VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

October 18, 2019


  • Friday, October 18 - End of 1st 9 Weeks
  • October 21 -25 - Red Ribbon Week (more information below)
  • October 21 - 25 - Bus Driver Appreciation Week - Show your bus driver some love!
  • Monday, October 21 - VAISD School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 24 - Report Cards Go Home
  • Friday, October 25 - VAMS Student Night Out 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (VAMS Students Only, more information below)
  • October 28-30 - Haunted House @ VAHS - Sponsored by the VAHS Theatre Department - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (more information below)
  • Monday, October 28 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday, October 29 - Grayson County Drug Awareness Presentation from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Sanford Elementary
  • Thursday, October 31 - Pep Rally @ 3:00 PM - Parents and community members are welcome to attend!
  • Friday, November 1 - Star Card Ice Cream Treat - We will be on a pep rally schedule this day to have star card treats from 3:00-3:30.
  • Monday, November 4 - Christmas Angel Applications Due (more information below)
  • Saturday, November 9 - VAEF Dodgeball Tournament (more information below)
  • Monday, November 11 - Veterans Day Program at 9:00 AM (more information below)
  • Tuesday, November 12 - Dyslexia Parent Training Opportunity from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Sanford Elementary (more information below)

Outstanding Students

Our Outstanding Students program recognizes students who go above and beyond to make our school a great place and exemplify our Be Kind Work Hard motto. Teachers choose students from each grade level who deserves recognition. The students who are chosen receive a Sonic drink of their choice, get 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:

6th Grade - Tilly-Ann Bond & Yulissa Navarro

7th Grade - Jacob Tran & Ella Nelson

8th Grade - Joshua Karani & Autumn Milroy

Way to go! You make us proud!

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Control The Bleed Student Presentations

During the week of October 28, Nurse Wilson will meet with our 7th & 8th grade students for a Control the Bleed presentation. Control the Bleed is a national awareness campaign that is intended to educate and encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. It is state-mandated for all 7th-12th grade students to receive annual bleeding control training. If you have any concerns or questions, please call or email Nurse Wilson at 903-482-8804 or
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Christmas Angel Application

Christmas Angel applications are now available. If your family is in need or you know of a family in need for this upcoming holiday season, please complete the application and return it to school. The deadline to turn in a Christmas Angel application is Monday, November 4. Please click the link below access a Christmas Angel application.

STOPit App

We wanted to remind you about the STOPit app. This app provides easy access for our students to be able to anonymously report bullying incidents. Having this app on their phones makes reporting practical for them. STOPit is also accessible through the middle school website, look under the Parents tab. More information and resources can be found online at

The video below shows you how to download the STOPit app and how to complete a report. The access code is VAMS.

What is STOPit?
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Dyslexia Parent Training

If you want to learn some home strategies to support your child with dyslexia, then don't miss out on this wonderful learning opportunity! Nancy Disterlic, a Dyslexia Consultant, is offering a free session for parents on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Sanford Elementary. Don't miss out on this wonderful learning opportunity!
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A Note From Our Nurse....

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Vision and hearing screenings are being conducted the month of October at Van Alstyne Middle School. As a part of Health and Safety Code Chapter 36, the Texas Department of State Health Services requires that all newly enrolled children or children in Pre-k, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision or hearing problems.

If you choose to not to have your child screened at school, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Wilson, at Documentation from your child’s visit to a healthcare provider must be turned into the school’s clinic as soon as possible. The documentation must verify that your child has been evaluated for potential vision or hearing problems. You may either turn the documents into the school’s front office or have them faxed to the number provided below.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our school nurse by phone or email at For more information on the vision and hearing screening program, visit the Texas DSHS website at

Lorie Wilson, LVN
VAMS Nurse
Phone: 903-482-8878
Fax: 903-482-8890

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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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Panther sports

Volleyball - Saturday, October 19 District Tournament in Leonard - 7A, 8A

Football - Thursday, October 31 @ 4:30 at Home vs. Howe

Go Panthers!

cross country district champs

CONGRATULATIONS to our Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams for claiming the title of DISTRICT CHAMPS!! Sending a shout-out to our runners who placed in the top 10:


Cat Rollins - 1st place - DISTRICT CHAMP

Lainey Brummett - 9th place

Lena Beavers - 10th place


Jude Gonzales - 4th place

Landon Williams - 5th place

Mason Powers - 6th place

Adrian Walker - 10th place

We are proud of your accomplishment!

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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.