Safe Halloween for our Youngest Community Members!

After a day of Halloween Fun in school, scores of Wheatley students worked to transform over a dozen classrooms into a decorative place for trick-or-treating, games and “frights” for the younger students in our community. With the involvement of many of Wheatley’s different student clubs, classroom were decorated by one of the clubs. Treats were available in each room for the young trick-or-treaters, who had a terrific time!

Thank you to our 8th Grade Advisors, Courtney Clarke and Gena Topping, along with our Student Senate Advisor, Allison Chanin-Bermudez, for their work coordinating the evening. Thanks as well to all of the wonderful clubs who contributed to the fun.

Thanks to our friends at Island Photography for some of the photos!

Wheatley Inducts 81 Students into the National Honor Society!

Earlier this evening, 81 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, Mrs. Allison Chanin-Bermudez, some of the current National Honor Society officers spoke about each pillar of the society. Kenton Wu spoke about Scholarship, Dina Aldad spoke about Leadership, Kristen Leong read Yusuf Meghji’s essay about Character (Yusuf was ill and could not attend) and Pricilla Prasad spoke about Service.

The Keynote Address was given by Dr. Tamir Aldad, a 2002 Wheatley graduate and member of the NHS. Dr. Aldad spoke of the important role failure and struggle play in one’s personal and professional development.

Thank you to Ms. Chanin-Bermudez for organizing such a wonderful ceremony! Congratulations to the following inductees:

  • Rahul Ajmera
  • Alison Amarain
  • Kavina Amin
  • Kaya Amin
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby
  • Meredith Ardizzone
  • Isabel Avila
  • Zachary Azevedo
  • Brandon Behar
  • Alyssa Belle
  • Skylar Blechner
  • Emma Blennau
  • Emily Blumberg
  • Patrick Brady
  • Jessica Calabrese
  • Maggie Caroddo
  • Eric Chu
  • Samantha Chusid
  • Joseph Contrastano
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Peter Cuomo
  • Maxwell Davidoff
  • Nicolas DeBellis
  • Kaitlyn Ducroiset
  • Jacquelyn Dunne
  • Thomas Dwyer
  • Matthew Ferrone
  • Jenna Fey
  • Sofia Fuertes
  • April Garnock
  • Norah Gidanian
  • Derek Gilbert
  • Katharine Gold
  • Emily Gothelf
  • Alex Horowitz
  • Hitangee Jain
  • Sahil Jain
  • Ansh Jhaveri
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Megan Kaye
  • Sanjana Khana
  • Jason Koty
  • Theodore Koutsoftas
  • Hema Kumar
  • Eliana Li
  • James Li
  • Karen Li
  • Samantha Lew
  • Akiva Mohebban
  • Amanda Molstad
  • Victoria Mora
  • Kaila Nabatian
  • Vana Nath-Mahadeo
  • Ilana Nimkoff
  • Ari Ostad
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • Natalia Potrapeluk
  • Madison Ramos
  • Orell Rayhan
  • Isabella Rios
  • Brenden Resnick
  • Brooke Rubenstein
  • Tyler Schore
  • Diya Shah
  • Dean Sheinman
  • Jaylyn Soleimani
  • Rebecca Sparacio
  • Alexander Tu
  • Amanda Ustick
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Aidan Wong
  • Trenton Wong
  • Erin Wu
  • Emily Yagoda
  • Zachary Yakubovich
  • Alia Yamin
  • Aaron Zachariah
  • Rebecca Zeltsman
  • Allison Zheng
  • Brenda Zhong
  • Sharon Zhong

Students Tend to Michelle’s Garden on our Day of Service and Learning

Michelle Nourmand, a member of the Class of 2015, died on 1 July 2014 after a long and brave battle against cancer. An exceptionally kind, thoughtful and generous young woman, Michelle is remembered by all who had the fortune of getting to know her. Last year, we remembered Michelle in a variety of ways: a memorial celebration, an alumni basketball game and the creation of Michelle’s Garden.

As part of this year’s Day of Service and Learning, Mrs. Lauren Silverstein supervised students in the tending of Michelle’s Garden.

[Thanks to Mrs. Silverstein for the photos.]

Students Create Pillow Cases for those in Need During our Day of Service and Learning!

With the support of All People Quilt, the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine sponsors the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Through this challenge, individuals put their sewing skills towards creating pillowcases that will then be donated to local charities.

As part of our 10th Annual Day of Service and Learning, students spent the day creating pillowcases! Under the leadership of Michelle Chalfen and Randi Israel (assisted by Mrs. DeBenidittis and Mrs. Kirschner), students had a wonderful time creating some beautiful pillowcases!

Students Replace SWS Planting Beds during our Day of Service and Learning!

Wheatley’s School-Within-A-School is a democratic, student-run learning community that provides innovative learning and leadership opportunities for students. Many

A number of years ago, SWS began a garden unit and created plant beds for organic farming. Those planting beds were made of repurposed wood and served the school well for the past eight years. As part of this year’s Day of Service and Learning, students built new planting beds to replace the original ones that were simply worn out. Additionally, new soil was added to the beds, and the entire area was cleaned.

A huge “thank you” to Mr. Clarke, Mr. Storck, Mr. Dunn, Mr. Henao and Mr. Chisholm for their leadership of what proved to be an incredibly productive group of students!

(Thanks to Pat Clarke for some of the pictures!)

Rise Against Hunger on our Day of Service and Learning!

One of the many activities held during our 10th Annual Day of Service and Learning was in collaboration with the organization Rise Against Hunger.

As described on its website,

Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Working together, students prepared 10,000 prepackaged meals. These dehydrated, high protein and highly nutritious meals are used in crisis situations around the world. Each meal package serves six people.

A huge “Thank You” to Peter Crisci, Courtney Clarke and Allison Chanin-Bermudez for leading this activity!

[Thanks to Mr. Crisci for some of the photos!]