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RAMS Enrichment Learning- Starting 3/23/20

posted Mar 22, 2020, 9:34 AM by Jessica Beattie

Dear Families,


We are very excited to roll our RAMS Enhanced Learning Activities out to students.  Please watch our video on RAMS Enhanced Learning Activities.  It will walk you through how to utilize the curriculum framework that we will be using as a school over the next few weeks.  Please expect an email from me every Saturday at 5:00 PM with the week's activities. We will also post all the activities on our school webpage each week.  Additionally, students and families should start receiving email and Google Classroom communications starting on Monday. Knowing that parents/guardians are getting inundated with emails from a variety of sources, most learning communication will go straight to the student.  Please make sure that they check their email and Google Classroom regularly.


Please view with your child:


RAMS Enhanced Learning Activities: 

  • Week 1 (3/23-3/27) Curriculum 

    • This link provides the entire menu of learning and all of the guidelines for students and families.  This is our most essential document each week.


Resources:

  • RAMS- At Home Routine for Families (this is an example to help families shape their students’ day, not required)

  • Netiquette 

  • Lunch is available to any family in need from the Miller cafeteria loop Monday through Friday from 11:30 - 12:30.


Troubleshooting Technology:


Please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers.  I know that they are very excited to connect with your children on Monday.  Thank you for all of your patience and support as we pull this all together for the students of Holliston.


Warmest regards,



David Jordan

Principal


RAMS News March 15, 2020

posted Mar 15, 2020, 2:28 PM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

March 15, 2020


-RAMS Update

-RAMS Track and Field Registration

-HHS Course Recommendations-GR 8 ONLY

-2020 Spring MCAS Schedule

-RAMS Admin Podcast-NEW

-Calendar


RAMS Update

We know that this is a very challenging time, and we want you to know we are in this together. We are determined to keep you up-to-date with the everchanging information within the community and here at RAMS.  Below are links to several documents we have already sent out, and resources that you may find helpful as we navigate this unchartered territory together.


Students and parents stay tuned for potential Distance Enrichment Learning opportunities for students, occurring on or around March 23, if cancellations were to go past the 20th.  Please be sure to complete the internet access survey below.  Information gathered from this survey will allow us to create a learning space for your student, and make sure you and your child have familiarity with their school email and Google Classroom access.


RAMS Family Communication: March 16-20 

Internet and Access to Device Survey  *PLEASE COMPLETE IMMEDIATELY*

Parent letter: How to talk to students about Coronavirus


RAMS Track and Field Registration

Track and Field registration is currently open for Grade 7 & 8 students. Starting tomorrow, March 16 at 9:00am we will open it up to Grade 6 students. Please use the link below to register your child. Once we reach capacity, registration will close and a waitlist will be created.

RAMS Track & Field Registration 2020


HHS Course Recommendations-Grade 8 ONLY 

Due to school not being in session, we are extending the deadline for course selections to March 27th. If you have not done so already, please be sure to have your child sign into PowerSchool and complete the class course selections for 20-21. Although email is a helpful way to contact school counselors and teachers regarding course recommendations, we are currently working to find additional ways to grant access to students and families. I hope to have additional information regarding our efforts by mid-week.


MCAS Schedule Spring 2020

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2020 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School. Please make note we made one revision in May.  Grade 6 will be completing Math sessions 1 & 2 on May 5 & 7.


RAMS Admin Podcasts-NEW Foreign Language and PBL

Starting this month and running through the end of the school year, RAMS Admin will be taking an additional approach to sharing pertinent information relative to RAMS through the way of Podcasts. On a regular basis, we will be recording Podcasts on a variety of topics that will be shared not only through our RAMS News, but are also found on iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn, and Buzzsprout.  Please be sure to subscribe under any of the following apps to receive our podcasts regularly. 

