Jean-François Henley, Wheatley’s French teacher extraordinaire, has shared the following update about our 23 intrepid travelers in France!
Day 5: Chenonceau and Chambord Castles
On this fifth day, the students visited the castles of Chenonceau and Chambord, with an extended pit stop in Amboise because of our bus’ mechanical problems (things don’t always go as planned when traveling!). This unexpected stop allowed the travelers to visit the Clos Lucé, where we saw the room where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last few years of his life (he would also die in the room). While there, the students were able to see replicas of some of da Vinci’s inventions.
Day 6: Normandy and Mont Saint-Michel
The Wheatley travelers left Tours and drove four hours to the Normandy region and visited the beautiful Mont Saint-Michel. What a sight! The bus then took them to Saint-Malo where the hotel sits inside the walled city. Students had a wonderful time walking the wall and exploring the cobble-stoned streets of the old city.
Our 23 student travelers (and three chaperones) continue to enjoy their time in France. Here is a summary of their recent activities. [Thanks to Jean-François Henley for the descriptions and photos!]
Day 3: Versailles and Shopping in Paris!
On this third day in France, students visited Versailles and explored its gardens. The travelers then split up into two groups: one group visited the Fragonard Musée du Parfum followed by shopping at Galeries Lafayette, while another group visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery (where famous French figures like Édith Piaf, Jean de la Fontaine and Molière are buried). The day ended with students having dinner in smaller groups at a restaurant of their choice in the Quartier Latin.
Day 4: Cooking Class and Chartres!
The students started their day with a cooking class at L’atelier des Chefs in Paris where they learned how to make papillotes of apples, raisins, cinnamon and maple syrup, chocolate soufflé with caramel sauce along with crepes and chocolate fondue. The travelers then drove to Chartres to admire the incredibly impressive cathedral and finished the day with a great exploration of the city of Tours.
On Wednesday evening, Wheatley students and East Williston music faculty partnered with the professional musicians from the Orchestra Long Island (formerly the Long Island Symphony) to present a lovely evening of music and entertainment. As part of this program, the professional musicians provided several group tutoring sessions to students who were participating in this joint concert, leading into a full rehearsal the afternoon of the concert. It is an inspirational evening for all involved!
A wonderful evening such as this takes place through the support of our Board of Education, Nassau BOCES and the Orchestra Long Island. A special “Thank You” to our very own Angela Luftig for her coordination of this event!
Thank you to Island Photography for the wonderful photos!
On 1 February 2018, students from Wheatley’s Gender Identity Sexual Orientation Alliance (GSA) traveled to Adelphi University for its 32nd Annual Human Rights Conference. The Wheatley students attended as both participants and attendees. Students were accompanied by Mrs. Seferian and Mr. Ardito. A purpose of the conference is to encourage mutual understanding and respect among all members of our community, and to explore ways to eliminate prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and discrimination.
One of the eight breakout sessions of the conference was held by five Wheatley students: Michaela Balboni, Ethan Moreh, Emma Melnikov, Steph Clarfield and Lucy Brancaccio. Their presentation focused on the History of the LGBTQ+ Community across countries such as the United States, Japan, Russia and Australia. In addition to this, the students presented on different activists around the world that they thought deserved recognition. These activists included Mamikon Hovsepyan, Xavier Bettel, Tamara Adrian, Ian Thorpe, and Chi Chia-Wei.
The feedback received by Ms. Seferian was overwhelmingly positive and impressed with the knowledge and time put towards the presentation, given their age and other responsibilities.
[Thanks to Michaela for the write-up and some of the photos!]
After hours of planning and preparation by the members of our Student Senate, the first ever Winter Snow Ball Dance took place on Friday evening! With the support of our wonderful PTO, we were able to have a professional DJ, a photo booth, decorations and lots of food! With the support of our other co-curricular clubs, we had lots of desserts as well.
A huge “Thank You” to our Student Senate Officers for their determination, persistence and follow-through in organizing the evening!
On Friday afternoon, we punctuated a busy week of activity with a Winter Pep Rally! Organized and run by the Wheatley Student Senate, the pep rally gave teams an opportunity to introduce themselves to the school. The festivities began with the singing of the national anthem by Kaileigh Fiorillo and continued with performances by the Dance Team and our Cheer Team. Throughout the event, our Jazz Band provided music and entertainment. Our very own Wheatley Wildcat (ably performed by senior Josh Randazzo) helped pump up the crowd!
On Friday, 26 January, Wheatley held its third annual Career Fair. As part of the district’s goal to expose our students to some of the possible careers available to them beyond Wheatley and college, the Career Fair brought in a wide range of professionals to speak to our students. With the support of our community, nineteen different professionals spent time at Wheatley sharing information about their careers, their backgrounds and the interests that led them to pursue their current occupation.
The Career Fair presenters were assigned an individual classroom for their presentations. All 11th and 12th graders selected two different presenters to visit during the fair. The event proved to be quite informative for the students, and the presenters appreciated the interested demonstrated by our students!
The increased exposure to more career opportunities has been a district goal. The Career Fair was coordinated by Natalia McMillan!
CAREER FAIR 2018 PRESENTERS
- Ms. Christina Del Gais – Occupational therapist
- Ms. Melissa Lent Teixeira – Professor / Associate Director of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science (LIU – Brooklyn campus)
- Mr. Drew Hambly – Morgan Stanley finance (see official title)
- Dr. Priti Jain – Doctor (emergency and internal medicine)
- Mr. Josh Kotin – Account Executive – NYC Football Club
- Dr. Michael LaCasse – Physical therapist
- Ms. Danielle Gruttadaurio – Forensic artist
- Mr. Peter Fishkind – Law Clerk
- Mr. Jerry Kelly – pharmaceutical salesman
- Ms. Elizabeth C. Girardi Schoen – VP Global Environmental Sustainability
- Mr. Michael Stein – English teacher (Herricks)
- Mr. Brad Behar – Intellectual Patent Attorney / Civil engineer
- Mr. Robert Fallarino – medical malpractice attorney
- Mr. Daniel Krittman – computer science (artificial intelligence)
- Ms. Christine Kim – Business administrator
- Ms. Raffaela Dunne – real estate development advisory consulting business/degree in both environmental and structural engineering
- Dr. Ruth Kohlmeier – Medical examiner
- Dr. Roxene Gascoigne – endodontist
- Mr. Rick Wilson – theatre, film, entertainment, and the arts