Dear Memorial Middle School Family,
Get ready for a great school year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer break. During the summer months the faculty and staff of Memorial Middle School has been planning for the 2013-2014 school year. I am confident that Memorial Middle School students and staff will continue to meet not only the District’s standards, but the federal and state expectations as well. I would like to recognize our administrators, teachers, staff and students for their achievements during the 2012-2013 School year. Congratulations are also in order for our Memorial Middle School parents. We acknowledge that without your support these achievements would be much more difficult to attain.
DROP OFF & PICK UP: I am happy to announce that we had a safe school year in 2012-2013. One way to continue to keep students safe is to use the student drop off and pick up zones on the west end of the school. Parents are required to continue to drop off and pick up their children in the back (WEST SIDE) of the school – Lane Street entrance (please see attached map). Marcella Street is not a drop off or pick up zone, as it is a very high speed, high traffic area that poses dangerous risks for your children. Please be proactive parents and assist with our safety mission by using the drop off and pick up zone located in the rear (west side) of the school.
BREAKFAST :It gives me great pleasure to advise you that we will continue our “Breakfast in the Classroom” program. Every student at Memorial will receive a healthy breakfast in their first period class (before instruction begins). It will be available in every classroom starting on the first day of school by 7:45 am, and will end by 8:05 am. Please be sure that your children are on time to school so they may enjoy their free breakfast.
MORNING BELL: It is an expectation that all students arrive early to enjoy their breakfast and be ready for class. The warning bell rings at 7:55am and all students should be on school grounds by 7:55 am. We will not tolerate tardiness. For safety reasons, any student arriving late will be stopped at the entrance by security and will be screened and possibly searched.
DRESS CODE: Students can wear khaki, black or navy bottoms – no blue jean/denim material. Tops can only be red, white, or blue shirts with a collar and buttons. Please send your children to school with the proper attire on a daily basis. Every morning our staff will conduct dress code sweeps and all students not in dress code will be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothes.
JOURNAL WRITING SUPPLIES: This year we are taking “journal writing” to a whole other level. Every child will write in a journal every day, in every class. Your child will need a total of 6 composition books (1 composition book per class) to start off the year. Please make plans to purchase composition books throughout the year dependent upon how quickly your child goes through each one composition book. This initiative will not only help your child become a better reader, writer and speaker, but will help him/her improve in all the other subjects as well.
Lastly, our most important initiative this year is assuring we are providing effective instruction to our diverse population. Part of this initiative entails offering our students additional intervention and one on one instruction. Our teachers will be offering after school tutorials starting in September after the third week of school. If your child has questions with his/her homework, is struggling with their grades, or wishes to receive supplemental materials and homework, he/she is encouraged to stay after school. Please start making plans for your child to stay after school till 5:00pm after the third week of school.
In closing, I am very proud to be serving as the principal of Memorial Middle School and look forward to working together with the staff and students to enhance teaching and learning. Please accept my best wishes for a successful school year. I look forward to an awesome year, and we encourage you to participate in your child’s education by communicating with his/her teachers, counselors and administrators. We invite you to visit and call our school anytime you wish to collaborate with us. Our faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare for a fabulous year and can’t wait to see your children in the classrooms. I also ask for your continued support. With your help, our teachers and staff will strive to make this school year meaningful and fulfilling for your child. GO EAGLES!
Yours in Education,
Lizzy Newsome, Principal