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 October 2, 2016
lumni Holiday Reception
 Calendar of Events 
 
  • Monday, October 3 - No school - Rosh Hashanah
  • Monday, October 10 - No school - Columbus Day
  • Tuesday, October 11 - No school
  • Wednesday, October 12 - No school - Yom Kippur
     
Principal's Blog 

To get the latest information from the high school administration, check Principal JoAnn Campbell's new blog,  Principal Thoughts, and subscribe to the blog to be notified when there is a new post.
Safety and Security - New Exterior Door Locking Policy - Updated information

Beginning Tuesday, October 4, all exterior doors at the high school except the front door will be locked during the school day (approximately 7:23 am-2:18 pm). The doors listed below are equipped with key pads that allow students to enter using their lunch PIN numbers.
If students don't know their lunch PIN number, you can log into the Parent Portal and find it under My Schedule.
 
The process for gaining entry with a code is as follows:
1) Enter 4-digit lunch code, followed by # (# is the equivalent of the "Enter" button that students press on the lunch registers)
2) Students have 5 seconds to pull on the door after the code is accepted.
Note: At the Gazebo entrance, students will have to actually turn the handle in addition to pulling the door open.
 
Doors with keypads for student and staff entry:
  • Southwest Stair Tower (outside Room 168W)
  • West Patio Entrance (outside Room 276W)
  • Gazebo Entrance (outside wood shop)
  • Tennis Court Entrance (below room 104E)
  • Flag Pole Entrance (outside room 124E)
Everyone other than high school students and staff will enter through the front door during the school day. Questions? Contact Dean Peter Cavanaugh (pcavanaugh@abschools.org).
PSAT Registration Information

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at ABRHS on Saturday, October 15. Because the regular registration deadline for juniors has passed, the fee for juniors is now $30, payable by cash or check made out to ABRHS. Please make sure the student's name is on the check.
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Sophomores who wish to take the PSAT can sign up now through October 6th. Taking the PSAT is only recommended if a sophomore has completed both Algebra 1 and Geometry by the beginning of his or her sophomore year. The  sophomore fee is $25. Space is limited. The final day of registration is Thursday, October 6
 
Questions? Contact Bobbie Chiauzzi ( rchiauzzi@abschools.org) in the Counseling Center.  
Homecoming Dance 
 
The Class of 2017 is excited to announce it will be hosting the second annual all-school Homecoming Semi-Formal Dance on Saturday, October 15th, from 7-10:30 pm, at ABRHS. Students are invited to come celebrate our school spirit with dinner, a DJ, and dancing in a festive setting. Tickets are $20 and are on sale during all lunches through Friday, October 7th. There are a limited number of tickets to be sold, and tickets will not be sold at the door. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Class of 2017 Advisors Bill Noeth (bnoeth@abschools.org) or Susan Root (sroot@abschools.org).
Homework and Assessment Free Dates 

In line with of the district policy regarding religious observances and in the spirit of our focus on health and well-being, this is a reminder for families that there will be several homework and assessment free days for all high school students in the coming weeks.

There should be nothing due or assessments (tests or quizzes) given on Tuesday 10/4 as this follows a school closing for Rosh Hashanah. Also, there should be nothing due or assessments given on Thursday 10/13 as this follows a school closing for Yom Kippur.  

Another goal for these homework and assessment free weekends is to provide students periods during which they can spend time with family, relax, rejuvenate, and engage in activities other than school work.
ABSAF PASS SALES UNDERWAY!
 
You can purchase your ABSAF pass:

- By mail to ABSAF, PO Box 662, Acton, MA 01720
 
This is a great way to support our students at the High School and Junior High School in all of the wonderful extracurricular activities they do - after-school clubs, athletic teams, music, drama, academic teams! At the same time, it will make it easy for you and your family to attend all the favorite regular-season varsity games without having to think about paying the mandatory entrance fees! For more information on the value of the ABSAF pass, go to www.absaf.net.
 
Thank you for your support!
ABSAF Board
AB Cross Country/Track & Field Boosters Meeting - Tuesday, October 4

AB Cross Country/Track & Field boosters are meeting this Tuesday, October 4th,  at 7:00 pm. We're in room 142 South - from the main entrance take the first hallway to the right, and it's just down on the right side. We'll plan the second half of the XC season and look toward indoor track & field. All parents/guardians are welcome, especially those of underclassmen!! Contact Joanie Davis (davisjecd@verizon.net), Kristin Grip (kristingrip@comcast.net), or Lisa Mitchell (lbmitchell@comcast.net) with any questions.

AB Girls Varsity Hockey 3rd Annual Glow Ball Golf Fundraiser-
October 6, 2016
 
Come support the AB Girls Varsity Hockey Team at our 3rd Annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 6th, from 5-10 pm at the Maynard Country Club. Don't want to golf? Come have dinner. Not available that night?  Be a sponsor, donate a raffle prize, or purchase raffle tickets ahead of time (1 for $5 or 3 for $10)! You are guaranteed to have lots of fun!  For more information, please contact Heidi Kidd at hlkidd02@gmail.com or (978) 273-8072.
AB Field Hockey Play 4 the Cure
 
AB Field Hockey is proud to sponsor their annual Play 4 the Cure events in the month of October. All proceeds will be donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research (nfcr.org).
 
The JV and Varsity teams play Westford Academy on 10/7/16 starting at 5:30 pm
The Freshman game is 10/13/16 at 4 pm.
 
The 7th and 8th Grade teams will be playing at Gates Field on 10/27/16 starting at 3:45 pm.
 
