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RAMS News June 15, 2018

posted Jun 15, 2018, 12:18 PM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS News

June 15, 2018

  • Chromebook Returns

  • Term 3 Report Cards

  • PowerSchool Information

  • Summer Reading

  • Yearbook Order

  • RAMS Summer Library Check out-NEW this year

  • Literary Magazine

  • RAMS Sports

  • Calendar


Chromebook Returns

Please remind your student to bring in their Chromebook, Charger, and Case for return on their specified return date. Please take a look at your student’s Chromebook before it is returned.


6th Graders will be turning in their Chromebook, cases, and chargers on Monday (6/18).


8th Graders will be turning in their Chromebook, cases, and chargers on Tuesday (6/19)


7th Graders will be turning in their Chromebook, cases, and chargers on Wednesday (6/20)


The Chromebook your 6th and 7th graders have this year will be the same unit they are issued next year.  Every effort will be made to replace keyboards with missing keys and broken screens. If your student's screen is filthy, you may want to spray glass cleaner on a paper towel (not directly on the screen) and wipe the screen and keyboard down.


Term 3 Report Cards

As Term 3 comes to a close, we will be shutting down the access to the report card and progress report features within the iPass Parent Portal from Monday, June 11 through Thursday, June 21. This will allow teachers the opportunity to finalize the Term 3 grades for their students.  It is our intention to have report cards available online in iPass on Friday, June 22.

 

PowerSchool- Parent/Student Information

We are excited to share that PowerSchool will be our new student information system to replace iPass for 2018-2019 and beyond!  PowerSchool will provide many more features to improve communication between the students, parents, and staff. We will be providing information this summer, as to how you and your child can begin accessing PowerSchool for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  Please look for an email blast in late July with account log in and feature information. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out RAMS Administration.


2018 Summer Reading Information now Available

At Robert Adams Middle School, we understand the importance of both academic and recreational reading. As studies have proven, when students read for pleasure, they benefit in all subjects, not just English. Recreational reading improves vocabulary, spelling, reading fluency, and background knowledge.

Please click below to access the Summer Reading List by grade

6th SRL

7th SRL

8th SRL


Yearbook Orders- STILL TIME

Even though pre-ordering yearbooks online has ended, you can still purchase a yearbook by:

  1. Writing a check for $25 or bringing in $25 cash. (make checks out to Robert H. Adams Middle School)

  2. Include your name and homeroom teacher.

  3. Bring the cash/check to Mrs. Stella (Lagas) in 121 or Mrs. Ditto in 207.

Yearbooks will be available for sale while the inventory lasts! Don't miss out on a wonderful opportunity to look back at another awesome year at RAMS!


RAMS Library Summer check out

Did you know YOU can take library books home over the summer?

Have a parent or guardian sign a Summer Book Checkout Permission slip and bring it to the library after school on Tuesday, June 19, where you will be able to borrow books for summer vacation. Books are due back the first day of school.

Student Loaner Permission Slip


RAMS Literary Magazine- The Middle Ground 2018 Edition

The Literary Magazine Club is proud to present the 2018 copy of "The Middle Ground." Our students throughout the building have worked hard to present a wide variety of writing and artistry. This year, we have chosen to produce only an online version, which in turn allows us to have much more in-color artwork - for that we are excited!

Please use this link to view the literary magazine - from it, you can also click the grey "download" icon at the bottom right of the page. This will allow you to download a PDF version which gives a different look for viewing.  

The Middle Ground 2018 Edition


RAMS Sports Wrap-up

The RAMS Spring Track & Field girls team ended their season with a HUGE 1st place victory at the Massachusetts State Division 2 championships.  Our boys brought home many medals as well. It was a record-breaking season for everyone!!! Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches.

We are looking forward to Fall Field Hockey, Volleyball and Cross Country. Registration information will be emailed to all parents/guardians in the late summer.


