VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter
March 4, 2016
- March 7 - 11 - Spring Break
- March 14 - 18 - 6th Grade Spinal Screenings (more information below)
- Friday, March 18 - Star Card Special Lunch Time
- Thursday, March 31 - Van Alstyne Education Foundation Gala @ 6:00 p.m.
Sofeia Herrera - 5th Grade
Alec Phillips - 6th Grade
Natalia Herrera - 7th Grade
Quinn Rasor - 8th Grade
Way to go! You make us proud!
good luck varsity boys basketball at playoffs
VAEF Denim & Diamonds Gala
Note from The Nurse - ATTENTION 6th Grade Parents
Van Alstyne Middle School will be conducting spinal screenings on our 6th grade students during PE the week of March 14-18, 2016. The purpose of the spinal screening is to detect the signs of abnormal curves of the spine at their earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined. Scoliosis, a common spinal abnormality found in adolescents, is a sideways twisting of the spine. It is usually detected in children between 10 and 14 years of age. Kyphosis, sometimes called round back, is an exaggerated rounding of the upper back and is often confused with poor posture. Many cases of
curvature of the spine are mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician when they are first diagnosed. Others can worsen with time as the child grows and require active treatment such as bracing, and surgery. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity, which can affect a person’s appearance and health.
The procedure for screening is simple. Screeners who have been specially trained will look at your child’s back while he/she bends forward. For this examination, boys and girls will be seen separately and individually.
ALL STUDENTS MUST REMOVE THEIR SHIRT FOR THIS EXAM. FOR THIS REASON, WE REQUEST THAT GIRLS WEAR A TANK TOP, TUBE TOP, SPORTS BRA OR A TWO PIECE BATHING SUIT TOP UNDERNEATH THEIR SHIRT DURING THE EXAM.
Parents will be notified of the result of the screen only if professional follow-up is necessary. This screening procedure does not replace your child’s need for regular health care and check-ups.
According to state law, all students in 6th grade must receive the spinal screening. If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit an affidavit of religious exemption to the school no later than March 4,2016.
Please contact me at 903.482.8878 if you would like additional information.
Corey Adams, LVN
News from the emerge program
The EMERGE Program with the Grayson Crisis Center is wrapping up its main program. Thank you to all of the students for a fantastic program with lots of great conversations, learning and experiences! This year, our final projects turned out amazing! 5th and 6th grade created posters which highlighted the skills and lessons they learned over the course of the program. The 7th and 8th graders were given creative freedom to bring to life the lesson they thought was the most important. They did a spectacular job!
The projects are on display in the halls and by the cafeteria for the whole school community to enjoy and to help reinforce these lessons. The projects have been viewed by members of the Grayson Crisis Center, including the Executive Director, a Board Member, the Office Manager, the Community Education Coordinator and our Children’s advocate from our shelter. Some of the projects which best highlight the goals of the EMERGE program and the lessons taught were chosen to be on display in the Van Alstyne community! 7th and 8th grade projects can be viewed at Kyrie’s Coffee and 5th – 8th grade projects can be seen in the Public Library. The other projects will remain at the school in various locations for parents and students to enjoy.
Thank you so much to all of the students for their hard work, creativity, and excitement! We appreciate the opportunity to explore such important topics with you, the support of
the teachers, staff and administration at VAMS, and the support of parents and families! We will see you for the booster classes! Have a safe and healthy Spring Break!
Miss Mickinze and Miss Melanie
Immunizations - 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:
Corey Adams, LVN
Van Alstyne Middle School
All state requirements may be found at www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize
Track Meet: Tuesday, March 15 @ VAHS
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