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

    MAMS Student Jasper Seabold is a Math Whiz

    Math Whiz1
    Jasper Seabold, an eighth-grader at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, recently scored in the top 5 percent of the nation on the American Math Competition.

    “Jasper utilized his problem-solving skills and concepts developed in Anna Aprilakis’ math class to perform at such an advanced level on this exam,” said Mathematics Chairperson David Gunder.

    Seabold is a member of the school’s Math Club, Builders Club, PAWS Club and Science Olympiads. He was also a past member of the All-County Jazz Band.
    More than 130,000 students participated nationwide on this exam.

    Bellmore-Merrick’s ENL Students Travel Back in Time

    English Language Learners from both Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools visited the Tenement Museum in Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Jan. 13 as part of the English as a New Language program.

    “Students traveled back in time and experienced the life of immigrants inside a tenement apartment building from 1863,” explained ENL Chairperson Enrique Montes.

    During the guided tour, students interacted with an actress playing the role of Victoria Confino, a former resident who lived in the tenement in 1916. Students were invited into her living room where they heard stories about her experience as a Greek immigrant settling in the Lower East Side.  

    Students prepared questions in advance and compared their experiences as immigrants with that of settlers in the early part of the 20th century.
    “Our students left with a sense of perspective, knowing that the challenges they face as new Americans are not different from what immigrants faced years ago,” added Montes.

    Their ENL teachers, Abigail Havener and Denise Schleith, prepared a thematic unit on immigration in preparation for this trip. Students learned about the contributions that immigrants have had in shaping the country.  

    Keeping up with the spirit of multiculturalism, students and chaperones had empanadas at a Lower East Side restaurant.

    Bellmore-Merrick Expands World Languages Department

    Bellmore-Merrick Expands World Languages Department

    The district’s Department of World Languages expanded its offerings for the 2016-17 school year with the addition of Mandarin Chinese.

    “The response to the program was positive, and classes are now well under way at both Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools,” said World Languages Chairperson Rosa Kaplan.

     At the start of the year, seventh-grade students began studying the Chinese language and culture with their teacher, Helen Han.

    Through a storytelling approach, students were quickly immersed in the language, as Ms. Han believes in teaching her entire lesson in Mandarin.
    “It did not take long for students to begin speaking in Mandarin and they are already reading and writing simplified Chinese characters and Pinyin,” said Renée Fallon, a world languages chairperson.

    The students are also learning about Chinese culture. Han incorporates authentic materials, videos, music and her own experience involving daily life in China. Currently there are 35 students enrolled in the program, including 15 at Grand Avenue Middle School and 20 at Merrick Avenue Middle School.

    Preserving and Progressing: Merrick Avenue Unveils New Library Media Center

    Preserving and Progressing: Merrick Avenue

    In the interest of reshaping the model of the traditional library space, the staff at Merrick Avenue Middle recently unveiled their redesigned library media center – a true combination of the technology of the present paired with the aura of the past.

    “It has become the heart of the building,” said English Chairperson Adeline Atkins. “The entire space is warm, inviting and intellectually engaging.”

    To encourage and reinforce the value of literacy, Merrick Avenue Principal Dr. Taryn Johnson, noted that it was essential to include different learning areas, access to technology and literature that was readily at the fingertips of the students. “It was imperative that we remained cognizant of the fact that students learn differently and that the varying spaces support students’ learning styles.”
    Keenly aware that this generation has embraced learning through technology, this new library is replete with iPads, Chromebooks, Kindles, Google Goggles, an Interactive SmartBoard, Apple TV and a 3-D Printer. Dr. Johnson added that plans for a Makerspace are in the works.  
    In homage to the original library, a card catalog has been repurposed into a charging station and a supply closet has been transformed into a lit display case.  The district’s maintenance team restored the beauty of the original oak cabinetry through a sanding and restaining process that harkens the shelving back to its original era and grace.

    The signatures of both classic and modern writers adorn the perimeter of the entire library separated by stacks of gilded books. Each signature is reflective of the spirit of the age in which the writers lived and the passion evoked in the subject of their works.

    Similar projects are planned for Grand Avenue Middle School and Kennedy High School.