250 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6100
Grades: 10-12

Acting Principal: Dr. Lois Etzel
Assistant Principal: Ms. Donna De Freitas
Dean of Students: Mr. John Cardone
Hours: 7:40 a.m. - 2:26 p.m.








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Tracks Athletes Advance to Millrose Games

Millrose Games
Congratulations to the Amityville Memorial High School boys varsity track team. Four members of the team competed and qualified to run in the Millrose Games on Feb. 11.

The boys, who completed the 4 x 400-meter relay with the second fastest time in Suffolk County, are Alijah Benymon, Jowell Dixon, Kerron Gonzales and Kalvin O'Neal. They are led by Coach Reynolds Hawkins. The Millrose Games will be held at the Armory in New York City.

Amityville students create bonds beyond their borders

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Students at Amityville Memorial High School have been getting to know their peers in other Suffolk County school districts. As part of the school’s Cultural Exchange program, the WAC PAC welcomed 40 students from Sayville High School on Nov. 22 and 40 from Islip High School on Dec. 7.

Led by WAC PAC coordinator Jason McGowan, the students participated in ice breakers and had breakfast together to start the day during each visit. The students were then paired up and each Amityville student host brought their partner to their classes throughout the day. Each visit ended with lunch and a debriefing session.

The purpose of the Cultural Exchange program is to establish new friendships and create bonds were between these students. Amityville students will visit Sayville and Islip high schools in the spring for a similar experience.

Amityville senior Esteban Idrovo, who participated in both exchanges, said he enjoyed having the opportunity to make connections with other students, and to learn about their morals and values.

“The goal of this program is to expose students to the diversity that may be only a zip code away,” said WAC PAC coordinator Jason McGowan. “By immersing students in another school’s culture, they are provided the opportunity to broaden their view of people who are different from themselves and hopefully become more accepting of others. These students realized that teenagers are teenagers, regardless of their race, social class or economic background.”

Alumni Welcome High School Students to Courthouse

Students to Courthouse
Amityville Memorial High School students of Ms. Kretz, Mr. Ammirati and Ms. Gross recently visited the Cohalan Courthouse in Central Islip. The group was welcomed by Amityville alumnus, Hon. Judge Toni Bean.

The students observed Judge Bean in session followed by a discussion where they were given the opportunity to ask questions about the judicial system. Students were then given a tour of the courthouse by Major Len Badia, where the students learned of career options.

Major Badia escorted the students to the drug court room to observe and have a discussion with Hon. Judge Robinson, also an Amityville alumnus and resident. It was a great day and exciting learning experience for all.

High School Names Students of the Month

Amityville Memorial High School has named its Students of the Month for September and October. This is a new initiative this year, with the idea coming from the faculty as a way to recognize students.

The September recipients were Karina Aracena, Excel Arguenta, Oscar Hernandez Anyssa Hunter, Maurice McQueen and Kristina Smith. Earning the honor in October were Quanisha Alexandre, Christina Davis, Rosa Galvez, Tim Hermann, Everlyn Lucero and Jacob Marrero.

Three students each month receive the Character Award and three receive the Leadership Award, and are nominated by their teachers. To qualify for the Character Award, students must complete their homework and classwork, have good attendance and display a positive attitude. Students earning the Leadership Award must show the ability to be a good team player, be involved in the school, achieve mastery in their course material and demonstrate excellence during a sports event, club or school-sponsored activity.

Assistant Principal Donna DeFreitas said that it is an honor to be named a Student of the Month, as only six are chosen each month from about 700 in the school. Each honored student will have their photo and certificate displayed outside of the main office.

Seniors bond during Awareness Weekend


Approximately 130 seniors and staff members at Amityville Memorial High School continued a long-standing tradition by trading their beds for sleeping bags and staying overnight at the school. The annual Awareness Weekend was held from Nov. 18-19, which featured guest speakers and bonding activities.

The students spent 30 consecutive hours at the school from afterschool Friday through Saturday night, sleeping in classrooms. They were divided into 13 “family groups,” with each consisting of an adult facilitator, a student facilitator and about a half-dozen seniors. In those groups, they participated in role playing activities, communication exercises and games, and had follow-up discussions after the speakers.

“It’s probably the most vital part of the weekend,” said Jason McGowan, a special education teacher and coordinator of Awareness Weekend, of the groups. “That’s where most of the bonding goes on.”

The purpose of the weekend is to get students out of their comfort zones and interact with students who might not be part of their social circle. This year’s theme was “Knock Down Walls and Build Bridges.”

The keynote speaker was Victoria Ruvolo, a Long Island woman who was hit in the face with a frozen turkey after it was thrown at her car and who speaks about forgiveness. There was also a student panel during which members of the senior class discussed ways they overcame adversity.

On Saturday morning, students enjoyed a wonderful breakfast provided by the Amityville Parent-Teacher Council and Kiwanis Club, and then listened to guest speaker Erin O’Bannon, who delivered an inspiring message about her physical disability and how she dealt with being different.

Students and adults ended the emotional weekend hugging and saying goodbye as “Lean on Me” played in the background. All participants will write a reaction paper sharing their thoughts and feelings about the event.

“I loved Awareness Weekend and I will remember this program for the rest of my life,” said senior leader Eshti Sookram. “I wish we could have stayed another night. I didn’t want it to end.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017