News from Administration

  • February 15, 2019 


  • February 8, 2019

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    With midterms behind us, the new semester began on Monday, January 28.  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%

    On Tuesday, February 12th, the next Parent Power Hour session is being offered on the topic of Teens and Screens, Social Media and Gaming Trends.  The meeting will be held at 1pm in Room 133.  If you will be attending, we ask that you please select the following link and complete the online registration form:  https://goo.gl/forms/bXpwGg8i0TB2xaG43

    In looking ahead, please note that school will be closed from February 18 through February 22 for winter recess.  When we return from the break, the third mid-quarter appraisal on Friday, March 1 will be right around the corner.  In addition, we have an upcoming assembly program for students with a speaker from the Long Island Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence (L.I.C.A.D.D.) who will speak to students on the topic of addiction, including the use of e-cigarettes/vapes on March 14th.

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

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 16, 2019

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians:

    As a reminder, we invite you to meet with us in an open forum at our Principal’s Round Table on Thursday, January 17th at 6pm in the Ames Library.  The Principal’s Round Tableis an opportunity for parents of current 9th grade students to share concerns, ask questions, and gather school information.  

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

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 11, 2019

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians:

    We invite you to meet with us in an open forum at our Principal’s Round Table on Thursday, January 17th at 6pm in the Ames Library.  The Principal’s Round Table is an opportunity for parents of current 9th grade students to share concerns, ask questions, and gather school information.  

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

    A future Principal’s Roundtable meeting is also scheduled as follows:

    • Tuesday, April 2nd at 9am

    As a reminder, testing and transportation schedules for upcoming midterm examinations are listed below:

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 7, 2019

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians:

    The Select Ensembles Concert was inadvertently left off the district calendar this year.  This concert will feature the following student musical groups: Poparazzi, The Jazz Ensemble, The Chordettes, The Crooners, and the MHS Percussion Ensemble.  The concert will be  Monday, June 3, 2019 at 8:00PM in the Baldwin Auditorium at Massapequa High School.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 7, 2019

    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, please take note of the following:

    In-Class Midterms

    In-class midterms are scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th through Friday, January 18th. Please note that students in the ASL course will have a speaking component on January 10th and January 11th prior to that week, however.  These exams occur in-class during regular school days.

    Midterms

    Regular full-length midterm examinations are scheduled for January 22nd - January 25th. 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


  • December 21, 2018 

    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 24 through Tuesday, January 1 and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 

    Scheduling

    Students will begin the process of planning their schedules for the 19-20 school year immediately following their return to school. In the coming days you will receive a more detailed letter from the Guidance Department outlining the process.

    • Course Advisement Day is Friday, January 11. At this 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. Mollura, and Mrs. Kuitwaard - will be meeting individually with each student to finalize their tenth grade schedule. Students will receive pink scheduling passes during homeroom. 

    Midterm Exams

    • Please note that in-class midterms are scheduled for Tuesday, January 15 through Friday, January 18. These exams occur in-class during regular school days.
    • Regular full-length midterm examinations are scheduled for January 22 - January 25. Students will report to school for their scheduled exams only.
    • The midterm schedule will be shared during the week of January 7 once the transportation schedule has been finalized. 

    Other Important Events

    Ames Winter Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8th 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 9th at 1:00 PM in Room 133.  Please click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/8AZXrSyzPUH9kD0t2 

    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


  • November 26, 2018 

    Good morning, Ames Students and Parents,

    We hope that you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and time with family and friends.  We would like to remind you of the following information with regard to this week:

    HIV/AIDS Awareness Week

    Programs and instruction will be taking place the week of November 26th-30th.  Please view the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YjPMUOsJoXsgEkrnLCxKDvtVs9W7C5W8/view?usp=sharing  or visit the Ames building website to access the letter that was shared with parents and posted for your reference.

