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Donate Your Old Working Smartphone for a RAMS Virtual Reality Project

posted May 22, 2017, 8:27 AM by Adam Steiner

Adams is looking for old deactivated, WORKING, smart phones that meet the following requirements:

1. Deactivated (no data plan)
2. Working - must still turn on and boot up (we will wipe the phone of any data)
3. Screen in pristine condition - no scratches or cracks
4. At least 4.5" screen size

Some of the phones we would take include:
iPhone 6 or newer
Samsung Galaxy S4 or newer
HTC One M8 or M9


If you have an old phone that meets these qualifications, please bring it to the RAMS office, attention: Adam Steiner, technology integration specialist. If you are unsure if your phone fits the bill, feel free to e-mail Adam at steinera@holliston.k12.ma.us

RAMS News May 2, 2017

posted May 3, 2017, 5:10 AM by David Jordan

Nature’s Classroom

Another year in the books!  Our 6th grade had a great experience at Nature’s Classroom learning about the world, each other, and nature.  The week started with some challenges with the water at the Hilltop site, but all of the students maintained a good attitude and demonstrated perseverance through it all.  Thank you so much to our parent volunteers and teachers for making the experience so valuable for the students. Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4


8th Grade Slideshow

We are going to continue the tradition of an end of year 8th grade slideshow. This photo montage will feature pictures of your sons and daughters as they have grown up and attended school in Holliston and are soon ready to move on to high school. It will be shown to 8th grade students in the auditorium one of the last days of school. In addition, we will make this video available to parents who wish to watch it at home and save it as a keepsake.


In order to create the best slideshow ever, we need your help with collecting pictures. We are asking that you submit the following in the next three weeks if possible:

1. A baby or toddler picture of your son/daughter (only need 1 of these)

3. Any photos of your son/daughter with other 8th grade friends throughout the years (the more the better!)


These pictures can be submitted in three different ways:

  • E-mail (preferred): You can email your pictures to grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child’s name in the message

  • Google Drive (preferred): You can share a single photo or folder of images with grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child's name in the folder or individual image names.

  • USB drive (if necessary): You or your child can drop a flash drive at the office to be put in my mailbox or dropped off at the RAMS library. Be sure to label the drive with your child’s name so the drive can be returned.

***These pictures will be shown in HD and should be at least 1 MB. Small images will be blurry and cannot be used.***

***Only digital pictures will be accepted***


8th Grade Community Service Day

Our 8th Grade Community Service Day is fast approaching.  It is scheduled for May 25th of this year.  Please be on the lookout for communication specific to the event.  As always, we are looking for chaperones.  If you are interested, please email your 8th grader’s homeroom teacher.


Most Likely to Succeed Follow-Up

Many of you attended the screening of Most Likely to Succeed at Holliston High School last week. Thank you for your contribution. The film was a wonderful catalyst for invigorating discussions among our students, staff, parents, and community members and inspired us to re-imagine what is happening in our classrooms.

Our panelists will join us again on Tuesday, May 16 th at RAMS to answer more of your questions and discuss the challenges ahead of us, and how we can work together as a community to find solutions that address the learning needs of our students.

Let’s act together!

Joining us to continue the discussion and bring you a cross-section of knowledge and insights:

  • Mrs. Karla Garvin, HPS Montessori Director

  • Ms. Dominique Ross, HHS Guidance Department Leader

  • Dr. Brad Jackson, HPS Superintendent

If you missed the film, you can review the trailer at www.mltsfilm.org and see excerpts from the film where Sir Ken Robinson and other thought leaders tackle the most important issues facing education today:

We look forward to welcoming you back and continuing the conversation about the changing landscape of education within our community.

For questions, email Lynne Rahim at therahims@verizon.net


Math MCAS

The ELA portion of this year’s MCAS is wrapping up this week.  The Math and Science/Technology portions start next week.  Detailed MCAS Schedule.