             


Click on the link below to listen to our second Podcast, on the topic of  Foreign Language and PBL from Principal, David Jordan, French Immersion, Kelly Lamberto, Spanish, Blanca Beltran 

Podcast-Foreign Language & PBL


Calendar

March

16-20 No School

20 No School/Professional Development Day

23 Potential Distance Enrichment Learning Plan for students 


Coronavirus Updates

posted Mar 12, 2020, 7:31 AM by Dan MacLeod   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 7:59 AM ]

Coronavirus Update #8- School Closure Extended Through May 1, 2020

Dear Holliston Parents/Guardians and Staff:

At 3:30 this afternoon, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that he was extending his state-wide school closure order through Friday, May 1, 2020.  This means that the Holliston Public Schools will continue to be closed through that date. The earliest date for school reopening is now Monday, May 4, 2020. 

We anticipated that the shutdown period would be extended and the plans we developed to keep our students engaged with learning activities were designed to be expandable to meet the needs of our families and students for a longer shutdown period.  In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that it will be issuing specific guidelines for districts to follow for the remote learning opportunities we provide. Once these guidelines have been shared with us, we will review our current Enhanced Learning Opportunities program and make any adjustments needed to ensure compliance with these new state guidelines.  If modifications to the plan are required, we will share those changes with students and parents as soon as possible.

In the meantime, even though many expected that the school closure period would be extended, it is a hard reality to face.  We recognize that for many staff, parents and students this new reality will only serve to increase anxiety, concern and a yearning for the return to normalcy.  Unfortunately, there is no substitute for the face-to-face, in-person schooling experience and no amount of technology or creativity can ever replace the connections that our students establish when they are physically present in school.  Nonetheless, we will do everything we can to establish and maintain meaningful connections with your children during this extended shutdown period. We can not recreate the school experience that existed in February. We are, however, doing everything we can to adapt that model to meet the unique social, emotional and educational needs of our students while we are unable to be together. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as Holliston Public Schools adjusts to these remarkable, unpredictable and unprecedented events.  

Respectfully,

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


Coronavirus Update #7- Food Service News

Dear Holliston Families:

Holiday Dreams, partnering with Pepperoncini’s of Milford, Anthony's on the Green in Holliston, and the Holliston Public Schools, will offer lunches to families-in-need beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020 through the end of the school closure period.  This program is designed to assist all Holliston families who may have a need, regardless of whether or not you have a child attending the Holliston Public Schools.  As is the case throughout Massachusetts, we will be using a "grab-and-go" method of distribution in line with the Governor's instructions on social distancing.

Curbside pickup will be available at the Miller Elementary School, 235 Woodland Street from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM to any family who does not have any member of their household who is in quarantine or is showing any symptoms of COVID-19.  For those unable to leave their homes, a volunteer will deliver lunch to your doorstep. If you are in need of delivery please email: foodservice@holliston.k12.ma.us by 9:00 PM the night prior.  Please provide the following information: your family name, the number of people in need of lunch and your street address.  This information will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

This lunch program will be available on the following days:

  • Wednesday March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020 (excluding Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and March 22nd)
  • Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, we will go to a three-day per week model (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) where we will distribute/deliver lunch for two days at a time.

Community volunteers and employees of the Holliston Public Schools Food Service program will be staffing this program.  At this time, community volunteers are not needed.  Should this change, we will inform you.  Also, unfortunately, we are not able to accept food donations of any kind. 

For families in need, this lunch program will likely not serve all of your needs.  In these cases, the Holliston Pantry Shelf is ready to help with expanded food delivery services. Please contact them directly for assistance.

Finally, this email is being sent through the distribution system of the Holliston Public Schools and will only reach a subset of our community.  Please distribute this information widely.

All community agencies are working together to support the Holliston community.

Respectfully,

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


Coronavirus Update #6- School Closing Extended through Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear Holliston Parents/Guardians and Staff:

On Sunday evening, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered ALL schools in Massachusetts be CLOSED through (and including) Monday, April 6, 2020.  This means that the Holliston Public Schools will be CLOSED THROUGH MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020.  The earliest date we will be re-opening will be Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Central Office and Building Administrators have been working throughout the weekend to begin to plan for this likely announcement.  Our expectation is that we will begin to provide enhanced learning activities for our students beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  Parents received preliminary information from building principals earlier this weekend and you should expect more information will be forthcoming in the coming days.

