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Pre-Kindergarten
  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: PreK – French

    In French, the students will be introduced to the early basics of the French language by employing each child’s natural inquisitiveness. Topics and direction will be determined as students make requests in an open dialogue with the instructor, during the flow of conversation

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: PreK – Math Workshop

    Math Workshop supports the emerging skills of our children as they build their understanding of mathematical problem solving. Math takes a hands-on approach that encourages exploration and questioning and sharing.

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  • Spring 2016 - Lower School: Pre-K-5 – Reading Workshop

    In an effort to better meet the varying needs of our students, teachers of the lower team bring students in PreK through 5th grade together twice a week for reading workshop.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: PreK – Words Workshop

    Words Workshop provides an opportunity for our preschool children to strengthen their language and literacy development through spoken word, reading, and writing. Letter recognition, sound association, and word formation are taught and reinforced through exposure that is varied and interesting to young children.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: PreK – Work Time

    Work Time is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to actively engage with the school environment and to take a meaningful and self-directed role in learning. Because children are naturally curious and eager to understand their world, it is important to provide time and opportunities for them to deeply explore concepts and topics of interest to them

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Lower School – Kindergarten-Grade 2
  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: K-2 – French

    In French, the students will be introduced to the early basics of the French language by employing each child’s natural inquisitiveness.  Topics and direction will be determined as students make requests in an open dialogue with the instructor, during the flow of conversation.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: K-2 – Literacy

    The children in the K-2 classes are welcomed into an environment where they are immersed in literacy on a daily basis.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: K-2 – Math

    The Voyagers’ K-2 math program is a multi-pronged approach that provides activities for a variety of different math levels and learning styles.

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  • Spring 2016 - Lower School: Pre-K-5 – Reading Workshop

    In an effort to better meet the varying needs of our students, teachers of the lower team bring students in PreK through 5th grade together twice a week for reading workshop.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: K-2 – STEAM

    The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology in several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: K-2 – Work Time

    Work Time is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to actively engage within the school environment and to take a meaningful and self-directed role in learning. Because children are naturally curious and eager to understand their world, it is important to provide time and opportunities for them to deeply explore concepts and topics of interest to them.

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Lower School – 3-5
  • Spring 2016 – French Pre-K through 5: Celebration!

    In French, the students will be introduced to the early basics of the French language by employing each child’s natural inquisitiveness.  Topics and direction will be determined as students make requests in an open dialogue with the instructor, during the flow of conversation.

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  • Spring 2016 - Lower School: 3-5 – Literacy

    The children in this grade 3-5 class are welcomed into an environment immersed in literature study on a daily basis.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: 3-5 – Math

    The 3-6 math program covers a wide range of topics, staggering to accommodate learners at all levels and all stages of readiness. An emphasis is placed throughout the year on building fluency in computation, which is not dependent on memorization, but on an in-depth understanding of how numbers work in our base 10 number system.

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  • Spring 2016 - Lower School: Pre-K-5 – Reading Workshop

    In an effort to better meet the varying needs of our students, teachers of the lower team bring students in PreK through 5th grade together twice a week for reading workshop.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: 3-5 – STEAM

    The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology in several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: 3-5 – Work Time

    Work Time is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to actively engage with the school environment and to take a meaningful and self-directed role in learning. Because children are naturally curious and eager to understand their world, it is important to provide time and opportunities for them to deeply explore concepts and topics of interest to them.

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Outdoor School – Grades 6-8
  • Spring 2016 – Outdoor School – Connected Math

    Our Outdoor School math curriculum is built upon standards that define life readiness. The curriculum, Connected Math, is designed to be rigorous, innovative, and to challenge students to think critically and to effectively to solve problems.

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  • Spring 2016 – Outdoor School – Geometry

    This year-long class is designed to enable upper-level middle school students and high school students to learn the fundamentals of Geometry through a combination of hands-on activities, group discussions, and lectures. Students will build by proving a set of precepts that can then be relied on to prove more advanced concepts,

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  • Spring 2016 – Outdoor School: Global Studies

    From the age of the American Empire, through the class struggle, and up to the war on terror, this class will begin where last year’s Human Nature class left off supported by A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, as a general outline of American History.

