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Memorial Junior High School

320 Fletcher Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Main Office Phone: (516) 872-7700


Principal: Bret Strauss
Assistant Principal: John Squadrito
Assistant Principal: Garrhett Schneider

"Excellence in Academics and Ethics"





A Message from Memorial's Principal - Bret Strauss

Welcome to Memorial Junior High School.  We are extremely proud of our commitment to Excellence in Academics and Ethics and remain dedicated to ensuring that all students, parents, faculty and staff work together to ensure the success of our students as they transition from middle school to high school.

Memorial provides a warm, caring, and supportive learning environment as well as a rigorous academic program for students in grades seven through nine.   We offer students a superior and challenging academic program through rigorous courses of study in Math, Science, English and Social Studies as well as a variety of elective programs in Music, Science, Technology, Family and Consumer Science and Art.  Our dedicated staff works closely with students to help them excel in their studies.  Our teachers provide extra help after school at least two times per week.  I strongly suggest that you encourage your child to attend these after school extra help sessions to help reinforce what he/she learned in class and to help prepare him/her for upcoming assessments.   

The social-emotional development of our students is a major concern at Memorial.  Our staff offers a variety of support for our young adolescents.  You will find that our school counselors, social workers and school psychologist are compassionate and will work closely with the students to ensure their success. In addition, we provide many opportunities for student involvement through athletics, clubs and various extracurricular activities.

An extremely important component to student success is parental involvement.  Studies confirm that parent involvement has an enormous impact on student attitude, attendance, and academic achievement. We encourage all parents/guardians to stay connected to the education of their children and remain in close contact with teachers, counselors and administrators throughout their child’s time at Memorial. Please use the contact information listed on this website to stay in touch consistently during the school year.

It is our belief that students thrive in a safe and structured environment.  Therefore, we are committed to the safety of all students and promote positive interactions through a positive reward system called the “Good Deed Program.” Our B.R.A.V.E. (Believe in the Rights and Values of Everyone) program promotes citizenship and ensures that all students are able to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. It is our goal that each child realizes his/her maximum learning potential.  As a result, we have set high standards for academic achievement and student behavior.
I have every confidence that your child will enjoy his/her time at Memorial and that your child will be well prepared to meet the demands of high school and beyond through the development of higher level learning and critical thinking skills.  I am confident that they will build positive relationships with their teachers and peers and will continue to grow as responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

Thank you for the privilege of working with your children.

Bret Strauss
Memorial Junior High School


Honoring Autism Awareness Month

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Memorial Junior High School lights it up blue for Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Ms. Amanda Milano and the Brave Club created daily announcements about facts for autism awareness and acceptance. In addition, they decorated the hallways in honor of the month as well.

Memorial SCSJ Club Run/Walk for Social Justice Mission

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The Memorial Junior High School commenced a new club this year through a run/walk kickoff event. The club, Students Committed to Social Justice, was initiated by Mrs. Laura Mesa and Memorial alumni Solomon Akaeze. Solomon serves as the club president and is currently a sophomore at Central High School.

The run/walk event came about through club discussions on various social justice topics, with the theme dubbed as “We ALL Run/Walk on EQUAL Ground.” This was also in honor of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed doing his daily jog/run on Feb. 23, 2020. The students wore masks, were socially distant and ran or walked 2:23 miles around the Memorial track in his honor.

SCSJ is a club where students meet virtually (this school year) and have discussions regarding issues involving social injustices, social inequalities, ethnicity, race and other social topics. This is a safe space where students come to share experiences, beliefs and have discussions with their peers regarding these issues in a productive way.

Students Lauded in National Competition

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The district is proud to announce that two Junior Virtual Enterprise students were honored for their work in the nationwide Virtual Enterprises - Junior Ventures Dream Job Essay Competition.

Congratulations to North High School eighth grader Aleeza Dhillon for receiving an honorable mention, and Memorial Junior High School eighth grader Saahirah Mohsin for being selected as a runner-up.

With more than 1,000 submissions nationwide, participants were asked to identify a career path that they are passionate about and reflect on why they would be or will be qualified for the field. In addition, they were expected to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Aleeza’s essay described her dream of becoming a neurosurgeon, while Saahirah’s essay described her dream of becoming a diplomat. As active members of the district’s Virtual Enterprise program, Aleeza is an asset to North’s virtual business, “Relaxology,” and Saahirah is Co-CEO in Memorial’s company, “Clean Waves.”

The district applauds both students on this prestigious achievement.

Students Join Together in Cultural Celebration

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Memorial Junior High School’s World Language students and teachers did not let the constraints of a pandemic get in the way of celebrating the languages, heritages and cultures that make the school such a special place.

Whether in school or remote, students displayed a flag, wore special attire or a T-shirt to honor their heritage country. In addition, an after-school Blooket online competition in French, Italian and Spanish challenged students on their knowledge of the languages studied at Memorial.

Another highlight was a virtual heritage celebration of students and teachers proudly representing their heritages through music, food, dance and apparel. See below to view the video.

Valley Stream Inspires With Black History Month Celebrations

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The Memorial Junior High School celebrated Black History all month long. Kicking off with its Black History Spirit week, students and staff dressed up as a popular 90s artist, an influential African American, wore cultural attire or represented their favorite historically Black colleges and universities.

Morning announcements honored Black History Month as well, while Eagles TV created special videos that recognized influential African American figures. In addition, Mrs. Darla Collins and the art department decorated the building’s hallways and main entrance with beautiful student artwork. Teachers Mrs. Holly Lopez and Mr. Tyrell Ryan hosted small group conversations with students who discussed HBCUs. Mr. Ryan also met with young men and shared the lessons he gained throughout his journey. He also inspired them to grow with purpose and navigate in every opportunity strategically in life.

The month completed with a virtual video celebration that highlighted students and their creativity through performances that consisted of singing, dancing, poetry and drumming. Math Department Chair Nakeshia Smith led the video project and ensured that the event was successful to honor Black History Month.

See below to watch the full video.

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