News from Administration

  • July 17, 2020 

    Dear Ames Students and Families - 

    As we prepare to the 2020-2021 school year, we invite you to click on the link below to view a video from Ames. 

    Ames Greetings and Information Video 

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Tania M. Willman, Principal 
    Mrs. Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • June 30, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Families,

    We hope you have been enjoying the early days of summer! This is a reminder about next week Tuesday, July 7th- Thursday, July 9th:

    Sincerely, 

    Mrs. Tania M. Willman, Principal 

    Mr. Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • June 17, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    Please be advised that we have created a schedule for students to access the Ames building in order to return textbooks, library books and loaner Chromebooks on July 7th, 8th and 9th.  As a reminder, math calculators are not being collected and will be utilized in 10th grade mathematics courses.  

     Similar to the process of locker clean out, parking will be available in the parking lot, and students may begin to line up within the semi-circle in the front of the building along Baltimore Avenue.  Parents are asked to remain in their vehicles, and students will enter the building at the main entrance. Collection of textbooks and library books will take place at designated tables in the Large Gym.  Students who are also in possession of a loaner Chromebook, will go to the Small Gym to return their device and retrieve their repaired Chromebook in exchange. Therefore, students will either exit the building from the Large Gym or Small Gym.  

     Please also note that some students in Biology Accelerated or Chorus, may also wish to retrieve their binder for the course.  In such cases, students will have an opportunity to obtain these items in the main hallway near the front entrance..  

     Building administration, security and staff will be present to support the process.  When accessing the building, students must wear a mask and are encouraged to wear gloves. Please follow the schedule as outlined below for health and safety reasons:

     

    Date

    Time

    Student Last Name 

    Tuesday, July 7th

    8:30am

    A - Bi

     

    9:00am

    Bl - By

     

    9:30am

    Ca

     

    10:00am

    Ce - Cu

     

    10:30am

    D

     

    11:00am

    E - F

    Wednesday, July 8th

    8:30am

    G

     

    9:00am

    H - I - J

     

    9:30am

    K

     

    10:00am

    L

     

    10:30am

    Ma - Mc

     

    11:00am

    Me - N

    Thursday, July 9th

    8:30am

    O - P - Q

     

    9:00am

    R

     

    9:30am

    Sa - Sc

     

    10:00am

    Se - Sw

     

    10:30am

    T - U - V

     

    11:00am

    W - X - Y - Z

     We thank you in advance for your cooperation, and appreciate your support.  Please feel free to reach out with any further questions or concerns.

     

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • June 17, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Families,

    As today marks the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year for students, we would like to share the following important information with you:

    • Textbook Collection, Library Books and Loaner Chromebook Returns/Exchanges - The following letter outlines the dates, times and procedures for students to make returns. We thank you in advance for your cooperation:
    • Field Trip Refunds - Students who made payments for the Biology DNA Lab trip, the Music in Parks/Great Adventure trip or the Class of 2023 trip to New York City will be receiving a full refund.  Please note that field trip refund checks are still in process, and your ongoing patience is greatly appreciated. 
    • Locker Clean Out  - Following today’s last day of locker clean out, remaining locks will be removed, and items left in the lockers will be bagged.  If any student was not able to complete locker clean out, please contact the Executive Assistant to the Principal’s Office at (516) 308-5885 to make alternate arrangements for pick up following June 29th or during the week of textbook collection in July.

    To our wonderful Ames families, although our school doors may have closed in March, we remain a community of strength and hope.  We are genuinely grateful for the ongoing support you have extended to us since the beginning of the school year and while navigating through some of these most challenging times together.  Thank you!

    To our outstanding 9th grade students, it was such a pleasure being able to see you again in person these last few days during locker clean out.  We most certainly missed you!   We have greatly enjoyed our experiences with you, and we are confident that a bright future lies ahead.  As you enter the next phase of your educational experience, you will take with you the memories that you have made at the Ames Campus of Massapequa High School.  As you reflect on this year, please remember that our time together was not only for the purpose of expanding our minds, but also about opening our hearts.  Continue to be kind to one another, be the change, and be well.  

