News from Administration

  • June 15, 2021

    Dear Ames Families,

    Just as a reminder, please review the information below:

    Locker Cleanout

    Locker cleanout will occur tomorrow on Wednesday, June 16th before the start of first period or at the end of ninth period. Students should bring all personal items home. All lockers must be emptied by the end of the day, and students will not have access to their lockers after tomorrow.

    Finals/Regents Exams and Important Dates 

    Please review the Final Exam/Regents schedule (click here: Ames Final Exam Schedule June 2021) and the updated transportation schedule (click here: Ames Final Exam Transportation Schedule June 2021).  If your child has any further questions, please encourage them to visit the Guidance Office. 

    • Beginning on Thursday, June 17th students will report to school only if they have a scheduled final or Regents examination. Friday, June 18th students will be attending school as a full and regular instructional day as a result of the Juneteenth holiday. On Monday, June 21st, the school will once again resume a schedule in which students only report to the building for an exam.  
      • Please note that we will be continuing with the Day 1/Day 2 rotation until the end of the week, even though we are having final exams on Thursday, June 17th. Therefore, both Wednesday and Friday this week will be operating on a Day 2 schedule. 
    • Students are prohibited from having possession of electronic devices including, but not limited to a cell phone, iPod, MPS Player, iPad, camera, headphones, smartwatch, and AirPods while in a testing room and/or during testing administration. Students who bring devices with them to an exam must provide those devices to the proctor. 
    • Parents still need to complete the Student Daily Health Screening and Attendance Notification Form for the days students are scheduled to take a final exam. 

    Student IDs

    Students are expected to continue wearing their student IDs and lanyards throughout the final exam administration session.  


    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • June 8, 2021

    Dear Ames Families,

    Next week includes our last day of classes! Please read the information below regarding locker cleanout, final/Regents exams, as well as absence and cell phone policies during the exam period.

    Locker Cleanout

    Locker cleanout will occur next week on Wednesday, June 16th before the start of first period or at the end of ninth period. Students should bring all personal items home. All lockers must be emptied by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 16th, and students will not have access to their lockers after Wednesday.

    Finals/Regents Exams

    Please review the Final Exam/Regents schedule (click here: Ames Final Exam Schedule June 2021) and the transportation schedule (click here: Ames Final Exam Transportation Schedule June 2021.  If your child has any further questions, please encourage them to visit the Guidance Office. 

    • As a reminder, final exams and Regents Exams constitute 12% of a student’s grade in the course.  It is important to note that these exams are not optional, and students should fully prepare for these assessments to the greatest extent possible. There are still opportunities to attend Learn at Lunch this week as well as extra-help in the final days of school.
    • Beginning on Thursday, June 17, 2021 students will report to school only if they have a scheduled final or Regents examination, but then students will be attending school as a full and regular instructional day on June 18th as a result of the Juneteenth holiday.  Following that date, the school will once again resume a schedule in which students only report to the building for an exam.  
    • An excused absence from the final exams on June 17 - June 24 will exempt the student from the exam. An unexcused absence from the final exams may result in a grade of zero.
    • Students are prohibited from having possession of electronic devices including, but not limited to: a cell phone, iPod, MPS Player, iPad, camera, headphones, smartwatch, and AirPods while in a testing room and/or during a testing administration. Students who bring devices with them to a test must provide those devices to the testing proctor. 

    Throughout the course of the school year, students have worked diligently to build towards their foundation for tenth grade. We encourage them to continue to do the best they can as they prepare for finals and Regents examinations. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal



  • May 12, 2021

    Dear Ames Families,

    The fourth marking period mid-quarter appraisal is this Friday, May 14th.  Next month, students will begin sitting for final or Regents exams.  We wish them the best of luck as they prepare for a strong finish to their ninth grade experience at the Ames Campus of Massapequa High School. 

    Finals/Regents Exams

    Please review the Final Exam/Regents schedule (click here: Ames Final Exam Schedule June 2021) and the transportation schedule (click here: Ames Final Exam Transportation Schedule June 2021

    • You will note in this year’s schedule that although beginning on Thursday, June 17, 2021 students will report to school only if they have a scheduled final or Regents examination, students will be attending school as a full and regular instructional day on June 18th as a result of the Juneteenth holiday.  Following that date, the school will once again resume a schedule in which students only report to the building for an exam.  After referring to the schedule noted above, please contact your child’s guidance counselor at (516) 308-5830 with any further questions or concerns.
    • As a reminder, students who are opting to take the Regents Examination in Living Environment, Earth Science and/or Algebra I in lieu of the local department final were to contact and notify their guidance counselor prior to Friday, April 23rd.  Otherwise, it is expected that the student will be taking the local departmental exam.  
    • Any excused absence from the final on June 17 - June 24 will exempt the student from the exam. Any unexcused absence from the final may result in a grade of zero.
    • Students are prohibited from having possession of electronic devices including, but not limited to: a cell phone, iPod,  MPS Player, iPad, camera, headphones, smartwatch, and AirPods while in a testing room and/or during a testing administration. Students who bring devices with them to a test must provide those devices to the testing proctor. 

     Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support.


    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 20, 2021

    Dear Ames Families,

    This past Friday, April 16th marked the end of the third marking period.  As we forge ahead into the last few months of the school year, we encourage our students to continue working hard in the realm of academics and athletics, while also seizing the variety of offerings that are available to them at Ames, MHS-Main Campus and in our school community.

    On Friday, April 23rd we look forward to welcoming a panel of Massapequa School District alumni at our annual Alumni Career Day.  The program will be held virtually, and students will be following an adjusted bell schedule to support the one hour program that day.  Students will be afforded a wonderful opportunity to engage in a Q&A session after hearing about a variety of careers and experiences from former graduates.  As a follow up, we invite parents to discuss this event with their child to see what knowledge and insights the students may have acquired from the event.

    Also on Friday, April 23rd, Ames will be recognizing the National Day of Silence. Supported by The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN),  Day of Silence brings awareness to the harassment and discrimination experienced by students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ+ students and their friends.  Students who wish to participate will be given a silence card and informational sheet.  The silence card will be used to indicate their vow of silence to teachers and peers. The students are informed that, while they do have a right to participate in Day of Silence between classes and before and after school, they may not have the right to stay silent during instructional time if a teacher requests them to speak.  If you would like to have more information on GLSEN or the Day of Silence, please visit the links below:                                                

    Should you have any further questions, you can email Mrs. Kim Hession, social worker at Ames, at khession@msd.k12.ny.us or call the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Office at (516) 308-5830

    In addition, please note that as we continue to plan for the final examination period in June that any students who will be opting to take the Regents Examination in Living Environment, Earth Science and/or Algebra I in lieu of the local department final are to contact and notify their guidance counselor prior to Friday, April 23rd.  Otherwise, for planning purposes it is anticipated that the student will be taking the local departmental exam.  

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


    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • March 26, 2021

    Dear Ames Families,

    Spring is here, and today is the last day of classes prior to the start of the Passover/Easter recess.  As you are aware, we have taken the time to explore the expansion of some school based, in-person student activities following the April break.  We are pleased to share that upon our return from the spring recess,  club advisors will be in collaboration with their members and may begin transitioning to in-person meetings.    Furthermore, students will be able to access the vending machines in the cafeteria during their lunch periods and will be able to purchase snacks using their MySchoolBucks card.  The library will be open after school with safe capacity guidelines, and the Chrome Depot will be open in the afternoon following 9th period to provide service for Chromebooks.  It is important to note that all these transitions must be inclusive of continuing to adhere to health and safety guidelines.

    In addition, we would also like to remind all parents and guardians about exercising caution when dropping off or picking up students.  When buses are in the semicircle along Baltimore Avenue or lined up along Pittsburgh Avenue, no cars should be passing the buses - especially when students are getting off or on the buses.  Similarly, and for everyone’s safety, if you are waiting in a line of cars at arrival or dismissal, please do not drive around the vehicles in front of you.  

    Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and support.  School will resume on Wednesday, April 7th.  We hope that you all have a well-deserved, restful and relaxing break. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • March 24, 2021

    Dear Ames Parents/ Guardians,

    As a reminder, our third Principal’s Roundtable meeting for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, March 24th at 7pm, and the meeting will be held via Google Meet. Please use the following Google Meet Code to access the meeting: ahsroundtable2021

    As a reminder, you will need to access the Google Meet using your child’s school issued @msd23.org account. Example, firstname.lastname@msd23.org. We look forward to connecting with you then.

    Sincerely,

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


  • March 17, 2021

    Dear Ames Parents/ Guardians,

    Our third Principal’s Roundtable meeting for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for next week on Wednesday, March 24th at 7pm, and the meeting will be held via Google Meet. Please use the following Google Meet Code to access the meeting:    ahsroundtable2021

    As a reminder, you will need to access the Google Meet using your child’s school issued @msd23.org account.  Example, firstname.lastname@msd23.org.  We look forward to connecting with you then.   

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • March 12, 2021

    Dear Students, Parents, Guardians, and Families,

    We are pleased to share that the District has given us the opportunity to explore the expansion of some school based, in-person student activities for our buildings following the April break. As safety remains the priority we must continue to adhere to all NYS and DOH rules and guidelines related to Covid-19. Therefore, while certain events will need to remain virtual this year, please be assured that we will work closely with the District and each of our building teams to bring back as many in-person student activities as possible. 

    We thank you all for your continued support during these challenging times and look forward to bringing a greater sense of normalcy to enrich our students’ school experience.

    Go Chiefs!

