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MARCH 23, 2020 COVID-19 LETTER FROM HOS

Dear NSCS Families,

As many of you already know Governor Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory to begin Tuesday, March 24th until Tuesday, April 7th, and as the Coronavirus continues to make its presence among us known in new and more significant ways, we will continue to trust God with all things. Trusting God doesn’t mean we ignore what is happening around us, but it does mean that we deliberately choose to put our hope in a living God whose promises are amen and amen in Christ Jesus.

As NSCS looks at current trending in our nation, it is realistic to say that it is highly unlikely that we will be resuming school on April 8th as previously stated. I will communicate in greater detail any further prolonged school closures as soon as a concrete decision has been made. Additionally, our Deans will also clearly communicate to our parents what the implications of a further prolonged school closure will entail in way of at-home school. We recognize the challenge that at-home schooling may cause for some of our families, especially those parents/guardians who are also trying to balance working remotely from home, as well as overseeing their child/ren’s school work. I want to reiterate again that all of our teachers are here to support you and your particular needs to the very best of their ability. Please keep the lines of communication open between you and your child/ren’s teachers – we are all on the same team!

Please continue to send pictures and videos of your children so that we can post them in the newsletters and on our Facebook. Seeing the children’s faces in the newsletters has brought me such joy! While we are apart physically, you and your children are never far from my thoughts.

To the right is a picture from this morning. I had the pleasure of sitting in our Lynn Campus’s Teachers Meeting via Zoom. As is the case for each meeting, our teachers end their time in prayer. We prayed for the school, one another, our communities, our country, and the world. We prayed that God would use all things, including the Coronavirus, for His glory!

Continue to trust God, be good to each other – love big, forgive often, and encourage always.

Love,
Pam Heintz, Head of School

March 20, 2020 COVID-19 LETTER FROM HOS

Dear NSCS Parents,

We have made it through Week #1 of At-Home School. It is hard to believe that just one week ago we were at school, and life for the most part seemed normal. My how life has changed, and continues to change. It seems that changes are happening by the minute!

I have to admit that this morning I woke up feeling a bit…sad. I hate to admit that, because I am by nature a very upbeat, positive, and high-energy individual. But I am also human, and you know what? You are all human too! Because we are human, our minds may respond to this pandemic in unanticipated ways, maybe even ways that go against our usual natures and personalities. That’s OK. We need to all give ourselves that license to be sad, mad, depressed, confused, and even scared. These emotions are normal and human emotions, and we cannot stuff them deep down and act as though they do not exist. If we do, we may create even greater problems. We need to allow ourselves the freedom to feel.

Like I said I am a high-energy person. I thrive on collaboration and human interaction. Sitting still and being home is hard for personality types like me! But this morning I felt like God was asking me to just sit, and wait, and rest. So, I got my coffee, and asked Alexa to play some praise and worship music, and I just sat. As I did my soul became renewed and encouraged. I began to commune with God and I asked him to replace my fear and anxiety with hope and peace. I asked Him to take the cloud of sadness that seems to be lingering overhead, and toss it far away from me. I asked God to fill me with himself. Soon, tears of joy filled my eyes and my spirit was lifted in spite of what is still happening around me. At one point, there was a bird outside my kitchen window who seemed to be singing along with the worship music. This bird was a loud! I wondered if this bird was worshiping God too!

This little bird, so unaware of the pandemic and all the implications it carries, was just doing what it was designed to do. This got me thinking; we as God’s precious creation have been designed to trust him and to praise him. I read Psalm 148 and was reminded of the reality in which we are called to live as God’s people. His entire creation, which includes birds and people, has been called to praise him! If you have the time to check this chapter out. You will be encouraged! In spite of this pandemic, we are still called to praise and worship God, and as we do we will rise high above this current situation as we are filled with peace and hope.

Please know that our students and families are being prayed for daily. In yesterday’s Beverly Campus Teachers Meeting on Zoom we spent some time praying for one another and our school. One of our Board Members, Sharon Carlson, was in our meeting. Our Board is thinking about you all too!

With Every Blessing,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.

Psalm 148:7-12

With Love,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

MARCH 18, 2020 COVID-19 LETTER FROM HOS

Dear NSCS Families,

We are halfway through our first week of at-home learning. This week has been met with many adjustments as we all figure out how to “do school” and settle into a new normal. 

