VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

September 9, 2022


  • September 12 - 16 - Homecoming Dress Up Days (more information below)

  • Tuesday, September 13 - Fundraiser Kickoff (students will bring home fundraiser information)
  • Wednesday, September 14 - Community Pep Rally at Panther Stadium at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 14 - VA Pink Out T-Shirt Orders Due (more information below)
  • Friday, September 16 - Homecoming Varsity Football Game at 7:00 PM (more information below)
  • Monday, September 19 - VAISD School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM at the admin building
  • Tuesday, September 20 - Picture Day (picture order information below)
  • Tuesday, September 20 - Pep Rally at 3:00 PM - Parents & guests are welcome to attend!
  • Friday, September 23 - First UIL Eligibility Check (more information below)
  • Tuesday, September 27 - Fundraisers Due
  • Saturday, October 1 - VAISD Fall Festival from 3:00 PM -7:00 PM in the VAHS Parking Lot
  • Tuesday, October 4 - Pep Rally at 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 11 - 6/7 Social Studies Quarter 1 Tests (tests will be given during class)
  • Tuesday, October 11 - 6th Grade Beginner Band Concert at 7:00 PM in the VAMS Main Gym
  • Wednesday, October 12 - 6th - 8th Math & 8th Social Studies Quarter 1 Tests (tests will be given during class)
  • Thursday, October 13 - 6th - 8th Reading & Science Quarter 1 Tests (tests will be given during class)
  • Friday, October 14 - House Games from 1:15 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Friday, October 14 - VAMS Halloween Dance (organized by parent volunteers) from 6:00-8:00 - free admission (more information below)
  • Monday, October 17 - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL

Progress Reports Went Home Yesterday

Food Regulations

As a parent, you have the right to bring food to your child. However, to be in compliance with federal law, you are not allowed to bring in food for a child other than your own (for example, bringing a pizza for your child and his/her friends). This also includes bringing cupcakes and snacks on your child's birthday. To be in compliance with law, we cannot offer them during the lunch period. Therefore, the only time we could legally do that is during class time; which is not something we are going to be able to do as the students are busy in their classes and we do not want to disrupt the learning environment.

Also, please know that we will not accept food deliveries for students. Accepting food deliveries is a campus security issue as that would increase the number of visitors to our campus.


Our Varsity Homecoming game will be Friday, September 16 at 7:00 PM. Students are welcome to attend the football game and enjoy time with their friends. Please know that mums and garters will not be allowed here at the middle school as they are a distraction to the learning environment. Students are welcome to wear mums and garters to the homecoming football game. We appreciate your understanding and hope you plan on enjoying watching our Panthers play Sulphur Springs at the Homecoming game.

Homecoming Dress Up Days

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VA Pink Out T-Shirt

If you are interested in ordering a VA PINK OUT shirt, click the link below to access an order form. Order forms are also available in the VAMS front office. T-shirts are $15. Orders are due by Wednesday, September 14. We will have a VAMS Pink Out Pep Rally on October 14, where students, staff, and guests are encouraged to wear pink.
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VAMS Picture Day

Our picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20. If you would like to place an online order for pictures, go to and click the "Order Now" button. The VAMS Picture Day ID is EVTMFQW4D.

Covid Absences

If your child has a doctor's note that states they tested positive for Covid, please email a copy of the doctor's note to our office at and our nurse at

If your child tests positive for Covid with an at-home test, please email a picture of the positive at-home test along with the dates your child will miss school to our office at and our nurse at

2022-2023 Yearbook Orders

Buy early and save money!

Secure your memories!

Cost: $42.00 if you order by Monday, November 21, 2022

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Students Calling Home

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.

UIL Eligibility Check

UIL has a No Pass No Play eligibility rule that governs students participating in school-related extra-curricular activities. This pertains not only to middle school athletes, but to all school-related extra-curricular activities in which students compete, including but not limited to: athletics, cheerleading, showing animals, choir, and band competitions, etc. Here is a brief explanation...

