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    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

                      - Mark Twain


    Dear North Middle School Parents, Students, Family, and Friends,

    Welcome to the Richard S. Sherman Great Neck North Middle School website. It is our hope that your visit to our digital home will provide you with a glimpse into the great things that are happening at NMS.  Our webmaster, Ms. Danielle Larson, continues to work diligently to ensure that this site provides relevant information that is geared toward strengthening the home-to-school relationship – as we are truly partners in education! 

    Please don’t forget to LIKE us on our NMS Facebook Page so that you can receive up-to-date blasts about the exciting things happening at NMS.    

    It’s May 20, 2020 and NMS (the building) is closed until further notice, but our students and staff are working tirelessly with Remote Learning to ensure that they are growing, both academically and emotionally.  Is it the same as being at school?  Of course not – nothing can ever replicate the environment of a living, breathing middle school.  But, our learning community continues to thrive as we all reflect upon the successes and challenges of remote instruction.  This is a moment in history – and we are all part of it.  Education as we know it is being transformed, and all of NMS stakeholders are active and progressive collaborators in this transformation. 

    As June approaches, it is hard to believe that we are closing the books on another school year!  We’ve celebrated many student achievements, and it has been inspiring to watch our students flourish.  For example, NMS’s eighth graders WOWED a packed house when they showed off their dancing skills at the Culminating Event for Dancing Classrooms.  In addition, for the fourth year in a row, NMS received No Place for Hate (Gold Star) recognition from the Anti-Defamation League. This honor was bestowed upon NMS for its many efforts to make our learning community more inclusive and accepting of the diversity that makes NMS so exceptional.

    This year more than ever, I am sad that we have to say goodbye to our 8th graders because we did not get the full experience of their last few middle school months.  However, I am excited for them as they prepare for the next leg of their journey. I feel fortunate to have spent three years with them, and their enthusiasm for learning and passion for life will not soon be forgotten.

    Yet, life surely does go on, and we must now prepare for our new crop of NMS Blazers!  As I finish my fifth year as principal of NMS, I continue to be excited, honored, and humbled for the privilege to lead NMS. Through student engagement and student learning, we, as a learning community, provide the students of NMS with a multitude of opportunities to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

    Of course, I don’t want to rush the next few months away – so I wish you all a safe and relaxing break – one filled with great fun, lots of reading (couldn’t resist), reflective thought, and family time.

    I thank you for your continued support and trust,  and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


    Stay positive, stay strong, stay safe –

    Jerry Cozine