VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

December 13, 2019

Calendar

  • Friday, December 13 - 6th - 8th Grade Winter Dance 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 14 - Theatre Arts One Act Play Performance at Princeton High School - Good Luck!!
  • Monday, December 16 - VAMS Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • Monday, December 16 - 7th Grade Social Studies Quarterly Test
  • Monday, December 16 - VAISD Board Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 17 - VAMS Random Acts of Kindness Day - We encourage our students to spread joy by doing random acts of kindness on our campus. Some ideas are: write a note to someone, give someone a small gift (candy, snack, candy cane, etc.), do something nice for someone. The ideas are endless!
  • Tuesday, December 17 - Fundraiser Party & Fundraiser Field Trip
  • Tuesday, December 17 - Choir Christmas Concert at VAMS Cafeteria at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 20 - Star Card Hat Day
  • Friday, December 20 - Early Release at 1:35 - Buses will run 2 hours early.
  • December 21 - January 6 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 6 - No School - Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday, January 7 - First Day of 2nd Semester
  • Tuesday, January 7 - 8th Grade Field Trip to the Holocaust Museum
  • Thursday, January 9 - Report Cards Go Home
  • Wednesday, January 15 - VAMS Spelling Bee at 2:00 PM
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UIL Results

Congratulations to our UIL academic contestants! They won the District UIL competition held on Tuesday. This is the 6th year in a row that VAMS has won! Way to go Panthers! We want to thank each student for their hard work and dedication to succeed. You represented us well and we are very proud of you. We also want to thank all of our UIL coaches who put in long hours to help their students succeed. Below is a list of results.
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Blood Drive Opportunity

Are you interested in donating blood? In order to donate blood, You must be 17 years of age, over 100 lbs, and have had no antibiotic treatment in the last 3 days. You can make a donation in a child's name. Our high school seniors will donate blood, or have someone donate blood for them to earn a red cord for graduation.
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VAMS Spelling Bee

The VAMS 17th Annual Spelling Bee will be on Wednesday, January 15th at 2:00 PM in the cafeteria. This is a big event, one for which dedicated students are working hard to prepare. Please come and join us for this great event.

Panther sports

Girls Basketball - Monday, December 16 @ 4:30 at Home vs. Whitewright - 8B, 7A, 8A

Boys Basketball - Monday, December 16 @ 4:30 at Whitwritght - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Go Panthers!

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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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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.

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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 twhitaker@vanalstyneisd.org or call the school office.