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RAMS NEWS April 15, 2019

posted Apr 16, 2019, 9:47 AM by Jessica Beattie

What’s new in this edition of RAMS News

April 15, 2019

-Nature’s Classroom Final Reminders

-MCAS Update

-RAMS Recommendations

-Virtual Coffee Talk

-RAMS Summer Volleyball Clinic

-Calendar Events


Nature’s Classroom Final Reminders

Just a reminder for all of our Grade 6 students that are attending Nature’s Classroom the trip will begin on Tuesday, April 23- Friday, April 26.


Students on Teams 2 & 3 have a drop off time at RAMS for 8:30 am on Tuesday, April 23. Please be sure to have all of your child’s luggage labeled and walk them into the auditorium for check-in. The buses will depart for Charlton by 9:15 am. Students on Team 2 & 3 will arrive back at RAMS on Friday, April 26 around 12:45 pm. You may pick your child up at that time at the front of the building.


Students on Team 1 have a drop off time at RAMS for 9:15 am on Tuesday, April 23. Please be sure to have all of your child’s luggage labeled and walk them into the auditorium for check-in. The buses will depart for Charlton by 10:00 am. Students on Team 1 will arrive back at RAMS on Friday, April 26 around 1:15 pm. You may pick your child up at that time at the front of the building.


All medication needs to be checked in with our nursing staff in the auditorium. Please do not pack any medication in your child’s luggage. Additionally, please make sure that your child does not bring an electronic device. If a child has an electronic device with them, a RAMS staff member will hold onto it for the week.


Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, and our staff who have made this week possible. We look forward to a fun filled week of adventure with our students!!



Middle School Recommendations for 2019-2020 School Year

Recommendations for students in grades 6 and 7 for the upcoming school year were released in PowerSchool on Friday, March 29.  Please see the links below for detailed information regarding our process and instructions. Recommendations should have been submitted by April 10, regardless of whether you are deciding to override the recommendation. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Guidance Counselor should you have questions.

Recommendation Letter

PowerSchool Course Recommendation Parent/Student Instructions


MCAS Schedule

Grade 6 students just completed the ELA portion of MCAS, and did a fantastic job! All Grade 7 & 8 students will begin ELA following the April Break. Please help your student remember to charge their Chromebook the night before testing, get a good night sleep, and start with a healthy breakfast!

Spring 2019 MCAS Schedule


Parent/Admin Virtual Coffee Talk

Please join us on Wednesday, May 8 at 4:30 pm for our final Virtual Coffee Talk of the school year. We will use this time to focus in on end of the year events and showcasing student work.


RAMS Yearbook

It is that time of year to purchase a RAMS Yearbook. Please use the link below to order a yearbook for your child.

RAMS Yearbook Order Form


RAMS Volleyball Summer Clinic

Flyer


MS PTO News

Nature’s Classroom Departure Day

The MS PTO is seeking a number of parents to volunteer for Nature’s Classroom Departure Day on Tuesday, April 23 from 8:00am – 10:00am. (the second day after April vacation)  Asking 7th and 8th grade parents help so 6th grade parents can check in/drop off their sons and daughters.  But if you are a 6th grade parent and would like to volunteer, we certainly welcome your help once you make sure your child is all set.  Contact Patty Baribeau at pattybaribeau@gmail.com if you can help for all or part of that time. Thank you!

The next MS PTO meeting will be on May 7 at 8:30 AM at RAMS.

Calendar

April 15-19 April Break

April 23-26 Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom

April 24 Grade 7 & 8 MCAS ELA Session I

Recommendation Override window closed

April 25 Grade 7 & 8 MCAS ELA Session II

April 30 Parent Ed Event at 6:30 pm RAMS Auditorium

May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 Grade 7 MCAS Math Session I

MS PTO Meeting at 8:00 am RAMS Teacher Cafe

May 8 Grade 6 & 8 MCAS Math Session I

Parent Virtual Coffee Talk @ 4:30 pm

May 9 Grade 7 MCAS Math Session II

May 10 Grade 6 & 8  MCAS Math Session II

May 13 Grade 8 MCAS Science/Technology Session I

May 16 Grade 8 MCAS Science/Technology Session II

May 20 Grade 8 Culture Connection-MidSummer Nights Dream (in school)

                        Art and Jazz Festival RAMS Media Center @ 6:00 pm

May 24 Grade 8 Community Service Day

May 27 No School/Memorial Day

May 29 Grade 8 Community Service (Rain Date)




RAMS News April 1, 2019

posted Apr 1, 2019, 3:30 AM by Jessica Beattie

What’s new in this edition of RAMS News April 1, 2019

- RAMS Recommendations for Grades 6 & 7

                                                    - Grade 5 to 6 Transition Parent Night

                                                    - MCAS Update/Schedule

                                                    -Musical: The Addams Family

                                                    -RAMS Summer Volleyball Clinic

                                                    -RAMS Yearbook

                                                    -MS PTO

                                                    -Calendar Events


Middle School Recommendations for 2019-2020 School Year

Recommendations for students in grades 6 and 7 for the upcoming school year were released in PowerSchool on Friday, March 29.  Please see the links below for detailed information regarding our process and instructions. Recommendations should be submitted by April 10, regardless of whether you are deciding to override the recommendation.


