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RAMS News December 1, 2019

posted Dec 2, 2019, 6:42 PM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

December 1, 2019


-RAMS Student of the Month

-Adjustments to RAMS Math Courses-2020-2021/Parent Night

-RAMS Pit Crew- January Course

-Nature’s Classroom Reminder

-Johns Hopkins Program-Gr 7

-Laps at Lunch-volunteers 

-MS PTO

-Calendar


RAMS Students of the Month!!!

Each month at Robert Adams Middle School, we will be choosing one student per team in each grade that has proven to be positive contributors to our school community.  What do we look for students to exemplify?

  • Responsibility

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Empathy

  • Perseverance

  • Courage

The students chosen are announced on the first of the month over the morning announcements, and are awarded with a  RAMS Student of the Month Certificate. A photo of each student along with a write-up highlighting the student’s achievement is displayed on our Main Lobby bulletin board.  Congratulations to this month’s recipients:

Grade 6: Gabe Manasseh, Brogan Roche, Maddie Prince

Grade 7:Brooke Hochman, Jay Blossom, Mariana Gomes

Grade 8: Ryan Lukowiak, Danny Bernard, Ava Darling


Adjustments to RAMS Math Courses for 2020 School Year

At Adams, we are constantly reviewing and reflecting on our practice in order to provide students with the richest, most relevant, and meaningful learning experiences. Over the last several years, we have been adjusting our practice as educators in grades 7 & 8 in order to focus on the application of skills as well as the deeper, underlying mathematical concepts. Further, we continuously monitor student progress in an effort to deepen their understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Based on our analysis we have come to the following conclusions:

  • Students who take standard Math 7 & 8 are able to apply skills better and understand the math concepts at a deeper level than their accelerated counterparts due to more time to dig deeper into the standards

  • Students who take standard Math 7 & 8 perform as strongly (or stronger) in successive math courses than students who take accelerated courses

  • Accelerated courses only move faster, not DEEPER

  • Taking accelerated courses has not led to greater skill application

  • Taking accelerated courses has not led to a greater understanding of underlying mathematical concepts

  • Accelerating students who are not developmentally ready produces greater anxiety

  • Math 7 Accelerated has the highest volume of homework at Adams

In order to provide students the time to develop long-term problem solving skills and a deeper conceptual understanding of math- with strong connections between the concepts, we will not be offering Math 7 Accelerated for the 2020-2021 school year and Math 8 Accelerated for the 2021-2022 school year.  

This change does not impact Algebra, a course for our highest performing students.  Students who typically take Algebra by 8th grade will still have that opportunity. By not offering Math 7 Accelerated and Math 8 Accelerated, and modifying the placement of middle school standards grades 6-8, more students will have the opportunity to take Algebra by 8th grade.  


We will be hosting a Math Levels Parent Night on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 PM in the RAMS Auditorium to discuss the specific details of the change and answer any questions.  The night will focus on the following:

  • What is the reason for the change?

  • What information caused you to make this change?

  • Why do you feel it is better for kids?

  • How does it impact high school pathways?

  • What does the research say?

If you have any questions concerning the change, please do not hesitate to reach out to Alicia Multer, RAMS Math Curriculum Specialist, at multera@holliston.k12.ma.us.  Mrs. Beattie and I are also available to answer questions at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us and beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us


Middle School Pit Crew- January Course

Starting in January, the halfway split between Art and Computer Science, we will be scheduling a new group of Grade 7 and Grade 8 students for our Middle School Pit Crew. This course is 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 your student’s existing electives.

If your student would be interested in participating, please fill out the following interest survey and we will be in touch on students selected..

Middle School Pit Crew Interest Form


Nature’s Classroom

Just a friendly reminder that Nature’s Classroom packets were due on November 1 with the deposit of $200. Please be sure to send both the packet and deposit into the Main Office as soon as possible.


Johns Hopkins Information-Grade 7 

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


Resources for Students

Google Drive App

For those students with cell phones, it may be beneficial for parents to allow them access to the  Google Drive App. In doing so, this will allow them the ability to easily upload docs, pics, and videos for school projects.

 

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 email Jess Beattie if interested at beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us.  Just a reminder that parents will need a current CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.


 

 

MS PTO News

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration is Still Open!

