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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


District Celebrates Year of Success, Accomplishments

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The district had a lot to celebrate at the June board of education meeting, as members of the board and administrators recognized the Class of 2021 top students, retirees, building accomplishments and former board of education members.

The evening kicked off with Central, North and South high schools’ principals honoring their respective valedictorian and salutatorian. Students who were in attendance to receive their plaque and certificate of merit were Central’s salutatorian Mary Chong; North’s valedictorian Sumaiya Ramsaroop and salutatorian Alexandra Wells; and South’s valedictorian Amrit Pabla. Central’s valedictorian Peace Oloko and South’s salutatorian Zhi Lin will also be receiving their plaque and certificate of merit.

Administrators also celebrated 18 staff members who will be retiring this year. The district thanks them for all their years of commitment, hard work and dedication to students. All retirees received plaques as a token of appreciation for their decades of service.

While recognizing their students and retired staff, all building principals were also given certificates of merit for their building’s accomplishments. Central, North and South high schools were recognized for earning the U.S. News & World Report and WalletHub 2021 Ranking of the Best High Schools. Meanwhile Memorial Junior High School was also acknowledged for earning the New York State Education Department’s School to Watch 2021.

District celebrations concluded with board members and administrators honoring retired board member Anthony Iadevaio and outgoing board member William P. Stris. Mr. Iadevaio and Mr. Stris were acknowledged for their hard work and commitment to their positions, as they each dedicated more than 30 years of service to the students and community.

Community Garden Unites District Schools

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Memorial Junior High School and Central High School students in the Leadership Development Club, joined forces to help create a community garden at the Memorial Junior High School building. Under the guidance of adviser Laura Mesa, students, faculty, district personnel and community members gathered and assisted in creating the beautiful garden that symbolizes unity.

When reflecting on the hardship and difficulty many experienced in the year of 2020, students were asked to share what they hope for in 2021. They also wrote poems that summarized and represented these aspirations for the community. The hope from these students for the future was to become an even stronger and more cohesive community by working together.

2021 Districtwide Virtual Art Show

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All schools have joined forces once again to host the districtwide art show in virtual format. We are very proud and honored to showcase the talents of our Valley Stream student artists. Please enjoy the beautiful exhibit below.

Video Index:
Central High School – 0:12
Memorial Junior High School – 3:16
North High School – 6:23
South High School – 14:06

Virtual Enterprise Company Earns High Honors in Competition

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Students from the eighth grade Virtual Enterprise class at the Memorial Junior High School participated in the National Business Pitch Competition with other firms across the country.

The school’s company, “All Paws on Deck,” came in second place. The company is dedicated to manufacturing comfortable, eco-friendly clothing for dogs. They use all-natural fibers from recycled clothing. The students were dedicated and worked hard this year to launch their firm, participating in two virtual trade shows this year.

The district applauds them for all their hard work and congratulates them for their success.

Memorial Yearbook Club Lauded by Jostens

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The district congratulates the Memorial Junior High School’s Yearbook Club after it received Jostens 2021 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the Bronze Level.

Jostens is the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration and information, and communication technologies literacy.

The Memorial Junior High School award-winning yearbook program is led by Duaa Bismil, Marilyn Sanchez-Zapeda, Morgane Kapto, Antoneisha Heron and Jasmeen Kaur. It is under the direction of yearbook adviser Mr. Pat Cesario, who said, “The Memorial Yearbook Club has worked diligently to create a yearbook of lifetime memories that will make so many gratified to be part of such a wonderful school community.”

The district applauds these students on their hard work and dedication to the program.
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