Gabriella Wins Excellence in Art Award at the Art in Heart Exhibit!

Last week, 8th grader Gabriella Testani was recognized with an award for Excellence in Art in the Long Island Art Teachers Association 2017 Art in Heart Exhibition.  Gabriella was recognized for her outstanding pen and ink drawing!

Also participating in the contest were ninth grader Theodore Koutsoftas and eleventh grader Eva Suppa.

The exhibit is located at the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.  Viewing is still available through April 21 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Sunday, April 23 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Congratulations to Gabriella, and many thanks to her art teacher, Ms. Julia Donovan!

EWSD Senior Citizens Treated to Lunch and a Wonderful Show!

On Saturday afternoon, nearly 100 of our community Senior Citizens enjoyed a wonderful luncheon followed by a special matinee production of Xanadu: The Musical! This annual tradition was organized and supported by the efforts of the following staff:

  • Linda Leff
  • Allison Chanin-Bermudez
  • Joan Anderson
  • Diane Fezza
  • Barbara Klein
  • Karen Love

Additionally, a number of students volunteered their time to serve the community members, including:

  • Rachel Fuzaylov
  • Diana Lee
  • Mary Ma
  • Ethan Moreh
  • Sumu Pitchayan
  • Jessica Poomkudy
  • Jesse Romano
  • Cooper Tanenhaus
  • Alice Ye

During the luncheon, members of the cas spent time intermingling with the attendees.

Thanks to Linda Leff for the photos of this wonderful event!



Do Not Miss the WTC Presentation of “Xanadu!”

Last night marked opening night of the Wheatley Theatre Company’s presentation of Xanadu: The Musical. For those who might be familiar with the 1980 film, please eliminate any negative thoughts associated with the film, for the theatrical production is an absolute delight!

If you did not see last night’s show, be sure to reserve a seat for the Friday evening performance (7:00 pm), the Saturday afternoon performance (2:00 pm) or the Saturday evening performance (7:00 pm). You can purchase tickets through the following link: Tickets to Xanadu: The Musical

Here are a few photos and video clips of last night’s performance! [Thanks to Mrs. Horowitz for the wonderful photographs!]


Wheatley-Bronx Arts Ensemble Joint Concert Entertains and Delights!

On Wednesday evening, Wheatley students and East Williston music faculty partnered with the professional musicians from the Bronx Arts Ensemble to present a lovely evening of music and entertainment. As part of this program, the professional musicians provided several group tutoring sessions to students who were participating in this joint concert, leading into a full rehearsal the afternoon of the concert. It is an inspirational evening for all involved!

Wheatley graduate David Krauss (Class of 1989), Principal Trumpet for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, joined the combined group for a wonderful Haydn concerto. Before playing, David spoke movingly about his music instruction in East Williston, mention North Side teacher Peter Pane (who first gave him a trumpet), Willets Road instructor Mark Meyers, and two of his Wheatley teachers, David Heckendorn and Gail Renaudo. Mark, David and Gail were in the audience to see David perform!

For me, a highlight of the evening was the opportunity to narrate Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the combined group.

It is worth reiterating that such an wonderful evening takes place through the support of our Board of Education, Nassau BOCES and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. A special “Thank You” to our very own Angela Luftig for her coordination of this event!


Vintage Poetry Read Highlights Student Voice!

Earlier this afternoon, scores of students gathered in Room 450 for the third annual Vintage Poetry Read. Organized by Maya Alfia and Sara Zulfiqar, editors of our award-winning Vintage literary magazine, the afternoon was a casual opportunity for students to share some of the poetry they have written over the past few months. Of course, students were encouraged to submit their work for inclusion in this year’s edition of Vintage, which will be released in June.

Thank you to the following students who shared their work:

  • Adam Aldad
  • Maya Alfia
  • Patrick Brady
  • Roxanne Ghadami
  • Lianna Golden
  • Jamie Horowitz
  • Daisy Kaur
  • Ally Kim
  • Jane Kim
  • Gretchen Keller
  • Vani Kumar
  • Talia Rosen
  • Saman Suleman
  • Justin Vega
  • Emily Wang
  • Anne Yan
  • Sara Zulfiqar

Thanks as well to Mr. Leidenfrost-Wilson, faculty advisor to Vintage!

Wheatley’s Midterm Experiences Bring the World to Students (Part 5)

Wheatley’s Midterm Experience is designed to give our 9th and 10th grade students hands-on workshops to provide insight into how English can be used in future endeavors. On Wednesday, over the course of two hours, students worked with acclaimed authors, poets, comedians and creative artists in activities designed to engage students in a way that can be challenging during the regular school day.

The Midterm Experience occurs thanks to the dedication of our Secondary English Chair, Mr. Steve Collier, our extraordinary librarian, Mrs. JoBeth Roberts, and our dedicated English teachers.

previous post and another post and another post and another post highlighted some of the workshops. Here are a few more of the wonderful workshops:

Sports Broadcasting

by Michael Chisena (School of Communications, Hofstra)

and Dan Savarino (Instructor since 2014. Hofstra ’15. Currently News12 Varsity PxP, Freelance PxP Adelphi/Molloy college among others. Former: NY Islanders Reporter/Color analyst, Hofstra Sports PxP voice, Station Manager of WRHU-FM)

and Julia Esposito (Former student with the program. Currently a freshman at Hofstra perusing the field. Member of WRHU-FM, Hofstra TV.)

We hear them during Sunday football, we watch them on ESPN and we read their columns and even Tweets to get the latest news. Sports journalism comes in a variety of different ways. But, how do they know what to say? In this workshop, students learned the on-air side of the industry. Learning from current professionals who have covered athletics from the professional level to high school, students had a chance to learn hands on what it’s like to read from a teleprompter or interview someone on camera.


How Do You Tell the Children?

by Lauren Blum

This workshop was designed for our creative writers and artists. In the workshop, Mrs. Blum asked participants to think about what was hard for them to understand as a child: Maybe an illness or death in the family?  Maybe the birth of younger sibling?  Maybe the fact that there are families with different structures (e.g., same-sex parents, single parents, etc.)?  In this workshop, participants examined children’s picture books that try to teach children about difficult and/or controversial issues, and then create their own.

Enter Stage Right! The Fundamentals of Theater Direction

by Dr. Elaine Kanas, Superintendent of Schools and former Theatre Director

It is obvious what a playwright and actors contribute to the theatre experience. But what does a director actually do?  During this workshop, participants learned the essential contributions a theatre director makes to a production in this hands-on workshop that had students interpreting, staging and guiding actors as they learned how to bring a playwright’s words magically to life through a unified vision.

Your Voice, Your Choice: public speaking for everyone

by Elise May (performer, teaching artist, teacher, elocution and dialect coach)

Can’t get enough of that Ted talk?  Be the inspirational speaker you know you can be!  Using short personal writing based on “I have a dream,” this workshop incorporated theater voice games and techniques to give students the confidence to boldly go where tney haven’t gone before.  Your words have power – learn to let your voice have power, too!