Students Work to Bring Smiles for @ProjectSunshine as Part of the Day of Service and Learning!

Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.

As part of our 9th Annual Day of Service and Learning, nearly three dozen students spent the day making cards and gifts in support of this terrific organization. Under the leadership of Andrea Baker, Sherri Schettini and Pilar Principe-Franco, students worked together to make and assemble fun gift bags to be distributed to children.

Students Contribute to the Million Pillowcase Challenge during the Day of Service and Learning!

With the support of All People Quilt, the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine has been sponsoring the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Through this challenge, individuals put their sewing skills towards creating pillowcases that will then be donated tho local charities.

As part of our 9th Annual Day of Service and Learning, students spent the day creating pillowcases! Under the leadership of Johanne Wright and Michelle Chalfen (assisted by Mrs. DeBenidittis), students had a wonderful time creating some beautiful pillowcases!

Madeline, Grace and Sage Bring Birthdays in a Box to Earn their Silver Badge!

Earlier this week, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello awarded Wheatley students Madeline Lindenauer, Grace Quinn and Sage Silber a Legislative Citation in recognition of their earning of a Silver Badge.

To achieve their Silver Badge in the Girl Scouts, these three ninth graders worked together to create some “Birthday in a Box” packages. These individual customized gift boxes containing several presents for a  number of foster children in the care of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS).

Each of the girls raised their own funds to purchase the gifts, and DSS provided them with the names, ages and gender of those foster children having upcoming birthdays.

At the end of September, the students were thanked by Dr. John Imhof, Commissioner of Nassau County DSS,  Paul Broderick, DSS Deputy Commissioner and DSS Volunteer Coordinator Lynne Campbell.

Congratulations to the students for achieving their Silver Badge status, and thank you to them for looking out for some of our neediest citizens!


Kaya and Kavina Earn All-State Recognition and are Heading to States!

Kaya and Kavina Amin, Wheatley sophomores, have earned All-State status in girl’s tennis. At the 2017 Nassau County Girls Tennis Championships Kaya and Kavina finished second in the double’s competition. After completing spectacular regular seasons as Wheatley’s top single’s players, Kaya and Kavina joined forces to compete against the top doubles players in Nassau County. Through the grueling rounds over the two-day tournament, Kaya and Kavina defeated higher seeded players to advance to the County Finals, which earned them All-State recognition.

Kaya and Kavina competed on the Wheatley Varsity Tennis team as first and second singles this season. They are highly ranked tennis players with unlimited talent and commitment to excellence. Kaya and Kavina will represent Wheatley and Nassau County at the New York State Public High School Tennis Championships in Albany on October 28-30 at the Tri-City Tennis Facility.

Congratulations and good luck to Kaya and Kavina! Congratulations to Coach Joseph Virgilio as well! (Congratulations to Senior Michelle Raja, who also competed in the Nassau County Championships.)

[Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up!]

Students Help at the Pumpkin Patch on our Day of Service and Learning!

As part of our 9th Annual Day of Service and Learning, a group of 15 students and 5 staff members volunteered at the Pumpkin Patch at The East Williston Community Church.

Students worked together to sort, organize and clean pumpkins in preparation for their sale to the community.  In addition, the students made small sales, carried pumpkins to customer cars, raked leaves and interacted with members of the community.

It was a beautiful day for all and a wonderful experience for our students.

(Thanks to Liza Laurino for the write-up. Thanks to Mrs. Laurino and Mrs. Klein for the photos!)

Students Keep the Hempstead Plains Alive During the Day of Service and Learning

Wheatley is fortunate to have a large expanse of space available for students. The “Wheatley Woods” is a popular destination for our cross country athletes and our science students. Some of the last remaining parts of the Hempstead Plains are incorporated within the Wheatley Woods. As part of our 9th Annual Day of Service and Learning, students spent the day cleaning up the Wheatley Woods by removing some of the invasive species that can overrun the area.

Led by Steve Finkelstein, Kevin Meyers and DJ Paulson — with the tireless support of our grounds crew — students spent the day clearing some of the invasive species that continually threaten to overrun the plains.

Thanks to Mr. Paulson for many of the photos! (If you look closely, you can notice the before and after impact of their work.)

Wheatley’s 9th Annual Day of Service and Learning Makes an Impact in our Community!

On Wednesday, 18 October, Wheatley’s 9th Annual Day of Service and Learning took place. As part of this day, students and faculty engaged in approximately three dozen different service activities throughout Long Island. Some of the activities included:

  • A Canvas Full of Sunshine
  • Rueck Farms
  • Birthday Wishes
  • Book Fairies
  • Book Room cleanup
  • Build Storage Shed/Paint Storage Container
  • Christopher Morley Park Cleanup
  • Concert at Glen Cove Nursing Home
  • Documentarians
  • East Williston Pumpkin Patch
  • Family Service League
  • Sands Point Preserve
  • Garvies Point Preserve
  • Guide Dog Foundation
  • Hempstead Plains Restoration and Seed Collection
  • Jessica Cohen Courtyard Clean-up/Michelle Nourmand Garden

Over the next week or so, I will provide more details (and photos) from some of the activities. For now, here are some pictures of the students getting ready to head out to their sites!