The Raptor Report

RHAM Middle School

Week of January 3 - 7, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Happy New Year! I hope everyone is enjoying today's snow day (with unexpected amounts around the State)! This past week after the holiday recess, students and staff made a nice transition back into the school routine. Next week, our 8th grade students will be looking at their PSAT 8 scores in their advisories and learning a little more about how they can use the scores to assess their individual strengths and weaknesses. There are only a couple of weeks left to this quarter (ends January 25th) and I encourage everyone to check in with their child(ren) to see how they are doing and to have them seek help if needed. Please also remind them that their teachers and counselors are available to assist them when needed.


That's all I have for today. There are a few notes to share below. Quick reminder that this coming Friday, January 14th is an Early Dismissal Day at 11:45 AM.


Enjoy the snow and have a wonderful weekend. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.


Thank you,

Michael Seroussi

Important Dates

  • January 14-Early Dismissal (11:45 AM)
  • January 17-No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • January 25-End of Quarter 2 Marking Period
  • January 26-No School (Staff Development)
  • January 27-Quarter 3 Marking Period Begins
  • January 27-Middle School Winter Concert (7:00 PM Band/Chorus)
  • February 10-HS 8th Grade Parent Night (6:30 PM if Virtual / 7:00 PM if In-Person)
  • February 11-8th Grade Transition Day (for students, during school day)
  • February 17-(snow date) HS 8th Grade Parent Night (see above)
  • February 18-Early Dismissal (11:45 AM)
  • February 21-No School (President's Day)
  • February 22-No School (School Recess)

News and Notes

RHAM Middle School - ATHLETICS UPDATE

RHAM Middle School Athletics - Student Spectators:

The decision to not allow student spectators at middle school athletic events is a long deliberated and hard decision to come to. Ultimately, during this time of extremely high community spread of COVID-19, the following reasons were considered to minimize the risk of any unnecessary outbreak that would jeopardize our school remaining open and our athletic teams finishing their season.


  • The majority of schools in our Middle School League have eliminated student spectators for the time being.

  • Some schools are eliminating spectators altogether as a prevention measure. We’d like to continue to allow families to watch their children participate.

  • Middle school gymnasiums and seating sections, including ours, do not support the opportunity for appropriate and/or comfortable social distancing from each other, which at this time with high state and community spread is important to many people. Not having student spectators provides a better opportunity to accomplish this.

  • Proper mask wearing at athletic events is a major and important concern across the state right now. Policing student sections to wear masks from 2:15 (when school ends) to 5:00 PM (when a game ends) adds an additional challenge to afterschool management at a time where we are already struggling to be able to appropriately staff events.

  • Right now, per state guidelines a student-athlete who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to isolate from School Athletic Activities for 10 days and then once they receive medical clearance from a Doctor, they are required to complete a Return to Play protocol with our Athletic Trainer that can take an additional 7-10 school days. This essentially ends any positive student-athlete’s winter season and this is something we want to avoid at all costs. Eliminating the potential spread amongst any student at a game helps to minimize this risk for student-athletes.


Community and statewide spread of COVID-19 is extremely high right now. Our primary goal is to keep our schools safe and open. A secondary and important goal for the Athletic Dept. is to keep our teams playing and finish the season. As with this entire pandemic, rules change as the situation changes. If towards the end of the season we aren't feeling the impacts of the extremely high community spread and we feel we can more safely provide this experience to non-competing students, we will. For right now, we feel this gives us the best chance of finishing our seasons, as well as finishing our seasons with at least having parents remain at the games.
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Message from Guidance

The week before break, School Counselors were in 7th grade classrooms teaching a lesson via Second Step about Conflicts and Perspectives. The objective for students by the end of this lesson was for students to be able to explain how to listen to and consider someone else's perspective during a conflict.


Before the break, and again on Monday, a letter was emailed home to 8th grade families with instructions on how to help your student create a CollegeBoard account. We would greatly appreciate it if you could work with your student on creating a CollegeBoard account prior to Tuesday of next week. Beginning Tuesday next week, School Counselors will be working with 8th grade students during three Advisory periods to troubleshoot any issues students had with creating a CollegeBoard Account, give students basic PSAT score interpretation information, and help students link their CollegeBoard accounts to Khan Academy. Khan Academy provides students with individualized PSAT/SAT practice based on their PSAT scores. After the lessons next week, a Google Slide presentation will be posted on the School Counseling website that will provide you and your student with more detailed information about interpreting PSAT scores if you are interested.

