VAHS Student News

January 13, 2016


Hey Panthers,

Welcome to the official student newsletter, Breaking Blue! Your Student Senate decided they wanted to be more informed as to what was happening at Van Alstyne High School and this is what we came up with during the meeting.

This newsletter will include counselor updates, short relevant articles, upcoming events, pictures, and more. I’ll be your point of contact for any and all student-related news. The letter will be released every week on Monday or Tuesday if we have a holiday, so remember to send any events or updates to me the week before. Also, if you have any questions or ideas feel free to stop by my office. Have a great week!

Felisha Jones

Assistant Principal



January 15: All High School Teams @ Tom Bean

Games start at 5:00

January 14: Parent Tennis Meeting 6:30 MPR

January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday - NO SCHOOL

February 4: Financial Aid Night- Grayson College Representative at 6:30 MPR

February 6: FFA Auction and Dinner

February 18: Blood Drive

February 20: Band Spaghetti Dinner

March 21: Dual Credit- Paula Cavender at 6:30 MPR

10 Things Every Senior Knows To Be True

It’s January, and for high school seniors across the country, the next few months are going to be some of the most fun—as well as the most exhausting—of their lives. It’s bittersweet: you’re preparing to say goodbye to the life you’ve known for the past four years, but you’re also excited to embark on new adventures after graduation.

Whether you’re anxious to walk the stage and never look back or you’re clinging to your besties for dear life while playing your senior song on repeat, know that you’re not alone! Every second-semester high school senior is going through these same growing pains too.

Click on the link below and check out the list!

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SENIORS, when you get an acceptance letter please turn it in to Mrs. Madison so it can be hung on the wall!

Keep up with Reminders from the Counselor’s office

· Class of 2016 text @2016vahs to 81010

· Class of 2017 text @2017vahs to 81010

· Class of 2018 text @2018vahs to 81010

· Class of 2019 text @2019vahs to 81010

Need help with preparing and signing up for ACT/SAT, tracking Community Service Hours, or how to create an academic resume?

Find all of this and MORE on Mrs. Madison's webpage. From the VAHS page go to Departments and Counselor, or click here:

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Below are important dates for Spring 2016 Grayson College Dual Credit classes. Most dates come from the Registration Guide.

Jan. 11: $75 late fees begin for late registration. Student should verify their schedules are correct this week by logging into Campus Connect. Here's a link to student instructions.

Jan. 14: Tuition deadline (Those students with the tuition waivers due to School lunch program will see adjustments next week.) The student instructions linked above will assist locating tuition amounts, too.

Jan. 19: Grayson classes begin.

Jan. 19-22: Students may add/drop if already enrolled without instructor approval.

Jan. 23: Students must message instructors in Canvas requesting a drop.

Feb. 3: Census Date (Instructors will be asked to certify rosters for state reporting). Instructors will receive instructions from Admissions.

Feb. 8: 70% refund date (meaning students dropping by this date will receive 70% of their tuition back)

Feb. 15: 25% refund date

Mar. 7-11: Spring Break

Mar. 28: Numeric Midterm Grades Due to Admissions (Admissions will forward instructions to instructors.)
Mar. 30: Admissions will forward Midterm Numeric Grades to High Schools.

April 18: Final Drop Date

May 9-12: Finals

May 16: Final Numeric grades due to Admissions (Admissions will forward instructions to instructors.)

May 18: Admissions will forward Numeric Final Grades to High Schools.

If students have any questions, contact Paula Cavender at:

Remember that tuition is due January 18.

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