    Mr. Esposito, BMS Principal

    Mrs. Willman, Ames Principal

    Ms. Lowell, MHS Principal

     


  • March 12, 2021

    Dear Advanced Placement Community at Ames:

    Earlier this week, we communicated that we will be sharing information today regarding how to register and pay for the upcoming AP Exams.  Please click for detailed instructions on how to complete the process. As a reminder for the 2020-2021 school year only, students will not be required to sit for the AP exam and all students enrolled in the AP course will still receive the AP weighting on their transcript. Also, the exams will be administered digitally and students will be taking it at home during their scheduled time. The deadline for registration and payment is April 16, 2021. Please note that late registrations will not be accepted. If you have any specific questions regarding this process, please email Mrs. Kennedy at dkennedy@msd.k12.ny.us.


    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • March 9, 2021

    Dear Advanced Placement Community at Ames:

    After a review of information received from College Board, discussions with teachers, and review by administration we are prepared to announce the AP Exam schedule and format decision for Massapequa High School-Ames Campus.  

    The Exam Schedule and format are as follows:

    Date 

    Exam 

    Time 

    Wednesday, May 26th

    Computer Science Principles

    4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

    Friday, May 28th

    Human Geography 

    12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 

    What factors went into the decision?

    -Contact Tracing experience and Quarantine history of students at Ames

    -Continued existence of Distance Learners and current COVID guidelines

    -Room/Space availability for exams in building

    -Ability to plan and provide optimal testing conditions offered by College Board

    -Avoidance of reactionary responses that might disrupt focus of students

    How will Ames treat attendance on AP Exam days?

    As per custom, students will be excused from attending classes for that day.

    Do I have to take the AP Exam?

    For the 2020-2021 school year only, students will not be required to sit for the AP exam and all students enrolled in the AP course will still receive the AP weighting on their transcripts.

    How do I register and pay for AP Exams?

    A separate email communication will be sent by March 12th.

    Why are some tests in school and most digitally from home?

    The AP Language Exams (which are not being administered at the Ames Campus) are ONLY being given in-person at schools this year.


    Will a student receive an advantage from either exam format?

    According to College Board, compared to a paper and pencil version, there’s nothing about an AP Exam being digital, or about any particular version of the digital exam, that inherently affects a student’s ability to get a particular score.  AP Exams are designed such that a student’s AP Exam score reflects the level of ability and achievement they demonstrate—not a specific predetermined number of points they earn—on their exam. While different versions of an exam are intended to have comparable difficulty levels, some individual questions will be slightly easier or harder than others. Accordingly, for decades, AP has used standard and widely supported psychometric and statistical procedures, called linking and equating, to provide students with comparable scores regardless of which exam version they take. Digital Testing is no exception, even with the addition of a digital version for most AP Exams. Psychometricians will apply linking and equating protocols to account for differences between exam versions. 

    Will a college be told what version of the test was taken?

    Higher education institutions will accept AP scores equally for all versions of the exam—accordingly, a student’s score report will not indicate which version of the exam the student takes.

    What resources are available to help students and educators prepare for Digital Exams?

    Available in March: 

    • AP digital testing overview video: This short video gives students a basic understanding of digital AP Exams. 
    • AP digital testing slideshow: Explore features of the digital testing application, learn how to get your device ready, and see how exam questions will be displayed. 
    • cb.org/ap2021: Find links to the exam schedule, all digital testing resources, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.

     Available beginning April 8

    • 2021 Digital AP Exams application: AP students and teachers can download the application and practice answering multiple-choice and/or free-response questions.

    If I have been approved and receive Accommodations from College Board?

    Students will be able to use their approved accommodations for 2021 digital AP Exams. As always, students may only use accommodations that they've been approved for by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office.

    Information will continue to be disseminated to AP students as we approach the exams and receive further guidance from College Board.  

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

     

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 23, 2021

    Dear Ames Families,

    We hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable February recess.  As we move closer to the spring season, we wanted to connect with you on some important information and opportunities at Ames:

    “Be Kind to Your Mind” Student Workshops:

    Our school social worker, Mrs. Hession, is offering a 4 week education and support series for students who want to learn how to manage stress and anxiety.  The workshop will include evidenced based strategies to help students gain an understanding of the physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and academic impact of unmanaged stress and anxiety. Students will learn proven ways to reduce stress and anxiety and develop an individualized plan for mental wellness.  For further details and registration information, please select the following link: Be Kind to Your Mind Flyer  

    AP Courses

    Recently, we received information from College Board concerning the administration and format of the spring Advanced Placement examinations.  The 2021 AP Exams will be conducted in three administration periods with exams administered in a digital format at home or a paper format in school based on a detailed schedule provided by the College Board. Please note for the 2020-2021 school year only, students will not be required to sit for the AP exam and all students enrolled in AP course will still receive the AP weighting on their transcripts.

    Please understand the District has already started to review the details of the test administration guidelines.  We are working to develop a final testing schedule that is both in the best interest of our students as well as logistically possible given numerous constraints and considerations. Our final AP testing schedule will reflect guidance and input from our College Board Representative, in addition to ongoing discussions with AP teachers and administrators. Once this decision has been finalized, administrators will notify teachers, students, and parents of the AP exam schedule for Ames.  This information will be disseminated prior to our communication explaining how to pay and register for each exam.