AHM Youth Services - Updates/News

Founder of Around the Worlds Non-Profit Is Coming to RHAM High School!


The SOAR Youth Group is inviting RHAM High School and RHAM Middle School students to a presentation given by Stephen Schirra who will talk about his amazing non-profit Around the Worlds and his own personal journey that led to its creation. Presentation will be at RHAM High School on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 2:30 to 3:30PM at no cost to the students.

Please see the full information document HERE.


Other Resources:

https://drugfree.org/article/how-to-talk-with-your-kids-about-vaping/

https://amplifyct.org/

https://ahmyouth.org/


Project Graduation...

AHM Project Graduation Committee is in need of parent volunteers to help plan the 2022 all-night event for RHAM Seniors & help at fundraisers! Please visit the Project Graduation page and see all the fun ways you can get involved! Click HERE.

RHAM Community News/Events

RHAM Speaker Event - Endre (Andy) Sarkany - February 3, 2022

***EVENT POSTPONED - RESCHEDULE DATE TBD***

In light of the continual increase in the State's COVID positivity rates, the decision was made to postpone REF's Speaker Event with Holocaust Survivor Andy Sarkany with a reschedule date TBD.

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Reminders

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Student Clubs and Activities!

It is never too late to join a club or activity! Even if a club has already started, most clubs have the ability for you to jump right into the activities. Please see the office or club advisor for details.


Running:

  • Art Club - Meets every Tuesday from 2:15 - 3:15 pm in Room 237. Please contact Mrs. Gradie for more information.
  • GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) - This all inclusive club plans meets to plan different activities to help spread equality and inclusion for all. We paint murals, play games and engage in other school wide awareness activities. Meets every other Wednesday from 2:20-3:00pm in Room 136.
  • Math Club - Meets every Wednesday from 2:15-3:15pm in Room 100. All grades, all levels of math abilities are welcome!
  • Card Game Club - Meets alternate Thursdays from 2:15-3:45pm in Room 103. Card games and board games of all kinds are welcome and encouraged! Contact Mr. Conroy for more information.
  • Environmental Club - Meets every Thursday at 2:15-3:00pm in Room 115.
  • Jazz Band - Meets every Tuesday from 2:15-3:30pm. Students should sign-up on the bulletin board in the Music Hallway.
  • Yearbook Club - Meets every Tuesday after school until 3:30 pm in Room 123. All are welcome, please see Ms. Sinosky or Mrs. Allard for more details.
  • Drama Club (RMS) - began with it's informational meeting on this year's edition of "Radio Play" on Wednesday, October 6th from 2:20-3:30 pm in the High School Auditorium. More information to come.
  • Lego Club - Meets every other Wednesday from 2:15-3:30 pm in Room 123. Come build with your friends where Everyone is a Master Builder! See Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • RHAM Race Team - (formally Alternative Energy Race Team) Meets every Thursday from 2:15-3:30 pm in Rm 122. See Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • Future Problem Solvers Club - Meets on Monday evenings at RHAM High School from 6:00-7:00 pm. For more information, please contact Sherri Pelletier at sherri.pelletier@gmail.com.
  • TSA/VEX - (Technology Student Association) If you are interested in Co2 Cars, Programming, Public Speaking, Problem Solving and/or VEX Robotics, this club is for you. Meets every other Wednesday from 2:20-3:30 pm in Room 123. See Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • RHAMblings - student literary magazine. Meets once a month (dates TBD). Please contact Ms. Golas for more information and details.


Ongoing After School Help:

  • PM Study - Meets Tues/Wed/Thurs afternoon. Grade 7 in Rm 112 and Grade 8 in Rm 206. Please see school counselor for a PM Study Contract if interested.
  • Math Lab - Meets every Tuesday, Room 101, Mrs. Kane
  • Writing Lab - Meets every Wednesday, Room 110, Mrs. Day-Canty


Upcoming:

  • Ski & Snowboard Club-The trips are scheduled for the following Tuesdays, from 2:10-8:00 pm (returning to RHAM aprox. 8:30 pm); January 4, 11, 18, 25, and February 1 (make up February 8). See either Mr. Stein, Mrs. Belanger, or Mrs. Beaulieu for more information.
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Please read the latest update in the News above regarding game spectators.


