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Contents
  • Students of the Month-March

  • 6th Grade Hale Reservation Field Trip

  • Messages from Mr. Weithman for the BAND

  • Celebrate Holliston-300th Parade Celebration

  • Counselors' Corner-A Review of Reporting Systems

  • Congratulations to the cast of NEWSIES!

  • THANK YOU for the Donation-One Site Landscape Depot

  • JR Police Academy

  • RAMS MCAS Schedule

  • MYP Parenting Solutions Information

  • Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Mark Your Calendar

  • RAMS Think it Over

 
 
Students of the Month-March

Congratulations to our March Students of the Month.

Grade 6

Team 1 Annabelle Barry

Team 2 Gabi Boucher

Team 3 Trystan Dayton

Unified Arts Dylan Perrett

WL Logan Armento

 

Grade 7

Team 1 Alyssa Balardini

Team 2 Quinn McErlean

Team 3 Chloe Balejko

Unified Arts Joey Harkin

WL Andrew Ferguson

 

Grade 8

Team 1 Connor McDonough

Team 2 Gavin Woodhouse

Team 3 Sophie Grant

Unified Arts Emma Caruso

 

WL Summer Spurway

 

 

6th Grade Hale Reservation Field Trip

REMINDER:

Permission slips and funds due on May 1. Please remember to send those in with your student. If you have questions, please reach out to your student's homeroom teacher or guidance counselor.

 
 
Messages from Mr. Weithman for the BAND

The RAMS Spring Band Concert will be on Wednesday May 15th in the Holliston High School auditorium at 7 pm. Ensembles performing include the 6th Grade Band, 6th Grade Jazz Band, 7&8 Band, and 7&8 Jazz Band. Questions can be directed to George Weithman at weithmang@holliston.k12.ma.us

 

 

On Saturday May 11th the Town of Holliston is celebrating its 300th Birthday with a parade starting at 1:00 PM. The RAMS Band will be marching in the parade, along with other community groups. Information can be found at the Celebrate Holliston Website.

 
 
Celebrate Holliston-300th Parade Celebration

We'd like to highlight a few things:

  • We're thrilled to have the RAMS band/chorus participate in the parade representing the district!

  • If you know of any other students/teachers marching or participating in a float- please let us know.

  • Volunteers- we need volunteers (adults/students 16+) to stand along the parade route to make sure people stay off the street. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054EA8AA2AA6FE3-48116741-300th#/

  • Volunteers get a very cool t-shirt! We'd love to have teachers, paras, and administrators along the parade route (if not already in it)!!! You are part of this history!

  • Road closures- Route 16 will be closed off from 10-4p!!! This is going to affect traffic in a BIG way. All the details can be found here: http://www.celebrateholliston.com/300parade511.html -

  • This parade will be over 2 hours, 60+ different groups "marching".

We really appreciate your partnership and hope to see MANY HPS admins, staff, and families on Saturday May 11!!

 

Sincerely, Celebrate Holliston Board

 
 
Counselors' Corner-A Review of Reporting Systems

Hi Parents/Guardians,

 

We are asking you to talk with your child at home about the protocol around using our reporting forms. If your child has something to report, we encourage them to first reach out to a counselor. Whether it's a concern about bullying or any other social issue, our counselors are here to assist them promptly and effectively.

 

On the RAMS website under the 'Student Services' tab there is:

 

Anonymous Incident Report: This form is to be used if you have a bullying or harassment concern.

 

See Something Say Something: The Sandy Hook Promise- This form is to be used if you have a safety concern that you need to report to someone immediately if someone is in imminent danger and you are not in school.

 

We will be going over the protocol during our RAMS block, but it will be helpful to continue the conversation at home. If you have any further questions, please reach out to our counseling team!

Kayla Smith (6th)

Angela Gavan (7th)

John Powers (8th)

Lissa Duggan (RAMS Adjustment Counselor)

 
 
Congratulations to the cast of NEWSIES!

We want to shout out to the cast and crew of Newsies! They performed to mostly sold-out shows and did an amazing job. The acting, singing, and dancing were top notch and each performance was better than the last one! We even had the crew in costumes and they sang and danced! It was a huge group effort that truly paid off. We were so impressed with the performances that we entered the show into a competition through the Massachusetts Theatre Guild. This program offers middle school cast and crew throughout the state of Massachusetts the opportunity to bring experienced adjudicators into their theaters where they will receive professional feedback on their hard work creating musical theater productions. From there, students are nominated to participate in the Musical Theater Awards Ceremony where students are recognized for their excellence across several performance, design, and production categories.

We are so proud of those involved in Newsies and hope even more students will participate in the Re-Act Players productions next year.

Congrats!

 

The Newsies Production Team

 
 
THANK YOU for the Donation, One Site Landscape Depot!

One Site Landscape Depot in Milford donated approximately 10 cubic yards of playground mulch to RAMS so we can update our outdoor lunch area. Thank you!!