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  • Spring 2016 – Outdoor School: Literacy

    Behind the science and utility of nature, there is poetry and creative prose. As we tune into our five senses, we will record our feelings and experiences in words. We will introduce shorter forms of writing, such as the novella, poem, and short story. Students will continue to write their own creative works, using naturalistic elements while considering each other’s work and the work of famous writers for inspiration.

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  • Spring 2016 | Outdoor School: Environmental Science

    Students in this class will begin training to become natural navigators. Tristan Gooley’s work with natural navigation is a mix between ancient history, science, geography and environmental education. The Natural Navigator: The rediscovered art of letting nature be your guide, is a great jumping point for our new natural location.

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  • Spring 2016 – Outdoor School – STEAM

    The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology across several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.

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High School
  • Spring 2016 – High School – Chemistry in Life

    This class will explore chemistry while taking a closer look at issues that are important in our daily lives. Along with learning the basics of lab chemistry, the students will apply their new knowledge in a lab setting, where they will collect data and think deeply about which choices are best for the Earth and all creatures on the Earth.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – Chemistry Lab

    This year-long class is designed to offer a more practical and hands-on aspect to the Chemistry class for High School students. The skills attained during this lab will allow students to become familiar with laboratory equipment, supplies, safety, and techniques.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – French 1

    In “Je comprends” students learn the basics of the French language in a self-driven manner. Topics and direction are determined as students progress in their studies and express interests in new subjects.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – French 2

    This class builds on the knowledge gained in French I. The emphasis continues to be on spoken French. Most directions and communication in the classroom will be delivered in French. To enhance understanding of French culture, students will complete several research projects.

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  • Spring 2016 - High School - Finance and Business Math

    This class changes the way students understand personal finance and money. Students are taught how to budget, invest and make financial decisions with intent.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – Geometry

    This year-long class is designed to enable high school students to learn the fundamentals of Geometry through a combination of hands-on activities, group discussions, and lectures. Students will build their understanding by proving a set of precepts that can then be relied upon to prove more advanced concepts.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – Humanities

    What is a revolution? How is it different from other kinds of expressions of unrest and desire for change? Revolutions are perceived as periods of violent and chaotic change, wherein powerful forces both create and destroy.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – STEAM

    The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology across several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.

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Electives
  • Spring 2016 - Elective – Electronics

    Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Street Games

    The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go outside and play some games.  In this class we will play different outdoor games that children and teenagers have played for ages.  Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Tag, Four Square, Hopscotch, and Crack the Whip are just a few examples of games we might play.  On Tuesdays we plan to travel to the Harbor School and play on their campus while on Thursdays we will play at school.  Participation is a must.  Having fun is also require Pellentesque nullam.

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Stage Makeup

    Explore the world of stage makeup.  Students in this class will begin by learning about the different materials used in creating special effects on stage and in film.  They will then learn techniques and apply stage makeup to create various personas.

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Lego Construction

    This elective seeks to prompt students to discover the fun and relevance of designing with Legos.  The course will be student directed; the students will investigate real cities, fictional places and structures constructed with Legos.

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Jewelry Making and Beading

    Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making.  Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces.  Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Gardening and Outdoor Construction

    This course invites students to understand basic building skills for the suburban gardener. They will learn simple and practical tips for choosing the appropriate tools, materials, and designs for several garden projects

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Cross Country

    The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Basketball

    Basketball is a wonderful sport. It’s a sport of precision, a sport of control and a sport that requires a athletic and physical endurance. Let’s take the skills we learned in our last sports class and focus them in on one specific sport; basketball. We will travel to basketball gyms and learn the basic rules and regulations of playing basketball on a regulations size court.

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  • Spring 2016 – Electives – Street Art

    Students in this elective will be exploring various techniques of street art. Through hands on art experiences and research students will create their own version of famous street art found in our area. Students will be able to create their own logo and name to incorporate into each of their art pieces.

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Essentials
  • Spring 2016 - Essentials – Stop Motion

    The purpose of this weekly essential is to allow students to discover the art of stop motion. Students with prior animation experience have an opportunity to experiment with different techniques to create a finished movie. The plan of the class is for the students to learn different animation techniques and materials such as claymation, stop motion with Legos, animation using drawing, and pixilation using live people. The next step will be to create a storyboard to plan the movie and associated shot list. Following this step, the students can use iPads or cameras to capture the individual images necessary to make a movie. The final step will be adding sound and effects using the iMovie software

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Yoga

    Yoga is an ancient practice that can bring the physical, mental and spiritual aspects within each of us into balance. In this class, students will be invited to safely explore the physical postures of yoga to bring about a deeper awareness of themselves, and methods to bring that awareness into their daily lives

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Working for the Earth: Found Object Sculpture

    For the found object sculpture component of the Working for the Earth we will explore the ideas we have and the ways we can work with recycled materials to have our visions come to life.

