News from Administration

  • February 13, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    Please be advised that due to the school closure today, when we return to school on Wednesday, February 14th, we will be following a Day 2 schedule.

    Stay safe,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • February 6, 2024

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    We are reaching out to remind you of our initiatives regarding suicide prevention and awareness that involve this week’s evening presentation for parents/guardians:  

    • On Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00pm, all parents/guardians are invited to attend an evening presentation, Understanding Teen Suicide and Prevention, being delivered by our Pupil Personnel Services team, Mrs. Kim Hession (School Social Worker) and Dr. Vincent Pennisi (School Psychologist).  The program will be held in the Ames Cafeteria, and is estimated to be approximately 1 hour in length.  

    We appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation.  Please feel free to reach out to the Pupil Personnel Office at (516) 308-5850 with any further questions you may have.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

    Amanda Lenoci, Supervisor of Special Education


  • February 1, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    At this time, the midterms are behind us and the new semester began earlier this week.  Beginning today, Thursday, February 1st, you are able to review the second quarter and midterm examination 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%

    As a reminder, during the week of Monday, February 5th, students will be participating in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) workshop through each of their English Language Arts courses.  The program will be presented by our Pupil Personnel Services team, Mrs. Kim Hession (School Social Worker) and Dr. Vincent Pennisi (School Psychologist). Please feel free to reach out to the Pupil Personnel Office at (516) 308-5850 with any further questions about the SOS workshop.

    Additionally, on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00pm, all parents/guardians are invited to attend an evening presentation, Understanding Teen Suicide and Prevention, also being delivered by our Pupil Personnel Services team, Mrs. Kim Hession (School Social Worker) and Dr. Vincent Pennisi (School Psychologist).  The program will be held in the Ames Cafeteria, and is estimated to be approximately 1 hour in length. 

    At the conclusion of next week on Friday, February 9th, all students and staff are invited to wear purple in support of P.S. I Love You Day and mental health awareness.  For further information about the mission and goals of the organization, please view the following link:  http://psiloveyouday.net/

    Please note that the deadline for registration and payment of all AP Exams is Monday, February 26 2024.  Please click for detailed instructions on how to register and pay for the upcoming exams. This only applies to students who are taking AP Human Geography and/or AP Computer Science Principles. It’s important to follow all steps to make sure the process has been finished completely and accurately. If you should have any specific questions regarding this process, please email Mrs. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal, at dkennedy@msd.k12.ny.us.

    In looking further ahead, please note that school will be closed from Monday, February 19th through Friday, February 23rd for mid-winter recess.  

    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 12, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    We are reaching out to inform you of our upcoming initiatives regarding suicide prevention and awareness that involve teacher workshops, push-in awareness sessions for students and an evening presentation for parents/guardians:  

    • Beginning February 1st, our teachers will be offered the opportunity to engage in a Suicide Safety for Teachers workshop, which was created by the Suicide Prevention Center of New York
    • During the week of Monday, February 5th, students will be participating in the Signs of Suicide (SOS) workshop through each of their English Language Arts courses.  The program will be presented by our Pupil Personnel Services team, Mrs. Kim Hession (School Social Worker) and Dr. Vincent Pennisi (School Psychologist). 
    • On Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00pm, all parents/guardians are invited to attend an evening presentation, Understanding Teen Suicide and Prevention, also being delivered by our Pupil Personnel Services team, Mrs. Kim Hession (School Social Worker) and Dr. Vincent Pennisi (School Psychologist).  The program will be held in the Ames Cafeteria, and is estimated to be approximately 1 hour in length.  

    In addition, on Friday, February 9th, all students and staff are invited to wear purple when Ames celebrates P.S. I Love You Day and mental health awareness.  For further information about the mission and goals of the organization, please view the following link:  http://psiloveyouday.net/.   

