VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

February 5, 2016

Calendar

  • Monday, February 1 - Thursday, February 11 - Valentine's Candy & Roses Sales (more information below)
  • 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
  • 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)

Parent Survey

Parents, thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out the parent survey. If you have not done it yet, it closes on Monday, so please plan accordingly. Thank you!



https://207.235.145.13/Survey2016

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month - Carmenita Littlejohn, 5th grade reading. We appreciate all of your hard work and your dedication to our students!
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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:

Jacob Upchurch - 5th Grade

Alaina Hinson - 6th Grade

Raeley Thompson - 7th Grade

Payton Fletcher - 8th Grade

Way to go! You make us proud!

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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

Save the date!

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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Running Club

When: Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 3:30-4:30pm. We will end PROMPTLY at 4:30pm, you MUST have your ride here.

Where: At the VAMS Track

What: Encouraging 5-8th graders of ALL skill levels to come run. We will be focusing on form, endurance, pace work, technique and team work.

To Bring: Water bottle, positive attitude & wearing running shoes/clothes.


Hope to see you on MONDAY 2/8!


For questions or more information, please email Rachel Sevarino at: rsevarino@vanalstyneisd.org

Here's a great article on the benefits of running:

Click this button to access the article.

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Family-Centered Seminars at Grayson College

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Panther Sports

NEXT GAMES:

Girls Basketball - February 4-6 - District Tournament @ Commerce Time: TBA (7A, 8A)

Boys Basketball - Thursday, February 11 @ 4:30 in Colbert, OK (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

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

Go Panthers!

Good luck to the girls basketball team at the district tournament this weekend!

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

Save the date!

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!