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Dr. Semeen Issa


Welcome to First Avenue! 


The staff and administration are honored to welcome you and your child to First Ave Middle School. Our staff are a community of professionals dedicated to the philosophy of whole child teaching and learning.


The program and traditions at First Avenue are indicative of the staff’s focus on middle school adolescent development, an important time of transition for our youngsters. At First Avenue,  students are provided with a learning environment that places importance on social and emotional wellness while introducing great experiential learning opportunities. Our staff makes it possible for every child to experience the many electives offered, including opportunities for students to excel in the performing arts (music, dance, and theater), industrial technology, home economics, fine arts, science and engineering, broadcast journalism, civics, leadership and digital discourse. First Avenue is unique in this way as our students are able to receive a quality well-rounded education with many choices and rigorous academics. Along the same vein we remain committed to helping our students grow in self confidence and develop their passions, while building healthy relationships and understanding self-care.

We value the partnership between parents and school. Our PTSA is committed to working towards increased parent engagement and connection to First Avenue, and we hope that you will become involved in PTSA and other volunteer opportunities to help us provide an amazing experience for all our students.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance. It’s going to be a great school year and we are honored to have you on this journey with us. 


Stay safe and be well.




Mr. Michael DeGrazia

I am excited to begin my eighth year at First Avenue for the 2023-2024 school year.  We are looking forward to seeing all of the new students and returning students at First Avenue.  We strive to create opportunities for all students to have a sense of pride and connection to First Avenue through our number of activities.  There are a wide variety of clubs, after-school activities, and athletics that we encourage all students to engage in.  We have an exemplary performing and visual arts program, sports program, and we have a number of electives that appeal to students with different interests.  I am hoping that students enjoy their experience at First Avenue and we can all enjoy the positive impact of the school community on our day to day life.  Relationships are an important part of First Avenue and we look forward to sharing our time together. 


We strive to promote educational excellence by preparing and challenging students to make a positive and profound impact in society.  We support the Arcadia vision and support Arcadia’s tag line to Imagine, Inquire, and Inspire.   


I am looking forward to everyone having a successful year at First Avenue for the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.