    We appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation.  Please feel free to reach out to the Pupil Personnel Office at (516) 308-5850 with any further questions you may have.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

    Amanda Lenoci, Supervisor of Special Education




  • January 11, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    Good afternoon!  As noted on the school district calendar, the Ames Winter Music Concert is taking place at 8pm on Wednesday, January 17th, 2024 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 Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Perticone, and Ms. Tymochko-Dekajlo, we welcome our Ames families to enjoy a superb musical performance. For further information specific to each ensemble, please visit the teacher’s Schoology 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 11, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    We hope that this email finds you well as we continue to move forward towards the end of the first semester, which concludes on Friday, January 26th.  Next week, schools are closed on Monday, January 15th for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In addition, please review the following reminders pertaining to midterm examinations.

    • In-Class Midterms: In-class midterms are scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th through Monday, January 22nd.  These exams occur in-class during regular school days. 
    • Midterms: Regular full-length midterm examinations are scheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd - Friday, January 26th. Students will report to school for their scheduled exams only.
    • Students are not permitted access to a cell phone and/or use earbuds 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.
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    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • January 3, 2024

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    As you are aware, the Nassau County Police Department presented a program during this morning’s student assembly regarding awareness and the dangers of fentanyl.  As a follow up to the student assembly program, we invite and encourage you to watch the following video with your child:

    Dead on Arrival (Fentanyl Documentary).  

    The video is approximately 20 minutes in length. Please note that this video was not included in today’s presentation, but students were informed that this video will serve as an opportunity to follow up with you as their parents/guardians to further the important dialogue about today’s program. 

    Again, our goal is the education of our students regarding harmful behaviors, and the prevention of such behavior in concert with the guidance and support of our parents/guardians.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us or any member of the Ames staff should you have any questions or require any further support in this regard.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • December 22. 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, school will be closed from Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

    We would like to thank our wonderful students, our supportive parents, and our exceptional faculty and staff for continuing to make Ames a very special place.  We wish you a restful break, joyous holiday season as well as a healthy and happy new year!  

    holiday

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • December 15, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    Today marks the mid-quarter appraisal of the second marking period, and it is another opportunity for students to reflect on their progress.  As a reminder, students have access to supports that are available through Learn at Lunch and Extra Help. 

    We would also like to share that the Fentanyl Awareness Student Assembly that had been previously canceled is rescheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2024. The assemblies will be held in the morning, and the school day will follow an adjusted bell schedule for all class periods.

    In looking ahead to next week, please view the Holiday Spirit Week Flyer

    We have a week of spirit days lined up as we approach the holiday recess:

    • Monday, 12/18 - Long Winter’s Nap - PJ/Comfy Day
    • Tuesday, 12/19 - Grinch vs. Santa - Wear All Green or All Red
    • Wednesday, 12/20 - Let it Snow! - White Out
    • Thursday, 12/21 - Holiday Hair - Wear Your Favorite Holiday Hat, Headband, Hairstyle
    • Friday, 12/22 - Holiday Sweater Day

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation, and regards for a good weekend ahead.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • December 4, 2023

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians and Students,

    We received information from the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) this morning that the Fentanyl Awareness Student Assembly scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5th  (Day 1), has been canceled and that we will need to reschedule for another date in the future. 

    Please note that we will be working with the NCPD to reschedule, and once we set a new date for the student assembly program, we will reach out to you again.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • December 1, 2023

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians and Students,

    Our Class of 2027 Clothing Sale is almost over! Show your school spirit and represent The Class of 2027 with these stylish new designs created by our talented Studio in Art students! Visit the Custom Ink website to place your order for the Class of 2027 Clothing Sale. The LAST day to order is Monday, December 4th. NO orders will be accepted once the sale concludes.

    If you have further questions, please contact Ms. Antoinette Kearney, Student Council Advisor, at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us.  

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 30, 2023

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians and Students,

    We hope that our Ames families were able to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.  In looking ahead at next week, please note that on the morning of Tuesday, December 5th  (Day 1), we will be holding an assembly program for students about the dangers of fentanyl presented by the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD).  

