Girls Varsity Lacrosse Begins the Season Strong!

The Wheatley Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has started the season incredibly strong! After an opening day loss against Mineola, the team has rattled off ten consecutive wins! As of today, the team has a 10-1 overall record and a perfect 6-0 conference record!

On Friday, 12 April, the team earned a solid victory over Glen Cove. Our friends at Island Photography were there to capture the action!

Kenton Earns a PERFECT Score on Advanced Placement Examination!

Earlier this month, I received news that Kenton Wu (Class of 2019) was one of only 111 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Research Examination he took last year! AP Examinations are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 5 equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course.

Kenton went beyond a score of 5, however! He earned every possible point on the exam!

This is a most impressive accomplishment, and we congratulate Kenton for earning this recognition. We are also thankful to his AP Research teacher, Mrs. Alexis Pace, for her support and encouragement!

Wheatley Students Remember the Holocaust Through Two Remarkable Presentations!

On Thursday, April 11, all students in grades 7-12 had the opportunity to participate in a day of Holocaust education.  In the morning, students in grades 7-9 assembled the Wheatley auditorium to see the play “From the Fires:  Voices of the Holocaust.”  This play traced the life of a Berlin teenager from 1937 to 1945 and helped students understand the events of the Holocaust in an age-appropriate and accessible way.  Following the performance, students had the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the playwright, Jeff Sanzel, and the ensemble.  The cast was thoroughly impressed with the maturity of the students and their ability to ask high-level questions.

At the same time, students in grades 10-12 listened intently to Felice Katz, who gave her mother’s testimony of surviving the horrors of the Holocaust.  Audience members were so touched by her family’s story that Ms. Katz stayed to talk to several upper-classmen who were free the following period.

In the afternoon, the older students watched “From the Fires” while those in grades 8 and 9 heard Evelyn Altenberg tell the story of her parents, survivors from Germany.  The connection between the historical fiction they had seen in the morning and the true story of one family’s survival was quickly apparent.  Seventh graders heard Ms. Katz speak at Willets Road School.

Throughout the day and into Friday, students reflected on the presentations with their teachers and peers.  Thank you to the entire East Williston school community for supporting programming that touches upon difficult yet important topics such as genocide and tolerance.

Thank you to Dr. Eckers for arranging this most impactful day.

[Thank you to Dr. Eckers for some of the photos.]

Tri-M’s Big Band Night Brings our Community Together over Food, Music and Dance!

Last night, Wheatley’s cafeteria was transformed into a Big Band swinging playland! Hosted by our Tri-M Music Honor Society, our annual “Puttin’ on the Ritz” evening was a delight for everyone in attendance. Scores of our residents enjoyed an evening of free food, terrific music, energetic dance and wonderful company.

Our Tri-M students provided table service to all in attendance. The food was delicious, the dessert was tasty, and the coffee was as hot as the music. Wheatley’s Stage Band (under the direction of Dr. Peggy Ho) and our Jazz Band (under the direction of Steve Fitzko) provided wonderful music. Vocal accompaniments on some of the songs were provided by Shruti Goyal and Shrey Gulati. All the while, our guests were able to eat, dance and enjoy themselves.

Thank you to our Tri-M faculty advisor, Ms. Angela Luftig, for her assistance in organizing this event!