News from Administration

  • June 10, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    This week includes our last day of classes on Thursday, June 13th! Please read the information below regarding locker cleanout, final/Regents exams, as well as absence and cell phone policy reminders during the exam period.

    Locker Cleanout

    Locker cleanout will occur this week on Tuesday, June 11th (2nd Floor) and Wednesday, June 12th (1st Floor). Students should bring all personal items home. All lockers must be emptied by the end of the school day on Thursday, June 13th, and students will not have access to their lockers beyond Thursday.  In addition, students are to retain their locks for use at MHS-Main Campus in the next academic school year.

    Finals/Regents Exams

    Please review the Final Exam/Regents schedule and the transportation schedule.  If you or your child has any further questions, please encourage them to visit the Guidance Office. 

     

     Ames Final Exam Schedule - June 2024

     Ames Final Exam Transportation Schedule -  June 2024 

     

    • As a reminder, final exams and Regents Exams constitute 12% of a student’s grade in the course.  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 Friday, June 14, 2024 students will report to school only if they have a scheduled final or Regents examination.  
    • Any illness-related absence June 4 - June 24 must be verified with a note from a physician. Students who are illegally absent will receive 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 a strong foundation for tenth grade and beyond. We encourage all students to continue doing as best as they can in preparation for finals and Regents examinations. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • June 6, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    Good afternoon!  As noted on the school district calendar, the Ames Spring Music Concert is taking place at 8pm on Monday, June 10, 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 another outstanding 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




  • June 3, 2024

    Dear Ames Families.

    As a reminder, tomorrow, on Tuesday, June 4th, only students taking the Algebra I Regents Exam will be attending school at Ames.  Students enrolled in Geometry or Geometry Accelerated will not be reporting to school.  Although Ames will be operating as an exam day only, Berner Middle School and Massapequa High School will be operating in accordance with an instructional school day - Day 1.  As a result, on Wednesday, June 5th we will all be following a Day 2 schedule.  

    The following are the final exam and transportation schedules, which we have shared with you previously, for further reference:

     Ames Final Exam Schedule - June 2024

     Ames Final Exam Transportation Schedule -  June 2024

    In addition, when final exams are being administered on June 4th and June 14th - June 24th, there will be no shuttle buses operating between Ames and MHS-Main Campus. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation, and please feel free to reach out with any other questions.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • May 24, 2024

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians:

    As a reminder, schools will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.  It is a time for us to reflect on the ultimate sacrifices made by those who have served our country.  

    In looking ahead, please note that we have two wonderful opportunities to support our 9th grade students involved in the fine and performing arts.  On Tuesday, May 28th, the Art Exhibit will be held in the Ames Library at 7pm.  In addition, the Spring Music Concert for students enrolled in Band, Chorus and Orchestra will be held on Monday, June 10th at MHS-Main Campus at 8pm.  We look forward to seeing you at these events and celebrating our students involved in the arts. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • May 23, 2024

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians:

    Please note that the final exam and transportation schedule has been revised since it was originally shared with you on Friday, May 17th.  The updated schedule reflects changes to the World Languages exam administration, and it is important that you refer to the following revised final exam and transportation schedules:

    Revised: Ames Final Exam Schedule - June 2024

    Revised: Ames Final Exam Transportation Schedule -  June 2024

    In addition, on Tuesday, June 4th, only students taking the Algebra I Regents Exam will be attending school.  Students enrolled in Geometry or Geometry Accelerated will not be reporting to school on that date.  Although Ames will be operating as an exam day only, Berner Middle School and Massapequa High School will be operating in accordance with an instructional school day - Day 1.  As a result, on Wednesday, June 5th we will all be following a Day 2 schedule.  

    Finally, when final exams are being administered on June 4th and June 14th - June 24th, there will be no shuttle buses operating between Ames and MHS-Main Campus.  When students go home, they are encouraged to utilize their time to prepare for their next assessment.  Students are expected to refrain from visiting other students and/or staff at MHS-Main Campus or Berner Middle School during that time frame so as to preserve the testing environments in each of the respective school buildings. 

    Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • May 17, 2024

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians:

    The fourth marking period mid-quarter appraisal is next week on Thursday, May 23rd, and then students will soon be sitting for final and/or Regents exams.  Our last day of classes is Thursday, June 13th, but please note that some in-class finals will begin as early as Wednesday, May 29th.  The following schedules are available for your review:

    Ames Final Exam Schedule - June 2024

    Ames Final Exam Transportation Schedule -  June 2024 

    Final Exam Study Tips 

    After referring to the schedules noted above, please contact your child’s guidance counselor at (516) 308-5830 with any further questions or concerns.

    As we approach the final exam session, students are encouraged to access the variety of additional supports at Ames.  For example, Regents Exam review sessions, Learn-at-Lunch and Extra-Help continue to be available regularly throughout each week. We wish our students the best of luck as they prepare for a strong finish to their ninth grade academic year. 


    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • May 9, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    Please review the important information listed below regarding the Music in the Parks trip that will take place tomorrow on Friday, May 10th:

     Students should be dropped off in the parking lot on the east side of the building at 5 am. The Baltimore Avenue entrance will not be open. 

    • Pittsburgh Avenue must be kept clear for the buses both in the morning and the evening. 
    • At pickup, parents may use the parking lot, Parkside or Baltimore Avenue for parking. 
    • The anticipated return is at 8:30 pm. 

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • May 8, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    The fourth marking period has been bustling with activity.  Last week, Ames held a 9th grade student assembly in which we reflected on the school year, highlighted mental health awareness month, shared tips to support good study skills, and also reviewed the code of conduct.  Students also had an opportunity to meet and hear from Ms. Barbara Lowell, Principal at MHS-Main Campus, about the transition to 10th grade, expectations, pathways and earning a diploma.

    As of this week, students are taking AP Exams, continuing to go on field trips, participating in clubs and athletics, and preparing diligently for the final exam session by attending extra-help and Regents Review Sessions (Ames Campus Regents Review Sessions - 2024).  The mid-quarter on Thursday, May 23rd is only two weeks away. 

    In looking ahead to next week, please note that on Monday, May 13th, the NYS Field Tests will be administered during regular class time to students in Biology/Living Environment classes.  We are also excited to share that ALS Ride for Life will be back at Ames again this year!  On Tuesday, May 14th at approximately 11:45am, we will step outside the building along the semicircle of the Baltimore Avenue entrance to greet, cheer and encourage all the riders and walkers.  As in years prior, our student government organization will be presenting a donation through fundraising efforts.

    As a reminder, Friday, May 24th is a make-up day, and school will be in session.  However, school will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.  Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation as we continue to work towards a strong and successful 9th grade year at the Ames Campus.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal




  • May 2, 2024

    Dear AP Computer Science Principles Students and Parents/Guardians:

    Over the last couple of months, students, parents, and teachers have been working very hard in preparation of the upcoming AP exams. We would like to address a couple of important details surrounding the administration of the exams. Please see the schedule below for the specific testing details: 

    UCP

    On the day of the exam, it will be a regular school day at Ames. For attendance purposes, students will be coded “Testing” for the day, and they are not required to attend any of their regularly scheduled classes prior to the exam.  If parents/guardians are unable to provide transportation to the building, students are advised to utilize the regular morning school transportation, and they will attend Study Hall until it's time for them to report to their testing room. In addition, we will arrange for them to have lunch prior to the exam. All other students must report to school no later than 11:15 am, and once they are signed into school, they will head immediately to their testing room. 

    At the conclusion of the exam, students are able to use our 3:10 pm late buses, which only makes area stops.

    If testing accommodations were approved for a student by College Board, they are able to continue working on their exam until approximately 4:30 pm. In the event a student finishes earlier, they are able to leave at the regular exam end time.  

     Important Reminders on the Day of Testing

    • Students are strongly encouraged to make sure that they get to bed early the night prior to the exam, and eat before arriving at school.
    • Eating and drinking are prohibited in the testing room.
    • Proctors will be collecting all electronic devices and air pods prior to the exam. Electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, smart watch, laptop, tablet computer, wearable technology, etc.) portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, and any other electronic or communication devices are prohibited during testing or during breaks. According to AP College Board testing guidelines, any student observed with any of these devices during testing or breaks may be dismissed from the exam, the device will be confiscated, the student's score may be canceled, and no retest may be permitted.   


    Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Kennedy, AP Exam Coordinator at 516-308-5885, with any questions or concerns. We wish you the best of luck on exam day. 

