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RAMS News February 15, 2019

posted Feb 15, 2019, 2:02 PM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 2:03 PM ]

In this edition of RAMS NEWS February 15, 2019

  • MCAS Schedule

  • Intruder Response Drill

  • ParentEd- Girl Rising Viewing

  • RAMS Athletic update

  • Program of Studies Night (Gr. 8 only)

  • Grade 6 Carnival

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • Calendar Events


MCAS Schedule Spring 2019

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2019 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School


Intruder Response Drill- March 11

On Monday, March 11 at 8:30 am all students will practice an Intruder Response Drill through group discussions led by staff in collaboration with the Holliston Police Department. During this drill students and teachers will remain in their classrooms for the duration of the drill, while Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will read aloud over the PA system 2-3 scenarios of an intruder description and location in the building. Under the guidance of staff,  the students will engage in problem-solving discussions as to how they would respond. The Holliston Police Department, along with Chief Cassidy of the Holliston Fire Department will visit classrooms to lend to the conversations and assist in answering questions. It is anticipated that this drill will last approximately 30 minutes. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Jordan or Mrs. Beattie.


Parent Ed: Girl Rising Viewing

Screening: Girl Rising

This screening will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 7:00 pm there will be a FREE screening of Girl Rising at Robert Adams School, Auditorium

Girl Rising is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a revised documentary that spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine incredible girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Their lives have been affected by the absolute power of education - or lack thereof. This movie adds fuel to the growing movement of individuals, communities, and governments working to shift the way girls and girls' education are valued. It will inspire girls to create a different future, bringing people together in a shared mission.  This event is sponsored by Mindshare, the Parent Education Program from Holliston PTO. For more information, please contact Anne Buckley atparentedevents@gmail.com


RAMS Athletics: Track and Field

Please be on the lookout for our Track and Field Registration to open following the February Break.  The season is anticipated to start on or around April 1. More information will be forthcoming.


Crossfit Opportunity for Students

We have an exciting after-school opportunity for students in Grades 6-8 to announce here at RAMS. Beginning on Tuesday, February 26, CrossFit Firewall will be providing a 40-minute class to any student interested in getting their bodies moving. It will take place here at the RAMS gymnasium from 2:10-2:50 every Tuesday. All students are welcome, and there will be no registration or fee required.  Waivers to participate are in the Main Office. Please encourage your child to give it a try!


HHS Course Recommendations & Program of Studies Night-8th Gr

Over the next month, 8th-grade teachers will be completing recommendations for HHS courses and levels.  Parents should receive notification from the High School in early March and be able to reference in time for the Program of Studies Night on March 5, 2019.  Please click on the link below for important High School transition dates and information.

Grade 8 High School Transition Information


Grade 6 Carnival

It is about that time for our annual PTO Grade 6 Carnival. This is a fun-filled night for our grade 6 students only. We will have fun games, music, and food! This event will be held in our gym and cafeteria on Thursday, March 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm. More information to follow.


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 winter 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 18-22    February Break

March 5 Gr. 8 Program of Studies Night at Holliston High School

March 6 Gr. 6 Team 3 Harvard Museum Field Trip

March 5-7     Grade 8 Student Shadow Day at HHS 11:00-2:00 (all students)

March 7 Parent Viewing of Girl Rising at RAMS Auditorium 6:00 pm

March 14     Term 2 Ends

    Grade 6 Carnival at RAMS 6:30 pm

March 15     No School/Professional Day for Teachers

March 22     Term 2 Report Cards Released

    Special Olympics at HHS

March 25     Gr 6 Team 2 Harvard Museum Field Trip

March 28     Gr. 6 Team 1 Harvard Museum Field Trip

March 29-31     Musical- The Addams Family


RAMS News February 4, 2019

posted Feb 4, 2019, 12:51 PM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS February 4, 2019


-Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

-Parent Ed Upcoming Events

-Admin Virtual Coffee Talk

-Cross Fit for Students-New afterschool activity

-8th Grade High School Transition Information

-Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

-Parent Volunteer Opportunities

-MS PTO Information

-Calendar Events


Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

Just a reminder to all students and families, that the mid-year semester change for TechEd and Art ONLY occurred on Tuesday, January 15. All students who began the year in Art have now switched to TechEd and vice versa.

Additionally, as we approach the halfway point for Term 2 we encourage you, along with your child to review their grades and assignments in PowerSchool.  Teachers have been instructed to make sure that all grades from the first half of the term are to be updated by Thursday, January 24 so that parents have an accurate image of their student’s performance in the first half of Term 2.  


Parent Ed Events

Screening: Beyond Measure

This screening will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at 7 pm at the Adams Middle School Auditorium.

