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!

Vedant Singh is a Siemens Competition Regional Finalist!

Yesterday, Vedant Singh (Class of 2019) was named a Semifinalist in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. (You can see the Newsday article through this link: Siemens Semifinalist Oct2017_Newsday.)

Today, Vedant was informed that he moved on to the next level of the competition, earning recognition as a Regional Finalist! Vedant was one of 101 students across the United States who was recognized with this honor; he was one of 11 in Long Island to earn this prestigious recognition!

You can read the Newsday cover article about Long Island’s Regional Finalists through this link: Siemens Regional Finalists Oct2017_Newsday

This year more than 1800 projects were submitted, an all-time high.  Vedant researched at Stony Brook University where he was a fellow at the Garcia Research Program under the direction of Dr. Miriam Rafailovich.

The title of Vedant’s project is: Evaluating the Effects of Graphene-Loaded Poly (4-vinylpyridine) Electrospun Fiber Scaffolds and Spun-cast Thin Films on the Proliferation and Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells in vitro.

Congratulations to Vedant!

[Thanks to Ms. Pace for the write-up!]

Vedant is Siemens Regional Finalist

 

 

Vedant Singh is a Siemens Competition Semifinalist!

Congratulations Vedant Singh (Class of 2019) for being named a Semifinalist in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.  Vedant was one of 491 students across the United States who was recognized with this honor; his project was one of 300.

This year more than 1800 projects were submitted, an all-time high.  Vedant researched at Stony Brook University where he was a fellow at the Garcia Research Program under the direction of Dr. Miriam Rafailovich.

The title of Vedant’s project is: Evaluating the Effects of Graphene-Loaded Poly(4-vinylpyridine) Electrospun Fiber Scaffolds and Spun-cast Thin Films on the Proliferation and Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells in vitro.

Tomorrow, Vedant will find out if his work will represent New York State as a Regional Finalist. Congratulations to Vedant!

[Thanks to Ms. Pace for the write-up!]

#Homecoming2017 Brings the Community Together Around Sports, Food, Games and Fundraising!

Our Homecoming Celebration was a terrific blend of sports, entertainment, food, games and even some fundraising! At Wheatley, Homecoming kicked off with our Pep Rally on Friday afternoon. Organized by our Student Senate, the Pep Rally featured our incredible Jazz Band (under the direction of Steve Fitzko), the introduction of our Fall teams by Student Senate members, and a Teacher v. Student “Pie in the Face” challenge that raised over $8,200 for Puerto Rican relief! You can see some photos and videos of the wonderful Pep Rally at #Homecoming2017 Kicks off with a Pep Rally and a Fundraiser!

After the Pep Rally, our Tri-M Music Honor Society presented “Rocktoberfest” for the community, a combination of music, seasonal activities and wonderful food! You can see some photos from this new event at Tri-M’s “Rocktoberfest” Celebrates Music and the Season!

On a lovely Saturday morning and afternoon, Wheatley volleyball and soccer teams competed. As the athletes were competing, community members enjoyed a wonderful International Food Court, DJ music and some bouncy houses!