During these unusual weeks, and especially while we are apart, it is important that we all remember we are on the same team, and desiring the same outcomes. Among those outcomes is that our students will continue their learning, albeit in a different setting. We do recognize that for some parents/guardians this has required more hands-on participation. We appreciate your partnership in this area. The goal for all of us, NSCS school faculty & staff, and parents/guardians & students is that we all remain flexible and forgiving with one another as we continue to navigate the situation and make preparations and plans accordingly. It is my hope that God will be glorified in the process, and by the ways in which we have all supported and responded to one another in love and with patience.

As our Board and Administrative Team continue to watch the trending of schools and other public institutions we will provide our families with updates regarding any additional prolonged school closure that may be warranted. The decision has been made, however, to forgo our scheduled Spring Break (week of April 20th) and school will be in session that week, barring the Governor permits such gatherings. We fully recognize that this may interrupt some plans that families may have already set in place, and so we will offer excused absences on these cases. This week should not be viewed as “optional”, but we do want to be mindful that some families may have plans that cannot be altered.

As we continue to make decisions that are in the very best interest of our students and families, we ask for your patience and understanding. Tremendous care and consideration has been put into each and every decision that has been made thus far. As always, we will continue to closely monitor updates from our local, state and federal officials as we seek to remain in full compliance with guidelines and advisories and will most certainly keep you updated with new information as it becomes available and affects NSCS.

Today I was speaking with a teacher, and during our conversation we both agreed that more than ever before our school needs to pull together in new and exciting ways as we seek to uplift, encourage, and mutually bless one another. It is my prayer that God would be glorified as we interact with one another in gracious and supportive ways, recognizing that together we are writing the script in live time, as to how to best respond to COVID-19.

It will be in our responding to this pandemic, and how we interact with others, that God will be most glorified. May we remain a school community that loves big, forgives often, and encourages always.

With Love,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update

The North Shore Christian School made the decision on Friday, March 13, 2020 to move to a home-based learning model until Tuesday, March 31 on our three campuses (Lynn, Beverly, and Hamilton).  However, in response to Governor Baker’s mandate on Sunday, NSCS will be closed for on-site learning until April 7th as we support initiatives to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

We hope that during this unprecedented time in history, God will allow his people to be used to bring a sense of hope and peace to those that we come in contact with.  This is a tremendous opportunity for God’s people to rally together for the common good as we seek out intentional ways to uplift and encourage one another.  It is the sincerest prayer of NSCS that God would ultimately be glorified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May our song be like that of the Author of Psalm 91, as we trust God to be our source of refuge during this pandemic, and as we trust Him with all things.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[
a]
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’”

 Psalm 91:1 & 2

March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Letter from HOS

Dear NSCS Families,

I want to keep you all apprised of recent decisions and considerations that have been made by the Board and Administration.  Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic, and things can change hour-to-hour, so please check your email frequently for updates.

As of Thursday evening, March 12th, all three of our campuses will remain open tomorrow, March 13th.  Tomorrow the administration, along with Board approval, will make a decision as to future school closings, and we will inform families either by Friday night or Saturday morning of our decision via email.

With that said, teachers will be sending school-work home tomorrow with students in grades K through 8.  This work will be enough for about two-weeks.  NO DECSION has been made yet about a school closure, however, should one be made over the weekend we want to be prepared.  Additionally, any parent/guardian who desires to keep their child/ren home from school tomorrow, or at any time during the pandemic, may do so without having the absence recorded on their child/ren’s school records.  All absences will be considered excused.

As always, please never hesitate to reach out to me at pheintz@nschristian.org with any questions or concerns you might have.  We are all committed to working through this together as we mutually support each other’s efforts.  This is a difficult time for all of us we navigate a situation that has no script.  However, we move forward trusting that God is in control.

Below is a letter that I had written to all our families this morning, with the intention of emailing it out by noon today, but my day ended up holding many distractions and conversations around this pandemic.  I have decided to send it out anyhow hoping that it will prove to be a source of encouragement to you.

With Blessings,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

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Letter to Families- March 12, 2020

Dear Families,

I was driving to school today and feeling a bit scared.  There, I’ve admitted it.  I was feeling scared, insecure and uncertain.  I was tired of turning on the radio or TV and hearing about the Corona Virus and its far-reaching effects, its unknowns, and the chaos it seems to evoke.  I was feeling like the whole world had gone mad!

