VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

December 4, 2015


  • Thursday, December 10 - College Day
  • Thursday, December 10 - Band Concert @ 7:00 PM @ the VAHS gym
  • Friday, December 11 - Student Dance - 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • December 14-16 - Quarterly Tests (see schedule below)
  • Thursday, December 17 - Fundraiser Party 8:30 AM -10:30 AM
  • Friday, December 18 - Early Release @ 1:25
  • December 21- January 4 - Christmas Break

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month - Coleen Jones, 8th grade math. We appreciate all of your hard work and your dedication to our students!
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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, 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:

Zane Scheller - 5th Grade

Regan Semons - 6th Grade

Liz Ward - 7th Grade

Hallie Storment - 8th Grade

Way to go! You make us proud!

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Please note there is a slight change to the testing schedule below

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College Day

College Day will be on Thursday, December 10. 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), and in college.

On College Day, students are to wear college attire, including a college hat if they would like. 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 and opportunities that lie before them!

7th Grade Science

A huge thank you to Mr. Cholette, a biomedical engineer, for coming to dissect a sheep's heart with Mrs. Hensley's 7th grade science class! The students learned about the anatomy and function of the heart.

All-Pro Dad Advice for Fathers: 10 Ways to Know You are Being a Good Father

As fathers we can sometimes feel lost. We can have self-doubt about how we are doing as dads. If you practice the following 10 things consistently you’ll know you are on the right track to being a good father. You will know you are setting the example your children need.

  1. When you help your kids with their schoolwork.
  2. When you take an interest in their hobbies.
  3. When you show affection to your wife in front of them.
  4. When you advocate that they speak to you and each other respectfully.
  5. When you just enjoy being with your children and they with you.
  6. When your son or daughter comes running to you when they get hurt.
  7. When your calendar is full of things to do with your children.
  8. When you calmly and gently discipline your children without yelling or screaming.
  9. When you tuck your children into bed at night and tell them: “I love you”.
  10. When you know their friends by first name.

Hour Of Code

The Hour of Code is Coming!

Mark your calendar for 12/8/2015

Van Alstyne High school room 305

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Dear Parents,

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Van Alstyne ISD is ready to teach these

foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.

See for details, and help spread the word.


Leigh Moreno & Leigh Evans

Van Alstyne High School Technology Dept.

Click here to sign up!

Questions? Email questions to

2015-2016 Yearbooks

Yearbooks are priced at $40 (online order, cash, or check) 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

Panther Sports


Girls Basketball - Monday, December 7 @ 4:30 in Tom Bean (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

Boys Basketball - Monday, December 7 @ 4:30 vs. Tom Bean at home (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

Go Panthers!

Lady Panther Basketball Results

VA vs Leonard 11/30/15

8B won 41-4

Point Leader: Fonseca-21

Rebound Leader: Fonseca-2

Assists Leader: Stephens-1

Steal Leader: Fonseca-6

Hustle Award: Fonseca

7A won 28-13

Point leader: Donald-10

Rebound Leaders: Donald-4 & Mullins-4

Assists Leader: Fernandez-1

Steal Leaders: Donald-5 & Young-5

Hustle Award: Fernandez

8A won 34-23

Point Leader: Riddick-10

Rebound Leader: Riddick-6

Assists Leaders: Welch-2 & Riddick-2

Steal Leaders: Riddick-4 & Earley-4

Shot Block Leader: Brogdon-1

Hustle Award: Brogdon

VAMS Bell Schedule

Click this button to access our bell schedule

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!

Lost and Found

There are many unclaimed items in our lost and found. Please encourage your child to check and see if there is anything that belongs to them. We also encourage you to put your child's name on the tag of his or her coat, or sweatshirt, and lunchbox to minimize the chance of losing it.

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