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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



Yearbook Final Sales Ad

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.


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 MS Students Cook Up Fun on Trip

    Merrick Avenue MS Students Cook Up Fun on Trip Photo
    Denise Schleith’s eighth-grade French class from Merrick Avenue Middle School revisited the food unit of the curriculum with a trip to A la Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook.  

    Students learned about French cuisine and different cooking techniques. They also worked in small groups to make a French meal, which included appetizers, entrée and dessert.

    Merrick Avenue Students Receive Cultural Arts Awards

    Merrick Avenue Students Receive Cultural Arts Awards Photo
    Five students form Merrick Avenue Middle School were recently chosen to receive Cultural Arts awards.

    They include: Tara Fusillo - Instrumental Music /Orchestra, Elyssa Brandl - Visual Arts, Luke Stabile - Instrumental Music/Band, Isabelle Oliver - Vocal Music and Mia Renna – Photography.

    Middle Schoolers Earn Gold on National World Language Exams

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    Several middle school students in the district earned gold medal status on the recent national world language exams. 

    At Merrick Avenue Middle School, Michelle Serban earned Oro (gold) on the National Spanish Exam. Serban, who is in Erin Yaltzindeg’s class, will receive a monetary award at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese ceremony in June. 

    “This year, each teacher in the World Language Department selected students to participate in the national contests for French, Italian and Spanish,” said World Languages Chairperson Rosa Kaplan.
    Grand Avenue also had several gold medal winners including Melissa Steinhaus’ Italian contest gold winner, Jake Arlia, was the lone winner for his category. He earned a monetary prize and a free two-week language course in Italy. 

    Richard Zawislak’s French gold winner was Gina Millheiser-Benson. Sean Doherty and Ms. Marie McDonnell are also proud of their gold medal winners Phillip Barbera, Julia Collins, Eimaan Kahn and Stamatia Papzis. 

    “To earn the prestigious gold medal recognition, students must place in the 95th or higher percentile on the exam,” added World Languages Chairperson Renee Fallon.

    Merrick Avenue MS Students Enjoy Virtual Author Visit

    Merrick Avenue MS Students Enjoy Virtual Author Visit Photo
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    On May 18, students in Sue Schmidt’s English class at Merrick Avenue Middle School used Skype to speak with Todd Strasser, author of “The Wave.”
    This novel is a major title in the eighth-grade literary canon so the opportunity to meet the author was a considerable treat.

    “Not only did Strasser provide insight to his work, he also gave students valuable advice that they can easily apply to their own writing,” said Schmidt.

    Merrick Avenue Clubs Bake to Benefit Autism Speaks

    Merrick Avenue Clubs Bake to Benefit Autism Speaks Photo

    In honor of Autism Awareness Month, two clubs at Merrick Avenue Middle School joined together to bake up some sweets – and funds – for the organization, Autism Speaks.

    Members of the Natural Helpers and SADD clubs held an after-school bake sale to fundraise. Both parents and students donated confectionary creations, helping the clubs to raise nearly $300.

    “This day meant so much to us because our brother, Joe, has autism and it was nice for the school to come together and raise awareness," explained brothers John Hopkins and Chris Hopkins. The triplets all attend Merrick Avenue Middle School.

    Anyone who made a donation was able to sign their puzzle piece to light up the hallways of Merrick Avenue blue for the month of April.