    Congratulations on all your achievements, and we wish you all the best at the main campus of Massapequa High School and in life!  If we can be of further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

    Sincerely, 

    Mrs. Tania M. Willman, Principal 

    Mrs. Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal



  • June 2, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents and Guardians,

    We hope that this email finds you and your family well.  We are reaching out to inform you that the school social workers from Berner, Ames and MHS are continuing to offer virtual support next week for parents of secondary students using Google Meet.  Please select the following link to view the program information and schedule brought to you by the collaborative team of social workers:  Virtual Parent Support Group

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope that you continue to be safe and stay healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal 


  • May 18, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents and Guardians,

    We hope that this email finds you and your family well.  We are reaching out to inform you that the school social workers from Berner, Ames and MHS are continuing to offer virtual support next week for parents of secondary students using Google Meet.  Please select the following link to view the program information and schedule brought to you by the collaborative team of social workers:  Virtual Parent Support Group

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope that you continue to be safe and stay healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • May 4, 2020

    Dear Ames Students,

    We hope that you are doing well, and we want to let you know that our faculty and staff at Ames continue to think about you and miss you very much!  Please view the following collaborative video from us to you: 

    https://www.wevideo.com/view/1682075758

    Stay safe and be well,

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • May 1, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents and Guardians,

    We hope that this email finds you and your family well.  We are reaching out to inform you that the school social workers from Berner, Ames and MHS are continuing to offer virtual support next week for parents of secondary students using Google Meet.  Please select the following link to view the program information and schedule brought to you by the collaborative team of social workers:  Virtual Parent Support Group

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope that you continue to be safe and stay healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 20, 2020

    Dear Students at Ames,

    As we discussed in our previous email communication to you, we will continue sharing future newsletters from the Deans of Students at Berner Middle School and Massapequa High School - Main Campus. You are invited to view the following:  Deans’ Newsletter #4

    In addition, please remember that we will continue to do our best to support you and answer questions you may have.  To facilitate this effort, we have scheduled our next Google Meet session for 9th grade students on Monday, April 27th at 12pm.  The following link can be used to access the meeting:  https://meet.google.com/yuc-gujv-zxs 

    Stay safe, and be well.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 20, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents and Guardians,

    We hope that this email finds you and your family well.  We are reaching out to inform you that the school social workers from Berner, Ames and MHS will be offering virtual support for parents of secondary students this week using Google Meet.  Please select the following link to view the program information and schedule brought to you by the collaborative team of social workers: Virtual Parent Support Group

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope that you continue to be safe and stay healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 13, 2020

    Dear Students at Ames,

    We appreciated being able to connect with you during today’s Google Meet session.  As we discussed in our previous email communication to you and in our dialogue today, we will continue sharing future newsletters from the Deans of Students at Berner Middle School and Massapequa High School - Main Campus. You are invited to view the following: 

    Deans’ Newsletter #3

    Please remember that we will continue to do our best to support you and answer questions you may have.  Stay safe, and be well.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 8, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    We hope that this email finds you well.  Please know that we miss seeing you at Ames, and although we are not all together in the classrooms and hallways, we continue to think about all of you.   We are especially proud of the ongoing communication and collaboration between students, parents, teachers and staff during this difficult time.  

    On Monday, April 6th the school community received a letter from our superintendent, Mrs. Iconis, in regard to the next phase of distance learning.  As a follow up to this communication, and as we bring a close to the 3rd Quarter marking period today, April 8th, we ask you to please be mindful of the following going forward:

    • All students have an established MSD23.org email account that they should be utilizing on a daily basis to access important communication not only from teachers, but also from guidance counselors, our school social worker, our school psychologist as well as administration. 
    • The 4th Quarter marking period begins tomorrow, on Thursday, April 9th, and teachers will be providing students with assignments.  It is important to note that the work and activities will count towards students’ 4th quarter grade; therefore, students will be accountable for completion of coursework and are expected to complete all the assignments and assessments as directed by their teachers.
      • If a student or family member is experiencing a hardship that is impairing the student’s  ability to complete assignments, please inform the teachers/guidance counselor via email to keep the lines of communication open and support overall student success.
    • Beginning on April 13th, teachers will be available to provide interactive instructional support for students at scheduled times as noted in the table below.  If a student is struggling to connect with their teacher during their set time, they should reach out to the teacher and/or guidance counselor to find an alternate time.  We recognize that this health crisis is causing some very significant hardships for some of our students, families, and staff members. Please continue to be mindful that there may be members of the staff who are also struggling with these same types of challenges in their own homes and/or families and, as such, these times may need to be adjusted based on circumstances.