Junior Districts

A big congratulations to Caroline Gum, Isabela Rahim, Katie Ream, and Matthew Perera on a successful performance at the Jr. Districts Festival this weekend. On Saturday, these students represented RAMS in each of the four select honors ensembles for the Central Massachusetts district. Way to go! Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4


Coordinated Program Review

Dr. Bradford Jackson, Superintendent of the Holliston Public Schools was notified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this spring.  As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit Holliston during the week of May 22nd.  Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth.  The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.


For more detail- CPR Press Release


MS-PTONews

MS PTO meeting

  • Please join us for our LAST meeting for 2016-2017 - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9 AM! Please sign-in with the office and you will be directed to our meeting room.

Community Service Day

May 25th is 8th Grade Community Service Day!  All 8th graders, along with their teachers and parent chaperones, disperse all over Holliston and beyond to beautify and organize their community.  Their hard work does not go unrewarded.  After they complete their tasks they return to Adams School for lunch with senior members of our community.  The Holliston Senior Center will provide transportation for any senior citizens to enjoy lunch and mix and mingle with the 8th grade class.

If you are a parent of an 8th grader and can be a chaperone contact your child’s homeroom teacher to see how you can help.

Calendar

May 9 Grade 7 Math MCAS Session 1

May 10 MS-PTO Meeting 9 AM

May 11 Grade 7 Math MCAS Session 2

May 15 Grade 6 Math MCAS Session 1

May 16 Grade 8 Math MCAS Session 1

May 16 Parent Ed:  Most Likely to Succeed follow-up evening 7-9PM at Adams Auditorium

May 17 Grade 6 Math MCAS Session 2

May 18 Grade 8 Math MCAS Session 2

May 19 Grade 8 Shakespeare Now: Midsummer Night's Dream

May 22 Grade 8 Science MCAS Session 1

May 23 Grade 8 Science MCAS Session 2

May 25 Grade 8 Community Service Day


8th Grade Parents: Submit Your Photos Now for the End of Year Slideshow

posted May 1, 2017, 8:42 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated May 1, 2017, 8:49 AM ]


Dear 8th grade parents:

We are going to continue the tradition of an end of year 8th grade slideshow. This photo montage will feature pictures of your sons and daughters as they have grown up and attended school in Holliston and are soon ready to move on to high school. It will be shown to 8th grade students in the auditorium one of the last days of school. In addition, we will make this video available to parents who wish to watch it at home and save it as a keepsake.

In order to create the best slideshow ever, we need your help with collecting pictures. We are asking that you submit the following in the next three weeks if possible:
1. A baby or toddler picture of your son/daughter (only need 1 of these)
3. Any photos of your son/daughter with other 8th grade friends throughout the years (the more the better!)

These pictures can be submitted in three different ways:
E-mail (preferred): You can e-mail your pictures to grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child’s name in the message
Google Drive (preferred): You can share a single photo or folder of images with grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child's name in the folder or individual image names.
USB drive (if necessary): You or your child can drop a flash drive at the office to be put in my mailbox or dropped off at the RAMS library. Be sure to label the drive with your child’s name so the drive can be returned.
***These pictures will be shown in HD and should be at least 1 MB. Small images will be blurry and cannot be used.*** ***Only digital pictures will be accepted***

Thank you for your assistance with this project. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


--Adam Steiner
steinera@holliston.k12.ma.us
508-429-0657

RAMS News April 3, 2017

posted Apr 7, 2017, 4:39 AM by David Jordan

Parent Ed: “Most Likely to Succeed” documentary

You are invited to a screening of the ground-breaking documentary; Most Likely to Succeed, followed by an interactive discussion with a panel of experts about re-imagining our school system.


This is a must-attend event for administrators, faculty, parents, counselors, interested students and community members; this discussion affects everyone with an interest in education, at all levels. Join us for this compelling community-wide event to learn more about the history of education in the United States and explore how we can encourage creativity and innovation in our schools to equip students for the changing needs of the future. It is your school system and we want you to be involved.


The Sundance-selected documentary has a running time of 89 minutes and explores compelling new approaches to educating students in today’s innovative world and offers ways to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about ‘school’ will never be the same again. A 30-minute panel discussion and Q & A session will follow to begin the conversation about how Holliston Public Schools can explore these ideas further. The event is FREE.


