The Raptor Report

RHAM Middle School

Week of 11/21 - 11/25, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We all would like to express our gratitude for our entire school community. We wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. We thank you for all your continued support in helping to make RHAM Middle School a special place for our students and staff.


There are a few additional notes/reminders below.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions and enjoy your holiday weekend,

Michael Seroussi

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Upcoming Important Dates:

  • November 23 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM
  • November 24-25 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Recess)
  • December 9 - 8th Grade Power of Words Ceremony
  • December 9 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM
  • December 23 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM
  • December 26-30 - NO SCHOOL (School Recess)
  • January 2 - NO SCHOOL (School Recess)
  • January 3 - School Resumes

News and Notes

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Message from Guidance...

Grade 7:

On Wednesday this week, Inquiry 7 students participated in our lesson on Defining Harassment and Student's Rights. Please check in with your student to see if they have any questions. We've encouraged them to ask you any questions as well.

This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Bullying vs. Harassment
  • Definition of Sexual Harassment
  • Flirting vs. Harassment
  • Recognizing Sexual Harassment
  • Student rights in regards to harassment
  • Dangers of sexting and social media
  • Legal consequences of sexting
  • Tips to prevent sexting

114 Coats were donated to Covenant Soup Kitchen!

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Order Your Middle School Yearbook!

You can order HERE.

2022-2023 RHAM Academic Calendar

Print out a copy of the MOST RECENT RHAM Academic Calendar.

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Notes from the Nurse

Attention 7th grade parents - This is a friendly reminder that every 7th grade student is required to have a physical during their 6th or 7th grade year. The physical must be dated between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2023. Please submit your child's physical to the school nurse as soon as possible. Link for a blank copy of health assessment is found below. Students can bring the paperwork to the nurse's office or you may email them to Lucy Bernier at lucy.bernier@rhamschools.org. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the nurses office.

8th Grade Parents - Health Authorization Update

It’s that time of the year when we need updated required health authorizations. Please click on the link and follow the instructions to update your student’s health information via your PowerSchool Parent Portal, so that we may better serve your child’s health needs. Thank you!


Health Update Instructions Link

Attendance - Absent/Late Arrival/Early Dismissal

FRIENDLY REMINDER - If your child is going to be absent from school, arriving late, or dismissing early, you must report to the school by either filling out the Nurse's Office Form or calling (860)228-9423 X4008 by 8:30 A.M. The link can also be found on the RHAM Middle School website under the “Parents” tab.
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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.


Contact Club Advisor to confirm start date of club:

  • Art Club - Meets every Tuesday from 2:15 - 3:15 pm in Room 237. Please contact Mrs. Gradie for more information.
  • Home Economics Club - Meets every other Wednesday 2:15 - 3:30pm. Contact Mrs. Gonzalez or Mrs. Barber with questions.
  • GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) - This all inclusive club plans different activities to help spread equality and inclusion for all. The club could paint murals, play games and engage in other school wide awareness activities. Meets every other Thursday from 2:10-3:15pm in the Team Room.
  • Newspaper Club - Students help create & publish a school newspaper - See more info HERE. No need to be a member to submit articles. Send your article to Mrs. Lynch. Meets Thursdays 2:15-3:30pm in Room 142. Contact Mrs. Sue Lynch for more information.
  • Math Club - Meets every other Wednesday from 2:15-3:30pm 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 - The goal of the club is to work together to make our school and community a greener place to be. Students will decide what projects and activities they would like to undertake. Meets every Tuesday from 2:15-3:00pm in Room 115.
  • Brass Band Meets every Wednesday from 2:25-3:00pm.
  • 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 contact Ms. Sinosky or Mrs. Allard for more details.
  • Drama Club (RMS) - Production has begun, performance dates end of February 2023. Contact Ms. Filosa for more information.
  • 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! Contact 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. Contact Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • Future Problem Solvers Club - Meets on Wednesday evenings at RHAM High School Room 115 from 6:45-8:00 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. Contact Ms. Sinosky for more information.
  • RHAMblings - Student literary magazine. Meets once a month (dates TBD). Please contact Ms. Golas for more information and details.
  • World Language/French Club - Meets every other Thursday (opposite weeks of Spanish Club) after school in Room 201. Please contact Mr. Ndao for more information and details.
  • World Language/Spanish Club - Meets every other Thursday (opposite weeks of French Club) after school in Room 200. Please contact Mrs. Sanady(Shabazian) for more information and details.


