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 whom 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 2016-2017 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



The Rank One Sports window for the Middle School Spring sports season opens February 29th and closes March 14th. You will not be able to complete the Sports Candidate Health History forms prior to February 29th. If your child has participated in a sport previously this year, it is only necessary to complete the Sports Candidate Health History form and, IF THERE WERE CHANGES, the Emergency Contact form. ALL OTHER ATHLETES MUST COMPLETE ALL FORMS. You will receive email confirmation upon the successful submission of each form. Please see the attached document for a tutorial on the use of Rank One Sport. Much like the Parent Portal, you will need your child's Student ID to access the system. In the event that you have misplaced the Student ID, please contact administration in the school your child attends.

    Current News

    Merrick Avenue Eighth-Graders Moving Up and On


    Pomp and circumstance filled the auditorium at Merrick Avenue Middle School, where students celebrated their moving up ceremonies on June 10.
    Musical performances were offered by Word of Mouth, led by Dana Brandwein. Principal Dr. Taryn Johnson then addressed her students by saying “two years wasn’t enough.”
    “It’s not enough for me to shape you more and for me to share more with you,” said Dr. Johnson at the Team 8 ceremony. Students graduated in four different ceremonies, separated by their academic team.

    Dr. Johnson stressed the importance of putting time into perspective in order to learn how to love and live in every moment.

    “Move forward knowing a team of people are enamored with your spirit,” she added.

    Students will attend either John F. Kennedy, Sanford H. Calhoun or Wellington C. Mepham high schools within the district. High school student speakers John Del Orfano, Nicole Imhof, Jade Klein and Rachel Mashal offered words of advice for the incoming freshmen.

    “You may face obstacles, but you will get past them,” assured Mashal, Kennedy’s salutatorian. “Get involved and build strong relationships with faculty members. Challenge yourself and learn from your failures. Follow your passion and don’t give up on what you love.”

    Eighth-grader Julia Oladipo offered one of four student reflections, addressing her peers in an emotional speech.
    “We are moving up to a bigger challenge – high school,” she said. “Don’t be afraid of hard work, failure or making sacrifices. Appreciate others and remember we cannot stand on our own.”


    Merrick Avenue MS Students Write for Kidsday

    On June 11, four of Roland Clark's Writing Enrichment students from Merrick Avenue Middle School tested out their reporting and interviewing skills when they accompanied him to the BLI Summer Jam Concert at Nikon Jones Beach Theater and interviewed singer/songwriter, Rachel Platten.
    Merrick Avenue student reporters included Emily Doscher, Alexis Feldman, Isabelle Kessler and Ariana Sambade.

    After watching Rachel perform some of her top hits, the girls joined Platten in her dressing room to speak with her. The interview was part of their class writing project with Newsday’s Kidsday and can be viewed by visiting this URL, http://goo.gl/kVljXJ.

    Merrick Avenue MS Student Cubes for a Cure

    Sebastian Otalora just might have the fastest hands at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. On June 4, he put his skills to the test at a Cube4Cam event, where he manipulated the rainbow-colored Rubik’s Cube to help raise money to combat childhood cancers.

    “Sebastian has a passion for the Rubik’s Cube and is ready to demonstrate his talents for a good cause,” Principal Dr. Taryn Johnson said.

    At the event, Otalora participated as a competitor, and a judge/reviewer for others. His best time was 26 seconds, and he ranked No. 76, out 150 participants. This is recognized as one of the major events for world cube recording.

    Otalora created the Cubing Club at Merrick Avenue, where he teaches children techniques to solve cubes, thereby emphesizing fun and speed to solve several types of cubes.

    Middle School Bands Entertain Ahead of Meeting

    The violin and viola members of both Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle school’s Chamber Orchestra performed duets and trios before the start of  the June 1 Board of Education meeting.

    They were conducted by Michael A. D'Addio, the districtwide middle schools orchestra director.

    Merrick Avenue Students Learn From Four-Legged Visitor

    The students in Brett Schwartz's eighth-grade Reading Lab at Merrick Avenue Middle School were treated to a special visit on May 25.

    Detectives Brian Wasserman and Gary Rogers of the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stopped in after receiving heartfelt and well-researched letter about animal abuse written by student John Palumbo.

    John's letter was part of a "writing for the real world" project, in which Schwartz's students were tasked with choosing a global issue, researching it, coming up with a creative way to solve it and, most importantly, sharing their ideas with a professional in the field.