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Miller Family News June 14, 2024
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Clever: Logging in from home

 

Important:   Clever recommends having the Clever browser extension installed on the device that students will use to access their Clever Portals. While it is not required in order for students to gain access to their Clever Portals, if the Clever extension is not present on a device the user will need to manually enter their login credentials when accessing SSO (Saved Passwords) applications through Clever.

 

Clever supports the following internet browsers:

  • Chrome

  • Firefox

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Apple Safari (we support this browser for general use with Clever, but not for SSO (Save Passwords) apps, as they do not currently offer a Safari Extension) 

***Click here for information on how to install the Clever extension

 

  • To log into the Clever Portal, go to Holliston’s Clever login page located on the Holliston website under the Students and Families tab.

  • Student’s username is last name followed by the 

           first three letter of their first name +@students.holliston.k12.ma.us
            (smithjoh@students.holliston.k12.ma.us)

  • Password is hollis+student lunch number (your child’s teacher can give you this number)

           (hollis1234)

**Make sure that no one else is logged into a personal email account, as this could cause a log-in error.



 

Communication email

Dear 5th-Grade Families,

It is hard to believe that the Holliston Public Schools are already making plans for the next school year!  We are so excited for your students to join us at the Robert Adams Middle School this fall. We know that the transition from elementary to middle school can be thrilling, but also confusing and intimidating at times. With that in mind, we want to provide you with an overview of the middle school schedule and course offerings.

A Typical Schedule

First, as an overview, here is a schedule for a typical day in 6th grade.

Homeroom

8:05 - 8:12

  • Homeroom = morning announcements, attendance
  • Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 = “on-team” and include math, science, social studies, and English classes.
  • World Languages (WL) = students attend a World Language class (Spanish, French, or French Immersion) every day.
  • Unified Arts (UA) = students will attend art, music (band, chorus, or general music), computer science, wellness/health, and wellness/physical education; each class meets once per week.
  • RAMS Block = students return to homeroom where they work on homework, projects, and missed work; receive extra help, attend support services, or participate in band and chorus ensemble.
  • Support Services = students who are on IEPs and 504s will be scheduled according to their plans.

Section 1

8:12 - 9:07

Section 2

9:09 - 10:03

Snack Break

10:03 - 10:10

Section 3

10:10 - 11:05

Section 4

11:07 - 12:02

Lunch

12:02 - 12:27

WL / UA 1

12:29 - 1:10

WL / UA 2

1:12 - 1:53

RAMS Block

1:55 - 2:28

 

 

 

On-Team Set-Up

At RAMS, teachers and students are grouped into teams (Teams 1, 2, and 3). All of the sixth grade is housed in one wing where team classrooms are clustered so students do not need to travel far when transitioning between classes.

In all three grades, Teams 1 and 2 are four-person teams, meaning that there are four on-team teachers: a math, a science, a social studies, and an English teacher. These teachers will teach four sections/class periods of their subject over the course of the day.  Team 3, however, is made up of only two on-team teachers: one teacher who teaches both math and science, and another teacher who teaches both English and social studies.  These teachers will have two sections of each subject, still then teaching a total of four sections/classes throughout the school day.  This small team structure exists solely due to student enrollment and class sizes.  In turn, this means that students on Teams 1 and 2 will rotate among four classrooms for their four on-team classes, and Team 3 students will rotate between two classrooms. Each team also includes a special education liaison and/or paraprofessional who attends various classes and sections to meet the needs outlined in IEPs.

All classes and team placements offered are unleveled and provide equal experiences for all students. There is no difference in content or opportunity across the teams. Therefore all students will be placed in their math, science, social studies, and English classes, and students and parents do not need to sign up for any on-team classes.

Off-Team Courses

World Languages and the Unified Arts classes are offered in a student’s schedule as well.  In a student’s schedule, this is when they travel “off-team” to attend classes in other parts of the building.  In this portion of their day, students are not grouped by team and will attend classes with peers from other teams in their grade. Students will need to sign up for specific World Language and Music classes.

 

World Language Options

For World Language, students will choose between Spanish, French, and French Immersion. Please consider the following factors when making your decision:

 

  • Sixth-grade Spanish is a continuation of the curriculum students have been learning at the elementary level. Students who have been taking Spanish and would like to continue with the language and culture should sign up for this class, as well as any student who is new to learning a language!

 

  • Sixth-grade French is an introductory-level course, where students who are newly interested in learning French or starting a language for the first time are welcome! This is also a great opportunity for students who would like to switch from the previously learned Spanish in elementary school to something new, or for students entering a world language class for the first time.
  • Students who are in French Immersion in elementary school will continue their learning in the French Immersion class.  This is a single class period where instruction picks up from where students left off in 5th grade. French content and instruction are not integrated into the on-team classes as experienced at Miller and instead are reserved for this one class period.

 

Music Options

At RAMS we offer five different Unified Arts classes, one for each day of the week. All students will be registered for these four classes: wellness/physical education, wellness/health, art, and computer science.  However, our music department provides three different options from which families must choose.

Please know that students can only register for ONE of these music class options, and their selection is a year-long commitment.

  • General Music provides students with an opportunity to learn performance and literacy skills and work in a keyboard lab to practice and produce music of varying types. This class only meets during a WL/UA block. There are no RAMS block or after-school commitments.
  • Chorus is a great option for students who participated in Miller Chorus, though all students are welcome - even without previous experience.  Chorus will develop a student’s vocal range, technique, and expressive capacity through a wide variety of musical styles, and perform for family and community members at different times throughout the year. This class will meet during a WL/UA block as well as meet once a week during RAMS block to rehearse the multiple chorus sections as a full ensemble.
  • Band is available for any student interested in playing a band instrument (woodwinds, brass, percussion). This includes students who are currently in the 5th-grade band program, as well as anyone looking to start! Band meets once/week during the school day in a WL/UA block, once/week as an ensemble during RAMS block, and once/week after school for ensemble again.
    • Please Note: Costs for instruments should not deter students from signing up for band. We have loaner instruments to ensure any student interested in learning a band instrument is able to do so. Please complete this Loaner Instrument Request form if you are interested in using a loaner instrument. If you have any additional questions, you may contact Matt Grina at grinam@holliston.k12.ma.us.

Please discuss the World Language and Music choices with your student as they will be making their selections during school in the next week or so using the PowerSchool student online portal.

Registering for PowerSchool

Separate from this communication, you will receive a letter providing you with instructions for creating a PowerSchool parent/guardian portal account. PowerSchool is a student information system, which houses contact information, course placements, schedules, and grades.   This letter will provide instructions and specific credentials related to your student to set up the account.  If you have any questions, please contact our Help Desk for assistance.  Once the account is created you will be able to discuss the course options for World Language and Music with your student on the Class Registration screen.

 

Parent Information Night

Additionally, the 5th-to-6th Grade Parent Information Night will be held on April 12 at 6:30 in the RAMS Auditorium. At this time RAMS administration will provide an overview of the middle school and be open to answering questions. Additional assistance with creating a PowerSchool parent/guardian account will be made available at that time. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Your RAMS Administration Team

David Jordan, Principal

Jesse Conant, Interim Assistant Principal

Tessa Piantedosi, Student Services Administrator

 

 


It is the policy of the Holliston Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, age or disability in its educational programs, services, activities, or employment practices.


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