Abbott Middle School
Striving for Excellence
Attention all students: are you feeling stressed? On Monday, October 17th, Abbott Middle School will have grade-level assemblies on how to manage stress, as well as a parent education workshop entitled Too Stressed to Think on Monday evening at 6:30. Guest speaker, Annie Fox will conduct the workshops. Flyers for this event are available in the office, and will be sent home with students in October.
Shadowing Dates: (please note that students/parents must call Aragon and San Mateo High School to schedule these or receive more information). For Hillsdale High, you will be able to schedule online on Sept. 26th
Aragon High: Oct. 14th and Oct 18th
Hillsdale High: Oct. 14th, 18th & 21, Oct. 24th and Oct 27th
San Mateo High: Oct 7th, 14th, and Oct. 21st, Oct. 28th
Parent Information/8th Grade Family Nights:
San Mateo High: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Aragon High School: Wednesday, October 26th, @ 6:30 p.m.
Hillsdale High: Tuesday, November 1st @ 6:30 p.m.
The middle school Spanish Immersion program is fully implemented at Abbott Middle School for grades 6-8. In this program, Fiesta Gardens' students can continue to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through advanced instruction in Spanish at grades six and seven. In grade eight, students are mainstreamed for English Language Arts and Social Studies and have a special elective class in Spanish that prepares them for the Spanish AP course and exam when they reach high school.
Abbott offers a Spanish immersion program for a cohort of students in grades 6-8, in which students from Fiesta Garden's immersion program can continue to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through advanced instruction in Spanish in grades six and seven. In grade eight, students are mainstreamed for English Language Arts and Social Studies and have a special elective class in Spanish that prepares them for the Spanish AP course and exam when they reach high school.
At Abbott Middle School, we are proud of our culture change initiative. Key to our culture is a shared vision with students, parents, staff and administration to support finding new ways of making our campus safe for all students to learn. Learn more about our culture and the Abbott No Bully program.
If you have a child that will be NEW to the SMFCSD next year, you should pre-register using our online registration system. Current students should not use this system. For parents who do not have access to the internet, paper registration forms are available at all school sites and the District Office. Read more on the SMFCSD website
In the event of an emergency disaster, our Emergency Operations Center will be activated. We will be linked to local fire, police and medical personnel. Read more on the SMFCSD website
There are a variety of positions open within the San Mateo-Foster City School District. Read more on the SMFCSD website
The San Mateo-Foster City School District offers before and after school child care at all schools in the District. The Annex provides a safe environment where students can receive homework support, participate in organized group activities and enjoy a variety enrichment opportunities. Read more on the SMFCSD website
As we prepare for the beginning of the school year, our student support team is aware that there can be some anxious moments for our incoming 6th graders and their parents. We want all students and families to know that we have a caring and dedicated staff who are committed to providing a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all students. To that end, we are happy to report that our district has supported the expansion of counseling services, and we have recently hired two new counselors, Mr. Akram and Ms. Holland. Mr. Akram brings a wealth of experience as both a middle school teacher and counselor. Ms. Holland comes to us as a recent graduate of USF’s Master’s in School Counseling program. Our Assistant Principal, Ms. Gray, returns for her third year at Abbott, and will be working closely with our counselors to continue to build comprehensive support services for all students. Our office staff also includes our Administrative Assistant, Ms. Louie, who has been at Abbott for 10 years, and is one of the key people who keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes. Ms. Santos, our School Office Specialist, is back for her fourth year at Abbott, and in addition to being the go-to person for school attendance, Ms. Santos is invaluable in providing support to our Spanish-speaking families. Ms. Rosaia, our School Office Assistant, is also a good person to know as she is typically the first person to greet students and parents as they arrive in the main office.
As most Abbott families know, I am new to Abbott, and was hired last spring to replace Ms. Ennon, who retired after 16 years as Abbott’s principal. I have spent my career as an educator, and worked for more than a decade as a classroom teacher at both the middle and high school level before becoming an administrator. Prior to coming to this district, I worked as both a Dean and as an Assistant Principal. For the past three years, I have served as the Assistant Principal at the Bayside STEM Academy. Though I will miss the many outstanding students, staff, and parents at Bayside, I am excited to join the Abbott community, and to continue to lead the work that Ms. Ennon and her staff have done to build a school that values mutual respect, empathy, good choices, teamwork, and trust. I am looking forward to a great year at Abbott!
Joe Hadley, Principal