Ben Mathew Earns Student of the Quarter Recognition @NassauBOCES!

On Tuesday, November 28th, Wheatley Senior Benjamin Mathew was awarded the Student of the Quarter Award in the Business Service Skills Program for his academic and vocational endeavors at the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center.

Benjamin’s teacher, Mrs. Savary, expressed support of Benjamin’s efforts, stating that Benjamin’s diligent work ethic and diverse array of vocational skills sets him apart from his peers. The Wheatley School is proud of Benjamin’s efforts and outstanding contribution to our student body.

Benjamin was recognized in a morning ceremony attended by Mr. Dalton (Barry Tech Principal), Mr. Dunphy (Barry Tech Assistant Principal), Dr. Mazza (our Director of PPS), Mr. Crotty (Ben’s teacher) and Mrs. Silverstein (Ben’s Guidance Counselor).

Keep up the great work Benjamin!

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


Wheatley’s Summer Opportunities Fair Draws a Huge Crowd!

With a wide-range of exciting opportunities, Wheatley’s Summer Opportunities Fair provided attendees with nearly thirty different options for enriching summer activities. The range of activities included academic, athletic, service and cultural arts programs for students of all ages. Travel opportunities abounded, with many programs combining language enrichment with service learning.

Wheatley is thankful for the efforts of our wonderful PTO for all of the efforts needed to put together this wonderful program!

For a listing of participants, click here: Wheatley SoF-exhibitors-2017


Wheatley Cybercats are Finalist in their First Competition of the Year!

On Saturday, November 18th, the Wheatley Cybercats competed in the 6th annual Half Hollow Hills FRC Invitational. One of the purposes of this early competition is to give robotics teams across the region an opportunity to experience the demands of a competition before heading into the Spring season competitions.

In the spirit of the off-season invitational, many younger team members got the chance to be a driver, pilot, or gear feeder— all of which are very high-stress positions.

The Cybercats were able to make it all the way to the finals matches, winning 4 matches during the single elimination games, and losing the best of three finals matches by a close margin.

This is the second year in a row that the Cybercats were finalists at the HHH Invitational. This is also the second year that the Cybercats competed at the HHH Invitational, meaning that they have a 100% finalist rate!

As Steamworks comes to a close, we begin to prepare for FRC PowerUp and for our competitions in April!

Led by coaches Patrick Hurley, Joseph Fina and John Goodman (Class of 2016), the Cybercats who participated in the invitational event included:

  • Zachary Azevedo
  • William Cafarelli
  • Eric Chu
  • Nadav Cohen
  • Michael Cornachia
  • Joe Feimer
  • Jonathan Friedrich
  • Jamie Horowitz
  • Abhishek Kumar
  • James Marini
  • Elan Mizhiritsky
  • Justin Parker
  • Steven Popovitz
  • Natalie Scudero
  • Neil Shah
  • Arham Sheraz
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Danyal Zulfiqar

Thank you to Cybercats team member Elan Mizhiritzy for the write-up and collection of photos!

Wheatley Hosts a Women in STEM Forum!

On Thursday evening, Wheatley’s Room 450 was packed with students, teachers and parents for a wonderful Women in STEM Forum. The brainchild of senior Jamie Horowitz, the purpose of the forum was to provide information and encouragement to females interested in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To this end, four outstanding professionals participated in the panel discussion:

  • Elizabeth Giradi Schoen: As Vice Present of Environment and Sustainability for Teva Pharmaceuticals, her role is to champion responsibility in business practice for this global company with more than $20 billion in income. Ms. Giradi Schoen has her bachelors and masters in chemical engineering and has been working in this field for 35 years. She is a parent of four Wheatley graduates.
  • Laurie Cantileno-Lillis: Currently the Service Delivery Executive for Cisco, Ms. Cantileno-Lillis was formerly Vice President of Global Network Services at Broadridge Financial. She holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Computer Science from NYIT as well as an ITIL v3 certification for Service Delivery. She was a catalyst of The Internet of Women. She continues this leadership by providing guidance and mentoring to girls, young women, and colleagues as a former Board Member of Girls Inc, former Broadridge Financials Inclusion & Diversity Board Member and its Senior Women’s Leadership Forum.
  • Jeannie Guglielmo: She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Stony Brook, where she teaches Clinical Chemistry and Forensic Science. Dr. Guglielmo has 10 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist and has been an educator for the last 18 years.
  • Noelle Cutter: She worked as a research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the NASA Space Radiation Labs before receiving her doctorate from Stony Brook University. She completed her BS as a double major in Biology and Chemistry from Molloy College in 2004 graduating Summe Cum Laude. She was captain of the Molloy Women’s Soccer Team and has been awarded the Chasman Scholarship for her dissertation work. Currently, Dr. Cutter is a co-PI for the National Science Foundation MRI grant and the C-STEP grant at Molloy College.

