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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

RAMS News March 2, 2018

posted Mar 2, 2018, 1:11 PM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS March 2, 2018

  • RAMS Athletic update

  • SBIRT Screening (Gr. 7 only)

  • Program of Studies Night (Gr. 8 only)

  • MCAS Schedule

  • Spring Musical

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • Calendar Events



Athletics: Track and Field

Due to quick student enrollment, the registration for Track and Field has been closed. Please contact Mr. Vanensian at vanesianc@holliston.k12.ma.us to have your child be placed on the waitlist.

A reminder that the Parent Information Night for those students registered for Track and Field will be held on March 14 @ 6:00pm at the RAMS Auditorium. We hope to see you there!


SBIRT Grade 7 Students (March 8)

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 8 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 6.  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- Gr 8

On March 7, 2018 at 7:00pm 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.


MCAS Schedule Spring 2018

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2018 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School


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!


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

March 8         Grade 7 SBIRT Screening in school

March 9         HEF Community Trivia Bee @ High School 6:00-8:30 pm

March 13         Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 2

March 14         Parent Information Night-Track & Field Grades 6-8 @ 6pm Rams Auditorium

March 16         Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 1

March 21         Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 3

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 Multi Purpose Room 7-9:00pm

March 30         No School/Good Friday

April 3 MCAS ELA Grades 6-8

April 5 MCAS ELA Grades 6-8

April 6-8         Musical- Wonka




RAMS News February 16, 2018

posted Feb 16, 2018, 4:28 PM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS February 16, 2018

-   Talking to students: Tragic Events in Florida

-   Athletics: Track and Field Information

-   SBIRT- Grade 7 Only

-   High School Program of Studies Parent Night- Gr 8

                -   SEPAC Event

-   MCAS Spring 2018 Schedule

-  Calendar Events


Tragic Events in Florida

Many of you have heard about the sad news regarding recent school shootings, specifically in Florida.  While we offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this tragedy, it is important that we recognize our students here at Adams may be struggling to understand the information they will be exposed to over the next few days, weeks, and months.    

Over the past couple of days, the Adams Middle School Crisis Team has been working to determine how to best address these tragic moments with our students. Through the work of our Crisis team and conversations with our entire staff, we will be using part of our upcoming Advisory on Monday, February 26, to have small group discussions regarding tragic events such as the one in Florida. We hope that this will allow students and staff to engage in conversations around their feelings and concerns in a broad, but meaningful manner.   


Additionally, we understand that from a parent perspective these conversations may be difficult to have at home. Below is a resource that may be helpful in guiding your own conversations around tragic events. If you feel you need more information regarding how to talk to your child about these events, or know that your child might need particular attention and support, we encourage you to contact one of our school  counselors.

Tips for Parents and Teachers


Mrs. Gennie Guellnitz, Grade 6 Guidance Counselor at extension 1414

Mr. John Powers, Grade 7 Guidance Counselor at extension 1419

Mrs. Angela Gavan, Grade 8 Guidance Counselor at extension 1415

Mrs. Gretchen Powers, Adjustment Counselor

Mrs. Jessica Smith, School Psychologist


Athletics: Track and Field

We are looking forward to the start of the Robert Adams Middle School SPRING Track and Field Interscholastic Athletic Program!   As we do each year, we are participating in the Middle School “Bay Valley” League.  

Practices will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:45 p.m.  Practices will start in March here at RAMS and then move to Holliston High School (when available).  All Parents/Guardians will be expected to pick up their athletes at RAMS or HHS at 4:45 p.m.  It is VERY important that all parents/guardians provide a frequently-used primary email during the registration process.  We anticipate having to be in regular contact in order to inform everyone of changes to practice times and/or location due to weather, changes in HHS track availability, etc.

Enrollment is NOW OPEN for all grades.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis, however priority will be granted to 7th and 8th grade student athletes if the number of registrations exceed pre-established limits.  In this case, a wait-list will be generated for additional 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Student-athletes who are interested in participating are required to complete and turn in ALL of the following Enrollment/Acceptance documents, to be certified by the athletic department and school nurse.  If any of the documents are missing and/or not up-to-date (ie, physical), athletes will NOT be allowed to participate in practices or meets.

Parent/Guardian Track Forms:

1.  Complete the online Sports Registration Form (complete this ASAP to reserve a spot on the team)

2.  Online Concussion Training Program - Parents/Guardians and athletes complete online, print, sign and return the online Concussion Training completion form. This form is required for each season of participation.