    Ames “Distance Learning” Teacher Support Hours Schedule

     (Availability to assist with student questions)

     

    Monday*

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Regular Instructional Day as per Teacher- Designed Schedule

    English / Lit Workshop

    Music


    English / Lit Workshop



    Music

    10:00 am - 11:00 am


    Math / Math Support

    Art


    Math / Math Support

    Art

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm


    Science / Science Support

    PE / Health


    Science / Science Support

    PE / Health

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Reading Support

     

    Reading Support

     

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


    Social Studies

    Tech / Business


    Social Studies

    Tech / Business

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    World Language

    Special Education

    World Language

    Special Education

          **Teachers who have multiple courses may schedule their different classes as they see fit within the schedule.

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope that you continue to be safe and stay healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 3, 2020

    Dear Students at Ames,

    We genuinely hope that this email finds you and your families well.  We want you to know that we continue to think about you, and miss seeing you at Ames!  Since the school closure, we have been fortunate to continue working remotely in collaboration with our colleagues at Berner Middle School and Massapequa High School - Main Campus.  The Deans of Students from each of these respective buildings have created some newsletters for students, and have invited us to share the following with you as well:

    The Deans’ Newsletter #1

    The Deans’ Newsletter #2

    Moving forward, we will look to continue sharing future newsletters from the Deans of Students with you.  Stay safe, and be well.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 2, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    We hope that you are doing well, and want you to know that we continue to think about our families at Ames.  Our secondary level psychologists and social workers from Ames, Berner and MHS-Main Campus have worked in collaboration and prepared the following resources for you as parents/guardians:

    Resources & Support - Brought to you by the Berner, Ames & MHS Psychologists and Social Workers

    If you have further questions or need additional information regarding these resources and supports, please know that Mrs. Kim Hession (social worker) and Dr. Vincent Pennisi (psychologist) will continue to be here for you and assist our Ames community.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 1, 2020

    Dear Ames  Students, Parents, and Families,

    We all hope that all of you are doing as well as you can today, as we learned from Governor Cuomo that all schools in New York State schools will be closed for an additional two weeks now through April 15. We continue to think about all of you and appreciate all of the kind words and wishes you send our way.

    As you know from Dr. Fasano’s letter from March 26 to all of our students, parents, and families, the third marking period has been extended through Wednesday, April 8. We are pleased to know that so many of our students are working hard on the activities that their teachers have shared with them and that as much learning as possible has been taking place since school was last open on March 13. We continue to be proud of our students for the initiative that they have taken, thankful to our parents for helping the kids structure their days to include working from home, and grateful to our staff for providing our children with all of the support that they can.

    Please note that while the work and activities that our teachers have provided for students during the time of school closure (March 16) through the end of the 3rd marking period (April 8) are not mandatory, and that students cannot be penalized for not doing the work or activities, the work and effort that our students are engaging in is still greatly valued and can only enhance your child’s academic and educational experience.  It’s also important to note the following:

      • Students numerical averages that are currently being updated by teachers on the Parent Portal only include work, assignments, projects, quizzes, tests, etc. that were assigned while school was still open (prior to March 13).
      • As teachers are always the final determiners of grades, they have the professional discretion to place value on the work their students do and the effort they put forth. This includes looking at the work the children have been doing during the school closure as a means to improve students’ numerical averages.

     

    • This means that completing the work and/or activities teachers have given the students to do during the school closure can only help raise students’ grades, as teachers can consider this work when assigning a final third marking period grade.

     

    • Many teachers have guidelines in place that allow students to make up work that may have been missed prior to school closure. As is customary, if warranted, students would be given the opportunity to make-up / submit missed work or assessments assigned on or prior to March 13, remotely at this point, in a manner determined by the teacher.
    • Students and parents should continue to check their emails daily, as this is going to be the way that teachers frequently communicate information to their students.

    We truly appreciate all of your ongoing support!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • March 25, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/ Guardians,

    We hope this email finds you well. As you know, field trips scheduled prior to April 20th have already been canceled.  At this time, however, we would like to inform you that all field trips scheduled for the remainder of this school year are postponed pending further notice.  If trips are somehow able to be rescheduled, we will inform you of such and necessary information will be shared in a timely manner.

    Please note that payments for trips that are already canceled will be reimbursed in accordance with district policy.  Payments for trips that are now postponed will be reimbursed in accordance with district policy if/when the trip is officially canceled.

    In an effort to prioritize safety, we appreciate your understanding.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with further questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal



  • February 26, 2020 

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    The Challenge Day program was held in October, and we have continued to support social and emotional learning opportunities and experiences for students throughout the school year.  We are excited to share that together with the teachers of science courses, our Guidance, PPS, and Administration teams will be working with students in the classrooms on Thursday, March 5th in an effort to explore the science behind an Attitude of Gratitude.  If you have any questions regarding the lesson program, then please contact your child’s guidance counselor at (516) 308-5830.

    Sincerely, 

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 25, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    At Ames this morning, students attended an assembly program on the topic of addiction, including the dangers of the use of e-cigarettes/vapes. The program was presented by a speaker from the YES Community Counseling Center. As a follow up to the assembly program, the students are invited to complete an anonymous survey about the presentation during homeroom on Friday, February 28th. Please select the following link to view the questions included on the survey: Survey The decision to participate is voluntary, and we will not be tracking how each student responds to the questions on the survey. If you prefer that your child not participate, then please inform our office, in writing, before Friday, February 28th.  

