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RAMS News March 1, 2017

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:42 PM by David Jordan

Social Media Night

Robert Adams Middle School will be hosting a Social Media Night for parents on March 7th following the screening of Screenagers.  The viewing of Screenagers is not a prerequisite for attendance.  The evening will focus on many of the challenges and concerns presented in Screenagers, answering any questions that parents may have.  Additionally, we will review some recommendations for parents based on what we see at Adams.

Adams highly encourages parents to attend this event.  Our children are living a world on line that many of us are completely unaware of.  We hope that this evening will are you as the parent with the resources to guide your student.

The Social Media Night will consist of a panel discussion and Q&A from:

  • David Jordan, Assistant Principal at Adams

  • Brenda Maurao, Assistant Principal at Miller and middle school parent

  • Gretchen Powers, Adams Adjustment Counselor/Social Worker and HHS Parent

  • John Powers, Adams 6th Grade Counselor and HHS Parent

  • Angela Gavan, Adams 7th Grade Counselor

  • Jess Beattie, Adams 8th Grade Counselor

When:  March 7, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where:  Robert Adams Middle School Auditorium

Following the Social Media Night, Dr. Botelho and Mr. Jordan will be hosting a Virtual Coffee Talk to address any further questions about student technology use.

Social Media Night Parent Survey

Parents, please fill out the following two question survey to help us understand parents’ needs/questions around their students’ use of technology.

Social Media Parent Survey

Athletics: Track and Field

Track and Field sign ups are now open for 7th and 8th graders!  High Jump, Long Jump, Hurdles, Discus, Javelin, Shot Put, Relays, Sprints or Distance.   There is an event for you.  We are looking to repeat our boys and girls Massachusetts State Championship from last year.  If you have any questions feel free to ask Mr. Kwas or Mr. Rollins.  Spots are filling up quick.  Last year we had 100 athletes! 7th and 8th grade priority registration ends on Wednesday, March 1st.

6th grade registrations will be accepted starting March 2nd.


In response to the increase in drug and opioid use in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention” (H. No. 4056). Among its many components, this law mandates that school districts annually conduct verbal substance abuse screenings in two grade levels.

In compliance with this new law and in order to help prevent students from starting to use substances, or intervene with early use, the Holliston Public Schools will be conducting an interview-based screening for 7th grade students around the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. The screening will occur the week of March 20.  This screening will follow the SBIRT protocol (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will utilize the CRAFFT screening tool, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Substance Abuse. Student screening sessions will be brief (approximately 5 minutes) and conducted confidentially and in private by the school nurse or a guidance counselor who has been specially trained to conduct the screening. Healthy life choices will be reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or is at risk for future substance use. If needed, the student will be referred to our adjustment counselor for further evaluation. Results of the screening will not be included in your student’s school record.

As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of this screening. If you wish to do so, please notify Dr. Botelho in writing via email at, ideally prior to March10.  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.

Neuroscience tells us that the developing adolescent brain is at particular risk for addiction, so intervening early, before a substance-use disorder develops, is key to the life-long health of our students.  While no single screening or intervention will have 100% success, we welcome the opportunity to increase the chances that our students will remain safe and substance-free.

Holliston High School Program of Studies Night

On March 8, 2017, the 8th grade parents/guardians should plan to attend the Program of Studies night focusing on course selections and the scheduling process.  At this time, you will have an opportunity to meet the high school department leaders and clarify any questions you may have regarding your student's course offerings.


March 3 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 2

March 3 Grade 7 Culture Connections: Chariot of the Sun

March 7 Social Media Night @6:30 PM-7:30 PM in RAMS Auditorium

March 8 Grade 8 Program of Studies Night at HHS 7-9PM

March 8 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 1

March 10 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 3

March 17 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/Professional Development Day

March 20 Grade 7 SBIRT Screening in Social Studies Classes