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 Admins Flip Flapjacks for Students

    MAMS Admins Flip Flapjacks for Students

    Students at Merrick Avenue Middle School do not need an incentive to carry out the One Voice, One Message mission of collecting food donations for the district’s new food pantry.

    Nonetheless, administrators offered a sweet treat to the team who collected the most pantry items for the districtwide Day of Service event — a warm hotcake breakfast. At MAMS, students are split up into four site-based teams.

    Various staff members floured, flipped, served and syruped a pancake feast for the winners, Team 3, which included about 200 students.

    “Merrick Avenue collectively supplied more than 1,000 pieces of donated items to the Day of Service that went to various shelters and group homes,” said Assistant Principal Katelyn Dunn.

    Merrick Avenue French Students Celebrate Mardi Gras

    Merrick Avenue French Students Celebrate Mardi Gras
    Denise Schleith’s seventh- and eighth-grade French classes recently celebrated Mardi Gras at Merrick Avenue Middle School.

    Seventh-grade French students made Mardi Gras masks and learned about Mardi Gras celebrations in various French-speaking countries as well as in New Orleans.  

    Student volunteers made king cakes, traditional cakes eaten during Mardi Gras, decorated with the colors representing Mardi Gras (purple, green and gold.) Eighth-grade French students also continued a fun tradition from last year.  

    “As the tradition goes, the students who received the ‘baby’ in their piece of cake the previous year would receive good luck for that year, and have to make the king cake the following year,” explained Schleith. “In keeping with the tradition, two students brought in king cakes for the class to enjoy. All students received beads for answering questions about Mardi Gras and French culture.”

    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.