Additionally, should you need assistance in completing this process, we will be holding office hours on Monday, April 1 from 3:00-4:00 pm and 6:30-7:30 pm, as well as Thursday, April 4 from 3:00-4:00 pm in our Media Center/Library.

Recommendation Letter

PowerSchool Course Recommendation Parent/Student Instructions


MCAS Schedule

We just completed our school-wide MCAS Practice test on Friday, and the students did fantastic. Please see the link below for our upcoming MCAS schedule. We are finishing up our MCAS Student Assemblies, where we remind them of the rules of testing, but also remind them that they are indeed ready. Please help your student remember to charge their Chromebook the night before testing, get a good night sleep, and start with a healthy breakfast!

Spring 2019 MCAS Schedule


Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night

Robert Adams Middle School will be hosting our Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 PM in the RAMS Auditorium.  The night is meant for parents, but students are welcome to attend.  The night will be hosted by Mr. Jordan our Principal, and Mrs. Beattie our Assistant Principal.  It will also include a Q&A session with some of our RAMS Student Leaders and Mr. Powers one of our Guidance Counselors.

There will be a  30 minute Special Education information session led by Mrs. Camp, Student Services Administrator, starting at 6:00 PM in the Library.  

Spring Musical- The Addams Family

Congratulations to all of our students and staff that were involved in the very successful production of The Addams Family. They worked incredibly hard to put on a wonderful show. It was an amazing success!!

 

RAMS Yearbook

It is that time of year to purchase a RAMS Yearbook. Please use the link below to order a yearbook for your child.

RAMS Yearbook Order Form


RAMS Volleyball Summer Clinic

Flyer


MS PTO News

The next MS PTO meeting is April 9 at 8:30 AM at RAMS.
Interested in becoming a member of the Holliston PTO?  Visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join. You can also add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list - contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com.

Calendar

April 1 PowerSchool Recommendations Parent Drop-In

3:00-4:00 pm & 6:30pm-7:30 pm in Media Center

April 2 Gr. 6 Team 1 Harvard Museum Field Trip

April 4 PowerSchool Recommendation Parent Drop-In

3:00-4:00pm in Media Center

April 9 Grade 6 MCAS ELA Session I

MS PTO meeting at 8:30 am in RAMS Teacher Cafe

Parent Night for Grade 5 to 6 at 6:30-7:30 pm

April 10 Grade 6 & 7 Recommendations due in Powerschool

April 11 Grade 6 MCAS ELA Session II

April 12 Student/Staff Faculty Basketball Game (in school)

April 15-19 April Break

April 23-26 Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom

April 24 Grade 7 & 8 MCAS ELA Session I

Recommendation Override window closed

April 25 Grade 7 & 8 MCAS ELA Session II



RAMS NEWS March 20, 2019

posted Mar 21, 2019, 1:35 PM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 4:29 AM by Mary McNamara ]

In this edition of RAMS NEWS March 20, 2019

  • Grade 6 & 7 Recommendations

  • Term 2 Report Cards

  • Grade 7 Required Health Information for 2019-2020

  • Spring 2019 MCAS Schedule

  • Spring Musical

  • Biogen Spark Contest

  • RAMS Yearbook Information

  • MS PTO News

  • Calendar Events


Grade 6 & 7 Recommendations

This year student recommendations for students in Grades 6 & 7 will be done through PowerSchool. Recommendations are planned to be released with email notification to parents on Friday, March 29 at 4:00 pm. This notification will include instructions for the process, along with links to our course descriptions for both Math and Science.  Please look for this in your email on Friday, March 29.


Term 2 Report Cards

We will be sending out Term 2 Report Cards through our BrightArrow email communication Monday, March 25th after 5:00 pm. If you have any questions regarding your child’s grades, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or encourage your child to have a discussion with his/her teacher.


Grade 7 Required Health Documentation 2019-2020

All students entering grade 7 in the fall of 2019 are required to provide documentation of having had the Tdap vaccine prior to entrance into Grade 7. Your child has most likely already received this vaccination.  Please check your child's latest physical examination and if your child has had the Vaccination, please provide the paperwork to the school nurse as soon as possible.  If your child has not yet received the Tdap vaccine, please make an appointment for your child to get the vaccine prior to entrance into Grade 7 and be sure to provide the paperwork to the school nurse as soon as your child receives the Tdap vaccine.  