Please utilize the FamilyID Link for information or updates from athletics.

FamilyID Link

Click here to register your child on FamilyID

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RHAM MS Attendance Form (click here)

Fill out the attendance form when your child will be late, dismissed early or absent from school

Notes From the Nurse

** Friendly reminder to please make sure to inform the school nurse if your student is presenting with any Covid-19 symptoms, has been tested for Covid-19 or has been exposed to Covid-19.**

Although CDC does not currently recommend conducting universal symptom screening at school, students should not attend school when they are sick. Home symptom screenings rely on students and their parents, guardians, or caregivers initially identifying when the student may have signs and symptoms of illness and to take action (such as staying home). Please use this tool every day to ensure that your child is healthy and ready for learning.


KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF ANY OF THESE ARE TRUE:

Any of these Symptoms...

  • Fever above 100.4 when taken by mouth
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • Loss of taste or smell


Travel Guidelines

Students who travel outside of the state must follow the CDC Travel Guidelines. Vaccinated people do not need to test or quarantine. If they are not vaccinated it is recommended that they get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days. If your child plans on travelling, please call the school nurse to discuss the necessary precautions.


Nut Free School

We are still a nut free school, so please be sure your child is not bringing food products with nuts in them.


COVID-19 Mask, Washing, and Physical Distancing Guidelines

Please review our Mask, Washing, and Physical Distancing Guidelines for they have been updated.


Vaccinations

  • If your child has symptoms after being vaccinated, please keep them home from school.

  • If they come to school while having COVID symptoms that may or may not be due to the vaccination, the nurse must treat the students as though they may be COVID positive, which includes isolating them, sending them home, and requiring testing/quarantining.

RHAM School 2021-2022 Calendar

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2021-2022 RHAM Academic Calendar

Print out a copy of the 2021-2022 RHAM Academic Calendar.

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Lunch Menu for Week of 1/10 - 1/14 (Grab & Go Lunch 1/14 - Early Dismissal)

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The Regional School District #8 Food & Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. We may need to make quick substitutions to our menu(s) based upon what we are able to acquire. We want to help limit the effects this has on our students, and we are doing out best to provide updates about menu changes as soon as possible after we identify an issue.


As you may be aware, nationwide shortages and delays have affected the availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items that we've been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow. The entire food service industry is currently faced with unprecedented shortages and massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, in addition to food service department labor shortages.


Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious and appetizing meals for your children, and we will ALWAYS have a meal for them every day. We appreciate your community support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year. Participation helps our program to stay strong, as well as ensures everyone gets a nutritious meal. We look forward to serving our customers every day.

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Additional Food Service Information

Click here to find out more about what our food service has to offer

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Bus Information

Buses

· The link to bus routes is posted on the RHAM Middle School website on the main page or under the "Parent" drop down menu, or you are welcome to click the link below.


General directions to find your child’s bus:

· Go to RHAM Middle School Website

· Click on the Bus Icon/Bus Routes (in yellow band) or click link below to bring you directly to Dattco's site.

· Click on "RHAM School Search Routes Link"

· Enter your address in boxes


  • Address Box - fill in Street Number
  • Next Box - fill in Street Name & Zip Code (use abbreviations for St., Rd, Ln., Dr.)
  • Click RHAM HS-MS 01
  • Click Submit

· Your stop with both AM and PM times should be listed, along with bus number and location of pick up/drop off.

· If all that comes up is one road and it is not yours, click the down arrow and find your Road. The stop(s) on that road will be listed there.

***Please note: Not all bus stops will be at your residence. There may be a group stop just a few houses away or on the corner of 2 intersecting roads*


We also want to remind you to please have your student out waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the estimated pick up time and have them stay out about 10 minutes after estimated pick up time. Bus drivers will be working hard to arrive at the estimated time but the first few days there may be some buses that arrive early or are delayed.