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RAMS News September 15, 2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 3:58 AM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • Scholastic Book Fair Information

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities-School Council, Laps at Lunch

  • How to access Daily Morning Announcements

  • After School Club Information

  • MS PTO News

  • Parent communication resources

  • Important Calendar Dates


Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to announce that Adams Middle School will be bringing back the Book Fair this year! Our Book Fair will run from Tuesday, September 26-Thursday, September 28 in our school library.The Book Fair will feature a huge selection of engaging and affordable books for every age. Your child is certain to find a book that they will love!  All Students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during their English classes throughout the week. In addition we will have a Parents Night, Thursday September 28 from 6:30-7:30 in our library where Parents will have an opportunity to attend the Book Fair.

If you are unable to attend the Book Fair and would like to shop online, please do so starting September 20-October 3 using the link below


         RAMS BOOK FAIR


Parent Volunteer Opportunities- Adams Middle School School Council

Volunteers needed for this year’s school council.


The School Council is a small representative group of parents, teachers, community members and administrators which meets to review and discuss the school improvement goals and efforts for the school and help inform efforts and goals for the following year.  It typically meets every other month beginning in October from 4-5:30.


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


Laps at Lunch

As a part of our continuous efforts to address the social and emotional needs of our students, the middle school will continue to provide alternative spaces this year for students to go during lunch.  This will include quiet reading, puzzles, and games in the library, and “Laps at Lunch” where students will be given a chance to walk around a designated space.

We are looking for parent volunteers that can help us monitor students during this time. Please consider volunteering for one or more lunch periods as often as you wish.  It is a great opportunity for parents to engage with students here at our Middle School.


Please sign up using the link below:


        LAPS AT LUNCH SIGN UP


Morning Announcements

All morning announcements are posted to the school website.  This is a resources that you or your student can access if they were absent or forgot what the morning announcements were for the day.


Clubs

Morning announcements are beginning to advertise all of the fun After School Club opportunities available to our students.  Please use the following links to see the start dates of the various RAMS Clubs and their daily schedules.


         AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS


MS PTO News

Meeting, September 12, 2017

  • Thank you for attending our first MS PTO meeting on Tuesday, 9/12/17

  • Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 10th at 8:00 AM

Magazine Drive Fundraiser

  • The Magazine Drive is coming soon, and we’re continuing with the more simplified process. The dates are October 16th - November 13th.  We will have an online order process only with a simplified prize structure, and will also continue with “Postcard Day” on October 18th since 40% of our revenue comes from that portion of the fundraiser.  Tired of purchasing magazines? As an alternative, we welcome donations of any amount to MS PTO where 100% of your donation goes directly to the Holliston Middle School PTO programs.  Stay tuned for more information by email.

Membership:

  • Have you become a member of Holliston PTO??

  • It’s simple….visit Hollistonpto.org to join

Volunteer:

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




Parent Communication Resources

  • We are always looking for different ways to share information with our families and the community.  Here are some ways that you can gather information about what’s going on at RAMS

    • RAMS News- sent out every 1st and 15th of the month via email

    • Adams Middle School Webpage

    • Follow us on Facebook- Robert Adams Middle School

    • Follow us on Twitter-@RAMSHollistonPS


Calendar

September 21 No School/Rosh Hashanah

September 26-28 Book Fair

September 28 Parent Book Fair Night 6:30-7:30pm in RAMS Library

September 29 RAMS Spirit Day

October 4 Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Info Night 6:30-7:30pm in Auditorium

October 9 NO SCHOOL/Columbus Day

October 16-Nov 13 Magazine Drive

October 17 Picture Retakes

October 18 Magazine Drive- Postcard Day

October 25 Parent Ed: Signs of Suicide (SOS) 7:00-9:00pm HHS Auditorium


MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Results

posted Sep 19, 2017, 9:02 AM by Adam Steiner

The results of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Surveys of Holliston High School and Adams Middle School were recently published.