Students will not be able to start school without the required paperwork on file at the nurse's office. Please fax to 508-429-0690 or email to porcelloc@holliston.k12.ma.us


MCAS Schedule Spring 2019

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2019 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School




Spring Musical- The Addams Family (March 29-31)

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a darkly delightful musical that will run from March 29th-31st at Robert Adams Middle School. It is full of lovable characters from your youth (for some of us that is!) based on the classic black-and-white TV show from the mid-‘60s. (Youtube it!)  The musical, however, features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Gomez and Morticia Addams are the loving albeit slightly undead parents of teenage daughter Wednesday and tween son Pugsley. They live in a mansion with an extended family of Uncle Fester, Grandma, Cousin It and their hulking butler, Lurch. The story begins when Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable traditional family – a man her parents have never met until both families get together for a family dinner and "the game".  From there the chaos pursues. Even in the opening number of “The Addams Family”, Gomez points out, “When you’re an Addams… you’ve to like to stir the pot.”

“The Addams Family” will open on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 PM, with two more shows on Saturday the 30th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and our closing show on Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are &10 for students/seniors and $15 for adults and are available in advance at Coffee Haven and Kamala Boutique, or at the box office in the lobby at Robert “Addams” Middle School before each show. But please be aware, many performances sell out in advance, so it’s better to buy your tickets early!

 

Biogen Spark Contest--Please Vote

This is the second year in a row that our very own Grade 8 students have made it to the finals in the Biogen Spark Contest.  This year we have two groups that are in the running for $10,000 to be used for RAMS. Please vote daily using the link below and choose Massachusetts Schools to find the Holliston videos. Wishing both groups all the best!!

Biogen Spark Contest

 

RAMS Yearbook

It is about that time of year again to purchase a RAMS Yearbook. Please use the link below to order a yearbook for your child.

RAMS Yearbook Order Form

 

MS PTO News

The next MS PTO meeting is March 12 at 8:30 AM at RAMS.
Interested in becoming a member of the Holliston PTO?  Visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join. You can also add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list - contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com.


Calendar

March 22 Term 2 Report Cards Released

Special Olympics at HHS @ 9:00am

March 25 Gr 6 Team 2 Harvard Museum Field Trip

March 28 Band/Chorus BSO Field Trip

March 29 MCAS Infrastructure Practice Test Gr 6-8

Grade 6 & 7 Recommendations sent home

March 29-31 Musical- The Addams Family

April 2 Gr. 6 Team 1 Harvard Museum Field Trip

April 9 Grade 6 MCAS ELA

April 11 Grade 6 MCAS ELA

April 12 Student/Staff Faculty Basketball Game (in school)

April 15-19 April Break

April 23-26 Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom

April 24 Grade 7 & 8 MCAS ELA

April 25 Grade 7 & 8 MCAS ELA






RAMS News February 15, 2019

posted Feb 15, 2019, 2:02 PM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 2:03 PM ]

In this edition of RAMS NEWS February 15, 2019

  • MCAS Schedule

  • Intruder Response Drill

  • ParentEd- Girl Rising Viewing

  • RAMS Athletic update

  • Program of Studies Night (Gr. 8 only)

  • Grade 6 Carnival

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • Calendar Events


MCAS Schedule Spring 2019

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2019 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School


Intruder Response Drill- March 11

On Monday, March 11 at 8:30 am all students will practice an Intruder Response Drill through group discussions led by staff in collaboration with the Holliston Police Department. During this drill students and teachers will remain in their classrooms for the duration of the drill, while Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will read aloud over the PA system 2-3 scenarios of an intruder description and location in the building. Under the guidance of staff,  the students will engage in problem-solving discussions as to how they would respond. The Holliston Police Department, along with Chief Cassidy of the Holliston Fire Department will visit classrooms to lend to the conversations and assist in answering questions. It is anticipated that this drill will last approximately 30 minutes. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Jordan or Mrs. Beattie.


Parent Ed: Girl Rising Viewing

Screening: Girl Rising

This screening will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 7:00 pm there will be a FREE screening of Girl Rising at Robert Adams School, Auditorium

Girl Rising is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a revised documentary that spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine incredible girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Their lives have been affected by the absolute power of education - or lack thereof. This movie adds fuel to the growing movement of individuals, communities, and governments working to shift the way girls and girls' education are valued. It will inspire girls to create a different future, bringing people together in a shared mission.  This event is sponsored by Mindshare, the Parent Education Program from Holliston PTO. For more information, please contact Anne Buckley atparentedevents@gmail.com


RAMS Athletics: Track and Field

Please be on the lookout for our Track and Field Registration to open following the February Break.  The season is anticipated to start on or around April 1. More information will be forthcoming.


Crossfit Opportunity for Students

We have an exciting after-school opportunity for students in Grades 6-8 to announce here at RAMS. Beginning on Tuesday, February 26, CrossFit Firewall will be providing a 40-minute class to any student interested in getting their bodies moving. It will take place here at the RAMS gymnasium from 2:10-2:50 every Tuesday. All students are welcome, and there will be no registration or fee required.  Waivers to participate are in the Main Office. Please encourage your child to give it a try!