This documentary looks at innovative schools on the cutting-edge of education reform and explores how to transcend outmoded, test-driven education policies and create more equitable, empowering student-centered schools. The movie sets out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story. Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us all to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the purpose of the school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven not by politicians but by students, parents, and teachers? Don’t miss this opportunity to see the transformation of key roles in education, and how critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity are fundamental to the success of our students. This event is sponsored by Mindshare, the Parent Education Program from Holliston PTO. For more information, please contact Anne Buckley at parentedevents@gmail.com


Screening: Girl Rising

This screening will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 7 pm there will be a FREE screening of Girl Rising at Robert Adams School, Auditorium

Girl Rising is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a revised documentary that spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine incredible girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Their lives have been affected by the absolute power of education - or lack thereof. This movie adds fuel to the growing movement of individuals, communities, and governments working to shift the way girls and girls' education are valued. It will inspire girls to create a different future, bringing people together in a shared mission.  This event is sponsored by Mindshare, the Parent Education Program from Holliston PTO. For more information, please contact Anne Buckley atparentedevents@gmail.com


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk-Moved to Wednesday, February 6

Our next live Virtual Coffee Talk will be Wednesday, February 6 at 4:30 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 click on the link below to access the Coffee Talk and submit questions

February Virtual Coffee Talk

 

Crossfit Opportunity for Students

We have an exciting after-school opportunity for students in Grades 6-8 to announce here at RAMS.  Beginning on Tuesday, February 12, CrossFit Firewall will be providing a 40-minute class to any student interested in getting their bodies moving. It will take place here at the RAMS gymnasium from 2:10-2:50 every Tuesday. All students are welcome, and there will be no registration or fee required. Please encourage your child to give it a try!


HHS Course Recommendations-8th gr only

Over the next month, 8th-grade teachers will be completing recommendations for HHS courses and levels.  Parents should receive notification from the High School in early March and be able to reference in time for the Program of Studies Night.  Please click on the link below for important High School transition dates and information.

Grade 8 High School Transition Information


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 winter 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

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list. Contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com

Calendar

February 5 Parent Ed- PTO Mindshare Screening of Beyond Measure @

RAMS Auditorium 7:00-8:30pm

February 6 Admin Virtual Coffee Talk at 4:30 pm

February 18-22 February Break


RAMS News January 18. 2019

posted Jan 18, 2019, 11:46 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS January 18, 2019

  • Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

  • 8th Grade High School Transition Information

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events


Semester Change & Term 2 Progress Reports

Just a reminder to all students and families, that the mid-year semester change for TechEd and Art ONLY occurred on Tuesday, January 15. All students who began the year in Art have now switched to TechEd and vice versa.


Additionally, as we approach the halfway point for Term 2 we encourage you, along with your child to review their grades and assignments in PowerSchool.  Teachers have been instructed to make sure that all grades from the first half of the term are to be updated by Thursday, January 24 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, 2019 at 6:30 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. Additionally please click on the link below for more information regarding upcoming events for our 8th graders as they begin the transition to high school.

Grade 8 High School Transition Information


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Packets and Payments Due

We are still in need of many Nature’s Classroom packets and initial deposits of $200. If you have not turned in your child’s Nature’s Classroom packet, please send into the Main Office as soon as possible. If you are not planning to send your child to Nature’s Classroom, please email Mrs. Gavan at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us to let us know.  Please make note that the final payment was due on January 4 of $200.

 

 

Additionally, we are in higher need of parent chaperones this year. If you are interested please make sure to complete the form within the packet.  We will be in touch in the near future to let parents know that they have been selected to chaperone and the dates of an informational meeting regarding chaperoning duties.

 

Crossfit Opportunity for Students

We are excited to announce an upcoming afterschool opportunity for students in grades 6-8 taking place here at RAMS.  Information to soon follow, regarding a Crossfit Class running in mid-February one day per week from 2:00-2:45. Please keep watch for more information and registration.  


Virtual Parent Coffee Talk- January 30

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

Our next live Virtual Coffee Talk will be Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30 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 30th at 4:30 pm.


