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 Chair
Deanne O'Sullivan

Calendar of Events

  • Sep 17 - Fall College Information Night @ 6:30 p.m. RJ Grey Auditorium
  • Sep 17 - ABRPTSO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. HS Room 115N
  • Sep 25 - School Council Meeting
  • Sep 26 - Back To School Night @ RJG, 7:00pm -8:45pm
  • Sep 30 - Rosh Hashanah - No School
  • Oct 3 - Early Release for Students
  • Oct 10 - Back To School Night @ ABRHS, 6:50pm - 9:05pm

In. Full. Swing!

All are welcome at the ABRPTSO Meetings! Interested in getting involved at the junior high or high school? There are many volunteer opportunities with the PTSO. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 @ 7-8:30pm in ABRHS Room 115N. We hope to see you there!  To learn more click HERE.
September activities are picking up steam! Now is the perfect time to do your part for the ABRPTSO, which does so much for RJ Grey and ABRHS. Your just-once-each-year annual donation funds important initiatives that range from extra librarian staffing at the high school and plan books for RJ Grey students to ice cream socials and dances.
Get your annual ABRPTSO membership now by clicking HERE. And once you've joined, remember to visit the ABRPTSO table at back-to-school night to pick up your student directory -- it's our thank you for becoming a member! You can also pay your $50 membership dues that night. Just please remember to bring cash or your checkbook!
RJ Grey Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 26 @ 7:00pm
ABRHS Back-to-School Night: Thursday, October 10 @ 6:50pm
Thank you so much for your consideration!

Student Volunteers Needed for PTSO

Do you want to be a leader? Do you want to earn Volunteer Hours or help your school? 
The ABRPTSO (Acton-Boxborough Regional Parent - Student - Teacher Organization) is looking for students to get involved with the PTSO - leading or serving on a committee!  For those who want to lead, we will train you on creating project plans, managing volunteers, negotiating and you will have a leadership position while earning Volunteer Hours!
Please contact Deanne O'Sullivan at abrptso1@abschools.org.

School Council Parent Representatives Needed - by Sep 15

The School Council is comprised of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The role of the Council is to provide insight and counsel to the principal. Among the specific responsibilities of the School Council are developing the annual School Improvement Plan and overseeing its progress. The Council meets five times during the school year (9/25, 11/20, 1/22, 3/18, 5/13) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. There are three openings this year for parent School Council representatives.
If you would like to run for a seat on the Council, please submit a short paragraph explaining why you would like to be part of the council and any relevant experience you may have to Lynn Hurley at lhurley@abschool.org by September 15th.

Understanding the College Application Process for Senior Parents (Fall College Night) - Sep 17

Fall College Night will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm in the RJ Grey Junior High Auditorium (please note location). A presentation on the pros and cons of early decision and early action will be directed at seniors who are planning on applying early to college and to those who are considering this option. In addition, counselors will review the procedures for students to follow in submitting applications and requesting transcripts, school reports, and teacher recommendations. This workshop offers students and parents a chance to review the steps and to have any general questions answered.
Please contact counselors Sara Clinton at sclinton@abschools.org or Lindsay Rosenman at lrosenman@abschools.org with questions.  

Advanced Placement Course Information; Registration - Sep 9 - 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.

PSAT/NMSQT 2019; Registration - Sep 23 - Oct 11

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be offered at Acton Boxborough Regional High School on Saturday, October 19, 2019 starting at 8:00 AM. The PSAT/NMSQT is a test typically taken in 11th grade that measures critical reading, math and writing skills and gives feedback about strengths and weaknesses in those areas. It is also the qualifying exam for 11th graders to enter the competition for National Merit Scholar scholarships and is a valuable tool to help prepare for the SAT. The ABRHS Counseling Department recommends that 11th-grade students considering applying to college take the PSAT/NMSQT. While some believe taking the exam in 10th grade could be "extra practice," it is only recommended if the student has completed both Algebra I and Geometry by the end of ninth grade. Juniors will be given priority in the registration process in order to ensure test availability.  
Please CLICK HERE for more instructions about registration which will run from 9/23/19 - 10/11/29.

