VAMS Panther Press Newsletter

September 20, 2019

Calendar

  • Friday, September 20 - Varsity Homecoming Football Game at 7:30 PM at Panther Stadium (see homecoming information below)
  • Monday, September 23 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Fundraisers Due
  • Wednesday, September 25 - See You at the Pole at 7:15 AM
  • Wednesday, September 25 - Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 26 - Pep Rally at 3:00 PM - Parents and community members are welcome to attend! *We will be on a Pep Rally Schedule this day. See the Pep Rally schedule below.
  • Friday, September 27 - First UIL Eligibility Check
  • Thursday, October 3 - Progress Reports Go Home
  • Saturday, October 5 - VAISD Fall Festival 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the high school parking lot
  • Monday, October 14 - Aim For Success Parent Information Night 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the VAMS Cafeteria - ADULTS ONLY (more information below)
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Glass Bottles

Please remember glass bottles are not allowed on campus. Broken glass creates a safety hazard for our students. If your child wants to bring a drink that comes in a glass bottle, then please pour the drink in a different container before coming to school. We appreciate your help with this.
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UIL Eligibility Check

For many of you, this is the first time you and your child will be exposed to the No Pass No Play eligibility rules governing participating in school-related extra-curricular activities. This pertains not only to middle school athletes, but to all school-related extra-curricular activities in which students compete, including but not limited to: athletics, cheerleading, showing animals, choir, and band competitions, etc. Here is a brief explanation...



The FIRST ELIGIBILITY CHECK will be on Friday, September 27th. Any student failing at that time will not be eligible to participate in any UIL club or team. After the September 28th eligibility check, all other eligibility checks will be made at the end of each 9 weeks. If a student is passing all subjects at the end of a nine weeks grading period, he/she will remain eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities until the end of the next nine weeks grading period. A student who fails any subject for the nine weeks becomes ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activity at 3:00 the Friday following report cards.


Students can regain eligibility if they are passing all classes at the following times: at the end of the three weeks reporting period, at the end of the six weeks reporting period, and at the end of the nine weeks grading period. They will regain eligibility at 3:00 the Friday after progress reports or report cards come out.

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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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Panther sports

Volleyball - Monday, September 23 @ 4:30 at home vs. Blue Ridge - 7B, 8B, 7A, 8A

Football - Thursday, September 26 @ 4:30 at home vs. Rains

Cross Country - Saturday, September 28 - Denison Invitational

Go Panthers!

A Note From Our Nurse....

Our clinics must have a Medication Parent Consent Form on file for students requiring medication administered during school hours. This form must be signed by parent/legal guardian. Medication must be kept in the ORIGINAL bottle. (see links below)


Children who have the following symptoms should stay home and not come to school until these symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours without the help of medication.

  • Fever (100 degrees or higher)
  • Sore Throat (with fever or swollen neck)
  • Persistent Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Rash (with fever and itching)
  • Conjunctivitis/Pink Eye (your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment)


A child with a typical cold, but no fever or green drainage, may come to school.

If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent.

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.