Lost and Found

HAS YOUR CHILD "LOST" ANY CLOTHING OR ITEMS AT RAMS? Follow the link to the album of photos of lost & found items and have a look. SO many great items! The last pics show how the items are organized on tables in the cafeteria by color. You have until Friday, June 29 (office open that week) to pick up items - they will be donated after that date.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6JdKdajtzXogp3c8A

 

Calendar

June 18 Grade 7 Field Trip- Kimball Farm

Grade 6 Chromebook Return

June 19 8th Grade Ceremony- in school (students only)

Grade 8 Chromebook Return

June 20 Grade 6 Field Trip- Stoddard Park

Grade 8 Field Trip- 6 Flags

Grade 7 Chromebook Return

June 21 Last Day of School (dismissal at 10:30)

June 22 Term 3 Final Report Cards online

June 29 Lost and Found donated


Wishing all students and families a safe and relaxing summer!!


Latest Issue of the Literary Magazine Now Available

posted Jun 13, 2018, 11:34 AM by Adam Steiner

The Literary Magazine Club is proud to present the 2018 copy of "The Middle Ground." Our students throughout the building have worked hard to present a wide variety of writing and artistry. 

This year, we have chosen to produce only an online version, which in turn allows us to have much more in-color artwork - for that we are excited!

Please use this link to view the literary magazine - from it, you can also click the grey "download" icon at the bottom right of the page. This will allow you to download a PDF version which gives a different look for viewing. Thanks!

RAMS Summer Library Loans!

posted Jun 6, 2018, 8:51 AM by Adam Steiner

We are excited to announce that school library books will be available to loan this summer! Current students entering grades 7 and 8 will be allowed to borrow books from the RAMS library for summer vacation. Students must bring a signed permission slip to our library summer book check out event being held on June 19th from 2:15-3:00. Books will be due back to the library on the first day of school. Any books not returned or damaged will need to be replaced. Students must have a signed permission slip in order to take books home over the summer. Please feel free to email our school librarian, Kelly McDaniel, with any questions: mcdanielk@holliston.k12.ma.us.

Click here to access the RAMS Summer Library Loan Permission Slip.

RAMS News May 15, 2018

posted May 18, 2018, 7:43 AM by Jessica Beattie

What’s new in this edition of RAMS News

May 15, 2018

-8th Grade Community Service Day

-Intruder Response Drill

-Grade 8 Six Flags Trip Information

-Grade 7 DC Trip Information 2018-2019

-Grade 8 Slideshow Information

-Grade 8 Dance

-Culture Connection- MidSummer Night’s Dream

-Calendar


8th Grade Community Service Day

Our 8th Grade Community Service Day is fast approaching.  It is scheduled for May 23rd.  Community Service Day Letters and Permission Slips will be sent home with students on Thursday.  Please pay attention to the $5 required for lunch, appropriate clothing, the need for equipment, and signed permission slip.  Additionally, we are in need of wheelbarrows, if you have a wheelbarrow that you are willing to loan, Joan Shaugnessy is willing to pick it up and drop it back to your home. Please contact her at shaughnessy@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us

 

Intruder Response Plan Drill

The students and staff of Robert Adams Middle School in conjunction with the Holliston Police Department will be practicing our final Intruder Response drill for the year on Wednesday, May 30.  


The intruder response plan combines elements of our lockdown and fire evacuation plans but is different in that it asks staff and students to independently assess the situation at hand and make a decision that is most likely to avoid potential harm.  Whenever possible, students will look to and follow the directions of teachers and staff in the building. However, there may be instances, where students, after trying to seek out the guidance of an adult, make decisions based on the information that they have at the time.  Some of the options that staff and students will consider might be to hide or evacuate instead of staying in a designated place in their classrooms.


During the May 30th drill, the principal will get onto the intercom and announce the location of an intruder in the building as we would in the event of a real emergency. Teachers will then facilitate a brief discussion with students on what possible actions the class should take based on the information given by the announcement, and then practice those actions.  For the purposes of the drill, the evacuation will resemble that of a fire drill.


