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

  • Tuesday, December 11 - Winter Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 13 - Interim reports for Term 2
  • Friday, December 14 - PTSO Staff Appreciation Breakfast
  • Thursday, December 20 - Alumni Holiday Reception - 2:00 - 3:30
  • Friday, December 21 - Last day of school before winter vacation

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

Note to Parents/Guardians of Seniors

All seniors have been sent an email asking them to check the bulletin board across from the Administration Offices to confirm the spelling of their name for their diploma. Names are listed as they are in the Power School Portal. If your student needs to make a change for his/her diploma, please have them stop by the Administration Offices and see Ms. Hurley.

PSAT Results

Student PSAT scores from the October test administration will be available online between December 10 - 12. If students provided an email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet, they will receive an email reminder from College Board explaining where and how to view their scores. Students can set up a free College Board account at any time. If a student does not see their scores when they log in, they may need to enter an access code which they can get from their counselor starting on 12/11/18. Scores will also be uploaded to students' Naviance accounts on 12/11/18, although information related to skill areas assessed on the exam is only available through the students' College Board account.
As students review their scores, they will be able to identify areas of strength and potential growth. This can be helpful in planning to take the SAT Reasoning Test in the future.  In addition, students will receive some information regarding performance in the various skill categories assessed on the exam as well as some interpretive data about their scores. Projected SAT scores, college planning information and practice questions can be found online through College Board as well.
This is a good time for students and families to review the PSAT results together.  Please keep in mind that this is simply a tool to help guide preparation for an exam.  The score is not a reflection of the overall ability as a student or the admissibility to a particular school.  Counselors will be meeting with students individually this winter to discuss the college planning process. Please remember that this information is personal in nature and should be kept confidential.

Basic Rights in Special Education - Dec 10th

A representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will present a Basic Rights in Special Education workshop on Monday, December 10, from 7-9 p.m. in the RJ Grey Junior High library, 16 Charter Road, Acton. Families will get an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts special education law. The workshop is designed to help parents/guardians learn to be effective partners with their child's school to determine their child's eligibility for special education and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child's progress. This free, public event is hosted by the Acton-Boxborough, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Maynard, and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from their school districts. RSVPs appreciated for planning purposes to abrsdsepac@gmail.com.  

Interact Club Food Drive through Dec 11th

The Interact Club is encouraging all students to participate in their annual food drive. Have any canned goods, baking supplies, beans, or pasta? Donations can be dropped off in Room 100E, the main office, or through advisory groups! Every advisory group that donates 20 or more items will be entered in a drawing to receive a basket of holiday cookies provided by the Interact Club. All the food donated will go to the Acton Food Pantry and will help families in our community make the holidays even more jolly. Please donate any non-perishable items until December 11th!

Term 2 Interim Reports

Term 2 interim reports will be emailed to parents/guardians and students on Thursday, December 13th. Please note that an interim report will be sent only if a teacher has comments or concerns about a student's performance that they would like to share with parents/guardians. Not all students will receive an interim report.

ABRHS Community Service Program News

Volunteer Hours Report Forms Deadline Extended to December 12th
All students have received an email with the link to report their 2018 volunteer hours. Students must report their hours by Wednesday in order to receive recognition.
Community Service Awards Night & Online Auction Item Donations
Community Service Awards Night will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. Also in January we will be running our annual online auction to raise funds for the ABRHS Community Service Program. If you'd like to donate an auction item or learn more, please click here to access the ABRHS Community Service Auction Donation Form
Community Service Awards Night 
Save the date: Community Service Awards Night will be held the evening of Wednesday, January 23, 2019. 

Wellness Lunch Scheduled for Dec 13th

Students have been invited to a Lunch Date with the Nurses on Thursday, December 13th during all lunch periods in Student Center South and 115N.  Students will gain tips for better sleep, reducing stress, and making exercise an important part of their life.  They can sample healthy snacks like smoothies and breakfast cookies. Lunch will be provided. More info can be found here: Wellness Lunch December 13th.  Thank you to AB United Way for providing a grant that sponsors our Wellness Lunch Series.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Dec 14th

This year's first Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Friday, December 14. 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. 
At this time, we are in need of hot items which are always popular. We have ovens to bake/reheat the hot items the morning of the breakfast.
If you are interested in donating food, please sign up by December 10 via the Sign Up Genius by clicking here.
Food can be dropped off in the HS Faculty Dining Room 123N during the afternoon or evening of December 13, or the morning of the breakfast (December 14) by 6:30am. Please be sure to label any items you would like returned.
If you have questions, please email either Kathy McCullen or Beatriz L de Condes.
Thank you for your support - the teachers and staff enjoy and appreciate this event each year!

AB Snapshots

Check out news and photos of some recent school events on the AB Snapshots site.

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.

Alumni Holiday Reception - Dec 20th - Help pass the word!

Members of the ABRHS Class of 2018 and other recent graduates are invited to the ABRHS Alumni Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 20th, from 2:00 to 3:30 in the Counseling Center. Graduates can chat with classmates, current students and high school faculty and staff members. Light refreshments will be provided.

Alumni Connections Event - Jan 7th - SAVE THE DATE

On Monday, January 7th at 6:30pm in the auditorium, the ABRHS Counseling Department is sponsoring a panel of AB alumni who will speak about their paths to choosing majors and careers.  Information about ways to explore career interests through clubs at the high school will also be available. The Alumni Connections program is aimed at students in grades 10 - 12 and their families.  Snow date January 10th.
Questions?  Please contact Lindsay Rosenman in the Counseling Department at lrosenman@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.

NEW Online Payment System - eFunds for Schools

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is pleased to introduce a new payment option called eFunds for Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments online and is user-friendly. Not only will parents/guardians have the ability to have various school fees electronically withdrawn from a checking account or charged to a credit card, they also have the flexibility to make a payment at any time. This system has already been used for fall athletic fees, select activity fees and PSAT registration. Other uses will follow. Click on this link for detailed information and to set up an account.

High School Store

We'll have a pop up store set up at the Winter Concert at the High School, right outside the auditorium, on Tuesday night 12/11 with lots of apparel and accessories to be purchased. Look for us there. Everything is also available Mon - Fri from 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM at the store, right off the main lobby of the High School. Gift Certificates in any amount are also available. Credit/debit cards, cash and checks are all accepted. You can find everything online here.

The ABRHS Library is on Social Media

Want to stay up to date about what's going on in the library? Follow us on Twitter (@ABRHS_Library) and Instagram (@abrhslibrary) for the latest updates and news!

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.

Across the Board

Across the Board: Life at ABRHS is the school's news website containing write-ups and photos of some of the many school activities. Click here to see the latest goings on.


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
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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