HHS Course Recommendations & Program of Studies Night-8th Gr

Over the next month, 8th-grade teachers will be completing recommendations for HHS courses and levels.  Parents should receive notification from the High School in early March and be able to reference in time for the Program of Studies Night on March 5, 2019.  Please click on the link below for important High School transition dates and information.

Grade 8 High School Transition Information


Grade 6 Carnival

It is about that time for our annual PTO Grade 6 Carnival. This is a fun-filled night for our grade 6 students only. We will have fun games, music, and food! This event will be held in our gym and cafeteria on Thursday, March 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm. More information to follow.


Laps-at-Lunch- Parent -Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative has been a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside when weather permits or walk in the gym during the cold winter months. In order to continue with this initiative, we are in serious need of parent volunteers.  If you have any availability between 11:00-12:30 Monday-Friday please consider signing up using the link below. To volunteer, parents will need a CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps at Lunch Sign up



Calendar

February 18-22    February Break

March 5 Gr. 8 Program of Studies Night at Holliston High School

March 6 Gr. 6 Team 3 Harvard Museum Field Trip

March 5-7     Grade 8 Student Shadow Day at HHS 11:00-2:00 (all students)

March 7 Parent Viewing of Girl Rising at RAMS Auditorium 6:00 pm

March 14     Term 2 Ends

    Grade 6 Carnival at RAMS 6:30 pm

March 15     No School/Professional Day for Teachers

March 22     Term 2 Report Cards Released

    Special Olympics at HHS

March 25     Gr 6 Team 2 Harvard Museum Field Trip

March 28     Gr. 6 Team 1 Harvard Museum Field Trip

March 29-31     Musical- The Addams Family


RAMS News February 4, 2019

posted Feb 4, 2019, 12:51 PM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS February 4, 2019


-Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

-Parent Ed Upcoming Events

-Admin Virtual Coffee Talk

-Cross Fit for Students-New afterschool activity

-8th Grade High School Transition Information

-Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

-Parent Volunteer Opportunities

-MS PTO Information

-Calendar Events


Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

Just a reminder to all students and families, that the mid-year semester change for TechEd and Art ONLY occurred on Tuesday, January 15. All students who began the year in Art have now switched to TechEd and vice versa.

Additionally, as we approach the halfway point for Term 2 we encourage you, along with your child to review their grades and assignments in PowerSchool.  Teachers have been instructed to make sure that all grades from the first half of the term are to be updated by Thursday, January 24 so that parents have an accurate image of their student’s performance in the first half of Term 2.  


Parent Ed Events

Screening: Beyond Measure

This screening will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at 7 pm at the Adams Middle School Auditorium.

This documentary looks at innovative schools on the cutting-edge of education reform and explores how to transcend outmoded, test-driven education policies and create more equitable, empowering student-centered schools. The movie sets out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story. Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us all to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the purpose of the school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven not by politicians but by students, parents, and teachers? Don’t miss this opportunity to see the transformation of key roles in education, and how critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity are fundamental to the success of our students. This event is sponsored by Mindshare, the Parent Education Program from Holliston PTO. For more information, please contact Anne Buckley at parentedevents@gmail.com


Screening: Girl Rising

This screening will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 7 pm there will be a FREE screening of Girl Rising at Robert Adams School, Auditorium

Girl Rising is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a revised documentary that spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine incredible girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Their lives have been affected by the absolute power of education - or lack thereof. This movie adds fuel to the growing movement of individuals, communities, and governments working to shift the way girls and girls' education are valued. It will inspire girls to create a different future, bringing people together in a shared mission.  This event is sponsored by Mindshare, the Parent Education Program from Holliston PTO. For more information, please contact Anne Buckley atparentedevents@gmail.com


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk-Moved to Wednesday, February 6

Our next live Virtual Coffee Talk will be Wednesday, February 6 at 4:30 pm. This month’s topic will be Innovative Teaching and Learning at Adams. We will be sharing with you some new and innovative learning experiences that are going on here at Adams. Please click on the link below to access the Coffee Talk and submit questions

February Virtual Coffee Talk

 

Crossfit Opportunity for Students

We have an exciting after-school opportunity for students in Grades 6-8 to announce here at RAMS.  Beginning on Tuesday, February 12, CrossFit Firewall will be providing a 40-minute class to any student interested in getting their bodies moving. It will take place here at the RAMS gymnasium from 2:10-2:50 every Tuesday. All students are welcome, and there will be no registration or fee required. Please encourage your child to give it a try!


HHS Course Recommendations-8th gr only

Over the next month, 8th-grade teachers will be completing recommendations for HHS courses and levels.  Parents should receive notification from the High School in early March and be able to reference in time for the Program of Studies Night.  Please click on the link below for important High School transition dates and information.