Our panelists; Mrs. Karla Garvin, HPS Montessori Director, Ms. Dominique Ross, HHS Guidance Department Leader and Dr. Brad Jackson, HPS Superintendent,  bringing you a cross-section of knowledge and insights to open the discussion.


Click on the following link to view the full flyer: MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED


SAVE THE DATE – TUESDAY, APRIL 25th at 7pm,

HOLLISTON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM


For questions, email Lynne Rahim at therahims@verizon.net


Follow-Up to “Most Likely to Succeed”

Once you have had a chance to digest the initial introduction, we invite you to return to an interactive discussion session scheduled for

Tuesday, May 16th at 7pm at the

Robert Adams Middle School auditorium.


MS-PTONews

“SPECIAL” meeting:

  • Please join us for a “Special” meeting on Wednesday, April 12th @ 8:00 AM

NATURE’S CLASSROOM:

  • We are seeking a number of parents to volunteer for Nature’s Classroom Departure Day on Monday, April 24 from 8:00am – 10:00am. (the first day after April vacation)  We are hoping that we can ask for 7th and 8th grade parents to step up and help with checking in and directing students/parents, labeling luggage and other duties so that parents of 6th graders can attend to checking in/dropping off their sons and daughters.  If you are a 6th grade parent and would like to volunteer, you are welcome to help once you make sure your child is all set.If you can help for all or part of the two hours, please contact Maura Marczewski at mjaym@verizon.net.

VOLUNTEER:

  • Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator if you would like to add your name to the General Volunteer email list. maryabergloff@yahoo.com

MS PTO meetings:

  • Every other month on the second Wednesday at 9AM.  Meetings are casual and open to all Adams School parents and guardians.  Our LAST meeting for 2016-2017 will be Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9 AM! Please sign-in with the office and you will be directed to our meeting room.


Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night

Robert Adams Middle School will be hosting our Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night on Wednesday April 12th 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, Assistant Principal.  It will also include a Q&A session with some of our RAMS Student Leaders.


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.  Parents will then be able to  come straight to the auditorium after.


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom

ATTENTION GRADE 6 PARENTS: This is a reminder the NATURE'S CLASSROOM MEDICATION FORM that was in the February packet, is due by Friday April 7.  As the letter states: "If you are NOT sending any prescription or over-the-counter medication, simply write your child’s name, sign the form and return it as we must have a signed medication form returned for each student".  Thank you.


MCAS Schedule with Updated Math/Science Dates

Today was the first day of ELA MCAS Testing for 6th grade, with testing for all grades starting soon.  Please refer to the MCAS Schedule for dates of ELA, Math, and Science testing.


Calendar

April 3 Grade 6 MCAS ELA Session 1

April 4 Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 1

April 5 Grade 6 MCAS ELA Session 2

April 6 Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 2

April 13 Student/Faculty Basketball Game

April 14 NO SCHOOL/Good Friday

April 17-21 Spring Break

April 24-28 Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom

April 25 Grade 7 MCAS ELA Session 1

April 27 Grade 7 MCAS ELA Session 2


RAMS News March 1, 2017

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:42 PM by David Jordan

Social Media Night

Robert Adams Middle School will be hosting a Social Media Night for parents on March 7th following the screening of Screenagers.  The viewing of Screenagers is not a prerequisite for attendance.  The evening will focus on many of the challenges and concerns presented in Screenagers, answering any questions that parents may have.  Additionally, we will review some recommendations for parents based on what we see at Adams.


Adams highly encourages parents to attend this event.  Our children are living a world on line that many of us are completely unaware of.  We hope that this evening will are you as the parent with the resources to guide your student.


The Social Media Night will consist of a panel discussion and Q&A from:

  • David Jordan, Assistant Principal at Adams

  • Brenda Maurao, Assistant Principal at Miller and middle school parent

  • Gretchen Powers, Adams Adjustment Counselor/Social Worker and HHS Parent

  • John Powers, Adams 6th Grade Counselor and HHS Parent

  • Angela Gavan, Adams 7th Grade Counselor

  • Jess Beattie, Adams 8th Grade Counselor

When:  March 7, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where:  Robert Adams Middle School Auditorium


Following the Social Media Night, Dr. Botelho and Mr. Jordan will be hosting a Virtual Coffee Talk to address any further questions about student technology use.


