On Saturday afternoon, nearly 100 of our community Senior Citizens enjoyed a wonderful luncheon followed by a special matinee production of Xanadu: The Musical! This annual tradition was organized and supported by the efforts of the following staff:
- Linda Leff
- Allison Chanin-Bermudez
- Joan Anderson
- Diane Fezza
- Barbara Klein
- Karen Love
Additionally, a number of students volunteered their time to serve the community members, including:
- Rachel Fuzaylov
- Diana Lee
- Mary Ma
- Ethan Moreh
- Sumu Pitchayan
- Jessica Poomkudy
- Jesse Romano
- Cooper Tanenhaus
- Alice Ye
During the luncheon, members of the cas spent time intermingling with the attendees.
Thanks to Linda Leff for the photos of this wonderful event!
On Monday, 6 March, Wheatley’s Gender Equality Club hosted our very first GenderFest in the cafeteria from 3:00-5:00 pm in honor of Women’s History Month. Students honored women in the entertainment industry by showcasing a local Long Island female band, Antigone Rising. This band has performed all throughout the United States and the world. Their outreach program, Girls Rising, seeks to engage students at home and abroad about the challenges that women have faced in the entertainment industry and how they personally have addressed and learned from these challenges.
Following the concert, the club and additional Wheatley clubs will be hosted henna booths, poetry readings and seminars on gender inequalities. Of course, there was plenty of food as well!
Our Gender Equality Club worked tirelessly to prepare for GenderFest! We are thankful for the work of its advisor, Cindy Schwartz, in guiding the students in preparation for the successful event!
I have two sets of photos to share from the wonderful Wheatley-Bronx Arts Ensemble joint concert held just before the February break! The first set is from our very own Randy Horowitz, who has been generous with her photographs of school events over the years.
The second set is from our friends at Island Photography! Enjoy!
On Wednesday evening, Wheatley students and East Williston music faculty partnered with the professional musicians from the Bronx Arts Ensemble 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!
Wheatley graduate David Krauss (Class of 1989), Principal Trumpet for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, joined the combined group for a wonderful Haydn concerto. Before playing, David spoke movingly about his music instruction in East Williston, mention North Side teacher Peter Pane (who first gave him a trumpet), Willets Road instructor Mark Meyers, and two of his Wheatley teachers, David Heckendorn and Gail Renaudo. Mark, David and Gail were in the audience to see David perform!
For me, a highlight of the evening was the opportunity to narrate Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the combined group.
It is worth reiterating that such an wonderful evening takes place through the support of our Board of Education, Nassau BOCES and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. A special “Thank You” to our very own Angela Luftig for her coordination of this event!
Our friends at Island Photography shared the following wonderful photos from Tuesday’s Winter Concert!
In what has become a delightful seasonal tradition, our Honors String Ensemble (under the direction of Angela Luftig) performed at Old Westbury Gardens earlier today. Performing a collection of seasonal tunes as well as classical pieces, this group of some of our most talented strings players lifted the spirits and warmed the hearts of everyone in attendance!
We are grateful for the work of Ms. Luftig in preparing students for this wonderful concert!
Earlier this evening, the first of our two Winter Concerts took place in the Wheatley Auditorium. The concert program included the following groups:
- Stage Band (Peggy Ho, Director)
- Jazz Band (Steve Fitzko, Director)
- Intermediate Chorus (Angela Luftig, Director; Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson, accompanist)
- Intermediate Orchestra (Stan Orlovsky, Director)
- Concert Orchestra (Peggy Ho & Stan Orlovsky, Directors)
We are thankful for the wonderful work of our faculty, the incredible efforts of our students and the terrific support of our community!