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Acton-Boxborough Regional PTSO Newsletter
Volume 22, No. 4May 2010
In This Issue
PTSO Annual Meeting
Drive One 4-UR School
ABSAF Donates $90K
College Search Panel, May 12
Project Graduation
Anti-Bullying Policy
RJ Grey School Council
Attention Senior Parents
ABRHS School Council Update
ABRHS Updates
Acton NPFH Bullying Program
Lyme Disease Alert
Quick Links...
PTSO Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 25, 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome at our brief Annual where we vote on budget and board for the coming year. Thank you to the many volunteers who will lead activities for the PTSO for the coming year! For details, visit abrptso.ab.mec.edu.
 
To RSVP your attendance to the Annual Meeting, please contact Chris Renzi at chrisrenzi@comcast.net.

DRIVE ONE 4-UR SCHOOL
Saturday May 22nd, 10am-5pm 
RJ Grey Parking Lot
 

On Saturday May 22nd the A-B boys basketball, girls basketball, and both volleyball teams will be taking part in a fundraiser sponsored by Acton Ford.  Come out and take a free test drive of any Ford vehicle and money will be donated to the ABRHS Athletic department.  These funds raised will be used for the field house gym floor renovation project.
 
Test drivers entered in raffle for Gateway Netbook Computer,
No commitment...no cost....no pressure...just come and take a spin!
 
For every test drive...Ford donates money to the ABRHS Athletic Department.  Please plan to support this effort towards the field house gym floor renovation!

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ABSAF Donates $90,000 to Help Fund Extracurricular Activities
Due to the generous donations of the Community in response to the mail campaign and the student "Phonathon" last fall, the Board of the Acton Boxborough Students Activities Fund (ABSAF) is proud to donate $90,000 to the Acton Boxborough Regional Schools. The check was presented by members of ABSAF during the ABRS Committee meeting  on May 6th at the RJ Grey Junior High Library.
Each year the funds are distributed somewhat differently based upon greatest need as determined by the Junior High and High School administration.  The monies will used to support extracurricular activities in which so many Acton Boxborough Students participate each year. In the past ABSAF funds have helped pay for transportation to academic team events attended by the speech and debate team, academic decathlon team, science team and math team as well as for transportation and/or equipment for athletic teams, band, chorus, jazz band, madrigals and the Proscenium Circus.
The ABSAF board is grateful to the community for its very generous support in making this contribution possible.
ABRHS School Council Candidates
for Election School Year 2010-2011
Included here for your consideration are statements from the six parents who are running for the ABRHS School Council for next year. See below in our newsletter for the work that the School Council has done this year.
 
Our candidates are Joe Carotenuto, Derrick Chin, Janet Chinitz, Jan Couch, Bill Guthlein, and Kathleen McDonagh.  Thank you to these wonderful volunteers who have offered to get involved (or continue to be involved) with the work of the ABRHS School Council.  Please review these statements and then visit our votingn site to cast your vote for the three candidates of your choice.  All voting must be completed by Friday, May 21. [ Read more]
 
Click here to vote
For Juniors:
A Panel of ABRHS Seniors and Their Parents
Wednesday, May 12th, 7:00 PM
ABRHS Room 218E
Calling all Junior Parents and Junior Students!! - Are you worried about how you and your child will navigate the college search process successfully? Are there alternatives that you should consider? ABRHS Seniors and their parents, as panel members representing a broad range of experiences and decisions, will share their stories, answer questions and provide an overview of their experience with the audience. 
 
Come have your questions answered, your fears allayed, and gain some insight into what really goes on during the College Search. 
 
Remember this is for both Students and parents/guardians!
Sponsored by the ABRPTSO and ABRHS Counseling Department
Project Graduation - June 4
How Can You Help This Week?
Project Graduation is an all-night, alcohol and drug-free party exclusively for graduating seniors. The event is held on graduation night from 10pm through 5am at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Help the Project Graduation Committee produce this safe celebration for the students' at ABRHS.
 
Roche. Bros Supports Project Graduation
Please plan to support the shopping fundraiser at Roche. Bros. on Friday, May 14 from 4-7pm.  Come shop at Roche. Bros during this time, hand your itemized receipt to the Project Grad volunteers and Roche. Bros donates a percentage to the event. [ ]
Anti-Bullying Policy
At the AB Regional School Committee meeting last Thursday, May 6, Pupil Services Director Liza Huber presented the committee with the findings from the district's Anti-Bullying Task Force, culminating with a new policy that will meet the requirements of the new state law.  Details are found on the School District website (ab.mec.edu), and the final policy will be voted at the School Committee's next meeting on Thursday, June 3.  Below are some excerpts from the presentation. [Read more]
RJ Grey School Council Update 
The RJ Grey School Council is comprised of school representatives, parents and representative members from the community.  The responsibility of this group is to set educational goals that adhere to local policies and statewide performance standards, to ensure the educational needs of all our of students is being met, to review the annual school budget and to develop a school improvement plan that serves as next years mission statement of this council. [ ]
 
Attention Parents of Seniors
At the recent senior class meeting on April 14th, seniors received a packet that contained ten graduation announcements, two reserved seating tickets, one Project Graduation invitation and a card from the principal pertaining to the reserved seating at graduation. Families who need special seating at graduation because of disabilities need to contact Mrs. Deb Trentsch in the Main Office (978-264-4700, ext. 3403) before May 24th. Please see the "Information for Seniors" section under Latest News on the homepage of the ABRHS website:  ab.mec.edu/abrhs for other important year-end dates and information.
ABRHS School Council Update - 2009-2010
The ABRHS School Council,  comprised of parents, teachers, and students, meets once a month on a Monday evening to discuss items of importance to the school and to provide the high school administration with insight and advice. 
 
This year's School Council has focused on a number of issues. By law, the School Council must each year develop a School Improvement Plan, an outline of the school's goals for the year. Over the course of the year the Council then tracks progress towards achievement of those goals. [ ]
ABRHS Updates
It has been a busy spring at AB! Here are a few accomplishments and activities from the past two months:
    The Science Olympiad Team won the Massachusetts championship and will compete in the national Olympiad event in Illinois later in May.
    The Academic Decathlon Team won the Massachusetts championship for the tenth year in a row and participated in the United States Academic Decathlon in Nebraska in April, coming home with eight individual medals.
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Acton No Place for Hate Sponsors Bullying Program
Sunday, May 16
Acton No Place for Hate Committee sponsors two events on Sunday, May 16, at Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect St., Acton.
 
Morning:   Program on Bullying in partnership with the Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Elohim.  Event begins with breakfast at 9 pm. Program includes a student video The Faces of Bullying and comments by State Representatives Cory Atkins and Jennifer Benson with update on Bullying legislation.
Open to the public.  Cost:  $5 per person for breakfast. [Read more]
Lyme Disease Alert
The Acton Garden Club is partnering with the Town of Acton's Board of Health to increase public awareness regarding the cause, prevention, and treatment of Lyme disease including exploring regional options for reduction of the deer population.  [Read more and see attachments]
Enjoy these busy last few months of the school year!
Mary Ann Ashton, Editor