VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

January 8, 2016


  • Tuesday, January 12 - School-wide spelling bee in the cafeteria at 2:00
  • Monday, January 18 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day/ Staff Development - no school for students
  • Friday, January 22 - STAR card iPod in advisory
Report cards went home yesterday. Please sign and return your child's report card by Monday. Thank you!

7th Grade Student, Alli Cholette, Earns Writing Award

Congratulations to Alli Cholette for placing in the top 10 in the nation in a Scholastic Corporation writing contest. There were over 10,000 entries from across the nation from students in grades 6-12. Amazing accomplishment Alli! She is pictured here with her mother, Debbie, and her ELA teacher, Mrs. Schroeder.

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School Board Appreciation Month

The month of January is School Board Appreciation month. If you see one of our wonderful school board members, please take the time to thank them for the time and effort they dedicate to our schools. We appreciate their hard work, support, and encouragement. Members include: Bottom row: Randall Morgan, Kurt Himmelreich, and Debbie Nance. Top row: Dennis Smith, Jim Atchison, Steve Roddy, and David Kerr.
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Spelling Bee

The VAMS 13th annual spelling bee will be on Tuesday, January 12th at 2:00 in the cafeteria. This is a big event, one for which 24 dedicated students are working hard to prepare. Please come and join us for this great event.

Scholarship in honor of Reagan and Grant Small

An endowed scholarship is being set up through the Van Alstyne Education Foundation to honor Reagan and Grant Small. All donations are tax free and will help us to continue to honor the memory of these two precious children for years to come. Checks can be made payable to the VAEF with Reagan and Grant's name in the memo line. You may send your monetary donation to:

Van Alstyne Education Foundation
PO Box 1620
Van Alstyne, Tx. 75495

With an endowed scholarship once the requirements are met, the foundation will be able to give a scholarship each year without having to continuously raise the money yearly. Karen and her family will be able to present this scholarship and continue to keep the memory of her children alive for years to come. If you could help with any amount at all, it will be GREATLY appreciated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Coleman at 903-816-4321 or

Thank you so much,
Sarah Coleman

School Report Card

As you may or may not know, even schools get report cards. Attached you will find our report card for this past year. Click here to view the VAMS school report card.

Panther Sports

Good luck to our boys and girls basketball teams competing in tournaments tomorrow! GO PANTHERS!!


Girls Basketball - Saturday, January 9 - Tournament @ Gainesville (7A & 8A)

Thursday, January 14 @ 4:30 @ Commerce (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

Boys Basketball - Saturday, January 9 - Tournament @ VAHS (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

Thursday, January 14 @ 4:30 vs. Commerce @ home (7B, 8B, 7A, 8A)

Go Panthers!

Lady Panther Basketball Results

VA vs Farmersville 1/7/16

7B won 11-7

Point Leader: C. Thomas - 6

Rebound Leader: C. Thomas - 2

Steal Leader: J. Thomas - 1

Hustle Award: C. Thomas

8B lost (in overtime) 11-13

Point Leader: Fonseca - 4

Rebound Leader: Stephens - 3

Steal Leader: Armstrong - 2

Shot Block Leader: Taylor - 1

Hustle Award: Stephens

7A won 28-26

Point Leader: Young - 10

Rebound Leader: Mullins - 7

Assists Leader: Donald - 2

Steal Leader: Fernandez - 6

Shot Block Leader: Carson - 1

Hustle Award: Fernandez

8A won 24-21

Point Leader: Welch - 9

Rebound Leaders: Welch - 4 & Smith - 4

Assists Leader: Riddick - 2

Steal Leader: Smith - 6

Shot Block Leader: Smith - 2

Hustle Award: Welch

Middle School January Breakfast Menu

Click this button to access the VAMS January breakfast menu.

Middle School January Lunch Menu

Click this button to access the VAMS January lunch menu.

Volunteer Approval Form

Click this button to access the Volunteer Approval Form. We appreciate our volunteers!

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.

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