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RAMS News July 17, 2017

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

RAMS Administration

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


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


Chromebook

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


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


2017-2018 Student Schedules

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


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


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


  1. Access the online registration form: iParent Portal Registration


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


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


Open Building Presentations

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


2017 Summer Reading Information now Available

At Robert Adams Middle School, we understand the importance of both academic and recreational reading. As studies have proven, when students read for pleasure, they benefit in all subjects, not just English. Recreational reading improves vocabulary, spelling, reading fluency, and background knowledge. In creating our lists, we sought the advice of students who were in the grade your child is entering. Thus, the list is authentic, and we feel that many of the titles will prove both compelling and enjoyable. To guide decisions on books, students and their parents may wish to look at reviews on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or other media sources to get a sense for what the book is about and how others reacted to it. Consulting with librarians or knowledgeable booksellers might help as well.


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


RAMS Interscholastic Athletics

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


Calendar

August  1 Begin Collection of RAMS Chromebook Loan Agreement

August  23 Open Building Presentations @ 10:00 AM

August 28 Opening Day for Teachers

August 29 Opening Day for Students

August 30 Grade 7 & 8 Chromebook Distribution

September 1 Staff PD Day/ No School for Students

September 4 Labor Day/ No School

September 6 Grade 6 Chromebook Distribution

Sports Information Night @ 5:45 PM

September 7 Picture Day

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

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

September 21 Rosh Hashanah/ No School

September 25-29 Scholastic Book Fair


2017-2018 School Supply Lists

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

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

Check out our school supply lists now.

8th Grade Slideshow

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

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

Summer Reading Information 2017

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

Please review the following information about summer reading.


It's not too late to order a yearbook!

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

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

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

Nothing captures memories quite like a school yearbook!

RAMS News June 1, 2017

posted Jun 6, 2017, 5:32 AM by David Jordan

Laps at Lunch- Volunteers Needed!!

Laps at Lunch is a program that provides Adams Middle School students with an opportunity to walk outside in the fresh air, connect with friends, and have a ‘brain break’ during lunch. The program needs Holliston parents to support it! Please use link below to sign-up (coverage needed between 11-12:30pm weekdays) and see the wonderful program in action, and the happy students! You may be uplifted!  *Please note a CORI must be on file to volunteer.

 

“It lets my daughter know that I care about her well-being and I am willing to take the time to be there for her to get some fresh air and move!” - Cynthia Listewnik, 8th grade parent, School Committee and Wellness Council member

 

“I like being able to go outside on a nice day because we hardly ever do that.”- 8th grade student at Adams Middle School

 

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

 

Did you know?...Laps at Lunch addresses two of the 19 goals of the Task Force on Student Stress: 1) to expand opportunities for students to be outside during the school day; and, 2) to review the Middle School schedule and provide an opportunity for outside “play”.  Let’s come together as a community and show our children that we care about their health and wellness! Thank you.

 

Grade 8 Dance

The Grade 8 dance is coming up June 16 from 6:30-9:30pm at Adams Middle School. This year's theme is “A Night in Paris”. Tickets for the dance will go on sale in school at lunch during the week leading up to the event. Cost per ticket is $12.00.

 

The students have been hard at work planning the event and making decorations. We are now in need of a number of food and refreshment items for the event and some volunteers to help out on the day/night of the dance.  Please explore the Sign-Up Genius links and help out if you possibly can.

 

Link to help out with food and refreshments.

Link to help out on the day of the dance.

This is always a fun event every year so please help support our kids.

 

Any questions, reach out to Anne-Marie Reinstein at amdorning@gmail.com

 

Intruder Response Plan Drill

The students and staff of Robert Adams Middle School will be reviewing and discussing  the Intruder Response Plan again on June 5, 2017.  Students will be made aware of this drill during morning announcements the week prior to the drill.  

 

The intruder response plan combines elements of our lockdown and fire evacuation plans but is different in that it asks staff and students to independently assess the situation at hand and make a decision that is most likely to avoid potential harm.  Whenever possible, students will look to and follow the directions of teachers and staff in the building.  However, there may be instances, where students, after trying to seek out the guidance of an adult, make decisions based upon the information that they have at the time.  Some of the options that staff and students will consider might be to hide or evacuate instead of staying in a designated place in their classrooms.

 

During the June 5th drill, the principal will get onto the intercom and announce the location of an intruder in the building as we would in the event of a real emergency.  Teachers will then facilitate a discussion with students on what possible actions the class could take based on the information given by the announcement.  Teachers may then decide to practice evacuating the building with students.  For the purposes of the drill, the evacuation will resemble that of a fire drill.  

 

Please feel free to email David Jordan, jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us, if you have any questions.  Our schools are safe places and we want all children to know and feel this; however, it is important to prepare for dangerous situations, no matter how unlikely they may be.

