Wheatley Students Make Most of their Time in Spain!

Last week, 23 students and four faculty members departed for a week in Spain. Mrs. Martinez has been kind enough to provide some wonderful updates regarding their time in Spain.

Monday, 5 November

Today we took an interesting tour of the Plaza de Toros de Sevilla, the oldest bullring in Spain. We learned about bullfighting and walked behind the scenes as well as out onto the sand where it all occurs. Since we know that it is animal torture, we tried to look at it from a cultural perspective. We learned about the techniques, the clothing, the training, the ceremony, and the profession.
Then we walked along the Guadalquivir River, crossed the bridge, and wandered around the Triana neighborhood. This is the place that the gypsies and flamenco musicians and dancers lived. We went to Mercado de Triana, a food market, and then had some time to get lunch and go to a few shops.
Triana is also where many of the intricate tiles of Spain are made. We went to a big factory store where they are made in big ovens and painted. Many of us bought souvenirs. Then we went to a gourmet food market, el Mercado de la Lonja, for a few snacks.
Dinner was at a restaurant in a lovely round plaza with a fountain. It was a good day, and we have had sunny but chilly weather in the sixties, which is just perfect for walking around all day.

Tuesday, 6 November

Today we visited the Alhambra, a fort and palace built buy the last Muslims that ruled Spain. On the bus ride, we passed orange trees, olive trees, white villages with church steeples, palm trees, cactus plants, and snow capped mountains. We also saw that Spain uses renewable energy, as there were many windmills and solar panels along the way.
During our tour, we learned about the Alhambra, its architecture, how it was used over the years, the life of the sultans and the Spanish Inquisition. There are colorful tiles with patterns and calligraphy among intricate stucco, arches and marble patios with fountains. The vaulted ceilings and views through the windows were breathtaking.

Wednesday, 7 November

Today we took a cooking class. We made salmorejo, a cold tomato soup, similar to gazpacho, but creamier. The main dish was a giant vegetarian paella with snow peas, tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, asparagus, garlic, peppers, and cauliflower. All of the food was fresh from the market where we took the class. It was delicious. For dessert, we made flan. The kitchens were open and modern. We had a great meal. Everyone was involved in the cooking and preparation, and it was a lot of fun. The class was in Spanish, and the kids handled it very well.
Next, we took a boat cruise down the river. There was a recorded guide in Spanish and English, which explained what we were passing, such as bridges designed by Santiago Calatrava and historical landmarks.We learned about the buildings we were passing and relaxed before heading to our flamenco dance class, which was taught in Spanish as well. We took a class on how to clap and stomp and keep the beat, as well as where flamenco came from and how to call out when the dancer is doing a great job. After the workshop, we went into the dance room and tried to bust a move.
Clearly, our students are having a wonderful experience in Spain! Thank you to Mary Martinez for the terrific and informative updates! Thanks as well to Alison Amarain for the beautiful photos below!

Students Enjoy a Busy First Few Days in Spain!

On Thursday evening, 23 Wheatley students and 4 Wheatley faculty members departed for a week in Spain. The first few days have been filled with activity!

Mrs. Martinez provided the following updates on the first two days:
We went to the Seville Cathedral (built in 1409) and saw Columbus’ tomb, where “less than a hamburger” of his remains lie. Gross, right?!? Next, we climbed to the top of the Giralda bell tower, which is very easy to go up, because it is a ramp. It was originally a minaret for a mosque.
We enjoyed the Plaza de España, ornate with beautiful blue, yellow, and white ceramic tiles. There was a Fiat car show surrounding the fountain, a man blowing giant bubbles, and a flamenco group upstairs, making the atmosphere even more fun.  We took a boat ride; some of us chose a motorboat and some rowed. Next, we found an international food market, and the kids sampled foods from all over the world, including kangaroo.
Mrs. Stein and Alison Amarain provided the following wonderful photos!

Students Depart for a Week in Spain!

On Thursday evening, 23 Wheatley students and 4 Wheatley chaperones departed for an eight-day, seven-night adventure in Spain! The students will spend their time in the Seville region of Spain, visiting the various sites in and about the city, including:

  • the cathedral
  • Christopher Columbus’ tomb
  • the Giralda Tower
  • the Real Maestranza bullring
  • Granada
  • a Guadalquivir River cruise
  • the University of Seville
  • the Seville Soccer Stadium
  • a flamenco show
  • the Generalife Gardens

Students participating in this trip include:

  • Adam Aldad
  • Alison Amarain
  • Danielle Avila
  • Isabel Avila
  • Ethan Boa
  • Jacquie Daniels
  • James Dearborn
  • Kaileigh Fiorillo
  • Benjamin Gold
  • Sahil Jain
  • Ivan Jing
  • Marcella Kanes
  • Teddy Koutsoftas
  • Alexandra Levine
  • Vittoria Papa
  • Kylie Ramalhete
  • Samar Saleem
  • Carly Silverman
  • Jaylyn Soleimani
  • Jade Sullivan
  • Kate Sullivan
  • Catherine Zhang
  • Danyal Zulfiqar

A huge “thank you” to Mary Martinez for organizing and chaperoning this trip for the students! Thank you as well to Paul Chisholm, Jason Craven and Jenna Stein for chaperoning this wonderful adventure!