In the meantime, it is critical to remember that these are NOT snow days.  The reason the Governor took this extraordinary action is to promote thoughtful social distancing to limit exposure to the Coronavirus for our students and their families.  Please take these recommendations seriously.

Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to react to this rapidly changing set of circumstances.

Respectfully,

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools



Coronavirus Update #5- School Cancellation Notice Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020

 Dear Holliston Parent/Guardians and Staff:

I am writing to inform you that, while there are still no Coronavirus cases reported in Holliston, there are a large number of school districts in our area that are closed tomorrow and next week.  Many of our staff members have children who attend these schools, which will understandably result in an abnormally high level of staff absences. I have concluded that it is unlikely that we would have an adequate number of staff members present to be able to ensure a quality school day tomorrow and over the course of the next week.

As a result, the Holliston Public Schools is cancelling school for Friday, March 13th, Monday, March 16th, Tuesday, March 17th, Wednesday, March 18th and Thursday, March 19th.  Friday March 20th is a scheduled Professional Development Day for teachers. There will be no school for students on that day as well.  A decision regarding the possible cancellation of the PD Day for teachers will be made next week.

The Holliston Extended Day Program will be closed and will not re-open until Monday, March 23, 2020, at the earliest.

In accordance with the current advisories issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Holliston must make up a total of 5 school days lost to either weather or health related conditions.  This means that the last day of school will now be Wednesday, June 24, 2020. All total cancelled days beyond 5 do not have to be made up.

Further information will be shared over the next few days should it become apparent additional school cancellations are required. 

I sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we progress through this unprecedented set of circumstances.

Respectfully,

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools



Coronavirus Update #4- March 12, 2020

Dear Holliston Parent/Guardians and Staff:

On March 10, 2020, Governor Baker announced that executive branch employees should discontinue all out-of-state work-related travel, cancel conferences or hold them virtually, and not attend external work-related conferences, seminars, or events. While schools are not part of the executive branch, the Governor also urged employers and other large organizations to "limit or eliminate non-essential travel" and "limit or eliminate large events where possible."  

In light of this advisory, I am taking several steps to limit possible exposures, particularly from outside elements.  Effective immediately:

1.      All after-school events, concerts, and exhibitions scheduled to take place between March 12, 2020 and Friday, March 20, 2020 are cancelled.  Cancellations are likely to be extended beyond March 20th, but that decision will be made mid-next week.

2.      I am respectfully asking parents who are scheduled to volunteer in our schools between March 12th and March 20th to cancel those plans. 

3.      Any previously-approved use of our school buildings by outside organizations is cancelled for that same time period.

For staff, I am cancelling all attendance at external professional development seminars and conferences through March 19th.  At this time, the Professional Development Day, scheduled for March 20, 2020 will proceed as planned.

As of today, our plans for our middle school and high school spring athletic season are not being changed, in order to allow time for the MIAA and/or Tri-Valley League to make some initial determinations.

As expected, as we receive increased reports of either confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus in some MetroWest communities, public and private institutions are being asked to curb all but essential elements of their operation.  This announcement is aligned with that objective.

Still, this issue continues to evolve at a rapid pace with even more restrictions a distinct possibility. Parents and staff should now begin to consider developing contingency plans should more fundamental changes to our overall operation become necessary.

Respectfully,

 

Bradford L. Jackson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

RAMS News March 2, 2020

posted Mar 2, 2020, 1:20 PM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Mar 4, 2020, 10:01 AM ]


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

March 2, 2020


-RAMS Students of the Month

-2020 Spring MCAS Schedule

-RAMS Track and Field Q&A Night

-HHS Course Recommendations-GR 8 ONLY

-RAMS Admin Podcast-NEW

-Cafeteria Monitor Position-OPEN

-Student Drop-off/Pick-up Reminders

-MS PTO

-HMAPA Fundraiser

-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:


Gr. 6-Autumn Smith, Liam Nolan, Robbie Howell

Gr. 7-Megan Simpson, Vedant Rajeev, Nathan Pirelli

Gr. 8-Calla Gum, Stephen Robinson, Jacob Shoenberg





MCAS Schedule Spring 2020

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2020 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School. Please make note we made one revision in May.  Grade 6 will be completing Math sessions 1 & 2 on May 5 & 7.


