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What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

Friday October, 1st 2021

 

  • Important Reminders-Family Conversations

  • RAMS Students of the Month

  • School Pictures 

  • Annual Walk & Roll to School

  • RAMS School Council-Volunteer Opportunity

  • RAMS Yearbook

  • MS PTO

  • Calendar

 

Important Student Conversations

As we continue to transition back into the start of the school year, get reacquainted with each other, schedules, expectations, and socializing, there are some key areas that we are beginning to notice are challenging for some, that are worthy of conversations both in and out of school.

 

Lunch Time Behavior

  • We are noticing in grades 6-8 the challenge students are having cleaning up after themselves, particularly when they are eating outside.  We have been talking in small groups, by grade, and over morning announcements, about the importance of cleaning up after ourselves, respecting each other and staff who are trying to ensure safety, and cleanliness to all. Just providing them with some gentle reminders of cleaning up and throwing their trash out would be extremely beneficial.

Biking & Walking

  • Please remind your child of safety when walking or biking to and from school.  We have had reports of students blocking the streets as they are walking downtown, not using the crosswalks, and darting out with their bikes off streets without looking. As a RAMS community we want all of our students to enjoy walking and being outside, but we also worry about their safety. They are never too old to have these conversations with you.

Tik Tok/Social Media

  • As many of you have seen reports on the news, students across the nation have been encouraged to complete challenges on Tik Tok that can be unkind, harmful, and a violation to our school environment. As of late, they have been challenged to post videos of vandalism, theft, and this month's challenge is hitting a teacher. In recent days, it has been conveyed that each month of the school year will have new challenges progressing in severity and encouraging unsafe behaviors.  While we have had a few instances of our students participating in such trends this year, we feel that our students here at RAMS can do better than this, and our hope is that in bringing awareness to families, student participation in these will stop.  WE ask that you as families discuss this recent trend, and strongly encourage your child to make the right choices here at RAMS.  It is important in our conversations with our students that we impress upon them to do the right thing, respect one another, their school environment, and the staff that work tirelessly to provide them a wonderful education here in Holliston. We hope that families will continuously engage in these conversations with their children and help them understand the impact that behavior can have on not only them but others around them.

Kind & Supportive Behavior

  • While we venture back to socializing in large numbers and get reacquainted with one another, please talk to your child about inclusiveness throughout the day. If they see someone sitting alone they can invite them over, and absolutely they should always be using kind and supportive language to one another. Little things to help others such as: holding the door, helping staff, and supporting one another's differences go such a long way to create a safe and supportive school environment. These few simple rules of life make things easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

 

RAMS Students of the Month

Each month at Robert Adams Middle School, we will be choosing one student per team in each grade and a student for WL/Unified ARTS that has proven to be positive contributors to our school community.  What do we look for students to exemplify?

  • Responsibility

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Empathy

  • Perseverance

  • Courage

The students chosen are announced on the first of the month over the morning announcements, and are awarded with a RAMS Student of the Month Certificate. A photo of each student along with a write-up highlighting the student’s achievement is displayed on our Main Lobby bulletin board.  Congratulations to this month’s recipients:

Grade 6: Colin Doherty, Naomi Cong, Warren Greer

Grade 7: Manuela Bariani, Melissa Chiang, Rish Mitra

Grade 8: Taylor Maurer, Michael Crandall-McBride, Brogan Roche

ARTS/WL: Tatiana Hernandez

 

Walk & Roll

Next Wednesday, October 6 we will have our Annual Walk & Roll to school  This is a statewide event through Safe Routes to School that encourages students to walk or ride their bike to school.  For those students who live too far from RAMS, they can be dropped at our safe space locations(CVS, St. Mary’s, Baptist Church) and walk the remaining route to school. We will be having many staff, Holliston Police, State Police, and Town Officials out and about walking on the morning of October 6...we hope to see as many students as possible out there!!

 

School Pictures

School pictures have come in! Your child will be receiving their picture packets this week in school. Please note that picture retakes will be October 26, and outside weather permitting. If you would like a retake, your child must bring back on the day of retakes their entire packet.

 

RAMS Yearbooks

2020-2021 RAMS Yearbook "Change of Plans"

If any 7th or 8th grade students would like a copy of last year's yearbook, we still have some available for purchase!

Last year's 2020-2021 RAMS yearbook, "Change of Plans" is available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last!

If any 7th or 8th grade students are interested in purchasing the 2021 "Change of Plans" yearbook, please bring in $25 cash or check written out to Robert Adams Middle School. 

Students can bring cash/check to the main office, or to Ms. Ditto in classroom 207, or Ms. Lagas in classroom 204.

 

RAMS School Council-Volunteers Needed

RAMS School Council is a small representative group of parents, teachers, community members and administrators which meets to review and discuss the school improvement goals and efforts for the school and help inform efforts and goals for the following year.  If you are interested in serving on the RAMS School Council, please email Principal David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us

 

MS PTO 

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 12th at 3:00 pm. We will start the year off with virtual zoom meetings, but hope to switch to in-person as the year progresses. We look forward to having you there.  Please email hollistonpto@gmail.com for a zoom link.

 Outdoor Volunteer Lunch Monitors Needed

We need your help to volunteer as lunch monitors, so we can offer the students the opportunity to enjoy lunch outdoors(weather permitting). Please sign up here.

 Townwide PTO Meeting

Our first Townwide PTO meeting of the year will be Monday, Oct. 4th at 7:00pm. We will start the year off with virtual zoom meetings, but hope to switch to in-person as the year progresses. Please email hollistonpto@gmail.com for a zoom link. Please join us!