Registration has  been extended for one more week for Holliston PTO Ski and Snowboard Programs at Nashoba Valley.  Registration is ONLINE ONLY. Click on this link to our PTO website to begin the registration process.  http://hollistonpto.org/ski-and-snowboard


Winter White Out All-School Dance Friday, January 10

There will be an all-school dance on Friday January 10 from 6:30-9:00 PM in the RAMS Gym and Cafeteria held by the high school National Honor Society and MS PTO. The theme this year is GLOW DANCE, so the attire is casual, just wear some or all white or neon colors. 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.

 

2019 Alternative Fundraiser 

This year, in lieu of a traditional fundraiser, the Holliston Middle School PTO has opted for an alternative fundraiser. It's simple: We welcome donations of any amount to the MS PTO. The Elementary Schools are running the same fundraiser, and if you have students in both schools you can split your donations between the two PTOs. Visit www.hollistonpto.org to donate online.

Join the MS PTO! It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.


Calendar

Dec

5 Math Levels Parent Night @ 6:00 pm RAMS Auditorium

9 Gr 6 Team 3 McAuliffe Space Center Field Trip

11 Gr 6 Team 1 (½ team) McAuliffe Space Center Field Trip

Term 1 Report Cards Released in PowerSchool

12 Gr 6 Team 1 (½ team) McAuliffe Space Center Field Trip

Gr 6 Dance Lessons in RAMS Cafeteria @ 6:30 PM

13 Gr 6 Team 2 (½ team) McAuliffe Space Center Field Trip

16 Gr 6 Team 2 (½ team) McAuliffe Space Center Field Trip

17 Gr 6-8 Band Concert at HHS Auditorium @ 7:00 PM

18 Gr 6-8 Chorus Concert at HHS Auditorium @ 7:00 PM

19 SNOW Date Band Concert @ 7:00 PM

Gr 6 Dance Lessons in RAMS Cafeteria @ 6:30 PM

20 In-School Band/Chorus Concert @ 12:45 (staff/students only)

SNOW Date Chorus Concert @ 7:00 PM

23-Jan 1 Winter Break/No School



 


RAMS News November 15, 2019

posted Nov 15, 2019, 12:47 PM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Nov 27, 2019, 4:31 AM by Mary McNamara ]


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

November 15, 2019


-Adjustments to RAMS Math Courses-2020-2021

-Safety Drill/Intruder Response

-Nature’s Classroom

-Johns Hopkins Program-Gr 7 

-RAMS Athletics-Wrestling

-RAMS Yearbook: Order Now

-MS PTO

-Calendar


Adjustments to RAMS Math Courses for 2020 School Year

Dear Families,


At Adams, we are constantly reviewing and reflecting on our practice in order to provide students with the richest, most relevant, and meaningful learning experiences. Over the last several years, we have been adjusting our practice as educators in grades 7 & 8 in order to focus on the application of skills as well as the deeper, underlying mathematical concepts. Further, we continuously monitor student progress in an effort to deepen their understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Based on our analysis we have come to the following conclusions:


  • Students who take standard Math 7 & 8 are able to apply skills better and understand the math concepts at a deeper level than their accelerated counterparts due to more time to dig deeper into the standards

  • Students who take standard Math 7 & 8 perform as strongly (or stronger) in successive math courses than students who take accelerated courses

  • Accelerated courses only move faster, not DEEPER

  • Taking accelerated courses has not led to greater skill application

  • Taking accelerated courses has not led to a greater understanding of underlying mathematical concepts

  • Accelerating students who are not developmentally ready produces greater anxiety

  • Math 7 Accelerated has the highest volume of homework at Adams


In order to provide students the time to develop long-term problem solving skills and a deeper conceptual understanding of math- with strong connections between the concepts, we will not be offering Math 7 Accelerated for the 2020-2021 school year and Math 8 Accelerated for the 2021-2022 school year.  



This change does not impact Algebra, a course for our highest performing students.  Students who typically take Algebra by 8th grade will still have that opportunity. By not offering Math 7 Accelerated and Math 8 Accelerated, and modifying the placement of middle school standards grades 6-8, more students will have the opportunity to take Algebra by 8th grade.  


We will be hosting a Math Levels Parent Night on Thursday, December 5th at 6:00 PM in the RAMS Auditorium to discuss the specific details of the change and answer any questions.  The night will focus on the following:


  • What is the reason for the change?