MS PTO News

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list. Contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com


Calendar

January 15 Semester change for students Art/Tech Ed classes only

January 18 No School/Professional Development for Teachers

January 21 No School/Martin Luther King Day

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

January 23 Middle of the Middle for Grade 7 (extended lunch)

January 24 Term 2 Supplementaries (viewed in PowerSchool)

January 28- Academic Bowl Grades 6-8

Feb 1

January 30 Parent/Admin Virtual Coffee Talk @ 4:30pm

 



RAMS NEWS DECEMBER 16, 2018

posted Dec 18, 2018, 3:31 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS December 16, 2018

  • Term 1 Report Cards

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Grade 7 Johns Hopkins Information

  • Parent Volunteers

  • MS PTO News

  • Calendar Events


Term 1 Report Cards Distribution (December 7)

By now you should have received your student’s Term 1 report card via email through BrightArrow. These pdf reports were sent out to each family on Friday, December 7. If you have not received one, please be sure to check your Spam folder as it may have inadvertently been delivered there.  If you have questions regarding your student’s report card please reach out to your student’s grade level Guidance Counselor.


Please know that for Term 1 we did not have teacher comments on the report cards. Moving forward your student will receive both comments and grades for Term 2 and Term 3 report cards.


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Packets and Payments Due

We are still in need of many Nature’s Classroom packets and initial deposits of $200.  Please make note that the final payment is due on January 4 of $200.

 

Additionally, we are in higher need of parent chaperones this year. If you are interested please make sure to complete the form within the packet.  We will be in touch in the near future to let parents know that they have been selected to chaperone and the dates of an informational meeting regarding chaperoning duties.


Johns Hopkins Information and Registration Information

For the past several years, some of our students from the middle school have chosen to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search.  Adams Middle School has no affiliation with Johns Hopkins but has simply shared information about the program to all 7th-grade students. After School classes have officially begun, taught by Mrs. O’Rourke and Ms. Doiron. Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the program and the after-school club to help prepare students should they choose to participate.

Johns Hopkins Parent Letter

Registration Information



Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative continues to be a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside and walk during lunch, or walk the gym when it is a bit chilly.

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 use the link below to sign up.  Just a reminder that parents will need a current CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps for Lunch signup



MS-PTO News

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration Deadline Extended!

There are still a few 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


Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list. Contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com

The next MS PTO meeting is Tuesday, January 8 at 8:30 AM at RAMS.


Calendar Events

December 19 Band Concert @ HHS 7:00 PM

December 21 School Performance Band/Chorus @ 1:15PM

December 24-Jan 1 December Break

January 8 MS PTO meeting @ 8:30am @ RAMS

January 15 Semester change for students Art/Tech Ed classes only

January 18 No School/Professional Development for Teachers

January 21 No School/Martin Luther King Day

 

WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL DECEMBER BREAK




RAMS News November 15, 2018

posted Nov 16, 2018, 10:49 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS News- November 15, 2018

  • Middle School Pit Crew-Pilot Computer Science Course

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Johns Hopkins Parent Information

  • RAMS Wrestling

  • Holliston Athletics Booster Store

  • RAMS Turkey Trot

  • Laps at Lunch-Volunteer Opportunity

  • MS PTO News

  • Calendar Events


Middle School Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

Starting in January, the halfway split between Art and Tech Ed, we will be piloting a Computer Science Course in 7th and 8th grade similar to the Pit Crew at Holliston High School.  The Middle School Pit Crew will be predominantly focused on repairing and troubleshooting issues with the hardware and software of student Chromebooks. However, students will also be involved in website design, programming, and technology repair outside of just the Chromebooks.

Interested students should be able to operate with a high level of independence and autonomy, be creative, and have a high interest in computer science.  This course will meet 1-2 times every 6 day cycle and it will replace one of the students’ existing electives.

If your student would be interested in participating, please fill out the following interest survey.

Middle School Pit Crew Interest Form


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

Just a reminder if you have not turned in your child’s Nature’s Classroom Packet, please do so as soon as possible. All forms and deposit can be turned into our Main Office.

Additionally, we are in higher need of parent chaperones this year. If you are interested please make sure to complete the form within the packet.


Johns Hopkins Information

For the past several years, some of our students from the middle school have chosen to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search.  Adams Middle School has no affiliation with Johns Hopkins but has simply shared information about the program to all 7th grade students. We note, too, that there should be no pressure to participate.  Although some kids have enjoyed the experience, the decision whether or not to participate should be made by you and your child on an individual basis. Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the program and the after school club to help prepare students should they choose to participate.

Johns Hopkins Parent Letter

 

RAMS Wrestling Registration and Information

Is your student thinking about wrestling on the RAMS Interscholastic Wrestling team this winter?  Our Athletic Coordinator, Mrs. McNamara, and our Wrestling Coach, Mr. Varone, will be holding a parent and athlete information session on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 5:45 pm until 7:45 pm as follows:

5:45 pm to 6:15 pm - Parent/Athlete info session at HHS Classroom 512 (across from HHS Gym)- required for all participating parents and athletes

6:15 pm to 7:45 pm - Clinic for all 1st year and interested wrestlers (HHS Wrestling Room) - good opportunity for parents and newer athletes to learn the basics of Wrestling and put forth any questions they may have.  All members of the team are more than welcome to participate.