    Mid-Quarter Appraisals

    In looking ahead, the third-marking period mid-quarter appraisal is at the end of next week on Friday, March 5th.  Students are encouraged to access Learn at Lunch opportunities in Math and Science as well as attend extra-help sessions with teachers.

    Daily Attendance and Health Form:

    As a reminder, the daily health and attendance form is to be completed daily for students attending in person and students who are attending remotely.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal 


  • February 5, 2021

    Dear Ames Parents/ Guardians,

    COVID Testing is required for all 9th grade students participating in V/JV Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading. Please, only parents/guardians of students participating in any of the aforementioned sports must view and complete the following Google Form with regard to transportation for Monday, February 8th and Monday, February 22nd:  https://forms.gle/cNPDNvGv6Qd8rAMq8

    (Note:  The same Google Form is also accessible through Family ID on the Athletics page of the district website.)

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 2, 2021

    Dear Ames Parents/ Guardians,

    Please be advised that the next virtual support group for parents is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th at 11am.  The topic will focus on Social Media & Gaming Trends.  Please select the following link to view the extensive program information, Google Meet codes and schedule for the 2020-2021 school year brought to you by the collaborative team of school social workers: Virtual Parent Support Group

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 1, 2021

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, the district has moved to a full remote learning model on Tuesday, February 2nd and students will follow their Day 1 schedule. Therefore, all students will be accessing their classes remotely and following their full day schedule. 

    Stay safe,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 28, 2021

    Dear Ames Students,

    You’ve almost completed half of your freshman year of high school!  The end of this week, January 29th, marks the end of the second marking period.    Please continue to work to the best of your ability and take advantage of the supports available through our Learn at Lunch programs and Extra-Help.

    As we approach the beginning of the second half of this school year, we would like to check-in with you and offer you an opportunity to connect with us.  Whether you are a distance learner or a student who attends in-person, we invite you to meet with us via Google Meet after school on Wednesday, February 3rd from 3:15pm-3:45pm. Please use the following Google Meet code to join:  ames9th2021

    We look forward to speaking with you next week, and make it a great day!

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 15, 2021

    Dear Ames Parents/ Guardians,

    Please be advised that the next virtual support group for parents is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th at 11am.  The topic will focus on Self-Esteem & Skills for Independence.  Please select the following link to view the extensive program information, Google Meet codes and schedule for the 2020-2021 school year brought to you by the collaborative team of school social workers: Virtual Parent Support Group

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 13, 2021 

    Dear Ames Parents/ Guardians,

    It was a pleasure being able to connect with you via Google Meet at this morning’s Principal’s Roundtable.  We have included a link to today’s presentation as a reference and for anyone who may not have had the opportunity to attend:  Principal’s Roundtable #2

    Please note that our next Principal’s Roundtable meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24th at 7pm.  As we approach that date, we will share with you the access information to the meeting.  Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 11, 2021

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    Our second Principal’s Round Table is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th at 8:30am, and the meeting will be held via Google Meet. Please use the following Google Meet Code to access the meeting: ahsroundtable2021

    As a reminder, you will need to access the Google Meet using your child’s school issued @msd23.org account.  Example, firstname.lastname@msd23.org.  We look forward to connecting with you then.  

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 8, 2021

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    Happy New Year!  We hope that you enjoyed the holidays, and we wish our Ames families all the best throughout 2021.  In a few weeks, students will have reached the mid-point of their first year of high school, and we continue to be proud of their efforts and achievements across all areas.

    Please note the following upcoming information:

    Scheduling

    Students will begin the process of planning their tenth grade schedules for the 21-22 school year the week of January 11th. Informational videos will be sent from the Guidance Department to students and parents/guardians to review 10th grade course offerings and explain the scheduling process.  As part of the course advisement process, our Ames Guidance Counselors - Mrs. Balcuk, Ms. Levine, and Mrs. Mollura - will begin meeting individually with each student to finalize their tenth grade course selections during the week of January 25th. 

    Principal’s Round Table 

    Our second Principal’s Round Table is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th at 8:30am, and will be held via Google Meet.  We will share the Google Meet access information with you on Monday, January 11th.

    We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

     


  • December 23, 2020

    Dear Ames Students & Parents,

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

    Winter Recess/ Vacation

    School will be closed from Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021.

    Scheduling

    Students will begin the process of planning their tenth grade schedules for the 21-22 school year shortly after their return to school during the week of January 11th. Following that course advisement process, our guidance counselors - Mrs. Balcuk, Ms. Levine, and Mrs. Mollura - will be meeting individually with each student to finalize their tenth grade schedule during the week of January 25th. Students will receive pink scheduling passes during homeroom.

    NO Midterm Examinations

    Please note that from January 26th - January 29th, there will be no midterm examination days.  Instead, these days will be held as traditional instructional days.  In addition, the second marking period concludes on Friday, January 29th.

    Principal’s Round Table 

    Our second Principal’s Round Table is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th at 8:30am, and will be held via Google Meet.  We will share the link to the Google Meet with you during the week of January 11th.