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 11, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    On Wednesday, February 12th, the next Parent Power Hour session is being offered on the topic of Teens & Screens - Social Media and Gaming Trends.  The meeting will be held at 8:30am in Room 133.  If you will be attending, we ask that you please select the following link and complete the online registration form:   https://forms.gle/RifPLYb7YUidDtAKA 

    In looking ahead, please note that school will be closed from February 17 through February 21 for winter recess.  When we return from the break, the third mid-quarter appraisal on Friday, February 28th will be right around the corner.  In addition, we have an upcoming assembly program for students with a presenter from the YES Community Counseling Center who will speak to students on the topic of addiction, including the use of e-cigarettes/vapes on February 25th 

    The Red Watch Band program also begins this month.  An informational meeting for Ames students will be held on February 25th at 2:30pm in Room 133.  Please view the following flyer for additional information:  Red Watch Band Informational Flyer 2020.

     

    We wish our students and their families a wonderful second semester! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.  

     

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 5, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parent/Guardians, 

    The Class of 2023 Field Trip to Manhattan will take place May 12th.  Permission slips were given out in homeroom last week and will be collected this Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7 after school in the cafeteria.  In case your child needs another copy of the permission slip, please click or send them to either the General Office or Room 122.
     

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 3, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    As a follow up to our lockout on Friday, January 31st, we would like to commend our students on how well they followed protocols and procedures.  Our goal is to ensure safety, and we will continue to conduct drills throughout the school year to provide students and staff ongoing practice.

    In addition, with midterms behind us, the new semester began on Monday, January 27th.  Hopefully you have been able review the second quarter and midterm exam grades available on the Parent Portal. We encourage students to sit with their parents to review their progress thus far in the school year. It is the perfect time for students to reflect and create goals for the spring.

    As a reminder, the grading breakdown for full year courses is as follows:

    Quarter 1 20%

    Quarter 2 20%

    Midterm 8%

    Quarter 3 20%

    Quarter 4 20%

    Final/Regents 12%


    In looking ahead, please note that school will be closed from February 17 through February 21 for winter recess.  When we return from the break, the third mid-quarter appraisal on Friday, February28th will be right around the corner.  

    We wish our students and their families a wonderful second semester! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 17, 2020 

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    Today marks the last day of our in-class midterms, but please note that next week students will be completing regular full-length midterm examinations from Tuesday, January 21st - Friday, January 24th. Students will report to school for their scheduled exams only.

    Students are not permitted access to a cell phone during any testing session. Students are encouraged to leave phones at home if they are not necessary; otherwise, all electronic devices must be submitted to the proctor or school official.

    In the event of school closure due to inclement weather, we will continue to follow the schedule as planned. 

    Students are responsible to bring in pens, pencils, and calculators for their exams.

    Please click the following links for access to the:

     

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 13, 2020


    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.  As a reminder, we are offering the following events for parents/guardians this week:

    Parent Power Hour on the topic of Relational Aggression, Bullying, and Cyberbullying - Strategies for Student Empowerment will be held on Wednesday, January 15th at 8:30 AM in Room 133.  Please click here to register: https://forms.gle/wqKnR7yE3DPGEjh96

    Principal’s Round Table is scheduled for Thursday, January 16th at 6:30pm.  Please complete the following Google Form if you are attending so that we may plan accordingly:  Registration


    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 7, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    We hope students’ first semester in high school has been a success! As the midpoint in the school year fast approaches, we would like for you to please make a note of the following:

    In-Class Midterms

    In-class midterms are scheduled for Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 17th. These exams occur in-class during regular school days. 

    Midterms

    Regular full-length midterm examinations are scheduled for January 21st - January 24th. Students will report to school for their scheduled exams only.

    Students are not permitted access to a cell phone during any testing session. Students are encouraged to leave phones at home if they are not necessary; otherwise, all electronic devices must be submitted to the proctor or school official.

    In the event of school closure due to inclement weather, we will continue to follow the schedule as planned. 

    Students are responsible to bring in pens, pencils, and calculators for their exams.

    Please click the following links for access to the:

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 3, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    Please note the following with regard to the Ames Winter Music Concert taking place at 8pm on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 in the Baldwin Auditorium at Massapequa High School (Main Campus): 

    We respectfully request that those who attend the concert stay for the full duration of the performance. When people in the audience enter and leave, they disrupt the concert and others who are trying to enjoy their child’s performance. Our students have practiced since the beginning of the school year and look forward to showcasing their exemplary work. In this regard, they all deserve our full attention and respect. In addition, barring an unforeseen emergency, no performing student will be permitted to leave the concert early.