 

Special thanks to the Outdoor Learning Alliance (part of our awesome Holliston PTO) members Theresa Marlar, Jen Peterson, and Kasia Synder for your help!!

 
Junior Police Academy-Holliston Police Department-CLICK HERE to register!

Click above for more information, including registration forms!

 
MYP Parenting Solutions Information

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) is pleased to announce its new MPY Parenting Solutions Library. The MPY Parenting Solutions Library is offered at no charge, in partnership with Peace At Home Parenting Solutions, a non-profit located in Mansfield, Connecticut. Peace At Home Parenting Solutions is a dynamic hub of trusted knowledge and compassionate support that inspires parents to create positive change for their children, their families and themselves. Through this new partnership, MPY is pleased to offer proven resources to help students’ families thrive.

 

Peace At Home Parenting Solutions specializes in empowering parents with evidence-based strategies to foster nurturing connections that safeguard their children's mental well-being. The trainings are presented by experts with advanced degrees and the trainings focus on child and adolescent development, including difficulties in school, mental health challenges, neurodiversity, LGBTQ+ identity formation, racism, and grief. These trainings present easy-to-use strategies for long-lasting change.

 
 
Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

Joining the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a fantastic way for parents and caregivers to engage in their student’s education and school community actively. By becoming a member of the PTO, you can play a vital role in supporting various school initiatives, fundraising efforts, and educational programs. Moreover, it provides an excellent platform for networking with fellow parents, teachers, and administrators, fostering a strong sense of community and collaboration. Whether you have a few hours to spare or are looking for opportunities to contribute your skills, joining the PTO allows you to have a meaningful impact on your child's school experience while working with other dedicated individuals who share a common goal – the success and well-being of our students. Please visit the district-wide, Pre-K through 12, Holliston PTO website.

 

Holliston PTO

 
RAMS MCAS Schedule

MCAS Schedule Spring 2024:

English Language Arts

Grade 6 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

Grade 7 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

Grade 8 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

 

Math and STE and Civics Pilot

Grade 6 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 7 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 8 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 8 - STE- Two test sessions: May 14 & May 16

 

Grade 8 - Civics: Two test sessions: May 29 and 30

 
 
Mark Your Calendar

May

1 Early Release: ½ PD Day-Building

6 (Tentative) Meeting prior to Town Hall

6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

9 School Committee @ 7:00PM

13 Town Meeting

15 8th Grade Field Trip-Hanover Theater (TEAM 2 ONLY)

15-17 6th Grade Field Trip-Hale

15 6-8th COMBINED Grade Band/Chorus Concert

16 Art Saves Lives at HHS (District)

22 8th Grade Field Trip-Hanover Theater (TEAMS 1 and 3 ONLY)

23 School Committee @ 7:00PM

24 Community Service Day-grade 8

27 Memorial Day/No School

29 RAMS to Miller:40-10:00 (staff)

 

June

TBD HHS Graduate Walkthrough

4 Community Service (Rain Date)

6 School Committee @ 7:00PM

7 End of Year Field Day-ALL Grades-Stoddard (6), APEX (7/8)

11 5th Grade Tours at RAMS

TBD 8th Grade End of Year Ceremony (In-School)

TBD 8th Grade Celebration

17 Last Day- ½ day for students, full day for teachers

17-24 5 Emergency Days

19 Juneteenth/No School

 

 
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Contents
  • RAMS Musical-NEWSIES

  • HEF No Cook Night

  • Project 351-Cradles to Crayons Donations

  • RAMS Yearbooks-Orders are Due by 4/30

  • RAMS Mary W. McNamara Innovation Lab

  • 6th Grade Hale Reservation Field Trip

  • Free Tennis Clinic for Students!

  • RAMS CARE T-Shirts & Ordering

  • RAMS MCAS Schedule

  • MYP Parenting Solutions Information

  • Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Mark Your Calendar

  • RAMS Think it Over

 

 

 RAMS Musical-NEWSIES

 
HEF No Cook Night-CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

4/10 at Bazels Pizza and Subs
You must PRINT and bring this paper flyer for HEF to receive a percentage of the sales.

 
 
Project 351-Cradles to Crayons Donations

Our project Project 351 ambassador, 8th grader Victoria Thomas, is running a clothing drive next week in support of Cradles to Crayons. There will be bins in the lobby where students and staff can donate clothing. Cradles to Crayons supports families who face clothing insecurity, so please donate clothing from newborn size to adult medium. Thank you!

 
 
RAMS Yearbooks-Orders Due by 4/30

We’re excited to announce that yearbook ordering is open for the school year. Using this link on the school’s webpage, you can order a yearbook for your child. Yearbooks will be distributed in early June, and ordering closes at the end of April. Please don’t wait to order - we’d love to secure a yearbook for your child now. We will have a few copies to sell in person in June, but last year we ran out! The only way to guarantee one for your child is by ordering online by April 30th.