RAMS Track and Field Q&A Night- March 4th at 5:30 PM

Mr. Jordan, Mrs. Beattie, and Mrs. McNamara will be hosting an open forum March 4th at 5:30 PM for any parents interested in discussing or learning about the RAMS Track Program, while also providing feedback to Adams about potential improvements to help expand the program.  For example, we are in the process of looking at additional community spaces like Stoddard Park. Please note that these spaces would supplement, not replace, our use of Adams’ fields and the HHS track.  I have received assurance from the high school that RAMS track athletes will be able to utilize the track in the same capacity as they have over the last three years.


For many of our families that are familiar with our track program, HHS track use is constrained by the many and ever expanding high school athletic opportunities that compete for the same space, making track use inconsistent. With smaller numbers of students in the past, we have been able to utilize the HHS track more reliably.  Both the middle school and HHS track programs have grown exponentially. Additionally, the high school has added more spring athletic opportunities.  


As a step, we are pursuing expanded use of the track through small group coaching integration with the HHS track program.  For example, creating distance, sprint, and throw days at HHS for event specific groups. All other students would remain at the middle school during those times.  Lastly, we are exploring our options to build throw areas and line a 200 meter track in the available space at the middle school.


Track and Field registration will open on Monday, March 9 at 9:00am  for Grade 7 & 8 students and remain open for one week. If spots are available we will then open it up to Grade 6 students on Monday, March 16 at 9:00am. More information will be forthcoming regarding registration and a link.


HHS Course Recommendations Info & Parent Night March 4

Over the next month, 8th-grade teachers will be completing recommendations for HHS courses and levels. These recommendations will go out through PowerSchool, and more information will be sent home as we get closer to the date. Please know that these recommendations are based on your child’s current performance in the grade 8 content areas. An override process will be outlined from the high school, and parents are able to override without Grade 8 teacher agreement. While a considerable amount of time and thought goes into your child’s teacher recommendation, you as parents know your child best, and therefore can override by following the high school process. 


The High School will be holding a Program of Studies Night, Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00pm at the HHS Auditorium to review course selection and scheduling.  Please click on the links below for other important High School transition dates and information.


Grade 8 High School Visit Schedule-March 3,4,5

HHS ART I Honors Information

HHS Transition Information/Meetings



RAMS Admin Podcasts-NEW School Safety

Starting this month and running through the end of the school year, RAMS Admin will be taking an additional approach to sharing pertinent information relative to RAMS through the way of Podcasts. On a regular basis, we will be recording Podcasts on a variety of topics that will be shared not only through our RAMS News, but are also found on iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn, and Buzzsprout.  Please be sure to subscribe under any of the following apps to receive our podcasts regularly. 

             


Click on the link below to listen to our second Podcast, on the topic of  School Safety from Principal, David Jordan, Assistant Principal, Jess Beattie, and School Resource Officer, Bryan DiGiorgio.

Podcast-School Safety


Grade 8 Spanish/French Immersion Collaboration

Senora Beltran's eighth grade Spanish classes and French Immersion students have been collaborating on a PBL project focusing on the role of music in learning about cultures in the Caribbean and Latin America. They recently Skype-video interviewed a Haitian musician, Paul Beaubrun, in French and in English about his music and experiences in Haiti. Coming soon during March, both classes will participate in Haitian folkloric dance workshops with Jean Appolon Expressions as well as Latin American folkloric dance workshops with Boston's first female Mariachi singer and performer, Veronica Robles. Workshops will be in French and Spanish. We are excited to invite these experts to our school!  The community will be invited to a final exhibit of student projects later this year. Please stay tuned!  