Info for Seniors - College Reps Visiting A-B

Throughout the months of September and October over 150 college representatives will visit AB to give information to students. These sessions will take place in the Counseling Center and are an opportunity for students to learn more about colleges they are considering applying to, to ask questions, and to connect with an admissions officer. Seniors can sign up for visits during lunch, free periods, and class periods WITH TEACHER PERMISSION. Attendance will be taken, and college rep visits are considered an in-school field trip.
To sign up for a college visit, a student should: Sign into Naviance, go to the Colleges tab, click View All Upcoming Visits, click Sign Up to sign up, click the Sign Me Up button.
Signs up can only be done from STUDENT accounts, not from parent accounts. Questions can be directed to Counseling Department staff.

Clubs & Activities - Extracurricular Agreement Form Required for Student Participation

If your student is considering joining a club or activity this year, you need to complete the online Extracurricular Activity Agreement form. The form needs to be read and filled out by the parents and/or guardians with their student. The form and instructions can be found at this link: Extracurricular Activity Agreement Form 2019-2020. Contact Melissa Dempsey at mdempsey@abschools.org if you have any questions.

Career Education at ABRHS - Help Wanted!

The Career Education program helps students to begin thinking about career opportunities. We offer many opportunities for students to learn about different careers and follow their interests while providing them with tools and resources to succeed. We count on help from the community and are looking for family members who might like to contribute to the ABRHS Career Education program by helping in any of the following ways:
  • Career Speakers 
  • Job Shadow Host
  • Senior Internship Host
  • Informational and Mock Interviews
We are interested in all career areas (business, sciences, trades, education, technology and more). If you are interested in helping out (or would like to refer someone), and would like more information, please fill out the form at this link:   Career Education Volunteer Form
If you have any questions, please email us at this link: mdempsey@abschools.org 
ABRHS Career Education Team

Back-to-School Night Save the Date - Oct 10

Back-to-School Night for parents/guardians at the high school will take place on Thursday evening, October 10th. More information will be posted next week.

School Store

The School Store carries school supplies as well as snacks, drinks and apparel. If your student needs a notebook, pen or pencil or a number of many other supplies, have them check at the School Store - our prices are great!  We are located right off the main lobby. 

ABRPTSO Open Positions

The Acton-Boxborough Regional Parent Teacher Student Organization (ABRPTSO) is looking for Board Members for the upcoming academic year - see position listings below.  Board Members are elected for one year terms each May. Nominations for the 2019-2020 Board are open and will be voted on at the May meeting. Please contact Sonal Goel if you are interested in any of these positions, or if you would like to learn more. Come join our great group of parent volunteers!

Scarecrows and Mental Health

Enter the Scarecrow Making Contest to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Middlesex. To secure your scarecrow's spot along the fence, bring your $25 donation to Cucurbit Farm at 32 Parker St. in Acton, and pick up your scarecrow starter frame. Then drop off your family friendly scarecrow at the farm stand. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate, and each scarecrow will wear a sign with the name of the donor willing to "Stand Up to Stigma."
Consider joining the fun at the "Put 'Em Up" party on Friday, September 27th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. As the scarecrows go up, enjoy the bonfire and smores. The scarecrows will be on display for the entire month of October, and the public is invited to cast their vote for the winning scarecrow. Our goal is 100 scarecrows along the fence and many conversations about mental health.
The event includes three days of farm fun family activities at the farm stand, including farm animals and a corn maze, during Columbus Day weekend, October 12-14th. Representatives from NAMI Central Middlesex will be on hand to provide information and direction on mental health issues. NAMI is a non-profit organization that offers education, advocacy, and support on behalf of individuals and families living with mental health condition.
Additional information available at cucurbitfarm.com or namicentralmiddlesex.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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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
  • Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019
  • Monday, Jan 6, 2020
  • 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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