Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Many teenagers experience problems with anxiety. The good news is that there are many ways that teens can take charge of their anxiety. Check the website below for information about:

Anxiety 101
Facing Fears
Thinking Right
How to Chill
Healthy Habits
Common Problems

Youth Anxiety Relief

Opportunity for high school students

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors – want to earn a $45 Amazon Gift Card? Want to contribute to science? Do both by reading and learning about science at Duke for 30 minutes and then answering questions AT HOME for about an hour the next day!

The Marsh Lab at Duke University is conducting a study on how high school students learn, and we need your help! On Saturday, March 4, we will be offering appointments at the Sociology/Psychology building on West Campus. Appointments are also available most weekdays during business hours. Parental permission is required. Interested students or their parents may contact us at marshlab@duke.edu or (919) 660-5797.​ ​

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ACT for all 11th grade students Tuesday 2/28

                   All VAHS juniors will be taking the ACT at VAHS next Tuesday 2/28.

  The ACT® test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.

Students will need to create an account with ACT in order to access scores and to include them with college applications next year. 


An additional resource for ACT test prep. can be found below. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Summer Military Programs

Thinking about joining the military? If you've decided or even if you're unsure, attending a Summer Familiarization Program can help you decide if this career choice is right for you. Current juniors are eligible to apply. Use the info and links below to apply.

US Military Academy
Deadline: March 30, 2017
Program Dates: June 3-9 or June 10-16
Website: http://www.usma.edu/admissions/sitepages/summer.aspx

US Naval Academy
Deadline: Not Posted
Program Dates: June 3-8, 10-15, or 17-22
Website: http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS/

US Coast Guard Academy
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Program Dates: July 9-14, 16-21, or 23-28
Website: http://www.uscga.edu/AIM/

Engineering, Computer Science, & Info Technology Open House at George Mason University

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University offers phenomenal opportunities for students who are interested in engineering, computer science, or information technology. The Volgenau School  of Engineering is hosting two Volgenau Visit Days this spring, and I invite your students to attend! These special engineering open house events are reserved for high school juniors, and feature a complimentary luncheon, admissions and academic information session, a tour of campus, and an opportunity to meet with faculty members from our academic programs.

Friday, March 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 27, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

RSVP for the date of your choice by visiting: admissions.gmu.edu/rsvp/vsevisitdays. As there are limited spaces available, RSVP as soon as possible and plan to bring only one additional guest.

UNC Math Camp for Girls

The Mathematics Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Association of Women in Mathematics student chapter are excited to announce a FREE math day camp running from June 19th to 30th, 2017.  The camp is for high schoolers who identify as girls (rising 9th to 12th graders) in the triangle area who are interested in mathematics.
Campers will work on challenging math problem sets that go beyond the high school curriculum, research the life of a female mathematician, and create a blog and podcast series about what they learn. 
Interested parties can email girlstalkmath@unc.edu with any questions. Visit girlstalkmath.web.unc.edu for more info and to fill out the application.  The deadline to apply is March 19th, 2017.  Decisions will be made by March 26, 2017.

Duke Summer Academy (earn community service hours)

At Duke Summer Academy, we believe that while learning, students can change the world. 
We have two exciting competitions you can be involved in this summer at Duke!
Spend your summer at Duke’s Global Giver Academy and become a bona fide philanthropist.  You will have the opportunity not only to learn the ins and outs of philanthropy by earning community service hours at local charities, but also the chance to engage in advocacy firsthand.  As an acting “board member” of a local charity, you will make a case of for your favorite organization and have the opportunity to benefit it in a huge way.  The most compelling team will win $500 for their charity, receive a special certificate of achievement, and, most importantly, know that they made a real difference for the local community.
Enroll in Global Entrepreneur Academy and gain critical business, marketing, and strategy skills to develop real startup ventures.  Students will have the chance to pitch their own ideas at the conclusion of the Academy and win awards for the best new startups.

First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100

Along with the winning prize money to help advance your entrepreneurial career, you will earn a certificate of achievement demonstrating that your team’s creativity and critical thinking produced a top startup pitch!

City of Durham Public Works Paid Internship

We have two paid summer internships for Durham County Public School students who are finishing the 11th or 12th grade this year.   All that is required is that the students be aged 16 or older and have an interest in public works, GIS, environmental/ water quality, and/or civil engineering (and have the ability to get to and from City Hall each working day).  The Interns will be working in City Hall and will spend about a week with each section of the Public Works department.  Thus if a student is trying to “find their path” there are a lot of different technical jobs that they will be exposed to.
Please have any interested students apply on-line at the City of Durham website listed below.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

AP Exams May 1-5 and 8-12

All students who are taking, or have taken AP courses this year will be taking AP exams during the first two weeks of May. Arrangements are in the early stages, but we wanted to provide information as it becomes available. Please see the AP Bulletin linked below for initial information form the College Board. It is also important for all students to create an account with the College Board if they have not already done so.

