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 11 - Combined String Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • March 13 - School Council Meeting - 5:00 p.m.
  • March 13 - Steppin' Out Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • March 13 - ABRPTSO Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
  • March 14 - Spring/Summer Jobs Fair - rescheduled from February 28
  • March 14 - Project Graduation Fundraiser at Bamboo

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

Course Scheduling for 2019-20

All students in grades 9, 10, and 11 have received instructions for on-line course selection for the 2019-20 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:
Grade 11:      March 11th
Grade 10:      March 12th
Grade 9:        March 13th
The Parent Portal will remain open for course selection for all grades until March 25th at 3:00pm. 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:

ABRPTSO Meeting & Open Positions

The next Acton-Boxborough Regional Parent Teacher Student Organization (ABRPTSO) meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm in High School Room 115N.  Meetings are open to all parents/guardians, teachers and students from the High School and Junior High.
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/Summer Job Fair - Mar 14th

The Jobs Fair originally scheduled for February 28th has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 14 between 11am and 1pm in Student Center East. This is an opportunity for students to obtain applications and meet with local employers about part-time jobs in the community. Help with resume development will also be offered. Stop by that day to meet with employers and also to check out additional jobs listings on the Jobs for Students online board. Questions? Contact Kate Sullivan (katsullivan@abschools.org) or Lindsay Rosenman (lrosenman@abschools.org).

Project Graduation 2019 -  Bamboo Fundraiser is This Thursday, March 14

Chew on this: Bamboo, the delicious Westford spot for fine Asian cuisine, will generously donate 20% of its proceeds on ALL food and drink, ALL day THIS THURSDAY, March 14--lunch, dinner, dine in or take out! It's win-win--you can support a safe alternative for the Class of 2019, and you don't have to cook. Here are the details. Don't forget to mention Project Graduation when you check out! Then get ready for...
Senior Parent Night!
On Thursday, March 21 at 7:30pm we're taking over the loft at Red Raven! This is just for parents--and just for fun. All parents, not just parents of seniors, are welcome. There will be light apps and a cash bar. The suggested donation is $10 at the door. Please join us for this unique opportunity to catch up with other parents and de-stress!
And, by now you should have received donation letters in the U.S. mail.
  • Businesses: If you own or work for a business, please consider sponsoring Project Graduation. It's a great opportunity to support our community's young people.
  • Families: Would you like to sponsor a message on our new Wishing Wall at Project Graduation? Look for our parent donation letter in your snail mailbox--or click here to donate easily online!
Stay up to date with--and donate! to--PG 2019 on Facebook.

Blanchard Scholarship - due Mar 15th

A reminder for Boxborough seniors who were residents of Boxborough and attended Blanchard Elementary School: The Blanchard Scholarship Application is due on Friday, March 15th.  The application form should be sent directly to the BNY Mellon address on the application.

Art Exhibitions!

The ABRSD Visual Arts Department is pleased to announce three visual arts shows on display or about to open:
Students Make their Mark: An exhibition of K-12 student work, on display March 5th - March 28th at Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough:
At ABRHS: Student Center South has two exhibitions on display through March 18.
  • The (Layered) Landscape is an exhibition of acrylic landscape paintings by students in the Studio Art Portfolio class.
  • Carved and Found highlights found object and carved plaster sculptures completed by the first semester sculpture class.  
ABRSD Administrative Building: A collection of work from the new Advanced Projects in Visual Arts course will be on display in the reception area outside the superintendent's office through March 18. The exhibition includes a wide variety of two and three dimensional work selected by the students.

Vest Weather

It's getting to be perfect vest weather! The School Store has limited quantities of fleece vests -- ladies style - white and navy and unisex in navy.
The store is open to everyone every day M-F 8:30am - 3:15pm We accept credit, debit, apple pay, checks and cash.

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).

A-B Community Ed. Offerings

Teen Social Skills Workshop, Nikki Sawhney, Certified Etiquette Consultant, 3/20
Teenagers are the leaders of tomorrow. Interactive lessons will present them the opportunity to feel self-reliant and confident in any social situation and empower them with life skills that propel them towards personal and professional success. Course Code: TETIQUETTEW19
SAT & ACT Practice Tests - Open Door Education
Full-length practice tests are being offered in order to afford students the opportunity to sit for a low-stakes test in a simulated environment. In addition to the valuable practice, students will receive score reports that will help them to make a well-informed decision as to whether the SAT or ACT is a better fit for them. Course Codes: ACTTESTW19 - SATTESTSP19
The SAT & the ACT: Finding The Right Test For Your Student - Open Door Education, 3/21
The landscape of college admissions testing has never been more complex, and the recent changes to the SAT and PSAT only serve to further complicate the terrain. By addressing these changes, clarifying the differences between the SAT and the ACT, and answering the many questions parents and students have regarding the testing process, this class will help families to make smart, well-informed decisions. Course Code: SATACTW19

Lost and Found

The High School Lost and Found container in Student Center South will be cleaned out on Friday, March 22nd. Any items left in the lost and found will be donated to a local charity.  

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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