VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

January 10, 2020


  • Monday, January 13 - VAISD Board Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 14 - 8th Grade Dance Planning Meeting in the VAMS Library at 7:00 PM (more information below)
  • Wednesday, January 15 - VAMS Spelling Bee at 2:00 PM
  • Friday, January 17 - Star Card Hat Day
  • January 17 & 18 - Middle School Band All-Region Clinic & Concert (for those students who made All-Region Band)
  • Monday, January 20 - NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, January 24 - Star Card Treat After School
  • Thursday, January 30 - 8th Grade Field Trip - College Visit to Texas A&M - Commerce
  • Thursday, January 30 - Progress Reports Go Home
  • Friday, January 31 - Star Card Break the Dress Code
  • Saturday, February 1 - Band Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 AM in the VAMS Cafeteria (more information below)
  • Thursday, February 13 - VAEF Denim and Diamonds Gala (more information below)
Report cards went home yesterday. Please sign your child's report card and return it back to school.

School Board Appreciation Month

The month of January is School Board Appreciation Month. If you see one of our wonderful school board members, please take the time to thank them for the time and effort they dedicate to our schools. We appreciate their hard work, support, and encouragement. Members include: Bottom row: Kurt Himmelreich, Debbie Nance, and David Kerr. Top row: Jim Atchison, Steve Roddy, Dennis Smith, and Randall Morgan.
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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.

We will be on an alternative schedule this day. Please see the schedule below.

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District Plan for Addressing Sexual Abuse and Other Maltreatment of Children

Parents, we wanted to bring our District Plan for Addressing Sexual Abuse and Other Maltreatment of Children to your attention. This state-mandated resource explains different types of abuse, helps you know what signs to look for, and gives you the resources to get the assistance you need. It is also located under the Students and Parents tab on the district website at, or by clicking on the following link:

Please contact your school counselor with any questions, and they will be happy to assist you.

Reminder About Cell Phones

Students are allowed to bring cell phones to school. They are allowed to listen to music and play games on their cell phones before school, after school, and during lunch. Students must keep cell phones out of sight and turned off (not on silent) during the school day. Please reinforce this rule with your child so they are well aware.

Also, please do not allow your child to call or text you from school using their cell phone for any reason, including to come pick them up when they do not feel well. Proper procedure is to report to Nurse Wilson and allow her to use her training to make that determination. Misuse will result in confiscation of the cell phone and the parent will be required to come pick up the phone. If the student continues to misuse their cell phone, the student will be required to check their cell phone into the office each morning.

Panther sports

Girls Basketball - Thursday, January 16 @ 4:30 at Bells - 7A, 8A

Boys Basketball - Saturday, January 11 - Basketball Tournament at VAHS - 7A & 8A

Thursday, January 16 @ 4:30 at Home vs. Bells - 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 or call the school office.