Abigail L. has been attending SCS since Kindergarten and is currently in 9th grade. Last year, Abigail was on the SCS Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team that went to the state playoffs! Not only was this an amazing accomplishment for this team, but Abigail was also able to be on this team while she was in the 8th grade, which is quite an accomplishment. She was recently selected as one of Newsday's Top 100 High School Basketball Players on Long Island!
Abigail had a love for basketball at a very young age, and SCS was able to help her develop her appreciation for the sport. In the 4th grade, the varsity coach saw the talent in her and invited her to practice with the team. Abigail said, “They were really encouraging and helped me to push myself to work harder to get to where I am now.” Since 4th grade, Abigail was encouraged to set goals for herself to eventually be on the Varsity team!
Abigail said that being at SCS and playing basketball has taught her how to apply Christian principles to her own life. For example, in the 6th grade she learned about perseverance and endurance and was able to apply those lessons to her experiences playing basketball. In the years to come, Abigail wants to attend a Christian college and make basketball a part of her life and future career.
Dr. Anna Ramos has a Ph.D. in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New York. She has her Master's in Addiction Certification (MAC), which is a National Certification provided by National Board of Certified Counselors. Dr. Ramos is a Board Certified Professional Counselor, provided by the American Psychotherapy Association. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). In addition, she is an ordained minister and Clinical Director of Long Island Teen Challenge.
Dr. Anna Ramos has been involved with SCS for ten years, and she currently has two children attending. She decided to send her children to SCS for the strong Christian influence in the curriculum, faculty, and school, as well as for the school’s academics.
Last year, a group of SCS students went to Teen Challenge as a part of SCS’ service learning program. Dr. Ramos stated: “The benefits of our students serving at Teen Challenge are multifaceted. The service learning at Teen Challenge helps to serve as an educational tool for students (i.e. learning what not to do in terms of drugs and alcohol and how to avoid the peer pressures associated with these areas). The service learning also lets students know that even if they have made mistakes, no one is outside the loving and merciful hand of Jesus. Individuals who struggle with addiction should not be shamed, but rather told about the loving Father who can change their lives.”
Dr. Ramos added that the service learning program goes hand in hand with Christian education. Students learn about loving Jesus and helping those in need, and then they practice what they learn by going out and being the “hands and feet” of Jesus to their communities. Dr. Ramos stated that “the service learning program puts the practical into the theoretical and helps the students to have fun while doing so!”
" The service-learning program at SCS goes hand and hand with Christian education. Students learn about loving Jesus and helping those in need. Then, they practice what they learn by going out and being the "hands and feet" of Jesus to their communities. "
Dr. Anna Ramos, SCS parent
" Knowing that our children are going to school and learning about Christ and hearing biblical truth that is not altered has confirmed to us over and over that SCS is the best choice we could make for our kids' education. "
Doug & Kelly Jansson, SCS parents
" If you aim for heaven, you might get earth thrown in, besides. Aim for heavenly values by sending your kids to Smithtown Christian School, even if it means sacrifice. "
Daniel Buttafuoco, SCS Grandparent
"SCS has been an incredible blessing to our family. Knowing our children are in a Christ-centered environment where they are loved, nurtured and prayed for by their teachers and other members of their school family is so important to us. "
Rachel Cardwell, SCS Parent
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