Ericka Blackburn
Assistant Principal:
Tommy Dwyer


The start of the 2019-2020 school year has been a whirlwind of iPad distribution, bootcamp, staff professional development, athletic events, and 6th grade camp. We are off to an excellent start. The Memorial students have smoothly transitioned from summer mode into their academic role.

6th grade camp has come and gone. Our students experienced 3 days immersed in learning, building friendships, and enjoying the great outdoors. The campers were able to participate in hands-on activities in a learning environment outside the traditional classroom. Who wouldn’t enjoy conquering the rockwall, kayaking, petting baby pigs, or sitting around a campfire? I appreciate seeing our students outside of Memorial.  Many times their true personalities shine at camp. They have an opportunity to showcase their strengths and experience activities that can’t be reproduced in the classroom. Those shy, quiet students morph into talkative, excited, and energized kids.

The Memorial staff and I remain committed to celebrating the wonderful students at Memorial Middle School and what makes our school community great. At Memorial we are about academics, working hard, being involved and learning.  As I visit the classrooms, students are engaged, on task, hard at work, reading, writing and discussing critical content. Part of our school expectations are for students to complete 10 topics in the ALEKS math program and complete their Achieve articles each week. We have great students, amazing parents and an outstanding staff at Memorial.  I’m excited to see what our MEMORIAL TEAM can accomplish this year.

This year’s fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 2nd and October 8th from 5:00-8:00 PM both evenings.  This is an opportunity for you to learn about the academic, behavioral, and social well-being of your child and to discuss questions or concerns about your child’s  grades.

I am a strong advocate of putting students in the driver’s seat of their own education. Education is a partnership between; student, teacher and parent(s). At Memorial we want our students to take responsibility for their learning and academic performance. I encourage your student to be an active participant in Memorial’s conferences and to bring their device to the event.  Each conference will last for approximately 5 minutes and provide an opportunity for you to hear from your own child about his/her learning. This will allow your child to improve their communication, take ownership of their learning, and to increase their leadership skills. Appointments are necessary:


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 consider joining. Membership materials are located on the Memorial website. Visit the Memorial PTA website for additional information:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Blackburn

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8979 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 974-2250 
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