Photos and Videos from Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

On Sunday, 18 June, the Class of 2017 was celebrated during Wheatley’s 60th Annual Commencement Exercises! It was a wonderful ceremony filled with outstanding student speeches and musical performances.

Susan Checkla, our District Publicist, has shared some additional photos from the day. Furthermore, I was able to secure from parents some videos of some of the student performances.

You can view the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

 

Class of 2017 Celebrates at Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 60th Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2017! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting Wheatley’s 60th graduating class! The ceremony also debuted the new Commencement Gowns!

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

Students and Staff Celebrated at our 13th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner

Earlier this evening, 14 June, our 13th Annual In Recognition of Excellence dinner was held. During a very busy time of the year, this remains one of my favorite evenings. Through our students’ own voices, attendees are reminded of the deep and lasting impact our faculty have on our students’ academic, emotional and social lives. The celebration of the relationships formed and connections made is what makes for such a special evening!

With so much talent in our school, it is still possible for some students to not get the recognition that they deserve. To recognize these students, the In Recognition of Excellence award was introduced eleven years ago. This honor is given to a group of students who have demonstrated outstanding service to school and community, demonstrated respect and concern for fellow students, and set high expectations for themselves as they have achieved their goals.

The recipients of this award were asked to select one teacher, staff member or coach from their experiences at North Side, Willets Road, and Wheatley who had the greatest positive impact on their life.

Congratulations to our recognized students and the faculty they acknowledged:

Jack Goldman

  • Donna Casano (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Zachary Groveman

  • Kerri Spieler (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (Wh)

Allison LaMonica

  • Christopher Campbell (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (Wh)

Julia Mongelluzzo

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Kristen Guyton (Wh)

Dylan Nektalov

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Taylor Ribotsky

  • Jill Widyn (NS)
  • Karen Stein (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (Wh)

Micki Wain

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)

Joshua Wolff

  • Henry Kupstas (NS)
  • Denise Giulano (WR)
  • Steve Cadet (Wh)

Kevin Yi

  • Scott Hoefling (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

6th Annual Research Symposium Highlights Wide Array of Student Research!

Last week, Wheatley’s 6th Annual Research Symposium was held in our lobby (for the poster sessions) and a Room 450 (for the senior research presentations). The breadth and scope of the topics covered a large range of science research topics.

We are thankful to have such wonderfully motivated students along with the faculty to support their efforts. Particular thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Ms. Alexis Blondrage, for her work with these students and her coordination of the evening.


