SWS in the City of Brotherly Love!

An important part of Wheatley’s SWS Program is its annual retreat at the beginning of the year. This year’s trip was to Philadelphia, PA, where students enjoyed a visit to Independence Hall, the Eastern State Penitentiary, a hike at the Wildlife Refuge and a visit to the Franklin Institute.

In addition to spending time learning about our nation’s culture and history, the students had time during the trip to forge the types of bonds that make for a strong and successful democratic organization.

Thanks to the SWS faculty who accompanied the students on the trip: Mr. Pat Clarke, Mr. Stephen Collier, Mrs. Gena Topping, Mrs. Birthe Seferian, Mr. Michael Dunn and Mr. Todd Henao.

[Thanks to Mr. Clarke for some of the photos!]

Allison and Brandon Earn NYSSMA Recognition!

Earlier this month, two of our Wheatley student-musicians were selected as 2018 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State musicians. These students were chosen out of thousands of students who auditioned for this honor at solo and ensemble festivals throughout New York State last spring.

Congratulations to Allison Keller (viola) and Brandon Zhu (violin). Allison will play with Symphonic Orchestra at the NYSSMA All-State conference in December, and Brandon will serve as an alternate.

Six Wheatley Students Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists!

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named six Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earning this prestigious honor are:

  • Antony Deluxe
  • Amanda Kim
  • Vedant Singh
  • Kenton Wu
  • Camellia Ye
  • Brandon Zhu

As Semifinalists, these students scored in the top one percent of the more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.

The 16,000 national Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the Finalist level of competition.  About 15,000 of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

Congratulations and good luck to Tony, Amanda, Vedant, Kenton, Camellia and Brandon!

Frederick Lin Finds Success in Germany!

This past summer, freshman Frederick Lin earned the distinction of participating at the International History Olympiad hosted in Berlin, Germany. The 2018 International History Olympiad was attended by over 200 students with more than 30 global affiliations. In the competition, he finished 2nd place in art history and 3rd in women’s history. At the closing ceremonies held at Charlottenburg Palace, he was awarded a silver medal (art history) and bronze medal (women’s history).

The International History Olympiad is a biennial week-long competition of history, attended by some of the best young history students from around the world.

Congratulations, Freddy!

First Few Days of 2018-19 School Year a Hot Success!

In the midst of our region’s heat wave, the Wheatley hallways are hot and filled with excitement on these first few days of the 2018-19 academic year! Members of our Class of 2019 returned to school wearing their Senior shirts with pride, and students in other grades oriented themselves to the rhythms of a new year. Classrooms and hallways were filled with students getting reacquainted with each other and with their teachers.

For members of the Class of 2019, the year began with the Senior Sunrise. Most of these students then returned to school in the evening in order to attend the “Driving in the Safe Lane” presentation.

It is going to be a wonderful school year!

Class of 2019 Welcomes its Final First Day at its #SeniorSunrise!

The opening of the 2018-19 school year started with our Senior Sunrise. Students in the graduating class gathered together on the athletic fields early this morning to watch the sun rise on the first morning of their Senior Year of school. This was their final First Day of School in our district! In the final week of classes, seniors will gather for their Senior Sunset.

Thanks to the generous support of our Wheatley PTO, students were treated to bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee and tea!

The weather was beautiful and the sunrise was glorious! All went well for what promises to be a fantastic year for members of the Class of 2019!