December is For Our Connections Holiday Dance!

Last Friday night, our cafeteria was transformed into a festive place filled with music, dancing, food and even a Donut Wall! Organized by our wonderful Life Skills and PPS staff and supported by our terrific parents, our annual December Holiday Dance has become THE place to be in December for so many of our students at Wheatley and those in neighboring schools.

This year, we were thrilled to have so many new faces join us for this fun tradition.

Sofia Greenfield and Matthew Kreitzer Named Outstanding Physical Education Students!

Last night, seniors Sofia Greenfield and Matthew Kreitzer were honored by the Nassau Zone NYSAHPERD for being selected by their Physical Education Teachers as the Outstanding Physical Education Students for the East Williston UFSD.

The criteria for the award includes exhibiting a physically active lifestyle both during and outside of school, demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior, demonstrating leadership and being a positive influence on their peers, demonstrating and valuing a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning and having exceptional achievement in Physical Education class.

Congratulations to Sofia and Matt on a wonderful honor! Thank you to Mrs. Tsabasis and Mr. Scaturro for attending the recognition dinner with these fine students!

[Thank you to Mr. Scaturro for the write-up and some of the photos!]

Italian Club Students Discover “Little Italy” in the Bronx!

When most people think of Little Italy, they often picture Lower Manhattan. On Friday afternoon, however, members of Wheatley’s Italian Club discovered that Arthur Avenue (in the Bronx) is the real Little Italy—filled with authentic edible Italian treasures!

Accompanied by Mrs. Susan Vasselman and Mr. Robert Gadamowitz, 29 Wheatley Students had the opportunity to meet various vendors, varying in novelty shops, delis, pastas shops, bread and pastry shops and an indoor food market and experience their specialties.  The students were warmly greeted by the owner of Mike’s Deli in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market. He gave us a demo on the different cheeses he makes at his store and a lesson how they how they should be served.

A further appreciation for the Italian culture was had by all.  Many students cannot wait to go back with their families and show them what a great corner of the Bronx this place truly is.

[Thanks to Mrs. Vasselman for the photos and the write-up!]

Wheatley Theatre Company’s Production of “All in the Timing”a Fun-filled Event!

On this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, the Wheatley Theatre Company entertained the community with a terrific production of David Ives’ All in the Timing and Time Flies. The production included a series of short vignettes:

  • “Sure Thing” was first produced at the Manhattan Punchline Theatre in New York City, in February 1988. Steve Kaplan, Artistic Director.
  • “The Philadelphia” was first produced at the 1992 New Hope Performing Arts Festival, presented by The New Hope Arts Commission, New Hope, Pennsylvania. Robin Larsen,  Executive Director.
  • “English Made Simple” was first presented at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in April 1994. Bill Irwin, Director.
  • “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” was first produced at the Manhattan Punchline Theatre in New York City, in January 1990. Steve Kaplan, Artistic Director.
  • “The Art Of The Fugue” was first presented at the Manhattan Punchline Theatre in New York City in February 1991. Steve Kaplan, Artistic Director.
  • “Time Flies” premiered at Primary Stages in New York City, in May 1998. Casey Childs, Artistic Director.

The show was directed by faculty advisor Andrew Ardito, along with senior Lucy Brancaccio and Class of 2018 graduate Jason Manzano. Dr. Scott Eckers served as the Technical Advisor and Set Designer. Thomas Storck and Paul Chisholm served as the Stage and Tech Crew Advisors. Stephanie Clarfield and Emma Pak served as the Stage Cast Managers. Finally, Maura Calio was our Costume Designer. Thank you to all of them for the wonderful work they did o this terrific show!

Our friends at Island Photography captured Thursday’s opening night.

Wheatley Announces Nassau County Fall Sports Awards Winners!

Mr. Michael Scaturro, our Director of Physical Education, Health, Athletics and Medical Services, created a terrific presentation celebrating the different levels of Nassau County and New York State recognition received by our fall athletes and athletic teams.

You can view the presentation through this link: Fall Athletics Highlights 2018

Fall Athletics Cover 2018

Mrs. Jacobson’s Spanish Students Express their Thanks!

Mrs. Jacobson challenges her Spanish students to communicate in Spanish in a creative, practical or thoughtful manner. Just before our Thanksgiving recess, Mrs. Jacobson continued an annual project that has brightened the spirits of so many in our learning community!

The assignment given to the students was to write a few sentences (in Spanish) about an adult employee for whom they are thankful. Mrs. Jacobson made sure the students considered not just teachers, but the many other adults working in the building: monitors, cafeteria aides, custodians, bus drivers and the like. The sentences of thanks were written on colorful paper and then placed on a bulletin board in the school.

The adults in the building LOVE these notes! Many of them mentioned these notes during the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break, inevitably describing how touched they were by the words written by the students.

This was a wonderful act of gratefulness to our community!

Thanks to Mrs. Jacobson for having the students complete a project that helps them practice their Spanish while brightening the spirits of so many in our school!