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


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’s M.O.R.E. Class Delivers Sweet Messages

    Students in the M.O.R.E. (Merrick Offers Rewarding Experiences) Entrepreneur class, who operate The Barn at Merrick Avenue Middle School, were hard at work this Halloween season.

    The M.O.R.E. program prepares students for the transition to high school and beyond. The program offers intensive academics in the four core subjects and literacy. The students also have the opportunity to work in a retail setting, The Barn, to develop financial aptitude, organization, responsibility and social skills.  
    The program’s Trick-or-Treat Give Something Sweet candy gram had the school a buzz as more than 1,000 candy grams were sold. Students from The Barn made sales, packaged the candy and attached student messages for delivery.

    Merrick Avenue students were able to purchase a candy gram for a friend and have it delivered directly to them. On Halloween, The Barn delivered all candy grams during ninth period for the first trick-or-treat candy of the day. Students at Merrick Avenue were able to connect with friends while helping support another Barn business venture.

    ENL Program Carves Out Time for Friends and Fun

    Students in the English as a New Language (ENL) program in the district came together on Oct. 19 to enjoy an iconic fall activity.

    Students from Grand Avenue Middle School, Merrick Avenue Middle School and Sanford H. Calhoun High School enjoyed a trip to Hicks Nurseries in Westbury to select pumpkin that they would later carve.

    Including middle schoolers in some activities is important because it helps build a sense of community, as the students will continue their studies at Calhoun if they remain in the ENL program.

    “There are a lot of non-verbal skills being used here so all students can participate actively,” explained Enrique Montes, chairperson of the Department of World Languages and ENL.

    The pumpkins will be used as decorations in the program’s upcoming haunted house on Nov. 3-4, which is organized by ENL teacher Heather Glick.