 

Any questions? Email Mrs. Schmid or Ms. Ditto

 
 
RAMS Mary W. McNamara Innovation Lab

Mary McNamara Innovation Lab is home to our RAMS MakerSpace:

6th graders- RAMS Block on Wednesday

7th graders- RAMS Block on Tuesday

8th graders- RAMS Block on Thursday

 

 

 

Supplies needed:

9 Volt Batteries

AA batteries

Ironing Board (used is fine)

Iron (used is fine)

Square Perler bead boards

Perler Beads

Bracelet Making string all colors

Rectangular bins at least 12X12 or big enough for an 8 ½X11 piece of paper

Gimp all colors

Felt all colors

Yarn all colors

Duct tape

Pipe Cleaners

Food Coloring

Shaving cream

Acrylic paint

 

 

6th Grade Hale Reservation Field Trip

 

 

Free Tennis Clinic for Students!

 
RAMS CARE T-Shirts & Ordering

Dear RAMS Families,

 

Earlier this school year, students took part in a RAMS CARE t-shirt design competition. We recently received those t-shirts and are ready to distribute t-shirts to students who previously requested them. The cost is $7 cash or check made payable to Robert Adams Middle School.

 

IMPORTANT - Any student that did not previously order a t-shirt, but has subsequently changed their minds and would like to order a t-shirt, will have the opportunity to do so over the next week.

 

Thank you.

 
RAMS MCAS Schedule

MCAS Schedule Spring 2024:

Round 1: English Language Arts

Grade 6 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

Grade 7 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

Grade 8 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

 

Round 2 Math and STE and Civics Pilot

Grade 6 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 7 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 8 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 8 - STE- Two test sessions: May 14 & May 16

 

Grade 8 - Civics: Two test sessions: May 29 and 30

 
MYP Parenting Solutions Information

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) is pleased to announce its new MPY Parenting Solutions Library. The MPY Parenting Solutions Library is offered at no charge, in partnership with Peace At Home Parenting Solutions, a non-profit located in Mansfield, Connecticut. Peace At Home Parenting Solutions is a dynamic hub of trusted knowledge and compassionate support that inspires parents to create positive change for their children, their families and themselves. Through this new partnership, MPY is pleased to offer proven resources to help students’ families thrive.

 

Peace At Home Parenting Solutions specializes in empowering parents with evidence-based strategies to foster nurturing connections that safeguard their children's mental well-being. The trainings are presented by experts with advanced degrees and the trainings focus on child and adolescent development, including difficulties in school, mental health challenges, neurodiversity, LGBTQ+ identity formation, racism, and grief. These trainings present easy-to-use strategies for long-lasting change.

 
 
Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

Joining the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a fantastic way for parents and caregivers to engage in their student’s education and school community actively. By becoming a member of the PTO, you can play a vital role in supporting various school initiatives, fundraising efforts, and educational programs. Moreover, it provides an excellent platform for networking with fellow parents, teachers, and administrators, fostering a strong sense of community and collaboration. Whether you have a few hours to spare or are looking for opportunities to contribute your skills, joining the PTO allows you to have a meaningful impact on your child's school experience while working with other dedicated individuals who share a common goal – the success and well-being of our students. Please visit the district-wide, Pre-K through 12, Holliston PTO website.

 

Holliston PTO

 
 
Mark Your Calendar

April

4 School Committee @ 7:00PM

5-7 Spring Musical: Newsies

11 5th Grade Parent/Family Information Night 6:30 PM-7:30 PM - RAMS Auditorium

15 Patriots Day/no school

16-19 April Vacation

25 School Committee @ 7:00PM

MCAS Schedule for April and May can be found earlier in this newsletter and is linked below.

 

May

1 Early Release: ½ PD day-building

6 (Tentative) Meeting prior to Town Hall

6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week weekly meals

TBD Town Meeting

9 School Committee @ 7:00PM

TBD Arts Night

TBD 8th Grade Field Trip

15-17 6th Grade Field Trip Hale

15 6-8th COMBINED Grade Band/Chorus Concert

23 School Committee @ 7:00PM

24 Community Service Day-grade 8

27 Memorial Day/no school

MCAS Schedule Spring 2024

MCAS Schedule Spring 2024

 

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Important School Budget Update
  • Superintendent

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Community Members:

 

At last night’s School Committee meeting, the Holliston School Committee approved its Fiscal Year 2025 budget request. Holliston Public Schools is approaching a difficult budget year. While the Holliston School Committee's recommended budget may still change prior to the  May 13th, 2024  Annual Town Meeting, Holliston Public Schools is likely to require significant cost reductions. The Holliston School Committee is committed to seeking measures to limit the impact on student learning and will keep the community updated as the budget process evolves. For details, please review our budget presentation from the Holliston School Committee's March 27 meeting attached, as well as a link to the video of the budget presentation from last night.