Please feel free to email Jessica Beattie, beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us, if you have any questions.  Our schools are safe places and we want all children to know and feel this; however, it is important to prepare for dangerous situations, no matter how unlikely they may be.


8th Grade Six Flags Reminder and Parent Letter

Attention 8th-grade parents.  Please read the attached document about the Six Flags Field Trip at the end of the year.


Payment is due to homeroom teachers by Friday, May 18, 2018, and must be accompanied by the signed HPS consent form along with the emergency information sheet.  Make your checks payable to: Robert Adams Middle School. Please do not send cash.


Six Flags Letter and Permission Slip


Grade 7 Parents- DC Trip Sign-ups 2018-2019

Attention parents of current 7th graders: We (Mr. Perry & Mr. Conant) are excited to have begun our plans for the April 2019 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C. This is our second year as co-coordinators and is looking forward to it again! The dates for the next trip will be scheduled during April Vacation from April 14-17, 2019 (Sunday-Wednesday). This trip is a Holliston tradition offered exclusively to our Grade Eight students. We welcome this opportunity for our students to experience Washington, D.C. with their friends and classmates. We hope it will provide many memories along with instilling a sense pride and civic engagement for the students.  
On Tuesday, May 1 we are speaking with the 7th graders about the trip. They will be taking home a number of items related to the trip. However, and VERY IMPORTANT-this year we are asking parents to sign up electronically using the Google Form included below. If your daughter/son is planning on attending the trip this needs to be completed at your earliest convenience.
Thank you in advance. Please contact either Mr. Perry or Mr. Conant if you have any questions or concerns.
DC Trip Registration

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)

2. 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:

***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 Adam Steiner at steinera@holliston.k12.ma.us


Grade 8 Dance

The Grade 8 dance is coming up on Friday, June 8 @ 6:30-9:30 pm at the Adams Middle School.  This year’s theme is Coachella.  Tickets for the dance will go on sale in school at lunch during the week of June 4. Cost per ticket is $12.00, and tickets will not be sold at the door the night of the event.  The dress code for this event is casual.

We are in need of a number of decorations, food, and refreshment items for the event and some volunteers to help out on the day/night of the dance. Please explore the Sign Up Genius link and help out if you possibly can.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Anne-Marie Reinstein at amdorning@gmail.com


Grade 8 Culture Connection- Midsummer Night’s Dream

On May 22nd, all Grade 8 students will be viewing A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company.

Follow four young Athenian lovers and six Rude Mechanicals into Oberon's enchanted woods in which all things, even the impossible, are possible. Shakespeare's glorious comedy is filled with mischief, magic, and mix-ups! How does it all resolve?


"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Holliston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."





Calendar

May 18 Grade 8 Science MCAS Session 2

May 22 Gr. 8 Culture Connection- Midsummer Night’s Dream @ 8:00 am

May 23 Gr 8 Community Service Day (rain date 5/31)

May 24 Grade 6 Spring Concert @ 7:00 pm at HHS Auditorium

May 28 No School/Memorial Day

May 29 Grade 7 & 8 Spring Concert @ 7:00 pm at HHS Auditorium

June 1 Willy Wonka Benefit Show 7:00 pm at RAMS Auditorium

June 4 Grade 8 Culture Connection- Shakespeare @ 9:30am

June 5 Grade 8 Tours at HHS

June 8 Grade 5 Step up Day

June 18 Grade 7 End of year Field Trip Kimball Farm (all day)

June 20 Grade 6 & 8 End of year Field Trips (all day)

June 21 Last day of school ½ day


Send Pictures Now for Our 8th Grade Slideshow

posted May 17, 2018, 6:00 AM by Adam Steiner

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 the last day 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 by June 1:
1. A baby or toddler picture of your son/daughter (only need 1 of these)
2. Any photos of your son/daughter with other 8th grade friends throughout the years (the more the better!)

