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
Red Ribbon Week, including fun dress up days
Jam the Gym
5th grade Spelling Bee
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
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.
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
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.
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.
District closed indefinitely with review on May 4
See our most recent update , including information about district closure and changes to meal delivery. Our at-home and eLearning instruction will continue throughout the closure.
Class of 2020 alternative graduation date information has been updated. See the Graduation Ceremonies page for details.