    NAVIANCE STUDENT

    During the week of 11/26, school counselors will visit English classes to give students an overview of Naviance Student, an online tool that helps students align their strengths and interests to post-secondary goals. Please click here to read more: https://goo.gl/vajDZo.  If you have any questions, please refer them to your child’s guidance counselor: (516) 308-5830.

    STUDENT ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

    On November 29th, we will be holding an ALS Ride for Life Awareness assembly program.  Our guest speaker, Paul Weismann, is an ALS patient who will be presenting with educational coordinator, Barbara  Brown, to share a message of hope, never giving up and looking for the good in life.

     

    We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

     

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 21, 2018 

    Dear Ames Students and Parents, 

    Good morning.  As a reminder, today, Wednesday, November 21st, 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 begun 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 2022 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 16, 2018

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians and Students,

    The second marking period is in full swing, winter sport tryouts 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 21 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

    During the week of 11/26, school counselors will visit 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 read more: https://goo.gl/vajDZo.  If you have any questions, please refer them to your child’s guidance counselor: (516) 308-5830.

     STUDENT ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

    On November 29th, we will be holding an ALS Ride for Life Awareness assembly program.  Our guest speaker, Paul Weismann, is an ALS patient who will be presenting with educational coordinator, Barbara  Brown, to share a message of hope, never giving up and looking for the good in life.

     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 14; students can place items in the boxes in the main lobby.

     PRINCIPAL’S ROUND TABLE - ADDITIONAL DATES

    Last Wednesday, we held a Principal’s Round Table discussion in the Ames Library. We have scheduled two additional sessions to keep the conversation going!  Future meetings are scheduled as follows:

    • Thursday, January 17th at 6pm
    • Tuesday, April 2nd at 9am

    PARENT POWER HOURS

    Yesterday the Ames PPS Department hosted a well-attended Parent Power Hour on the topic of Academic Motivation.  To view additional sessions and registration information, please select the following link:  https://goo.gl/DRdWGP


    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

  • October 25, 2018 

    Good afternoon, Ames Families, 

    The end of October is near! With the first marking period ending on November 9th, students are reminded to submit all work in a timely manner and put forth their best efforts for a strong finish. We encourage students to take advantage of Learn-at-Lunch (Math & Science) as well as weekly extra-help opportunities offered by teachers. 

    Please note important information below:

    Confirmations

    Any student who will be released early or will be absent from school on Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th, should contact the Attendance Office at 516-308-5821 and provide a written note in advance. We very much appreciate your assistance in this regard.

    Photo Retakes

    Island Photography will be outside of the cafeteria during all lunch periods on Monday, October 29th for photo retakes.   

    Halloween

    On Wednesday, October 31st students may wear costumes to school.  However, students are to be mindful of appropriate attire for a school atmosphere and are not permitted to carry props or disguise their identity. 

    Safety and Security

    As a reminder, students are required to wear their student ID card on the school issued lanyard at all times throughout the day, and it should be on prior to entering the school building.   Any student who does not have an ID card should stop by the Administrative Assistants’ Office for a temporary ID or visit the Attendance Office to purchase a replacement. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. We look forward to a strong finish to the month of October!

    Sincerely,
    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • 10/17/18

    Dear Ames Families,

    We have received information from St. Rose regarding upcoming confirmations that will take place on Monday, October 29 and on Tuesday, October 30.

    If your child will be absent due to his/her confirmation, please notify the Attendance Office as soon as possible by phone 516-308-5821 and letter (click on link:  Absent Note Letter).

    If your child will be leaving early, please notify the Attendance Office as soon as possible by phone 516-308-5821 and letter (click on link: Early Release Note Letter).

    Due to the volume of students who will be leaving early and/or absent, we ask for notification as far in advance as possible. The Attendance Office phone number is 516-308-5821.

    We thank you for your cooperation and support. Have a great day!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

  • 10/4/2018 

    Good Morning, Ames Families,

    Please note that Friday, October 5, 2018, marks the first mid-quarter appraisal. On Wednesday, October 10th, the Parent Portal will reflect finalized teacher comments and grades thus far in the school year. 