    We continue to be grateful for your ongoing support.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 20, 2023

    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians,

    We are officially into the second marking period, and Thanksgiving is this week!  Students have been putting forth an outstanding effort in the areas of academics, athletics and clubs/activities at school.  In addition, students have already received their first marking period grades.  At the end of the  quarter, teachers provided comments on the Parent Portal about students' performance and/or areas of concern. After reviewing these grades and comments, students and parents are encouraged to speak directly with the appropriate classroom teacher and/or guidance counselor with any questions.

    Last week, students were provided with an overview of emergency care, which included information as it pertains to CPR, AED, choking as well as Stop-the-Bleed.  The program was presented by staff from Covert Investigations, our district security organization.  We have received positive feedback from students about how helpful the presentations were in raising their awareness to emergency circumstances.

    Today in all science classes, students explored the science and benefits behind having an Attitude of Gratitude. Students were informed about the ways in which neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin) and hormones (cortisol) are impacted through thoughts and actions of gratitude, which in turn, may help:

    • reduce stress and increase happiness
    • enhance relationships and social connections
    • promote better health and reduce inflammation

    During the lesson, students had an opportunity to collaborate with their peers and practice gratitude by noting things in their own lives that they are grateful for.   

    As a reminder, on Tuesday, November 21st, students will be dismissed from 9th period class at approximately 2:03 PM to accommodate a 2:10 PM Rapid Dismissal Drill. No after-school clubs or extra-help will be in session, and there is no 3:10 PM late bus.  Sports schedules will remain in place at the discretion of the athletic coaches so shuttle buses will be available to transport athletes to MHS-Main Campus. School will then be closed from Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    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 14, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    Please consider supporting The Class of 2027 Clothing Sale, sponsored by Student Council. Show your school spirit and represent The Class of 2027 with these stylish new designs created by our talented Studio in Art students! Visit the Custom Ink website to place your order for the Class of 2027 Clothing Sale. The final day to order is Monday, December 4th.

    If you have further questions, please contact Ms. Antoinette Kearney, Student Council Advisor, at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us.  

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • November 6, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    We are reaching out to share some important reminders and information about this week and in the weeks ahead throughout November. Specific to this week:

    • School is closed for students tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th, during Election Day. 
    • On Wednesday, 11/8 (Day 2) and Thursday, 11/9 (Day 1) all students will be receiving an overview of emergency care during their designated Physical Education class.  The presentation does not provide students with a certification; however, it is intended to inform them of helpful information as it pertains to CPR, AED, choking as well as stop the bleed. The program will be presented by staff from Covert Investigations, our district security organization.
    • Thursday, 11/9 marks the end of the first marking period of the academic year.  Please note, however, that teachers will continue to assess student work and make updates to the grades in the PowerSchool portal over the following several days.  Final grades for the first marking period will be posted by Thursday, November 16th.
    • School is closed Friday, November 10th in observance of Veteran’s Day.  
    • Wednesday, 11/15 and Thursday, 11/16,  students will be given the opportunity to have yearbook photos taken with their respective clubs at Ames in the Small Gym.  Club advisors will be notifying students with regard to their assigned photo day.

    Looking ahead, on the morning of Thursday, November 16th(Day 1) at approximately 7:35am, there will be a Shelter-Relocation Drill. Specifically, all Ames Campus students and staff will be temporarily relocated to Lockhart Elementary School until the drill has concluded. Once attendance is taken at Lockhart, students and staff will promptly return to Ames and proceed with the regular instructional school day.  

    Furthermore, we will continue to support social and emotional learning opportunities and experiences for students.  Together with the teachers of science courses, we are excited to share that our Guidance, PPS, and Administrative teams will be working with students in the classrooms on Monday, November 20th, 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.