 

8th Grade Six Flags Reminder and Parent Letter

Attention 8th grade parents.  Please read the attached document about the Six Flags Field Trip at the end of the year.

 

Payment is due to homeroom teachers by Friday, May 19, 2017, and must be accompanied by the signed HPS consent form along with the emergency information sheet.  Make your checks payable to:  Robert Adams Middle School.  Please do not send cash.

 

Six Flags Letter and Permission Slip

 

8th Grade Slideshow

We are going to continue the tradition of an end of year 8th grade slideshow. This photo montage will feature pictures of your sons and daughters as they have grown up and attended school in Holliston and are soon ready to move on to high school. It will be shown to 8th grade students in the auditorium one of the last days of school. In addition, we will make this video available to parents who wish to watch it at home and save it as a keepsake.

 

In order to create the best slideshow ever, we need your help with collecting pictures. We are asking that you submit the following in the next three weeks if possible:

1. A baby or toddler picture of your son/daughter (only need 1 of these)

3. Any photos of your son/daughter with other 8th grade friends throughout the years (the more the better!)

 

These pictures can be submitted in three different ways:

  • E-mail (preferred): You can email your pictures to grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child’s name in the message

  • Google Drive (preferred): You can share a single photo or folder of images with grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child's name in the folder or individual image names.

  • USB drive (if necessary): You or your child can drop a flash drive at the office to be put in my mailbox or dropped off at the RAMS library. Be sure to label the drive with your child’s name so the drive can be returned.

***These pictures will be shown in HD and should be at least 1 MB. Small images will be blurry and cannot be used.***

***Only digital pictures will be accepted***

 

Community Service Day

Despite the weather delaying the date of the 8th grade Community Service Day, we were able to have a wonderful day of service to our community.  Sites included Stoddard Park, Linden Pond, the Senior Center, Adams Middle School, Placentino School, and Miller School.  Thank you to all of the parents and site hosts that helped make the day special for our 8th graders.

 

Yearbooks Sales!!

Nothing captures the amazing memories of the school year like a yearbook! But supplies are limited, so order yours today using the link below. Online ordering will be active until Friday, June 9th.  

 

https://yearbookforever.com/#school/314207/2017

 

Middle School PTO News – for June 2017 PTO Newsletter

On May 1-5, Teacher Appreciation Week was celebrated at RAMS with a daily expressions of gratitude for teachers and staff in the form of meals and treats.  The week started with individually wrapped baked goods put into each mailbox for breakfast. There was also a random drawing of staff names for prizes which were awarded on Tuesday at a Candy Bar in the teacher’s lounge.  Wednesday featured a widely-attended luncheon for teachers/staff including several yummy soups, salads and desserts.  Thursday was Popcorn day, with bags put into staff mailboxes.  Finally, on Friday there was an Ice Cream Social, with a wide range of novelty ice cream, mini cream puffs and eclairs.  The teachers offered their thanks for all of the attention and effort that went into creating a special week to salute them for all they do for our students. Many thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers who made the week truly wonderful.

 

Originally scheduled for May 25, the 8th Grade Community Service Day had to be postponed due to rain.  Unfortunately, it was not possible to have the seniors attend on the rescheduled date of May 31.  However, much was accomplished by the 8th graders, who did a fantastic job cleaning, clearing, mulching and planting around the grounds of RAMS, Placentino/Miller and the Senior Center.  Their hard work was followed by lunch with pizza, salad and popsicles, and relaxing or playing games in the fields behind the school. Thank you to the teachers and volunteers who supervised the students’ work and served the lunch.  We hope to have the seniors come back next year to enjoy lunch with the 8th graders.

 

The 8th Grade Dance will be held on Friday, June 16 at the school. The theme for the evening is “A Night in Paris”.  The event is being planned by 8th grader students and teachers.  Refreshments and treats will need to be provided by parents and volunteers – we will be reaching out for donations, so stay tuned.

 

We have the following MS-PTO Open Positions, and welcome any interest you may have in them. We rely on an incredible group of volunteers like you to keep the organization running in support of programs for our students and teachers.  Please consider giving some of your time - either in a board position or by volunteering for specific events throughout the year. For more information please contact Maura Marczewski, Incoming President – MS-PTO at mjaym@verizon.net.

Secretary: This position is responsible for taking meeting minutes, presenting them for acceptance to the Membership for approval, and ensures that they are circulated and/or posted as appropriate. (1 hour/month)

 

6th Grade Carnival Coordinator: This is a short term commitment, usually in November. (8-10 hours) Responsible for organizing this annual event for 6th graders. No need to create the event – it’s been running for 5 years and has been fined-tuned, with all games and components on hand. It is typically on a Friday night in early or mid-November. A committee of volunteers to help plan and run the carnival is gathered in conjunction with the MS-PTO Volunteer Coordinator.