 

Holliston Athletic Boosters Association

Don’t Miss out...HABA’s online Store is open now through Sunday, November 18th!

Don’t wait until Black Friday to shop for your Panther Gear!!!  Shop the week before for the latest styles. Some of our most popular items (in both youth and adult sizes) are now available for online purchase.  

To save on shipping charges for the customer there will be a bulk pickup at HHS (in the field house lobby) on 12/18 & 12/20 from 5-8PM.

Order by going to http://trivalley.tuosystems.com/stores/holliston-athletic-boosters-association

Any questions please email: emkayassociates@comcast.net

 

Turkey Trot/Thankfulness Rally

During the half day on November 21st, students and teachers will be completing our yearly Turkey Trot and Spirit Rally. We will be collecting $1 as registration for the trot and all proceeds will be donated to the Holliston Food Pantry. We look forward to a fun filled morning of celebrating and giving thanks, through fun activities with staff and students!  


Laps-at-Lunch- Parent Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative continues to be a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside and walk during lunch, or walk the gym when it is a bit chilly.

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 use the link below to sign up.  Just a reminder that parents will need a current CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps for Lunch signup


MS-PTO News

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration is Open!

Registration is now OPEN for Holliston PTO Ski and Snowboard Programs 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

Screening of Most Likely to Succeed, Wednesday, November 28

View this documentary about student centered learning – November 28, 7pm at the RAMS Media Center. You can view the trailer at www.mltsfilm.org and see excerpts from the film where Sir Ken Robinson and other thought leaders tackle important issues facing education today. Sponsored by Mindshare, the Holliston PTO Parent Education program.

Winter White Out All-School Dance is Friday, December 7!

There will be an all-school dance on Friday December 7 from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria. The theme is Winter White out, so the attire is casual, just wear some or all white. Tickets will be sold at lunch the week of the dance, but will not be sold at the door. All proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life Foundation.

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.


Calendar Events

November 15       6th Grade Dance Lesson @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 16         Gr. 6 Team 2 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

November 21         Turkey Trot/Early Dismissal @ 10:30 am

November 22-23 Thanksgiving Break

November 27         Gr 6 Team 2 Mcauliffe Space Center Trip

November 30 Term 1 Ends

December 4 & 5 Gr 6 Team 1 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

December 4 Faculty Meeting

December 7 Report Cards released

NHS All School Dance 6:30-9:00

December 12 Chorus Concert @ HHS

                                         Gr 6 Team 3 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

December 14         Chorus Concert (Snow date)

December 19         Band Concert @ HHS

December 24-Jan 1 December Break


RAMS News November 1, 2018

posted Nov 2, 2018, 1:09 PM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • PowerSchool- Automated Attendance calls

  • MS Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

  • Metrowest Adolescent Health Risk Survey Gr 6-8

  • Grade 7 SBIRT

  • Grade 7 Mood Check

  • MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Gr 6-8

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Johns Hopkins Program

  • RAMS Wrestling

  • Fundraising Events

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events


PowerSchool Information

Just a reminder that we are still collecting all Emergency Information. If you have not done so already, please be sure to log into PowerSchool and update all of your child’s information so we have current phone numbers, addresses, and emails.


Notification System for Attendance-NEW

Beginning next week, we will be utilizing our new automated attendance calling system through Bright Arrow. This system will alert any parent/guardian with an automated message via phone, text, and email if you have not called the school to verify your child’s absence or tardy.


When your child is tardy or absent please either call and leave a message (508) 429-0657 press option 3,  or new starting November 5, you can email us at ramsattendance@holliston.k12.ma.us.


Middle School Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

Starting in January, the halfway split between Art and Tech Ed, we will be piloting a Computer Science Course in 7th and 8th grade similar to the Pit Crew at Holliston High School.  The Middle School Pit Crew will be predominantly focused on repairing and troubleshooting issues with the hardware and software of student Chromebooks. However, students will also be involved in website design, programming, and technology repair outside of just the Chromebooks.

Interested students should be able to operate with a high level of independence and autonomy, be creative, and have a high interest in computer science.  This course will meet 1-2 times every 6 day cycle and it will replace one of the students’ existing electives.

If your student would be interested in participating, please fill out the following interest survey.