Bulletin for AP students and Parents


Career and College Promise Information Session (enrollment in community college while at Voyager Academy High School)

There will be a Durham Tech. CCP Information Session at VAHS for rising Juniors and Seniors on Tuesday Feb 21 from 10:30-11:30 in room B-119. Interested students need to sign up with Ms. O'Kane (jokane@voyageracademy.net).

Parents are welcome to attend as well. For more information see the Durham Tech CCP website:  http://voyageracademy.net/ccp/

Additional Information Sessions at Durham Tech. are listed there as well for parents and students who can not attend the VAHS meeting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

American Legion Auxiliary Opportunity For 11th grade Girls

Developing leadership skills, confidence and action-based understanding of the government process gives young women a lasting foundation for success, both personally and professionally. The American Legion Auxiliary believes that educating youth about the basic ideals and principles of government will help ensure the survival of our democracy. 

ALA Girls State is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning program in which American Legion Auxiliary members guide young women in 11th grade to become knowledgeable stewards of freedom, democracy and patriotic citizens.
Purpose Statement
To provide an outstanding, unique, and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of our nation that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government through the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation citizenship training programs.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Important College Information for Seniors

February, 2017

As you start your final semester of high school, be sure you know the status of your college applications. Here’re some reminders:
  1. If you applied to colleges using the CFNC application:
    1. Log into your account
    2. Go to the Application Hub to check the submission status of your applications
    3. Click the “+” sign to the left of each school for information on the date your application was completed.  If the Completed Date is blank, hit “resume” to enter the additional information required and submit.
  2. Make sure you sent your high school transcript and references (if required) when you submitted your application and follow up with another transcript IF the college asked for one after your fall grades were posted.
  3. If you haven’t already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), do it now online at www. FAFSA.gov; it won’t take long and may help you find money for college.  Many college aid deadlines are approaching—don’t wait!
  4. Apply for scholarships –find lists on the CFNC.org website and your high school website.
  5. Remember—if you sent your transcript via CFNC, your final transcript will automatically be sent to colleges approximately two weeks after graduation.
  6. If you have any questions about your CFNC applications, call CFNC toll-free 866.866.2362 (select option 1) or email questions@cfncresources.org.

Good luck!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

4 Crucial Deadlines for College-Bound High School Students in 2017

There comes a point in the academic career of every high school student where the focus switches from academic performance in the classroom, to looking ahead to the next stage. For many, that means college—but there’s a lot that goes into getting into the right school.  Make sure the learners you’re counseling hit these four crucial deadlines in 2017:

1. File the FAFSA.
Students applying to college for the 2017-2018 academic year have until June 30, 2017, to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and were eligible to submit the form as of Oct. 1, 2016. Submitting early is usually a good idea since it gives students and their parents plenty of time for updates and corrections. But even if your student doesn’t submit early, they’ll still want to make sure to have up-to-date federal income tax returns, W-2 wage reports, and other records of money earned. Also, make sure parents don’t overlook the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which can be useful for auto-populating key areas of the FAFSA. Other required documents may include bank statements and records related to any investments or untaxed income available to help cover tuition.
2. Schedule standardized tests.
Your students will need a qualifying SAT or ACT score to submit with a college application. Counsel them to get started early because the dates creep up quickly. For SAT takers looking to get their score for applying to college in the spring, the next deadline to apply is Dec. 21. Miss that and they’ll need to get an application in by either Feb. 10April 7, or May 9 of 2017ACT takers have just three options left for testing, with application deadlines on Jan. 13March 3, and May 5 of 2017. More enterprising students looking ahead to entering college during the 2017-2018 academic year can start applying in August (for the ACT) and September (for the SAT).
3. Apply to the colleges of your choice.
The start of your student’s junior year is a good time to sit down and talk about the colleges they’re eyeing or may wish to attend. Chances are they won’t apply until the beginning or spring of their senior year. But at that point, they’ll know their top five or eight choices. If they are dead-set on one or two schools, set Nov. 1 of their senior academic year as the deadline to apply for an early decision. If they’re looking more broadly, set Feb. 1 as a drop-dead date for applying. By that point, they should have at least an initial response to their FAFSA application and one or more standardized test scores ready to submit with their other paperwork.

4. Make a decision and include a deposit to secure your place.
By mid-Spring of their senior years, most of your students will know which schools have accepted their applications and which have not. Don’t wait until finals to get your students in to talk about what they want and what they can realistically get. An early March call to the financial aid office of the school where one of your students wants to attend but who can’t without a better aid package could be well-placed. By mid-April, with discretionary funds for aid drying up or gone, that same call may yield nothing but a sympathetic ear. Either way, by May 1, the majority of colleges and universities will be expecting accepted students to provide a decision.

College will be the experience of a lifetime for your students who choose it. You can help them get there by setting a calendar for when to complete and submit the right paperwork to the right place.