    Lastly, on Tuesday, November 21st, students will be dismissed from 9th period class at approximately 2:03 PM to accommodate a 2:10 PM Rapid Dismissal Drill. No after-school clubs or extra-help will be in session, and there will be no 3:10 PM late bus.  Sports schedules will remain in place at the discretion of the athletic coaches so shuttle buses will be available to transport athletes to MHS-Main Campus. School will then be closed on Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Thank you for your continued support, and please feel free to reach out with any further questions.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • November 1, 2023

    Dear Ames Students and Parent/ Guardians,

    As a reminder, students who ride the bus to and from school, take the shuttle bus from Ames to MHS - Main Campus or as a part of any school sponsored activity are to adhere to the Massapequa School District’s Code of Conduct.

    It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on district buses, to ensure their safety and that of other passengers, and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus and at bus stops in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior, and in accordance with the Code of Conduct. For example, throwing objects in or out of the bus, bullying, harassment, intimidation, excessive noise, videotaping and/or picture taking, shoving, fighting or using profane language or gestures will not be tolerated. Students must remain seated at all times while the bus is moving.

    Concerns regarding student conduct have been brought to our attention by our students, parents, staff and bus drivers. Please know that we investigate reports, with information gathered from student accounts and video camera footage from bus rides, and address them accordingly. In an effort to maintain a safe educational experience, it is important to note that students who do not comply with the district’s Code of Conduct may have their bus privileges suspended, in addition to any other school determined consequence as appropriate such as detention, in-school suspension (ISS) and being suspended from attending school (OSS). 

    We are emphasizing the importance of complying with the Code of Conduct, respecting one another, and most importantly, working towards ensuring the safety of all. We appreciate your support, and thank you for your attention to this important matter.

    Sincerely,

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


  • October 30, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, students may wear costumes to school for Halloween on Tuesday, October 31st.  However, please be mindful of the following guidelines:

    • Students may choose to dress “in costume” if the costume is suitable and appropriate in an educational atmosphere as determined by the staff.  Costumes that represent violence or are distasteful/disrespectful are not welcome or acceptable.
    • Students are not allowed to carry props. Props include sticks, brooms, weapons, canes, or any item that may be considered by staff to be inappropriate, dangerous, or cumbersome.
    • Halloween costume masks/face paint/make-up (that cover the entire face) are not permitted; the identity of any student may not be disguised.
    • October 31st is a regular instructional day and students are expected to be able to perform all of their assigned tasks while in costume.
    • Any students whose costume is disrupting the educational process or deemed inappropriate by staff will be asked to remove the costume.
    • If you have any questions regarding costumes, please feel free to call the Office of the Executive Assistant Principal at 308-5885.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 26, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    Please be advised that the fire alarm at Ames went off this morning due to smoke from burned toast.  We evacuated the building and remained outside for approximately 15 minutes until the smoke cleared.  All students and staff were able to safely return to the building and resume the course of the school day.

    With any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (516) 308-5801.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • October 25, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    Halloween is on Tuesday, October 31st, and students may wear costumes to school.  However, please be mindful of the following guidelines:

    • Students may choose to dress “in costume” if the costume is suitable and appropriate in an educational atmosphere as determined by the staff.  Costumes that represent violence or are distasteful/disrespectful are not welcome or acceptable.
    • Students are not allowed to carry props. Props include sticks, brooms, weapons, canes, or any item that may be considered by staff to be inappropriate, dangerous, or cumbersome.
    • Halloween costume masks/face paint/make-up (that cover the entire face) are not permitted; the identity of any student may not be disguised.
    • October 31st is a regular instructional day and students are expected to be able to perform all of their assigned tasks while in costume.
    • Any students whose costume is disrupting the educational process or deemed inappropriate by staff will be asked to remove the costume.
    • If you have any questions regarding costumes, please feel free to call the Office of the Executive Assistant Principal at 308-5885.