  • What information caused you to make this change?

  • Why do you feel it is better for kids?

  • How does it impact high school pathways?

  • What does the research say?


If you have any questions concerning the change, please do not hesitate to reach out to Alicia Multer, RAMS Math Curriculum Specialist, at multera@holliston.k12.ma.us.  Mrs. Beattie and I are also available to answer questions at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us and beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us


Intruder Response Drill- November 25 (new date)

On Monday, November 25 around 8:30 am all students will practice an Intruder Response Drill through group discussions led by staff in collaboration with the Holliston Police Department. For the duration of this drill,students and teachers will remain in their classrooms, while Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie 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. As with any emergency situation, it is important that our staff and students are always practicing procedures to ensure the utmost safety for everyone.


Nature’s Classroom

Just a friendly reminder that Nature’s Classroom packets were due on November 1 with the deposit of $200. Please be sure to send both the packet and deposit into the Main Office as soon as possible.


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 Athletics-Wrestling

Wrestling-Parent Letters


Resources for Students

Google Drive App

For those students with cell phones, it may be beneficial for parents to allow them access to the  Google Drive App. In doing so, this will allow them the ability to easily upload docs, pics, and videos for school projects.


RAMS Yearbook

Over the past few years the RAMS Yearbook has been in high demand, and last year we sold out. It’s never too early to reserve our child a copy for the end of the year. Please use the link below to order/purchase your copy:

https://yearbookforever.com/schools/robert_adams_middle_school_buy_yearbook_314207/a9nXBH6pXNh9OffhVC8gs14D


 

MS PTO News

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration will open November 1

Registration will open November 1 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

 

 

 

2019 Alternative Fundraiser 

This year, in lieu of a traditional fundraiser, the Holliston Middle School PTO has opted for an alternative fundraiser. It's simple: We welcome donations of any amount to the MS PTO. A form will come home in the next week with an option to donate by check or cash, but you can also donate electronically right here! The Elementary Schools are running the same fundraiser, and if you have students in both schools you can split your donations between the two PTOs online.

 

Join the MS PTO! It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.

Calendar

Nov

12-15 Gr 7 Mood Check

15 & 16         Fall One Acts at 7:00 PM RAMS Auditorium

21         Gr 6 Dance lessons @ 6:30pm

25         Safety Drill

27         Term 1 Ends

        ½ Day Dismissal at 10:30 am

28 & 29         Thanksgiving Break


Dec

5         Math Levels Parent Night @ 6:00 pm RAMS Auditorium


 


RAMS News November 1, 2019

posted Nov 4, 2019, 7:01 PM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Nov 5, 2019, 1:21 PM ]


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

November 1, 2019


-RAMS Student of the Month-NEW

-Gr 7 Mood Check

-Safety Drill/Intruder Response 

-RAMS Athletics-Wrestling

-RAMS Yearbook: Order Now

-MS PTO

-Calendar


RAMS Student of the Month Program-New

Each month at Robert Adams Middle School, we will be choosing one student per team in each grade that has proven to be positive contributors to our school community.  What do we look for students to exemplify?

  • Responsibility

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Empathy

  • Perseverance

  • Courage

The students chosen are announced on the first of the month over the morning announcements, and are awarded with a  RAMS Student of the Month Certificate. A photo of each student along with a write-up highlighting the student’s achievement is displayed on our Main Lobby bulletin board.  Congratulations to this month’s recipients:

Grade 6: Lorna King, Natalie Sipsma, Luke Burgett

Grade 7:Mikey McGovern, Emeline Kelly, Aila Montvila

Grade 8: Henry Berg, Caitlin Correia, Scena Armes


Mood Check- Grade 7 Students

We are pleased to announce the third 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 Center for Women at Wellesley College.  The comprehensive depression screening program that serves Holliston students in grade 7 will occur the week of November 12-15th.  Please see the following link for the full details of the screening. You can also reach out to Mrs. Gavan the Grade 7 counselor with questions at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us           Wellesley Center for Women: Mood Check Parent Letter


Intruder Response Drill- November 25

On Monday, November 25 around 8:30 am all students will practice an Intruder Response Drill through group discussions led by staff in collaboration with the Holliston Police Department. For the duration of this drill,students and teachers will remain in their classrooms, while Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie 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. As with any emergency situation, it is important that our staff and students are always practicing procedures to ensure the utmost safety for everyone.