    Looking Ahead:

    Shelter-Relocation Drill: On Tuesday, October 9th 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. 

    Challenge Day Survey:

    As a reminder, the students are invited to complete an anonymous online survey during an extended homeroom on Tuesday, October 9th.  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, before Friday, October 5th. 

    Successful Start to H.S. Parent Workshop: Please join our guidance team on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 pm in the Ames cafeteria. If you plan to attend, please confirm your attendance via the following link: https://goo.gl/6JcSwc 

    Spirit Week:

    We invite all students to participate in Spirit Week and show their pride in Massapequa!

    • Monday (10/15) - Pajama Day
    • Tuesday (10/16) - Twin Tuesday
    • Wednesday (10/17) - Hawaiian Shirt Day
    • Thursday (10/18) - Throwback Thursday
    • Friday (10/19) - Chiefs Blue and Gold Day 

    Homecoming will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

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

    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



  • September 12, 2018 

    Good afternoon Ames Parents/Guardians and Students:

    As we shared in the August mailing, 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 Monday, September 24th through Thursday, September 27th and also on October 1st.  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

    Monday, September 24th:

    A - D’Am

    Tuesday, September 25th:

    D’An - Gros

    Wednesday, September 26th:

    Grot - Mata

    Thursday, September 27th:

    Mate - San

    Monday, October 1st:

    Sar - Z

                                           

    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.  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.

    As a reminder, our guidance counselors, social worker and school psychologist will be available during lunch periods at Back to School Night to discuss the program and answer any questions.  We also encourage you to visit the following website for further information about this outstanding program:  https://www.challengeday.org/.

     

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 5, 2018

    Dear 9th Grade Students,

    Again, we welcome you as a member of the Class of 2022 to Massapequa High School - Ames Campus!  Tomorrow you will begin your high school experience.  Although many of you were in attendance for our student orientation sessions last week, we are sharing a few items that may be helpful as you prepare for the upcoming day and year ahead:

     Arrival and Dismissal

    Bus arrival to school is at 7:20am and dismissal from school is at 2:25pm.  Students that are dropped off to school in the morning or picked-up from school in the afternoon are best served to utilize the curb area along the Lockhart Elementary School fields.  From that area, students are then able to walk into school or use transportation without crossing any buses or roads. Cars may not drive towards the school entrance for drop off or pick-up when school buses are located in the circle that fronts the building.

    Study Hall is open to students beginning at 7am in the library so that students who are dropped off prior to school are supervised by staff and allow students to avoid poor weather when waiting for the start of the school day.

    Shuttle bus transportation to MHS-Main Campus is available to all students along Baltimore Avenue at the 2:18pm dismissal and at the 3:10 late bus dismissal in the semi-circle area in front of the building on Baltimore Avenue.

    Homeroom

    At Ames, homeroom is during 2nd Period, which is already assigned to students.  The assigned class and teacher for 2nd Period will be considered the homeroom and homeroom teacher respectively.

    Schedules, Lockers, Student IDs and Planners

    Final schedules, lockers, student ids and lanyards will be issued on the first day of school.  Schedules will be distributed during first period, whereas lockers, student ids and lanyards will be issued during homeroom.  Students may visit their lockers throughout the day and may utilize a backpack when traveling throughout the building. Once student IDs are issued, students are required to wear the student ID on the school issued lanyard throughout the day and prior to entering the school building.  Student planners are available for $5 and may be purchased at the school store.

    Chromebooks

    Students will utilize Chromebooks as learning tools.  All students are responsible for the care and possession of their Chromebooks.  Students and parents are expected to review the school district’s Learning Anytime...Anywhere Handbook (Grade 6-12 Chromebooks) and Responsible Use Policy (RUP), which are available on the district website:  https://www.msd.k12.ny.us/Page/3246.  

    Code of Conduct

    Students must comply with the district’s Code of Conduct and also be in accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act.  Inclusive in this is that students dress appropriately for school and school functions.  Students may not wear hats. Attire that displays an obscene or libelous expression or insignia; or advocates prejudice or violence; or promotes the use of or advertises drugs, alcohol or tobacco is prohibited.