3.  Online Holliston Bullying/Hazing Policy - Parents/Guardians and athletes complete online, print, sign and return the online Bullying/Hazing Training completion form.  This form is required for each season of participation.

4.  Opioid Information - Parents/Guardians and athletes must review the information on this link. There is no form to sign, but please review.

5.  Documentation for a physical that was conducted within the past thirteen months.

6.  The program fee of $175 may be paid online during registration or in the form of a check written out to Town of Holliston.  6th Grade parents will not make payment until their child’s position on the team has been confirmed.  Please note on the check the student’s name and the sport the child will be playing. (If anyone requires financial assistance, please send a brief note and a contact phone number to Interim Principal David Jordan that explains the circumstances.)

 

Important Track Dates:

Wednesday March 14th at 6pm- Spring Sports Information Night for Parents/Guardians and athletes

Tuesday, March 20th - First practice (at RAMS) - All documentation must be completed to begin practicing.

Thursday, May 17th - Last regular season meet/End of regular season (tentative; schedule will be released once confirmed)

Saturday, June 2nd - State Meet (athlete must qualify; more information will be provided during the season)

Attempts will be made to schedule competitions on practice days, however there will be times when they are scheduled for Mondays or Fridays.  Meet schedule will be posted and updated on the RAMS website as soon as it is confirmed.

Please note that transportation will not be provided to students following practices; please make arrangements to pick up athletes promptly at 4:45pm.  Also, if there is not sufficient interest in one or more of the athletic programs, the school reserves the right to cancel based on participation numbers.  In that case, your tuition will be refunded.

If you have any questions about the program, you may email or phone Mr. Chris Vanesian, our Interim Athletic Coordinator – vanesianc@holliston.k12.ma.us or 508-429-0657 x4127.


SBIRT- Grade 7 Students Only

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 8 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 6.  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.


Rescheduled- Holliston SEPAC Parent Ed: Homework, home routines, and other Executive Functioning Skills in the home setting

We use our executive functioning skills across all aspects of our day, not just within the academic context of school.  Sometimes our students with disabilities present with even more executive functioning challenges in the home setting versus the school setting.

“If only she could brush her teeth and hair without a half dozen reminders?” “If only he could actually remember his homework after he does it?”  This seminar will focus on teaching practical methods to ease homework and home routines as well as increase your child’s independence no matter their age or ability!


Presenters:  Victoria Briggs, District BCBA & Jessica Smith, School Psychologist

Where: RAMS Multi Purpose Room (Room 109)

When: February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM


MCAS Schedule Spring 2018

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2018 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School.  


Holliston High School Program of Studies Night

On March 7, 2018 at 7:00pm 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.


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

February 28 SEPAC Event:  Homework, home routines, and executive functioning skills @      

7Pm RAMS Multi Purpose Room

March 1         Grade 7 Culture Connections: Chariot of the Sun

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

March 8           Grade 7 SBIRT Screening in school

March 13         Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 2

March 14         Parent Information Night-Track & Field Grades 6-8 @ 6pm Rams Auditorium

March 16         Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 1

March 21         Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 3

March 23         Special Olympics @ Medway


RAMS News January 17, 2018

posted Jan 17, 2018, 10:39 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS January 17, 2018

  • Term 2 Progress Reports

  • 8th Grade High School Transition Information: Open House, Shadow Day, Program of Studies Night

  • Spring 2018 MCAS Schedule and Information

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events



Term 2 Progress Reports

As we approach the halfway point for Term 2 we encourage you, along with your child to review their IPass grades and assignments.  Teachers have been instructed to make sure that all grades from the first half of the term are to be updated by Tuesday, January 23 so that parents have an accurate image of their student’s performance in the first half of Term 2.


Holliston High School 8th Grade Open House

The 8th Grade Open house is scheduled for January 22, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  This will be the first of a few opportunities for families to familiarize themselves with the Holliston High School prior to their student's arrival next year.  The event will kick-off in the Holliston High School auditorium with a presentation from high school students and administration. There will then be an opportunity for 8th grade families to tour the high school.  This event is open to 8th grade students and their parents/guardians.  We hope to see you on the 22nd!


Holliston High School 8th Grade Shadowing Program

The Holliston High School Shadowing Program is scheduled for the morning of February 7th.  Students who are interested in the program are invited to spend a morning and shadow a high school student through his/her classes.