    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 20, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    This week, students participated in a workshop on the topic of Vaping, Addiction & Healthy Decisions in the Physical Education classes.  The program was presented by the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD).  Throughout the presentation, the speaker engaged students in the following points of discussion:

    • Development of the frontal cortex and decision making
    • Examples of healthy habits
    • How addiction begins
    • Dangers and risks of vaping with a focus on nicotine, marijuana and toxic chemicals
    • Navigating peer pressure
    • Coping with stress through the examples of self-expression, confiding in others, mindfulness and physical wellness
    • Reflecting on how our decisions align with our values

    As a reminder, on Monday, October 23rd, Island Photography will be here outside of the cafeteria during all lunch periods for a make-up session or a retake. 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. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation, and regards for a wonderful weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • October 13, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    Students and staff throughout these past days had fun dressing up in a variety of themes to celebrate Spirit Week, which culminates tomorrow, Saturday, October 14th with the Homecoming parade and football game.  The parade will begin from the Village of Massapequa Park Municipal Parking Lot at 1:30pm and conclude at Massapequa High School.  Kickoff time for the football game is at 3:00pm

    In looking ahead at next week:

    • Breast Cancer Awareness beginning the week of Monday, October 16th
      • Stickers will be sold for $1.00 during all lunch periods throughout the week. All proceeds will go towards the Suzanne M. Scanio Foundation . 
      • Thursday, October 19th, all students and staff are invited to wear pink. 
    • Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) will be returning to Ames on Tuesday, October 17th (Day 1) and Wednesday, October 18th (Day 2) to connect with students on the topic of vaping and addiction.  The presentations will be delivered in the Physical Education classes. 
    • Unity Day, Wednesday, October 18th
    • Virtual Parent Power Hour Workshop, “Trends in Student Attendance and Engagement” will be held via Google Meet on Wednesday, October 18th

    On Monday, October 23rd, Island Photography will be here outside of the cafeteria during all lunch periods for a make-up session or a retake. 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. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 12, 2023

    Dear Ames Parents and Guardians,

    It was wonderful to see you at yesterday evening’s “Successful Start to High School” workshop presented by the Ames Guidance Department.  We hope you found the program to be informative and that it will serve to be of great assistance as you and your child continue to navigate the start of the high school experience with us.  

    In the event that you were unable to attend yesterday evening or if you would like to review the program details, it has been made available for your reference:  Successful Start to High School Workshop

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 10, 2023

    Dear Ames Parents and Guardians,

    As a reminder, guidance counselors at the Ames Campus have cordially invited you to attend the “Successful Start to High School” workshop on Wednesday, October 11th at 7PM in the Ames Cafeteria. In order to most efficiently prepare for the evening program, we kindly ask that you complete the registration form in advance.

    Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to connecting with you tomorrow evening.  

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 6, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    We have completed our first week in the month of October and today marks the first mid-quarter appraisal of the academic school year.  Students have an opportunity to attend Extra-Help after school throughout the week: Extra-Help Schedule.  Furthermore, we also offer a Learn at Lunch program in the academic areas of mathematics and science.  Students are able to access support during their lunch (periods 4-7) as follows:

    • Mathematics with Ms. Harrington: Tuesday - Friday in Room 233 (Periods 4&5) and 237 (Periods 6&7)
    • Science with Ms. Whalen: Wednesday - Thursday in Room 136

    Now that we are a few weeks into the school year, we would like to remind students that they are required to wear their grade-level specific lanyard with their student-issued identification card attached as per the Massapequa School District’s Code of Conduct.   Please note that disciplinary consequences can result if students are not in compliance. Should a student need a temporary student ID for the day, then they are to report to the Administrative Assistant Office.  Any student needing a replacement student ID, however, should visit the Attendance Office.  As we shared prior to the start of the school year, there is a $5 replacement fee for student IDs.   

    In addition, we would appreciate support with building release protocols as it pertains to students and health related issues that may arise during the school day.  If a student does not feel well while in school, it is important for the student to report to the Health Office and visit with our school nurse, Ms. Nolan, who can assess the student and communicate with parents/guardians accordingly. 

