Dear Islip Community,
I am both excited and humbled by being chosen as Islip’s Superintendent of Schools. It is my goal to continue to work on our facilities, curricula, and professional development so that our students receive an exceptional educational experience.
We will be continuing our capital project work this summer, including a complete remodeling of the Middle School cafeteria. Summertime is when we review our curricula and programs, and I will be meeting with principals and teachers to identify areas that need strengthening or revision. During July, I will work with the Board of Education to formulate new goals and plans for the district. Thanks to the support of our community and parents, and the excellence of our teachers, administrators, and support staff, we are confident that our schools will continue to be highly successful.
Islip has a longstanding tradition of working together with the greater community. Whether it’s exploring a new initiative, discussing budget issues or collaborating on needed programs and services, community involvement is key to our district’s success. I encourage you to become involved in our district, whether you have children in our schools or not. Attend Board of Education meetings, ask questions and voice your opinions. Your input truly does matter, and I, along with my team of administrators and the Board of Education, welcome your participation. I am looking forward to hearing from the community. On Thursday, August 23rd, I will host an informal gathering in the Islip High School Cafeteria starting at 10:30 a.m. so that parents, students, and community members have an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions. I have also scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, October 3rd, starting at 6:00 p.m.
As we work together toward our common goal of the success and well-being of our children, I look forward to a school year filled with inquisitiveness, exploration, and excitement.
Ellen Semel, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools