News from Administration

  • November 1, 2019

    Dear Ames Families,

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

    SAFETY & SECURITY

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

    PRINCIPAL’S ROUND TABLE

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

    FIRST MARKING PERIOD

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

    PARENT POWER HOUR

    DATE

    TIME

    TOPIC

    LOCATION

    TO REGISTER

    Wednesday, November 13

    8:30 AM

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

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/4vMsd3jmivqsDjU67

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

    Sincerely, 

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 23, 2019

    Good morning, Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

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

    Challenge Day:

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

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

    Safety and Emergency Management:

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

    School Photos:

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

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


    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

     

  • October 18, 2019

    Good afternoon, Ames Families,

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

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

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

    We hope to see you there! 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 11, 2019 

    Good morning, Ames Families,

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

    Spirit Week:

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

    Homecoming will take place on Saturday, October 19th:

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 10, 2019

    Good morning, Ames Parents and Guardians,

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • October 10, 2019

    Good morning, Ames Parents and Guardians,

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

    DATE:

    TIME:

    TOPIC:

    LOCATION:

    TO REGISTER:

    Wednesday

    November 13

    8:30 AM

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

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/4vMsd3jmivqsDjU67

    Wednesday

    December 11

    8:30 AM

    Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/2LJVD6JSmddJSFyF9

    Wednesday

    January 15

    8:30 AM

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

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/wqKnR7yE3DPGEjh96

    Wednesday February 12

    8:30 AM

    Teens & Screens

    Social Media and Gaming Trends

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/RifPLYb7YUidDtAKA

    Wednesday March 14

    8:30 AM

    Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness

    Room 133

    https://forms.gle/9TdWiNSXThXm27Gj7

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

    Sincerely,       

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

    Kim Hession, School Social Worker

  • October 4, 2019

    Good afternoon Ames Parents/Guardians and Students:

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

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

    Date

    Last Name

    Wednesday, October 16th:

    A-CI 

    Thursday, October 17th:

    CL-GRA

    Friday, October 18th:

    GRE-McCAR

    Monday, October 21st:

    McCR-RU

    Tuesday, October 22nd:

    RU - ZH

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

  • September 6, 2019


    Dear Ames Parents/Guardians and Students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • July 12, 2019

    Dear Ames Families,

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

    Incoming Ninth Grade Orientation Flyer (2019-2020)

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

    Sincerely,

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