As is my routine to pray during my commute to work, I said a quick token prayer out of obligation.  I asked God to bless and protect my family, our school, and the country, and then I said, amen.  Following this prayer, I immediately turned the radio on to hear the news, and learn about what might have changed in the past three minutes since I last tuned in.   As I listened my mind traveled to all the what-ifs.  Letting one’s mind travel to the what-ifs is always a dangerous place to go.

I arrived to our Beverly Campus and Chapel soon started. I really wasn’t up for Chapel today.  Please don’t judge meJ  It was simply that my head was filled with other thoughts and distractions.  I was self-focused thinking about how I needed to manage things at school and at home in the midst of a pandemic.  As I walked into Chapel my spirit immediately soared. Our Student Worship Team was already singing, and what a melodious sound it was!  I took my place and stood in a pew with some older students, and was swept up in the moment of being present before the Lord.  As I looked around the room, I saw students worshipping a mighty God.  I witness children unabashedly singing out in confidence to their Savior.  Teary-eyed I asked God to forgive me for being so fearful and to fill me with His peace which passes all understanding.  I asked God to take my feet and plant them securely upon the rock, that is His Son Jesus.  I asked God to allow me to be a witness to those around, and especially during this time.

As I left Chapel, I felt uplifted and ready to face life’s challenges.  I soon stepped into a meeting with Christine Saia, our Director of Admissions.  We made small talk, which included a brief conversation about the Corona Virus, as every conversation these past several days has.  Mrs. Saia shared with me that while she was praying with her own children this morning, who had questions and concerns about the pandemic, the Holy Spirit spoke to her heart.   Mrs. Saia was able to share the most insightful and wonderful message with her children. She explained to them that the word corona is a Latin word meaning crown.  Mrs. Saia proceeded to tell her children that only our God wears a crown worthy enough for the King of kings.   She expressed that only our King has control over all things.

It is our crown-wearing King that holds all the whole world in the palm his hands, including the Corona Virus.  God knows all things and there is not one tiny microscopic germ that he does not have full authority over.  We can trust God with this pandemic and with all things.  He is a Faithful God.

I want to encourage you to remain calm and hopeful as we trust God to help us ride out this storm.  We have a tremendous opportunity to respond differently than the world.  We can respond with peace, and offer reassuring words to those around us, particularly to our children and students.

I was reminded today, that our students, even the younger ones, sense that something is amiss.  They are feeling the strain of what is going on right now in our world, and unlike adults, they have not fully grown into the capacity to layer what they hear with reason and logic.  As the adults in their lives we must be the voice of reason.  Some healthy behaviors that we can adopt at home, and around our children would be to limit the amount of news that children have access to.  While it is good for them to be aware of what is going on in the world, the content of information needs to be age-appropriate and monitored.  It is also good to connect regularly with your child/ren and asking them if they have specific concerns about the Corona Virus.  Consider making a family contingency plan in case there is a prolonged school closure, and reassure your child/ren that if you still have to go to work that they will be well-cared for by someone else during the day.  Remind your child/ren that they are safe at home and at school, because the adults at these places are doing all they can to make sure these environments are kept clean and safe.  Be sure that your child/ren receive plenty of sleep and maintain a healthy diet – these are good practices for healthy living!  Above all, spend time with your child/ren doing “normal” everyday things like, baking cookies, playing games, doing chores around the house, or reading a good book together.  Life must go on in spite of this pandemic and our children need to see the adults around them still engaging in every day affairs.

I have attached the lyrics to a song that our Student Worship Team sang today, and I encourage you to listen to it when you have the opportunity.  It is a powerful reminder that there is victory in Jesus!

