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

  • January 14 - 17 - Midyear Exams
  • January 21 - No school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 23 - Community Service Awards Night - 7:00 p.m. (snow date - January 24)
  • January 30 - School Council Meeting - 5:00 p.m.

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

Midyear Exam Information

Midyear exams will be administered on January 14 through 17. The school day schedules for those four days will include blocks of time for exams in place of regular class periods. During times students are not in exams, they will be able to study in designated areas. There will also be wellness activities provided throughout the building. Please review the following documents for complete details on midyears. 
Midyear Schedule and Details 
Midyear FAQ

Clementines, Water, and Volunteers Needed for Midyears Week - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

IF one of your New Year's resolutions is to volunteer more, the PTSO has a great opportunity for you! It requires little time, and you will surely put a smile on the faces of many ABRHS students enduring midyear exams this week, January 14-17!
Please consider volunteering as a monitor during the breaks (shifts are only 70 minutes), or donating clementines or water to our deserving students. Items can be dropped off in the Main Office anytime during the week.
You can sign up at the link below:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/409094ba4aa22aaf94-midyear1
 
If you have any questions, please contact Beatriz L de Condes or Kathy McCullen.
Thanks in advance for your help!

January Counseling Newsletter

The January Counseling Communique is now available online.

Cheer on A-B's High School Quiz Bowl Team - Jan 20

The Acton-Boxborough High School Quiz Bowl Team has once again qualified for WGBH's High School Quiz Show! All members of the Acton-Boxborough community are invited to be a part of the live studio audience for the taping of this exciting match-up with Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA) on Sunday, January 20th at 3:00 at the WGBH studio in Brighton. If you are interested in cheering on your home team with Billy Costa, please register for FREE tickets here. Seating is limited, so fans are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Registration for Advanced Placement Exams - Jan 21 to Feb 11

ABRHS students who are currently enrolled in an H/AP course(s) or interested in taking an Advanced Placement exam in May must sign up online.
Please click here for important information on how to sign up for AP exams. Students will register with this online link. The online link will open for registration on Monday, January 21st and will close on Friday, February 11th. The AP exam fee is $100.00 per exam. AP exams will be administered May 6-10 and May 13-17.
Questions may be directed to Mrs. Kelly in the Counseling Center: ckelly@abschools.org.

Seeking Parent Volunteers for Community Service Awards Night - Jan 23

Volunteers are needed to help at Community Service Awards Night on Wednesday, January 23rd (snow date Thursday, January 24th). We are looking for parents to help with set-up, handing out certificates, and clean up. If you are interested, please click the link below and respond by January 14th. 
Community Service Award Parent Volunteer sign up
If you have any questions, please contact Bobbie Chiauzzi: rchiauzzi@abschools.org

Community Service Awards Night - Jan 23

Everyone is welcome to attend A-B's annual celebration of student volunteering on Wednesday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m., in the ABRHS Auditorium. Students eligible for an award and their families have received an email notification. Community Service Awards Night will feature students speaking about their community service experiences, a slide show of volunteer activities and a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program is approximately one hour long. Any questions about the event and requests for accessible seating should be directed to Melissa Dempsey (mdempsey@abschools.org) or Bobbie Chiauzzi (rchiauzzi@abschools.org).

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

Before the winter break, Mr. Dorey and the administration met with students regarding the 2019-2020 schedule trial. From those conversations, we have put together a Schedule FAQ to help provide more information and to answer common questions.
Additionally, if you would like to find out more about the 2019-2020 ABRHS Schedule Trial, Mr. Dorey will be holding information sessions on Tuesdays from January 8th through February 12th. To see the schedule of sessions and sign up to attend one, please click on the link Schedule Information Sessions.

Message from the World Language Department

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 4th. 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

Get In The Zone! College Planning for Juniors

In this workshop series, high school juniors will have a chance to dive deep into college planning. Students will discover their personality type, explore college criteria preferences, research colleges, college application process review, discuss college interview tips and essay preparation, determine short term and long term goals, and create a timeline for the process to reduce stress. There will be an added emphasis on balance, wellness, self-care, and fun! You'll leave this immersive workshop with the tools you need to succeed and a clear pathway to get there. 
Location: Danny's Place Youth Services, 525 Mass Ave, Acton, MA
Dates: Six sessions on Mondays: Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Cost: $25 total for all six sessions
Sign-up/Questions: email info@dannys-place.org or visit our site here.

26th Annual Summer Camp Fair - Jan 24

Explore the best summer programs for your child all in one evening on January 24 from 5-8pm at Merriam - Parker Damon Building - 11 Charter Road, Acton. Over 80 camps hailing from New England & abroad will gather at Merriam for the 26th Annual Acton Summer Camp Fair ready to wow you with the guarantee of a fabulous summer for your child! These camps, both day and overnight, offer specialties in academics, arts/music, digital media, programming, outdoor & social experiences, global leadership, pre-college programs, sports, and much more!  
For more info visit - Acton Summer Camp Fair - Home

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 Counselnig Department on social media to stay up to date with information, event plans, and news articles of interest.

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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