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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. This means students need a learning environment that places importance on social and emotional wellness while providing great experiential learning opportunities. 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 and rigorous academics. Along the same vein we remain committed to providing our students with learning experiences that will help them grow in self confidence and develop their passions, while building healthy relationships and understanding self-care.

We value the partnership between parents and school, and we hope that you will become involved in PTSA and other 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 sixth year at First Avenue for the 2021-2022 school year.  Last year was a year to remember and a year to learn and grow from.  We were forced to adapt to a new way of life and opportunities were created.  This school year we will make an effort to get back to as normal a routine for students as possible.  At this point in time, we will still be wearing masks and doing our best to keep socially distanced.  We have grown, adapted, and become used to living life with COVID-19.  I am hoping that students enjoy being at school 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 in person. 


We will strive to provide a number of opportunities for students through innovation and teacher collaboration that support Arcadia’s tag line to Imagine, Inquire, and Inspire.  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 looking forward to everyone having a successful year at First Avenue for the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.