RAMS NEWS- 5/1/22

Tina Cortis





What You Can Find in this edition of RAMS News

May 1, 2022

  • MCAS reminder

  • Grade 6: Hale Reservation Trip Information

  • Course Selection Forms

  • Safe & Supportive Lesson-Sexism

  • Grade 8 Community Service Day

  • Intruder Response Drill

  • Library Books

  • RAMS Yearbook Ordering Information

  • MS PTO

  • Calendar



Just a reminder that students in grades 6-8 will be taking Math MCAS on Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5.  Grade 8 student will also be taking the Science MCAS on Wednesday, May 11 and Monday, May 16.  Please help your child remember to charge their chromebooks the night before.


Grade 6 Hale Reservation

We are excited to announce that we will be taking our Grade 6 students to Hale Reservation located in Westwood, Massachusetts on June 13th and 14th. Hale has offered us a two day event for our students and staff to participate in team building activities and outdoor adventures.  

Your child has been given with the paperwork to be completed, but below is a link should you need to print another copy. All paperwork and payment is due by Wednesday, May 11.

We really want every child to be able to participate. Should you need financial assistance please reach out to David Jordan at jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us


A BIG thank you to our grade 6 teachers for pulling off this opportunity for our students so quickly!!

Hale Reservation Packet


Course Selection Forms

Just a friendly reminder that all course selection sheets for students going into grade 7 and grade 8 for the 22-23 school year were due on April 11. Please be sure to complete these as soon as possible.

PowerSchool Course Registration 22-23


Safe & Supportive Lesson-Sexism

This Friday, May 6th we are rolling out our 6th RAMS Safe & Supportive Lesson, by examining Sexism. All studetns in grade 6-8 will be provided this lesson by one of their classroom teachers. We look forward to another day of great learning, understanding, and perspective here at RAMS.


 Grade 8 Community Service Day

Our 8th Grade Community Service Day is fast approaching.  It is scheduled for May 27th.  Community Service Day Letters and Permission Slips will be sent home with students next Frida, May 6.. Please be sure to complete these and return to homerooms so that your student can participate.


Safety Drill-Intruder Response

It is ever more important for our staff and students to continuously practice our various school safety drills; both Fire Drills & Intruder Response Drills.  On Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30am we will practice our first Intruder Response Drill of the year with ALL RAMS staff and students.  As in previous years, our first Intruder Response Drill is discussion based which is led by staff, in collaboration with the Holliston Police & Fire Departments. During this drill students and teachers will remain in their classrooms, while Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Beattie use the PA system to implement the drill.  The drill will begin with administration addressing the entire building regarding the importance of practicing these drills, they will then read through 2-3 scenarios that will elicit problem solving responses from students and their teachers where they determine if they should exit the building or remain in their location. Those choosing to exit the building will be required to report to the back field, where an administrator will redirect them back into the building upon completion of the drill... 

The Holliston Police Department, along with Chief Cassidy of the Holliston Fire Department will be on site to assist in the drill. It is anticipated that this drill will last approximately 30 minutes, at the start of our school day on Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30am. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Jordan or Mrs. Beattie.


Walk & Roll Initiative-May 4th

In collaboration with Safe Routes to School, RAMS will be participating in our annual Walk and Roll To School Event on Wednesday, May 4th.  The purpose of this event is to promote students to walk to and from school. Walking not only has an impact on one's physical health, but is a wonderful way to engage in positive self care.  We will be hanging a banner in the front of the school entrance for students to sign as a way to celebrate their participation. 

Remember we also have 3 Park & Walk lots, where you can drop your child closer to RAMS and they can walk or ride from there; CVS, St. Mary’s Church, Baptist Church (High St). We can’t wait to see this event's success!

Annual Walk & Roll to School Flyer


Message from our Library

We have noticed a lot of library activity this year. We are so excited that students are reading and enjoying the library space!  With all the activity, we are, however, noticing an increase in overdues and some missing books, so we wanted to review our library lending policies with families. 

Students are allowed to borrow two books at one time from the library. The typical loaning period for a book is two weeks. If students need an extension, they can visit the library or email Mrs. McDaniel to do so. A due date slip is located in each book with the due date stamped inside to help students remember when their books are due. It is a student's responsibility to return the book by the due date. When students are ready to return a book, please remind them to place the item in the book drop on the side of the circulation desk so we can make sure it is removed properly from their account. Students should not try to reshelve their book. 

Please also remind them to check their lockers for any library books. Thank you in advance for reviewing these policies with all of our RAMS readers! Lastly, all students have access to our digital library platform, Sora, which has hundreds of audiobooks and e-books!  If anyone needs help accessing this platform, please reach out to Mrs. McDaniel at mcdanielk@holliston.k12.ma.us


RAMS Yearbook 21-22

It’s time to order your RAMS Yearbook. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook for your student, please use the link below to place your order online. Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.

RAMS Yearbook Order Form



Middle School PTO Meeting

Our next Middle School PTO meeting will be Tuesday, May 10 at 9:00 am. Please email hollistonpto@gmail.com if you would like to be on the distribution for meeting details.

Lunch Volunteers Needed!

We need your help! We are looking for volunteer lunch monitors so that students may enjoy their lunch outside (weather permitting). Please sign up here.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6! We will show our appreciation for our teachers with events throughout the week - please join us by taking time to send in a personal thank you to your teachers!

Join the Middle School PTO!

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



2-6    Teacher Appreciation Week

3        MCAS Math (Gr 6-8)

5        MCAS Math (Gr 6-8)

6        Safe & Supportive Lesson-Sexism (gr 6-8)

11      MCAS Science (Gr 8 only)

16      Mcas Science (Gr 8 only)

25      Intruder Response Drill

27      Grade 8 Community Service Day