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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

Parent E-mail Communication Update

posted Nov 17, 2017, 4:59 AM by Adam Steiner

Please see the following message from Dr. Jackson concerning school communication to parents via e-mail.

RAMS News November 15, 2017

posted Nov 15, 2017, 11:23 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS News- November 15, 2017

  • Mood Check Parent Night

  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities

  • Upcoming Events- 6th Grade Carnival, 6th Grade Culture Fair, Student/Staff Turkey Trot, Harlem Wizards Basketball Game

  • Sports Interest- Wrestling

  • Johns Hopkins Parent Information

  • MS PTO News/Events

  • November Lunch Menu

  • Calendar Events


7th Grade Student Mood Check Screening Parent Night

We will be hosting a second parent information night on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30pm in the RAMS Library to discuss Mood Check: Holliston.  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 fill then 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.   Screenings are scheduled to occur December 11-15.  


Please see original letter below for more information.

Parent Letter



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, even 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


6th Grade Carnival-Friday, November 17

The 6th Grade Carnival is this Friday, November 17th from 6:30PM-8:30PM.  The Carnival is sponsored by MS PTO and includes a night filled with games, prizes, a DJ, carnival concessions and a fun time with friends.  This event is for the 6th Grade Class Only.  Tickets will be sold during lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The cost is $7.00. No tickets will be sold at the door. Cash or Checks made payable to MS PTO will be accepted.  Refreshments will be available at the event for $1 each.


6th Grade Culture Fair

Attention 6th grade parents: Join us in celebrating various cultures that your students are learning about.  We are hosting our annual 6th Grade Culture Fair where you can experience amazing foods, listen to different types of music, and even learn a new language!  Join us on  Tuesday, November 21 from 7:45am -8:45am in our Cafeteria and Library.


Johns Hopkins Parent Information-7th Grade SAT Opportunity

Parents of 7th graders, if you were unable to join us for the Johns Hopkins Parent Information Night on Tuesday, November 14, please review the links below that provide all of the information shared. If you have any further questions regarding Johns Hopkins please contact the 7th grade Guidance Counselor, John Powers at powersj@holliston.k12.ma.us

Parent Information

Johns Hopkins Powerpoint


Harlem Wizards Game- November 19

Are you ready for some Family Fun, Basketball, Music, Comedy, Tricks, Hoops & Alley-Oops !!!!  The Harlem Wizards vs Your Teachers at Holliston High School on Sunday, November 19th

Order tickets online NOW, the game will sell out fast!!!

https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/111603


Sponsored by:

- Friends of Holliston Basketball for the new High School basketball court used for your Saturday youth town games!!

- Holliston Athletic Booster Association ( https://sites.google.com/site/habaholliston/ )


Middle School Wrestling Team

In years past we have had interest in holding a competitive Wrestling Team.  We are reaching out to parents and students to determine the level of interest for this year. Please fill out the Google Form below if your son or daughter is interested in being a part of a RAMS Middle School Wrestling Team.

Wrestling Interest Form


MS-PTO News

Relay for Life Winter White Out All School Dance

There will be an all-school dance on December 8th from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria. The theme this year is Winter White out, so the attire is casual, just wear all white.  Ticket sales will be sold during lunches and will NOT be available at the door.


The dance is a Relay for Life Dance, so all proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life Foundation.  Along with that fundraiser, we ask students to bring a food pantry item to be entered in a raffle to win a gift card.

Magazine Drive Fundraiser

We thank all of you who supported our Magazine Drive Fundraiser and Alternative Fundraiser. There was decrease in sales from last year.  The total sale from October 17th – November 7th was $ 6,450. The postcards will be mailed out by GAO Fundraising in December.  The fundraiser is ongoing throughout the year.  You can still support MS PTO, place orders online.  MS PTO will receive 40% profit from each order!!  MS PTO will receive 100% profit from the Alternative Donation!!  Checks payable to

Holliston PTO – Middle School.

Visit  http://gaschoolstore.com

Enter our school ID# 2590990 or search “Adams Middle School”

Join Holliston PTO

To become a member of Holliston PTO visit Hollistonpto.org

Volunteer Opportunities for PTO:

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

MS PTSA meetings are every other month on the second Wednesday at 9 am.  Meetings are casual and open to all Adams School parents and guardians.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 11th at 9 am. Please sign-in with the office and you will be directed to our meeting room.  Mark your calendar for future meetings on 3/8 and 5/10.



November Lunch Menu

We would like to welcome the Adams Middle School students & families back to school lunch. Attached is the lunch menu for November so you have up to date information when you are making your school lunch choices. November is a bit of a crazy month with Professional Development for our staff as well as celebrating Thanksgiving but we were still able to fit in some new menu offerings. On Thursday November 9 try our popcorn chicken bowl. This is a very popular offering at area secondary schools so we thought we would give it a try here. On Monday November 13 & 20 we will be baking Pizzeria Uno pizzas fresh in our pizza ovens. We are offering Chicken, bacon ranch on the 13 & buffalo chicken on the 20. Let us know what you think! The rest of the month rounds out with favorites such as toasted ravioli, chicken parmesan & beef & cheese nachos. We also offer chicken patty sandwiches, pasta & various sandwiches & salads every day.


