Earlier this evening, the first of our two Winter Concerts took place in the Wheatley Auditorium. The concert program included the following groups:
- Intermediate Orchestra (Angela Luftig, Director)
- Concert Orchestra (Stan Orlovsky, Director)
- Chorale (Angela Luftig, Director; Rick Wilson, accompanist)
- Honors String Ensemble (Angela Luftig, Director)
- Symphonic Orchestra (Stan Orlovsky, Director)
We are thankful for the wonderful work of our faculty, the incredible efforts of our students and the terrific support of our community!
Last week, senior Zach Jacobs and Junior Nick Tagios were named to the 2017 All New York State Soccer Team! This recognition is well deserved for two of the leaders of Wheatley’s Nassau County Championship team.
Some of the highlights of these two athletes’ soccer careers include:
- 2017 and 2016 All New York State recognition
- 2017 and 2016 All-County selection
- 2017 Class B Player of the Year
- 2017 Conference ABC Player of the Year
- 2017 Nassau County Championship Game MVP
- 2017 Nassau County Champion
- 2017 conference leader in goals scored (16) and assists (17)
- 2017 All New York State recognition
- 2017 All-County Selection
- 2017 seven shutouts on the season
- 2016 Honorable Mention All-County
- 2015 All-Conference selection
- 4-year varsity starter
- 2017 and 2014 Nassau County Champion
Congratulations to both of these student-athletes, along with Coach Steve Cadet!
In November, Wheatley 9th Grader Huda Ayaz presented me with a signed copy of her most recently-published book! Huda and her family joined Wheatley this past summer, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our learning community. Huda is the published author of five books: the first four books of the Freeze-land series and the fifth, most recent book, Angie Moon and the Legends.
Freeze-land, a fantasy series for children, revolves around a girl named Samantha who goes to a secret planet and tries to save it from an evil man who is trying to make the world sad and dark.
Angie Moon and the Legends is a YA science fiction novel about a half Loch Ness Monster named Angie who must fight against time and rescue her missing friends. Huda is currently working on the sequel to Angie Moon and the Legends.
Huda’s younger sister, Maliha, is also a published author! Maliha wrote the fiction children’s novel The Heart of Time, centered around Amber’s search for a necklace that can help ghosts move on from an in-between world and into the afterlives. Finally, Huda and Maliha’s older sister, Sadaf, has also published a YA mystery novel called Crossing Red Lights! You can find out more about these three remarkable sisters at www.ayazsisters.com
Before yesterday’s 35th Annual SWS Mock Trial Competition, Patrick Clarke (SWS Moderator) led participants in a special ceremony recognizing the contributions made by Robert J. Bernstein to the education at the Wheatley School.
Bob Bernstein, known by generations of Wheatley students as “Bullet,’ was a social studies teacher at Wheatley from 1968 until 1997. Some of the highlights of his five-decade Wheatley career include:
- Advising the School Within A School (SWS) program
- Creating the law program and the courtroom in Room 205
- Starting the SWS Mock Trial Tournament
- Being a founding member of the Nassau County Mock Trial Competition
- Mentoring generations of Wheatley teachers
Even after retirement, Bullet has continued to be a part of the school community. A number of years ago, the Mock Trial club adviser position was vacant and Bullet, as usual, stepped up. Not only did he come out of retirement to help our students, he led them to semi-final and finalist finishes in the Nassau County State Mock Trial Tournament.
After reading a proclamation referencing Bob’s many contributions, Mr. Clarke declared that the SWS Mock Trial Tournament would henceforth be called the “Robert J. Bernstein SWS Mock Trial Tournament.”
Thank you to Bob for all of his wonderful work for Wheatley!
[Thanks to Mr. Clarke for some of this write-up.]
On 6 December 2017, the 35th Annual SWS Mock Trial Tournament was held at Wheatley. As part of this tournament, seven schools and two Wheatley teams competed. The field included Roslyn, Manhasset, Great Neck North, Syosset, Baldwin, Glen Cove and Kellenberg. Wheatley had one team representing SWS and one team from our co-curricular program. Over 100 students participated!
The SWS Mock Trial tournament has always been an opportunity for teams to get ready for the mock trial season which focuses on the New York State competition. For many of the participants, they are experiencing their first mock trial.
For this competition, we were fortunate to have five wonderful attorneys serving as judges: Robert Greco, Mark Cohen, Steve Barnwell, Nicholas Moyne (son of former social studies teacher Claudia Moyne) and Allison Sealove Laskowitz (Wheatley Class of 1990, a former member of SWS and Mock Trial).
Each team participated in two rounds of competition to determine who would meet in the finals. The final matchup started in the Wheatley auditorium at 1:30 with Great Neck North’s defense team taking on Wheatley’s club prosecution team. It was a close contest, with the Wheatley team winning on points.
Congratulation to Mr. Bernstein who was instrumental in getting this team on the road toward mock trial success and to Mr. Ronald Roaldsen who now serves as the adviser to the Mock Trial Club!
[Thanks to Patrick Clarke for the write-up!]
On Tuesday, November 28th, Wheatley Senior Benjamin Mathew was awarded the Student of the Quarter Award in the Business Service Skills Program for his academic and vocational endeavors at the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center.
Benjamin’s teacher, Mrs. Savary, expressed support of Benjamin’s efforts, stating that Benjamin’s diligent work ethic and diverse array of vocational skills sets him apart from his peers. The Wheatley School is proud of Benjamin’s efforts and outstanding contribution to our student body.
Benjamin was recognized in a morning ceremony attended by Mr. Dalton (Barry Tech Principal), Mr. Dunphy (Barry Tech Assistant Principal), Dr. Mazza (our Director of PPS), Mr. Crotty (Ben’s teacher) and Mrs. Silverstein (Ben’s Guidance Counselor).
Keep up the great work Benjamin!
[Thanks to Mr. Crotty for the photos and write-up!]
With a wide-range of exciting opportunities, Wheatley’s Summer Opportunities Fair provided attendees with nearly thirty different options for enriching summer activities. The range of activities included academic, athletic, service and cultural arts programs for students of all ages. Travel opportunities abounded, with many programs combining language enrichment with service learning.
Wheatley is thankful for the efforts of our wonderful PTO for all of the efforts needed to put together this wonderful program!
For a listing of participants, click here: Wheatley SoF-exhibitors-2017