Eighth grade students who participate are asked to arrive directly to the high school main lobby at 7:25am. There they are paired with a high school student to attend two of their classes and the Designated Study Block (DSB). Transportation will not be provided for those students participating in the program. Students would need to be dropped off at the high school at 7:25 am and picked up at 11:00 am to be brought to the middle school to conclude the rest of their day.

If your student is interested or you have questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Gavan at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us.  This is a prearranged event.  Please make sure your student has confirmed with Mrs. Gavan that he/she will be attending the Shadowing Day before arrival on February 7th so that she can arrange for an HHS student to shadow.


Holliston High School Program of Studies Night

On March 7, 2018, 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.


MCAS Schedule Spring 2018

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2018 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School.  


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


MS PTO News

Ski & Snowboard Club continues!

Ski/Snowboard Club had a delayed start, but is now up and running on Thursdays through 2/8!  Arrive at 3:30/3:45 – buses depart at 4:00 and return to Adams at 9:00.  

Parent Ed – Non-toxic Choices for Classrooms and Homes

Janna Said, local businesswoman, joins Kristi Marsh, founder of non-toxic living group The Savvy Women’s Alliance, and author of award-winning book Little Changes to discuss non-toxic choices for our classrooms and homes. Wednesday, January 24, 7pm in RAMS Auditorium.

Parent Ed – Cell Phone Addiction and Social Networking

Joani Geltman, Child Development and parenting expert discusses. cell phone addiction and the issues associated with the always-on age of technology. This seminar will cover topics including sexting, cyber bullying, stress, and anxiety that social networking sites and the texting culture bring. Wednesday, January 31, 7pm in RAMS Auditorium

Join MS PTO

Interested in becoming a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join. You can also add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list.Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at maryabergloff@yahoo.com


School Closings/Snow Days

Parents, please be aware that many local news organizations have discontinued text notifications for school closings.  Notifications will continue to be posted on all local news stations and their websites, as well as on the Holliston Public Schools website.  Please utilize one of those sources for information on school closings in Holliston.


Calendar

January 22-26 Academic Bowl Grades 6-8

January 22 HHS 8th Grade Student/Parent Open House 6:30-8:00 pm @HHS

January 24 7th Grade Middle of the Middle

January 24 Parent Ed: Non Toxic choices for our classrooms and homes- with Kristi Marsh 7:00pm @ RAMS

January 31 Parent Ed: Cell Phone Addiction & Social Networking 7:00pm @ RAMS

February 7 HHS 8th Grade Shadow Day @HHS

February 12 SEPAC Event: Homework, Home Routines & other Executive Functioning

        Skills @ 7pm RAMS Multi Purpose Room

February 13 HHS Guidance Presentations to 8th grade students

February 14 SNOW DATE-    HHS 8th Grade Shadow Day &

  HHS Guidance Presentations to 8th grade students



Virtual Parent Coffee Talk- January 10

posted Jan 9, 2018, 2:05 PM by Adam Steiner

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


Our next live Coffee Talk will be Wednesday, January 10 at 5:00-5:30 pm. This month’s topic will be Innovative Teaching and Learning at Adams. We will be sharing with you some new and innovative learning experiences that are going on here at Adams! Please join us on January 10th at 5:00 pm.


To view the coffee talk or submit a question, visit this page:

http://adams.holliston.k12.ma.us/virtual-coffee-talks

RAMS News January 2, 2018

posted Jan 2, 2018, 12:58 PM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS January 2, 2018

  • School Closing Information

  • Nature’s Classroom Parent Information

  • Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

  • Grade 8 High School Transition Information

  • MS PTO- Ski Club, Parent Ed Night

  • Calendar Events


School Closings/Snow Days

Parents, please be aware that many local news organizations have discontinued text notifications for school closings.  Notifications will continue to be posted on all local news stations and their websites, as well as on the Holliston Public Schools website.  Please utilize one of those sources for information on school closings in Holliston.


Nature’s Classroom- Grade 6 only

Just a reminder that the final payment of $225 is due by Friday, January 5. If you have issues or concerns regarding this payment, please contact Principal, David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us so that he can coordinate with you.  We are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to attend this unique experience and will work collaboratively with you to that end.


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk- January 10

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


Our next live Coffee Talk will be Wednesday, January 10 at 5:00-5:30 pm. This month’s topic will be Innovative Teaching and Learning at Adams. We will be sharing with you some new and innovative learning experiences that are going on here at Adams! Please join us on January 10th at 5:00 pm.