With Love,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

See a Victory, Elevation Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNd-PbVhnvA

The weapon may be formed, but it won’t prosper
When the darkness falls, it won’t prevail
‘Cause the God I serve knows only how to triumph
My God will never fail
Oh, my God will never fail

I’m gonna see a victory
I’m gonna see a victory
For the battle belongs to You, Lord
I’m gonna see a victory
I’m gonna see a victory
For the battle belongs to You, Lord (oh yeah)

There’s power in the mighty name of Jesus
Every war He wages He will win
I’m not backing down from any giant
‘Cause I know how this story ends
Yes, I know how this story ends

I’m gonna see a victory
I’m gonna see a victory
For the battle belongs to You, Lord
I’m gonna see a victory
I’m gonna see a victory
For the battle belongs to You, Lord
I’m gonna see a victory
I’m gonna see a victory
For the battle…

 

March 11, 2020 COVID-19 Letter from HOS

Dear Families,
I wanted to provide an update for you all, and will do so periodically so that you will remain informed as to the measures NSCS is taking to ensure the continued safety and well-being of your children.

Our amazing faculty has committed themselves to faithfully disinfecting the hard surfaces of their classrooms each afternoon. Our custodial staff has also provided extra measures of cleaning and disinfecting to all our buildings. Teachers are also being vigilant about reminding students to cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze, with either a tissue or the crook of their arm, and then washing their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. They are also providing ample opportunities for hand washing and/or usage of hand sanitizer throughout the school day.

Additionally, I have been in close communications with our Deans who are working closely with the faculty to ensure that an Academic Plan will be ready to execute should we encounter a prolonged school closing (week or more). This plan will be dynamic, and teachers have already begun to engage the process.

NSCS would like to encourage Parent support in these specific ways;

  1. Please do NOT send your child to school if they have a cough or runny nose. We want toremain extra vigilant during this especially difficult flu and virus season.
  1. Please do NOT send your child to school if they have been symptomatic with flu-likesymptoms, vomiting, or fever in the past 24 hours – they MUST be symptom free for at least24 hours before returning to school.
  1. If you feel lead to purchase hand sanitizer, tissues, rubber gloves, face masks, or hand soap that has disinfectant properties we would welcome these donations as we work to secure that we have an ample supply on hand at all times.
  1. If you have traveled within the US or abroad, please check with the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention to view information regarding travel bans and updates, precautions, and actions needed should you or family have traveled to areas that are consider at risk. You can find this information on their website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
  1. Please continue pray for this global and dynamic situation. In times like this we have the blessed opportunity to interceded through prayer and press into Jesus. He is faithful all the time.

As is always the case, I am available should you have questions, concerns, or suggestions.

To God Be the Glory,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

 

March 10, 2020 COVID-19 Letter from HOS

Dear NSCS Families,

As you read this letter, please keep its content in perspective.  It is loaded with a lot of protocol and cancelations.  It is easy to read a letter like this one and have a bit of dread settle in.  This certainly is not my intention.  Our number one priority as a school is the safety and well-being of every student, faculty, and staff member.  As we seek to set protocol and practices in place to best accomplish this objective, we feel confident that we are also protecting our students’ families, and in doing so we are playing an active part in helping the broader communities as we all seek to limit the spread of COVID-19.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, throughout the country, and closer to home in our own state and neighboring communities, NSCS has remained engaged as we continue to monitor the dynamic nature of the situation.  In doing so, the school Board and administration have made some decisions out of an abundance of caution.

I want to be clear that we have not heard of any COVID-19 cases, or any pending cases, or of any risks posed to our learning community.   Again, these decisions have strictly been made out of an abundance of caution.

Below is a list of decisions that have been made by the Board and administration that will go into effect immediately:

  • Any parent or guardian of a North Shore Christian School student or any NSCS student who has come in contact with a person known to have or is suspected to have COVID-19 should notify HOS Pam Heintz and self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
  • Any parent or guardian of a North Shore Christian School student or any NSCS student who has traveled out of the country or has traveled within the country to any areas that have high COVID-19 cases, should notify HOS Pam Heintz.  You and your child/ren may be asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, depending on the situation.

Out of an abundance of caution we are asking that parents and guardians keep all children home from school;

  • if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms with or without a fever
  • has a cough or significant runny nose, which is not allergy related or related to other medical or health reasons
  • has had a fever, vomiting, flu, or flu-like symptoms within the past 24-hour span

All teachers have been asked to cancel all upcoming field trips.

*Please note, the FUN RUN, scheduled for March 12th and 13th has been postponed.  Detailed information will be forthcoming.  We will have regular school days on both of these days. 

 The Chick fil-A fundraiser scheduled for March 12th is optional.  Families should make their own decision as to whether to attend or not, as they feel comfortable.