    We appreciate your cooperation and your efforts to ensure a full audience for our students’ performances. 

    On behalf of Ms. Cahalan, Mr. Gilbert, and Mr. Perticone, we welcome all Ames families to enjoy a superb musical performance. For further information specific to each ensemble, please visit the teacher’s Power Learning page. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Sincerely,  

    Tania M. Willman, Principal  

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

    Vincent Green, Director of Fine and Performing Arts 


  • January 3, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the holidays and are off to a wonderful start in 2020.  We would like to remind you of the following with regard to next week at Ames:

    Ames Winter Concert for our Band, Chorus and Orchestra ensembles is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th in the Baldwin Auditorium at Massapequa High School (Main Campus). The performance will begin at 8 PM.

    Course Advisement Day is Friday, January 10th. At that time, scheduling forms will be distributed to all students during their first period class. Students will bring the form to each class and all English, Social Studies, Math, Science and World Language teachers will indicate their recommendation for each student’s tenth grade placement including support (if applicable). At some point during students’ ninth period class, they will submit their scheduling forms; the white copy is submitted to the teacher and the yellow copy will be sent home.

    We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • December 19, 2019

    Dear Ames Students & Parents,

    With the second mid-quarter now behind us and the holiday break fast approaching, we wanted to share some important information with you regarding the remainder of the second quarter.

    Vacation

    School will be closed from Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1 and will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2019.

    Scheduling

    Students will begin the process of planning their schedules for the 20-21 school year following their return to school during the week of January 6th. In the coming days you will receive a more detailed letter from the Guidance Department outlining the process.

    • Course Advisement Day is Friday, January 10th. At that time, scheduling forms will be distributed to all students during their first period class. Students will bring the form to each class and all English, Social Studies, Math, Science and World Language teachers will indicate their recommendation for each student’s tenth grade placement including support (if applicable). At some point during students’ ninth period class, they will submit their scheduling forms; the white copy is submitted to the teacher and the yellow copy will be sent home.
    • Individual Meetings with Students: In the weeks following, our guidance counselors - Mrs. Balcuk, Mrs. Kuitwaard, and Mrs. Mollura - will be meeting individually with each student to finalize their tenth grade schedule. Students will receive pink scheduling passes during homeroom.

    Midterm Examinations

    • Please note that in-class midterms are scheduled for Tuesday, January 13 through Friday, January 17. These exams occur in-class during regular school days. 
    • Regular full-length midterm examinations are scheduled for January 21 - January 24. Students will report to school for their scheduled exams only.
    • The midterm schedule will be shared during the week of January 6 once the transportation schedule has been finalized.

    Other Important Events

    Ames Winter Concert for our Band, Chorus and Orchestra ensembles is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th in the Baldwin Auditorium at Massapequa High School (Main Campus). The performance will begin at 8 PM.

    Parent Power Hour on the topic of Relational Aggression, Bullying, and Cyberbullying - Strategies for Student Empowerment will be held on Wednesday, January 15th at 8:30 AM in Room 133.  Please click here to register: https://forms.gle/wqKnR7yE3DPGEjh96

    Principal’s Round Table is scheduled for Thursday, January16th at 6:30pm.  Please complete the following Google Form if you are attending so that we may plan accordingly:  Registration

    The Ames faculty, staff and administration wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!  We would like to thank our exceptional faculty and staff, incredible students, and extremely supportive parents for making Ames a very special place.  

    Have a restful break, joyous holiday, and a Happy New Year! 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • December 6, 2019

    Dear Ames Parents,

    In our ongoing effort to increase communication between school and home, we would like to remind you that we have another Parent Power Hour as well as Principal’s Round Table scheduled:

    PARENT POWER HOUR

    Hosted by the Ames PPS Department, Parent Power Hours are sessions designed to provide support for the parents of adolescent children.  We invite you to join us for discussion, support, and additional resources.  

    DATE:

    TIME:

    TOPIC:

    LOCATION:

    TO REGISTER:

    Wednesday

    December 11

    8:30 AM

    Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/2LJVD6JSmddJSFyF9

    PRINCIPAL’S ROUND TABLE

    The Principal’s Round Table is an opportunity for parents of current 9th grade students to share concerns, ask questions, and gather school information.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 16th at 6:30pm. Please complete the following Google Form if you are planning to attend so that we may plan accordingly:  Registration. If you are unable to join us in January, our springtime Principal’s Round Table meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st at 9am.

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and please remember that our door is open to you.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 27, 2019

    Dear Ames Students and Parents,

    As a reminder, today, Wednesday, November 27th, students will be dismissed from class at approximately 2:03 PM to accommodate a 2:10 PM bus dismissal. No after school clubs or extra-help will be in session at Ames, and there is no 3:10 PM late bus. Sports schedules will remain in place at the discretion of the athletic coaches.

