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1870 Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY 11566
 
   
Principal:
Taryn M. Johnson, Ed.D.

Assistant Principals:
Richard Aceste
Katelyn Dunn
   
 Attendance:  992-1227
 Guidance:  992-1220
 Main Office:
 992-1200
 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
Principal
Twitter: @MAMSPRIDE
 
 

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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

    Merrick Avenue Hits Sweet Spot With Candy Donations For Troops

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    In less than one week’s time, Merrick Avenue Middle School collected enough Halloween candy to fill an SUV.

    The school’s Student Council members, along with advisers Joseph Amador and Lucrezia Colangelo, organized and packaged the loot for delivery to Dr. David Gottesfeld’s dental office in Merrick. The donated candy will be sent to U.S. Army troops serving overseas.

    “The Merrick Avenue Student Council was the club instrumental in organizing the effort,” said Amador.



    Middle Schools Celebrate National French Week

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    Students enrolled in French classes at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue Middle Schools recognized National French Week through a series of activities designed to promote the French language and culture.

    Students from Richard Zawislak’s and Denise Schleith’s eighth-grade classes participated in a French competition. Teams France, Belgium, Canada and Haiti competed to show off their French knowledge.

    Grand Avenue teacher Meredith Levine and Merrick Avenue teachers Lauren Cress and Jennifer Verwys served as this year’s scorekeepers and judges. 

    “Over the week, students took part in the morning announcements by sharing a French Word of the Day, Fact of the Day, and Question of the Day,” said World Languages Chairperson Renée Fallon.



    MAMS Teachers Get in Halloween Spirit

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    Teachers from various teams at Merrick Avenue Middle School got together to dress up for Halloween in festive group costumes. 

    Team 5 teachers dressed up as M&Ms; Deanne Junior, Michael Hagens, Allison Roumbos, Jennifer Verwys, Matthew Chicco and Mary-Kate Michels. Team 1 were FBI Agents; Anna Aprilakis, Christine Mahoney, Christina Corwin, Catherine Grover, Timothy Conway, Daniel Catapano and Michael D’Lugozima.

    Bellmore-Merrick CHSD English Teachers Honored as Educators of Excellence

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    Merrick Avenue Middle School English teacher Michael Dlugozima and Mepham High School English teacher Erica Wagner have been recognized as New York State English Council Educators of Excellence.

    “Mr. Dlugozima has taught seventh- and eighth-grade English honors, regulars, and collaborative classes for 29 years in the Central High School District,” said Board Member Wendy Garguilo as she recognized him at the Nov. 1 meeting. “He is a pioneer of 21st-centruy teaching and learning and is always the first to experiment with and implement new strategies, techniques and technologies in the classroom. He is known for teaching in a virtually paperless environment and often engages his students in lessons by flipping his classroom, utilizing Google Apps, and maintaining an interactive teacher website and blog. He is the driving force behind the creation of the new inquiry-based research class titled “RISE” (Research-Based Independent Student Centered Explorations).”

    Dlugozima has also been instrumental in mapping out the Humanities curriculum, in which the English and social studies teacher periodically co-teach and make cross-curricular connections between the two disciplines. 

    As internship coordinator for Mepham’s Senior Experience Program, a responsibility she assumed in 2016, Ms. Wagner worked to establish Mepham’s first ever Senior Experience Internship Fair which gave students an opportunity to practice their networking and interviewing skills with professions in their field of interest. 

    “In the 15 years that Mrs. Wagner has been a member of the Mepham High School family, she has become a truly ubiquitous presence in the school,” said Board Vice President Nina Lanci. “As a teacher of 11th-grade English and College Public Speaking, Ms. Wagner works closely with students to help them establish their voice as writers and speakers.” 

    Each year the council recognizes excellence in teaching by presenting awards to deserving educators who have been nominated by their schools with letters of recommendation from their colleagues and former students and then selected by the council.

     

    Middle School Mandarin Students Celebrate Moon Festival

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    Students in Helen Han’s Mandarin classes at Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools learned about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

    The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after the Chinese New Year. The day, also known as the Moon Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar when the moon is at its fullest. 

    To celebrate, the Chinese people eat a reunion dinner with their families, much like our Thanksgiving. Han’s classes read and acted out a traditional Autumn Festival poem and learned the words to a song about the holiday. Students also tried green tea, taro and pineapples moon cakes — a special food served during reunion dinners.