Memorial Middle School Parent's Page

Meet and Greet with Mr. Porfido

Click here for Mr. Porfido's presentation from the 5th Grade Parent Meet and Greet held on August 20th.

Middle School Student of the Month Criteria 

Each month Memorial Middle School recognizes one student from grade 5, one student from grade 6, one student from grade 7, and one student from grade 8 who demonstrate model characteristics. This award is presented as an example to all students of our expectations and our definition of the requirements for success in the middle school and beyond.  These characteristics are based on some core values we share and we believe will serve our students well as they transition throughout the middle school and into high school. Eligibility is not based on grades, but rather on the student’s possession of a variety of positive characteristics. Students of the month display excellent citizenship, respect, responsibility, safety and consistently strive to achieve academic success.  Lastly, students of the month show exemplary character through their compassion, honesty, trustworthiness, optimism, and loyalty while creating a positive school environment. 

The middle school teachers use the following criteria when selecting our student of the month:  

  • Respectful:  The student treats classmates, teachers and staff with respect by valuing each as an individual, respecting differences, and valuing the work that others do.
  • Honest: The student communicates truthfully and in a respectful way with classmates, teachers, staff and refrains from dishonesty in completing academic work.
  • Committed to Success: The student strives for success in all they do and works to the best of their ability.
  • Responsible: The student embraces the responsibility required to maintain progress in their schoolwork and other personal goals.
  • Positive: The student contributes to the success of the school by promoting a positive school climate through their actions and words.

Mr. Porfido’s Principal Points

Middle school can be a confusing time, for parents as well as for their kids. Your child is becoming more independent yet still needs your support as much as ever. While you may decide to allow your child more autonomy in some areas, be sure to stay actively involved in your child’s education. Research shows that children whose parents are engaged in their education are more likely to achieve academic success. Now that we are midway through the school year, here are some tips for staying involved in your child’s middle school learning experience. 

  1. Keep in touch with your child’s teachers:
    It’s a good idea to maintain contact with each of your child’s teachers throughout the school year. E-mail them, call them, or set up a time to meet with them. Although the grade portal can provide you with important information on your child’s academics, it is also important to find out how your child is doing in school, how much time your child should spend on homework each night, if there are regularly scheduled tests and if so, when.
  2. Go to school meetings and events: 
    Attending concerts, plays, assemblies, meetings, and other activities is a good way to become familiar with your child’s school community.

  3. Grade Portal  and Teacher Web Page:
    It is very important to stay informed and maintain your child’s progress by frequently checking the grade portal and teacher web pages. The teacher web page contains information on homework and tests.

  4. Talk to your child about school:
    Ask specific questions to draw out your child. Ask “How do you think you did on the math test?” “Did your teacher say anything funny today?” “What games did you play in PE?” Have conversations about school and what your child is currently studying in each subject.

  5. Give your child a quiet place to study and do homework:
    Find an area in your home that is free of distraction where your middle schooler can concentrate on homework. Be available to help if your child has a question.

  6. Check your child’s homework, help them, but don’t do it for them:
    Offer to check your child’s homework, or to help them if they get stuck on something. This includes checking math problems, proofreading written papers, and looking over spelling words. If you find a mistake, point it out to your child and help them figure out the correct answer.

Help Your Child in School AND in Life

Here are a few things you can do to help your child in school and in life

Following the Rules of Time is a crucial part of success in school and in life.

Make sure that your children are on time to school. This includes, stressing to your child the importance of being on time, the importance of following the rules of time, and the importance of managing their time.

School begins at 8:25 a.m.,

This means that; your child should be on a schedule of going to sleep by 10:00 p.m. the previous night.

This means that; your child should wake up every day at the same time so that he has enough time to clean, dress, eat breakfast, and get to school on time.

This means that; your child has a routine and it is your responsibility to make sure that they follow it.

Children need structure for success in school and life.

This means that; your children should have a set time, and place where they do their homework every day.

This means that; your children should be home to eat dinner each night at the same time, and the same place. What happened to the days of eating dinner at the table with the family?  Not you eat when you want, you eat where you want, and you can take your food and go eat in your room or by the TV. What happened to eating together with your family and talking to each other about your day?

Children should dress for success in school and life.

This means that; your children should dress with dignity, and dress so that their attire does not expose or display their undergarments.

This means that; your children will not wear their pants so that they are sagging below their waste and exposing their underwear.

This means that; your children will come to school dressed appropriately for school.

Children knowing that there are consequences for their behavior and the choices that they make, is essential for success in school and in life.

 This means that; your children are responsible for their work, completing their assignments, and for the grades that they attain.

 This means that; your children will have consequences if they make the choice to be disruptive, and disrespectful to teachers.

 This means that; for us to have a successful year that you are part of the process, and that you support our efforts in school.

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