VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

October 16, 2015

Reminder: Bring in your box tops!


  • Thursday, October 22 - Pep Rally @ 2:49 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22 - Report Cards go home
  • Friday, October 23 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Frontier Village
  • Friday, October 23 - Dance Party- 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:00 (more information below)
  • October 26 - October 30 - Red Ribbon Week (more information below)
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Outstanding Students

Our Outstanding Students program recognizes students who go above and beyond to make our school a great place. Teachers choose one student from each grade level who deserves recognition. The students who are chosen receive a Sonic drink of their choice, a positive phone call home, 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:

Parker Schroeder - 5th Grade

Hannah Hemphill - 6th Grade

Makenna Dancer - 7th Grade

Jerrett Winegeart - 8th Grade

Way to go! You make us proud!

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College Day

Our first College Day was a success! In addition to bringing the idea of college to light, students also received information about:

Why it is important to go to college, what life is like in college, what they can do now to plan for college, and about the importance of talking to their parents about their plans.

Check out the two videos below. The first video was made for our students to hear some of our staff members share their favorite college memory. The next video is full of pictures from College Day.

VAMS Staff College Memories 2015

2015-2016 Yearbooks on sale now

Yearbooks are priced at $35 (online order) or $37 (cash or check) until October 28th. After that date, the price will be $40 through January, and $45 until the end of May.

You can send a check, in an envelope marked YEARBOOK AND your child's name to the office made payable to VAMS or you can ORDER ONLINE.

Online orders: Code 9482916

Check out our promo video created by 8th graders, Kayla Bellamy and Faith Dixon...

2015-2016 Yearbook Promo Video

Theatre Arts Students & Parents

Please sign and return the UIL One-Act Play Commitment Form that was sent home this week. Also, make sure you and your child sign up for Theatre Arts Remind if you have not already done so. Text: @6af9e to 81010

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Weaver at 903-482-8804 or email her at

Red Ribbon Week is October 26-30. Below is each day's theme.

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Creative writing

We have wonderful writers on our campus and we would like to celebrate their hard work. Here is an original creative writing piece by one of our 7th graders, Lexie Lewis.

The Bus - By Lexie Lewis

Pink. She has never liked pink. Pink was the color of Pepto Bismol. Pink hurt her eyes to look at. Yet, pink was the color of her childhood sneakers. As she looks at her dirty white Nikes, she desperately wishes it were her pretty, pink, small sneakers. A tear escapes her eye and she forces herself to look up at the rain falling around her. With a shaky breath, she shoves her hands deeper into the pockets of her black jacket. The darkness of the night surrounds her, suffocating her until she feels like she can't breathe even though, minus the shakiness, she is breathing fine. Out of the corner of her eye, she sees a very familiar outline of a shadowy figure approaching her. Fear is what the figure's called. She named it that a long, long time ago when she was a kid around the age 12. It followed her everywhere, and it scared her- hence the name Fear. No one else saw the figure but her; however, she never really considered it 'seeing' him. She has never seen any details on him, just a silhouette of a shadow that can stand and walk on it's own. It's not attached to someone's feet or to the ground. It's a walking shadow. Once Fear gets underneath the canopy, it sits beside her on the bench and wraps an arm around her as if it was her friend. She feels a shiver run down her spine, knowing it's not real, but the touch is just so lifelike. It stays silent. It always does this. It's just what Fear does. You know it's there without it even speaking to you. Her breathing hitches, and she's reminded of her pink shoes again. Those shoes took her everywhere. When she was 6, she had those on at her very first band recital. When she was 7, she wore them on a family vacation to Hawaii. Again, while she was 7, she had them on her feet while on a roller coaster at Six Flags with her daddy. Now, her dirty white Nikes have replaced them. These shoes she wore when she came home and heard her parents fighting about a lack of money and a debt they'll never pay. She wore these shoes when her mom slapped her for the first time for not being home within curfew. She wore these shoes when she went to her dad's funeral. She wore the shoes now, at a bus stop, with her good old friend Fear right beside her. Since she turned 12, Fear has been with her. She wipes her eyes again, only now realizing that she had been crying. Fear rubs her arm gently and caresses her cheek. Two headlights appear through the darkness and the rain. They come towards them, down the street slowly. Option 1: She could go back and be with her mother. Option 2: She could leave everything behind and get on this bus. The bus slows to a stop in front of her and opens the doors. She sits there for a minute, not moving.

"I don't have all day, Lady. "

She stands up and climbs onto the bus, leaving Fear on the bench and in the rain.

Panther Sports

Cross Country

Congratulations to our Cross Country team! The girls placed 2nd and the boys placed 3rd at the district meet this week! We are proud of you! Way to go Panthers!


Morgan Bruton - 8th

Natalia Herrera - 16‚Äčth

Kate Carson - 18th

Lauren Yelton-Brown - 23rd

Emily Richardson - 24th

Alli Cholette - 29th

Zoe Mosby - 31st

Adriana Morales - 48th

Liz Ward - 52nd


Bryce Sevarino - 4th

Connor Loftice - 13th

Marcus Cooper - 17th

Samuel Patty - 18th

Carson Cooper - 20th

Coy Mosby - 23rd

Luke Hyatt - 24th

Austin Cuthbertson - 25th

Brett Long - 26th

Austin Johnson - 29th

Travis Morrison - 30th

Kaden Raborn - 33rd

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Volleyball - Monday, October 19 @ 4:30 home game against Farmersville

Football - Thursday, October 22 @ 4:30 home game against Pottsboro

Go Panthers!

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