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 ─ We support programs, projects, field trips, Freshmen Orientation, grants to the Jr. High and High Schools, student scholarships 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.

Kavitha Manikandan and Susan He

Modified School Schedule to be Piloted in March

As part of the high school's research into schedules that balance wellness, equity of access, and opportunity, A-B will undertake a two week trial of a modified block schedule during the weeks of March 12th and March 19th. A modified block schedule is a form of bell schedule that combines longer periods of meeting time with traditional length periods.

The goals of piloting a modified block schedule are:
  • Fewer transitions within the school day to create a slower pace in support of student wellness
  • Longer class periods to allow for more time to do project-based work, alternative and authentic assessment, and the possibility to begin homework
  • An increased likelihood that students will not have homework in every class every night
  • Collaboration time for faculty
  • Enrichment time for students
For additional information about the pilot, click on the link below:
Note of clarification: This two-week schedule pilot is unrelated to the school start time change planned for the fall.  Although the high school start and end times will be adjusted, the high school schedule for 2018-19 will remain an 8-period traditional schedule based on this year's model.

Course Scheduling for 2018-19

All students in grades 9, 10, and 11 have received instructions for on-line course selection for the 2018-19 school year and teachers have reviewed their course recommendations with students. Students are asked to make their course selections for next year via the PowerSchool Parent Portal starting on the following dates:
March 12th - Grade 11
March 13th - Grade 10
March 14th - Grade 9 
The Parent Portal will remain open for course selection for all grades until March 26th at 3:30pm. Once the portal closes for course selection, information related to course changes and corrections will be available on the portal. Students may see their counselor if they need assistance with the course selection process.
Documentation to help students with course selection can be found at the following links and on the ABRHS website: 

Tenth Grade MCAS Schedule for March 27, 28 and 29

The Tenth Grade English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS will be administered on March 27th, 28th, and 29th. All sophomores and those others who have been notified will arrive at the normal start time of 7:23. Buses will observe the normal pick-up times. Room assignments will be 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 10:23.
Other spring testing for 10th graders will take place for Mathematics May 23 and 24 (late start) and Science June 6 and 7 (regular start).
In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has chosen the ABRSD to pilot Next Generation computer-based English Language Arts testing this spring. The testing will take place on May 2nd. A random group of 10th graders will be chosen to participate in the pilot Participation in the pilot does not exempt students from participation in March ELA testing. Pilot test results are for internal DESE use and will not count or be reported to families. Students who have been chosen will be notified via their abschools email. More information will follow. Questions? Contact Lindsay Rosenman, Assessment Coordinator at lrosenman@abschools.org or Dean Peter Cavanaugh at pcavanaugh@abschools.org

SCREENAGERS: Film and Community Discussion

Date: Thursday, March 29, 7-9pm
Location: RJ Grey Auditorium
Please join us to view the movie Screenagers, followed by a facilitated discussion led by Boxborough's Community Services Coordinator Lauren Abraham, LICSW. The discussion will focus on how each of us can help our children make healthy choices in daily life that balance the benefits of technology and positive, face-to-face social interactions.
Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
The Blanchard PTF and ABFN are bringing this event for all members of the Acton and Boxborough community.
Click here for more information and to register for the event.

2018-2019 School Start Times and Calendar

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee voted to change our schools' start times effective September 2018. They also voted a new single elementary school schedule for the six elementary schools.
The 2018-2019 school schedule will be:
  • R. J. Grey Jr. High School --- 8:00 am to 2:36 pm
  • Acton-Boxborough Regional High School --- 8:07 am to 2:47 pm 
  • All Elementary Schools --- 8:50 am to 3:20 pm (Thursdays 12:50 pm)
We would like to thank the district wellness committee and the start time committee for all of their work in these efforts.

The 2018-2019 calendar has also been voted. The calendar can be found below, and it will be posted on the schools' website. 

  • All staff and teachers' professional days will be Wednesday August 29th and Thursday August 30th.
    • Tuesday September 4 Students in grades 1-6, grades 7 and 9.
    • Wednesday September 5th. Students in grades 8, 10, 11 and 12 
  •  The School Committee also decided to change the name of the holiday on October 6 back to Columbus Day instead of Indigenous Peoples' Day. 

Calendar Attachment!

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.

2017-18 ABRPTSO Board Open Positions

The AB Parent Teacher Organization has open board positions for the 2017-2018 school year. New members will be trained by current board members.

(shadow position for 2017-18)
Coordinates online portal for membership dues; Prepares monthly membership reports for ABRPTSO Board; Prepares and sends membership reminders throughout the school year as necessary.

Please contact Padmini Narayan, ABRPTSO Nominations Chair, if you are interested in any of these positions or if you would like to learn more about these positions.

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 $40 Contribution

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

One $40 membership contribution per family, per school year. 

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

ABRPTSO Meetings

  • Sep 13, 2017
  • Nov 8, 2017
  • Jan 10, 2018
  • Mar 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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