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

  • April 22 - Term 3 report cards emailed to parents and students 
  • April 24 - Election assemblies for grades 9, 10 and 11
  • April 26 - First Performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream - see schedule below

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!

Important information for the Class of 2019

Parents of seniors should have received an email with information about senior events for the remainder of the year and details on the June 7 graduation ceremonies. Students and parents should review this information carefully to prepare for an enjoyable end to senior year. Here are the links to these documents: Schedule of Important Senior Dates and Graduation Info Page

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!

AB Cares Suicide Prevention Training - April 25

You never know when you may be called upon to help. Please join us in saying YES to saving the life of a friend, colleague, child, sibling, or neighbor.

A-B Community Ed. SPRING classes are starting!

Please check out A-B Community Ed's Interaction catalog, which includes all spring courses as well as many summer offerings, too!  Great college prep classes for high school students, summer Driver Ed sessions, and dozens of activities for the entire family.  Sign up now and don't miss out!

Proscenium Circus to present Jazz Era twist on 'Midsummer Night's Dream

Proscenium Circus closes its 2018-19 season with a family-friendly, contemporary language adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" April 26-28 and May 3-4 in the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School auditorium, 36 Charter Road.
Evening performances are 7pm Fridays and Saturdays, April 26-27 and May 3-4. Matinees are 2pm Sunday, April 28, and Saturday, May 4.
Magic and romance meet down in the bayou where "A Midsummer Night's Dream" comes to life and the Jazz Era in America explodes. This popular comedy gets a new and contemporary treatment when set in the Art Deco world of the Deep South's mangroves and Spanish moss. When the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure pandemonium and magical mayhem.
General admission tickets are $14. Discounts are available online only: Save $2 on student and senior (55+) tickets; save $16 on Friends and Family 4-Packs ($40) for matinees. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. General admission tickets are available at the door. All tickets are available online at ABDrama.org.

Out of the Darkness Walk - April 27

Acton-Boxborough is about to have its third annual Out of the Darkness suicide awareness and prevention walk!  Please join us as we come together as a community to walk for a deserving cause, increase awareness about the struggles of depression and anxiety, and bring hope to those who may need it.
The walk will take place on April 27th from 10 AM - 12 PM, and it will start at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School campus. Everyone is welcome to join! If you would like to help us reach our fundraising goal of $5,000, you can create an individual or team account on our walk page: afsp.org/acton
The funds raised will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Anyone who raises more than $100 will be recognized for their support with a shirt that says "Hope Walks Here."  We hope to see you there!

Spring AB Teen Driver Training - April 28

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!  Acton Boxborough area teens can SAVE on half day In Control hands-on crash-prevention Spring training classes on AB Day, Sunday April 28 (AM or PM) at a special rate of $200 (save $150).  Special thanks to premier Sponsors Danny's Place Youth Services and Acton Toyota of Littleton, community (AB PIP STEM, Acton Police Association, AB Schools / Peer Leadership) and local business supporters Hansen Auto Body Acton and Sal's Auto & Truck Repair. Join area teens/families on Sun April 28, 2019 OR register anytime, while funds last!! 
In Control is a non-profit organization whose mission is to keep our teens and young adults safe on the road. Certified instructors teach teen crash prevention training & 'Skid Control' classes and safe 'hands on' driving techniques including how to control panic stops, navigate emergency lane changes, avoid tailgating accidents, handle a car in dangerous situations and guard against distracted driving.  Parents are encouraged to accompany their teens.  Insurance discounts may apply. 
To learn more about upcoming AB teen driver training or to Register for the April 28 AB Day training at a Special discount **spaces very limited**, visit www.DriveInControl.org/AB or Call In Control Advanced Driver Training at 888-301-SAFE (7233).

Presentation on the Rise of Vaping - April 30

A presentation will be held on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:00pm in the Junior High Auditorium to update everyone about statewide efforts to address the rise of vaping and use of electronic cigarettes by adolescents. The presentation will feature Mary Cole, Program Coordinator for the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership.
We know that combating this rising trend will take all of us, so we hope that parents of students in grades 5-12 will attend on Tuesday, April 30th for a presentation on vaping called The New Look of Nicotine Addiction.
In addition to Mary Cole, Kimberly Manning, Program Coordinator at Boston Children's Hospital, will be available before the presentation with a variety of helpful vaping resources for families.
The District is pleased to co-sponsor this parent learning opportunity with the Towns of Acton and Boxborough and Danny's Place Youth Services.

An Evening with Dr. Michael Thompson: Best Friends and Worst Enemies - SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY, MAY 20

Sponsored by ABRPTSO and Danny's Place Youth Services
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
This presentation walks teachers and parents through the complex social world of
childhood and addresses a number of questions such as:
  • What do social relationships in school predict about happiness in adult life?
  • What is the normal sequence of child friendships?
  • Why do cliques form?
  • Why are children scapegoated and how can their parents and school protect them?
Dr. Thompson will draw on research to highlight the management of social problems in schools and makes the case that while all children yearn for popularity, it is friendship that helps children survive and thrive.
Dr. Thompson's presentation will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the ABRHS Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

High School Store Update

April Showers call for umbrellas!  The High School Store has AB golf umbrellas for sale.  Show your school spirit at the next rainy sporting event - $18.
Grab an AB travel mug and bring some hot coffee to the next event - $17
Fleece vests will keep you warm and you'll look good!  - $32
Everything that is available at the store is on our website - click here.  

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  
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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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