If you haven't tried school lunch in a while, November is a great month to dig in. Hungry children can't learn & we in the Food Service Department are doing our part!

November Lunch Menu


Turkey Trot/Thankfulness Rally

During the half day on November 22nd, students and teachers will be completing our yearly Turkey Trot and Spirit Rally. We look forward to a fun filled morning of celebrating and giving thanks, through fun activities with staff and students!  


Calendar Events

November 15 SEPAC Presents: Teaching and Reinforcing Coping Strategies 7:00pm

RAMS Multipurpose Room (109)

November 17 6th Grade Carnival 6:30pm-8:30pm RAMS Gym and Cafeteria

November 22 Half Day (dismissal at 10:30am) No lunch served

Turkey Trot for staff and students/Thankfulness Rally

November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break

November 28 Mood Check Grade 7 Parent Screening

November 29 Term 1 Ends

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

December 8 Term 1 Report Cards

Relay For Life Winter White Out Dance (Grades 6-8)

6:30-9:00 pm RAMS Gym


RAMS News- November 1, 2017

posted Nov 2, 2017, 7:49 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS News- November 1, 2017

  • Health Screenings

  • Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Magazine Drive Update  

  • Fall One Acts

  • Johns Hopkins Parent Night

  • Parent Ed Events

  • Mood Check- Parent Viewing

  • MS PTO News/Events

  • Citrus Fundraiser

  • Calendar  


Grade 7 Health Screenings

Attention Grade 7 Parents: On Monday November 7th, our nursing staff will be conducting vision, hearing, height, weight and postural screening for all students in grade 7.

These exams are mandated by the state. A note from your child's doctor is acceptable to excuse your child from this screening. If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and encouraged to take your child to a physician for follow up.

Please contact Catherine Porcello, our school nurse with any questions or concerns that you may have at 508-429-0659 or porcelloc@holliston.k12.ma.us.


Nature’s Classroom

Dear 6th Grade Parents/Guardians,

This is a reminder that the first payment of $225 for Nature’s Classroom is due on Thursday, November 9.  In addition to the first payment, please complete and return the following forms to the main office as well:

  • Registration form

  • Chaperone Form (if interested) and CORI form (unless current CORI is on file)

  • Home and Health Form

  • Harrington Hospital Form

  • Student Profile


In case you misplaced it, the informational Letter, along with the forms, which were sent home in late September can be found in the Main Office or at the following link: Nature’s Classroom Informational Letter.    


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.

Magazine Drive – The Final Stretch

Our MS PTO Fundraiser is still going on…there are still opportunities to win prizes for orders!  Students with 4+ orders after October 28th qualify to Spin the Wheel for cash prizes and to qualify for one of four $50 VISA Gift Cards students must have 6+ orders entered by midnight on November 6th to be entered in the drawing to win!  Pig Races are on Monday, November 13 for homerooms with 25% or more participation.  Go to www.gaschoolstore.com to get started, enter ID# 2590990 and then your child’s homeroom teacher. Get those online orders in!

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. Every $10 donation counts as one magazine order and must be delivered to the school by the above listed dates.  Contact Christine Clarke, ckclarke@yahoo.com or Denise Gidopoulos, gidopoul@hotmail.com with questions.


Fall One Acts-this weekend!!

If you are looking for a fun evening this weekend, please come out to the ReAct Players Fall One Acts.  There will be two performances,  Making Nice and The Actor Games, that are sure to be exciting.


Shows will be Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the RAMS Auditorium. Tickets will on sale during all lunches, as well as at Coffee Haven, Kamala, and will also be available at the door as well for $8 each.  We hope to see you there!


Johns Hopkins Informational Night

There will be an informational night on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the RAMS auditorium for those interested in having their 7th grade student participate in the Johns Hopkins SAT preparation program. .All of the information from the evening will be posted online immediately after the November 14 presentation. Please contact John Powers, the 7th grade Guidance Counselor with questions at powersj@holliston.k12.ma.us


Mood Check- Parent Viewing of student video

We will be holding a parent viewing of the video that will be presented to the 7th grade students for the Mood Check Signs of Suicide prevention program this year.  Please join our Guidance Counselors on November 8 at 9:15 am in our MultiPurpose Room to view the video.




Parent Volunteers- Laps at Lunch

Please consider volunteering for one or more lunches. Laps at lunch is a great time to connect with our students, and allows us the ability to provide them some additional outside time during the day.  Please sign up using the Signup Genius below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa4ab23a4f85-laps


Parent Ed Events:

Drugs & Alcohol Abuse presented by Dr. Ruth Potee

Please join us on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00pm at the High School for this Parent Ed event sponsored by HDAAC. The following content presented is suitable for parents/guardians, students, educators, administrators, and community members.


