Wheatley Celebrates Earth Day 2017!

Across our planet, Earth Day took place this past Saturday, April 22nd. At Wheatley, we celebrated the day with a series of activities and information booths intended to educate and inform our students on issues related to Earth Day.

Some of the activities included:

  • Assemblies with three guest lecturers on food choices, water conservation, and careers in conservation
  • Interactions with a 10-foot boa constrictor and a 4.5 foot elk antler
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade,
    Frozen Bana-Nice Cream cones,
    Demonstration of how coffee grids can be recycled
  • A petition promoting school cafeteria composting (all of the lemon rinds, banana peels and coffee grinds were composted)
  • A representative of the Town Of North Hempstead with literature about composting, rain barrels, rain gardens, household hazardous water disposal
  • Stainless steel water bottle sales
  • A taste test of bottled water and the filtered water from our Refill Stations
  • Environmental T-shirt sales
  • The announcement of a collection of used bikes on May 13 at PortFest at Schreiber High School and a campaign to raise $3,000 for matching funds by a private donor to purchase a shipping container to be used for ongoing bike collections in collaboration with the NY Chapter of Bikes for the World

As you can see from the photos, the 3-day Earth Fest was a lot of fun for all! A huge “thank you” to Steve Finkelstein and our EAC students for all of the work they did to prepare for the activities!

(Thanks to Audra Beberman for some of the photos.)

 

ICU Assembly and Luncheon Celebrates our Differences

For over two decades now, the final day of school before the December recess has been dedicated to a talent showcase, fashion show and luncheon sponsored by our Intercultural Unity Club (ICU). Described by some as “the best day of the year,” the ICU assembly is truly a showcase of our many student talents. Through music and dance performances, students use the ICU Assembly to celebrate the diverse cultures within our community as a way of bringing us closer together.  After the assembly, students eat food (prepared by our community families) from across many cultures. Leftover food is brought to the INN at the end of the day.

This day has become one of Wheatley’s wonderful traditions. Many thanks to our ICU Advisors, Gail Leibert and Steven Fitzko, for their work with the students in bringing this day to our community!

Our friends at Island Photo shared the following photos from the day!

Steven Dodge from The S.L.A.T.E. Project Captivates Students with his Story

As part of our Red Ribbon Week, we had the great fortune of inviting Steven Dodge from The S.L.A.T.E. Project to speak to our 11th and 12th graders. Steven spoke candidly about his experiences growing up, from his first guzzle of beer at age 10 to his eventual drug addiction and the rapid downward spiral his life took. Steven also shared details about his life as a recovering addict, with the feeling that every moment alive is a gift that must be cherished.

Students were deeply impacted by his story and thankful for the chance to hear warnings from someone not much older than they are.

Rohan Murphy Showcases a “No Excuses” Attitude!

As part of our Red Ribbon week, Rohan Murphy presented to the students at Willets Road (in the morning) and at Wheatley (in the afternoon). Rohan, who lost both of his legs at birth, overcame the isolation and challenges he felt as a youth through hard work, determination and a positive attitude. Through the encouragement of a teacher, Rohan began wrestling in high school, eventually earning a spot on Penn State’s wrestling team.

In a warm and engaging conversation style, Rohan shared both his struggles and his successes with students. He also shared the 20/20 feature from a few years ago.

One of the highlights of the presentation was when Rohan demonstrated a wrestling move on Liam, one of our 9th graders. (As you can see in the video, Liam handled himself so wonderfully!)