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RAMS News November 1, 2018

posted Nov 2, 2018, 1:09 PM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • PowerSchool- Automated Attendance calls

  • MS Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

  • Metrowest Adolescent Health Risk Survey Gr 6-8

  • Grade 7 SBIRT

  • Grade 7 Mood Check

  • MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Gr 6-8

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Information

  • Johns Hopkins Program

  • RAMS Wrestling

  • Fundraising Events

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events

PowerSchool Information

Just a reminder that we are still collecting all Emergency Information. If you have not done so already, please be sure to log into PowerSchool and update all of your child’s information so we have current phone numbers, addresses, and emails.

Notification System for Attendance-NEW

Beginning next week, we will be utilizing our new automated attendance calling system through Bright Arrow. This system will alert any parent/guardian with an automated message via phone, text, and email if you have not called the school to verify your child’s absence or tardy.

When your child is tardy or absent please either call and leave a message (508) 429-0657 press option 3,  or new starting November 5, you can email us at

Middle School Pit Crew- Pilot Computer Science Course

Starting in January, the halfway split between Art and Tech Ed, we will be piloting a Computer Science Course in 7th and 8th grade similar to the Pit Crew at Holliston High School.  The Middle School Pit Crew will be 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 the students’ existing electives.

If your student would be interested in participating, please fill out the following interest survey.

Middle School Pit Crew Interest Form

MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (Gr. 6-8)

Attention Parents: Students in grades 6-8 will be asked to participate in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey on November 14. Students at the Robert Adams Middle School have been participating in this survey since 2006. This survey is administered in the surrounding towns with the purpose of collecting data regarding students attitudes and behaviors with a variety of health issues.  This survey is optional, and a copy of the survey for the parents to view will be in the Main Office Monday, November 5-Friday, November 9. As with any survey, you have the right to opt your child out. Please see the link below for more information and the form to opt out should you wish to do so for your child.  If you have questions regarding the implementation and/or information on the survey, feel free to contact Gennie Guellnitz at ext 1419.

MWHRS Parent Letter/Opt out

SBIRT Screening for Grade 7 Students

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 November 7th 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 Mrs. Guellnitz in writing via email at, ideally by November 5  Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all the screening questions.

Grade 7 Mood Check

We are pleased to announce the second year of Mood Check: Holliston, a depression prevention initiative supported by the Holliston Public Schools and directed by Tracy Gladstone, a licensed clinical psychologist from the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College.  The comprehensive depression screening program that serves Holliston students in grade 7 will occur the week of November 13th-16th.  Dr. Gladstone and members of her Team will be holding an information session about Mood Check: Holliston, SOS Program on Tuesday, November 6th, at 7pm in the Holliston High School auditorium.  Please see the following link for the full details of the screening.

Mood Check Holliston Parent Letter

Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

Just a reminder that the Nature’s Classroom Packet of forms is to be filled out and the $200 deposit to secure your child’s spot at Nature's Classroom is due by Friday, November 9.  

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

Fall One Acts- November 2 & 3

Don’t miss an evening of One Acts by the Robert Adams Middle School Re-Act Players. There is something fun for everyone. The first play, Time In/Time Out is about a group of students from both the late '60s and the 90’s suffering through "time-out" suspension in school. Look out “Breakfast Club", here comes the Re-Act Players.  What pursues is sure to be entertaining.

The second play, Twice Upon a Time is about three whimsical witches whose spells go awry, and suddenly princesses come out of nowhere. But the fun doesn’t end there. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see who shows up next!

From the same people who brought you Willy Wonka, this evening is sure to be a hit!

Performances are on Friday, November 2nd at 7pm and Saturday November 3rd at 7pm at the Robert Adams Middle School. Tickets are $10 and available at Coffee Haven, Kamala and at the door.


RAMS Wrestling Registration and Information

Registration for our Wrestling team for students in grades 6-8 is currently available. Please click link below for more information.

RAMS Wrestling Parent Information Letter

MS PTO News:

Fall Fundraiser – The Final Stretch

No orders first half? No problem! 4+ orders online or $40 cash donation between 10/25 and midnight Monday 11/5 qualifies to Spin the Prize Wheel for cash prizes during lunch on Friday 11/9! And 6+ orders or $60 cash donation qualifies for one of four $50 VISA Gift Card drawings! Plus the PIG RACES are coming for homerooms with 25% or more participation 11/9, too!  Go to to get started, and then your child’s homeroom teacher. Get those online orders in!

Cash donations instead are always welcome - 100% of your donation goes directly to the Holliston Middle School PTO programs. Every $10 donation counts as one order and must be delivered to the school office by 8am Tuesday, 11/6. Contact Christine Clarke, or Maura Marczewski with questions.


6th Grade Dance Lessons start this week!

The popular 6-week dance lesson program for 6th graders is back! These lessons are known as a rite of passage for Adams Middle School students...just ask any older middle school or high school student!  Lessons start Thursday, November 1. It’s not too late to sign up!

Become a member of the Holliston PTO – visit to join.

To add your name to the MS PTO general volunteer list, contact Patty Baribeau, MS PTO, Volunteer Coordinator at


November 1 Grade 6 Dance Lessons @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 2-3         Fall One Acts at 7:00 PM RAMS Auditorium

November 5 Gr. 7 SBIRT Screening

November 6 No School for students/Professional Development Day for Teachers

November 6 Parent Info Night: Mood Check; 7PM @HHS

November 7 SBIRT screening Grade 7

November 8        6th Grade Dance Lessons at 6:30pm RAMS Cafeteria

November 9        Fall Fundraiser Pig Races and Spin the Wheel!

November 12         No School/Veterans Day

November 13-16 Gr. 7 Mood Check Screening

November 14         Metrowest Adolescent Health Screening (gr 6-8)

November 15       6th Grade Dance Lesson @ 6:30 PM RAMS Cafeteria

November 16         Gr. 6 Team 2 Mcauliffe Space Center Field Trip

November 21         Turkey Trot/Early Dismissal @ 10:30 am

November 22-23 Thanksgiving Break