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March 1, 2021

posted Mar 1, 2021, 5:09 PM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

March 1, 2021

-RAMS Pool Testing

-RAMS Students of the Month

-MIT STEM Opportunity

-Physical Science Lab Opportunity-Gr 8 ONLY

-RAMS Yearbook Information

-RAMS Student Playlist

-Calendar


RAMS COVID Pool Testing Update

Our first day of pool testing was VERY successful!! RAMS will continue pilot testing the COVID Pool Testing through the month of March. Please see the link below that was emailed to families last week. Testing will take place ONLY with students and staff who have signed consent.  They will be testing on the following days starting at 8:10 am:

Cohort A: March 1 & March 15

Cohort B: March 10 & 24


If you have any questions regarding Pool Testing please do not hesitate to reach out Jen Olsen at olsenj@holliston.k12.ma.us or Kim Byda at bydak@holliston.k12.ma.us


Pool Testing Information & Video


RAMS Students of the Month

A BIG congratulations to our RAMS Students of the Month for February!!  They will all receive a letter of recognition and certificate, along with their letter posted to our main lobby bulletin board.  Keep up the great work RAMS Students!!

Grade 6: Josie Henson, Ellie Granfors, Srivalli Kuragayala

Grade7:  Maylea Harris, Bella Utke, Robin Cressotti

Grade 8: Wyatt Listewnik, Nathan Pirelli, Aidan Carlson


MIT Stem Opportunity for Gr 7 & 8 students-March 13-27

MIT's program for 7th and 8th graders this March 13-27th includes, among dozens of classes, The Science of Happiness, Combating Perfectionism: Learning to Fail, Cellular Automata, Fusion Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Racism, Introduction to the Stock Market & Cryptocurrency, Intro Cardiology, how the heart  beats and breaks, Intro to Electronics, Fibonacci Numbers! Featuring Recursion, Somewhat Obscure Greek Mythology and mRNA vaccine turning people into mutants? 

 

Here are the sites for registration and the list of classes. It is a lottery system, and the deadline for registration for the lottery is Thursday, March 4, 2021.

 

https://esp.mit.edu/learn/Spark/studentguide.html

 

Courses -- https://esp.mit.edu/learn/Spark/2021/mark_classes

 

Spark has become MIT’s largest annual teaching and learning extravaganza for middle-schoolers! The 2021 iteration of Spark will be a virtual, extended version of the program. For three Saturdays this March, middle schoolers like you will flood Zoom to take classes, taught by MIT students, on anything and everything. Come be a part of this iconic MIT event!

Spark is fully student-run by MIT ESP. Virtual Spark will extend Spark over 3 Saturdays from March 13 to March 27. Each day will be 5 hours long, with a morning session from 11am to 1pm, a 1 hour lunch break from 1pm to 2pm, and an afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm (all in EST).


Introductory Physical Science Lab Opportunity-Grade 8 Only

Starting in term 3, March 23rd, we will be offering an introductory physical science lab program open to all 8th grade students that will run as an elective from 1:30-2:33 on select cohort days each week.  Using the IPS curriculum as the foundation, students will engage in rigorous hands-on and authentic physical science lab experiments.

Days Offered:

  • Cohort A: Mondays and Tuesdays; 1:30-2:33

  • Cohort B: Wednesdays and Thursdays.


This offering is an in-person offering only.  If your student is interested in being a part of the program, please complete the IPS Lab Interest Survey.


RAMS Yearbook

It is about that time! We are beginning to put together our 2021 RAMS Yearbook. Below is a link for you to help submit candid photos of your child and friends to our yearbook.  Stay tuned for information on when and how to order.

Yearbook Picture Submissions


RAMS Playlist

We are continuing to bring a little fun to middle school life. We have recently begun creating a student/staff playlist. We LOVE playing your favorite songs as our day kicks off from 7:55-8:10, and other times of transition.  Please continue to add "school appropriate" songs to our playlist. 

RAMS Playlist Form

Calendar

March

1 Pool Testing-Cohort A

2 RAMS Faculty Meeting @ 2:45

10 Pool Testing-Cohort B

15 Pool Testing-Cohort A

19 Early Release @ 11:00/Staff Professional Development

24 Pool Testing-Cohort B



 


February 15, 2021

posted Feb 21, 2021, 6:49 PM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

February 15, 2021


-RAMS Safety Drills (2/23 & 2/25)

-Jr Tech STEM Opportunity

-Thank You MS PTO

-Physical Science Lab Opportunity-Gr 8 ONLY

-RAMS First Annual Winter Walk & Roll-THANK YOU!!!

