More Photos from the Wheatley-Bronx Arts Ensemble Joint Concert!

I have two sets of photos to share from the wonderful Wheatley-Bronx Arts Ensemble joint concert held just before the February break! The first set is from our very own Randy Horowitz, who has been generous with her photographs of school events over the years.


The second set is from our friends at Island Photography! Enjoy!

Ali and Hannah Speak to Faculty About Allergies!

Last week, junior siblings Alexandra and Hannah Ostad spoke to the faculty about life at Wheatley with a severe food allergy. Ali, who has lived with life-threatening food allergies since the age of three, described how she has to think about every single piece of food she places into her mouth every day. Hannah, Ali’s twin, described how she has developed anxiety worrying about her sister’s allergies!

Ali and Hannah gave a wonderful presentation to the faculty, with the aim of encouraging greater awareness of and sensitivity to the issue of students with allergies. As a result of their advocacy, we will be placing allergy alert signs in every classroom, reminding students and staff when a room is used by a student with a food allergy.

You can view Ali and Hannah’s presentation here: food-allergy-faculty-presentation

Wheatley-Bronx Arts Ensemble Joint Concert Entertains and Delights!

On Wednesday evening, Wheatley students and East Williston music faculty partnered with the professional musicians from the Bronx Arts Ensemble to present a lovely evening of music and entertainment. As part of this program, the professional musicians provided several group tutoring sessions to students who were participating in this joint concert, leading into a full rehearsal the afternoon of the concert. It is an inspirational evening for all involved!

Wheatley graduate David Krauss (Class of 1989), Principal Trumpet for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, joined the combined group for a wonderful Haydn concerto. Before playing, David spoke movingly about his music instruction in East Williston, mention North Side teacher Peter Pane (who first gave him a trumpet), Willets Road instructor Mark Meyers, and two of his Wheatley teachers, David Heckendorn and Gail Renaudo. Mark, David and Gail were in the audience to see David perform!

For me, a highlight of the evening was the opportunity to narrate Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the combined group.

It is worth reiterating that such an wonderful evening takes place through the support of our Board of Education, Nassau BOCES and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. A special “Thank You” to our very own Angela Luftig for her coordination of this event!


Jakob and Michelle Advance to National Merit Finalist Status!

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has advanced two Wheatley seniors as Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors earning this prestigious honor are:

  • Jakob Gilbert
  • Michelle Lin

As Finalists, the students have scored in the top one half of one percent of the more than 1.5 million juniors who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.

By advancing to Finalist status, these students remain eligible for Merit Scholarship awards worth $34 million that will be offered this spring.

We congratulate the work of our Finalists!

Joanna Signorile Captures Nassau Gymnastics Championship!

At Tuesday’s New York State Gymnastics Qualifying Tournament at Great Neck South High School, sophomores Eva LaMonica and Joanna Signorile competed as part of the combined Carle Place-Wheatley gymnastics team.

At the end of the qualifying competition, Joanna earned the All-Around individual title with a score of 36.9! On her path to the all-around title, Joanna won the vault, uneven bars and the balance beam, showcasing her impressive talents and versatility!

Next stop for Joanna is the State Finals meet at Cold Spring Harbor on 4 March! Congratulations and good luck to Joanna!

You can view the Newsday article through this link: JSignorile_Newsday15Feb17

Vintage Poetry Read Highlights Student Voice!

Earlier this afternoon, scores of students gathered in Room 450 for the third annual Vintage Poetry Read. Organized by Maya Alfia and Sara Zulfiqar, editors of our award-winning Vintage literary magazine, the afternoon was a casual opportunity for students to share some of the poetry they have written over the past few months. Of course, students were encouraged to submit their work for inclusion in this year’s edition of Vintage, which will be released in June.

Thank you to the following students who shared their work:

  • Adam Aldad
  • Maya Alfia
  • Patrick Brady
  • Roxanne Ghadami
  • Lianna Golden
  • Jamie Horowitz
  • Daisy Kaur
  • Ally Kim
  • Jane Kim
  • Gretchen Keller
  • Vani Kumar
  • Talia Rosen
  • Saman Suleman
  • Justin Vega
  • Emily Wang
  • Anne Yan
  • Sara Zulfiqar

Thanks as well to Mr. Leidenfrost-Wilson, faculty advisor to Vintage!

Joe and Shawn Capture Wrestling County Championship!

Congratulations to Joe Contrastano, Shawn Mosca, John DeRidder, Chris Moretta, Matt Teemsma, Gabe Graca, Liam Coffey, and Max Mosca who represented the Carle Place/Wheatley Wrestling team at the Nassau County Division 2 Wrestling Championship on Saturday at Cold Spring Harbor High School. Chris Moretta finished 4th and Matt Teemsma finished 3rd.

Wheatley freshman Joe Contrastano won his first County Championship, Wheatley senior Shawn Mosca won his second County Championship and Carle Place junior John DeRidder won his second County Championship. These  three outstanding wrestlers will be competing for a State Championship at the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25. Good luck to all three and Coaches Korman and Grimm!

Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up of this accomplishment!