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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


Flyer - MAMS Bagel Breakfast for St. Baldrick's


Final Exam Schedule 2017


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

    MAMS Student Competes on “Genius Junior” TV Show

    MAMS Student Competes on “Genius Junior” TV Show photo
    Norah Petrozak, the Merrick Avenue Middle School seventh-grader knows how to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – backwards!

    It was this academic talent that earned her a spot on a team on “Genius Junior,” the TV game show that celebrates and challenges school-aged competitors.

    The show taped during the summer 2017, but aired on April 8 on NBC. Petrozak called it an “amazing, but nerve-wracking experience.”

    “Meeting the host, Neil Patrick Harris during the show was comforting,” she added. “He was very comical and made us feel less nervous.”

    While science is her favorite subject in school, it was the area of spelling that she excelled at on the show. Although her team did not win, Petrozak said it was the experience of a lifetime.

    Until her next big break, she will focus on tennis, piano, chorus and her studies – with science being her favorite subject.

    Merrick Avenue Celebrates Foreign Language Week

    Merrick Avenue Celebrates Foreign Language Week photo
    Merrick Avenue Celebrates Foreign Language Week photo2
    The Merrick Avenue Department of World Languages celebrated Foreign Language Week with several fantastic activities and events. Each teacher’s students represented a different country for the week’s festivities. 

    “Some of the countries represented were China, France, Italy, Mexico, Cuba and Spain,” said World Languages Chairperson Rosa Kaplan. “Students decorated classroom doors and hallways to showcase each country. ENL students decorated their classroom door to represent the United States and conducted the morning announcements in Greek, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Russian in addition to English. This year, students learned unique idioms in their classes as well.”

    Throughout the week, students and staff voted on the best poster in the department’s annual poster contest, the theme of which was Kindness Connects Cultures. On March 9, students and staff tasted dishes from all over the world as students shared delicacies from their own cultures.