VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

February 12, 2016


  • Friday, February 12 - Student Dance - 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • Monday, February 15 - 6th-8th Grade UIL meet in Whitewright
  • February 15 - 19 - VAMS Book Fair
  • Thursday, February 18 - Progress Reports
  • 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)

Book fair will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17.

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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


There will be a "Paying for College" information night on Thursday, Feb 25th at 6:30 in the VAHS Multipurpose Room. Gretchen Madison, the VAHS Counselor, and a guest financial advisor will be providing information on scholarships, grants, investments and strategies. It should be a great and beneficial night. Childcare will be available for children over 3 years of age provided by PALS in the HS gym.

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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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.

There will be a special community presentation at the VAMS library on Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. if you would like to hear more about the project. We are excited about this opportunity for our students.

Important Honors Information for 7th Grade Parents

Our goal this year was to provide more honors sections for our 7th and 8th grade students. While we were successful in accomplishing this goal, it has caused us to have very crowded 8th grade classes. This is due to the fact we have six 7th grade core teachers (5 core areas with two coaches teaching history), and only four 8th grade teachers (reading and ELA are combined and we only have one history teacher). Because of this we will more than likely be moving back to having only one honors section for each subject in 8th grade. As a result, students who are in honors classes this year may very well be in a regular class as an 8th grader. We will take the highest 24 students based on their final grade in this year's class, scores on an entrance exam, and on their quarterly exam scores. If you have any questions, you can contact Mr. Coleman at 903-482-8804. Thank you for understanding.

Panther Sports


Boys Basketball - Saturday, February 13 - District Tournament @ 4:30 @ VAHS (7A, 8A)

Monday, February 15 @ 4:30 in Denison (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

Track Meet: Tuesday, March 1 @ Anna

Go Panthers!

VAMS 2016 Track Schedule

Click this button to access the track schedule.

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

Click this button to access the Volunteer Approval Form. We appreciate our volunteers!

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