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.

Deanne O'Sullivan

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 14 - No School - Columbus Day
  • Oct 15 - Fall Financial Aid Night @ HS Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. 
  • Oct 15 - Career Speakers Program for Juniors & Seniors
  • Oct 21 - PTSO Meeting - ALL ARE WELCOME

You. Asked. Us.

You asked us: What does my $50 donation get me?  Here are a few questions we ask YOU:
  • Where can your High School student(s) go to study after school?  Your donation pays for staff to keep the High School Library open after school.
  • How do your Junior High student(s) stay organized?  Your donation provides Student Planners to every Junior High Student.
  • Where can you go if your student(s) are struggling?  Your donation supports the INTERFACE Mental Health & Wellness Referral Service.
  • How can you help your student(s) learn and grow?  Your donation supports the High School Student Leadership Workshop.
  • How can your student(s) continue to be successful?  Your donation provides scholarships for students going on to college.
  • How can you ease the transition into High School?  Your donation pays for Freshman Orientation - remember those butterflies?  We were there putting you at ease. 
  • Where can you go for information and help on raising your student(s)?  Your donation pays for Speaker Forums - interesting topics for parents/guardians as we all need a little help putting it all together. 
  • Where can your High School Graduate(s) go to celebrate with friends safely after graduation?  Your donation pays for Project Graduation - the best get together in town! 
  • Where can you find contact information for our families?  ABRPTSO volunteers create Student Directories for every family.
  • Where do you go to find out the latest school news?  Why the Chatter and Grey Matters, of course!  The ABRPTSO has a dedicated group of parents who keep us all up-to-date.
Bottom line: We can't do it without your support!  Without your $50 donation, we will have to cut back on beloved services.  Your donation gives us the help we need to help your student(s). 
We are all in this together.  Please show your support and make your donation at  abrptso.abschools.org

Announcing Senior Central & Senior Wednesdays!

A new initiative this year invites seniors to take advantage of "Senior Wednesdays." Every Wednesday Room 152W (the Senior Seminar classroom) will become "Senior Central." This will be a location where all seniors can get questions answered about all aspects of senior year. Staffed by Ms.Kennedy and Ms. Hammond, this will be a space where seniors can:
  • Find space to work on college applications
  • Get information on how to obtain transcripts
  • Get assistance with using Naviance
  • Get information on yearbook portraits -- and all things relating to the yearbook
  • Ask any questions relating to senior year. Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hammond may not be able to answer all questions but will point seniors in the right direction or help them find answers.
Seniors should feel free to ask Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Hammond any questions -- either on Wednesdays in person or by email any time.

Scarecrow Making Contest - Oct 12-14

Enter the Scarecrow Making Contest to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Middlesex. To secure your scarecrow's spot along the fence, bring your $25 donation to Cucurbit Farm at 32 Parker St. in Acton, and pick up your scarecrow starter frame. Then drop off your family friendly scarecrow at the farm stand. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate, and each scarecrow will wear a sign with the name of the donor willing to "Stand Up to Stigma."
The scarecrows will be on display for the entire month of October, and the public is invited to cast their vote for the winning scarecrow. Our goal is 100 scarecrows along the fence and many conversations about mental health.
The event includes three days of farm fun family activities at the farm stand, including farm animals and a corn maze, during Columbus Day weekend, October 12-14th. Representatives from NAMI Central Middlesex will be on hand to provide information and direction on mental health issues. NAMI is a non-profit organization that offers education, advocacy, and support on behalf of individuals and families living with mental health condition. Additional information available at cucurbitfarm.com or namicentralmiddlesex.org

Fall Financial Aid Night - Oct 15

On Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, Julie Shields-Rutyna from the Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority will be giving an overview of the college financing process. Her presentation will include information on scholarships, available types of financial aid, and alternative funding options. This event is designed for parents and guardians of seniors, as well as for the seniors themselves. Parents of juniors are also welcome.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering an educational program designed for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional or behavioral challenges. An evidence-based program, NAMI BASICS is taught by trained parent volunteers who themselves have children with these issues. The class, offered in Acton at no cost to participants, starts on October 16. Click here for more information. 

Information for PSAT Test-Takers - Oct 19 @ 8:00AM

The PSAT will be administered on Saturday, October 19 beginning promptly at 8:00 AM at the high school. Room assignments will be communicated via email and posted in Counseling by Friday 10/18. 
Students taking the test should bring a scientific or graphing calculator, two or three #2 pencils and a good eraser that does not smudge. Students are advised to review the registration bulletin and Student Guide to look at practice questions and test guidelines prior to test day. We recommend a good night's sleep the night before and breakfast that morning. The standard time test is approximately three and a half hours long. Students are asked to either leave their cell phones/electronics at home or plan to place them at the front of the room during testing. 

National Honor Society Fall Community Events: Bikes Not Bombs & Veterans Day Breakfast

Bikes Not Bombs
The National Honor Society is currently planning for this year's Bikes Not Bombs event on Saturday, October 26th. Bikes Not Bombs is a New England organization that works to mobilize youth and adults by donating bicycles in effort to promote empowerment and social change. Most bikes are shipped to economic development projects in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and some are used in national youth programs. The National Honor Society is hoping to collect spare bikes from families in the AB community, which can be dropped off at the high school on 10/26 from 10:00-2:00. Members of the National Honor Society will them disassemble the bikes to transport them to this cause. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Veterans Day Breakfast - Sponsors Needed
The National Honor Society will be hosting the seventh annual Veterans Day Breakfast at the high school in conjunction with the Rotary Club, which celebrates the service of veterans residing in Acton and Boxborough. Last year, more than 300 veterans and their families were celebrated and served by more than 150 AB students, and we are expecting an even bigger turnout this year!  We are asking families and businesses in the Acton and Boxborough community to consider sponsoring a table for the breakfast. A $50 donation will sponsor a table of ten veterans and will go a long way towards honoring the more than 900 invited servicemen and women in our community. Checks can be made out to ABRHS. All donations will be honored with inclusion in the program and a public thank you during the ceremony.

Advanced Placement Course Information; Registration - until Nov 13

This year students taking an AP course will have to register their intent to take the Advanced Placement exam early in the year. Instructions on how to sign up have been distributed to every student enrolled in an H/AP course. It is important to follow the steps outlined in the handout and on the online registration site. Questions? Contact Mrs. Kelly at ckelly@abschools.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

What else is going on at A-B?
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Join the ABRPTSO Now
For just a $50 Donation


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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