These pictures can be submitted in two different ways:
E-mail: You can e-mail your pictures to grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child’s name in the subject line and individual image names
Google Drive: You can add a single photo or folder of images to this link - Just be sure to include your child's name in the folder and individual image names: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ckf4NLwrxHh_wuYK-9GMwaevQacXrK5i?usp=sharing
***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 Adam Steiner at steinera@holliston.k12.ma.us.

RAMS News May 1, 2018

posted May 1, 2018, 2:41 PM by Jessica Beattie

What’s new in this edition of RAMS News

May 1, 2018

                - MCAS Update

- Parent Ed: Cyberbullying, texting, social media

- Art & Jazz Festival

- 2019 DC Trip Registration: Gr 7 Parents

- SEPAC Event: Assistive Technology in Schools

- MS PTO News

-Summer Volleyball Clinic

                - Calendar Events


MCAS Schedule

Just a reminder that the MCAS Math (Gr 6-8) and Science (Gr 8 only) testing sessions will begin next week.  Please refer to the MCAS Schedule for all dates for students in grades 6-8.


Parent Ed: Cyberbullying, texting, social media, and the consequences.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 1 at  7-9pm at the RAMS library to hear Camila Barrera of Prevention Partnerships for Youth, Inc, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.

New studies are showing that smartphones are keeping us in a constant state of stress that can have serious consequences on our social lives, anxiety levels, mental health and general well-being. As we heard from Joani Geltman in her compelling presentation on cell phone addiction at the end of January, there are far greater risks for teens as the adolescent brain is not fully developed.

Camila will be joined by local chiropractor Howard Goldberg, to discuss postural effects of being always-on. Howard will offer some basic exercises to combat postural defects caused by the forward head position to use a cell phone and join a panel with Nurse Practitioner Darlene Vittori, Officer Bryan DiGiorgio, HPD, and Lieutenant Chad Thompson, HPD to answer questions you may have on this issue. We hope you will join us.


Art and Jazz Festival

The Art & Jazz Festival has made its return! Please join us on May 14th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the RAMS library. Mr. Grina, Ms. Abalutzk and Mrs. Hebert invite all RAMS families for a coffee-house style evening full of amazing art, music, and food. We are in need of food, water bottle, plastic tablecloths and dry good donations for this event. Please send in or drop off donations in the office on 5/14.Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you and your families at the event!


Grade 7 Parents- DC Trip Sign-ups 2018-2019

Attention parents of current 7th graders: We (Mr. Perry & Mr. Conant) are excited to have begun our plans for the April 2019 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C. This is our second year as co-coordinators and are looking forward to it again! The dates for the next trip will be scheduled during April Vacation from April 14-17, 2019 (Sunday-Wednesday). This trip is a Holliston tradition offered exclusively to our Grade Eight students. We welcome this opportunity for our students to experience Washington, D.C. with their friends and classmates. We hope it will provide many memories along with instilling a sense pride and civic engagement for the students.  
On Tuesday, May 1 we are speaking with the 7th graders about the trip. They will be taking home a number of items related to the trip. However, and VERY IMPORTANT-this year we are asking parents to sign up electronically using the Google Form included below. If your daughter/son is planning on attending the trip this needs to be completed at your earliest convenience.
Thank you in advance. Please contact either Mr. Perry or Mr. Conant if you have any questions or concerns.
DC Trip Registration

SEPAC Event- What does Assistive Technology in the school setting look like?

Please join us on Monday, May 14th @ 7 pm at Adams Middle School Multi-Purpose Room 109.  With Chromebooks being more readily available to all students, how is it used in the school setting?  What assistive technology is available to all children as well as students with more individualized, including those requiring augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  From tier 1 -> tier 2 -> tier 3 of AAC? What does it look like in the school setting and how can I partner with educators to support my student in accessing and generalizing skills?