Social Media Night Parent Survey

Parents, please fill out the following two question survey to help us understand parents’ needs/questions around their students’ use of technology.


Social Media Parent Survey


Athletics: Track and Field

Track and Field sign ups are now open for 7th and 8th graders!  High Jump, Long Jump, Hurdles, Discus, Javelin, Shot Put, Relays, Sprints or Distance.   There is an event for you.  We are looking to repeat our boys and girls Massachusetts State Championship from last year.  If you have any questions feel free to ask Mr. Kwas or Mr. Rollins.  Spots are filling up quick.  Last year we had 100 athletes! 7th and 8th grade priority registration ends on Wednesday, March 1st.

6th grade registrations will be accepted starting March 2nd.


SBIRT

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 the week of March 20.  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 Dr. Botelho in writing via email at botelhop@holliston.k12.ma.us, ideally prior to March10.  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.

Neuroscience tells us that the developing adolescent brain is at particular risk for addiction, so intervening early, before a substance-use disorder develops, is key to the life-long health of our students.  While no single screening or intervention will have 100% success, we welcome the opportunity to increase the chances that our students will remain safe and substance-free.


Holliston High School Program of Studies Night

On March 8, 2017, the 8th grade parents/guardians should plan to attend the Program of Studies night focusing on course selections and the scheduling process.  At this time, you will have an opportunity to meet the high school department leaders and clarify any questions you may have regarding your student's course offerings.


Calendar

March 3 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 2

March 3 Grade 7 Culture Connections: Chariot of the Sun

March 7 Social Media Night @6:30 PM-7:30 PM in RAMS Auditorium

March 8 Grade 8 Program of Studies Night at HHS 7-9PM

March 8 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 1

March 10 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 3

March 17 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/Professional Development Day

March 20 Grade 7 SBIRT Screening in Social Studies Classes

Social Media Night Tonight at 6:30 in the RAMS Auditorium

posted Mar 7, 2017, 7:33 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 7:34 AM ]

Tonight, RAMS administrators and guidance counselors will lead a discussion around concerns related to social media and appropriate technology use. All parents are welcome to attend and share their concerns and questions.

View Our Virtual Parent Coffee Talk from December 8

posted Dec 7, 2016, 11:53 AM by David Jordan   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 7:18 AM by Adam Steiner ]

In an effort to expand the school’s ability to communicate in alternative ways with parents, Dr. Botelho and Mr. Jordan participate in occasional online video forums to answer questions submitted by parents. 
 
 

1:00 lunch options

4:00 parent volunteers

5:45 social emotional needs

9:30 beautiful minds campaign and mindfulness

11:20 holiday concerts & music lab

13:30 school play

14:40 sports, clubs, and other after school choices

15:40 grading, iPass, and printing

19:30 technology and screen time

22:00 sharing student documents with parents

24:20 home printing

25:45 social media

26:45 coffee talk transcripts

28:00 flex time help

29:15 questions about diversity/race related to the election etc.



For those that are new to virtual coffee talks, Dr. Botelho and Mr. Jordan host a podcast where parents can watch, listen, and post questions live about a variety of topics at Robert Adams Middle School in an effort to expand the school’s ability to communicate in alternative ways with parents.  Please use the link to submit questions before the airing of the podcast and during the podcast.  You may submit questions on any area that you are seeking additional feedback on.

RAMS News December 1, 2016

posted Dec 7, 2016, 11:34 AM by David Jordan

Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative has been a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside and walk during lunch.


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 email David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us.  To volunteer, parents will need a CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk- Dec 8th

Our next virtual coffee talk will be on December 8th at 6:00 PM.  


