Adapted from a Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the Members, May 17, 2016
By: Dr. Cindy Dolgin, Head of School



As your Head of School, it is my privilege to present you with the Annual State of the School.

As we approach the end of the academic year at our small but mighty school, we are in the midst of so much excitement, culminations, commemorations and celebrations.  It is a thrill that 3 spring varsity teams made the playoffs including Ultimate Frisbee, Golf and Girls Softball.  Last night, the Lady Lions won the Private School Athletic Association’s Championship, topping off an undefeated season with a record of 13 and 0.  SSLI’s final win, against Staten Island Academy, by a score of 6 to 0 was particularly impressive, given that 7 of the players are seniors and had left the day before the finals on their Class journey to Israel.  

About an hour ago, I got the word at the PSAA Varsity individual golf championship, the individual winner was none other than our very own Zachary Shallat!  Zach shot a 73, to tie the reigning champion from Portledge, sending them into a playoffs, which was won by Zach on the first hole.  With a 6th grader reigning champ in golf and the Girls softball MVP a freshman, we have many great years of athletics ahead of us at Schechter LI!  To top it off, word came in that our Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team won today’s game in the first round of PSAA playoffs.

How strange to lead with Athletics:  How odd to begin the SSLI State of the School Address from a small Jewish day school with a report of our successes in athletic competition against Independent Schools.   Let’s face it.  Jewish day schools are known for all sorts of accomplishments, but generally not for their athletic prowess.  All the more reason we should shout from the rooftops that at Schechter, Jewish kids lack for nothing.  Here at Schechter LI, possibilities are limitless!

A new mission statement was ratified by the Board of Trustees 11 months ago, the culmination of the first Governance project following our very first accreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.  The mission statement will frame my remarks so that you can see how, indeed, the Mission Statement has guided our decision-making over the past year as we have reset our course to correspond to our changing world, our changing status as a NYSAIS Accredited Independent School, and the evolution of the Jewish community.

Mission:  SSLI is a Jewish day school whose dual curriculum of excellence educates and empowers its students to be critical thinkers, ethical leaders, and globally engaged citizens, striving to achieve their full potential and ensuring a vibrant Jewish future.  Click here to continue reading