VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

February 7, 2020

Calendar

  • Wednesday, February 12 - 8th Grade Parent Meeting for High School Information 5:30-6:00 in the VAHS cafeteria - Academic Expo to follow from 6:00-7:30 (more information below)
  • Thursday, February 13 - VAEF Denim and Diamonds Gala (more information below)
  • Friday, February 14 - 8th Grade Course selection sheets due back to Mrs. Frye (more information below)
  • Friday, February 14 - Star Card Treat After School
  • Monday, February 17 - No School - Staff Development Day
  • Monday, February 17 - VAISD School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 19 - Mandatory HS Cheer Tryout Meeting at 6:00 PM in the High School Multi-Purpose Room - This is mandatory for student and parent to attend. (more information below)
  • Thursday, February 20 - Individual 8th Grade Graduation Plan Parent Meetings (more information below)
  • February 18-21 - VAMS Book Fair in the Library
  • Wednesday, February 26 - VAMS Cheer Mandatory Parent Meeting at 5:30 PM in the VAMS Library
  • Friday, February 28 - Student Dance 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday, March 27 - VAMS Cheer Tryouts at 4:00 PM (more information below)
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Updated dates and times - VAMS Cheer Tryout Information

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VAHS CHEER TRYOUT INFORMATION

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8th Grade Personal Graduation Plan Meetings

Parents, we will be having Personal Graduation Plan meetings with every 8th grade student on Thursday, February 20. During this meeting, we will look at high school course options and select classes for your child's freshman year. Please sign up for the time slot that works best for you by clicking the link below. All meetings will be held at the middle school. If you are not able to schedule a meeting on February 20, please email Mrs. Weaver, the high school counselor, at cweaver@vanalstyenisd.org. We look forward to meeting with each of you.

Attention 8th Grade Parents

On Tuesday, January 28, the high school counselors, Mrs. Weaver & Ms. Wilmoth, spent the day with our 8th grade students. They met with students during their history class to explain high school course offerings and help them review their course selection sheets. Any 8th grader who was absent should report to the counselor's office to pick up a copy of their course selection sheet. Course selection sheets are due back to Mrs. Frye by February 14th.


See below for information about the VAHS Academic Expo. This is a great event to attend for you and your child to meet high school teachers, learn about the high school programs, and learn about the different endorsements offered at the high school level. The informational meeting for 8th grade parents is at 5:30 PM

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High School Colorguard

Attention 8th grade students: There will some after school practices at the high school for 8th -11th graders who are interested in Colorguard next year.
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3rd Quarter Exam Schedule By Grade Level

Our quarterly exam schedule will look a little different the 3rd nine weeks. STAAR-tested areas will be giving full benchmark exams (4 hours) to help pinpoint students needing interventions before STAAR testing time, while non-tested areas will be giving regular cumulative quarterly exams (2 hours).


6th Grade

Monday, Feb. 24 – ELA

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Science

Thursday, Feb. 27 – Social Studies

Wednesday, Mar. 4 - Reading

Tuesday, April 14 - Math


7th Grade

Monday, Feb. 24 – ELA

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Science

Thursday, Feb. 27 – Social Studies

Wednesday, Mar. 4 - Reading

Tuesday, Apr. 14 - Math


8th Grade

Monday, Feb. 24 - Science

Wednesday, Mar. 4 - Reading

Thursday, Mar. 5 - Math

Tuesday, Apr. 14 - Social Studies

Monday, Apr. 6 - Algebra

Scouts

A Scouts BSA Troop for Girls offers a full year-round outdoor program for girls ages 11 - 17. The program will be youth-led with trained adult leaders. Click the link below for more information.

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Immunizations - Attention 6th Grade Parents

In 2009, the State of Texas began requiring specific immunizations for all 7th graders.


The immunizations that incoming 7th graders need are:


1. Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap): All students entering the seventh will be required to have a booster dose of Tdap only if it has been five years since their last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine.

2. Varicella (Chicken Pox): All students entering the 7th grade will be required to have 2 doses of varicella vaccine. The 1st dose must be received on or after the 1st birthday.

3. Meningococcal Vaccine (Meningitis): All students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose of meningococcal vaccine.


If your child has already had these immunizations, please send a copy of the immunization record from the health clinic or physician. It must include the month, day and year as well as validation by a physician or public health official.


*Immunization records must be received before schedules will be released for the 2020-2021 school year*


Immunizations are available from your family physician, the Grayson County Health Department 903.893.0131, 515 N. Walnut Sherman, Texas, Collin County Health Department 972.548.5000 N. McDonald St, Mckinney, Texas or local medical/rural health clinics. Please call the health department for hours and availability.


If you have a medical or religious reason that conflicts with these requirements, please contact the school nurse. Information on obtaining a conscious exemption can be found at the following website:

https://corequest.dshs.texas.gov/


Thank you,

Lorie Wilson, LVN

Van Alstyne Middle School

903.482.8878

All state requirements may be found at www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize

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Dress Code for Student Dances

Students must follow the school dress code for the dance. The only exception is that girls may wear a dress that has a three-finger width strap. If a dress has spaghetti straps or is strapless, a sweater or cover-up must be worn at all times. Only VAMS students are allowed to attend student dances.

Panther sports

Girls Basketball - Saturday, February 8 - District Tournament in Bells - 7A, 8A

Boys Basketball - Thursday, February 13 @ 4:30 at Bonham - 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.

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 twhitaker@vanalstyneisd.org or call the school office.