VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

May 20, 2016


  • Friday, May 20 - 8th Grade Dance @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm in the VAMS cafeteria - Sunday dress encouraged, no fee to enter, all food/drinks are free, there will be a DJ and a photographer
  • Saturday, May 21 - VAMS Theatre Arts Spring Musical @ 7:30 pm in the VAMS cafeteria (more information below)
  • Monday, May 23 - No School
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Star Card Trip Permission Slips Due
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Choir Field trip to Sandy Lake
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Student Council Field Trip
  • Tuesday, May 24 - 4th Grade Parent Meeting @ 6:00 in the VAMS Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, May 25 - 5th Grade field trip to Loy Lake Park Conservation Day
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Yearbooking Signing at 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 25 - BOYS ONLY - Middle school and high school athlete physicals @ 5:00pm at ATC (more information and paperwork below)
  • Thursday, May 26 - 5th/6th Grade Star Card Trip to Amazing Jake's
  • Thursday, May 26 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Perot Museum
  • Thrusday, May 26 - Band Spring Concert at VAHS from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday, May 27 - 7th/8th Grade Star Card Trip to Amazing Jake's
  • Friday, May 27 - Star Card iPod in advisory
  • Monday, May 30 - No school
  • Tuesday, June 1 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Dallas Heritage Village
  • Tuesday, June 1 - 7th Grade Field Trip to the Sherman Cinemark Theatre
  • Thursday, June 2 - Report Cards Go Home - Last Day of School - Early Release at 1:25 pm.

Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month - Brittney Wortham, 5th grade science. We appreciate all of your hard work and your dedication to our students!
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Kids vs Coaches Basketball Game

The Kids vs Coaches basketball game last Friday was a huge success! Our campus raised $675.00 to donate to help support the Reagan and Grant Small Endowment Scholarship. Thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation to this worthwhile cause.
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Team Up for the Loftice Family

We encourage everyone to team up to support the Loftice family by donating $10 for a week to break the dress code. With a donation of $10 or more, students will be able to wear holey jeans, hats, pajamas, house shoes/slippers, hats, and sleeveless shirts (no tank tops or spaghetti straps) from May 24th - 27th.

Last call for yearbooks

Purchase a yearbook before we have our yearbook signing on Wednesday, May 25th.

There are only 45 left to purchase!! Yearbooks are $40 and will be handed on Wednesday, May 25th.

End of Year Awards Programs Information

Parents, mark your calendars. Below are the dates and times for the end-of-the-year awards programs. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these programs.

Please see the dates and times below.

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Youth Digital Summer Camp

Van Alstyne ISD in partnership with Region 10 Education Service Center and Youth Digital is offering 2 Digital Youth Camps this summer for students age 10 -16.

Youth Digital empowers kids and teens to be digital creators, designers, animators, programmers and developers. The course work provides campers a comprehensive learning experience that is amazingly fun, highly interactive and extremely effective.

Campers watch videos, respond to questions, earn badges, and complete challenging assignments and quizzes as they step toward mastering critical technology skills and professional-level software. Computers are provided at the camp site. No prior programming or design experience is necessary. Youth Digital summer camp courses are designed to make learning new digital skills fun and effective. Campers will be guided through every step, from downloading the software to submitting your final project.

Click on the button below for more information.

Youth Digital Summer Camp

Click on this button for information about the Youth Digital Summer Camp.

Kids Eat Free

Please complete the application below to participate in the Kids Eat Free Summer Program. The form can be returned to any VAISD office. For more information, contact Gretchen Madison at 903-482-8837or
Kids Eat Free Application

Click this button to access the Kids Eat Free application.

Panther sports

2016 Van Alstyne Athletic Summer Camps

Click this link for information about the Athletic Summer Camps

2016 Summer Pride for 7th-12th graders

Click this link for information about Summer Pride


Physicals for ALL boy middle school and high school athletes is May 25th at 5:00 pm at the ATC.

EACH ATHLETE must have a physical and complete ALL of the forms in the link below.

Athletic Physical Forms

Please make sure you complete EACH form and take them with you at the time of physicals.

Dress Code Reminders

  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than 2 ½” above the knee.
  • Anything form-fitting, such as: spandex shorts, bicycle shorts, tights, leggings, yoga pants, and leotards may only be worn under shorts or skirts that meet the school dress code.
  • All outer garments must have sleeves (cap sleeves are permitted). “Spaghetti straps” or “tank tops” are not allowed. No see-through garments are allowed unless the undergarment beneath meets the school dress code. Shoulders must be covered.
  • Garments that are torn, cut inappropriately, or have holes are not permitted.

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