The Spring Semi-Formal Dance scheduled for March 21st for grades 5-8 has been cancelled.

We will inform the Robotics’ Team members in a separate correspondence, as to the status of their travel to the World’s competition.

If you feel led to purchase hand sanitizer, tissues, rubber gloves, or hand soap we would welcome these donations as we work to ensure that we have an ample supply on hand at all times.

To obtain up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) as well as visiting the Massachusetts Government website(https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19).

Ways we are working at school to ensure your child’s well-being:

Teachers will begin to show videos that demonstrate proper handwashing to all students.  Students will watch these videos either in their classrooms or during homeroom for the upper grades.   The videos are designed for the various grade levels.  The links to these videos are listed below.

Teachers will continue to disinfect all the hard surfaces of their classrooms at the close of each day.  Our custodial crew will continue adding an additional layer of disinfecting on all our campuses.

Teachers will continue to;

  • remind all students to cough or sneeze into the crook of their arm or use a tissue, followed by washing their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • remind all students to refrain from sharing food or drinks with others
  • provide ample time for handwashing throughout the day

Additionally, teachers are prepared to send school work home with students should it be determined that a prolonged school closure (a week or more) is warranted.

Please note, that as this situation remains dynamic, we will adjust and respond accordingly.  This may entail making new decisions or altering decisions that have been made, such as; lifting our request to self-quarantine and allowing field trips.  We will continue to communicate with our families as things change and as we receive more information.

As we navigate this difficult and dynamic global situation, we will continue to trust God with all things.  He is a good and faithful God, who loves his children with a relentless love – We can trust Him fully!

As always, never hesitate to stop by my office, call me, or email (pheintz@nschristian.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

With Every Blessing,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

Links to the handwashing videos that will be shown in the various classrooms

February 29, 2020 COVID-19 Letter from HOS

Dear NSCS Parents,

Your children’s health and safety are among our top priority.  In fact, this past week two of our faculty members attended an intensive training through ALICE (click here to learn more https://www.alicetraining.com).  ALICE is an emergency response preparedness training.  Over 80% of our staff and faculty have already completed an online training this past winter in preparation for a broader and more detailed training that will take this place this spring.

Our students’ wellbeing is always paramount in our planning.  With that said, given the recent situation that is of global-focus with the Coronavirus Infectious Disease identified in Winter 2019, our Administrative Team has begun to conceptualize a plan that will go into effect as early as this week.  To stay abreast of the COVID-19 situation you can visit www.cdc.gov/coreonavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  Additionally, I am keeping a very close eye on how local schools are preparing for and managing day-to-day concerns around the COVID-19.

While the potential for possible exposure in our community may be limited right now, we do not want to assume that this will remain the case.   NSCS administration has received guidance from a medical personnel from one of our local colleges who is on the frontlines of assisting parents and students around this current pandemic and is working closely with NSCS to help us ensure that the steps we are taking to limit the spread of any and all germs are the appropriate ones.

Here are the steps the school will be immediately taking;

  • Each afternoon all teachers will disinfect their classroom’s hard surfaces with a product that kills 99.9% of germs.
  • Each classroom, bathroom, and various rooms throughout the buildings on all of our campuses will have an ample supply of hand sanitizer available.
  • Students will be encouraged to wash their hands often throughout the day using soap and rubbing hands under water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Students will be reminded that when coughing and sneezing that they are to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into their sleeve and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Students will be encouraged to refrain from touching their mouths and noses, and if they do so they will be encouraged to wash their hands.
  • Students will be asked not to share food or snacks.

Our custodial staff has been asked to perform a deep disinfect several times/week and as the situation with COVID-19 persists.

Here are the steps we are asking Parents to immediately take;

Inform school administration of any upcoming or recent international travel.

Please keep your child at home if they have a runny nose, fever, cough, or you suspect that they are under the weather.  We desire to keep all germs at bay during this flu season.

Ensure that your child receives plenty of sleep and remains physically active, help your child to manage stress, have them drink plenty of water and fluids, as well as eating nutritious food.

Report any flu symptoms to your health care provider.

Here are the future steps the School will take in the event the situation necessitates such;

NSCS will have school closures if the CDC or local officials request and/or require that such an action is necessary – we will do so for the short-term and long-term – as long as we are instructed by the CDC or other local officials to do so.