Fall One Act Performances

Don’t miss an evening of One Acts by the Robert Adams Middle School Re-Act Players. There is something fun for everyone. Our students will be performing in two very exciting plays, Snow Queen, and Robin Hood...they are sure to bring the excitement!  Performances are on Friday, November 15th and  Saturday November 16th at 7pm at the Robert Adams Middle School. Tickets are $10 and available at Coffee Haven, Kamala and at the door. 

RAMS Athletics-Wrestling

Wrestling-Parent Letters


Resources for Students

Google Drive App

For those students with cell phones, it may be beneficial for parents to allow them access to the  Google Drive App. In doing so, this will allow them the ability to easily upload docs, pics, and videos for school projects.


RAMS Yearbook

Over the past few years the RAMS Yearbook has been in high demand, and last year we sold out. It’s never too early to reserve our child a copy for the end of the year. Please use the link below to order/purchase your copy:

https://yearbookforever.com/schools/robert_adams_middle_school_buy_yearbook_314207/a9nXBH6pXNh9OffhVC8gs14D


 

 

 

 

MS PTO News

6th Grade Dance Lessons start November 7

It's not too late to time to sign up for 6th Grade Dance Lessons! These lessons are known as a rite of passage for Adams Middle School students...Please click here for the signup form! 

 

Ski/Snowboard Club Registration will open November 1

Registration will open November 1 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

 

2019 Alternative Fundraiser 

This year, in lieu of a traditional fundraiser, the Holliston Middle School PTO has opted for an alternative fundraiser. It's simple: We welcome donations of any amount to the MS PTO. A form will come home in the next week with an option to donate by check or cash, but you can also donate electronically right here! The Elementary Schools are running the same fundraiser, and if you have students in both schools you can split your donations between the two PTOs online.

 

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2:40pm. 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 $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.

Calendar

Nov

6 Gr 6 Postural Screening

7 Gr 6 Dance Lessons @ 6:30pm in RAM Cafeteria

Gr 8 Postural Screening

8 No School/Professional Day for Teachers

11 No School/Veterans Day

12 MS PTO Meeting @ 2:40

12-15 Gr 7 Mood Check

15 & 16 Fall One Acts at 7:00 PM RAMS Auditorium

27 Term 1 Ends

½ Day Dismissal at 10:30 am

28 & 29 Thanksgiving Break

 


HPS’ Triennial State Review Scheduled for Week of December 9th

posted Nov 4, 2019, 4:51 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Nov 4, 2019, 5:33 AM ]



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
HPS’ Triennial State Review Scheduled for Week of December 9th 

During the week of December 9, 2019, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Holliston Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview a member of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Michelle Hennessy-Kowalchek, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3704 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the Superintendent with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/



View our Virtual Coffee Talk from October 22

posted Oct 16, 2019, 9:54 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Oct 23, 2019, 7:37 AM ]



RAMS News October 15, 2019

posted Oct 15, 2019, 1:02 PM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 4:54 PM ]



What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

October 15, 2019

-Midterm Grades

-Standards Based Grading: What does this mean?

-Nature’s Classroom Parent Night- Thursday

-School Picture Retakes

-Gr 7 Health and SBIRT Screenings

-Gr 7 Mood Check

-Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

-RAMS Yearbook: Order Now

-MS PTO

-HEF Trivia Bee

-Citrus Fundraiser

-Calendar




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. 


Standards Based Grading: What does this mean?

This year the RAMS faculty is continuing and expanding our work and efforts to provide effective methods of formal and informal feedback for students.  As such, in lieu of traditional grades, students in some classes will be receiving feedback in the form of Standards Based Reporting (SBR). SBR is a researched-based, impactful feedback system that is gaining traction in a growing number of schools across the United States.

Instead of a letter grade, students will receive feedback in two major areas: (1) Content Standards and (2) Learning Skills.  The Content Standards feedback provides information on the student's progress on meeting content area curriculum standards addressed by each department.  Learning Skills feedback gives information on the student's progress on acquiring skills important for life-long learning that we strive to foster and help develop in our students. 

