Welcome to our incoming 6th graders and welcome back to our returning students! For our incoming students and parents, we know that this can be an anxious time, and 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.
For any incoming 6th graders who are interested in getting a tour of Abbott’s campus, our Student Leadership class will host an optional campus tour on Thursday, August 10th from 10:30-12:00. The tour will include some fun ice-breaker games, and should help to relieve some of the stress that students feel as they make the transition to middle school.
For parents who are anxious about the transition to middle school, there is an excellent guide to this transition that was created by Ms. World, one of our counselors. You can find the guide under the counseling page of our website (under Academic Services/Counseling).
We will have two new members of our office staff this year. Mr. Andrew Campbell is stepping in to the role of Assistant Principal. While new to the AP role, Mr. Campbell has been a standout science teacher at Abbott for many years, and knows the Abbott community well. Our other new office staff member is Ms. Norma Flores, who will be working in a role that was newly created this year which is the role of School Community Worker. She will be working closely with our parent community, and particularly with our Spanish-speaking students and families to help those families stay connected with what’s going on at Abbott. Ms. Flores is a native Spanish speaker who has worked as a para-educator at Abbott for several years, and is excited to begin this new role.
Our returning office staff includes our two school counselors, Ms. World and Ms. Holland, who will share the counseling responsibilities. They are joined by our Administrative Assistant, Ms. Louie, who has been at Abbott for 11 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 fifth year at Abbott, and is the go-to person for school attendance. Ms. Barba, our School Office Assistant, is a good person to know as she is typically the first person to greet students and parents when they arrive in the main office.
I am in my second year as Abbott’s principal, and I am excited to begin a year in which we will introduce a number of new programs at Abbott. We are the first middle school in our district who will be implementing core aspects of the Positive Behavior and Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is an approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. I am also excited that we are taking a cohort of teachers to a summer AVID institute. The AVID program is based on the philosophy that if you hold students accountable to the highest standards and provide academic and social support, they will rise to the challenge. I know that our AVID teacher cohort will come back from the training with some outstanding and proven instructional strategies which they will share with their colleagues.
With the roll-out of new programs like PBIS and AVID, there is much to be done this year at Abbott, but I am excited to begin this year and to see how we can continue to build a positive, supportive, and high-achieving school for all Abbott students.
Joe Hadley, Principal