 

The Holliston School Committee will be holding its statutory budget hearing next week at our regularly scheduled meeting on April 4th, 2024 at 7PM in the Holliston High School Library.

 

Additionally, tonight (3/28), members of the School Committee will be holding office hours on Zoom at 7PM (Link).  This is open to anyone interested.

 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel Alfred

Chair, Holliston School Committee

 

 

 

The Holliston School Committee  

 

Daniel Alfred, Chair 

Dawn Neborsky, Vice Chair

Amanda Bigelow

Sarah Fitzgerald

Minnie Gupta

Lisa Kocian

Cynthia Listewnik

  • Budget
  • School Committee
Contents
  • PTO RAMS Read-a-Thon

  • RAMS 6th Grade Glow Party

  • RAMS Grade 7 Students and Families-Challenge Day-Interest Forms Due by 3/13/24

  • RAMS Spring Sports Updates and Registration

  • Counselor's Corner-Includes Information for Rising 9th Graders

  • RAMS Mary W. McNamara Innovation Lab

  • SEPAC Unified Basketball Game

  • PTO Basket Raffle and Holliston's Tricentennial

  • Art Honors

  • SEL Opportunity: Confronting Hate in Our Communities

  • Unified Classroom (Kickboard)-Next Steps for Parents/Families

  • RAMS RULER News and Updates for Families

  • RAMS CARE T-Shirts & Ordering

  • RAMS MCAS Schedule

  • MYP Parenting Solutions Information

  • RAMS Yearbooks-Ordering is Open

  • IMPORTANT Reminders about Electronics at RAMS

  • Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

  • RAMS Clubs & Activities

  • Mark Your Calendar

  • RAMS Think it Over

 
 
PTO RAMS Read-a-Thon

We are excited to kick off a 2024 RAMS Read-A-Thon sponsored by the Holliston PTO. Our goal is to help support you in getting our students to love to read.

 

Here is how this will work: We are asking students to log every minute they read during the week. This includes reading in school (in class, RAMS block, at lunch and outside of school). Every minute counts! Students will be sent an email each Friday during the three week competition, along with a Google Forms document to complete. A PA announcement will be made during Rams block to remind the students to complete the form.The student leadership team will track the total number of minutes read and award prizes to the winners.

 

Grand Prize: One student per grade will be awarded a gift basket prize with various school related items.

Homeroom Winner: the homeroom with the most time spent reading during the competition will receive Care Points.

Please reach out to Ryan Venditti vendittir@holliston.k12.ma.us with any questions.

 
 
RAMS 6th Grade Glow Party

Attention 6th Graders! The Middle School PTO is sponsoring the Glow Party on Friday, March 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm. It will be held in the RAMS gym and cafeteria - music, games, glowing, food and refreshments. Tickets are $15 and will be sold during lunch March 5th (tomorrow) thru the 7th (Thursday). The ticket price includes everything...even food and refreshments. NO tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Please contact Ms. Manning at manningk@holliston.k12.ma.us if assistance is needed for help with the cost of a ticket.

 
 
RAMS Grade 7 Students and Families-Challenge Day-Interest Forms Due by 3/13/24

What is Challenge Day?

Challenge Day is an organization that helps young people learn to connect through powerful, life-changing programs in their schools and communities. The day-long, interactive Challenge Day program provides teens and adults with tools to tear down the walls of separation, and inspires participants to live, study, and work in an encouraging environment of acceptance, love, and respect.

 

Using highly interactive and energetic activities, Challenge Day Leaders guide teens on a carefully-designed exploration of the ways people separate from each other, and model tools for creating connection and building community.

Challenge Day programs increase self-esteem, help shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support, and reduce the acceptability of teasing, oppression, and all forms of violence. Our programs inspire youth and communities to Be the Change they wish to see in the world, and challenge others to do the same.

Youth Preday

Youth Preday

3 min 47 sec video

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Preparing for ChallengeDay as a Volunteer

Preparing for ChallengeDay as a Volunteer

5 min 06 sec video

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Interested in Challenge Day? Click here to complete the google form.
 
 
RAMS Spring Sports Updates and Registration

Track and Field Registration

Mark your calendar now, please be advised of the following pertinent details!

 

Track and Field Registration for current 7th and 8th grade students:

 

  • Opens March 18 @ 8AM
  • Closes March 22 @ 3PM

 

 

 

Track and Field Registration for current 6th grade students:

Lottery sign up March 18 @ 8AM through March 22 @ 3PM

 

 

Practice starts on April 2.

 
 
Counselor's Corner- Includes Information for Rising 9th Graders

Eighth grade students and families...here comes high school! Upcoming events include a Program of Studies Night for families at HHS and a step-up day at HHS for students. Prior to the Program of Studies Night at HHS, RAMS teachers will be entering their recommendations for rising ninth graders in PowerSchool.

