Memorial JHS Celebrates School to Watch Distinction

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Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School’s students and staff members came together with administrators, Board of Education members, dignitaries and other guests on May 5 to celebrate a great accomplishment: Memorial’s designation as a 2017 Essential Elements: School to Watch. The building’s gymnasium was abuzz with excitement and pride as attendees applauded the result of a collaborative effort.

Memorial is one of only three schools on Long Island and five in New York State to have attained this title, and did so by incorporating seven essential elements identified by the EE:STW program into its rubric. The entire staff played a part in the building’s full adoption of this middle school philosophy.

At the recent gathering, Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, Legislator Carrie Solages, Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Legislator Bill Gaylor and Schools to Watch Leadership Team representatives Joel Weiss and Dr. Nance Wilson joined members of the district. Principal Bret Straus provided welcoming remarks and thanked all who came out to support Memorial and make this achievement possible.

Memorial was presented with proclamations from Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Solages, as well as a Citation from Legislator Solages and a certificate from the New York State Education Department. Students and staff members sported School to Watch shirts in the school colors of blue and white and cheered as they entered the stands. Students sang the National Anthem and the band and step team provided music and dance entertainment.