VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

November 22, 2019

Calendar

  • November 23 - December 1 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, December 3 - Winter Night Movie Night 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (more information below)
  • Tuesday, December 3 - 6th Grade Band Rehearsal 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 4 - UIL Writing Day @ VAMS (for those students on the UIL Writing Team)
  • Thursday, December 5 - Progress Reports Go Home
  • Thursday, December 5 - VAMS Theatre Arts Show at 6:30 PM in the VAMS Cafeteria. $5 suggested donation. Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Friday, December 6 - Middle School All-Region Band Tryouts in Celina
  • Friday, December 6 - Star Card Treat After School
  • Friday, December 6 - VAMS Theatre Arts Show at 6:30 PM in the VAMS Cafeteria. $5 suggested donation. Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 7 - Outdoor Adventures Archery Tournament in Lewisville - Good Luck Panthers!
  • Monday, December 9 - Quarterly Tests - 6-8 Math, 8 Social Studies, and 6 & 7 ELA
  • Tuesday, December 10 - VAMS Hosting 6th - 8th Grade UIL Academic Competition
  • Tuesday, December 10 - 6th Grade Band Rehearsal 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 11 - 6th Grade Social Studies Quarterly Test
  • Thursday, December 12 - Quarterly Tests - 6-8 Reading & 6-8 Science
  • Thursday, December 12 - House Games 1:15 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 12 - VAMS Band Christmas Concert at VAMS at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 13 - 6th - 8th Grade Winter Dance 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 14 - Theatre Arts One Act Play Performance at Princeton High School - Good Luck!!
  • Monday, December 16 - VAMS Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • Monday, December 16 - 7th Grade Social Studies Quarterly Test
  • Monday, December 16 - VAISD Board Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 17 - VAMS Random Acts of Kindness Day - We encourage our students to spread joy by doing random acts of kindness on our campus. Some ideas are: write a note to someone, give someone a small gift (candy, snack, candy cane, etc.), do something nice for someone. The ideas are endless!
  • Tuesday, December 17 - Fundraiser Party & Fundraiser Field Trip
  • Tuesday, December 17 - Choir Christmas Concert at VAHS at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 20 - Star Card Hat Day
  • Friday, December 20 - Early Release at 1:35 - Buses will run 2 hours early.
  • December 21 - January 6 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 6 - No School - Staff Development Day

Happy Thanksgiving

As we approach Thanksgiving and reflect on all that we are thankful for, the staff at VAMS send a heartfelt thank you to the students, parents, and community for all you do! We are blessed to work with such an awesome group of students, supportive parents, and an outstanding community. It is our collaborative work that makes VAMS a special place to be! We hope you enjoy your time with your family and focus on the things we are most thankful for. Enjoy your break and Happy Thanksgiving!

Threatre Arts Performances

Our theatre arts students have some special public performance dates for their play The Long Way Home by Charles Way, produced by special arrangement with plays for young audiences. Performance dates will be Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the play begins at 6:30 PM in the VAMS Cafeteria. $5.00 suggested donation.
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Winter Night Movie Night

VAMS students are invited to a Winter Night Movie Night where we are showing the movie Home Alone! Here are the details below...
  • Tuesday, December 3 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • VAMS Cafeteria
  • FREE admission
  • Concessions will be available
  • Bring a pillow and a blanket
  • VAMS students ONLY (parents are welcome to attend)
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Panther sports

Girls Basketball - Monday, November 25 @ 4:30 at Howe - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Monday, December 2 @ 4:30 at Home vs. Leonard - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Boys Basketball - Monday, November 25 @ 4:30 at Home vs. Howe - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Monday, December 2 @ 4:30 at Leonard - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Go Panthers!

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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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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.

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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.

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.