 

Important Dates:

3/18

Grade 8 Program of Studies Night at HHS from 6:30-8:00pm

 

3/19 and 3/20

Grade 8 step-up meetings at HHS 12:30-2:30

 

  • Team 1-3/19
  • Team 2 and Team 3-3/20

 

*Students who ride the bus home will take the bus from HHS on the day of their tour. Students who need to return to RAMS for activities or to walk home will be able to take a bus back to RAMS at 2:10 on the day of their tour.
 
 
RAMS Mary W. McNamara Innovation Lab

Mary McNamara Innovation Lab is home to our RAMS MakerSpace:

6th graders- RAMS Block on Wednesday

7th graders- RAMS Block on Tuesday

8th graders- RAMS Block on Thursday

 

 

 

Supplies needed:

9 Volt Batteries

AA batteries

Ironing Board (used is fine)

Iron (used is fine)

Square Perler bead boards

Perler Beads

Bracelet Making string all colors

Rectangular bins at least 12X12 or big enough for an 8 ½X11 piece of paper

Gimp all colors

Felt all colors

Yarn all colors

Duct tape

Pipe Cleaners

Food Coloring

Shaving cream

Acrylic paint

 
SEPAC Unified Basketball Game

We are excited to invite you to our first ever Unified vs Varsity Basketball Game!! This game will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at 6:00pm at the HHS Field House. Please come wearing your Holliston colors! We hope to see students, families, and staff in attendance as we cheer on all of our athletes, and raise money for SEPAC Gives Back!

 

Tickets will be sold at the door- $3 students and $5 adults. Opportunities to win prizes during the halftime time events and a shot at the 50/50 raffle. Concessions will be sold, including pizza. We hope to see you there…Go Panthers!!!

 
 
PTO Basket Raffle and Holliston's Tricentennial

Holliston PTO is thrilled to announce our Annual Basket Raffle!!

Due to the overwhelming generosity of the families and businesses in our community, we have 12 baskets for the 2024 Basket Raffle Extravaganza!

 

100% of the proceeds go directly back to our students, teachers, and staff through grants of supplies and curricular enrichment materials, assemblies with outside speakers, field trips, light breakfasts, snacks, and treats for teachers and staff on Professional Days, and Wellness Centers for educators. We also grant funds to each school annually to supplement the Parent to Parent program, Outdoor Learning Alliance projects, and social emotional education, to name a few.

 

Take a chance or two to WIN one of these baskets!

Each chance is $1.00.

Tickets can be purchased here! Don't see a basket that fits your interests? Consider making a general donation? Donations can be made here.

 

In addition to online ticket sales, you are cordially invited to view the baskets and buy tickets at Holliston's 300th Celebration/ Basket Raffle Extravaganza on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 in Upper Town Hall located at 703 Washington St. Holliston between 12p-7p.

Between 4:30p-7:30p join us for light refreshments and a cash bar (wine/beer) sponsored by Rushford & Son Brewery.

 

The live drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 7:30p in Upper Town Hall! We will broadcast on Facebook live.

 

We encourage you to share the link with your family and friends - including those who do not live in Holliston!

 

Questions? Contact Basket Raffle co-chairs: Jen Peterson and Stacey Raffi

 
ART HONORS-additional information and the application process-CLICK HERE
 
Art Honors

Dear Parents & Guardians of Future Artists and World Changers,

 

Have you heard about the Art Honors program at the High School? Did you know this program is available to incoming Freshmen through a simple application process? Most Freshmen have to wait until their Sophomore year to enroll in the Art Honors program, but we have a unique opportunity for our dedicated high-achieving artists.

 
SEL Opportunity: Confronting Hate in Our Communities

Please join us and continue the conversation. An upcoming community event “Confronting Hate in Our Communities" Series is sponsored by Diverse Holliston Temple Beth Torah, Holliston Youth and Family Services, the Holliston Drug and Alcohol Awareness Coalition, the Metrowest Interfaith Community, and in collaboration with the Holliston Public Schools.

SEL Opportunity: Confronting Hate in Our Communities-CLICK HERE FOR MORE
 
 
Unified Classroom Behavior Support -Program and Login Information

Dear RAMS Families,

 

Robert Adams Middle School staff have been utilizing Unified Classroom Behavior Support for much of this school year. This program refers to a comprehensive and collaborative approach to managing and promoting positive behavior in educational settings. It involves the integration of various strategies, resources, and people to create a consistent and supportive environment for all students. The goal is to foster a positive school culture, enhance student well-being, and optimize learning outcomes. An essential piece to this approach is the regular recognition of positive student behaviors, and where appropriate, corrective feedback from staff to students. Students earn RAMS CARE points as part of this approach.

 

We are so proud of our students as they have collectively earned over 14,000 RAMS CARE points since our launch in October 2023 for demonstrating our core RAMS CARE values of Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Effort.