-RAMS Student Playlist

-Calendar


Safety Drills-Upcoming 2/23 & 2/25

It is ever more important for our staff and students to continuously practice our various school safety drills.  This week we will practice our Intruder Response Drill on Tuesday, February 23 for cohort A and Thursday, February 25 for cohort B.  Additionally, we have created a Safety Drill presentation for ALL remote learners, that is pre-recorded with Officer Woods and Mrs. Beattie.  This video paired with slides provides our “remote” learners some education around safety at school, but also safety at home as remote learners.  We have linked the presentation below for ALL families to view with their students if they choose.


As in previous years, our Intruder Response Drill is discussion-based which is led by staff, in collaboration with the Holliston Police & Fire Departments. During this drill students and teachers will remain in their classrooms, while Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie conveyed over the PA system the importance of practicing these drills and read through 2-3 scenarios that they will elicit problem-solving responses from students with their teachers. 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.


REMOTE RAMS SCHOOL SAFETY PRESENTATION


Jr Tech STEM Opportunity

Jr.Tech is committed to inspiring students to think about STEM topics and explore STEM career paths. We are hosting Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 in April 2021. This year's Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 will take place on two half-day Saturdays: Saturday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 10th, from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, both days. It will be hosted as a live, online, program via Zoom.


The summit is for girls in grades 8-12 who are interested in careers in the STEM fields. As this is a critical time in their education, and college decisions are beginning, we hope to empower these young women to see the many opportunities available to them within STEM.


Please share the attached PDF flyer with your teachers, curriculum heads, guidance staff, and principal to make them aware of Girls STEM Summit Live 2021 and ask them to share with your community.


We invite your high school to purchase a group for your school or have parents register them individually.


Who:  Girls in grades 8 - 12 interested in exploring STEM fields and career choices

What: #GirlsSTEMSummitLIVE2021

When: Hosted online two Saturday mornings via Zoom

Dates: Saturday, April 3, 2021, 8:30am - noon and

            Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:30 am - noon

Fee: $65

Register: https://juniortech.org/girls-stem-summit-live-2021/

Email: info@juniortech.org


Shout out to our MS PTO

We want to thank you for all that you did to pull off our traditional “Middle of the Middle” for our Grade 7 students. While it is always best to celebrate this as an entire grade at lunch, you were able to provide both our remote and in-person learners with a wonderful celebration. Thank you!!


Introductory Physical Science Lab Opportunity-Grade 8 Only

Starting in term 3, March 23rd, we will be offering an introductory physical science lab program open to all 8th grade students that will run as an elective from 1:30-2:33 on select cohort days each week.  Using the IPS curriculum as the foundation, students will engage in rigorous hands-on and authentic physical science lab experiments.


Days Offered:

  • Cohort A: Mondays and Tuesdays; 1:30-2:33

  • Cohort B: Wednesdays and Thursdays.


This offering is an in-person offering only.  If your student is interested in being a part of the program, please complete the IPS Lab Interest Survey.


First Annual Winter Walk & Roll

Our first annual Winter Walk & Roll was a success...even in the frigid temperatures.  Thank you to all those who participated, both staff and students! We had approximately 30 participants on Friday, February 12. We look forward to our Spring Walk & Roll, and we know the numbers will be even bigger!!


RAMS Playlist

We are continuing to bring a little fun to middle school life. We have recently begun creating a student/staff playlist. We LOVE playing your favorite songs as our day kicks off from 7:55-8:10, and other times of transition.  Please continue to add "school appropriate" songs to our playlist. 

RAMS Playlist Form

Calendar

February

23 RAMS Safety Drill

25 RAMS Safety Drill


March

2 RAMS Faculty Meeting @ 2:45

19 Early Release @ 11:00/Staff Professional Development



Full Remote Day (Monday, February 1, 2021)

posted Jan 31, 2021, 7:11 PM by Dan MacLeod

All students will be fully remote on Monday, February 1, 2021, due to inclement weather,   Staff may work remotely or in person.