    The Ames faculty, staff and administration wish you and your family a very happy and healthy 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 18, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, the district has moved to a full remote learning model on Monday, 12/21, Tuesday, 12/22 and Wednesday, 12/23.  Therefore, all students will be accessing their classes remotely and following their full day schedule; no students will be reporting to the Ames Campus in-person.  

    In addition, the Class of 2024 clothing orders have arrived and are available for pick-up in the front lobby of the building during school hours on Monday, 12/21 and Tuesday, 12/22.  Please contact Ms. Antoinette Kearney, advisor for Student Government Class of 2024, with any further questions you may have at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us.   

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • Thursday, December 17, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, please note that when school reopens tomorrow, Friday, December 18th, students will follow their Day 2 schedule. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • December 16, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    Ames will be closed tomorrow Thursday, December 17th, due to the impending weather conditions. Please note when school reopens on Friday, December 18th, students will follow their Day 2 schedule. 

    Be safe,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • December 10, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    We wanted to connect with you regarding some important information and updates as we look ahead in the days leading up to the December break.

    Second Marking Period Mid-Quarter Appraisal

    Students have been working diligently, and we are very proud of their ongoing efforts.  Please be advised that tomorrow, Friday, December 11th, marks the mid-quarter appraisal of the second marking period.  Students are encouraged to continue to access the Extra-Help and Learn-at-Lunch opportunities available to them.

    Distance Learning Expectations

    Any student who attends classes remotely needs to be mindful of and adhere to the Massapequa School District’s expectations in virtual learning formats.  To view the full document for specific guidelines, please select the following link:  

    A Parent’s Guide to Student Expectations in Virtual Learning Formats

    School Spirit

    Student Government has organized a Mini Spirit Week for students and staff that will be held from Wednesday, December 16th through Friday, December 18th as follows:

    Winter Recess

    School will not be in session from Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January 1st. 

    We hope that you are doing well, and we continue to be grateful for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 24, 2020

    Dear Ames Students,

    Good morning!  As a reminder, if you are interested in using a hallway locker to store your coat throughout the school day, then please complete the following Google Form by the end of the day today: Ames Hallway Locker Request Form.  Lockers will be assigned beginning on Monday, November 30th.

    At the conclusion of the school day, we will be having our Rapid Dismissal drill.  School will be dismissed fifteen minutes earlier at 2:03pm, and buses will be departing by 2:10pm.  Therefore, there are no after school activities, including extra-help and shuttle buses to Berner and MHS for athletics.

    Also when we return from break on Monday, November 30th, we will be switching the staggered dismissal so that students on the 1st floor will be dismissed at 2:18pm, and students on the 2nd floor will be dismissed at 2:20pm.  Please remember that the one-way direction continues during dismissal.

    From Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th, there is no school due to the Thanksgiving holiday and break.  We hope that you find the time to rest and relax.  You have been working so diligently this year, and we are very proud of your efforts.  

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 20, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    Yesterday evening, we held the virtual Principal’s Roundtable.  Please note that we have included the link to the presentation for your reference:  Principal’s Roundtable Presentation.  Our remaining series of Principal’s Roundtable discussions for this year are as follows:  

    In addition, today is the last day of the Class of 2024 clothing sale.  Please complete your order by accessing the following link:  Ames Class of 2024 Clothing Order Form.  If you should need additional information or have further questions, then please contact the Class of 2024 Student Government Advisor, Ms. Antoinette Kearney, via email at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us or leave a call back message with the General Office at (516) 308-5801.

    Thanksgiving break is next week from Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th, so no school is in session. On Tuesday, November 24th, we are having Pajama Day, and students and staff may come to come to Ames in school appropriate attire. In addition, students will be dismissed from class at approximately 2:03 PM to accommodate a 2:10 PM Rapid Dismissal Drill. Please note that no after school extra-help will be in session at Ames that day.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal



  • November 19, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    Please view the following link and communication regarding HIV/AIDS Awareness Week beginning on Monday, November 30th:

    HIV/AIDS Awareness Letter

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 18, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    The weather is getting cooler and we understand that students may need to access hallway lockers in order to store their coats throughout the school day.  Therefore, any student interested in securing a hallway locker for this purpose must complete the following Google Form between now and Tuesday, November 24th:

    Ames Hallway Locker Request Form

    Please note that students will only be able to access the hallway locker for their coats prior to 1st period during AM arrival, and then again at the end of the day during PM dismissal.  In an effort to maximize health and safety for all, and to minimize congestion in the hallway,  students will not have access to their lockers throughout the school day.  

    Beginning Monday, November 30th, we will begin to assign specific hallway lockers to students who have made the request via the Google Form.  As a reminder, students are required to use the original school issued locks and should use the one carried with them from Berner Middle School.  If a replacement lock is needed, then the student may purchase a lock for $5 in the General Office.   