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Upcycled Clothing and Crafts

    Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Service Club

    The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Photography

    This class will explore the many aspects of capturing a quality photograph and then explore techniques to alter and adapt photos using Adobe Photoshop techniques. Regardless of the medium, balance in composition, contrast and tone are all important elements to a good piece of art

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Machine Sewing

    In this course students will build their knowledge of the sewing machine by exploring its anatomy, learning how to operate the machine safely, and how to create basic stitches.  They will then put these skills to practice as they complete small projects of choice.

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Guitar

    This class will move from the basics of beginner guitar to intermediate level. Students will learn first position chords, music theory, single note rhythms and rock riffs, all through the teachings of today’s music and songs. They will also take a look at some history in music, and where the songs they are learning come from

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Film Critique

    In this 7-week course, students will watch and analyze two foreign films: “The 400 Blows” (in French) by Director Francois Truffaut, and “Slumdog Millionnaire” an Anglo-Indian film by Director Danny Boyle (in English).

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Disc Golf

    Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Running

    Now that Spring is upon us it is time to be active in the outdoors once again. Let’s run with it! Exercise is the basis for physical and emotional wellness. During this class will learn the rudiments of running as a sport and as a way of keeping fit

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Cheer

    Cheerleading consists of an enthusiastic, dynamic, fun, hardworking group of young men and women who commit time to the overall success of their team. Dancing is moving rhythmically to music, moving quickly, and in a lively manner. During this class, students will come to know themselves better kinesthetically and be challenged to work together as a team.

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  • Spring 2016 – Essentials – Acting and Improv

    Are you a dramatic person? Do you like to yell out the first thing that comes to mind? If so, you may be a natural at improvisational theater, which is designed to help actors and entertainers step out of their comfort zone and speak publicly without fear of embarrassment.

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Our Classrooms
The study of facts and figures, while important, does not prepare students to think on their own or to learn how to learn. To prepare students for success, Voyagers’ emphasizes project-based learning, which allows students to delve deeply into course material and merge it with their own interests. Working on projects helps students acquire additional insights, connecting new knowledge to what they already know. When peers work together, individuals give and receive knowledge, skills, and a positive work ethic. Peer participation helps children realize their ability to find solutions. This experience galvanizes their will to participate. They analyze and evaluate and become confident and experienced learners, ready for college and whatever the world has to offer.

Our students stand out in a crowd and move toward their academic endeavors with confidence and self-assurance. They quickly develop a sense of pride and honor that distinguishes them as leaders and responsible citizens.

Academic Structure
Each academic course is clearly and comprehensively separated into five sessions. Students choose sessions from a broad list of curricula within each course of study, as well as from an extensive list of electives. Each session runs from eight to ten weeks.

Voyagers’ students are organized by home bases which are comprised of up to three grade levels and a peer group of approximately 15 students. Some classes involve a greater mix of age groups but remain similar in size. Student to teacher ratio changes depending on the course, ranging from one to four teachers. Additionally, professors from surrounding colleges will join the classroom, offering lectures and projects.

Literacy
Our focus on communication skills is linked with reading and writing fundamentals and helps children express complex thoughts. Greater exposure to conversation and print leads to an eagerness to become an independent reader and writer.

Literature is also offered through book clubs. Children engage in literary analysis; discussing character motivation, plot development, setting, and style. As they become more knowledgeable, students express their understanding of more complex literary forms through dramatic presentations, debates and panel discussions.

Throughout their school experience, students are encouraged to perceive themselves as people who have something to say, as authors. We support them as they develop their personal voice; whether they are reflecting in a journal, constructing an argument for an essay or crafting a memoir. Teachers encourage our youngest students to draw their stories. They also take dictation to help them create stories until they are able to write their own thoughts clearly. In middle and upper school, students develop their writing through research, class work and peer and teacher review. Students develop a vibrant voice and an ability to create a compelling original story in both fiction and nonfiction writing. Over time, each student compiles an anthology of original poetry, memoir, fantasy, realistic fiction and research papers. Voyagers’ students eventually prepare position papers, theses, and literary publications.