RAMS News January 1, 2021

posted Jan 4, 2021, 12:11 PM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

January 1, 2021


-RAMS Student of the Month; December

-Flu Shot extension

-Resources for Families

-Term 1 Report Card reminders

-School Picture Retakes-Thursday January 7

-Safe Routes to School-Live Survey Link

-Calendar


RAMS Students of the Month

A BIG congratulations to our RAMS Students of the Month for December!!  They will all receive a letter of recognition and certificate, along with their letter posted to our main lobby bulletin board.  Keep up the great work RAMS Students!!


Grade 6

Margaux Pellissier

Bryan DeOliveira

Aaria Prajapati

Grade 7

Luke Burgett

Caroline Ehret

Marcus Tarin

Grade 8

Lily Cocchiarella

Vedant Rajeev

Tara Kaviani


State Flu Shot Regulations 20-21

Per the new state regulations, ALL students are required to receive the Influenza Vaccine. They have extended the deadline to be February 28, 2021.  Please provide our school nurses with documentation of the immunization asap. 




Resources for Families

Given the challenging times, we need to recognize that middle school aged students may be experiencing an increase in emotional distress, isolation, and fear.  Our RAMS Support staff has put together an important resource page to help navigate difficult conversations and contacts for counseling supports should you need them.  

Tips & Resources for Student Stress 


Term 1 Report Cards

Families should have received a Term 1 Report Card emailed through Brightarrow on Friday, December 18. If you have not received this, please reach out to your grade level counselor and we will resend.


School Picture Retakes

All picture retakes for students in Cohort B will be held on January 7. Students should bring their photo packet. Fort those who have not picked up their pictures please feel free to stop by the school between 8:30-2:30.


Safe Routes to School-Please take survey

Holliston has partnered with “Safe Routes to School”. Please click on the link below to participate in the survey for our community.

https://masaferoutessurvey.org/. 


Calendar

January

4 School in session

7 Cohort B Picture Retakes

15 No School/Staff Professional Development Day

18 No School/MLK Day



 


RAMS News December 15, 2020

posted Dec 15, 2020, 12:02 PM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

December 15, 2020

-Resources for Families

-Grade 8 Wellness 

-Term 1 Report Cards

-School Picture Retakes

-Safe Routes to School Update and upcoming survey

-Term 2 Reminders

-RAMS Health & Safety

-Calendar


New Video Version of RAMS News

In an effort to provide a stronger connection to our families. We will be providing recordings that outline upcoming events, information and “need to know”.  

RAMS News Video


Resources for Families

Given the challenging times, we need to recognize that middle school aged students may be experiencing an increase in emotional distress, isolation, and fear.  Our RAMS Support staff has put together an important resource page to help navigate difficult conversations and contacts for counseling supports should you need them.  As we head into December Break, we feel it is ever more important to acknowledge families may need this added assistance.

Tips & Resources for Student Stress 


Grade 8 Wellness

Just a reminder that all grade 8 students will need a jump rope and juggling balls for Wellness. If you are having difficulty getting this please reach out to your Wellness teacher.


Term 1 Report Cards

Families will receive Term 1 Report Cards through Brightarrow email after 3:30 pm on Friday, December 18. 


School Picture Retakes

We have completed our retakes for all fully remote and cohort A students.  Due to impending weather, we will be rescheduling our retakes for Cohort B from December 17 to January 7  Any students who wish to participate on January 7, should bring their photo packet. Fort those who have not picked up their pictures please feel free to stop by the school between 8:30-2:30.

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School Survey information


Term 2 Reminders

Just a reminder that we shifted to Term 2 on Monday, December 14.  

Unified Arts will shift at the start of Term 2 to the following:

Grade 6: Music

Grade 7: Art & Computer Science

Grade 8: Wellness

Additionally, students will now experience an increase in World Language synchronous times for Term 2. Be sure that your child pays close attention to these minor schedule adjustments and if they see a place on their schedule where they are double-booked for a World Language and a Unified ARTS, they should attend World Language on that day.


State Flu Shot Regulations 20-21

Per new state regulations all students are required to receive the Influenza Vaccine by December 31, 2020. 

If you have not done so already, please provide documentation of immunization to the nurses as soon as possible.  Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.  

