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RAMS News March 17, 2018

posted Mar 17, 2018, 6:37 AM by Jessica Beattie

In this edition of RAMS NEWS March 17, 2018

MCAS Schedule Spring 2018- Revised Schedule

On March 15, we conducted an MCAS Infrastructure/Practice Test with all students in grades 6-8. This provided students the opportunity to practice the online test features while testing our infrastructure. Based on this test we made adjustments to our MCAS Schedule. We will no longer be having all three grades testing on the same day. Please see revised schedule below.

In addition, please remind your child to charge their Chromebook each night prior to MCAS testing, get lots of rest, and a good breakfast!

Revised Spring 2018 MCAS Schedule

8th Grade Shadow Day at HHS-April 10

Due to the overwhelming participation response, we have made significant changes to the Shadow Day Program this year.  The Holliston High School Shadowing Program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 11:30-2:00 .  Participating RAMS Students will be provided busing to the High School from the middle school, where they will eat lunch together, attend a Q & A session, and then shadow an HHS student until dismissal. Upon dismissal RAMS students will either take their bus home, be picked up, or walk. Please be sure to note what your child will do at dismissal on the registration form. Students who are interested in attending this program will need to register using the link below by Wednesday, April 5.  

Those students who are not interested in attending will participate in typical school day here at RAMS.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Gavan at

Shadow Day Registration link:

Holliston PTO Parent Ed: Screening of Beyond Measure

Join us on Thursday, March 22 @ 7:00 pm in the Adams Auditorium. Hear from students, Dr. Jackson, Mr. Jordan, and Mrs. Peters about what is happening in our schools. Watch the movie and draw your own conclusions.

Please join School Committee members in the foyer before this event to chat about the proposed school budget or discuss any other questions or concerns you might have. School Committee members will be available 6-6: 55 pm

SEPAC Parent Ed: MCAS, MCAS-Alt, Progress Reports and Report Cards - What does it all mean?


Join us on Monday, March 26 @ 7:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose room at Adams for a panel discussion. Students with disabilities must participate in some form of standardized testing, either the MCAS, MCAS with accommodations or MCAS- Alternative Assessment Portfolio. The requirements of each, both on the student and their Team, can be daunting. In addition, the implications as to what type of testing the student takes can influence graduation (ie. diploma / non-diploma). Add to that progress reports and report cards and it can at times be confusing as to what each means in relation to the student's individual progress. This panel will hopefully explain, demystify and allow for some open conversation and questions about this topic. Parents are encouraged to email Victoria Briggs ( and Elina Robinson ( with questions prior to the event.

Victoria Briggs, District BCBA
Meg Camire, Student Services Director
Amanda Matcheson, BASIS Special Educator, Holliston High School

Kelly Camp, Student Services Director, Adams Middle School

Lydia Shields, Networks Special Educator, Miller Elementary School

Peter Vautier, Networks Special Educator, Holliston High School

RAMS Parent Night- Helping our Middle Schoolers Cope

The current event topics that our students face today can be difficult to explain and make many adults cringe.  Social media brings these conversations to our students and it falls to parents and teachers to help explain the tough topics and answer the questions that are asked.

Please join our school counselors on March 27th at 6:30 pm in the Robert Adams Multi-purpose room for "Helping our Middle Schoolers Cope: Tips for talking to your children about tragedy" a discussion night for parents and counselors.

SBIRT Grade 7 Students Rescheduled to March 27

Due to recent snow days, we had to reschedule the SBIRT screening to Tuesday, March 27.

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

In compliance with this new law and in order to help prevent students from starting to use substances, or intervene with early use, the Holliston Public Schools will be conducting an interview-based screening for 7th grade students around the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. The screening will occur on March 27 with all 7th graders.  This screening will follow the SBIRT protocol (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will utilize the CRAFFT screening tool, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Substance Abuse. Student screening sessions will be brief (approximately 5 minutes) and conducted confidentially and in private by the school nurse or a guidance counselor who has been specially trained to conduct the screening. Healthy life choices will be reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or is at risk for future substance use. If needed, the student will be referred to our adjustment counselor for further evaluation. Results of the screening will not be included in your student’s school record.

As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of this screening. If you wish to do so, please notify Mr. Jordan in writing via email at, ideally prior to March 26.  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.

Spring Musical- Wonka (April 6-8)

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the Robert Adams Middle School stage in this fantastical tale. Featuring some of the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder. Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical with lots of special effects and is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. Don't miss the Re-Act Player's Willy Wonka on Friday, April 6th @ 7pm, Saturday, April 7th @ 2pm and 7pm and Sunday, April 8th @ 2pm. Tickets are available at Coffee Haven and Kamala's beginning on March 12th. Tickets will also be available for students in the Cafeteria during the week of March 26th. Get your tickets early as it's sure to be a sellout. We will also be selling Raffle tickets for Gift baskets, so you could even find your own Golden Ticket!

Term 2 Grades

As Term 2 comes to a close, we will be shutting down the access to the report card and progress report features within the iPass Parent Portal from Tuesday, March 20 to Tuesday, March 27. This will allow teachers the opportunity to finalize the Term 2 grades for their students.  We will be issuing online report cards as we did for Term 1. More information will be forthcoming, as the report cards are completed and ready for viewing. It is our intention to have report cards available Wednesday, March 28 on iPass.


RAMS Student Yearbook

Attention parents and students: If you would like to purchase a yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year, please click on the link below.

RAMS Yearbook

Laps-at-Lunch- Parent -Volunteers Needed!!

Our Laps-at-Lunch initiative has been a huge success!  Students are loving the opportunity to go outside when weather permits or walk in the gym during the cold wintery months. 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 consider signing up using the link below. To volunteer, parents will need a CORI on file, which can be filled out in the RAMS front office.

Laps at Lunch Sign up


March 19 Term 2 Ends

March 21 Grade 6 Harvard Museum Field Trip Team 3

March 22 Screening & Discussion- Beyond Measure @ 7:00pm RAMS Auditorium

March 23 Special Olympics @ Medway Middle School 9:00-1:00

March 26 Musical Preview Shows in school

March 26 SEPAC Event: MCAS, MCAS Alts, Progress Reports, and Report Cards @ RAMS 7-9:00pm

March 27 SBIRT Grade 7

Parent Night- Helping Middle Schoolers Cope @ 6:30pm RAMS

March 28 Term 2 Report Cards available on Ipass

March 30 No School/Good Friday

April 3-6 MCAS ELA Grades 6-8

April 6-8 Musical- Wonka

April 10 8th Grade Shadow Day at HHS