Ongoing After School Help:

  • PM Study - Meets Tues/Wed/Thurs afternoon. Please contact school counselor for a PM Study Contract if interested.
  • Math Lab - Meets every Thursday, Room 101, Mrs. Kane
  • Writing Lab - Meets every Wednesday, Room 203, Mrs. Banks
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IMPORTANT!

We wanted to let you know that breakfast and lunch is free, temporarily! You can select one breakfast meal and one lunch meal per day, free of charge! At some point this year, we will go back to charging for meals, but we will give you 30 days' notice.


Important Food Service information from the school's cafe provider, Whitsons. Please read through the complete information HERE that has further explanation for the food program.


You will still need to enter your ID at the Cafeteria or Breakfast locations. Also, you'll need to select all components to receive a free meal.


What does this mean?

Breakfast- 2 servings grain + 1 fruit/veg

Lunch- 3-5 servings-- one MUST be fruit/veg


How much do second meals cost?

Breakfast $2.40 (reduced $0.30)

Standard Lunch (Frait Express, La Cucina, Ruby's Grill) $3.10 (reduced $0.40)

Premium Lunch (Deli station/Coyote Grill/Pop up) $3.80 (reduced $0.40)


We always have a la carte items for sale, so please ensure you have funds on your account. We also accept cash or checks at the registers.


If you have any questions, please reach out to our Food Service Manager, Kate Caselli at either kathleen.caselli@rhamschools.org or at 860-228-9474 ext. 3710

At the middle school, we have two lunch waves, the first one starts at 10:35am and the second one starts at 11:20am. We know that students often get hungry either before/and or after lunch so they bring a snack to keep in their locker.


We like to remind everyone that, because of allergies, no nut products are allowed in school. There are times when families find themselves in need of some support to ensure that their children are able to get lunch at school. If you feel that you are in need of some support then please see the Free/Reduce information under the parent tab and then click on food service. (https://rms.rhamschools.org/parents/FoodService/free_and_reduced_info )

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Lunch Menu - Nov. 28th - Dec. 2nd

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COMMUNITY NEWS / EVENTS

AHM Youth Services

PROJECT GRADUATION PLANNING GUIDE


AHM Youth Representatives Wanted!

If you're interested in becoming a Youth Representative on the AHM Board of Directors - Click HERE for the flyer.


SOAR Youth Group:

SOAR is a student-based group allowing RHAM Middle School and RHAM High School students the opportunity to make positive changes at RHAM through service and education. Students are encouraged to use their voices as they work as a team planning small events and activities. SOAR is an AHM-sponsored youth group under the direction of Prevention Coordinator Jenn Boehler and RHAM High School School Counselor, Aly Hoagland.

RHAM Youth Baseball

RHAM Youth Baseball is now officially a Little League organization, and with that we are now offering a rec baseball program for kids ages 12 to 16. Attached is information about the new program for middle and high school students who are looking for a fun spring baseball league with equitable play.

Click HERE for more information.

RHAM Girl Scouts - Children's Holiday Craft Fair coming soon!

Troops are busy putting the finishing touches on their unique, handmade items that will be available for purchase at the 28th annual Children’s Holiday Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd from 9am – 12pm at the Marlborough Elementary School Community Room.

Open to the public, the fair is the ideal holiday shopping destination for ages 2 to 102! All items are priced at $5 or under, and each purchase comes with FREE gift wrapping.

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LATE BUS - General Information

  • Late buses run Monday - Thursday (No Fridays).

  • Students are picked up at the Middle School around 4:00pm.

  • There is 1 bus per town.

  • Bus routes are determined at the time of pickup, based upon how many students are on the bus and student locations, the amount of time it takes to get home will vary. You might not be dropped off at your actual home, you could be dropped off up to 1 mile away.

  • You will report to the library after your activity or event and wait there doing school work, etc until the late bus arrives.

  • You must be staying after school for an event or activity.

  • You can’t leave the school grounds then come back to take the late bus.

  • You must sign up in the After School Binders if you are staying after school, which can be found in front of the office during the day or in your lunch waves.

  • All students staying after school whether you are walking home, getting picked up or taking the late bus MUST sign up in the After School Binders.

  • If you are on a sports team and need to take the last bus, you MUST also sign up in the late bus binder.