Middle School Pit Crew Interest Form



MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (Gr. 6-8)

Attention Parents: Students in grades 6-8 will be asked to participate in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey on November 14. Students at the Robert Adams Middle School have been participating in this survey since 2006. This survey is administered in the surrounding towns with the purpose of collecting data regarding students attitudes and behaviors with a variety of health issues.  This survey is optional, and a copy of the survey for the parents to view will be in the Main Office Monday, November 5-Friday, November 9. As with any survey, you have the right to opt your child out. Please see the link below for more information and the form to opt out should you wish to do so for your child.  If you have questions regarding the implementation and/or information on the survey, feel free to contact Gennie Guellnitz at ext 1419.

MWHRS Parent Letter/Opt out


SBIRT Screening for Grade 7 Students

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 November 7th 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 Mrs. Guellnitz in writing via email at guellnitzg@holliston.k12.ma.us, ideally by November 5  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.


Grade 7 Mood Check

We are pleased to announce the second year of Mood Check: Holliston, a depression prevention initiative 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 comprehensive depression screening program that serves Holliston students in grade 7 will occur the week of November 13th-16th.  Dr. Gladstone and members of her Team will be holding an information session about Mood Check: Holliston, SOS Program on Tuesday, November 6th, at 7pm in the Holliston High School auditorium.  Please see the following link for the full details of the screening.

Mood Check Holliston Parent Letter


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

Just a reminder that the Nature’s Classroom Packet of forms is to be filled out and the $200 deposit to secure your child’s spot at Nature's Classroom is due by Friday, November 9.  


Johns Hopkins Information

For the past several years, some of our students from the middle school have chosen to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search.  Adams Middle School has no affiliation with Johns Hopkins but has simply shared information about the program to all 7th grade students. We note, too, that there should be no pressure to participate.  Although some kids have enjoyed the experience, the decision whether or not to participate should be made by you and your child on an individual basis. Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the program and the after school club to help prepare students should they choose to participate.

Johns Hopkins Parent Letter


Fall One Acts- November 2 & 3

Don’t miss an evening of One Acts by the Robert Adams Middle School Re-Act Players. There is something fun for everyone. The first play, Time In/Time Out is about a group of students from both the late '60s and the 90’s suffering through "time-out" suspension in school. Look out “Breakfast Club", here comes the Re-Act Players.  What pursues is sure to be entertaining.

The second play, Twice Upon a Time is about three whimsical witches whose spells go awry, and suddenly princesses come out of nowhere. But the fun doesn’t end there. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see who shows up next!

From the same people who brought you Willy Wonka, this evening is sure to be a hit!

Performances are on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm and Saturday November 3rd at 7pm at the Robert Adams Middle School. Tickets are $10 and available at Coffee Haven, Kamala and at the door.

 

RAMS Wrestling Registration and Information

Registration for our Wrestling team for students in grades 6-8 is currently available. Please click link below for more information.

RAMS Wrestling Parent Information Letter


MS PTO News:

Fall Fundraiser – The Final Stretch

No orders first half? No problem! 4+ orders online or $40 cash donation between 10/25 and midnight Monday 11/5 qualifies to Spin the Prize Wheel for cash prizes during lunch on Friday 11/9! And 6+ orders or $60 cash donation qualifies for one of four $50 VISA Gift Card drawings! Plus the PIG RACES are coming for homerooms with 25% or more participation 11/9, too!  Go to www.gaschoolstore.com/2590990 to get started, and then your child’s homeroom teacher. Get those online orders in!

Cash donations instead are always welcome - 100% of your donation goes directly to the Holliston Middle School PTO programs. Every $10 donation counts as one order and must be delivered to the school office by 8am Tuesday, 11/6. Contact Christine Clarke, ckclarke@yahoo.com or Maura Marczewski mjaym@verizon.net with questions.

 

6th Grade Dance Lessons start this week!

The popular 6-week dance lesson program for 6th graders is back! These lessons are known as a rite of passage for Adams Middle School students...just ask any older middle school or high school student!  Lessons start Thursday, November 1. It’s not too late to sign up!

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Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit https://hollistonpto.org/join/ to join.

To add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list, contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at pattybaribeau@gmail.com

Calendar

November 1 Grade 6 Dance Lessons @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 2-3         Fall One Acts at 7:00 PM RAMS Auditorium

November 5 Gr. 7 SBIRT Screening

November 6 No School for students/Professional Development Day for Teachers

November 6 Parent Info Night: Mood Check; 7PM @HHS

November 7 SBIRT screening Grade 7

November 8        6th Grade Dance Lessons at 6:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

November 9        Fall Fundraiser Pig Races and Spin the Wheel!

