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.

Deanne O'Sullivan

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 21 - PTSO Meeting - ALL ARE WELCOME
  • Oct 25 - Freshman Election Workshop - 3:00 p.m.
  • Oct 30 -  Picture Retake Day
  • Nov 1 - Family-Friendly Musical: Twice Charmed and Freaky Friday - 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 2 - Family-Friendly Musical: Twice Charmed and Freaky Friday - 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 3 - Family-Friendly Musical: Twice Charmed and Freaky Friday - 2:00 p.m.
  • Nov 5 - Faculty Professional Learning Day - NO SCHOOL for Students
  • Nov 5 - Junior Class Raking Day

Remember. Last. Year?

If you had a child at RJ Grey or ABRHS last year, you likely remember the madness of the ABRPTSO table at back-to-school night: remembering to bring your check, fighting the crowd to make your donation, clutching your paper directory as you traveled from class to class... With the advent of our new electronic directory, we have spared you all of that. (You're welcome!) But if we're being honest, we were a little lonely at our back-to-school-night tables this year. We missed you! More importantly, we need you.
We are so thankful to everyone who has already made a donation to the ABRPTSO, but we remain critically short of our overall goal of 900 participating families. Without broader support from the AB community, we may have to cut valuable programming at ABRHS and RJ Grey. Think about all that's at stake here: events like ice cream socials and dance parties, guest speakers and educational forums, staff appreciation events, scholarships for our graduating seniors, and so much more.
If you have not yet made your annual $50 donation, please do it now. Just click here and join online in a few easy clicks.
And the student directory is ready and waiting for you! Log in to your PowerSchool account and look for the Student Directory icon in the navigation menu on the left. You can even download it and save it as a PDF!
As always, thank you for supporting the ABRPTSO and, in turn, AB students, faculty, and staff!

Announcing Senior Central & Senior Wednesdays!

A new initiative this year invites seniors to take advantage of "Senior Wednesdays." Every Wednesday Room 152W (the Senior Seminar classroom) will become "Senior Central." This will be a location where all seniors can get questions answered about all aspects of senior year. Staffed by Ms.Kennedy and Ms. Hammond, this will be a space where seniors can:
  • Find space to work on college applications
  • Get information on how to obtain transcripts
  • Get assistance with using Naviance
  • Get information on yearbook portraits -- and all things relating to the yearbook
  • Ask any questions relating to senior year. Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hammond may not be able to answer all questions but will point seniors in the right direction or help them find answers.
Seniors should feel free to ask Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hammond any questions -- either on Wednesdays in person or by email any time.

Reminder Regarding Student Dismissals from School

If a student has an appointment requiring that he/she be released early, he/she must bring a note signed by a parent or legal guardian. The student must take the note to the Main Office prior to third period. The student will be dismissed without a note from home only in the case of an emergency. Students returning to school must check in at the Main Office when they arrive. Classes missed due to a student's failure to comply with the dismissal procedures will be considered truancies. Notes from parents dismissing their child after the absence has occurred will not be accepted.
If a student is sick, and the nurse determines that he/she should go home, the nurse will coordinate communication with home and officially dismiss the student. If the student arranges to go home directly with the parent, the parent must come into the Main Office, or call, to dismiss the student.
Students leaving campus with privileges are expected to return to class on time. In the event that a student is unable to return to a scheduled class, his/her parent must contact the Main Office on that day to excuse the absence.

National Honor Society Fall Community Events: Bikes Not Bombs & Veterans Day Breakfast

Bikes Not Bombs
The National Honor Society is currently planning for this year's Bikes Not Bombs event on Saturday, October 26th. Bikes Not Bombs is a New England organization that works to mobilize youth and adults by donating bicycles in effort to promote empowerment and social change. Most bikes are shipped to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and some are used in national youth programs. The National Honor Society is hoping to collect spare bikes from families in the AB community, which can be dropped off at the high school on 10/26 from 10:00-2:00. Members of the National Honor Society will them disassemble the bikes to transport them to this cause. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Veterans Day Breakfast - Sponsors Needed
The National Honor Society will be hosting the seventh annual Veterans Day Breakfast at the high school in conjunction with the Rotary Club, which celebrates the service of veterans residing in Acton and Boxborough. Last year, more than 300 veterans and their families were celebrated and served by more than 150 AB students, and we are expecting an even bigger turnout this year!  We are asking families and businesses in the Acton and Boxborough community to consider sponsoring a table for the breakfast. A $50 donation will sponsor a table of ten veterans and will go a long way towards honoring the more than 900 invited servicemen and women in our community. Checks can be made out to ABRHS. All donations will be honored with inclusion in the program and a public thank you during the ceremony.

Junior Class Raking Day, Tuesday, Nov 5 - 10:00 a.m. - noon

The Class of 2021 is organizing a community service project for Tuesday, November 5th (a no-school day), in conjunction with the Acton and Boxborough Councils on Aging. Students will be helping senior citizens with raking and yard clean-up. All juniors are invited to participate in this annual tradition and have received an email with details on how to sign up. Students have to provide their own transportation that day and may need help from families to arrange rides and carpools. Questions about Junior Class Raking Day can be directed Mrs. Dempsey in the Counseling Center.

Advanced Placement Course Information; Registration - until Nov 13

This year students taking an AP course will have to register their intent to take the Advanced Placement exam early in the year. Instructions on how to sign up have been distributed to every student enrolled in an H/AP course. It is important to follow the steps outlined in the handout and on the online registration site. Questions? Contact Mrs. Kelly at ckelly@abschools.org.

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.

Counseling Department Communications

What else is going on at A-B?
For photos and news briefs about goings on at Acton-Boxborough, check out AB Snapshots  
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For just a $50 Donation


Check out how the PTSO benefits our community! The PTSO will only spend the amount we raise, so our success depends on YOU!

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

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

ABRPTSO Meetings

  • Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019
  • Monday, Oct 21, 2019 (Rm 126E)
  • Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019
  • Monday, Jan 6, 2020 (Rm 126E)
  • Monday, Feb 10, 2020
  • Monday, Mar 16, 2020
  • Monday, May 11, 2020
  • Monday, Jun 8, 2020 (PTSO Social)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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