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

  • June 11 & 12 - English final exams in English classes
  • June 12 - Last regular day of classes
  • June 13 - 18 Final exams (see schedule below)
  • June 19 - Last day of school (early release schedule)
  • June 24 - First day of Summer School

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!

End of School Year Schedule

Tues. & Wed., June 11 & 12 - English exams administered in English classes - regular school schedule
Wednesday, June 12 is the last regular day of classes.
Exam Days
Thursday, June 13 -  Exams for Period 1 & 2 classes
Friday, June 14 -  Exams for Period 3 & 4 classes
Monday, June 17 -  Exams for Period 7 & 8 classes
Tuesday, June 18 -  Exams for Period 5 & 6 classes
Wednesday, June 19 - Half day of school (will follow early release schedule)
Schedule for exam days
First exams at 8:10 am; Second exams at 9:45 am
Regular bus schedule to school; bus transportation to homes available at 11:20.
Students are required to attend school only when they have exams.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Breakfast - June 12

The end of year Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 12. We have over 200 teachers and staff supporting our children and this is a wonderful event that enables us to give back to them!
We need volunteers for the following:
  • Bring food: quiches, stratas, croissants, coffee cakes and fruit breads, bagels, cream cheese, whole fruit and fruit salads, yogurt and granola, etc.
  • Bring juice, ½ and ½, milk, and flavored creamers for the coffee
The idea is to provide the teachers & staff with a variety of breakfast choices which they greatly appreciate. Hot items are always a big hit! We have ovens to bake/reheat the hot items the morning of the breakfast.
Food can be dropped off in the HS Faculty Dining Room 123N during the afternoon or evening of June 11, or the morning of the breakfast (June 12) by 6:30am. Please be sure to label any items you would like returned.
If you are interested in donating food, please sign up by June 6 via the Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ba4aa22aaf94-staff2
If you have questions, please email either Kathy McCullen (akmccullen@gmail.com) or Beatriz L de Condes (beatrizdecondes@gmail.com)
Thank you for your support - the teachers and staff enjoy and appreciate this event each year!

Students Not Returning to A-B

If your current 9th, 10th or 11th grader will not be attending ABRHS next year, please be sure to let the school know as soon as possible. If you are in this situation, please email Jeanne Potter at jpotter@abschools.org and include your child's name, as well as the name and location of the school s/he will be attending. The school is required to furnish that information on a state report.

Fitness Center Fundraiser

Acton Boxborough Monday Night Quarterbacks (ABMNQ), the booster organization for the high school football team, is leading an effort to upgrade the A-B fitness center. This will benefit every student in the high school as all of the PE classes use the fitness center for training. The current fitness center has long been in need of a facelift and is currently overcrowded and lacks new equipment. The plan is to upgrade the facility with state of the art equipment on both the weights and cardio sides of the center as well as add a functional fitness space. Organizers are very excited about the planned upgrades and hope the community at large will help raise money to improve this much needed space. There is currently $50,000 committed to the project and another $50,000 is needed. Any help with this fundraising effort would be greatly appreciated. The fitness center impacts every kid in the high school, not just athletes or specific sport groups.
To contribute, click here to access the "Go Fund Me" page for this project. ABMNQ is a 501c3 organization and therefore your donation is tax deductible. If you give, you will receive an email receipt which you should keep for tax purposes.
Instructions: Once you click on the link you'll be directed to the fitness center page. Click the Donate Now tab, which will redirect you to the "Go Fund Me" page. Make sure you enter your donation at the top and then change the "tip" section from 15% to "other" and then enter $0 for the tip amount. This way you will only be charged for your donation amount and nothing extra. Thanks so much for helping with this very exciting project!

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!

A-B Community Ed Summer Registration

A-B Community Ed summer registration is open with many classes for teens including Art Journaling, Read. Write. Grow., Youth Badminton, Field Hockey Open Play, Firefly Theater Works, Filmmaking Summer Program, Summer Hoops Program, Softball Clinics, Social Skills Workshop, Volleyball. Find more information on the Community Ed Website.  
Beginning Clay Studio for Teens offered by Laurie Burns, AB Ceramic Art Teacher, and artist.
This wheelthrowing class is intended for the beginner but all levels are welcome. Tuesdays beginning 6/25. Course Code: BEGCLAYSU19
Advanced Clay Studio for Teens offered by Laurie Burns, AB Ceramic Art Teacher, and artist.
This class is for students who have experience working in clay but would like to strengthen their skills and explore their own ideas in an open studio format. Tuesdays beginning 6/11. Course Code: ADVCLAYSU19
Community Ed. Summer Basketball League
What could be more fun than Community Ed Basketball in the summer? Competitive league for players aged 15-22. Games played on Tuesday & Thursday evenings beginning June 20. Course Code: SUMMERBALLSU19

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.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities available to high school students this summer. Some are one-time opportunities, and others offer the chance for a longer involvement. If your son or daughter missed signing up at the recent Summer Volunteer Opportunities Fair, it's not too late. The sign up sheets will be in the Counseling office all this week, and students and parents can always check out the ABRHS Volunteer Website for all the volunteer positions available.

Summer Reading Lists Now Available

ABRHS has put together two lists of recommended titles if you or your student are looking for something good to read over the summer. The first is our YA Summer Reading List, full of excellent books published for teens. Be sure to check out the titles by A.S. King, who will be visiting ABRHS in October 2019!
We've also asked faculty and staff for suggestions so we could put together our Staff Picks Summer Reading List featuring titles with appeal to teens and adults.
These lists have been provided to Acton Memorial Library, Sargent Memorial Library, and The Silver Unicorn Bookstore to make access easy. Happy Reading!

RESIST - Self-Defense Class for Young Women

Danny's Place Youth Services, in collaboration with Domestic Violence Services Network Inc (DVSN) offers a RESIST class (Realistic escape strategies & instinct-based self-defense training) for young women. The goal of the course is to learn how to escape from an attacker using instinct-based moves.
Day 1: We talk about general safety & dating safety, before learning and then practicing physical defense moves like strikes, blocks, and escape strategies.
Day 2: Students and instructors wear protective gear, and participants will be faced with a series of scenarios requiring the use of their voice and learned moves to escape. This part of the course is intense but amazing and empowering.
This event is recommended for all high school & college age girls who are residents of Acton and Boxborough. Participants must pre-register, as there is only space for 16 students.
Dates: Monday, June 24, 6-9pm & Wednesday, June 26, 6-9pm
Location: Administration Building Gym
Cost: $50
Register Here: https://www.dannys-place.org/register/register-resist 
This class is funded by Danny's Place Youth Services and presented in partnership with Domestic Violence Services Network Inc.

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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