voyager Academy Science Olympiad News, Sept. 15, 2019


Dear Parents,
We are sending you the Science Olympiad in-school signup google form which should allow you to view and edit.  The deadline to sign up is Sept 24.

Voyager Academy PTO News, Sept. 15, 2019

Please see attached documents for important PTO dates and volunteer opportunities! Please email pto@voyageracademy.net if you have any questions, or would like to sign up!
Many teachers are still looking for room/grade level parents. If you have signed up or are interested in this position please contact the PTO via email or FB messenger.
Thanks to all who have joined the PTO! We will be running this membership drive through September 30th. The winning class with the highest PTO participation in each school will receive a pizza party with the second place class receiving an ice cream party.
There is still time!
Join here: 
http://pto.voyageracademy.net/join-pto-online
To pay dues online:
1. Please visit: https://voyager-academy-pto.square.site/ 
2. Click Shop Now
3. Find the appropriate membership level and then proceed to enter payment information.
4. We ask that you NOT order merchandise at this time, it is only displayed as a test and we are not fulfilling apparel orders via this site......yet. We will notify everyone, once this is a reality.

Voyager Academy Athletics News, Sept. 15, 2019


Please help us wrap up our GoPlaySave fundraiser for 2019 by returning all books or money ASAP! Thanks you for your support and effort. If you are missing any orders please email me at aowen@voyageracademy.net.

Voyager Academy Arts Programs News, Sept. 15, 2019


ATTN: 3rd-6th grade Voyager families!
Voyager Academy High School Choral Arts Program invites YOU to join us

Sunday, September 8, 2019

From the Managing Director's Desk, Sept. 8, 2019

Dear Viking Families, 
It was a short and disrupted week for sure, but we as always we appreciate your support and your understanding as we prioritize student and staff safety. For many years, following the course of our local LEAS has been mostly successful as we remember that our students and staff come from as many as 8 surrounding counties where weather and transportation can be a hazard.  We will be looking at this policy during our next board meeting to determine if it serves us best, or if there are other measures we may consider on inclement weather dates. Do keep in mind that our calendars provide for additional instructional time to prevent us needing to make up those days. Speaking of calendars, our calendar committee will be meeting in the next few weeks to confirm our 2-year calendar.  We will also update our policy so that each year, we post a calendar for the 2nd year out, thus allowing families ample time to plan their vacations or activities well in advance.

From the Voyager Academy Board, Sept. 8, 2019

A Note on Voyager’s Capital Campaign
By now school is well into the swing of things, and I hope it is going great for your family so far.  I am devoting this newsletter’s message to something very important, Voyager’s Capital Campaign and other giving opportunities.  

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, Sept. 8, 2019

Hi!
What a crazy week? We are so thankful that we did not reap any of the damages from the hurricane or any tornadoes. Glad to be back today and return to our regular schedule on Monday.

Voyager Academy Middle School News, Sept. 8, 2019


Dear VAMS Families,
Oh my goodness, what a week!  I am so proud of our students and all the work they did on a week that was most unusual!  Yes, there was excitement and all enjoyed a short week but we continued teaching and learning!  

Voyager Academy High School News Sept. 8, 2019


GO VIKINGS GO!
In this issue...
  • 1st Anuual 3 on 3 Volleyball Tournament 
  • Free Assistance with the FAFSA (financial form) 
  • Stay Informed 
  • VAHS Senior Information Session (Senior Parent Night) 
  • Durham Tech Dual Enrollment Information Sessions (Take College Courses While at VAHS) 
  • Buy a Yearbook Now 
  • Love to Fish? Become a VAHS Bass Assassin 
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets Wednesday Mornings 
  • The VAHS Counseling Department Blog (website) 
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! ! 
  • PARENTS:  Sign up to receive text messages from the school 
  • Important dates
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Voyager Academy Athletics News, Sept. 8, 2019


If you haven’t already, make sure and check out our website and calendar and come out and support your Viking fall sports teams!