 

We would also like to recognize the work our staff has done by incorporating this into their practice and writing so many kind and thoughtful notes to support students. Teachers have been learning the program this year, utilizing it as a great resource for tracking positive behaviors and areas for growth in their students. They are excited to continue learning and practicing with the best methods for use in class.

 

Lastly, we would like to acknowledge and recognize that our use of Unified Classroom Behavior Support as a way to support our core RAMS CARE values is a work in progress and that work is evolving throughout this school year. Communication with parents can provide insights into a child's behavior and social interactions, helping both parents and teachers support the child's social development and address any concerns.Communication is not just about addressing concerns; it's also an opportunity to celebrate achievements, both big and small. Recognizing a student's accomplishments boosts their confidence and reinforces the importance of hard work.

 

 

IMPORTANT - On February 1, we sent home an envelope with your student that containing the instructions for logging into the Unified Classroom Behavior Support FAMILY PORTAL . Parents and families will now have the opportunity to view the same feedback their students receive from their teachers.

 

Please contact Tina Cortis (cortist@holliston.k12.ma.us) if you need further assistance creating a Unified Classroom Behavior Support account.

 

Thank you.

 
RAMS RULER News and Updates for Families

February 2024

Dear Families & Community Members,

 

Beginning this fall, teachers, school leaders and staff members in our school community have been learning about how we can use emotions to reach our goals. We have committed to implementing RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER is also an acronym for the skills of emotional intelligence: Recognizing emotions, Understanding emotions, Labeling emotions, Expressing emotions, and Regulating emotions. Research from the field of emotion science finds that children who understand and manage their feelings make more responsible decisions, have stronger relationships, and perform better in school.

 

We will practice the skills first ourselves, so that we have developed our own abilities, become more emotionally intelligent educators and leaders, and ready to teach the RULER tools and model the skills for the students. Ultimately, our goal is the integration of these mindsets and practices throughout Robert Adams Middle School and beyond. In fact, we have started to practice with our students one of the fundamental tools associated with RULER, the Mood Meter. The Mood Meter will continue to be a key component to our students’ social emotional learning lessons and activities which occur monthly.

 

RAMS staff will continue to learn more about the various RULER tools throughout this school year. The Mood Meter will be an integral part of that work as students become more familiar with it. Ultimately, our goal is for staff to feel confident and comfortable in the RULER tools and mindset this year so that we can collectively implement those various strategies next school year.

 

As we learn more about the skills of emotional intelligence, we’d like to do that in partnership with you. As such, we will be extending opportunities for parents and caregivers to learn more about RULER in the future.

 

We feel committed to teaching middle schoolers to manage emotions in their everyday lives and navigate their social and academic demands successfully. When schools and families partner around these goals, middle school students feel supported and reap the benefits. I look forward to learning and growing together within our RAMS community.


 

Sincerely,


 

Dr. David Jordan

 
RAMS CARE T-Shirts & Ordering

Dear RAMS Families,

 

Earlier this school year, students took part in a RAMS CARE t-shirt design competition. We recently received those t-shirts and are ready to distribute t-shirts to students who previously requested them. The cost is $7 cash or check made payable to Robert Adams Middle School.

 

IMPORTANT - Any student that did not previously order a t-shirt, but has subsequently changed their minds and would like to order a t-shirt, will have the opportunity to do so over the next week.

 

Thank you.

 
RAMS MCAS Schedule

MCAS Schedule Spring 2024:

Round 1: English Language Arts

Grade 6 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

Grade 7 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

Grade 8 - ELA - Two ELA sessions: April 2 & 4

 

Round 2 Math and STE and Civics Pilot

Grade 6 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 7 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 8 - Math - Two test sessions: May 7 & 9

Grade 8 - STE- Two test sessions: May 14 & May 16

 

Grade 8 - Civics: Two test sessions: May 29 and 30

 
MYP Parenting Solutions Information

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) is pleased to announce its new MPY Parenting Solutions Library. The MPY Parenting Solutions Library is offered at no charge, in partnership with Peace At Home Parenting Solutions, a non-profit located in Mansfield, Connecticut. Peace At Home Parenting Solutions is a dynamic hub of trusted knowledge and compassionate support that inspires parents to create positive change for their children, their families and themselves. Through this new partnership, MPY is pleased to offer proven resources to help students’ families thrive.

 

Peace At Home Parenting Solutions specializes in empowering parents with evidence-based strategies to foster nurturing connections that safeguard their children's mental well-being. The trainings are presented by experts with advanced degrees and the trainings focus on child and adolescent development, including difficulties in school, mental health challenges, neurodiversity, LGBTQ+ identity formation, racism, and grief. These trainings present easy-to-use strategies for long-lasting change.

 
 
It’s Time to Order a Yearbook for the 2023-2024 School Year!