Cafeteria Monitor Position- Open

We have had a recent opening as a cafeteria monitor. This position is a part time position, from 10:45-12:45 each day, with the responsibility of assisting with supervision of students and cleaning tables in between lunches. It provides an opportunity to engage and interact with our middle school students within our cafeteria setting. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. If you or anyone you know might be interested please contact principal, David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us


Student Pickup/Dropoff

Just a friendly reminder that students must be picked up and dropped off in our parking loops located off of Woodland Street and Linden Street. For student safety, we ask that no pickups or drop offs occur in our main parking lot due to staff and bus vehicle movement.

MS PTO 

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO Meeting will be Tuesday, March 10 at 2:40pm. We look forward to seeing you there. Please check in at the office and they will direct you to where we are meeting.

6th Grade -- Ready, Set, Glow!-- Grade 6 NIGHT EVENT

This year our 6th Grade Carnival will be a Glow Party held on Friday, March 13 from 6:30-8:30 in the Adams gym and cafeteria. This is a fun event for our 6th grade students only. Get ready to play some glow games, enjoy music + glowing food, and hang out with your friends! Tickets are $8 and will be available to purchase during lunch March 10-13. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets cover the cost of admission and games – refreshments will be available for purchase. If you would like to help with this fun night please sign up here!

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.

 

HMAPA Kicks Off Spring Fundraiser

The Holliston Music and Arts Parent Association is kicking off our spring fundraiser “Mrs. Fields Cookies & Tasty Treats” on Monday February 24th with orders due by Friday, March 13th.  Brochures will be distributed to all high school and middle school band, chorus, theater, and art club students and Miller band students beginning on Monday 2/24, so Parents, please check those backpacks!! This year’s catalog includes a variety of pre-portioned Mrs. Field’s cookie dough, Auntie Anne's pretzels, cheesecakes, and other tasty treats.

If you don’t know a selling student, you may view the brochure online by going to www.hollistonmusicandarts.org and place an order by emailing quinans@yahoo.com  All orders will be delivered to the Holliston High School Cafeteria.


The items will be delivered by truck directly to Holliston High School Cafeteria on an evening between Tuesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 29.  We will notify all sellers and direct customers when we have a definite date from the shipper-about one week in advance.

If you have any questions about this fundraiser, please contact Alison Quinan at quinans@yahoo.com or (508) 429-2347


Thank you for supporting the fine and performing arts in our schools by supporting HMAPA!


 

Calendar

March

2 SEPAC Presentation @ 7:00pm RAMS

3 Grade 8 Tours at HHS 11:00am-2:00pm

4 Grade 8 Tours at HHS 11:00am-2:00pm

Parent Night: Track and Field Q&A @ 5:30pm RAMS

                Parent Night: Gr 8 Program of Studies at HHS 7:00pm

5 Grade 8 Tours at HHS 11:00am-2:00pm

10 MS PTO meeting @ 2:40 RAMS

13 Term 2 Ends

                Grade 6 Carnival 6:30pm-8:30pm RAMS Gym

18 Grade 6 Team 1 Harvard Museum Field Trip

20 No School/Professional Development Day

24 Grade 6 Team 2 Harvard Museum Field Trip

26 Grade 8 Washington DC Parent Information Night @ 6:00pm RAMS

27 Grade 6 Team 3 Harvard Museum Field Trip



RAMS News February 15, 2020

posted Feb 15, 2020, 8:29 AM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

February 15, 2020


-2020 Spring MCAS Schedule

-RAMS Track and Field Q&A Night

-Cafeteria Monitor Position-OPEN

-RAMS Admin Podcast-NEW

-HHS Course Recommendations-GR 8 ONLY

-Student Drop-off/Pick-up Reminders

-HMAPA Fundraiser

-MS PTO

-Calendar


MCAS Schedule Spring 2020

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2020 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School


RAMS Track and Field Q&A Night- March 4th at 5:30 PM

Mr. Jordan, Mrs. Beattie, and Mrs. McNamara will be hosting an open forum March 4th at 5:30 PM for any parents interested in discussing or learning about the RAMS Track Program, while also providing feedback to Adams about potential improvements to help expand the program.  For example, we are in the process of looking at additional community spaces like Stoddard Park. Please note that these spaces would supplement, not replace, our use of Adams’ fields and the HHS track.  I have received assurance from the high school that RAMS track athletes will be able to utilize the track in the same capacity as they have over the last three years.


