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 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

More Wheatley Students Earn Girl Scouts Silver Award!

A few weeks ago, I shared news about three of our 9th graders earning their Girl Scouts Silver Award. In fact, we had a total of 10 Wheatley 9th Graders earn this presitigious recognition! All of these students were from Troop 1849, and they have been led since kindergarten by Mrs. Lauri Palmieri!

Congratulations to all of the students on earning this terrific recognition!

Troop 1849 – Silver Award Projects
  1. Alexandra Castiglie – “Launching 94 Superstars” – PS 94 is an underprivileged school that wanted to launch a volleyball team.  Aly recruited girls to try out and received a commitment from the school that practices and games would be held this year and going forward.  Aly was able to provide the team with all the necessary equipment including  t-shirts needed for a successful season.
  1. Jaclyn Denicker – “Organizing Headstart” – Headstart is program serving underprivileged children in a neighboring community.  Jaclyn built a cabinet to store the art supplies and winter gear she collected for the children.  She organized the supplies, toys and winter gear so the children have a better experience at Headstart.
  1. Kayla Gray and Aarushi Jain – “The Lending Library” – This project brought an accessible library to the residents of The Bristal.  Kayla and Aarushi built a cart and started a portable library at The Bristal.  The portable library makes books accessible to residents who can’t visit the library on their own.
  1. Madeline Lindenauer, Grace Quinn & Sage Silber – “Fostering Awareness for Foster Care” – Department of Social Services serves 300 children in foster care in Nassau County.  This project brought awareness to the system serving these children.  Madeline, Grace and Sage assembled birthday boxes containing everything needed for a birthday party.  They received commitments from troops to continue putting together boxes in 2018.
  1. Natalie Scudero and Olivia Palmieri – “Bringing Awareness to EB” – Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare genetic disease of which not many people are aware.  Children born with EB lack the protein Collagen VII. Without this protein, the skin is sheer because the layers are not fused together, and blisters occur at the slightest touch.  Natalie and Olivia solicited donations from various companies that manufacturer or distribute products needed by a local child suffering from this disease, they hosted a younger troop at a cupcake decorating class to receive additional donations, and educated the community about this terrible disease.
  1. Gabriella Testani – “Children Interview Room” – Children who are the subjects of family court cases are traumatized by what is going on in their homes.  The interview process can also be traumatic.  Gabriella set up a room to make these children more comfortable.  Gabriella painted a mural in the room and set up book and toy shelves.  The room is used by hundreds of children a month and will hopefully make them feel more comfortable when meeting with an attorney.


Students Create a Birthday in a Box During our Day of Service and Learning!

For several years, Wheatley has worked with Birthday Wishes, a wonderful organization that helps to bring birthday celebrations to homeless children. As it states on its website, Birthday Wishes believes that:

one’s living situation should not preclude a joyful birthday celebration with friends, family and fun!

As part of our 9th Annual Day of Service and Learning, Wheatley students had a Birthday-in-a-Box Party, whereas they planned and packed boxes filled with birthday gifts, handmade birthday cards and various treats to be used for one of the birthday parties.


Under the guidance and leadership of Angela Luftig, Julie Jacobson and Mary Martinez, students spent hours carefully creating, organizing and packing these celebratory boxes; their work will help bring a smile to someone in a difficult situation!


Wheatley Students Create Sweet Dreams during our Day of Service and Learning!

Project Sweet Dreams creates decorative pillow cases for children with cancer. Donated to pediatric cancer wards, these pillow cases help to brighten a child’s room and provide hope and inspiration during a challenging times.

Wheatley students have participated in this project for many years, with the pillow cases heading to Winthrop Hospital’s pediatric center.

With the guidance and assistance of Lauren Blum, Diane Fezza, Susan Donofrio, Maryann Gonzalez, Susan Catalano, Michel Dunn, Kelly McCotter and Lynn Castoro, students filled three rooms in order to make scores of pillow cases during our 9th Annual  Day of Service and Learning!

Students Perform at a Nursing Home on our Day of Service and Learning!

During our 9th annual Day of Service and Learning, Mr. Orlovsky and Mr. Fitzko accompanied students to the Grace Plaza Nursing Home in Great Neck, where students performed a concert for the residents.

Violins, cellos, trumpet, vocals, dancing and guitar were all featured in this musically packed performance!

Thanks to Mr. Orlovsky for the write-up, photos and videos!