The legalization of marijuana in MA has resulted in mixed messages and confusion about the dangers of drug use. Dr. Potee, a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine Physician, will address this during her seminar, and speak candidly to her audience to inform and educate students and parents/guardians alike. Members of the Holliston Police Department will join Dr. Brad Jackson to answer questions after Dr. Potee’s presentation..


Teaching and Reinforcing Coping Strategies to your child in the home by Victoria Briggs, District BCBA & Leslie Diamandis, School Psychologist grades PreK-3

Please join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00pm in the RAMS Multi-Purpose Room, for this Parent Ed event sponsored by the Holliston SEPAC.


Many students of all ages and abilities experience anxiety and stress which may manifest itself in a variety of ways. Children with disabilities often require explicit instruction in coping with stress, fear, frustration and anxiety. Helping your child find the right and developmentally appropriate strategies for them can feel like a daunting task. This seminar will help to provide information on finding the right strategies, teaching and reinforcing those strategies in the home and community settings.


MS PTO News:

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 right of passage for Adams Middle School students...just ask any older middle school or high school student!  Lessons start Thursday, November 2.  It’s not too late to sign up!

Dance Lessons Form

6th Grade Carnival is Friday, November 17!

Play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy music and hang out with your friends! Tickets will be $7 and will be sold November 14-17 at lunch.  Refreshments will be available for $1 each.  No tickets will be sold at the door.    

Carnival Flyer

Want to join the Holliston PTO – visit www.Hollistonpto.org to join.

Add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list.

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


Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association- Fundraiser

Just a friendly reminder that the Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association (HMAPA) is holding their annual citrus fundraiser with orders due by November 3.   Products include navel oranges, pink grapefruit, and mixed cartons, as well as new items - Hamlin juice oranges, mandarin oranges, Washington red delicious apples plus some new combination cartons.   Students in band, chorus, theatre, and art clubs are taking orders and will deliver products.   Proceeds benefit the arts through teacher grants for items such as pianos, guitars, pottery wheels, 3D printer, music stands and music at all Holliston schools as well as scholarships for graduating seniors.

If you don’t know a student, you may order online at www.hollistonmusicandarts.org, and click to order citrus. Choose “ship to organization” for lowest prices and truck delivery to Holliston High School Cafeteria where you must pick up your order.   You may also choose “ship to recipient” at premium prices and direct shipping anywhere in the U.S., no pick up required.   And you may donate to the food pantry and have it delivered by us by choosing “donate item”.  We expect truck delivery to Holliston High School cafeteria during the evening Monday, 12/4, Tuesday 12/5 or Wednesday, 12/6. We will notify you when we have definite date from shipper.  

If you have questions, contact Val Ogilvie at www.HMAPAFundraising@gmail.com or (508) 893-9767.   You can also support the arts in Holliston schools by joining HMAPA or making a donation.   Go to our website at www.hollistonmusicandarts.org and click on the membership tab.  Thank you for supporting the arts in our schools by supporting HMAPA!


Calendar

November 3 Grade 8 Keefe Tech Tours

Citrus Fundraiser Orders due

November 3-4 Fall One Acts: 7:00-9:00 PM in RAMS Auditorium

November 6 Magazine Drive orders completed by midnight

November 7 Grade 7 Health Screenings

November 8 Parent Ed: Examining Drugs and Alcohol at 7:00pm in HHS auditorium

Mood Check Parent Viewing of 7th gr Student Video at 9:15am at RAMS

November 9 6th Grade Dance Lessons at 6:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

November 10 NO SCHOOL/Professional Day

November 13 Magazine Drive Pig Races

November 14 Johns Hopkins Parents Information Night at 6:30 RAMS auditorium

November 15        SEPAC Presents: Teaching and Reinforcing Coping Strategies 7:00pm in     

RAMS Multipurpose Room

November 17 6th Grade Carnival: 6:30-8:30 PM in RAMS Gym & Cafe

November 22 Half Day/Turkey Trot

November 23-24 Thanksgiving Break


First Virtual Coffee Talk - Tonight Wednesday 11/1 from 5 - 5:30!

posted Oct 31, 2017, 9:52 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 4:54 AM ]

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting the first virtual parent coffee talk of the year tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 1 from 5:00-5:30 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 2017-2018, there will be several podcasts that will run for approximately 20-30 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 the topic of our newly implemented Advisory Program. We will use this time to provide you with information on the program and answer questions that you might have regarding our Middle School Advisory. Please view the virtual coffee talk video and submit questions via this link:

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

At the conclusion of the broadcast, the video will be posted on the school website so that parents that were unable to view the live broadcast can view it on their own time.

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