The Raptor Report

RHAM Middle School

Week of 5/15 - 5/19, 2023

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The end of the year activities are in full swing! Today was a really nice day for the 7th grade outing and tonight our 8th graders have their dance. 8th grade students are looking forward to their outing to High Meadows on Thursday. The venue has a ton of activities and the kids should have a blast. The 8th graders are being reminded what they should pack for the day.

The district strategic planning committee will be hosting the second parent/guardian focus groups at the Middle School on May 22nd from 8:30am to 9:30 am. More information about these meetings can be found below. Please remember that next Friday, May 26th is an early release day.

As we enter into the end of the year, we are encouraging all students to have a strong finish to the year.

That is all I have for now.

Have a great weekend.

Michael Seroussi

Strategic Planning Focus Group

Strategic Plan Focus Groups - Monday, May 22 at 8:30 AM

RHAM has embarked on the process of updating the district’s strategic plan. An important part of the strategic planning process is to gather data from different stakeholders. We invite all parents and guardians of RHAM students to join us on Monday, May 22 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at RHAM Middle School to participate in focus groups.

The focus groups will be facilitated by staff from EASTCONN, a non-profit agency that serves the needs of eastern Connecticut’s schools and communities. Please join us to be a part of this important process. Updated information related to the strategic planning process can be found on the district’s website.

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • May 19 - 8th Grade Middle School Dance 7:00 - 9:00 PM

  • May 22-26 - Spirit Color Week (See Below)

  • May 22 - Strategic Plan Focus Group 8:30 - 9:30 AM

  • May 25 - 8th Grade Field Trip

  • May 26 - Governor's Get Outside and Play Day

  • May 26 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM

  • May 29 - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

  • May 29 - Memorial Day Parades

  • June 2 - Inquiry Team Award Ceremony (HS Auditorium) 8:30-10:00 AM

  • June 5 - Red Team Award Ceremony (HS Auditorium) 8:00-9:30 AM

  • June 6 - Green Team Award Ceremony (HS Auditorium) 8:00-9:30 AM

  • June 7 - Gold Team Award Ceremony (HS Auditorium) 8:00-9:30 AM

  • June 8 - Purple Team Award Ceremony (HS Auditorium) 8:00-9:30 AM

  • June 12 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM

  • June 13 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM

  • June 14 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM

  • June 15 - 8th Grade Promotion 8:00 - 9:30 AM (Outdoors)

  • June 15 - Early Dismissal 11:45 AM / Last Day of School

All dates are subject to change due to any weather closings.

UPDATED RHAM School Calendar 22-23

Download an Updated Calendar Here

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Coffee & Conversation - Join Us!

As the Superintendent, one of my goals is to meet as many parents and community members as possible. To help in this effort, I have hosted monthly opportunities for coffee and conversation with community members at various dates/times. Please see the final date for this year below.

  • 5/25/23: 6-7 PM High School library

I hope you’re able to attend.

Colin McNamara


News and Notes

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Message from Guidance...

Some conversations about important topics are tough to have with our children. How do you have those tough conversations productively and with compassion? Tough conversations can stir up strong emotions that we, as parents, get anxious about. Click here for a list of podcasts that spark these important conversations.

AMH Youth and Family services and the RHAM Middle School guidance team are happy to announce Mental Health Awareness Fridays. During Fridays in May, students are invited to participate in mental health awareness activities in the Middle School Team Room. Topics will include kindness, mindfulness, and positivity. Mental health resources will also be shared including school resources and mental health strategies for promoting kindness, mindfulness and positivity.


Media Center - Overdue Materials

The library catalog system will now send overdue notices to student emails each week and a paper copy of overdue items will be given to every homeroom teacher once a month. Students are reminded to check their email often for any overdue notices.

Chromebook Damage - Repair Costs

There has been an increase in damage being done to Chromebooks. Students are reminded to take care of them because they are property of the school. Students that damage a Chromebook intentionally will be charged to repair the Chromebook.

Click HERE for the student presentation and repair costs.

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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 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 for current information or questions:

  • 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. Contact Mrs. Nipper for more details.
  • 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 - Please contact Ms. Sinosky or Mrs. Allard for more details.
  • Drama Club (RMS) - Meetings continuing through the school year. 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
  • 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 after school in Room 201. Please contact Mr. Ndao 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 Tuesday in Room 208 or 217 with Mrs. Laccavole or Mrs. Ouellette and on Thursdays, Room 101 with Mrs. Kane
  • Writing Lab - Meets every Wednesday, Room 203, Mrs. Banks
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While all students are eligible for one free meal for both breakfast and lunch through the remainder of the school year, students will be charged for a la carte items or a second meal in accordance with school board policy. If students do not have adequate funds available in their MySchoolBucks account, they will not be permitted to charge items beyond the one free meal made available for breakfast and lunch.

Effective March 1, 2023, school breakfast and lunch meals will be available at no cost to all students through the remainder of the current school year. It is important to note the following information specific to free meals:

  • Only one school breakfast meal and one lunch meal per day will be provided at no cost for each student. A complete breakfast meal will consist of two servings of grain and one serving of fruit, at minimal. A complete lunch must consist of between 3 and 5 meal components; one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. It is not mandatory that students select milk.

  • Students will be charged for a la carte items or additional meals. A la carte items consist of secondary or partial meals as well as snack and beverage items, such as chips, cookies and ice cream. These range in price from $0.50 to $3.80. Second slices of pizza are always charged as a la carte.

Families are encouraged to ensure adequate funding is in their child’s My School Bucks account to cover the costs associated with additional meals and/or a la carte items. Funds can be deposited at the following link

Please Note - Families are responsible for meals purchased between January 11 and February 28, and notices will be sent home to alert families of any negative balances.

Families who may qualify for free or reduced meals are encouraged to submit an application if that has not already been done. Applications can be completed by contacting Jen Choma at 860-228-9474 ext. 3401, or by going to the following link.

The link below provides a video with instructions on how to complete an application for free and reduced price meals or free milk.

The link below provides information regarding information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

MySchoolBucks - Set Up Account

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

Lunch Menu - May 22nd - 26th

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AHM Youth Services


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.

Check out the upcoming Events & Activities for the group!

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.