For those that are new to virtual coffee talks, Dr. Botelho and Mr. Jordan host a podcast where parents can watch, listen, and post questions live about a variety of topics at Robert Adams Middle School in an effort to expand the school’s ability to communicate in alternative ways with parents.  Please use the link to submit questions before the airing of the podcast and during the podcast.  You may submit questions on any area that you are seeking additional feedback on.


At the conclusion of the broadcast, the video will be posted on the school website so that parents that were unable to view the live broadcast can view it on their own time.


Relay for Life Winter White Out All School Dance

There will be an all-school dance on December 2nd from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria. The theme this year is Winter White out, so the attire is casual, just wear all white.  Ticket sales will be sold during lunches Tuesday - Friday (11/29 - 12/2).  Tickets will NOT be available at the door.


The dance is a Relay for Life Dance, so all proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life Foundation.  Along with that fundraiser, we ask students to bring a food pantry item to be entered in a raffle to win a gift card.


The procedure for picking students up after the dance is as follows:  

  • Parents can line up outside of the gym door nearest to the front office

  • Students will be seated in the gym

  • Parents will enter into the gym and exit with their student out of the doors nearest the cafeteria.  Please do not exit through the door that you entered.


Parent Ed: 10 Must-Try Strategies for Parents of Anxious Kids

This presentation focuses on practical strategies you can use in the moment to help you feel empowered as a parent. The workshop will also help you gain insights into why your child is experiencing chronic worry. While the presentation is primarily geared toward parents of elementary school students, some recommendations may be generalized to middle and high schoolers.  For more details go to the event flyer.


When: December 12, 2016 at 7:00PM

Where: Robert Adams Middle School Auditorium


MS-PTO News

All-School Dance is planned for Friday, 12/2/2016 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.

  • This is Holliston NHS project to benefit Relay for Life

  • “Winter White Out” theme.  Dress code still in effect.  Wear all white, DJ, black lights, refreshments and more.  Tickets are $10 and for sale during lunches on 11/29 - 12/2.

  • PLEASE NOTE:  Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

MS – SKI PROGRAM:  NEED CHAPERONES

  • Parent participation as a chaperone has always been a major contribution to a well coordinated and safe program.

  • WE NEED CHAPERONES!  If you would like to help out, while enjoying a winter’s evening skiing at no expense to yourself, please contact Donna Goyette – dgoyette@verizon.net

  • January, 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 2017.  Time:  4:30 – 9:30 PM

  • Please note that all chaperones will be expected to help with ski boots, assist children in the rental shop, escort children to correct lessons, ensure everyone is skiing with a buddy and help get the children back on the bus and accounted for. Chaperones are required to be members of the Holliston PTO, ($15 annual fee/family and be at least 18 years old).

  • Without CHAPERONES we will not be able to run this program this year for our Middle School Students.

JOIN HOLLISTON PTO -

  • Become a member of Holliston PTO

  • Visit Hollistonpto.org to join

VOLUNTEER:

  • Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO Volunteer Coordinator, if you would like to add your name to the General Volunteer email list. maryabergloff@yahoo.com

MS PTSA meetings:

  • Every other month on the second Wednesday at 9AM.  Meetings are casual and open to all Adams School parents and guardians.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9 AM. Please sign-in with the office and you will be directed to our meeting room.  Mark your calendar for future meetings on 3/8 and 5/10


Calendar

December 2 Relay for Life All School Dance 6:30-9:00PM

December 5,6 Musical Auditions 3:00 PM

December 8 Musical Call-Backs 3:00 PM

December 8 Principal’s Virtual Coffee Talk: 6:00-6:30PM

December 12 Parent Ed Night: Anxiety, 7-9PM in the RAMS Auditorium

December 14 Winter Chorus Concert 7-9PM @HHS Auditorium

December 19 Winter Band Concert 7-9PM @HHS Auditorium

December 26-Jan 2 Winter Vacation

Check Out the RAMS Mannequin Challenge!

posted Dec 6, 2016, 12:23 PM by Adam Steiner


View the Teacher Lip Sync Battle from the Thanksgiving Rally

posted Nov 28, 2016, 6:33 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 6:41 AM ]

Our Thanksgiving rally featured lip sync performances by groups of our female and male teachers. Check them out here!




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