Panel of speakers:

Carol Dicruttalo, Student Services Administrator, Placentino Elementary School

Becky Hakanson, SLP/AAC Consultant from Accept Collaborative

Adam Steiner, Technology Integration Specialist, Adams Middle School and Miller Elementary

Heather Nunes, SLP, Placentino Elementary School

Krissy Gilbert, Special Education Teacher, Miller Elementary School

Marie Reggio, SLP, Adams Middle School


MS PTO News

Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11

The MS PTO will be seeking volunteers to contribute or help out with treats and events next week to honor our wonderful RAMS teachers.  Keep an eye out for the Signup Genius email asking for help.

8th Grade Community Service Day May 23

Our 8th Grade Community Service Day is fast approaching.  All 8th graders, along with their teachers and parent chaperones, disperse all over Holliston and beyond to beautify and organize their community.  Then they return for an outdoor lunch. 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.

RAMS Volleyball Summer Clinic

Flyer


Calendar

May 1 Parent Ed: Cyberbullying, sexting, social media, and the consequences.

7PM @ RAMS

May 7 Math MCAS- Gr 8

May 7-11         Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8 Math MCAS- Gr 6 & 7

        MS PTO Meeting 8:00 AM at RAMS Teachers Cafe

May 9 Math MCAS- Gr 8

May 10         Math MCAS- Gr 6 & 7

May 14         RAMS Art & Jazz Night @ 6:00-8:00 PM at RAMS

May 14         SEPAC Event- Assistive Technology @ 7:00 PM at RAMS

May 15         Science MCAS-Gr 8

May 16         Science MCAS- Gr 8

May 22         Gr. 8 Culture Connection- Midsummer Night’s Dream @ 8:00am

May 23         Gr 8 Community Service Day(rain date 5/31)

May 28         No School/Memorial Day


RAMS News April 15, 2018

posted Apr 19, 2018, 9:22 AM by Jessica Beattie

            What’s new in this edition of RAMS News

April 15, 2018

- MCAS Update

- RAMS Recommendations

- Holliston Junior Police Academy

- RAMS Summer Volleyball Clinic

-YMCA Information

-Calendar Events


MCAS Schedule

Just a reminder that the MCAS Math(Gr 6-8) and Science(Gr 8 only) testing sessions will soon be upon us.  Please refer to the MCAS Schedule for all dates for students in grades 6-8.


Middle School Recommendations for 2018-2019 School Year

Just a reminder that recommendations for students in grades 6 and 7 for the following school year placements were due by April 13. If you have not done so already, please return the form as soon as possible. As outlined in the letter, please be sure to contact the appropriate teachers and/or Curriculum Coordinators should you have any questions.  


Holliston Junior Police Academy 2018

The Holliston Police Department will again be holding a Junior Police Academy for 6th, 7th and 8th graders; this summer experience is available to Holliston residents only and is FREE.  This summer experience runs from 9am-3pm and will include team building games and will introduce children to law enforcement and teach them how to be responsible members of the community.  The acceptance process will be on a first time, first come, first serve basis, with the maximum number of 20 students. We will accept up to 25 registrations; 5 will be placed on a waiting list.

Registration forms are linked here and are also available at the Holliston Police Department and on Hollistonpolice.com.  Registration begins today and forms must be turned in by May 14th to the Holliston Police Department.   

Registration Form


RAMS Volleyball Summer Clinic

Flyer


YMCA Programs

Looking for something unique and exciting for your teen to take part in. Please see information below regarding programs that are run through our local YMCA.

Open Gym Fridays

Grades 6th-8th

Fridays, 3-6pm, April 6th, May 4th, and June 1st

Fridays @ the Y! Come join us at the MetroWest Family Outdoor Center for a few hours of fun, supervised, recreational programing! Middle school students have the ability to participate in sports, arts & crafts, camp games, board games, healthy snacks, and much more!  If you would like to send your teen to one of our Open Gym days please fill out our JotForm to confirm your teen’s attendance. Walk-Ins are accepted and payment can be accepted the day of!

