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

  • Nov 19 - Term 1 Report Cards Emailed to Students & Parents
  • Nov 19 - 19 - QPR (suicide prevention) training session - 7:00 p.m., R.J. Grey Junior High Library
  • Nov 20 - School Council Meeting - 5:00 p.m.
  • Nov 20 - Project Graduation Kickoff Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 22 - Science Family Night - 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov 22 & 23 - Cabaret Night - 7:00 p.m.
  • Dec 4 - Career Speakers
  • Dec 5-8 - James and The Giant Peach at R.J. Grey
  • Dec 10 - ABRSD School Building Project Meeting

So. Many. Emails!

For the last 13 Wednesdays we've sent you what essentially amounts to the same request: "Please donate to the ABRPTSO." You might be wondering about all these emails, so we thought we'd use this week's message to answer some of the questions that may be on your mind.
Why does the ABRPTSO need my donation?
The ABRPTSO supports a wide range of programs for junior high and high school students, families, and staff - things that would not be possible without your contributions. These include guest speakers, staff appreciation events, ice cream socials and dance parties, scholarships, and resources like planbooks and the INTERFACE mental health referral service.
Didn't I already contribute to the PTO through my child's elementary school?
If you donated to an elementary school PTO, we know they are enormously grateful. But those organizations - and their fundraising efforts - are completely distinct from the ABRPTSO. Although we sometimes co-sponsor events with other groups, our focus is on the RJ Grey and ABRHS community, and we rely on separate donations from our families to support what we do.
Are you going to keep sending these emails all year?
Oh my goodness, we hope not! Thanks to the generosity of many RJ Grey and ABRHS families, we are inching closer to our fundraising goal, but we are not there yet. Once donations have reached a level that ensures we won't have to cut any programs next year, we will happily shut down this effort. (Think of it this way: If every family reading this email took a minute to make a donation, the emails would stop immediately. It's up to you!)
Okay, okay, you've convinced me. How do I make my annual donation?
Just click here to get it done right now in a few easy steps. (Who knows? Maybe your donation will be the one that tips the scales and stops the emails! You'd be a hero!)
Are you happy now?
We are so happy! The ABRPTSO could not do all of this without broad annual support. Thank you to every family who has already supported these important programs, services, and resources!

Senior Grades to Colleges - Nov 18

For seniors who have submitted college applications,  transcripts with first term grades will be sent to colleges starting Monday, November 18th at noon. Seniors have been advised to check their first term grades on the portal for accuracy and should report any issues or concerns about first term grades to their counselor or Jane Link, Registrar at jlink@abschools.org before noon on Monday. 

Advanced Placement Exam Update

Students who plan to take one or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams in May must complete the TWO STEP sign up process. Detailed instructions can be found on the Counseling website under Important links.
Step 1) Register and pay for the exam(s) in Total Registration:
https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/222297 Pay attention to dates and late fees.
Step 2) Enroll for the exam(s) in College Board:  
https://myap.collegeboard.org/login  Total Registration will provide the required JOIN CODES.
Important notes:
  • If students enroll in CollegeBoard but do not register and pay for their exams in Total Registration, the exam(s) WILL NOT be ordered. 
  • If students register in Total Registration but do not enroll in CollegeBoard, the exam(s) WILL NOT be ordered. 
Contact Mrs. Kelly in the Counseling Center with any questions.
The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is proposing to build a new twin elementary school to replace the aging facilities at the Douglas and Gates schools.  The building will be located in West Acton and will also accommodate the Carol Huebner Early Childhood Program. 

School Building Project Meetings - Nov 18, 22, Dec 2

The following events are planned to learn about this project before the December 10th Special Town Meeting
  • Thursday, November 14th Forum at 7:00 p.m. at Boxborough Town Hall, Grange Room
  • Monday, November 18th Coffee with Boxborough Seniors at 10:30 a.m. (all are welcome), Boxborough Senior Center
  • Friday, November 22nd Blanchard Parents Community Coffee Discussion at 9:30 a.m., Blanchard Memorial School
  • Monday, December 2nd Tour of Douglas at 6:30 p.m. and Forum at 7:00 p.m. 
To see a video tour of the existing conditions at Douglas and Gates Schools, CLICK HERE.  The video tour was produced by Acton TV in November 2019 and is narrated by Douglas Principal Dr. Chris Whitbeck and Gates Principal Ms. Lynne Newman.

Suicide Prevention Training Available - Nov 19

In January 2017, AB Cares was founded as a community-based collaborative effort that seeks to raise awareness around mental health and prevent suicide across the lifespan and support all who are impacted by suicide. This group is sponsoring training for community members who would like to know more about preventing suicide. The next training session will be held on Tuesday, November 19, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the R.J. Grey Junior High Library. See the AB Cares Coalition website for more information about this initiative and this flyer for dates of additional training sessions.

Project Graduation: Kickoff is Coming! - Nov 20

Start the clock: it's time to plan Project Graduation 2020! Every year on graduation night, the whole ABRHS senior class comes together for an all-night substance-free celebration. The idea was born in Maine in the wake of teen fatalities on graduation night. At AB we have a long tradition of keeping our community's kids safe on what is one of the most memorable occasions of their lives. But we need parents of all grades to keep it going. And although the big event on June 5 is months away, believe it or not, the planning starts now!

Venice, Salzburg, and Munich over April Break 2020!

We're having a KICKOFF MEETING on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7pm. Details to come! For questions or to RSVP, email abprojectgraduation@gmail.com.
Looking for an enriching, exciting opportunity for your high school student to travel and learn about European history and culture? Registration is open for a trip to Venice, Salzburg, and Munich over April Break this year.
To register for the trip, click here and use the following information:
Group ID: 21753
Group leader: Drowne  
For more information, visit https://acis.com/trips/tour-detail/?code=EXG or email Karin Drowne at kdrowne@abschools.org with any questions you might have.

Winter Athletics Sign-up - Deadline Nov 29

The deadline for registering for the winter athletic season is November 29th. Anyone who wants to register and has not done that yet should do so as soon as possible. For more information go to: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/acton-boxborough-regional-school-district-athletics

Career Speakers - Dec 4

Three times during the year the Counseling Department hosts a Career Speakers event for juniors and seniors. The Career Speakers Program is an opportunity for students to listen to invited speakers discuss their fields and career paths. The second event will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, during the first period of the day. There are ten different speakers, each speaking about a different field, and students may choose one presentation to attend. All juniors and seniors have received an email with a link to the online registration form and have been asked to sign up by November 22nd. If students miss a class to attend the event, the absence is counted as an in-school field trip. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Dempsey at mdempsey@abschools.org.

ABRHS Community Service Program News - Deadline Dec 4

A-B's Community Service Program encourages students to make service part of their experience in high school and celebrates the achievements of volunteers. Here are some important upcoming events and deadlines:
  • The annual Community Service Awards Night will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd.
  • We want pictures of students participating in volunteer activities for the slide show for the Awards Night program. Parents and students are invited to submit photos to Melissa Dempsey by the end of November. Photos can be of group projects or individuals volunteering, team projects, class projects, local projects, mission trips or other volunteering outside of the area. Please be sure to include the name of any students and the volunteer activity.

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.

What is AB Snapshots?

AB Snapshots is a site with photos and descriptions of some of the current events and activities at A-B, month by month. Use the link above to access the site now, or use the link on the ABRHS home page any time.

Counseling Department Communications

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 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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