November 12         No School/Veterans Day

November 13-16 Gr. 7 Mood Check Screening

November 14         Metrowest Adolescent Health Screening (gr 6-8)

November 15       6th Grade Dance Lesson @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 16         Gr. 6 Team 2 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

November 21         Turkey Trot/Early Dismissal @ 10:30 am

November 22-23 Thanksgiving Break


Tickets for the RAMS One Act Plays are Available Now

posted Oct 22, 2018, 11:32 AM by Adam Steiner

Don’t miss an evening of One Acts by the Robert Adams Middle School Re-Act Players. There is something fun for everyone. The first play, Time In/Time Out is about a group of students from both the late '60s and the 90’s suffering through "time-out" suspension in school. Look out “Breakfast Club", here comes the Re-Act Players. What pursues is sure to be entertaining.

The second play, Twice Upon a Time is about three whimsical witches whose spells go awry, and suddenly princesses come out of nowhere. But the fun doesn’t end there. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see who shows up next!

From the same people who brought you Willy Wonka, this evening is sure to be a hit!

Performances are on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm and Saturday November 3rd at 7pm at the Robert Adams Middle School. Tickets are $10 and available at Coffee Haven, Kamala and at the door.

RAMS News October 15, 2018

posted Oct 15, 2018, 11:36 AM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • Mid Term Supplementaries

  • School Pictures Retakes

  • RAMS Therapy Dog Pilot Program

  • Metrowest Adolescent Health Risk Survey Gr 6-8

  • RAMS Counselors Parent Night

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

  • Fundraising Events

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events


Mid term Supplementaries

It is hard to believe, but we have reached the midway point of Term 1.  Parents and students should log into PowerSchool to view grades. Please encourage your child to check in with their teachers should they have questions regarding grades. Additionally if you are having difficulty accessing PowerSchool please reach out to Mrs. McNamara at mcnamaram@holliston.k12.ma.us


School Pictures-Retakes

Picture retakes will be held on Wednesday, October 24th beginning at 7:45 am. For those students who were absent on Picture Day or need a retake, please be sure to bring your picture forms and/or pictures.  Students will be called down by grade to complete the photo process. If you need a new form please go to coffeepond.com

 

Pilot Program- RAMS Therapy Dogs

Starting Monday October 22, two therapy dogs will begin coming to the school to work with specific individual students and small groups identified by staff.  The parents of those students have already been notified.


The two dogs belong to Marie Reggio, RAMS Speech and Language Therapist.  Their names are Addie and Drover. Both dogs are Australian Labradoodles and will be working with their handler at all times.  They will enter and exit through the back of the building in order to decrease interaction with students that are not interested in interacting with dogs, or may be fearful or allergic to dogs. Drover and Addie will remain in Mrs. Reggio’s office for the majority of the day, and students will typically come to her office for visits.  The dogs will be leashed on a 4 foot or shorter leash whenever they are interacting with students and/or moving throughout the building.


Though the dogs are hypoallergenic, Drover and Addie will be regularly groomed to prevent dander/shedding.  Interacting with the dogs will be on a voluntary basis and require consent from parents.


If you have any questions about this pilot program, please email Marie Reggio at reggiom@holliston.k12.ma.us.  

 

RAMS Counselors Parent Night

Please join our counselors as they chat and answer questions regarding the challenges and stressors that today’s middle school students face.  We will meet in our school library, in a round table conversation regarding things like social media, balancing schedules-school and activities, and peer relationships. Please join us on Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM.

 

Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

On Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30-7:00 pm in the RAMS Library Mrs. Beattie, along with  Mrs. Conahan, Mrs. Ditto-Kustwan, and Mrs. Burns will be hosting an informational night for 6th grade parents to discuss the Spring Nature’s Classroom trip.  It is highly encouraged that all 6th grade parents attend. At the event, we will discuss what a typical day looks like at Nature’s Classroom, review all of the necessary school forms for participation, cost, housing arrangements, and behavioral expectations. We hope to see you there!


MetroWest Adolescent Health Risk Survey

Attention Parents: Students in grades 6-8 will be asked to participate in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Risk Survey on November 14. Students at the Robert Adams Middle School have been participating in this survey since 2006. This survey is administered in the surrounding towns with the purpose of collecting data regarding students attitudes and behaviors with regarding a variety of health issues.  A letter will be going out with more information later this month. This survey is optional, and a copy of the survey for the parents to view will be in the Main Office prior to the administration. If you have questions regarding the implementation and/or information on the survey, feel free to contact Gennie Guellnitz at ext 1419.


Fall One Acts- November 2 & 3

Don’t miss an evening of One Acts by the Robert Adams Middle School Re-Act Players. There is something fun for everyone. The first play, Time In/Time Out is about a group of students from both the late '60s and the 90’s suffering through "time-out" suspension in school. Look out “Breakfast Club", here comes the Re-Act Players.  What pursues is sure to be entertaining.

