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Dr. Semeen Issa
Welcome to First Avenue! The 2018-2019 school has a lot in store and promises to be an exciting year.

The program and traditions at First Avenue are indicative of the staff’s focus on middle school adolescent development, which is a time of transition for our youngsters. This means students need an environment that emphasizes positive behavioral, social and emotional development. Our staff makes it possible for every child to experience the many electives offered, including opportunities for every student 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 providing our students with such a quality well-rounded education with many choices, while making sure that the academics are top notch.

For the past 3 years, First Avenue teachers have collaborated across content areas to provide powerful learning experiences for our students. When the district partnered with Altschool last year, First Avenue Middle School was chosen to be the first comprehensive school in the district and the nation to implement the platform with 6th grade. Our teachers did a great job of carrying out this implementation, and we continue to adapt and learn how best to teach our students about learner agency.

In order for students to have a more meaningful experience at First Avenue I strongly encourage students to take full advantage of the many opportunities to connect to school, which include clubs, our new makerspace area, middle school sports, music and theater performances, WEB, peer tutoring, and student council. Doing so will help students learn about responsibility, self-management, and how to self-advocate, which are important life skills. Parents, we have partnered with PTSA to provide several opportunities for you to learn about adolescent development. I invite you to attend these events, and/or volunteer your time and efforts to help us continue to maintain the incredible opportunities that exist at First Avenue. I look forward to working with you to help make middle school a great experience for your child and you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.



Mr. Michael De Grazia

I am happy to be at First Avenue with amazing students, staff, parents, and community.  First Avenue provides a number of opportunities for students through innovation and teacher collaboration that support Arcadia’s vision. There are a multitude of programs that make First Avenue an exceptional school to attend.  We have an exemplary music program, performing arts program, sports program, and and we have a number of electives that appeal to students with different interests.  

First Avenue also recently celebrated its 110 Year Anniversary with the Arcadia Holiday Market and a huge celebration at First Avenue.  Students, staff, parents, and the community came out to celebrate and support First Avenue with guest speakers, dignitaries, performances, tours of the school, and a large cake to commemorate the 110 Year Anniversary.  It was a tremendous experience to be a part of and I would like to thank all parties that made a contribution.

I am looking forward to everyone having a successful year at First Avenue for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.