The Abbott Connection

It's a Great Day to be a Ram !!!!

Robert Abbott Middle School - August 20, 2021

Greetings to all Ram Families!

It is so awesome to have our Ram Scholars back in school! Teachers and Scholars are both wonderfully embracing this opportunity to reconnect as learning partners. The joy I see among our Scholars as they move through their classes and our teachers’ energy is outstanding.

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. To help support our Scholars in learning, we have been planning for an intentional and intense year of teaching and learning. We will continue to have a focused implementation of our Tier 1 curriculum aligned to Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards. We want all of our Scholars to achieve at grade level. As a staff, we have created what we call a “Wildly Important Goal” to guide our teaching and learning. This goal is to “Implement 21st-century skills: collaboration, communication (oral and written), and critical thinking in all content areas to improve proficiency to 80% for at least 80% of scholars.” We are very excited about this. This goal and associated strategies connect our Tier 1 teaching and learning practices to the important skills necessary for success in the 21st century, college, and careers.

We have also focused our mindsets for this year as a staff on the power of “Yet.” When one of us or one of our Scholars expresses, “I can’t do this,” we change the phrase to “I can’t do this….yet.” Learning is a process that takes time and perseverance. There are four other pillars that we are using to guide our educational journey this year: Empathy, Patience, Hope, and Excellence! We have discussed what this means with staff and with all of our Scholars.

The excitement that I have for this upcoming school year is enormous! Maybe more than I have had for any school year. This is because as we work together as a school community, we get closer all of the time toward the vision of Abbott Middle School as a World Class Middle School. Parents, please know that you are always welcome at Abbott Middle School. We want to see more of you in the building and are developing some Parent Night events for the school year to see the great things happening at Abbott and to build community. Our Family and Community Engagement Liaison is also planning some Parent Learning events, and of course, we will continue to hold our PTO Meetings and Coffees with the Principal. Please look for more information regarding these and other events and join us!

You may also find more information on our website. Feel free to contact us anytime.

Carl E. Hagman


“It’s a Great Day to be a Ram!!!”

Message from Carl E. Hagman - Principal

Curriculum Night

Thursday, Aug. 26th, 4:30-6:30pm

1319 Washington Street

Waukegan, IL

Please come for an opportunity to meet your Scholar's teachers. Information regarding, learning, expectations, and contacts will be provided. We are looking forward to building these home-school relationships.

Welcome Back Scholars!


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.

SchoolMessenger Information

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


If you are picking up or dropping off students at Abbott, please use the larger west parking lot.


If a student 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.


If you would like to see your student’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.



We are very excited to offer after school support to all of our RAM scholars. Beginning September 7th from 2:30-3:30 PM students 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



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


Carl E. Hagman, Principal

Alexander Ontiveros, Assistant Principal

Jose Garcia, Culture and Climate Specialist

Janet Taylor, Secretary

Pam Burris, Secretary