Welcome to the PTSO!
The PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) includes representatives from both the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and RJ Grey Junior High School. Our mission is to serve the schools in the following ways:

Communication ─ We interact directly with the home, school, school committee and community through email newsletters
  • Sign up for the Junior High & High School Weekly Chatter, that tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming school week with a separate edition for each school
  • Sign up for Grey Matters, Junior High Principal Shen’s weekly newsletter
  • Update your Email Profile
Financial Support ─ Your donations provide students with extended afternoon library staffing, Agendas & folders for all 900 RJG students, Wellness Initiatives, Window Seat, Student Leadership Conferences, Career Speakers/Author Visits, Senior Scholarships, Freshman Orientation and Student Directories. 
Speaker Forums ─ Our annual speaker series provides forums for students, parents, faculty and the community. The ABRPTSO works closely with the school administration and other community organizations to identify topics of most interest and relevance to our community.
INTERFACE Referral Service ─ this mental-health and wellness referral help line connects people of all ages to mental health providers. Due to our contract with INTERFACE, the service is free to Acton and Boxborough residents. More information is available here.

ABRPTSO Co-Chairs
Kavitha Manikandan and Deanne O'Sullivan

  • Thursday, November 29 - College Information Night for Juniors and Parents - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 7 - Red Cross Blood Drive

Join ABRPTSO Today!

Please sign up for your annual PTSO Membership online now by clicking here. Once you have paid the dues, you may pick up student directory(ies) as follows:
STUDENT DIRECTORY PICK-UP:
ABRHS - Go directly to the School Store
RJG - Go directly to the Main Office

Upcoming Community Forums on the AB School Building Project

Two community forums will be held in the RJ Grey Junior High library:
  • Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm
Click here to see a flyer with details about the forums.
If you have questions, please email abbuilding@abschools.org.

College Info Night for Class of 2020 Parents and Students - Nov 29th

On Thursday, November 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the H.S. auditorium, the Counseling Department will host a College Information Night designed to share the steps in the planning process that students will participate in this year and next. Since counselors will be presenting this information directly to their juniors, this event is designed for parents and guardians, but juniors are welcome to attend. An introduction by Counseling Department Chair Todd Chicko will be followed by a panel which will provide various perspectives and resources to the audience.
Panelists:
  • Boston University: Rachel Boyle, Sr. Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Brandeis University: Haley Shore, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Holy Cross: Drew Carter, Sr. Associate Director of Admissions
  • Roger Williams: Amy Tiberio, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell: Douglas Seed, Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA): Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning at MEFA
Questions for the panelists are welcome before the event. Please direct any questions to Jen Gabel: jgabel@abschools.org

Red Cross Blood Drive - Dec 7th

The ABRHS Student Council is hosting its annual blood drive on Friday, December 7th from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Blood donations save millions of lives per year, and being a donor is an easy way to give back to the community. Students who are 18 years old or at least 17 years old with parent permission are encouraged to join the Student Council in contributing to a great cause. Parental consent forms and general information are available in the Counseling Center.

Toys for Tots

The Class of 2021 is running the annual Toys for Tots Drive at AB from now until December 7th. Toys for Tots, a 70-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to less fortunate children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by Marines and volunteers offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  
Students and parents can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the ABRHS Counseling Center.

Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop - Dec 10th

A representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will present a Basic Rights in Special Education workshop on Monday, December 10, from 7-9 p.m. in the RJ Grey Junior High library, 16 Charter Road, Acton. Families will get an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts special education law. The workshop is designed to help parents/guardians learn to be effective partners with their child's school to determine their child's eligibility for special education and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child's progress. This free, public event is hosted by the Acton-Boxborough, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Maynard, and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from their school districts. RSVPs appreciated for planning purposes to abrsdsepac@gmail.com.  