    Reflecting on the close of the first marking period, our students have began a successful start to high school by exhibiting noteworthy achievements in academics and athletics. In addition, through different clubs, students made a difference and participated in initiatives to collect food, pajamas, and books for those who are less fortunate. 

    With the second quarter underway and the winter break fast approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to express gratitude for the tremendous work of the Class of 2023 thus far.  Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and our school community, and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 22, 2019

     Dear Ames Parents/Guardians and Students,

    The second marking period is in full swing, winter sports are underway, and Thanksgiving is next week! We wish you and your family the best as you prepare for the holiday season.

    On Wednesday, November 27th students will be dismissed from class at approximately 2:03 PM to accommodate a 2:10 PM bus dismissal. No after school clubs or extra-help will be in session at Ames, and there is no 3:10 PM late bus. Sports schedules will remain in place at the discretion of the athletic coaches.

    NAVIANCE

    Throughout this week, school counselors visited English classes to give students an overview of Naviance, an online tool that helps students align their strengths and interests to post-secondary goals. Please click here to review information from the Ames Guidance Department: https://goo.gl/vajDZo.

    SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

    The Challenge Day program was held in October, and we will continue to support social and emotional learning opportunities and experiences for students throughout the school year.  Together with teachers in math classes, our Guidance, PPS and Administration teams will be working with students on December 5th for the purpose of strengthening a sense of community, practicing the art of listening and building greater empathy.   If you have any questions, please contact your child’s guidance counselor: (516) 308-5830.

    PAJAMA & BOOK DRIVE

    The Ames Helping Hands Club is collecting new pajamas in sizes 3T-8 and new books for preschool age children. The club is partnering with The Pajama Program, a national program that donates new pajamas and new books to underprivileged children.. The drive runs through December 12th; students can place items in the boxes in the main lobby.

    PARENT POWER HOURS

    Last week, the Ames PPS Department hosted a Parent Power Hour on the topic of Academic Motivation.  To view additional sessions, topics of discussion, and registration information, please select the following link:  Registration  

    We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 1, 2019

    Dear Ames Families,

    We would like to share with you a few important reminders:

    SAFETY & SECURITY

    • During drop-off and pick-up, please do not enter the semi-circular entrance on Baltimore Avenue when buses are present.  Instead, please utilize Baltimore Avenue directly where students also have access to a sidewalk that connects directly to the school entrance.  Students who are dropped off on the opposite side of Baltimore Avenue are to please exercise caution, be aware of surroundings, and utilize the designated crosswalk.
    • Students taking the shuttle bus from Ames to MHS at the 2:25pm dismissal are to use the designated walkways outside the front entrance to the school and not walk in-between the buses lined up in the semi-circle. 
    • In addition, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Massapequa Public Schools has an established security hotline, which is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week: (516) 308-5333.

    PRINCIPAL’S ROUND TABLE

    • Wednesday, November 6th at 9:00am in Room 133
    • Please complete the following Google Form if you are planning to attend so that we may plan accordingly:  https://goo.gl/forms/Pn2HBBQNjIsorxu23  

    FIRST MARKING PERIOD

    The first marking period is on Friday, November 8th.  Students are highly encouraged to access Extra-Help and Learn-at-Lunch resources available to them at school.

    PARENT POWER HOUR

    DATE

    TIME

    TOPIC

    LOCATION

    TO REGISTER

    Wednesday, November 13

    8:30 AM

    Academic Motivation - College & Career Readiness for the early H.S. years

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/4vMsd3jmivqsDjU67

    Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.  Thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support.

    Sincerely, 

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 23, 2019

    Good morning, Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    Please take a moment to read the information below regarding Challenge Day, safety and emergency management as well as school photos:

    Challenge Day:

    Yesterday we completed the 5th and final day of the Challenge Day social and emotional learning program with our students.  On each program day, students were afforded the opportunity to engage in guided experiential learning activities designed to build community, connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.  Thus far, students shared with us that they had fun, made new friendships, and got to know one another from a new perspective. It has been an overwhelmingly positive and supportive week at Ames, and our hope is that these Challenge Day program experiences will have an ongoing impact in our school community throughout the school year and beyond.

    Please note that as participants in the Challenge Day program, the students are invited to complete an anonymous online survey during an extended homeroom on Tuesday, October 29th.  The survey is designed to measure student attitudes about issues such as school safety, self-esteem, and peer-to-peer relationships.  The decision to participate is voluntary, and we will not be tracking how each student responds to the questions on the survey. If you prefer that your child not participate, then please inform our office, in writing, by Monday, October 28th.  

