Friday, May 24, 2024
Memorial Community Member
As we finish our last day of school for the 2023-2024 school year, I cannot help but reflect on this year at THE GREAT MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. We have made it our mission over this last year to make MEMORIAL a school that focuses on rigorous academics, safety and having our students and community see our school as a place they want to be and feel like they are home.

We have held several events during the school year that some of our students have never had the opportunity to experience, like our Pep Rallies, Dances, Field Trips and our FAST FEST that you will read more about in this edition.
We have seen great success from these efforts this year. Our school survey ratings are up at an all time high and in many places we are scoring as one of the highest schools in our district. Our test scores are rolling in each day and we have so many students who scored PROFICIENT or higher for the first time in their academic careers.

We are so proud of our STUDENTS and thankful for our PARENTS, TEACHERS and COMMUNITY. We are looking forward to a great summer and hope everyone enjoys some time off to rest, relax and recharge. Before you know it, August will be here and we will be starting again.

During the summer, please stay tuned to our social media outlets for the latest THE GREAT MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL has to offer.

As always, thank you and please enjoy this edition of the SOLDIER SENTINEL.

Eddie Foster
Proud Principal

Pictured very top: One of the more memorable moments from this 2023-2024 school year! Here we have several of our Soldiers engaged during their field trip to the Orlando Science Center.
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Dates to Watch For
May 27: Memorial Day - Office Closed
At Memorial Day, Memorial Middle School remembers America's fallen service members who have fought and selflessly surrendered the precious gift of life, so that others could live free. This Memorial Day, kindly take a moment to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. Thank you.
May 31: Start of Summer Office Hours
August 12: Start of the 2024-2025 School Year
Immunizations for rising 7th Graders
(Students currently in 6th grade)
Orlando All-Stars Summer Camp
After-School All-Stars summer camp registration is open. To register visit Program hours Monday to Thursday from 7:30am-5:30pm from June 3 - July 25.
8th Grade Social Highlights
This past Friday we celebrated our 8th graders with our annual 8th Grade Social. Students selected the theme of HOLLYWOOD GLAM and GLAMOROUS did our students look! Thank you to all our sponsors for this event and making it a special night for our 8th graders.
To celebrate STATE TESTING being DONE, we recognized all of our students who completed testing with FAST FEST. Bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones were all part of the fun, where each grade level came out to our track to enjoy and celebrate their efforts! 

We also invited our soon-to-be SOLDIERS from our neighbors next door, Catalina Elementary, to join in the fun!

* The Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) includes VPK through grade 10 Reading and VPK through grade 8 Mathematics assessments.
A Few Memorable Moments From This Year!
Here are just a few of the most memorable moments from this year at the GREAT MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL!
Our 7th grade Civics students working in our LEARNING LAB to prepare for EOC testing.
Our SOLDIER musicians bringing home the first SUPERIOR in 12 years back to MEMORIAL.

SUPERIOR – The rating is comparable to the grade of “A”. This rating reflects the finest conceivable performance for the event and class of participants being evaluated – worthy of the distinction of being recognized as among the very best.
Our Memorial Honor Society taking a trip to Full Sail University
in Winter Park.
A visit from SANTA and his happy ELVES.
Principal Foster visiting one of our 8th grade ELA classes to celebrate their testing successes.
Our amazingly talented DRUM LINE that brought home countless honors to Memorial Middle School. 
Pep Rally fun! And everyone excited for TUG OF WAR!!
Sports Physicals at Jones High School
Saturday, August 3
Superintendent's Weekly Message
Mondays with Maria
Mondays with Maria presented by Addition Financial: Special guests help recap a great 2023-24 School Year!
It's the final episode of Mondays with Maria for this school year! Dr. Vazquez is joined by special guests to recap some of her proudest accomplishments. 

* Mondays with Maria is presented courtesy of Addition Financial.
Florida Future Chef Student Cook-Off
Entries can be submitted now through July 12.
We are very excited to announce the 2024 Florida Future Chef Student Cook-Off, a National School Lunch Program competition! This prestigious student cooking competition showcases Florida commodities and talented young chefs statewide. In fact, our 2023 Florida Future Chef Champion, 10-year-old Remy, is currently a finalist on Master Chef Junior Season 9! This is an incredible opportunity for young student chefs, and we encourage you to share this event with your elementary and middle school principals to help ensure every interested child has an opportunity to enter and win!
Who is eligible? All students between the ages of 7 and 13 are invited to submit a video of them preparing their favorite dish. 

Timing: It’s on! Entries can be submitted now through July 12. Three finalists will compete in Tampa September 9-11, 2024, for the title of “2024 Florida Future Chef.”

How to apply? For all contest rules and to apply, students visit to submit a two-to-five-minute video showing their preparation of a favorite dish, using in-season Florida commodities.

Prizes: Prizes include Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans for all top three contestants, complimentary accommodations for the contestants and their parents at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, and much more!
Please feel free to share our highlight video from last year’s competition: Florida Future Chef 2023 on Vimeo
This is an incredible opportunity not only for the competing students, but also to bring more awareness to the National School Lunch Program. 
Friday's Motivational Moment!
Learn From Mistakes And Turn Them Into Future Success
As our SOLDIERS look back on the 2023-2024 school year, along the way there may have been a few mistakes. Mistakes are bound to happen. After all, nobody's perfect. But you can learn from mistakes and turn those missteps into future wins. Here are some tips to think about ahead of the 2024-2025 school year.

* No matter how successful you are as a student, athlete, musician, employee, whatever it may be, there are going to be ups and downs. Your ability to weather the downs may be the most important life skill you need. (This is also referred to as RESILIENCE.) Remember SOLDIERS, there's no straight path to success.

* Students should embrace learning from failure rather than beating themselves up if things go wrong.

* Don't use the word failure. Instead, view "setbacks" as challenges and opportunities.

* To learn from mistakes you have to admit them first. In fact, you may need to tell a family member, teacher or a coach that you were wrong and you will learn from it. Honesty is key to learning from your mistakes.

* Always remember that in life, not everything will go as planned. The famous author Louisa May Alcott once said, "I am not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." So remember Soldiers … There will be storms out there, but you can be smart about reality and learn to navigate those storms.

* Keep in mind that with mistakes, you are never alone. Others have been in the same boat. All people experience setbacks and if you talk to your friends about it, you might be surprised how many might say, "Oh, that happened to me, too."

* Lastly, forgive yourself—you're a human being. Mistakes are part of life.
Read inspirational quotes about bouncing back from mistakes, stepping up to a challenge and taking risks.
Patrick Mahomes On Growth
Every experience, good or bad, you have to learn from.
~ Patrick Mahomes, quarterback

Derek Jeter On Resilience
I'm not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes.
~ Derek Jeter, baseball player

Evelyn Ashford On Challenges
The fastest way to get me to go out and do something is to tell me no way I can do it.
~ Evelyn Ashford, track star

Bram Stoker On Setbacks
We learn from failure, not from success!
~ Bram Stoker, "Dracula" author

Oprah Winfrey On Perseverance
Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
~ Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
From Principal Foster, AP Rodriguez and AP Daley,
enjoy your summer!
Memorial Middle School
Friday, May 24, 2024
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