From the Principal
Feb. 11, 2019
Dear Abbott families:
We have officially completed the first semester of our school year, and we hope that your student has had a positive first half of the year. Many of our students have made some impressive contributions to our community in recent weeks, and in this edition of the principal’s newsletter I spotlight some of those student accomplishments.
Can you spell “Flambeau”? Our School-Wide Spelling Bee Winner, Liliana Vallin could! Just before winter break, thirty of Abbott’s best spellers met in the library for a spelling showcase, with many parents, teachers, and friends in attendance to cheer them on. Abbott’s first place winner was eighth grader Liliana Vallin, while Sannie Wan and Cullin Kimura took 2nd and 3rd place. The top speller in the 7th grade was Karen Barrios and Abdel-Rahman Abdalla was tops in 6th grade. Ms. Ujcic did an amazing job coordinating the event, and made the bee a fun, friendly celebration for the participants and their friends and families. In more bee news, Will Parrot was recently awarded as our National Geography Bee School Champion, with Cole Baker placing second and Lucas Krause third.
Our 8th grade boys’ 8A basketball team recently completed an undefeated season and captured the ADAL league title. The ADAL league includes 10 teams and stretches the length of the peninsula, and the league has produced some very talented basketball players including pros like Jeremy Lin. It is a highly competitive league, and it is a very impressive achievement for the 8A boys to have completed an undefeated season. Congratulations to Coach Carson and the boys!
While Abbott has a host of clubs, none is more long-running or well-attended than Ms. Ertl’s Chess Club. The Chess Club is currently in the middle of their Round Robin Tournament in which the 30+ club participants play one another until they crown an overall champion at the end of the year, with chess sets awarded to the winners at the year-end club pizza party.
One of our newest clubs is our Mock Trial Club, which is being organized by former Abbott student Manuel Bernal and hosted by Ms. Scott. Students are learning the roles and processes of Mock Trial, and preparing for a scrimmage between Abbott’s Mock Trial team and the JV Hillsdale Team in the Spring. Mr. Callan has also been introducing his Journalism students to the roles of courtroom procedures, and how to gather evidence to build a case.
Our Environmental Club has teamed up with the students in Mr. Koukoutsakis’ classroom (Room 4), and these students have completely replanted the 10 planters on the top level with succulent plants and have also re-planted the garden next to the main office. The Environmental Club is also going to begin a new composting program to capture more of our compostable waste and re-use it for landscaping.
We had a good turnout at our school dance last Friday, and everyone appeared to have a good time. The DJ mixed in contemporary dance songs with some oldies like Abba’s Dancing Queen and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and it’s amazing how many of our students know the moves to those songs. Special thanks to Ms. Bollbach and her Leadership students for all that they did to prepare for the dance.
Our spring musical, Into the Woods, is just gearing up and students are beginning preparation for their performances in June. We are already looking forward to the amazing things that director Thaine Sugden and our students have in store for us this year following their exceptional work in last year’s Mulan musical.
Our teachers have been working over the past week to recognize the many students who have demonstrated outstanding citizenship over the course of the first semester, and Mr. Campbell and I will be out in classrooms later this week to distribute these certificates of recognition. The good news is that there are several hundred students who have been identified by teachers for demonstrating outstanding citizenship over the course of this year.
As you can see in the snapshots above, we’ve had many students excelling in a variety of ways, and we are proud to have so many students making positive contributions to our school community.
Joe Hadley, Abbott Principal