For many of our families that are familiar with our track program, HHS track use is constrained by the many and ever expanding high school athletic opportunities that compete for the same space, making track use inconsistent. With smaller numbers of students in the past, we have been able to utilize the HHS track more reliably.  Both the middle school and HHS track programs have grown exponentially. Additionally, the high school has added more spring athletic opportunities.  


As a step, we are pursuing expanded use of the track through small group coaching integration with the HHS track program.  For example, creating distance, sprint, and throw days at HHS for event specific groups. All other students would remain at the middle school during those times.  Lastly, we are exploring our options to build throw areas and line a 200 meter track in the available space at the middle school.


Cafeteria Monitor Position- Open

We have had a recent opening as a cafeteria monitor. This position is a part-time position, from 10:45-12:45 each day, with the responsibility of assisting with the supervision of students and cleaning tables in between lunches. It provides an opportunity to engage and interact with our middle school students within our cafeteria setting. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. If you or anyone you know might be interested please contact principal, David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us


RAMS Admin Podcasts-NEW

Starting this month and running through the end of the school year, RAMS Admin will be taking an additional approach to sharing pertinent information relative to RAMS through the way of Podcasts. On a regular basis, we will be recording Podcasts on a variety of topics that will be shared not only through our RAMS News, but are also found on iTunes, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.  Click on the link below to listen to our first Podcast, on the topic of PLG and Mindfulness from Principal, David Jordan, and School Adjustment Counselor, Gretchen Powers.

Podcast 1-PLG & Mindfulness


HHS Course Recommendations-8th Grade only

Over the next month, 8th-grade teachers will be completing recommendations for HHS courses and levels. These recommendations will go out through PowerSchool, and more information will be sent home as we get closer to the date. Please know that these recommendations are based on your child’s current performance in the grade 8 content areas. An override process will be outlined from the high school, and parents are able to override without Grade 8 teacher agreement. While a considerable amount of time and thought goes into your child’s teacher recommendation, you as parents know your child best, and therefore can override by following the high school process. 


Parents will receive notification in early March and be able to reference in time for the Program of Studies Night.  Please click on the links below for important High School transition dates and information.

HHS ART I Honors Information

HHS Transition Information/Meetings


Student Pickup/Dropoff

Just a friendly reminder that students must be picked up and dropped off in our parking loops located off of Woodland Street and Linden Street. For student safety, we ask that no pickups or drop-offs occur in our main parking lot due to staff and bus vehicle movement.


HMAPA Kicks Off Spring Fundraiser

The Holliston Music and Arts Parent Association is kicking off our spring fundraiser “Mrs. Fields Cookies & Tasty Treats” on Monday, February 24th with orders due by Friday, March 13th.  Brochures will be distributed to all high school and middle school band, chorus, theater, and art club students and Miller band students beginning on Monday 2/24, so Parents, please check those backpacks!! This year’s catalog includes a variety of pre-portioned Mrs. Field’s cookie dough, Auntie Anne's pretzels, cheesecakes, and other tasty treats.

If you don’t know a selling student, you may view the brochure online by going to www.hollistonmusicandarts.org and place an order by emailing quinnans@yahoo.com  All orders will be delivered to the Holliston High School Cafeteria.


The items will be delivered by truck directly to Holliston High School Cafeteria on an evening between Tuesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 29.  We will notify all sellers and direct customers when we have a definite date from the shipper-about one week in advance.