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 16, 2020

    Dear Ames Parent/Guardians,

    We are officially into the second marking period, and Thanksgiving is next week!  In looking ahead, on Tuesday, November 24th students will be dismissed from class at approximately 2:03PM to accommodate a 2:10PM Rapid Dismissal Drill. Please note that no after school extra-help will be in session at Ames that day.

    As a reminder, the Ames site-based Shared Decision Making (SDM) Committee will be meeting virtually today from 3:30-4:00OM. Students, parents, and staff members are welcomed to join the committee. If you are interested in participating, please use the Google Meet code SDMAMES20. Parents will need to use their child’s MSD account to access the Google Meet. 

    In addition, the next virtual support group for parents is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17th at 11am.  The topic will focus on Anxiety and Mood Disorders.  Please select the following link to view the extensive program information, Google Meet codes and schedule for the 2020-2021 school year brought to you by the collaborative team of social workers: Virtual Parent Support Group

    Also please note our series of Principal’s Roundtablediscussions as follows:  

    Last, but not least, please select the following link to view information regarding the Class of 2024 clothing sale, which concludes this Friday, November 20thAmes Class of 2024 Clothing Order Form.  If you should need additional information or have further questions, then please contact the Class of 2024 Student Government Advisor, Ms. Antoinette Kearney, via email at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us or leave a call back message with the General Office at (516) 308-5801.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.  We wish you and your family the best as you prepare for the holiday season.

     Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal



  • November 3, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    Please select the following link to view information regarding the Class of 2024 clothing sale:  

    Ames Class of 2024 Clothing Order Form

    If you should need additional information or if you have further questions, then please contact the Class of 2024 Student Government Advisor, Ms. Antoinette Kearney, via email at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us or leave a call back message with the general office at (516) 308-5801.

    On Monday, November 9th, Distance learning students will have an opportunity for a make-up session or a retake by Island Photography, but it will be after school from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. in the Small Gym. We ask that distance learning students only click on Make-Up Picture Day for Distance Learners and complete the Google Form. Please note the form needs to be completed by the student using their MSD account. In addition, you will need to complete the Student Daily Health Screening prior to arriving at the building.  For best results, it is recommended that students avoid wearing complicated patterns or shades of green since they will be photographed against a green screen. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 26, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    Last week, it was so wonderful to see so many students participate in Spirit Week and demonstrate their pride in being a Massapequa Chief.  Although Halloween is on Saturday, October 31st, students may wear costumes to school on Friday, October 30th.  However, students are to be mindful of appropriate attire for a school atmosphere, and are not permitted to carry “props.” In addition, students may not wear items that would disguise their identity.  Other than wearing the required masks or gaiters for health and safety purposes, student faces should not be covered.

    In looking ahead, next week already brings us to the month of November.  On Tuesday, November 3rd, schools are closed for Election Day.  Friday, November 6th marks the end of the first marking period.  Students are encouraged to continue working diligently and utilizing opportunities available to them through extra-help as well as Learn-at-Lunch in math and science.

    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


  • October 21, 2020

     Dear Parents/Guardians of Distance Learning Students,

     Please view the following important communication from the district’s School Lunch Office regarding lunch pick-up effective November 2nd:

     Lunch Pick-Up Procedure for Distance Learners

     

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

     Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    MHS-Ames Campus    


  • October 16, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    Please note the following with regard to Spirit Week, which is being held from Monday, October 19th - Friday, October 23rd

    Monday: Proud to be an American Day - Wear Red, White, & Blue
    Tuesday: Twin Tuesday - Come to school dressed like a Friend
    Wednesday: Wear Orange -Orange you glad we are back to celebrate our differences together?
    Thursday: Tie Dye Day
    Friday: Chiefs Day- Wear Blue and Gold

    GO CHIEFS!!!!!

    Sincerely,

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


  • October 15, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    On Monday, October 26th, Island Photography will be here outside of the cafeteria during all lunch periods for a make-up session or a retake for in-person students. Distance learning students will have an opportunity to have their portraits taken as well on this day, but it will be after school from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm. in the Small Gym. We ask that distance learning students only click on Picture Day for Distance Learners and complete the Google Form. In addition, you will need to complete the Student Daily Health Screening prior to arriving at the building. 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. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M.  Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 14, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, the Ames Guidance Counselors cordially invite parents/guardians to the Successful Start to High School program, which will be offered virtually, today, on Wednesday, October 14th.  A video presentation is available for your viewing below:

    Successful Start to High School  Video

    Please note that this video will also be available on the Ames Guidance PowerSchool Learning page and website.

    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 for in-person students. Distance learning students will have an opportunity to have their portraits taken as well on this day, but it will be after school from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm. in the Small Gym. We ask that distance learning students only click on Picture Day for Distance Learners and complete the Google Form. In addition, you will need to complete the Student Daily Health Screening prior to arriving at the building. 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. 


    Sincerely,

    Tania M.  Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 9, 2020

    Dear Ames Families,

    As of this week, students have already received their first marking period mid-quarter appraisal.  At each mid-quarter point, teachers can provide comments on the Parent Portal about students' performance and/or areas of concern. After reviewing these comments, students and parents are always encouraged to speak directly with the appropriate classroom teacher and/or guidance counselor with any questions.