Come wearing pink and show your support of ABFH!
Stand Up to Stigma Scarecrow Festival

Stand Up to Stigma at the Scarecrow Festival, October 8-10, at Cucurbit Farm, 32 Parker St, in Acton. Proceeds from the scarecrow contest benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Middlesex.  Columbus Day weekend at the farm will feature over 70 scarecrows, pick your own pumpkin, a farmer selfie station, touch a tractor, farm animals, mini hayrides, kettle corn, and a NAMI information booth. To enter the scarecrow making contest, bring your $25 donation to NAMI to the farm stand and pick up a starter kit. Scarecrows will be on display for the month of October and will wear signs bearing the name of donors willing to stand up to stigma. NAMI is a non-profit organization that supports, educates, and advocates on behalf of families and individuals living with mental illness. More info at namicentralmiddlesex.org.
Proscenium Circus Presents: 
MARY POPPINS - The Broadway Musical
October 28-30 & November 4-5
 
Save $2 on every ticket -- Order now through October 14th!

Don't miss your chance to have a jolly holiday with Mary and Bert -- as they kick their heels up and step in time -- in this joyful and iconic musical.  Magical Mary Poppins is set to fly over our rooftops and onto the ABRHS stage on Friday, October 28th - Saturday, November 5th.  
 
Tickets:  Order from any cast or crew member, or online at ABDRAMA.org.
Acton Girls Who Code Club Launch!
 
Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in STEM fields. To learn more about GWC visit https://girlswhocode.com/. Girls work in Scratch, JavaScript, AppInventer, Python, HTML/CSS and more to build projects like graphics, video games, and websites. The Club hosts guest speakers, goes on field trips and also helps girls develop skills in collaboration and public speaking.
 
When does Acton's GWC meet?
Acton Memorial Library will host the club. Meetings are for two hours every week on most Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 am from October 22nd until May 2017. Detailed schedule will be provided.
 
Age and Attendance policy:
GWC is for Grades 6-12. GWC is strict about the age requirements for the Club. All girls who are registered for the club are expected to attend 80% of the meetings.
 
For more information, including details on how to register, please email our student ambassador Arushi Bhalchandra at actongwc@gmail.com.
News from Community Ed

Community Ed is offering a variety of College and Test Prep classes this fall. For more information and registration, please visit the Community Ed website, abce.abschools.org, or call 978-266-2525.

The SAT and the ACT: Navigating the Changing Landscape of College Admissions Testing, Travis Minor, Open Door Education. Thursday, 10/6 or Thursday 11/17, $29/family.
Course code: NEWSAT
 
The Perils of Student Loan Debt for Your College Planning, Jarod Bloom, Sechrest & Bloom LLC. Tuesday, 10/18, $29/family. Course code: PERILS

The Benefits of a College Savings Plan, Jared Hoole, Lakeside Financial Planning.
Thursday, 10/20, $29/individual, $39/couple. Course code: SAVINGS
 
Understanding the College Admissions Process (Recommended for Freshman-Juniors and families), Sue Wachter, Acton College Consulting. Thursday, 10/20. $29/family. Course code: ADMISSIONS
 
Getting Ready for FAFSA, Jack Wang, Longhorn Financial LLC. Thursday, 10/27, $29/family. Course code: FAFSA
 
College Jumpstart: A Guide for Your College Application Process (Juniors & families), Sue Wachter, Acton College Consulting. Monday 11/7. $29/family Course code: JUNIORS
Girls' Basketball Clinic for Grades K-8 
October 23, October 30, & November 6, 4:00-5:30 pm
 
The AB Varsity Girls and their coaches will once again be offering a fall clinic this year. We will have multiple coaches, baskets, and opportunities to work on fundamentals and skill development. Just like last year, we are fortunate to have a few of the local women's college basketball teams coming in to work with the players. Boston College, UMass Lowell, and Harvard are expected to attend and be a part of our 3-part skill sessions. Their coaching staff AND their players will come and offer a different and fun opportunity to learn the game of basketball from some of the best!
 
Cost for the 3 sessions is $100.00 or each session individually is $40.00. Each player will get a camp t-shirt.

To register, please contact Tim Bassett, Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach, at  tbassett@abschools.org to secure a spot. Spots are limited! 
The Instrument Link
 
Do you have a musical instrument that you want to sell, or are you are in the market for an instrument? The Acton-Boxborough Friends of Music (ABFOM) has created a forum called The Instrument Link, for members of the Acton Boxborough community to buy and sell used musical instruments and related equipment. The Instrument Links not a fundraiser for ABFOM; it is being provided as a service to the Acton-Boxborough community. We have quite a few instruments posted for sale. Take a look! abfom.org/InstrumentLink/InstrumentLink.html.
Become a PC Patron and help support ABRHS Theater Arts 

Want to become a member of an amazing theater loving group at the High School? Become a PC Patron! Our PC Patrons are season ticket holders, benefactors, and advertisers coordinated through AB Friends of Drama (ABFOD). Your contribution as a PC Patron will directly benefit the students, stage and community that comprise Proscenium Circus. Join ABFOD and become a partner in our mission to provide an educational theater community for and by students to open and question the world. For more information, to become a PC Patron or to renew your membership, please visit us online at abdrama.org/patronWant more details? Reach out to our Patron Chair at membership@abdrama.org.
The Weekly Chatter is distributed each Sunday.  If you have a submission you'd like to have included in the Chatter, please be sure to email it to ABWEEKLYCHATTER@gmail.com  by Noon on Friday!  The Chatter was created solely for the purpose of communicating school-related events to parents and students and to forward opportunities for parents to attend support groups or forums of school-age-related issues.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Susan He & Kavitha Manikandan
Acton-Boxborough Regional PTSO Co-chairs 
Acton-Boxborough Regional PTSO, 36 Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720
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