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm

Symptomatic Child Reminder

If your child is experiencing cold symptoms, please keep them home and contact your pediatrician for advice regarding COVID testing.  Please don’t send them to school assuming it is just a cold. Many people who test positive for COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms and we want to continue to prevent the spread of illness in our schools.  Also,If your child is being tested please let the nursing office know.


Calendar

December

18 Term 1 Report Cards released in PowerSchool

24-1 December Vacation

January

4 School in session

7 Cohort B Picture Retakes



 


RAMS NEWS DECEMBER 1, 2020

posted Dec 1, 2020, 9:28 AM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Dec 2, 2020, 7:58 AM ]

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

December 1, 2020

-Health Updates

-Mood Check-Grade 7 ONLY

-School Picture Retakes

-Upcoming Term 2 Reminders

-RAMS Health & Safety

-MS PTO

-Calendar


Health Update-Important COVID-19 Test Reminders 

Unfortunately over the past couple of weeks, we are seeing an increase in COVID cases within our community.  It is important to contact the school nurse if your child is symptomatic, has been identified as a close contact or has traveled, for guidance about testing and next steps. We are seeing false negatives due to identified close contacts being tested too soon. Discussing your specific situation with the school nurse can help avoid unnecessary repeat testing.  You can reach the nurse’s office directly at 508-429-0659.


Mood Check- Grade 7 ONLY

We are fortunate to be partnering with the Wellesley Center for Women to complete the Mood Check Depression Screening Inventory for all Grade 7 and 10 students this December.  This screening is completely optional, but those parents choosing to opt their child out will need to contact Mr. Powers at powersj@holliston.k12.ma.us


Please click on the link below for more information. Additionally, there will be an information night this Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 pm via zoom. Please find the zoom link attached in the letter below.

Parent Information Letter


Student Attendance and Term 1 Grades

We highly encourage all families to look at their student’s attendance in PowerSchool.  This is a great resource to see if your student is arriving on time and/or attending all of their classes.  Similarly, term 1 is ending in a little over a week (Dec 11).  Now is a great time to double-check to see if your student is missing any assignments, as there is still time to get some of that work in before the term ends.


If you are struggling with your PowerSchool access, please email Mary McNamara (Network Administrator) at mcnamaram@holliston.k12.ma.us



School Picture Retakes

We will be holding “indoor” picture retakes for any students who wish to participate should bring their photo packet on the designated day. 

Grades 6-8 Cohort A: 12/15/20

Grades 6-8 Cohort B: 12/17/20

Grades 6-8 Remote: 12/15/20

**For any remote students please complete the following link so we are aware of the number of students. REMOTE LEARNER PICTURE RETAKE SIGNUPS



Term 2 Reminders

Just a reminder that Term 2 will begin on Monday, December 14.  Please be sure to check your child’s PowerSchool accounts for the most up to date grades, and prompt for work completion before term 1 ends on December 11.


Unified Arts will shift at the start of Term 2 to the following:

Grade 6: Music

Grade 7: Art & Computer Science

Grade 8: Wellness


Additionally, students will experience an increase in World Language synchronous times for Term 2. Be sure that your child pays close attention to these minor schedule adjustments reflected in PowerSchool as of December 14.


State Flu Shot Regulations 20-21


Per new state regulations all students are required to receive the Influenza Vaccine by December 31, 2020. 

If you have not done so already, please provide documentation of immunization to the nurses as soon as possible.  Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.  


Why is it important to get the flu vaccine this year?

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm


Symptomatic Child Reminder

If your child is experiencing cold symptoms, please keep them home and contact your pediatrician for advice regarding COVID testing.  Please don’t send them to school assuming it is just a cold. Many people who test positive for COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms and we want to continue to prevent the spread of illness in our schools.  Also, If your child is being tested please let the nursing office know.



MS PTO

Ski & Snowboard Club Update

Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer a traditional Ski Club this year due to COVID restrictions. However, we are continuing to work with the local mountains in the area to try to provide other opportunities for kids to get out and enjoy Skiing/Snowboarding in a safe environment. Please see the linked details from Nashoba regarding their offerings for kids aged 7-12. Registration opens on Thursday, November 12th at Noon and will fill up quickly! Note - this is a public offering and not restricted to Holliston families. As we have more information about Ski and/or Snowboard programs in the area, we will keep you updated through email and Facebook

 

Join the MS PTO! It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $15 to support your child, their teachers, and many programs within the school.

