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

  • February 18-22: Winter Recess!

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

Registration for Advanced Placement Exams

The sign up period for Avanced Placement (AP) exams is nearing an end.  To register for an exam, go to the website:  https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/222297.  The fee of $100 per exam for regular registration ends on Sunday, February 10th. Late registrations for Advanced Placement exams will be accepted Monday, February 11th through Wednesday, February 13th.  The cost per exam is $125.  Registration ends Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm.  Contact Mrs. Kelly (ckelly@abschools.org) in Counseling with any questions. 

Valentine's Day Food Drive - Feb 13th - 15th

The Acton Boxborough Community Outreach club is holding a Valentine's Day food drive to help those in our community who need support.  They will be collecting breakfast items such as cereal, oatmeal, fruit cups, jars of peanut butter, and more for the local food pantry, Open Table.  The food drive will take place from Wednesday, February 13th to Friday, February 15th.  Donations can be dropped off in the Counseling Center.  Any amount is truly appreciated!

ABRHS School Store Valentine News

Send your student a cute valentine and the School Store staff will deliver it! (at HS only) The cost is $5 for a plush penguin holding a red heart (4.5" x 3"). Call or email Pam Rogers at the HS Store 264-4700 X 3484 or progers@abschools.org
Pre February Break Sale at the High School Store - One Week Only: Feb 11-15
10% off all fleece items (vests, jackets, blankets)
Purchase a fleece item and buy a water bottle at 50% off (only $7.50 - $15 value)  We accept Apple Pay, credit, debit, checks and, of course, cash!  Contact Pam Rogers at the school store with any questions 978-264-4700 X 3484  Visit the School Store website  - Follow on Instagram: abschoolstore

Spring/Summer Job Fair - Feb 28th

On Thursday, February 28th between 11 am and 1 pm, the Career Education Team will be sponsoring a Spring/Summer Job Fair 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).

Local Scholarship Information

The Local Scholarship Application process is now open. A presentation was made in all senior English classes, and an email went out to seniors with detailed instructions on how to apply for over 90 local scholarships provided by our community members and organizations.  The deadline for this application is Monday, March 4th. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Ms. Hammond, Ms. Root, or Ms. Hurley.

Blanchard Scholarship

Seniors who are Boxborough residents and graduates of the Blanchard Elementary School are eligible to apply for the Blanchard Scholarship. An email was sent to all Blanchard graduates with instructions on how to apply. Questions about this scholarship should be directed to Lynn Hurley.

Volunteer Opportunities Fair Follow-Up

Students who did not have a chance to stop by the Winter Volunteer Opportunities Fair last Tuesday can still sign up to volunteer.  There are over 60 volunteer one-time and continuing positions available.  The sign-up sheets will be in the Counseling Center all this week.  If students have any questions, please have them see Mrs. Chiauzzi in the Counseling office.

Leadership Conference Opportunity for Sophomores

Each year the Rotary Club invites sophomores to apply to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference, an exciting leadership opportunity available only to sophomores, Class of 2021.  The application will be emailed to all sophomores this week.  Additional information can be found at the AB Rotary Club Website:  http://www.actonboxboroughrotary.org/ryla-conference/  The applications are due on March 1st and students can sign up for an interview when they turn in their application.  Please contact Melissa Dempsey in the Counseling Center (mdempsey@abschools.org) with any questions.

2019-20 Schedule Information for parents of 9th, 10th and 11th-Grade students

Principal Larry Dorey is still holding informational meetings regarding the 2019-2020 schedule trial.  Parents who would like more information about this change for next year can consult the Schedule FAQ and/or sign up to attend a Schedule Information Session by clicking the link.  Upcoming sessions will be held on February 12 (7:00 am) and on February 26, March 5 and March 12 (all at 6:30 pm).

Course Scheduling for 2019-2020

Students currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 will select courses for next school year during March.  In preparation for this process, teachers in each department will talk to their students about the course options available.  The 2019-2020 Program of Studies is currently available on the school website.  The Program of Studies contains descriptions of all available courses as well as graduation requirements, frequently asked questions, descriptions of course levels, and other important information.  Students and parents are encouraged to review the information to prepare for the course selection process.

Volunteer for World Language Week - deadline extended to Feb 15th

To celebrate World Language Week this year, the World Language Department is looking for volunteers in several different capacities to help us out! If you have expertise or interest in any of the following, please fill out the Google form using the link provided. The dates for this year are March 4th - 8th.
  1.  We are looking for a panel of adults who use languages other than English at work so that our students can hear how important language study truly is. These presentations will be on Wednesday, March 6th during periods 1, 2 and 3 (8:07 - 10:37).
  2. We are looking for parents who could teach a cultural seminar after school during that week (Monday - Thursday). Could you lead a cooking class? Teach a language other than one we teach here at AB? Are you an artist who can share your talents? We are open to everything!   
  3. We are also looking for volunteers to help us with our Taste of International AB (food festival) on Friday, March 8th. Teachers will take their classes to the East Commons (right outside the auditorium) and will need help between periods to clean and set up for the next group.
If you can help us at all, please fill out the World Language Week Volunteer Form by February 15th. Questions? Contact Tara Sujko (tsujko@abschools.org) or Cathy Foster (cfoster@abschools.org).

Project Graduation 2019 -  It's Time to Dine!

The ball has dropped on 2019. Now it's time to start our own countdown clock until graduation! The AB Class of 2019 will come together to celebrate at a safe, substance-free celebration that takes place without funding from the district. So although that sunny day is still months away, we have to start to raise the dough. Fortunately, Not Your Average  Joe 's will donate 15% of all sales every Wednesday in January to Project Graduation. Simply print this flyer and present it to your server when you dine in or take out! So take a break from all that holiday cooking and support Project Graduation at the same time. Dinner, done! Stay up to date with PG'19 on Facebook, Instagram, and our website

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

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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