Should the School have prolonged closures (a week or more) teachers will have prepared school work for grades Kindergarten – 8th that will be ready to be set home.

For the various grade-bands (K-2, 3-5, and Middle School) school work may include assignment packets, assignments communicated through Google Classroom, videos prepared by your child’s classroom teacher, and/or emailed assignments.

Text books, workbooks, and other school supplies will be sent home with the students if the need be.

Administration will communicate daily with families as to the status of the School closure and any pertinent information.

While we are all praying that God in his divine mercy would spare the world of prolonged and devasting effects due to the COVID-19 virus, we trust that He is sovereign.  It is my sincerest desire that you all would continue to pray for those around the globe who are struggling with the effects of COVID-19.  I believe that God often allows difficult situations to come across our paths so that we can be strengthened in our faith as we learn to trust Him more.

Please never hesitate to reach out to me regarding this matter, or any matter if you need further clarification or have questions.  Also, if you have further suggestions, that can be added to those mentioned above, I would welcome your feedback.

As always, it is a joy for me to serve NSCS and to associate with such extraordinary children and families!

To God be the Glory,

Pam Heintz, Head of School

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response – March 13, 2020

The North Shore Christian School made the decision on Friday, March 13, 2020 to move to a home-based learning model until Tuesday, March 31. NSCS’s three campuses (Lynn, Beverly, and Hamilton) will be closed for on-site schooling until Tuesday, March 31st.  On March 25th NSCS will reassess the posted resume date and adjust accordingly.

This decision was not made lightly.  Our school Board and Administration took the recommendation of both The Department of Health and The Department of Education under consideration as we sought to make the most prudent and educated decision for the students and families we serve, as well as our faculty and staff.

We hope that during this unprecedented time in history, God will allow his people to be used to bring a sense of hope and peace to those that we come in contact with.  This is a tremendous opportunity for God’s people to rally together for the common good as we seek out intentional ways to uplift and encourage one another.  It is the sincerest prayer of NSCS that God would ultimately be glorified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May our song be like that of the Author of Psalm 91, as we trust God to be our source of refuge during this pandemic, and as we trust Him with all things.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.’”

Psalm 91:1 & 2

basketball on the bench

Athletics in Lynn – Going Strong All Year.

By Todd McMillian, Middle School Social Studies

“What Team? North Shore! What Team? North Shore!! What Team? North Shore!!!” These words became the NSCS Girls Basketball team chant. It revved them up during a game and brought them closer as a team.

basketball on the benchThe girls basketball team, led by coaches Ari Ramsarran and Lily Rivera had a new starting lineup this year due to last year’s 8th grade graduates moving on to high school. The girls enjoyed friendships and experiences on and off the court, and improved week by week as the season progressed from its start in mid November through its end in late February. 7thgirls basketball grade team members included Cynthia Muriithi, Jade McMillan, Anastasia Mason, and Eliana Grullon. 6th grade members included Violet Saia, Danielle Nalesnik, Tiffany Dorsey and Akeelah Osun. 5th grade members included Kaylee Ashley and Shannon Ashley. We look forward to seeing what this team can achieve next year with a full slate of returning players.

The boys basketball team, led by coaches Alan Nahigian and Evan Betti, have laid down a solid foundation for the years ahead. The boys really enjoyed being a part of the program, worked hard in practices, and competed well in every game. The team will graduate 8th grade team members Matti W’Gebriel, McLaren Cook, and Sebastiano Di Modica. 7th grade boys basketballteam members include Isaac Portugal, Reid Smith, and Matthew Stuart. 6th grade members included Jayden Kelly and Daniel Brown. 5th grade members included Noah Thomas, Ian Bogertman, Josh DeSouza, Brendan Sharwood, and Alex Zemlyansky. Walter Ainsworth served tirelessly as the boys team manager, helping out with any needs during practices and by manning the stat book during games.

In other athletics news, NSCS is starting a co-ed Spring Track and Field Team! The program will be led by Miss Corinne Previte. Miss Previte is USATF Level 1 and 2 certified in sprints and jumps. She currently coaches at Gordon College along with teaching 5th grade at NSCS. Track and Field team members will experience different events that include distance, sprints, jumps, throws, relays and more! More details coming soon!