    Students are attending extra-help and taking advantage of Learn at Lunch opportunities.  In addition, virtual clubs are operating and students are also participating in pre-season training sessions after school. Many students are running for office and preparing their campaigns to be student representatives for the Class of 2024.  Student government elections will be held during homeroom next week.  

    Also in looking ahead, the Ames Guidance Counselors cordially invite parents/guardians to the Successful Start to High School program, which will be offered virtually on Wednesday, October 14th.  A video presentation will be made available after 4pm that day on the Ames Guidance PowerSchool Learning page and website.

    The first of this year’s virtual support groups for parents begins next week.  Please select the following link to view the extensive program information and schedule for the 2020-2021 school year brought to you by the collaborative team of social workers: Virtual Parent Support Group

    As in prior years, we will be offering a series of Principal’s Roundtable discussions this year.  These meetings will be held virtually according to the following schedule:

    On Monday, October 19th, the Ames site-based Shared Decision Making (SDM) Committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting of the 2020-2020 school year virtually at 3:30 p.m using the code SDMAMES20  This site-based forum allows faculty and staff, students, parents and administrators to come together once a month in order to discuss ideas and practices in order to make recommendations that will positively impact the our school.  At this time, we are looking for some interest from parents/guardians in joining the committee.  The meetings are anticipated to conclude at 4:00 pm.  Please respond to dkennedy@msd.k12.ny.us by the end of the day on Friday, October 16 if you would like to join us as a new or returning member for this year.


    Finally, please note that school is closed on Monday, October 12th for Columbus Day.  We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation, and enjoy the weekend ahead.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 30, 2020

    Dear Ames Distance Learning Students,

    Learn at Lunch opportunities are available in math and in science for students attending Ames in-person as well as students on full distance learning from home.  Please see the following links to access information specific to each academic area:

    Mathematics

    Science

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 30, 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 groups for parents of secondary students this year using Google Meet.  Please select the following link to view the extensive program information and schedule for the 2020-2021 school year brought to you by the collaborative team of social workers: Virtual Parent Support Group

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 25, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    Hopefully you have all had an opportunity to review the Back to School Night videos for each one of your child’s teachers that were made available this past Monday.  In the event that you needed additional time, please know that these videos will be available for access through Tuesday, September 29th.  Recorded videos have been posted on each teacher’s PowerSchool Learning (formerly Haiku) class. To access the recorded videos, we ask that you please visit  https://msd23.learning.powerschool.com/ and sign-in with your child’s @msd23.org Google account or your PowerSchool Learning parent account. Additional information about these accounts can be viewed by visiting www.msd.k12.ny.us/tech .

    This week, we continued to exercise emergency management drills.  In addition, we announced to the students some of the virtual clubs being offered to students at Ames and also at MHS.  Information is available to the students on the Ames Library PowerSchool Learning site.  Beginning next week on Wednesday, students will also have an opportunity to participate in off-season/pre-season training and workouts.  Students should listen to and view homeroom announcements regarding specific information and details. For interested students, shuttle buses will be available to take students from Ames to either Berner or MHS. 

    As a reminder, school is closed on Monday, September 28th for Yom Kippur.  Enjoy the evening, and please know that our door is open to you with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 21, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    As a reminder, Back to School Night cannot be held in-person this year, and is therefore being offered virtually to all parents beginning today, Monday, September 21st after 4pm.  Recorded videos will be posted on each teacher’s PowerSchool Learning (formerly Haiku) class.  To access the recorded videos, we ask that you please visit https://msd23.learning.powerschool.com/ and sign-in with your child’s @msd23.org Google account or your PowerSchool Learning parent account. Additional information about these accounts can be viewed by visiting www.msd.k12.ny.us/tech .

    Enjoy the evening, and know that our door is open to you with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 18, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    It’s been an active week at Ames! We began this week with school portraits being taken, we held a virtual 9th grade assembly program, and then we concluded the week with a successful completion of emergency management drills. Overall, students are building connections, engaging in learning, and working towards a strong start to the school year.

    As a reminder, Back to School Night cannot be held in-person this year, and is therefore being offered virtually to all parents on Monday, September 21st after 4pm. Recorded videos will be posted on each teacher’s PowerSchool Learning (formerly Haiku) class. To access the recorded videos, we ask that you please visit https://msd23.learning.powerschool.com/ and sign-in with your child’s @msd23.org Google account or your PowerSchool Learning parent account. Additional information about these accounts can be viewed by visiting www.msd.k12.ny.us/tech .

    Thank you for your support, and enjoy the weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

     


  • September 16, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    This morning we held a virtual Welcome Back assembly program for all ninth grade students during first period. We shared insight with students on beginning their high school experience with a strong start to the school year as well as important guidelines and expectations.  Through the use of Google Livestream, it was an exciting opportunity for us to connect with students attending school in person as well as remotely from home.  

