Memorial concludes Week of Respect by kicking off this year's House System

Last Friday, on the final day of the Week of Respect, Memorial Middle School kicked off this year's "House System," by having all staff and students wear their house t-shirts.

Memorial's House System consists of four houses: earth, wind, fire and water. Each house represents a character trait that we support and instill in all our students and staff: earth - trustworthy, wind - respect, fire - responsibility and water - caring.

The system was implemented last year with a goal of improving the school’s culture and to give every student, teacher, and staff member a place to belong. Houses promote positive relationships with teachers and peers. House assignment is purposefully random so students work with and get to know kids outside of their normal social circles. This promotes a sense of belonging and connection at school.

Having others (teachers and peers) to turn to helps each student feel that the school is a place where they can get help if they need it. Members of each house work together as a team to compete in academics, athletics, school spirit, good citizenship, community service, field day, school attendance, and a number of other things that come up at school that we can use as constructive competition. The always-friendly rivalry builds a healthy community spirit where friendships are strengthened and school becomes a place where everyone feels connected.

Even though everyone may represent a different house, they are all MUSTANGS and must respect each other. House events will take place throughout the school year. Each house will earn and accumulate points towards a final reward. This year due to social distancing and contact tracing, the house events are being modified, with the goal of returning to the authenticity of a true middle school house system.