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 ─ We support programs, projects, field trips, Freshmen Orientation, grants to the Jr. High and High Schools, student scholarships 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 Susan He

Modified School Schedule to be Piloted in March

As part of the high school's research into schedules that balance wellness, equity of access, and opportunity, A-B will undertake a two week trial of a modified block schedule during the weeks of March 12th and March 19th. A modified block schedule is a form of bell schedule that combines longer periods of meeting time with traditional length periods.

The goals of piloting a modified block schedule are:
  • Fewer transitions within the school day to create a slower pace in support of student wellness
  • Longer class periods to allow for more time to do project-based work, alternative and authentic assessment, and the possibility to begin homework
  • An increased likelihood that students will not have homework in every class every night
  • Collaboration time for faculty
  • Enrichment time for students
Detailed information will be provided to parents in the February 25 Chatter and to students in Advisory on February 27th.

Calming the Craze of Social Media - Thursday, February 15

Date: Thursday February 15th, 6:00-7:30pm
Instructor: Susan Reynolds
Cost: Free
Join us for an interactive, engaging workshop on the roles technology and social media play in your lives. We live in a digital world and technology is here to stay, but there is a gap between the promise and the peril of this world. Come learn how to maximize your digital life with mindful intention as opposed to mindless distraction. You will learn why you are so attracted to your screens and how you can take control of your use, rather than being used by it. Learn strategies that will help you balance your on screen life with your off screen life, help you increase attention and focus while completing homework and other tasks, and how to use social media to enhance your life, rather than taking away from it.
Susan Reynolds, M.Ed. is a former middle school teacher who now teaches yoga, meditation and mindfulness in the digital age. Her passion is helping teens use technology mindfully and maximize the productive use of social media and their digital lives. Sign up here to reserve your place. We have limited spots available.

Informational Programs on Drugs, Alcohol and Teens

Acton-Boxborough parents are invited to two upcoming evening programs in Concord. 
  • Wednesday, February 28 - 7:00 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School - Edibles, Vaping & Under-age Drinking; Understanding the Effects of Alcohol, Marijuana and Tobacco on the Teenaged Brain 
  • Tuesday, March 6 - 7:00 p.m. at Concord Middle School - Marijuana, Adolescent Brain Development and Teen Risk-Taking: What Parents Need to Know 

See the attached flyer for more information.

SCREENAGERS: Film and Community Discussion

Date: Thursday, March 29, 7-9pm
Location: RJ Grey Auditorium
Please join us to view the movie Screenagers, followed by a facilitated discussion led by Boxborough's Community Services Coordinator Lauren Abraham, LICSW. The discussion will focus on how each of us can help our children make healthy choices in daily life that balance the benefits of technology and positive, face-to-face social interactions.
Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
The Blanchard PTF and ABFN are bringing this event for all members of the Acton and Boxborough community.
Click here for more information and to register for the event.

2018-2019 School Start Times and Calendar

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee voted to change our schools' start times effective September 2018. They also voted a new single elementary school schedule for the six elementary schools.
The 2018-2019 school schedule will be:
  • R. J. Grey Jr. High School --- 8:00 am to 2:36 pm
  • Acton-Boxborough Regional High School --- 8:07 am to 2:47 pm 
  • All Elementary Schools --- 8:50 am to 3:20 pm (Thursdays 12:50 pm)
We would like to thank the district wellness committee and the start time committee for all of their work in these efforts.

The 2018-2019 calendar has also been voted. The calendar can be found below, and it will be posted on the schools' website. 

  • All staff and teachers' professional days will be Wednesday August 29th and Thursday August 30th.
    • Tuesday September 4 Students in grades 1-6, grades 7 and 9.
    • Wednesday September 5th. Students in grades 8, 10, 11 and 12 
  •  The School Committee also decided to change the name of the holiday on October 6 back to Columbus Day instead of Indigenous Peoples' Day. 

Calendar Attachment!

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.

2017-18 ABRPTSO Board Open Positions

The AB Parent Teacher Organization has open board positions for the 2017-2018 school year. New members will be trained by current board members.

Membership
(shadow position for 2017-18)
Coordinates online portal for membership dues; Prepares monthly membership reports for ABRPTSO Board; Prepares and sends membership reminders throughout the school year as necessary.

Please contact Padmini Narayan, ABRPTSO Nominations Chair, if you are interested in any of these positions or if you would like to learn more about these positions.

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 $40 Contribution

The ABRPTSO will only spend the amount we collect, so our success depends on you! 

One $40 membership contribution per family, per school year. 

This contribution is tax deductible.
The PTSO is a registered 501(c)3.



ABRPTSO Meetings

  • Sep 13, 2017
  • Nov 8, 2017
  • Jan 10, 2018
  • Mar 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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