Science Research Topics and Presentations

Independent Science Research
  • Sufia Ainechi – Solar Panel Pressure Plate: An Interactive System
  • Ananya Bansal – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Rachel Fuzaylov – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains; Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Rikki Gassman – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains
  • Jakob Gilbert – Creating Stable Housing in Earthquake-Prone Areas Using Semi-Rigid Arch Systems With Dynamic Wedge Foundations
  • Sana Haroon – The Effect of Thymoquinone on brc-1 and brc-2 Expression in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Abdullah Hassan – Dissolution of generic vs brand name drugs in the stomach
  • Farah Hasan – Designing a CRISPR/dCas9 System to Knock Down SOD1 Expression in Mammalian Cells
  • Arvin Jadonath – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Ansh Jhaveri – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Brett Katz – Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Megan Kirschner – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Abhishek Kumar – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Nirav Kumar – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Vani Kumar – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • John Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Karen Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Michelle Lin – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island; Do oviposition deterring pheromones reduce competition between same vs. different varieties of Strauzia flies?
  • Gil Lotzky – Working at the New York Head and Neck Institute
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Dylan Nektalov – The Effect of Superconductivity for Doped Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide
  • Jax Nussbaum – Music Exposure’s Effect on the Provocation of Autobiographical Memories
  • Michelle Raja – Reducing Toxicology of Nanoparticles while maintaining maximum antibacterial properties through shape control
  • Aidan Roldan – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Sumughan Pitchayan – Natural Lighting in Classrooms
  • Jessica Poomkudy – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Madison Ramos – The Survival and Development of Artemia salina When Exposed to Low Doses of Diclofenac
  • Manan Shukla – The Utilization of Cellular Technology and Medicobox as Effective and Inexpensive Solutions to Medical Nonadherence in Healthcare
  • Anne Yan – The Effect of Nitrulline on the Expression of Dys-1 and Dyc-1 Genes in C. Elegans
  • Emily Wang – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Josh Wolff – Dissecting The Effects of Biased Social Media on Millennials’ Views of Presidential Candidates
  • Aiden Wong – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Kenton Wu – Carbaryl-Induced Cytotoxicity and Inflammation in both Mytilus edulis and Human Tissues Implicate the Pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Introduction to Science Research
  • Kavina Amin – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Kaya Amin – Optimizing Energy Output in a Mudwatt
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby – What Biological Material Produces the Greatest Volume of Biogas?
  • Zachary Azevedo – The Effectiveness of Sunscreen Against UV Radiation
  • Ethan Bao –  Flame Retardancy
  • Alyssa Belle – The Effect of Sweeteners on Black Worms
  • Derek Gilbert – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Hitangee Jain – Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics
  • Megan Kaye – The Effect of Ethyl Alcohol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia Magna
  • Hema Kumar – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Ilana Nimkoff – Optimizing Energy output in a Mudwatt
  • Jacob Mohebban – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Karthik Pitchayan – Flame Retardancy
  • Chris Santoli – The Effect of Xylitol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia
  • Rebecca Sparacio – The Effect of Caffeine and Ethanol on the Expression of the CEP-1 Tumor Suppressor Gene in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Rebecca Zeltsman –  The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli Bacteria
  • Danyal Zulfiqar – The Effect of Earthworms on Soil Quality

 

Heydi Manjano Selected as BOCES Outstanding Student!

Heydi Manjano, one of our graduating students, has been involved in Nassau BOCES Cosmetology program at its Barry Tech Campus. As part of this program, Heydi takes classes at Wheatley in the morning and classes at Barry Tech in the afternoon. On Wednesday evening, Barry Tech had its graduation ceremony for students who had successfully completed one of its many programs, and as part of that program, Heydi was recognized as the Outstanding Cosmetology Student.

Congratulations to Heydi on this wonderful

recognition!

 

 

Vani Kumar Published in Online International Magazine!

Wheatley Junior Vani Kumar is one of our extraordinary science research students. In the spring, she had an article published in The Epoch Herald, a new online international magazine (of which she is the Chief of Editing).

Vani’s article was entitled “CRISPR- The Little Known Technology Which Will Change the Future of Humanity” and was based on her science research work. The magazine article is quite approachable, so please take a moment to read it here: http://wp.me/p7Mlzz-Ro

Congratulations to Vani and thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage, for her support of all of our research students.

Meet Rachel Koty, our 2017 Leadership in Action Recipient!

One of the final few awards given during our Academic Awards Evening is the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action award.

Susan Bergtraum has been the model of an active and engaged community member. A long-time resident of our district, she was an active parent in our schools, and she served as a Board Trustee for 15 years, including five years as Board President. Presently, she is serving schools districts from across the state as President of the State School Boards Association. Last year, in honor and recognition of her past, present and future service to our school and community, we established the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award for the senior who best epitomizes the action leadership exhibited by Susan Bergtraum.

Presented by Mrs. Diane Cumming, Wheatley PTO co-president, here is what was said about this year’s recipient:

This year’s recipient is an outgoing, intelligent, compassionate, and remarkable student. Kind-hearted and generous in actions and spirit, this student radiates a special warmth and supportive nature that is very inviting to others. Rarely seeking the spotlight, this student speaks with confidence and poise. With an extra-curricular résumé that is quite impressive, this student’s legacy at Wheatley is secure.

A love of learning, a willingness to lend a helping hand, and a desire to help those who are underprivileged have been this student’s guideposts at Wheatley and in the community. She has been significant leader with the “Hand in Hand” program at Temple Sinai. As a volunteer, she has coordinated social and educational activities for children currently living in homeless shelters in New York City.  She is a generous with her time and is focused on making a difference in the lives of others.

It is our distinct honor to present the 2017 Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award to Rachel Koty.