    In addition, please note that beginning tomorrow, 9/17 and Friday, 9/18 we plan to exercise a series of mandatory emergency management drills that will include practicing a bus drill, fire drill, lockout drill and lockdown drill.  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.  

    While these drills are mandatory, we have also planned appropriate health and safety adjustments to these drills where necessary given the current circumstances of the pandemic.  Please know that these modifications were discussed in collaboration with our district security and Nassau County Police Department.  We work closely together to support the safety of all students and staff in our school community.

    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.  Once again, 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.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 14, 2020

    Dear Ames Distance Learners,

    We hope that you are off to a strong and successful start to the school year.  We are providing you with the link that you will need to participate in the Ames “Welcome Back” student assembly program on Wednesday, September 16th during 1st period.  We will begin the assembly promptly at 7:30am.  Please check-in with your 1st period teacher for attendance purposes prior to the assembly.

    https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/5883eaf4-993f-4dbf-9b88-ec42043fc1be

    We look forward to connecting with you on Wednesday this week.  Be well!

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Willman, Principal

    Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 11, 2020

    Dear Ames Parents and Guardians,

    This completes our first week of the 2020-2021 school year, and it has been a pleasure for all of us at Ames to connect with the incoming freshman class!  Students did an excellent job this week working to acclimate to the new normal. Today, at the conclusion of this week, we also commemorated September 11th, a Day of Remembrance, and included a moment of silence. Students and staff dressed in patriotic colors of red, white and blue.  We continue to remain a community of strength.  

    We would also like to share the following additional information with you:

    • Extra-Help
      • Please view the following Extra-Help schedule. Extra-Help occurs after school during 10th period, and late buses are available. Please note that late bus routes make area stops only.  
    • Learn at Lunch Program for Math
      • Beginning Tuesday, September 15th students will be able to access Learn at Lunch for support in math during their lunch periods.
    • Virtual “Welcome Back” Student Assembly
      • Wednesday, September 16th during 1st period. Ames building administration will livestream a Google Meet student assembly program with all students. Students attending Ames in person will view the assembly in the classroom, and students attending remotely will be receiving a direct link to the assembly next week from building administration.
    • Health and Safety
      • As a reminder, students must wear appropriate face coverings on the bus, on school property and in the building. We encourage students to come to school with an additional mask in the event that the mask needs to be changed throughout the day.
      • Students IDs and lanyards for 9th grade have been issued to students and are to be worn throughout the school day. 
    • Picture Day
      • On Monday, September 14th (Day 1) and Tuesday, September 15th (Day 2) all students are invited to have their freshman class portraits taken in the small gym during their physical education classes. In addition, a make-up session has been scheduled for Monday, October 26th outside the cafeteria during lunch periods.  Please know that we are in communication with Island Photography to secure a date and time for students enrolled in distance learning to have their photo taken outside the school day, and follow up communication will be sent in this regard.
      • Students will be photographed against a green screen in order to offer a variety of background choices. For best results, it is recommended that you avoid wearing complicated patterns or shades of green. 

    Please know that you can reach out to us with questions or concerns, and we thank you for your ongoing support, cooperation and patience as we navigate the start of the school year.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 4, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Families,

    Please view the following information and directions to order lunch.  As a reminder, lunch can be ordered up to a week in advance, but no later than 9am for the day in which lunch would need to be delivered.

    Parent Online Tutorial for Ordering School Lunch

    Thank you for your support and cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you next week!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 3, 2020

    Dear Ames Students and Families,

    It was such a pleasure seeing so many of our students this week during the Student Walk Throughs.  We just want to encourage you to monitor your emails between now and the opening of school on Tuesday, September 8th in the event that any additional communication may be forthcoming.  By today, all students enrolled in the distance learning option should have received communication from each of their teachers about how to access and login to the respective PowerSchool Learning pages.  

    As a reminder to parents/guardians, please be sure to complete the daily health screening and attendance form for your child each day.  For our students attending classes in person, please be sure to wear your face covering beginning with your ride to school on the bus.

    Once again, whether you are attending in person or remotely, we are excited to officially welcome you next week.  Let’s all work together in making this a great start to the 2020-2021 school year.

    Sincerely,

     Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 1, 2020

    Dear Incoming 9th Grade Ames Students and Families,

    Please be advised that prior to attending the Student Walk Through either on September 1st or September 2nd, parents must complete the student Health Questionnaire via the Parent Portal for the specific day.  Students will be checked-in at the door to ensure completion of the form.  Please view the following document for directions:

    Accessing Student Daily Health Questionnaire

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • August 30, 2020

    Dear Incoming 9th Grade Ames Students and Families,

    Please view the following link:  Welcome Video from Ames

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • August 27, 2020

    Dear Incoming 9th Grade Ames Students and Families,

    We hope that this email finds you well, while enjoying the remaining days of August.  Please select the following link to view information regarding the Student Walk Through for the Class of 2024:

    Ames Class of 2024 Student Walk Through

    We look forward to seeing you next week!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • 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