RAMS News- January 30th

Tina Cortis

What's New at RAMS!

RAMS is Putting the FUN back in Executive FUNctioning!

Attention Parents:

We wanted to also provide families a regular, and useful executive functioning tool which be may be helpful for your RAMS student(s)!


Sometimes the way in which we ask questions can get kids to think about the process they are using to make decisions. In building awareness of what works for them and what doesn't, they develop as independent learners. Try changing up how you ask your child a question and see what happens!


The Right Questions


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


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.




Library Newsletter

RAMS is pleased to share our Library Newsletter to help keep our RAMS families updated on the great things that are occurring everyday with our students in our library. Great work!


Supplies Needed for Innovation Lab

We would greatly appreciate any student who could bring in the following materials to help supply the innovation lab for February and March:


Egg Cartons


Modge Podge

Magnet strip with self adhesive

White Glue

Hammers- can be used

Chalk Paint- Used is fine

Regular craft paint- Used is fine

Yarn- used rolls are fine

12 inch skewers


MCAS 2023 Scheduling

We are approaching that time of year again, when our statewide assessment for grades 6-8, MCAS will occur. For planning purposes we have published our Spring MCAS 2023 schedule below. It is important that students are present during the MCAS testing window.

2023 MCAS Schedule



Middle School PTO Meeting

Our next Middle School PTO meeting will be Tuesday, February 7 at 9:00 am. Please email hollistonpto@gmail.com if you would like to be on the distribution for meeting details.



Town-wide PTO Meeting

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


Join the 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.


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!


7th Graders working on their scale-drawing project

A strong, authentic learning assignment for our students.

7th Graders working on their scale-drawing project

Another photo of our students working hard!

Mrs McDaniel and 8th grade students

Mrs McDaniel working with our 8th grade students as they read Night in the library/media center.

RAMS Calendar


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

“Children are more educated by what the grown-up is and not by their talk.” –Carl Jung