    Safety and Emergency Management:

    In addition, we continue to practice safety and emergency management with our students and staff.  On Friday, October 25th at 7:45 AM, there will be a Shelter-Relocation Drill. Specifically, all Ames students and staff will be temporarily relocated to Lockhart Elementary School until the drill has concluded. Once attendance is taken at Lockhart, students will promptly return to Ames and proceed with their regular school day. 

    School Photos:

    On Monday, October 29th, Island Photography will be here outside of the cafeteria during all lunch periods for a make-up session or a retake. Students will not be required to pay at that time. Please note that students will be photographed against a green screen in order to offer a variety of background choices.  For best results, it is recommended that students avoid wearing complicated patterns or shades of green. If you would like to learn more about the school portrait program, then please visit http://www.islandphoto.com/schoolportraits

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and please feel free to contact us with any questions.


    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

     

  • October 18, 2019

    Good afternoon, Ames Families,

    It was great seeing you at last night’s Welcome to High School workshop presented by the Ames Guidance Department.  We hope that you found the program to be both helpful and informative.  If you were not able to attend last evening’s program, please view the Ames Guidance Department PowerSchool Learning site to access the presentation.  Feel free to contact the Guidance Office at (516) 308-5830 should you have further questions and need additional information.

    Also as a reminder, Homecoming will be taking place tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th.  The schedule is as follows:

    • 12:00 pm - Students will assemble in Massapequa Village Hall Parking Lot
    • 12:30 pm - Parade Begins with Banners
    • 2:00 pm - Varsity Football Game at MHS-Main Campus

    We hope to see you there! 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 11, 2019 

    Good morning, Ames Families,

    We have so many exciting events and activities happening at Ames!  By following us on Twitter @AmesChiefs, you can see how we have captured some of these moments thus far throughout the year.  Most currently, we are looking forward to Spirit Week and the upcoming Homecoming Parade and football game. Our schedule for next week is as follows:

    Spirit Week:

    • Monday (10/14) - SCHOOL CLOSED
    • Tuesday (10/15) - Sports Day
    • Wednesday (10/16) - Pajama Day 
    • Thursday (10/17) - Decades Day 
    • Friday (10/18) - Chiefs Blue and Gold Day

    Homecoming will take place on Saturday, October 19th:

    • 12:00 pm - Students will assemble in Massapequa Village Hall Parking Lot
    • 12:30 pm - Parade Begins with Banners
    •   2:00 pm - Varsity Football Game at MHS-Main Campus

    As a reminder, the Challenge Day program begins on Wednesday, October 16th and continues through Tuesday, October 22nd.  Students received passes during homeroom to confirm their assigned day of participation in the program. 

    Enjoy the upcoming weekend, and thank you for your ongoing support.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 10, 2019

    Good morning, Ames Parents and Guardians,

    We invite you to meet with us in an open forum at our Principal’s Round Table on Wednesday, November 6th at 9am in Room 133.  The Principal’s Round Table is an opportunity for parents of current 9th grade students to share concerns, ask questions, and gather school information.  Topics such as assessments, college planning/Naviance, school policy, student support services, communication, etc. are some examples of what may serve as part of our discussion.

    Please complete the following Google Form if you are planning to attend so that we may plan accordingly:  https://goo.gl/forms/Pn2HBBQNjIsorxu23 

    Future Principal’s Round Table meetings are also scheduled as follows:

    • Thursday, January 16th at 6:30pm
    • Tuesday, March 31st at 9am

    We look forward to the opportunity to connect with you in person!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 10, 2019

    Good morning, Ames Parents and Guardians,

    In an effort to increase communication between school and home, the Ames PPS Department will be hosting a series of Parent Power Hours during the school day. These sessions are designed to provide support for the parents of adolescent children. Each Power Hour will be topic-specific and will require pre-registration, so we can adequately plan. We do our best to offer different times of the day to reach more parents. We invite you to join us for discussion, support, and additional resources.  