    Sincerely, 

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • May 2, 2024

    Dear AP Human Geography Students and Parents/Guardians:

    Over the last couple of months, students, parents, and teachers have been working very hard in preparation of the upcoming AP exams. We would like to address a couple of important details surrounding the administration of the exams.

    danielle

    On the day of the exam, it will be a regular school day at Ames. For attendance purposes, students will be coded “Testing” for the day, and they are not required to attend any of their regularly scheduled classes after the exam.  Students must report immediately to their testing room once they enter the building. 

    If a student is leaving school at the conclusion of the exam, a parent/guardian will need to send in a note to the Dean’s Office no later than Monday, May 6th, indicating that intention and identifying who will be picking them up. Please note that if the person picking up a student is not listed as an emergency contact for them, you will need to state in your letter that you are giving them permission to do so. If a student is a walker or rides their bike to school, please indicate that in the letter as well. When a parent/guardian arrives to pick up a student, we will need to confirm the identity of who the student is being released to. Although the exam is expected to end at 10:15, there is a process that needs to be followed with respect to the collection of the testing materials and the release of students. Therefore, please anticipate that students may not be able to leave until around 10:45, and we thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation with this process. 

    For students who will be following their normal schedule at the conclusion of the exam, we will make arrangements for them to have lunch, if they already missed their lunch period for the day. 

    If testing accommodations were approved for a student by College Board, they are able to continue working on their exam until approximately 11:30. In the event a student finishes earlier, they are able to leave at the regular exam end time.  

     Important Reminders on the Day of Testing

    • Students are strongly encouraged to make sure that they get to bed early the night prior to the exam, and eat before arriving at school.
    • Eating and drinking are prohibited in the testing room.
    • Proctors will be collecting all electronic devices and air pods prior to the exam. Electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, smart watch, laptop, tablet computer, wearable technology, etc.) portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the internet, and any other electronic or communication devices are prohibited during testing or during breaks. According to AP College Board testing guidelines, any student observed with any of these devices during testing or breaks may be dismissed from the exam, the device will be confiscated, the student's score may be canceled, and no retest may be permitted.   

    Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Kennedy, AP Exam Coordinator  at 516-308-5885, with any questions or concerns. We wish you the best of luck on exam day. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 19, 2024

    Dear Ames Students and Parents/Guardians,

    Yesterday, Ames hosted the 17th annual Alumni Career Day with great success!  Students were given the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers and experiences from former graduates.  Following each of the panel discussions, students were able to ask questions, which demonstrated their interest, curiosity and high level of engagement.  We invite our students to continue the dialogue with their families.

    At the end of the school day, students will begin their spring recess and schools will be closed from Monday, April 22nd - Tuesday, April 30th, which includes the Passover holiday.  Hopefully you will all be able to rest, relax and make the most of the break with family and friends.

    After we return from the spring recess,  we begin our series of Regents Review Sessions in the areas of Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry) and Science (Living Environment/Biology, Earth Science).  The sessions are held after the instructional school day during 10th period. Please note that these review sessions are being offered in addition to other support such as Extra-help and Learn at Lunch. The schedules for both Mathematics and Science are outlined in the following link: Ames Campus Regents Review Sessions - 2024

    In addition, we will also be holding a 9th grade student assembly on Thursday, May 2nd in which we will be reflecting on the year, highlighting mental health awareness month, sharing tips to support good study skills, in addition to reviewing the code of conduct and the transition to 10th grade at the main campus of Massapequa High School.  The assemblies will be held in the morning, and the school day will follow an adjusted bell schedule for all class periods: A/B Student Assembly Bell Schedule.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.  Enjoy the spring recess!

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 12, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, today marks the end of the third academic quarter for freshman year of high school.  Should you have any questions regarding grades once they have been finalized and posted in PowerSchool Portal next week, please contact the appropriate teacher. For more general questions, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

    On Thursday, April 18th, we look forward to welcoming Massapequa School District alumni at our annual Alumni Career Day.  The students will be following an adjusted bell schedule to support the panel discussions for the program that day:  Alumni Career Day Bell Schedule.  Students will be afforded a wonderful opportunity to learn 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 reflections and acquired insights the students may have from the program.

