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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


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 Clubs Bake to Benefit Autism Speaks

    Merrick Avenue Clubs Bake to Benefit Autism Speaks Photo

    In honor of Autism Awareness Month, two clubs at Merrick Avenue Middle School joined together to bake up some sweets – and funds – for the organization, Autism Speaks.

    Members of the Natural Helpers and SADD clubs held an after-school bake sale to fundraise. Both parents and students donated confectionary creations, helping the clubs to raise nearly $300.

    “This day meant so much to us because our brother, Joe, has autism and it was nice for the school to come together and raise awareness," explained brothers John Hopkins and Chris Hopkins. The triplets all attend Merrick Avenue Middle School.

    Anyone who made a donation was able to sign their puzzle piece to light up the hallways of Merrick Avenue blue for the month of April.

    MAMS Science Olympiad Team Nab Wins

    MAMS Science Olympiad Team Nab Wins Photo
    The Merrick Avenue Middle School Science Olympiad team had a blast competing at Kellenberg Memorial High School on Saturday, March 31.
    On Monday, April 3 these fearless Olympians were honored at an award ceremony held after school.

    Winners include Jasper Seabold and Aiden Short (Fast Facts), Maya Spottiswood and Rebecca Sirof (Crime Busters), Maya Spottiswood and Rebecca Sirof (Disease Detectives), Sharyn Schweitzer and Rebecca Sirof (Optics).

    Other participants included Kali Blair, Stefanie Gianuzzi, Ryan Harrington and Anna Varveris.

    MAMS Math Olympiad Team Earns Fifth Place Trophy

    MAMS Math Olympiad Team Earns Fifth Place Trophy      1
    This year's math team did an excellent job representing Merrick Avenue Middle School at Thursday's Olympiad tournament at Kellenberg High School.
    Brian Campanelli, Ethan Katsman, Michelle Serban, Jasper Seabold and Benjamin Zhang made us all very proud winning the fifth place team trophy. An extra congratulations to Jasper Seabold for winning fifth place (out of approximately 145 students) in the individual competition.

    MAMS Celebrates Foreign Language Week

    MAMS Celebrates Foreign Language Week Photo

    The Merrick Avenue Middle School Department of World Languages celebrated Foreign Language Week with several activities and events.
    Each teacher’s students represented a different country for the week’s festivities. Some of the countries represented were China, Italy, Canada, Cuba, Argentina and Spain.  Students decorated classroom doors to showcase each country and dressed in the country’s colors on Friday.  
    In addition, using the theme “Unity,” students created word chains that demonstrated vocabulary they learned this year.

    Throughout the week, students and faculty voted on the best poster in the department’s annual poster contest, the theme of which was “Stay Connected, Learn a Language.”   

    The following students were named winners; first place: Gary Solorzano of Anna DiChiara’s eighth grade class, second place: Skylar Sena of Anna DiChiara’s eighth grade class and third place: Antonette Malia of Susanne Kelly’s eighth grade class.

    On March 10, the department hosted a spectacular World Culture Day coordinated by teachers Robyn Cohen, Anna Dichiara and Erin Yaltzindeg.  
    “Students and staff tasted dishes from all over the world and experienced music from China, France, Italy and Spanish speaking countries,” explained Rosa Kaplan, World Languages chairperson. “Students from the M.O.R.E. program created passports for the special event and savored the international delicacies. The occasion, highlighting cultures from all over the world was enjoyed by all.”

    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.