 

Calendar

December

2 Gr 7 Mood Check Information Night 7:00-8:00pm (via zoom)

7&8 Gr 7 students ONLY Mood Check Survey (Cohort A)

9 Gr 7 students ONLY Mood Check Survey (Remote)

16 & 17 Gr 7 students ONLY Mood Check Survey (Cohort B)

11 Term 1 Ends

14 Term 2 Starts

15 Picture Retakes Cohort A & Remote Students

17 Picture Retakes Cohort B

18 Term 1 Report Cards released in PowerSchool

24-3     December Vacation



RAMS News November 16, 2020

posted Nov 16, 2020, 6:27 AM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

November 16, 2020

-RAMS Health & Safety

-Quarter Change: Student Learning Mode Request Update

-RAMS World Language Experience-Revised

-Safe Routes to School

-Substitute Teachers Needed

-Student Attendance

-MS PTO

-Calendar


RAMS Health & Safety Information

State Flu Shot Regulations 20-21


Per new state regulations all students are required to receive the Influenza Vaccine by December 31, 2020. 

If you have not done so already, please provide documentation of immunization to the nurses as soon as possible.  Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.  


Why is it important to get the flu vaccine this year?

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm


Symptomatic Child Reminder

If your child is experiencing cold symptoms, please keep them home and contact your pediatrician for advice regarding COVID testing.  Please don’t send them to school assuming it is just a cold. Many people who test positive for COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms and we want to continue to prevent the spread of illness in our schools.  Also, If your child is being tested please let the nursing office know.


RAMS World Language Experience

We are excited to announce a revised immersive experience for our French Immersion students and expanded synchronous learning for Spanish students. Thanks to the recent increase in staffing, we are now able to use our World Language teachers more flexibly.  


On November 23rd, all Hybrid French Immersion students will have a French-speaking second adult in their team classes (Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies).  Cynthia Teixeira, French Immersion teacher, will work with the 6th grade, Annissa Doradoux, French teacher, will work with the 8th grade, and a newly hired permanent native French-speaking substitute will work with the 7th grade. This will allow for students to have content in both English and French languages. We are excited to pilot this and look forward to the potential that it has.


In Spanish at the start of Term 2 (Dec 14th), all students in grades 6-8 will receive three synchronous Spanish classes a week.  This is an increase from one synchronous class per week.  None of these additions will require adjustments to student schedules.


Safe Routes to School Initiative

As you are aware, Holliston Public School strongly endorses Safe Routes to School, which encourages students to walk and ride bikes to school. Physical movement, especially at the start of the day, helps energize and refresh our minds.  Please encourage your child to walk or ride their bike, particularly while the weather is still beautiful.  


Additionally, we have “safe spots” to pick up your child if you are not within walking distance to school. Your child can walk to these locations from RAMS, where you can meet them:

CVS Parking Lot

Flag Field


Quarter Change-Change of Learning Mode

All Learning Mode change requests were due to counselors by November 9. We are currently looking at numbers and student to teacher ratios to determine any team movements.  Counselors will be in touch this week with any families that have requested a change, as all changes will begin on Monday, November 23rd.

Grade 6: Amy Tucker at tuckera@holliston.k12.ma.us

Grade 7: John Powers at powersj@holliston.k12.ma.us

Grade 8: Angela Gavan at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us



Subs Needed

We are in need of building subs. If you are a college-age student at home, or a parent looking for a flexible schedule, you can be of great help to our RAMS community and earn a little cash. Substitute positions can be flexible, and we are willing and able to work around college schedules as well.  This is a great way to connect with our students and help provide our students with positive role models while getting some teaching experience. If you are interested please contact David Jordan, Principal at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us or Jess Beattie, Asst. Principal at beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us


Student Attendance-Remote & Hybrid Students

It is imperative whether Remote or Hybrid, that all students remain consistently engaged in their learning modes. We ask that if your child is going to be absent or tardy you notify the Main Office, by either calling (508) 429-0657 or emailing “ramsattendance@holliston.k12.ma.us and letting us know the date/time/reason for absence. For all dismissals we are asking that you begin using our “Early Dismissal Form” linked below. This is also important to do for those students who are participating in “remote” learning as well. This will help us account for their attendance and accurately report to the state at the end of the school year.

RAMS Dismissal Form

Please note, teachers will be taking period attendance, and per our handbook, we will continue to follow our attendance policies and procedures relative to excessive absences.  Per the handbook should a student have 7 or more unexcused absences or tardies within a 45 day period, outreach will occur from RAMS counselors and admin to create a proactive plan to assist in attendance and engagement in school.


MS PTO

Ski & Snowboard Club Update

Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer a traditional Ski Club this year due to COVID restrictions. However, we are continuing to work with the local mountains in the area to try to provide other opportunities for kids to get out and enjoy Skiing/Snowboarding in a safe environment. Please see the linked details from Nashoba regarding their offerings for kids aged 7-12. Registration opens on Thursday, November 12th at Noon and will fill up quickly! Note - this is a public offering and not restricted to Holliston families. As we have more information about Ski and/or Snowboard programs in the area, we will keep you updated through email and Facebook

 

Join the MS PTO! It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.

 

 

 

 

Calendar

November

18 Wednesday/Cohort B In-School Day

20 Quarter 1 ends

23 Quarter 2 starts

25 Early Dismissal/Wednesday Cohort A In-School Day @ 11:00 am

26-27 No School/Thanksgiving Break


December

11 Term 1 Ends

15 Picture Retakes Cohort A & Remote Students

17 Picture Retakes Cohort B

18 Term 1 Report Cards released in PowerSchool



 


RAMS After School Clubs 20-21

posted Nov 4, 2020, 3:50 PM by Jessica Beattie

RAMS AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

We are excited to announce that our AfterSchool Clubs are underway.  Please see the link below that provides you a list of our club offerings and the code to each club's Google Classroom page, from there you will be able to access the zoom accounts.  RAMS Clubs are an opportunity to make new friends, expand your creativity, and in some cases give back to others.  We hope that you enjoy what we have to offer, and participate as much as possible.


RAMS Afterschool Clubs 20-21


RAMS News November 1, 2020

posted Nov 1, 2020, 11:12 AM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Nov 2, 2020, 5:29 AM ]


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

November 1, 2020


-RAMS School Pictures: Cohort A & Retake Information

-RAMS Students of the Month

-Quarter Change: Student Learning Mode Request Changes

-Substitute Teachers Needed

-RAMS School Council: Parent volunteers needed

-Midterm Grades

-RAMS Admin Podcasts

-RAMS Devices & Insurance

-Student Attendance

-RAMS Open House-Recordings

-MS PTO

-Calendar


School Pictures-Cohort A TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 2

Due to the school closing on October 6 during “Cohort A” pictures, these students will now take pictures on Monday, November 2.


School retakes will be on Tuesday, December 15 for Cohort A and Remote Students, and on Thursday, December 17 for Cohort B. More information will be forthcoming closer to the dates.


RAMS Students of the Month!!!

Each month at Robert Adams Middle School, we will be choosing one student per team in each grade that has proven to be a positive contributor to our school community.  What do we look for students to exemplify?

  • Responsibility

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Empathy

  • Perseverance

  • Courage

The students chosen are announced on the first of the month over the morning announcements and are awarded a  RAMS Student of the Month Certificate. A photo of each student along with a write-up highlighting the student’s achievement is displayed on our Main Lobby bulletin board.  Congratulations to this month’s recipients:

Grade 6: Ella Coughlin, Addie McShane. Ananya Patel

Grade 7: Anni Stevens, Nellie Hill, Bridget Doherty

Grade 8: Aixa Cardenas-Lopes, Brook Hochman, Logan Brewster


Quarter Change-Change of Learning Mode Request

As we near the Quarter change, any request to shift your child’s learning mode (hybrid or remote) must be into your grade level counselor by November 9.

Grade 6: Amy Tucker at tuckera@holliston.k12.ma.us

Grade 7: John Powers at powersj@holliston.k12.ma.us

Grade 8: Angela Gavan at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us


The Quarter ends on November 20, and any possible change requests will be made on November 23. As always, keep in mind the ever-changing nature of our current situation. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to keep student/teacher ratios to the CDC guidelines.


Subs Needed

We are in need of building subs. If you are a college-age student at home, or a parent looking for a flexible schedule, you can be of great help to our RAMS community and earn a little cash. Substitute positions can be flexible, and we are willing and able to work around college schedules as well.  This is a great way to connect with our students and help provide our students with positive role models while getting some teaching experience. If you are interested please contact David Jordan, Principal at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us or Jess Beattie, Asst. Principal at beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us


Parent Volunteers needed- RAMS School Council

Volunteers needed for this year’s school council. 

The School Council is a small representative group of parents, teachers, community members, and administrators which meet to review and discuss the school improvement goals and efforts for the school and help inform efforts and goals for the following year.  A major focus for this year will be around our Hybrid/Remote Learning model. 

If you are interested in serving on the RAMS School Council, please email Principal David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us


RAMS Midterm

We have reached the midterm mark of Term 1, on Wednesday, October 28. While we do not send out an “official” progress report, we ask that you and your child check PowerSchool for an accurate view of how your child is doing halfway through the Term.  In December, you and your child will receive a Term 1 Report Card.  Please encourage your child to reach out to their teacher if they have any questions or concerns.


RAMS Admin Podcasts

For 2020-2021, there will be several podcasts that will run for approximately 20 minutes at a time. We will use this time to provide you information on great things our students and teachers are doing, upcoming events, and important information regarding your middle schooler. These podcasts may include “special guests”, who will help provide pertinent information relative to middle school education and support for your child. All Podcasts will be posted to our webpage and included in the RAMS News each month.


Student Devices: Remote & Hybrid

Just a reminder that students must be using “school-issued” devices during the school day for all work and zooms, regardless of whether they are remote or in-person. If you are having an issue with your child’s school device please notify us immediately through the link below and we will get them a loaner.

HPS Tech Support Service Ticket

Also, the deadline to purchase device insurance is Tuesday, November 3. Please see the link below for information.  Device Insurance Program


Student Attendance-Remote & Hybrid Students

It is imperative whether Remote or Hybrid, that all students remain consistently engaged in their learning modes. We ask that if your child is going to be absent or tardy you notify the Main Office, by either calling (508) 429-0657 or emailing “ramsattendance@holliston.k12.ma.us and letting us know the date/time/reason for absence. For all dismissals we are asking that you begin using our “Early Dismissal Form” linked below. This is also important to do for those students who are participating in “remote” learning as well. This will help us account for their attendance and accurately report to the state at the end of the school year.

RAMS Dismissal Form

Please note, teachers will be taking period attendance, and per our handbook, we will continue to follow our attendance policies and procedures relative to excessive absences.  Per the handbook should a student have 7 or more unexcused absences or tardies within a 45 day period, outreach will occur from RAMS counselors and admin to create a proactive plan to assist in attendance and engagement in school.


RAMS Virtual Open House-Recordings

We want to thank you, everyone, for attending our Open House. It was such a great success, and the credit is due to our AMAZING staff who put so much thought and creativity into the night. Job well done!  Below is a link to the recorded videos of each session.

RAMS Open House Agenda- 10/21/20


Afterschool Clubs

We are looking forward to bringing back clubs in a “virtual” capacity.  We are hoping to begin these some time in November, and all clubs will occur between 2:30-3:30. Please be on the lookout for more information soon!


MS PTO

Our next MS PTO meeting will be via zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 9:00 am. We hope you can join us. Please email hollistonpto@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Join the MS PTO! It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $15 to support your child, their teachers, and programs within the school.


Calendar

November

2 School Pictures for Cohort A (ONLY)

3 No School/Professional Day

4 Wednesday/Cohort B In-School Day

9 Final day for request to change learning mode (hybrid or remote)

10 MS PTO Meeting via zoom @ 9:00am

11 No School/Veterans Day

18 Wednesday/Cohort B In-School Day

20 Quarter 1 ends

23 Quarter 2 starts

25 Early Dismissal/Wednesday Cohort A In-School Day @ 11:00 am

26-27 No School/Thanksgiving Break

 


RAMS Open House-RECORDED VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE

posted Oct 26, 2020, 5:33 AM by Jessica Beattie

Thank you to all of those that were able to attend our very successful Open House. A BIG thank you to our staff who did an excellent job!!  Below is a link providing the recordings of each session.

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