    As noted on the district calendar, students will be on spring recess from Monday, April 22nd - Tuesday, April 30th, which includes the Passover holiday.   The students have earned this time to relax, refresh, spend time with family, socialize, and/or travel.  When we return from the break, we will be holding a 9th grade student assembly on Thursday, May 2nd in which we will be reflecting on the year, highlighting mental health awareness month, sharing tips to support good study skills, in addition to reviewing the code of conduct and the transition to 10th grade at the main campus of Massapequa High School.  

    We continue to be proud of the continued efforts and achievements made by our students, and we thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. 

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • April 2, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    As a reminder, The Class of 2027 is taking a field trip to New York City on Monday, May 20th. The informational flyer and permission slip are accessible below, and printed forms are available for pickup in the General Office.  The collection box is located in the General Office through April 5th.  

    Informational Flyer and Permission Slip

    If you should have any questions about the trip, please contact Ms. Antoinette Kearney, ninth grade advisor, at (516) 308-5801or by email at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal


  • March 27, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    As you are aware, schools are closed beginning tomorrowMarch 28th through Monday, April 1st. Please note that when classes resume on Tuesday, April 2nd, students and staff will be following a Day 2 schedule.

    Sincerely,

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


  • March 26, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    As you have most likely heard, a member of our Massapequa community and an officer for the NYPD, Jonathan Diller, was killed in the line of duty yesterday. Our hearts ache for Officer Diller's family, friends, and the entire NYPD community as they mourn this devastating loss.

    To demonstrate our respect and heartfelt support for Officer Diller’s family and all in the NYPD community, we encourage all students and staff at Ames to wear blue to school tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27.

    Thank you,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal

     


  • March 20, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    Hopefully this email finds you well as we continue to move forward and jump into the spring season. As we have seen throughout the year, students remain dedicated to and involved in a variety of engaging and exciting activities.  We continue to be proud of their efforts and achievements across all areas within and beyond the school day.

    The Class of 2027 is taking a field trip to New York City on Monday, May 20th! The informational flyer and permission slip are accessible on the Class of 2027 Schoology site and printed forms are available for pickup in the General Office.  The collection box is located in the General Office through April 5th.  If you should have any questions about the trip, please contact Ms. Antoinette Kearney, ninth grade advisor, at (516) 308-5801or by email at akearney@msd.k12.ny.us.

    Tomorrow, on Thursday, March 21st, we encourage our school community to support World Down Syndrome Day and to “Rock Your Socks!”.  In addition, beginning on April 2nd and then all Fridays throughout the month of April, we invite everyone to wear blue for World Autism Acceptance and Disability Awareness Month. 

    Next week, beginning Monday, March 25th through Tuesday, April 2nd school guidance counselors will begin visiting English Language Arts (ELA) classes to give students an overview of Naviance, an online tool that helps students align their strengths and interests to postsecondary goals:  Letter to Parents from Ames Campus Guidance Department. If you have any further questions, please refer them to your child’s guidance counselor at (516) 308-5830.

    In looking ahead, please note that school will be closed on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st as part of the Easter holiday.  Thank you for your ongoing support, and 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




  • March 7, 2024

    Dear Ames Families,

    As you may have heard or seen upon entry to the school building along Baltimore Avenue on Monday, the basement of the boiler room was flooded with water due to a pipe leak in the boiler room. Despite this setback, I am pleased to share that our incredible building custodial team, in collaboration with our district buildings and grounds team, swiftly responded to the situation and have been tirelessly working to address it.

    As of Monday morning, the water was successfully expelled, and measures such as HEPA grade air scrubbers and fans, along with commercial dehumidifiers, were immediately implemented to mitigate moisture and ensure the safety of our environment.

    Due to the amount of water that accumulated in the basement, however, the boilers are no longer operable and can no longer provide heat to the building. In addition, the flooding impacted the operation of the hot water tank. Therefore, warm water may not be available when using the faucets. Please know that we do have a secondary heat supply through the split units in the classrooms, which are supported with electrical heat pumps. We are closely monitoring the building's temperature and will make any necessary adjustments to ensure everyone's comfort to the best of our ability.

    Thank you for your patience as we navigate the repairs and replacements of operational equipment with district administration. If you should have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Tania M. Willman, Principal

    Danielle E. Kennedy, Executive Assistant to the Principal 


  • 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