 

End-of-year Reminders

  1. Lost and Found- parents/students have until the last day of school to reclaim lost items.  After the last day of school, all Lost and Found items will be donated to Goodwill.

  2. All grade level field days are scheduled for Wednesday June 21.  Anticipate grade level communication on the day to start in the very near future.

 

Calendar

June 5 Intruder Response Drill

June 6 Culture Connections:  Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan (8th Grade)

June 8 8th Grade Step-Up Day at HHS

June 9 5th Grade Step-Up Day at RAMS

June 12         ESL Parent Night

June 20         8th Grade Ceremony

June 21         Grade Level Field Days

June 22         Last Day of School


8th Grade Parents: Last Week to Submit Photos for the End of Year Slideshow

posted Jun 2, 2017, 7:53 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 7:55 AM ]



Dear 8th grade parents:

We are going to continue the tradition of an end of year 8th grade slideshow. This photo montage will feature pictures of your sons and daughters as they have grown up and attended school in Holliston and are soon ready to move on to high school. It will be shown to 8th grade students in the auditorium one of the last days of school. In addition, we will make this video available to parents who wish to watch it at home and save it as a keepsake.

We will only accept photos until Friday, June 9.

In order to create the best slideshow ever, we need your help with collecting pictures. We are asking that you submit the following:
1. A baby or toddler picture of your son/daughter (only need 1 of these)
3. Any photos of your son/daughter with other 8th grade friends throughout the years (the more the better!)

These pictures can be submitted in three different ways:
E-mail (preferred): You can e-mail your pictures to grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child’s name in the message
Google Drive (preferred): You can share a single photo or folder of images with grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child's name in the folder or individual image names.
USB drive (if necessary): You or your child can drop a flash drive at the office to be put in my mailbox or dropped off at the RAMS library. Be sure to label the drive with your child’s name so the drive can be returned.
***These pictures will be shown in HD and should be at least 1 MB. Small images will be blurry and cannot be used.*** ***Only digital pictures will be accepted***

Thank you for your assistance with this project. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


--Adam Steiner
steinera@holliston.k12.ma.us
508-429-0657

Donate Your Old Working Smartphone for a RAMS Virtual Reality Project

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

Adams is looking for old deactivated, WORKING, smart phones that meet the following requirements:

1. Deactivated (no data plan)
2. Working - must still turn on and boot up (we will wipe the phone of any data)
3. Screen in pristine condition - no scratches or cracks
4. At least 4.5" screen size

Some of the phones we would take include:
iPhone 6 or newer
Samsung Galaxy S4 or newer
HTC One M8 or M9


If you have an old phone that meets these qualifications, please bring it to the RAMS office, attention: Adam Steiner, technology integration specialist. If you are unsure if your phone fits the bill, feel free to e-mail Adam at steinera@holliston.k12.ma.us

RAMS News May 2, 2017

posted May 3, 2017, 5:10 AM by David Jordan

Nature’s Classroom

Another year in the books!  Our 6th grade had a great experience at Nature’s Classroom learning about the world, each other, and nature.  The week started with some challenges with the water at the Hilltop site, but all of the students maintained a good attitude and demonstrated perseverance through it all.  Thank you so much to our parent volunteers and teachers for making the experience so valuable for the students. Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4


8th Grade Slideshow

We are going to continue the tradition of an end of year 8th grade slideshow. This photo montage will feature pictures of your sons and daughters as they have grown up and attended school in Holliston and are soon ready to move on to high school. It will be shown to 8th grade students in the auditorium one of the last days of school. In addition, we will make this video available to parents who wish to watch it at home and save it as a keepsake.


In order to create the best slideshow ever, we need your help with collecting pictures. We are asking that you submit the following in the next three weeks if possible:

1. A baby or toddler picture of your son/daughter (only need 1 of these)

3. Any photos of your son/daughter with other 8th grade friends throughout the years (the more the better!)


These pictures can be submitted in three different ways:

  • E-mail (preferred): You can email your pictures to grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child’s name in the message

  • Google Drive (preferred): You can share a single photo or folder of images with grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child's name in the folder or individual image names.

  • USB drive (if necessary): You or your child can drop a flash drive at the office to be put in my mailbox or dropped off at the RAMS library. Be sure to label the drive with your child’s name so the drive can be returned.

***These pictures will be shown in HD and should be at least 1 MB. Small images will be blurry and cannot be used.***

***Only digital pictures will be accepted***


8th Grade Community Service Day

Our 8th Grade Community Service Day is fast approaching.  It is scheduled for May 25th of this year.  Please be on the lookout for communication specific to the event.  As always, we are looking for chaperones.  If you are interested, please email your 8th grader’s homeroom teacher.


