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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


Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School Cares!

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Valley Stream, NY (November 2021)—Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29 was Care Week at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School. Care Week is a time to remind students and staff to use positive words and to spread kindness.

The BRAVE Committee, a collaboration of teachers and administrators who discuss and plan ways to reduce bullying and foster positive character development, planned exciting activities for Care Week, including starting out each day of the week with announcements over the school’s public address system about being kind to one another. Memorial Junior High School students were also invited to participate in Spirit Week by dressing in shirts with kind and positive words and filling out pledge cards on different ways to be kind.

“Care Week is a week not just for our students but for our entire staff. We take great pride in our school’s effort to create a positive learning environment,” said Mr. Bret Strauss, Principal of Memorial Junior High School. “Care Week is one of the many initiatives we have here at Memorial that addresses the mental and emotional well-being of students and school personnel, which we realize is especially important as we all readjust to full-time in-person school after the past two school years.”

Outside the school’s cafeteria, there were displays for students to “take what they need.” If a student needed a “paper hug” or an uplifting message, it was there for them. The 8th-Grade Class Council, Hope Club and National Junior Honor Society created kindness posters that were displayed throughout the school building.
“Care Week was successful. We had interactive activities planned for staff and students aimed at practicing care for ourselves, each other, and the community,” said Chanei Patterson, School Psychologist of Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School. “This is an activity I hope becomes a tradition here at Memorial.”

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Valley Stream Central High School District Students Clean the Town

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Valley Stream, NY (October 2021)—Valley Stream is cleaner thanks to Valley Stream Central High School District students! On Saturday, October 23, Memorial Junior High School Builders Club members joined Key Club members from Valley Stream Central High School and Valley Stream South High School to do a community clean-up. These clubs focus on community service, building character, and giving members opportunities to practice leadership skills.

“I admire our students’ dedication to our community,” said Dr. Wayne Loper, Acting Superintendent of the Valley Stream Central High School District. “It’s incredible that our students came out on a weekend to give back to our community. This is another example of the exceptional students we have in our District, and the commitment they have to make positive contributions to their hometown.”

The Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the Key Clubs and Builders Club, supplied the students with garbage bags and trash picker sticks. Everyone contributed by collecting trash as they walked from Memorial Junior High School to the Village Green. Lana Plinto, Central High School’s Key Club Advisor, Coreen Kelly, Memorial Junior High School’s Builders Club Advisor, and Deidre Gordon, South High School’s Key Club Advisor, attended the event to support the students.

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Sunday, December 05, 2021