The second play, Twice Upon a Time is about three whimsical witches whose spells go awry, and suddenly princesses come out of nowhere. But the fun doesn’t end there. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see who shows up next!

From the same people who brought you Willy Wonka, this evening is sure to be a hit!

Performances are on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm and Saturday November 3rd at 7pm at the Robert Adams Middle School. Tickets are $10 and available at Coffee Haven, Kamala and at the door.

RAMS Advisory Project

We are seeing lots of wonderful team building, service projects, and relationship building within our Advisory Program classes. We wanted to bring attention to some advisory groups that are working together to organize a winter clothing drive for the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Network. If your child has any gently used clothing or accessories, they are seeking coats, boots, hats, snow pants, gloves/mittens, and blankets. Please consider sending them in with your child, the collection ends October 31. The bins for these collections are placed outside each grade level guidance counselor office for collection. Thank you so much if you have already donated!

SBIRT Grade 7 Students

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 November 7th 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 Mrs. Guellnitz in writing via email at guellnitzg@holliston.k12.ma.us, ideally by November 5  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.


MS PTO Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser starts Monday, October 15.  Your child will be bringing home the packet of information for you to look at on that date.  The good news is this year that everything is online. Take time to look at all there is to offer online. We will be posting information along the way through the RAMS News and provide Facebook reminders as well.  We thank you for your support!


Fundraiser- HMAPA

The Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association (HMAPA) is kicking off our annual citrus fundraiser on October 9th with orders due by November 2nd. Please see the link below for more information.

Citrus Fundraiser


NHS Food Pantry Donation

The High School National Honor Society will be holding a canned food drive to give back to the Holliston Food Pantry. Please see link below for details.

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods

 

MS PTO News:

6th Grade Dance Lessons

It's time to sign up for 6th Grade Dance Lessons! These lessons are known as a rite of passage for Adams Middle School students...just ask any older middle school or high school student!

We are pleased to have once again engaged the services of Mr. Paul Lamoureaux to give six weeks of dance instruction to our 6th grade students. Boys and girls will learn popular fad dances as well as standards, using current pop music. Social etiquette and appropriate behavior are also taught and practiced each week. Students will develop a greater sense of social self-confidence, establish positive manners, and enhance their ability to interact respectfully with adults and peers alike. The lessons will be starting Thursday, November 1, please see link below to sign up. Please contact Lauren Davis at laurendavis108@gmail.com or Erica Kuharich at ericakuharich@gmail.com if you have any questions.

6th Grade Dance Lessons Form

 

Join the MS PTO!

It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $20 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.

Calendar

October 15 Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Assemblies

October 17 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 2

RAMS Parent Night: What does your Middle Schooler want you

You to Know @ 6:30-7:30 RAMS Auditorium

October 24 Picture Retakes

October 25 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 1

October 30 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 3

November 1 Grade 6 Dance Lessons

November 2-3 Fall One Acts at 7:00 PM RAMS Auditorium

November 5 Gr. 7 SBIRT Screening

November 6 No School for students/Professional Development Day for Teachers


RAMS News October 1, 2018

posted Oct 2, 2018, 6:31 AM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • Parent Ed: Heather Abbott, Boston Marathon Survivor

  • School Pictures

  • Grade 7 Health Screenings

  • RAMS Counselors Parent Night

  • Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

  • Fundraising Events

  • Thank you from the Book Fair

  • After School Clubs/Activities

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events


Parent Ed: Heather Abbott

Our first event will be to welcome Heather Abbott, Boston marathon survivor, to talk about grit, resilience, and overcoming adversity, on October 4 at the Holliston High School. Please see the link below for more information.

Parent Ed Information


School Pictures-Have Arrived!

Thank you to all who ordered school pictures. As you know this year we partnered with a new photo company Coffee Pond. If upon receipt of your child’s photos you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact them at the following:

Parents w/questions (late orders; missing orders, refunds etc.) should contact our dedicated Lifeguards:

By phone:

1-800-632-2323 ext "0"

By Email:

Lifeguards@coffeepond.com

 

Grade 7 Health Screenings

Our annual health screenings will be conducted at the Middle School on Thursday, October 11, 2018 by our Nursing staff. In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, the following screenings will take place.                          

  • 7th Grade: vision, hearing, height weight, postural (scoliosis)

These screenings are mandated by the state. A religious exemption, medical exemption, or a doctor's note submitted before the screening is acceptable to excuse your child from any portion of the exam.  Please feel free to contact Cathi Porcello, School Nurse at porcelloc@holliston.k12.ma.us if you have any questions or concerns.  If your student has any findings outside of normal limits, you will be notified and encouraged to take your child to a physician for further evaluation.  

