Wheatley Travelers Spend Time with Old and New Friends!

Anusha and Zach provided this most recent update from our students’ travels in Peru!

Today we went to the head of the Peruvian government’s headquarters. Here they preformed a song with their band, as well as marched throughout the gates.

We also, had sports day at school. We started off playing sports, such as volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Eventually we gave up and started dancing all together. During this time we were able to hang out with old friends, while also making new ones in the process.

Students are Honored at our Annual Academic Awards Evening!

Last night, hundreds of students, family members and community members gathered in the auditorium to celebrate our students’ academic, artistic and service accomplishments.

Students receive invitations to this evening without knowing what recognition they will receive. As such, there is excitement and anticipation in the air throughout the ceremony.

Each of our academic departments presents awards to students who have excelled in classes. Additionally, there are community awards and some school-wide awards given. Some of the highlights of the evening occurred at the end with the following recognitions:

PTO Teacher of the Year

This award is voted on by parents and given by our PTO. This year’s winner was Ms. Danielle Calvagno.

Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award

This award is given in recognition of the senior who best illustrates the breadth and depth of leadership demonstrated by our former parent, Board Trustee and current New York State School Boards President. The recipient of this award was Rachel Koty.

The Jim O’Brien Award

Named after a retired faculty member, this award is given to a junior who exudes honesty, integrity and a deep devotion to helping others. This year’s recipients were Bert Cumming and Lindsay Eckhoff.

PTO Recognition Award

This award is given by the PTO in recognition of a senior boy and girl who exemplify qualities such as kindness, good judgement, sincerity, dignity, good citizenship and dependability. This year’s recipients were Zachary Calabrese and Kathryn Feil.

The Wheatley Medals

These medals are given to the the senior boy and girl who have exemplified the highest standards of scholarship, ethical conduct and service to community. This year’s recipients were Jakob Gilbert and Lianna Golden.

You can view the entire program through this link: 2017 Academic Awards Night Full Program May17

Wheatley Students Report on Day 2 in Peru!

Alexandra and Rahul provided us with the following update from their second full day in Peru!

Yesterday, we had quite a long day. We started our day early at 2am, where we took a two-hour flight to Cuzco. First, we went to Sacsayhuaman and hiked and walked through a pitch black cave. We also rode slides made out of natural rock! Afterwards, we walked through the mountains and saw terraced farming gardens. Next, we went to a beautiful, outdoor buffet and ate traditional, and amazing Peruvian cuisine. Afterwards, we had the chance to experience the Peruvian salt mines. We also had the chance to learn how to make cloth out of alpaca wool.

The group also provided some great photos from this second day!

Connections Spring Fling Fun for Everyone!

On Friday night, the Wheatley Cafeteria was transformed into a celebratory venue filled with music, food and fun as our Connections program hosted the annual “Spring Fling” dance! Friends and family from neighboring school districts joined our students for an evening of fun!

Thanks to Barbara Klein and Liza Laurino for the photos!

SWS Picnic Welcomes the New Community Members!

On Tuesday, May 16, the SWS community welcomed its new members with a barbeque at Eisenhower Park. The weather was spectacular and the event went off without a hitch. The current SWS seniors hosted the rest of the community, providing an excellent meal with a multitude of delicious options. Mr. Dan Burke helped the students get the grills going and the food prepared.

This annual tradition provides the seniors with a chance to give back to the community. Additionally, some SWS alumni stopped by to pitch in and check on the community. This year, SWS is welcoming over 30 new members. At the Park, they were broken into groups and got to know current SWS members. After a great meal, some tye-dying and games, the Picnic ended with the Circle Game.

As you can see from the pictures, the students were engaged and excited to be together. Thanks to Pat Clarke, the SWS Faculty Moderator, for the write-up and the photos!

Concert on the Green Provides Outdoor Entertainment!

Under the combined efforts of our middle school and high school music teachers, Dr. Peggy Ho (Wheatley) and Mr. Scott Hoefling (Willets Road), the combined Wheatley and Willets Road student musicians provided a delightful Concert on the Green this past Friday evening. under beautiful skies on Tuesday evening.

Thanks to Mrs. Randi Horowitz for providing these wonderful photos of such an enjoyable event!!

Project Brasilito Delivers School Supplies to Those in Need!

In 2012 there was a massive earthquake in Costa Rica that devastated, among many other things, an elementary school. The school was demolished and is now situated in an old warehouse. The children have nothing. Sam Avila, a Wheatley junior, set up a charity called Project Brasilito to help these children.

For the last two years, the Spanish Club has been collecting school supplies for the children of this elementary school. Sam and his family bring them, along with letters that the Spanish Club members wrote, to the children each year. We plan on continuing our association with Project Brasilito for years to come, as they have a long road ahead of them. Next year we hope to be able to Skype with the children at the school!

Thanks to Julie Jacobson for her support of these students’ efforts!