VAMS Panther Pause Newsletter

September 4, 2015


  • Monday, September 7 - Labor Day Holiday - No School
  • Wednesday, September 9 - Fundraiser Kick-off
  • Tuesday, September 15 - "Old School" Curriculum Night for parents from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 22 - Fundraiser Orders Due
  • Friday, September 25 - Back to School Dance - 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • Saturday, October 3 - Fall Festival 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the high school
  • Monday, October 5 - Fair Day - No School

  • Pep Rally Dates - Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 5 (Pep Rallies begin @ 2:49)
  • Student Dance Dates - Sept. 25, Dec. 4, Feb. 12, Apr. 29 (5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 and 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30)
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Curriculum Night "Old School"

Parents, mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00-7:30 P.M. for our VAMS Curriculum Night. We are calling it "Old School" because it will be an opportunity for parents to attend school and get a glimpse of what your child's educational experience is like. You will have the opportunity to visit each of their classrooms and have the teachers give a brief synopsis of their classrooms, an overview of what your child will be learning, as well as pertinent information specific to their grade level. Please ask your child for his/her schedule so you will be prepared for the evening. The schedule will be as follows...

6:00 - First Bell - Report to your child's first period class.

6:04-6:14 - 1st Period

6:17-6:27 - 2nd Period

6:30-6:40 - 3rd Period

6:43-6:53 - 4th Period

6:57-7:07 - 5th Period

7:10-7:20 - 6th Period

7:23-7:33 - 7th Period

7th Graders - Immunization Records Needed

To abide by state law, all students must have their immunization records up to date to be enrolled in a public school. To comply with this mandate, any students missing their immunization records as of September 15th will be unenrolled until they bring in their completed records. If you have any questions, please contact our nurse, Corey Adams, either by email or by phone at 903-482-8804.

5th Graders Using Chromebooks

Mrs. Husley's 5th grade math class was using their Chromebooks to answer questions on a class Google Doc. This was a great way for the students to collaborate and see what their classmates were thinking!
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One word

Our 7th graders learned how words create purpose. There were challenged to choose the one word that would inspire them this school year. They came up with some inspirational words! With words like these, it is going to be a GREAT year!
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Attendance Letter

Click on this button to view the attendance letter for the 2015-2016 school year.

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For many of you, this is the first time you and your child we 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...

A student can only lose eligibility at the end of a nine weeks grading period (with the exception of the first nine weeks when they can lose eligibility at the six weeks period). 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.

Cell Phone Policy

Students are allowed to bring cell phones to school. However, they must keep them out of sight and turned off (not on silent) at all times until the bell rings at the end of the school day (3:25). Please reinforce this rule with your child so they are well aware. Also, please do not allow your child to call or text you from school using their cell phone for any reason, including to come pick them up when they do not feel well. Proper procedure is to report to our nurse, Mrs. Adams, and allow her to use her training to make that determination. First time misuse will result in confiscation of the cell phone and the parent will be required to come pick up the phone. The second time a child's phone is confiscated, there will be a $15 charge. In addition, the parent will again be required to pick up the phone and the student will be required to check their cell phone into the office each morning.

Food Regulations

As a parent, you have the right to bring food to your child. However, to be in compliance with federal law, you are not allowed to bring in food for a child other than your own (for example, bringing a pizza for your child and his/her friends). This also includes bringing cupcakes and snacks on your child's birthday. To be in compliance with law, we cannot offer them during the lunch period. Therefore, the only time we could legally do that is during class time; which is not something we are going to be able to do as the students are busy in their classes and we do not want to disrupt the learning environment.

Panther Sports


Volleyball - Thursday, September 10 @ 4:30 - home game vs. Tom Bean

Football - Thursday, September 10 @ 4:30 - home game vs. Anna

Go Panthers!

VAISD 2015-2016 Calendar

Click here to access this year's school calendar.

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