 

RAMS Counselors Parent Night

Please join our counselors as they chat and answer questions regarding the challenges and stressors that today’s middle school students face.  We will meet in our school library, in a round table conversation regarding things like social media, balancing schedules-school and activities, and peer relationships. Please join us on Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM.

 

First Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting the first virtual parent coffee talk of the year on Wednesday October 10 from 4:45-5:15 PM.  For those of you that are new to Adams, Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will host a podcast in an effort to expand the school’s ability to communicate in alternative ways with parents.  For 2018-2019, there will be several podcasts that will run for approximately 20 minutes at a time. On the side of the screen, there will be an area for parents to post live questions to the hosts or guests that they will answer in the order that they come in.

Our first Virtual Parent Coffee Talk this year will be focusing on What’s New Here at Adams? We will use this time to provide you information on great things our students and teachers are doing, upcoming events, and important information regarding your middle schooler. Please use this link to submit questions before the airing of the podcast and during the podcast.  At the conclusion of the broadcast, the video will be posted on the school website.


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

On Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30-7:00 pm in the RAMS Auditorium Mrs. Beattie, along with  Mrs. Conahan, Mrs. Ditto-Kustwan, and Mrs. Burns will be hosting an informational night for 6th grade parents to discuss the Spring Nature’s Classroom trip.  It is highly encouraged that all 6th grade parents attend. At the event, we will discuss what a typical day looks like at Nature’s Classroom, review all of the necessary school forms for participation, cost, housing arrangements, and behavioral expectations. We hope to see you there!

 

MS PTO Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser starts Monday, October 15.  Your child will be bringing home the packet of information for you to look at on that date.  The good news is this year that everything is online. Take time to look at all there is to offer online. We will be posting information along the way through the RAMS News and provide Facebook reminders as well.  We thank you for your support!

 

Fundraiser- HMAPA

The Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association (HMAPA) is kicking off our annual citrus fundraiser on October 9th with orders due by November 2nd. Please see the link below for more information.


Citrus Fundraiser


Book Fair- Thank you

As our Book Fair comes to an end, we wanted to thank all parents, students, and staff for its HUGE success. Due to all of the sales, we were able to earn over 100 new books for our own school library.  Thank you for all of your support!


After School Clubs & Activities

Just a reminder that our After School Clubs and Activities are well underway.  Please use the following link to see the start dates of the various RAMS Clubs and their daily schedules.

New Club for 6th graders- Crash Course in Middle School

Parents of sixth graders, it’s not too late to join! My name is Laura Keen and I am a high school senior running a five week program beginning September 27 called “Crash Course in Middle School.” The goal of the program is to help sixth graders better adjust to middle school in terms of organization, time management, and communication skills. There will be five after school sessions from 2:00-2:45 (9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, and 10/25) covering various aspects of those topics. If interested please email me at laurakeen217@yahoo.com with your name and your student’s name. Sign ups are for all 5 sessions. There will only be 15 slots available so if interested please email asap. I will email back to confirm sign ups or to let you know the program is full.


MS PTO News:

6th Grade Dance Lessons

It's time to sign up for 6th Grade Dance Lessons! Mr. Paul Lamoureaux will give six weeks of dance instruction to our 6th grade students only. Boys and girls will learn popular fad dances, social etiquette and appropriate social behavior. Starts November 1, sign up information to follow soon.

PTO Meetings

Please join us the 2nd Tuesday of most months at RAMS starting at 8am.  Our next meeting will be Oct. 9th at 8:00 am. We look forward to having you there.  Please check in at the office and they will direct you to where we are meeting.

Join the MS PTO!

It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $20 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.


Calendar

October 4 Parent Ed: Guest Speaker Heather Abbott at HHS

October 8 Columbus Day/No School

October 10 Parent Virtual Coffee Talk @ 4:45-5:15

October 11 Grade 7 Health Screenings

October 15 Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Assemblies

October 17 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 2

RAMS Parent Night: What does your Middle Schooler want you

You to Know @ 6:30-7:30 RAMS Auditorium

October 24 Picture Retakes

October 25 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 1

October 30 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 3

Submit questions for our next virtual coffee talk: October 10 at 4:45 pm

posted Oct 1, 2018, 4:45 PM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 1:49 PM ]

In an effort to expand the school’s ability to communicate in alternative ways with parents, Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie participate in occasional online video forums to answer questions submitted by parents. The next virtual coffee talk will be Wednesday, October 10 at 4:45 pm.

You can view past videos and submit your questions for the upcoming virtual coffee talk by clicking this link.

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