After months of submitting, revising, editing, and proofing, the 48th Edition of Vintage, Wheatley’s student literary magazine, was released amidst great fanfare at Friday evening’s Vintage Coffeehouse. During this wonderful event, students, faculty and family members assembled in Room 450 to hear some of the selections included in this year’s edition and to be entertained by the incredible talents of our students.
A huge “Thank You” and “Congratulations” to our Editor-in-Chief, Vani Kumar, our Junior Editors of Literature, Saman Suleman and Anne Yan, for assembling a wonderful team of editors for this year’s truly remarkable edition. Thank you as well to Rick Allen Wilson, our Faculty Advisor to Vintage.
- Ally and the Suncats
- Emma Melnikov
- Kenton Wu
- Alekya Bokka and Adeel Anwar
- Michaela Balboni
- Robert Boubour
- Alexandra Levine
- Spectrum (see Wheatley’s Got Talent 2018)
- Shruti Goyal and Talia Rosen
- Kimberly Esquillin
- Kajal Kapoor
- Justin Vega
- Vani Kumar
- Patrick Brady
- Halli ArbitalJacoby
On Friday afternoon, 20 Wheatley students (accompanied by Mrs. Martinez, Mr. Craven and Mrs. Trosko) departed for a week of adventure in Spain! Students will spend the week with families in Madrid, with a variety of cultural and historical excursions planned during the week.
We are fortunate to have faculty members willing to take our students on these worthwhile opportunities.
Wheatley has an incredibly talented student body, involved in so many activities both inside and outside the classroom. Areas in which students have always excelled have been the fine and practical arts. From incredible stage performances to award-winning literary magazines and newspapers, Wheatley students have provided so much entertainment and value to our school and community. To recognize some of the students who have made special contributions in these areas, the faculty advisors invite them to a special dinner—held this year at The INN at New Hyde Park.
In addition to a lovely sit-down dinner, the evening features student performances and a mini art show. The faculty advisors and students are reminded of the critical role they play in helping Wheatley remain a school where there is a place for everyone to shine.
A highlight of this evening is the presentation of the Eve and Jerry Jerome Award, a recognition given to the music student who has demonstrated outstanding skill, character and citizenship at Wheatley. Presented by Mrs. Luftig, this year’s recipient is Justin Vega!
Thursday was the final full day of travel for our French adventurers! Once again, a huge “Thank You” to our chaperones Jean-François Henley, Jason Craven and Arlene Kuchcicki!
Mr. Henley provided the following update of the day’s activities:
Day 5: Remembering the War
Although there will be a last quick excursion into Paris on Friday, Thursday marked the last full day in France. This was a day for reflecting and remembering the past and those who fought for us. We visited the Pointe du Hoc, which is an untouched battle site where American Rangers successfully overtook German positions near Omaha Beach. We then made our way to Omaha Beach and then to the WWII American Cemetery. It was a very sobering experience.
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 Thursday, 15 February, a group of 23 Wheatley students boarded a bus to head to JFK International Airport for the beginning of their nine-day trip to France! Accompanied by Wheatley Teachers Jean-François Henley and Jason Craven—as well as Willets Road nurse Arlene Kuchcicki—the travelers will experience all sorts of French language and cultural experiences.
Here is an update on some of the activity, beginning with the departure. [Thank you to Jean-François Henley, some parents and some students for the photos!]
Day 1: Departure from Wheatley (2/15)
There was a lot of excitement when the end of the day arrived and students were finally able to board the bus for the airport. Many parents came to the school to see their children off!
Day 1: Arrival in France
After a smooth flight and check-in, the students explored the Rue des Martyrs for their first lunch experience. After a wonderful time and satisfying dinner, they took a metro ride to l’Arc de Triomphe. The students climbed up the Arc for nighttime views of the City of Lights and concluded the evening with a walk down the Champs-Elysées.
Day 2: Visiting Paris
On a busy day in Paris, students visited the Eiffel Tower, les Invalides, Notre Dame and then had a sketching tour on Île Saint-Louis. The students then had the time to visit the Louvre followed by dinner in Montmartre (featuring escargots)!