Grade 8 High School Transition Information


Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative has been a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside when weather permits or walk in the gym during the cold winter months. In order to continue with this initiative, we are in serious need of parent volunteers.  If you have any availability between 11:00-12:30 Monday-Friday please consider signing up using the link below. To volunteer, parents will need a CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps at Lunch Sign up


MS PTO News

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list. Contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com

Calendar

February 5 Parent Ed- PTO Mindshare Screening of Beyond Measure @

RAMS Auditorium 7:00-8:30pm

February 6 Admin Virtual Coffee Talk at 4:30 pm

February 18-22 February Break


RAMS News January 18. 2019

posted Jan 18, 2019, 11:46 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS January 18, 2019

  • Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

  • 8th Grade High School Transition Information

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events


Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

Just a reminder to all students and families, that the mid-year semester change for TechEd and Art ONLY occurred on Tuesday, January 15. All students who began the year in Art have now switched to TechEd and vice versa.


Additionally, as we approach the halfway point for Term 2 we encourage you, along with your child to review their grades and assignments in PowerSchool.  Teachers have been instructed to make sure that all grades from the first half of the term are to be updated by Thursday, January 24 so that parents have an accurate image of their student’s performance in the first half of Term 2.  


Holliston High School 8th Grade Open House

The 8th Grade Open house is scheduled for January 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm.  This will be the first of a few opportunities for families to familiarize themselves with the Holliston High School prior to their student's arrival next year.  The event will kick-off in the Holliston High School auditorium with a presentation from high school students and administration. There will then be an opportunity for 8th-grade families to tour the high school.  This event is open to 8th-grade students and their parents/guardians. Additionally please click on the link below for more information regarding upcoming events for our 8th graders as they begin the transition to high school.

Grade 8 High School Transition Information


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Packets and Payments Due

We are still in need of many Nature’s Classroom packets and initial deposits of $200. If you have not turned in your child’s Nature’s Classroom packet, please send into the Main Office as soon as possible. If you are not planning to send your child to Nature’s Classroom, please email Mrs. Gavan at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us to let us know.  Please make note that the final payment was due on January 4 of $200.

 

 

Additionally, we are in higher need of parent chaperones this year. If you are interested please make sure to complete the form within the packet.  We will be in touch in the near future to let parents know that they have been selected to chaperone and the dates of an informational meeting regarding chaperoning duties.

 

Crossfit Opportunity for Students

We are excited to announce an upcoming afterschool opportunity for students in grades 6-8 taking place here at RAMS.  Information to soon follow, regarding a Crossfit Class running in mid-February one day per week from 2:00-2:45. Please keep watch for more information and registration.  


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk- January 30

Thank you to all of the parents that participated in our first Virtual Coffee Talk in October  We appreciated the great questions that we received.

Our next live Virtual Coffee Talk will be Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30 pm. This month’s topic will be Innovative Teaching and Learning at Adams. We will be sharing with you some new and innovative learning experiences that are going on here at Adams! Please join us on January 30th at 4:30 pm.


MS PTO News

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list. Contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com


Calendar

January 15 Semester change for students Art/Tech Ed classes only

January 18 No School/Professional Development for Teachers

January 21 No School/Martin Luther King Day

January 22 Grade 8 Parent/Student Open House @ HHS 6:30pm

January 23 Middle of the Middle for Grade 7 (extended lunch)

January 24 Term 2 Supplementaries (viewed in PowerSchool)

January 28- Academic Bowl Grades 6-8

Feb 1

January 30 Parent/Admin Virtual Coffee Talk @ 4:30pm

 



RAMS NEWS DECEMBER 16, 2018

posted Dec 18, 2018, 3:31 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS December 16, 2018

  • Term 1 Report Cards

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Grade 7 Johns Hopkins Information

  • Parent Volunteers

  • MS PTO News

  • Calendar Events


Term 1 Report Cards Distribution (December 7)

By now you should have received your student’s Term 1 report card via email through BrightArrow. These pdf reports were sent out to each family on Friday, December 7. If you have not received one, please be sure to check your Spam folder as it may have inadvertently been delivered there.  If you have questions regarding your student’s report card please reach out to your student’s grade level Guidance Counselor.


Please know that for Term 1 we did not have teacher comments on the report cards. Moving forward your student will receive both comments and grades for Term 2 and Term 3 report cards.


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Packets and Payments Due

We are still in need of many Nature’s Classroom packets and initial deposits of $200.  Please make note that the final payment is due on January 4 of $200.

 

Additionally, we are in higher need of parent chaperones this year. If you are interested please make sure to complete the form within the packet.  We will be in touch in the near future to let parents know that they have been selected to chaperone and the dates of an informational meeting regarding chaperoning duties.


Johns Hopkins Information and Registration Information

For the past several years, some of our students from the middle school have chosen to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search.  Adams Middle School has no affiliation with Johns Hopkins but has simply shared information about the program to all 7th-grade students. After School classes have officially begun, taught by Mrs. O’Rourke and Ms. Doiron. Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the program and the after-school club to help prepare students should they choose to participate.

Johns Hopkins Parent Letter

Registration Information



Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative continues to be a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside and walk during lunch, or walk the gym when it is a bit chilly.

