1870 Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY 11566
Taryn Johnson

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!

Our site is designed to give insight to MAMS families and friends on how the MAMS experience can provide 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 in 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 2015-2016 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



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 Students Learn From Four-Legged Visitor

    The students in Brett Schwartz's eighth-grade Reading Lab at Merrick Avenue Middle School were treated to a special visit on May 25.

    Detectives Brian Wasserman and Gary Rogers of the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stopped in after receiving heartfelt and well-researched letter about animal abuse written by student John Palumbo.

    John's letter was part of a "writing for the real world" project, in which Schwartz's students were tasked with choosing a global issue, researching it, coming up with a creative way to solve it and, most importantly, sharing their ideas with a professional in the field.

    Rain Doesn’t Dampen Relay for Life Spirit

    Arts and Music Celebrated in Middle Schools


    Music and art were the forefront of a spring showcase at Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools on May 12.
    Grand Avenue Middle School Principal Carlo Conte said art teachers have been working hard all year with the students to organize this colorful display.  

    “This event transforms our hallways and classrooms into an amazing gallery of art,” he added.

     Pre-concert duets and trio's were performed at the entrance to the auditorium as guests marveled at the artwork.

    “The work that was showcased included a variety of material: cut paper collage, oil pastel, colored pencil, graphite, acrylic, watercolor and tempera paint,” said Danielle Steiding, a Merrick Avenue art teacher. “I am extremely proud of the students and the work that comes out of them at such a young age.”

    Afterward, band and choir members performed various numbers, treating the audience to an evening of vocal and instrumental music, with “styles varied from Beethoven to ragtime to Lady Gaga,” according to the districtwide middle school Orchestrea Director Michael D’Addio.
    “All of the performances were of high-quality and were well received,” added Music Director Richard Gilley. “At the end of the concert the band and chorus performed ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ together for the finale.”

    Gilley and Choral Director Dana Brandwein also sang a duet rendition of “Piano Man,” in celebration of Billy Joel’s 67th birthday.

    Bellmore-Merrick Teacher Is Promising New Professional Award Recipient

    Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District teacher Sarah Norton has been selected as the recipient of the Promising New Professional Award from the Long Island Family and Consumer Science Educators. This award is given to a teacher with less than eight years of experience, recognizing excellence in the classroom.
    Norton teaches family and consumer science at Merrick Avenue Middle School and Kennedy High School, focusing on child and human development, food and nutrition, and gourmet foods. In addition, she works with the students in the school-based BOCES program teaching life skills.
    During the May 4 Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District board meeting, Norton was recognized for her achievement.
    “Norton is passionate and enthusiastic about her subject area,” said Board Vice President Janet Goller. “She is constantly developing creative lessons and activities that have real life application.”
    This includes bringing her students to the Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center to read to youngsters, organizing a bring your child to work day for faculties children, integrating age-appropriate activities and food choices, sponsoring a cupcake war through her gourmet food class and inviting speakers into her classes to discuss social issues such as gender identity in order to enrich the curriculum.

    She has established a wonderful relationship with her students and colleagues. She is working closely with Michael DiGiovanni, a family and consumer science teacher, to prepare for the expansion of the champ program and will undoubtedly become an integral part of this program.

    “Norton truly exemplifies the dedication, work ethic, creativity, compassion, collegially and professionalism of a remarkable young teacher,” said Goller.

    MAMS School Supply List

    All seventh graders have received the MAMS 2016-2017 School Supply Order Form that was sent home in their math classes.  Additional copies are available in our Main Office or follow the link below!

    Although the calculator options are listed below, supplies can be ordered with or without the calculator.

    •    7th and 8th grade without calculator
    •    ALL 7th and 8th grade General Math TI 30XIIS calculator
    •    8th grade Honors Math (Common Core Algebra) TI-84 Plus Calculator

    All orders are available for pick up by Aug. 22 at:

    Colony Cards and Gifts
    1984 Merrick Road

    School Supplies Order Form 2016-2017.pdf

    Any questions…text Staci Lambert @ 516-457-2795