We’re excited to announce that yearbook ordering is open for the school year. Using this link on the school’s webpage, you can order a yearbook for your child. Yearbooks will be distributed in early June, and ordering closes at the end of April. Please don’t wait to order - we’d love to secure a yearbook for your child now. We will have a few copies to sell in person in June, but last year we ran out! The only way to guarantee one for your child is by ordering online by April 30th.

 

Any questions? Email Mrs. Schmid or Ms. Ditto

 
 
IMPORTANT Reminders about Electronics at RAMS

Dear Families,

Please review the information below from our RAMS Student/Family Handbook about Use of Electronic Devices with your student. In recent weeks, there has been increased use of personal electronics at RAMS and it has been impacting teaching and learning. We kindly thank you in advance for helping us.


 

7. Use of Electronic Devices

 

Electronic devices, including phones, cameras, smart watches, and music-listening devices, may not be used in the common areas of the school (classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, school grounds, etc.) during the school day. Teachers will work with students to understand appropriate ways to utilize devices. Failure to comply with expectations may receive consequences. Electronic devices should be locked in student lockers during the school day.

Due to privacy concerns and confidentiality issues, unauthorized use of video, cellular or audio equipment or taking still pictures is prohibited. Video or Audio recording of any individual without their knowledge and/or consent is strictly prohibited and against school policy. Such behavior may receive consequences, including possible suspension.


 

Should you need a copy of the handbook at your fingertips, it can be found by clicking HERE

 
 
Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

Joining the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a fantastic way for parents and caregivers to engage in their student’s education and school community actively. By becoming a member of the PTO, you can play a vital role in supporting various school initiatives, fundraising efforts, and educational programs. Moreover, it provides an excellent platform for networking with fellow parents, teachers, and administrators, fostering a strong sense of community and collaboration. Whether you have a few hours to spare or are looking for opportunities to contribute your skills, joining the PTO allows you to have a meaningful impact on your child's school experience while working with other dedicated individuals who share a common goal – the success and well-being of our students. Please visit the district-wide, Pre-K through 12, Holliston PTO website.

 

Holliston PTO

 
 
RAMS Clubs & Activities

Please click the following link to see RAMS Clubs and Activities. All clubs will run on a designated day during the week from 2:30-3:25. Late Buses are available. Students are DEFINITELY encouraged to stay after school for academic help as well.

 
 
Mark Your Calendar

March

TBD Health Screenings

8 Grade 6 PTO Glow Party at RAMS

TBD Counselor Parent Night

14 School Committee @ 7:00PM

18 Grade 8 Program of Studies Night at HHS from 6:30-8:00pm

19 (Tentative) Meeting with Finance Committee

 

19 and 20 Grade 8 step-up meetings at HHS 12:30-2:30

  • Team 1-3/19
  • Team 2 and Team 3-3/20

28 Early Release: ½ PD day-district

29 Good Friday/no school

 

 

April

4 School Committee @ 7:00PM

11 5th Grade Parent/Family Information Night 6:30 PM-7:30 PM - RAMS Auditorium

15 Patriots Day/no school

16-19 April Vacation

25 School Committee @ 7:00PM

TBD Spring Musical

MCAS Schedule for April and May can be found earlier in this newsletter.

 
 
RAMS Think it Over

Kindness.

Contents
  • RAMS Students of the Month

  • RAMS CARE - Unified Classroom FYI

  • RAMS CARE T-Shirts & Ordering

  • RAMS New Band Director

  • Holliston Youth and Family Services: Engaging Minds Workshops

  • STAR Testing: Quick Note

  • RAMS Yearbooks-Ordering is Open

  • IMPORTANT Reminders about Electronics at RAMS

  • Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

  • RAMS Clubs & Activities

  • Mark Your Calendar

  • RAMS Think it Over

 
 
RAMS Students of the Month

Congratulation to the Students of the Month for December!

Grade 6

 

 

Team 1

Ryan Magoon

 

 

Team 2

Anya Hild

 

 

Team 3

Lilly Butterly

 

 

Unified Arts

Claire Nielsen

 

 

WL

Ella Bennett

 

 

 

 

Grade 7

Team 1

Vivian Frease

 

 

Team 2

Andrew Ferguson

 

 

Team 3

Liv Kerchner

 

 

Unified Arts

Audrey McDaniel

 

 

WL

Orson Daniels

 

 

 

Grade 8

 

 

Team 1

Gavin McGann

 

 

Team 2

Emily Crawford

 

 

Team 3

Gavin McElhinney

 

 

Unified Arts

Joel Burgett

 

 

WL

Sreenidhi Kandru

 
RAMS CARE - Unified Classroom FYI

Dear RAMS Families,

 

Staff at Robert Adams Middle School have been utilizing Unified Classroom Behavior Support via PowerSchool for much of this school year. This program refers to a comprehensive and collaborative approach to managing and promoting positive behavior in educational settings. The goal is to foster a positive school culture, enhance student well-being, and optimize learning outcomes. A very important piece to this approach is the regular recognition of positive student behaviors, and where appropriate, corrective feedback from staff to students. Students earn RAMS CARE points as part of this approach.