    DATE:

    TIME:

    TOPIC:

    LOCATION:

    TO REGISTER:

    Wednesday

    November 13

    8:30 AM

    Academic Motivation - College & Career Readiness for the early H.S. years

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/4vMsd3jmivqsDjU67

    Wednesday

    December 11

    8:30 AM

    Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/2LJVD6JSmddJSFyF9

    Wednesday

    January 15

    8:30 AM

    Relational Aggression, Bullying, and Cyberbullying - Strategies for Student Empowerment

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/wqKnR7yE3DPGEjh96

    Wednesday February 12

    8:30 AM

    Teens & Screens

    Social Media and Gaming Trends

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/RifPLYb7YUidDtAKA

    Wednesday March 14

    8:30 AM

    Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/9TdWiNSXThXm27Gj7

    We hope you will join us for some or all of these sessions. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

    Sincerely,       

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

    Kim Hession, School Social Worker

  • October 4, 2019

    Good afternoon Ames Parents/Guardians and Students:

    As we shared in the August mailing and also at our Back to School Night , a defining feature of our students’ ninth grade experience this year at Ames will include participation in the Challenge Day program, which is designed to have an overwhelmingly positive social-emotional impact.  Challenge Day has not only received numerous awards, but has also been featured in the best-selling book, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Teen Files: Surviving High School.  The goal of the program is to build community by students getting to know each other for who they really are, thus igniting a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.  Challenge Day is a powerful transformational day that can change the way people view each other forever.  Through a series of guided experiential learning processes such as games, trust-building activities and presentations, it is a day of fun, friendship, empowerment and new possibilities.   

    The Challenge Day experience is a full day (periods 1-9) assembly program for all students that will be taking place in the large gym at Ames from Wednesday, October 16th through Tuesday, October 22nd.  Since the program is limited to a maximum number of student participants per day, students will be assigned to one of the dates as outlined below:

    Date

    Last Name

    Wednesday, October 16th:

    A-CI 

    Thursday, October 17th:

    CL-GRA

    Friday, October 18th:

    GRE-McCAR

    Monday, October 21st:

    McCR-RU

    Tuesday, October 22nd:

    RU - ZH

    To support full participation in the large gym during Challenge Day, it is important to bring a bag lunch and arrive on time.  In the event that the student is late or absent, we will try to reassign the student to an alternate date based on space availability.  Next week, students will be receiving a pass through their second period homeroom confirming the date in which they will be participating in the program.

    The Challenge Day schedule for each of the designated days at Ames is as follows:

    Student Arrival and Sign-In in the Cafeteria 7:20am

    Challenge Day Program in the Large Gym 7:45am - 1:45pm (includes time for bag lunch)

    Chiefs Challenge Presentation in the Large Gym 1:45pm - 2:18pm

    Students may then leave for regular 2:25pm bus dismissal, attend extra-help, participate in clubs/activities or take the shuttle to the main campus as needed.


    In addition, please note that the First Mid-Quarter Appraisal is today on Friday, October 4th, and our Ames Grade 9 Guidance Workshop for parents“Successful Start to High School,” will be held on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00pm.

    Your ongoing support is genuinely appreciated.  Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

  • September 6, 2019


    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians and Students,

    Congratulations to our students in the Class of 2023 for the successful completion of their first two days of high school!  It was an excellent start to what we anticipate to be an exciting year ahead. 

    With regard to next week, we ask that you please note the following:  

    On the morning of Monday, September 9th we will be holding a Welcome Back assembly program for all students.  We will share insight with students on beginning their high school experience with a strong start to the school year, important guidelines and expectations as well as upcoming events.  

    September 11th is on Wednesday, and the anniversary of this day brings back a tremendous sense of heartbreak and pain as we remember the selflessness, the successes, the families, the individuals and the potential for greatness that were lost. We are asking all students and staff to wear the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue to commemorate the tragic attacks which occurred.   This symbolic gesture will honor those Americans who gave so much on September 11, 2001, and the days, months, and years that followed. 

    In addition, please note that next week we also plan to exercise a series of mandatory emergency management drills that will include practicing a bus drill, fire drill, lockout and lockdown.  A school lockout is a procedure used when there is an incident outside the school building.  During a lockout, each entrance will be locked, and no one will be permitted to enter or exit the building. A school lockdown is a procedure used when there is an immediate and imminent threat inside the school building. Once a lockdown is declared, building activities cease and students and staff are secured in locked rooms while being out of view as much as possible. No one will be permitted to enter or leave the building. In the event of either a lockout or lockdown, parents will not be able to sign-out children until the circumstances have been deemed safe. 

    We appreciate your support in reinforcing the importance of emergency preparation with your child. Parents are reminded to be sure updated contact information is on file and that students either memorize or have in their possession parents’ current contact numbers.  Student and staff safety is our top priority, and we will be conducting more drills in the coming weeks to acclimate students to our emergency procedures.

    Your ongoing support is genuinely appreciated.  Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • July 12, 2019

    Dear Ames Families,

    The Incoming Ninth Grade Orientation will be held for students in August.  The program will include welcome remarks from Ames Administration as well as an opportunity to tour the building.  Please click on the link below to access the flyer with specific details about the date and times:

    Incoming Ninth Grade Orientation Flyer (2019-2020)

    Best wishes throughout the many weeks of summer still ahead of us!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M.  Willman, Principal
    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal