VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

October 9, 2015


  • Saturday, October 10 - Van Alstyne Education Foundation Clay Shoot 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (more information below)
  • Oct. 12 - Oct. 14 - Quarterly Tests (see schedule below)
  • Wednesday, October 14 - College Day (more information below)
  • 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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Important Quarterly Exam Information

Parents, we wanted to make you aware of the rigor of the quarterly exams that your child will be taking. We pattern the quarterly exams after the STAAR tests, which are at a very high level. Don't be alarmed when your child brings home a grade lower than what they are accustomed to getting on normal, everyday assignments and tests. To compensate for the difficulty of the tests, the state lowers the passing standard to below 70%, and we allow every student the opportunity to correct their tests for half of their credit back. Please communicate with your child's teacher if you have a question or concern.
Van Alstyne Education Foundation Clay Shoot

Click here for information about the VAEF Clay Shoot

College Day

In order to increase college awareness amongst our students, we are going to have a College Day once a quarter. Our first College Day will be on Wednesday, October 14. On this day, we will celebrate different universities and colleges. During this time, our 8th graders will learn about things they will encounter at the high school (GPA, SAT test, ACT test, graduation endorsements, scholarship opportunities, and much more).

On College Day, your child is welcome to wear college attire, including a college hat. Please ensure that your child does not wear something that would be disruptive to our learning environment. We look forward to this being a fun time and for the students to learn more about the possibilities that lie before them!

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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, starting next week.

Online orders: Code 9482916

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Lice Prevention and Control

Please click this button to access a letter that explains how to prevent and control the spread of lice.

Panther Sports

VAMS Cross Country

The VAMS Cross Country Team is thriving! Thank you to Coach Rachel Sevarino for helping our young runners have success at every meet thus far!

At the Denison meet this past weekend, the boys team placed second and the girls team placed fourth overall. Individual medalists were: Morgan Bruton - 4th place, Natalia Herrera - 12th place, and Bryce Sevarino - 6th place.

The team is looking forward to the upcoming district meet next Wednesday in Commerce.

Go Panther Cross Country!


Volleyball - Monday, October 12 @ 4:30 at Caddo Mills

Cross Country - Wednesday, October 14 @ Commerce

Football - Thursday, October 15 @ 4:30 at Pilot Point

Go Panthers!

VAMS Bell Schedule

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VAISD 2015-2016 Calendar

Click this button to access this year's school calendar.

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