In order to continue with this initiative, we are in serious need of parent volunteers.  If you have any availability between 11:00-12:30 Monday-Friday, please use the link below to sign up.  Just a reminder that parents will need a current CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps for Lunch signup



MS-PTO News

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration Deadline Extended!

There are still a few spots left in the Holliston PTO Ski and Snowboard Program at Nashoba Valley in January and early February.  Registration is ONLINE ONLY. Click on this link to our PTO website to begin the registration process. http://hollistonpto.org/ski-and-snowboard


Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list. Contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com

The next MS PTO meeting is Tuesday, January 8 at 8:30 AM at RAMS.


Calendar Events

December 19 Band Concert @ HHS 7:00 PM

December 21 School Performance Band/Chorus @ 1:15PM

December 24-Jan 1 December Break

January 8 MS PTO meeting @ 8:30am @ RAMS

January 15 Semester change for students Art/Tech Ed classes only

January 18 No School/Professional Development for Teachers

January 21 No School/Martin Luther King Day

 

WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL DECEMBER BREAK




RAMS News November 15, 2018

posted Nov 16, 2018, 10:49 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS News- November 15, 2018

  • Middle School Pit Crew-Pilot Computer Science Course

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Johns Hopkins Parent Information

  • RAMS Wrestling

  • Holliston Athletics Booster Store

  • RAMS Turkey Trot

  • Laps at Lunch-Volunteer Opportunity

  • MS PTO News

  • Calendar Events


Middle School Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

Starting in January, the halfway split between Art and Tech Ed, we will be piloting a Computer Science Course in 7th and 8th grade similar to the Pit Crew at Holliston High School.  The Middle School Pit Crew will be predominantly focused on repairing and troubleshooting issues with the hardware and software of student Chromebooks. However, students will also be involved in website design, programming, and technology repair outside of just the Chromebooks.

Interested students should be able to operate with a high level of independence and autonomy, be creative, and have a high interest in computer science.  This course will meet 1-2 times every 6 day cycle and it will replace one of the students’ existing electives.

If your student would be interested in participating, please fill out the following interest survey.

Middle School Pit Crew Interest Form


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

Just a reminder if you have not turned in your child’s Nature’s Classroom Packet, please do so as soon as possible. All forms and deposit can be turned into our Main Office.

Additionally, we are in higher need of parent chaperones this year. If you are interested please make sure to complete the form within the packet.


Johns Hopkins Information

For the past several years, some of our students from the middle school have chosen to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search.  Adams Middle School has no affiliation with Johns Hopkins but has simply shared information about the program to all 7th grade students. We note, too, that there should be no pressure to participate.  Although some kids have enjoyed the experience, the decision whether or not to participate should be made by you and your child on an individual basis. Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the program and the after school club to help prepare students should they choose to participate.

Johns Hopkins Parent Letter

 

RAMS Wrestling Registration and Information

Is your student thinking about wrestling on the RAMS Interscholastic Wrestling team this winter?  Our Athletic Coordinator, Mrs. McNamara, and our Wrestling Coach, Mr. Varone, will be holding a parent and athlete information session on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 5:45 pm until 7:45 pm as follows:

5:45 pm to 6:15 pm - Parent/Athlete info session at HHS Classroom 512 (across from HHS Gym)- required for all participating parents and athletes

6:15 pm to 7:45 pm - Clinic for all 1st year and interested wrestlers (HHS Wrestling Room) - good opportunity for parents and newer athletes to learn the basics of Wrestling and put forth any questions they may have.  All members of the team are more than welcome to participate.

 

Holliston Athletic Boosters Association

Don’t Miss out...HABA’s online Store is open now through Sunday, November 18th!

Don’t wait until Black Friday to shop for your Panther Gear!!!  Shop the week before for the latest styles. Some of our most popular items (in both youth and adult sizes) are now available for online purchase.  

To save on shipping charges for the customer there will be a bulk pickup at HHS (in the field house lobby) on 12/18 & 12/20 from 5-8PM.

Order by going to http://trivalley.tuosystems.com/stores/holliston-athletic-boosters-association

Any questions please email: emkayassociates@comcast.net

 

Turkey Trot/Thankfulness Rally

During the half day on November 21st, students and teachers will be completing our yearly Turkey Trot and Spirit Rally. We will be collecting $1 as registration for the trot and all proceeds will be donated to the Holliston Food Pantry. We look forward to a fun filled morning of celebrating and giving thanks, through fun activities with staff and students!  


Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative continues to be a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside and walk during lunch, or walk the gym when it is a bit chilly.

In order to continue with this initiative, we are in serious need of parent volunteers.  If you have any availability between 11:00-12:30 Monday-Friday, please use the link below to sign up.  Just a reminder that parents will need a current CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps for Lunch signup


MS-PTO News

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration is Open!

