1870 Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY 11566
Taryn Johnson

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!

Our site is designed to give insight to MAMS families and friends on how the MAMS experience can provide for your child.  Our overarching goal is that the middle years are filled with rewarding social, academic and extracurricular experiences that 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 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 2015-2016 school year.  Explore our PTA page and please join to become a part of this supportive and nurturing organization.  Also take a glance at our P.R.I.D.E. Tree… a further indication 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 new 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,

Taryn M. Johnson


    Current News

    Middle Schools Continue Day of Service Mission

    Student ambassadors from both Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools continued their hard work for the districtwide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service initiative.  

    As a district, students had collected school supplies and winter gear for local charities and local families over the past few months.  

    On Jan. 16, students from all over the district joined their efforts and delivered the donations to local charities. On Jan. 26, the middle school ambassadors delivered donations to the local elementary schools.  

    The elementary buildings from both Merrick and Bellmore were extremely grateful, and excited to hear about the work students put in.  

    “All in all, the MLK Day of Service was an outstanding event that provided valuable goods to those in need, and provided the students of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District a priceless, lifelong lesson,” said Andrew Del Rosario, assistant principal at Grand Avenue.

    MAMS Students Participate in Music Therapy

    On Jan. 19, Merrick Avenue Middle School students in Mrs. Beinert’s class were treated to a musical workshop with guest artist, Jason Kloos.
    Kloos, a MAMS alumnus, is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist currently perusing his degree in music therapy. Since discovering music therapy, Kloos has interned and volunteered at several different special needs facilities on Long Island.

    “Music has always helped me to create, grow and become the person I am today,” Kloos said. “It is my hope and mission to help others develop and recognize their own unique potential and identity through music.”
    The students spent the period working on following directions, motor skills, communication and social skills through singing songs, exploring rhythms and expressing themselves through various forms of music.
    “This type of experience for students and staff continues to reinforce the district’s philosophy that music is a universal language for which everyone can share and be a participant,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of Fine & Performing Arts and Adult Education.

    MAMS Jazz Ensemble Featured in Newsday

    The Merrick Avenue Middle School Jazz Ensemble was recently featured by Newsday’s FutureCorps section.

    The group performed various musical selections at the East Meadow Bristal Assisted Living Center and the Seasons Lifestyle Community Center during the holidays. To view the entire article, click here.

    Ryan Kaylie Wins Merrick Avenue’s Geography Bee

    The Merrick Avenue Middle School (MAMS) Social Studies Department recently held its annual National Geographic Geography Bee.  

    Approximately 75 MAMS students participated in the bee, which had been determined by preliminary rounds that took place in each Social Studies classroom.

    Eighth-graders Ryan Kaylie and Justin Turkiewicz of Ms. Lucrezia Colangelo’s class were the bee’s final two contestants. After several rounds, Kaylie was declared the winner.  

    Kaylie will have the opportunity to compete in New York State’s Geography Bee. State winners advance to the national championship rounds in Washington, D.C.