SBR aims to provide us:

  • more descriptive and actionable feedback to students and families

  • more meaningful and personalized grading practices

  • greater calibration of expectations and assessment practices between teachers

Current Pilot Classes

  • 7th Grade Social Studies

  • 8th Grade Introductory Physical Science (IPS)

  • Art

We continue to reflect on this professionally as a feedback mechanism and welcome parent/guardian input. Stay tuned for information about parent/guardian information sessions and focus groups for this work.


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night-Thursday

On Thursday, October 17th from 6:30-7:00 pm in the RAMS Auditorium, Mrs. Beattie along with  some of our Grade 6 teachers, 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! 


School Pictures-Retakes

Picture retakes will be held on Monday, October 28th 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

 

Mood Check- Grade 7 Students

We are pleased to announce the third 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 Center for Women at Wellesley College.  The comprehensive depression screening program that serves Holliston students in grade 7 will occur the week of November 12-15th.  Please see the following link for the full details of the screening. You can also reach out to Mrs. Gavan the Grade 7 counselor with questions at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us


Wellesley Center for Women: Mood Check Parent Letter


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 October 28 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. Gavan in writing via email at gavana@holliston.k12.ma.us, ideally by Thursday, October 25  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.


First Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting the first virtual parent coffee talk of the year on Tuesday, October 22 at 4:30 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 2019-2020, 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. As we get closer to the date we will provide a link so that parents can 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.


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 Thursday, October 24 @ 6:30 PM.

 

RAMS Yearbook

Over the past few years the RAMS Yearbook has been in high demand, and last year we sold out. It’s never too early to reserve our child a copy for the end of the year. PLease use the link below to order/purchase your copy:

https://yearbookforever.com/schools/robert_adams_middle_school_buy_yearbook_314207/a9nXBH6pXNh9OffhVC8gs14D


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! Mr. Paul Lamoureaux will give six weeks of dance instruction to our 6th graders. 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.  If you have any questions regarding the dance program, please contact Melissa Kaspern at melissakaspern@gmail.com, Denise Gidopoulos at gidopoul@hotmail.com or Melanie Harrington at mjh4502@gmail.com. Starts November 7, please click here for the signup form! 

2019 Alternative Fundraiser 

This year, in lieu of a traditional fundraiser, the Holliston Middle School PTO has opted for an alternative fundraiser. It's simple: We welcome donations of any amount to the MS PTO. A form will come home in the next week with an option to donate by check or cash, but you can also donate electronically right here! The Elementary Schools are running the same fundraiser, and if you have students in both schools you can split your donations between the two PTOs online.

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2:40pm. 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 $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.

 

HEF Trivia Bee

The Holliston Education Foundation will be holding the 2019 Trivia Bee this month at the high school cafeteria on Friday October 25th from 6-8pm.

The format will be new, the Trivia Master is highly entertaining, and it promises to be a fun and music-filled night of facts and excitement.

Thank you for supporting HEF.

HEF Trivia Bee

 

HMAPA Citrus Fundraiser

It’s fresh citrus time! The Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association (HMAPA) is kicking off our annual citrus fundraiser with orders due by November 4th. Brochures will be distributed to all high school and middle school band, chorus, theatre, and art club students and Miller band students

 

Calendar

Oct

17 Nature’s Classroom Parent Night @ 6:30pm

22 Parent Virtual Coffee Talk @ 4:30pm

24 Parent Night- Counselors: What does your middle schooler want you 

To know? @ 6:30 pm Media Center

28 School Picture Retakes

Gr 7 SBIRT Screening

Nov

1 Gr 6 Postural Screening

                Gr 8 Keefe Tech Field Trip

4 Citrus Fundraiser Orders Due

7 Gr 6 Dance Lessons @ 6:30pm in RAM Cafeteria

Gr 8 Postural Screening

12-15 Gr 7 Mood Check

12 MS PTO Meeting @ 2:40


School Start Times Public Forum - October 10, 2019 at 7 pm

posted Oct 2, 2019, 6:43 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 9:08 AM ]

The Holliston School Committee voted to hold a public forum on the new school start times for the 2020-21 academic year. The forum will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Holliston High School auditorium, at 7:00 p.m. It is open to the public.

Judith Owens, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, will present on the science of pediatric sleep. There will be a Q+A so that members of the public may ask questions of Dr. Owens, the School Committee, and Dr. Brad Jackson, superintendent of schools.

For more information on the issue of School Start Times in Holliston, please review the information on the School Start Times website.