With Jamie serving as the moderator, each panelist had an opportunity to share her professional journey, discuss some of the challenges unique to women in the STEM field and argue the important role the humanities play in STEM-related fields. Finally, every professional was given an opportunity to provide advice to the audience.

Thank you to our Secondary Science Chair, Ms. Alexis Pace, and our Director of Technology, Innovation and Information Services, Mr. Ed Kemnitzer, for their support of Jamie’s initiative!

[Thanks to Randy Horowitz for some of the photos.]


Mrs. Jacobson’s Spanish Students Express their Thanks!

Mrs. Jacobson often challenges her Spanish students to engage with Spanish language and culture in a creative, practical or thoughtful manner. Just before our Thanksgiving recess, Mrs. Jacobson had her students complete a 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 three separate bulletin boards throughout the school.

What an impact these notes have had on the adults! I have had so many conversations with the some of the adults who were thanked in this manner and they have described how touched they were by the words. Many of them took pictures of the notes on the bulletin boards so they could show their families at home. The adults mentioned that the notes made them so feel so grateful during the Thanksgiving break.

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!

Wheatley Inducts 69 Students into its National Honor Society Chapter!

Earlier this evening, 69 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, Ms. Allison Chanin-Bermudez, some of the current National Honor Society officers spoke about each pillar of the society. Anne Yan spoke about Scholarship, Jacob Chimerine spoke about Leadership, Carol Wu spoke about Character and Caroline Crimmins spoke about Service.

The Keynote Address was given by Kelsey Eckhoff, a member of the Class of 2011. Kelsey spoke passionately about creating one’s one path through life by following one’s passions. During her wonderful address, Kelsey reflected on her own experiences and how her willingness to engage with her community, receive advise and, at times, put herself outside of her comfort zone has led to a remarkable post-Wheatley life of studies and work.

Thank you to Ms. Chanin-Bermudez for organizing such a wonderful ceremony!

Congratulations to the following inductees:


  • Dina Aldad
  • Karan Amin
  • Sarah Amselem
  • Devorah Anayati
  • Miles Baker
  • Paige Barrett
  • Tiffany Bernot
  • Julia Braito
  • Lucy Brancaccio
  • Nicole Buchheim
  • William Cafarelli
  • Francis Cappi
  • Megan Chau
  • Ziyi Chen
  • Sarah Chimerine
  • Brooke Christman
  • Anthony Di Fiore
  • Lauren Druz
  • Domenique Dunne
  • Jesse Futerman
  • Anthony Giunta
  • Charlotte Goldbaum
  • Sean Gray
  • Sofia Greenfield
  • Brittney Guerra
  • Andrew Gullotta
  • Farah Hasan
  • Tiffany Jiao
  • Yexinning Jin
  • Cecilia Jozef
  • Maritsa Kanes
  • Amanda Kim
  • Joshua Koelsch
  • Matthew Kreitzer
  • Eva LaMonica
  • Kristen Leong
  • Yusuf Meghji
  • Aliza Moezinia
  • Ethan Moreh
  • Tyler Mosca
  • Jessica Nussdorf
  • Ciara O’Brien
  • Justin Parker
  • Mahesh Pitchayan
  • Pricilla Prasad
  • Hailey Ramalhete
  • Avani Ramnarayan
  • Samantha Rothstein
  • Jamie Ryan
  • Brooke Schwartz
  • John Scudero
  • Manan Shukla
  • Angela Signorile
  • Joanna Signorile
  • Vedant Singh
  • Andrew Sivin
  • Abigail Smichok
  • Danielle Smichok
  • Michelle Smichok
  • John Tretolo
  • Kristen Tursi
  • Caleb Varghese
  • Dustin Wong
  • Kenton Wu
  • Justin Wu
  • Chloe Yadegar
  • Camellia Ye
  • Brandon Zhu
  • Mara Zuckerman

Abhishek Kumar Presenting Research in Denver!

Congratulations to Abhishek Kumar (Class of 2018) who was invited to present his research at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Abhishek departed for Denver this past Sunday and will spend the week at the conference—including a presentation session!

Abhishek will present his project titled: Performance Analysis of a Parallelized Restricted Boltzmann Machine Artificial Neural Network Using OpenACC Framework and TAU Profiling System.

This SC17 conference brings together the international high performance computing community—a gathering of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and developers that is unequaled in the world—for an exceptional program of technical presentations, papers, informative tutorials, timely research posters and Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions.

The SC17 Exhibition Hall features the latest technologies and accomplishments from the world’s leading vendors, research organizations and universities; SC17 provides the unique opportunity to see the latest technologies that will shape the future of large-scale technical computing and data-driven science.

Abhishek worked under the guidance of Senior Technology Engineer Dr. Abid Malik at Brookhaven National Laboratories in Upton, New York.

You can view Abhishek’s presentation board here: Abhishek Kumar Research Board

Congratulations to Abhishek! [Thanks to Ms. Pace, our Science Department Chair, for the write-up!]