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Merrick Avenue Middle School

1870 Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY 11566
Taryn M. Johnson, Ed.D.

Assistant Principals:
Richard Aceste
Katelyn Dunn
 Attendance:  992-1227
 Guidance:  992-1220
 Main Office:
 Fax:  516-867-6391


Welcome to the Merrick Avenue Middle School Website!

This website provides MAMS families and friends a closer perspective on the Merrick Avenue Middle School experience and insight on the activities, supports, and services available to your child.  Our overarching goal is that the middle years are filled with rewarding social, academic, and extracurricular experiences to help shape our students toward a bright future.  We pride ourselves in the creation of a safe and nurturing environment that allows students to discover who they are through the arts, sciences, literacy, and athletics.  With a plethora of diverse opportunities at their fingertips, students will be given unending support to achieve their personal goals.

Please take a few moments to explore our course offerings, special events, and dates of importance as you plan ahead for the 2019-2020 school year.  Explore our PTA page and please join to become a part of this supportive, student-centered organization.  Also take a glance at our P.R.I.D.E. Tree . . . yet another indicator of our commitment to excellence.  Finally, feel free to use our staff directory as a convenient tool to maintain communication with our faculty and staff for your child’s particular needs.

As the principal of MAMS, I am enthusiastic about this new beginning and I anticipate a year that strengthens the school-community partnership and contributes to your child’s continued success!

In the Spirit of the Black and the Gold,

Dr. Taryn M. Johnson



2018 – 2019 School Pictures
Pictures will be taken by Island Photography. Students do not need to bring anything to picture day. All order forms and proofs will be emailed and/or mailed home after pictures are taken.

Picture dates are as follows:

  • 8th Grade: Thursday, September 20th
    During English Classes
  • 7th Grade: Friday, September 21st
    During English Classes

School supplies that were pre-ordered through the MAMS PTA will be ready for parents to pick up on Monday, August 22nd at Colony Cards on Merrick Road.

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    Current News

    Middle Schools Visit DNA Learning Center

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    Students enrolled in the Investigations in Science classes at Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle put their scientist skills to the test when they recently visited the DNA learning center in Cold Spring Harbor.  

    They were able to genetically engineer bacteria with the Green Fluorescent Protein gene, harvested from jellyfish. These genes allowed the genetically engineered bacteria to glow in a process known as bioluminescence. 

    “This is a great opportunity for our middle school students to get real hands-on experience in a genetics lab, and gives them a great understanding of real life science research,” explained Michael Hughes, a district science chairperson.

    MAMS Students Gain Cultural and Civic Awareness

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    The Merrick Avenue Middle School World Language Department welcomed students to the program and to the school community with a special project that combined cultural and civil awareness. 

    Students in each language; French, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, created a poster that depicted ways the target language culture is observed and experienced in everyday life.  

    This included famous people, food and products that students use in their daily lives. Using the posters as inspiration, each class then collected food and other items for the district’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard. 

    Students from the M.O.R.E. and P.R.E.P. special education programs assisted in the efforts by sorting the items for packaging and delivery.  

    “This was a great way for students to connect content to real life and to contribute to a community initiative,” explained Rosa Kaplan, a chairperson in the World Languages department.

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