Registration is now OPEN for Holliston PTO Ski and Snowboard Programs at Nashoba Valley in January and early February.  Registration is ONLINE ONLY. Click on this link to our PTO website to begin the registration process. http://hollistonpto.org/ski-and-snowboard

Screening of Most Likely to Succeed, Wednesday, November 28

View this documentary about student centered learning – November 28, 7pm at the RAMS Media Center. You can view the trailer at www.mltsfilm.org and see excerpts from the film where Sir Ken Robinson and other thought leaders tackle important issues facing education today. Sponsored by Mindshare, the Holliston PTO Parent Education program.

Winter White Out All-School Dance is Friday, December 7!

There will be an all-school dance on Friday December 7 from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria. The theme is Winter White out, so the attire is casual, just wear some or all white. Tickets will be sold at lunch the week of the dance, but will not be sold at the door. All proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life Foundation.

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.


Calendar Events

November 15       6th Grade Dance Lesson @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 16         Gr. 6 Team 2 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

November 21         Turkey Trot/Early Dismissal @ 10:30 am

November 22-23 Thanksgiving Break

November 27         Gr 6 Team 2 Mcauliffe Space Center Trip

November 30 Term 1 Ends

December 4 & 5 Gr 6 Team 1 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

December 4 Faculty Meeting

December 7 Report Cards released

NHS All School Dance 6:30-9:00

December 12 Chorus Concert @ HHS

                                         Gr 6 Team 3 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

December 14         Chorus Concert (Snow date)

December 19         Band Concert @ HHS

December 24-Jan 1 December Break


RAMS News November 1, 2018

posted Nov 2, 2018, 1:09 PM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • PowerSchool- Automated Attendance calls

  • MS Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

  • Metrowest Adolescent Health Risk Survey Gr 6-8

  • Grade 7 SBIRT

  • Grade 7 Mood Check

  • MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Gr 6-8

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Johns Hopkins Program

  • RAMS Wrestling

  • Fundraising Events

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events


PowerSchool Information

Just a reminder that we are still collecting all Emergency Information. If you have not done so already, please be sure to log into PowerSchool and update all of your child’s information so we have current phone numbers, addresses, and emails.


Notification System for Attendance-NEW

Beginning next week, we will be utilizing our new automated attendance calling system through Bright Arrow. This system will alert any parent/guardian with an automated message via phone, text, and email if you have not called the school to verify your child’s absence or tardy.


When your child is tardy or absent please either call and leave a message (508) 429-0657 press option 3,  or new starting November 5, you can email us at ramsattendance@holliston.k12.ma.us.


Middle School Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

Starting in January, the halfway split between Art and Tech Ed, we will be piloting a Computer Science Course in 7th and 8th grade similar to the Pit Crew at Holliston High School.  The Middle School Pit Crew will be predominantly focused on repairing and troubleshooting issues with the hardware and software of student Chromebooks. However, students will also be involved in website design, programming, and technology repair outside of just the Chromebooks.

Interested students should be able to operate with a high level of independence and autonomy, be creative, and have a high interest in computer science.  This course will meet 1-2 times every 6 day cycle and it will replace one of the students’ existing electives.

If your student would be interested in participating, please fill out the following interest survey.

Middle School Pit Crew Interest Form



MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (Gr. 6-8)

Attention Parents: Students in grades 6-8 will be asked to participate in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey on November 14. Students at the Robert Adams Middle School have been participating in this survey since 2006. This survey is administered in the surrounding towns with the purpose of collecting data regarding students attitudes and behaviors with a variety of health issues.  This survey is optional, and a copy of the survey for the parents to view will be in the Main Office Monday, November 5-Friday, November 9. As with any survey, you have the right to opt your child out. Please see the link below for more information and the form to opt out should you wish to do so for your child.  If you have questions regarding the implementation and/or information on the survey, feel free to contact Gennie Guellnitz at ext 1419.

MWHRS Parent Letter/Opt out


SBIRT Screening for Grade 7 Students

In response to the increase in drug and opioid use in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention” (H. No. 4056). Among its many components, this law mandates that school districts annually conduct verbal substance abuse screenings in two grade levels.

In compliance with this new law and in order to help prevent students from starting to use substances, or intervene with early use, the Holliston Public Schools will be conducting an interview-based screening for 7th grade students around the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. The screening will occur on November 7th with all 7th graders.  This screening will follow the SBIRT protocol (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will utilize the CRAFFT screening tool, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Substance Abuse. Student screening sessions will be brief (approximately 5 minutes) and conducted confidentially and in private by the school nurse or a guidance counselor who has been specially trained to conduct the screening. Healthy life choices will be reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or is at risk for future substance use. If needed, the student will be referred to our adjustment counselor for further evaluation. Results of the screening will not be included in your student’s school record.

As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of this screening. If you wish to do so, please notify Mrs. Guellnitz in writing via email at guellnitzg@holliston.k12.ma.us, ideally by November 5  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.