    In looking ahead, please note the following on the calendar:

    • Schools Closed for Columbus Day - Monday, October 9th 
    • Spirit Week - Monday, October 10th - Saturday, October 14th
      • Spirit Week Flyer   
      • Saturday - Homecoming Parade (1:30pm) from the Massapequa Park Municipal Parking Lot and Homecoming Football Game (3pm) at MHS-Main Campus
    • Guidance “Successful Start to High School” Workshop for Parents - Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00pm in the Ames Cafetorium
    • Breast Cancer Awareness beginning the week of Monday, October 16th
      • Stickers will be sold for $1.00 during all lunch periods throughout the week. All proceeds will go towards the Suzanne M. Scanio Foundation . 
      • Thursday, October 19th all students and staff are invited to wear pink. 
    • Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) will be returning to Ames on Tuesday, October 17th (Day 1) and Wednesday, October 18th (Day 2) to connect with students on the topic of vaping and addiction.  The presentations will be delivered in the Physical Education classes. 
    • Unity Day, Wednesday, October 18th
    • Virtual Parent Power Hour Workshop, “Trends in Student Attendance and Engagement” will be held via Google Meet on Wednesday, October 18th

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.  We look forward to connecting with you in the opportunities that lie ahead throughout the month of October.  Enjoy the weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • September 29, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    This week, students participated in a workshop on the topic of Social Media, Digital Safety, & Connections with Others in the English Language Arts classes.  The program was presented by the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD).  Throughout the presentation, the speaker engaged students in the following points of discussion:

    • Ways in which social media impacts mental health
    • Making good decisions when using social media
    • Understanding our digital footprint
    • Cyberbullying and the impact our words can have on others
    • Staying safe in a digital space
    • Being an advocate for others, practicing empathy, being respectful and considering one's values

    Please note that a representative from LICADD will be returning to Ames on Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18th to connect with students on the topic of vaping and addiction.  The presentations will be delivered in the Physical Education classes. 

    In looking ahead to next week, our first Shared Decision Making (SDM) Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 2nd at 2:30 pm in Room 133. If you are still looking to join, please email  dkennedy@msd.k12.ny.us and let Mrs. Kennedy know your interest.  Also, the 1st mid-quarter appraisal is on Friday, October 6th.  As we continue a strong and fast start to the school year, students are reminded to give their best effort as well as to accessing Learn at Lunch and extra-help available after school.  For Learn at Lunch opportunities, students have access to the following resources:

    • Mathematics with Ms. Harrington: Room 233 (Periods 4,5),
    • Room 237 (Periods 6,7) - Tuesday through Friday
    • Science with Mrs. Whalen: Room 136 (Periods 4,5,6 & 7) - Tuesday through Thursday

    As a reminder, extra-help opportunities are available with the variety of teachers across the department:  Extra-Help Schedule

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation, and we hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 26, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    Please be advised that the representative from the Nassau County Police Department’s Explorers Program will be onsite and available during the lunch periods tomorrow, September 27th (rescheduled from September 28th) to provide program information to any interested students.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • September 21, 2023

    Good afternoon, Ames Parents and Guardians,

    It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night yesterday evening!  In an effort to continue to increase communication between school and home, district social workers from Ames, Berner and MHS will be hosting a series of Parent Power Hours via Google Meet during the school day.  These sessions are designed to provide support for parents, guardians and caretakers of adolescent children in grades 6-12. Each Power Hour will be topic-specific and have a specific meeting link to access the session.  Specific topics, dates, and times are outlined as follows:

    2023-2024 Virtual Parent Support Groups

     We invite you to join and participate in some or all of these sessions.  If you should have further questions, then please feel free to reach out to us or Mrs. Kim Hession, school social worker, at (516) 308-5850 or khession@msd.k12.ny.us.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

  • September 22, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    As we approach the upcoming long weekend, we want to reach out about next week at Ames.  School is closed on Monday, September 25th for Yom Kippur.  On Wednesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 28th, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) will be presenting a workshop to students on the topic of Social Media, Digital Safety, & Connections with Others in the English Language Arts classes. In addition, a representative from the Nassau County Police Department’s Explorers Program will be onsite and available during the lunch periods on September 28th to provide program information to any interested students.  

