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

Calendar of Events

  • March 25 - Spring Athletics Night - 6:00 p.m.
  • March 26 & 27 - MCAS testing for sophomores; late start for grades 9, 11 and 12
  • March 27 - National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
  • March 28 - Financial Aid Workshop - 6:30 p.m.
  • April 2 - Term 3 ends
  • April 3 - Spring Activities Fair
  • April 4 - Early release day for students
  • April 4 - Student Leadership Workshop - 11:30 - 1:30
  • April 5 - 6th Annual Reality Fair - 11:00 - 3:00

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

Online Course Selection for 2019-20 Closing Monday, March 25

Parents and students in grades 9-11 who have not already done so are requested to log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal before 3:00 pm, Monday, March 25th to complete the online course selection process. Portal access, instructions, and the 2019-20 Program of Studies are available on the ABRHS website. Students may see their counselor if they need assistance with the course selection process. After registration week, course requests will be listed in the Parent Portal under "Course Requests." Actual student course schedules will be available on the portal in August.

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 here.
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 Padmini Narayan, ABRPTSO Nominations Chair, at pnar98@yahoo.com if you are interested in any of these positions or if you would like to learn more about these positions.

College Exploration for Sophomores

In this workshop series, sophomores will have the opportunity to start exploring what types of careers, activities, and areas interest them. In this workshop you'll explore the first steps in finding the college or career path for you while exploring questions like: What am I most passionate about? What are my interests? What are my possible career choices? What colleges have the programs I'm interested in? You'll have the opportunity to explore different options, and begin research on a career path or college major.
Dates: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Cost: $25 total
Location: Danny's Place Youth Services, 525 Mass Ave, Acton MA

Sign-up: https://www.dannys-place.org/register/register-wnsn-college-for-sophomores  Questions: info@dannys-place.org

Spring Athletics Night - Monday, March 25

All students participating in spring athletics are required to attend Spring Athletics Night, and at least one parent from each family is also expected to attend. This will be held on Monday, March 25th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Students and parents will meet in the auditorium. There will be a short presentation by Steve Martin, Director of Athletics. Participants will then move on to "meet the team night" following the presentation.

10th Grade English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS Schedule for March 26 and 27

The Tenth Grade English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS will be administered on March 26th and 27th. All sophomores and those others who have been notified will arrive at the normal start time of 8:07. Buses will observe the normal pick-up times. Room assignments have been sent to students' abschools accounts and will also be posted in the school lobby and counseling. For those not taking the MCAS, buses will pick up on the Late Arrival Day schedule. All students will attend classes starting at 11:07 a.m.

Homeless Veterans Drive

The AB Young Republicans Club is hosting its annual Homeless Veterans Drive during the month of March.Please show your support and care for our veterans by donating crew-cut socks, soap, and full size shampoo/conditioner. Collection boxes are located in the Front Lobby of the ABRHS, Ms. Champigny's room (126E), and in Ms. Maxwell's room (243W).

Senior Internship Placements Needed

The ABRHS Senior Internship Program is seeking supervisors and sites in a few high-interest areas:
  • automotive sales
  • biomedicine
  • engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical)
  • environmental science
  • geology
  • marine science
  • marketing
  • physical therapy
The internship program offers qualified seniors the opportunity to spend the last three weeks of their school year working with a professional in their area of interest. More information about the program can be found at our website here, but in short, the program runs from May 6-24, 2019, and students are expected to work 25-30 hours each week, according to a mutually agreed upon schedule. There is no expectation that they be paid, nor is there any expectation of future employment for the interns. We ask simply that the intern be exposed to the full range of professional activity, within the limits of their age and the demands of the work.
Questions and suggestions can be directed to Genevieve Hammond, Internship Coordinator, at ghammond@abschools.org.

Spring Clubs/Activities Fair - April 3

Is your son or daughter looking to join a club or activity. Have them stop by the Spring Activities Fair on Wednesday, April 3rd during all lunches in East Commons.  If you would like more information about the fair, please feel free to contact Bobbie Chiauzzi in the counseling office or at rchiauzzi@abschools.org.

Leadership Workshop for Students - April 4

The last leadership workshop of the year will be held on Thursday, April 4th, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m (an early release day).  Any student in grades 9 through 12 who is interested in building their leadership and teamwork skills is invited to attend; no experience required. This student-led workshop will include hands-on activities, a guest speaker and a pizza lunch. Students have received an invitation by email with a link to sign up. Students are responsible for their own transportation. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Dempsey at mdempsey@abschools.org.

Volunteers Needed for Reality Fair - April 5

The ABRHS Career Education Team and Acton Boxborough Rotary Club will be hosting the 6th Annual Reality Fair at the High School on Friday, April 5th.  We are seeking parent volunteers for the second shift 11:00am - 3:00pm. Volunteers will staff tables such as housing, transportation, food, utilities, clothing and personal care, etc.  Rotary Club will send out a volunteer guide in advance and provide a short training the morning of the program. Any interested parents can contact Lindsay Rosenman at lrosenman@abschools.org by March 29th.
The Reality Fair is a powerful tool for helping students recognize the responsibilities they will face as adults: paying bills, finding housing, paying for food, clothing, household necessities and transportation. The Fair teaches teens about financial management in an enjoyable way. Please consider helping out with this unique and important activity!

Swing Night - Friday, April 5

Time to brush off your dancing shoes! Come join us at the "Fly Me to the Moon" Swing Night, to be held on Friday, April 5th, 7:00-10:00 p.m., in the ABRHS Stearns Gym. Live music will be provided by the RJ Grey & ABRHS Jazz Bands, and the Soft Touch Band. Light refreshments will be available. Swing Night is fun for all ages - come to dance or to just listen. Tickets are $5 for students & seniors, $10 for adults. Tickets are available at the Acton Roche Bros, www.abfom.org and at the door.
FREE Swing Dance Lessons: Swing dance lessons are being offered to anyone wanting to learn or wanting a refresher course, in preparation for Acton-Boxborough RHS Jazz Band's "Fly Me to the Moon" Swing Night. Lessons are being offered Thursday, March 21st, and Thursday, March 28th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the ABRHS Stearns Gym.  Please contact George Arsenault at GArsenault@abschools.org to register.

School Store Update

Getting ready for those outside Spring sporting events?  The HS Store has sweatshirts, fleece vests and lots more to keep you cozy and in school colors!  Open M - F 8:30 - 3:15 PM. We take credit, debit, apple pay, checks and of course good old cash.  Come visit!  

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

Follow the ABRHS Counseling Department on social media to stay up to date with information, event plans, and news articles of interest.  The February Counseling Communique is now available online. AB Counseling Department on Facebook Follow @AB Counseling on Twitter

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.
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 (location TBD)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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