Wheatley Inducts 81 Students into the National Honor Society!

Earlier this evening, 81 students were inducted into Wheatley’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. Students inducted into the National Honor Society have met the requirements of the organization’s four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. In a wonderful ceremony organized by Wheatley’s NHS advisor, Mrs. Allison Chanin-Bermudez, some of the current National Honor Society officers spoke about each pillar of the society. Kenton Wu spoke about Scholarship, Dina Aldad spoke about Leadership, Kristen Leong read Yusuf Meghji’s essay about Character (Yusuf was ill and could not attend) and Pricilla Prasad spoke about Service.

The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Tamir Aldad, a 2002 Wheatley graduate and member of the NHS. Dr. Aldad spoke of the important role failure and struggle play in one’s personal and professional development.

Thank you to Ms. Chanin-Bermudez for organizing such a wonderful ceremony! Congratulations to the following inductees:

  • Rahul Ajmera
  • Alison Amarain
  • Kavina Amin
  • Kaya Amin
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby
  • Meredith Ardizzone
  • Isabel Avila
  • Zachary Azevedo
  • Brandon Behar
  • Alyssa Belle
  • Skylar Blechner
  • Emma Blennau
  • Emily Blumberg
  • Patrick Brady
  • Jessica Calabrese
  • Maggie Caroddo
  • Eric Chu
  • Samantha Chusid
  • Joseph Contrastano
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Peter Cuomo
  • Maxwell Davidoff
  • Nicolas DeBellis
  • Kaitlyn Ducroiset
  • Jacquelyn Dunne
  • Thomas Dwyer
  • Matthew Ferrone
  • Jenna Fey
  • Sofia Fuertes
  • April Garnock
  • Norah Gidanian
  • Derek Gilbert
  • Katharine Gold
  • Emily Gothelf
  • Alex Horowitz
  • Hitangee Jain
  • Sahil Jain
  • Ansh Jhaveri
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Megan Kaye
  • Sanjana Khana
  • Jason Koty
  • Theodore Koutsoftas
  • Hema Kumar
  • Eliana Li
  • James Li
  • Karen Li
  • Samantha Lew
  • Akiva Mohebban
  • Amanda Molstad
  • Victoria Mora
  • Kaila Nabatian
  • Vana Nath-Mahadeo
  • Ilana Nimkoff
  • Ari Ostad
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • Natalia Potrapeluk
  • Madison Ramos
  • Orell Rayhan
  • Isabella Rios
  • Brenden Resnick
  • Brooke Rubenstein
  • Tyler Schore
  • Diya Shah
  • Dean Sheinman
  • Jaylyn Soleimani
  • Rebecca Sparacio
  • Alexander Tu
  • Amanda Ustick
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Aidan Wong
  • Trenton Wong
  • Erin Wu
  • Emily Yagoda
  • Zachary Yakubovich
  • Alia Yamin
  • Aaron Zachariah
  • Rebecca Zeltsman
  • Allison Zheng
  • Brenda Zhong
  • Sharon Zhong

Wheatley Students Attend Dodge Poetry Festival!

Students from Wheatley at the Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Festival on Friday.  We joined thousands of attendees at this celebration of poetry—listening to poets from Sandra Cisneros and Elizabeth Alexander to young spoken word poetry artists read and perform their work and discuss their craft.  Students were inspired by the wide variety of poets they encountered, including former US Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners. On this special day, high school students have an opportunity to interact with working poets from a diverse background.

Two dozen 9th through 12th graders were chosen to attend, including Vintage members, students from an SWS class studying these contemporary poets and other student writers who simply love poetry.

It was an exhilarating day for all in attendance!

[Thanks to Mr. Collier for the write-up and the photos!]

2018 Regents and Advanced Placement Data Presentation

Wheatley has long prided itself on creating an environment in which students are able to succeed in a variety of different ways. Students have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of artisticscientifichistoricalmathematicallinguistic and athletic pursuits…just to name a few!

Wheatley students have also been successful in both state and national examinations. At last night’s Board of Education work session, an overview of the Regents examinations results and the Advanced Placement results was presented to the community. You can view a copy of the presentation below:

Wheatley Data Overview Oct18

Wheatley Data Overview Oct18

ASL Course at Wheatley!

Earlier this evening, we were excited to begin our first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) course at Wheatley! Thanks to the efforts of senior Charlotte Goldbaum and the sponsorship of the Wheatley PTO, we were able to find an experienced ASL educator, Azadeh Malekan, ready to lead participants through the fundamentals of ASL. Through this 10-week course, participants will be able to communicate using ASL at a basic level. This course is open to all community members, and we are thrilled that two dozen participants registered!

I attended the beginning of the first class and was absolutely dazzled by Ms. Malekan’s skill and ability to engage the class!