    The following week on Monday, October 2nd, the Ames site-based Shared Decision Making (SDM) Committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting of the 2023-2024 school year at 2:30 p.m. in Room 133.  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 our school.  At this time, we are looking for some interest from parents/guardians in joining the committee.  The meetings are anticipated to conclude before the 3:10pm late bus dismissal for students, but can be adjusted as needs and time permit.  Please respond to dkennedy@msd.k12.ny.us by the end of the day on Friday, 9/29 if you would like to join us as a member for this year.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • September 18, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder to parents and guardians, our “Back-to-School Night” will take place on Wednesday, September 20th at 7 PM.  For specific information, please refer to the following flyer and memo:   

    Back-to-School Night Flyer, September 2023

    Back-to-School Night Memo for Parents 2023-2024

    For our students, Picture Day for student portraits will be held on Wednesday, September 20th (Day 2) and Thursday, September 21st (Day 1).  All students are invited to have their freshman class portraits taken in the Small Gym during their Physical Education classes. A make-up session has been scheduled for Monday, October 23rd outside the cafeteria during lunch periods.  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. 

    Lastly, our students did an excellent job last week practicing a series of emergency management drills, which included a bus evacuation, fire drill, lockdown drill and lockout drill.  We will continue to exercise a variety of these drills throughout the school year.

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.  We look forward to seeing parents and guardians on Wednesday evening at the Ames Campus.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 13, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    Our “Back-to-School Night” will take place on Wednesday, September 20th at 7 PM.  For specific information, please refer to the following flyer and memo:   

    Back-to-School Night Flyer, September 2023

    Back-to-School Night Memo for Parents 2023-2024

    We look forward to seeing you next week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 8, 2023

    Dear Ames Families,

    It’s been a short first week of the 2023-2024 school year, but it has been such a pleasure for all of us at Ames to connect with the incoming freshman class!  Students are doing an excellent job thus far working to acclimate to the Ames Campus.   

    Today we held a “Welcome Back” Student Assembly followed by a modified bell schedule.  During the presentation, we discussed the following topics:

    • The Importance of Ninth Grade, including increased expectations, rigor and responsibility
    • A High School Transcript, including career and college planning 
    • Student Support Services, including our Guidance Counselors, Social Worker and Psychologist
    • Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone, including joining sports, clubs, participating in activities and making new friendships
    • Social and Emotional Learning
      • Mood Meter tool from RULER, including self-awareness of emotion, expression and regulation
      • Empathy Discussion and Video
    • Student Code of Conduct, Behavior and Accountability, including disciplinary consequences
      • Dress Code
      • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), including bullying/cyberbullying and harassment
      • Title IX, Sexual Harassment
      • Drugs, Weapons and Threats, including our partnership with the Nassau County Police Department
      • Electronic communication, including cell phones, Chromebooks and social media
      • Vaping and Paraphernalia resulting in 5 Day Out-of-School Suspension
    • Safety and Emergency Management
      • Requirement to wear student ID, lanyard and emergency contact information on the back of the student ID
      • Mandatory Emergency Management Drills
      • Location of AED devices throughout the building 
    • Attendance Policy and Procedures
    • Extra-Help and Learn at Lunch opportunities
    • Academic Probation and Ineligibility
    • Bus Transportation, including arrival, dismissal and afternoon shuttle buses to Main Campus
    • Student Government Information and Opportunities for the Class of 2027, including Homecoming information
    • Building Communication, including Schoology, website, student email accounts and social media 

    Students were presented with a lot of information, tools, and guidance to assist them with a solid start to ninth grade.  At the same time, we emphasized the importance of striving for progress, not perfection... getting better each day.  It is our hope that together we can make this an exceptional year!

