RAMS News- September 18, 2023

Tina Cortis

September 19, 2023


  • RAMS Open House-UPDATED

  • Keefe Regional Technical School-8th Grade

  • Winter Sports Registration

  • RAMS Academic Recommendations

  • RAMS Clubs & Activities

  • Holliston PTO

  • RAMS Paraprofessionals Wanted

  • RAMS Mark Your Calendar

  • RAMS Think it Over

RAMS Open House

This is the MOST UPDATED information, so please reference below for your dates and times.Thank you!


We are pleased to welcome families (adults only, please) back for our RAMS Open House. Please read the details about dates and times CAREFULLY. This is an important opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet their student’s teachers and hear about the particular skills, content, and expectations.


RAMS Open House is an adults-only event.



ONLY GRADE 6 families & unified arts/world language teachers on Wednesday, September 20th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


GRADES 7 and 8

ONLY GRADE 7 and 8 families on Thursday, September 21st from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


What to Bring:

Prior to attending, your student/students will provide you with their schedule, which you will follow during the event. Please ask your student for this schedule. We will have an extra copy at the event in the event your student loses track of this paper.

Keefe Regional Technical School-8th Grade

The 8th grade tour to Keefe Regional Technical School is scheduled for Friday, November 3rd at 11:30. Prior to that, 8th grade students will take part in an assembly here at RAMS, stay tuned for the date, which provides more information about the programs available at Keefe Regional Technical School. For more general information please visit their website at the following link. Keefe Regional Technical School.

Winter Sports Registration Date

Attention Parents/Caregivers: Middle school winter sports (wrestling), opens at 10:00 am on October 2nd (same as the high school). Wrestling is the only sport and is open to 5th-8th graders.

RAMS Academic Recommendations

This week and next, RAMS students will take the STAR Reading Assessment through Renaissance. This is a comprehensive reading assessment conducted once during their ELA class. This is a useful tool which we use for universal screening and progress monitoring. Students will take this assessment later in the year as well. This data is incredibly helpful for our staff to track student growth and target areas of improvement in both student skill and instructional practices.


STAR testing data in conjunction with student MCAS scores and common assessment scores are used as quantitative tools and parameters to gauge readiness for current 7th grade students when moving to 8th grade.


The following grade levels receive recommendations:

Grade 6 to 7: NO leveling to be recommended

Grade 7 to 8: Math and Science Only (Algebra & Honors Science)

Please see the attached link for a detailed description of this process, which will also be sent out to all 8th grade families. SY23-24: G8 Math and Science Course Descriptions and Placement Criteria

RAMS Clubs & Activities

Please click the following link to see RAMS Clubs and Activities! Clubs and activities started this past week or will be starting this week. 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.

Holliston PTO

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 Paraprofessionals Wanted

Robert Adams Middle School is seeking paraprofessionals. At RAMS, paraprofessionals will work with students, individually or in small groups, to provide instruction, supervise, and share positive energy. The impact paraprofessionals have on the educational system is immeasurable, and we at RAMS greatly value our paraprofessionals.


Interested applicants can apply using the following platform: SchoolSpring


If you are curious, please connect with us. You may know a new retiree, a recent college graduate, or a caring and positive person who would love to work with students. Contact David Jordan (jordand@holliston.k12.ma.us) or Karen Manning (manningk@holliston.k12.ma.us). Please share this plea far and wide as you see fit. Thank you in advance.

Mark Your Calendar


1 PD day-district, no school for students

4 Labor Day

5 Parent sports night @ 6:00 pm in RAMS auditorium

7 School picture day

14 School Committee @ 7:00PM

16 Rosh Hashanah

20-21 Open House: Grade 6 & Arts/WL Wednesday 6:00 pm-8:00pm (20) Grades 7 & 8 Thursday (21) 6:30pm-8:00pm

23 Celebrate Holliston

25 Yom Kippur/no school



9 Indigenous People’s Day/no school

5 School Committee @ 7:00PM

TBD Grade 7 health screenings

19 School Committee @ 7:00PM

25 Early release: 1/2 PD day (building)

26 Picture retakes


RAMS Think it Over

You can do this, RAMS.