Grade 7 Mood Check

We are pleased to announce the second year of Mood Check: Holliston, a depression prevention initiative supported by the Holliston Public Schools and directed by Tracy Gladstone, a licensed clinical psychologist from the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College.  The comprehensive depression screening program that serves Holliston students in grade 7 will occur the week of November 13th-16th.  Dr. Gladstone and members of her Team will be holding an information session about Mood Check: Holliston, SOS Program on Tuesday, November 6th, at 7pm in the Holliston High School auditorium.  Please see the following link for the full details of the screening.

Mood Check Holliston Parent Letter


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

Just a reminder that the Nature’s Classroom Packet of forms is to be filled out and the $200 deposit to secure your child’s spot at Nature's Classroom is due by Friday, November 9.  


Johns Hopkins Information

For the past several years, some of our students from the middle school have chosen to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search.  Adams Middle School has no affiliation with Johns Hopkins but has simply shared information about the program to all 7th grade students. We note, too, that there should be no pressure to participate.  Although some kids have enjoyed the experience, the decision whether or not to participate should be made by you and your child on an individual basis. Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the program and the after school club to help prepare students should they choose to participate.

Johns Hopkins Parent Letter


Fall One Acts- November 2 & 3

Don’t miss an evening of One Acts by the Robert Adams Middle School Re-Act Players. There is something fun for everyone. The first play, Time In/Time Out is about a group of students from both the late '60s and the 90’s suffering through "time-out" suspension in school. Look out “Breakfast Club", here comes the Re-Act Players.  What pursues is sure to be entertaining.

The second play, Twice Upon a Time is about three whimsical witches whose spells go awry, and suddenly princesses come out of nowhere. But the fun doesn’t end there. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see who shows up next!

From the same people who brought you Willy Wonka, this evening is sure to be a hit!

Performances are on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm and Saturday November 3rd at 7pm at the Robert Adams Middle School. Tickets are $10 and available at Coffee Haven, Kamala and at the door.

 

RAMS Wrestling Registration and Information

Registration for our Wrestling team for students in grades 6-8 is currently available. Please click link below for more information.

RAMS Wrestling Parent Information Letter


MS PTO News:

Fall Fundraiser – The Final Stretch

No orders first half? No problem! 4+ orders online or $40 cash donation between 10/25 and midnight Monday 11/5 qualifies to Spin the Prize Wheel for cash prizes during lunch on Friday 11/9! And 6+ orders or $60 cash donation qualifies for one of four $50 VISA Gift Card drawings! Plus the PIG RACES are coming for homerooms with 25% or more participation 11/9, too!  Go to www.gaschoolstore.com/2590990 to get started, and then your child’s homeroom teacher. Get those online orders in!

Cash donations instead are always welcome - 100% of your donation goes directly to the Holliston Middle School PTO programs. Every $10 donation counts as one order and must be delivered to the school office by 8am Tuesday, 11/6. Contact Christine Clarke, ckclarke@yahoo.com or Maura Marczewski mjaym@verizon.net with questions.

 

6th Grade Dance Lessons start this week!

The popular 6-week dance lesson program for 6th graders is back! These lessons are known as a rite of passage for Adams Middle School students...just ask any older middle school or high school student!  Lessons start Thursday, November 1. It’s not too late to sign up!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w8TY7hyVKGcXJ2LbfdKawf1pw_VvYxS_/view?usp=sharing

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit https://hollistonpto.org/join/ to join.

To add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list, contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com

Calendar

November 1 Grade 6 Dance Lessons @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 2-3         Fall One Acts at 7:00 PM RAMS Auditorium

November 5 Gr. 7 SBIRT Screening

November 6 No School for students/Professional Development Day for Teachers

November 6 Parent Info Night: Mood Check; 7PM @HHS

November 7 SBIRT screening Grade 7

November 8        6th Grade Dance Lessons at 6:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

November 9        Fall Fundraiser Pig Races and Spin the Wheel!

November 12         No School/Veterans Day

November 13-16 Gr. 7 Mood Check Screening

November 14         Metrowest Adolescent Health Screening (gr 6-8)

November 15       6th Grade Dance Lesson @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 16         Gr. 6 Team 2 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

November 21         Turkey Trot/Early Dismissal @ 10:30 am

November 22-23 Thanksgiving Break


Tickets for the RAMS One Act Plays are Available Now

posted Oct 22, 2018, 11:32 AM by Adam Steiner

Don’t miss an evening of One Acts by the Robert Adams Middle School Re-Act Players. There is something fun for everyone. The first play, Time In/Time Out is about a group of students from both the late '60s and the 90’s suffering through "time-out" suspension in school. Look out “Breakfast Club", here comes the Re-Act Players. What pursues is sure to be entertaining.

The second play, Twice Upon a Time is about three whimsical witches whose spells go awry, and suddenly princesses come out of nowhere. But the fun doesn’t end there. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see who shows up next!

From the same people who brought you Willy Wonka, this evening is sure to be a hit!

Performances are on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm and Saturday November 3rd at 7pm at the Robert Adams Middle School. Tickets are $10 and available at Coffee Haven, Kamala and at the door.

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