VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

September 27, 2019


  • Thursday, October 3 - Progress Reports Go Home
  • Thursday, October 3 - We will be on a pep rally schedule this day, however, there is NO pep rally. We are ending instruction time early because our athletes leave early this day. See the pep rally bell schedule below.
  • Saturday, October 5 - VAISD Fall Festival 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the high school parking lot
  • Monday, October 7 - NO SCHOOL
  • October 7-9 - Quarterly Tests (see schedule below)
  • Thursday, October 9 - Pep Rally @ 3:00 PM - Parents and community members are welcome to attend! *We will be on a Pep Rally Schedule this day.
  • Friday, October 11 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Frontier Village
  • Saturday, October 12 - Fall der All in Downtown VA from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday, October 14 - Aim For Success Parent Information Night 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the VAMS Cafeteria - ADULTS ONLY (more information below)
  • Tuesday, October 15 - VAMS Beginner Band Performance in the cafeteria at 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 17 - We will be on a pep rally schedule this day, however, there is NO pep rally. We are ending instruction time early because our athletes leave early this day. See the pep rally bell schedule below.
  • October 21 -25 - Red Ribbon Week (more information below)

Outstanding Students

Our Outstanding Students program recognizes students who go above and beyond to make our school a great place and exemplify our Be Kind Work Hard motto. Teachers choose students from each grade level who deserves recognition. The students who are chosen receive a Sonic drink of their choice, get their name on the marquee, and are recognized in the VAMS newsletter. We would like to congratulate the following students for making our school a great place to be:

6th Grade - Caleb Canchola & Garrett Skaggs

7th Grade - Cara Graham & Aizen West

8th Grade - Hailey Davis & Marcus Lopez

Way to go! You make us proud!

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Staff Difference Maker

Congratulations to our Staff Difference Maker of the Month, Courtney Filbeck, 6th grade instructional aide. We appreciate all of your hard work and your dedication to our students!
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A Note From Our Nurse....

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Vision and hearing screenings are being conducted the month of October at Van Alstyne Middle School. As a part of Health and Safety Code Chapter 36, the Texas Department of State Health Services requires that all newly enrolled children or children in Pre-k, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision or hearing problems.

If you choose to not to have your child screened at school, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Wilson, at Documentation from your child’s visit to a healthcare provider must be turned into the school’s clinic as soon as possible. The documentation must verify that your child has been evaluated for potential vision or hearing problems. You may either turn the documents into the school’s front office or have them faxed to the number provided below.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our school nurse by phone or email at For more information on the vision and hearing screening program, visit the Texas DSHS website at

Lorie Wilson, LVN
VAMS Nurse
Phone: 903-482-8878
Fax: 903-482-8890

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WiFi Access

If you do not have WiFi access at home and your child would benefit from having WiFi access, please know that VAISD and the Van Alstyne Library have partnered together to provide internet access at home for students in need in memory of Dorothy Loftice. See the flyer below or click the button below for more information.
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Community Service Hour Log

Promoting community service is a goal of VAMS! In order to promote and foster serving our community and others, students can earn a community service award at the end of the year awards assemblies to recognize students who give their time, talents, and hearts.

Find opportunities throughout the school year for your child to work on their community service hours. Make sure your child is documenting their community service time on their hour log.

VAMS Community Service Hour Logs are due on Friday, May 1st.

Click on the link below "VAMS Community Service FAQ Flyer" for more information.

VAMS Community Service Hour Log

Click this button to access the VAMS Community Service Hour Log.

VAMS Community Service FAQ Flyer

Click this button on access the VAMS Community Service FAQ Flyer.

Communication throughout the year

It is important for us to provide avenues for parents to stay informed. Here are the communication tools we use at VAMS to ensure you know what is happening throughout the school year.

Middle School Website: Click HERE to access the VAMS webpage.

Social Media: Want to see what goes on at VAMS during the week? Want to see pictures of students doing awesome things? Want to see what learning looks like on our campus? Be sure to like us on Facebook, Van Alstyne Middle School, and follow us on Twitter at @vamiddleschool

Digital Newsletter: We email parents a digital campus newsletter every Friday. If you are not currently signed up to receive our weekly newsletter, click HERE.

Grade-level Remind Accounts: Please sign up for the appropriate Remind accounts below to help keep you informed. We also recommend having your child sign up as well. Teachers use Remind to communicate important dates and information.

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Panther sports

Volleyball - Monday, September 30 @ 4:30 at Bonham - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Football - Thursday, October 3 @ 4:30 at Pottsboro

Cross Country - Saturday, September 28 - Denison Invitational

Go Panthers!

District Medication Policy

Click this button to access the district medicaiton policy.

Medication Parent Consent Form

Click this button to access the medication parent consent form.

Cafeteria Menus

Volunteer Approval Form

All volunteers, including parents, have to fill out a Volunteer Approval Form to have a background check before volunteering (ex: attend field trips, volunteer on campus, help with testing, etc.). This form must be filled out EVERY school year. The entire process, from submitting the form to receiving approval, can take as long as two weeks. This process must be completed before being approved to volunteer. If you have students at multiple schools, only one application is required.

Click the button below to access the Volunteer Approval Form. We appreciate our volunteers!

Volunteer Approval Form

Click this button to access the VAISD Volunteer Approval form.

Parent Portal – View Student Grades

This is the link to view your child's grades and attendance. Passwords were sent home with progress reports. If you need any help with this process, you may send an email request to or call the school office.