RAMS NEWS October 1, 2019

posted Oct 2, 2019, 6:08 AM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

-School Pictures

-Gr 7 Health and SBIRT Screenings

-Parent Nights: Nature’s Classroom & Counselors Information Night

-Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

-Student Safety Drills

-AfterSchool Activities

-RAMS Yearbook: Order Now

-MS PTO

-Calendar


School Pictures-Have Arrived!

Thank you to all who ordered school pictures. If upon receipt of your child’s photos from Coffee Pond 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

Retakes will be on Monday, October 28 starting at 7:40 am.

 

Grade 7 Health Screenings

Our annual health screenings will be conducted at the Middle School on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by our Nursing staff. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, the following screenings will take place:                          

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

Please feel free to contact Jen Olsen, School Nurse at olsenj@holliston.k12.ma.us  if you have any questions or concerns.  Please see link below for more information. 

Parent Letter



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 October 28 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 Thursday, October 25  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.


Counselors Corner:Guidance in the Classroom

Beginning this year, our team of school counselors will be implementing a new Social Emotional Learning curriculum in the classrooms for all students. Please click on the link below to find out more of what your child will be experiencing within this curriculum. 

Second Step Parent Letter


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 Thursday, October 24 @ 6:30 PM.

 

Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

On Thursday, October 17th from 6:30-7:00 pm in the RAMS Auditorium, Mrs. Beattie along with  some of our Grade 6 teachers, 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! 


First Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting the first virtual parent coffee talk of the year on Tuesday, October 22 at 4:30 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 2019-2020, 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. As we get closer to the date we will provide a link so that parents can 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.


Safety Drills

As we kick off the school year, we wanted to share that our students and staff did a fantastic job with our first fire drill of the year. Additionally, we continued this year with our Safety Assemblies, run by our School Resource Officer, Officer Mike Woods. During these assemblies, he was able to address overall safety relative to bikes, walking downtown, and school intruder response drills.  Students were able to ask questions and debrief with teachers upon return to their classrooms. 

In November, staff and students will run through our first safety drill, where scenarios are read over the PA system by either Mr. Jordan or Mrs. Beattie, and students debrief with their teacher, as to the action they would take based on the information provided. We will have the Holliston Police Department and Holliston Fire Department circulating through classrooms to participate in conversations and answer questions.  As with any emergency, it is always important for our staff and students to feel prepared. More information on the date of this drill will be provided as we get closer. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our Assistant Principal Jessica Beattie at beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us


After School Clubs & Activities

We are excited to announce that our After School Clubs and Activities have begun for the 2019-2020 school year .  Please use the following link to see the start dates of the various RAMS Clubs and their daily schedules.  


RAMS Yearbook

Over the past few years the RAMS Yearbook has been in high demand, and last year we sold out. It’s never too early to reserve our child a copy for the end of the year. PLease use the link below to order/purchase your copy:

https://yearbookforever.com/schools/robert_adams_middle_school_buy_yearbook_314207/a9nXBH6pXNh9OffhVC8gs14D


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 7, please click here for the signup form!

Townwide PTO Meeting

Our first Townwide PTO meeting of the year will be Monday, Oct. 7th at 7:00pm at the Holliston HS library. Please join us!

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 8th at 8:40 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 $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.


Calendar

Oct

1-4 Spirit Week

3 All School Spirit Rally (No Advisory)

8 Gr 7 Visual, Hearing, Postural Screenings

Gr 8 Keefe Tech Assembly @ 9:00am

MS PTO Meeting @ 8:40am RAMS Room 101

9 Yom Kippur/No School

14 Columbus Day/No School

17 Nature’s Classroom Parent Night @ 6:30pm

24 Parent Night- Counselors: What does your middle schooler want you 

To know? @ 6:30 pm Media Center

28 School Picture Retakes

Gr 7 SBIRT Screening

Nov

1 Gr 6 Postural Screening

Gr 8 Keefe Tech Field Trip

12-15 Gr 7 Mood Check


Substitute Teachers Are Still Needed!

posted Sep 26, 2019, 6:35 AM by Adam Steiner

Thanks to our very successful Open House for Substitutes we held on September 5th, we have seen an increase in our daily Substitute Teacher pool. But we can ALWAYS use more!!