 

We are so proud of our students as they have collectively earned over 10,000 RAMS CARE points this school year for demonstrating our core RAMS CARE values of Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Effort.

 

We would also like to recognize the work our staff has done by incorporating this into their practice and writing so many kind and thoughtful notes to support our students.

 

Lastly, we would like to acknowledge that our use of Unified Classroom to support our core values here at RAMS is a work in progress and that work is evolving throughout this school year.

 

IMPORTANT - Before our next Newsletter, families will receive an email with individual log-in instructions for parents and caregivers to access the parent portal in Unified Classroom. There, families will be able to view the same feedback their students have been receiving from their teachers!

 
RAMS CARE T-Shirts & Ordering

Dear RAMS Families,

 

Earlier this school year, students took part in a RAMS CARE t-shirt design competition. We recently received those t-shirts and are ready to distribute t-shirts to students who previously requested them. The cost is $7 cash or check made payable to Robert Adams Middle School.

 

IMPORTANT - Any student that did not previously order a t-shirt, but has subsequently changed their minds and would like to order a t-shirt, will have the opportunity to do so over the next week.

 

Thank you.

 
 
RAMS New Band Director

We are pleased to announce the hiring of George Weithman as the Band Director at Robert Adams Middle School. Mr. Weithman is replacing Mr. Grina, who is moving to Nevada. We wish Mr. Grina the best in this next adventure, and are excited to welcome Mr. Weithman, who joins us from the Ferryway School in Malden, where he was a long-standing music and band teacher.

 

Mr. Weithman will be taking over all of Mr. Grina's classes, along with 6th-8th Band, and Jazz.

 
CLICK HERE for Holliston Youth and Family Services: Engaging Minds Workshop

This is a webinar for parents/caregivers on 1/31/24 titled Executive Function Strategies for Creating Successful Students.

 
 
STAR Testing: Quick Note

STAR Testing results will be mailed home early February.

 
 
It’s Time to Order a Yearbook for the 2023-2024 School Year!

We’re excited to announce that yearbook ordering is open for the school year. Using this link on the school’s webpage, you can order a yearbook for your child. Yearbooks will be distributed in early June, and ordering closes at the end of April. Please don’t wait to order - we’d love to secure a yearbook for your child now. We will have a few copies to sell in person in June, but last year we ran out! The only way to guarantee one for your child is by ordering online by April 30th.

 

Any questions? Email Mrs. Schmid or Ms. Ditto

 
 
IMPORTANT Reminders about Electronics at RAMS

Dear Families,

Please review the information below from our RAMS Student/Family Handbook about Use of Electronic Devices with your student. In recent weeks, there has been increased use of personal electronics at RAMS and it has been impacting teaching and learning. We kindly thank you in advance for helping us.


 

7. Use of Electronic Devices

 

Electronic devices, including phones, cameras, smart watches, and music-listening devices, may not be used in the common areas of the school (classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, school grounds, etc.) during the school day. Teachers will work with students to understand appropriate ways to utilize devices. Failure to comply with expectations may receive consequences. Electronic devices should be locked in student lockers during the school day.

Due to privacy concerns and confidentiality issues, unauthorized use of video, cellular or audio equipment or taking still pictures is prohibited. Video or Audio recording of any individual without their knowledge and/or consent is strictly prohibited and against school policy. Such behavior may receive consequences, including possible suspension.


 

Should you need a copy of the handbook at your fingertips, it can be found by clicking HERE

 
 
Holliston PTO-Opportunities to Get Involved

Joining the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a fantastic way for parents and caregivers to engage in their student’s education and school community actively. By becoming a member of the PTO, you can play a vital role in supporting various school initiatives, fundraising efforts, and educational programs. Moreover, it provides an excellent platform for networking with fellow parents, teachers, and administrators, fostering a strong sense of community and collaboration. Whether you have a few hours to spare or are looking for opportunities to contribute your skills, joining the PTO allows you to have a meaningful impact on your child's school experience while working with other dedicated individuals who share a common goal – the success and well-being of our students. Please visit the district-wide, Pre-K through 12, Holliston PTO website.

 

Holliston PTO

 
 
RAMS Clubs & Activities

Please click the following link to see RAMS Clubs and Activities. All clubs will run on a designated day during the week from 2:30-3:25. Late Buses are available. Students are DEFINITELY encouraged to stay after school for academic help as well.

 
 
Mark Your Calendar

January

18 School Committee @ 7:00PM

TBD School Committee @ 7:00PM--Principals midyear updates

TBD School Committee-strategic initiatives

24 Middle of the Middle

31 PD day-district, no school for students

 

February

8 School Committee @ 7:00PM

12 Early Release: ½ PD day-building

19 Presidents Day/no school

20-23 February Vacation

29 School Committee @ 7:00PM