Project GIFT


Renita Upshur, STEAM Teacher Our STEAM teacher is an integrative learner who blends state-of-the-art technology with impactful pedagogy to accelerate growth for 21st-century students. Professional development and coaching experiences include NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he researched workplace expectations in STEM-related fields; The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for classroom management and integrated-arts […]

Living Histories

Ms. Aagaard – Living Histories, a course for students in grades K-5, integrates social studies, writing, visual art, and drama.  Students learn to “read” works of art and unlock their symbolism, leading to deeper understanding.  In addition, students create tableaus – a form of drama in which students make a living picture – about events in […]

Outdoor Classroom

The Abingdon Outdoor Classroom is a school garden maintained by the science lead teacher and science lab teacher Jordan Kivitz. Students in all grade levels visit the garden’s nine plots as a part of theirSTE(A)M instruction. Gardening offers hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that integrate other subject areas including social studies, math, language arts, visual arts, […]

Exemplary Project

CETA Partnership Abingdon’s program provides each student personalized instruction throughout their day in a collaborative teaching model.  We have developed a partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center’s CETA Program (Changing Education Through the Arts). This partnership provides our staff with professional development activities in arts integration. It also provides our students with the opportunity […]

Instrumental Music

Information about Abingdon Elementary School Instrumental Music Band Teacher for 4th and 5th Grade:  Alexis Johnson Strings Teacher: TBA General Music: Janet Kingsley, Jocelyn Mullins The award-winning Arlington Public Schools Strings Program starts in the 4th grade and continues with middle and high school Orchestra. In addition to our school orchestra programs, we have outstanding […]