"The 2016 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) marks the beginning of a new decade in monitoring trends in adolescent health behaviors to advance school and community prevention efforts. Since 2006, the MWAHS has been administered every other year in communities served b the MetroWest Health Foundation, with the goal of supporting data-driven improvements in health programs and policies at the local and regional level."

--from the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey results

>> Adams Middle School results
>> Holliston High School results


Scholastic Book Fair Begins Wednesday 9/20

posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:45 AM by Adam Steiner

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to RAMS! This is a great opportunity for students to discover interesting books while supporting the school. 
The online sale will run from 9/20 to 10/3 and the fair will be in the RAMS library during the school day Tuesday, September 26 through Thursday, September 28th. Parents can stop by the library Thursday night from 6:30-7:30 PM to purchase books in person.

Open Building Presentation- August 23

posted Aug 23, 2017, 9:11 AM by David Jordan

The Open Building presentation on August 23rd was focused on addressing parents’ “Frequently Asked Questions”.  In addition, for parents who were unable to attend the Adams Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night held in the spring, were given a brief summary of the school’s mission and academic programs.




RAMS News August 15, 2017

posted Aug 16, 2017, 10:30 AM by Jessica Beattie

Welcome Letters

We hope that you have all had a wonderful and relaxing summer. As we approach the start of the upcoming school year, we want to welcome our families back with an informational letter to help guide you and your child with some important reminders and dates.  We look forward to seeing you all soon!

6th Grade Welcome Letters

7th Grade Welcome Letters

8th Grade Welcome Letters


Open Building Presentations

On Wednesday, August 23 we are offering parents and students an early opportunity to come in and tour the school and meet with school administrators.  This opportunity is intended for Grade 6 parents and students, and Grade 7 and 8 parents and students who are new to Adams.   If you are interested and available, please come to our “Open Building” and meet us in the Middle School Auditorium.  The presentations will begin promptly at 10am.  Please note that this presentation will be mainly focused on addressing parents’ “Frequently Asked Questions”.  In addition, for parents who were unable to attend the Adams Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night held in the spring, we will very briefly summarize the school’s mission and academic programs.  We will also be taking questions throughout the presentation.  While the parent presentations are going on, student leaders will conduct building tours for incoming students.


Chromebook Registration

The Chromebook Loan Agreement for the 2017-2018 school year is now available online. All families are required to fill out this document for each of their students regardless of whether or not they choose to participate in the optional insurance program.  Please return this document and optional check to the Robert Adams Middle School office or mail to Robert Adams Middle School, 323 Woodland Street, Holliston, MA 01746 by August 29th.  Students will not be issued a Chromebook until the Chromebook Loan Agreement is received.


It is highly recommended that parents participate in the optional insurance program ($40/student/year) to provide coverage in case of loss or damage of the Chromebook.  We encourage families to review the Chromebook Care and Use Guide before signing the loan agreement.  


2017-2018 Student Schedules

Student schedules are currently available on iParent.  Families of entering 6th graders and families without iParent access will receive hard copies of schedules this week.  Due to unforeseen challenges, some schedules and homerooms may be subject to change leading up to the first day of school. Guidance Counselors will be returning on August 24, and will begin processing changes and questions on August 25.  


In order to access the iParent portal, you will need to register for an iParent account.  If you already have an account for a student at the high school or middle school, you will not need to register again and will have immediate access to your middle school student’s information.


To register for an iParent account, please follow the instructions below:


  1. Access the online registration form: iParent Portal Registration


  1. Fill out the Account Application Form by creating your own User ID and Password.  Please note that you will need your child’s four digit Student ID number to complete the application.  Student ID numbers are the same 4 digits used by students when getting lunch in the cafeteria and logging onto Chromebooks.  If your student does not know their Student ID number, please email the Middle School office at meredithm@holliston.k12.ma.us.  Please note you must fill in all fields with a red asterisk as well as the “Relationship with Student” field.


