VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

March 24, 2016


  • Friday, March 25 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, March 28 - 8th Grade Parent & Student Meeting @ 6:00 at VAHS (more information below)
  • Monday, March 28 - Parent Cheer Meeting @ 6:00 in the VAMS Library (for parents of girls who would like to tryout for 7th & 8th grade VAMS cheer)
  • Tuesday, March 29 - 7th Grade Writing STAAR Test & 5th and 8th Grade Math STAAR Test
  • Wednesday, March 30 - 5th and 8th Grade Reading STAAR Test
  • Thursday, March 31 - GT Field Trip -Dallas Arts' District for the Urban Adventure Scavenger Hunt
  • Thursday, March 31 - Van Alstyne Education Foundation Gala @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 1 - Star Card Recess/Gym Time During Advisory
  • Friday, April 1 - Student Night Out in VAMS Gym -5th/6th grade 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade 7:30-9:00 (more information below)
  • Friday, April 1 - Deadline to order a yearbook online (more information below)

No School on Friday, March 25

STAAR Testing Calendar

Parents, below you will find this year's STAAR testing calendar.
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Closed Campus for STAAR testing

One of our favorite things is seeing parents on our campus and we know that you enjoy seeing your child. However, please know on each day of STAAR tests, we will have a closed campus. Parents will not be be able able to come on campus to volunteer or eat with their child, and we will also not be able to deliver anything to the students (lunches, items left at home, clothes, etc.). We hope you understand and we appreciate your support to give our students the best possible testing environment. Thank you!

5th & 8th grade parents - STAAR Pass to promote information (read below)

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Attention 8th grade students

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! On Monday, March 28 from 6:00-8:00 PM, VAHS will host a night to learn about endorsements, dual credit, career & technology classes, as well as clubs and organizations that are at the high school. You will not want to miss this!

*More information in the flyer below.*

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Free Breakfast Opportunity

Thank you to McDonald's for offering an opportunity for a free breakfast for 3rd-8th grade students on STAAR testing day on Tuesday, March 29th. It will probably be crowded, so please plan accordingly.
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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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Order your yearbook online

Yearbooks are priced at $40. Deadline to place an order is Friday, April 1st.

Online orders: Code 9482916


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: Wednesday, March 30 @ Melissa

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.
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