Holliston High School 8th Grade Open House

The 8th Grade Open house is scheduled for January 22, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  This will be the first of a few opportunities for families to familiarize themselves with the Holliston High School prior to their student's arrival next year.  The event will kick-off in the Holliston High School auditorium with a presentation from high school students and administration. There will then be an opportunity for 8th grade families to tour the high school.  This event is open to 8th grade students and their parents/guardians.  We hope to see you on the 22nd!




Holliston High School 8th Grade Shadowing Program

The Holliston High School Shadowing Program is scheduled for the morning of February 7th.  Students who are interested in the program are invited to spend a morning and shadow a high school student through his/her classes.


Eighth grade students who participate are asked to arrive directly to the high school main lobby at 7:25am. There they are paired with a high school student to attend two of their classes and the Designated Study Block (DSB). Transportation will not be provided for those students participating in the program. Students would need to be dropped off at the high school at 7:25 am and picked up at 11:00 am to be brought to the middle school to conclude the rest of their day.


If your student is interested or you have questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Gavan at gavanaj@holliston.k12.ma.us.  This is a prearranged event.  Please make sure your student has confirmed with Mrs. Gavan that he/she will be attending the Shadowing Day before arrival on February 7th so that she can arrange for an HHS student to shadow.


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


MS PTO

Ski & Snowboard Club starts this week!

For those already signed up, Ski/Snowboard Club starts this Thursday, January 4! Arrive at 3:30 for kids to check-in and get their ski passes.  Buses return to Adams at 9:00.  In order to get on the bus, each child must have two signed releases – one from Nashoba and one from the PTO. See email you received from John Drohan, Adams Ski/Snowboard Coordinator for details.

Parent Ed – Non-toxic Choices for Classrooms and Homes

Janna Said, local businesswoman, joins Kristi Marsh, founder of non-toxic living group The Savvy Women’s Alliance, and author of award-winning book Little Changes to discuss non-toxic choices for our classrooms and homes. Wednesday, January 24, 7pm in RAMS Auditorium.

 

 

Join MS PTO

Interested in becoming a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join. You can also add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list. Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at maryabergloff@yahoo.com


Calendar

January 10 Virtual Coffee Talk 5:00-5:30 pm

January 12 No School Professional Day

January 15 No School/Martin Luther King Day

January 22-25 Academic Bowl

January 22 HHS 8th Grade Student/Parent Open House 6:00-7:30 pm @HHS

January 24 7th Grade Middle of the Middle

January 24 Parent Ed: Non Toxic choices for our classrooms and homes- with Kristi Marsh 7:00pm @ RAMS

February 7 HHS 8th Grade Shadow Day @HHS

February 13 HHS Guidance Presentations to 8th grade students

February 14 SNOW DATE-    HHS 8th Grade Shadow Day &

  HHS Guidance Presentations to 8th grade students


RAMS News December 15, 2017

posted Dec 19, 2017, 3:34 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS December 15, 2017

  • Term 1 Report Cards

  • December Break Information

  • School Cancellation Information

  • School Shoe Drive

  • Upcoming Parent Virtual Coffee Talk

  • Calendar Events


RAMS Term 1 Report Cards

Just a friendly reminder that student report cards went live on iParent Friday, December 8. Report cards will no longer be printed so we encourage all families to view their grades through iParent.  Report Cards are an important time to assess areas in which students have had successes or struggles.  Students who are struggling are encouraged to meet with their teachers and guidance counselors to determine how to be successful moving forward.


Homework Free Vacation & Main Office Closed

The Robert Adams Middle School is continuing our practice of “homework-free” vacations. As we approach winter vacation, we wanted to remind the community that no homework will be assigned for any classes in order to provide students an opportunity to rest, relax and reconnect with their families and friends.


Just a friendly reminder that the RAMS Main Office will be closed during the December Break.


We wish you a wonderful and restful vacation!


School Closings/Snow Days

Parents, please be aware that many local news organizations have discontinued text notifications for school closings.  Notifications will continue to be posted on all local news stations and their websites, as well as on the Holliston Public Schools website.  Please utilize one of those sources for information on school closings in Holliston.


Soles4Souls-Shoe Drive

Adams Middle School is running a shoe drive, led by some of our 8th grade Student Leaders. We're collecting gently used and new shoes for all sizes from toddler to adult. With the help of a local nonprofit, the shoes will be delivered to a small town in Mexico where the townspeople and their children often go shoeless due to poverty. Shoes may be left in the boxes located outside the guidance counselors' doors. Please consider donating.