 

LEAP!

Grades 6th-8th

Thursdays, 2-6pm, April 26th – June 14th

Leap into the MetroWest Family Outdoor Center’s Leadership, Education, & Adventure Program! This session we will use low ropes elements to undergo team building challenges and problem solving initiatives to emphasize leadership competencies. We will celebrate with a high ropes element on the last day of the session. Teens will also be provided homework help and a healthy snack upon arrival. Transportation is provided for Hopkinton, Ashland, and Holliston students.

 

April Vacation Teen Trips

Grades 6th-8th

April 17th & April 19th, 9am-4pm

Come join the Family Outdoor Center on some adventurous field trips during April vacation! We will be traveling to Boda Borg in Malden, MA on 4/17 and Launch Trampoline Park in Norwood, MA on 4/19.

Check out the link to the YMCA website for more information!  

Calendar

April 16-20 April Vacation- No School

April 23-27 Nature’s Classroom- Grade 6

May 7 Math MCAS- Gr 8

May 8 Math MCAS- Gr 6 & 7

May 9 Math MCAS- Gr 8

May 10         Math MCAS- Gr 6 & 7

May 14         RAMS Art & Jazz Night

May 15         Science MCAS-Gr 8

May 16         Science MCAS- Gr 8

May 22         Gr. 8 Culture Connection- Midsummer Night’s Dream @ 8:00am

May 23         Gr 8 Community Service Day

May 28         No School/Memorial Day

RAMS News April 3, 2018

posted Apr 4, 2018, 3:31 AM by Jessica Beattie

What’s new in this edition of RAMS News

April 3, 2018

                - RAMS Recommendations

- Nature’s Classroom Form Updates

- Grade 5 to 6 Transition Parent Night

- Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

- MCAS Update

- RAMS Summer Volleyball Clinic

-YMCA Information

-Calendar Events


Middle School Recommendations for 2018-2019 School Year

Recommendations for students in grades 6 and 7  for the following school year placements will be mailed home on Tuesday, April 3.  Students should return those forms by April 13. As outlined in the letter, please be sure to contact the appropriate teachers and/or Curriculum Coordinators should you have any questions.  


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom-Important Form Due

ATTENTION 6TH GRADE PARENTS: The Medication Form for Nature’s Classroom must be completed and returned to the Main Office by MONDAY, APRIL 2nd for all students attending, whether or not you are sending medications.  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.


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting a Virtual Coffee Talk on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:00-6:30 PM.  This upcoming Coffee Talk will feature our School Adjustment Counselor, Gretchen Powers.  The topic will be Helping our Middle Schoolers Cope: Tips for talking to your children about tragedy.  The current event topics that our students face today can be difficult to explain and make many adults cringe.  Social media brings these conversations to our students and it falls to parents and teachers to help explain the tough topics and answer the questions that are asked.

We hope that you can join us. Please click the link below to post questions to be answered live on April 10.


https://goo.gl/forms/uTh9TSIAWBYOiLU03




Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night

Robert Adams Middle School will be hosting our Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night on Wednesday, April 11th 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, Principal and Mrs. Beattie, Interim Assistant Principal.  It will also include a Q&A session with some of our RAMS Student Leaders and Mrs. Gavan 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.  Parents will then be able to come straight to the auditorium after.


MCAS Schedule

Today was the first day of ELA MCAS Testing for 6th and 7th grade students. Please help remind your child to charge their Chromebook each night.  Please refer to the MCAS Schedule for the remaining dates for ELA testing. The Math and Science schedule to follow soon.


RAMS Volleyball Summer Clinic

Flyer


YMCA Programs

Looking for something unique and exciting for your teen to take part in. Please see information below regarding programs that are run through our local YMCA.

Open Gym Fridays

Grades 6th-8th

Fridays, 3-6pm, April 6th, May 4th, and June 1st

Fridays @ the Y! Come join us at the MetroWest Family Outdoor Center for a few hours of fun, supervised, recreational programming! Middle school students have the ability to participate in sports, arts & crafts, camp games, board games, healthy snacks, and much more!  If you would like to send your teen to one of our Open Gym days please fill out our JotForm to confirm your teen’s attendance. Walk-Ins are accepted and payment can be accepted the day of!

 

LEAP!

Grades 6th-8th

Thursdays, 2-6pm, April 26th – June 14th

Leap into the MetroWest Family Outdoor Center’s Leadership, Education, & Adventure Program! This session we will use low ropes elements to undergo teambuilding challenges and problem-solving initiatives to emphasize leadership competencies. We will celebrate with a high ropes element on the last day of the session. Teens will also be provided homework help and a healthy snack upon arrival. Transportation is provided for Hopkinton, Ashland, and Holliston students.

 

April Vacation Teen Trips

Grades 6th-8th

April 17th & April 19th, 9am-4pm

Come join the Family Outdoor Center on some adventurous field trips during April vacation! We will be traveling to Boda Borg in Malden, MA on 4/17 and Launch Trampoline Park in Norwood, MA on 4/19.

Check out the link to our website for more information!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

http://www.metrowestymca.org/family-outdoor-center/middle-school-programs

Calendar

April 3 Grade 6 & 7 MCAS ELA Session 1

April 4 Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 1

April 5 Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 2

April 6 Grade 6 & 7 MCAS ELA Session 2

April 6-8 Musical: Wonka

April 10 8th Grade Shadow Day @ HHS 11:30-2:00

April 10 Virtual Parent Coffee Talk 6:00pm-6:30pm

April 11 5th to 6th Grade Transition Parent Night @ 6:30 pm RAMS

April 11 Grade 6 Team 3 Field Harvard Museum

April 16-20 April Vacation- No School

April 23-27 Nature’s Classroom- Grade 6


RAMS News March 17, 2018

posted Mar 17, 2018, 6:37 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS March 17, 2018


MCAS Schedule Spring 2018- Revised Schedule

On March 15, we conducted an MCAS Infrastructure/Practice Test with all students in grades 6-8. This provided students the opportunity to practice the online test features while testing our infrastructure. Based on this test we made adjustments to our MCAS Schedule. We will no longer be having all three grades testing on the same day. Please see revised schedule below.

In addition, please remind your child to charge their Chromebook each night prior to MCAS testing, get lots of rest, and a good breakfast!

Revised Spring 2018 MCAS Schedule


8th Grade Shadow Day at HHS-April 10

Due to the overwhelming participation response, we have made significant changes to the Shadow Day Program this year.  The Holliston High School Shadowing Program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 11:30-2:00 .  Participating RAMS Students will be provided busing to the High School from the middle school, where they will eat lunch together, attend a Q & A session, and then shadow an HHS student until dismissal. Upon dismissal RAMS students will either take their bus home, be picked up, or walk. Please be sure to note what your child will do at dismissal on the registration form. Students who are interested in attending this program will need to register using the link below by Wednesday, April 5.  

Those students who are not interested in attending will participate in typical school day here at RAMS.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Gavan at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us


Shadow Day Registration link:

https://goo.gl/forms/UcXQdZBJdSj3RSlZ2


Holliston PTO Parent Ed: Screening of Beyond Measure

Join us on Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00 pm in the Adams Auditorium. Hear from students, Dr. Jackson, Mr. Jordan, and Mrs. Peters about what is happening in our schools. Watch the movie and draw your own conclusions.

Please join School Committee members in the foyer before this event to chat about the proposed school budget or discuss any other questions or concerns you might have. School Committee members will be available 6-6: 55 pm


SEPAC Parent Ed: MCAS, MCAS-Alt, Progress Reports and Report Cards - What does it all mean?

