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.

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:

Sofeia Herrera - 5th Grade

Alec Phillips - 6th Grade

Natalia Herrera - 7th Grade

Quinn Rasor - 8th Grade

Way to go! You make us proud!

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good luck varsity boys basketball at playoffs

Our students enjoyed sending off our Varsity Boys Basketball team to their playoff game tonight! GO PANTHERS!!
VAMS Varsity Basketball Playoff Sendoff 3/4/16
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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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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.


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.

Thank you,

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

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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 15 @ VAHS

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.
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