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

  • Dec 8 - Musical: James and the Giant Peach JR - 2:00 pm @ RJ Grey
  • Dec 9 - Winter Athletics Night - 6:00 pm
  • Dec 16 - Term 2 interim reports emailed to students and parents
  • Dec 18 - Winter Concert - 7:00 pm
  • Dec 19 - Alumni Holiday Reception - 1:30 pm

Many. Many. Thanks.

Thank You, ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು, Merci, 谢谢, Gracias! 
During this Thanksgiving recess, we hope you have been able to spend time with family and friends and that you've had the chance to rest, refresh, and be thankful. 
We would like to acknowledge the more than 500 families who have supported the ABRPTSO's annual fundraising drive to date. Your donations make a difference in the lives of all AB students. We are thankful for each and every one of you! 
Again, thank you so much for your support!

Winter Athletics Night - Dec 9

All students participating in winter athletics are required to attend Winter Athletics Night, and at least one parent from each family is also expected to attend. This will be held on Monday, December 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Students and parents will meet in the upper gym. We will then split into teams from there

Note to Parents/Guardians of Seniors

All seniors have been sent an email asking them to check the bulletin board across from the Administration Offices to confirm the spelling of their name for their diploma. Names are listed as they are in the Power School Portal. If your student needs to make a change for his/her diploma, please have them stop by the Administration Offices and see Ms. Hurley. 

PSAT Results - Dec 9-11

Student PSAT scores from the October test administration will be available online between December 9-11. If students provided an email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet, they will receive an email reminder from College Board explaining where and how to view their scores. Students can set up a free College Board account at any time. If a student does not see their scores when they log in, they may need to enter an access code which they can get from their counselor after scores are released. Scores will also be uploaded to students' Naviance accounts, although information related to skill areas assessed on the exam is only available through the students' College Board account.
As students review their scores, they will be able to identify areas of strength and potential growth. This can be helpful in planning to take the SAT Reasoning Test in the future.  In addition, students will receive some information regarding performance in the various skill categories assessed on the exam as well as some interpretive data about their scores. College planning information and practice questions can be found online through College Board as well.
This is a good time for students and families to review the PSAT results together.  Please keep in mind that this is simply a tool to help guide preparation for an exam.  The score is not a reflection of the overall ability as a student or the admissibility of a particular school.  Counselors will be meeting with students individually this winter to discuss the college planning process. Please remember that this information is personal in nature and should be kept confidential.

Volunteer Hours Report Forms Deadline Extended to Dec 11

Students must report their 2019 volunteer hours by December 11th  in order to receive recognition. All students have received an email with the link to report their 2019 volunteer hours. Questions? Contact Melissa Dempsey (mdempsey@abschools.org).

Toys for Tots - until Dec 13

The Class of 2022 is running the annual Toys for Tots Drive at A-B from now until Friday, December 13.  Students and parents can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the Toys for Tots boxes in the main lobby and the Counseling Center.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Volunteers Needed - Dec 18

This year's first Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, December 18. We have over 200 teachers and staff supporting our children and this is a wonderful event that enables us to give back to them! 
We need volunteers for the following:
  • Bring food: quiches, frittatas, croissants, coffee cakes and fruit breads, bagels, cream cheese, whole fruit and fruit salads, yogurt and granola, etc.
  • Bring juice, ½ and ½, milk, and flavored creamers for the coffee
The idea is to provide the teachers & staff with a variety of breakfast choices which they greatly appreciate. Hot items are always a big hit too! We have ovens to bake/reheat the hot items the morning of the breakfast.
Food can be dropped off in the HS Faculty Dining Room 123N during the afternoon or evening of December 17, or the morning of the breakfast (December 18) by 6:30am. Please be sure to label any items you would like returned.
If you are interested in donating food, please sign up as soon as possible via Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094BA4AA22AAF94-staff3
If you have questions, please email ABRPTSO Hospitality Co-Chair Bea de Condes.
Thank you for your support - the teachers and staff enjoy and appreciate this event each year!

Alumni Holiday Reception - Please help pass the word! - Dec 19

Members of the ABRHS Class of 2019 and other recent graduates are invited to the ABRHS Alumni Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 19th, from 2:00 to 3:30 in the Counseling Center. Graduates can catch up with classmates, current students and high school faculty and staff members. Light refreshments will be provided...

College Planning at Danny's Place

Get in the Zone! College Planning for Juniors
In this workshop series, high school juniors will have a chance to dive deep into college planning in a way that best matches a student's skills, personality, and interests. Through this immersive workshop students will discover their personality type, explore college criteria preferences, research colleges, college application process review, discuss college interview tips and essay preparation, determine short term and long term goals and create a timeline for the process to reduce stress.
Dates: Six sessions on Mondays: 1/6/20, 1/13/20, 1/27/20, 2/3/20, 2/10/20, 2/24/20 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Danny's Place Youth Services, 525 Mass Ave, Acton MA
Undecided: Guidance for Seniors
Seniors: This is your year! With studying for college entrance exams, touring and applying to colleges, perhaps you have not had the time to explore career options to the extent you wanted. Start 2020 off by spending time at Danny's Place in a relaxed environment away from distractions with other peers in your situation. Work towards narrowing down your career interests with the goal of identifying the career clusters that are uniquely YOU and one or two occupational titles within it to explore before you graduate. Topics include: vocational assessments, college fit, how to research occupations, alternative plans, and career action planning.
Dates: Four Sessions on Tuesdays: 1/7/20, 1/14/20, 1/21/20, 1/28/20, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Danny's Place Youth Services, 525 Mass Ave, Acton MA

Venice, Salzburg, and Munich over April Break 2020!

Looking for an enriching, exciting opportunity for your high school student to travel and learn about European history and culture? Registration is open for a trip to Venice, Salzburg, and Munich over April Break this year.
To register for the trip, click here and use the following information:
Group ID: 21753
Group leader: Drowne  
For more information, visit https://acis.com/trips/tour-detail/?code=EXG or email Karin Drowne at kdrowne@abschools.org with any questions you might have.

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.

What's Going on at A-B?

AB Snapshots is a site with photos and descriptions of some of the current events and activities at A-B, month by month. Use the link above to access the site now, or use the link on the ABRHS home page any time.

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

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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 (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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