1870 Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY 11566
Taryn Johnson

Assistant Principals:
Richard Aceste
John Gibilaro
 Attendance:  992-1227
 Guidance:  992-1222
 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 support 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 on 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 2014-2015 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




Merrick Avenue Middle School Administration taking on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


The AfterSchool Program Start Date is October 6, 2014



Current News

MAMS Recognizes ‘Super Summer Readers’

The Merrick Avenue library recently hosted a brief reception celebrating the participants in the 2014 Super Summer Readers Program.
To be considered a Super Summer Reader, students were challenged in the spring to go above and beyond the school's regular summer reading program: they had to read at least five books over the summer, one of which had to be on the school's official summer reading list. 

In addition, Super Summer Readers had to keep a log of the books they read and comment on them, explaining what they liked (or disliked) about each one. 

Library Media Specialist Rachel Mathieu-Leo was joined by English Department Chair Cheryl Fontana, Assistant Principal John Gibilaro, and Principal Taryn Johnson at the reception earlier this month. 

Students were called down to the library for a snack and a brief, yet lively discussion on the books they had read.  Each participant was presented with a certificate and a small congratulatory token of their hard work - a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

Congratulations to the 2014 MAMS Super Summer Readers: Sean Berg, Alexa Cohen, Sarah Multer, Brianna Ottofaro, Juliana Tirino, Allison Trabold, and Elizabeth Tuzzolo.

A Home-Cooked Feast at MAMS

Students in the life skills class at Merrick Avenue got into the Thanksgiving spirit with a self-prepared feast and celebration.

The students helped prepare turkey, stuffing and corn, among other treats and rounded out the party with live musical performances and other activities.

Scroll through the photo gallery and get into the spirit yourself.

Merrick Avenue Middle School Holds Fundraiser For SMA

The Merrick Avenue Student Council dedicated the first fundraiser of the year to raising awareness and funds for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease that affects the muscular system, making it difficult to move. 

To help raise funds, members of the student council sold bracelets during their lunch periods. By wearing the purchased bracelets, students are reminded every time they look at their wrist of the debilitating condition. The idea was inspired by eighth-grader Julia Lincoln, whose own battle with SMA makes the illness top of mind for students at MAMS.

The council raised more than $150, which will be donated to help research and find a cure for SMA.