ABRHS Community Service Program News

Volunteer Hours Report Forms Due Wednesday, December 5 
"Accept the Challenge" Volunteer Hours Reports are due December 5. Students must submit the online form to report their 2018 volunteer hours in order to be considered for recognition. All students have received an email with instructions and they can access the report form at this link:  Online Volunteer Hours Report FormStudents must be logged in to their abschools email to access the link. If your student has questions about their community service hours, please ask them to contact Mrs. Dempsey or Mrs. Chiauzzi. All forms and information volunteering and the recognition are listed on our website at this link: ABRHS Community Service Website 
Seeking Auction Items for our Annual Community Service Fundraiser: 
Our seventh annual online auction to raise funds for the ABRHS Community Service Program will be held January. If you'd like to donate an auction item, or learn more click here: ABRHS Community Service Auction Donation Form Donation.  Ideas include (but are not limited to!):
  • Tickets to a sporting event, concert or play
  • Themed Gift Baskets
  • Meals
  • Desserts
  • Professional Services
  • Handmade items
  • Yard Work, Shoveling
  • Artwork, Photography
  • Gift Certificates and much more!
Community Service Awards Night 
Save the date: Community Service Awards Night will be held the evening of Wednesday, January 23, 2019. 
Send us photo of your student volunteer: One of the highlights at the annual Community Service Awards Night will be a slide show of AB students volunteering during 2018. If you would like a photo of your student included, please email it to Melissa Dempsey. Photos can be of group projects or individuals volunteering, team projects, class projects, local projects, mission trips or other volunteering outside of the area. Please be sure to include the name of any students and the volunteer activity. Please send your photos by the end of November.

Wondering About Access to Mental Health Services?

INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health resource and referral Helpline that helps children, adults and families, in subscribing communities, become connected with mental health and wellness resources.
INTERFACE Referral Service looks forward to continuing to help residents of Acton & Boxborough find a successful match with an outpatient mental health provider in their area, who is able to see them at a convenient time, takes their insurance or meets their fee requirement, as well as meets their clinical needs.
Please call the William James College INTERFACE Helpline at 617-332-3666 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, for resource information and/or provider referrals from a mental health professional. Please also review the very extensive website at http://interface.williamjames.edu for additional information about the service, as well as resources on mental health and wellness across the lifespan.

NEW Online Payment System - eFunds for Schools

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is pleased to introduce a new payment option called eFunds for Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments online and is user-friendly. Not only will parents/guardians have the ability to have various school fees electronically withdrawn from a checking account or charged to a credit card, they also have the flexibility to make a payment at any time. This system has already been used for fall athletic fees, select activity fees and PSAT registration. Other uses will follow. Click on this link for detailed information and to set up an account.

High School Store

The high school store has lots of great new AB apparel!  It's never too early to start thinking about holiday gifts.  Stop by anytime - we are open 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM Mon - Fri and are located right off the main lobby of the High School. Gift Certificates in any amount are also available. You can find everything online at  https://sites.google.com/abschools.org/school-store.

The ABRHS Library is on Social Media

Want to stay up to date about what's going on in the library? Follow us on Twitter (@ABRHS_Library) and Instagram (@abrhslibrary) for the latest updates and news!

Counseling Department Communications

Follow the ABRHS Counselnig Department on social media to stay up to date with information, event plans, and news articles of interest.

Free Driver Education Help

A free online driver education service is now available through the library's partnership with driving-tests.org. The program includes practice tests that are based on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor vehicles materials, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL (commercial driver's license) practice tests and online driver's manuals for car, motorcycle, and CDL. In addition, there's a FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.
To access the free program visit: http://actonml.driving-tests.org, or the library's E-Resources page. No registration is required.

Across the Board

Across the Board: Life at ABRHS is the school's news website containing write-ups and photos of some of the many school activities. Click here to see the latest goings on.


Join the ABRPTSO Now
For just a $50 Contribution

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The ABRPTSO will only spend the amount we collect, so our success depends on you! 

One $50 membership contribution per family, per school year. 

This contribution is tax deductible.
The PTSO is a registered 501(c)3.



ABRPTSO Meetings

  • Sep 12, 2018
  • Nov 14, 2018
  • Jan 9, 2019
  • Mar 13, 2019
  • May 15, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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