VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

January 29, 2016


  • Monday, February 1 - Thursday, February 11 - Valentine's Candy & Roses Sales (more information below)
  • Wednesday, February 3rd - Grayson County Spelling Bee @ 1:00PM - Good Luck, Makenna Dancer!
  • Friday, February 12 - Student Dance - 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • Monday, February 15 - 6th-8th Grade UIL meet in Whitewright
  • Saturday, February 20 - VAHS & VAMS Spaghetti Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Progress reports went home yesterday. Please sign and return your child's progress report by Monday. Thank you!

Parent Survey

Parents, below is the link to our annual parent survey. Having your feedback is critical for us because it helps us see things from a different perspective. We hope that you will take the time to fill it out because the information we receive is invaluable to helping us improve. Our focal points from last year's results revolved around proactive academic communication (which was the reason we started our grade level newsletters), and regular and meaningful technology integration. We hope you have seen improvement in both of these areas. Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey!

Careers Class Field Trip

Coach Penn's Careers class enjoyed their field trip to the Caterpillar plant. They received a tour from Mr. Swift and learned a lot about the day-to-day operations of such a large facility. Thank you Mr. Swift and Caterpillar plant employees for spending time with our students!
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Movie at the odeum Theater

Tomorrow at 2:00 pm, the Odeum Theater in Whitewright is have a special showing of Star Wars the Force Awakens to support the Make-A-Wish foundation. See the flyer below for more details...
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Gifted and Talented Referrals

Dear Parents,

Referrals are now being accepted for the Van Alstyne Unique Learners and Thinkers (VAULT) program. VAULT is designed to provide academic challenge for children who have been identified as gifted and talented through a process of academic testing. Children, who possess the ability to function above their current grade level, or demonstrate outstanding academic performance, should be carefully considered.

Parent and teacher evaluations constitute two of the six assessment parameters used to determine placement in VAULT. Therefore, I strongly encourage that you consult with your child's classroom teacher prior to requesting a referral to be tested.

Parent Inventory forms are available in the office at the middle school office. The deadline for parental referrals is February 5th. If you have any questions regarding VAULT, please contact the undersigned at the school.


Ryan Coleman, Principal

Rachel Sevarino, VAULT Coordinator

*Van Alstyne ISD VAULT referrals receive the testing component of the GT assessment every two years. Though, teacher and parent inventories can be updated yearly. If the referral was tested last year, only teacher and parent inventories will be updated on the student profile sheet this year.

High Achiever or Gifted Learner?

Click the button to understand the difference between a high achieving learner and a gifted learner.

Panther Sports


Girls Basketball - Saturday, January 30 @ 10:00 a.m. vs. Muenster @ home (8B, 7A, 8A)

Monday, February 1 @ 4:30 @ Denison (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

February 4-6 - District Tournament @ Commerce Time: TBA (7A, 8A)

Boys Basketball - Thursday, February 4 @ 4:30 vs. Leonard @ home (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

Go Panthers!

VAMS 2016 Track Schedule

Click this button to access the track schedule.

Lady Panther Basketball Results

VA vs Caddo Mills 1/28/16

7B lost 18-6

Point Leaders: Ward, Saenz, & Hill - 2

Rebound Leaders: C. Thomas & Ward - 3

Steal Leader: Hill - 3

Hustle Award: Ward

8B won 12-10

Point Leader: Fetty - 4

Rebound Leaders: Fetty & Stephens - 2

Steal Leader: Fetty - 3

Shot Block Leader: Hutchison - 3

Hustle Award: Fetty

7A lost 21-19

Point Leader: Mullins 6

Rebound Leader: Young - 5

Assists Leader: Donald - 2

Steal Leader: Dancer - 3

Shot Block Leader: Fernandez - 1

Hustle Award: Donald

8A won 29-22

Point Leader: Welch 13

Rebound Leader: Smith - 9

Assists Leader: Welch -3

Steal Leaders: Welch, Riddick, & Smith - 4

Shot Block Leaders: Riddick & Smith - 1

Hustle Award: Welch

Middle School February Breakfast Menu

Click this button to access the breakfast menu.

Middle School February Lunch Menu

Click this button to access the lunch menu.

Lost and Found

There are many unclaimed items in our lost and found. Please encourage your child to check and see if there is anything that belongs to them. We also encourage you to put your child's name on the tag of his or her coat, or sweatshirt, and lunchbox to minimize the chance of losing it.
Volunteer Approval Form

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

Facebook and Twitter

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