Science
Children are encouraged to feel, smell, look, listen and even taste. Of paramount importance is a hands-on experience. They experience science in both a natural setting and a laboratory setting. The four basic goals of the science program are the improvement of general thinking skills, the practice of scientific inquiry, the teaching of specific concepts and facts and the coordination of the science program with other curricula.

Math
Each child entering Voyagers’ is evaluated for math placement. Students then move through math instruction at their own pace with support from a teacher and through peer and self-teaching. Students discover that math is in everything we do. Its presence is made evident to the children through cooking, building, reading, playing games, engaging in science experiments and studying maps.
As the student advances their math skills, they prepare for the advanced concepts presented in middle and upper school. In addition to studying Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry, and Business Math; upper school students also are asked to use math while developing life skills such as budgeting, investing, banking, developing trip itineraries, etc.

Global Studies
The interconnectedness of the world, the zeitgeist of a particular moment in time, and how it relates to the broader era is made clear to the students when studying history and current events. We consider how people, institutions, and societies behave and interact with one another. We also carefully consider how we affect each other culturally, environmentally, politically, financially and morally. Children work together to pose and answer questions, conduct research, and re-examine their learning through the arts and sciences.

Foreign Language
The majority of Voyagers’ students study Spanish while others learn French and Latin. Lessons and instruction help children developᅠ oral proficiency so they can speak comfortably about themselves ᅠand their world. They build vocabulary and grammar through cooperative learning,ᅠcriticalᅠ reading, modeling, role-playing and units of study that ᅠincorporate relevant, real-life situations. Students produce projects thatᅠ showᅠ their understanding of and ability to ᅠspeak ᅠSpanish.

Art
An atelier, or art studio, stocked with a variety of authentic supplies and tools for both fine arts and crafting graces each and every classroom. Children joined professional artists in creating the design of the ateliers and in choosing art supplies. Voyagers’ students benefit from genuine experience with authentic, professional quality paints, brushes, and paper.
Art in the digital age is very present at Voyagers’. High-quality video cameras, still cameras and tablets are available for each child. All digital work is recorded and edited using Apple desktops, laptops, and iPads.
Woodworking supplies range from hand to power tools. The feeling of responsibility and confidence are an important consequence of the children’s hard work, not to mention the thrill of finishing a piece of furniture or a unique craft.
Children are exposed to art techniques, art history and the work of both classic and contemporary artists from all walks of life. The language of art is incorporated in all areas of study, from art class to electives to the core curriculum. Artistic expression is all around us and we understand that it is powerful and essential to human development. Children represent their learning experience with paint, pastels, clay, recycled materials, wire, wood, and whatever their artistic minds can find. Our Organization Department collects, sorts and distributes a variety of reusable materials to each classroom.

Music
Voyagers’ offers a wide exposure to music and musical study. Students may register for instruction in voice, guitar, steel drum, piano, and musical theater. Our collection of instruments includes electric, acoustic and bass guitars, an upright piano, four keyboards and a complete drum set. We have 12 steel drums, a set of handbells and several recorders.

Electives
We engage student’s personal interests with painting, music, dance, science, woodworking and construction, jewelry making, sculpture, drawing, architectural design, drama, robotics and so much more. In addition to our teachers, children are guided by experts who are passionate and generous in their areas of expertise. They can be local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students.

Library
A major resource for children’s pleasure and research, our library contains over 4,500 titles. Children learn to browse and pick books appropriate to their reading level and interest. Children are encouraged to pursue works of their favorite authors and genres. Over time, short fiction gives way to full-length novels, nonfiction, and poetry. As children grow and their needs expand, their research becomes more complex and the library becomes a natural extension of their studies.

Physical Education
An hour each day is devoted to exercise. The children are outside unless the weather is extreme. They build, climb trees, catch bugs and work in the garden. Often they organize football, capture the flag, basketball and The Family Game (a Voyagers’ specialty that often attracts the entire community, students and staff, alike). Frequently, a student serves as a physical education leader. In addition to Physical Education class, children are encouraged to explore the yard upon arrival to school and during extended care at the end of each day.

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