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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



Final Exam Schedule 2017


Yearbook Final Sales Ad

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 Eighth-Graders Move Up

    Merrick Avenue Eighth-Graders Move Up Photo

    Merrick Avenue Middle School’s moving up ceremony on June 9 was a glittery black and gold celebration.

    Students will attend either Kennedy or Calhoun high schools depending on where they live within the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District. High school seniors Hadi Aziz, Sara Samir, Skylar Berkley and Jack Jones offered advice to these soon-to-be freshmen.

    “The next four years of your life are going to be new, exciting, challenging and eye opening,” Berkley said. “You get out what you put in. Find something that makes you happy and go at it full force.”

    Sophia DeMato addressed her fellow classmates with a student reflection.
    “Some of my fondest school memories so far have been in this building,” she said. “I am now more independent and learned how to work harder.”

    Principal Dr. Taryn Johnson spoke about the upcoming change in environment, peer group and procedures that lies ahead for the graduates.

    “From watching you I’ve learned that you are far more savvy, connected and resilient than many adults anticipated you would be,” she said. “The creativity of your ideas and your willingness to share them – notable. Your ability to connect to the needs of others – remarkable. Your commitment to our school and our district – legendary.”

    MAMS Students Celebrate Their Heritage

    MAMS Students Celebrate Their Heritage Photo
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    MAMS Students Celebrate Their Heritage Photo 3
    On May 26, Merrick Avenue Middle School ENL students hosted their 3rd Annual International Festival. Guests were provided with boarding passes to join the festivities.

    MAMS students welcomed teachers, administrators, and fellow ENL students from Grand Avenue Middle School and Calhoun High School to “MAMS International Airport” where they were provided with passports to travel to various countries.  Travelers had the opportunity to play games, sample food and learn about different countries.

    “This was a great opportunity for students to show pride in their cultural heritage and learn about each other,” said World Languages Chairperson Enrique Montes.

    Merrick Avenue Middle School Hosts Author

    Merrick Avenue Middle School Hosts Author Photo
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    Jen Calonita visited and presented to English students at Merrick Avenue Middle School recently.

    Calonita discussed her journey, including the trials and triumphs, in becoming a successful and published writer.

    Students eagerly asked her questions and sought advice on topics ranging from selecting reading titles to becoming published. Students entered a raffle and the winners received a signed copy of her books, including Summer State of Mind.