VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

August 16, 2019

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We Are VA

State accountability scores were released yesterday. Van Alstyne ISD scored an “A” rating, with an overall score of 97! Only four public schools across the vast state of Texas scored higher! VAISD would like to express our thanks and gratitude to our excellent staff and faculty, our supportive community, and our VA families and kids for making every day a great day to be a Panther!

It's a GREAT year to be a Panther!

The first two days were filled with lots of smiling, excited students. The Panther staff was incredibly excited to see our kids walking back on our campus. We know this is going to be the best year ever!! Click the video below to view the VAMS Welcome Back Video! We want our students to know that we care about them we will always be here for them!
VAMS 2019-2020

Calendar

  • Monday, August 19 - 7th & 8th Grade Boys Athletics Parent Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in the VAMS cafeteria - this meeting will cover all of the boy's sports
  • Wednesday, August 28 - Fall Festival Planning Meeting in the High School Multipurpose Room @ 4:30 PM
  • Monday, September 2 - Labor Day Holiday - No School
  • Friday, September 6 - Back to School Dance - 6th grade dance 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM and 7th/8th grade dance 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 10 - Fundraiser Kickoff
  • Thursday, September 12 - First Pep Rally @ 3:00 PM - Parents and community members are welcome to attend!
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Fundraisers Due
  • Saturday, October 5 - VAISD Fall Festival

Other Important Dates:
  • Pep Rally Dates - Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 31 (Pep Rallies begin @ 3:00 PM)
  • Student Dance Dates - Sept. 6, Dec. 6, Feb. 7, May 15 - (6th grade dance 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM and 7th/8th grade dance 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
  • 8th Grade Dance - Friday, May 8 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A message from our counselor...

Hi, my name is Jenna Frye and I am the new VAMS counselor. I am very excited to participate in your child's education and look forward to getting to know you and your child. Please feel free to contact me at any time if I can be of assistance. You can reach me via email at jfrye@vanalstyneisd.org. You may also reach me by calling my direct line at 903-482-8879.
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Important Information

  • Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:05

  • Students can be dropped off as early as 7:30
  • School cafeteria prices are $1.50 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch.
  • School hours are from 8:15-3:35.
  • If parents or community members are interested in serving on the Campus Improvement Team, or being a school volunteer, they can contact the front office at 903-482-8804.

New Bell Schedules

Parents, we will have a new bell schedule this year since we are moving to an 8-period day. Click the link below to view our new bell schedule.
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Lunch Drop Off Changes

You are certainly welcome to bring your child a lunch, but please know that with the change of our bell schedule, we had to make a change to lunches being dropped off in the front office during the day. Since there are class going on during each lunch period, we are not able to call students over the intercom to come and pick up their lunch from the front office. If you drop a lunch off for your child, there will be a bookshelf in the front office for you to leave your child's lunch. There will be a sticky note and marker to label their lunch. You will need to text your child to let them know they have a lunch they need to pick up in the front office.
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Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

MORNING:

Buses will be arriving at our school and unloading students at the driveway of the north entrance of our campus. Students can be dropped off by parents starting at 7:30 a.m. **Students WILL NOT be supervised prior to 7:30 a.m. For their safety, please do not drop them off before that time. 6th and 7th grade students can be dropped off at the front entrance of our school or at the south entrance by our cafeteria and 8th grade students can be dropped off by the gym at the south entrance to our campus. All students who are eating will go directly to the cafeteria. Before school, all 6th and 7th grade students (except for those going to tutoring) will go to the cafeteria. All 8th grade students will go to the gym.

AFTERNOON:

The north entrance (entrance to the main office) will be closed to all traffic except for buses. Parents picking up their children in the afternoon will all use the south entrance to our school. Once in the parking lot, we have a limited amount of space for curb-side pick-up. It helps alleviate traffic back-up on Highway 5 if the cars that won’t fit in the curb-side pick-up line park in the parking lot (*see pick up parking areas on the map). Once the curbside pickup line is backed up to Highway 5, the next cars in line can follow the red arrow below to find a parking spot. We will have monitors assist students safely across the parking lot and out to their car as quickly as possible.


The first couple of days of student pick-up will be a little hectic because many people will want to pick their child up those days. Please be patient and follow the directions of our staff members who will be directing traffic. By the end of the week it should be running fairly smoothly.


Tip: To shorten your wait time and allow some of the traffic to dissipate those first couple of days, it helps if some parents come about 3:45 to pick up their child. By the second week, you will be able to come at the normal 3:35 time. **Also, starting the second week of school, students will be unsupervised outside after 3:50, so please be sure to pick your child up prior to that time.

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Bus Rider Information

It is important that you get your child signed up for bus transportation as soon as possible. Click the link below to access the Bus Rider Enrollment Form. You will receive a confirmation email once the form is submitted.

Band News

Attention all 6th graders: the VAMS Band has openings for certain sections.

If you are interested in playing Flute, Trombone, Euphonium or Tuba contact Ms. Meziere at smeziere@vanalstyneisd.org

VAMS PTA

We LOVE our PTA!! Our PTA does wonderful things for our students and staff members all throughout the year. Please consider joining the VAMS PTA. Click the link below to access the PTA membership form.

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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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.

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.

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.

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 twhitaker@vanalstyneisd.org or call the school office.

Panther sports

Volleyball - Thursday, August 29 @ 4:30 @ Howe - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Football - Thursday, September 12 @ 4:30 at home vs. Anna

Cross Country - Saturday, September 8 - McKinney Boyd Invitational @ Myers Park in McKinney

Go Panthers!

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