Photos and Videos from Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

On Sunday, 18 June, the Class of 2017 was celebrated during Wheatley’s 60th Annual Commencement Exercises! It was a wonderful ceremony filled with outstanding student speeches and musical performances.

Susan Checkla, our District Publicist, has shared some additional photos from the day. Furthermore, I was able to secure from parents some videos of some of the student performances.

You can view the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

 

Class of 2017 Celebrates at Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 60th Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2017! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting Wheatley’s 60th graduating class! The ceremony also debuted the new Commencement Gowns!

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

Students and Staff Celebrated at our 13th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner

Earlier this evening, 14 June, our 13th Annual In Recognition of Excellence dinner was held. During a very busy time of the year, this remains one of my favorite evenings. Through our students’ own voices, attendees are reminded of the deep and lasting impact our faculty have on our students’ academic, emotional and social lives. The celebration of the relationships formed and connections made is what makes for such a special evening!

With so much talent in our school, it is still possible for some students to not get the recognition that they deserve. To recognize these students, the In Recognition of Excellence award was introduced eleven years ago. This honor is given to a group of students who have demonstrated outstanding service to school and community, demonstrated respect and concern for fellow students, and set high expectations for themselves as they have achieved their goals.

The recipients of this award were asked to select one teacher, staff member or coach from their experiences at North Side, Willets Road, and Wheatley who had the greatest positive impact on their life.

Congratulations to our recognized students and the faculty they acknowledged:

Jack Goldman

  • Donna Casano (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Zachary Groveman

  • Kerri Spieler (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (Wh)

Allison LaMonica

  • Christopher Campbell (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (Wh)

Julia Mongelluzzo

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Kristen Guyton (Wh)

Dylan Nektalov

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Taylor Ribotsky

  • Jill Widyn (NS)
  • Karen Stein (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (Wh)

Micki Wain

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)

Joshua Wolff

  • Henry Kupstas (NS)
  • Denise Giulano (WR)
  • Steve Cadet (Wh)

Kevin Yi

  • Scott Hoefling (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Class of 2017 Prepares to Say Goodbye at Senior Sunset

On 1 September 2016, the Class of 2017 greeted its Senior Year at Wheatley with a new tradition: The Senior Sunrise. Earlier this evening, it was time to prepare for the end of its senior year with the Senior Sunset.

On a beautiful evening, members of the class came out to the fields to be the first to get their copy of the Aurora, Wheatley’s yearbook. With refreshments provided by the PTO, students snacked a bit, signed each others’ yearbooks and reviewed the Senior Year Goals cards they completed at the Senior Sunrise.

As the sun began to set, the class came together for one final group photo.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for what has been a wonderful year!

Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts New Members!

Earlier today, before the second of our Spring Concerts, Wheatley’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 16 new members!

Congratulations to the newest members:

  • Kavina Amin
  • Kaya Amin
  • Robert Boubour
  • Patrick Brady
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Emily Gothelf
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Eliana Li
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • John Scudero
  • Vedant Singh
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Trenton Wong
  • Alia Yamin
  • Brenda Zhong
  • Sharon Zhong

As part of the induction ceremony, the audience was treated to some wonderful individual and group performances! We even had some alumni return to perform with our Honor String Ensemble!

Thank you to our Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Angela Luftig, for supporting this active student club so ably!

Meet Rachel Koty, our 2017 Leadership in Action Recipient!

One of the final few awards given during our Academic Awards Evening is the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action award.

Susan Bergtraum has been the model of an active and engaged community member. A long-time resident of our district, she was an active parent in our schools, and she served as a Board Trustee for 15 years, including five years as Board President. Presently, she is serving schools districts from across the state as President of the State School Boards Association. Last year, in honor and recognition of her past, present and future service to our school and community, we established the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award for the senior who best epitomizes the action leadership exhibited by Susan Bergtraum.

Presented by Mrs. Diane Cumming, Wheatley PTO co-president, here is what was said about this year’s recipient:

This year’s recipient is an outgoing, intelligent, compassionate, and remarkable student. Kind-hearted and generous in actions and spirit, this student radiates a special warmth and supportive nature that is very inviting to others. Rarely seeking the spotlight, this student speaks with confidence and poise. With an extra-curricular résumé that is quite impressive, this student’s legacy at Wheatley is secure.

A love of learning, a willingness to lend a helping hand, and a desire to help those who are underprivileged have been this student’s guideposts at Wheatley and in the community. She has been significant leader with the “Hand in Hand” program at Temple Sinai. As a volunteer, she has coordinated social and educational activities for children currently living in homeless shelters in New York City.  She is a generous with her time and is focused on making a difference in the lives of others.

It is our distinct honor to present the 2017 Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award to Rachel Koty.