School spirit & history

The common thread at Abbett Elementary is that we are blessed with great families.  Continued involvement and support from parents is evident time and time again, regardless of who is a part of the Abbett Staff.

Lasting friendships have been forged as we have seen entire families enroll at Abbett.  We get to watch them succeed through middle school, high school, and college.  Some make appearances on our campus again and perhaps in a different role as parent or even employee.  All of these reasons combined prove that Abbett is your home away from home.  We take great pride in our school, the All-Star spirit, and the traditions we continue from year to year.

  • Back to School Night on the Thursday prior to the first day of school
  • Walk to School Day 
  • Grandparent's Day
  • Red Ribbon Week, including fun dress up days
  • Jam the Gym
  • 5th grade Spelling Bee
  • Book clubs
  • All star student weekly recognition
  • Muffins with Mom
  • Donuts with Dad
  • Watch Dog Dad
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Turkey Trot on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving
  • Boy Scout lead Holiday Giving Tree
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest each October

School Name and Colors

The GISD Board of Trustees, in March 1988, voted unanimously to name the next elementary school after Luke and Betty Abbett.  Abbett Elementary School  was named after Luke and Betty Abbett, of Garland, in honor of their 54 years of combined service to GISD. Mr. Abbett is pictured below.  

Nickname: All Stars

School Colors: Blue, Burgundy, and Silver

School History

Man next to Abbett photo and jersey







Abbett first began with a mere 200 students in 13 portable buildings at Spring Creek Elementary.  On November 17, 1989, faculty, staff, and students moved into the newly completed school at 730 W. Muirfield Road in Garland.  At that time, the school was surrounded by forest, cow pastures and only about 40 homes.

Luke Abbett

  • Taught 7th and 8th grade math at Memorial Junior High
  • Served as Assistant Principal at Bussey Junior High and Beaver Elementary
  • Served as Administrative Assistant for Budget Affairs
  • Served as Director of Elementary Operations until his retirement
  • Named GISD Employee of the Year twice during his tenure

Betty Abbett

  • Taught English at Garland Junior High and Memorial Junior High
  • Was named the first GISD Teacher of the Year

Betty Abbett's philosophy of teaching revolves around the letter "L".  She believed the relationship between teacher and student is sustained with the building blocks of that twelfth letter of the alphabet.

  • Like them
  • Learn with them
  • Listen to them
  • Laugh with them
  • Labor with them
  • Let them grow
  • Light their enthusiasm
  • Lead their spirituality
  • Launch their creativity
  • Laud their ingenuity
  • Love what you are doing

Upon looking at this, one can honestly see that Mrs. Abbett must have been "one of the greatest".  Her words of wisdom are timeless and classic, helping to lead both adult and child down the path to success.