The FIRST ELIGIBILITY CHECK will be on Friday, September 23rd. Any student failing at that time will not be eligible to participate in any UIL club or team. After the September 23rd eligibility check, all other eligibility checks will be made at the end of each 9 weeks. If a student is passing all subjects at the end of a nine weeks grading period, he/she will remain eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities until the end of the next nine weeks grading period. A student who fails any subject for the nine weeks becomes ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activity at 3:00 the Friday following report cards.

Students can regain eligibility if they are passing all classes at the following times: at the end of the three weeks reporting period, at the end of the six weeks reporting period, and at the end of the nine weeks grading period. They will regain eligibility at 3:00 the Friday after progress reports or report cards come out.

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Halloween Dance Volunteers

Our parent volunteers are organizing a Halloween Dance! The dance will be on Friday, October 14 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The Halloween Dance is for VAMS students only. If you are interested in helping with the dance, please contact Toni Bramley at
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Parent Volunteer Group

We love our parent volunteers! Our parent volunteers help organize student events, host teacher appreciation luncheons, and support our school. If you are interested in volunteering, please Paige McDonald at or check the VAMS Panther Parents Facebook Page.

Lunch Accounts

School lunch is no longer free for all students. The program has been discontinued for the 2022-2023 school year. Your children may still qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Click the links below to access a Free and Reduced Lunch Application.

Parents can deposit money into their child’s lunch account online through **In accordance with state law, parents are not allowed to provide food for any child other than their own. This includes dropped-off lunches, sharing of pizza, cupcakes for their friends, etc.

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Feed My Sheep Program

Backpack food programs provide nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to

children to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays in an effort to avoid hunger

when they are unable to depend on school meals. By providing kids with the nutrients they need when they’re away from school, they show up on Monday morning healthy and ready to learn. Each student will typically receive 2 breakfast items, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 snack type items.

If your family would benefit from the Feed My Sheep program, then click the link below to view the Feed My Sheep flyer. Complete the bottom portion of the page and return it to our VAMS counselor, Mrs. Cady.


If you need to communicate any attendance questions or issues, please email the following email address

Cell Phone Policy

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, during lunch, and after school. 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.

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Panther sports


Thursday, September 15 @ VAMS vs. Celina

5:00 PM - 7A & 8B

6:00 PM - 8A & 7B

Thursday, September 22 in Sherman

5:00 PM - 7A & 8B

6:00 PM - 8A & 7B

7th Grade Football

Thursday, September 15 at 5:00 & 5:30 PM at Van Alstyne Stadium vs. Whitesboro

Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 & 6:30 PM at Melissa

8th Grade Football

Thursday, September 15 at 5:00 & 7:00 PM at Van Alstyne Stadium vs. Whitesboro

Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 & 7:00 PM at Van Alstyne Stadium vs. Melissa

Cross Country

Saturday, September 10 - S&S Ram Run

Saturday, September 24 - Denison Invitational Run

Monday, October 10 - District Meet in Celina

Coach Ingram, Middle School Girls Athletic Coordinator -

Coach Sedlacek, Middle School Boys Athletic Coordinator -

Varisty Football Games

We love seeing our middle school students attend games to support our high school students. Please see the information below about football game expectations.

  • Middle school students who are not sitting with their parents/guardians need to sit in the middle school section (top, left side of the bleachers).
  • No footballs or other balls can be brought to the game.
  • No one is allowed on the football field after the game.
  • Students will be asked to leave if they continue to make poor choices after a warning/redirection.
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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. Hours are documented digitally. Click the link below to access the digital hour log.

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.

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.

A Note From Our Nurse....

Our clinics must have a Medication Parent Consent Form on file for students requiring medication administered during school hours. This form must be signed by parent/legal guardian. Medication must be kept in the ORIGINAL bottle. (see links below)

Children who have the following symptoms should stay home and not come to school until these symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours without the help of medication.

  • Fever (100 degrees or higher)
  • Sore Throat (with fever or swollen neck)
  • Persistent Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Rash (with fever and itching)
  • Conjunctivitis/Pink Eye (your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment)

A child with a typical cold, but no fever or green drainage, may come to school.

If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent.

Medication Parent Consent Form

Click this button to access the medication parent consent form.

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.

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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.