    Communication

    All students and staff should be aware of our contact information and communication resources:

    All of us on staff are excited for the start of an outstanding year.  We are here to support you and are eager for you to have your best school year yet!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal



  • August 2018

    Dear Incoming Ninth Grade Student and Family:

    Hopefully this letter briefly interrupts a summer filled with a combination of rest, relaxation, joy, and adventure. On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration, we welcome the Class of 2022 to Massapequa High School - Ames Campus! Our first day of the 2018-2019 school year is on Thursday, September 6th.

    The upcoming school year at Ames will bring exciting opportunities to meet new friends, work with new teachers, and participate in athletics, fine arts and a variety of clubs. In addition, there are ample opportunities for students looking to participate in community service. For students interested in getting involved outside the classroom, you will find that there is truly something for everyone.

    Students are about to take that big step into high school, where they will be fully immersed in credit-bearing coursework and an environment where they can continue to develop their self-advocacy skills. Rest assured that our administration, faculty and staff, are here to support, guide, and encourage each individual student.   The Ames Campus of Massapequa High School provides ninth graders with an optimal setting in which they can grow and learn with the support of an exemplary team of teachers. Our staff is committed to helping students achieve success. The building structure provides for a small-school atmosphere where faculty can really work closely with students.

    In addition to receiving support from their teachers, students will work with a guidance counselor who will assist them throughout the year with academics, planning, and scheduling. Mrs. Hession (school social worker) and Dr. Pennisi (school psychologist) are also readily available to help students manage academics, and to build a strong social/emotional foundation.

    A defining feature of 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. The program is based on students getting to know each other for who they really are, while offering students an experiential learning opportunity to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.  Students will be participating for one full day between Monday, September 24th - Thursday, September 27th or on October 1st. We encourage you to visit the following website for further information about this outstanding program:  https://www.challengeday.org/.

    Parent and student involvement is critical to student success. As such, the Massapequa Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) and Special Education Parent-Teacher Association (SEPTA) work collaboratively with the Ames leadership team and faculty to support students and provide an environment optimal for learning. Both parents and students are encouraged to join PTSA and SEPTA and to attend meetings. Membership information will be posted on the website in early September.

    To help acquaint students to Ames, we have set up two student-only “walk-through” orientation sessions:

    • Thursday, August 30th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Friday, August 31st from 8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Each session will begin with a brief presentation (approximately 15 minutes) in the Ames cafeteria followed by student “walk-throughs” of the building. After opening remarks, students can tour the building and speak with teachers who are present. Most students typically spend approximately 30-45 minutes touring the building.

    A Tentative Class Schedule will be accessible via the Parent Portal beginning on August 28th at approximately 4pm. A finalized schedule, including teachers’ names, will be provided to students on the first day of school. Please note that guidance counselors will be available for assistance beginning the week of August 27th.

    The following are some important upcoming events:

    • Back-to-School-Night on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM.
    • Welcome to High School workshop for parents on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 PM in the Ames cafeteria.

    Please be sure to read the Quick Reference Guide for Students regarding the answers to commonly asked questions.  We look forward to working with students as they progress through ninth grade. In addition, we value our partnership with families and encourage the home-school connection.  Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

     

    Sincerely,                               

    Tania M. Willman

    Principal

    twillman@msd.k12.ny.us                                            

    Danielle E. Kennedy

    Executive Assistant to the Principal

    dkennedy@msd.k12.ny.us


  • July 17, 2018
     
    Dear Ames Families,
     
    The Incoming Ninth Grade Orientation in August will include welcome remarks from Ames Administration as well as a building tour.  Please click on the link below to access the flyer with specific details about the dates and times:
     
     
    Best wishes throughout the many weeks of summer still ahead of us!
     
    Sincerely,
    Tania Willman
     
    Tania Willman, Principal