 

Join us on Monday, March 26 @ 7:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose room at Adams for a panel discussion. Students with disabilities must participate in some form of standardized testing, either the MCAS, MCAS with accommodations or MCAS- Alternative Assessment Portfolio. The requirements of each, both on the student and their Team, can be daunting. In addition, the implications as to what type of testing the student takes can influence graduation (ie. diploma / non-diploma). Add to that progress reports and report cards and it can at times be confusing as to what each means in relation to the student's individual progress. This panel will hopefully explain, demystify and allow for some open conversation and questions about this topic. Parents are encouraged to email Victoria Briggs (briggsv@holliston.k12.ma.us) and Elina Robinson (ezak55@hotmail.com) with questions prior to the event.

Moderator:
Victoria Briggs, District BCBA
Panel:
Meg Camire, Student Services Director
Amanda Matcheson, BASIS Special Educator, Holliston High School

Kelly Camp, Student Services Director, Adams Middle School

Lydia Shields, Networks Special Educator, Miller Elementary School

Peter Vautier, Networks Special Educator, Holliston High School


RAMS Parent Night- Helping our Middle Schoolers Cope

The current event topics that our students face today can be difficult to explain and make many adults cringe.  Social media brings these conversations to our students and it falls to parents and teachers to help explain the tough topics and answer the questions that are asked.

Please join our school counselors on March 27th at 6:30 pm in the Robert Adams Multi-purpose room for "Helping our Middle Schoolers Cope: Tips for talking to your children about tragedy" a discussion night for parents and counselors.


SBIRT Grade 7 Students Rescheduled to March 27

Due to recent snow days, we had to reschedule the SBIRT screening to Tuesday, March 27.


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 March 27 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 Mr. Jordan in writing via email at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us, ideally prior to March 26.  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.


Spring Musical- Wonka (April 6-8)

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the Robert Adams Middle School stage in this fantastical tale. Featuring some of the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder. Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical with lots of special effects and is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. Don't miss the Re-Act Player's Willy Wonka on Friday, April 6th @ 7pm, Saturday, April 7th @ 2pm and 7pm and Sunday, April 8th @ 2pm. Tickets are available at Coffee Haven and Kamala's beginning on March 12th. Tickets will also be available for students in the Cafeteria during the week of March 26th. Get your tickets early as it's sure to be a sellout. We will also be selling Raffle tickets for Gift baskets, so you could even find your own Golden Ticket!


Term 2 Grades

As Term 2 comes to a close, we will be shutting down the access to the report card and progress report features within the iPass Parent Portal from Tuesday, March 20 to Tuesday, March 27. This will allow teachers the opportunity to finalize the Term 2 grades for their students.  We will be issuing online report cards as we did for Term 1. More information will be forthcoming, as the report cards are completed and ready for viewing. It is our intention to have report cards available Wednesday, March 28 on iPass.

 

RAMS Student Yearbook

Attention parents and students: If you would like to purchase a yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year, please click on the link below.

RAMS Yearbook


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 wintery 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

March 19 Term 2 Ends

March 21 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 3

March 22 Screening & Discussion- Beyond Measure @ 7:00pm RAMS Auditorium

March 23 Special Olympics @ Medway Middle School 9:00-1:00

March 26 Musical Preview Shows in school

March 26 SEPAC Event: MCAS, MCAS Alts, Progress Reports, and Report Cards @ RAMS 7-9:00pm

March 27 SBIRT Grade 7

Parent Night- Helping Middle Schoolers Cope @ 6:30pm RAMS

March 28 Term 2 Report Cards available on Ipass

March 30 No School/Good Friday

April 3-6 MCAS ELA Grades 6-8


April 6-8 Musical- Wonka

April 10 8th Grade Shadow Day at HHS

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