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March 1, 2021

posted Mar 1, 2021, 5:09 PM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

March 1, 2021

-RAMS Pool Testing

-RAMS Students of the Month

-MIT STEM Opportunity

-Physical Science Lab Opportunity-Gr 8 ONLY

-RAMS Yearbook Information

-RAMS Student Playlist


RAMS COVID Pool Testing Update

Our first day of pool testing was VERY successful!! RAMS will continue pilot testing the COVID Pool Testing through the month of March. Please see the link below that was emailed to families last week. Testing will take place ONLY with students and staff who have signed consent.  They will be testing on the following days starting at 8:10 am:

Cohort A: March 1 & March 15

Cohort B: March 10 & 24

If you have any questions regarding Pool Testing please do not hesitate to reach out Jen Olsen at or Kim Byda at

Pool Testing Information & Video

RAMS Students of the Month

A BIG congratulations to our RAMS Students of the Month for February!!  They will all receive a letter of recognition and certificate, along with their letter posted to our main lobby bulletin board.  Keep up the great work RAMS Students!!

Grade 6: Josie Henson, Ellie Granfors, Srivalli Kuragayala

Grade7:  Maylea Harris, Bella Utke, Robin Cressotti

Grade 8: Wyatt Listewnik, Nathan Pirelli, Aidan Carlson

MIT Stem Opportunity for Gr 7 & 8 students-March 13-27

MIT's program for 7th and 8th graders this March 13-27th includes, among dozens of classes, The Science of Happiness, Combating Perfectionism: Learning to Fail, Cellular Automata, Fusion Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Racism, Introduction to the Stock Market & Cryptocurrency, Intro Cardiology, how the heart  beats and breaks, Intro to Electronics, Fibonacci Numbers! Featuring Recursion, Somewhat Obscure Greek Mythology and mRNA vaccine turning people into mutants? 


Here are the sites for registration and the list of classes. It is a lottery system, and the deadline for registration for the lottery is Thursday, March 4, 2021.


Courses --


Spark has become MIT’s largest annual teaching and learning extravaganza for middle-schoolers! The 2021 iteration of Spark will be a virtual, extended version of the program. For three Saturdays this March, middle schoolers like you will flood Zoom to take classes, taught by MIT students, on anything and everything. Come be a part of this iconic MIT event!

Spark is fully student-run by MIT ESP. Virtual Spark will extend Spark over 3 Saturdays from March 13 to March 27. Each day will be 5 hours long, with a morning session from 11am to 1pm, a 1 hour lunch break from 1pm to 2pm, and an afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm (all in EST).

Introductory Physical Science Lab Opportunity-Grade 8 Only

Starting in term 3, March 23rd, we will be offering an introductory physical science lab program open to all 8th grade students that will run as an elective from 1:30-2:33 on select cohort days each week.  Using the IPS curriculum as the foundation, students will engage in rigorous hands-on and authentic physical science lab experiments.

Days Offered:

  • Cohort A: Mondays and Tuesdays; 1:30-2:33

  • Cohort B: Wednesdays and Thursdays.

This offering is an in-person offering only.  If your student is interested in being a part of the program, please complete the IPS Lab Interest Survey.

RAMS Yearbook

It is about that time! We are beginning to put together our 2021 RAMS Yearbook. Below is a link for you to help submit candid photos of your child and friends to our yearbook.  Stay tuned for information on when and how to order.

Yearbook Picture Submissions

RAMS Playlist

We are continuing to bring a little fun to middle school life. We have recently begun creating a student/staff playlist. We LOVE playing your favorite songs as our day kicks off from 7:55-8:10, and other times of transition.  Please continue to add "school appropriate" songs to our playlist. 

RAMS Playlist Form



1 Pool Testing-Cohort A

2 RAMS Faculty Meeting @ 2:45

10 Pool Testing-Cohort B

15 Pool Testing-Cohort A

19 Early Release @ 11:00/Staff Professional Development

24 Pool Testing-Cohort B