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.

Kavitha Manikandan and Deanne O'Sullivan

Calendar of Events

  • May 19 - Holocaust Remembrance Program (see information below)
  • May 21 & 22 - MCAS for sophomores; late start for grades 9, 11 and 12
  • May 21 - Senior Project Expo Night - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • May 22 - Senior Art Show - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • May 22 - Local Scholarship Ceremony and Reception - 7:00 p.m.
  • May 23 - Summer Volunteer Opportunities Fair - during all lunches
  • May 24 - Senior Final Exams begin
  • May 24 & 25 - Madrigal Dinner
  • May 27 - Memorial Day - No School
  • May 28 - Senior Class Celebration at Kimball Farm
  • May 29, 30 & 31 - Senior Final Exams continue
  • May 31 - Prom - 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. - Mechanics Hall, Worcester

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 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. Come join our great group of parent volunteers!

Holocaust Remembrance Program in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Schindler's List - May 19

On Sunday, May 19 from 2-6 pm, ABRHS is hosting a special event with Na'aseh of Congregation Beth Elohim. After a showing of Schindler's List, Rena Finder, a Schindler's List survivor, will speak. Please click here to read about this amazing woman. In extended advisory periods on May 14 and May 28th students and faculty will focus on anti-hate actions and standing up to intolerance in the school community. See the poster for program details.

An Evening with Dr. Michael Thompson: Best Friends and Worst Enemies - MONDAY, MAY 20

Sponsored by ABRPTSO and Danny's Place Youth Services
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
This presentation walks teachers and parents through the complex social world of
childhood and addresses a number of questions such as:
  • What do social relationships in school predict about happiness in adult life?
  • What is the normal sequence of child friendships?
  • Why do cliques form?
  • Why are children scapegoated and how can their parents and school protect them?
Dr. Thompson will draw on research to highlight the management of social problems in schools and makes the case that while all children yearn for popularity, it is friendship that helps children survive and thrive.
Dr. Thompson's presentation will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the ABRHS Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

Surviving & Thriving: College 101 - May 20

Danny's Place is hosting a student panel of recent alum to talk about their experiences applying, choosing, and transitioning to college on Monday, May 20th at 6pm. All high school students are welcome to join us for this free event and come with any questions you might be having about heading off to college. Pizza and drinks provided!

Tenth Grade Math MCAS Schedule for May 21 and 22

The Tenth Grade Math MCAS will be administered on May 21st and 22nd. 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 are being sent to students' abschools accounts and will also be posted in the school lobby and the Counseling Center. 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.

Project Graduation: Parent Volunteers Still Needed!

  • PLEASE VOLUNTEER! Calling all parents of kids in lower grades: we have a crucial need for VOLUNTEERS AT THE EVENT. Class of 2019 parents are not allowed to volunteer at Project Graduation. Someday, that will be you! But right now, you can pay it forward. We need YOUR help--as chaperones, food servers, and entertainment helpers--to run the all-night, substance-free party that all grads will enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives. Click through to the PG2019 Main Event SignUpGenius today! (Parents of seniors: we'd love to have your help before or after. For example, we need runners to pick up donated food and bring it to the school. Teachers, it could be fun for you to stick around and help as well! You can use this Before-and-After SignUpGenius here.)
  • DONATE CANDY! How sweet is this? The Project Graduation food committee needs candy donations to give the grads throughout the all-night party. Please bring your individually wrapped candy to 20 Smart Road in Acton. A cooler will be left on a bench near the front door for your donation. Thank you!
  • VISIT THE OPEN HOUSE!: You are cordially invited to check our Project Graduation yourself! Come by the high school from 8:00-9:00pm on June 7 and witness AB transformed!
Class of 2019 Parents: if you haven't already, check out: "Top 10 Things to Know About ABRHS Project Graduation"

Senior Project Exposition Night - May 21

Everyone is invited to attend this year's Senior Project Exposition Night on Tuesday, May 21, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the ABRHS Library. All of the student-produced projects will be on display, and the fifty seniors who participated in the course will be available to explain their work. Dan Goldner teaches both sections of the Senior Project English class.

Senior Art Show - Reception on Wednesday, May 22 - 5 - 7 p.m.

Graduating seniors will display work in a wide variety of media, including photography, ceramics, woodworking, painting, printmaking, and digital art. The show, located in Student Center South, will be up through Friday, May 31.

Scholarship Ceremony and Reception - May 22

This event, to be held on Wednesday night, May 22, beginning at 7:00pm, is designed to honor ABRHS local scholarship recipients and to thank the individuals and organizations responsible for these scholarships. This event is open to the entire community. Seniors who will be receiving scholarships and their parents have been contacted directly.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities Fair - May 23

Summer is a great time to volunteer. Have your son or daughter check out the Summer Volunteer Opportunities Fair on Thursday, May 23, during all lunches in the cafeteria. If they are looking for a summer volunteer position or throughout the year, this is the place to be. There will be representatives from local agencies, handouts, and  volunteer sign-up sheets. If you have any questions, please contact Bobbie Chiauzzi at rchiauzzi@abschools.org

Summer School Registration

Summer School 2019 dates are June 24 - August 2 for six-week classes and June 24 - July 19 for summer physical education classes. Enrichment, review, credit-recovery, and test prep courses will be offered. New classes this year include ACT prep, a 6-week SAT math prep, & a computer science/robotics class!   Course offerings and other information can be viewed at AB Summer School.  Email absummer@abschools.org with questions!

High School Store

We have wonderful items for graduation gifts, Father's Day or just to reward hard work done all school year.  
Aluminum water bottles with 2 different logos, really great travel mugs for coffee or tea, golf umbrellas, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more!  Click here to see what we have or stop by the School Store any day 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM.

Alternative Paths - Jun 5

Join us at Danny's Place Youth Services for a panel discussion with young adults who chose an alternative path to (or instead of) college. Panelists will be individuals who have taken several different paths, including gap year programs, deferring for a year, going straight to work, certificate programs, and more. Bring any questions you may have for the panelists! Pizza and drinks provided will be provided during the event.
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free
Location: Danny's Place, 525 Mass Ave, Acton MA
Questions: Email katie@dannys-place.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

The April Counseling Communique is now available.
What else is going on at A-B?
For photos and news briefs about goings on at Acton-Boxborough, check out AB Snapshots  
Join the ABRPTSO Now
For just a $50 Contribution


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
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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