October Newsletter

November 2019

Robert Abbott Middle School

    Halloween/Fall Dance:

       Friday, November 1

       4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Abbott Students   Only-Gym




       November 6th and 7th

       4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Coffee With The Principal - Strategies to Help Your Scholar Succeed:
November 12th  

7:30 AM


A Night of the Arts and STEM

November 20th

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cafeteria/Small Gym

Thanksgiving Break -

District Closed:
November 27 - 29 

Chat and Chew - Technology Tapas:

Wednesday, December 4

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Band and Orchestra Concert:

Wednesday, December 4

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Large Gym

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Abbott School Improvement Goals

  • Creating rigorous learning environments reliably aligned to Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards.

  • Intentional, literacy-based instruction through all content areas. 

  • To develop cultures of thinking and excellence that promotes cognitive engagement, thinking and student dialogue. 

Principal’s Message - Helping Your Middle School Scholar Succeed in School

Greetings to all Ram Families!



We truly believe in all of our Scholars and that they will learn at high levels. Besides our motto, ‘It’s A Great Day to be a Ram!!” we use the phrases “Ram Scholars Excel” and “Ram Scholars Aim to Attain.” When our RAM Scholars “attain” they are achieving at grade level, which is our goal! 


The excitement that I had prior to the school year was enormous and it continues now that we are well underway in the 19-20 school year. This is because we have raised the rigor of our level of instruction and our Ram Scholars continue to push themselves to achieve.

First Quarter Progress Reports were mailed home recently. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk to your Scholar about their grades and performance in school. Research shows that when parents demonstrate an interest and are involved in their child’s education that Scholars perform better. You can access your Scholar’s grades at any time through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you do not have your log-in information, please contact the main office.  Also, included below are some tips for parents to help support their Scholars in school and questions to ask to show that you care. 

As parents and families of our Scholars you are an integral part of our school community. Please join us for various events that we have upcoming and get involved in our Parent Involvement Committee. Date and events are listed to the left.

You may also find more information on our website: abbott.wps60.org. Feel free to call or email us. 


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Carl E. Hagman



13 Tips for Success From a Middle School Principal

Get advice from a veteran educator on how to help your child succeed in middle school and beyond. Adapted from SCHOLASTIC PARENTS STAFF Although your middle schooler is becoming more independent and is increasingly involved in activities outside the family, you should and must remain the most influential person in his life. Through your involvement in school and extracurriculars, you can do much to help your child believe in the value and importance of education, be enthusiastic about learning, and achieve academic success.  As a middle-school principal, a big part of my job is to help parents support their children emotionally as well as academically. Here is my best advice for parents of preteens:

1. Help your child manage homework time. Encourage her to aim high and always do her best work. Check with teachers to see how much time should be necessary to complete homework. See what your school offers to help you help your child, such as an agenda planner or some other homework reminder system, and/or a Web site with helpful links.

2. Show interest in your child's studies by talking with him daily about what he's learning and doing in school (don't take "nothing" for an answer!). If you know your child has a project for science, get involved. The same goes for cheerleading, sports, and music — any extracurricular activities.

3. Discuss ideas and feelings about school, studies, and activities. Be realistic about what your child can and should be able to do. Don't expect great grades or high test scores if she isn't capable. That expectation will only cause unnecessary frustration.

4.Read and review with your child the information that schools and districts provide. Be familiar with the pupil progression plan, course offerings, student handbook, etc. All these will help you and your child successfully weave your way through the maze called middle school.

5. Contact counselors, administrators, and teachers periodically. Find out what your child should be learning, how she is progressing, and how you can help. Be a full partner in your child's education.

6. Be sure that he attends school on a regular basis. Even if he is absent for illness or another valid reason, he needs to keep up with his studies. Call the school if your child will be missing a day, and find out what he needs to do to make up for it.

7. Encourage her to pursue interests and make friends through extracurricular activities. Be certain, however, that she selects no more than a few activities so she has adequate time for schoolwork. You must help her find a balance; this will take compromise and patience.

8. Know your child's friends. Who does your child hang out with? Follow up on any suspicions that you may have. It is better to be safe than sorry at this time of your child's life. Know where your child is at all times. Be clear and consistent with discipline.

9. Make it clear that she must follow school rules and policies. Teach her to respect people as well as property. Help her know right from wrong and what she must do when negative temptations come her way.     
10. Encourage him to get to know his counselor and to maintain contact throughout his middle-school years, if possible. Not only will the counselor be invaluable in supporting his academic path, he's also one of many potential adult role models for your child.

11. Attend parent meetings, open houses, booster clubs, parent education groups, and other activities for parents. I mentioned this before, but it is very important for your child!

12. Volunteer at school. Both your child and the school will benefit from your involvement and help. Schools solicit volunteers to help in a variety of ways: tutoring, assisting in the media center, giving speeches, helping out at activities, chaperoning, etc.

13. Consistently acknowledge and reward efforts at school. Many parents expect the school to provide the incentives for their child's accomplishments. While schools do have a lot of motivation programs, parents need to recognize their child's successes too. When your child works hard, your acknowledgment motivates him to persist.

None of us are perfect and we sometimes make mistakes in raising our children. But your child needs your love and respect. A pre-teen needs to become independent, responsible, and self-sufficient to succeed in most of her endeavors in school and at home. The best way to help her in all aspects of development is to try to ensure that her emotional needs are consistently met. Your understanding, common sense, adult judgment, and good sense of humor can make these middle-school years a joy for both you and your child.

On-Line Resources: 
https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/12-fun-ways-to-ask-how-was-your-day.html    https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/school-life/extracurricular-activities/volunteering-classroom.html


The parent handbook is available on our website. Please read this handbook carefully. We have tried to include as much information as possible to help you understand the policies and procedures that we use at school each day.  If you have any questions or comments, please visit our website under the parent section to view the complete handbook.


Abbott families will receive updated communications via phone calls, text messages and emails. Please contact Janet Taylor [email protected] in the main office to ensure that we have up-to-date contact information.


If you are picking up or dropping off Scholars at Abbott, please use the larger west parking lot. Free vector graphic: Van, Bully, Camping, Car, Funny - Free Image ...


If a Scholar needs to leave school early, please ensure that a guardian that is listed in Infinite Campus comes to the main office to sign them out.

As many of you know, during the first few weeks of school, we work hard to work the bugs out of our bus routes, and we often experience some delays--as always, we thank you for being so understanding.  


We are very excited to offer after-school support to all of our RAM Scholars. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30-3:30 PM Scholars are able to stay after school to receive additional support for class work and/or homework. For further information please feel free to call Mrs. Vanessa Campos at 224-303-2383 or [email protected]


If you would like to see your Scholar’s information online, such as grades and attendance, stop by the main office to receive your login information from one of our secretaries. Login information can only be given to guardians on file in the system.


Please call the attendance line at 224-303-2459 to report Scholar absences. When leaving a message, please include the date, first and last name of your Scholar, the spelling and the grade.




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1319 Washington St, Waukegan, IL 60085

Main Office: 224-303-2360



Carl E. Hagman, Principal

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Alexander Ontiveros, Assistant Principal

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Lee Gaiser, Culture and Climate Specialist [email protected]

Janet Taylor, Secretary

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Pam Burris, Secretary

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