VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

September 25, 2015


  • Friday, September 25 - Student Dance - 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • Wednesday, September 30 - 7th & 8th grade volleyball team pictures during athletics
  • Thursday, October 1 - 7th & 8th grade football team pictures during athletics
  • Friday October 2 - Picture Day
  • Saturday, October 3 - Fall Festival 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the high school - Live country band from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 3 - VA Day of Play (during Fall Festival, more information below)
  • Monday, October 5 - Fair Day - No School
  • Thursday, October 8 - Progress Reports
  • Saturday, October 10 - Van Alstyne Education Foundation Clay Shoot 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (more information below)
  • Oct. 12 - Oct. 14 - Quarterly Tests (see schedule below)
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Don't forget - picture day is Friday, October 2nd!

Fall Festival

Fall Festival will be on Saturday, October 3rd from 3:00-7:00 at the high school. At 7:00, booth games will close but food will still be available. A country band will perform live from 7:00 - 9:00. Please contact your child's teacher to see how you can help. Don't miss out on the fun!

VA Day of Play - Global Cardboard Challenge

The 2nd Annual VA Day of Play will be Saturday, October 3 from 7:00-9:00 in the High School gym. GT students from the elementary and 5th/6th grade invite you to come and and play with their cardboard creations. Check out the video below to learn more about the Global Cardboard Challenge.

Watch this video to learn about the Global Cardboard Challenge

Caine's Arcade 2: From a Movie to a Movement

Counselor's Corner

VAMS will be introducing two programs to our students beginning next week. The Positive Action Program will begin the week of October 6th. This program is provided in coordination with the Substance Abuse Council and helps students become aware of the negative consequences of using substances. For more information about this program click HERE.

The EMERGE program will begin next week and is provided in coordination with The Grayson County Crisis Center. For more information about this program, click HERE to visit the Van Alsyne Middle School website and look under the Parents tab.

Click HERE to access an opt-out letter for the EMERGE Program.

If you would like additional information about either program or have questions, please contact our counselor, Cammi Bruton, at 903-482-8804 or email her at

Van Alstyne Education Foundation Clay Shoot

Click here for information about the VAEF Clay Shoot

Volunteer Approval Form

All volunteers, including parents, need to complete a Volunteer Approval Form to have a background check before volunteering (ex: attend field trips, volunteer on campus, help with testing, etc.). 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 HERE to access the Volunteer Approval Form. We appreciate our volunteers!

Panther Sports

Cross Country

Good luck this weekend to the middle school cross country team at their first meet in McKinney. Run hard, run fast, run far! Go Panthers!

Volleyball - Monday, September 28 @ 4:30 at Tom Bean

Football - Thursday, October 1 @ 4:30 - home game vs. Gunter

Go Panthers!

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VAISD 2015-2016 Calendar

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