If you have any questions about this fundraiser, please contact Alison Quinan at quinans@yahoo.com or (508) 429-2347


Thank you for supporting the fine and performing arts in our schools by supporting HMAPA!


MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO Meeting will be Tuesday, March 10 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.

6th Grade Carnival

Our 6th Grade Carnival will be held on Friday, March 13 from 6:30-8:30 in the Adams gym and cafeteria. This is a fun event for our 6th grade students only. We will have music, games, and food! More information to follow.

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

Feb

17-21 Vacation Week/No School

 

March

2 SEPAC Presentation @ 7:00pm RAMS

3 Grade 8 Tours at HHS 11:00am-2:00pm

4 Grade 8 Tours at HHS 11:00am-2:00pm

Parent Night: Track and Field Q&A @ 5:30pm RAMS

5 Grade 8 Tours at HHS 11:00am-2:00pm

10 MS PTO meeting @ 2:40 RAMS

13 Term 2 Ends

                Grade 6 Carnival 6:30pm-8:30pm RAMS Gym

18 Grade 6 Team 1 Harvard Museum Field Trip

20 No School/Professional Development Day

24 Grade 6 Team 2 Harvard Museum Field Trip

26 Grade 8 Washington DC Parent Information Night @ 6:00pm RAMS

27 Grade 6 Team 3 Harvard Museum Field Trip



RAMS News February 3, 2020

posted Feb 4, 2020, 6:11 AM by Jessica Beattie   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 7:11 AM ]

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

February 3, 2020


-2020 Spring MCAS Schedule

-RAMS Students of the Month

-Midterm Grades

-Cafeteria Monitor Position-OPEN

-HHS Course Recommendations-GR 8 ONLY

-MS PTO

-Calendar


MCAS Schedule Spring 2020

It is that time of year! Please use the following link to view the Spring 2020 MCAS Schedule for Robert Adams Middle School


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 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:


Gr. 6-Caroline Ehret, Sarah Nemiri, Paige Gimblett

Gr 7- Meredith Cruz, Greta Wolfgang, Shayna Wilcox

Gr 8- Olivia Bloecher, Taylor Lambe, Pranav Govindarajan 


Cafeteria Monitor Position- Open

We have had a recent opening as a cafeteria monitor. This position is a part-time position, from 10:45-12:30 each day, with the responsibility of assisting with the supervision of students and cleaning tables in between lunches. It provides an opportunity to engage and interact with our middle school students within our cafeteria setting. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. If you or anyone you know might be interested please contact principal, David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us


Term 2 Midterm Updates

Just as a reminder that we are at the halfway point for Term 2 and we encourage you, along with your child to review their grades and assignments in PowerSchool.  Teachers have been instructed to make sure that all grades from the first half of the term have been updated so that parents and students have an accurate image of their first half of Term 2. Please always feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor with any questions.


HHS Course Recommendations-8th Grade only

Over the next month, 8th-grade teachers will be completing recommendations for HHS courses and levels. These recommendations will go out through PowerSchool, and more information will be sent home as we get closer to the date. Please know that these recommendations are based on your child’s current performance in the grade 8 content areas. An override process will be outlined from the high school, and parents are able to override without Grade 8 teacher agreement. While a considerable amount of time and thought goes into your child’s teacher recommendation, you as parents know your child best, and therefore can override by following the high school process. 


Parents will receive notification in early March and be able to reference in time for the Program of Studies Night.  Please click on the links below for important High School transition dates and information.

HHS ART I Honors Information

HHS Transition Information/Meetings



MS PTO News

Townwide PTO Meeting

Our next Townwide PTO meeting will be Monday, Feb. 10th at 7:00pm at the Holliston HS library. Please join us!

 

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

Feb

17-21 Vacation Week/No School

 


RAMS News January 3, 2020

posted Jan 3, 2020, 1:31 PM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

January 3, 2020


-All School Dance: January 10

-Admin Virtual Coffee Talk

-Gr 8 Parent/Student information Night at HHS

-Nature’s Classroom Reminder

-Johns Hopkins Program-Gr 7

-MS PTO

-Calendar


Upcoming School Dance

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 dance attire is casual, just wear some or all white. Tickets will be sold at lunch the week of the dance, but will not be sold at the door. All proceeds made from ticket sales are donated to the Relay for Life Foundation.


First Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting their second virtual parent coffee talk of the year on Wednesday, January 8 at 4:30 PM.  This upcoming Virtual Coffee Talk will focus on Standards Based Grading.  We will use this time to provide you information on the reasoning behind Standards Based Grading, and how the current practices here at Adams, as well as answer any questions that you have relative to this topic. 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 for future viewing.


Holliston High School 8th Grade Open House

The 8th Grade Open house is scheduled for January 15 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.  


Nature’s Classroom

Just a friendly reminder that the Nature’s Classroom second payment of $200 is due on January 3.  We still have 40 outstanding packets, not returned. If you are interested in sending your child on the trip but have yet to return your packet, please send it with the payment to our Main Office as soon as possible. If you prefer an online method of payment, please go to www.townofholliston.us. Once on the homepage click on “online bills”, select “school payments”, then click on “Adams Middle School” for the Nature’s Classroom payment link.



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


MS PTO News

Ski & Snowboard Club starts this week!

For those already signed up, Ski/Snowboard Club start this Thursday, January 2. Arrive at 3:30 for check-in and to pick up ski passes. Buses return to Adams at 9:00pm. Please see email from adamsskicoordinator@gmail.com for details.

 

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8:40am. 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

Jan

7 MS PTO meeting at 8:40 am at RAMS

8 Admin Virtual Coffee Talk @ 4:30PM

10 NHS All School Winter White Out Dance 6:30-9:00pm @ RAMS

15 Art/Computer Science Semester Switch

                Grade 8 Open House @ Holliston High School 6:00-7:30pm

17 Professional Day/No School for Students

20 No School Martin Luther King Day

22 Grade 7 Middle of the Middle

27-1 Academic Bowl

 


RAMS News December 15, 2019

posted Dec 17, 2019, 12:06 PM by Jessica Beattie


What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

December 15, 2019


-RAMS Pit Crew- January Course

-Admin Virtual Coffee Talk

-Gr 8 Parent/Student information Night at HHS

-HW Free Vacation/Main Office Closed

-Nature’s Classroom Reminder

-Johns Hopkins Program-Gr 7

-Laps at Lunch-volunteers 

-MS PTO

-Calendar


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


Math Levels Parent Information 

For those that were unable to attend the Math Parent Night held on December 5, regarding our upcoming level changes, below is the link to our full presentation.  If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to reach out to David Jordan jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us, Jess Beattie beattiej@holliston.k12.ma.us, or Alicia Multer multera@holliston.k12.ma.us


Math Parent Night Presentation



First Virtual Parent Coffee Talk

Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie will be hosting their second virtual parent coffee talk of the year on Wednesday, January 8 at 4:30 PM.  This upcoming Virtual Coffee Talk will focus on Standards Based Grading.  We will use this time to provide you information on the reasoning behind Standards Based Grading, and how the current practices here at Adams, as well as answer any questions that you have relative to this topic. 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 for future viewing.



Holliston High School 8th Grade Open House

The 8th Grade Open house is scheduled for January 15 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.  


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.


Nature’s Classroom

Just a friendly reminder that the Nature’s Classroom second payment of $200 is due on January 3.  We still have 40 outstanding packets, not returned. If you are interested in sending your child on the trip but have yet to return your packet, please send it with the payment to our 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


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

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.

 

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8:40am. 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

Dec

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

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

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

19 Gr 6-8 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


Jan

1 New Year’s Day/No School

7 MS PTO meeting at 8:40 am at RAMS

10 NHS All School Glow Dance 6:30-9:00pm @ RAMS

15 Grade 8 Open House @ Holliston High School 6:00-7:30pm


We wish you a wonderful and restful vacation!


 


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


 


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