 Join the MS PTO!

It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.

 

Calendar

Oct

4       Townwide PTO Meeting at 7:00pm

8       No School/Professional Day for staff

11     No School/Columbus & Indigenous Peoples Day 

12     PTO Meeting at 3:00pm via zoom

26     Picture Retakes

 

 

 

 

Dear RAMS Families,

We would like to thank all of you who were able to attend our Open House last night, it was such a successful turnout! For those of you who were unable to attend or missed certain sessions, below use the link below which includes all recordings.

Additionally linked below is the schedule for upcoming clubs and activities, along with the Late Bus routes.  All late buses, clubs and activities will begin this Monday, September 27 and run Monday-Thursdays.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Late Bus Routes

Afterschool Clubs & Activities

RAMS Open House Recordings

 

 

What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

Wednesday September 15th, 2021

 

  • Virtual Open House UPDATE

  • Holliston Pride Fridays

  • Important Reminders 

  • RAMS Family Night Series-We need your suggestions

  • RAMS School Council-Volunteer Opportunity

  • Pit Crew is back!

  • Clubs & AfterSchool Activities Update

  • MS PTO

  • Calendar

 

Virtual Open House-Update

We will be holding a “Virtual” Open House on Thursday, September 23  from 6:30-8:30.  Our teachers are very excited to share with you what your child will experience throughout the school year. From content, to team building, and more.  Zoom links will be emailed out on September 23. This night will be recorded as well, for those with multiple children and/or unable to attend. Below is the outline of times for our Open House. 

6:30-6:45: Admin Introduction

Grade 6:                                              Grade 7:                                    Grade 8:

6:50-7:05: ARTS                                 6:50-7:50: Gr 7 Teachers           6:50-7:05: World Language

7:10-8:10: Gr 6 Teachers                    7:55-8:10: World Language       7:10-7:25: ARTS

8:15-8:30: World Language                8:15-8:30:  ARTS                       7:30-8:30: Gr 8 Teachers


RAMS Holliston Pride Fridays

At RAMS we are working on ways to come together as a community, become more inclusive, and unite. due to time lost over COVID.  This year, we are designating EVERY Friday to be HOLLISTON PRIDE FRIDAY. This is a day we can unite each week as a RAMS FAMILY.  We encourage all staff and students to wear Holliston colors or gear to show our unity.  

 

IMPORTANT Reminders: 

RAMS Dismissal Change Form

Just a friendly reminder that we are continuing to use our RAMS Dismissal Change Form for ALL student dismissal changes. Due to the volume and pace in the Main Office, we ask that you use this form as opposed to calling or emailing to dismiss your child for an appointment.  

RAMS Dismissal Change Form

Water Bottles & Masks

Just a reminder to send your child with a water bottle. We have refillable stations, but our water fountains are turned off.  Additionally, if you are able to send extra masks for your child to keep in their locker or bags, we are noticing many disposable masks are breaking easily.

 

RAMS FamilyEd Mini Series

Recognizing how challenging middle school can be to navigate not only as a student, but as a parent, we are hoping to lend you a helping hand!  We will be putting together a recorded mini-series which will aim to provide resources and answers to all of your questions.  Please feel free to use the form below to help provide us with some input on what would be of interest for you to learn about.

Family input form

 

RAMS School Council-Volunteers Needed

RAMS School Council is a small representative group of parents, teachers, community members and administrators which meets to review and discuss the school improvement goals and efforts for the school and help inform efforts and goals for the following year.  If you are interested in serving on the RAMS School Council, please email Principal David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us

 

Pit Crew Opportunities (Gr 7 &8)

The Middle School Pit Crew is back! Pit Crew is 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.  Pit Crew will meet once in a 6 day cycle and it will replace one of the students’ existing electives (music, art, comp sci)

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

Middle School Pit Crew Interest Form

 

RAMS Clubs & Activities-UPDATE

RAMS Clubs and Activities are currently being put together based on student desire and need. All clubs will run on a designated day from 2:30-3:25. We are waiting on Late Buses to be assigned to the middle school. Once the busing is coordinated, our clubs will begin. We are hoping this will happen over the next week.  

 

MS PTO 

MS PTO Meeting

Our next MS PTO meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 12th at 3:00 pm. We will start the year off with virtual zoom meetings, but hope to switch to in-person as the year progresses. We look forward to having you there.  Please email hollistonpto@gmail.com for zoom link.

Outdoor Volunteer Lunch Monitors Needed

We need your help to volunteer as lunch monitors, so we can offer the students the opportunity to enjoy lunch outdoors(weather permitting). Please sign up here.

 Townwide PTO Meeting

Our first Townwide PTO meeting of the year will be Monday, Oct. 4th at 7:00pm. We will start the year off with virtual zoom meetings, but hope to switch to in-person as the year progresses. Please email hollistonpto@gmail.com for zoom link. Please join us!

 LAST CHANCE: Fall Fundraiser!

The Holliston PTO works hard to provide outstanding programs, teacher grants, and student scholarships to our community. We are running a Holliston Spirit Wear fundraiser through September 21. Your purchase of sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, or sweatpants will help us fund important PTO efforts. Orders may be placed online via this link: Holliston PTO Spirit Wear Items may be picked up at Tri-Valley Sports in Medway or shipped directly to you! 

 Join the MS PTO!

It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join!  Just $15 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.

 

Calendar

Sept

16        Yom Kippur/No School

23        Virtual Open House 6:30-8:30pm via zoom

Oct

8           No School/Professional Day for staff

11         No School/Columbus Day

12         PTO Meeting at 3:00pm via zoom

26          Picture Retakes