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk- January

Thank you to all of the parents that participated in our first Virtual Coffee Talk in November  We appreciated the great questions that we received. We will be planning an upcoming Coffee Talk to go live on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:00-5:30pm. More information to follow.


MS PTO

Interested in becoming a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join. You can also add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list.

Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at maryabergloff@yahoo.com

 

December Lunch Information

Attached is the lunch menu for December so you have up to date information when you are making your school lunch choices.

Parent Information

December Lunch Menu


Calendar

December 18 Winter Band Concert 7-9PM @HHS Auditorium

December 20 Winter Band Concert (Snow date) 7-9pm

December 25-Jan 1 Winter Vacation (Main Office Closed)

January 9 MS PTO Meeting at RAMS 8am-10:00am

January 12 No School/Teachers Professional Development Day

January 15 No School/MLK Day







RAMS News December 1, 2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 8:23 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS December 1, 2017

  • Term 1 Report Cards

  • 7th Grade Mood Check

  • Parent Volunteers

  • All School Dance

  • MS PTO News

  • Calendar Events


Term 1 Report Cards Distribution

As Term 1 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 Wednesday, November 29 to Friday, December 8. This will allow teachers the opportunity to finalize the Term 1 grades for their students.  This year we will begin issuing online report cards. More information will be forthcoming, as the report cards are completed and ready for viewing.  It is our intention to have report cards available Friday, December 8 on iPass.


7th Grade Student Mood Check Screening Parent Night

Just a reminder that the 7th Grade Mood Check screenings are scheduled for the week of December 11-15.  Mood Check is a depression prevention initiative for students, supported by the Holliston Public Schools and directed by Tracy Gladstone, a licensed clinical psychologist from the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College.


The student program will begin with a Signs of Suicide training and video.  Students will then fill out a brief depression screening measure meant to identify students who may be at higher risk for depression, and will be asked to designate whether or not they would like to meet with a member of our team right away to express concerns about themselves or about a peer. Students who score above a designated threshold, or who express concern about themselves or a peer, will take part in an  individual interview with a trained social worker or psychologist.  Students who express concerns about a peer will be asked to share those concerns with a member of Dr. Gladstone’s team.  Students with elevated scores on our screening measure, or with concerns about themselves, will be screened for current or past depression and/or suicidal thinking.  These adolescents will be told that staff will not share information they provide with parents/guardians unless staff learn that they are experiencing significant symptoms of depression, meet criteria for a depressive disorder, or are in danger of harming themselves or others.  The outcomes of the screenings will NOT be shared with the school or with school personnel, without permission from a parent/guardian.   

Please see original letter below for more information.

Parent Letter



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 sign up using the link.  To volunteer, parents will need a CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.


Winter White Out All-School Dance is Friday, December 8!

There will be an all-school dance on Friday December 8 from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria, run by the National Honor Society. The theme is Winter White out, and the attire is casual - just wear some or all white. Tickets will be sold at lunch this week for $10, but will NOT be sold at the door. All proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life fundraiser. In addition, we ask students to bring a food pantry item to be entered in a raffle to win a prize.


MS-PTO News

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration Still Going On!

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

Also, for those renting equipment only, there is a MANDATORY pre-fit night on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30-7:30 at the Placentino Cafetorium.  You must have registered online already before attending the pre-fit night. Those renting who cannot attend the pre-fit night will have to travel on their own to Nashoba to be fitted.

 

Interested in becoming a member?

visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join or add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list.  Contact Marya Bergloff, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at maryabergloff@yahoo.com

 

December Lunch Information

Attached is the lunch menu for December so you have up to date information when you are making your school lunch choices.

Parent Information

December Lunch Menu


Calendar

December 5 Ski/Snowboard Pre-Fit Night for those renting equipment

December 7 Parent Ed: Dr. Larry Cohen presents-Playful Parenting 7:00-9:30pm in

RAMS Auditorium

Grade 6 Dance Lessons 6:30-7:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

December 8 Term 1 Report Cards online

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

December 13 Winter Chorus Concert 7-9PM @HHS Auditorium

December 14 6th Grade Dance Lessons 6:30-7:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

December 18 Winter Band Concert 7-9PM @HHS Auditorium

December 19 Winter Chorus Concert (Snow date) 7-9pm

December 20 Winter Band Concert (Snow date) 7-9pm

December 25-Jan 1 Winter Vacation

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