A Message from the Principal

Principal:
Ericka Blackburn
Assistant Principal:
Jeremy Rothstein
Assistant Principal:
Becca Levine
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@MentorMemorial
@MMSRothstein
 
 

Dear Memorial Parents and Guardians:


At Memorial we provide Digital Citizenship lessons throughout the school year, guiding students on social media safety, creating a positive digital footprint and being responsible on the Internet.  In the recent weeks, some of our students have posted hurtful messages on Social Media outside of school.  We are asking for your assistance monitoring your child’s Social Media accounts.  

 

Here are some guidelines for helping Middle School students use social media safely and responsibly:

 

Think Before you post: Students should always “Choose Kind” and if they wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, they should not post it.  Remind them that everything they post can be seen by a large  audience and remains in cyberspace forever. It’s always a good idea for parents to have access to what their kids are doing online to ensure what they're posting is appropriate.

 

Unplug from technology: It is recommended that students’ phones and Chromebooks remain out of their rooms overnight to ensure a proper number of hours of sleep are achieved each night. We believe that students should always work in a public setting in the home like the kitchen, a den, etc. on their Chromebooks. 

 

Follow the Rules: Many sites have a minimum age suggestion for reasons of safety and privacy. Encourage kids to stick to age-appropriate sites.

 

Privacy settings: Privacy settings aren't foolproof, but they can be helpful. Take the time to learn about default settings and how to change the privacy settings on your kids' favorite sites and apps, and teach them how to be in control of what they share.


Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are only a few weeks away.  Parent/Teacher communication is an important component of the educational development of our students.  We will hold two nights of Parent/Teacher Conferences this Fall on Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 20th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Conferences will be conducted in-person or via Zoom.  Families are encouraged to have their child be an active participant in the conference process and use their child’s Chromebook, if needed, to access Zoom and participate in conferences.  To make this night even more convenient for you, we will continue to  schedule our conferences using PTCFast,  an online scheduling service. In grades 6 and 7 we will be offering team conferences.  Parents/guardians will sign up for a conference which will include all of your child’s core subject teachers at once. (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies)  Additional conference information can be found HERE.


Our Homework Hotline is a wonderful way for parents to be up to date with what is going on in your child’s classroom.  In this document, you will find a series of links that will direct you to the teacher's daily agendas.  These agendas not only state what was done in class that day, but also includes homework, or upcoming tests/quizzes.  It can be accessed HERE.


Have you joined the PTA yet?  Memorial Middle School’s PTA is an organization that continually supports Memorial and its parents in order to create experiences for your children that support and enhance their learning and development.  Please use this link to join the Memorial Middle School PTA.  


Have a wonderful weekend.



Ericka Blackburn

[email protected]