RAMS News- January 17, 2023

Tina Cortis
RAMS Student of the Month Recipients

Each month at Robert Adams Middle School, we will be choosing one student per team in each grade, including World Language & Unified ARTS who have proven to represent our RAMS CARE values. For December, we would like to recognize the following students:


Grade 6: Marcus Burian, Allie Barrett, Vivian Frease

Grade 7: Vishak Raja, Jack Whitten, Ariana Bergmann

Grade 8: Alex Bergmann, Ruby O'Brien, Michael Vaz Rocha

Unified Arts: Elizabeth Guan, Abby Barry, Gabrielle Truax

World Languages: Avery Marion, Molly Wade, Shriram Karthi


Great work, we are so proud of you!


Local Author Shawn Peters at RAMS!

This past Friday, local author Shawn Peters met with sixth grade teams to share his books "The Unforgettable Logan Foster" and "The Unforgettable Logan Foster and the Shadow of Doubt". Students learned about an author's process, the beauty of neurodiversity, and that we are all superheroes in our own special ways.


RAMS is Putting the FUN back in Executive FUNctioning!

Attention Parents:

Our Study skills and executive functioning skills groups are ongoing. We wanted to also provide families a regular, and useful executive functioning tool which be may be helpful for your RAMS student(s)!


Getting Stuck Stinks

Here is one tool you can use to help figure out what is interfering with your child getting their work completed.


Use it as a conversation guide or fill it out together!

Where Do I Get Stuck?


7th Grade Health Screenings - 1/26

Dear Parent/Guardian,


The Robert Adams Middle School will be conducting its annual vision, hearing and height and weight screenings for all 7th grade students on 1/26/23. These screenings are mandated by the state. If you choose to opt out of these screenings for your child, please contact the health office by e-mail at butlerd@holliston.k12.ma.us to reach Denise Butler or at pisellia@holliston.k12.ma.us to reach Amy Piselli.


Stay healthy and be well,


Denise and Amy




Tiered Focused Monitoring Review Site Visit Information

Dear Families,


During the week of February 13, 2023, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Holliston Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.


In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson of the Holliston Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.


Parents and other individuals may call Corey Steinman, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 3742 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation,such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.




Buildwave Engineering Program

Buildwave Engineering Program


Want to foster your child's interest in STEM, while igniting their creative spark at the same time?

Buildwave is a creative building program that feels like a video game!


Buildwave Flyer!


HEF Bowling Fundraiser

BOWL for the Holliston Education Foundation (HEF) for 1-hr with your family or

group of friends for $15/person! Support excellence, creativity, innovation, and

inclusivity in our children’s education in Holliston. - Thursday, January 26.


HEF Bowling Fundraiser Flyer

HEF Bowling Fundraiser Registration


Safe Routes to School Winter Walk & Yard Design Contest

In collaboration with Safe Routes to School, RAMS will be participating in our annual Winter Walk To School Event on Wednesday, February 1st. 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).


Our Fall SRTS was a great success, and we look forward to this event in another few weeks.


Additionally, the SRTS is supporting a Yard Sign Design contest for students as a way for them to demonstrate their creativity to promote safe roads for pedestrians and cyclists.


Please see each flyer for more details.

SRTS Winter Walk and Roll

SRTS Yard Sign Design


RAMS Therapy Dog Announcement & Opt Out

We are very excited to announce that we will have regular visits from therapy dogs available to ALL students at the beginning of the new year. During their visits, the therapy dogs will be available for individual kids and small groups who may need a social or calming visit as recommended by our school counselors or classroom teachers. .


We acknowledge that all students may not want to visit with a therapy dog, and are providing you the opportunity to opt your child out of any visits either individually or when they visit the whole class.


Opt Out Form


Read-A-Thon Updates from the PTO!

RAMS Read-A-Thon Week 1 Update

Congratulations to your students! They have done a great job with the first week of our read-a-thon! Now is your chance to recognize their efforts. Please donate to support the Holliston PTO. Your donations help fund important student events, teacher grants, and school programs throughout the year. Thank you for your support.

Online donations are encouraged! RAMS 2023 Read-A-Thon Donation

We now accept Venmo! @HollistonPTO

(note student’s name/grade in comments)

Checks made payable to: Holliston PTO



Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 4-8p; Print this page and bring to Bazel’s and PTO receives a portion of the proceeds



Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 4-8p at Urban Air in Bellingham; Mention you are with the Holliston PTO when buying your ticket and Urban Air will donate 10% of the proceeds to Holliston PTO


Townwide PTO Meeting

Our next Townwide PTO meeting will be Monday, February 13 at 7:00pm at the HHS Library. We look forward to having you there.


Join the MS PTO!


It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join! Just $25 to support your child, their teachers and many school programs.

Prize Details




Middle School PTO Meeting

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


Join the Middle School PTO!

It’s easy – visit www.HollistonPTO.org to join! Just $25 to support your child, their teachers and many programs within the school.


PowerSchool Parent Account

PowerSchool Parent Account


If you still need help setting up your parent account in PowerSchool, please contact Tina Cortis at cortist@holliston.k12.ma.us.


Track and Field Registration

Some families have recently inquired about track and field registration for the spring. We are still quite a ways out from that. However, if you would like to 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 21 @ 8AM

Closes March 25 @ 3PM


Track and Field Registration for current 6th Grade Students

Lottery sign up March 21 @ 8AM through March 25 @ 3PM


Practice starts on April 4


WANTED - Paraprofessionals

Robert Adams Middle School is seeking paraprofessionals to be part of our school community! If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact David Jordan (jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us) or Jesse Conant (conantj@holliston.k12.ma.us). In our school, paraprofessionals will work with children individually or in small groups, providing instruction on reading, writing, math, and other education related activities.


WANTED - Bus Monitors

RAMS is seeking bus monitors to help assist our student needs regarding the transportation of students to and from RAMS. Please reach out to David Jordan (jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us) or Jesse Conant (conantj@holliston.k12.ma.us) if interested.


A Window Into RAMS

We would like to share a handful of recent photos which we hope to help provide a nice window into RAMS!


8th Graders beautifying our student courtyard

Thanks to such a helpful crew!

7th Graders debating in social studies class!

7th graders were debating the cultural achievements of ancient China and ancient India this past week.

6th Grade Wellness class

6th graders debriefing with Mrs Boucher and Mr Kwas this past week in wellness class!

RAMS Calendar


16 - No school - MLK Day

25 - RAMS Middle of the Middle for 7th Grade

26 - 7th Grade Health Screenings

26 - Safe and Supportive Lesson #4 (Understanding Anti-Semitism)

27 - No school - Professional Development Day for Faculty



1 - Winter Walk, Bike, Roll to School Day

8 - Early Release Day (PD Day for Staff)

20-24 No school - February Vacation


RAMS Quote of the Day

"Behind every child who believes in themselves is a parent who believed first."

-Matthew L. Jacobson


Contact RAMS
Check out all the great things our students doing on our Instagram! @ramstagramhps

Email: conantj@holliston.k12.ma.us
Website: https://adams.holliston.k12.ma.us/
Location: 323 Woodland Street, Holliston, MA, USA
Phone: 508-429-0657