Most Likely to Succeed Follow-Up

Many of you attended the screening of Most Likely to Succeed at Holliston High School last week. Thank you for your contribution. The film was a wonderful catalyst for invigorating discussions among our students, staff, parents, and community members and inspired us to re-imagine what is happening in our classrooms.

Our panelists will join us again on Tuesday, May 16 th at RAMS to answer more of your questions and discuss the challenges ahead of us, and how we can work together as a community to find solutions that address the learning needs of our students.

Let’s act together!

Joining us to continue the discussion and bring you a cross-section of knowledge and insights:

  • Mrs. Karla Garvin, HPS Montessori Director

  • Ms. Dominique Ross, HHS Guidance Department Leader

  • Dr. Brad Jackson, HPS Superintendent

If you missed the film, you can review the trailer at www.mltsfilm.org and see excerpts from the film where Sir Ken Robinson and other thought leaders tackle the most important issues facing education today:

We look forward to welcoming you back and continuing the conversation about the changing landscape of education within our community.

For questions, email Lynne Rahim at therahims@verizon.net


Math MCAS

The ELA portion of this year’s MCAS is wrapping up this week.  The Math and Science/Technology portions start next week.  Detailed MCAS Schedule.


Junior Districts

A big congratulations to Caroline Gum, Isabela Rahim, Katie Ream, and Matthew Perera on a successful performance at the Jr. Districts Festival this weekend. On Saturday, these students represented RAMS in each of the four select honors ensembles for the Central Massachusetts district. Way to go! Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4


Coordinated Program Review

Dr. Bradford Jackson, Superintendent of the Holliston Public Schools was notified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this spring.  As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit Holliston during the week of May 22nd.  Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth.  The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.


For more detail- CPR Press Release


MS-PTONews

MS PTO meeting

  • Please join us for our LAST meeting for 2016-2017 - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9 AM! Please sign-in with the office and you will be directed to our meeting room.

Community Service Day

May 25th is 8th Grade Community Service Day!  All 8th graders, along with their teachers and parent chaperones, disperse all over Holliston and beyond to beautify and organize their community.  Their hard work does not go unrewarded.  After they complete their tasks they return to Adams School for lunch with senior members of our community.  The Holliston Senior Center will provide transportation for any senior citizens to enjoy lunch and mix and mingle with the 8th grade class.

If you are a parent of an 8th grader and can be a chaperone contact your child’s homeroom teacher to see how you can help.

Calendar

May 9 Grade 7 Math MCAS Session 1

May 10 MS-PTO Meeting 9 AM

May 11 Grade 7 Math MCAS Session 2

May 15 Grade 6 Math MCAS Session 1

May 16 Grade 8 Math MCAS Session 1

May 16 Parent Ed:  Most Likely to Succeed follow-up evening 7-9PM at Adams Auditorium

May 17 Grade 6 Math MCAS Session 2

May 18 Grade 8 Math MCAS Session 2

May 19 Grade 8 Shakespeare Now: Midsummer Night's Dream

May 22 Grade 8 Science MCAS Session 1

May 23 Grade 8 Science MCAS Session 2

May 25 Grade 8 Community Service Day


8th Grade Parents: Submit Your Photos Now for the End of Year Slideshow

posted May 1, 2017, 8:42 AM by Adam Steiner   [ updated May 1, 2017, 8:49 AM ]


Dear 8th grade parents:

We are going to continue the tradition of an end of year 8th grade slideshow. This photo montage will feature pictures of your sons and daughters as they have grown up and attended school in Holliston and are soon ready to move on to high school. It will be shown to 8th grade students in the auditorium one of the last days of school. In addition, we will make this video available to parents who wish to watch it at home and save it as a keepsake.

In order to create the best slideshow ever, we need your help with collecting pictures. We are asking that you submit the following in the next three weeks if possible:
1. A baby or toddler picture of your son/daughter (only need 1 of these)
3. Any photos of your son/daughter with other 8th grade friends throughout the years (the more the better!)

These pictures can be submitted in three different ways:
E-mail (preferred): You can e-mail your pictures to grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child’s name in the message
Google Drive (preferred): You can share a single photo or folder of images with grade8pictures@holliston.k12.ma.us - Just be sure to include your child's name in the folder or individual image names.
USB drive (if necessary): You or your child can drop a flash drive at the office to be put in my mailbox or dropped off at the RAMS library. Be sure to label the drive with your child’s name so the drive can be returned.
***These pictures will be shown in HD and should be at least 1 MB. Small images will be blurry and cannot be used.*** ***Only digital pictures will be accepted***

Thank you for your assistance with this project. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


--Adam Steiner
steinera@holliston.k12.ma.us
508-429-0657

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