Wheatley Students Remember the Holocaust Through Two Remarkable Presentations!

On Thursday, April 11, all students in grades 7-12 had the opportunity to participate in a day of Holocaust education.  In the morning, students in grades 7-9 assembled the Wheatley auditorium to see the play “From the Fires:  Voices of the Holocaust.”  This play traced the life of a Berlin teenager from 1937 to 1945 and helped students understand the events of the Holocaust in an age-appropriate and accessible way.  Following the performance, students had the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the playwright, Jeff Sanzel, and the ensemble.  The cast was thoroughly impressed with the maturity of the students and their ability to ask high-level questions.

At the same time, students in grades 10-12 listened intently to Felice Katz, who gave her mother’s testimony of surviving the horrors of the Holocaust.  Audience members were so touched by her family’s story that Ms. Katz stayed to talk to several upper-classmen who were free the following period.

In the afternoon, the older students watched “From the Fires” while those in grades 8 and 9 heard Evelyn Altenberg tell the story of her parents, survivors from Germany.  The connection between the historical fiction they had seen in the morning and the true story of one family’s survival was quickly apparent.  Seventh graders heard Ms. Katz speak at Willets Road School.

Throughout the day and into Friday, students reflected on the presentations with their teachers and peers.  Thank you to the entire East Williston school community for supporting programming that touches upon difficult yet important topics such as genocide and tolerance.

Thank you to Dr. Eckers for arranging this most impactful day.

[Thank you to Dr. Eckers for some of the photos.]

“The Moondogs” Win Wheatley’s Got Talent!

This year’s sixth annual “Wheatley’s Got Talent” competition took place on Monday night, the first day of #Showdown2019.

The evening showcased the wonderful talents of our impressive student body. Organized by Wheatley’s Tri-M Music Honor Society and hosted by junior Jacob Kaufman and sophomore Kaileigh Fiorillo, the evening was an entertaining exhibition of the myriad of student talents in our school!

With the assistance of our five Class Advisor judges (Mrs. Stein, Mrs. Meyer (for Mrs. Silverstein), Mr. Paulson and Ms. Clarke), seven performance acts were evaluated, with three finalists performing a second time — with the winner being determined by the audience vote.

The competitors were:

  • Julia Dioguardi and Katherine Bosnack (Vocal duet)
  • Alyssa Belle (Guitar)
  • The Bacon Road Boys: James Dearborn, Adam Fox, Adam Naghavi and Michael Vitucci, “The Bacon Road Boys” (Vocals)
  • Sofia Fuertes (Dance)
  • Bangerzz: Paidraig Brady, Ally Keller, Amanda Kim, Amanda Molstad, Ashley Vicenzo, Kenton Wu, Alia Yamin and Camellia Ye,  (instrumental)
  • Alex Horowitz (Comedy)
  • The Moondogs: Dan Fox, Mahesh Pitchayan, Billy Cafarelli, Max Hochstein and Mike Roudbai (band)

Based on the judge’s decision, the following acts advanced to the second round:

    • Sofia Fuertes
    • Bangerzz
    • The Moondogs

At the end of the evening, The Moondogs were declared the winner of this year’s Wheatley’s Got Talent! Congratulations to Dan, Mahesh, Billy and Max, who earned 25% of the ticket sales for the Class of 2019! Finally, a huge “Thank You” to Angela Luftig and our Tri-M Music Honor Society for organizing this wonderful event!

#Showdown2019 Day 2 Reveals Plenty of Spirit in the Younger Grades!

Showdown2019, Day 2 proved to be particularly competitive! Thanks to the end-of-day Spirit Assembly, it is was a day of many points! Some of our older students might have been surprised at the strong showing of our 8th and 9th graders!

Classes participated in the following activities:

  • WSTV Trivia Challenge (Science Edition)
  • College Day
  • Class Banner creation
  • Sudoku competition

Of course, a highlight of the day was the Spirit Assembly — a fun-filled event that engaged all of the students! During this Spirit Assembly, the younger grades showed that they were not here to simply watch another grade win! The 8th Graders earned first place in three different activities, while the 9th graders earned the most total points during the assembly!

Great work to all of our students!

ICU Assembly and Luncheon Celebrates the Diversity that Unites Us

One of Wheatley’s wonderful traditions takes place on the final day of school before the December Recess. Sponsored by our Intercultural Unity Club (ICU), this combination talent showcase, fashion show and luncheon has been described by many as “the best day of the year.” The day provides the opportunity to showcase many of the talents of our incredible student body.

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 Advisor, Steven Fitzko, for his work with the students in bringing this day to our community!

Thanks to our friends at Island Photo for sharing some of the following photos from the day!