VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

February 19, 2016


  • Saturday, February 20 - VAHS & VAMS Spaghetti Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • February 23-24 & March 1-2 - Quarterly Tests & Benchmarks (see schedule below)
  • Tuesday, February 23 - 7th Grade Meeting for Summer 2017 Washington DC Trip @ 6:00 p.m. in Mrs. Duncan's Room (This meeting is optional for those who would like information about the DC trip. More information below.)
  • Thursday, February 25 - Student Senate Library Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 26 - Star Card Hat Day
  • Friday, February 26 - Box Tops Due
  • Friday, March 4 - Star Card iPod in Advisory
  • March 7 - 11 - Spring Break

VAMS back-to-back UIL champions!

Congratulations to our UIL academic contestants! Together they won last Friday's district competition! We want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to succeed. You represented us well and we are very proud of you. We also want to thank all of our UIL coaches who put in long hours to help their students succeed. Please click the link below to see the results from the competition.
UIL Results

Click this button to see the UIL results

Student Senate Library Renovation Project

Our Student Senate has been working on a library renovation project. The library they are planning to create will fully meet the needs of our students as twenty-first century learners. The library we envision will provide unique opportunities for our students and allow them to express themselves in a unique way.

There is a Go Fund Me page for those who are interested in donating to the project. Click HERE to access the Go Fund Me page.

We are excited about this opportunity for our students.

Quarterly Exam Schedule by Grade Level

Our quarterly exam schedule will look a little different this nine weeks. STAAR-tested areas will be giving full benchmark exams to help pinpoint students needing interventions before STAAR testing time, while non-tested areas will be giving regular cumulative quarterly exams.

5th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - ELA & SS

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Science

6th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - ELA

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Science & Social Studies

7th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - ELA

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Science & Social Studies

8th Grade

Tuesday, Feb 23 - Reading

Wednesday, Feb 24 - Science

Tuesday, Mar 1 - Math

Wednesday, Mar 2 - Social Studies

Special Olympics

On Wednesday, some our students participated in the Special Olympic Basketball Skills Event and did an outstanding job! Everyone placed in the top four of their bracket! 6 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal, and 1 fourth place - Way to go Panthers!!

VAEF Denim & Diamonds Gala

Van Alstyne Education Foundation Denim & Diamonds Gala will be on Thursday, March 31st at 6:00 p.m. There will be dinner, live music by the VAHS jazz band, as well as silent and live auction items. This is a great way to support our teachers and students!
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attention 7th Grade Parents...

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theatre arts news

Auditions for Theatre Arts students auditioning for, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!" will be held after school next week in the cafeteria on the following days:

Wednesday, February 24th - 4:00-5:15

Thursday, February 25th - 4:00- 5:15

Friday, February 26th - 4:00- until completed

Results will be posted on the Theatre Arts Instagram page by 9:00 p.m.

Note from the nurse - ATTENTION 6th GRADE PARENTS

In 2009, the State of Texas began requiring specific immunizations for all 7th graders.

The immunizations that incoming 7th graders need are:

1. Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis containing vaccine (Tdap): All students entering the seventh will be required to have a booster dose of Tdap only if it has been five years since their last dose of a tetanus- containing vaccine.

2. Varicella (Chicken Pox) : All students entering the 7th grade will be required to have 2 doses of varicella vaccine. The 1st dose must be received on or after the 1st birthday.

3. Meningococcal Vaccine (Meningitis) : All students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose of meningococcal vaccine.

If your child has already had these immunizations, please send a copy of the immunization record from the health clinic or physician. It must include the month, day and year as well as validation by physician or public health official.

*Immunization records must be received before schedules will be released for the 2016-2017 school year*

Immunizations are available from your family physician, the Grayson County Health Department 903.893.0131, 515 N. Walnut Sherman, Texas, Collin County Health Department 972.548.5000 N. McDonald St, Mckinney, Texas or local medical/rural health clinics. Please call the health department for hours and availability.

If you have a medical or religious reason that conflicts with these requirements, please contact the school nurse. Information on obtaining a conscious exemption can be found at the following website:

Thank you,

Corey Adams, LVN

Van Alstyne Middle School


All state requirements may be found at

Panther Sports


Track Meet: Tuesday, March 1 @ Anna

Go Panthers!

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.
Volunteer Approval Form

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