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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


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

    Kennedy Volleyball Team Trains Middle Schoolers

    The newly selected boys seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams at Merrick Avenue Middle School started their first season practice with a training clinic with the New York State boys champions volleyball team from Kennedy High School.

    Led by coach Dennis Ringel, 16 members of the team came down to help get the first practice going with some great demonstrations and one-on-one coaching for the seventh- and eighth-graders. 

    “The high schoolers were able to show off some of their skills, while working the middle schoolers to get their season off to a great start,” said Daniel Stiglitz, a technology teacher and co-volleyball coach at Merrick Avenue. The boys are also coached by Mark Gross.

    Ryan Kelman Advances in Geography Bee

    Ryan Kelman Advances in Geography Bee
    Two students from Merrick Avenue Middle School were named National Geography Bee finalists at the building level. 

    Ryan Kelman and Jacob Franklin competed in the school level bee on Jan. 4, which was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. 

    Kelman, the first-place winner, will complete an online test to see if he can compete in the New York State Bee in Albany.

    Middle School Students win Buildings’ Scripps Spelling Bees

    Middle School Students win Buildings’ Scripps Spelling Bees photo

    Students at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School Districts participated in their buildings’ Scripps Spelling Bee competitions on Jan. 9.

    At Grand Avenue, Samantha Nadler of Dawn Silvestri’s eighth-grade class captured second place, while Nick DiResta of Kevin Nolan’s eighth-grade class won first place.  

    DiResta became the champion by spelling the word, “libertarian” correctly. 

    At Merrick Avenue, seventh-grader Jay Sarju from Michael Dlugozima’s class won second place, while Noah Gonzales from Audrey Drakos’ seventh-grade class captured first place.

    Gonzalez was named the winner after he spelled the word, “duarchy” correctly.

    DiResta and Gonzales will move on by taking an online assessment which could qualify them for the regional competition.