  1. When completed, click on “Submit” for approval/activation.  You will receive an immediate email confirmation that you applied for an account.  Once your account has been verified and activated, you will receive another email with further login instructions.  


Student Supply Lists

In preparation for the upcoming school year we would like to provide you with the school supply lists for each grade.

Supply Lists


Student Lunch Information

Any family who is interested in prepaying for school lunches please sign into the following MySchoolBucks and UniPayGold . MySchoolBucks allows parents to view balances, set low balance reminders, and create auto and recurring payments.  

Please note, students are always allowed to pay daily with cash in the cafeteria.


RAMS Interscholastic Athletics

Registration for our Fall Interscholastic Sports (Cross-Country, Field Hockey and Volleyball) will begin online today, August 15th at 10 a.m. Please note that Cross-Country and Field Hockey will be open to students in grades 6, 7, & 8. Volleyball will only be open to students in grades 7 & 8 with limited space available.

RAMS Athletics


2017 Summer Reading Information

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. In creating our lists, we sought the advice of students who were in the grade your child is entering. Thus, the list is authentic, and we feel that many of the titles will prove both compelling and enjoyable. To guide decisions on books, students and their parents may wish to look at reviews on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or other media sources to get a sense for what the book is about and how others reacted to it. Consulting with librarians or knowledgeable booksellers might help as well.


Please click here to access the Summer Reading Parent Letter and lists of books


As a friendly reminder, students should have the following books read by the start of school

6th Grade- A Long Walk to Water

7th Grade- The Watsons Go To Birmingham

8th Grade- Any two books from the Summer Reading List



Calendar

August  23 Open Building Presentations @ 10:00 AM

August 28 Opening Day for Teachers

August 29 Opening Day for Students

August 30 Grade 7 & 8 Chromebook Distribution

September 1 Staff PD Day/ No School for Students

September 4 Labor Day/ No School

September 6 Grade 6 Chromebook Distribution

Sports Information Night @ 5:45 PM

September 7 Picture Day

September 13 Open House Grade 7 & 8 @ 6:30 PM

September 14 Open House Grade 6 & Unified Arts @ 6:00 PM

September 21 Rosh Hashanah/ No School

September 25-29 Scholastic Book Fair


RAMS News July 17, 2017

posted Jul 18, 2017, 7:41 AM by David Jordan

RAMS Administration

As many may already know, Peter Botelho has transitioned from principal of Adams to assistant superintendent of the Holliston Public Schools.  All of the staff at Adams are very happy for Dr. Botelho and wish him the best in his new role.  There is no doubt that we will see him often at Adams, visiting classes in this new capacity.  Dr. Botelho was at Adams for 10 year and has left a legacy of impactful change that we hope to continue.


David Jordan, Assistant Principal, will be transitioning into the interim principal position for the 2017-2018 school year and Jessica Beattie, Guidance Counselor, will be interim assistant principal.  There will be a formal search for a permanent principal after the midyear.


Chromebook

At Robert Adams Middle School, each student will be provided a Google Chromebook laptop computer, a carrying sleeve, and Chromebook charger. The aim of the Chromebook is to promote communication, collaboration, and critical thinking among our students and teachers.


Beginning August 1, families will be able to complete the 2017-2018 Robert Adams Middle School Chromebook Loan Agreement.  It is highly recommended that parents participate in an optional insurance program ($40/student/year) to provide coverage in case of loss or damage of the Chromebook.  We encourage families to review the 2017-2018 Chromebook Care and Use Guide before signing the loan agreement.  The Robert Adams Middle School Chromebook Loan Agreement and Care and Use Guide will be available on the school website and emailed out to parents by August 1, 2017.


2017-2018 Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available in iParent Friday, August 4th after 5:00 PM.  Families of entering 6th graders and families without iParent access will receive hard copies of schedules later the next week.  Due to unforeseen challenges, some schedules and homerooms may be subject to change leading up to the first day of school. Guidance Counselors will be returning on August 24, and will begin processing changes and questions on August 25.  