    In looking ahead at next week, we would like to share the following additional information with you:

    • Commemoration of September 11th, a Day of Remembrance - A moment of silence will be held during homeroom.  Students and staff are invited to dress in patriotic colors of red, white and blue.  This symbolic gesture will honor those Americans who gave so much on September 11, 2001, and the days, months, and years that followed. Teachers in social studies classes will be recognizing 9/11 as part of their instruction. 
    • Emergency Management Drills
      • Beginning Tuesday, September 12th we plan to exercise a series of mandatory emergency management drills that will include practicing a bus evacuation drill during morning arrival, fire drill, lockdown drill and lockout drill.  These initial drills are announced, and will include specific guidelines and procedures shared through our public address (PA) system in advance.
        • As a reminder, 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. 
      • Please know that we continue to work in collaboration with our District Security and Nassau County Police Department in an effort to support the safety of all students and staff in our school community.

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.  Please know that our door is open to you throughout the school year, and we look forward to continued collaboration.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • September 1, 2023

    Dear Ames Students and Families,

    It was wonderful meeting so many of our incoming 9th graders during the Student Orientation and Walkthrough this past Wednesday, August 30th. We began the orientation session in our cafetorium and introduced our building leadership team as well as faculty and staff who were present to support the orientation sessions.  During the presentation, we discussed the following topics with our students:

    • Massapequa School District Mission Statement
    • What to Expect on Tuesday, September 5th (Day 1)
      • Final Schedule, Lockers, Student IDs and Lanyards
    • Bus Transportation, including arrival, dismissal and afternoon shuttle buses to Main Campus
    • Bell Schedule, including 10th period for extra-help sessions and clubs
    • Student Code of Conduct, Behavior and Accountability, including disciplinary consequences
      • Dress Code
      • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), including bullying/cyberbullying and harassment
      • Title IX, Sexual Harassment
      • Drugs, Weapons and Threats, including our partnership with the Nassau County Police Department
      • Electronic communication, including cell phones, Chromebooks and social media
      • Vaping and Paraphernalia resulting in 5 Day Out-of-School Suspension
    • Student Support Services, including our Guidance Counselors, Social Worker and Psychologist
    • Building Communication, including Schoology, website, student email accounts and social media

    As part of the presentation, students also had an opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with the Class of 2026 student government officers going into 10th grade this year.  The students were able to share some of their recommendations for a successful start to 9th grade as well as memorable experiences.  Some highlights included the importance of working hard, completing assignments and getting involved in activities, clubs and/or sports. We are genuinely grateful for their time, dedication and ongoing leadership.

    Following the presentation, students were provided with a map and the bell schedule to support them as they walked their tentative schedules throughout the building.  As students did so, they connected with faculty and staff who were in attendance. 

    We are looking forward to the new and exciting possibilities that come with the start of the school year.  Please feel free to reach out with any further questions.  We wish all of you a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and look forward to seeing students for the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 5th!  

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Tania M. Willman, Principal 

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


  • August 29, 2023

    Dear Ames Students and Families,

    Welcome Class of 2027!   As a reminder, the Incoming Ninth Grade Student Orientation and Walk Through  is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30th.  The program will include a welcome and informational session in the Ames cafetorium followed by an opportunity to tour the building.  We look forward to meeting you. 

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Tania M. Willman, Principal 

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

     


  • August 14, 2023

    Dear Ames Students and Families,

    Welcome to the incoming 9th grade Class of 2027!   We hope that this email finds you well and enjoying the days of summer.  As we prepare for the 2023-2024 school year, please mark your calendars for the Incoming Ninth Grade Student Orientation and Walk Through scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th.  The program will include a welcome and informational session in the Ames cafetorium followed by an opportunity to tour the building.  

    Best wishes throughout the weeks of summer still ahead of us, and we look forward to seeing you at the end of August!

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Tania M. Willman, Principal 

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