In the past, we have found that many of our most-effective and supportive Substitutes are Holliston residents who are either seeking part-time, school-year employment; are looking to ease back into the workforce; or are looking for ways to actively support their community and their schools. Regardless of your motivation, being a Substitute Teacher is an excellent way to work with Holliston’s great teachers and school staff and, of course, our remarkable students.

Please check out our Information Packet for more information.

RAMS News September 15, 2019

posted Sep 17, 2019, 4:04 AM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Sep 17, 2019, 4:12 AM ]

In this edition of RAMS News September 15, 2019

-Open House

-Start with Hello Initiative

-Grade 7 Health Screenings

-Parent Volunteers- RAMS School Council

-Scholastic Book Fair

-Counselors Corner

-AfterSchool Clubs & Activities

-Lunch Information

-MS PTO

-Calendar


Open House Information

Our Parent Open House is quickly approaching. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teachers and hear about the exciting things our students will be learning and engaging in throughout the school year. Below are the dates and times. We look forward to seeing everyone!


Tuesday, September  17 @ 6:00 PM-Grade 6 & Unified ARTS 

Tuesday, September 24 @ 6:30 PM- Grades 7 & 8


Start with Hello Initiative

This year we will be partnering again with Sandy Hook Promise to promote their program Start with Hello. A program that helps decrease student isolation and promote kindness and inclusiveness. We will be running some fun and engaging activities throughout the week in the cafeteria, to promote their three essential steps: 1) See someone alone, 2) Reach out and help, 3) Start with Hello


Grade 7 Health Screenings

Our annual health screenings will be conducted at the Middle School on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by our Nursing staff. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, the following screenings will take place:                          

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

Please feel free to contact Jen Olsen, School Nurse at olsenj@holliston.k12.ma.us  if you have any questions or concerns.  Please see link below for more information. 

Parent Letter



Parent Volunteer Opportunities- Adams Middle School School Council

Volunteers needed for this year’s school council. 

The School Council is a small representative group of parents, teachers, community members and administrators which meets to review and discuss the school improvement goals and efforts for the school and help inform efforts and goals for the following year. Meetings this year will run once a month, every other month starting in October from 7:00AM-8:00AM. 

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


Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to announce that Adams Middle School will be continuing our Scholastic Book Fair this year! Our Book Fair will run the week of September 23 in our school library, with a Book Fair Night for parents on Tuesday, September 24 @ 6:00-7:30 PM. The Book Fair will feature a huge selection of engaging and affordable books for every age. Your child is certain to find a book that they will love!  All Students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during their English classes throughout the week. 


Counselors Corner: Guidance in the Classroom

Beginning this year, our team of school counselors will be implementing a new Social Emotional Learning curriculum in the classrooms for all students. Please click on the link below to find out more of what your child will be experiencing within this curriculum. 

Second Step Parent Letter


After School Clubs & Activities

We are excited to announce that our After School Clubs and Activities have begun for the 2019-2020 school year .  Please use the following link to see the start dates of the various RAMS Clubs and their daily schedules.  


Lunch Information

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

RAMS September Lunch Menu


MS PTO News

  • Thank you to everyone who came to the first MS PTO meeting of the year on August 29! The October MS PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 8:40am at RAMS. Please check in at the office upon your arrival.

  • The first Townwide PTO meeting will be October 7 at 7:00pm in the High School library.

  • 6th Grade parents: we would love your help assembling information packets for Nature's Classroom on Monday, September 23 at 8:30am. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c49adae29abfa7-natures2

  • We are looking for volunteers to help work the RAMS Book Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Thursday, Sept. 26. We have daytime and early evening shifts available. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C49ADAE29ABFA7-middle3

  • This year the MS PTO will not run the Magazine Drive fundraiser. As an alternative, we welcome donations of any amount to MS PTO where 100% of your donation goes directly to the Holliston Middle School PTO programs.  Stay tuned for more information by email.

  • Join the MS PTO! It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!


Calendar

September

17 Open House: 6th Grade and Unified Arts @ 6:00pm

23-27 Scholastic Book Fair

Start with Hello Week

24 Open House: 7th and 8th Grade @ 6:30pm

Scholastic Book Fair Night in RAMS Library (all welcome) 6:00-7:30pm

30 Rosh Hashanah/No School


October

3 All School Spirit Rally

8 MS PTO meeting @ 8:40am

9 Yom Kippur/No School

14 Columbus Day/No School


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