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RAMS News May 1, 2018

posted May 1, 2018, 2:41 PM by Jessica Beattie

What’s new in this edition of RAMS News

May 1, 2018

                - MCAS Update

- Parent Ed: Cyberbullying, texting, social media

- Art & Jazz Festival

- 2019 DC Trip Registration: Gr 7 Parents

- SEPAC Event: Assistive Technology in Schools

- MS PTO News

-Summer Volleyball Clinic

                - Calendar Events

MCAS Schedule

Just a reminder that the MCAS Math (Gr 6-8) and Science (Gr 8 only) testing sessions will begin next week.  Please refer to the MCAS Schedule for all dates for students in grades 6-8.

Parent Ed: Cyberbullying, texting, social media, and the consequences.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 1 at  7-9pm at the RAMS library to hear Camila Barrera of Prevention Partnerships for Youth, Inc, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.

New studies are showing that smartphones are keeping us in a constant state of stress that can have serious consequences on our social lives, anxiety levels, mental health and general well-being. As we heard from Joani Geltman in her compelling presentation on cell phone addiction at the end of January, there are far greater risks for teens as the adolescent brain is not fully developed.

Camila will be joined by local chiropractor Howard Goldberg, to discuss postural effects of being always-on. Howard will offer some basic exercises to combat postural defects caused by the forward head position to use a cell phone and join a panel with Nurse Practitioner Darlene Vittori, Officer Bryan DiGiorgio, HPD, and Lieutenant Chad Thompson, HPD to answer questions you may have on this issue. We hope you will join us.

Art and Jazz Festival

The Art & Jazz Festival has made its return! Please join us on May 14th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the RAMS library. Mr. Grina, Ms. Abalutzk and Mrs. Hebert invite all RAMS families for a coffee-house style evening full of amazing art, music, and food. We are in need of food, water bottle, plastic tablecloths and dry good donations for this event. Please send in or drop off donations in the office on 5/14.Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you and your families at the event!

Grade 7 Parents- DC Trip Sign-ups 2018-2019

Attention parents of current 7th graders: We (Mr. Perry & Mr. Conant) are excited to have begun our plans for the April 2019 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C. This is our second year as co-coordinators and are looking forward to it again! The dates for the next trip will be scheduled during April Vacation from April 14-17, 2019 (Sunday-Wednesday). This trip is a Holliston tradition offered exclusively to our Grade Eight students. We welcome this opportunity for our students to experience Washington, D.C. with their friends and classmates. We hope it will provide many memories along with instilling a sense pride and civic engagement for the students.  
On Tuesday, May 1 we are speaking with the 7th graders about the trip. They will be taking home a number of items related to the trip. However, and VERY IMPORTANT-this year we are asking parents to sign up electronically using the Google Form included below. If your daughter/son is planning on attending the trip this needs to be completed at your earliest convenience.
Thank you in advance. Please contact either Mr. Perry or Mr. Conant if you have any questions or concerns.
DC Trip Registration

SEPAC Event- What does Assistive Technology in the school setting look like?

Please join us on Monday, May 14th @ 7 pm at Adams Middle School Multi-Purpose Room 109.  With Chromebooks being more readily available to all students, how is it used in the school setting?  What assistive technology is available to all children as well as students with more individualized, including those requiring augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  From tier 1 -> tier 2 -> tier 3 of AAC? What does it look like in the school setting and how can I partner with educators to support my student in accessing and generalizing skills?

Panel of speakers:

Carol Dicruttalo, Student Services Administrator, Placentino Elementary School

Becky Hakanson, SLP/AAC Consultant from Accept Collaborative

Adam Steiner, Technology Integration Specialist, Adams Middle School and Miller Elementary

Heather Nunes, SLP, Placentino Elementary School

Krissy Gilbert, Special Education Teacher, Miller Elementary School

Marie Reggio, SLP, Adams Middle School


Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11

The MS PTO will be seeking volunteers to contribute or help out with treats and events next week to honor our wonderful RAMS teachers.  Keep an eye out for the Signup Genius email asking for help.

8th Grade Community Service Day May 23

Our 8th Grade Community Service Day is fast approaching.  All 8th graders, along with their teachers and parent chaperones, disperse all over Holliston and beyond to beautify and organize their community.  Then they return for an outdoor lunch. 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.

RAMS Volleyball Summer Clinic



May 1 Parent Ed: Cyberbullying, sexting, social media, and the consequences.


May 7 Math MCAS- Gr 8

May 7-11         Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8 Math MCAS- Gr 6 & 7

        MS PTO Meeting 8:00 AM at RAMS Teachers Cafe

May 9 Math MCAS- Gr 8

May 10         Math MCAS- Gr 6 & 7

May 14         RAMS Art & Jazz Night @ 6:00-8:00 PM at RAMS

May 14         SEPAC Event- Assistive Technology @ 7:00 PM at RAMS

May 15         Science MCAS-Gr 8

May 16         Science MCAS- Gr 8

May 22         Gr. 8 Culture Connection- Midsummer Night’s Dream @ 8:00am

May 23         Gr 8 Community Service Day(rain date 5/31)

May 28         No School/Memorial Day