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RAMS News October 15, 2018

posted Oct 15, 2018, 11:36 AM by Jessica Beattie

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

  • Mid Term Supplementaries

  • School Pictures Retakes

  • RAMS Therapy Dog Pilot Program

  • Metrowest Adolescent Health Risk Survey Gr 6-8

  • RAMS Counselors Parent Night

  • Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

  • Fundraising Events

  • MS PTO Information

  • Calendar Events

Mid term Supplementaries

It is hard to believe, but we have reached the midway point of Term 1.  Parents and students should log into PowerSchool to view grades. Please encourage your child to check in with their teachers should they have questions regarding grades. Additionally if you are having difficulty accessing PowerSchool please reach out to Mrs. McNamara at

School Pictures-Retakes

Picture retakes will be held on Wednesday, October 24th beginning at 7:45 am. For those students who were absent on Picture Day or need a retake, please be sure to bring your picture forms and/or pictures.  Students will be called down by grade to complete the photo process. If you need a new form please go to


Pilot Program- RAMS Therapy Dogs

Starting Monday October 22, two therapy dogs will begin coming to the school to work with specific individual students and small groups identified by staff.  The parents of those students have already been notified.

The two dogs belong to Marie Reggio, RAMS Speech and Language Therapist.  Their names are Addie and Drover. Both dogs are Australian Labradoodles and will be working with their handler at all times.  They will enter and exit through the back of the building in order to decrease interaction with students that are not interested in interacting with dogs, or may be fearful or allergic to dogs. Drover and Addie will remain in Mrs. Reggio’s office for the majority of the day, and students will typically come to her office for visits.  The dogs will be leashed on a 4 foot or shorter leash whenever they are interacting with students and/or moving throughout the building.

Though the dogs are hypoallergenic, Drover and Addie will be regularly groomed to prevent dander/shedding.  Interacting with the dogs will be on a voluntary basis and require consent from parents.

If you have any questions about this pilot program, please email Marie Reggio at  


RAMS Counselors Parent Night

Please join our counselors as they chat and answer questions regarding the challenges and stressors that today’s middle school students face.  We will meet in our school library, in a round table conversation regarding things like social media, balancing schedules-school and activities, and peer relationships. Please join us on Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM.


Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Parent Information Night

On Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30-7:00 pm in the RAMS Library Mrs. Beattie, along with  Mrs. Conahan, Mrs. Ditto-Kustwan, and Mrs. Burns will be hosting an informational night for 6th grade parents to discuss the Spring Nature’s Classroom trip.  It is highly encouraged that all 6th grade parents attend. At the event, we will discuss what a typical day looks like at Nature’s Classroom, review all of the necessary school forms for participation, cost, housing arrangements, and behavioral expectations. We hope to see you there!

MetroWest Adolescent Health Risk Survey

Attention Parents: Students in grades 6-8 will be asked to participate in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Risk 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 regarding a variety of health issues.  A letter will be going out with more information later this month. This survey is optional, and a copy of the survey for the parents to view will be in the Main Office prior to the administration. If you have questions regarding the implementation and/or information on the survey, feel free to contact Gennie Guellnitz at ext 1419.

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 Advisory Project

We are seeing lots of wonderful team building, service projects, and relationship building within our Advisory Program classes. We wanted to bring attention to some advisory groups that are working together to organize a winter clothing drive for the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Network. If your child has any gently used clothing or accessories, they are seeking coats, boots, hats, snow pants, gloves/mittens, and blankets. Please consider sending them in with your child, the collection ends October 31. The bins for these collections are placed outside each grade level guidance counselor office for collection. Thank you so much if you have already donated!

SBIRT 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.

MS PTO Fall Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser starts Monday, October 15.  Your child will be bringing home the packet of information for you to look at on that date.  The good news is this year that everything is online. Take time to look at all there is to offer online. We will be posting information along the way through the RAMS News and provide Facebook reminders as well.  We thank you for your support!

Fundraiser- HMAPA

The Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association (HMAPA) is kicking off our annual citrus fundraiser on October 9th with orders due by November 2nd. Please see the link below for more information.

Citrus Fundraiser

NHS Food Pantry Donation

The High School National Honor Society will be holding a canned food drive to give back to the Holliston Food Pantry. Please see link below for details.

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods


MS PTO News:

6th Grade Dance Lessons

It's time to sign up for 6th Grade Dance Lessons! These lessons are known as a rite of passage for Adams Middle School students...just ask any older middle school or high school student!

We are pleased to have once again engaged the services of Mr. Paul Lamoureaux to give six weeks of dance instruction to our 6th grade students. Boys and girls will learn popular fad dances as well as standards, using current pop music. Social etiquette and appropriate behavior are also taught and practiced each week. Students will develop a greater sense of social self-confidence, establish positive manners, and enhance their ability to interact respectfully with adults and peers alike. The lessons will be starting Thursday, November 1, please see link below to sign up. Please contact Lauren Davis at or Erica Kuharich at if you have any questions.

6th Grade Dance Lessons Form


Join the MS PTO!

It’s easy – visit to join!  Just $20 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.


October 15 Fall Fundraiser Kickoff Assemblies

October 17 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 2

RAMS Parent Night: What does your Middle Schooler want you

You to Know @ 6:30-7:30 RAMS Auditorium

October 24 Picture Retakes

October 25 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 1

October 30 Grade 7 YMCA Field Trip Team 3

November 1 Grade 6 Dance Lessons

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