In order to access the iParent portal, you will need to register for an iParent account.  If you already have an account for a student at the high school or middle school, you will not need to register again and will have immediate access to your middle school student’s information.


To register for an iParent account, please follow the instructions below:


  1. Access the online registration form: iParent Portal Registration


  1. Fill out the Account Application Form by creating your own User ID and Password.  Please note that you will need your child’s four digit Student ID number to complete the application.  Student ID numbers are the same 4 digits used by students when getting lunch in the cafeteria and logging onto Chromebooks.  If your student does not know their Student ID number, please email the Middle School office at meredithm@holliston.k12.ma.us.  Please note you must fill in all fields with a red asterisk as well as the “Relationship with Student” field.


  1. When completed, click on “Submit” for approval/activation.  The approval process will begin on August 1st.  You will receive an immediate email confirmation that you applied for an account.  Once your account has been verified and activated, you will receive another email with further login instructions.  


Open Building Presentations

On Wednesday, August 23 we are offering parents and students an early opportunity to come in and tour the school and meet with school administrators.  This opportunity is intended for Grade 6 parents and students, and Grade 7 and 8 parents and students who are new to Adams.   If you are interested and available, please come to our “Open Building” and meet us in the Middle School Auditorium.  The presentations will begin promptly at 10am.  Please note that this presentation will be mainly focused on addressing parents’ “Frequently Asked Questions”.  In addition, for parents who were unable to attend the Adams Grade 5 to 6 Transition Night held in the spring, we will very briefly summarize the school’s mission and academic programs.  We will also be taking questions throughout the presentation.  While the parent presentations are going on, student leaders will conduct building tours for incoming students.


2017 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. In creating our lists, we sought the advice of students who were in the grade your child is entering. Thus, the list is authentic, and we feel that many of the titles will prove both compelling and enjoyable. To guide decisions on books, students and their parents may wish to look at reviews on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or other media sources to get a sense for what the book is about and how others reacted to it. Consulting with librarians or knowledgeable booksellers might help as well.


Please click here to access the Summer Reading Parent Letter and lists of books


RAMS Interscholastic Athletics

Registration for our Fall Interscholastic Sports will begin in August (Cross-Country and , Field Hockey for Grades 6, 7 and 8 and and Volleyball for students in Grades 7 & 8).


Calendar

August  1 Begin Collection of RAMS Chromebook Loan Agreement

August  23 Open Building Presentations @ 10:00 AM

August 28 Opening Day for Teachers

August 29 Opening Day for Students

August 30 Grade 7 & 8 Chromebook Distribution

September 1 Staff PD Day/ No School for Students

September 4 Labor Day/ No School

September 6 Grade 6 Chromebook Distribution

Sports Information Night @ 5:45 PM

September 7 Picture Day

September 13 Open House Grade 7 & 8 @ 6:30 PM

September 14 Open House Grade 6 & Unified Arts @ 6:00 PM

September 21 Rosh Hashanah/ No School

September 25-29 Scholastic Book Fair


2017-2018 School Supply Lists

posted Jun 22, 2017, 10:58 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 4:48 PM ]

Don't wait until the stores sell out - check your lists now!

Check out our school supply lists now.

8th Grade Slideshow

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

Here is the end of year 8th grade slideshow for your enjoyment:

Summer Reading Information 2017

posted Jun 19, 2017, 5:19 PM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 5:20 PM ]

Please review the following information about summer reading.


It's not too late to order a yearbook!

posted Jun 6, 2017, 8:07 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 9:38 AM ]

Although online ordering has closed, there is still a limited number of yearbooks available to purchase!

How to order yours today:
1. Write a check for $25, made out to Robert Adams Middle School
2. Include you child's name and his/her homeroom teacher's name
3. Bring the check to Ms. Ditto in room 207, or Ms. Lagas in 125

Nothing captures memories quite like a school yearbook!

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